Heat Wave Incoming

Heat Wave Incoming

Heat wave incoming! The weather forecast is predicting more hot weather coming to Kamloops and the surrounding area. So, we here at Downtown Kamloops thought it would be a good idea to give you all some advice on how to stay cool in the days ahead.

1. Drink Water!

It sounds lame, but this age-old piece of wisdom has stuck around for a reason. Especially while out in the heat, you need to drink water. If you’re sweating excessively – if you work outdoors or are going for a run – you’ll also need to replace the electrolytes you’re losing as well as the water. If you need to, mix an electrolyte powder into your water, or substitute a bottle of water for a bottle of your favourite sports drink.

2. Stick to the Shade and Cover Up

Prolonged direct sunlight is one of the main causes of heat stroke, and can also lead to nasty things like skin cancer. The best way to avoid this is stay in the shade whenever possible. If it’s not possible to be in the shade, make sure to wear a sun shirt and hat.

3. Sunscreen

Another oldie-but-goodie. If you must be in the sun, make sure to slather on the sunscreen onto any exposed skin. This will reduce the risk of sunburn for one, but will also reduce your long-term risk of skin cancer. For maximum effectiveness, reapply sunscreen often, at least once an hour.

4. Stay Indoors

This isn’t possible for everyone, but whenever possible, stay inside and out of the sun. Keep the windows in your house closed and if you have air conditioning or fans, turn them on. This will help keep your house cool and give you a sanctuary away from the heat. It’s also a good idea to take a cold shower to help regulate your body temperature.

In Conlusion,

I know these tips seem obvious, but they can certainly help you stay safe and cool this summer. As the hot weather approaches, it can be easy to forget how dangerous heat stroke and heat exhaustion can be, but these suggestions can help you and your family stay safe.

For more information about Downtown Kamloops and upcoming events, click here.

Taste of Downtown is Underway!

Taste of Downtown is Underway!

Taste of Downtown is underway, so let’s take a look at what it has to offer!

You can get a Taste of Downtown passport for a minimum donation of just $5. All donations will go to the Kamloops Food Bank to help feed local families and individuals in need. With your passport, you get access to a whole host of amazing offers from downtown restaurants. For example, Scoopz Ice Cream Parlor is offering one free scoop of ice cream to passport holders, while Caffe Motivo is offering 10% off all menu items. And remember, you can use your passport at all of our Taste of Downtown locations twice! Get your passport at the KCBIA main office from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, or at the CAP Team office at 340 Victoria Street from 11 am to 1 pm, Monday to Saturday. We will also be at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays selling passports from 10 am until 1 pm.

Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic happening at the moment, we’ve decided to change things up for Taste of Downtown this year. In past years, Taste of Downtown has been a day-long event. This year, in order to reduce crowds, we’ve decided to make Taste of Downtown a month-long event. This is part of Downtown Kamloops’s #OpenWithCare campaign, which is dedicated to keeping Kamloops businesses open and safe during this trying time. So, you have until August 31st to take advantage of as many of these excellent offers as you can.

For more information about Taste of Downtown and what offers are available, click here.


Sundays in Downtown Kamloops

Sundays in Downtown Kamloops

Summer weekends can be great time to head downtown and take all our city centre has to offer. However, it can be hard to find out what’s open on Sundays in Downtown Kamloops. We here at the KCBIA thought it might help to let you all know what businesses are open on Sunday, and what their hours are, so you can plan your day accordingly.


The following restaurants are open on Sunday for the following times:

Caffe Motivo – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Fresh Slice – 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Hoja – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Mittz Kitchen – 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

The Noble Pig – 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Booster Juice – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Boston Pizza – 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Carlos O’Bryans – 11:00 am to 12:00 am

Central Station Pub – 10:00 am to 12:00 am

Cordo Resto & Bar – 7:00 am to 10:00 pm

Dairy Queen – 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Denny’s – 7:00 am to 10:00 pm

Dorian Greek House – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Frick & Frack Taphouse – 11:30 am to 10:00 pm

Hello Toast – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Kelly O’Bryans – 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Klasske’s Bistro – 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Maurya’s Fine Indian Cuisine – 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm

McDonald’s – 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

Moxie’s Grill and Bar – 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Oriental Gardens – 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Passeks Classics Cafe and Catering – 8:00am to 1:30 pm

