Indy up-and-comers Cuff the Duke and Jenn Grant bring national tour to Kelowna nightclub

A pair of JUNO-nominated acts headline an indy double-bill at a well-known Kelowna hot spot now opening its doors to more live music.

Cuff the Duke and Jenn Grant bring their national tour to Kelowna’s Sapphire Nightclub on Wed., Oct. 17 for a 9 p.m. show. Both were nominated for a Juno Award in this year’s Adult Alternative Album of the Year category, a contest won by Feist and her album, Metals.

Grant released her third album, The Beautiful Wild, on Sept. 25. The East Coast nightingale says her new record “follows love’s twisted, tangled path deep into the heart’s jungle.” She teams up with Cuff the Duke fresh off a North American tour opening for Kathleen Edwards.

Cuff the Duke’s new album, Union, went on sale Oct. 2. It’s the second half of a two-part album project by the alt-country band that started with the release of Morning Comes late last year. “Morning Comes was more acoustic-based,” says the band’s Wayne Petti. “This album is more electric-based.”

The band is no stranger to the Okanagan. They drew a large crowd on their 2010 visit to Kelowna and put on a thrilling main stage show at this summer’s Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm.

Sapphire owner, Arun Alleliua, says he wants to add to the club’s appeal beyond the premium nightclub it already is and into an “entertainment complex” catering to a wide variety of tastes.

“I want it to be a dance club that can also be a home for live music. I think we can have the best of both worlds,” he says.

Sapphire is a great place to see music, says the show’s promoter, Karma Lacoff. “When we used the space for BreakOut West,” she says, referring to the music festival that took over the nightlife in downtown Kelowna as part of the 2010 Western Canadian Music Awards, “both the audiences and the bands loved it. It’s got a great stage. It has great sight lines. Obviously it has a great dance floor, and it just sounds fabulous in there.”

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and are available at, Mosaic Books (uptown: Willow Park Shopping Centre, #1, 590 HWY 33 W and downtown: 411 Bernard Avenue), Milkcrate Records (1551 Ellis St)  and Leo’s Video (2680 Pandosy St).

Sapphire is located at 238 Leon Ave, Kelowna, BC.

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