Friday, February 11, 2011

Beginning February 12 2011, Footwerk’s “Half Way to Shambhala” series features some of the amazing talent you love at Shambhala.
  • 6 Shows
  • 6 Headliners
  • 6 months to Shambhala
A”Footwerk showpass” will set you back $75 and will give you a guaranteed access to 6 consecutive headliner shows for the price of 5 at early bird rates. Limited number of these are available right at Christmas. Can you say SICK? More info on the Showpasses –> here <--

  • FEB 19: DJ NU-MARK [L.A. | JURASSIC 5]

Matt Butterworth at Big White

Telus Park::Sans Music from Big White Ski Resort on Vimeo.

Okanagan Media UPDATE

At Okanagan Media we simply believe there is a better way to sell your home. The days of the "so-called virtual tour" and the dreaded picture slide show is over! 90% of the buyers today use the internet as their starting point. That's a fact! Low quality photos and videos are not tolerated in this current market and sellers expect professional service. Whether you are a realtor or private seller, video is more realistic, more appealing, and can evoke emotion - something still photos and text cannot do. People are very emotional about their home and emotion plays a very big role in the final decision. The 1-2-3 punch is staging your home properly, photographed with top notch photos, and complimented by a high definition walk through video tour! Welcome to the evolution of the real estate video tour! Welcome to Okanagan Media, Real Estate Marketing Refined.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Midnite Access at Vintner's Poolside Grill

Vintner’s Poolside Grill is pleased to present the Jazz and R&B tunes of Midnite Access. Vintner’s Poolside Grill is conveniently located at The Coast Capri Hotel.
Friday Feb 11, 7:30 – 10:30 pm  No Cover
Ample complimentary parking
For further information or to make reservations please contact us at:
Ph: 250-860-6060

Global Music Fest

The 2011 Global Music Fest event will feature numerous local musicians and interactive performance groups showcasing their original music. This year’s headliner is slam poet Shane Koyczan from Penticton. Joining the event will be humanitarian non-profit organizations making a difference in the world with information display tables about their organizations for guests to enjoy during the music. Between performance sets these ethnic and cultural groups will be doing short presentations sharing information on the work that they do internationally.
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011 – 7 pm
Location: Laurel Packinghouse – 1304 Ellis St.
Additional  Information:

For more information about the Global Music Fest contact:
Ryan Donn Event Producer

Project Blue Book Tour at Level Niteclub

Flipside Presents...Project Blue Book Tour 

Tommy Lee & DJ Aero
Poerter Robinson

Thursday, February 17 at  Level Niteclub

UBC Athletics Media Release

Caitlin Nyhus - BCCAA Athlete of the Week

KELOWNA, BC – Caitlin Nyhus showed over the course of the weekend once again why she is the premier setter in the BCCAA. Nyhus and her UBC Okanagan Heat played host to the Island teams, the Camosun Chargers and Vancouver Island University Mariners. On Friday night, Nyhus would lead her team to a 3-0 victory over Camosun.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

BCSA Provincial Series: Boardercross Doubleheader

The first Snowboard Cross events of the BC Snowboard Provincial Series are happening this weekend at Big White Ski Resort in the TELUS Park.  Big White boasts one of the best-known tracks on the provincial circuit.   

The Snowboard Cross event will feature a FIS category for those athletes looking to qualify for Nationals, as well as age groups (male/female) divided into heats with last chance qualifiers ('LCQ').  The LCQ format allows new and up and coming athletes to compete against athletes in their own age group in a Heat situation (4 riders on course).  All athletes in the LCQ format will get a minimum of 2 runs in a Heat situation.

The age groups are:
14 and under
15 to 18
19 and over
30 and over - (new for this event)

Spectators welcome! Come and cheer on Canada's top amateur boardercross racers, or see future 'stars in the making' going head to head in this Olympic sport.

For more information email: or phone: 250.491.7626

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

“MBF swaggers with soulful credibility that blends seamlessly with a soft pop persuasion to create a pretty slick sounding album. On any scale, MBF is stirring, emotive and an excellent song writer.” - Fazer, 2010
There’s a lot to love about Michael Bernard Fitzgerald (MBF). His sweet, approachable disposition gives way to an undeniable confidence onstage. He is a man who can break hearts playing solo with an acoustic guitar and loop pedal, and in equal measure, make venues soar with full backing bands, choirs and dancers. From his spontaneous live show song-sampling that name checks the likes of Alanis, TLC, Ke$ha and Flo-rida, right down to his trademark canvas kicks, MBF personifies his music: optimistic, uplifting, honest, daring and full of love. Michael Bernard Fitzgerald with Paperboy
$15 (+ $2.50 tx & sc)     $18 at the door         Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm

Watch this video of MBF after the jump my friends...Btw, I had never heard his music before and I must say I really enjoy his tone and style. There is a short interview at the end of the video. Quick question/answer thingie. Very good stuff.