Pizza King – 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Red Collar Brewing – 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Scoopz Ice cream Parlor – 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Sharks Club – 11:30 am to 11:00 pm

Starbucks – 6:00 am to 7:00 pm

Subway – 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Tim Hortons – 24 Hours

Vyanjan Fine Indian Cuisine – 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Other Business

4 Cats Art Studio – 10:30 am to 7:00 pm

Billiard Club – 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Barre Kamloops – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Common Sound – 10:00 am to 2:00 am

Great Canadian Oil Change – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Let’s Move Studio – 9:00 am to 10:30 am

The Yoga Loft – 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Jardine’s Domaine – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Kipp Mallery Pharmacy – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Lansdowne Liquor Store – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Castles & Cottages – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

High Octane Comics – 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

VapeSense – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Wizards of the Green Tower – 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Dollarama – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

St. Paul Liquor Store – 9:00 am to 11:00 pm

Save-on-Foods – 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

7-Eleven – 24 Hours

808&Bench – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Citymax Liquor Store – 9:00 am to 11:00 pm

Cloverdale Paint – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

CosmoProf – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Countdown Escape Rooms – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Dancy Pants Boutique – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Desert Hemp Hut – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Desert Rain Giftware – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Doctor Love – 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Visions Electronics – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sherwin-Williams Paint – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

One Stop Love Shop – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

London Drugs – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

First Comes Love – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ferguson Equipment – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Bell Mobility – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Plaza Liquor Store – 9:00 am to 11:00 pm


Spend your Sundays in Downtown Kamloops! For more information about what Downtown Kamloops has to offer, visit www.downtownkamloops.com/.

Kamloops Art Gallery – Now Open!

Kamloops Art Gallery – Now Open!


The Kamloops Art Gallery has reopened its doors to the public! After being closed down they are finally able, and ready to #openwithcare to the public.

Some things have changed, however, the new hours of operations are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Thursday is still free admission thanks to BCLC.

The exhibit the Art Gallery will be highlighting is “Casting the Eye Adrift” by Donald Lawerence, curated by Charo Neville and will run until December.

Remember to adhere to the Gallery’s COVID procedures:

  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well
  • There will be limited maximum capacity in all of our spaces
  • All guest from different households must stay 2m apart
  • Children must stay with an adult at all times
  • Masks are welcome but not mandatory
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the Gallery

For more information, check out their website for all the details! Help support the Kamloops Art Gallery!

Proposed Street Closures – Downtown Business Feedback

Proposed Street Closures – Downtown Business Feedback

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association would like feedback from Downtown Businesses on proposed street closures. Please take two minutes to give your feedback.

Recently there have been reports of conversations regarding the potential short term or intermittent closure of Victoria Street. The goal would be to encourage consumers to return to our Downtown while affording the space intended to support safe physical distancing.

We are reaching out to you asking for your feedback regarding this matter.

This form is currently closed for submissions.

Kamloops Central BIA Launches Open With Care Campaign

Kamloops Central BIA Launches Open With Care Campaign

The Open With Care campaign is part of a strategy supported by BIA’s across the province. This campaign is intended to inspire businesses to open safely and is designed for organizations within the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association area.

While we are extremely excited that Downtown Kamloops is finally getting back to business, we understand that consumers may be hesitant to go back to normal. BIA’s throughout the province are introducing Open With Care campaigns. These initiatives are intended to inspire businesses to re-open in a safe, healthy, and compliant manner in order to support consumer confidence. Businesses in the Downtown Kamloops are taking responsible steps and following WorkSafeBC regulations to ensure the health and safety of their employees.

It is crucial for our business leaders to reassure their customers that it’s safe to do business with them.

Open With Care campaign objectives:

  • Create a safe atmosphere
  • Support local businesses in line with the #ykastrong support local campaign
  • Share a consistent message across the City and Province of BC
  • Prepare the public to be “good consumers”; to shop, live, play, eat, and art with care
  • Provide our members with the tools to Open With Care
  • Remind all that Downtown is resilient, alive, and cares about its customers

Kamloops residents can share what they are doing to support local businesses by using the hashtags #openwithcare #ykastrong #dtkcares #downtowntogo on social media.

For more information email admin@downtownkamloops.com

Meet the New Executive Committee for the KCBIA 2020

Meet the New Executive Committee for the KCBIA 2020

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (BIA) is proud to announce its newest Executive Committee after this morning’s Board of Directors meeting. 

