The middle of winter can be a tricky time for a music lover. Folk festivals are months away, and the smattering of local talents often head off on tours. Fortunately, Kelowna receives just as good as it gives: four fantastic touring Canadian acts will be touching down in town during the month of February to replace the winter blahs with some oohs and ahhs. Here are a few Kelowna concert listings to watch out for this February:
Northcote and Dave Hause at the Habitat
On Saturday, February 22nd, catch Victoria’s song writing sensation Matt Goud, also known as Northcote. This red-bearded soloist infuses his shows with blues, pop and hard-core influences, though his eclectic range can go from ballads to ballistic, all in one tune. A gifted lyricist, Goud’s shows tend to involve participation of local musician friends he’s made over years spent criss-crossing Canada. The show is at local venue The Habitat, on Leon Avenue. Opening act Dave Hause may end up joining Goud on the stage; as an up-and-coming songwriter in his own right, Classic Rock Magazine recently listed Hause’s song “Kings” as one of the year’s best new songs.
Virtuoso String Band Wows at Creekside
On February 4, get down to the Creekside Theatre in nearby Winfield and catch the Sultans of String Symphony. Their mosaic of sounds from around the globe mix Flamenco, middle Eastern, Cuban, and Django-Rinehart inspired gypsy jazz. The U.K.’s Maverick magazine called the Sultans of String “a band with talent to burn … the very epitome of world music.”
Their last tour, behind their Juno-award nominated album Yalla!, featured a string of sell-out shows: get your tickets early and get ready for a colourful musical ride.
Big Stage, Big Sound with Hedley at Prospera Place
It’s hard to believe Hedley have been around for 10 years. These Vancouver hitmakers have matured from the early days of being a boy band on ‘Canadian Idol’ into a group of seasoned performers. While the crowd will be sure to sing along to hits like “On My Own” and “Cha-Ching”, lesser known, more experimental tunes from 2011’s Storms, and their latest release, Anything, are polished gems thanks to their collaborations with Island Records. Hedley are more than just pretty tunes (and pretty faces); they act as ambassadors for Craig Kielburger’s charity Free the Children, playing benefit concerts and touring to raise awareness of the ways in which children can help other children facing human rights abuses. Multi-platinum singer Alyssa Reid will be singing tunes from her album Satisfaction Guaranteed: with a line-up like this, that sounds just about right. You can catch Hedley at Prospera Place on February 15.
Whether your fancy is folk, or you prefer a more radio friendly sound, Northcote and Hedley are seasoned performers sure to please. Hedley are touring behind a new album while Northcote brings something fresh to every gig. For a real multicultural musical tapestry, don’t miss the Sultans of String. Winter or not, Kelowna punches above its weight in the entertainment department – so don’t miss these awesome February shows.