A model from last year’s Riot on the Roof shows some of the eclectic art that will also be part of this year’s Riot

A model from last year’s Riot on the Roof shows some of the eclectic art that will also be part of this year’s Riot

Hair, fashion is all the rage at Riot on the Roof

More hair-raising acts have been added to the rooftop riot that is about to take place high above the Vernon Public Art Gallery Saturday.

More hair-raising acts have been added to the rooftop riot that is about to take place high above the Vernon Public Art Gallery Saturday.

The fifth annual Riot on the Roof alternative arts event offers something new for its young audience and 2013 will be no different.

Peter Downie and his crew at Chatters Salon will perform a live hair show, with extravagant styles, fashion and make-up designs, while Vernon metal band Xul rages in the background.

Downie is no stranger to Riot, participating in last year’s event with Mackenzie Jones Designs, but this year his artistic talents will take centre stage in a unique hair design show.

Both Downie and Chatters’ employee Emily Jacob are Redken certified colourists who recently featured their award winning styles in the Vernon organized Rock ‘n Rococo Affair fashion show in Kelowna this past June.

“We are really fortunate to have so many talented artists in the area, and Peter Downie’s talent is an example of how art can be expressed in our everyday lives,” said Jamie Friesen, VPAG youth ambassador.

“Whether it is fine art in a formal gallery setting or an expressive personal style, art is accessible to everyone and we are excited to see Chatters perform with a live hair show at Riot on the Roof. And to see a show of this calibre, in an outdoor show at night, with a live metal band… it’s not your average evening in Vernon.”

Also new this year is a chalk art contest for artists. A popular, accessible and inexpensive form of street art, chalk art has been seen around the world right under our feet.

The VPAG is offering space for artists to show off their 2D talents in chalk pastels on the top floor of the Parkade for anyone wishing to take part. Top prize of $150 cash will be awarded to the best drawing of the night. Those interested in participating can contact Jamie or Robert at 250-545-3173, or ambassador@vernonpublicartgallery.com.

Also part of this year’s Riot are acts from around the Thompson-Okanagan and Vancouver regions.

Scheduled to perform on the main stage are bands Paperboy, Crowd the Joanna, The Dragstrip Devils, Bear Meets World, Luke Agawin, Xul, Naked Ghosts, and Amistad. Acoustic singer/songwriters/musicians Raquel Warchol, Peter McKillop, Eli Garlick and Fern will also be heard.

The event also features a dance performance by Mousai Entertainment; performance artist Shimshon Obadia; spoken word artists/poets Nathan Hare, Riley Strother, Morgan Armstrong and Molly Woodford; a film by Skookum Sound; visual artists Catherine DeMontreuil, Emily Geen, Kait Serafin, Jessie Suurallik, Emily Rice, and Charla Maarschalk.

Riot on the Roof runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday atop the Vernon Parkade, on the corner of 31st Avenue and 33rd Street. Tickets are $10, available at the VPAG, Bean Scene, or at the door.