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A Year in Review and a Merry Christmas to you!

A Year in Review

We’re at the peak of the holiday season here in Downtown Kamloops! From people taking part in the season’s festivities and events to last-minute gift shopping, to folks enjoying a stroll along the Rivers Trail with family and friends, Downtown Kamloops is full of excitement this time of year! Of course, the more temperate weather we’re experiencing doesn’t hurt. Here’s a year in review.

As we reflect on the holiday season, we also reflect on the last 12 months in the heart of our city. The CAP Team had a successful year acting as ambassadors for both safety-social and Kamloops tourism.

Summary of the Year

The CAP Team has cleaned up 1457 needles off the streets. And another 1874 safety hazards were collected and disposed of properly! The team contacted law enforcement 128 times throughout the year regarding incidents that needed their intervention.

The CAP Team has participated in the organization and execution of numerous successful events in Downtown Kamloops. Most recently, the 38th Annual Santa Claus Parade and latest installment in the Block Party Series- the Fulton & Company LLP Welcome Winter Block Party. In addition to events, the CAP Team assisted many tourists, citizens, and contacted members of Downtown Kamloops 2216 times. Whether questions are related to attractions downtown, local events, or something safety-related, the CAP Team is proud to be able to help!

Concluding the Year

Overall, 2018 was another great year for the CAP Team, and we would like to extend a thank you to the visitors, locals, employees, and business owners alike that we had the pleasure of interacting with over the year from the bottom of our hearts. The CAP Team will be on holiday from December 23rd to January 3rd but will be back in the New Year refreshed and ready to get right back on track to make 2019 an even greater success! Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours!

Written by Jake Andrykew, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (@Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

 

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find out more on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

50 Date Ideas in Downtown Kamloops

50 Date Ideas

“It’s easy, all you need is love.” Yes, the Beatles certainly said it best and what better way to find (or re-ignite) love than by checking out all of what Downtown Kamloops has to offer for the dating scene. Whether it’s a first date or the hundredth, here are 50 ideas for fun!

  1. Take a stroll through Riverside Park.
  2. Look for a book at the Kamloops Library.
  3. Visit a few breweries to try some craft beer and local wines.
  4. Take a pottery class or splatter some paint at 4 Cats Art Studio.
  5. Have a Spa day at Aina Studios.
  6. Browse the many local shops.
  7. Experience a Rune Reading at the Golden Buddha.
  8. Stretch it out at a Yoga class.
  9. Tone your tummy and tush at Barre Kamloops.
  10. Get the blood pumping at a KSpin cycling class.
  11. Enjoy a picnic at St. Andrews on the Square.
  12. Master the ice at the Sandman Centre or Memorial Arena’s public skating rink.
  13. Cheer on the Blazers or the Kamloops Storm!
  14. Rock out at a concert at the Sandman Centre.
  15. Watch the Holiday Train roll through town.
  16. Face your fear of public singing at one of the many open mic night events.
  17. The Kamloops Museum and Archives can teach you and your date a thing or two.
  18. The Art Gallery could give you some Instagram worthy photos and its free on Thursdays.
  19. Taste a dessert, or many, at Swiss Pastries.
  20. Solve the mystery and escape the room at Countdown.
  21. Shoot some pool at Kamloops Billiard Club.
  22. Jump in the pool at the YMCA.
  23. Sweat a pool in the YMCA gym.
  24. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Back-Alley Art Gallery.
  25. Learn a new skill at a sewing class at Andersons Sewing.
  26. Attend a workshop at Far & Wide.
  27. Sing the songs of yesteryear at the Centrals Karaoke night.
  28. Test your knowledge at a group Trivia Night.
  29. Express yourself at a Drink and Draw.
  30. Wake up to some of the amazing breakfast places.
  31. Munch on some lunch at the many restaurants.
  32. Wine and Dine with dinner at a bar and grill.
  33. Play or rent a board game from All Board Games.
  34. Unleash your inner engineer and play a game of Downtown Kamloops on street Giant Jenga.
  35. Browse some records at Barnacle Records.
  36. Find your favourite superhero and High-Octane comics.
  37. Sip Lattes at a coffee shop.
  38. Treat all your fingers and toes to a pedicure and manicure.
  39. Watch some birds.
  40. Take a Pilates class.
  41. Volunteer your time at a charity event.
  42. If the kids are coming too, try a parent and tots’ class at Lizzie Bits.
  43. Head to the indoor farmers market at St. Andrews.
  44. If religious, head to a church.
  45. Walk your pups, or kids, at Pioneer Park.
  46. Pop some tags at a thrift store.
  47. Witness the mastery of the Western Canada Theatre.
  48. Go flower shopping.
  49. Catch a flick at the Paramount Theatre.
  50. The most important point for some, play Pokémon GO!

Well, folks, we hope this comprehensive list finds you in your time of need. Don’t forget to enjoy the special moments and enjoy your time in Downtown Kamloops.

This article was written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’d like to find out more about what’s going on in downtown Kamloops, you can check out our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

Welcome Winter Block Party & Winter Campaigns

Welcome Winter Block Party and Winter Campaigns

With our “Fulton & Company LLP Welcome Winter Block Party” wrapped up and our Stuff Your Stockings contest still going strong, now is the perfect time for a few winter reminders and thank-yous before the New Years extravaganza.

First off, we at Downtown Kamloops would like to thank everyone who showed us support at the “Fulton & Company LLP Welcome Winter Block Party” this past Saturday. This includes all the hard work put in by Brewloops, Kamloops Kia Motors, the volunteers, and our title sponsor, Fulton & Company LLP (who signed up as the title sponsors for three years!). Everyone from these organizations has been a major help and we look forward to collaborating with our friends in the future!

With the holiday season and end of the year around the corner, we want to extend our thanks to everyone who has been a part of our events, programs, and overall downtown experience. We would like to thank our CAP Team Sponsors, and Downtown Kamloops sponsors for their dedication to downtown.

The holiday isn’t quite over yet in Downtown Kamloops! The Stuff your Stockings Campaign is going strong until December 21st when we will draw a winner for $1000 in Downtown Kamloops gift certificates! You can enter a ballot at participating businesses and find a full list here.

Lastly don’t forget, that the City of Kamloops is offering you the gift of free parking this holiday season. Come downtown on Saturdays (and Sundays) and enjoy free ON STREET parking! When you find yourself downtown after the holiday season and are looking for somewhere free to park on the weekends, remember that the Lansdowne and Seymour Street Parkades are free on weekends!

Written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

 

Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about what’s going on in downtown Kamloops, you can check out our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

Remembering in Downtown Kamloops

Remembering in Downtown Kamloops

“It was a short peace in a terrible war.” These were the remarks of Alfred Anderson, a Scottish veteran, recounting the events of the Christmas Truce of 1914. This unofficial truce saw roughly 100,000 German and British troops in the Belgium Front temporarily cease fire in the spirit of the holiday. In some instances, carols were sung between the opposing forces, as well as exchanges of alcohol, food, tobacco, and other cultural trinkets. It was a beautiful moment in history that showcased the true humanity behind the speeches and the bloodshed and should never be forgotten.Soon we will be remembering in downtown Kamloops.

In just over a week it will be time to put minute priorities on pause for a moment of silence on Remembrance Day. There are many ways to pay tribute to our brave troops like wearing a Poppy or attending one of the many ceremonies available to pay your respects.

On November 10th at Memorial Hill Park (174-300 Battle Street), there will be a special event in honor of the 100th anniversary to the end of the 1st World War (1914-1918). The event runs from 11:00 am to 12 noon and features key speakers on the history of the Kamloops Cenotaph and Cairn, including its 2016 restoration, as well as the true personal story of the pivotal Battle on Hill 70.

November 11th is the Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony and Parade will be starting at in Riverside Park at 10:30 am. Current and active duty members from many different organizations will be marching, so your support is always very much appreciated.
To pay your respects sooner, make sure to donate and grab a poppy from one of the many businesses that have donation boxes by the till. This great campaign is run by the Royal Canadian Legion and donations go to veterans and youth programs each year. Wearing your poppy is an excellent way to show veterans that they have not been forgotten.

No matter how you can show you care, this November we should all try to remember the sacrifices our veterans made and support the cause whenever and however you can.

Written by, Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009.

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about Downtown Kamloops, you can check out our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

Call for Downtown Kamloops Winter Photos!

