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School of Blues with Kenny Wayne & Sherman Doucette

The 2nd, 3rd & 4th Thursday of each month, 7- 9 PM

Join us! All ages. Open to professors (bring your instrument) and spectators. Attendance by Donation.
Food & drink available at our Licensed Bistro.


Kenny Wayne

Kenny Wayne is a throwback to the golden age of classic rhythm and blues. Born in Spokane and raised in New Orleans, his powerful music recalls the era when piano players like Fats Domino and Amos Milburn and Bill Doggett worked the chitlin’ circuit on the “strolls” in dozens of American cities. As a one-man cheering section for the days when blues and small jazz bands met the roots of rock and roll, Wayne is unapologetic about the music he plays.

Kenny has toured the world playing his music. He is a Juno award winning and multi-nominated artist who hits all the right notes on his latest album, Rollin’ with the Blues Boss, as he covers boogie, funk and New Orleans flavored rhythm and blues.

“Wayne is a boogie-woogie master, and his vocals are sly, assured and just plain likeable; there’s an easygoing elegance to his delivery that matches his stylish presentation perfectly.”
John Taylor – blogcritic.doc


Sherman Doucette

Born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Sherman’s natural ear for music began developing at an early age. He left home at fifteen with a harmonica and a twenty dollar bill in his pocket, bound for Vancouver. It was there that he discovered the Chicago blues style on an album featuring Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and James Cotton. By seventeen, he had developed a style of playing greatly influenced by the late great Paul Butterfield. Sherman has had the great privilege of sharing the stage with legendary players such as John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Sony Land Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Jim Byrnes and Long John Baldry.

In 1980, three years after surviving a massive lumber mill explosion, he formed his own blues band, “Incognito”. The band was at the forefront of the Vancouver music scene. They released three independent CD recordings toured extensively. Today with his great new blues band, TANKful of Blues, is captured live and on CDs. Doucette continues to perform with all the passion and conviction few can deliver.

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Live After 5: JAZZ JAM is open to both players and listeners of all ages. Showcasing local talent in the South Atrium, your host Craig Thomson or Stephen Buck, coordinates drum, bass and keys.

If you’re an artist, a performer or simply interested in arts and entertainment, come by, have some fun and the a chance to meet people in an approachable and relaxed environment.

Along with the entertainment, browse art in the exhibition spaces and artist studios. The building is very active on Thursdays, with the wildly popular Salsa Thursdays at 8 PM. The RCA Bistro is licensed and open, serving food, gelato & beverages.

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FIRST thursdays in the Cultural District

Join us on the first Thursday of every month to explore the arts!

Once the centre of the Okanagan Fruit Packing industry, Rotary Centre for the Arts is a hub for cultural activities. Home to a variety of artists and performers, we offer experiences that will appeal to every age and interest.

Here’s what’s happening at the RCA:

  • Mal Gagnon 11 AM – 7 PM – Open Studio, 114 (FREE)
  • Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art  1-8 PM – New Exhibits
  • Monthly Exhibits – throughout the building (FREE to view)
  • Open Studio – Bring your own supplies, 4-8 PM (by donation)
  • Jazz Jam 5-7 PM for musicians and spectators (by donation)
  • Ponderosa Spinners Weavers and Fibre Artists 5-7 PM – Open Studio (FREE)
  • Tricia Dalgleish piano lounge 7:15-8:15 PM (by donation)
  • Salsa Thursdays Lesson & Dance, 8-10 PM ($5 drop-in)

While you’re in the Cultural District, visit our neighbours!  Enjoy the Cultural Flavours of the Okanagan at the Laurel Packinghouse, and admission to the Kelowna Art Gallery is free on Thursdays!

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ARTINI with Dawn Pemberton

ARTINI is a full evening & full building event, featuring live music by the vibrant, genuine and soulful Dawn Pemberton.

A big voice and irresistible verve… – Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Dawn Pemberton has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz, funk and world music. She has become a staple of the Vancouver music scene and can often be found tearin’ it up as a vocalist, teacher, facilitator, choir director and “go to girl” for live performances and studio sessions. A passionate songwriter and performer Dawn crafts her music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, and serious groove and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package.
Tight, expressive and bold, Dawn will hit you where it counts, funk you up and make you say “Go ‘head!”

More details to come… please check back or like our facebook page for updates.

