Sep 29

Deadline Extended: The 2014 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)


Sarah McLachlan, John Hiatt, Tom Waits, Pat Metheny, Sara Evans, Jon Secada, Bastille, Avicii, Wayne Shorter, Casting Crowns And Many More Join ISC’s Judging Panel

Deadline To Enter Extended Until November 4, 2014

September 29, 2014 – The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now in its extended deadline period, and the deadline for entering songs is November 4, 2014. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform and Sonicbids or through the mail. In addition, ISC will be offering some special promotions and incentives through the end of the year.

This year, ISC has expanded on the participation of music industry executives, offering the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the highest level of decision-makers in the music business. Judges include Presidents and CEOs from Republic, Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Columbia UK, Virgin UK, Sony Music Latin, Mercury UK, Wind-Up, Tommy Boy, Alligator, Blind Pig, Fat Possum, Robins Entertainment, S-Curve, and Concord Music Group. Coupled with additional high-profile industry executives and an notable group of recording artists, many of whom are currently dominating the charts – ISC offers the opportunity for artists to have their music
heard by the most impressive and elite panel of judges yet.

ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in prizes. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters,
ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music.
Past winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists, amateur songwriters, and everyone in between, including Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy
Higgins; King Charles; and many more.

2014 ISC judges include:

Recording Artists

Tom Waits; Sarah McLachlan; American Authors; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans;
Bastille; Casting Crowns; Avicii; Wayne Shorter; John Hiatt; Bela Fleck;
Keane; DJ Snake; Robben Ford; Natasha Bedingfield; Danilo Perez; Kenny Wayne
Shepherd; Martina McBride; Newsboys; Jon Secada; The Chainsmokers; Jason
Isbell; Femi Kuti; Afro Celt Sound System; London Grammar; Michael W. Smith;
Craig Morgan; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jean-Luc Ponty; James Cotton; Taylor
Goldsmith (Dawes); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Matt Thiessen (Relient K);
Chayanne; J. Holiday; and more to be announced…

Industry Executives

Monte Lipman (Founder and Chairman/CEO, Republic Records); Craig Kallman
(Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros.
Records); Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra Records); Alison Donald
(Co-President, Columbia Records UK); Ted Cockle (President, Virgin Records
UK); Mike Smith (President, Mercury Records UK); Nir Seroussi (President,
Sony Music Latin); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Rosie Lopez
(President, Tommy Boy Entertainment); Glen Barros (President, Concord Music
Group); Rex Rideout (VP of A&R, Motown Records); Jay Landers (Executive VP
of A&R, Verve Music Group); Bryan Stewart (VP of A&R, Curb Records); Jason
McArthur (VP of A&R, Provident Label Group / Sony Music Entertainment);
Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP
A&R, Latin America, Sony); Keith Naftaly (Executive VP of A&R, RCA Records);
Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Joseph Burney (VP of A&R, RCA Inspiration/Sony
Music Entertainment); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Steve
Greenberg (CEO, S-Curve Records); Kim Buie (A&R, Thirty Tigers); Albert
Schilcher (VP of Music and Music Marketing, MTV International); Gary Briggs
(Senior VP of A&R/Producer, New West Records); Lori Teig (VP of Talent,
VEVO); Jermaine Hall (Editor-In-Chief, Vibe Magazine); Jamie Masada (Owner,
Laugh Factory); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment);
Julie Kertes (General Manager, National Parenting Publications Awards,
NAPPA); Claire S. Green (President, Parents’ Choice Foundation); Leib Ostrow
(Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); Wende Curtis (Owner, Comedy Works);
Claire S. Green (President, Parents’ Choice Foundation); Nate Dern (News
Editor, Funny Or Die News); Cyndi Nelson (General Manager, ZANIES Comedy
Club); Shannon O’Neill (Artistic Director, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Please visit for an entry form or more

ISC is sponsored by: Ableton, Airplay Direct, Berklee College Of
Music, Celebrity Access, D’Addario, Disc Makers, George Stein, Esq., Hammond
USA, Indie Pro Mix and Final Mix, Inc., Gauge Microphones, Indie Venue
Bible, Lowden Guitars, Lurssen Mastering, Slate Digital,, The
Music Business Registry, Taxi, and Thayers


For more information, please email Candace Avery
at or call 615-251-4441.

Oct 09

New exhibition of ground-breaking First Nations art opens at Gallery

New exhibition of ground-breaking First Nations art opens at Gallery


7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.

October 11, 2014 to January 4, 2015

: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. is organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery

with support from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

October 8, 2014 – Kelowna, BC:
 A major exhibition that will be shown in only four Canadian cities opens at the Kelowna Art Gallery this Thanksgiving weekend. 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc., organized and circulated by the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, features over sixty works of art by seven artists that will be on view to Kelowna audiences from October 11, 2014 to January 4, 2015.

In the early 1970s seven professional First Nations artists decided to join together and create a new Group of Seven for Canada – sometimes called the “Indian Group of Seven.” They wanted to win an audience for their work and challenge stereotypes about First Nations people working as contemporary artists. The seven artists are: Jackson Beardy (1944-1984); Eddy Cobiness (1933-1996); Alex Janvier (b. 1935); Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007); Daphne Odjig (b. 1919); Carl Ray (1943-1978); Joseph Sanchez (b. 1948). The artist among the seven most familiar to Okanagan audiences will be the award-winning Daphne Odjig, who has lived and worked in Penticton and now Kelowna for a number of years and has achieved a national reputation for her paintings.

