Sister Cities Kelowna + Veendam Go Dutch for One Date

Sister Cities Kelowna + Veendam Go Dutch for One Date

A couple of musical sisters got together on Saturday night at Kelowna Community Theatre in the name of cultural exchange and educational enhancement. No, I’m not talking about the Pointer Sisters, the Andrew Sisters, or disco divas Sister Sledge. I’m referring to a so-close-and-yet-so-far tale of two cities – Veendam, the Netherlands and Kelowna. Hold onto your tulips and windmills, these two have had an ongoing sister-city relationship for 37 years centered around school-age students and adults visiting each other’s city…

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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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Jazz Masters’ Concert Highlights 40th Annual BC Interior Jazz Festival

Jazz Masters’ Concert Highlights 40th Annual BC Interior Jazz Festival

Nothing like watching The Masters and seeing a wealth of performers at the top of their game. No, I’m not talking about that prestigious green jacket golf tournament that takes place every April in Augusta, Georgia. I’m referring to another crowd-pleasing event that took place much closer to home, as in Kelowna Community Theatre on the third Friday in April. On this chilly spring night, the 40th Annual BC Interior Jazz Festival hosted its Jazz Masters’ Concert as the centerpiece…

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The Naked Magicians Bare All For Cheeky Comedy

The Naked Magicians Bare All For Cheeky Comedy

I’m guessing in the long and distinguished history of Kelowna Community Theatre there has never been a more cheekier show to grace the stage than what happened on a nondescript Tuesday in the middle of April. I mean, no bare butts about it. The performers on this night basically had nothing to hide. They built their reputation on full-frontal illusions and sleight-of-hand tricks. Abracadabra – now you see it, now you see more of it, now you wonder if and…

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Seasoned Sounds of Frankie Valli Visit the Okanagan Valley

Seasoned Sounds of Frankie Valli Visit the Okanagan Valley

Big Girls Don’t Cry – unless they had something better to do on Good Friday Eve and missed the Oh What a Night! Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Kelowna Community Theatre. Let’s be fair. Any female named Sherry should have gotten in for free. Ditto for any attendee who brought a Rag Doll or was inclined to Walk Like a Man. You get the picture, Valli and his Jersey boys cranked out a ton of…

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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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Colin James Commands the Stage Like a Hall-of-Famer

Colin James Commands the Stage Like a Hall-of-Famer

Nothing better than being treated to an electrifying performance by a Hall of Fame performer on a rainy Wednesday night. That absolutely, positively describes the privilege wife Elaine and I had sitting center stage at Kelowna Community Theatre for Colin James and his Blue Highways tour stop. The Regina native, along with his smooth-as-silk six-piece Little Big Band, knocked it out of the park with a bluesy jazzy musical catalogue that left many in the sold-out crowd clamoring for more…

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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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Kelowna Fan Xpo (KFX) is Nerd Nirvana for Cosplayers

Kelowna Fan Xpo (KFX) is Nerd Nirvana for Cosplayers

Nerd alert. Wife Elaine and I went to a geek festival and witnessed our first “Cosplay Contest.” I know what you’re thinking. Why are geeks gathering in Kelowna and what the heck does the word cosplay mean? Allow me to enter the Stan Lee science fiction/fantasy world of artistic expression and spell out all the dorky details. On Saturday, March 25th, Kelowna Community Theatre was one of the host sites for a “Comic-Con” style event called Kelowna Fan Xpo (KFX)….

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Tanya Tucker Brings Delta Dawn to the Okanagan

Tanya Tucker Brings Delta Dawn to the Okanagan

Here are three words you probably never ever thought you would hear in the same sentence – Tanya Tucker and Kelowna. Well well well – grab your cowgirl and hold her tight. It happened. Right there in the middle of the stage at Kelowna Community Theatre. On a school night. In front of an enthusiastic crowd that wanted to saddle up for a hayride down Delta Dawn lane. Country music legend Tanya Tucker belting out her signature hits and classics…

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