The KCBIA appointed the following as the New Executive Committee:

Dino Bernardo – President – The Commodore Grand Cafe

Ryan Gentile – Vice President – Red Wing Shoes

Brianne Vondracek – Treasurer- BDO LLP

Mike Blackwell – Secretary – Fulton & Company LLP

Ted Ockenden– Director at Large – BCLC

On behalf of Carl Desantis, Executive Director of the KCBIA, we extend a warm welcome to each of the new Executive Board members. We look forward to future collaboration and development with each of you.

Further, we welcome back our returning and new board members returning for another year.

Sheila Minten – Director – Total Concept Development Ltd

Maeghan Summers – Director – The Noble Pig

Andy Philpot – Director – St John’s Ambulance

Jesse Daniel Faubert – Director – Common Sound

Luke Chidgzey – Director – RBC

Maren Luciani – Director – Meraki Planning

Nicki James – Director – Main Street Clothing

Kathy Sinclair – Liaison – City of Kamloops

Carl DeSantis mentioned, “We congratulate the new and returning members to the KCBIA board of directors and the KCBIA executive committee — this is a remarkable group of Downtown leaders poised to guide the association forward.”

Downtown Kamloops Celebrates Mother’s Day

Downtown Kamloops Celebrates Mother’s Day

Bring Downtown Home


With Mother’s Day happening this Sunday, May 10th, you may be wondering what you can do to show your Mom love in today’s current situation. Thankfully, many businesses and restaurants in town are still operating, so we’ve compiled a list of some of those promoting Mother’s Day specials! Not sure what to get/do for your Mom? Check out our list for some ideas!

Brownstone Kamloops


  • Passek’s Classics Cafe & Catering: Mother’s Day Brunch! Choose from their selected menu for only 20$! Minimum order of 4 people, all orders are Pick-Up Only. Choose from their Denver eggs, crispy sliced bacon, or their cinnamon raisin french toast! The pre-order deadline is Friday, May 8th by 12 pm. Check out their Facebook for more information, or call 250-314-1114 after 3:30 pm.
  • Cordo Resto + Bar:  Offering a BBQ Lunch, Cordo has teamed up with Valley First to donate $5 for every order prepared from their set Mother’s Day menu! Orders can be delivered free of charge or customers can receive 10 percent off their entire order with pickup from Cordo Resto + Bar, downtown at 540 Victoria St. Check out this link for more information and to place your order! The deadline to place an order is May 7th, at 12 pm. 
  • Swiss Pastries: Get your cake order in! Swiss Pastries is offering FREE deliveries for this Saturday for your Mother’s Day orders! Check out their Facebook for more information! 
  • Brownstone Restaurant: Purchase a Brownstone e-card and have it emailed directly to mom! She can use it to order pickup or save it for dine-in. You can even personalize her card with your own graphics. It’s so quick and easy you can have it done in a flash! Check out their website for more information! 
Crooked Crown Kamloops

Crooked Crown Kamloops


  • Lavender Lingerie: Mother’s Day Giveaway! They are giving away one free nursing bra for new moms and moms-to-be! To enter, like their post on Instagram or Facebook, and tag any pregnant or new moms to enter them to win a new nursing bra. Check out the links above for more information.
  • Blue Sky Clothing: Shop their spring/summer 2020 collection and receive 20% off! Just use MOTHER20 at check out! Check out their Facebook for more information. 
  • Amplified Cafe, Far + Wide & Modern Family Boutique: These lovely Kamloops businesses have teamed up for a Mother’s Day giveaway! To enter, follow @far_and_wide_bc, @mfbkamloops and @amplifiedcafe on Instagram! Then, like @far_and_wide_bc @mfbkamloops and @amplifiedcafe on Facebook. Like this post and tag a friend! Giveaway closes at 12 pm Friday, May 8th, and the winner will be drawn after 12 pm Friday, May 8th and notified directly. 

Are you a business downtown that has a Mother’s Day special you’d like us to know about? Email us at capteam@downtownkamloops to get added to the list! 



Call for Mural Artists – Downtown Kamloops

Call for Mural Artists – Downtown Kamloops

The call for mural artists for summer 2020 is open. The KCBIA began the public mural program in order to make the back alleys part of the downtown Kamloops experience  There are now over thirty murals adorning downtown Kamloops’s alleyways and parking lots. Apply to become a lead mural artist now!

