making the scene

over 1500 live music events already played, and hundreds more booked for this year, and there will be many more to come!

2023 So Far

Live Music in Kelowna This Year

the wineries and craft breweries carried the day throughout all of 2021 and 2022, and they're already booking heavy for this year.

by Miles Overn

Quick Stats

Shows Shot So Far - 205
Upcoming Gigs - 88
Upcoming Gigs & Concerts - 99

This Weekend in Kelowna

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the news

New Live Music Venue Revelry Opens

2022 First Quarter Pulse

It has been an amazing start to the year, with 380 gigs already played, just shy of 50 venues active already, and over 90 musicians and bands who have had gigs. To get a more complete picture, please read our 2022 First Quarter Music Scene Pulse article.

78 Gigs Played in January
2021 -2022 78 Gig Date

What a difference a year makes!

While there were a number of gigs cancelled in January, 28 artists still managed to play 78 gigs at 23 different venues in and around Kelowna in the first month of the year. It took us until May 23 last year before we had that many gigs take place.

Leading the way for in town venues were Barn Owl Brewing, Grizzly Bear Bistro + Bar, Rotary Arts Centre, O'Flannigan's Pub, and Shore Line Brewing.

Over 330 Gigs Already Booked for 2022

Barn Owl Brewing is once again leading the way, and Grizzli Winery is right up there with them. Newcomers Grizzly Bear Bistro & Bar and Salt & Brick are also getting very active. It's also great to see Whiski-Jacks booking a bunch of stuff again as well. It's all solos and duos there for the next couple months, but the goal is to have bands back in as soon as that sort of thing is allowed again.

There are some big changes afoot, and some significant moves being made by venues for the upcoming outdoor season that we can't wait to announce, but we will wait until we get the go ahead from the venues involved. These announcements are going to excite music fans in Kelowna in a big way.

Could This Be The Year of the Breweries?

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

Barn Owl Brewing finished 2021 as the second busiest venue in Kelowna, and they've alread booked artists through to the end of March, with James Hay starting their year on January 5th. Red Bird Brewing, last years 4th busiest venue, is in the midst of a major renovation and expansion and the end result sounds very exciting, but they won't be anything happening there for the next few months.

Copper Brewing ended up just outside the 5 busiest venues last year and we expect similar numbers from them this year. Things usually pick up there when the weather warms up and they start using the patio space outside the venue. On top of that, Shore Line Brewing started their Live Music Mondays late last year and are looking to continue with that schedule. Great for locals looking for something to do on a Monday night.

The Wineries Keep Coming Through, Can They Do It Again?

The Vibrant Vine, Peak Cellars, Grizzli 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 in Kelowna, Peak Cellars out in Lake Country, and Grizzli Winery in West Kelowna, who have all been hosting dozens 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.

Grizzli Winery has already booked over a dozen shows for this year, and it's just the first week of January. Sperling Vineyards entered into the live music space last year and the owners have expressed the desire to do more of that in the years to come.

the reviews

Elevado at Revelry
Photo Review of Mchael Averill at Revelry

Evening Performance, October 13, 2023
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Michael Averill at Revelry
Photo Review of Mchael Averill at Revelry

Afternoon Performance, September 25, 2023
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Megadeth at Prospera Place
Review of Megadeth at Prospera Place

Evening Show, April 29, 2023
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Artists Photographed in 2023

Aaron Loewen | Aidan Mayes | Andrew Judah | Andrew & Zack Smith | Anna Jacyszyn and Loni Moger | Anna La Mare | Apollo Agua | Apollo Suns | Austen Sawchuk | Alxsea | Ben Dunhill | Bex | Bob Silverside | Bran Sanders | Bray & Co | Brent Tyler | Celine Simard | Chipko Jones | Chloe Davidson | Coommon Fires | Conroy Lee Ross | Craig Thomson | Dan Tait | Dane Bateman | Dani & Kerry | Dave Barber Trio | Dawson Gray | Deepak Fhatti | Denver Venoit | Dirt Road Opera | Don't Speak | Ellie Fier | Elodie Osei | Frantic | Garrett Scatterty | Gary Saturday | Giselle Sanderson | Gorden James | Graham Ord Hawksley Workman | Hot Sax | Hyanaes | Instario | Jack Garton | Jackfish Narrows | Jacqui Guillou | Jay Gavin | Jeff Piattelli | Jesse Roper | Jessica Le | Joshua Smith | Just Reid | Kali Mcleod | Kailee McGuire | Kansas Lee | Katgruvs | Kentucky Eileen | Kitchen Sink Pocket Orchestra | Larry Roy | Layer Cake Mountain | L & JZ | Leila Neverland | Loni Moger | Major Mambo | Mandy Cole | Mark Irving | Mark Woodyard | Marv Machura | Megadeth | Michael Averill | Michael Daniels | Michael Se Elliot | Michaela Bray | Mitch Zorn | Mony Alonso | Mount Rushka | Nevaeh Dyson | NFA - The Rock Dance Band | Nico Boesten | Noah Derksen | Nomads | Norm Strauss | Okanagan Symphony Orchestra | Paige Madison | Pat Belliveau | Party Texture : Paul Byrne | Poppa Dawg | N Sherman | RG Peever | Rachel Matikin & Barry Mathers | Rhindress | Rhindress Duo | Robin McHenry | Rusty Someone | Ryan Langlois | Sally Wallick | Sammy Volkov | Semi Athletic : Shalisa Liesch | Smitten | Somebody 1990 | Tara Davidson | Taylor Bay | Taylor Van Zant | The Bankes Brothers | The Chris Show | The Paper Kites | The Regals | The Steadies | The Yellow Brick Road Experience | Under The Rocks | Vaguely Obsessed | Voix de Couer | Zayda

- and many more to come -

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