Call for Winter Photos

This is a call for winter photos of the downtown Kamloops area. Are you looking for an opportunity to feature some of your photography? Do you have some excellent images of Kamloops that you’re eager to share with others? If so, you’re going to love this opportunity.

Photographers of all skill levels and ages are invited to submit their digital photos. If you’re a photographer who has taken some beautiful shots of our city, this is your opportunity to share. This is an opportunity for a chance to be featured in the Downtown Kamloops Winter Activity Guide. This year, we are looking for your winter-themed images to help showcase beautiful Downtown Kamloops. We would like for these photos to be representative of Shopping, Dining, Living or Playing in the downtown Kamloops core!

Please read the guide found below for any additional information regarding photo submissions. We’re eager to see what residents of Kamloops have to submit.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT SUBMITTING PHOTOS HERE

 

Additionally, if you’re looking for any information regarding downtown Kamloops, you can find out more on our website here. Moreover, you can also find us on Facebook here. You can also find us on Instagram here. Stay tuned for more information from Downtown Kamloops.

2018 CIVIC ELECTION

Civic Election of 2018

A general overview of the Kamloops civic election of 2018 – responses from KCBIA open letter to candidates

Ken Lorne CHRISTIAN, Mayor of Kamloops

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • If elected I will work to keep business tax rates at the percentage, they currently share of the overall tax dispersal and will work to keep annual increases at or below the annual rate of inflation.  A predictable tax scheme is stable and good for investment

Question #2: If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • To enhance downtown business, I would support a parking study and an increase to support enhanced CAP team coverage. Customers need to be able to park and need to feel safe in the downtown core.

Question #3; If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops?

  • In terms of business attraction, I will continue to support densification and downtown residential development.  More people with enhanced walkable space downtown equals an improvement in customer base and enhance retail opportunities.  Better opportunity translates to more jobs, better options for consumers and a more robust economy – Ken Christian, Mayor of Kamloops

 

William James TURNBULL, Mayor of Kamloops Candidate

Answers not provided.

 

 Jennifer Dawn ADAMS, City Council Candidate

I hope you are well and thank you for sharing this with the members. I love living downtown and as a resident of the downtown, I see how our community is struggling. I am hoping my tough-love approach gets support because something has got to give regarding the vagrancy, public drug use and debauchery that is becoming an everyday thing in our beautiful downtown core and I will continue to lend my voice to the efforts and lobby hard to make things better for small business, the backbone of our economy. Thanks again, Jennifer Adams

Question #1; If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • If elected, Downtown will continue to be a priority for me because I live downtown, I shop downtown and walk downtown every day.  I think we need to do more than sustain current business because some are struggling. I believe we need to do more to stimulate investment into the core. There are too many empty storefronts and I believe that breeds problems and community safety concerns. We must find ways to reduce panhandlers and do more to help members of our community that should not be on the street, but sheltered, and under a Dr’s care for mental health and/or addiction. We need to do a better job to ensure accountability and/or control of the discarded needles and drug paraphernalia in our alleys and on our streets.  I will continue to reach out to the business community and will use my voice to lobby all levels of government to do more to make our street safer, to advocate for housing and mental health supports to those whose behaviours impact businesses every day in our community. I love the new Downtown plan and will support projects that promote walkability and events to bring people into the downtown core. I would love to see the big parking lot (The Daily News Building site) be used for events (like Brewloops, or art battles, or concerts) on the weekends and evenings when it sits empty.

Question #2; If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • If elected I would lobby to find ways to speed up approval times for zoning variance applications and find ways to fast track new business applications. An application to sell beer on a patio, for instance, should not take months to get approved.  We need to ensure that businesses are unfettered and able to adapt to customers’ wants and needs in cost-effective and timely ways. If elected I would continue to support events like the back-alley party’s, brew loops, the busker’s festival, Art in The Park and Music In The Park. I love the alley mural art projects and would like to see some bigger and more centrally located projects on buildings like the TNRD-Library-Art Gallery (wall facing the plaza). Imagine a huge perspective art piece on the back and side of the old Value Village. If elected I will also add my voice to sensible zoning for cannabis that protects those who do not want to be impacted by cannabis but create areas, zoning and the ability for investors to operate cannabis cafes, like lounges or bars but for cannabis. Perhaps we could zone the alleys as designated smoking zones and get both cigarette and cannabis off the main sidewalks, public areas and patios, support small businesses that want to help fill this new legal niche.

Question #3; If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops?

  • If elected to Kamloops City Council I will continue to lobby hard to make our streets safer and find ways to improve the approval times for licensing and variance applications. Time is money for small businesses and being able to be proactive as an organization to assist small businesses to adapt quickly is important.  With the plans to increase the density in the core, the businesses will benefit. Parking is no longer an issue downtown with the closing of Value Village and the parking lot at KDN, but, I would support reducing the cost to park downtown. Downtown is the only area of the city that we must pay for parking and I hear from small businesses that this hurts them. I would continue to lobby for supports to make our streets safer for residents and tourists. The Rocky Mountaineer brings thousands into our city, I would like to see those tourists stay in Kamloops longer and believe that if it was coordinated with the KCBIA we could ensure that small business is on board, staffed and open for the tourists for shopping, dining or entertainment.

 

Nicholas James Jess ADAMS, City Council Candidate

Thank you for the opportunity to answer these questions.  As a person who enjoys a lot of time Downtown, I love the new vibrancy it has had in the last year.

Question #1; If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • My top priority is ensuring that the city ensures quick and reasonable decision making, on issuing permits, and dealing with zoning and other requests.  Talking to downtown business owners I have consistently heard that dealing with the city can be frustrating.  Red tape and cost of compliance are often stated as a barrier to growth or new ventures.

Question #2; If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • I believe a vibrant downtown core is the best way to enhance existing businesses in the downtown core.  I would support events and projects that work toward the vitalization of the core.  Continued upgrades and services to our core as well as events, will bring the people downtown to enjoy the great businesses it offers.

Question #3; If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops. 

  • Kamloops has a bit of a reputation of being a can’t do city.  I will work to ensure that we avoid barriers to new businesses and the expansion or relocation of existing ventures.  By making Kamloops an easy community to do business in, we can attract outside investment and continued growth in our downtown core.

 

Marsha Dale BASS, City Council Candidate

I’m wondering if the answer to two wouldn’t be better as the answer to three. For two, perhaps some bromide about listening and working together to make the downtown more accessible and attractive to shoppers and others.

Question 1: If elected, what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • There is not one priority but several that blend together to become the main priority of sustaining current business in the downtown area: continued residential and commercial densification, providing more parking, addressing the homeless and transient situation and ensure there are fewer barriers to development and permitting.

Question 2:  If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in downtown Kamloops?

  • A core review of the way city hall processes development plans, licenses, all things to do with growing business must be done. We need to make the processes more efficient to avoid situations where a business that just wants to expand spends months — and thousands of dollars — trying to get the needed approvals in place. That core review would have to involve the business sector dealing with these issues.

Question 3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in downtown Kamloops?

  • Too many business people have talked about the challenge of navigating the development and permitting process at city hall. Does it need to take several months to approve a basic business expansion? With each go-round, that businessman is having to resubmit the fees and, after several go-rounds, that’s a significant financial burden for the smaller business owner. Should it cost tens of thousands of dollars to approve a new small business? How does that impact the financial bottom line of that small business owner? These need to be given a hard review to identify inefficiencies and find ways to make the process smoother, quicker and more amenable to those navigating it.

 

Christopher (Chris) BOSE, City Council Candidate

Answers not provided.

 

Donovan Michael Grube CAVERS, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I’ve been known to describe the Victoria Street area as our “cultural core” and I truly believe that to be one of our greatest strengthens. People visit downtown because it has what the big box stores don’t… downtown business owners provide care, attention to detail and friendliness that can almost never be replicated by generic franchise stores. We need to keep this in mind and never lose sight of the uniqueness that makes us so attractive to potential purchasers who live in the core area and those who live in other areas but frequent the downtown.

Question 2:  If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in downtown Kamloops?

  • As a re-elected City Councillor I will work to ensure all areas of our city receive support. In the lead up to the last municipal election, I canvassed the business owners both along with the Tranquille market primary business corridor and the Victoria primary business corridor and received some very valuable direct one-on-one feedback that has helped guide my decisions since then and will continue to if supported in my bid for re-election. With the current leadership at both organizations, I believe huge opportunities exist for collaboration and mentorship between our communities two BIAs.

