Dancin’ Barefoot Festival
July 17, 2013
Dancin Barefoot Festival
The Dancin Barefoot Festival is back for its 6th year. Heading the festival this summer they have Nick Gilder & Sweeney Todd and Shawn Hook.
Started by Peachland-based Elvis tribute artist Terry MacGillivray in the summer of 2007, the Dancin’ Barefoot Music Festival offers a classic rock and roll summer evening guaranteed to keep toes tapping, with or without shoes. The event focuses on local talent, highlighting the remarkable array of quality musicians working in southern B.C., and will bring English-Canadian glam rock legend Nick Gilder and his first band, Sweeney Todd, to the stage to play hits like their 1976 No. 1 single Roxy Roller and Gilder’s own Hot Child in the City (1978).

MacGillivray’s daughter, Patricia Cheyne, and wife, Valerie MacGillivray, have run the festival since Terry passed away in 2008 and say it has grown enough to see Gilder pursue them to land a spot on the bill.
“I am a big fan of his music. I think he’s got a great sound and I like everything about him. I like his rapport with the audience and the way he appreciates his fans,” said Cheyne. “He’s kept himself healthy and fit and he can sing really well.”


Dancin Barefoot Highlight Reel
Also featured at this show will be Nelson based Shawn Hook. He has had a stellar year and his latest single “Two Hearts Set on Fire” can be heard on 99.9 Sun Fm.


Shawn Hook “Two Hearts Set on Fire”
I caught up with Patricia Cheyne last week to talk about the festival and some of her highlights (interview starts at 1:30)
What’s On? Interview
Tickets are $43 and are available at the following locations:
Kelowna: Bike Shop Cafe


Peachland Chamber of Commerce (250) 767-2455
or online: http://www.ticketbreak.com/event_details/6099
For any Shawn Hook fans this is one of his only shows this summer so he sent along a personal video invite to his summer shows in the Okanagan
FREE Summer Concerts in West Kelowna
July 12, 2013
After a highly successful first year, Music in the Park, returns to West Kelowna. The concerts are totally free and run every Friday night in Memorial Park from 6:45-9pm.
2013 Music in the Park Highlight Reel:
Directions: If you’re unsure where Memorial Park is here is a video I made just for you:
2013 Music in the Park interactive schedule
Produced and promoted by Creative Okanagan the 2013 line up includes:
July 12th Classic Rock (Sponsor: Interior Savings)
Talented Kid: Shadow (shock illusionist)
Jimmy LeGuilloux
Make Me Smile “The Ultimate Chicago Tribute”July 19th Country Opry (Sponsor: Anthem Properties – Governor’s Landing)
Talented Kid: Taylor Hickson
Westbank Country Opry

July 26th Indie Rock
Talented Kids: Austin and Charlie
The Flu
Fields of Green

Aug 2nd Variety Night (Sponsor: Valley First)
Talented Kid: Katia Wells-Green
MBSS Talent Show Highlights: Alex Tilley, Jamie Glutek,  Ben Klick
Cuban Fire

Aug 9th Classical/Jazz (Sponsor: Anthem Properties – Snyatan)
Talented Kid: Ciara Myers
Anna Jacyszyn
Alexandra Babbel

Aug 16thCeltic
Talented Kids: Triple Threat
The Malarkeys
Cod Gone Wild

Aug 23rd Country
Talented Kid: Jesse Mast and Ben Klick
Tiger Moon
Kylee Epp

Aug 30th Blues/Jazz (Sponsor: Capri Insurance)
Talented Kid:  Bjorn Kriel
Sherman Doucette
Ellen Churchill

Okanagan Summer Festivals
June 5, 2013
Festival season in the Okanagan is starting to get going. Line ups are being announced, tickets are on sale, and with all that commotion it felt like a great time to let you know about some of our highlight festivals and events that happen in the Okanagan. This list isn’t comprehensive but if your looking for an event worth going to here’s a starter list for you
Fat Cat Festival: July 7-9th, Waterfront park
- School Day: Friday 8:30-1:30pm: hands-on programming and workshops. Open to general public, homeschoolers and students
- Fat Cat Children’s Festival Parade, Saturday 10-11:30am
- Community Day, Saturday, 11-5pm: stage performances, street performers, and lots of hands-on activities
Celebrate Canada Day Kelowna 2013: July 1st, Waterfront park, Jim Stuart Park, and Kerry Park
Join over 50,000 attendees celebrating Canada’s Birthday. Over 50+ activities and performances that are multi-generational and family- friendly.
IPE: Aug 28th – Sept 1st, Armstrong
The Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede is a five-day fair that showcases our agricultural history, cultural and artist talents and is attended by over 150,000 each year. It plays host to the Wrangler Tour Finals Pro Rodeo, Youth Talent Competition, Dodge Truck Music Stage, Thistle Hill Petting Zoo and much more.
Parks AliveMusic in the ParkLake Country Open Air Performances, etc: July and August, Parks throughout the Okanagan
For any of those new to our region you really need to know about our free live music concerts in our various communities. Almost every community in the Okanagan hosts free community concerts in one of our parks.
Every evening throughout the summer there is a free concert somewhere. So get out there and discover some great live local entertainment. Call your local Parks and Recreation office for more information on free concerts in your community.
Global Music Fest: Aug 24th, Memorial Park, West Kelowna
This is a new event that I am producing in West Kelowna this summer. Its a completely free community multicultural festival that is being organised as a collaboration between Creative Okanagan, ISCO, and the District of West Kelowna. I’ll be doing a full story on this event once all the details are finalized but it will feature a sampling of some of BC’s best emerging indie and multicultural talent.
Here is a sample of one of the acts peforming this summer at Global Music Fest
Funtastic: June 28th-30th, Vernon
Billed as “Canada’s Greatest Slo-Pitch Tournament & Music Festival” this is Vernon’s signature Festival. Headliners this year include: Honeymoon Suite, Sweet, and Aaron Pritchett
Dancin Barefoot: July 20th, Peachland
Headline acts this year include: Nick Gilder Sweeney Todd Group and Shawn Hook
Keloha: July 5-7th: Waterfront Park, Kelowna
I recently interviewed the producer of this event. The full story can be read here: http://www.castanet.net/news/What-s-On/91798/Keloha-2013
Salmon Arm Roots and Blues: Aug 16-18th, Salmon Arm
Bruce Cockburn, City and Colour, plus an overwhelming number of amazing bands. Full event listing’s here: http://www.rootsandblues.ca/category/2013/
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