Lead Mural Artist

The lead mural artist designs and completes the mural, typically within four to five weeks. Responsibilities include:

  • Working with confidence in large scale design and execution
  • Cooperating with property owners to create designs
  • Teaching, mentoring, and managing an artist’s assistants who will help with the implementation of the design


  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision and be able to supervise a small team of assistants.
  • Must be prepared to work outside during the summer months.
  • Must be willing to work on scaffolding and use the necessary safety equipment.
  • Must be able to lift to 50 pounds.

To download a detailed guide for submission click below.

Apply Now

Submit your artist portfolio with qualifications and examples of previous projects and works. Please state the desired compensation, and availability during the summer season. References are requested.

Closing date: July 2nd, 2020

Required Submission Materials

Length: Maximum four 8.5 x 11 pages

Size: 10 MB maximum

File type: Submission should be in a single PDF file

Submit all applications and inquiries to murals@downtownkamloops.com

Application deadline: July 2, 2020

Note: Should the proposal requirements for this call be a barrier to you submitting your ideas, please contact us at murals@downtownkamloops.com before May 3rd.

Though this year will look different than past ones, the KCBIA looks forward to sharing new stories in Downtown Kamloops.

CAP Team in Downtown Kamloops

CAP Team in Downtown Kamloops

Who Are We?

The Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team are downtown ambassadors who assist businesses, tourists, and citizens. The supervisor, as well as patrol members, are trained to promote tourism and safety in the downtown core. CAP team members are responsible for taking on the role of both an ambassador and safety patrolling, which are two integral aspects of the program that are important to the success of the team.

Safety patrollers are accountable for observing and reporting unsafe conditions, crimes, graffiti, and vagrancy around the downtown vicinity, also referring and reporting aggressive panhandlers and homeless to outreach facilities. Our team also assists the RCMP and By-Law with crime prevention strategies and initiatives in a non-aggressive capacity. Contact the safety patrollers at (250)-572-3009.

Ambassadors are the embodiment of hospitality. We greet and welcome both locals and visitors to downtown Kamloops. The team aids tourists by directing them to historical points of interest, key events and activities, local attractions, restaurants, shopping, parking, and accommodations.

The Customer Care and Visitor Information Centre is operated by ambassadors who can help you decide where to go and how to get there or any other assistance you need. Contact the ambassadors at (250)-572-3008.

Why Should You Book the Cap Team?

The CAP Team is always eager to help, and there are many ways we can do so! We offer a variety of services for businesses and events located in downtown Kamloops.

Learn more about the ambassador program below!

Services provided by the CAP Team:
  • Games and activities for events
  • Event attendance as a vendor to promote downtown
  • Deliver notices and flyers to downtown businesses
  • Speaking engagements such as mural tours
  • Safe walks to and from any downtown location
What can you book the CAP team for?
  • Events
  • Trade Shows
  • Place management (i.e. games and activities)
  • Guest speaker engagements
Types of games and activities:
  • Giant Jenga
  • Connect Four
  • Cactus Throw
  • Instagram Sign
  • Ladder Ball
  • Bistro Sets (tables and chairs)

**Please be advised that you will need to pick up and drop off these amenities from our downtown location. **

How it works:

There is usually no cost to book our services and games, with some exceptions.

Games and activities should be picked up and dropped off by your event staff at a pre-determined time from our office at 340 Victoria Street (unless otherwise discussed).

After use, leave borrowed material with a CAP team member. Under no circumstances should these materials be left outside of the office unattended.

CAP Team services will not be issued if the event contradicts KCBIA’s mandate or if the services being provided conflict with pre-arranged and established obligations.

How do I book the Cap Team?

You may book your time on the calendar below by clicking on a date, filling in relevant details, hitting send, and then complete the sign-up form. Please lookout for a phone call or e-mail before approval to coordinate and confirm the times and responsibilities.

Important: Please note that we can only confirm your booking within 3 months of the event date. You can book it any time, but we may not be able to confirm until the 3-month window.
Valentines Day in Downtown Kamloops

Valentines Day in Downtown Kamloops

Are you looking for something to do in downtown Kamloops this Valentines Day? What about coming down to the core of town to support some of these local businesses!

1. Build-a-Box

Feb 13th, 2020 visit Ms Whimsys Emporium located on 1st Ave will be hosting a build-a-box event where you can come and pick a cute box and fill it up with goodies for yourself or a special someone this Valentines Day Weekend. There are items for budgets of all sizes, and everything in the store is locally made!