Question 3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in downtown Kamloops?

  • I voted in favour of maximizing the revitalization tax incentive (10 years tax-free on assessed value of the improvements to a building’s exterior). I think the City needs to continually innovative but in close partnership along the KCBIA and its board of directors. Successes like the 4th Avenue Pedestrian Plaza concept pilot could not happen without the strong and mutually respectful relationship we enjoy.

 

 Corally Heather DELWO, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I would help sustain business in the downtown core by supporting a multitude of yearly festivals, events, concerts, and tournaments to increase the flow of tourism. I would like to work with the downtown BIA to come up with economical and effective solutions for our parking issues.  I would also support a well planned economically feasible performing arts center and would like to see some grassroots involvement with raising funds for it. I would also like to find ways through a core review of the city to see how we can better allocate funds, cut costs where we can and move funds to upgrade roads and our curb appeal in the downtown core as well as the rest of the city.

Question 2:  If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in downtown Kamloops?

  • I think to enhance business downtown we need to have a more proactive approach with communication and teamwork with the BIA to find out where the city can assist the businesses and what owners feel is important to create a more vibrant downtown atmosphere. I would attend meetings and be present to receive ideas and suggestions of what we should be doing to serve as an effective council.

Question 3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in downtown Kamloops?

  • To attract business, think we need to streamline the process for opening business into a simpler process. 6-month approvals for new business and development is not acceptable. We also need to provide incentives and tax breaks that would help ease the burden of the already huge start-up costs and help entrepreneurs reach their goals and live their dreams. I would also remove the business license requirements for commercial property owners as I think adding more costs to the landowners only adds for more costs to the businesses as it is reflected in increased triple net charges. As a former small business owner, small increases can be the make or break point of business success or failure. If these increases become too large we will lose too many of our small businesses and that will really harm our economy in Kamloops – Thank you

 

Rasham (Ray) Singh DHALIWAL, City Council Candidate

Answers not provided.

 

Dieter Wolfgang DUDY, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • Contrary to what some people believe increasing the number of businesses in downtown Kamloops will go a long way to ensure that the current businesses not only survive but thrive. Creating services and amenities that would appeal to new business owners will attract them to the downtown and in turn, will stimulate growth. The adage of “activity begets activity” holds very true here. I see the addition of a pedestrian plaza, performing arts centre, cultural centre, public market to name a few as ensuring success for business downtown, both old and new.

Question 2:  If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in downtown Kamloops?

  • I think I may have answered question 2 in #1. In a nutshell…increase livability.

Question 3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in downtown Kamloops?

  • At the risk of repeating myself, sustaining, creating and enhancing business all rely on a vibrant core. We need focal points, draws for tourists and locals alike. I do and will continue to encourage the development of public amenities that support and foster business.

 

 

Dennis Dale GIESBRECHT, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • To encourage and support business in the downtown core I would like to see 3 things; first an increase in security.  If we want people out of their cars and walking the core they must feel safe. A proactive approach between bylaws and RCMP, not reactive. Second would be a push for higher density housing in the core, with emphasis on multi-unit condos. Third would be a building on the atmosphere in the core.  Downtown has the older character buildings and that can be marketed with a tradition and history of personal service, a throwback to the” good old days”

Question 2:  If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in downtown Kamloops?

  • To enhance the business downtown we need to build up the feel of comfort and history. This would include older styles of lighting, benches. I would like tax incentives to encourage renovations to look at historical, old-style doors, windows, awnings, etc. A larger walking presence of law enforcement as well (I would love to see police on a horse but I’m not sure that is practical).

Question 3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in downtown Kamloops?  

  • Once the core is established as a vibrant, profitable place to do business the business will come.  We will, of course, need a competitively set tax structure and incentives to renovate the old buildings and a plan to have new construction fit in with the history and feel.

 

Shawn Ray HARNETT, City Council Candidate

Answers not provided.

 

Mercedes Alicia Maureen (Sadie) HUNTER, City Council Candidate

Question #1; If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • The first thing I’d like a good sense of is what is working for businesses in the downtown area. From there, I’d look to find ways to build on what is working and to address what could be improved and see where those improvements can fit into the current planning for the downtown core.

Question #2; If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • In my conversations in the community, there seems to be a perception of the downtown in general as being not very accessible. I believe it’s important to find out in more detail what those perceived barriers are – physical or otherwise – and then work to address them. This may be as straightforward as enhancing communication about businesses in the core, or as challenging at looking at options for accessible parking and enhancing access into businesses. Many of the storefronts in the downtown core, as they are housed in older buildings, aren’t that accessible to those with limited mobility.

Question #3; If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops?

  • Personally, I’d need a better understanding of the current available space for potential businesses. From there, I’d seek to make connections between businesses currently operating in the downtown core with businesses considering their options. To me, it makes the most sense to connect the subject matter experts, with the capacity and experience to answer detailed questions, to others who are looking for help in making informed decisions.

 

Jimmy Jadgeep Singh JOHAL, City Council Candidate

Question #1:  If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • The city needs to control its spending and decrease the property tax rate for businesses.  Over the last 10 years, the city’s expenses have increased by over 30%, double the rate of inflation.  Much of this burden has been placed on businesses, as they pay higher property tax rates compared to residential rates.  These increases are ultimately passed onto the shoppers in the form of higher prices in local shops.  That’s not fair to small businesses (who lose their competitive edge) or consumers (who must pay higher prices).  If we want to attract businesses and sustain current businesses, we need to make it a priority to control spending and decrease the property tax burden on businesses.

Question #2:  If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • Shopping downtown should be a unique, enjoyable, and exciting experience.  I’d like to see licensed entertainers on the streets.  Lots of outdoor public green spaces dispersed throughout the downtown.  Unique artwork.  Lots of special events and festivals taking place, drawing people downtown and into the shops.  Basically, a beautiful, pedestrian and bike-friendly, walkable, mixed-use neighbourhood “hopping” with activities.  I’d like to transform it into the most “happening” place to be in Kamloops. Plus, I’d like to fast-track Downtown revitalization by reviewing and improving incentives, so that they work.  If we can encourage developers to invest in mixed-use buildings with commercial spaces on the ground-level and residences above, there will be more modern commercial spaces and more people living, working, playing, and shopping downtown.

Question #3:  If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I’d like to see zones of economic activity spread throughout the city, including downtown.  In addition to the things I’ve mentioned above, I’d like the city to continue working with the KCBIA to identify the types of businesses we’d like to attract to the area (e.g. tech businesses), and then provide targeted incentives to get those businesses there.  This means reviewing, improving, and expanding our revitalization incentives.
  • Right now, these property tax incentives are only available for property owners that build new or significantly renovate a building.  I’d like to expand them to any of the targeted business types (which we’d determine along with KCBIA’s input).  So, whether these businesses buy or lease a building, they may qualify.  We could set certain qualification criteria:  for example, they must occupy a space of certain square footage, or they must employ a certain number of employees, or they must be located in a specific part of the Downtown.  In this way, we can make these incentives work to improve downtown.
  • Another thing is, property tax revitalization incentives are paid out to the end-user over 5 or 10 years.  Developers usually “build-to-sell” so don’t really get to take advantage of these incentives.  We need to get more of these incentives to the developers to really encourage them to build and to build the types of buildings we need downtown.  I think we can fast-track our revitalization if we give a greater proportion of the incentives to developers and less to end-users.  This idea would make these incentives actually work by better enticing developers to invest and would actually save the city money (I think this would be a powerful way to entice developers, so much so that we could actually give less in incentives overall).
  • Finally, I’d like to give business owners the opportunity to improve our public spaces downtown, if they choose, and if it fits with the character and culture of downtown.  If someone has an idea and the money to invest in public features, artwork, improvements, etc. around their businesses, we should be open to that, and if needed, even provide a property tax incentive.  Public-private partnerships like this can be a win-win and make for a unique and “happening” downtown experience.

 

Stephen KARPUK, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • Attitude. We need to change our negative attitude. Let’s start with, “Yes”, and then figure out how to make the yes happen rather than “No” and failing to see anything happen. Look at the opportunity instead of focusing on the barriers to achieving that opportunity. Let’s remove the barriers to growth by reducing time for permits. Let’s be more flexible with zoning to allow for more restaurant patios and more mixed residential/commercial buildings. But I truly believe that it all comes back to attitude and the belief that we can, instead of we can’t.

