Entertainment: What’s On

Kelowna Secondary School's Night Owl Theatre to present two one-act plays Nov. 26.         

Blues singer Kenny Wayne will perform Saturday at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna, supporting a fundraiser for the Okanagan chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

Blues singer Kenny Wayne will perform Saturday at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna, supporting a fundraiser for the Okanagan chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.


KSS Night Owl Theatre One Act Plays

Thursday, Nov. 26

7 p.m.

Kelowna Secondary School

1079 Raymer Ave.


Kelowna Secondary School’s Night Owl Theatre will present an evening of one-act plays using both comedy and drama to explore the world of unique characters.

The Other Room, written by Ariadne Blayde and directed by KSS student Antony Knight, is a compelling glimpse into a unique and misunderstood mind.

In the play, Austin is a brilliant teenage astronomer who happens to have autism. Lily is his popular classmate who also happens to have an interest in astronomy.

A chance encounter after school leads to a growing connection between them. The play uses four characters to reveal Austin’s inner world and his constant struggle to connect with the world.

What’s it like to be awake when the rest of your world is asleep?

Playwright Jonathan Dorf and director Anne-Marie Holmwood seek to answer this question in the play 4 A.M.

Through a series of connected scenes and monologues a variety of characters explore the magic hour.

Learn the lessons of hope and fear as they rise to the surface at 4 a.m. and ask: “Is the monster under the bed real and …is there anybody out there?”

The play will run from Thursday, Nov. 26, to Saturday, Nov. 28. Curtain will be at 7 p.m. for all shows, and doors open at 6:30 pm.

Tickets are $8 for students, $12 for adults, and can be purchased either at the door or by emailing nightowltheatre@gmail.com.


Broadwood Grand 1809: Music and Poetry of the Romantics

Sunday, Nov. 29

2:30 p.m.

Mary Irwin Theatre at the Rotary Centre for the Arts

421 Cawston Ave.



Be transported to the early 19th century in a unique performance that pairs music and poetry.

Broadwood Grand 1809: Music and Poetry of the Romantics is presented by Early Music Studio and Western Gold Theatre.

It features pianist Susan Adams and guitarists Clive Titmuss and Alan Rinehart, with actor Terence Kelly.

The concert is inspired by a restored antique Broadwood piano made in London in 1809.

Masterpieces created by musical geniuses Beethoven, Schumann and Sor along with   romantic poetry by Blake, Wordsworth and Shelley are the focus of the concert.

Along with those performers, the star of the concert is the 200-year-old Broadwood Grand piano, virtually identical to the one that John Broadwood’s London firm shipped to Beethoven.

Both the piano and the guitar were still relatively new at the beginning of the 19th Century, but they quickly became popular household objects.

Music and literature projected boldness and creative energy during the outset of the Industrial Revolution, as society shifted from agriculture to manufacturing.

Rapid social change led composers and poets to introduce the expressive romantic style.

Played in the performance by Kelowna  early keyboard specialist Susan Adams, the Broadwood Grand is larger and more powerful, with an extended range and many more strings than previous instruments.

When Adams purchased this particular grand piano, it was literally an unplayable wreck, a tangle of broken strings, covered in dust and a greasy gas-light residue.

It took nearly a year for technician Marinus van Prattenburg to restore it in his Peachland shop.

Because of the need to minimize the risk of damage, the Broadwood has appeared in concert in Kelowna only twice.

Guitarist and luthier Clive Titmuss has created two matching early guitars, smaller and lighter than their modern versions.

He joins with Kelowna classical guitarist Alan Rinehart to feature a work composed by Fernando Sor.

Terence Kelly has studied and mastered the style and cadence of 19th Century English.

He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Jesse award from the Vancouver theatre community for his work.

The dream-like work of Kelowna poet Janice Notland rounds out the program, with Kelly reading two recently published poems underscored by the soulful music of arch-Romantic composer Robert Schumann.

Tickets are available from the Rotary Centre Box Office or online at www.selectyourtickets.com, by phone at 250-717-5304.

This concert is sponsored in part by the Central Okanagan Foundation

The Society of Friends of the Early Music (EMS) is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to the performance of, and education about music written before about 1850 played on period instruments.

They produce historically-informed concerts, videos and recordings on a variety of keyboards, guitars and lutes in their collection.



