Concert Review: Strings The Thing faculty concert in Penticton

By Roswitha Masson – Penticton Western News Liz Lupton (right) an instructor at Strings the Thing, a week long music camp, leads her students Koen Dyck (middle) and Natai Willms (left) during the student concert held at the Shatford Centre on Friday. Kristi Patton/Western News It was a treat to take in a recital at the beautifully renovated auditorium of Penticton Shatford Centre last Tuesday.   The high ceiling and the hardwood floor... Read More

John Mellencamp at SOEC: A Review

By Kristi Patton – Penticton Western News No encore? Forgivable when you have just witnessed a hall of famer perform with an amazing band backing him up.   Still, when John Mellencamp left the South Okanagan Events Centre stage on Thursday evening after saying thank you to the crowd, one would expect an encore. In fact, the whole building did. The SOEC shook with cheers and people pounding on the floor, stage and seats wanting more for... Read More

Smash Tour at the Hub Arts Collective

by  Graeme Higginson I was recently called out to a show I wouldn’t usually attend: an event called Smash Tour, a line up of four supposedly-distinct hardcore alternative groups called And Goliath, Send Word, Between Seas and Cleanse Kill. I arrived early and was left to wait outdoors, and with good reason; four groups with baggage and merchandise tables don’t leave much room for extra bodies in the lobby when all of theirs are assembled. Standing... Read More

Brent Tyler – A Musical Force

by Graeme Higginson   On Friday,  I left The Hub happy and into the slow sway of cool, evening air. The event had been Brent Tyler, a musical force with enough warm tenacity to shake a few local apples out of the tree. For those that dropped by, I’m sure they stepped out into the soft breeze that was cutting across downtown Vernon with the same warm feelings that pulsed through me as made my way home. The show began casually at 8:00pm... Read More