Question #2: If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I would look at ways to one attract more people to the downtown area, either through events and activities and reducing the real and perceived barriers to accessing the downtown like parking, transit, walkability, etc. An idea I would love to work with the KCBIA to make a reality is to turn more blank exterior building wall space into murals or other art, like Chemainus, BC. The positive economic benefits and overall community feel that this type of community project could bring have been proven in many locations around the globe. I think it would work here too, but I know the KCBIA has ideas and I am very open to making their ideas happen too.

Question #3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate to Kamloops Downtown.

  • One of the biggest challenges I think we have in our Kamloops downtown is a lack of definition or identity. We have too many businesses that don’t fit with each other. I feel we need to define what it is we want for our downtown area, maybe on a block by block basis. Other cities have entertainment districts, or restaurant areas, clothing shop zones and they work well together because they fit. Restaurants, lounges, night clubs, and bars work well with each other because they feed off each other and they don’t have as many conflicts. Thus, I think it is imperative that our City work with the KCBIA on ways to address this issue. We need to implement a long-term strategy that we work on together and actively make it happen. Look for businesses that fit the strategy/goal and find ways to make them want to be in the KCBIA or other areas of Kamloops. Another current challenge to growth in the KCBIA is the proliferation of homeless, drug and mental health persons who are predominantly hanging out in the KCBIA zone. I will advocate for programs that offer “hand-ups” instead of “handouts”. I think our current approach to dealing with these people has proven ineffectual, so I think an accountability model needs to be used. If we clean up the image and our streets of the downtown KCBIA then I feel we will see an increase in the growth, prosperity potential and longevity of our Downtown.  Thank you for the opportunity to comment on your questions and please get out and vote on Oct. 20th. Let’s have a vocal majority instead of a vocal minority.

 

Caroline Frances KING, City Councillor Candidate

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Alison Marie KLIE, City Council Candidate

Question #1 If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • My top priority for sustaining business in the downtown area is to support new building projects that are large mixed residential and commercial buildings. By providing living spaces close to entertainment and amenities it will attract new homeowners and renters who will live nearby and become repeat customers to the surrounding businesses.

Question #2 If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I believe that with commercial spaces being a component of new buildings it will provide opportunities for growth or relocation if desired. And with the new residents to the area no longer needing to drive and take up parking customers from other areas of the city will be able to more easily frequent downtown businesses.

Question #3 If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops.

  • I would like to see the process of business and building applications streamlined. With a growing customer base and real estate opportunities, Downtown Kamloops is an inviting place to start a business. Although we need to find ways of expediting the paperwork so that work may begin as quickly as possible while still ensuring proper precautions are being met.

 

Mike Scott O’REILLY, City Council Candidate

Question #1 If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I think the KCBIA has done a fantastic job over the last 2 years creating new and exciting events and this needs to continue. Working with other organizations in the city such as Brewloops, Rotary, and the Arts Council is crucial to create new and exciting experiences. The CAP team has also done a great job working with the homeless and cleaning up our streets, but this needs to be expanded to include more staff and longer hours.

Question #2 If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I think the number one way to increase business in the downtown is to have new companies relocate or expand to the downtown core. To do this we need new commercial buildings. We have all seen the impact the tax revitalization has had on multi-family buildings in the downtown, now it is time to expand the tax incentives to commercial buildings. Currently, Kelowna, Prince George, Victoria, Chilliwack, Delta, Nanaimo, and Maple Ride all have commercial tax incentives. Kamloops does not. The multi-family tax exemption could easily be changed to include commercial buildings.

Question #3 If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops.

  • If you build it they will come. Having new buildings downtown will attract more professionals to the downtown and help all businesses in the downtown core.

 

Bill B. SARAI, City Council Candidate

Question #1; If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • Creating and sustaining jobs and working with businesses to grow our economy is paramount for our City moving forward and it will be my main duty as a hopeful City Councillor. My main priority would be to meet regularly with the Downtown businesses and association to get a pulse on the main issues concerning businesses and what steps can be taken at the City Hall level to achieve net positive effects for all parties.

Question #2; If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • Enhancing the Downtown core is one of my main concerns at the City Hall level moving forward. We have urban development rapidly taking place in the Downtown area and we need to take advantage of this to revitalize businesses and services provided in this area. It all starts with City initiatives to create a vibrant downtown area full of attractions, events and dining experiences. There is no reason that we couldn’t make the Daily News Parking Lot free on weekends to attract more customers to the Farmer’s Market or to take in breakfast at a variety of the great restaurants found Downtown to boost the economy in this area.

Question #3; If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • Our Downtown area is rapidly growing with the creation of multiple story condos in the past few years. That alone should be a conversation starter with prospective businesses for deciding to locate Downtown and capitalize on an increasing population. The City of Kamloops is hosting more events Downtown each year than in years past which also funnels traffic into the local businesses. The Daily News Building being turned into a parking lot should hopefully represent a small positive in terms of the parking problem that has long plagued Downtown Kamloops although I strongly disagree with the parking lot being the best use of the land in the first place. As a hopeful City Councillor, I have confidence that I could help Downtown Kamloops grow and prosper moving forward.

 

Kathy Elizabeth SINCLAIR, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • The bottom line is that to sustain current downtown businesses, we need more people to live, work and visit downtown. More people downtown will increase business for retailers, restaurants and service providers. Here are a few ideas for getting more people downtown:
    • continue to densify the downtown through residential developments (condos and apartment buildings) – creating a higher population to enjoy a convenient, walkable community with access to amenities, who will do business downtown;
    • in conjunction with the downtown transportation & parking study (pending), in partnership with the KCBIA, work to develop a comprehensive communications strategy around downtown parking and transportation – offering solutions such as encouraging people to park on adjacent blocks to Victoria Street, and working to eliminate the perception that there’s no parking;
    • incentive developments that provide at least 10 public parking spaces in their buildings (this is already a part of the City Centre Revitalization Tax Exemption) and/or that offer electric vehicle charging stations and/or carsharing (many young professionals only want to use a car when they need it – one carshare vehicle can replace 12 parking stalls);
    • incentive developments that add value to the public (i.e. public art, public street furniture, public open space – already covered in City Centre Revitalization Tax Exemption – perhaps it is time to promote the City Centre Revitalization Tax Exemption more heavily);
    • champion a privately led or volunteer-led (*not* municipally-led) civic centre/performing arts centre/conference centre in the downtown;
    • work in partnership with Tourism Kamloops to promote downtown as even more of a destination to Rocky Mountaineer passengers, etc.;
    • continue to assist KCBIA with making downtown even more of a destination through City support of community festivals and events (i.e. Ribfest, Buskers Festival, Back Alley Block Party, Pedestrian Plaza, etc.).

Question #2: If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I am committed to increasing housing and supported housing in all areas of Kamloops, including downtown. I believe that the benefits of having 24/7 supported housing for those who are struggling go far beyond helping those individuals alone; they also benefit the business community. For every $10 we spend on supported housing, we save $21.72 in emergency services. I can’t think of anyone who wants to see people who are struggling with homelessness, addiction, mental health, and poverty on our downtown streets, but without a place to live, that is where many of them are ending up. This is certainly a perceived and real deterrent to doing business downtown. I believe CAP Team data before and after the supported housing goes in at Mission Flats, West Victoria, and St. Paul Street will assist with tracking the impact of these projects, which can then be shared with businesses. Many of the items listed above in question 1 can also be applied to this question.

Question #3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to relocate in Downtown Kamloops?

  • Following the model of economic development (via Venture Kamloops), the best way to attract new business is to ensure current businesses are happy. Success feeds on success. Downtown must become “the place to be” for business. A lack of staff parking seems to be one of the biggest barriers to businesses moving downtown. I am optimistic this will be analyzed within the downtown transportation/parking study. We know that underground parking is expensive and that it is not realistic to tell business owners and employees to “just take the bus.” The solution to this issue is multi-layered and the points in question 1 also apply here. We need to support locally owned businesses first. That said, looking at other cities, having 1-2 high-profile anchor tenants (such as Lululemon, Sephora, Mountain Equipment Co-op) in the downtown could do much to attract new businesses to relocate as well. I believe this will happen organically once we reach the 100,000-population mark. From what I understand from conversations with Venture Kamloops, new businesses are reluctant to move into existing storefronts; they want new builds. Again, the City Centre Revitalization Tax Exemption may need to be promoted more heavily. I also understand there is a perception that Kamloops businesses pay more taxes than those in other BC cities; however, a recent report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses tells a different story, ranking Kamloops 2nd after Prince George as the top community when looking at municipal property tax fairness (i.e. when balancing businesses’ share of property taxes and assessments). I believe much comes back to championing, communicating and increasing awareness about the benefits Downtown Kamloops has to offer.