2. Valentines @ Cordo

Get your tickets for two and enjoy an anything but ordinary 3-course meal specially prepared by executive chef Mitch Shafer. Enjoy some one on one time with your significant other in a sophisticated atmosphere. Available Feb 14th and 15th, this Valentines Day Weekend.     




3. Bobs night out-A vertical tasting 

Go out on a date, go out with your friends, go by yourself and make friends. The choice is yours. But you’re not going to want to miss out on this exclusive tasting at Red Collar Brewing. There will be brews, appetizers, and like always there is a great selection of tabletop games.






4. Seafood Dinner for 2

Make your reservation with the Tumbleweed Plaza Lounge for your seafood platter for two, or just you! The chef will be preparing a mouthwatering platter that will showcase crab legs, salmon 2 ways, scallops, bacon, fresh mussels and prawns served up with vegetables and rice. While you eat, you can enjoy a music performance by Shawna Palmer. Call ahead to make sure you have your spot reserved.



5. 2 Headed Giant Valentines Day Tournament 

Want to put your competitive talents to the test? Get your league together for the ultimate Valentine day tournament hosted by your very own locally owned and operated All Aboard Games. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. Time to take things to the next level.


6. Pretty in Pink 

The perfect date night movie will be playing at the Kamloops Film Society Paramount Theatre on Valentine’s Day. A classic romance that only gets better in time, just like your date. The movie kicks off at 7 pm but be sure to show up early to get your snacks, and don’t worry, this theatre has no bad seats!



7. Latin Love Party 

Ditch the traditions of dinner and go straight to dessert at The Plaza Hotel. Get your $15 dollar ticket either at ticket master or straight from the source at the plaza on Feb. 14th and 15th. You will get to enjoy complimentary champagne, dessert, and dance lessons! Certainly a spicier way to spend Valentine’s day with your bestie. Dr Drac will be bringing the house down with some sexy Latin tracks. The event kicks off at 7 pm with complimentary beginners dance lessons at 8 pm.




8. Valentines Affair: Featuring Average Gypsy 

Looking to dance, drink, meet other singles, and enjoy some majestic rap? The Cactus Jacks is the place for you this Valentine’s Day. Head out on Feb 14th to CJ’s because Hi, Society is presenting Average Gypsy, with support from Tiny Humans. Show up early to support our local talent Angie C B2B Kellan it and Bearflower.








9. Anti-Valentines Day @ CJ’s     

Not a fan of Valentines Day? Don’t worry CJ‘s has you covered. Head out on Feb 15th for the ultimate Anti-Valentines Day Shindig and dress to impress for a chance to win a bomb diggity prize. DJ King Kong Finger will be serving up some sick beats and the drink special will be stupid cupid shooters!





10. Forno on 5th Lovin’ Love 

Forno on 5th would love to celebrate their love of love and food with you this Valentine’s Day weekend. Dine-in on Feb 13th, 14th or 15th for a 3-course dinner for two menu, with options sure to impress your taste buds. Be sure to call ahead for your reservation. You won’t want to miss this dining experience.





11. Love at first bite or sight?

Plans with a partner, BFF, sibling, coworker, finance hero? Mauryas Cuisine invites you to fill your table with as many great people as you like! They will be serving a one of a kind 4-course Indian dinner. There will also be some signature cocktails that you won’t want to miss trying. As if it didn’t already sound like an amazing choice, book your reservation before Feb 14th and receive $25 dollars off of your 2 can dine meal!



12. Family Fun Night 

For those of you who like to include the whole family in your Valentine’s festivities, The Salvation Army is hosting a FREE family fun night on Feb 14th! They will be offering fried chicken, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and gravy. Once your tummy is full, fill your heart with a family-friendly sloth making craft.  Be sure to RSVP in advance so they can be prepared to provide food and crafts for everyone that wants to be included.




12. Valentines Day Glassware Class 

Feeling artistic? The Kamloops Art Party Studio is hosting a stemless wine glass painting class on Feb 14th for Valentines! You are welcome to use a design of your own making or ask for tips and insight from artist Jennii M. Dyer. Art supplies and aprons are provided, but be sure to dress for the occasion in case you accidentally turn yourself into a piece of art too! So what are you waiting for, get your tickets now!



