Arts and Entertainment

Cilla Budda addresses Salmon Arm council on Oct. 12 regarding a performing arts centre for the community. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Performing arts centre proponents looking for City of Salmon Arm parcel

Council asked if former Mino’s restaurant property available or land behind Downtown Activity Centre

 

Okangan Symphony Orchestra's Rosemary Thomson directs two shows this weekend, one in Kelowna and one in Vernon. (OSO photo)

First Nations artist featured in Okanagan Symphony

Fortier, of the Syilx Nation and Secwepmec peoples, along with Penticton, Kelowna and Summerland composers perform

 

Gift from the Sea is a full-face mask performance based on the classic Celtic legend of the Selkie Bride, showing at Powerhouse Theatre Oct. 20-24. (Contributed)

Curtain finally opens at Vernon’s Powerhouse Theatre

One Acts grace historic stage: Change of Heart and Gift from the Sea

 

THe Vernon Towne Theatre has finally reopened to the public after almost a year of being closed. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce photo)

Curtain finally opens for Vernon’s historic Towne Theatre

COVID-19 closed the theatre last November, major renovations undertaken as the show goes on today

THe Vernon Towne Theatre has finally reopened to the public after almost a year of being closed. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce photo)
Okanagan musician Andrew Allen filming his 2020 Christmas concert at the currently closed Dream Cafe in Penticton. The festive concert was streamed on Dec. 20 with proceeds going to support the Dream Cafe co-op and further streaming concerts. (Hazel Bennett photo)

Penticton’s Dream Cafe to reopen in September with limited seating and live-streaming

Tickets for the in-person dining and performances will be limited

Okanagan musician Andrew Allen filming his 2020 Christmas concert at the currently closed Dream Cafe in Penticton. The festive concert was streamed on Dec. 20 with proceeds going to support the Dream Cafe co-op and further streaming concerts. (Hazel Bennett photo)
The Comic Strippers perform at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Friday, Aug. 20 for two evening shows. (Contributed)

Comedians strip down laughter in Vernon

Two cabaret-style shows staged Friday, Aug. 20 with Comic Strippers

The Comic Strippers perform at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Friday, Aug. 20 for two evening shows. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm's Jaeden Izik-Dzurko performed in Vernon and Kelowna Aug. 6 and 7 as part of the Vernon Proms August-long event of concerts. (Contributed)

24 concerts staged in Okanagan

Escape heat, smoke and worries with live music

Salmon Arm's Jaeden Izik-Dzurko performed in Vernon and Kelowna Aug. 6 and 7 as part of the Vernon Proms August-long event of concerts. (Contributed)
(Richard Knight)

After a bumpy pandemic, Kelowna theatre groups are ready for the spotlight

Innovation allowed these theatres to survive the pandemic, now they are planning their return to normal

(Richard Knight)
The Kitchen Sink Pocket Orchestra includes Meaghan Williams, Susan Aylard, Lauris Davis and Karmen Doucette. (Contributed)

Music at the Maples concert series takes root at White Lake

Organizer, Cod Gone Wild’s Susan Aylard, has next show scheduled for Aug. 6

The Kitchen Sink Pocket Orchestra includes Meaghan Williams, Susan Aylard, Lauris Davis and Karmen Doucette. (Contributed)
Jason Momoa is seen here as Baba Voss in the Apple+ series “See”, partially filmed in Harrison Mills. Momoa is coming back to Canada to film ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,’ but specific filming locations are currently under wraps. (Photo/Apple)

‘Aquaman’s’ Jason Momoa resurfacing in Canada for sequel

Jason Momoa was last seen in Canada filming ‘See,’ which was shot in Harrison Mills

Jason Momoa is seen here as Baba Voss in the Apple+ series “See”, partially filmed in Harrison Mills. Momoa is coming back to Canada to film ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,’ but specific filming locations are currently under wraps. (Photo/Apple)
Tiana Ferlizza of Summerland has won accolades in the musical theatre and Canadian song categories during a recent provincial competition. (Contributed)

