Those seeking out something a little different were not disappointed at this year’s Riot on the Roof.
Youth and other residents from around the Okanagan climbed the four levels to get to the top of the Vernon parkade, as well as the third level, to enjoy live bands and other performances at the Vernon Public Art Gallery’s fourth annual event, held Saturday night.
“Riot was a blast, and everyone I run into that went to it says it blew them out of the water,” said VPAG youth ambassador Kirsten Barkved, who helped organize this year’s event.
Revellers enjoyed performances by valley musicians such as Kelowna’s Devon Coyote, Kamloops’ band Van Damsel, Kelowna’s JoyfulDoor, and Bjorn Kriel, along with Vernon’s Paperboy, Tiny Robot (Harley David Knife ) and Windmills (Cory Myraas).
The event also featured a wearable art fashion show, featuring the flora and fauna inspired creation of Calgary designer Mackenzie Jones, modelled by local volunteers.
Kelowna’s Tandem Studios’ Liz Dumontet and Dylan Ranney worked into the night to complete a new mural that can now been seen on the upper level of the parkade, while visitors also enjoyed live body art painting, visual displays, spoken word, film, and a sound installation performance.