 

Arjun Harjit SINGH, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?  

  • I think one of the top priorities to sustain current downtown businesses is to help homeless people get housed and get supported. Also, to help people addicted to street level drugs get off these drugs. One of the most frequent concerns I hear from downtown business people is about the negative impacts for and from homeless and addicted citizens. Kamloops is scheduled to have over 150 units of new supportive housing by the spring of 2019.

Question #2: If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I think the new downtown planning process offers some exciting concepts for making the downtown even more vibrant and people-friendly – things like pedestrian plazas, public squares, and more residential units. I was honoured to serve on our just-completed Official Community Plan advisory committee and one of the goals in that plan is to have more people living and thus hopefully shopping, eating, and drinking downtown. More people living downtown enhance opportunities for downtown businesses. I also think a performing arts centre would enhance businesses downtown by creating a marquee anchor facility to keep downtown in people’s minds. As a community, we should start working together to come up with a new, better-supported plan for a performing arts centre.

Question #3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to relocate in Downtown Kamloops?

  • After hearing concerns from business leaders, including downtown business leaders, I will be proposing that the council approve a review of city regulations and permits for businesses and developers to ensure fairness. I don’t think the city has meant to be unfair at all. I think it is good practice, every so often, to make sure our intentions still match the real-world application of our regulations and permitting.

 

Denis J. WALSH, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • I believe vibrancy in the Downtown core will be key to sustaining current business activity in the Downtown core. One of the keys to making that happen will be to see the Downtown plan implemented. As the City’s representative on the Downtown Technical Advisory Committee (DTAC), I have first-hand knowledge of the planning process and the current direction of plans. Too often there are challenges with resourcing and implementing plans such as this. Therefore, I will advocate for and support efforts to move this forward in a timely and thoughtful manner. I would also encourage Council to direct staff to strengthen dialogue and communication with the KCBIA, Venture Kamloops, the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Kamloops, and others in understanding the needs of local businesses and understand what works in terms of business retention and growth. This will help to inform the City as to where they can reasonably support business retention.

Question #2:  If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • I would like to explore the possibility of holding more events in the downtown core that would attract visitors and residents to downtown. Last summer’s closure of 4th Avenue was well received by the public and I think if we work closely with Downtown businesses, we can find similar events and activities that will support and increase activity downtown.  I would encourage the Council to move ahead with the planned Downtown Transportation Demand Management and Parking Study (TDMPS), which would include identifying issues and solutions to accessing businesses and services in Downtown Kamloops.  The Downtown TDMPS will, among other priorities, create strategies that will directly support the objectives of the 2019 Downtown Plan currently being developed. I will also continue to actively promote and celebrate downtown as one of the key social and business hubs of Kamloops.

Question #3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops. 

  • As a Downtown business owner, I believe a key step in encouraging, facilitating and attracting new business activity Downtown can be stimulated by the redevelopment of the KDN parking lot. Currently, this site provides little business stimulus to the Downtown core. By redeveloping this site and creating a vision that fits with the existing business community I believe we can foster significant spin-off activities for many businesses in the Downtown core as well as create opportunities for new entrepreneurial activity. I would also work with my fellow councilors requesting that staff research best effective practices and prepare proposals for City incentives such as a new tax revitalization plan that would encourage businesses and residents to locate in the Downtown core. Denis Walsh

 

Gerald Kenyon WATSON, City Council Candidate

Question #1; If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I have practiced law downtown since 1995 and am committed to the heart of our city.  The City already has policies aimed at supporting our downtown core which is geared towards attracting new residents to our centre.  The downtown should become the hub for medium to high-density housing and an area with a concentrated population of seniors and others looking for that sort of accommodation.  I would support and seek to enhance initiatives that bring people into the city centre.  A larger resident downtown population will provide a key boost to businesses in this area.

Question #2; If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I often walk downtown from my office to meetings with other professionals or my clients.  People new to Kamloops often remark to me on the attractiveness of our downtown.  Our city needs to ensure that our downtown remains the “go-to” place for the Kamloops experience.  Credit is due to previous councils for some of the improvements we have seen to date including new downtown hotels and infrastructure enhancements.  We have seen a transformation in larger centres where storefronts are often accompanied by a residential development above the retail level.  As a city, we can do more to encourage this sort of development as well as continuing to support existing and new initiatives such as the downtown Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) program and other downtown events.

Question #3; If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops?

  • For a business to locate in our downtown core it must be attractive, accessible and financially viable. We know our downtown merchants will continue to provide high quality and well-priced products and services.  As a city, we need to ensure that our residents and visitors have a safe and pleasant experience.  This could include having a prominent police presence with officers walking a downtown beat, improvements to infrastructure and making sure that our downtown remains a green, lively and pedestrian-friendly destination.

 

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find more information on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Sustainability and Coffee

Sustainability & Coffee

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (KCBIA) represents Downtown businesses, developers and property owners. This year, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) released a Biosphere Adhesion Guide for its stakeholders. This guide explained TOTA’s drive for sustainability and the encompassment of all aspects of cultural, social, environmental and economic health. Falling in line with TOTA’s drive, Downtown Kamloops is committed to creating a sustainable community and wants to take yet another leap to leave a greener tomorrow for future generations – starting right in the core of the City of Kamloops. This is why we’d like to talk to you about sustainability and coffee.

If you were to buy one cup of coffee every morning in a disposable cup, you would create 23 pounds of waste per year. In 2011, there were 6,335 residents living downtown. If each person bought one coffee a day for a year, the entire community would create 145,705 pounds of waste. Aligning our community with TOTA’s Goal Area 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) by raising awareness and consciously doing our best to be responsible and respectful of our waste, we will decrease the amount of waste from disposable coffee cups.

We want to promote a sustainable community by giving out reusable coffee cups and asking everyone to pledge giving up the alternate, outdated and wasteful paper cups and pushing the City of Kamloops’ BYO initiative; a program encouraging people to “Bring Your Own” reusable item (ie. a coffee mug, straw, etc.) If you haven’t already, you can make the pledge online at City of Kamloops.

“Small actions have a huge impact”. – City of Kamloops

We’ll be giving out mugs and a free coffee coupon at various locations from October 15th to October 19th in Downtown Kamloops! See you there!

Written by Alexis Proulx, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Supervisor and Back Alley Art Gallery Coordinator. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

 

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can learn more on our website here. Moreover, you can also find us on Facebook here and Instagram here.

Think of the Rink

Hockey in Kamloops

The official season of Canada’s favorite pastime is here! In Canada and nations around the globe, there are events that really bring the community together. For most Canadians, hockey is one of those events! Hockey games in Canada are the type of magical event that nearly everyone can enjoy. The game brings people together as a community and as a family. Hockey is something that people associate with being Canadian! And we’re kicking off the season for hockey in Kamloops.

Kamloopsians can enjoy this feeling now that the 2018/2019 season of the Kamloops Blazers and Kamloops Storm is finally underway! Throughout the months of October to March you can catch one of their many home games at the Sandman Centre or Memorial Arena – Why not spend some time enjoying what Downtown Kamloops has to offer before and after the game! We have a great array of eateries, entertainment options, beautiful tree-lined streets and more.

Have you ever seen the ads for businesses that say: “Sorry we’re closed and at the Game!”? Signs like these can be found in a few downtown windows on game night (like CIBC for example) and they showcase the community support for our local WHL team, the Kamloops Blazers.

There’s nothing better than sitting with friends while roaring the National Anthem and cheering for your local team! We encourage everyone to take the time this season to spend at one of the local rinks – it’s something truly special. The next time you have an evening free or are planning your next date night, take a look at the Blazers and Storm schedules and enjoy the classic pastime that brings Canadians together.

Written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009.

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in downtown Kamloops, you can check out our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here and Instagram here.

