What’s On: C.R. Avery pays homage to unsung heroines

Vancouver-based singer brings his music storytelling to The Habitat for a concert on Oct. 5.

  • Sep. 22, 2016 5:00 p.m.
C.R. Avery

C.R. Avery


C.R. Avery

Wednesday, Oct. 5

The Habitat

248 Leon Ave.



The great songs of our time exemplify the number one rule of writing—show, don’t tell.

Don’t just preach and point fingers; paint people as they really are, and folks will relate to the story more than if they feel they’re being yelled at or subjected to a sermon.

One artist who takes that story-telling tradition to heart is C.R. Avery.

His new album, All the Angels Didn’t Scare Me, unfolds like an homage to the unsung heroines of the outskirts of contemporary society—the everyday nine-to-fivers, living and doing what they have to do to keep going.

The East Vancouver songwriter has collaborated with celebrated producer and songwriter Ben Mink on several tracks for Avery’s new album.

Mink is perhaps best known for working with kd Lang and is a past Juno songwritng award winner.

Raised in small-town Ontario and unable to focus on books as a child, Averu was drawn to all things aural and lyrical—stand-up comedy, country ballads, sexual adventures and risqué episodes retold in hip hop lyrics.

Over the years, he’s released 17 albums, from swamp city blues to spoken word performed with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, all infused with an outlaw outlook and rock’n roll attitude.



Thursday, Oct. 6

Laurel Packinghouse

6 to 10 pm.

1304 Ellis St.



On Oct. 6, 4 Peace Country artists will take over Laurels Packinghouse for a 4-hour pop-up exhibition.

Carmen Haakstad, Jim Stokes, Debbie Courvoisier and Carrie Klukas are set to showcase their recent works and introduce themselves to the beautiful Okanagan region.

Stokes and Haakstad draw their inspiration from the northwestern vistas they grew up with.

Their styles are significantly different yet they are synonymous with their love of the land.

Courvoisier, a clay artist whose sculptures are often combined with found objects are a contrast of manufactured and hand-built artworks.

Klukas rounds out the ‘4’ as the only abstract expressionist.

Her current works utilize patina on metal leaf applied to the acrylic paintings, vibrant and visceral organic works that reflect our inner landscapes.

This event is free to the public. All artists will be in attendance, with 10 per cent of all proceeds donated to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association.



Songes of the Southern Belles

Saturday, Oct. 7

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 8

2:30 p.m.

Mary Irwin Theatre in the Rotary Centre for the Arts

421 Cawston Ave.




Songs of the Southern Belles is a concert celebrating the melodies and lyrics of an age when country music reigned throughout the airwaves and local dances,  set in the traditional style of the Grand Ole Opry.

Singers Anna Jacyszyn and Kinga Heming will relive the stories told through songs originally sung by Nashville Royalty like Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.

Under the music direction of Sean Bray and Loni Moger, the concert promises to be a walk through country music nostalgia.



The Music Of Roy Orbison

Monday, Oct. 3

7:30 p.m.

Kelowna Community Theatre

1375 Water St.


Roy Orbison was unmistakable with his trademark sunglasses, his distinctive, powerful voice, his complex compositions and his dark emotional ballads that influenced many songwriters that followed in his footsteps, starting with Bruce Springsteen.

His impassioned voice bridged the gap between baritone and tenor.

This latest Orbison tribute show, The Lonely,  delivers a sensitive and dynamic tribute to the rock’n roll hall of famer.

Mike Demers leads this group of musical journeymen in their mutual and deep appreciation of the timeless Orbison music catalogue of classic hits.

Tina Coldwell, of TLC Entertainment, calls the tribute show “one of the best tributes I’ve seen and I’ve been in the biz for 22 years.”

Tickets available at the Prospera Place Box Office, 1223 Water St. Charge by phone at 250-762-5050, or online at  selectyourtickets.com.



Upcoming events




Hush: One Woman Investigates The Untold Effects of Abortion on Women’s Health

Tuesday, Oct. 4

7 p.m.

Okanagan College Theatre Room

1000 KLO Rd.


The Kelowna Right to Life will host a screening of the highly anticipated documentary film, Hush.

