Jann Arden to Headline Maple Fest – by Darcy Nybo

The Centre culturel francophone de l’Okanagan (CCFO)  presents the 35th annual Kelowna Maplefest on March 29th and 30th 2014.

Saturday night, Jann Arden will light up the stage in an intimate concert at the Kelowna Community Theatre, performing her biggest hits and some of her newest songs.Jann is in Kelowna for the first time in five years, at the Kelowna Community Theatre.  With 11 albums to her name and 17 top 10 hits, including I would Die For You, Could I Be Your Girl and Insensitive, Jann Arden is one of Canada’s most famous and beloved artists. During the course of her career, Jann Arden had been honoured with many notable distinctions and awards, including 8 Juno Awards. In 2006, the SOCAN awarded her the National Achievement Award for having had 6 songs being broadcasted more than 100 000 on Canadian radio stations. That same year, Jann Arden received her star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto.

Following the Concert, the party continues at the Community Theatre Black Box to the sounds of DJ Eric Lenger (Dîner en Blanc Okanagan, El Masquerado, C’est Extra Vancouver!), a music filled night promising an energetic crowd. Pierre-Philippe Bibeau, Radio-Canada television journalist will be the official master of ceremony of the Kelowna MapleFest.

Kelowna Maplefest is a fun packed bilingual family oriented event, bringing people together to celebrate a passion for art and culture. The outdoor activities will be held again this year at the Rotary Center for The Arts, where more than 3000 people are expected to come together this year to participate in this celebration.

This year’s festivities: Arts workshops, indoor and outdoor music entertainment, clowns and face painting for the young ones, movie screenings, art exhibitions and street art showcasing!

This year’s Artists: Jann Arden, Alex Wells, Jou Tou, Windmills, Henrik Lajoie, The Trips, Old Time Fiddlers, DJ Eric Lenger, Kinshira Performance Troupe and many more.

Kelowna MapleFest offers a diverse and creative cultural experience filled with music, art, dance and gastronomic experiences, with the main goal of making this unique culture accessible to as many people as possible. Saturday’s daytime programming will offer a variety of free shows, art expositions and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy.  One and all can come and treat theirs senses to new experiences with the wide array of food including poutine, pea soup, crepes, maple cotton candy, sugar pie, tacos, and of course, the inevitable maple taffy on snow.

Furthermore, the traditional ‘maple sugar shack’ brunch will be held on Sunday from 11am to 2 pm at the Laurel Packinghouse. A special screening of the family movie Louis Cyr, with English subtitles, will end the two-day festivities.

Kelowna MapleFest could not exist without the generous contributions of its partners and wants to thank Le Conseil Scolaire Francophone (CSF), the Government of Canada and the City of Kelowna.

Click here for the MapleFest website

Entry to the MapleFest site and outdoor festivities and shows are free of charge.

For tickets for the Jann Arden concert, the DJ after party, and the Sunday brunch click here.

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Publisher and CEO of something or other! First & foremost, father, son, brother and uncle. I am also a huge music fan, promoter and marketing & promotions maniac. As a fulltime musician for the past 35 years myself (yikes, that’s a long time!), I’ve come to appreciate the fact that I am able to perform and sing for people and in return, enjoy it as much as I do. There is something to be said for that exchange of energy and good vibes that live music brings to all, from the stage to the seats, there is nothing like it and I so look forward to feeling that again when we are out of this crazy mess we are in. Music is needed desperately in everyone’s lives. The goal is to reach out and bring some awareness and light into the music scene by featuring their new music, events and in general, some light into the changes we’ve all had to adjust to in 2020. We all feel the strain in every aspect of these changes and are going to try to do our best to fill our cups up with some fantastic local music while many so of us hang on through this bumpy ride we are on. ? Making an effort to change our own thoughts and habits, can strike a chord mentally and change us along with our communities lives. Be safe and…let’s ROCK N ROLL!


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