A 360-page hardcover catalogue has been published to accompany the exhibition by the MacKenzie Art Gallery. It features texts by eight writers, including the curator of the show, Michelle LaVallee, along with numerous large, colour reproductions of works in the exhibition.

An opening reception to celebrate this exhibition will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014, from 7 to 9 pm, at the Kelowna Art Gallery. This is a free event, open to Gallery members and guests, by invitation.

The Kelowna Art Gallery would like to thank and acknowledge KPMG, Pushor Mitchell LLP, and BMO Financial Group, for their generous financial support for 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.

Conversation with the Artists event has been scheduled for Saturday, October 18, from 1 to 3 pm. Join exhibition curator Michelle LaVallee from the MacKenzie Art Gallery, and artists Alex Janvier and Joseph Sanchez, in conversation about 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. This event is free and open to the public.

A special workshop entitled Freeing the Creative Mind will be led by artist Joseph Sanchez on Saturday, October 25, from 10 am to 4 pm. It will be a drawing and painting experience that frees the creative spirit and encourages a new aesthetic, one that is cuhere for Artists’ Biosrrently visible in much contemporary Native Art.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the cultural district in downtown Kelowna. For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at or call 250-762-2226.

Please click here for Artists’ Bios.

Sep 21

Visiting Authors: Ashley Little & Garry Gottfriedson, Sept 24 @ 7pm at the Okanagan Regional Library

Please join us…

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7pm

Okanagan Regional Library, Downtown Branch, 1380 Ellis Street


Ashley Little

The author of three novels, two of which have been optioned for film and television,Ashley Little is the recipient of The Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her work has been shortlisted for the ReLit Award, Longlisted for the CBC Canada Writes Short Story Contest, and was recently Shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award. Ashley holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and is currently an MFA Candidate at UBC Okanagan.



Garry Gottfriedson

Garry Gottfriedson is from Kamloops, BC.  He is a self- employed rancher from the Secwepemc Nation.  Gottfriedson is strongly rooted his cultural teachings. He is currently the Principal at the Sk’elep School of Excellence in Kamloops.  He holds a Masters Degree in Education.  In 1987, the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado awarded a Creative Writing Scholarship to Gottfriedson.  There, he studied under Allen Ginsberg, Marianne Faithful and others.  Gottfriedson has 8 published books.  He has read from his work across Canada, United States, Europe, and Asia.  His work has been anthologized and published nationally and internationally.

Sep 18

Call for Volunteers: Culture Days

ARTSCO-2009-Logo-208x300.jpgSUPPORT ART

The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO) is urgently looking for 2 volunteers to assist with the Culture Days opening reception. This position will ask for a multitude of essential tasks involved in the setup and functioning of the event (see essential functions below).

When: Friday, September 26th (4pm-6pm)

Where: Rotary Centre for the Arts


  • Setup and takedown of event venue and materials (mainly artwork)
  • Door greeting/ customer service
  • Gallery sitting

For more info, or to apply for this position, please contact the ARSTCO volunteer coordinator:

Ester @ (250) 899-1475 (text or call and leave a message), or e-mail:

Help out a local organisation while enjoying the Culture Days kickoff event!

Sep 03



Call to ARTSCO members!
Painters, drawers, mixed media artists and more!
The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan is looking for 2-5 artists to feature during the Culture Days opening reception happening Friday, September 26th from 4-6pm at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Ideally, the artists will be creating art during the Culture Days festivity.
Interested artists please contact Elke Lange at
Deadline: September 12 2014.

Aug 29






WHEN:     September 18-21, 25-28

TIME:        6:30pm Thurs., Fri., Sat. and 2:00pm Sat., Sun.

WHERE:   Bumbershoot Children’s Theatre, 125-1295 Cannery Lane

TICKETS: Youth $15 & Adult $21

TICKETS are Available at The BUMBERSHOOT Box Office 778-478-0142   Or    come in person to 125, 1295 Cannery Lane (during office hours)

Audience Recommendation 8+

A dark spell of sorrow and mystery hovers in the air as the young orphan, Mary Lennox, arrives at Misselthwaite Manor, the Yorkshire estate of her uncle Archibald Craven. The desolation of the surrounding moors, the puzzling reticence of the servants, and the grim demeanor of her uncle provide a less than warm welcome for the spoiled, friendless child.  Left to her own devices, Mary takes to exploring the grounds and comes upon a walled garden, locked for over ten years.  One day, a friendly robin helps Mary discover the key.  Once inside, she finds what must have been the most beautiful garden in all of England.  Now though, weeds grow roses once bloomed.  Mary decides that this place will be her secret refuge and she begins to tend the garden alone.  Inside the manor, another secret lurks.  At night, strange, haunting sounds echo down the empty corridors-is it the wind howling or a child crying?  This mystery is so deep that it will take all Mary’s determination and courage to solve it.

“Thomas Olson’s adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s familiar post-Victorian novel is a respectful one that effectively makes the point that love can erase the darkest experiences and memories.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

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