This film explores both the physical and psychological harm abortion can cause women, and how and why the evidence is being suppressed.

Admission by donation.



The Rocky Horror Show

Oct. 12-31

Kelowna Actors Studio

1379 Ellis St.


The Rocky Horror Show is a musical with music, lyrics and book by Richard O’Brien.

A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early ‘70s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, fully grown, physically perfect muscle man named Rocky Horror, complete “with blond hair and a tan.”

The original London production of the musical premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, running for a total of 2,960 performances at several theatres in London before closing in September 1980.

Its 1974 U.S. debut in Los Angeles had a successful nine-month run but its 1975 Broadway debut at the Belasco Theatre lasted only three previews and 45 showings despite earning one Tony nomination and three Drama Desk nominations.

Various international productions have since spanned across six continents as well as West End and Broadway revivals and eight UK tours.

The musical was adapted into the cult classic 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring Richard O’Brien as Riff Raff, which has the longest-running release in film history.

The musical was ranked eighth in a BBC Radio 2 listener poll of the “Nation’s Number One Essential Musicals.”

Tickets for the Kelowna Actors Studio production are available at 250-862-2867 or Kelowna Tickets box office in Orchard Park Shopping Centre.

Special R-rated performances for Saturday late shows (11 p.m.) and Halloween night (9 p.m.).



Ziggy Marley

Friday, Oct. 14

8 p.m.

Kelowna Community Theatre

1375 Water St.



Ziggy Marley’s has so far created a profile of a  six-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer.

His early immersion in music came at age 10 when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley.

As front man to Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, the group released eight best-selling albums that garnered three Grammys, with such chart-topping hits as “Look Who’s Dancing,” “Tomorrow People” and “Tumbling Down.”

Ziggy’s first solo album, Dragonfly was released in 2003 followed by Love is My Religion, which won a Grammy in 2006 for  Best Reggae Album.

His third solo album, Family Time, scored him a 5th Grammy award for  Best Children’s Album.

In 2011, Marley  released his fourth studio album Wild And Free, which earned him another Grammy nomination, along with penning his first comic book, titled Marijuanaman.

Ziggy Marley Organics, a GMO-free product line including flavoured coconut oils and hemp seed snacks, was started in 2012.

The products are distributed throughout the U.S. and are available in more than 1,000 stores nationwide.

To coincide with the release of his latest album “Fly Rasta” in 2014, Marley has put out a new children’s book, “I Love You Too.”

Tickets for the Ziggy Marley concert are available at Select Your Tickets—call 250-762-5050 or online at selectyourtickets.com.



Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth

Sunday, Oct. 16

Prospera Place



Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth featuring Edwin, will make a stop in Kelowna has part of a cross-Canada tour this fall.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public today at 10 a.m.

Having toured together in the mid-1990s for their breakthrough albums, Naveed (OLP) and Dig (IME), both bands are excited to reunite 20 years later on tour together.

“We’ve always had immense respect for IME,” said Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida.

“From their very first album Dig, the tour that followed and the Edgefests after that they solidified themselves as a seminal CDN rock band.

“To share the stage again is exciting both for our common fans & selfishly for us as well.”

“We’re really excited to be going back out on the road with our friends in OLP,” added I Mother Earth drummer Christian Tanna.

“This is something we discussed last year at a show we played together…that it felt `right.’ Both bands have amazing fans that have been with us from the beginning.

“We actually toured together on our debut albums and have been friends ever since. When Edwin rejoined IME to do the anniversary shows for our album Scenery and Fish, we thought this would be a great way to do something fun for our fans, our friends and ourselves.”

Over their 25-year career, Our Lady Peace—consisting of Maida, Duncan Coutts and Steve Mazur—have won four Juno awards and , 10 Much Music Video Awards.

The group’s second album, Clumsy, sold more than a million units in Canada alone, qualifying it for the almost-impossible-to-attain Diamond Award, the only alteranative-rock album in Canadian history ever to reach that level.

Brothers Christian and Jagori Tanna met vocalist Edwin in the early ‘90s, spawning one of Canada’s most critically acclaimed bands.

I Mother Earth ended an eight year hiatus in 2012 with two sold out shows at Toronto’s Sound Academy, and in 2016 announced the return of original vocalist Edwin, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s benchmark album Scenery and Fish.