Adrian Chalifour and The  Towers & Trees

Saturday, Nov. 21,

8 p.m.

Jon Bryant

Saturday, Nov. 28.

8 p.m.

The Streaming Cafe

596 Leon Ave.



Jon Bryant’s popularity within the international music industry is growing  with his unique musical style of haunting-ambient dream-folk and singer/songwriter roots.

At the start of his musical career, Bryant’s single “Deaf” was selected as the iTunes single-of-the-week and his debut album the featured singer-songwriter album of 2009.

He followed up his online success with numerous TV sync placements while touring throughout North America and Europe.

There is no place like home for Adrian Chalifour and his small army of Victoria musicians called The Towers and Trees.

Following the release of the band’s debut EP  Broken Record in 2013), the group this year released a new album West Coast and are making an appearance in Kelowna as part of their Tour to promote the new record.

“This album believes in love in the midst of losing it,” explained Chalifour.

“Like standing at the shoreline, The West Coast is about being content with what has gone before and what is ahead.”



Matt Hoyles

Friday, Dec. 4

Doc Willoughbys

353 Bernard Ave.


Matt Hoyles is a low down, wailing bluesman, hailing from deepest darkest New Zealand. he draws his musical inspiration from Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Son House, BB King, Eric Bibb, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Cray, Seasick Steve and Otis Redding, Hoyle combines all influences both classic and modern to create his own unique blues sound.




Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey—Works on Paper

Until Jan. 17

Kelowna Art Gallery

1315 Water St


Artist Landon Mackenzie literally brought suitcases full of works to the Kelowna Art Gallery in preparation for her expansive new exhibition entitled Parallel Journey: Works on Paper (1975-2015).

The suitcases are strangely fitting as many of these works were completed while the artist traveled to various locations around the world during the past four decades.

The result is a visually rich show, packed with works that provide visitors with an intimate and captivating experience.

Mackenzie is a nationally known, Vancouver-based artist, admired for her large-scale works with paint on canvas.

Less known are her works on paper often created while traveling, which she produces voluminously as a tandem practice (or what might be considered a parallel creative journey) to her big paintings.

Somewhere between jottings and “finished” works intended for public exhibition, these small paintings speak to the deepest level of human creativity.

They function at times as glimpses into this intelligent artist’s psyche or soul. Visitors will get to see this in Mackenzie’s works on paper, from her student etchings created while studying printmaking as an undergraduate at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, to her work throughout the 1990s that incorporated the artist’s interest in neural mapping: the charting of brain and nerve impulses.

This interest also led to her to begin combining images and motifs from city maps, of all time periods, with images of the human brain.

This journey can also be seen in Mackenzie’s more recent work completed while living in Berlin in 2007 and 2013, occupying the Canada Council Paris studio in 2009, and during her time on the road as a speaker or visiting artist.

The exhibition is accompanied by a multi-authored, 196-page book published by Black Dog Publishing in the UK.

After its Kelowna run, the exhibition will be going on a national tour.



Nancy Drew: Girl


Until Nov. 29

Bumbershoot Theatre

125-1295 Cannery Lane



Bumbershoot Theatre will bring a famous young adult character to life in the stage production of “Nancy Drew: Girl Detective.”

This adaptation of the story by Carolyn Keene will feature one of the largest casts ever for a Bumbershoot production, 15 actors, and their largest set, standing two storeys tall.

Bumbershoot artistic director Tracy Ross noted that the full cast features a mix of younger people appropriate for the age of the characters in the play, led by Amber Wimbleton who will play the lead role of Nancy Drew.

This last show of the seventh season for Bumbershoot will be presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6.30 p.m.,  with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. from Nov.19 to 22 and Nov. 26 to 29.

Tickets are available at the Bumbershoot Box Office, online or by calling 778-478-0142.

Bumbershoot is a non-profit charitable organization which was launched in 2009. As well as its productions, it offers an ongoing series of theatre classes for all ages starting at 3-4 and continuing to ages 11-15 as well as adult classes in Shakespeare, musical theatre, stage and management and other subjects.

The team of instructors led by  Ross include Brent Sharpe, Dean Krawchuk, Danny Tagle, Colin DeBourcier and Neal Facey.