State of Downtown at a Glance

Downtown at a Glance

We often talk about patrolling and the statistics collected on our everyday adventures – but patrolling is only one part of the many fragments that make up the CAP Team job description. Along with projects like the Cigarette Recycling Program, events assistance, Back Alley Art Gallery Mural Program and tours and weekly reporting to various agencies, the CAP Team has conducted research for the State of Downtown Report for the last couple of years. The State of Downtown Report (STOD) examines the business environment downtown and includes information regarding demographics, pedestrian counts, vehicle counts and more. Let’s take a peek at my three fave sections in the STOD using the most recent publication (available on our website). Now we’d like to take a look at downtown at a glance.

Boutique Environment:

Shopping – more importantly boutique shopping is one of my fave ways to fill the closet, house, back yard, and encroach on the husband’s ‘no-go man-cave’ territory – it’s a fine line there folks. There are 91 retail stores in our downtown core and they make up 14% of our business and organizations downtown. (hey, that’s a decent amount of shops to go through in just one day – challenge accepted).

The largest section of retail type is clothing and accessories, making up 22% of downtown’s retail space. Next in line are antiques, collectibles, and souvenirs at 12.1% followed by groceries and pharmacies (11%). Don’t let this list fool you, Downtown has some of the most diverse shopping in town and other retail spaces are inhabited by varying store types from gifts and specialties, shoes, tech, health stores and more! We’ve said it before, and we will say it again, there is something for everyone downtown.

Living Environment:

Not only is Downtown fun to shop in, but it’s a swell location for establishing home roots – if you don’t believe me, just ask CAP Team Member and downtown resident, Jon George. Fun Fact: The City Centre holds 7% of the city’s population and equals 30 people/ha which is more than Downtown Victoria (15/ha). In addition to the picturesque and incredibly Instagram-able heritage homes downtown – there are an abundance of new developments underway and are in different stages of completion across downtown. We look forward to meeting the new faces that will occupy them!

Sustainability: 

One of the core values of the KCBIA is sustainability, and we pride ourselves in knowing that Downtown Kamloops is constantly taking the next leap to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable. In the last few years alone, the City of Kamloops, KCBIA and other stakeholders have contributed to developing sustainable methods in energy-saving practices, clean air, clean streets and promoting green living. Some projects include energy efficiency upgrades for Sandman Centre and Old Courthouse, the addition of bike ports and bike repair stations, lighting upgrades at Memorial Arena, Cigarette Recycling program and (coming soon) the improved Peterson Creek bike route between Sahali and City Centre.

This past year, some of our businesses have received recognition for ditching plastic straws by either replacing them with paper or getting rid of them altogether. The Noble Pig Brewhouse, The Commodore Grand Café & Lounge, and Caffé Motivo along with many other local eateries made the list. Each contributing to reducing plastic in landfills and oceans and saving the turtles one straw at a time.

The information in this article is just a quick snapshot of all the informative and interesting facts we have in the State of Downtown Report. For references, more information and your own copy of the State of Downtown Report – visit downtownkamloops.com. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email, call or stop us on the streets!

Until next time! Thanks for tuning into downtown at a glance.

This article was written by Alexis Proulx, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Supervisor. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com.

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Back to Fall in Downtown Kamloops

Fall in Downtown Kamloops

Fall is almost here! This means it’s time to change out the outrageous Hawaiian shirts for a dusty grey turtle neck – until next year my friend! Of course, there are some position side effects of the fall season arriving. (Pumpkin spice anyone?) It’s time to get cozy, grab your most fashionable snuggly, along with a pumpkin spice anything, and get comfy – Downtown Kamloops has your fall needs covered!

While we are (thankfully) not in the minus section of the thermostat yet, fall fashion is alive and well in Downtown Kamloops. Beautiful window designs are fully showcasing awesome new Fall season looks – Check out Jardines Domaine and Main Street Clothing Company for example! Jump into warm winter tones with a new big comfy sweater, classic tall brown boots and grab a new go-to comfy scarf.

What would Fall be without the glorious flavor of Pumpkin Spice! From cookies, drinks to quite literally everything under the cinnamon sun. Downtown Kamloops has a variety of tea and coffee shops that have adopted your favourite fall flavours into their baked goods and drinks! {Click here to see a full business directory}.

We can also talk events – there’s always something going on Downtown – and fall is no exception! You can still find Open Mic Mondays at the Commodore Grand Café & Lounge, the Kamloops Regional Farmers Market continues every Wednesday and Saturday, Drink and Draw can be creatively celebrated at Red Collar Brewing and Zacks Coffee, karaoke at the Central Station Pub and more!

And of course, who could forget about the changing colours of nature. Downtown is home to beautiful parks that have mature trees and great shrubs that are forever growing – and thanks to this season, changing colours. You can see the changes happening daily so join us and pumpkin spice up your life this season. Until next time!

Written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care – Info Center at 250-572-3017.

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about downtown Kamloops, you can check out our website here. Moreover, find us on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Mittz Kitchen

Mittz Kitchen

Mittz Kitchen

When you pass through the iconic (and adorably Instagram-worthy) bright blue door at Mittz Kitchen, you will be greeted with happy faces, a delightful hello and the sweet and savory scents of homemade food. As you sit and get comfortable, it’s likely you may even catch a glimpse of co-owner, Steve Mitton lending a helping hand in the eatery.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Steve to get to know a little bit more about him and the business. Between the co-owner (and brothers) Steve and Jeff Mitton, they’ve got over 50 years of shared knowledge in the hospitality industry. It’s no wonder Mittz Kitchen is a go-to for so many Kamloopsians!

As a business owner, employer and someone in the hospitality industry, being a people person is crucial to the industry. If you have ever met Steve, you know that he fits this pressing persona perfectly.

When asked why a customer should choose his business, Steve’s response was quick and to the point – “We have damn good food.” With a variety of local, homemade and Canadian cuisine – there is nothing that Mittz Kitchen doesn’t do well. “This is a very hard question (what’s your favourite thing on the menu?) the burgers are very good, Beef Short Ribs are very good and Sablefish is very popular. We are best known for our good homemade food. Everything is made from scratch! Our buns are from Craig’s bakery – another great local place. We try to use as much local produce as possible, we have such a high volume that it does get very hard. Seasonally, the Chef will go get stuff from the farmers market.”

Along with tasty food, this full-serve restaurant carries a variety of local brews and wines – hence their slogan, “a place for grub and grapes” – the grapes are served the way grapes are served best – fermented (they also have a beer for all the Hopp lovers).

“On tap we ALWAYS have Red Collar and Iron Road breweries as well as all the wineries; Privato, Harpers Trail, Fort Berens, Monte Creek. We carry all the local wineries and all the local breweries. And soon, when the next two breweries open we will probably look at adding them on as well”, explains Steve.

Steve added that he wouldn’t consider moving the establishment, saying “I like it (downtown) because it is the central hub. It is close to the businesses for lunch hour. We get lots of doctors, lawyers and other business people in here”. While gesturing to customers at the other end of the restaurant, Steve explained: “there are actually a couple of lawyers over there.”

Mittz Kitchen is a popular choice amongst almost any crowd, attracting business folk, university students and date-night goers of all ages!

Steve sums the vibe up perfectly, saying “Mittz is contemporary and modern, a cross of both. You can feel comfortable in anything really – from shorts to being dressed up in a suit. We don’t really have a “one feel”.

The next time you are downtown, look for the blue door, that perfect people-watching patio, and delicious menu of Mittz Kitchen. Stop by, say hi and enjoy!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about downtown Kamloops, you can find more information on our website here. Moreover, we’re also on Facebook here.

Santa Claus Parade – Call for entries!

Santa Claus Parade – Call for Entries

The annual Santa Claus Parade, sponsored by Thompson Rivers University, returns Saturday November 24th and Downtown Kamloops would like to invite you to join the biggest outdoor celebration of the winter season!

 

Wake up Santa will take place at 10:30 a.m.

Parade starting at 11:00 a.m.

This year’s Santa Claus Parade theme is “Retro Rockin’ Christmas” and amazing parade entries are being accepted now!

Want to join the fun?

Wow the crowds with a decade themed float (are you a fan or the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s?), pick your favourite rockin celebrity to impersonate or dig through the pop-culture archives and showcase a blast from the past! Parade entry applications will be juried this year so make sure you’ve got an incredibly festive décor plan to make your entry shine above the rest.

Did you know the parade has Rules & Regulations? For example, all entries must be fully decorated and people in costume, festive attire or uniforms!

