#14. 273 Victoria St. (Kipp-Mallery) – Urban Art

#14. 273 Victoria St. (Kipp-Mallery) – Urban Art

Urban Art Mural

This “Urban Art” mural is one of the original downtown murals completed prior to the start of the KCBIA’s mural program. Two young men painted this mural approximately around the year 2000. These two men eventually moved on to Toronto where they began careers in the arts. The mural showcases a collaborative style of street art on the 200 block of Victoria Street behind the Kipp-Mallery Pharmacy. Additionally, a small lego replica of the famous video game character Mario sits perched at the top of this mural.

Want to see more of these murals? Check them out on our website gallery by following this link. However, we encourage you to come downtown to take a look at the many murals that downtown Kamloops has to offer.

There are so many murals downtown that it might seem daunting to find them all but don’t worry! The CAP team offers free tours of the murals all year round! If you’re interested in participating in one of these mural tours, then you can get in touch with the CAP team. There’s a booking calendar that can be found on our website here, or you can find our email address here.

#13. 319 Victoria St. (Blue Grotto) – Kuan Yin

#13. 319 Victoria St. (Blue Grotto) – Kuan Yin

Kuan Yin mural

The mural titled “Kuan Yin”, created in 2011 by Alexx Moir-Porteous, utilizes symbolism from Buddhist culture. The owner of The Blue Grotto gladly welcomed the mural behind their business as a means to negate graffiti. In Buddhism, ‘Kuan Yin’ (also spelled ‘Guan’ or ‘Kwan’) represents the Bodhisattva or any person on the path towards Buddhahood. Said to be the deity of compassion, Kuan Yin is a Chinese term, short for ‘Guanshiyon’, which means “one who perceives the sounds of the world”. This mural also features a diamond-shaped mandala used as a spiritual guidance tool for focusing attention to aid meditation. Mandalas are said to embrace the four facets of life: unconscious, conscious, emotional, and spiritual.

The locally well-known artist, Alexx Moir-Porteous worked on a variety of murals in downtown Kamloops. Another mural created by Moir-Porteous, The Jaguar Gate, demonstrates the various style of his artwork.

Come on downtown to check out the murals or check out the gallery on our website. Additionally, the Kamloops CAP team offers free mural tours of the back alley art gallery. If you’d like to arrange a tour, then you can book a date on the calendar on our website here. Moreover, if you need to get in touch with the CAP team, you can find out contact information here.

#12. 329 Victoria St. – (Eyes International/House of Carmond) – Music in Venice

#12. 329 Victoria St. – (Eyes International/House of Carmond) – Music in Venice

Music in Venice Mural

As common in other murals completed by Ken Wells, this mural features a scene from Venice. In the “Music in Venice” mural, the faces of the building and business owners are creatively included. This piece adds another exquisite scene from Venice to the collection of cultural murals located downtown.

Many of the works done by Ken Wells are featured on his Flickr, which you can check out by following this link. Another option would be to come downtown and check out some of the works created by Wells.

Do you want to check out all of the murals but you’re not quite feeling up to wandering around the downtown alleys? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You can find an online gallery of the mural collection on our website.

Furthermore, you could always book a free mural tour with the downtown Kamloops CAP team. The CAP team is eager to provide help for a variety of needs you may have in the area. Find the booking calendar on our website to arrange for a mural tour with our fantastic CAP team. For any other inquiries, you can also find our contact information on our website if you follow this link.

#11. 347 Victoria St. (Castles & Cottages) – Underwater Scene

#11. 347 Victoria St. (Castles & Cottages) – Underwater Scene

Underwater Scene Mural

The “Underwater Scene” mural was painted by Kelly Wright in 2012. This mural depicts a fantastical oceanside scenery that illuminates the alley behind Castles & Cottages on the 300 block of Victoria Street. Painted on two different walls, one side of this mural features a mermaid sitting on a rock. The other side of the building features Poseidon standing tall with his trident. This mural, originally meant to be based on the bottom half of the building, inspired the artist so heavily that he continued to paint. But Wright became so inspired by the creative process that he kept going. The mural took approximately six weeks for Wright to complete. The conceptualization for this mural makes the view feel encompassed by the many dimensions.

