New Live! in Lake Country series unveiled as replacement of open air series

Free concerts and movies in the park program continuing under new name and kicking off this Canada Day weekend.

  • Jun. 30, 2016 4:00 p.m.

Jenn (right) and Sofia Boal performing last year at Kopje Park. The pair are on the Live! in Lake Country schedule this year.

The District of Lake Country has unveiled its new outdoor concert and movies in the park program, replacing the Lake Country Open Air Performance Series with Live! in Lake Country, a summer-long series of outdoor events in the district.

The series began with the Canada Day performances in Beasley Park that ended with a movie in the park and continued on Saturday with a fews concert at Okanagan Centre Park.

Much like the open air series did, Live! in Lake Country will offer free public concerts in the various parks throughout the community every Saturday night during July and August. Live music is scheduled from 6:40 to 9 p.m.m on Saturday each weekend, but people are invited to come out early, bring a picnic, lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating, and enjoy the parks prior to the concerts.  There will be activities for the kids and food vendors onsite performance nights as well.

“Continuing the tradition of providing evening entertainment on Canada Day after the Rotary Club pancake breakfast and fun family activities during the day, Live! In Lake Country is hosting two live bands from 6:30-9:00pm followed by a big screen Movie-in-the-Park (The Jungle Book) on July 1 at Beasley Park,” said Ryan Donn, Cultural Development Coordinator. “Then Saturday, July 2 we’re hosting a free concert in Okanagan Centre Park.”

It’s the first season for the Live! in Lake Country as the district takes over control of the series from a volunteer board of directors.

“We’ve seen the support in the community grow over the past eight years for free open air concerts every summer,” said Grant Lawrence, co-founder of Lake Country Open Air Performance Society. “The volunteer board members were happy to turn over the responsibility for coordinating the summer Saturday evening performances in the parks to the municipality. We had a very dedicated group that worked hard to get this off the ground and having it overseen by a staff member will ensure that volunteers don’t get burned out and the events continue.”

Hired last year, Ryan Donn is Lake Country’s Cultural Development Coordinator and is well known throughout the Okanagan as a performer, producer, promoter and cultural initiative creative director. The addition of a Cultural Development Coordinator position responsible for the coordination of the community theatre, open air performances, public art supervision, cultural and heritage events, and working with various community organizations was announced in September 2015 and Donn started work in November.

Schedule:

July 1, 2016 Beasley Park – 3450 Woodsdale Road

Canada Day Special Event

6:30-7:30 pm Kath and the Tomkats

7:45-9:00 pm Sista B and the Boyz

9:00-11:00 pm Movie-in-the-Park:  The Jungle Book

July 2, 2016 Okanagan Centre Park – 11255 Okanagan Centre Road West

6:40-7:25 pm Michael Painchaud

7:40-9:00 pm Lake Country Big Band

July 9, 2016 Swalwell Park – 10070 Bottom Wood Lake Road

6:40-6:50 pm  Lisa Schnitzler

7:00-7:45 pm  CYNK

8:00-9:00 pm  Cat Wells and the Voodoo Daddies

July 16, 2016 Beasley Park – 3450 Woodsdale Road

2016 Season Feature Performance Event

6:45-7:45 pm Cod Gone Wild

8:00-9:00 pm Adam Fitzpatrick

July 23, 2016 Kopje Park – 15480 Carr’s Landing Road

6:40-6:50 pm Sophia Boal

7:00-7:45 pm JS Garcia Band

8:00-9:00 pm Kinga Heming

July 30, 2016 Kaloya Park – 16061 Trask Road

6:40-6:50 pm  Sophia Boal

7:00-9:00 pm Black Umfolosi

August 6, 2016 Jack Seaton Park – 1950 Camp Road

6:40-6:50 pm Madison Gendemann

7:00-7:45 pm Brandon Schmoor

8:00-9:00 pm James Buddy Rogers

August 13, 2016 Swalwell Park – 10070 Bottom Wood Lake Road

6:40-6:50 pm Shea Fraser

7:00-7:45 pm Hip Replacements

8:00-9:00 pm Sista B Duo

August 20, 2016 Beasley Park – 3450 Woodsdale Road

6:40-6:50 pm Chris Schriek

7:00-7:45 pm Blue City Trio

8:00-9:00 pm Jeff Piattelli

August 27, 2016 Apex Drive Park in The Lakes – 13165 Apex Drive

6:40-6:50 pm Laura Close

7:00-7:45 pm Rick Halishaf

8:00-10:00 pm Movie-in-the-Park

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