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Downtown Kelowna is host to many exciting events all through the year. Whether hosted by the Association, the city, or other businesses or partners you’re sure to find something fun to do in #downtownkelowna. Find out more about what’s happening below.

June 5, 2023

Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic

Following the huge success of its 2022 Canadian national tour, Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic is RETURNING IN 2023 by popular demand!

See the rock spectacular that everyone RAVED about, bringing their big sound, big screens, crazy lighting and outlandish costumes back for a night of non-stop rock anthems, including Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, Radio GaGa, I Want to Break Free, Somebody to Love, Don’t Stop Me Now, Another One Bites the Dust and so many more.

Featuring Dominic Warren reprising his role as ‘Freddie Mercury’ and performing vocals, piano and guitar all LIVE ON STAGE and in the original key. Don’t miss the REAL ROCK EXPERIENCE, direct from Australia!

April 27, 2023

April Open Mic feat. Corinna Chong

Join us for an evening of poetry, fun, and friendly competition! As a part of our Public Reading Series, IWC presents our Open Mic featuring writer Corinna Chong! Entry is a $6-$10 sliding scale, and $5 for members.

Doors are at 6:30pm, and sign-up begins promptly at 6:30pm with our hosts. We have 5 open mic spots available and are first come first served. Both food and drink will be available from BNA.

There are two single-user, gender-neutral washrooms available and the space is wheelchair accessible.

Our programming is made possible by the City of Kelowna, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan, and BNA Brewery.

We respectfully acknowledge that we live and work in the unceded, ancestral territory of the Syilx people. It is a privilege to be able to put on events as uninvited guests on their land.

April 13, 2023

April Writing Workshop

Join the IWC collective for a night of editing and peer review. This workshop invites writers at all stages to engage in a learning and sharing environment. Please bring 10 copies of the same poem, or one flash fiction, to have reviewed by an inclusive and positive group of fellow writers. We have 10 spots available and are first come first served. Each writer will have the chance to share their work, hear a robust discussion of how the work is succeeding or needs more development, and share their own impressions of others’ work. This event is free and for all ages.

The Alternator Centre is located in the Rotary Centre for the Arts and is wheelchair accessible. Bathrooms are gendered stalled washrooms, with a single, gender neutral and wheelchair-accessible washroom available.

We respectfully acknowledge that we live and work in the unceded, ancestral territory of the Syilx people. It is a privilege to be able to put on events as uninvited guests on their land.

April 6, 2023

The Irish Rovers

Last year began with the legendary Irish Rovers hitting Spotify’s VIRAL TOP 50 in both the US and the UK/ Ireland, and ended with recording a new album, No End In Sight!  They thank young Nathan Evans’ rendition of The Wellerman, for carrying on the tradition of the sea shanty, and have included their original 1977 version of the song on the new album. No End In Sight has been setting new sales records and includes a new anthem for our time, Hey Boys Sing Us A Song, inspired by the last two years of no touring.

Canada has been home to The Irish Rovers since its inception in the early 60s and its first international hit, The Unicorn. Millar says, “It’s been a bit odd, being from both Ireland and Canada. Some fans have found it confusing as well. At times I’ve felt like a man with no country.” This led to the song Band Without A Country from their 2020 album Saints And Sinners which tells their story from Ireland to Toronto, The Unicorn, and beyond.

Get ready for a rollicking night of old and new hits, and hilarious stories from their life on the road.

March 9, 2023

March Writing Workshop

Join the IWC collective for a night of editing and peer review. This workshop invites writers at all stages to engage in a learning and sharing environment. Please bring 10 copies of the same poem, or one flash fiction, to have reviewed by an inclusive and positive group of fellow writers. We have 10 spots available and are first come first served. Each writer will have the chance to share their work, hear a robust discussion of how the work is succeeding or needs more development, and share their own impressions of others’ work. This event is free and for all ages.

The Alternator Centre is located in the Rotary Centre for the Arts and is wheelchair accessible. Bathrooms are gendered stalled washrooms, with a single, gender neutral and wheelchair-accessible washroom available.

We respectfully acknowledge that we live and work in the unceded, ancestral territory of the Syilx people. It is a privilege to be able to put on events as uninvited guests on their land.

February 23, 2023

February Open Mic / Open Slam

Join us for an evening of poetry, fun, and friendly competition! IWC presents our Open Mic and Open Slam! Entry is a $6-$10 sliding scale, and $5 for members.
Doors are at 6:30pm, and sign-up begins promptly at 6:30pm with our hosts. We have 5 open mic spots and 5 open slam spots- with cash prizes for the open slam! Spots are first come first serve. Both food and drink will be available from BNA.

There are two single-user, gender-neutral washrooms available and the space is wheelchair accessible.
Our programming is made possible by the City of Kelowna, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan, and BNA Brewery.
We respectfully acknowledge that we live and work in the unceded, ancestral territory of the Syilx people. It is a privilege to be able to put on events as uninvited guests on their land.

After 5

Part networking event, part foodgasm, this smorgasbord for the soul takes place in various venues in Downtown Kelowna.

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Block Party

SHOP great vendors and local retailers. ENJOY the atmosphere. EAT at a downtown restaurant or grab a snack from a Food Truck. PLAY in the kids zone. DANCE to the music at one of our stages – with a variety of acts there is something for everyone!

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