making the scene

with some lessons learned from last year, and a growing hunger for live music, there is hope

2021 So Far


it's going to be another challenging year, but once again several venues are stepping up and artists are stepping out to provide as many live music experiences as possible over the next several months

by Miles Overn

Quick Stats

Shows Shot So Far - 27
Upcoming Shows - 75

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Kim Rhindress of Smitten | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

the news


Red Bird Renovations

Red Bird Brewing is in the middle of a major renovation and it's parking lot is not going to be available for live music for a couple of months. Don't worry though, these guys are totatlly devoted to supporting the live music scene and they will be back once the dust has settled and the new facilities and spaces are opened up. Can't wait.


Gonzo Okanagan Releases Local Music Picks Spotify Playlist

Brad Krauza has developed and released a Spotify playlist of many of his favourite local artists tunes that are up on the popular streaming platform. He has included over 70 tunes from artists as diverse as Dirt Road Opera and Kentucky Eileen all the way to jazz artists such as Sean Bray and Kinga Heming. Literally everything in between seems to be in there as well. We've been saying it for years, but Kelowna has some serious International level talent, and the Gonzo playlist makes that obvious. Check it out at gonzonokanagan.com

Could This Be The Year of the Breweries?

Red Bird Brewing, Barn Owl Brewing, Copper Brewing, and Others

Red Bird Brewing hosted a bunch of Saturday afternoon shows out in their big parking lot last year, and are hoping to do the same this year, if Covid restrictions allow. They managed to get Sam Balson and Kentucky Eileen each to do a set a couple weekends ago. Already this year both Copper Brewing and Barn Owl Brewing have hosted live music events and are likewise looking to do more over the late spring, summer, and early fall months.

The Wineries Came Through, Will They Again?

The Vibrant Vine, The House of Rose, Priest Creek Winery and others.

An amazing array of wineries came through with gigs for musicians last year, providing artists a chance to play as well as giving their patrons a chance to listen to live music in a safe, outdoor setting. Places like The Vibrant Vine and House of Rose, who have both been hosting hundreds of shows each year for a long time now, were able to still move forward with a large number of shows, albeit in front of smaller crowds.

The Vibrant Vine has already booked over 30 shows for this year, and we're waiting to get numbers and artist info from other wineries.

Creative Okanagan

Central Okanagan Music Strategy

Creative Okanagan started working with the Central Okanagan Music Strategy group last year to try and gain an understanding of what can and should be done to help nurture the music scene here in Kelowna. A series of phases have been agreed to and commenced that have included surveys and interviews and even an online summit with people in and around the space that is ongoing throughout the rest of April and into May.

Signings

Storm The Empire signs with US label

Article to follow

Virtual MusicFest MS

Ben Klick Takes His Annual Fundrasier Online Again

After a very successful online event last year, country singer/songwriter Ben Klick is doing it all again this year with another stellar lineup of country artists who are generously giving of their time for an important and worthy cuase.

the reviews


Chloe Davidson at Barn Owl Brewing
Chloe Davidson at Barn Owl Brewing | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Afternoon Show on Sunday, May 8, 2021
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Seventy Times Seven at Barn Owl Brewing
Seventy Time Seven at Barn Owl Brewing | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Evening Show on Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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Bo Higgs at The Vibrant Vine
Bo Higgs at The Vibrant Vine | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Afternoon show on Saturday May 1, 2021
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Scotty Berg at Barn Owl Brewing
Scotty Berg at Barn Owl Brewing | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Afternoon show on Sunday, April 25, 2021
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Jeremy Messenger at The Vibrant Vine
Jeremy Messenger at The Vibrant Vine | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Afternoon show on Sunday, April 25, 2021
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Anna Jacyszyn and Loni Moger at Grizzli Winery
Anna Jacyszyn at Grizzli Winery | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Evening show on Saturday, April 24, 2021
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Josh + Bex at Barn Owl Brewing
Josh + Bex at Barn Owl Brewing | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Afternoon show on Sunday, April 18, 2021
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Smitten at The Vibrant Vine
Smitten at The Vibrant Vine | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Afternoon show on Sunday, April 11, 2021
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Jeff Piattelli at The Vibrant Vine
Jeff Piattelli at The Vibrant Vine | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Afternoon show on Saturday, April 10, 2021
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Kinga Heming at Barn Owl Brewing
Kinga Heming at Barn Owl Brewing | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Evening show on Tuesday, April 6, 2021
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Kentucky Eileen at Red Bird Brewing
Kentucky Eileen at Red Bird Brewing | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Afternoon show on Saturday, March 27, 2021
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Artists Photographed so far in 2021

Anna Jacyszyn and Loni Moger | Ballet Kelowna | Barry Wilson | Bo Higgs | Chloe Davidson | Curtis Avery | Elisha G | Glory Days | Jeff Piattelli | Jeremy Messenger | Joe the Musician | Josh + Bex | Kentucky Eileen | Kinga Heming | Poppa Dawg | Sam Balson | Scotty Berg | Smitten | The Tree Huggers

- and many more to come -