14. Drop-Off ValenTea Party

If you would like to have some alone-time, you can drop your kids off at your favourite daycare! There will be a special evening of childcare with extra activities. There will be cookie-making, decorating, crafts, face painting, story-time and so much more.









Check out the news and blogs section of our website for more information on events and businesses in downtown Kamloops!

Blazers In Downtown Kamloops

Blazers In Downtown Kamloops

Downtown Kamloops has a new Blazers campaign. We know Kamloops loves to support our boys, so we’ve come up with some amazing campaign initiatives to celebrate downtown and the Blazers! The Downtown Businesses you know and love have partnered with the Kamloops Blazers to bring you some exciting offers for the rest of the season. If you are a fan, you won’t want to miss this!

The Blazers are currently ranked #1 in the BC Division with 32 wins this season! 


If you see a business wearing orange GAMEDAY T-SHIRTS, you can get a 10% discount by showing them your ticket stubs. You can also enter to win tickets to the next games!!!


Now you do not have to wait to buy your tickets! Instead, you can purchase your tickets at participating restaurants with the Blazer special meal combo!

Check out these fantastic places for the Blazers Combo: 


We want to make it really special this season by supporting all you Blazer Nation Fans out there. Every time you show your ticket stub to purchase something at a participating store or you buy a Blazer special meal combo, you can enter to WIN TICKETS!

For a BONUS ENTRY**, take a selfie with the business sporting the orange T-SHIRTS and tag the company along with the Kamloops Blazers and Downtown Kamloops to enter!

Winners will be drawn one day before the next game! The next draw being February 13th/2020!

**This is only applicable after the purchase of goods or services**

Suggested tags: #blazersindowntown #blazernation #downtownkamloops

For more information on this promotion or are a business interested in participating, please email events@downtownkamloops.com

A Letter from the Downtown Executive Director

A Letter from the Downtown Executive Director

A note from the executive director of Downtown Kamloops

Although it’s only one month into a new year, it already appears 2020 will be the “Year of Downtown Kamloops”.

Last week, news that construction for a major commercial office development will soon begin Downtown created quite a buzz throughout the city.  “The Hive” will include a blend of premium office and retail space expected to enrich our already vibrant Downtown.  We’ll see new jobs created, new businesses introduced, and a positive economic impact that will support existing retail, culinary, entertainment, arts and recreation throughout Downtown Kamloops. We look forward to the rising tide in which each of your businesses and services can benefit.

Only a few weeks remain in the Blazer’s regular season, and fans are looking forward to the upcoming playoffs. It has been a fantastic hockey season, and the team is on fire! The KCBIA has introduced a few initiatives to support the team and downtown businesses. The Sandman Centre often has 5,000 fans attending the games. That is a lot of people coming Downtown for each game. This means opportunities for businesses. Initiatives such as the ‘Blazers Game Day – Orange Shirt campaign’, the Blazers ‘Special Meal Combo’ offered at participating restaurants (which includes a hockey ticket), the ‘Show us your ticket’ on social media, and various draws for hockey tickets have all been introduced. For more information and details about getting involved, please contact our office and speak with either Samantha or Christine.

Our office is currently busy planning various initiatives that will continue to showcase Downtown Kamloops throughout 2020. I look forward to the release of the events calendar soon.

Lastly, your voice, thoughts, opinions, and suggestions are essential to sustain our strong business community. The KCBIA is a non-profit organization that depends on your ongoing support to remain viable. We strive to be a voice that influences and navigates with success on all matters of importance to Downtown. We are committed to creating and introducing programs and events that will continue to bring attention to Downtown. I encourage you to contact our office should you have questions regarding the value of KCBIA membership.

We respectfully request your ongoing support in order that we can continue to support your Downtown businesses.

Please stay in touch.

Carl DeSantis

Executive Director

Re-CAP of Downtown Kamloops in 2019

Re-CAP of 2019

Here we are with another year-end review (or re-CAP) of the successes and achievements of the downtown Kamloops CAP (Customer Care and Patrol) Team in 2019. It’s hard to believe another 365 days have passed but in Downtown Kamloops and for the CAP Team they sure fly by fast! We always try our best to think ahead. Whether debating which alley to patrol next or planning the next amazing block party. We always enjoy living in the moment, but this time we figured we might enjoy reflecting on our accomplishments over past year. Time for a re-cap of our year in 2019.

