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70% of all live music events in Kelowna started at or before 6:00 this year!

2021 Music By The Hour

When, And Where, Live Music Happened This Year

an abundance of wineries and craft breweries hosting live music has allowed for hundreds of opportunities to catch local artists in the middle of the day!

by Miles Overn

Quick Stats

Shows Starting at or before 8:00
Nevaeh Dyson | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

the story behind the numbers

Love live music, but I have to get up for work

In Response to the CBC Radio piece referenced in local Facebook group

Almost all of us have to get up for work 5 days a week. The majority of us have to get up early, so that suggests we should probably hit the sack early too. In many if not most cities, that presents a problem for live music venues and fans alike. However, among the many ways in which we are blessed by being situated in the Okanagan Valley is an almost embarassingly large number of outdoor venues that host music during the day.

Our mostly warm and sunny summers have resulted in a great many wineries and, more recently, craft breweries and cideries, springing up and becoming places to catch live music on a regular basis. Wineries alone hosted more than 300 shows this year, and craft breweries and cideries almost another 300. That's 600 daytime and outdoor opportunities to catch live music in casual and beautiful settings. The vast majority of those shows started at or before 6:00.

The figure of 70.96% of shows translates to over 700 performances that started by 6:00 at the latest, and probably ended by 8:00. Plenty of time to make it home, chill for a bit, and ease your way into dream land with recollections of special musical moments still lingering in your head and warming your soul.

It's not fun packing up your gear at 1:00 am

This one's kind of tricky. Musicians have often been groomed from an early age for night time performances. There is something of an allure that remains around hitting the stage at 9:00 or later and playing into the night. Most musicians we have spoken to, though, tell us that all of that allure counts for nothing when it's time to start tearing down equipment and packing it up and loading it into whatever set of wheels you got there in. And then there's the drive home. And then there's unloading the gear and putting it away. Ugh.

Virtually all local musicians here in town have to hold down some kind of day job to allow them to do the music thing whenever they do get a gig. Fortunately, as stated above, so many of their live performances here in Kelowna do start earlier and end earlier.

Other benefits of these spaces
Yes, safe, nearby parking is an issue for a lot of people

Most of the wineries that are hosting live music have enormous on-site parking lots. That means a lot to a wide range of people.

Lack of nearby and safe parking was one of the most commonly stated reasons in a recent study for not attending more live music events here in town. I get that. The mere thought of having to walk a block or more on poorly lit streets just to get to a venue, especially later into the evening, could easily be enough to keep many people home. Certainly the ample parking available at virtually all the wineries and most of the craft breweries can go a long way to alleviating those fears.

The data and its source

The percentages and numbers stated throughout this article are directly from our own custom designed and built data source. We have tracked and listed over 1,000 live music events in and around Kelowna this year.

reviews from early shows

Some examples of great daytime performances

Andrew Judah at Red Bird Brewing

Red Bird usually starts its Saturday shows at 3:30, with a second artist starting at 4:30. The audience is perhaps a little younger and the music a little louder than other venues, but they do have a loyal following and lots of local musicians hang out there.

Andrew Judah at Red Bird Brewing | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

3:30 Show on Saturday, August 1, 2021
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Melissa Livingstone at Barn Owl Brewing

Bar Owl starts its Sunday shows at 2:00, whether they're outside or up in the loft. This craft brewery has created itself as a very family freindly venue with long tables, comfy chairs in the corners, and cupboards full of games.

Melissa Livingstone at Barn Owl Brewing | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

2:00 Show on Sunday, June 27, 2021
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Niki Martinus at Forbidden Spirits

Forbidden has slotted its Friday and Saturday events to usually start at 6:00, and their Soulful Sunday shows start at 4:00. Outdoors, big patio, lots of lawn....

Niki Martinus at Forbidden Spirits | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

4:30 Show on Friday, October 8, 2021
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Nevaeh Dyson at The Vibrant Vine

The Vibrant Vine welcomes patrons to their outdoor stage and huge lawn on both Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Very casual setting, with shows over by 5:00 at the latest.

Nevaeh Dyson at The Vibrant Vine | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

2:00 Show on Saturday, September 4, 2021
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Artists Photographed so far in 2021

Aaron Loewen | Alfie Zappacosta | Andrew Allen | Andrew Johns | Andrew Judah | Anna Jacyszyn and Loni Moger | Anna Katarina | Apollo Agua | Ari Neufeld | Ballet Kelowna | Barbara Samuel Duo | Barry Wilson | Ben Klick | Bex | Black Cat Soul | Bo Higgs | Bran Sanders | Brent Tyler | Brittany Graling | Bruce Spencer | Chloe Davidson | Clanna Morna | Cod Gone Wild | Corey Primus | Cover2Cover | Curtis Avery | Dale Disimone | Dan Tait | Dana Kowalsky | Dear Rouge | Diana Rose | Dirt Road Opera | Double Sharp | Elisha G | Ellie Fier | Floyed Meets Brwon | Focale | Garcia Band | Garrett Scattergy | Glory Days | Gorden James | Hailey Lewis | Hunter Brothers | Irwin & Higgs | Jackfish Narrows | James Hay | Jeff Piattelli | Jeremy Messenger | Jessica Le | Jimmy Balfour | Jodie B | Joe Lejoie | John Paul Byrne | Johnny Bootleg | Josh + Bex | Just Friends | Kailee McGuire | Kentucky Eileen | Kinga Heming | L & JZ | Leila Neverland | Mark Irving | Melissa Livingstone | Michael John | Michelle & Kent | Mitch Howanyk | Moirs Hill | Moontricks | Nevaeh Dyson | NFA - The Rock Dance Band | Nico Boesten | Niki Martinues | Nomads | Norm Strauss | OKM Senior Jazz Combo | Pat Ryan | Poppa Dawg | Post-Modern Connection | Proper Man | R Sherman | Rachel Raditz | Rob McLaren | Rollin' Coal Trio | Rumour Mill | Rusty Someone | Sad Tom and the Noodles | Sally Wallick | Sam Balson | Scotty Berg | Seventy Times Seven | Shalisa Liesch | Shari Ulrich | Shawnee Kish | Sista B | Smitten | Sonder | Songs of the Southern Belles | Stephen Kubassek | Stringers | Sycamore String Quartet | Tega Ovie | Teigen Gayse | The Canadian Jazztex | The Heels | The Legendary Lake Monsters | The Meliponas | The Royal Foundry | The Scalawag | The Tree Huggers | The Raz | The Steadies | Torrey Woody | Willy Marcotte Band | Wood Wire & Fire | Yukon Blonde | Zoe Marie Welch

- and many more to come -