Summerland singer receives honours for musical excellence

Tiana Ferlizza has been pursuing musical theatre since she was seven

Tiana Ferlizza of Summerland has won accolades in the musical theatre and Canadian song categories during a recent provincial competition. (Contributed)
Al Toots at left, Rob King and James Fofonoff perform a scene from The Principality of Baldonia. The play was performed using the Zoom platform. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Summerland Singers and Players have remained active. (Contributed)

Summerland actors adapt to COVID-19 restrictions

Theatre group staged full-length play using Zoom platform

Al Toots at left, Rob King and James Fofonoff perform a scene from The Principality of Baldonia. The play was performed using the Zoom platform. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Summerland Singers and Players have remained active. (Contributed)
Raquel Cole of Vernon is in the running to be Canada's next country music star through SiriusXM Top of the Country competition. (Contributed)

Vote for Okanagan singer to be next country music star

Raquel Cole is a semi-finalist in SiriusXM Top of the Country competition

Raquel Cole of Vernon is in the running to be Canada's next country music star through SiriusXM Top of the Country competition. (Contributed)
Alberta’s Scott Cook and the Second Chances are going to heat up Song Sparrow Hall with a concert on July 15 that includes special guests Chicken-like Birds. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm’s Acoustic Avenue welcomes return of live music with Scott Cook, Chicken-like Birds

July 15 show to be the first music performance with audience at Song Sparrow Hall

Alberta’s Scott Cook and the Second Chances are going to heat up Song Sparrow Hall with a concert on July 15 that includes special guests Chicken-like Birds. (Contributed)
A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. The website for a Broadway theatre showing "Springsteen on Broadway" said it would only allow guests "fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine" — Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

No Springsteen for you: AstraZeneca not good enough to qualify for Broadway ticket

Victoria area mayor among those unable to attend New York entertainment due to COVID-19 restriction

A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. The website for a Broadway theatre showing "Springsteen on Broadway" said it would only allow guests "fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine" — Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
The Weeknd attends the LA premiere of “Uncut Gems” at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles on December 11, 2019. Justin Bieber and the Weeknd could be taking home some serious hardware at tonight’s Juno Awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision, Richard Shotwell

Juno Awards ring in 50th anniversary; Justin Bieber, the Weeknd lead nominations

Both performers are also among the stacked list of popular artists nominated for fan choice award

The Weeknd attends the LA premiere of “Uncut Gems” at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles on December 11, 2019. Justin Bieber and the Weeknd could be taking home some serious hardware at tonight’s Juno Awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision, Richard Shotwell
The Okanagan Print Triennial featured artists, and viewers, from around the world in live talks, which are now availble online. (Vernon Public Art Gallery photo collage)

Okanagan Print Triennial draws international attention with artist talks

International artists connect with viewers from around the globe

The Okanagan Print Triennial featured artists, and viewers, from around the world in live talks, which are now availble online. (Vernon Public Art Gallery photo collage)
Seaton’s 27th Street Theatre streams The Addams Family June 2, 3, 4 and 5. (27th Street Theatre photo)

Addams Family comes alive, online, from Okanagan high school

Seaton’s 27th Street Theatre features the classic, beloved comedy June 2-5

Seaton’s 27th Street Theatre streams The Addams Family June 2, 3, 4 and 5. (27th Street Theatre photo)
Song Sparrow Hall producer and sound engineer Craig Newnes with Darrin Herting from Jimmy Two Shoes & the Lost Soles prepare to record for The Wharf Sessions. (Kate Fagervik photo)

Wednesday on the Wharf makes 2021 debut as digital offering

Variety of musicians and musical styles recorded in The Wharf Sessions

  • May 18, 2021
Song Sparrow Hall producer and sound engineer Craig Newnes with Darrin Herting from Jimmy Two Shoes & the Lost Soles prepare to record for The Wharf Sessions. (Kate Fagervik photo)
Vernon local Ryan Lazar – who specializes in 2D background design and 3D animation – is ready to start his career after a tough yet rewarding two years of studies. (Contributed)

Okanagan College students get animated at graduation

‘The pandemic has resulted in more video consumption and the animation industry is so hot right now because of it’

Vernon local Ryan Lazar – who specializes in 2D background design and 3D animation – is ready to start his career after a tough yet rewarding two years of studies. (Contributed)