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André-Philippe Gagnon Impresses with his Impressions

André-Philippe Gagnon Impresses with his Impressions

When an entertainer is billed as “the legendary man of a 1,000 voices and the number-one singing impressionist in the world” – those glowing accolades piqued my interest. So on the first of October I scooted over to Kelowna Community Theatre to see what the fuss was all about. It was Sunday night and the theatre about half full. There wasn’t a whole lot of buzz in the building. Let’s just say I was cautiously optimistic. Would this international performer…

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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Raises the Roof with a Spectacular Performance

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Raises the Roof with a Spectacular Performance

That, my friends, was a professional symphony performance I will never forget. On the final Friday night of September, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) made a tour stop in Kelowna and absolutely positively blew the roof off Kelowna Community Theatre. Typed words cannot accurately express what took place inside the old barn as the VSO packed its 71 full-time musicians onto the stage and went on an amazing orchestral journey from first salvo to last bow. The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra…

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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Says Cello to Kelowna

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Says Cello to Kelowna

It was Manitoba in the house at Kelowna Community Theatre on the final Thursday night of September. Thanks to an invitation from the Kelowna Community Concert Association, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MCO) made a tour stopover in the Okanagan to perform a delightful mix of contemporary and classic concertos. Adding silky tone and technical prowess to the program was guest cellist Ariel Barnes, a Vancouver native who dazzled the packed house with smooth solos under the baton expertise of Music…

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Symphonic Rock Evolution Sees The Light

Symphonic Rock Evolution Sees The Light

I know what you’re thinking – what in the world is Symphonic Rock Evolution?! It’s not a thesis paper written at the School of Rock. It’s not an app for guitar-playing geologists. It’s not a rock opera about the creation vs. evolution debate and the origins of humanity. What Symphonic Rock Evolution is, cue the sparkly disco ball and flashing lights, is a 23-piece symphonic rock ensemble that put on one heckuva rock show on the first Saturday night of…

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Mamma Mia – Calling Every Dancing Queen and Super Trouper

Mamma Mia – Calling Every Dancing Queen and Super Trouper

“There was Something in the Air that Night…..Fernando” On a cool and crisp Friday night in mid-September, Kelowna Community Theatre hosted a doubleheader  of dance beats that featured Ryan Langevin as the Piano Man, a tribute to the music of Billy Joel and Elton John, and ABRA Cadabra, a tribute to the music and magic of Swedish super group ABBA. If that sounds like a lot of show, it was. The two-hour-and 50-minute performance was a well-filtered trip down memory…

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BC Amateur Bodybuilders Put the FIT in Fitness

BC Amateur Bodybuilders Put the FIT in Fitness

Oh, to be tanned, toned, and pumped about it. On the first Saturday night of May, wife Elaine and I took a “quarter turn to the right” and attended our first-ever gun show. Nope, it’s not what you’re thinking. On this sun-splashed evening, we contemplated doing a few sit-ups before jogging over to Kelowna Community Theatre for the 2017 Kelowna Classic. This sold-out parade of muscle and moxie put a shining light on the sport of bodybuilding and fitness and…

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Ron James Delivers a Comedy Cornucopia of Laughter

Ron James Delivers a Comedy Cornucopia of Laughter

Mr. James, take a bow. You earned it. On the final Monday of April, a nearly packed house showed up at Kelowna Community Theatre and hooted and hollered their way through a comedy goldmine of one-liners and raucous storytelling courtesy of a feisty fireball named Ron James. Not to be confused with hoopster LeBron James, this hilarious (and much shorter and pudgier) Ron James has been heralded by some as “the funniest man in Canada” and a “comedic genius” by…

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Speaks Italian For One Night

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Speaks Italian For One Night

Cello. What was your entertainment choice on the first Friday night of April? For wife Elaine and me, we chose to hang out with a bunch of familiar faces who we’ve never met, don’t know any of their names, and possibly have absolutely nothing in common with. Sounds crazy, but this group has a way of stirring our emotions and putting a dash of allegro in our stride. This group would be none other than the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO)…

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The Tea Party Rebuilds 20-Year Old Transmission

The Tea Party Rebuilds 20-Year Old Transmission

Them three boys sure make a lot of dark, progressive-rock noise. That was my sophomoric takeaway after spending the last Monday in March watching The Tea Party perform at Kelowna Community Theatre. The Tea Party (TTP), comprised of Jeff Martin, (lead vocals and guitar), Stuart Chatwood (bass guitar and keyboard), and Jeff Burrows (percussion), are a long-standing Canadian rock band with blues, Celtic, and Middle Eastern influences sprinkled in. Some in the media have dubbed their sound as “Moroccan roll.”…

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Sets Tone for Colours of Russia

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Sets Tone for Colours of Russia

Based on global events garnering outrageous headlines, perhaps a more accurate name of Friday night’s show at Kelowna Community Theatre might have been “From Russia with Love.” I mean that in a positive way. The only operatives peddling influence on this delightful evening were the musical tacticians in the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO). Led by Music Director Rosemary Thomson, the OSO presented its “Masterworks IV – Colours of Russia” showcase to a sold-out house. The orchestral compositions were mostly upbeat…

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