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Film production continues to be a growing industry in the Okanagan region. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)

Okanagan film industry booming despite COVID-19

Productions booked into summer of 2021, with filming currently taking place in Kelowna, Peachland and Vernon

Film production continues to be a growing industry in the Okanagan region. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)
Lil Jimmy Reed keeps up the tune on guitar and harmonica after climbing down from the Roots & Blues main stage to walk amongst the crowd during the 2018 festival. Reed will be one of the performers featured in the online 2020 festival’s first night. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Opening night lineup for online Roots & Blues festival released

The first night of the festival on Aug. 14 will be stacked with favourites from previous years

Lil Jimmy Reed keeps up the tune on guitar and harmonica after climbing down from the Roots & Blues main stage to walk amongst the crowd during the 2018 festival. Reed will be one of the performers featured in the online 2020 festival’s first night. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)
The sound of engines roaring and the smell of diesel filled the air at the Penticton Speedway on Saturday, their first race of the season. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

In photos: Penticton Speedway celebrates opening weekend

Despite having to turn away roughly 700 cars, organizers celebrating a successful weekend of racing

The sound of engines roaring and the smell of diesel filled the air at the Penticton Speedway on Saturday, their first race of the season. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Armstrong MetalFest 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and recommendations outlined by provincial health officials. (Morning Star file photo)

COVID-19 knocks out Armstrong MetalFest

Tickets can be refunded or honoured next year

Armstrong MetalFest 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and recommendations outlined by provincial health officials. (Morning Star file photo)
Vernon resident Gabriel Newman started a YouTube channel called the Daily Goat on March 24, 2020, to share videos of his baby goats and alpaca named Jack with his friends to bring joy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (YouTube)

WATCH: Vernon man shares baby goat videos to show beauty amid pandemic

‘There is such a desperate need for some reminders of purities in this world’

Vernon resident Gabriel Newman started a YouTube channel called the Daily Goat on March 24, 2020, to share videos of his baby goats and alpaca named Jack with his friends to bring joy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (YouTube)
Brad Paisley performed with MacKenzie Porter at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Friday, March 6. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

Gallery: Brad Paisley and surprise guest rock Penticton

The country music star surprised the Okanagan town with an appearance by Brett Kissel

Brad Paisley performed with MacKenzie Porter at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Friday, March 6. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Beyond the Woods, filmed in Westwold, is a psychological thriller which will be screened at the Kamloops Film Festival. (Beyond the Woods image)

Westwold film in spotlight at Kamloops Festival

Psychological thriller Beyond the Woods was filmed in the rural community

Beyond the Woods, filmed in Westwold, is a psychological thriller which will be screened at the Kamloops Film Festival. (Beyond the Woods image)
The Okanagan Singer Songwriter Competition is now open with auditions March 5-April 9. (Submitted Photo)

Local vocal talents sought for Okanagan stage

Okangan Singer-Songwriter Competition auditions underway

The Okanagan Singer Songwriter Competition is now open with auditions March 5-April 9. (Submitted Photo)
Ian Parker reunites with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra March 6-8. (Submitted Photo)

Old Friends return to Okanagan Symphony stage

OSO marks 60th anniversary with Masterworks series in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon

Ian Parker reunites with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra March 6-8. (Submitted Photo)
The marrying of magic and dance - Celtic Illusion

The marrying of magic and dance – Celtic Illusion

Tickets still available for the Celtic Illusion show which starts at 8 p.m. this Saturday at SOEC

The marrying of magic and dance - Celtic Illusion
Singer Justin J. Moore, who was raised in Vernon, had a video with his father go viral online and on Feb. 2, 2020, he is preparing to release a duet with his opera singer mother, Melina Schein. (Justin Moore - Facebook)

Viral Okanagan singer to serve up Moore music

Justin J. Moore to release new video starring opera singer mom

Singer Justin J. Moore, who was raised in Vernon, had a video with his father go viral online and on Feb. 2, 2020, he is preparing to release a duet with his opera singer mother, Melina Schein. (Justin Moore - Facebook)
Penticton VegFest organizers Stephanie Groulx and Barbara Nixon stand outside the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre where the event will be held later in the summer. (Submitted Image)

First VegFest of the South Okanagan coming to Penticton

The festival is scheduled for Aug. 23, with speakers and entertainment all day.