Stepchild Rail Jam Big White

Stepchild Rail Jam Big White from DeviateBoardshop on Vimeo.

Big White 411 Update

UBC Okanagan Athletics Media Release

Emotional night for Graduating Setter Caitlin Nyhus

KELOWNA, BC – This past Friday night the Volleyball teams celebrated Senior’s night, held every year on the last weekend of League play at home.  It’s an event held annually to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of graduate student athletes who are ending their final year of play.  Starting Setter Caitlin Nyhus of the Women’s team is the lone graduate of either volleyball team this year.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

UBC Okanagan Heat Basketball

Sat, February 12, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM UBC Okanagan campus.
The UBC Okanagan Heat women's basketball team will host the UNBC Timberwolves.
Sat, February 12, 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM UBC Okanagan campus.
The UBC Okanagan Heat men's basketball team will host the defending national champ the UNBC Timberwolves.

Mark Irving at Minstrel Cafe

Mark Irving, a captivating singer/songwriter based out of Kelowna, BC. has been songwriting for over 15 years. After having his first piano lesson at the age of 5 it soon became clear that Mark Irving was a natural born craftsman in musical arts. Adding the guitar to his workshop at the age of 12 he then quickly began writing, arranging and performing songs. He began pursuing music seriously in 2005 after winning a city-wide songwriting competition hosted by Escape Artist Music, with more than 150 song entries where he received a recording package at a local studio and tracked his first demo. Spending the next 5 years writing and touring western Canada he has crafted a sound that has won the hearts of many. His most recent success was winning a cross Canada talent search hosted by GMA Canada 2010 in Calgary, AB. with over 400 competitors. Mark Irving's debut EP entitled "Memories of Tomorrow" is set for release in spring 2011. Known for his honest vulnerability which is captured in raw vocal lyrical finesse and song writing genius, Mark Irving's indie folk-rock music and performances are crafted to a large demographic and is sure to leave you inspired.

Minstrel Cafe  Wednesday, Feb 9 at 8pm
This performance is a spectacular virtuosic tour de force, featuring solo female singer Shannon Mercer of the Queen of Puddings Music Theatre Company.

With compositions selected by award-winning composer Ana Sokolovic, Love Songs will feature some of Sokolovic's favourite poems -- from a variety of languages -- set to music.

Tickets are $10 for non-students and for $5 students. They can be purchased from Irma Ronkkonen (Fine Arts and Health building, room FINA162) or at the door.

This event is co-sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Kelowna Rockets hit Big White

Kelowna Rockets at Happy Valley from Big White Ski Resort on Vimeo.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ben Sigston

The one-time cyclist on the Canadian National team is fully on-track to make a mark for himself in the world of music. After shutting down his bike-riding aspirations (and turning away from a full athletic scholarship to a mid-western US university) Sigston applied himself to playing guitar and writing songs. After seven years of effort, Ben came out on top in the 2010 Roxy Summer Sessions, handily winning $5,000 in the process, so it would seem that his choice to turn from athletics to music has been a good one for him. And as a contender in the 2010 Peak Performance Project, Sigston made an appearance here at Streaming CafĂ© during Breakout West, the festival surrounding the Western Canadian Music Awards; that’s where we first met him.

Speaker Series: Michel Chikwanine

A former child soldier, Michel Chikwanine has already endured and overcome unimaginable pain and struggles. His passion and belief in the possibility for change makes him a truly remarkable individual and humanitarian.
Check out Global Citizen Kelowna for a 'one stop' location for local organizations to connect to the public and for the public to see what is happening in and outside this community.

Ryan Donn sings Rutland Elementary theme song

Ryan Donn, Kelowna based singer/songwriter, President of Festivals Kelowna, volunteer for Music BC. Donn performs throughout BC with his children's cultural performance "How do you follow a dream?". His songs can also be heard on local airwaves and have been placed on various TV shows.

