Celebration of our Nation

To be 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.

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 in to 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!

This article was 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!

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 listen to these spectacular performers every Thursday through Saturday.

Q. When is there music?
A. The musicians perform Thursday-Saturday from 11:30am-1:30pm, 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 6pm-8pm.

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!

This article was 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!

Sunday is for the Dads

Dad, pops, pa, the old man – these are all typical ways in which we identify the fathers in our lives. In addition to these simple terms of endearment, certain cultural ‘dad-isms’ have persistently made their way into our collective consciousness. Dad jokes, dad bods, dad clothes – the ‘dad’ list is lengthy. Just as these dad fads are much loved and appreciated in our society, so too are the unwitting inspirations behind them.
I’m sure that I have irritated many a CAP Team member with my frequent use of the phrase “my dad always told me…”, but I’ve co

me to recognize how significant my own dad’s influence has been on my life. From campfire stories and changing car tires to my fondness of cycling and black coffee, I’m constantly being confronted by the scope of my dad’s direct and indirect teachings. It’s common for young people to fear becoming their parents, but I’m starting to realize it may not be as bad as it’s made out to be. As in many families, dad is often the punchline to an onslaught of unfair jokes, but he’s also the one we turn to first and the foundation we rely on when we are overwhelmed or in over our heads. It’s easy to forget that part of the reason we can poke fun at our fathers in the first place is because we know they are strong enough to take some good-natured ribbing every once and awhile.

Working with the CAP Team, we meet fathers of all varieties every single day: young fathers, old fathers, single fathers, new fathers, step-fathers, as well as all the women who step into the role of ‘father’ without a second thought when that responsibility needs to be filled. With Father’s Day fast approaching, it’s easy to get caught up wracking your brain thinking how to best show appreciation to the father figure in your life. Regardless of how you spend your Father’s Day this year, just try and do the simple things. Give him a call, give him a hug, give him some of your time (as he has probably given you a lot of his), and tell him how awesome he is. Oh, and in my experience a cold beer is never a bad idea. Happy Father’s Day from the CAP Team!

This article was 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!

CAP Team is now on the North Shore!

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (KCBIA) and the North Shore Business Improvement Association (NSBIA) are very happy to announce a new partnership with the expansion of the Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team. This pilot project will not impact CAP Team operations in Downtown Kamloops, but instead complement the communities and enhance the current CAP Team. Both Business Improvement Associations are eager moving forward on this project.

Over the past couple weeks, we have focused on building strong relationships with the stakeholders and community members. We are eager in continuing to learn business operations within the NSBIA and what makes the North Shore such a unique place to eat, drink, shop and play. The North Shore community has been very welcoming toward the CAP team. It is rewarding to be recognized and greeted as we patrol down streets like Tranquille and Fortune Drive.
The CAP team priorities will remain as follows:
• Promote the community as tourism ambassadors
• Daily foot patrols in alley ways and on streets
• Bike patrols (weather dependent)
• Act as a set of eyes and ears for law enforcement and social agencies
• Weekly hotspot reports to law enforcement and social service agencies
• Regularly liaise with social and law enforcement agencies
• Removal of profane graffiti off public property (with limitations)
• Communicate with businesses regarding safety concerns
• Communicate regularly with vulnerable street population
• Assist on-site with concerns of loitering and aggressive panhandling
• Provide education, awareness, and Crime Prevention Packages
• Removal of syringes and condoms
• Assist with safe walks to and from a NSBIA location
• Carry Naloxone and First Aid Kits

These are our core responsibilities as a team, but we are happy to help in any way we can, on either side of the river. Since the CAP Team has started on the North Shore (two weeks ago) we have picked up 70 needles and 100 pieces of tinfoil, made 51 contacts with businesses (a combination of education, response to safety concerns, and getting to know our neighbours), biked 159km’s and walked 97km’s!

This article was 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!