Music plays on at Penticton Art Gallery

Connecting contemporary issues with future possibilities is the next topic at the Penticton Art Gallery eight week instalment, End of the World As We Know it exhibit.

On Friday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. a unique blend of music will perform from folk rock, dance tracks and a four-piece reggae dance band from Mexico and Kamloops called The Ganjanistas.

They are an amazing spanish reggae band and are all together in Canada for the first time this year and have been in Kamloops really moving people. It's a spanish, hip hop, reggae and rock sound. It's a lot of fun," said Mikkal Waters, who helped organize the weekend and will be performing himself.

Waters said his take on the exhibits theme is that the world has already completely ended as we know it. The team transforming the gallery by blending old and new world art, music, visuals and lighting are called Freakquency events and are from the North Okanagan.

"The world is much different than what it was 100 years ago or even since I was born. Things have changed from social taboos to shifts in the world," said Waters. "It's not necessarily that there is going to be some big earthquake or volcano eruption on Dec. 21, but the predictions of the past have already become true."

The exhibit also will feature workshops on the weekend on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Waters said he believes music creates social change and some of the discussion will revolve around that topic.

"I feel really passionate about that. I see people coming together and relationships forming and people getting out of their homes and interacting around music. I think it really contributes in a positive way to social and world change," said Waters.

Visual artists Vaughn Warren, David Sword, Donald Wilson, Pat Kudos and Rubeena Sandhu will also have their work displayed. Filmmaker Keith Wyatt will present his short Awakening As One, which is about how people are transforming and philosophical ideas around that. The film will show on Sunday.

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