Achievements and Successes

Everywhere we go we always keep track and making notes. Looking back on some 2019 statistics suggests the CAP team has continued to succeed! Regarding safety, we contacted the RCMP 9 times and reported to By-Law 6 times. The CAP team assisted 150 tourists and people looking for information Downtown. We contacted and assisted businesses 547 times regarding street related issues, organization, notices, and event participation. Check out Kamloops Now’s article on the CAP team’s success here for additional information.


Speaking of event participation, the team not only does many patrols throughout Downtown Kamloops but also assists with many different events and promotions. Early in the Spring with assistance from Taking IT Global, we ran Hydration Safety and Sustainability Campaign. Along with a social media promotion, The CAP Team gave out Downtown Kamloops water bottles by setting up pop up locations in high foot traffic areas and have people sign a sustainability pledge. By signing the pledge, they were agreeing to reduce and eliminate plastic bottle waste and their reward was one of the free bottles!

Among many other summer events, another program that our “Cappies” assisted was Artisans Alive.The KCBIA hires many different musicians to play downtown at key locations and times providing a fun atmosphere for downtown guests. We are in close contact with musicians as well as provide set up and take down for each performance! For those curious about said performances, a schedule can be found on our website closer to the seasonal dates.

The last big event we worked on was the 39th Annual Santa Claus Parade. This event was the first parade in the evening and we knew we had to work hard alongside our amazing participants and generous sponsors to ensure its success. Planning stages beginning in the fall, this entire article could solely be just the parade! With the 40th being in 2020, we look forward to continuing to learn new ways to help assist Downtown Kamloops.


Overall, 2019 was another great year for the CAP Team. We hope it was a successful year for everyone else as well. We would like to extend a thank you to the visitors, locals, employees, and business owners alike. We’re grateful for all of your support over the year. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. As a non-profit, we appreciate all of the help we can get. To return the favour, give us a call and we’ll do our best to help you out!

#31. 503 Victoria Street – Films On My Mind

#31. 503 Victoria Street – Films On My Mind

“Films on My Mind” is the title of this mural. Zach Abney the lead artist, and Nancy Kuchta his assistant completed painting the mural in September. The unveiling of this mural included live music and free food where we encouraged citizens of Kamloops to attend. The event helped commemorate another successful addition to our growing number of murals in the downtown area. Located on the Paramount Theatre (at 503 Victoria Street), this mural brings life to various films.

“Films on my Mind” features a number of scenes from five different films that have played at the Paramount. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of the films features in this mural and it was the first film known to play in the Paramount theatre. Abney suggests that this piece of art portrays individuals recollecting the scenes from the depicted films. These films stick with us. Therefore this represented with the painting fading from the silhouette of a face to a specific movie scene.

If you’d like to check out more of Zach Abney’s work, you can click on this link.

“The Winking Man” is another one of Zach and Nancy’s murals and you can take a look at that one here.

#32. 322 Seymour Street – The Winking Man

#32. 322 Seymour Street – The Winking Man

The Winking Man

The artist Zach Abneyenvisioned this mural painting with Nancy Kuchta. This mural is referred to as “The Winking Man” or “The Man Winking”. It’s located on the 300 block of Seymour Street and can be seen while walking or driving along Seymour Street.

According to Zach, this piece of art explores the human gaze as a form of wordless expression. Body language expresses so much before words become a part of the equation. A single, brief glance can convey a range of different emotions that are felt. Such emotion may extend from happiness and joy, to sadness, grief, and pain, or perhaps even wisdom or glee. That momentary glimpse of eye contact between two people is the inspiration behind this mural created by Abney and Kuchta’s. “The Winking Man” communicates a wisdom that comes from age and experience, while the facial posture of the man recounts a combination of both wisdom and glee.

If you enjoy “The Winking Man” painted by Zach and Nancy, here’s another mural done by this talented pair of artists. Keep an eye out for future works done by them.

You can also check Zach out on social media on his Instagram or his website.

#30. 165 Victoria Street – Bustling Bazaar

#30. 165 Victoria Street – Bustling Bazaar

Maurya’s Bustling Bazaar

Ken Wells is the lead artist of this mural. The “Bustling Bazaar” mural is located at the front of Maurya’s Restaurant on 165 Victoria Street. Unlike other murals in the series, Maurya’s “Bustling Bazaar” remains the only mural featured at the front of a building rather than in the alley.