Full information on the Bumbershoot season as well as its other activities can be found at bumbershoottheatre com.




Nov. 20 and 21

8 p.m.

University Theatre at UBC Okanagan (ADM 026)

Kelowna .


Canadian playwright, director, and performer TJ Dawe brings Medicine to UBC Okanagan’s this week.

Medicine is Dawe’s autobiographical monologue about a retreat led by Hungarian-born Canadian physician Dr. Gabor Maté to heal stress and addiction.

At the retreat, participants ingested the Peruvian shamanic psychotropic plant-based medicine ayahuasca.

Ayahuasca, traditionally used as a spiritual medicine in ceremonies among the Indigenous communities in Peru, is known for its healing purposes.

However, people who have consumed ayahuasca also report having deep spiritual revelations while under the influence of the psychotropic plant.

Dawe is an award-winning performance artist and Vancouver Fringe Festival legend.

He is also known for co-writing the play Toothpaste and Cigars, which was made into the movie The F Word starring Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe.

Tickets are available at the door, $25 each or $15 for students and seniors.

The performances will be followed by a question-and-answer with the artist.

Medicine is part of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Performance Series, to be followed by Vu (Jan. 26), The Unfortunate Ruth (Feb. 19 and 20), and huff (March 11 and 12).



Stephen Fearing

Friday, Nov. 20

7 p.m.

1640 Gillard Dr.



Multiple Juno Award winner Stephen Fearing   has built up a loyal and dedicated international audience with a wide range of songs, from his 1988 release “Out to Sea,” to his last Juno winning album “Yellowjacket.”

A founding member of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Fearing has collaborated with many artists such as Richard Thompson, Sarah McLachlan, Tom Wilson, Colin Linden  and most recently producing an album for Suzie Vinnick.

A number of life changing events for Fearing resulted in a return to the West Coast this past July where he and his family now reside in Victoria.

He is currently working on a new album with Blackie & the Rodeo Kings due out early next year.

The Kelowna Folk Club will present the Fearing concert as part of their ongoing House Concert series.

Tickets are available at ABC Hobbies in Kelowna, the Mad Hatter Bookstore in West Kelowna or online at kelownafolkclub.ca.



Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

Saturday, Nov. 21

6 p.m.

Laurel Packinghouse

1304 Ellis St.



The Okanagan chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis  Society of Canada is staging the ‘Moonlight & Mistletoe’ winter concert fundraiser featuring music  Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne and his nine-piece band, a silent auction  and a photobooth with Santa and holiday costume accessories to help get concert-goers in the Yuletide spirit.

Wayne was born in Spokane but raised in New Orleans, and his music recalls the era when piano players like Fats Domino, Amos Milburn, and Bill Doggett worked the chitlin’ circuit on the “strolls” in dozens of American cities.

Wayne has been a traveling musician almost all his life, playing in and seeing the world from Texas to Hawaii, from Peoria to Paris.

Rediscovering his own blues roots long ago sent his career into overdrive, thanks to his fresh approach to old music, the drive and roaring good-time attitude of his live performances, and his smartly original self-penned songs.

The fundraiser is  co-sponsored by Q103.1, Pilgrim & Pearl Oyster Bar, The Italian Table, and The Revival Group, with proceeds going to the Okanagan MS chapter, staying in  Okanagan communities to fund MS support services, programs, and advocacy.

A portion of the money raised will also contribute to Multiple Sclerosis research initiatives at the University of British Columbia, one of the top research facilities in the country.

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

• The MS Society Okanagan chapter office, 1855 Kirschner Rd., Kelowna (please email sarah.taylor@mssociety.ca to arrange)

• Pilgrim & Pearl Oyster Bar, 1675 Abbott St., Kelowna

• The Italian Table: 2402 Highway 97, Kelowna



Dan Mangan

Saturday, Nov. 21

Kelowna Community


1375 Water St.



It’s been nearly a decade since Dan Mangan took to the road as a solo performer in Canada.

Beginning on Nov. 18, Mangan will make stops in smaller cities across Western Canada, reinterpreting songs from his latest album, Club Meds, as a solo performer.

It is no easy task to re-imagine a record normally performed by Mangan and his long-time band mates, now officially titled Blacksmith.

Members of Vancouver’s experimental music scene, Blacksmith bring a stark glassy edge to the music through a fog of analog feedback loops and synths.

