Alternative art event Riot on the Roof returns to Vernon parkade

Vernon Public Art Gallery's Riot aimed at engaging young people ages 16 to 25 in the arts and cultural sector of Vernon.

It’s three levels of artistic awesomeness.

The Riot on the Roof is a night of alternative art aimed at engaging young people ages 16 to 25 in the arts and cultural sector of Vernon.

Held in the downtown parkade above host venue, the Vernon Public Art Gallery, the event is celebrating its seventh year Aug. 22.

“Riot on the Roof carves out a much needed space for youth to express and expose themselves to affordable and diverse art forms in Vernon,” said VPAG executive director Dauna Kennedy Grant. “Every year Riot on the Roof changes and develops, offering new and exciting ways to showcase local talent and inspire youth to get involved with art in our community.”

This year’s Riot will bring together an assortment of artists, with each level of the parkade boasting an array of talent.

This includes two stages of live music,  featuring popular local acts Amistad, Windmills, and Modern Folk, as well as DJs Bag-o-Beetz and Biwweh, and hip hop MC Bdice, who is arriving fresh from playing Kelowna’s Centre of Gravity festival.

The main stage will also be the location of the Cirque du Couture hair and fashion show and the B-Boy dance crew.

Visual artists Angela Hansen and Sarah Smith, who work in encaustics and digital mark making respectively, will show their works, while graffiti artists Keyes and Mesk and muralist Shannon Johnston will transform the walls of the parkade.

Joshua Wallace will be back working alongside Sarah Newnes to paint benches for downtown Vernon, and installation art and time lapse photography will also be among the sights to see throughout the parkade.

Guests can also enjoy delicious and artistic creations from food vendors Rollin’ Spring Rolls and Cookshack Cravings.

“Last year, Riot on the Roof was enjoyed by hundreds of youth and I look forward to seeing a great turnout again this year,” said Kennedy Grant.

Tickets for Riot on the Roof are $10 and can be purchased at the Vernon Public Art Gallery or online at The event goes from 7 to 11 p.m.