Give a listen to Ryan's theme song, Stand Up! for Rutland Elementary High School. Very well done. Check out Ryan on "What's On" on Castanet as well as his "Kelowna Live Music Blog."
Stand Up - Rutland Elementary theme song by Ryan Donn


Frieso started in the summer of '09. Bones had just returned home from B.C. and Dash from New Zealand and they both decided to start up a band. Having 2 members just wasn't enough, so they asked Mike to join. He did and thus created a perfect trio for a band called frieso. Check out the video after the jump

Saturday February 5 @ The Bike Shop Cafe

Almost A Few

ALMOST A FEW are self taught guitar players with a passion for making nice noise. They started playing together in Alberta before moving to British Columbia where they found instant inspiration from the beauty of the Okanagan. Combining classical guitar with blues undertones, Almost A Few take listeners on a melodic journey. Sit back and enjoy!
Saturday February 19 @ The Bike Shop Cafe
Almost A Few - Letting Go by whatsupkelowna

Sunday, February 6, 2011

UBC Okanagan Athletic Scoreboard

Heat dispatch VIU Mariners, finish league play at #1

Men's Volleyball

Saturday February 5, 2011
UBC Okanagan Gym - Kelowna BC
UBC Okanagan Heat (13-1) defeat the VIU Mariners (8-6) in 3 straight sets.
(25-19, 26-24, 25-19)
·         Chris Howe named the Landmark Cinema - Eastside Mario’s Heat Player of the Game

UBC Okanagan Athletic Scoreboard

Heat take down Mariners and reclaim #1 ranking

Saturday February 5, 2011
UBC Okanagan Gym - Kelowna BC
UBC Okanagan Heat (13-1) emerge victorious over the VIU Mariners (13-1) 3 sets to 1.
(25-17, 21-25, 25-15, 25-17)·  

       Jill Festival named the Landmark Cinema - Eastside Mario’s Heat Player of the Game

Footwerk Loves Bass II with Max Ulis & Tall Mala (Lighta!)

Known for showcasing a wide range of styles, Max Ulis has remixed for The Future Sound of London as part of SUB OSC, had his tunes played by ground breaking performer’s such as Joe Nice and Stereotyp, and played alongside the likes of Skream, Filastine, Benga, Dj Vadim, Caspa, Megasoid, Remarc, the Mad Professor, Starkey, Deadbeat and Kode 9. Max’s sets are filled with original creations and exclusive unreleased tracks by some of the most sought after producers in the genre.

Video after the jump

Romanza at the Rotary Centre for the Arts

Singing of love, conquest, betrayal and heartache, from a melting serenade to a spine tingling 'high C', the tenor voice romances.

ROMANZA! is Philip Grant, Ken Lavigne and Paul Ouellette, three classically trained young singers charged with vitality and talent and born to entertain on the international stage. Individually they have enjoyed rave reviews performing as soloists across North America and Europe; together they have performed over 250 performances from Whitehorse to Florida and Nova Scotia to California. They are undeniable, joining in harmonies that swell and subside masterfully, charming you along the way.

The three real life friends infuse their performances with their offstage camaraderie warming the audience with their intimacy and humor. Ever since their official "Grand Debut" concert sold out to a packed house of 1500 screaming fans both critics and audience alike have described ROMANZA! as expressive, accessible, and fun. Fun? Yes, by re-invigorating opera hits, Italian favorites, popular folksongs and well-loved ballads with their own tailor-made irresistible arrangements for the contemporary audience. These are songs that ROMANZA! is passionate about singing.
SAT. February 12, 2011 at 7:30 PM    PRE-SHOW, 6:30 PM 
Tickets are $30 adults and $10 students and are available at or by calling the RCA 250-717-5304

KSS Western Canadian Basketball Kelowna vs RC Palmer 2nd Half

Carrie Harper at Woodside Design Gallery

Carrie Harper will be showing her recent works at A Woodside Design Gallery through the month of February. Come and Be Inspired!
Carrie studied at The Alberta College of Art and Design in the early 1990’s and through the experience she discovered her own language. Carrie appreciated learning a sense of self as well as of creativity. Art school fed right into her fascination with much technical know-how and creative modes and she immersed herself into any medium available; textiles, ceramics, photography, drawing, art history and more. As a painter this childlike love of process shows up in her many different styles. Carrie uses Watercolors, acrylics, oils, collage and pastels as well as other drawing mediums and with each discovers another facet of art making.
A Woodside Design Gallery at 1561 Pandosy St. Downtown Kelowna

KSS WCB Semi-Final Kelowna vs RC Palmer "First Half"