Anna Jacyszyn

Today is a weird morning for me and I feel slightly on edge as I keep pressing the refresh button on the Kelowna Actors Studio website anxiously waiting for them to post the callbacks for their upcoming season.

That’s right, I want more stress and I want to act again in another show. My last show for them was Mamma Mia and since being off the stage, I am missing the hard work, the dedication to learning lines and the technical nuances of performance I never use with jazz.

This year, at the first set of auditions, I felt it went better than any other time I had to stand in front of a panel of people and act out a monologue believable enough to get me through to another gruelling stage of the process.

This year, I took a drama course and an evening class with Randy Leslie, I asked for help from some respected actors in the business who coached me, and now because I want this, I’m a nervous wreck

Please wish me luck! Ok, breathe, press refresh just one more time. OK, now I’m ready to tell you some interesting things happening in town this week.

Tonight even though it its threatening to rain, the bandstand will still be alive with music at the Island Stage, Waterfront Park when our own hardworking Kelowna City Concert Band performs at 7 p.m.

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, pack a late supper or a thermos of tea with biscuits and enjoy a free performance of 70 musicians all under the conductorship of Dennis Colpitts.

Bring an umbrella and a plastic covering and enjoy the fresh air and cross your fingers in hope that you packed too much gear.


If being on the edge of your seat, answering questions split up into different categories is more your idea of relaxation then you should get on a team and attend Wednesday weekly trivia night at the Creekside Pub and Grill ,3929 Lakeshore Rd.

This is a well put together and organized evening hosted by Tremendous Trivia Productions ( Be entertained by an evening of general knowledge, pop culture trivia, Name That Tune, etc.

I am quite sure that there will be laughter, perhaps even at yourself when you realize how out of touch with the modern world one really is.

But, if there is learning involved, I’m in. Hey, the winner gets prizes. I don’t know what kind of stuff is in the pot to win, but I’m sure host JD knows how to steer to the coveted Tremendous Trivia trophy. Registration and warm-up activity at 8:15 p.m.; the game starts at 8:30 p.m. and its all free to play.


Also happening tonight and every Wednesday for the summer is dance floor dodgeball. This is also a team sport with at least six players per team, including at least two women.

Held at the OK Corral cabaret from 7 p.m. onwards. Choose your team, a captain, register and bring substitutes and cheerleaders all for $5 per person fee. The Corral is at 1978 Kirschner Rd.†For more information, visit their website at


Tonight and Thursday at Rotary Centre for the Arts, it’s the Kelowna Out & Proud Film Festival, featuring stories by and about the LGBT2Q+ community. Drinks and popcorn will be available for purchase. For a schedule of films, visit the Facebook page, which has all the ticket links and information about this event.


Tomorrow is the second to last Thursday of the month which means my jazz trio is performing at the Italian Kitchen in Lake Country, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy well prepared fresh dishes and feed off the ambience of fabulous jazz music, if I do say so myself. Reservations at 1-250-766-6810.


On Saturday night, my teenage heartthrob is performing in Kelowna. Corey Hart and his hit songs “Sunglasses at Night” and “Never Surrender” were part of my staple musical diet alongside Duran Duran, Eurythmics and Depeche Mode.

This multi-award winning artist with his own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame is back on tour and at 57 years old, his chops are still as pouty and sweet as they were way back then.

Hart’s concert is at Prospera Place at 7 p.m. Get tickets through Select Your Tickets.


On Tuesday, the cutting edge music series Skin and Bones which is hosted by the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, presents Mats Gustafsson, who will be performing solo saxophone inside the Summerhill Pyramid.

An accomplished player of free/avant-garde jazz, noise, and contemporary composition, he also has a penchant for alternative and indie rock.

With over 100 recordings and thousands of performances all over the world, Gustafsson has led various critically acclaimed ensembles over the years, notably The Thing, FIRE! Orchestra, and Gush.

Regular collaborators include Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O’Rourke, Peter Brˆtzmann, Ken Vandermark, and many others.

I need to be honest with my readers and tell you that the last time there was a solo saxophonist inside the pyramid, I got terrible vertigo and had to be led out of the room thinking that the bottom fell out of the floor. I love music, but I might be getting too old for experimental avant-garde free jazz.

For those who are still on the cutting edge of contemporary, the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 or for members $15, purchased at the door.


The New Arts Collective has a Tuesday residency through Leila Neverland and her Corner Store Choir. Leila has been on the music scene as long as I can remember and this talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has a knack of bringing people together with her great vibe and quirky manner which creates an atmosphere that I truly enjoy being part of.

Every Tuesday Neverland will guide her guests through some “vocal yoga” to get you singing, listening, and creating vocal music together.

She boasts that there will be lots of room for innovation so bring a friend and get your song on.

For membership information, contact Neverland through phone or text at 250-300-8077, or email at

New Arts Collective is at 375 Bernard Ave. and her weekly Tuesday sessions are from 6-7 p.m. Drop in for $10 or get a monthly membership for $35.

Anna Jacyszyn is an award-winning jazz singer. For interviews, arts news and Valley events list to Listen to Around the Valley with Anna each Saturday at 10.45 a.m. on Email: