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Shane Koyczan spent February going to the art spaces that sit empty, breathing some life into them through his spoken word poetry which has been shared on the Chan Centre's Dot Com series which premiers March 12. (Facebook)

Penticton’s famed spoken word artist Shane Koyczan reflects on the pandemic in new show

The show premiers March 12 and features Penticton art centres hit hard by COVID-19

Art honouring Okanagan’s landscapes at Nautical Dog Cafe on Skaha Lake. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Nautical Dog Cafe serves up cakes, views and walls full of art

The Skaha Lake restaurant is featuring six local artists’ work

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is back on stage and has two live-streamed shows coming to the comfort of your homes this weekend. (OSO photo)

Enjoy Okanagan Symphony Orchestra from the comfort of home

Musicians return to the stage with two live-streamed performances

Canadian comedian Ron Josol will participate in the Valentine's comedy festival. (Contributed)

South Okanagan Events Centre brings laughter to your living room this Valentine’s

SOEC is hosting the ‘Saving Our Jobs’ Virtual Comedy Festival all day Feb. 14

Canadian comedian Ron Josol will participate in the Valentine's comedy festival. (Contributed)
Jackie Del Rizzo and Stanley Zappa were on-air as just one of the programs for Peach City Radio’s first ONAIRversary in 2020. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Second On-Air-versary for CFUZ hits the airwaves on Feb. 6

The fundraiser celebration of two years of community radio starts at 8 a.m.

Jackie Del Rizzo and Stanley Zappa were on-air as just one of the programs for Peach City Radio’s first ONAIRversary in 2020. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Former Uplands Elementary School student Piers Bijvoet is set to star in an upcoming film. (Contributed)

Teen with Penticton roots to make big-screen debut

Piers Bijvoet went to Uplands Elementary School until he was eight

Former Uplands Elementary School student Piers Bijvoet is set to star in an upcoming film. (Contributed)
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The En’owkin Centre, Theytus books and the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) have announced the publication of four new children’s books entitled Follow the Water. (Theytus.com)

New Sylix children’s books teach kids about the eco-system

‘Follow the Water’ will be used to teach students in Kindergarten to Grade 5

The En’owkin Centre, Theytus books and the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) have announced the publication of four new children’s books entitled Follow the Water. (Theytus.com)
Crystal Johns used her lunch break to film her audition video for the Vancouver Canucks.

VIDEO: Former Vees anthem singer wants to bring her voice to the Canucks

Crystal Johns made her audition tape during a lunch break

Crystal Johns used her lunch break to film her audition video for the Vancouver Canucks.
Penticton city council heard from Dhorea Ramanula, of Paid Employment for People with Lived Experiences Tuesday, Jan. 19. Ramanula’s organization has operated public washrooms in Kelowna staffed by community support workers since April, she says Penticton could benefit from a similar facility. (Michael Rodriguez - Kelowna Capital News)

Penticton interested in new public washroom concept to combat vandalism

Public washrooms with on-site support staff have been operating in Kelowna since April

Penticton city council heard from Dhorea Ramanula, of Paid Employment for People with Lived Experiences Tuesday, Jan. 19. Ramanula’s organization has operated public washrooms in Kelowna staffed by community support workers since April, she says Penticton could benefit from a similar facility. (Michael Rodriguez - Kelowna Capital News)
Penticton band Yarrows play an outdoor show at the their debut album release party, in front of a small, socially distanced at a downtown Penticton cafe in August, 2020. It was the only time they’ve been able to play their new album in front of a live audience due to pandemic. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton musicians struggling in silence through pandemic

Public health orders has put live music on hold since since March 2020

Penticton band Yarrows play an outdoor show at the their debut album release party, in front of a small, socially distanced at a downtown Penticton cafe in August, 2020. It was the only time they’ve been able to play their new album in front of a live audience due to pandemic. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Editor Monique Tamminga has paired 2020’s best books with Okanagan wine, beer and local sweets. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
 Editor Monique Tamminga has paired 2020’s best books with Okanagan wines, beer and local sweets. (Monique Tamminga Western News

Penticton editor pairs Okanagan wines with the best books of 2020

During this year, we had a lot more time to read. Here are some of the best books of 2020