Kelly Wright participated in the creation of many of the murals located downtown. Would you like to see more of Kelly Wright’s artwork? You could come downtown to check out more, or you can take a look at his website gallery here.

Incidentally, the CAP team offers free tours of the back alley art gallery to the community. If you’re interested in getting a tour, then you can book one on our website here. Do you have any questions for the CAP team? You can find our contact information here. Shoot us an e-mail or give us a call and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

#10. 350 Seymour St. – Marilyn

#10. 350 Seymour St. – Marilyn

Marilyn Monroe Mural

The “Marilyn Monroe” mural painted by Evan Christian in 2013 features the face of famous 1950s movie star Marilyn Monroe. Christian did a brilliant job of portraying Marilyn Monroe’s beauty in this mural. Located behind Vyanjan Fine Indian Cuisine, this mural adds vibrancy to the Kamloops core. This mural by Christian brings Marilyn Monroe’s elegance to life and enlivens the vicinity with bright colours and elaborate details.

Evan Christian painted a few of the murals in the downtown Kamloops area, and each time he does an exceptional job! Are you interested in seeing more of the murals done by Christian? You can find the mural gallery on our website by following this link. Check them out. Or better yet, why not come on downtown to take a look at all of the murals throughout the downtown Kamloops area!

Additionally, did you know that the CAP team offers free mural tours? You can book a tour with us on our website here. The CAP team is more than happy to help out whenever we can.

The Downtown Kamloops CAP team is available all year round for a variety of different tasks. You can contact us anytime via email or phone.

 

#09. 353 Victoria St. (Viva Bridal) – Italian Countryside

#09. 353 Victoria St. (Viva Bridal) – Italian Countryside

Italian Countryside Mural

This “Italian Countryside” mural, painted by Ken Wells in 2012, depicts the countryside in Italy. During the creation of this mural, the business owner, Anthony Salituro, presented a number of images of Italy to Wells. Wells then worked from these images to create this mural. The mural features five pillars which form an intriguing perspective of the countryside, almost as if the viewer is looking at the scene from inside. In the scene, a dog sits amongst wildflowers with a field and hills rolling out on the horizon. This mural is located behind Viva Bridal on the 300 block of Victoria.

This mural is not the only one done by Ken Wells. In fact, he has contributed to many of the murals in downtown Kamloops. The KCBIA has an online gallery where you can check out the murals here. Another of Ken Wells’ murals titled “Downtown Scene” can be found here. If you’re interested in this piece you can find it here.

Furthermore, the CAP team offers free mural tours to individuals interested in getting up close and personal with the murals. You can contact the CAP team today if you’re interested in arranging a tour. Follow this link to book the CAP team today as we are more than happy to help.

 

#08. 357 Victoria Street (Carlos O’Bryans) – Wheel in the Sky

#08. 357 Victoria Street (Carlos O’Bryans) – Wheel in the Sky

Wheel in the Sky Mural

The “Wheel in the Sky” mural depicts a festive evening in 1920 Ireland. Located behind Carlos O’Bryans, this mural features a carnival with a Ferris wheel in the center. This Ferris wheel inspired the name of the mural. The pub in the mural called “An Ighean Dhamsa” is Irish Gaelic for “The Dancing Maiden”. A magician breathes fire as the city folks bustle throughout the street while they go about their daily activities. This festive scene represents the boisterous and jovial atmosphere of the restaurant. The scene adds life to the downtown back alley art gallery.

Alexx Moir-Porteous completed this mural in 2016 and has had an active role in the completion of many of the murals in Downtown Kamloops. If you’d like to check out more of his murals, you can find them on our website here. We keep an online inventory of all the murals completed in the Downtown Kamloops area.

Furthermore, the CAP team offers a free tour of the downtown murals. If you’re interested in getting up close and personal with the murals and you’re not sure how to find them all, book a mural tour with the CAP team. You can arrange a time for the booking here.

