Local Entertainment

Vicki Proulx, executive director of the Vernon Winter Carnival Society, stands beneath a lights display the society lit up in Spirit Square Nov. 27, by way of announcing it will be taking over the 2021 downtown light-up event. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Armed with experience, Vernon Winter Carnival ready for COVID-friendly festivities

Organizers have prepared a mostly outdoor slate of events for this year’s Winter Carnival

Robyn Thurston is organizing a Story Walk Jan. 22-30 at the Vernon Library. (Literacy Society of North Okanagan photo)

Story unfolds in downtown Vernon for Family Literacy Week

Start your adventure at the library and explore the pages in store-front windows

Canadian rocker Bif Naked will play to a sold-out crowd at the Creekside Theatre in Lake Country Feb. 17, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Bif Naked relishes return to Lake Country stage

The Canadian rocker will play the Creekside Theatre on Feb. 17

The work of Judith Jurica, Vikki Drummond and Maureen Kaczkowski is on display at the Lake Country Art Gallery. (Contributed)

Lake Country gallery opens 2022 with trio of artists

If I were you featuring the work of Judith Jurica, Vikki Drummond and Maureen Kaczkowski.

The work of Judith Jurica, Vikki Drummond and Maureen Kaczkowski is on display at the Lake Country Art Gallery. (Contributed)
Multi-award-winning Canadian guitarist Jesse Cook plays Vernon’s Performing Arts Centre Wednesday, Feb. 23, and Kelowna’s Community Theatre Thursday, Feb. 24. (Matt Barnes photo)

Award-winning Canadian guitarist makes Okanagan stops

Jesse Cook brings his Tempest II tour to Vernon and Kelowna Feb. 23 and 24

Multi-award-winning Canadian guitarist Jesse Cook plays Vernon’s Performing Arts Centre Wednesday, Feb. 23, and Kelowna’s Community Theatre Thursday, Feb. 24. (Matt Barnes photo)
NOCCA presents Janelle Fung and Marina Thibeault at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Jan. 21. (Contributed)

North Okanagan community concert season back in tune

NOCCA gala with Janelle Fung and Marina Thibeault kicks off new year

NOCCA presents Janelle Fung and Marina Thibeault at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Jan. 21. (Contributed)
Indigenous works are among those featured at the new exhibitions at the Vernon Public Art Gallery Jan. 13-March 9. (Yuri Auney)

From Indigenous to mythical, new art graces Vernon gallery

4 new exhibits kick off 2022 at public art gallery

Indigenous works are among those featured at the new exhibitions at the Vernon Public Art Gallery Jan. 13-March 9. (Yuri Auney)
Mike Reno, lead singer of Loverboy rocks out to a sold-out crowd in his home town at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton in 2019. (Roger Knox Black Press)

Happy birthday Loverboy!

Penticton-raised lead singer of Loverboy Mike Reno turned 67 this weekend

Mike Reno, lead singer of Loverboy rocks out to a sold-out crowd in his home town at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton in 2019. (Roger Knox Black Press)
Saniya Abilmajineva and Hiroto Saito perform Romeo and Juliet at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Feb. 19. (Ballet Jörgen photo)

Concerts, live entertainment sells out in Lake Country, Vernon

Local theatres have plenty of other options for those who missed tickets to Bif Naked, Corb Lund and The Glorious Sons

Saniya Abilmajineva and Hiroto Saito perform Romeo and Juliet at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Feb. 19. (Ballet Jörgen photo)
The North Okanagan Neurological Association will have Santa and his helpers on location Saturday, Dec. 18 from 4-6 p.m. (Contributed)

Vernon homes light up for Christmas

Christmas spirit is shining brightly around town. More and more residents are…

The North Okanagan Neurological Association will have Santa and his helpers on location Saturday, Dec. 18 from 4-6 p.m. (Contributed)
Vernon’s Village Green Shopping Centre has partnered with Kelowna-based Media Button to produce The Christmas Ornament, a short film featuring a 100 per cent local cast and crew. (Village Green photo)
Vernon’s Village Green Shopping Centre has partnered with Kelowna-based Media Button to produce The Christmas Ornament, a short film featuring a 100 per cent local cast and crew. (Village Green photo)
Vernon’s Powerhouse Theatre has put out a casting call for its winter show, Self Help, a comedy written by Norm Foster and directed by Adele Kuyek. (File photo)