Along with Mangan’s solo interpretation of the tracks will be select songs from his music history.

Mangan has found success both commercially and artistically starting out as a truly independent artist recording in search of a record deal.

XM Canada’s the Verge Music Awards named in Artist of the Year in 2009, earning him the $25,000 prize that went along with the award.

In 2010, his sophomore album Nice, Nice, Very Nice garnered a Polaris Music Prize shortlist nomination.

And his third album Oh Fortune earned him two Juno Awards.



Corinna Rose

Sunday, Nov. 22

7:30 p.m.

3027 Lowe Crt.



The Kelowna Folk Club will present the banjo-wielding folk-rock troubadour in their house concert series.

Named after a traditional country-blues song and her great-grandmother, Rose crafts songs that simultaneously capture aspects of the folk tradition, while unabashedly using crooked rhythms, jazz chords and electric guitars.

Tickets  available at ABC Hobby & Games in Kelowna, Mad Hatter Bookstore in West Kelowna and online at  kelownafolkclub.ca.



James Otto, Teby and Jason Blaine

Wednesday, Nov. 25


1268 Ellis St.



The trio of country music performers are in the midst of their Three’s A Party 22-date tour across Canada.

CCMA Award winner Jason Blaine has been at the top of the Canadian country music charts on both radio and CMT Canada, with more than a dozen Top 10 singles including the 2012 CCMA Single of the Year “They Don’t Make Em Like That Anymore.”

Earlier this summer, Blaine’s single “Country Side” topped the charts as the #1 Canadian song at Country Radio nationally on both BDS and Mediabase charts and marks his sixth #1 song at Canadian radio.

Fresh out of the studio with fellow Canuck Phil O’Donnell at the production helm, Blaine has released a new album.

Songwriter and three-time CCMA Award nominee Tebey has found success as well with his hits “Now I Do,” earning more than half a million views on YouTube, and his countrified version of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” (featuring  Emerson Drive) reaching the Top 5 on Canadian country radio.

Rounding out the trio is  James Otto, who recently released his latest EP Somewhere Tonight.

For more information and to check out the exciting VIP packages, keep a close eye on the tour website  threesapartytour.com.



Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Dec. 2 to 20

Kelowna Actors Studio

1379 Ellis St.

Kelowna .


Originally billed as “the most phantasmagorical musical in the history of everything,” Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a classic musical adventure featuring an out-of-this world car that flies through the air and sails the seas.

It tells the story of eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts, who with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima, and the ever-lovely Truly Scrumptious, sets about saving a former Grand Prix-winning race car from the scrap heap.

Soon they discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and take flight.

After word gets out about its extraordinary abilities, trouble ensues when the evil Baron Bomburst decides he wants it all to himself, launching Caractacus, Jeremy, Jemima, and Truly on a series of high-flying high jinx to save the miraculous motorcar.

Based on the timeless novel by famed James Bond author and creator Ian Fleming, the production features the music and lyrics by the legendary Sherman brothers, composers of Mary Poppins.

Before being turned into a stage musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was a 1968 British musical film, starring Dick Van Dyke as Caractacus Potts and Sally Anne Howes as Truly Scrumptious.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is directed by Angela Lavender, a local actor, director, and teacher who has staged productions across the valley including the young actors project in School District 23.

Roslyn Frantz is resident music director with Jennifer Davies as choreographer/stage manager.

Rick Worrall (Les Miserables, South Pacific) portrays Caractacus Potts; Laura Benty (Crimes of the Heart; Les Miserables) as Truly Scrumptious; Ryne Van Vliet Brown (Oliver); Hannah Friesen (Oliver); Brandon Shalansky (Jesus Christ Superstar); Delphine Litke (Oliver); Neil Johnson (The Addams Family) and Ray Mordan (Miracle on 34th Street) as Grandpa Potts;

Fourteen local youths fill out the production with another 15 adults adding to the marvelous magical characters.

When adapting the show for London’s West End in 2002, producers were faced with the daunting prospect of bringing the indomitable personality of Chitty to life—including seeing the car take flight and set sail —live on stage.

Kelowna Actors Studio now faces similar challenges for its production.

