Dec 10


Microsoft Word - Call for Artists -Awards Design Submission 2014

8th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards  CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominate a Deserving Artist


The Okanagan Arts Awards, now in its 8th year, is an annual celebration recognizing winning nominees for their outstanding achievement. The arts awards serve to underline the importance of the arts in our communities, and to recognize individuals and groups for their significant contributions and for their exceptional support of arts and culture in BC’s Central Interior.

Nominations to anyone who resides from Kamloops to the Nicola Valley, Princeton to Osoyoos, and through to Revelstoke. To nominate click here


Arts Categories: The Arts Awards recognize all forms of the Arts:

  • Central Okanagan Foundation Community Arts Association Award: arts organization
  • Arts Educator:     a teacher in any context, public school, community
  • Culinary: demonstrate a high degree of competence
  • Dance:     performance, choreographers, companies
  • Design:     industrial, fashion, jewelry, furniture
  • Graphic Arts:     advertising, web design, commercial graphics
  • Literary Arts:     fiction, non-fiction, news, weblogs, poetry
  • Media Arts:     film, video, animation
  • Music:   singing, song writing, instrumentation, composing, performance
  • Supporter of the Arts:         through financial, volunteer or other significant contribution
  • Theatre:   producer, director, actor, company
  • Visual Arts:     all forms and types of visual arts
  • Youth: Age to 25: one award will be given: music, dance, theatre, visual arts, including media & design
  • Lifetime Achievement Award    

This award will be presented on the basis of overall contributions to the arts.

This is not a nomination award


The timeline for the various steps of the nomination process are as follows:

  • Deadline for Nominations                    January 31, 2015
  • Presentation of Awards                     March 28, 2015


The Central Interior has some of the most talented individuals that deserve recognition for their continued contributions to the Arts.


Take the time to nominate your star of the arts, raising their profile and honouring the calibre of art in your community.  Go to the Okanagan Arts Awards website at . or click here to nominate


You will find that this year’s on-line application process is easy and very user friendly!


Questions: Arts Council of the Central Okanagan Ÿ250-861-4123 Ÿ e-mail:


Microsoft Word - Call for Artists -Awards Design Submission 2014

Dec 11

Courtyard Gallery – Music at The Gallery and “Little Treasures” Exhibition


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Courtyard Gallery

is pleased to again announce

Music at The Gallery along with

Our Second Annual “Little Treasures” Exhibition

which will be held from
November 15, 2014 to December 24, 2014


Saturday, December 6 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 20 at 1 p.m.

Both Musical events will have refreshments for you to enjoy.

Come and see what we have to offer and listen to the music.

Singing Chorus


Nov 26

Mad Hatter: Beyond the Invisible

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November 14 2014

Artists infiltrate local landmark for a last look.

You’re driving on one of Kelowna’s most popular bypasses – Clement Avenue from Spall to Water Street – and pass though the quickly fading industrial parts of Kelowna. One of the largest landmarks along this track – the BC Tree Fruits Packing House – is about to close its doors before a full redevelopment seeks to revitalize this section of Clement – and you have one last chance to see inside a building that has been a crucial part of Kelowna’s agricultural heritage. Combine with that the large-scale installation works by some of our regions up-and-coming artists and you’ve got a recipe for a great night out, and a great art exhibition.

In the spirit of the legendary Mad Hatter art exhibitions organized the by Arts Council of the Central Okanagan for the past three years, Beyond the Invisible will present the work of over 30 local artists over the course of three days in the BC Tree Fruits Packing House. Jennifer Lauriault, Chair of the Mad Hatter Committee, explains “This year’s Beyond the Invisible is so special because of the location. The BC Tree Fruits Packing House has such deep ties with the community. The fruit packing industry has touched everyone here at some point and now the neighbourhood is changing – this is the last chance to see the space in its original form. Even more amazing is the way the artists have responded to the space and the history it represents, creating surreal, immersive works that are inspired by this heritage. It will truly be an event to remember.”

Opening night for the exhibition is set for Friday November 28th from 7pm-12am and will feature live performances by popular local band Hot Knox and a DJ set by Rumpus Room. Admission to the opening is $10 (tickets available at the door) and visitors are reminded to dress warmly. The exhibition will also be open to the public on November 29th and 30th from 1-7pm.

The BC Tree Fruits Packing House is located at 816 Clement Avenue in Kelowna.

The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan is a non-profit organization that is the underlying support for anything and everything that is art. The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO) supports and strengthens the arts throughout the Central Okanagan by championing artistic excellence, accessibility, communication, awareness, and mutual support of the arts within the broader community.


Beyond the Invisible

An art installation curated by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan.

Opening Reception November 28th 7pm-12am. Admission $10.00

Exhibition open to the public November 29-30th 1-7pm. Admission by donation

816 Clement Avenue, Kelowna BC


For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Arts Council of the Central Okanagan


Jennifer Lauriault

Chair, Mad Hatter Committee

250 575 2830

Our Sponsors



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 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.

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.

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