 

#07. 120-5th Ave. (Cactus Jack’s) – Billy Miner Train Robbery

#07. 120-5th Ave. (Cactus Jack’s) – Billy Miner Train Robbery

Billy Miner Train Robbery Mural

The “Billy Miner Train Robbery Mural” painted by Alexx Moir-Porteous in 2010 features a scene from an infamous train robbery. Located behind Cactus Jacks, this mural features a scene from one of the robberies in which Billy Miner partook. The scene depicts a train at night time. On the train, a family is getting held-up at gunpoint by Billy Miner.

This infamous train robbery coordinated by Miner is widely known as the first train robbery to occur in British Columbia. Fredrik Fulton, a local community leader, prosecuted Miner in Kamloops in 1905. Allegedly, Miner coined the phrase “hands up!”. As the story goes, after his initial success Miner attempted another robbery in Kamloops. Unfortunately, this attempted robbery proved unsuccessful and led to Miner’s incarceration. Sentenced to twenty-five years in prison, Miner escaped soon afterward without getting re-captured.

Additionally, Alexx Moir-Porteous contributed to many of the murals in downtown Kamloops. If you’re interested in his work, you can find more on our website where we host a gallery of all the murals completed. Follow this link to take a look at the murals from the comfort of your own home.

Furthermore, the CAP team offers free tours of the murals in downtown Kamloops if you’re interested. Contact the CAP team today to book a mural tour on our booking calendar here.

#06. 422 Victoria St (Karateristics) – Fantasy Garden

#06. 422 Victoria St (Karateristics) – Fantasy Garden

Fantasy Garden Mural

The “Fantasy Garden” mural, painted by Alexx Moir-Porteous, was the first installment in the mural program. Completed in 2010, this mural showcases a forested area with a cabin incorporated into the scene. The scene depicts a path between two oak trees which acts as a portal to a fantasy garden. Alexx Moir-Porteous also included the building in the mural by featuring a cabin alongside the garden. On the wall behind Karateristics, this mural adds a unique flair to the building. The mural integrates the look of the building to create an unusual and aesthetic scene.

Alexx Moir-Porteous contributed to a number of different murals in the downtown Kamloops area. The KCBIA has an online gallery of the murals. If you’re interested in taking a look at more of his work, you can find it here.

Additionally, the CAP team offers free tours of the murals in downtown Kamloops. If you’d like to book a tour with the CAP team, you can arrange a tour on our booking calendar here. The CAP team also offers a variety of other services to the community and businesses of downtown Kamloops. Let us know if there’s anything we can do for you. Find our contact information here.

#05. 126 4th Ave. (Central Station Pub) – Alley Oasis

#05. 126 4th Ave. (Central Station Pub) – Alley Oasis

Alley Oasis Mural

This “Alley Oasis” mural, painted by Kelly Wright in 2013, depicts a scene of a sunset paired with a forested oasis. The greenery in the photo adds a vibrancy to the alleyway behind the Central Station Pub. This mural wraps around the corner of the building and leads to the wall underneath the pub’s patio. The owner of the Central Station Pub wanted this mural to relate to the theme of an oasis, which the artist conducted in an excellent manner. This mural lends a new perspective to the back alley art gallery that all residents of Kamloops can appreciate. The oasis behind the Central Station Pub brings a life of its own.

Kelly Wright worked on many of the murals in downtown Kamloops. The KCBIA hosts an online gallery of each of the murals. If you’d like to see more of Kelly Wright’s mural work, you can find it on our website here.

Furthermore, the CAP team offers free tours of the murals in the downtown area. If you’re interested in booking one of these mural tours, you can do so on the booking calendar on our website here. Additionally, the CAP team accommodates for a variety of different services. If you’re interested, find the CAP team contact information here.

#04. 355 Lansdowne St. (Red Collar Brewing) – History of Brewing

#04. 355 Lansdowne St. (Red Collar Brewing) – History of Brewing

History of Brewing Mural

The “History of Brewing” mural, painted by Kelly Wright in 2016, takes an ambitious look at the history of brewing. The mural features two goddesses – one the goddess of hops and the other of barley. On the back of the building, Louis Pasteur can be found. Pasteur discovered the process of pasteurization which was meant to prevent diseases associated with beer and wine. Featured on the back of Red Collar Brewing, this mural aptly represents the business. The mural also helps to enliven the alleyway behind the business.

Kelly Wright contributed to the completion of a number of murals in downtown Kamloops. We have an online collection of images of the murals located downtown. If you’re interested in checking out more of his work, you can find our online art gallery here.

Additionally, the CAP team offers free tours of the back alley art gallery. If you’d like to arrange a time for one of these mural tours, you can book one with our online calendar here. Moreover, the CAP team offers a variety of different services to community members and businesses in the downtown Kamloops area. You can find the contact information for the CAP team here.

Finally, the KCBIA would like to take the time to thank you for your interest in this project!

#03. 238 Lansdowne St. (All Aboard Games) – Dragon Storm

#03. 238 Lansdowne St. (All Aboard Games) – Dragon Storm

Dragon Storm Mural

The “Dragon Storm” mural, painted behind All Abord Games, features an iconic dragon from the fictional Dungeons and Dragons universe. The mural depicts a blue dragon breathing lightning fire at an enemy not pictured in the mural. Artist Alexx Moir-Porteous completed this work in 2015. The theme of this mural accurately represents the business as the dragon fits in well with the fantastical realm. All Aboard Games hosts a variety of board games and amenities for their customers. This mural is unique and adds a fun atmosphere to the otherwise barren alleyway.

Alexx Moir-Porteous contributed to many of the murals in downtown Kamloops. Downtown Kamloops hosts an online gallery of the murals located downtown. If you’d like to check out these murals, you can find them on our website here.

Moreover, you could always come on downtown to check the murals out in person. Additionally, the CAP team offers free tours of the murals. If you’re interested in arranging a tour, you can book a date and time on our booking calendar here.

Finally, the downtown Kamloops CAP team is happy to offer a variety of different services for community members and businesses alike. Contact us today for any concerns or questions that you may have.

#02. 167 4th Ave. (Hampton Gallery) – Moving Art

#02. 167 4th Ave. (Hampton Gallery) – Moving Art

Moving Art Mural

The “Moving Art” mural, painted by Ken Wells in 2015, presents a commentary on depleting spawning grounds for salmon. This mural represents the impact that humans have had on salmon spawning grounds. At the same time, this mural depicts a gallery with a framed painting of a river with a salmon. Two sets of feet can be seen behind the painting as if people are carrying it. One of the salmon from the painting appears to have fallen on the ground near the young girl. This mural adds a unique atmosphere to the collection of murals as the location is on a building that used to be the Hampton Gallery.

The artist of this mural, Ken Wells, participated in the creation of many different murals located in downtown Kamloops. These murals can be found in the gallery on our website here. Or if you want to see more of his other works, you can check out his Flickr here.

Additionally, the downtown Kamloops CAP team offers free tours of the back alley art gallery. If you’d like to arrange a mural tour, you can book one on our online booking calendar here.

Moreover, the CAP team offers a variety of different services to businesses and community members. You can find our phone number and email here to contact us for additional information.

#01. 520 Seymour Street (Service Canada) – Sports in the Loops (Organized Chaos)

#01. 520 Seymour Street (Service Canada) – Sports in the Loops (Organized Chaos)

Sports in the Loops Mural

The “Sports in the Loops” mural (also known as “Organized Chaos”) represents Kamloops’ status as the tournament capital of Canada. The working title “Organized Chaos” inspired by the understanding that without rules sports would never be possible. Painted by Ken Wells in 2016, this mural emphasizes Kamloops’ culture in a unique way that no other mural does. That being said, sports are a huge aspect of the culture in Kamloops. This mural acts as a fantastic representation of the Kamloops sports culture.

This mural focuses on movement. The spiral background entices the onlooker to glance across the entire work. The artist likely borrowed colours from specific local teams. Painted behind the Service Canada building, this mural may have also intended to depict the Canadian spirit. What better way to do so than featuring sports?

Ken Wells contributed to a number of the murals painted in downtown Kamloops. If you’re interested in checking out more of his work, you can find some more of his work on his Flickr here.

Additionally, the KCBIA includes a collection of all the murals in our online gallery. If you’d like to see more of the murals in the downtown Kamloops area, you can find them here.

Furthermore, the CAP team offers free tours of the murals throughout the downtown area. Want to book a mural tour? You can arrange for a time and date on our booking calendar found here.

Fulton Winter Block Party

Fulton Winter Block Party

Recap of Welcome Winter Block Party

The 3rd Annual Fulton winter block party in downtown Kamloops was on Saturday and the day was a complete success. More than 3000 people came out throughout the day to enjoy beer from local favourites – Red Collar, Iron Road, Bright Eye, Noble Pig, and Alchemy Brewing, as well as hot drinks provided by The Vic and Fulton.

DJ King Kong Finger provided tunes throughout the event and Dave Coalmine also gave a live performance. Prizes were given out all day for drink tickets, heritage railway tickets, and Fulton’s title sponsor gave out lift tickets for Sun Peaks. The businesses in Downtown also saw a boost in their sales this weekend.

Children in attendance enjoyed outdoor ball hockey thanks to the Kamloops Outdoor Skating Association and Kamloops Ball Hockey Association while adults stayed warm by the fires or looked at the various artisan crafts sold by vendors like Arwen’s Apparel and Riz Wools. There was live music to listen to while spending time with their friends and family.

We’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the breweries that participated in selling their beer. And a special thank you to Fulton for sponsoring another fantastic Winter Block Party!

Support These Five Local Downtown Shops

Support These Five Local Downtown Shops

Support Local Stores in Downtown Kamloops

This holiday season we’d like to encourage you to support local by showcasing some of the excellent stores in downtown Kamloops!

Funny Page Collectables

  • Stop in at Funny Pages Collectables for their 1st annual pre-Christmas blitz with huge savings throughout the entire store! Judy and Dave our the warmest and our passionate about helping their customers and the community. This is the place for you if you are looking for those rare finds.


808 & Bench

  • Check out 808 & Bench to shop for skateboards, art supplies, spray paint, custom apparel, graphic designs, stickers, and more.

The Golden Buddha

  • Shop at The Golden Buddha for a variety of jewelry, gift-ware, as well as locally made arts and crafts. There’s all kinds of awesome merchandise to find there.

Barnacle Records

  • Barnacle Records sells a myriad of products for your music listening needs. From vinyl, tapes, and used stereo gear to poly sleeves and turntable repair, they’ve got you covered.

Oronge Board Shop

  • If you’re looking for winter clothes and snowboarding gear, Oronge is the best place to go for boards, boots, helmets, and more.

Check out any of these shops throughout the year for awesome merchandise that you can feel proud of!

Recap of the 39th Annual Santa Parade

Recap of the 39th Annual Santa Parade

Annual Santa Parade Recap

It’s time for this years’ annual Santa Claus Parade recap!

Despite some initial skepticism, Kamloops’ first nighttime parade was a smashing success this year with a bigger turnout than previous years with people crowding the streets for this year’s Santa Parade. Crowds of citizens came together to watch the parade. This aptly symbolized the theme of the parade for this year – “Power of Community”.

People of all ages gathered together along Victoria Street in the downtown core to watch as more than fifty floats and participants marched along the streets of Kamloops to introduce Santa.

We encouraged all of the participants in the parade to decorate with lights bright enough to be seen from outer space. Although the suggestion may have been a reach, we were thrilled to see the brilliant results. We’re also excited to announce that we’ve already begun planning for next year.

A big and warm thank you to Thompson Rivers University for sponsoring this amazing event!

We can’t wait to see what next year will bring! If you have any suggestions for next years’ themes, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. We’re looking forward to see you all again then!

Coffee in Downtown Kamloops

Coffee in Downtown Kamloops

Five Places to Get Coffee in Downtown Kamloops

As the days continue getting colder and winter fast approaches, one of the best ways to keep warm is to take a cup of coffee along for your adventures. Whether you’re downtown for work or pleasure, you can find somewhere to help keep you toasty this season. Here’s a list of five places to get coffee in Downtown Kamloops this winter.

The Art We Are

  • If you’re looking for a local coffee shop to grab a coffee and a bite to eat, The Art We Are has an array of caffeinated and non-caffeinated beverages for all those who want a quick warm up this winter.

The Vic

  • The Vic prides itself on providing high-quality fair-trade tea and coffee with fresh, full flavours. In addition to beverages, The Vic also has both sweet and savory foods to snack on while you sip your coffee.

Swiss Pastries

  • With an assortment of artisan breads, buns, danish, and croissants to pair with your coffee, Swiss Pastries is a great place to stop for a coffee and a delicious home-made treat during these chilly months.

Caffe Motivo

  • Want some specialty brew coffee by the cup or some whole beans bagged up for coffee at home? Stop by Caffe Motivo for a freshly brewed cup of coffee if you’re in the area searching for something warm to drink.

Frankly Coffee and Bistro

  • Stop by Frankly for some of their spiritbear coffee, a specialty brew, or beer with baileys to help you keep warm on a chilly day.

 

Disclaimer: All images were borrowed from the respective web pages of each cafe mentioned.

Additionally, just a friendly reminder that this list is by no means conclusive. There’s a myriad of coffee shops that we encourage you to check out in downtown Kamloops.

Contact downtown Kamloops if you have any questions or comments.

Winter Block Party: What to expect?

Winter Block Party: What to expect?

Are you coming to the Fulton Welcome Winter Block Party?

When is it?

This Saturday, December 7th, from 12 PM until 7 PM.

Where is it?

On Victoria Street between 3rd and 4th Ave!

What is it?

This event is the 3rd annual Winter Block Party hosted by Fulton, Downtown Kamloops, and the Kamloops Sports Council.

This is an event with fun activities for all ages. There will be food and drinks, an assortment of games, a live DJ, and an outdoor market! Santa will be visiting from 1:00 –3:00 PM in case you missed him at the parade. And we will have a special performance from Dave Coalmine at 4:00 PM.

The Vic Downtown will be serving Coffee to keep you warm and a variety of craft brews from Red Collar Brewing, The Noble Pig Brewhouse, Bright Eye Brewing, and more!

This is a great day to shop local and head over to get your gifts wrapped by the Kamloops This Week Christmas Cheer Fund Wrappers.

Just a note for the drivers out there – the 300 block of Victoria street will ONLY be open for pedestrians from 9 AM – 8 PM on Saturday, December 7th.

For more information: Send an email to events@downtownkamloops.com or call (250) 372 3242.

Five Places to Buy Gifts in Downtown Kamloops

Five Places to Buy Gifts in Downtown Kamloops

Places to Buy Gifts in Downtown Kamloops

November is coming to an end and Christmas is right around the corner, which means that it’s nearing the time to start purchasing gifts for our loved ones. There are many places you can buy gifts in downtown Kamloops, but we’d like to recommend a few places for this week:

Far + Wide

  • Support local shops downtown by checking out Far + Wide. They feature home and lifestyle goods, as well as plants and vintage pieces.

Miss Whimsy’s Gift Emporium

  • Another local downtown shop to stop by is Ms. Whimsy’s. 99% of their merchandise is comprised of handmade Canadian items (while the other 1% is upcycled goods).

Castles and Cottages & Ciao Bella Boutique

  • With kitchen accessories, home décor, bath, garden, bedding, specialty foods, chocolate, and a variety of clothing attire, Castles and Cottages is an ideal place to look for all kinds of unique gifts.

High Octane

  • A bit more of a niche shop than the prior mentions in this list, but High Octane is an excellent place to shop for your comic book reading, board game playing, war hammer loving friends and family.

Volegacy

  • And finally, another locally owned shop with Canadian-made merchandise where you can find men and women’s clothing, home décor, candles, and a variety of other small trinkets.

Just a friendly reminder that this list is by no means conclusive as there are many shops located in the downtown Kamloops area that you can stop at to look for gifts. Stay tuned for our weekly updates to find more lists of places to check out in downtown Kamloops.

 

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