Celebrate the 35th Annual Kamloopa Pow Wow

July 19th, 2014

Kamloopa Pow Wow 2014The 2014 Kamloopa Pow Wow, held annually in Kamloops, British Columbia is a wonderful opportunity to witness and celebrate the vibrant culture of the First Nations.

Held August 1st through the 3rd, 2014, the Kamloopa Pow Wow is one of the biggest celebrations of First Nations’ heritage in Western Canada. Held alongside the South Thompson River in Kamloops at the Secwepemc Pow Wow Grounds, the Kamloopa Pow Wow is 3 exciting days of song, dance, and traditional regalia expressing years of stories and events of the First Nations’ people.

Around 20,000 attendees – both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – are expected to attend this exciting three-day event. So … just what exactly is the Kamloopa Pow Wow?

In many ways, the Kamloopa Pow Wow is reminiscent of a fair or rodeo, with all the pageantry, stands of food and craft vendors, participants and their families readying for performances, all the dust, noise, excitement, and, of course, the beautiful First Nations regalia, dancing, and music.

For those thinking of attending their first Pow Wow, here are a few tips to make your experience the fun and pleasant one it should be:

Pow Wow dancers work very hard on their traditional regalia – and that’s what they prefer it to be called. “Costume” may roll off the tongue more easily but it also has a bit of an insulting ring, like they’re just playing around. They’re not.

Always ask before taking pictures outside of where the Pow Wow is occurring. Inside the Pow Wow, you will be told when using your camera is acceptable.

If you’re attending the Pow Wow, you’re also expected to participate – this doesn’t mean you have to dance (but hey, you can during the Inter-Tribal, so don’t be bashful) but when it is time to stand or take off your hat, please be respectful and follow along.

Finally, be sure to drink lots of water. The Kamloopa Pow Wow is happening in August, don’t forget, and toppling over with heat exhaustion would put a decided damper on your experience.

The 35th Annual Kamloopa Pow Wow

August 1st – 3rd, 2014
Special Events Facility
No. 5 Yellowhead Hwy., Kamloops BC
For further details on attending the 2014 Kamloopa Pow Wow, please visit the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc website.

Kamloopa Pow Wow Lodging
If you hope to attend the 2014 Kamloopa Pow Wow, do yourself a favor and stay in one of our member, Central Okanagan bed and breakfast inns – the amenities, delicious breakfasts, and personal service can’t be beat! The Central Okanagan area has over 40 world-renowned wineries, as well as numerous golf courses, ski resorts, galleries, museums, shopping destinations and more – not to mention acres of pristine sand beaches and lush farmland. Come on over and explore!

Come On Out for the 2014 Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival

July 12th, 2014

2014 Kaslo Jazz Summer Music FestivalThe 23rd annual Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival is scheduled for August 1st through the 3rd, 2014 and what a show it will be!

One of the best things about the Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival is the venue. Kaslo, BC’s natural green amphitheatre was named as one of the top 10 places in the world to hold a music festival – and we feel sure you’ll agree.

Between the stunning vistas serving as backdrop to all the great performances and the natural acoustics that warm and accentuate every note played, you’d be hard pressed to find a more perfect location for a music festival. Add the unique, floating main stage for the festival that rests just offshore Kootenay Lake’s welcoming, sandy beach and you can see why it garnered such an honor.

This year’s lineup for the Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival is an amazing group of talented and diverse musicians:

MAZ – Jazz/World Fusion
Djabe – Jazz/World Fusion
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer – Blues | British Columbia
George Leach – Blues/Rock
Current Swell – Folk/Rock
Hornography – Jazz/Groove
Kellylee Evans – Jazz/Soul
Matt Schofield – Blues
Wil Campa y su Gran Union – Cuban
Kootenay’s Best Singer – Jazz
Trespassers Will – Rock/Folk
Tofu Stravinsky – Indie-Jazz
Craig Korth and the Guilty Pleasures – Bluegrass
Rabnett 5 + Donnie Clark – Jazz
Jeff Lang – Blues/Roots
25 or 6 to 4 – Rock/Jazz
David Ward – Blues/Rock
Sound of the Sun – Progressive Folk Rock
The Kelly Fawcett Trio – Jazz/Blues

Other stages for the Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival include the Front Street Concert Stage, the Maple Tree Stage, the Langham Cultural Center, and St. Andrews United Church.

Along with multiple stages of music throughout the festival’s three days, you can also count on great food, refreshments, and craft vendors selling unique and beautiful handmade items. What a great way to kick off your August!

Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival

August 1, 2014 to August 3, 2014
For a full schedule, tickets, and more info, be sure to visit: www.kaslojazzfest.com

Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival Lodging
Whatever brings you to the wild and beautiful Kootenay Rockies of British Columbia, be sure to further heighten the pleasure of your visit with a stay at one of our member, bed and breakfast inns. With five spectacular mountain ranges and four National Parks, plus events like the Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival, you’ll never run out of fun things to do in our neck of the woods. We dedicate ourselves to providing you the home away from home you deserve with comfortable guest rooms, delicious breakfasts, and those personal touches that leave you refreshed, relaxed, and ready for your next adventure in the Kootenay Rockies.

The Best-Loved Dolls of the Past 100 Years at the Sidney Museum

June 21st, 2014

The Best-Loved Dolls of the Past 100 Years at the Sidney Museum
The Sidney Museum in Sidney, British Columbia is offering a unique perspective of history through an exhibit of the evolution of the Best-Loved Dolls of the Past 100 Years.

We’ve all had or seen dolls: Barbie, G.I. Joe, Cabbage Patch, baby dolls, china dolls, etc. – but who ever considered how the trends of doll manufacturing reflect the culture that makes them? Dolls are windows into our cultural history, demonstrating social change and the ever shifting social image we have of ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Time For the Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival!

June 14th, 2014

2014 Nanaimo Dragonboat FestivalThe 12th annual Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival is scheduled for Friday, July 4th through Sunday, July 6th, 2014 – will you be here to witness all the fun?

The tradition of dragonboat racing originated in southern China over 2,000 years ago. According to legend, a poet and statesman named Qu Yuan made himself a target of his rivals through unswerving honor and integrity. When said enemies were able to trick the king into banishing Qu Yuan from the province, he loaded his pockets with stones and threw himself into the Mi Lo River. Local fishermen raced in vain to rescue him, their drums pounding and paddles splashing to scare the fish and water dragons away. To honor the lost and beloved Qu Yuan, the dragonboat race was made an annual event.

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Whistler Tough Mudder 2014

June 7th, 2014

Whistler Tough Mudder 2014Registration to compete in the upcoming Whistler Tough Mudder is just about sold out but there are still tickets available for spectators, so come on over and witness one of the most exciting endurance events anywhere!

In case you’ve never heard of a Tough Mudder, the concept was co-founded in 2010 by Will Dean and Guy Livingstone, modeled after Tough Guy races. A Tough Mudder is an endurance event featuring a 16 to 19 km, military-style obstacle course designed to play on common human fears, such as heights, fire, water, and electricity.

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Come To The 67th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo

May 19th, 2014

67th Annual Kispiox Valley RodeoThere’s nothing quite like the thrill and excitement of a rodeo and the 2014 Kispiox Valley Rodeo delivers all that and more!

The Kispiox Valley Rodeo is a well-attended, annual event drawing both spectators and contestants from all over Canada. Witness the speed of the horses, the power of the bulls, the skill and grit of the cowboys and cowgirls, the wily antics of the brave and loony rodeo clowns, and revel in the food, fun, and family of this important and traditional community event. Read the rest of this entry »

12th Annual Tofino Food and Wine Festival

May 12th, 2014

The 2014 Tofino Food and Wine FestivalThe 12th annual Tofino Food and Wine Festival is arriving just in time to help you kick off your summer with a grand celebration of great food and drink.

Food and drink – so integral to our survival and enjoyment of life that one almost forgets how worthy of celebration they are – and it’s not just the food and drink by themselves or even combined but also the surroundings and the people with which we enjoy them. This is the celebration, and Tofino is the place. Read the rest of this entry »

The 2014 Vancouver International Children’s Festival

May 5th, 2014

Vancouver International Children's FestivalThe Vancouver International Children’s Festival is a world-renowned exhibition of live performances that has been entertaining young audiences for 36 years!

This educational and inspirational festival on Granville Island is a family tradition you won’t want to miss, with over 15 interactive arts activities for you and your youngsters to enjoy, such as Circus Skills, Interactive Dinosaur Sculpture, a Musical Maze, and Origami to name just a few.

And the performances? A host of talented artists come from all over the world for the opportunity to perform at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Take a look! Read the rest of this entry »

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

April 25th, 2014

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre (pronounced in-ka-meep) is a state-of-the-art interpretive centre located in Canada’s only desert.

Although it is called Canada’s only desert or a “pocket desert”, you won’t see sand dunes or the large saguaro cacti here. There is some debate as to whether Osoyoos is a true desert or not because of occasional rainy and snowy spells. The climate here, however, is the same as that of Phoenix, Arizona and the area supports many desert dwellers; creatures such as scorpions, rattlesnakes, and plants like the prickly-pear cactus. Read the rest of this entry »

The 13th Annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show and Sale

April 18th, 2014

2014, 13th Annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show and SaleThe 2014, 13th annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show is almost here and you do not want to miss it!

In the 13 years that this juried stained glass show has been produced, it has only grown in size. Each year has been larger than the last and has displayed greater, more diverse works. This year’s Radium Hot Springs Art Glass show has gained so much momentum that it should prove to be the biggest and best one yet!

The 13th Annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show and Sale brings together artists from all over western Canada to display their visions in stained glass. True stained glass works of art take careful planning and skills in many fields to successfully produce, and the end results should work whether they are hung to transform light or simply to receive it. Read the rest of this entry »