Nicole Ensing

Nicole Ensing was born and raised in the Okanagan. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at University of British Columbia – Okanagan focusing on installation art and photography. She is currently in her third year pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Art History and Culture. During the summer months she is the program coordinator at the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO) developing programs and events such as the Youth Council’s... Read More

ARTSCO – supporting the arts in the Central Okanagan for 45 years

oook’s newest contributor, Nicole Ensing, who is currently the program coordinator at the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO), took the opportunity to sit down with ARTSCO Executive Director Elke Lange to talk about ARTSCO and all that it does for the arts in the central Okanagan NE: What is the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO)? EL: The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan is a non-profit organization that is the underlying support for anything and... Read More

A great fit! The Okanagan School of the Arts and The Shatford Centre together in one place

oook contributor Katie Brennan sat down with Shatford Centre Executive Director Jane Shaak to learn more about how the Shatford Centre came to be and its relationship to the Okanagan School of the Arts.   oook: What is the Shatford Centre? JS: The Shatford Centre is a creativity centre and community gathering place situated in the historic, 90 year old Shatford building on the Pen High Campus in the heart of the city of Penticton, at 760 Main Street to be exact. It is a... Read More

Art Leaks Blideo #5 – recycled garbage supports 3rd world

“You can make a great home and a great life for yourself on nothing”. This is one of the pieces of verbal gold being dropped in this Tribe House Art Leaks with Henry and Angie van Manen. Henry (Holland) & Angie (New Zealand) are world-travellers currently living in Germany with the Tribe House community but came to Kelowna in June, 2011 to do some teaching with a few different groups of women in recovery. Angie talks about her co-op of how she uses recycled goods to support... Read More

The Art of oook

oook contributor Nico Boesten sat down with oook creator Katie Brennan, who is also an artist, to learn more about her artistic practice and NB: How long have you been creating art professionally? KB: Ha, I’m still not entirely convinced that I have begun to produce art professionally, especially as it has always been interwoven with all the other things going on in my life. But I suppose you could say that I began to produce art, in my case paintings, professionally... Read More

Okanagan Musician Ari Neufeld Unveils New LIVE Album

Ari Neufeld Live CD Release At long last, Okanagan musician Ari Neufeld ( has recorded a live album, and he’ll be releasing it during a showcase performance at the Streaming Café on July 16. At long last? Yes, at long last. Anyone who has followed the music and musings of the immensely talented Ari will know that his live performances are stunning, both in their energy level and in their depth of impact. Ari has done a good deal of recording before now,... Read More

Vibrant Vines – Free Concert every Saturday this Summer!

  Live Music at the Vibrant Vine every Saturday, 2-5pm. July 2nd  – Oct 15th.   July Performers: July 2nd – Major Mombo July 9th – Fighting Orange July 16th – David Myers July 23rd – Dan DeGRYP July 30th – Summer Ice  Read More

“ART ROCKS in the CITY” – A Live Stone Sculpture Community Art Event in Kelowna

“ART ROCKS in the CITY” – A Live Stone Sculpture Community Art Event is an outdoor sculpture event taking place in the coming summer months in the heart of the Kelowna Cultural District. Twelve Members of the Kelowna Sculptors Network Society will work on 14 large marble boulders that are set up along the south-west corner of the Rotary Centre of the Arts. KSNS invites the public to come and see the kind of work that goes into making beautiful marble sculptures.   oook:... Read More


Michael has lived in the Okanagan for his whole life. Having spent six years touring North America, Europe and New Zealand with Kelowna based rock trio Sleddogs, he is happy to no longer be living out of a suitcase!  Michael works for the Streaming Cafe ( helping to promoting independent music in Kelowna and the world, via their live streamed shows.  Read More

Stephanie Moore

  Stephanie Moore is the Coordinator for the City of Kelowna’s Cultural Services Branch.  Cultural Services supports arts, culture and heritage in Kelowna through funding, marketing & promotion, programming, research, planning and liaising with organizations, other funders, institutions and senior levels of government.  Stephanie will provide the audience with a behind the scenes look at the people and organizations that make Kelowna culturally vibrant... Read More