Winter in wine country with some of Big White’s champagne powder? Yes please! I flew up with Air Canada to do some #OkanaganExploring with ZenSeekers to see just how easy it is to Ski, Stay & Play in Kelowna during the winter months. I learned rather quickly that snow days and rosés go very well together.
Winter and Kelowna: Ski, Stay and Play
Snowshoe in the Winery
Where:The View Winery (#1 2287 Ward Rd, Kelowna) What: Slip & Sip When: Saturdays and Sunday January 4, 2020 – March 1, 2020 Hike or snowshoe in the vineyard and then enjoy a tasting back at the winery. You can also catch some behind the scenes action and see what goes on at a winery in the winter.
What: Fondue Fridays When: February 7, 2020 – March 27, 2020 Enjoy fondue with wine or cider pairings in the tasting room. Warm up with cheesy goodness or some sweet strawberries all paired with delicious wines from The View.
The Skinny on Après in Downtown Kelowna
Where:Skinny Duke’s Glorious Emporium (1481 Water St, Kelowna) Come for the Roman-style pizzas, dim sum and Thai fusion, stay for the plush and fringy rumpus room decor. Tiki mugs filled with craft cocktails? They have that too!
Champagne Powder at Big White
When: Right now! They’ve had 303cm of snowfall so far this winter – the conditions are amazing.
ProTip: Meet up with a Snow Host. This is my favourite program, and it’s totally complimentary thanks to Big White and its big-hearted volunteers. Meet in the village at 10:30am on any given morning and look for the yellow jacket Snow Hosts. They’ll split into groups based on experience level and desired runs then show you the mountain and tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the area. It’s fun, it’s friendly, and it’s the best way to see Big White (they know where to find all the best powder).
Don’t miss American jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves at the Chan Centre on March 8th along with a hugely talented band for a performance showcasing both her inimitable voice and vast repertoire. The newly developed program (Dianne Reeves: Beleza Brazil) will highlight pieces Reeves has honed over countless recordings and live performances, and features well-known Brazilian players—guitarist Romero Lubambo, drummer Rafael Barata, and bassist Itaiguara Brandão—along with pianist John Beasley.
Dianne Reeves at the Chan Centre
Where:Chan Centre for Performing Arts (UBC, 6265 Crescent Rd) When: Sunday March 8, 2020 at 7:00pm Tickets: Available now from $36 online or by calling (604) 822-2697. $15 student rush tickets for this performance will become available on February 22, 2020 at 12:00pm.
“One of our generation’s definitive jazz masters, a vocal stylist of extraordinary skill and vivacity ” (The Huffington Post), Dianne Reeves is jazz royalty. Her commanding performances showcase the magic of her novel phrasing and the magnificence of her timeless voice.
“The music of Brazil is known for its unique arrangements, infectious rhythms, and deep emotion, and coupled with Reeves’ outstanding vocal skill, this promises to be a truly memorable musical journey and a wonderful way to celebrate International Women’s Day,” says Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director of the Chan Centre.
Brazilian music has been a consistent presence and passion for Reeves, and its influence can be seen in just about every one of her recordings as well as in her longtime collaborations with leading Brazilian jazz musicians. In advance of a forthcoming Brazilian-inspired album, this will be Reeves’ first full-length program dedicated entirely to the vibrant sounds of the South American country, where familiar genres such as bossa nova, choro, and forró originated.
Known for working with fellow musical greats, Reeves has toured with Harry Belafonte, Eduardo del Barrio, and Sergio Mendes, which cemented her longstanding kinship with Latin American music. She has recorded and performed with several symphony orchestras, including with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and served as the first creative chair for jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Reeves has received five Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
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Pink Shirt Day is February 26th and London Drugs continues its long-standing support of the campaign by returning as the official retail partner in 2020. This year’s message for #PinkShirtDay is the positive and encouraging words of “Lift Each Other Up”.
Pink Shirt Day 2020: Lift Each Other Up
Pink Shirt Day has become a national movement which sees thousands of Canadians wearing pink to show their support for safe and inclusive schools, workplaces and communities.
