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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!!!
BLAZER SPECIAL MEAL COMBO
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:
ENTER TO WIN
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 email@example.com
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
#27 258 Seymour Street No Parking Lead Artist: Kelly Wright (2018)
This mural was designed with the community in mind! During the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association’s 2nd Back Alley Block Party, the community was invited to throw water balloons filled with paint at the wall. Afterward, the artist was able to use the colours of the splattered paint as fill for the beautiful grizzly bear pictured above! This mural took four weeks to complete and was done by Kelly Wright.
#26 233 Victoria Street – The Jaguar Gate. Lead Artist: Alexx Moir-Porteous (2017)
Located at 233 Victoria Street, this mural titled the Jaguar Gate depicts an Olmec/Inca temple site. The ruins have become overgrown by the forest and a Jaguar guards the entrance. Move through the guardians at the gate, past the megalithic stone wall and drift back to the step pyramid in the background and imagine yourself in another time and place. This mural is drawing inspiration from diverse cultures to add depth and breadth to the downtown mural project. Alexx has painted a handful of murals for our Back Alley Art Gallery, all ranging through different themes and topics. Be sure to check them out!
Artist: Ken Wells (2017)
The story behind this mural is that the Old Mystic is sending his red roses out into the world with his doves, they are received by the lady at the front, she doesn’t know from where they come. The intention of this mural is the promotion of peace and love throughout the world, without knowing who you are sending it to, or who is receiving it. The artist has designed elements within the painting to camouflage parts of the building structure; the window became the bird cage. By using this technique, the artwork is not diluted by the building. The ladies’ patio in the painting blends with the actual head office patio which overlooks Victoria Street. Remember, send it out into the universe – knowing it will be received with gratitude.
Artist: Evan Christian (2017)
This mural was designed to celebrate the rich history that Kamloops offers. The building that stood here until 1980 was the Leland Hotel, which was built in 1905, named in 1907 but met its end in flames. Conceptually the mural pays homage to the historic Leland Hotel but in a very modern, contemporary and unusual way. This is a popular genre of mural, so colourful and energetic this work of urban art was created with a combination of wall paint and spray paint. This mural is a dynamic addition to the diversity of our Alley Art Gallery.
Artists: Alexx Moir-Porteous, Ken Wells, Evan Christian, Marianna Abutalipova and Kelly Wright
The Kami Inn parking lot was the location for the 2017 Spring Fest. During the weekend a collaborative mural was painted on the side of Jonathan Buchner Gems & Jewellery. This mural consists of local wildflowers and bee friendly flowers painted in different styles by an array of talented artists. It was an art event – A weekend mural!
Artist: Ken Wells (2012)
This is an Italian architectural mural with a special point of view best viewed from the alley. The arch way creates a window to an active scene. The theme of this mural is a meeting place. The dog, a Welsh Sealyham Terrier, appears in a few murals and is a nod to the artist (Ken Wells) mother who was an artist and dog breeder in the UK.
Artist: Ken Wells (2011)
This is the back of the KCBIA office. As we facilitate the mural program, it is fitting that we have a mural too.
Tyler, in the brown overalls, was actually one of the mural artists. The general idea with this mural was to improve the overall look of the building with different focal points.
Artist: Janice Gurney
This mural recreates the look and feel of an old style, traditional shoe store. The visuals of a main street store front in the alley.
Artist: Alexx Moir-Porteous (2002)
The owner commissioned this one to combat graffiti. The whimsical “House in a Shoe’ is accompanied by a Bodhi Tree on the back of the Golden Buddha.
Artist: Kyleen Cachelin (2015)
This was a wonderfully large canvas to work with. The building owner wanted something completely different from our other murals. A fun, modern, more European street art style. With art based businesses in the building, the image of an artist in her studio in the midst of creation seemed perfectly fitting.
Artist: Ken Wells (2011)
This is a forced perspective mural, which essentially means that it looks as though it is three dimensional, but isn’t. This is a scene with many details incorporated.
Notice the flying angel bricks on top show the artist’s names.
The dog is used as a focal point for the boy and to move the viewer’s eye from one side of the composition to the other.
Artist: Ken Wells (2010)
This piece incorporates all of the things that make Kamloops unique and showcases the activities in which you can partake within our beautiful city. It is meant to represent the 200 block of Victoria Street. This is the street view you would see if the building was not here. This mural, which is a completely different style than Ken’s other murals, demonstrates the variety of styles that our alleys have. Variety is one of our goals for the Back Alley Art Gallery.
This mural is one of the originals and was done before the KCBIA’s mural program. 2 young men, who moved on to Toronto for a career in the arts, completed this mural around 2000. It showcases collaborative street art. If you look up, you will see a little lego Mario Bros. who appeared one night out of the dark.