Golfing and local live music with Gonzo Okanagan

Golfing and local live music with Gonzo Okanagan

By Shane Collins

One of the many things I love about working with this crew here at Gonzo Okanagan is the fact that I’m part of a team who is actively trying to support, promote and feature our local musicians and venues right here at home.

On June 25, 2022, Gonzo Okanagan will host their 3rd annual golf tournament and music festival brought to you by Cleaning Angels. Now, I’m not much of a golfer. Watching me play golf is like watching a monkey swinging wrenches. Mark Twain once wrote that ‘Golf is a good walk spoiled.’ I used to think the same way. Brad Krauza, the head of Gonzo Okanagan and tournament organizer, has a plan to spoil that point of view and I’m here to tell you just a little bit about what’s in store for this unique event. 

Mark Twain may have thought that golf is a good way to spoil a good walk, but I bet ya he never had live music at all 18 holes before. Nineteen if you count the music on the putting green. That changes my tune right there. All of the bands are local. The tournament has been sold out. The spots for the sponsors have also sold out and you know what? Tickets were sold out in seven minutes!!

Let’s not forget about the festival side of the event. SUNSET RANCH GOLF COURSE will not only host the tournament, but will also have bands like THE DIRT ROAD OPERA, COD GONE WILD, RAQUEL COLE, ROGER GABRIEL, CHRIS BUCK AND THE WASHBOARD UNION.

Concert tickets available here!

As I write this, there are still a few more acts to be announced. All of this music, all of these sponsors and all of the efforts to put this together are all local businesses and artists alike. Working together to not only feature the music industry itself, but to raise money for a good cause, too. This is what I’m so excited about. Everyone working together to promote our local talent. 

Proceeds from this event will benefit the MUSICOUNTS charity and the not for profit, Gonzo Fundraising Association. Money will be poured right back into the community. This isn’t your average golf tournament. No way. With this ragtag band of yahoo’s behind the scenes and with Brad at the helm, you can count on a great round of golf in a beautiful setting, local musicians playing their music on every hole, a music festival afterwards, food, drinks and fun for all to be had in the warmth of an Okanagan summer. Music Industry Golf Tournament & Festival Supports MusiCounts

Yeah, I’m putting this one on my calendar and I hope to see you all there for an event that won’t only bring you out to the links, but it will support our local musicians, businesses and our community as well. Take that Mark Twain. Maybe golf isn’t so bad after all.

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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


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