Events

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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

kennybluesboss.com

 

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.

shermandoucette.com

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JAZZ JAM

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)
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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. chambermusickelowna.ca

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.

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

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Music of the Heavens feat. 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.

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.


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Chamber Music Kelowna Presents: Rolston String Quartet

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7:30 pm
Rolston String Quartet (part of the Chamber Music Kelowna 2017/2018 Concert Season)
The Rolston String Quartet was named among the “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s in 2016. Formed in the summer of 2013, at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Chamber Music Residency, the ensemble takes its name from Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston, founder and long-time director of the Music and Sound Programs at the Banff Centre.
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. chambermusickelowna.ca

Tickets: $40 Adult $10 Student
Purchase below, or call the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office at 250-717-5304.
New Subscribers:Subscriptions to all 5 concerts available upon request (250-717-5304) starting June 9th / $150


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Digging Roots

Presented by the Rotary Centre for the Arts
Sat. October 7, 2017, 7:30 – 9:15 pm

For the last few years the JUNO winning genre-blurring five-piece indie band from Toronto have been busy touring North America and Europe. For seven months in 2016 they performed at festivals and listening rooms throughout Canada and Australia.

Musical partners Raven and ShoShona are the creative team and inspiration behind Digging Roots. In creating music they utilize the traditional Anishinabek Song Lines composition technique of tracing melody and rhythm from the contours of the land. This traditional method of creating songs is paired with modern Eurocentric techniques of composition.

Their latest JUNO nominated album ‘For The Light’ brings more global-blues infused songs and audience ‘round dances’ to their national and international tours.

For the last year, Digging Roots have been in studios from Australia to Canada producing their latest album ‘The Hunter & The Healer’ and they have released a new single and video for their song ‘AK-47’ which explores the concept of love as a weapon in reclaiming our humanity. Digging Roots is a musical group that balances femininity and masculinity with Indigenous tradition and modern aesthetics. Their goal is to engage wider audiences to promote their Anishinabek music and cultural ideals.

Digging Roots were awarded the first Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition at the Maple Blues Awards (JAN 2015). The creator and benefactor of the award, musician Paul Reddick, presented Digging Roots the grand prize for their song “Hwy 17”.

Tickets: $25 Adults,$20 Members of Groups of 6 or more,$15 Students w/valid ID
Purchase below, or call the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office at 250-717-5304.