“Some time ago, I saw the stage musical in New York with a car that flew using hydraulics to lift and tilt it. How will we do it? Well, I’m working with designer Mike Nordlund, who is creating the car from a concept I had for staging the show in an imaginative, new way,” explains KAS artistic managing director Randy Leslie.

“We’re very excited to show our audiences, but I’m not giving away any secrets early.”

The London production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, ran a record-setting three and a half years and was nominated for two Olivier awards. In 2005, the Broadway production of the show received five Tony Award nominations, 10  Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, and four Drama Desk nominations.

The KAS production technical staff include producer and set designer Randy Leslie; executive producer/projections/drops Nathan Flavel; set decor, Stacey Baker; master carpenter Casey Easton; sound and mic design Jordan Leboe; properties Tracey Hway;  costume Design, Hazel Rodgers; light design, Jordan Davies; and chitty car design,  Mike Nordlund.

For tickets, call 250-862-2867 or available at Kelowna Tickets box office in  Orchard Park Mall.



The Happy Elf

Friday, Dec. 4

7 p.m.

Mary irwin Theatre in the Rotary Centre for the Arts

421 Cawston Ave.



The Studio9 arts school students will present The Happy Elf.

Eubie the Elf is on a musical mission to bring Christmas cheer to a town on Santa’s naughty list.

With the music written by Harry Connick, Jr.,  The Happy Elf tells the tale of Eubie the Elf, a lovable fellow who wants to spread Christmas joy throughout the town of Bluesville.

Hoping to introduce a new generation of children to the joys of jazz, Connick has crafted a musical landscape against which Eubie’s story unfolds.

The Happy Elf follows Eubie, the happiest elf in the North Pole.

More than anything else, Eubie longs to be a part of Santa’s sleigh team. Instead, he’s stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists.

Then one Christmas Eve he sees something strange—in the whole town of Bluesville, not a single person has been nice.

With a pinch of elfish magic and a magical whoosh, Eubie’s off to Bluesville. But can he turn a whole town of naughty children nice in just one day?

Tickets available at SelectYourTickets.com



Spectrum Singers

Dec. 4-5

St. Michael’s Cathedral

608 Sutherland Ave.



The Spectrum Singers Christmas season concert this year is entitled “Our Christmas Gift of Song.

The Spectrum Singers will perform a selection of classical and traditional songs, under the direction of Kim Kleineberg and with special guest vocalist   Mark Wells.

Tickets ($10 for students and $20 for adults) will soon be available from all choir members, as well as at Mosaic Books in downtown Kelowna and the UPS Store in West Kelowna (by Save-On-Foods).



Okanagan Festival Singers

Saturday, Dec. 5

7:30 p.m.

First Lutheran Church

4901 Lakeshore Rd.



Handel’s Messiah is an Okanagan Festival Singers tradition that returns again for this Christmas concert season.

The Okanagan Festival Singers  soloists include two young but highly acclaimed singers from Winnipeg—Jane Fingler and Justin Odwak.

As well, the choir looks  forward to the return of Fabiana Katz-Esler and Michael Kurschat, who both sang in the  2012 performance.

For ticket informaton, contact Clair Smith-Burns at 250-764-5188.



Vance Joy

Thursday, Jan. 14

Kelowna Community Theatre

1375 Water St.


Pre-sale tickets for the Vance Joy concert will go on sale from Wednesday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m., to  Thursday, Sept 17, 10 p.m. General sale tickets available starting at 10 a.m. on Sept. 18.

Joy has had an unexpectedly long time to finish his debut album.

There’s a simple reason why—his first single, “Riptide,” kept charming the world and he followed his new audience all across the globe.

As well as selling out headline tours in Australia, Vance Joy performed at South By South West, Glastonbury, Firefly and Boonaroo Festivals before returning to Australia for Splendour In The Grass and then back to the UK, Europe, US and Canada for headline tours and V Festival, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Osheaga.

In Australia, Riptide moved from alternative to commercial radio, then commercial TV and got a second wind after it became the first song to top Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown without an album to call home.

The song has sold over a million copies worldwide has been streamed over three million times a week.

“It’s taken on its own life,” said Joy.   “It’s definitely been a door opener. It’s running its own race now.”



Blue Rodeo

Monday, Jan. 25

8 p.m.