The album featured four Top 10 Hits in Canada including “Raspberry,” “Another Sunday,” “Used to be Alright” and “One More Astronaut.”.

For tickets, charge by phone 250-762-5050 or go to the Prospera Place Box Office.



Steve Vai

Tuesday, Oct. 18

7:30 p.m.

Kelowna Community Theatre

1375 Water St.


To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Passion and Warfare, guitarist Steve Vai has embarked on a world tour that will bring him to two stops in B.C., the concert in Kelowna and anotherin Nanaimo.

currently in Europe on the first leg of his very special world tour celebrating one of the greatest instrumental rock guitar recordings of all time.

In this tour, Vai will perform the entire Passion and Warfare record from top to bottom, with some very special surprises in thrown in.

“The enjoyment that the band is having and the audience response to the shows we are playing in Europe has taken us a bit by surprise,” Vai said.

“The collective support for the this show is humbling. There is deep appreciation from us in having the opportunity to honour this record with this tour and we are smiling every moment of it.”

Vai is considered one of the prominent guitarists of his era, most prominently in recent years beign the musical muse for David Lee Roth after he originally left Van Halen to embark on his solo career.

Tickets go on sale today (July 22) Available at Select Your Tickets, 1223 Water St., by phone (250-762.5050 or online at  selectyourtickets.com.



The Heart Truth Kelowna Red Dress event

Saturday, Oct. 22

7:30 p.m.

Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel and Villas

3762 Lakeshore Rd.



Presented by Harmony Acura, The Red Dress is the official symbol of The Heart Truth campaign.

It’s feminine, strong and confident, capturing the spirit of the cause in a symbol that women across Canada can identify with and feel proud of.

The Red Dress represents women’s courage and passion and their power for change as they share the truth with others and raise awareness about the importance of heart health.

Each year, the Red Dress symbol comes to life on the runway in celebration of women and heart health awareness.

So for the upcoming Kelowna fundraiser, participants are encouraged to wear their snazziest suit or cocktail dress withred attire and red accents .

Wine will be provided by The View Winery,  appetizers by Urban Fare, European Goldsmith is offering the grand prize raffle item.

There will also be silent auction, gift bags, live entertainment featuring Opera Kelowna’s Alexandra Babbel and Andrew Smith

Tickets are now available, $100/person.

For more information call the Kelowna HSF office at 778-313-8090.




Sunday, Oct. 23

1 and 4 p.m.

Kelowna Community Theatre

1375 Water St.


Raffi is a singer, songwriter, producer, author, lecturer, and tireless advocate for children.

He is best known for his work as a children’s entertainer whose string of gold and platinum-selling recordings in North America includes his classic song, “Baby Beluga.”

Written up as “the most popular children’s singer in the English-speaking world” by the Washington Post and “Canada’s all time children’s champion” by the Toronto Star, Raffi is also a recipient of the Order of Canada and the United Nations’ Earth Achievement Award.

He has never advertised to children or made any commercial endorsements aimed at kids. His commitment to treating his young fans with respect changed society’s outlook on music made for children.

“It’s fun to be singing for children and families again,” said Raffi. “As well as singing many of my fans’ favourites, I look forward to haring a song or two from Love Bug and my new album, Owl Singalong.”

In 2010, Raffi founded The Centre for Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island.  With the motto “Respecting Earth & Child,” the centre is at the heart of a global movement that views honouring children as the best way to create sustainable, peacemaking societies.

Due to ticket demand for the initial concert, the second 4 p.m. show has been added.

Tickets go on sale Friday, 10 a.m., available at selectyourtickets.com, by calling 250-762-5050 or at the Prospera Place box office, 1223 Water St.



Dwight Yoakam

Thursday, Oct. 27

Prospera Place



Country singer Dwight Yoakam brings his unique country music sound back to Kelowna for an encore engagement at Prospera Place.

Yoakam has a host of awards and accomplisments that reflect his longevity in  country music— 25 million albums sold worldwide, multiple Grammy Award winner, 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, 40 singles that have charted with 14 reaching the top 10 rankings.

Last year,  Yoakam released his latest album, Second Hand Heart.