There are 20 FREE non-profit spots available (first come first serve to those who submit a completed application) courtesy of Kamloops Square Management. Commercial businesses will be charged a $100 parade entry fee and $50 for non-profit entries.   

Thank you to all of you who continuously support the parade and those who have already taken the time to sign up. Enthusiasm is what makes this amazing community event an unforgettable one!

Complete the parade entry application form here: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/2018-santa-claus-parade-sign/

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the KCBIA office at 250-372-3242.

Additionally, if you’re looking for more information on what’s going on in downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can also find us on Facebook here.

Summer Wrap Up!

Summer Wrap Up of 2018

With the arrival of September comes the wrap-up of another successful summer for the CAP Team! Throughout the season the team has answered many safety calls, assisted many people, and helped execute many events. With that in mind, let’s go over some stats that we kept track of over the past 4 months while working in Downtown Kamloops. Let’s get started with a discussion of the summer wrap up of 2018.

From May 1st to August 22nd, the CAP Team made 483 member contacts. These are interactions with businesses ranging from asking the CAP Team to retrieve a needle to inquire about upcoming events, among many other topics! Similar to member contacts are citizen assists- these are counted as interactions with people we see when out and about and can be as simple as being asked where to find a specific business, or as in-depth as a full conversation about Downtown Kamloops! The summer season saw the CAP Team assist 280 citizens. Also within that time period, the CAP Team has walked a total of 1173km. That’s equivalent to walking in a straight line from Kamloops to Regina! Whether you called with safety concerns, asked us a question at our kiosk, or saw us out and about, we were glad to help you in any way we could!

The arrival of fall, however, also means the arrival of school, which means some of the team members will be seen less often (and the ones who aren’t returning to school will be seen more often)! Matt Gropp and Jake Andrykew, the newest additions to the CAP Team, will be returning to their studies at TRU alongside Keegan Lawrence, and as such will only be seen in their red caps and shirts once or twice a week. Over the summer season, we also saw Angela Halas and Nathan Bymoen depart the team to pursue other career opportunities. Jon George and Alexis Proulx will be the faces seen the majority of the time as they remain on the team full time going into the fall and winter seasons.

Whether you’re also returning to studies, celebrating that the kids will be going back to school, or unaffected by the return to school, the CAP Team will still be excited to help you find what you need in Downtown Kamloops!

Written by Jake Andrykew, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009.

Additionally, if you’re interested in finding out more information about the CAP team or downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can also find us on Facebook here.

The Cabin in the Kamloops Museum and Archives

Cabin in the Kamloops Museum

We are back with another history of Downtown Kamloops article! This week we will focus on the Cabin currently displayed in the Kamloops Museum and Archives located on the 200 block of Seymour Street. Last week, Keely Bland, one of the Museum Educators kindly gave us a history lesson on the cabin and its inhabitants over the years.

The original inhabitants of this building were Jean-Baptiste Lolo and his family. An extremely significant figure in the history of the Thompson River/Fort Kamloops post, Lolo worked as an interpreter, guide, fur brigade leader, and intermediary. Jean-Baptiste Lolo was Iroquois and French-Canadian. Coming from what is now Eastern Canada, he first shows up in Hudson’s Bay Company records in 1822, and possibly worked for the North West Company before the two companies merged in 1821. In the quickly changing landscape of the mid-19th century, Lolo was able to navigate between the fur trade company, local Indigenous peoples, and the growing number of Settlers to the region.

In 1843, HBC moved its post from the north-east side of the confluence (current Tk’emlups reserve) to the opposite side of the North Thompson River (current North Shore) because of perpetual flooding problems. Wanting to stay on the original site, HBC built Lolo this cabin where he raised horses and cattle, traded salmon, and ran his own trading post during the gold rush with the help of his daughters. Jean-Baptiste Lolo eventually picked up the moniker Saint Paul. As a testament to his prominence in local history, many local geographical and urban sites around Kamloops still bear his name – Mount Lolo south of Heffley Lakes, Lolo Lake near Clearwater, St. Paul Street right behind the Kamloops Museum and Paul Lake, a short drive from the city.

No information is available on what happened to this building immediately after Lolo died in 1868. It was owned for a time by one of Kamloops’ first Chinese residents, Ah Mee, possibly when he ran the Elks Hotel at Heffley Creek in the early 1910s. The cabin was “re-discovered” in the Heffley Creek area and connected to Lolo by one of the founders of what is now the Kamloops Museum and Archives. They recognized the typical fur trade post-on-sill log construction and talked with locals who remembered Lolo living in the building.

After being stored for several years, the building was re-constructed in 1937 in Riverside Park as the first home of the Kamloops Museum. The collection quickly outgrew the building and the museum moved to the current location on Seymour Street in a Victorian House. The cabin was moved inside when the current building was finished in 1957 and again in 2010 with the opening of the Children’s Museum.

Written by Keegan Lawrence, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009.

Additionally, if you’re looking for more information about downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can also find us on Facebook here.

4th Avenue Pedestrian Plaza

Pedestrian Plaza

Picture this: it’s a warm summer evening in Downtown Kamloops, the air conditioner broke in the café you just visited, and you figure you might spend your time with your cool drink outside. Rounding the corner at 4th and Victoria street, you see it: the pedestrian plaza. It’s the perfect fit; outdoors, seating available, games for all ages, even a piano to show off your musical talents (or lack thereof). This is just one possible set of circumstances in which the pedestrian plaza would have been sought out.

With just a few days to go in the three-week lifetime of the 4th Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Pilot Project, now is a good time for reflection. The idea for a pedestrian plaza in Downtown Kamloops came out of the meetings that took place in late spring and early summer for the Downtown Plan. Initially brought up in the early meetings in May, the idea became more concrete after a 3-day workshop that took place in mid-June.

Perhaps the plaza saw its greatest success was when the space was utilized by events, whether small or large-scale. Between live music showings from a variety of artists going on almost daily, dance classes put on by Let’s Move Studio that occurred on Fridays, or open art classes put on by the Kamloops Art Gallery, the plaza was kept busy by Kamloops’ prominent arts and culture community. Large events also used the plaza as a hub of sorts, which was seen when the city hosted its first International Buskers’ Festival, which ran in tandem with the Merchants’ Market.

The pedestrian plaza was a pilot project, and the idea behind a pilot project is to test an idea on a small-scale so that improvements can be implemented if a full-scale version of the project is executed. If you visited the pedestrian plaza anytime throughout its 3 week lifetime and have feedback to provide, whether a positive comment about something you liked, or constructive criticism about something you think could be improved, please direct it to this link, where you can fill out a survey about the plaza.

Written by Jake Andrykew, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re looking for more information about downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can also find us on Facebook here.

Sponsors and CAP Team Impact

Sponsors and CAP Team

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (KCBIA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining a vibrant and livable downtown. The Customer Care and Patrol Team was established in 2004 (2 years after the KCBIA). We are proud that over the years the team has had the opportunity to grow into so much more than just ambassadors for Downtown. Through the CAP Team Program, the KCBIA has had the opportunity to make positive impacts in our community and with the youth that have gone through our program in our city for the past 14 years.

This year, Downtown Kamloops partnered with the North Shore Business Improvement Association to extend the presence of the CAP Team to the North Shore. Here are just some of the stats collected for Downtown Kamloops and the North Shore collectively to date for 2018:
• Member contacts: 1,239
• Opened needles picked up: 865
• Citizen and tourist assists (on-street): 646
• Deliveries: 2,814
• Kilometers biked: 1,274.7 km
• Kilometers walked: 2,927.25 km (the distance from Kamloops to Resolute, Nunavut)

Some projects that the CAP Team has taken lead on the last few years:
• Crime Prevention Packages
• Back Alley Art Gallery
• Adopt a Planter Program
• Cigarette Recycling Program
• State of Downtown Report
• Back Alley Clean Up
• Visitor Information Centre

Throughout the past fourteen years we have been dependent on the help of our dedicated sponsors to keep the CAP Team up and running. We are extremely proud of our neighborhood and everyone that has chosen to be a part of it! Partnerships are key to the success of events and programs that we organize in Downtown Kamloops.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our CAP Team sponsors:

• City of Kamloops
• Tourism Kamloops
• Downtown Parking Corporation
• TakingITGlobal
• Service Canada
• Rocky Mountaineer
• Fortis BC
• Teck Highland Valley Copper
• Kelson Group

Due to the broad nature of a CAP Team member’s responsibilities, a wide skillset is developed that creates very well-rounded individuals. Previous team members have gone on to careers in a variety of disciplines including law, corrections, policing, national defense, engineering, tourism, municipal government, social outreach, community health, and nursing.