This mural features a busy bazaar, which recreates within a piece of art the cultural atmosphere that Maurya’s imbues. Maurya’s bustling bazaar mural attests to the thriving art scene in downtown Kamloops.

This mural created by Ken Wells features a characteristic white dog known as one of Ken’s signature styles. There are other murals that Ken Wells has painted around downtown Kamloops. Can you find Ken’s trademark dog in any of the other murals around town? Tag us in an image on Facebook or Instagram at Downtown Kamloops to let us and the community know!

If you would like to appreciate more of Ken’s art, check it out on his Flickr by clicking on the link.

In addition, if you’re interested in checking out more of the murals around downtown, contact the CAP Team to book a mural tour. You can get ahold of us by either e-mail or phone call.

#19. 245 Victoria St. – Abstract

#19. 245 Victoria St. – Abstract

Jardines Domaine Abstract Mural

This abstract mural once located on the back of Tricia Sellmer’s Gallery. Since then Jardines Domaine moved into the building where Tricia Sellmer’s Gallery was located. Jardines is a popular local clothing store that’s located in Downtown Kamloops. This abstract mural on Jardines Domaine demonstrates a unique style of murals in the downtown location with its abstract design.

The lead artist of this mural is unknown, but that won’t prevented us from sharing their work. Tricia Sellmer is a Canadian contemporary artist. She emblazons collective dialogues upon the canvas in pursuit of light, harmony, and concealed touch. Trisha’s work presently hangs in public and private collections all around the world. In Kamloops, her artwork is proudly displayed in the Brownstone Restaurant and at the Plaza Hotel.

Next time you’re in Downtown Kamloops, make sure you stop by to check out some of her beautiful work!

If you’re already in Downtown Kamloops looking for something to do, check out some more of the back alley murals. Or if you’d like to arrange a tour of all the murals in the area, contact the CAP team via e-mail or phone. You can find more information on booking a tour here.

#29. 220 – 4th Avenue – Saxophone Man

#29. 220 – 4th Avenue – Saxophone Man

The Saxophone Man Mural

Located in the alleyway behind 4th Avenue, the Saxophone Man is a local favourite of downtown murals. The lead artist, Zach Abney, painted a number of different murals throughout the Downtown Kamloops area. The Saxophone Man mural features an elderly gentleman playing his saxophone. The blue and purple colouring of this mural are especially appealing and draw the eye to this piece immediately.

Have you had the opportunity to see this beautiful mural up close yet? Next time you’re in the neighbourhood, we encourage you to stroll on over and take a look!

Zach Abney painted a number of the murals in downtown Kamloops. For instance, “The Winking Man” and “Films on My Mind”.  If you’re interested in looking at more of Zach Abney’s artwork, check out his website or his Instagram.

Do you want to book a free tour of the back murals with the CAP Team? Contact us by e-mail or phone to arrange a time! Let us know what you think of this mural.

Additionally, providing that some individuals may not be able to embark on this tour, you may also appreciate the opportunity to scroll through the back alley art gallery on our website.

#28. 100-465 Victoria Street – JuiceBox 1998

#28. 100-465 Victoria Street – JuiceBox 1998

Juicebox 1998 Library Mural

Robin Hodgson and Monica McGarry are the masterminds of the “Juicebox 1998” library mural created in 2018. The “Juicebox 1998” abstract mural echos the contemporary architecture of the TNRD building. And it honors the cutting edge vision of the building architects, Peter Cardew and Nigel Baldwin. This mural brings the wall of the TNRD building to life. While this is not the only abstract mural in town, this one is a testament to the unique look of the TNRD building.

With a playful combination of shapes, lines, and colors, the mural speaks to the history of abstract painting. Abstract painting is a medium often features on the walls of the Kamloops Art Gallery. To balance the materials of the original building, segments of the concrete wall remain visible. Although designed by Hodgson and McGarry, Robin Hodgson, Jennilee Fraser, and Jack Morris took five days to complete. Nevertheless, this realization of an elegant, abstract mural has been well received by the community.

These artists came together to create a beautiful addition to the community that continues to enliven the downtown core. Moreover, these artists have contributed in other ways to the art scene in Kamloops as well.

Are you interested in checking out more of the murals in downtown Kamloops? Check out our website.

Additionally, if you’d like to see more of the downtown back alley art gallery, the CAP Team gives free mural tours. Contact us to arrange your booking today!