In addition to his musical career, Yoakam is taken to acting, more than 30 films including Sling Blade, Crank, Wedding Crashers and Three Burials. .

Tickets go on sale today (July 22), 10 a.m., at  selectyourtickets.com, call 250-762-5050 or a Prospera Place Box Office



Jesse Cook

Monday, Nov. 14

7:30 p.m.

Kelowna Community


1375 Water St.


Guitarist Jesse Cook will be bringing his concert tour in support of his latest album One World to Kelowna this winter.

Cook’s new album features music influences from the Middle East, South America and Spain.

“One World is my ultimate mashup,” said Cook. “A playground where different musical traditions from around the globe are free to roam.

“I like to think of it as a 21st century Byzantium, where east meets west, tradition meets experimentation, ancient meets electronic.”

Cook is a Canadian guitarist, composer, and producer, widely considered one of the most influential figures in “nuevo flamenco” music, he incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz & many forms of world music into his work.

He is a Juno Award winner, Acoustic Guitar (magazine)’s Player’s Choice Award silver winner in the Flamenco Category, and a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for Guitarist of the Year.

He has sold more than 1.5 million records worldwide.

Tickets available at Select Your Tickets Box office in Kelowna. Phone 250-762-5050 or onlineat Selectyourtickets.com.



Culture Club

Monday, Nov. 14

7:30 p.m.

Prospera Place



Tickets for the Culture Club go on sale Sept. 16, 10 a.m.

Culture Club were one of the biggest pop bands of the ‘80s, racking up seven straight Top 10 hits in the UK and nine Top 10 singles in the U.S., while flamboyant lead singerBoy George became a cultural phenomenon.

Along with his cross-dressing fashion style and heavy make-up, Boy George was also noted noted for his biting wit.

Culture Club grew out of the ashes of Sex Gang Children, a band formed by George and bassist Mikey Craig. Drummer Jon Moss and guitarist Roy Hay came on board, and by 1981 the band had been renamed.

Early in 1982, a deal was signed with Virgin Records, but success eluded them until the release of their third single, Do You Really Want To Hurt Me.

The band’s U.S. success followed early in 1983 with the release of the single I’ll Tumble 4 Ya gained frequent airplay on MTV.

With the followup release of the group’s second album Colour By Numbers in the fall of ‘83,  Culture Club was established as one of the top selliing music groups at the time, fueled by the popularity of the lead single Karma Chameleon.

Culture Club’s popularity peaked with the release of their third album in ‘84, Waking Up With The House On Fire.

Tickets are available  online at selectyourtickets.com,  by phone 250-762-5050  or at the Prospera Place box office.



Just For Laughs starring Dane Cook

Thursday, Nov. 16

7:30 p.m.

Kelowna Community  Theatre

1375 Water St.


The 2016 Just For Laughs Comedy Tour will be headlined by comedian and actor Dane Cook, joined by his comic buddies Vinny Fasline and John Campanelli.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 16 for the Kelowna show.

Cook has become one of the largest ticket sellers among today’s group of comedians perfoming on stage, one of his career highlights being his two sold out shows in one night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Cook has released eight comedy albums/specials and in 2006, his special Retaliation became the highest charting comedy album in 28 years, earning him a place alongside best-selling comedy vets George Carlin and Steve Martin.

He has  guest starred in popular TV shows like Louie  and Workaholics on The Comedy Network.

Some of his other film credits include starring roles in My Best Friend’s Girl with Kate Hudson, Dan In Real Life opposite Steve Carrell and Mr. Brooks with Kevin Costner.

Cook also recently reprised his role as the voice of “Dusty” in Disney’s animated film Planes: Fire & Rescue, the sequel to Planes, which grossed over $219 million.



Roger Hodgson

Sunday, Nov. 20

7:30 p.m.

Prospera Place

1223 Water St.



Roger Hodgson is an English musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the former co-frontman and founding member of progressive rock band Supertramp.[

Hodgson composed and sang many of Supertramps big hits during the 1970s and early ‘80s, including “Dreamer,” “Give a Little Bit,” “Breakfast in America,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “The Logical Song” and “It’s Raining Again.”

He departed Supertramp in 1983 and moved his family away from the Los Angeles music scene to live a simpler lifestyle close to nature and be home with his children as they were growing up.

Hodgson returned to touring in 2001 as a solo performer an continuing to record albums on his own.

Hodgson along with Rick Davies were the creatuve forces behind Supertramp, a band that first found popularity in Canada before finally getting noticed in the U.S.

Crime of the Century was released in 1974, considered one of the best progressive rock albums of all time.

That was followed up by subsequent albums   Crisis? What Crisis?, Even in the Quietest Moments, Breakfast In America and Famous Last Words.

In 1981, Hodgson moved his family from Los Angeles to northern California, where he built a home studio and began his solo recording career, with his first album producing the hit Had A Drean (Sleeping with The Enemy).

Tickets for the Kelowna concert are  available online at selectyourtickets.com, by calling  250-762-5050 or at the Prospera Place box office.



Escape Artists by Wanda Lock and Rena Warren

Rotary Courtyard

Kelowna Art Gallery

1315 Water St.


Has something escaped? This may be a question that comes to mind when visitors first enter the new garden installed at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

Local artists Wanda Lock and Rena Warren are behind the transformation of the art gallery’s open-air Rotary Courtyard space as part of the Artist’s Garden Project series.

The exhibit includes a wagon that looks old and abandoned, and is now overgrown with plants—it might remind visitors of the kind that once transported exotic animals around as part of a circus caravan.

The installation is fittingly named Escape Artists and the space is filled with all kinds of wonders for visitors to discover—massive chains and shackles, a mysterious door suspended 10 feet up a solid stone wall, urns with richly-coloured Japanese Maples, curious old metallic bed frames that border the pentagon-shaped mound where the wagon sits, and sculptural elements, climbing plants, and more.

The installation will remain open through the spring of 2017.

Lock grew up in the Okanagan and studied art at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver.

Warren has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria and has been exhibiting her work and teaching art in the Okanagan since 1995.

For more information online see  kelownaartgallery.com.



Henry Rollins

Jan. 3, 2017

7 p.m.

Mary Irwin Theatre in the Rotary Centre for the Arts

421 Cawston Ave.



Henry Rollins will make a concert stopover in Kelowna as part of a North America wide tour which kicks off this fall.

Henry will mix his commentary on the current state of politics with anecdotes on his latest L.A. experiences, to perspective gained from his extensive world travels.

Always wanting to present fans with the best possible experience, Rollins’ live talking shows are known for their energy, wit, anger and humour.

“Rollins is many things,” said a recent review in the Washington Post. “Datribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational.”

Since his last U.S. spoken word tour in 2012, Henry has been busy working in multiple media genres—actor, voice-over artist, author, photographer, columnist, TV host (National Geographic, History Channel, IFC), radio DJ (KCRW) and spoken word performer.

For ticket information and more, visit  henryrollins.com.



Peppa The Pig’s Big Splash

April 8, 2017

5 p.m.

Kelowna Community Theatre

1375 Water St.


Tickets go on sale Sept. 17, 10 a.m., for the Ghostfinger production of Peppa The Pig, a stage  show based on a cable TV series that has found widespread popularity south of the border.

The fun-filled show brings gives families the opportunity to engage with their favourite charactersfrom the show.

“Peppa Pig’s Big Splash has been so successful because kids adore interacting with the characters on stage. Just like the popular TV series, the live show is funny, lighthearted and a delight for the whole family,” said Jonathan Shank, executive producer, Red Light Management.

“Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is everything fans love and expect from the TV show combined with the excitement of live theater,” added Lib Campbell, the actress who beat out 2,000 people who auditioned to play the role of Peppa Pig live on stage.

“Everyone gets the chance to jump in muddy puddles with Peppa and sing along with Polly Parrot. Fans at each show can be seen singing and dancing in the aisles.”

The live show features a lively blend of costumed characters and puppets that walk, talk, dance, and jump up and down to give audiences a unique, interactive theatrical experience from the moment we open the curtain, added director Richard Lewis.

“Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a fully immersive musical production featuring a dozen familiar and original songs, as well as a sing-a-long.”

For more information online about Peppa Pig’s Big Splash, check out   peppapigliveus.com.

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