  • Jan 19, 2020
Penticton VegFest organizers Stephanie Groulx and Barbara Nixon stand outside the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre where the event will be held later in the summer. (Submitted Image)
The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra bring Orchestral Rock Odyssey to the valley this weekend. (OSO photo)

Okanagan Symphony brings new life to old rock favourites

Orchestral Rock Odyssey plays Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon this weekend

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra bring Orchestral Rock Odyssey to the valley this weekend. (OSO photo)
Langley actor Jacob Tremblay and his sister Erica released rehabilitated seal pups on a B.C. beach earlier this month. (Sarah Ellam/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

B.C. child actor Jacob Tremblay helps release rehabilitated seal pups

One of the marine mammals was named Ja-cod in the young celebrity’s honour

Langley actor Jacob Tremblay and his sister Erica released rehabilitated seal pups on a B.C. beach earlier this month. (Sarah Ellam/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Prepare to be awed by Okanagan artists

Prepare to be awed by Okanagan artists

Vernon gallery celebrates valley talent with latest exhibit

Prepare to be awed by Okanagan artists
Okanagan’s best talents in spotlight

Okanagan’s best talents in spotlight

140 acts lined up for Okanagan’s Got Talented, running every Sunday in Vernon

Okanagan’s best talents in spotlight
From left: Dawn Urban (West Kelowna), Shane Byers (Penticton) and Shannon Becker (Osoyoos) were the three finalists for this year’s Key to the SOEC contest. The winner will receive two tickets and a pre-show dinner to every public event at the South Okanagan Events Centre for one year. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)                                From left: Dawn Urban (West Kelowna), Shane Byers (Penticton) and Shannon Becker (Osoyoos) were the three finalists for this year’s Key to the SOEC contest. The winner will receive two tickets and a pre-show dinner to every public event at the South Okanagan Events Centre for one year. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Okanagan contest winner given the key to the SOEC

The annual contest gives one lucky winner two tickets to every Penticton SOEC show for a year

From left: Dawn Urban (West Kelowna), Shane Byers (Penticton) and Shannon Becker (Osoyoos) were the three finalists for this year’s Key to the SOEC contest. The winner will receive two tickets and a pre-show dinner to every public event at the South Okanagan Events Centre for one year. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)                                From left: Dawn Urban (West Kelowna), Shane Byers (Penticton) and Shannon Becker (Osoyoos) were the three finalists for this year’s Key to the SOEC contest. The winner will receive two tickets and a pre-show dinner to every public event at the South Okanagan Events Centre for one year. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
South Okanagan festival opens registration for Grape Stomp

South Okanagan festival opens registration for Grape Stomp

The annual festival in Oliver has spots for 24 teams this year.

  • Aug 26, 2019
South Okanagan festival opens registration for Grape Stomp
Sister Speak returns to the Okanagan this weekend for shows in Kelowna, Revelstoke and Vernon. (Sister Speak photo)
Sister Speak returns to the Okanagan this weekend for shows in Kelowna, Revelstoke and Vernon. (Sister Speak photo)
The Offspring have now put out eight records, performed over 1,000 shows across the globe and are known for their many hits, have booked a date at the South Okanagan Events Centre with Sum41 while on their Canadian tour. (Submitted photo)

The Offspring and Sum41 ready to rock Penticton

The Offspring and Sum 41 will stop in Penticton to the South Okanagan Events Centre

The Offspring have now put out eight records, performed over 1,000 shows across the globe and are known for their many hits, have booked a date at the South Okanagan Events Centre with Sum41 while on their Canadian tour. (Submitted photo)