Prospera Place


With every ticket purchased, fans are invited to choose a digital download of any studio album in the Blue Rodeo catalogue including their upcoming release Live at Massey Hall.

In 2014 Blue Rodeo hit the road and showcased their In Our Nature album with a lengthy tour across the country featuring two sets and almost three hours of music.

In addition to the release of Live At Massey Hall, Blue Rodeo will also make available vinyl releases of the classic albums Casino (Oct. 30), Lost Together (Nov. 13) and Five Days In July (Nov. 27).

Tickets on sale at selectyourtickets.com or call 250-762-5050.




Monday, Feb. 29

8 p.m.

Kelowna Community


1375 Water St.


Concert tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 30, for Classified, a revered and respected rapper-producer, has taken Canadian hip hop music all over the world.

He will be touring next year on the heels of his new album release, “Greatful.”

Classified hails from  Enfleld, N.S., features  hip-hop pioneer DJ Premier on the new album’s street track “Filthy” and rap icon Snoop Dogg on the lead single “No Pressure.”

Classified, born Luke Boyd, uses witty wordplay over top a simplified, catchy beat and sing-along chorus.

He has found the secret of his success so far in the rap world to be his ability to break down the barrier between the performer and the man.

A dedicated family man, Classified’s charisma and approachability extends to both his on-stage and off-stage personas that engage even the most discerning hip-hop fans and critics alike.

In his career, he has sold more than 500,000 records, earned multiple Juno Award nominations and had two singles reach top-10 status in Canada.

“I try and write as if you’re sitting in a room with me and we’re having a conversation,” Classified explained. “I never got into this to be famous, but to get my point across, be honest and make real music.”

Tickets are on sale online at  selectyourtickets.com.



Marianas Trench

April 5, 2016

1223 Water St.

Prospera Place



Canadian pop-rockers Marianas Trench will make a stop on the group’s Never Say Die tour across Canada at Prospera Place on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

The tour is supporting Marianas Trench’s fourth studio album, Astoria, which debuted at #2 in the Canadian SoundScan charts and is currently at 33 on the U.S. album top 100.

Of the current tour, Marianas Trench front man Josh Ramsay enthuses: “Mousse up that hair, throw on your best ripped acid wash, and get ready to join the fight to make dancing legal once again. Can you survive Astoria? The only other thing capable of generating that much energy is a bolt of lightning.”

Known for their infectious sound and energetic performances, Marianas Trench have secured a spot as one of Canada’s most successful bands of the past decade, building their name on relentless touring combined with two platinum sales albums, hit songs such as “Fallout,” Stutter” and “Haven’t Had Enough” and a Juno Award for group of the year in 2013.

Ramsay also received a Grammy nomination in 2013 for co-writing and producing Carly Rae Jepsen’s breakthrough smash hit, “Call Me Maybe.”

Tickets on sale  at selectyourtickets.com or by calling 250-762-5050 or at the Prospera Place box office.



George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Wednesday, April 20

7:30 p.m.

Prospera Place


George Thorogood’s music career dates back to 1973, when the barely-out-of-his-teens Wilmington guitarist piled his gear into the drummer’s Chevy van to play their very first gig at a University of Delaware dorm.

More than four decades and some 15 million albums sold worldwide later, Thorogood and his band are badder than ever.

Thorogood and his longtime band—Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) —will share a romp through many classic songs from the group’s music catalogue—  “Who Do You Love,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over”and the infamous “Bad To The Bone.”

“When I was 16, I was going to school and playing Little League but nothing felt comfortable to me,” Thorogood recalls. “The first moment I picked up the guitar, it felt so right that it almost scared me. The fact that I couldn’t sing, play or write a song didn’t matter. I’d learn to do all that soon enough.

“But by having a knack for this thing and feeling relaxed doing it, I knew I was halfway home. I love to perform live, and I’m lucky to be able to do it on a level that our music and reputation have taken us to. To this day, I consider my job description to be ‘live rock performer.’”

show.  Most of all, we’re making a living doing what we love and people love what we’re doing.”

Tickets on sale at selectyourtickets.com or call 250-762-5050



John McDermott

April 23, 2016

Kelowna Community


1375 Water St.


Tickets for Scottish-Canadian tenor John McDermott will go on sale today (Nov. 13).

