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The Okanagan’s been my home since I was born. Life has taken me across the planet several times and through that transient lifestyle I developed a journalistic style to my photography and to my writing. My influences would be that of James Nachtwey, Annie Lebovitz, Ashley Maile, Hunter S Thompson, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Tom Robbins, Wes Anderson and Charles Bukowski. The world outside this incredible valley, its cultures and its mystery is what’s kept me working and trying to save my money, so I can keep getting back into the world. That’s the way it used to be. Covid has opened my eyes to the land I call my home and there are so many tales to tell right here in BC. From tales of the impoverished to the neglected to those who overcome adversity, to the spirit to overcome fear, the power of storytelling has never been more relevant. I’ve always been a storyteller. There’s a tale worth telling in every neighborhood. I just happen to write about what happens to me along the way and I’ve kept them close to my heart, hoping one day I’ll have an outlet so I can tell those stories the best way I know how; by writing them down. From adventures of long ago, both here or maybe far away, future interviews with musicians, artists of all kinds, the coverage of events, the people I meet along the way, whatever I get up to I intend to have you as my guest as I go back in time and dig up the bones of those old adventures or chase down new ones. Through the alchemy of storytelling, you can come along with me if you like. Before Covid-19 I was really coming into my own photographing live shows; punk rock bands, hip hop showcases, tattoo portraits, rock climbing adventures, Femme Fatale burlesque performances you name it, the phone was finally beginning to ring. Then Covid showed up like a hurricane and I guess it wiped us all out in one way or another. I have a real bone to pick with Covid-19 and if I can share some stories for our readers to enjoy, I’ll do that and when we can return to live music and to foreign travel and we can safely get to working on mending what’s been damaged I tell you I want to be ringside like Joe Rogan commentating on Covid getting its ass whooped. I want to see it tap out and watch us overcome this hardship, raise our collective hands triumphantly and move on into whatever new normal is waiting for us. I’ll be there and through my eyes, just like the boss man, Hunter himself, I’ll do it in Gonzo fashion and bring you kicking and screaming along with me. So hold on tight and dig in. It might not always be pretty but I won’t call it all ugly, neither. That’s for you to decide. My name is Shane Collins and I hope you’ll read along with me and our team here at Gonzookanagan.com

Big win for Altitunes Music Fest

Big win for Altitunes Music Fest Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan The clouds cleared and the sun spilled down onto the...

Red Bird Brewing: Welcome to Kelowna’s newest live music venue

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RED BIRD BREWING Welcome to Kelowna’s newest live music venue Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan A good buddy of mine shot me...

Cracks in the underground: If there is darkness, there will be light

Cracks in the underground If there is darkness, there will be light Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan Over the past two years,...

Sue Foley: Playin’ the blues on a pink guitar

Sue Foley: Playin’ the blues on a pink guitar Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan I was at work when I saw...

Just like the good ol’ days

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Just like the good ol' days A night with the Village Dance Academy Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan Back in January, I...

Last call: An interview with Colin Carrier

Last call An interview with Colin Carrier Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan I opened the door to Mission Tap House and there,...

Lion Heart: Welcome to the new kind of classroom

Lion Heart Welcome to the new kind of classroom Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan I remember my fifth grade teacher, Mr. Varabioff....

The High Wire of Uncertainty

The High Wire of Uncertainty Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan Ray LaMontagne used to work in a shoe factory. One morning...
wheelchair drummer Jeff Elwood

Unstoppable: Meet the wheelchair drummer

Unstoppable: Meet the wheelchair drummer, Jeff Elwood Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan We do our best and adjust to what life...

An ode to a bah humbug

An ode to a bah humbug ~This one’s for Rose~ Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan It’s not that I forget. It’s just...