Entertainment: What’s On

Ballet Kelowna presents new dance production Boundless at Kelowna Community Theatre on Feb. 5 and 6.

Glas will be one of the dance productions for the Kelowna Ballet presentation of Boundless on Feb. 5 and 6.

Glas will be one of the dance productions for the Kelowna Ballet presentation of Boundless on Feb. 5 and 6.


Boundless by Ballet


Feb. 5 & 6

7:30 p.m.

Kelowna Community


1375 Water St.


Boundless is a mixed program of four distinct dance productions.

Matjash Mrozewski, former dancer with The National Ballet of Canada, partners with  Canadian composer Owen Belton to create a vital and potent new work.

Also on the program, multiple award-winning choreographer Gabrielle Lamb’s expertly crafted work Glas, inspired by the relentless flow of a river

This work showcases the fluidity and physical interplay of the dancers in an abundance of intricate combinations.

In Studies of Cash, Ballet Kelowna pays tribute to country legend Johnny Cash through a feast of styles—classical lyricism, folk-dance and rhythm and blues from Ballet Kelowna artistic director Simone Orlando.

Transporting audiences to Renaissance Verona, Kelowna’s own Joshua Beamish presents his fresh, classical interpretation of the breathtaking balcony pas-de-deux between Shakespeare’s two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.



Kelowna Kiwanis Festival Society anniversary


Sunday, Feb. 28

2 p.m.

Mary Irwin Theater at the Rotary Centre for the Arts

353 Bernard Ave.

421 Cawston aVe.



For the last 90 years, The Kelowna Kiwanis Festival Society volunteers have put on this anniversary concert to celebrate the achievements of Kelowna’s young people in music, dance, and speech.

This year, to help celebrate this legacy, the society will showcase  hometown heroes from past festivals who have gone on to professional careers in music, dance, and speech.

It will be an eclectic and dynamic program reflecting the wide-ranging and unifying nature of the Kelowna Kiwanis Festival.

Among the performing hometown heroes will be Graham Vink (piano), Desiree Bortolussi (ballet), Bob Rebagliati (jazz), Kim Foreman (musical theatre), Michelle Carlisle (woodwinds) and The Night Owl Orchestra.

Tickets are $15/person,  available at the Rotary Centre Box Office.




Saturday, Feb. 27

Level Night Club

275 Leon Ave.



Award winning rapper Madchild, from Swollen Members, will make a stop in Kelowna on his tour to promote his new album Silver Tongue Devil, which debuted at number 3 on the Canadian album chart.

Madchild quickly shot up the music charts in Canada and around the world touring with everyone from Tech N9ne, Black Eyed Peas and Avril Lavigne, winning multiple Juno Awards and Much Music Video awards.

That wave of success was followed by his much publicized battle with addiction to Oxycotin.

Now he is using his music to empower his fans and help many fans overcome their own addictions, and openly giving his voice to the prescription drug epidemic issues in Canada.



Capilano University


Saturday, Feb. 6

4 p.m

First United Church

corner of Richter and 
Bernard in downtown


Presented by the Okanagan Choral Society,  the Capilano University Singers is a national and international prize-winning ensemble.

The choir has a busy local schedule and also tours annually to communities across B.C., giving concerts and workshops to community and school groups.

Other performance invitations have included the Kelowna Philharmonic Society’s summer series, the Nelson Arts Festival, and the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors’ national convention in Quebec.

The choir has toured in Europe nine times since 1998. Past tours have included Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Italy, France and Spain, with many concerts in cathedrals and other venues associated with the great composers of the past.

Tickets available at Mosaic Books in downtown Kelowna or at the door. Students under 18 and accompanied children admitted free


Chris Trapper

Thursday, Feb. 9

7:30 p.m.

Blind Rooster Berry Farm

3660 Anderson Rd.



Singer-songwriter Chris Trapper, from Boston, will be performing a house concert in Kelowna.

Trapper’s music has been used in movies and TV shows, including “There’s Something About Mary” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”

He has also written music with Great Big Sea which earned him two Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers awards.



Kate Weekes

Tuesday, Feb. 9

2-3105 Thacker Dr.

7:30 p.m.

West Kelowna

Doc Willoughby’s

353 Bernard Ave.



The Kelowna Folk Club house concert series continues in 2016 presents singer Kate Weekes.

For the past year, Weekes has performed in places stretching from Nanjing, China, to McDonald’s Corners in Ontario, to Haines Junction in the Yukon.

She has a unique voice. often compared to fellow singer Suzanne Vega.

Originally from Ontario, Weekes has spent the last 12 years based out of Whitehorse.

She has fully embraced that lifestyle, from dog sledding to paddling on the nearby rivers, the experiences from which she shares in her music.

Weekes is currently touring with fiddler and viola player Keitha Clark.

Tickets are $20/person, will be available at ABC in Kelowna and Mad Hatter Bookstore in West Kelowna starting Jan. 18 as well as online, kelownafolkclub.ca.


All Shook Up

Feb. 10-27

Kelowna Actors Studio

1379 Ellis St


From rock ‘n roll to gospel and romance 25 of Elvis Presley’s hits roar to life in this new Broadway musical comedy.



Matt Anderson

Friday, Feb. 19

Kelowna Community


1375 Water St.


Matt Andersen has been enthralling audiences in North America, Europe and Australia for years.

So far in his career, he has managed to net three Maple Blues Awards, a Memphis Blues Challenge win, a CIMA Road Gold Award, a European Blues Award, and a Juno Award nomination.

With a soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Andersen has built a formidable following the old fashioned way—touring worldwide.

Earlier this fall the award winning artist once again decamped from his New Brunswick home—this time to record his upcoming eighth full-length album under the helm of producer  Commissioner Gordon.

“Gordon has worked with so many different people, like Santana and Quincy Jones, on so many historic albums,” said Andersen. “He has such a great approach and was able to tie-in so many new ideas to what I’ve done in the past without losing touch with my sound.”

Joining Anderson on tour in his band are drummer Geoff Arsenault, bass player Steve Marriner and guitarist/keyboards Chris Kirby




Monday, Feb. 29

8 p.m.

Kelowna Community


1375 Water St.


Classified is a revered and respected rapper-produce  touring to promote his new album, “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.



The Wailers

March 10, 2016

7:30 p.m.

Kelowna Community


1375 Water St.


Together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold more than 250 million albums and played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe.

The anchor ofthe band is Aston “Family Man” Barrett, who in addition to being Marley’s most trusted lieutenant and co-producer, played on countless other classic reggae hits throughout the 1970s.

The authenticity he brings to the Wailers’ sound is indisputable and yet today’s line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from one of Jamaica’s most exciting new singers.

The Wailers are undoubtedly the world’s premier reggae and world music group who bring high energy shows to fans across the globe.

The current lineup includes Barrett’s young son Aston Barrett Jr., a multi-instrumentalist who plays bass, drums and organ.

On drums is Anthony “Benbow” Creary, who recorded and toured with the band in the early years.

The two lead singers are Dwayne Anglin, known as “Danglin,” and Joshua David Barrett.

On lead and rhythm guitar and backing vocals is Audley “Chizzy” Chisholm and Cegee Victory, joined on keyboards by Chaka Taylor.

Now well into their fifth decade, The Wailers truly are living legends who embody the nobility, conviction and progressiveness of Bob Marley and his music.

“Our music is the magic,” said the elder Barrett. “The oxygen of the people. It’s the message of roots, culture and reality, meant to spread peace and love to all.

Tickets are now on sale 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.



Gord Bamford & Joe Nichols

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

7:30 p.m.

Prospera Place



Along with calling it a “certified country tour,” both Gord Bamford and Joe Nicholls share the experience of being nominated for awards.

Bamford is a 22-time Canadian Country Music Association award winner while Joe Nicholls is a four-time Grammy Award nominee.

Bamford is number one on the country charts with his new single, “Don’t Let Her Be Gone.”

In his career, Nichols has recorded five number one hits and eight top 10 singles, and he is one of only two artists to spend more than two weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart when ‘Yeah” held the top spot for three weeks.

Also joining Bamford and Nichols on stage  will be MacKenzie Porter.

Tickets available at selectyourtickets.com and 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.


Scottish-Canadian tenor John 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.



City and Colour

June 2, 2016,

Prospera Place

1223 Water St.



City and Colour, led by acclaimed Canadian singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green, will kick off a Canada-wide tour at Prospera Place in Kelowna next year.

The tour is in support of City and Colour’s latest album, If I Should Go Before You, and also features as the opening act Austin’s Shakey Graves.

If I Should Go Before You recently debuted #1 in Canada, City and Colour’s third consecutive national chart-topper, earning both commercial and critical acclaim.

The A.V. Club calls the album “alluring” and “breathtaking,” while AllMusic praises, “…a culmination of the sturdy pop sound he’s built up over the years that weaves through territories of dreamy indie folk, pastoral Americana, and soulful alt-rock.”

The new album is Green’s fifth release as City and Colour and follows 2013’s The Hurry and The Harm. Most recently, in 2014, Green collaborated with Alecia Moore (aka Pink) on a new project, entitled You+Me.


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