TeenFest is a one-day event that offers a wide range of activities for teens, including activities, workshops and performances.                                - Image credit: TeenFest

TeenFest is a one-day event that offers a wide range of activities for teens, including activities, workshops and performances. - Image credit: TeenFest

Youth expo comes to Kelowna

TeenFest, April 1 at Kelowna Curling for 12 to 18 year-olds features a wide variety of activites

Kelowna and area teens will be able to try throwing an axe, participate in a wakeboarding demonstration, find out how to break into show business, meet a celebrity and much more during TeenFest Kelowna, Saturday, April 1 at the Kelowna Curling Club.

Designed to showcase a full range of things specifically for teens, TeenFest Kelowna offers teens and their parents an opportunity to explore interests related to health, hobbies and careers. Kelowna is the ninth city to host TeenFest in western Canada.

“Teenfest is an opportunity for teens to explore new interests and connect with old and new friends,” says Ali Berman, founder of TeenFest Canada. “TeenFest brings together community leaders, employers, and local businesses so teens are able to explore a variety of interests and find out about what options the future holds in a supportive community setting. Kelowna is a vibrant, fast-growing city. It was a natural next step to bring TeenFest here.”

TeenFest Kelowna will offer a variety of interactive activities for teens and their families. Axe Monkeys Kelowna will be set up for teens to try the sport of axe throwing. Teens of all ages will be able to experience different driving situations as well as learn about the dangers of driving and texting in the DriveWise Driving Simulator. The Flash and Frame photo booth will be set up with backdrops and pops for fun photos.

A variety of educational institutions including Centre for Arts and Technology, MC College and Okanagan College will be at TeenFest to discuss their program offerings with interested teens.

Actor Madison Smith will be returning to his Kelowna hometown to talk to teens about breaking into the acting business. Smith has played starring and supporting roles on a variety of productions including Psych, Supernatural, When Calls The Heart and Aftermath. Madison will be at TeenFest throughout the day to chat with fans, sign autographs and judge the finalists in the Teen Talent Contest. At 2:30 Madison will give a talk about getting started in show business.

“I think TeenFest is a fantastic platform for the youth to engage with their communities. I wish there was something like this for my friends and I to attend when we were in high school because I think it would have made a difference to many of my peers,” says Madison Smith.

“TeenFest creates many opportunities and I am proud to be working with them and look forward to answering any questions the teens have about pursuing careers in acting.”

The Teen Talent Contest is open to youth age 12 to 18. Contestants are invited to upload a video showcasing their talent to YouTube and send the link to contest@teenfest.ca by 6 PM on Wednesday, March 29. Talents include singing, dancing, music or crowd pleasers such as a magic show, comedy routine or even pet performances. The finalists will have an opportunity to perform at TeenFest Kelowna in front of an audience and a panel of judges including Madison Smiith. The winner will receive a $250 Visa gift card.

TeenFest Kelowna will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Kelowna Curling Club, 551 Recreation Ave.from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.