“We want to encourage every Western Canadian to share the positive message of Pink Shirt Day this year,” said Clint Mahlman, London Drugs President and Chief Operating Officer. “Since becoming involved with this campaign when it first launched 13 years ago, through our customers generosity, we have raised $1.5 million toward the CKNW Kids Fund, and various anti-bullying efforts across Western Canada. A true example of how our customers and staff have worked to lift each other up.”
Official Pink Shirt Day t-shirts are now available at all London Drugs locations across Western Canada in youth or adult sizes. Net proceeds are distributed through CKNW Kids’ Fund to support youth anti-bullying programs at Boys & Girls Clubs across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Sales from shirts are given back to community programs in each provincial market for important community programs including anti-bullying initiatives.
London Drugs has been a proud retail sponsor since 2008 and continues to provide support across Western Canada to facilitate the powerful message of anti-bullying. In addition to pink shirts, London Drugs will also be selling pink wrist bands to raise awareness and funds to support this integral campaign.
About Pink Shirt Day In 2007, two Nova Scotia students decided to take action after witnessing a younger student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. The students bought 50 pink t-shirts and encouraged schoolmates to wear them and send a powerful message of solidarity to the bully.
Avoid the Guesswork. Meet the Experts. Get expert advice for your next home project at the BC Home and Garden Show this weekend. From kitchens and baths to flooring and landscaping, find great deals, new ideas, and inspiration for all your home and garden projects.
Check out celebrity presenters including HGTV Canada’s Bryan Baeumler from Island of Bryan, presented by RBC, as they join a lineup of local favourites including Jamie Banfield and Kathy Yuen to deliver insight to up your home and garden game.
Gather at The Lilydale Cooking Stage, presented by Trail Appliances, for seminars and live demos from the city’s most respected chefs including Bruno Feldeisen judge of CBC’s CBCs The Great Canadian Baking Show and Fable’s Josef Driemel. Vancouver’s top culinary artisans will be bringing all their trade secrets to the stage covering hot dining topics and trends.
Immerse yourself in nearly 10,000 sq ft of beauty, as you wander, daydream and gather inspiration throughout our feature gardens. Speak with the experts in landscape design, horticulture, space planning and alfresco vision while organizing your backyard makeover.
Ever wondered about the impact that renovating a home can have on your home’s value and energy efficiency? Take a walk-through Dave Banfield’s renovation presented by BC Hydro, designed by Jamie Banfield Design, and learn how you can save in energy costs through smart design and renovations, and the rebates that are available to help you with your renovation costs.
DanceHouse presents Grupo Corpo, an energizing, two-part program from Brazil’s iconic contemporary dance company featuring the Vancouver premiere of Dança Sinfônica and Gira, February 28 & 29, 2020 the Vancouver Playhouse.
DanceHouse Presents Grupo Corpo
Where: Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St, Vancouver) When: February 28 & 29, 2020 at 8:00pm Pre-show Talk at 7:15pm. Host: Janet Smith Tickets: Available online now from $35 »
In the company’s third presentation with DanceHouse, Grupo Corpo’s visionary siblings — Artistic Director Paulo Pederneiras and Choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras — open the evening with Dança Sinfônica, a reflection of its 40-year history.
The electrifying work draws upon an eclectic fusion of ballet, samba, jazz, Afro-Brazilian rhythms and more, in a jubilant synthesis of the juggernaut’s signature vocabulary of movement. The second half of the program will showcase the brothers’ riveting work Gira, exploring the rituals of Umbanda — one of Brazil’s most widespread religions — in a carnal meditation on humanity’s pursuit for divine enlightenment.
Created in 2015 in celebration of Grupo Corpo’s 40th anniversary, Dança Sinfônica is a delightful musing on memories, in which Rodrigo mines his body of work to re-envision the contemporary dance company’s most memorable choreographic narratives.
Grupo Corpo explores a different facet of Brazilian culture with Gira, a mesmerizing work inspired by the chants and ritual dances of Umbanda, an Afro-Brazilian religion that blends African traditions with Roman Catholicism and Spiritism.
I have a pair of tickets to give away to this performance, here’s how you can enter to win: