by downtownkamloops | Jun 7, 2022 | News
Not sure what to buy Dad for Fathers Day in Downtown Kamloops, BC? Well, Downtown Kamloops has a great selection of shops to help with all your gift-giving needs! From biking gear to great eats and breweries, Downtown Kamloops has it all.
The perfect pair of shoes
Are your dad’s shoes worn out? Is he always on his feet working, getting outdoors, or simply needs some new sandals for the upcoming summer? Downtown Kamloops has you covered.
Redwing Shoes, located at 237 Victoria Street, has a variety of different boots that are guaranteed to last. From soft toe to CSA-approved, you’ll be sure to find something!
Check out Kennell’s Shoes Limited at 249 Victoria Street to grab dad a new pair of sandals for the summer! They also have a large variety of shoes for all needs.
Just don’t forget to grab dad’s shoe size before heading to the store!
Coffee first, Fathers Day celebrations after
Is your dad a coffee drinker? Downtown Kamloops has a great variety of coffee shops to grab some fresh beans or a gift cards if you aren’t sure what kind to get! Check out, The Vic Downtown located at 377 Victoria Street, Café Motivo at 299 Victoria Street and He Brew’s Ahava Coffee Inc at 210 Victoria Street.
All of these businesses also have some great treats! Make sure to check them out.
Nothing like some new biking gear
Cycle Logic at 222 Victoria Street is a dream store for any biker. New biking gear would be sure to put a smile on dad’s face, from new gloves to sunglasses and everything in between.
Looking for a place to sit down and enjoy each others company?
Downtown is the place to be for breweries. Alchemy Brewing Company located at 650 Victoria Street, is a great option to stop in, while checking out the downtown area.
Red Collar Brewing located at 355 Lansdowne Street is another excellent option for stopping for a drink and food!
Check out both these brewery’s patio areas to stay outside and enjoy the weather!
Upgrade dad’s closet!
Does dad need some new clothes for summer? Jardines Domaine, located at 245 Victoria Street, has a sizeable men’s selection of shirts, pants, shorts, hats, and everything you’d need to set dad up for the weather!
McAllister & Howard Clothiers, located at 235 Victoria Street, has all of dad’s dress clothes needs.
Not sure of what size to grab? No worries! Gift cards are available at both of these stores. Good luck and happy shopping!
These are only a few of our suggestions, to find more treasures in Downtown visit Discover Downtown.
by downtownkamloops | Jun 1, 2022 | News
With the warm weather upon us, The Noble Pig Brewhouse has been preparing some delicious seasonal beers to celebrate Summer.
The Noble Pig Brewhouse is Kamloops’ first and only Microbrewery that combines house made craft brewed beer, brewed by Nick Murphy, and a unique beer fusion and scratch kitchen cuisine lead by Chef, Jared Summers. It is an unpretentious neighborhood spot in a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.
Here are just a few of the brews you can expect to try on our gorgeous patio as the sunny days roll in:
J A V E L I N A
An ultra-dry IPA named after the Javelina pigs found in the dry desert climates of Central and South America! This “Brut” style of India Pale Ale brings focus to citrus aromas provided by a selection of Pacific-Northwest hops. Lower in bitterness for an IPA, yet very aromatic and hop forward.
6.2% ABV | 30 IBU
P I N E A P P L E E X P R E S S
Made using a custom base beer, similar to a blonde ale, designed to mix perfectly with many types of juices. Part of our Rotating Radler Series, this refreshingly delicious brew is a perfect addition to an afternoon on a sunny patio!
3.8% ABV | 15 IBU
P O T B E L L Y P I L S
DRY HOPPED PILSNER
A delicious pilsner made with a well-balanced dry hop addition of Willamette hops to add a classic floral and peppery aroma. Finishing with a cool crisp mouthfeel, this patio worthy beer will make you want to come on back for more than one!
4.2% ABV | 30 IBU
by downtownkamloops | May 26, 2022 | News
Monday: order day
What do we mean when we say we support local?
As a person trying to live an everyday life, it can mean many things. It could be a feel-good personal choice or a moral high ground. Maybe it’s based on environmental ethics or just a sense of community. Sadly, for many, its simply a luxury they cannot afford for a variety of reasons. So, what does it mean as a business? While the same reasons may resonate, the scale is a bit different. For us at The Noble Pig and Underbelly, it means making very pointed decisions on what we stand for, what we believe is the right thing to do, and what we would like our limited influence to achieve. In more practical terms, it means a lot more logistics to consider.
Let’s take the universally loathed Monday as an example of how these decisions play out IRL. There are a few very organized, viable and well-run options for food service businesses wanting to make this part of their operation simple, consistent and user-friendly. There is nothing wrong with these options, we use them too and are grateful for their contributions. However, our Mondays are Local Order Day, and we work with over 20 local providers & individual suppliers. Each have different lead-time & delivery schedules, payment terms, seasonal influences, capacities of scale and a mountain of their own logistics to manage. Not to mention the reality of running a small, local and usually, family-run business selling highly perishable, depreciating assets in an intensely competitive market.
Sorry, back to Monday. After a quick inventory, its time to flex our emailing, texting and phone call muscles. Blackwell Dairy for 20*4L jugs of milk for bechamel, a few custards and sauces, done, we have 6 crates to return to them also. Then Rangeland. 6 prime ribs, 6 striploins, 60lbs of ground beef, some flank for a steak feature. Rainer Custom Cutting? More ground beef, 60lbs of custom double smoked bacon, beef bones, pork hocks and some ground pork for meatloaf, hope they can make it to town by Wednesday. Fresh rigatoni from Fratelli’s, and we need some olives too, pepperoni and more bacon from Gary’s Deli. Salami and yes Brody, we really need more chorizo again from Chop N Block. Tuna from Fisherman’s Market, and how does the Coho run look so far? Even more bacon and a rack of bone-in pork for testing recipes for the upcoming summer menu from Rocana Meats. And can we get boneless pork butts yet? I hate dealing with those bones!
Need produce of course.. Nuleaf is just starting to plant at their own farm in Heffley but is still getting great BC grown storage crops like potatoes & squash, lots of hot house produce from the Fraser Valley, and not to mention they are kindly helping us get Westyde Apiaries honey each week, 18kg should do it for the week. Can’t forget Paul, the dedicated educator at Aurthur Hatton Elementary for our microgreens, 6 flats a week.
We’re not done yet… Benny the Butcher is making great farmers sausage and bratwurst, need 10kg of each please! Did we forget cheese? Not likely. Tanto Latte, an artisan Italian cheesemaker in Salmon arm makes fresh bocconcini, creamy feta, shredded mozzarella & creamy ricotta, deliveries on Friday, supply might be tight till then if we sell a lot of ricotta gnocchi.
And praise the sunshine, the Farmer’s Market is coming back in full swing! First a tease of herbs, wintered root vegetables and tubers and some planting pots. But once the radishes start showing up, it’s on! Some good news, markets are on Wednesday and Saturdays, we can worry about that tomorrow.. But maybe Thistle Farm can deliver this week? My trunk is already full of kegs today and I really need to get Dieter his produce boxes back, they are taking over our dry storage.
Until next Monday!
by downtownkamloops | May 4, 2022 | Events, News
May has come around once again with Mother’s Day in tow, which means the return of SpringFest to Downtown Kamloops! From May 6 to 8, come downtown and experience sidewalk sales from a wide array of stores and live music from 10 AM to 4 PM at various locations throughout the downtown core. To top it all off, shopping at participating businesses will give you a chance at winning a grand prize gift basket with merch, gift cards, and so much more from your favourite downtown businesses! So be sure to enter and follow us at @downtownkamloops for SpringFest Deals
We have compiled a list of the best deals to make it easy for you to plan ahead:
Crooked Crown Kamloops
Known for their love for local Candian made goods, Crooked Crown is a gift boutique, bringing specialty curated items to Kamloops (and the dot com). They will be offering a whopping 70% discount on select items. Located at 404 Victoria St.
They will be offering 25 – 50% off selected apparel and footwear. Cool Running is Kamloops’ local, family-owned “BOUTIQUE” footwear store and they are known for their expertise in getting you a great fitting pair of shoes. They can be found at 351 Victoria Street.
Your go-to place for the best floral arrangements with staff that go above and beyond to make the customer feel special. They are always booked up for Mother’s day so call in adavcne to stay ahead of the game. You can find them at 605 Victoria St.
A renowned stop for women’s clothing in downtown, this boutique has a wide variety of clothing for all occasions. Don’t forget to check out their sale rack. The look can be found on Victoria Street.
A staple for every Kamloopsian, this relatively new addition to downtown is known for Artisan baked goods made with fresh, local ingredients and with a whole lot of love. Find them at 424 Victoria Street.
Far and Wide and Botanical Scene
Are you looking for unique finds this mother’s Day? or the perfect plant for that plant-obsessed Mom. Look no further because the girls at Far & Wide and Botanical have your back! And what’s more for SpringFest they will be offering up to 50% of on select merchandise. Hurry. F+W can be found at 353 Victoria St and Botanical Scene at 250 Victoria St,
The ultimate gift store downtown, Desert Rain boasts a large variety of merchandise for every occasion including very special deals this Mother’s Day this weekend. You can find them at 217 Victoria St. You can also find their second store Wild Cave at 257 Victoria St.
Mainstreet Clothing Co
MainStreet Clothing opened its doors over 20 years ago in the heart of Downtown Kamloops. They are known for their latest fashion trends with a strong desire to provide the best customer service. You can find them at 221 Victoria Street.
They carry products from all around the world. You can find clothing, giftware and items for metaphysical needs such as incense sticks, prayer flags, books and decks. Golden Buddha will be putting some of their unique items for sale at 247 Victoria St.
This local Kamloops brand needs no introduction but we would like to highlight the new addition to the Jardine’s brand while you are downtown this week JD Home. Don’t miss out an opportunity to check out great deals and win big! Located at 245 Victoria St.
Total Ten Studios
While you shop, don’t forget to pamper yourself by visiting the stylist at Total ten. They have SpringFest deals too with 20% off products. You can enter our giveaways here too. Visit them at 230 Victoria St.
Like no other on this list, Fergie is the latest addition to the heart of Kamloops. Fergie offers a variety of Indigenous gift wear and apparel. They also specialize in hydro dipping. They will have a sale table with 15% off. Located at 131 Victoria St.
Ray’s /Brown’s Lock and Key
One time only Ray’s will be joining SpringFest this year with 10% off keys and fobs $3 House keys. Visit them at 226 Lansdowne St.
Son Mai Spa
Son Mai Spa is located at 459 Lansdowne St. From the choice of colours, the artistically-crafted wood detailing and the Zen decor, Son Mai Spa emanates a soothing sense of calm. It’s a weave of traditional Vietnam aesthetics and modern-day spa luxury. You can also enter the draw to win a $60 pedicure at Son Mai Spa.
SpringFest is not limited to Victoria Street. You can visit stores like Volegacy located on 463 Lansdowne St. They stock a variety of giftware and clothing and will be offering up to 70% off select merchandise.
Fashion 5 is conveniently located downtown on Victoria Street since 2007. They carry an extensive inventory of ladies’ fashions, accessories and jewelry. For SpringFest deals they will be offering 20% off spring sweaters and a $24.99 clearance rack. Find them at 418 Victoria St.
SpringFest is not only about shopping, you can find some great eats while you are out and don; forget you can enter our giveaway at participating restaurants too.
Here are some of our recommendations:
He Brew’s Ahava Coffee
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by downtownkamloops | Mar 16, 2022 | News
St. Patrick’s Day is just one day away! Downtown has a variety of St. Patrick’s Day events and specials going on, and here are just a few businesses you should check out if you’re looking to eat, drink, and be Irish!
A mainstay for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in downtown Kamloops, Kelly O’s has green beer and Guinness for the occasion, as well as happy hour liquor and appetizer specials from 2-5pm, and again from 9-midnight. That’s not all, though, as they will also be running giveaways all day and night, including the grand prize giveaway following their month-long Countdown to Green Contest!
The Noble Pig is releasing a special beer for St. Patrick’s Day! Murphy’s Law Imperial Irish “Whiskey” Ale is releasing Thursday for a fun day of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Their beer release includes food features running all day: The Ultimate Irish Burger – with Murphy’s Law caramelized onions, double smoked bacon, smoked cheese, whisky aioli, and Irish Cream Mocha – pot de creme, chocolate-dipped biscotti, and whipped cream.
If you’re looking for a party experience this St. Patrick’s Day, The Commodore is hosting DJ Erik Boog from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am. Event is 19+, vaccine passport required.
If you’re feeling lucky, come down and purchase a 6-pack of St. Paddy’s Day Mary Ann’s Macarons at Ms. Whimsy’s Gift Emporium, and you may just pull the lucky Golden Ticket! The Golden Ticket will win you a $25 gift card to Ms. Whimsy’s Gift Emporium as well as another $25 gift card to Mary Ann’s Macarons.
Still not enough? If you feel like celebrating again, Passek’s Classics is hosting a Marchtoberfest dinner on March 26th. For $45, you get to pick your starter, main course, and dessert from an authentic German food menu. There will also be a large selection of German beer! Reservations are required; there are 3 seatings starting at 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8:00 pm.
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by downtownkamloops | Feb 24, 2022 | CAP Team, CAP Team: Where Are They Now, News
WHERE ARE THEY NOW SERIES: JON GEORGE
A CAP TEAM ALUMNI SERIES
For the Where are they Now Series we interview Jon George. We took some time to get an insight into his role as a past cappie.
What year were you a CAP Team Member?
September 2016-March 2021
Tell us about your career path since leaving the CAP Team.
I left the team to join the newly re-designed Community Service Officer position with the City of Kamloops.
What were your career goals when you started with the CAP Team?
My goal was to get into policing/law enforcement, and I needed more experience assisting the public out in the streets.
How do you feel your experience on the CAP Team helped you achieve your goals?
By collaborating with many different organizations, including the RCMP, the CAP Team allowed me to interact with all downtown patrons, from affluent business owners to honest, hard-working people down on their luck.
What was the most valuable skill learned on the job?
The most valuable skill was learning how downtown operates and meeting the great people who help put it all together, in and out of the spotlight.
What was your favourite part of the program?
For me, it was biking and being out in the community as an ambassador for downtown and either directly assisting or phoning the powers that be depending on the situation.
What kind of unique experiences do you have?
Being the longest working Cappie, for now, I have seen the program shift and change shape to meet the communities needs, from leadership changes to physical office spaces.
What was your favourite event that Downtown Kamloops organized?
Definitely the Block Party Series, but also all of the events we put on. It was a nice sense of accomplishment putting in the work behind the scenes and then come event day seeing the public enjoy what we helped create.
What is your favourite store downtown?
If it’s not a cop-out answer, everyone! 😉
Did you use to work for the CAP Team? Interested in having a feature for our alumni series? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to be involved! For more of the Where Are They Now Series, go to www.downtownkamloops.com/news-and-blog-downtown-kamloops/where-are-they-now/.
by downtownkamloops | Feb 7, 2022 | News
If you haven’t started shopping yet or made a plan for Valentine’s & Galentine’s Day in Downtown Kamloops look no further. We are here to help create lasting memories with your special ones this Feb 14th in Downtown Kamloops. All you have to do is keep scrolling.
Stop by the Kamloops Art Gallery to make you and your loved ones feel special this season! Fill your Valentine’s Day with chocolates from Morito or Kin + Pod, with flavours such as Hazelnut Cinnamon or Salted Peanut. Perhaps you would be interested in a pink Lamy Safari, Carand’Ache or Kaweco Sport fountain pen with matching ink to write a fashionable, yet heartfelt letter to someone. Afterwards, you can set your dinner table with a wooden Forever Flower from Cosmic Peace Studio and finish your night with the clean feeling of Skwalwen Botanicals’ Tewin’xw Cranberry Facial Bar, filled with coconut oil and rosehip. Just one of the many possible combinations from the Gallery Store to make this year’s Valentine’s Day one to remember.
Whether you are looking for a perfect card to say it all or a unique mug, Crooked Crown has something for you. Pamper your loved ones today!
Love is always worth celebrating. So why not toast to your relationship with a fun and flirty Valentine’s Day Latte.
Have a movie buff in your life? Why not plan a private screening at the Paramount Theatre. Slots are limited, so book soon.
Are you looking for a sampling of Valentine’s day dessert? For the entire month of Feb, Passeks is offering a 10% discount on all cakes. You can also order their Mini Raspberry Torte – Mini Puff Pastry topped w/ Pastry Cream, Fresh Raspberries, Whipped Cream & Raspberry Coulis.
Call 250-314-1114 to Pre-order your Dessert today. Pick up is February 14 before 3 pm
Surprise them with a beautiful arrangement of flowers. Or make it even more special by pairing it with a perfect gift basket with BC-made candles, chocolates, candy, coffee, tea, kettle corn, essential oils, puzzles, and more…
Freshly made pasta and great service. Established in 1986 this restaurant had a place in the heart of every Kamloopsian.
AND SO MUCH MORE…
Celebrate your love with this fantastic Valentine’s package – A Romantic room + Bottle of wine + Dinner (Choose your course with @harvestbynandi ) + Delicious Doubletree Cookies for $150
Pamper your senses with an off-menu experience. Executed by Chef Dilip using inspiration from his hometown Lucknow city and romantic fairy-tale destinations of India!
Far & Wide BC & Botanical Scene
From Plants to home decor, between Far and Wide BC & Botnatical Scene, you are sure to find the perfect gift for your Valentine or Galentine.
Now you can Pre – Order Ice Cream Sandwiches Gingersnap cookie with gingersnap ice cream and Double chocolate cookie with vanilla ice cream.
Set in the historic 1904 Canadian Bank of Commerce building, Brownstone is the epitome of warm and elegant, a perfect place to celebrate love. Brownstone boasts about bringing clean, honest, simple ingredients to life!
One of the best date night experiences in Kamloops at Cordo Resto + Bar this Valentine’s Day! Executive Chef Mitch Shafer has prepared a special menu for you and your lover to enjoy! The menu is available all weekend, from Saturday, Feb 12 to Monday, Feb 14. Book a table while they’re still available, or call 778.471.8035!
‘The marriage between beautiful food and unique beer.’ The pig is a local favourite and a really good way to spend a Galentine’s Day.
Enjoy authentic Italian Cuisine prepared with love from Chef Claudia. She enjoys cooking up a storm with locally sourced produce and recipes straight from her heart.
Take home some delicious treats to add to your day of celebrations. Brynn’s will be offering valentines cake pops, heart-shaped shortbread cookies and raspberry cheesecake brownies
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by downtownkamloops | Jan 17, 2022 | News
Well – we made it! Against popular belief we did. Congratulations on completing another year here on earth as we bear witness to remarkable events, some experienced it in different contexts and some not yet experienced it in many of our lifetimes.
- A global pandemic
- Division between fellow humans based upon beliefs
- Unearthing over 6000 unmarked graves nationwide on the sites of historical Residential Schools
- Climate change in action: wildfires, floods, loooong arctic air being pushed through (British Columbians will understand)
- Trying to manage daily in life
That is a lot to have happened in one year, let alone all the experiences you have had in your own personal life this past year.
So let me ask you this… given we can’t change what is happening in our ‘outside world’ – that which is outside of us – how can you change your ‘inside world’ to make your experience more in alignment with how you want to live?
“Oh goodness Kelsey, it is early. Can you please not counsellor-speak and speak English instead?”
What do you want the rest of your life to look like and how can you move closer towards that?
“Kelsey, I said it’s early. You are starting with such a whopper!”
Can you take some time to reflect on the intention behind your goals for the next little while? Instead of making a New Year’s Resolution or two, how about you connect to an intention and then revise it later to see if it is still working?
Curious about how setting an intention could impact your world? Check out my freebie download or check out my video How To Set Intentions for 2022!
by downtownkamloops | Dec 21, 2021 | News
With only 3 days to go, we are here to help with your last minute shopping Downtown. Supporting local shops has never been easier, with many stores offering in-store and delivery options. Here are some hot spots to check out this upcoming holiday season.
A gift boutique, bringing specialty curated items to Kamloops. They are an inclusive brand, and support other Canadian brands, especially female-led, founded and owned businesses.
Providing Kamloops with an extensive array of hand-chosen brands for all, their goal is to reflect new trends while creating an experience for clients to best suit their clothing preferences.
Instincts have been a trusted local spot for professional piercing and high-end body jewelry for Kamloops and the surrounding areas. Arwen’s Apparel holds some fantastic local finds in the same store, many of which are designed right here in Kamloops. Check out all of the local bamboo clothing and handmade jewelry.
Stocks a thoughtful mix of handmade Canadian brands for your home and lifestyle. They work with local artisans, vintage collectors, and makers to offer a sustainable and unique lineup of items perfectly designed for treating yourself or someone you love.
Providing the highest-quality work footwear, accessories, care products, and service. A great visit if you or someone you know needs boots as we’re settling into winter! They are committed to customizing your experience to ensure you leave with the best fit, as well as aftercare and maintenance to get the most out of your shoes.
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*Photo Credit: Olsen Imagin
by downtownkamloops | Dec 21, 2021 | News
Experience Downtown Kamloops this holiday season! There’s sure to be something for everyone. Here’s a snapshot of what you can find Downtown:
Tree Lights Along Victoria Street
The first and most easily accessed thing to check out this winter is the tree lights along Victoria Street! Stretching from the 200 block to the end of the 400 block, the tree lights create a festive atmosphere whether you’re in and out of shops, out for food, or even just grabbing a coffee. Our team worked hard to make the lights look great this year, so we hope you take a moment to appreciate them!
Next, check out the 2021 Downtown Kamloops Storybook Village! Returning after its debut in 2020, the Storybook Village is a new way to experience classic Christmas stories such as How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and more. Each story has pages featured at a Downtown Kamloops business whose windows have been decorated to reflect the pages! For a full list of stories and businesses participating (as well as a map!) visit this link.
The Kamloops Film Society at the Paramount Theater has some holiday classics lined up! Family favourites such as Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation are playing this December. Visit their website if you’re interested in buying tickets.
Local Craft Breweries
Breweries have been a mainstay of the Downtown Kamloops experience, and this year is no exception! Red Collar Brewing has their classic Dubnog (half Dubbel and half egg nog), as well as specials going on for their 12 Days of Christmas! Alchemy Brewing’s latest event is Appetizer Saturdays, where you can try brand new appetizers created by their head chef and kitchen team. Come down for a pint and a fresh bite!
After undergoing renos and rebranding, the Underbelly By The Pig has been open for about a month! Located in the same space as Forno on 5th, Underbelly is the other side of The Pig. Its high-quality food and drink menu reflects that. Underbelly is hosting a New Year’s Eve event featuring a 3-course meal from a specialty menu! If you’re interested in booking a reservation for this limited event, give them a call at 236-425-1977.
Running until December 31st, the Kamloops Art Gallery’s latest exhibit is Whose Stories?. This exhibit shares the work of six artists of Asian descent and reflects on the experiences and narratives of “others.” Artists Diyan Achjadi, Load na Dito, Naoko Fukumaru, Tomoyo Ihaya, Mark Salvatus, and UJINO convey personal histories woven across generations and told within a community of artists through video installation, photography, animation, print media, drawing, collage, and restored ceramic works.
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by downtownkamloops | Dec 14, 2021 | News
Transforming Our Fears Into Courage. Ya’ll know Brene Brown right (she said with her best Brene Texan’ twang and a smirk). You know, the woman that made vulnerability trendy. The woman who was courageous enough to talk about her own vulnerability.
Brene Brown openly shares with millions that as she was researching and preparing to present on vulnerability, she encountered her own vulnerability and was called to remember how challenging it is to be vulnerable.
If you don’t know her, you should most definitely check her out! Here is a link to her Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_the_power_of_vulnerability?language=en
I have recently been working on my Fear To Courage workshop and realized I am having my own version of a “Brene Brown” experience. In counselling, amongst counsellors, we talk about how we often teach what we too need to learn. Counsellors are proponents of healing for others and ourselves! If you find a great counsellor who seems to “get it”, chances are they have done some of their own work.
Imagine you were going on a trip into the Amazonian jungle. As exciting as it would be, it would also be appropriately scary. I would want to ensure that I hired a guide that knows the Amazon very well, to ensure my own safety. I wouldn’t want a tour guide who has never been there before and had just read books and watched some good documentaries about where to go! The same goes for counselling. How can I trust a counsellor to guide me through healing if they haven’t done their own work?!
Even though I believe all this and live it, I was still surprised as I was facing my own fears whilst working on the Fear To Courage training. I probably shouldn’t have been though!
As I have been working on this course, I have been bumping up against hidden fears and being called to do “the work” as I grow courage. I have been called to transform my fears into courage and be my own alchemist. It has been a while since I have had to face fear in this way and a humbling reminder of how hard it can be.
Alchemy is not easy!
Transformation is not easy!
Facing fears is hard work!
To all you amazingly brave and courageous humans out there, keep going! To all you who are transforming fear to courage, keep going! See what happens when fear doesn’t stop you but instead inspires growth and overcoming.
See what happens when you befriend our fear! Learn more about my brand new course here: https://www.kelseythecounsellor.com/fear-to-courage
by downtownkamloops | Oct 7, 2021 | News
Every day we address questions to avoid risking the health and safety of ourselves and our loved ones.
Do I have enough gas to get to work?
Is my child dressed warm enough for school?
Did I turn the oven off before leaving the house?
When we arrive at our workplace, we expect our employer has done the same for us to ensure that we feel comfortable and safe in the office environment. However, there are various office security risks that business owners must consider on a daily basis. Not only does this include external threats, such as thieves and cyber attacks, but it also includes internal threats, such as understanding who your employees are.
Below we have listed 5 office security tips to help you reduce your business’ risks while boosting your employee’s morale.
5 OFFICE SECURITY TIPS TO REDUCE RISKS
1. BE PREPARED FOR AN EMERGENCY
Just as it is important to have both evacuation and ‘shelter in place’ procedures, it is as equally important to conduct periodic drills so new staff are aware of them. The front entrance should be quickly lockable and interior doors should also be lockable from the inside in caseworkers need to shelter in place.
An important office security tip to always keep in mind is to not block your emergency exit. A blocked exit can put your life, as well as others, at risk.
2. DON’T OPEN THE DOOR TO THREATS
Have an access control policy in place and commit to it.
The types of thieves who target businesses are not usually drug addicts or homeless people. Rather, these individuals blend into office environments and have well rehearsed stories to explain their presence. Trusting your policies is your best bet to prevent them from infiltrating your workplace.
Be aware of people asking ‘probing’ questions, such as open and close times, locations of cameras or critical infrastructure, and information on security schedules. Answering these questions can help them gain knowledge that will aid in their future attempt of breaking into the location.
3. KEEP TRACK OF ACCESS EQUIPMENT
Keep your keys and access cards on you at all times and have a policy in place for rekeying and auditing cards. Do not issue master keys unless absolutely necessary. Also, don’t forget about your temporary badges – it is important to keep those properly secured at all times.
Change all alarm codes at regular intervals, particularly after an employee has left the organization. Additionally, check your door locks for tampering on a regular basis. Tissue paper stuffed in a door latch is a common tactic for thieves, as it allows them to return later when the site is closed down.
4. KNOW YOUR STAFF
Always conduct background checks on new hires, regardless of the position. For sensitive positions, consider using an agency that specializes in these investigations. Social media and Court Services Online are both easy and free ways to learn more about the person you are considering hiring.
Be aware of personal issues that may spill over into the workplace, particularly those that involve a workplace violence dimension. Examples include difficult divorces, unresolved grievances with co-workers and supervisors, or stalking-type issues. If you are concerned about a possible escalation to workplace violence, obtain a specialist’s help.
5. BE CYBER AWARE
- Use a secure password and change it regularly. Hackers can defeat dictionary-based passwords in less than five seconds. Phrases work great, especially when combined with numerals and symbols.
- Do not leave your device unattended. All devices should auto-lock after 60 seconds of idle. Any data stored on a USB or external hard drive should also be encrypted.
- Do not use public WiFi for business. WiFi is a gateway into your network and is frequently the source of cyber attacks.
- Back up your data off-site, and do not store sensitive client or employee information on the computer’s hard drive.
- Do not click on unknown links in your email. There have been many recent incidents of large organizations falling victim to ransomware schemes, which originated through an employee opening a link that appeared to be legitimate.
SECURITY GUARDS FOR OFFICE & COMMERCIAL SPACES
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by downtownkamloops | Oct 4, 2021 | News
Dr. Murray Bowen created an amazing tool to help us easily map various tendencies in our families, such as patterns in relationships, violence, health concerns, addiction, and trauma. It is kind of like a family tree, but you use it to map the different aspects of your family. In doing so, patterns are often highlighted.
Start with yourself, siblings, partner and children. From there you grow up – much the way you would with a family tree. It starts by looking something like this
Original Template: https://www.mywordtemplates.org/printables/template399.html
Once you have the foundation of all the people you are going to include, you get to add symbols for aspects you notice such as physical or mental health concerns, addictions, relationship dynamics, violence, trauma etc. You can make up your own symbols, or use the symbols suggested here:
As you can see, you can make it as simple or complicated as you want. The interesting piece comes when you start to track the patterns. For example, you might see your grandfather struggled with working a lot and then your uncle also struggled with this. You might have a number of family members that have asthma and also have struggled with depression in their lives. You might notice there is conflict in relationships that threads throughout a certain area of your family. Perhaps immigration or social unrest (violence) impacts roles and relationships. Perhaps your grandmother played a big role as matriarch in your family and now your auntie or someone else has taken on that role.
Keep in mind, you might need to speak with a few relatives to get the stories of family from a generation or two ago. See if you can have an open mind to see the impact of one person’s experiences on the whole family system. If we step back and see the genogram as a map to a family system (as in Family Systems Therapy), it can open our eyes to how we are all connected through these stories and experiences.
You will likely see changes through the generations. For example, if there was violence in the society or in a relationship in one generation (eg. physical violence) – there might be a different version of violence (eg. verbal violence) in another relationship or a form of coping in close by family members (eg. addiction). This is essentially a clear depiction of intergenerational trauma.
Let’s say grandmother was exposed to violence in war growing up. Perhaps her parents (your great-grandparents) were so stressed by the violence they were verbally violent to each other and the children. Perhaps occasionally something was thrown or someone was hit due to the stress and exposure to violence. Let’s imagine the war was over and the pain of that war (trauma) and violence was so difficult one of the parents turned to alcohol to cope. Your grandmother saw the realities of alcohol and swore to never drink. She herself might have yelled at her own children and been quite strict, but this is what she knew and she never threw anything. Grandmother married a wonderful person, but they ended up struggling with depression and leaning on alcohol during stressful times. They yelled at your grandmother and the kids a lot.
Now we have your father, who was raised in that environment. He has a healthy relationship with alcohol now, although he struggled a bit in his youth. On one or two occasions you saw him intoxicated, but this was rare. He has struggled on and off with depression yet he has found a way to channel his stress into work and fitness, albeit sometimes he does work too much. Your auntie, however, took the brunt of the verbal abuse in the home and had to care for the alcoholic parent. She now has a very strained relationship with alcohol, has depression and struggles to maintain healthy relationships. You notice a significant difference between you and your cousins. One of your cousins also has difficulties with their mood and has not found a healthy intimate relationship. You and your siblings, however, are in healthy stable relationships.
There is no one to blame for the difficulties your cousins have. We may want to blame our auntie or the grandparent who struggled with alcohol – and yet we can’t do so accurately because these difficulties are not really their fault. Instead these difficulties are a result of ongoing, unresolved, unhealed trauma. Can we blame the great-grandparents? Can we blame the leaders who chose to engage in war? Leaders too are human and likely have their own experiences of trauma and healing in their family. Blame isn’t helpful or accurate and it doesn’t help us to untangle the mess.
So what can we do…
I believe we can each do our part to heal one aspect of our family’s generational trauma. It might not be our choice to be born into it, and yet it is – I believe – our responsibility to heal one piece of it. We can become ‘change agents’ in our own families’ stories and see the power of change that can come from such transformations. Take note of the ongoing threads of trauma in your family and take note of the change agents. You might notice how the grandmother in the story I wrote, swore never to throw anything or drink alcohol. She was doing her part to be a change agent and heal one aspect of the trauma she experienced for the next generation.
What is something you can do to become a ‘change agent’ in your family story?
by downtownkamloops | May 10, 2021 | News
Read all about New Businesses during COVID that opened in Downtown Kamloops.
He Brews is a new bustling Café with meals situated at 210 Victoria Street, in downtown Kamloops. It is a family-owned organization, managed and directed by its owners, Indar and Janelle Seelal.
He Brew’s serves freshly roasted coffee beans, gourmet coffee/espresso, good meals, breakfast, lunch. In addition, the menu contains a variety of choices so everyone can find something they like, such as Sandwiches featured from around the world, Wraps, Fresh Salads, Soups made in house, Etc., 🥙🌯🫔
As people are becoming more interested in their health, wellness and spirituality, He Brew’s will provide a relaxing, Community-focused place, with good healthy food choices, where all people are welcomed to sit (on the patio for now), relax and enjoy the beauty of conversation.
Formerly known as The Big Boot Inn before rebranding, Prickly Pear has opened its doors in the downtown Kamloops community. The company has pivoted to a fashionable boutique that offers footwear to be envied and many additional stylish accessories. Similar to it’s previous store, quality will be of the most significant priority while still offering many shoe wear choices for special events and daily life. 🤩
Far & Wide
We also welcomed Far & Wide again on their larger storefront at 353 Victoria Street. Along with this new space, they have stocked up on new brands and treasures for you to discover. ❤️
“We will be bringing in new inventory from our current brands, introducing inspiring new brands and revamping our current local maker’s program to support them better,” said Duncan.
Far + Wide curates a trendy selection of brands and also sells work from local artisans to showcase an entire store full of unique gifts or a new feature for your home.
Perhaps new to Kamloops this business has its roots in Kelowna, Kamloops and the Okanagan’s as a premier hair and makeup styling team for weddings and events! From soft and natural bridal looks to sultry boudoir hair and makeup, Cassidy and her team is a full-service beauty authority available in the Okanagan Valley and across British Columbia!
“We are Cassidy Watt Artistry Collective, a brand-new storefront hair and makeup studio opening in the 100 block of Downtown Kamloops on May 1st, 2021! We got our start in the industry doing mobile hair and makeup styling appointments for weddings and events throughout the Okanagan area of British Columbia. Our team has quickly grown to include ten incredibly talented hair and makeup artists and we are excited to be expanding into a storefront location where our clients can get their hair and makeup done by us and shop some of our favourite retail products! We offer an array of services, including dry-bar hairstyling, makeup artistry, and hair and makeup lessons. We are so excited to be opening in Downtown Kamloops and hope to see you in our studio very soon!!” – Cassidy Watt
Originally based out of Prince Geoge this craft ice creamery set its sight on charming Downtown Kamloops. Encouraged by the local movement of craft breweries across Canada in late 2014, Co-Founders Wes Pederson and Kevin Pederson looked to other industries that brought communities together and landed on ice cream. Meet Kevin Pederson – Founder(far right) and his wife, and Lisa Bajkov – Kamloops Operator (second from the left) with her husband at the grand opening.
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by downtownkamloops | May 10, 2021 | News
I was passing beside my colleague in the hallway today. I asked a typical ‘How is your day looking today?’ morning greeting.
‘It’s a bit of a heavy day today,’ She replied, honestly. ‘My clients today are really struggling.’ She paused for a moment. ‘So many of my clients are struggling right now,’ she shared with a heavy heart.
All I could do was offer her space and acknowledge the realities of our pandemic world. ‘It is hard right now, so many people are struggling.’
We talked about if someone has a slightly rocky foundation pre-covid, the whole foundation seems to be like an earthquake right now. Unsteady, unpredictable, unfamiliar, and unknown. It’s scary to not know how to make sense of one’s world.
Many people are experiencing higher than their “typical” levels of anxiety. My understanding is that there are a few significant contributing factors to this. Firstly, we are living in a world with constantly changing rules, regulations, and safety. Secondly, we aren’t able to care for ourselves in ways we typically would.
A great antidote to anxiety is routine, regularity, planning, and having a sense of control/safety over one’s own life. All those things have gone out the window in this pandemic!
We might have a semblance of routine, or have created a new routine. Perhaps we are even lucky enough to be able to still work in our place of work. However, so many things are still different. We are less able to plan into the future because the future is uncertain and having a sense of control or safety in the world changes from person to person and day-to-day. Our lives as we knew them pre-pandemic are incredibly different now, for the vast majority of us.
Additionally, we aren’t able to care for ourselves as we did pre-pandemic in terms of our social lives and hobbies. Perhaps we loved a certain pottery club, or a fitness space, or going to the movies, or traveling to see loved ones. Perhaps we loved having people over for dinner, going out for dinner, or going to the pool with ease. All the things we used to do with a sense of ease now come with restrictions, regulations, and barriers to access them.
Does it not make sense in an uncertain world, where we aren’t able to provide ourselves with the same levels of comfort we once did, that our anxiety is going to be higher? This is a perfect mix to increase anxiety.
So what do we do about it?
At present, I think it is important to acknowledge the difficulties and move towards accepting we will do the best we can and that is all we can do! We are living in uncertainty and if we look for certainty, we will likely cause more distress for ourselves and our internal systems.
Embrace the opportunity to change up your routine and engage with different activities.
Get creative and stretch your comfort zone!
Ensure you are connected to your trusted people either through outdoor walks, video calls, or the good old-fashioned phone call.
This is a time where we can band together and support each other so let’s do that.
Lastly, practice some self-compassion!
You have never done this before and most of our living world has not lived through a pandemic before. Let’s have compassion for ourselves, for our humanness, and let’s see the humanness in others.
We are all doing the best we can!
Founder + Clinical Director
Healing Spaces Center
177 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC
by downtownkamloops | Apr 22, 2021 | News
On Earth Day, we are reminded that we have to #takecareoftheplanet. It is a day to help individuals and organizations reduce their impact on the environment.
Here are some businesses in Downtown
doing their part!
“We love our refill station at Far & Wide. We carry Shampoo, Conditioner, Soaps, Cleaners and more, all you need is your own container! Far & Wide also carries environmentally-friendly bulk goods from The Unscented Company and Common Good. We choose to use paper over plastic bags but always encourage shoppers to bring their own bags when they visit. Many of our suppliers use environmental practices like compostable packaging and shipping materials and recycled & up-cycled products.”
Photo Credit: The Bench Kamloops
“Our goal is to help you reuse and upcycle your precious metal and gemstone jewellery at The Bench. We specialize in repairs that bring heirloom pieces back up to wearability! Your old or broken gold and platinum jewellery that is no longer used can be recycled into a fresh, custom-made piece that you’ll enjoy. Unused metals are ultimately refined and reused again from their pure form rather than wasted.
Diamonds and gemstones of all types can be reused in your new item of hand-crafted jewellery! We supply lab-grown diamonds and gemstones produced without the environmental impact of mined stones and ethically sourced natural stones.”
Photo Credit: Arwen’s Apparel
“At Arwen’s Apparel, we believe in living sustainably every day. We utilize refillable and reusable packaging, as well as offering products that are ethically made. Our specialty has always been quality clothes made with bamboo fabric. Bamboo is sustainable due to it being able to regenerate in just 55 days after harvest. Bamboo is also often planted to prevent soil erosion, and it can absorb up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare. These bamboo forests produce 30% more oxygen than a hardwood forest of similar size and require little irrigation and no pesticides. Happy Earth Day!!”
Photo Credit: Andre’s Electronics/ Hitfar
“We have a program with Hitfar of recycling all phone cases that are brought to us. Hitfar has also gone a step further and uses recycled phone cases and turns them into new phone cases known as the Pela series. These phone cases are made for almost every device made with recycled material such as phone cases. These phone cases if they don’t get recycled and disposed of, are made made of Flaxstic®, which is comprised of compostable bioplastic elastomer and flax straw materials.”
Photo Credit: Sam Chi Health
“At Sam Chi health, we believe in eco-friendly, safe, gentle, sustainable and environmentally safe products. Environize Anolyte Disinfectant for (Food Premises, Hospitals, Healthcare Facilities, Household, Institutions, Industrial) that uses Hypochlorous (HOCI) that is Health Canada Approved. It has so many uses and can replace hand sanitizers and bleach. There is also a hand and skincare line that protects and aids in your skin’s natural healing including refillable spray bottles and foggers for large areas to be cleaned including the air! Amongst our other alternative health solutions are our Chaga Mushrooms, which are Wild Harvested in Canada, Certified Organic by Ecocert- Lab Tested Safe – Health Canada Approved, are free from Pesticides and Heavy metals, eco-friendly, Fair Trade, sustainable and safe and can replace, coffee, tea, shampoo, soaps, hand and body care, essential oil, beard and massage oil blends, including skincare creams and balms made from hemp seeds. Happy Earth Day!”
It’s high time to act. Let’s take care of the planet. #TakeCareOfThePlanet
by downtownkamloops | Apr 13, 2021 | News
The Kamloops Arts Council (KAC) is a registered charitable organization devoted to the development and enhancement of the arts in the Kamloops area. We support all artists and art organizations and promote cooperation among them, government and business. We provide local artists and arts groups – visual artists, musicians, dancers, writers and actors – with opportunities for exposure, networking and professional development.
Kamloops Arts Council Rivertown Players 2020 MELODY DEVITT
As part of our mandate, the KAC takes the arts out to the community – producing high-quality, year-round low- and no-cost arts programs, performances, workshops and events for all. We believe the arts are for everyone and that they have the power to heal, transform, connect, and develop skills in children, youth, adults and seniors, including those in crisis. Art changes lives. Some of our programs include our Crossing Bridges Outreach program, our Rivertown Summer Theatre Group, our Children’s Arts Festival every fall, and our annual Art Exposed Regional Exhibition. You can find out more about these programs/events on our website at kamloopsarts.ca.
The Kamloops Arts Council has always been and will continue to be open, inclusive and welcoming of all artistic styles. We respect, encourage and support artists in all art forms and of all levels of experience. It is not our intent to dictate any particular set of artistic standards or values – those are for the artist to decide.
CAF 2019 DAVE SNIDER
KAC membership consists of individual members, group members and honorary members and includes amateur and professional artists, arts organizations, philanthropists and art admirers. The organization has more than 550 members, 9 Board directors, three full-time staff, two part-time contractors, and a seasonal theatre troupe. We employ local artists whenever possible.
Core funding is received from the provincial government through the BC Arts Council and from the City of Kamloops. The Kamloops Arts Council collects memberships, receives both unsolicited and solicited donations, and continually seeks funding for its various programs and events.
The Kamloops Arts Council is community-based and grassroots. The organization has always been and will continue to be a vital agency representing community artists while responding to their direct needs. Our purpose is to build a stronger cultural environment in which the arts, in all its forms, can develop, thrive and flourish.
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Kamloops Arts Council
by downtownkamloops | Apr 6, 2021 | News
Downtown is growing and we are excited! 2021 has seen a number of new businesses and there is an emerging trend in Downtown of new faces since 2020. Even though the pandemic has created many challenges for new business owners, the value of local entrepreneurship does not go unnoticed. Downtown Kamloops saw a staggering 33 percent increase in new businesses opening. We will continue to highlight these new names and encourage you to support local stores in the coming months.
The Botanical Scene
From rare finds to a range of common, and not-so-common houseplants, pots, and accessories, they have it all. Located on 250 Victoria St. this branch of the trendy Far & Wide Store is every plant lovers’ haven. This lush oasis opened in late Feb 2021 and is already a local favourite. You can find updates on their Instagram page for their new stock. But don’t wait too long because they sell out sometimes before even reaching their online store!
The Cure Culinary
Your charcuterie haven has finally arrived in Downtown Kamloops! Located on 607 Victoria St., this delight comes from the creator of Salty Fig Catering, Nicole Mackie. The Cure has opened its doors for all you lovers of Canadian cheese and cured meats, but they are not just that; their goal is to keep food simple while being nutritious. Discover a range of preserves, antipasti, spices, and so much more. If you are looking for a hassle-free way to entertain in the outdoors this summer, The Cure will have charcuterie boards to order, so you don’t have to worry about which combination works best. The Cure welcomes you to discover kitchen essentials that will become staples in your home, explore local producers of Canadian cheese & meat, and find delicacies that will soon become favourites.
Wild Cave Gift Shop
Wild Cave Gift Shop
If you are looking for a wide variety of Kamloops/Canadian-made souvenirs, mugs, key chains, shot glasses, cards, pottery, clothes or Home Decor check out this new gift shop on Victoria Street. You can find gifts for every occasion.
The newest addition to Downtown is this quaint and unassuming Bakery on Victoria Street. As you enter, you are treated by art from locals and the smell of fresh bread and sweet treats. Brynn’s Bakery is not new to Kamloopsians, who have been supporting these young entrepreneurs since they started at the Kamloops Farmers Market. You can find Artisan baked goods made with fresh, local ingredients and with a whole lot of love.
Would you like to learn more about Downtown Kamloops, follow us on https://www.instagram.com/downtownkamloops/
by downtownkamloops | Apr 6, 2021 | News
When Dr. Bonnie Henry announced on Monday the pause on indoor dining, many restaurant owners had a minimum of 12 hours to prepare for weeks to come. Despite the short notice of the new Public Health Order, the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association and the City of Kamloops have been working tirelessly to support local restaurants. #downtowntogo
Victoria street’s extended sidewalks have returned in Downtown Kamloops. This will allow restaurants extra space for outdoor dining. Some restaurants have successfully opened their patio’s already. When dining outdoors, please remember to continually wear your mask unless seated at a table. Also, remember to sanitize before and follow the safety protocols highlighted by your server. If your favourite restaurant’s patio isn’t quite ready, be patient. City of Kamloops workers are hard at work and will be working on these extensions daily until completed. We currently have 20 Patio extensions are in progress.
There are always ways to support your favourite restaurant. Takeout and delivery options may also be available to satisfy your hunger. To ensure your full support, consider calling the restaurant directly. Third-party apps can be handy but also financially straining to restaurants. Call and place your order and receive a pick-up time. When picking up, ensure you arrive at the time your food is ready. This will limit the number of people waiting for their orders at once. If they offer delivery, pay with a card if possible and thank the delivery driver for their front-line work.
Don’t forget to share your wonderful experiences by leaving the restaurants a review or social media shout-out. This is a great way to enjoy your favourite local meals from the safety of your own bubble. During challenging times like this is when our local restaurants and their employees rely on community support.
Have you heard about Show us your Takeout?
We have over $4,500 in GCs to reward Kamloopsians to support, sip, and snack local this April. Tourism Kamloops, North Shore Business BIA and Downtown Kamloops BIA are teaming up to showcase Kamloops’ amazing eateries and drink establishments.
From April 1st-7th, share a picture of your takeout items online by tagging @luvntheloops and using #ykastrong in your posts or stories. Next Wednesday, we’ll announce the takeout category winners who have 7 days to pick up their $50 GC. Next Thursday, we’ll announce the new category. We will repeat this weekly until we run out of GCs.
Show us your…takeout & win godies from April 1st – 7th. 6 days. 10 winners. $50 GCs to:
✔️ Black Iron at @tobianogolf
✔️ Oriental Gardens Restaurant
To learn more about businesses open with care in Downtown Kamloops, visit: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/downtown-kamloops-business-open-updates-ykastrong/
by downtownkamloops | Apr 6, 2021 | Events, News
What a year! Many of us are reeling from the fact that it has now been over a year of pandemic life, of this “new normal” that we have all become semi-accustomed to. The Kamloops Film Society (and every business for that matter) has been through many highs and lows. This time last year, we had just wrapped up our 24th annual Film Festival. Our closing party was one of the last parties any of us would attend for a long time.
kamloops film festival 2020
The pandemic hit, and we had to close the doors of the Paramount Theatre to the public. The world shut down, and like everyone else, we waited in lockdown. In the meantime, we painted upstairs, organized, and kept occupied, but it wasn’t the same as making our delicious popcorn and seeing our favourite patrons.
Months passed, and finally, a silver lining: a drive-in! Private bookings! Things to occupy our time and give us a source of revenue. The Twin Rivers Drive-In was a huge success last year and gave the community a fun and safe event to attend.
Summer came and went, the nights started getting colder, so the drive-in closed. However, cases were low, so we could reopen the Paramount Theatre with a capacity of 50 patrons in each theatre. We started with only our Thursday Film Series and then cautiously added the weekends as well. The usual stream of patrons was more of a trickle, but it was something! Sadly, as the fall season wore on, the cases grew higher, and we had to close once more: no private bookings, no public showings. In February, we were briefly allowed by Interior Health to reopen with private bookings, however, that was revoked by the Ministry of Health. We were back to waiting.
But in the distance, a film festival was on the rise! This journey has been difficult, but we’ve persevered, and we’re back in the office full-time to get ready for our 24(.5)th Kamloops Film Festival. Once again, the City of Kamloops has been our saviour because we can host the Film Festival at McArthur Island from April 21 – May 2. We’ll also be offering films online, which means we’ll be showcasing more movies than ever before! We have a total of 15 films at the drive-in (single tickets on sale now!) and 23 films online. We won’t have any in-person events this year, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun and interactive plans up our sleeve. The rise of zoom meetings and virtual hangouts has given us a unique opportunity to bring in stars and film lovers from around the globe to enjoy and take part in our festival. In times when we must stay safe and healthy for ourselves and our loved ones, we’re glad to continue the festival in this unique way. So stay tuned for a one-of-a-kind film festival that Kamloops will never forget!
Book your tickets: https://www.kamloopsfilmfest.ca/
Patron Engagement Coordinator
The Kamloops Film Society