Editor Monique Tamminga has paired 2020’s best books with Okanagan wine, beer and local sweets. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
 Editor Monique Tamminga has paired 2020’s best books with Okanagan wines, beer and local sweets. (Monique Tamminga Western News
Jayce Barreiro (from left), Brock Morgan, Chad Rook, Kevin Durand, Emmanuel Addo and Ryan Robbins in Dangerous, which is in production in the Okanagan. (Minds Eye Entertainment)

Okanagan reels in record year of films despite COVID-19

Dangerous the last of 30 productions shot in the region in 2020

Jayce Barreiro (from left), Brock Morgan, Chad Rook, Kevin Durand, Emmanuel Addo and Ryan Robbins in Dangerous, which is in production in the Okanagan. (Minds Eye Entertainment)
The Okanagan's own Marv Machura has written and produced a single appropriate to Christmas in 2020. (Marv Machura photo)

Okanagan song in tune with COVID-19 Christmas

Theme is timely during a Christmas unlike any other where many people are not able to see friends and family

The Okanagan's own Marv Machura has written and produced a single appropriate to Christmas in 2020. (Marv Machura photo)
Jayce Barreiro (from left), Brock Morgan, Chad Rook, Kevin Durand, Emmanuel Addo and Ryan Robbins in Dangerous, which is in production in the Okanagan. (Minds Eye Entertainment)

Okanagan stars in film featuring Mel Gibson, Scott Eastwood

Production underway in Kelowna, Quilchena, Kamloops and Lavington for Dangerous

Jayce Barreiro (from left), Brock Morgan, Chad Rook, Kevin Durand, Emmanuel Addo and Ryan Robbins in Dangerous, which is in production in the Okanagan. (Minds Eye Entertainment)
Okanagan musician Andrew Allen filming his Christmas concert at the now closed Dream Cafe in Penticton. The festive concert will be streamed on Dec. 20 with proceeds going to support the Dream Cafe co-op and further streaming concerts. (Hazel Bennett photo)

VIDEO: Penticton’s Dream Cafe puts on free Christmas concert tonight

The cafe is gifting the free concert that will stream at 7 p.m.

Okanagan musician Andrew Allen filming his Christmas concert at the now closed Dream Cafe in Penticton. The festive concert will be streamed on Dec. 20 with proceeds going to support the Dream Cafe co-op and further streaming concerts. (Hazel Bennett photo)
The Penticton and District Arts Council is making their Holiday Cheer colouring book available for free online. (Submitted)

Arts council want to share colourful holiday cheer

The Penticton Arts Council is making their colouring book available free online

The Penticton and District Arts Council is making their Holiday Cheer colouring book available for free online. (Submitted)
Trixie, an Elf on a Shelf like the one pictured here, will hiding around Osoyoos' parks in December. (Contributed)

Can you find Trixie the Elf in Osoyoos?

The elf has left the shelf to hide in the parks around town

Trixie, an Elf on a Shelf like the one pictured here, will hiding around Osoyoos' parks in December. (Contributed)
Philippe Chapleau will be joining the Vees from Quebec.  (Submitted - Le Courrier Du Sud)

Penticton Vees pick up Quebec defenseman

Philippe Chapleau played for Team Canada East and two all-start teams

Philippe Chapleau will be joining the Vees from Quebec.  (Submitted - Le Courrier Du Sud)
Snowmaking is continuing at full blast on Apex Mountain on Nov. 20. (Apex Mountain Resort Facebook - Jeff Plant)

Apex ready to weather dark winter

With the public opening on Dec. 5, the resort isn’t worried about the new restrictions

Snowmaking is continuing at full blast on Apex Mountain on Nov. 20. (Apex Mountain Resort Facebook - Jeff Plant)
His impersonation of a Harley Davidson is better than anyone in the world, or at least his fans think so, which is why Herb Dixon goes by the nickname ‘The Harley Guy’. Dixon will be preforming at Venables Theater in Oliver Dec. 12, 2020. (File photo)

‘The Harley Guy’ comedian rides into Oliver

Herb Dixon is said to have the most accurate Harley Davidson impression in the world

His impersonation of a Harley Davidson is better than anyone in the world, or at least his fans think so, which is why Herb Dixon goes by the nickname ‘The Harley Guy’. Dixon will be preforming at Venables Theater in Oliver Dec. 12, 2020. (File photo)