Anna Jacyszyn

There is a survey on the city website,, designed to hone our arts, culture and heritage budget.

The survey focuses on community priorities for the next five years and is meant to help our city decision-makers determine what financial investments, if any, should be made, whether to build new or update facilities, or enhance programs and activities. There are 10 headlining topics.

Although I seem to always give someone my two cents worth, hopefully by repeating the actions again and taking this survey, our voices will be heard and perhaps even understood.

I advocate for help in support of the live music culture in Kelowna. We are fortunate to have Festivals Kelowna and their budget to hire local musicians for outdoor concerts in the summer, but we also need an incentive for quality year-round support inside restaurants, wineries and bars wanting to hire bands but who simply can’t on their own dime.

Anyone who has seen live music knows the added ambience to their guests’ experience is fruitful.

Perhaps a tax break or funding incentive for these establishments? Hiring professional musicians like myself, is not cheap and shouldn’t be. We spend years of on the road and that live training is heard naturally through the quality that comes through and plays on the emotions guests feel while music is being created live.

We infuse an ambience into a space that creates a mood. Think about it next time you are in a room that serves up live music ó how does the artist make you feel?

Have your say and get involved on behalf of all creatives who need to simply make a living. Visit until March 31.

The discussion also includes open forums, hosted by grant recipients:

— Inspired Word Cafe Society, Thursday at 7 p.m. about Literary Arts

— Central Okanagan Heritage Society —March 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on history and heritage.

— New Vintage Theatre Society — March 24 at 10 a.m. on cultural spaces, places and activities.

For details about the location of the events and how to RSVP, visit


David Suzuki and Ian Mauro are in Kelowna tomorrow with the premiere of their documentary film: Beyond Climate, which will show how “humans are impacting the water, air and soil in a way that no other species has ever done.”

Suzuki believes that it’s not too late to save our world, if we sometimes just say no to mega construction and pipelines which cost a fortune. The film and a talk will be at the UBC Okanagan Commons Hall COM 201, and will begin at 6 p.m.

Google Beyond Climate Trailer to give you a sense of how important this film will be for us to watch.


In Vernon on Thursday night, it’s a chance to relive our hippy youth with the songs of Pink Floyd and their iconic album The Dark Side Of The Moon.

PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd tribute show are in concert performing this record as well as other classic songs from the band. Tickets are $46.75 at The show will be at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre, 3800 33 St. at 7:30 p.m.


It’s International Women’s day on Friday. This year the theme is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.”

The Okanagan Heritage Museum, at 470 Queensway Ave., has an exhibition ending today that highlights some of the unconventional women who have lived in the Okanagan. Through self-directed activities, explore the history of Kelowna’s women and reflect on your hopes for women of the future. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It’s by donation.


One woman who is a powerhouse in our community is maestra Rosemary Thomson, who leads the Okanagan Symphony this weekend in performing the best movie music ever written.

OSO at the Oscars will feature selections of film favourites including The Incredibles, La La Land, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mary Poppins, many Disney favourites, and even Star Wars.

Guest vocalist is mega talented soprano Melina Schein, who infuses a positive personality and dynamic character into her well-trained and melodic vocal range.

The OSO will perform in Kelowna on Friday, Penticton on Saturday and Vernon on Sunday. Tenor Justin Moore who is Melina’s son, will also perform.

Visit for links to tickets and more information.


Magic is in the air Friday with An Evening of Magic with Ryan Michael.

Michael blends mentalism with comedy in a supernatural experience of illusion. Tickets are $20 through Kelowna Tickets. The event is held at Sandman Hotel, 2130 Harvey Ave., with two showtimes: the first at 5 p.m. and the next beginning at 8 p.m.


The Kelowna Legion is having its Pickerel Fry Dinner and Dance on Friday with live music from the Old Time Fiddlers. Tickets are $30 and everyone is welcome. Reserve your spot by calling 250-762-4117. The Legion is at 1380 Bertram St.


Keep your dancing shoes on for Saturday night when Rann Berry and his Soul of Motown Revue takes the stage at Kelowna Forum, 1317 Ethel St. to give you a full-on show that includes rhythm and blues, soul as well as the biggest Motown hits. Guest vocalist is local powerhouse rock singer Vicky Nish. Tickets: Concert starts at 8:30 p.m.


We live in hope this long winter has started its demise, just in time for Seedy Sunday. Master gardeners from around the valley will be on hand at Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For an entrance fee of just $2, participants can learn more about local organic seed growers, gardening organizations will share information and products, there will be free hands-on workshops, fun stuff for kids and yummy food trucks.

Oh, I cannot wait until Sunday!

Anna Jacyszyn is an award-winning jazz singer. Email:

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