Known for its breathtaking scenery, long, balmy summers, and rugged ranching and railroading terrain, Lillooet has been busy making its name in other ways as well, namely by transforming itself into a notable source of local, fine wines and craft beers Read the rest of this entry »
Part of Vancouver Island University and considered one of the 10 Best Public Gardens in Canada, Milner Gardens and Woodland combines 70 seaside acres of old-growth forest trails and rich, flower-dense gardens.
Overlooking the Strait of Georgia from its perch above on an ocean-side bluff, Milner Gardens and Woodland is a paradise Read the rest of this entry »
The 10th anniversary of the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival – scheduled for August 14th through the 17th, 2014 at The School of Music, Madeira Park, BC – is your opportunity to see world-class musicians playing a diverse set of chamber music live, on stage.
The first Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival was held in 2005 and, after a decade of return engagements, has only grown in popularity, regularly selling out well in advance of the Festival dates each year.
The 2014 Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival opens with a concert on Thursday, August 14th, followed by a reception. Friday afternoon’s programme includes a free performance entitled “Chamber Music Doesn’t Bite.” Designed to appeal to children and teens but, really, anyone new to chamber music who may think of the form as stodgy and dull. Au contraire!
The Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival continues through the weekend with concerts on Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon. Expect to to be treated to a wide range of compositions from composers both classic and contemporary, such as Marcello, Boccherini, Paganini, Ranjbaran, Ginastera, Haydn, Doppler, Murphy, Fauré, Dvořák, and Shostakovich, all performed by world class performers including Alexander Tselyakov, the Lafayette String Quartet, Gary Levinson, Suren Bagratuni, Eugenia Zukerman, Julia Nolan, Baya Kakouberi, and more!
The 2014 Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival
August 14th – 17th, 2014
School of Music
Madeira Park, BC
A full schedule, further details, and an opportunity to purchase tickets can be found at the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival website.
Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival Lodging
Whenever and wherever you are in BC – be it the Vancouver Coast, the Thompson Okanagan, Northern BC or the Islands – there is bound to be a member bed and breakfast inn nearby just waiting to be your home away from home. Come explore the BC Sunshine Coast, from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound along the Strait of Georgia, and enjoy the uncommon comfort and amenities of our British Columbia bed and breakfast inns!
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!
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.
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 »
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.
Registration 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.
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 »