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Chamber Music Kelowna Presents: The Gryphon Trio

Friday, February 2, 2018, 7:30 pm
The Gryphon Trio (part of the Chamber Music Kelowna 2017/2018 Concert Season)
Now in their 3rd decade of performing, the Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. Winner of the prestigious Canada Council’s 2013 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, they have performed repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to New World jazz and popular song.
Chamber Music Kelowna presents an annual classical chamber music concert series featuring acclaimed provincial, national and international artists; facilitates youth outreach programs and provides scholarships for young aspiring musicians; supports emerging artists and showcases the work of Canadian composers. Support for the organization comes through municipal, provincial and federal grants, from series subscribers, members and donors.

Tickets:$40 each single adult ticket and $10 student ticket available July 5
$150 Subscriptions available for 2017/2018 concert series starting April 21st for renewals and June 9th for new subscribers

Purchase below, or call the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office at 250-717-5304.

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The Paperboys

For two decades, The Paperboys have been touring the world and lighting up stages with their free-wheeling blend of influences from Celtic and bluegrass, to Mexican son jarocho, brass bands, and Canadian roots.
The Paperboys 25th Anniversary Bio
Celebrating their 25th anniversary year, Vancouver Canadian musician Tom
Landa, is looking back on the legacy of his much-loved folk rock band The
Paperboys. For a quarter century, The Paperboys have been touring the
world and lighting up stages with their freewheeling blend of influences
from Celtic and bluegrass, to Mexican son jarocho, brass bands, and
Canadian roots. They have been called everything from Cajun slamgrass to
worldbeat, they’ve received a Juno award (Canadian Grammy), plus two
Juno nominations, two West Coast Music Awards, released nine albums,
and regularly play two-night bills in the Pacific Northwest. But that’s not
what matters to Landa now. “What means more to me than anything else is
to receive letters, emails, or hear stories from people who tell me that our
songs helped them through a tough time, or that they used one of our
songs for their wedding, or that an album of ours was the soundtrack of
their summer. At the end of the day, accolades are nice, but they are
nothing compared to connecting with people.” Landa’s song ‘Better Than
The Last’ has become somewhat of an anthem for people who have gone
through hard times.
It’s a remarkably grounded perspective from a bandleader who’s been
through it all (including the passing of a band member). But Landa’s an
open-book kind of songwriter, a Canadian grassroots poet who loves to
infuse his songs with exotic world rhythms, Celtic melodies and pop hooks.
What’s remarkable about the band, is their ability to seamlessly fuse all the
different styles and make it sounds like they come from the same place.
Their latest CD, ‘ Score’ is full of these signature sounds: Spanishlanguage
songs that reflect Landa’s Mexican heritage, explosive brass lines
from their extended 8-piece ensemble, Celtic fiddle and pennywhistle
blazing through an old reel, English Language rock songs with strong pop
influences, and a kind of melting pot sound that reflects not only the
diversity of the band’s home city, Vancouver, BC, but also a larger vision of
what modern Canadian roots music should sound like.
The Paperboys were formed in 1992 when Landa first moved to
Vancouver. “As a teen living in Ontario,” he explains, “I was really
influenced by the music coming out of Vancouver in the late eighties/early
nineties. Bands like The Grapes of Wrath, 54-40, Roots Round Up and
Spirit of the West, who were by far my biggest influence. I packed my bags
and came to Vancouver solely based on the music scene.”
Over time, The Paperboys were a key part of multiple waves of popular
Canadian folk rock bands that included The Duhks, Ashley MacIsaac,
Leahy, and Great Big Sea. “One big difference between Canadian Celtic
artists from the east coast and Celtic bands in other parts of the world,”
says Landa, “is that we don’t have the same approach to playing music,
and we are not flame-keepers in preserving tradition, so we are free to
mess around with it and create something different. We still have deep
respect for the tradition but we are a product of where we are from and the
multicultural city we call home.”
Although the Paperboys have made critically acclaimed records, they are
through and through a live act. They shine most on stage. They have spent
the last 25 years on the road playing all over North America and Europe,
where they have developed a large following without the aid of a record
labels or radio play. They have become a festival favourite, and have
played at Bumbershoot, Vancouver Folk Fest, Edmonton Folk
Festival, Tonder Festival, Folk Im Schloss, Trowbridge, Warwick
Folk Festival, The Queen Elizabeth Theatre and The Kennedy Centre
to name a few.
Tom and the band have always had a DIY approach to their career and
have been very successful at it. They have formed their own label, their
own management and booking agency, created their own festivals, and
forged their own path. They’ve ensured that they keep a connection to their
fans, and their fans have always loved and supported them through every
album, every line-up change and through every adventure. Their success
predates ‘internet fame’ and careers modeled after Hollywood singing
contests. With that said, they have hundreds of thousands of video views, a
strong social media following and a great web presence. One look at their
Facebook page is indicative of the connection they have to their fan base.
Their latest CD, Score brings together all the familiar sounds of The
Paperboys. There is the pro-immigration song ‘America’, which is set to a
ska rhythm and mariachi horns, or the Country- Folk anthem ‘California’
which is a favourite sing-along song at their shows. The Paul Simon-esque
‘Rain On Me’ is full of infectious horns, including a blazing solo by
trumpeter Miguelito Valdes (Afro Cuban All Stars). ‘White Noise Lullaby’
is a song about tinnitus (that ringing in your ears), which affects two
members of the band. ‘La Primavera’ is sung in Spanish and fuses
Mexican Son Huasteco rhythms with Irish jigs. The Folk Pop ballad ‘Fall
Down With You’ is a duet between Tom and Kendel Carson (Alan Doyle,
Chip Taylor) which currently has 142,000 views on YouTube. The
Americana twang of ‘Omak Hotel’ and ‘Dilapidated Beauty’ showcases
the band’s love for the genre. Bluegrass fans will love ‘Country Life’ with
its banjo driven rhythms and lovely harmonies. The New Orleans tinged
‘Toenail Moon’ is a turn it up to 10 dance hit with second line horns and
The current lineup of The Paperboys features: Tom Landa on vocals,
guitar and jarana (Mexican guitar), original member Geoffrey Kelly on
flute/whistles (Geoffrey is also a founding member of Spirit of The West),
Kalissa Landa (yes, her and Tom are married) on fiddle/vocals, Brad
Gillard on bass/banjo, drummer Sam Esecson, and trombonist Nick La
For the 25th anniversary the band has released a brand new CD and will
be doing a special anniversary show in Vancouver at The Imperial and other
cities in the Northwest. Later this year the band will embark on a European
tour before finishing the year in the US and Canada. Once again, The
Paperboys are poised to bring their adventurous vision of Canadian roots
music to festivals, dance halls and theatres everywhere, spreading good
cheer and great music.
Tickets:$25 Adult,$20 Member/Group of 6 or more, $15 Student with valid ID
Purchase below, or call the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office at 250-717-5304.

More details to come… please check back or like our facebook page for updates.

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Music of the Heavens – Multimedia Performance

featuring Orchid Ensemble

Music of the Heavens is a community-based creation of a live musical and multimedia visual animated performance told through images of ancient astrological stories exploring myths and belief systems that make up our rich multicultural fabric of Canadian society.

Inspired by ancient legends of the stars in Chinese, Greek, and First Nations cultures, this project features original interdisciplinary compositions of cross-cultural animated visuals and music. The team of visual artist, animators, music composers, instrumentalists, and software developers has come together to create an immersive audio-visual inter-arts performance. This is an exploration of the cultural heritages of the participating artists, and the meeting of cultures in our Canadian multi-cultural environment.

Music of the Heavens is a multimedia presentation performed by projecting in real-time animated images of mythological stories set to world-class musical accompaniment – not unlike a DJ creating their own unique live music set. The animated stories are told through ancient astrological characters representing the four seasons, and highlight different cultural beliefs of many Canadian citizens.

This project marries ancient myths and philosophies with our contemporary multicultural reality, new forms of visual and musical expression and digital technology. It encourages the public to look at old traditions from a fresh angle. At the same time, it promotes the awareness of both Indigenous, Asian, and Greek influences in contemporary Canadian arts and the shared heritages as well as connections between different cultures.

Music of the Heavens multimedia performance will take place at the the Rotary Centre for the Arts Mary Irwin Theatre in Kelowna on November 30, 2017.
The Music of Heavens music is preformed by the Orchid Ensemble, featuring a unique instrumentation: Lan Tung erhu/Chinese violin & vocals, Dailin Hsieh zheng/Chinese zither, Jonathan Bernard marimba and percussion. The music is written by John Oliver, Lan Tung, and Stefan Smulovitz.

The Music of Heavens animation is directed and performed by Aleksandra Dulic and conceptualized with Kenneth Newby, who designed animation performance software and animations. The project draws from significant creative contributions by artists Jessica Dennis, as lead animator and Amberley John as creator of the Haudenosaunee story of the Big Dipper. The animation and illustration team include artists Ardanna Semeschuk, illustrating the Greek heroes; Dianne Schnieders, illustrating the Weaver Woman story; Sarah Polak and Charles Landa as animators; with additional drawings by Taiwanese artist Li Tung.

Tickets: $20 Adult, $10 Student, $50 Family Rate (2 Adults & 2 Students)
Purchase below, or call the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office at 250-717-5304.