Todd Ramsay’s Honkbarn – his own brand of animation

by Katie Brennan I met Todd Ramsay during Bottega and Tribehouse’s 10-10-10, where we were both speaking about our crafts – Todd animation and me painting. I was intrigued by his work, so took some time to sit down and have a chat with him to learn more. Here’s our chat. oook: What got you into animation? And where / how did you learn your craft?   Todd Ramsay: Art was always my favorite subject throughout school and I pretty... Read More

TEN TEN TEN – Bruce & Brian Wiebe – spoken word

One of the 10 artists who performed at the TribeHouse TEN-TEN-TEN event at Bo.ttega Farm Inn, Kelowna, BC on May 24, 2012. Twin brother duo Bruce & Brian Wiebe. Bruce Wiebe on the mic with spoken word, Brian Wiebe on the Ney Flute.  Read More

The 3rd annual Lille Gard Festival – THIS WEEKEND!

The 3rd annual Lille Gard (June 30 — July 1, 2012) is a family friendly festival organized by TribeHouse Artist Collective ( which will feature visual arts, spoken word, thinkers & speakers and of course all the music your ears can handle with a theme of Arts, Faith, and Justice. CREDITS: Artwork created by Carrie Harper at The Pear Workshop: Narration & banjo by Jesse Padgett: Camera... Read More


Joshua Smith is a Nova Scotia native who has landed in Kelowna, BC after doing a stint of music in Nashville. We asked him about what inspires him, what happens when you Google his name, where his best songs come from, and how his faith affects his art.   Joshua Smith is planning to tour across Canada beginning in May, is in the process of recording some new songs, and is one of the finalists for a songwriting competition called “Garage Band... Read More

Lillegard Lineup

There are a pile of local (and international) artists coming to the local Lille Gard Festival June 30 – July 1. The lineup is almost complete. Already it promises to be a jammed packed, inspiring weekend! Here’s who is coming so far: MUSICIANS     David Ruis (L.A., USA) A curious blend of creative art & worship with a strong social justice vibe   Sarah Brendel (Dresden, Germany) Expanding and personalizing... Read More

10 Artists, 10 Minutes Each, $10 – You Won’t Get This Anywhere Else

by Graham Ord 10 10 10 is essentially and evening with Ten Artists from various disciplines performing for Ten minutes each and it costs Ten bucks to see the show…. It is part of a series of three events that the lead up to our annual Music and Arts Festival called Lille Gard held over the July long weekend.   The idea for 10 10 10 came together after an artist retreat that TribeHouse hosted last fall where the various artists attending performed... Read More

Celebrating the Work of Artists and Activists

by Andrew Smith Artists and Activists met together at Bottega Farm Inn on Fri Mar 2 as part 1 of the Lille Gard Discussion Series.  The idea was simply to bring together people from the Okanagan who want to change the world; who want to share ideas and experiences, and discover creative ways to advance justice causes.  The people that gathered were from all different backgrounds, faiths, social standings – but it’s safe to say that those... Read More

What is Art? And other clichés with Chad Pratch at Katalyst Artist Gathering

by Graham Ord This month at our Kelowna Katalyst Artist Gathering Chad Pratch was sharing with us. Chad is a graduate of the University of British Columbia Okanagan and although schooled in what some might consider the traditional disciplines of art, he is a man who is clearly much more comfortable drawing way outside the lines of convention.  Rather than being pegged as one type of artist he is exploring an amalgamation of many artistic mediums... Read More

Building a House Concert Network

by Norm Strauss One of the things that I am happy to be involved with at TribeHouse is our efforts in developing house concert networks. Eventually we want to build something that we can use to help other singer/songwriters. Over the last 6 years or so, I have performed hundreds of house concerts. The simplicity of that kind of setting often helps me get back in touch with the reason I wanted to write songs in the first place and why I spent hours... Read More

Tribehouse Extends Itself: the Bottega Farm Inn Launches!

Bottega (pronounced Boh – Tey – Guh), a modern farm inn and retreat centre set against the backdrop of South East Kelowna, is a pretty exciting extension of what TribeHouse is a part of. The doors have just opened both online as well as literally & has already hosted a handful of pretty inspiring events including the Culture-Making lecture with Andy Crouch, a DVD filming of Andrew & Zachari Smith’s CD release party, and a couple of weddings. Everything... Read More

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