Vernon theatre seeks cast help for winter show

Casting call for Self Help will take place Dec. 28 and 29 at the Powerhouse Theatre

Vernon’s Powerhouse Theatre has put out a casting call for its winter show, Self Help, a comedy written by Norm Foster and directed by Adele Kuyek. (File photo)
Will and Grace star Eric McCormack wearing a Penticton Bike Barn bib while playing Hank in the Penticton-made movie Drinkwater which debuts this month. (Film grab)

Penticton-made movie hits the big screen

Drinkwater, (formally Change of Pace starring Eric McCormack) filmed in summer 2020

Will and Grace star Eric McCormack wearing a Penticton Bike Barn bib while playing Hank in the Penticton-made movie Drinkwater which debuts this month. (Film grab)
Duo Gelato joins the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra for some seasonal laughs this weekend. (Contributed)

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra adds humour to holiday shows

Holly Jolly Gelato in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton

Duo Gelato joins the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra for some seasonal laughs this weekend. (Contributed)
Fest of Ale will return to Penticton in May 2022 this time outdoors at Okanagan Lake Park. (File photo)

Okanagan Fest of Ale takes it outside for 2022

After two years of cancellations, the Fest of Ale will go ahead May 14, 2022

Fest of Ale will return to Penticton in May 2022 this time outdoors at Okanagan Lake Park. (File photo)
Vernon actor Harrison Co is featured in the Hallmark Christmas movie Fixing Up Christmas, which airs on CityTV at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (IMDB photo)

Vernon actor shines in Hallmark Christmas movie shot in Kelowna, airing tonight

Harrison Coe is featured in Fixing Up Christmas, a film that was shot in Kelowna earlier this year

Vernon actor Harrison Co is featured in the Hallmark Christmas movie Fixing Up Christmas, which airs on CityTV at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (IMDB photo)
Julie Oakes and Richard Fogarty of Headbones Gallery in Vernon welcome guests to two artist exhibitions which are on until Jan. 15, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Julie Oakes and Richard Fogarty of Headbones Gallery in Vernon welcome guests to two artist exhibitions which are on until Jan. 15, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Vernon-based photographer Carla Hunt caught two great blue herons hanging out on Cool Pond in the BX on camera in March 2020. (Carla Hunt Photography)

Art to reflect North Okanagan pond’s delicate environment

Waterfowl, Western painted turtles among those who call Cools Pond home

Vernon-based photographer Carla Hunt caught two great blue herons hanging out on Cool Pond in the BX on camera in March 2020. (Carla Hunt Photography)
Kelly MacIntosh (standing) guides horses through a Spallumcheen field during Horse Drawn Okanagan’s Christmas Sleigh Ride event from 2019. The popular rides return in 2021 from Dec. 21-24, and 26-29. (Coralie Nairn photo)

Spallumcheen horses help harness holidays

Harness the Holidays sleigh rides offered by Horse Drawn Okanagan after year off due to COVID

Kelly MacIntosh (standing) guides horses through a Spallumcheen field during Horse Drawn Okanagan’s Christmas Sleigh Ride event from 2019. The popular rides return in 2021 from Dec. 21-24, and 26-29. (Coralie Nairn photo)
Emmanuel Baptist Church is busy readying for the annual Bethlehem Star, which will be a drive-thru event this year due to COVID-19. 
(Aaron Wilson photo)

Bethlehem Star still shines for Vernon drive-thru

Emmanuel Baptist Church shifting tradition into COVID-friendly event

Emmanuel Baptist Church is busy readying for the annual Bethlehem Star, which will be a drive-thru event this year due to COVID-19. 
(Aaron Wilson photo)