McDermott is best known for his rendering of the song “Danny Boy.”

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, McDermott moved with his family to  Toronto in 1965.

Growing up in a musical family, his only formal musical training was at St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, Ontario in 1971 and 1972.

He performed his first concert at the Rebecca Cohn Theatre on Oct. 5, 1993, in Halifax.

From there he continued to tour the rest of Canada, performing as an opening act for The Chieftains.

Throughout 1994, he went on a tour of Australia and New Zealand, following the great success of “Danny Boy,” which had been ranked Number 1 on the charts there and achieved triple platinum in New Zealand.

Within a year he began to develop his own following, becoming the headliner at concerts after years of beign the opening act for other peformers.

He also began to appear at several special events including the D-Day ceremonies in France in 1995, and the United States Democratic National Convention in 1996.

He has also appeared on television several times, both as a host of CBC Television concert specials in 1997, and in his own television special titled John McDermott: A Time to Remember, which aired on PBS in 2002.

He formed The Irish Tenors, and after performing a large concert in Dublin, Ireland, in 1998, the trio spent some time touring the United States, appearing on television, and releasing an album.

Since leaving the Irish Tenors, McDermott continues to tour extensively, performing with his own group and with the great symphonies of the world.

He continues to work to support the veteran community in the United States and in Canada.

In 2000, McDermott dedicated McDermott House in Washington, D.C., a transitional home for homeless veterans.

His latest album release, Journeys: Bringing Buddy Home, was recorded to help support fundraising for Fisher House Boston and launch the Canadian initiative for an outreach center for Canadian veterans.

For tickets, 250-762-5050; online selectyourtickets.com.




Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Prospera Place

1223 Water St.



Hedley returns to the familiar confines of Prospera Place for a stop on the group’s Canadian tour next year.

Hedley, who have included Kelowna  in previous tours, will play here Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

The opening acts will be Carly Rae Jepsen, she of the Call Me Maybe international hit song of 2012, and Francesco Yates.

Hedley’s tour will be in support of the band’s sixth studio album, Hello.

Featuring a state-of-the-art stage production, the 2016 tour will be the Juno Award winning Hedley’s most impressive show to date, with staging elements that will bring the band closer to the fans than ever before.

“Playing live is who we are, and going on tour is the ultimate way for us to interact with our fans,” said Hedley frontman and creative force Jacob Hoggard about the upcoming tour.

“We’re about to unveil the most spectacular tour we’ve ever embarked upon.

“We can’t wait to connect with each and every one of our fans, in person…and to pull some pretty amazing tricks out of our sleeves.

“We have amazing fans and we can’t wait to share this with them.”

Having sold close to 500,000 tickets in Canadian arenas since 2010, Hedley have quickly and quietly become one of the most successful touring acts in the country. In 2013 alone, the Wild Life tour sold 150,000 tickets across Canada.

Hedley have produced five consecutive multiplatinum albums— Hedley (2005), Famous Last Words (2007), The Show Must Go (2009), Storms (2011) and Wild Life (2013).

Tickets will be available online at  selectyourtickets.com, call  250-762-5050 or at  the Prospera Place Box Office.

Hedley’s tour will be in support of the band’s sixth studio album, Hello.

Featuring a state-of-the-art stage production, the 2016 tour will be the Juno Award winning Hedley’s most impressive show to date, with staging elements that will bring the band closer to the fans than ever before.

“Playing live is who we are, and going on tour is the ultimate way for us to interact with our fans,” said Hedley frontman and creative force Jacob Hoggard about the upcoming tour.

“We’re about to unveil the most spectacular tour we’ve ever embarked upon.

“We can’t wait to connect with each and every one of our fans, in person…and to pull some pretty amazing tricks out of our sleeves.

“We have amazing fans and we can’t wait to share this with them.”

Having sold close to 500,000 tickets in Canadian arenas since 2010, Hedley have quickly and quietly become one of the most successful touring acts in the country. In 2013 alone, the Wild Life tour sold 150,000 tickets across Canada.

Hedley have produced five consecutive multiplatinum albums— Hedley (2005), Famous Last Words (2007), The Show Must Go (2009), Storms (2011) and Wild Life (2013).

Tickets will be available online at  selectyourtickets.com, call  250-762-5050 or at  the Prospera Place Box Office.

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