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Global Music Fest kicks off Friday

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Cod Gone Wild are, from left, Roy Kawano, Anjuli Otter, Chad (Rhino) Carter and Andrew Mercer. They headline Global Music Fest on Friday.
On Friday and Saturday, Global Music Fest returns for its fifth annual showcase of multicultural music in the heart of downtown Kelowna.
An anchor event during Global Citizen Kelowna, Global Music Fest showcases multicultural bands, connecting various non-profits with young adults, and drawing attention to some great volunteer opportunities in the community.
Over the past few years, it has featured acts such as Shane Koyczan, Andrew Allen, EnKarma and Rococode.
For the past two years its Friday and Saturday nights have sold out.
Headlining the Friday night show of Global Music Fest are local Celtic favourites Cod Gone Wild, while high energy Five Alarm Funk headline Saturday, with reggae artist and motivational speaker Ezra Kwizera ( opening the Saturday show.
In 2013, a collaboration was birthed with timeDRIVE, a group that organized a unique event prior to Friday's music. That collaboration continues this year.
Global Citizen Kelowna is an initiative celebrating the role of Kelowna's citizens in international humanitarian efforts. Through a series of activities organized by a group of volunteers, Global Citizen Kelowna 2013 will feature events to entertain, educate, and inspire change.
timeDRIVE, meanwhile is a group of Okanagan young professionals who filled the Laurel Packing House on March 1 last year to take part in the inaugural timeDRIVE Social, bidding their time to non-profit organizations rather than cash in a unique silent auction.
Hosted by Okanagan Young Proffesionals (OYP) Collective and Gennext Kelowna in partnership with Global Citizen Kelowna, timeDRIVE was the first event of its kind in the Okanagan, encouraging young professionals to get involved in their community.
There is a talented local population eager to contribute their time and skill while many non-profit organizations in need lack visibility.
TimeDRIVE's goal was to fill that gap in a fun way that allowed young professionals to connect with these opportunities and each other.
Last year's event saw the soldout crowd of more than 150 individuals bid their time and skill for the more than 80 positions available at 18 global and local non-profit organizations.
The highest bidders for each position were then entered into a prize draw, including sporting goods, electronics, local art and more.
Successful bidders have been completing their commitment throughout the year. In total 1,691 volunteer hours were raised, the equivalent of more than $50,000 in professional services, along with over $1,300 for the Cool Arts Society within the two-hour event.

What: Global Music Fest
Where: Laurel Packinghouse
When: Friday, Feb 21, 5 p.m. timeDRIVE; 8:30 p.m. Global Music Fest (Cod Gone Wild).
Saturday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. Global Music Fest (Five Alarm Funk and Ezra Kwizera)
Tickets: $15 online at or at Leo's Video/ Bike Shop Cafe.

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