Kelowna’s Fireside Festival focuses on diversity in its 7th year

Kelowna’s Fireside Festival focuses on diversity in its 7th year
Kelowna’s Fireside Festival focuses on diversity in its 7th year
Kelowna’s Fireside Festival focuses on diversity in its 7th year
Kelowna’s Fireside Festival focuses on diversity in its 7th year

Kelowna’s Fireside Festival ignited a spark once again this year, uniting both local and national artists to create a community-connected music experience for all.

The first festival of sorts was held at a Lakeside home where the artists played all day and night by a roaring fireplace (hence the festival’s name) on a Sunday in January.

Now, seven years later the festival has grown leaps and bounds, spanning over three days while making a strong effort to improve the lineup’s diversity.

“The support of the diversity of the different acts was really well received,” said event coordinator Aaron Desilva.

“We really expanded on the acoustic show and then Saturday night at BNA this year and also added the new hip-hop event on Friday. All three of those events were completely sold-out. They were really well embraced.”

READ MORE: Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to Kelowna in February

The three-day festival was held from Jan. 24 to 26, hosting acoustic artists, hip hop artists, rock groups and DJs, concluding with the main event on Sunday which featured solo and group acts across genres.

On Saturday, Kelowna-based indie rockers, Post-Modern Connection, played a high-energy, intricate set that was very well received by fellow artists and festival-goers.

The band played the festival two years in a row and also acknowledged a positive change to the bill this year.

“I honestly think it was a lot more diverse artist-wise and genre-wise,” said Tega Ovie, lead vocalist, Post-Modern Connection.

“They mixed it up a bit, plus they added the hip-hop night on Friday, which was friggin awesome. Aaron (Desilva) also made a point to add more women to the bill too, which was nice to see.”

PMC set the tone for the rest of the night, loosening up the crowd and even handing bubble guns to the audience at one point. Bella Cat and DJ Invisible followed PMC, feeding on the energy of the crowd, both putting on a solid set.

READ MORE: Billie Eilish, a voice of the youth, tops the Grammy Awards

Little Destroyer rounded out the night, kicking things into overdrive with their intimate but powerful blend of rock and electronic.

The Vancouver-based outfit also played the festival a year ago and have a fond-appreciation for Fireside and the Kelowna music scene.

“We were so happy to be asked back to Fireside this year,” said Allie Sheldan, vocalist, Little Destroyer.

“We were super impressed with how well organized and ran Fireside was last year so it was a no brainer to say yes again to playing this year. Aaron DeSilva and everyone on the Fireside team has really brought an intimate feeling to a big party and it clearly resonates through the audience, the Fireside crowd is one of the most engaged, kind and fun audiences to play for.”

On Sunday, the Snotty Nose Rez Kids took BNA by storm, performing their iconic First Nations inspired hip-hop tracks for a diverse crowd, including their Indigenous fans.

Then, Lazy Syrup Orchestra got the bass bumping with their blend of hip-hop, live instruments and electronic dance music. The mix of the group’s trumpet sounds and bass beats was a combination the crowd couldn’t ignore.

Followed by Lazy Syrup was Frig Off who had the honours of closing out the festival. The Kelowna-based rock outfit brought crunchy guitar tones and wild-riffs to the table, fittingly rounding out the festival as a Kelowna staple.

Desilva said the festival sold a record number of tickets this year, rounding out at over 1,000. The amount of tickets-sold accurately reflected the energy on both Saturday and Sunday night as BNA operated at capacity.

For continued content and additional coverage, visit the Fireside Instagram page, here.


@Niftymittens14
daniel.taylor@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Calls for potential overdoses in B.C. spiked in 2020, especially in the Okanagan - Shuswap. Pictured above is a BCEHS re-enactment of paramedics attending an overdose. (BCHES photo)
UBCO program increases drug checking availability in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon

January 2021 data shows of 95 opioid samples tested across Interior Health, 93 contained fentanyl

Vernon Morning Star Boomer Talk columnist says while we must use caution while dealing with COVID-19, we must also take care of the mental health of those who must live either permanently or temporarily in our care. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal/AP file photo)
BOOMER TALK: Long term care is around the corner

Columnist recounts mother’s stay in local medical facility amid pandemic

Okanagan patients will benefit from the recent inclusion of the Medical Arts Health Research Group in a worldwide study with the National Institute of Health (NIH). The study will be a global collaboration for finding better treatments for COVID-19. (File photo)
Okanagan research group involved with finding better COVID treatments

Okanagan Medical Arts Health Research Group invited to collaborate in global study

Charlie, a chocolate lab/German shorthaired pointer mix, helps announce the Regional District of North Okanagan’s Join The Pack dog licence challenge, which wraps March 5. (Facebook photo)
Celebrity dogs announce North Okanagan licence challenge

Regional District of North Okanagan hopes to licence 1,500 more dogs by March 5

A rainbow shining on Kelowna General Hospital on May 12, 2020 International Nurses Day. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)
New COVID cases trending down in Interior Health

24 new cases reported Thursday, Feb. 25, death at Kelowna General Hospital

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Larch Place is the first building to be built in the BC Housing, Canadian Mental Health Association housing project at the corner of Third Street SW and Fifth Avenue SW. This view is from the Shuswap Street side where it sits behind the Graystone East building. (File photo)
Opening of doors at new housing development in Salmon Arm welcomed

BC Housing announces opening of 32 rental units, with 35 more expected in summer 2021

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)
Coroner confirms ‘puddle jumping’ in 2020 drowning deaths of 3 B.C. men

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen pulled into raging river driving through nearby flooding

Castlegar doctor Megan Taylor contracted COVID-19 in November. This photo was taken before the pandemic. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay doctor shares experience contracting COVID-19

Castlegar doctor shares her COVID experience

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival kicks off March 5.
Women in Film Festival features two B.C. filmmakers

The 16th annual festival kicks off March 5, 2021

The booklet roots present day activism in the history of racist policies, arguing the history must be acknowledged in order to change. (CCPA)
New resource dives into 150 years of racist policy in B.C.

Racist history must be acknowledged in order to change, authors say

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, before she knew she would change literature. Photo Wikipedia
And Then There Were None

What book knocked your booties off when you were young?

A webinar on dealing with dementia will be held Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (Submitted)
Webinar on dementia scheduled for March 10

Okanagan residents invited to event on legal issues surrounding dementia

Most Read