The Children’s Showcase invited Axis Theatre to present in the Cleland Community Theatre, one of many venues and organizations that MP Richard Cannings wished he could have recognized in his statement on the House of Commons floor. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

The Children’s Showcase invited Axis Theatre to present in the Cleland Community Theatre, one of many venues and organizations that MP Richard Cannings wished he could have recognized in his statement on the House of Commons floor. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Dream Cafe and CFUZ recognized in House of Commons by MP Richard Cannings

The MP was proud to recognize the arts and culture insitutions in the community he represents

On Friday, MP Richard Cannings took the opportunity of a statement period in the House of Commons to recognize Peach City Radio and the Dream Cafe as examples of arts and culture in the Okanagan.

“It really makes the community a richer place to live, to have organizations like this,” said Cannings on Sunday. “There are so many more that I wish I could have recognized.

“In the Okanagan, I would add the Venables Theatre in Oliver, I would list the Okanagan School of the Arts, the Okanagan Symphony which is celebrating it’s 60th, and I would certainly mention the Kootenay Co-op Radio.”

Cannings represents the South Okanagan – West Kootenay riding, stretching from Penticton to Osoyoos to Castlegar and up to Nakusp, and sporting too many organizations and venues to list in the time available on the Commons floor.

“The spot opened and I had a day to prepare,” said Cannings. “I only get this opportunity once every few months, and I only get 60 seconds to fit as much as I can.”

One of the two community efforts that he was able to recognize, Peach City Radio CFUZ on 92.9 FM, celebrated its first anniversary of being on air on February 3.

“I’m probably going to get in trouble for missing others, but I thought Peach City Radio was celebrating it’s the first anniversary and this was a good opportunity,” said Cannings. “The Dream Cafe is such an institution, that really is something special in Canada as a whole, not just in Penticton. I really wanted to brag about it.”

Recognizing the arts and cultural institutions in the community also comes with recognizing the work from the people behind them, like the Clelands, who were one of the couples who helped start the Okanagan Symphony and whose name now graces the local community theatre.

“There are people who were very much devoted to the arts,” said Cannings. “The Okanagan Symphony started here in Penticton. It takes a core of dedicated people to start that.”

Once that cultural organization is established, Cannings was proud to speak on how it can continue to influence the community

“When you have the symphony, you have the professional musicians here, who can provide lessons for young people and support for youth orchestras,” said Cannings. “It feeds on itself, and its such an important part of our lives.”

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Arts and cultureCommunity

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

In a feature article published April 10, 2021 in The Times of London, ‘headlined British Columbia has what it takes to rival Napa Valley,’ the valley is praised extensively for its natural beauty and wine. (File photo)
From the U.K. with love: Okanagan wine, scenery receives international praise

The Times of London newspaper recently featured the valley in a wine and travel piece

The currently vacant lot on Main Street where a Dairy Queen, retail and residential spaces have been approved to go into. (Town of Oliver)
Main Street in Oliver is getting a Dairy Queen and residential units

Oliver council gave its approval to fill the empty lot with DQ and residential units

A dumpster was on fire behind a residential complex in downtown Penticton Tuesday afternoon. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Dumpster fire extinguished in downtown Penticton

There has been a string of dumpster fires lately

FILE — In this March 31, 2021 file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at the Vaxmobile, at the Uniondale Hempstead Senior Center, in Uniondale, N.Y. The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating clots in six women in the days after vaccination, in combination with reduced platelet counts. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
72 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health

This brings the total number of cases in the region to 9,666 since the pandemic began

Fire rips through shop in small South Okanagan town

The building was destroyed despite community efforts to fight the fire

Restaurant patrons enjoy the weather on a patio in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 5, 2021. The province has restricted indoor dining at all restaurants in B.C. due to a spike in COVID-19 numbers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 indoor dining, drinking ban extending into May

Restaurant association says patio rules to be clarified

Skogie’s Express Tunnel Wash on Anderson Way in Vernon. (Submitted photo)
Lawsuit dismissed after vehicle damaged while inside Okanagan car wash

Civil Resolution Tribunal dismisses driver’s claim following a collision inside Skogie’s car wash in Vernon

The future of the Eagle Pass Lookout cabin is being discussed. (File photo)
Options presented for future of former Eagle Pass fire lookout in Shuswap

Stakeholders met in 2020 to discuss the restoration, or possible removal of the cabin

(Mayor Cindy Fortin - Peachland)
Peachland mayor declines early vaccination offer

Mayor Cindy Fortin said she wants seniors, immunocompromised individuals to get the shot first

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
Tougher COVID-19 restrictions in B.C., including travel, still ‘on the table’: Horgan

John Horgan says travel restrictions will be discussed Wednesday by the provincial cabinet

Conservation officers caught three men over fishing bull trout in Kinbasket Lake. (Facebook)
B.C. men fined $1.7K for overfishing near Revelstoke, Golden

The seized fish were donated to the Golden Food Bank

NorKam secondary student Karis Wilson in the outfit that got her sent home from school on Feb. 23, 2021. (Kamloops This Week photo)
Clothing that ‘detracts from learning process’ removed from SD73 student dress code

Policy change underway after student in knee-length dress, long-sleeve turtleneck sent home

Protesters occupied a road leading to Fairy Creek Watershed near Port Renfrew. (Submitted photo)
B.C. First Nation says logging activist interference not welcome at Fairy Creek

Vancouver Island’s Pacheedaht concerned about increasing polarization over forestry activities

Flow Academy is not accepting membership applications from anybody who has received a dose of the vaccine, according to a password-protected membership application form. (Submitted image)
B.C. martial arts gym refusing patrons who have been vaccinated, wear masks

Interior Health has already issued a ticket to Flow Academy for non-compliance with public health orders

Most Read