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association looks forward to continuing this program and seeing what the rest of the year will bring! If you have any questions for the team, don’t hesitate to ask one of our team members! You can find them in red in Downtown Kamloops and on the North Shore!

Written by Alexis Proulx, the Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Supervisor. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in finding out more information about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can also find us on Facebook here.

Become an Art Tour Pursuer

Art Tour Pursuer

Do you love art and are you looking for something unique and intriguing to do in Downtown Kamloops? Well then look no further! The Back Alleys of Downtown Kamloops are absolutely riddled with murals that bring the talent, culture, and individuality of Kamloops to life. However, to traverse these alleys and get a feel for the history and meaning of each mural can be a daunting task to take on alone. Thankfully, the Downtown Kamloops CAP Team is providing the weekly opportunity every Wednesday at 7:00 pm (by donation), starting at our office at 340 Victoria Street, for anyone interested in participating in an engaging and lively tour, showcasing our lovely murals. Are you an art tour pursuer? If not, perhaps it’s time to become one!

The meaning, style, and overall diversity of the murals we have to offer can easily fill an evening with a fantastic experience. For example, the mural on 347 Victoria Street behind Castles and Cottages by artist Kelly Wright (2013) is one of my personal favourites. It depicts a stunning seaside-inspired fantasy visual, with sun-kissed water and a mystical mermaid. It is easy to understand why the artist became inspired and began to paint even more than originally planned. Additionally, the mural on 247 Victoria Street behind The Golden Buddha and Kennell’s Shoes brings to life a House in a Shoe, accompanied by a Bodhi Tree in a lovely way to combat against graffiti that initially covered that area. To truly appreciate the artwork, you should come to see them in person.

Our tours cover a fair bit of ground within the downtown area. Beginning at 340 Victoria Street, we will loop throughout the murals that decorate the alleys of the 100, 200, 300 and 400 blocks. During the entire tour, any questions will be happily addressed by the CAP Team hosts.

Near the end of the tour, when all the art murals have been thoroughly enjoyed and all your questions regarding them have been answered, we will give a little bit of history and background on a few notable sights around Downtown Kamloops. These sights include the history surrounding churches, statues, and other buildings around the area. A superb example of this would be the fact that the building that is now home to the economic development branch of the city used to be a bakery and cigar factory before it was repurposed.

But wait, there’s more! Not only are we offering this invaluable opportunity to enjoy the beautiful murals of Downtown Kamloops, but the entire event is by donation, so there is no actual admission fee for the event. Hope to see you there!

Written by Matthew Gropp, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

4th Avenue Pedestrian Plaza

Pedestrian Plaza

A common theme is present in many cities and community plans these days, one encouraging and promoting a walkable urban environment. Downtown Kamloops has a reputation as being a particularly walkable place, with a score of 83/100 (as determined by www.walkscore.com). Naturally, dedicating certain streets as pedestrian corridors is a popular idea to improve walkability – but how does a city accomplish such a conversion in a typically vehicle-dominated landscape? Perhaps a pedestrian plaza.

For Downtown Kamloops, the answer lies in the 4th Avenue Pedestrian Plaza, a pilot project being implemented by the City of Kamloops and The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association. From Thursday, July 26th until Sunday, August 12th, 4th Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic from the alley between Lansdowne and Victoria Street to the alley between Seymour and Victoria Street. Victoria Street will remain open to east/west vehicle traffic, and transit modifications can be found on the BCTransit website (www.bctransit.com).

The project is being planned to coincide with several large downtown summer events, including the Merchants Market and the International Buskers Festival during the July 27-29 weekend, and Hot Nite in the City and Ribfest during the August 10-12 weekend. Live entertainment, lighting, seating, and on-street beautification are all part of the plan to make 4th Avenue a pedestrian-friendly paradise where the best part of the summer can be thoroughly enjoyed.

Although this two-week project is temporary, the hope is that a more permanent plaza can be built once feedback has been received from the community. The project would be a progressive step forward in creating an outdoor gathering place for people in the heart of downtown Kamloops. By placing an emphasis on walkability and pedestrian importance, Kamloops becomes stronger as a city and achieves sustainability goals originally created to motivate projects such as this one. As the City continues to develop the Downtown Plan, initiatives such as the 4th Avenue Pedestrian Plaza are sure to play an influential role in the progression of similar ideas.

The value of pedestrian plazas has been proven in many cities throughout the world, from Vancouver and Calgary to Sydney and Charlottesville. The positive feedback already being received by the community as well as the support garnered from the workshops, launch events, and community open-houses shows that Kamloops is ready to try a similar project scaled to match a city of our size. Make sure to attend the plaza for yourself throughout the project’s duration and let the CAP Team know what you think!

Written by Nathan Bymoen, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

Celebration of Our Nation

Celebrate Our Nation

Being a Canadian is truly a magnificent thing. It is with great pride that we will celebrate our fantastic and diverse nation down at Riverside Park on July 1st, as is our annual tradition. The Canada Day event will entail a grand celebration of food and culture, laced with a wide variety of activities and entertainment suitable for people of all ages. There will also be unique vendors specializing in capturing the essence of the Canadian spirit. Let’s celebrate our nation Canada!

Although to many people being Canadian is all about hopping on the moose, grabbing a juicy bottle of syrup and hitting up Tim’s on the way to the local frozen pond; there is a little bit more that goes into making our citizens so great and loveable. Canadians have a notable reputation for being some of the kindest, most polite and accepting people on this planet, something that I am proud to agree with based on firsthand experience.

What does being a Canadian mean to you? I decided to ask some of my colleagues what being a Canadian means to them to get a better understanding of perspectives. To Jon, being a Canadian is all about being friendly as an entire nation, to the point that other countries widely regard us as the friendliest people on the globe. For Keegan, the best part about being a Canadian is that the backyard is his playground, and he can explore its vast landscapes as much as he would like. For Nathan, being Canadian is about grabbing a good beer and watching some hockey, a pastime shared by many across our nation.

While you’re down at Riverside Park for the Canada Day celebration on July 1st, make sure to stop by the CAP Team’s very own booth and say hello! You will be able to catch some shade and play some Jenga with your favorite CAP team members!

Written by Matthew Gropp, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

Artisans’ Alive

Artisans’ Alive

The Artisans’ Alive music program has officially begun again for the 2018 summer season and this year marks 18 years of live music put on by Downtown Kamloops. Artisans Alive started out with the name Live at Lunch and this year the program has been expanded to include evening performances! The live music program was created for two specific reasons; to lift spirits and downtown ambiance and to promote and encourage young artists on their musical journey!

Q. What is Artisans Alive?
A. Artisans’ Alive is a music program (sponsored by the City of Kamloops, Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, 98.3 CIFM, and Lansdowne Village), which showcases local musicians throughout the summer. You are welcome to come to listen to these spectacular performers every Thursday through Saturday.

Q. When is there music?
A. The musicians perform Thursday-Saturday from 11:30 am-1:30 pm, which makes for a perfect time to add some excitement to your lunch break. Additionally, this year, we will have duos and trios perform Friday evenings from 6 pm-8 pm.

Q. Where do they perform?
A. Thursday performances take place at Lansdowne Village. The Friday lunch shows will be on the 400 block of Victoria Street with the evening shows being on the 200 block. Saturday performances will be on the 300 block of Victoria Street outside of Castles and Cottages. Essentially, Artisans’ Alive lives in the core of downtown.

Q. Who is performing?
A. With Kamloops being a hub for local talent, we have accumulated several various musicians to perform throughout the summer. Some returning, familiar artists such as Gary Mockford, Sean Luciw, and Bill Gibson are set to perform as well as a few new Downtown Kamloops musicians like Jordy Major and Sam Dyck. These are only a few of the dozens of artists performing this summer! There is a full schedule with the names of every performer available on our website: DowntownKamloops.com

Q. Will there be Music in the Park this year?
A. Of course! This program runs throughout the summer and so does Music in the Park. Music in the Park can be found at Riverside Park every night in July and August.

Q. Is this event free?
A. Absolutely! Feel free to bring your whole family, sit back, relax and enjoy!

Written by Keegan Lawrence, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.