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Painting Windows for the Holiday Season

Painting Windows for the Holiday Season

Painting windows is a great way to celebrate the holiday season! Downtown Kamloops is providing a list of talented artists who specialize in window-painting who .

For more information about our Downtown Kamloops Storybook Village and how to participate, visit our website.

No matter the theme, these qualified individuals will bring your vision to life:

Ken Wells

Contact Number: 250 574 7112

Email: mercurymediainc@telus.net

Taron Senko

Contact Number: 250 819 9448

Email: senko.taron@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artbytsko

 

Shari Rockliff

Contact Number: 778 838 6642

 

Brittany Martens

Contact Number: 250 570 2442

Email: bdmartens14@gmail.com

 

Laura Anne

Email: sketched.artist@gmail.com

https://Laura-Anne.com

Happy holidays, stay safe!

A Story Book Village

A Story Book Village

Due to the current pandemic, Kamloops will be hosting a ‘non-parade’ to boost holiday spirits while following social distancing protocols. Businesses of Downtown Kamloops will be paired with designers from past floats to transform windows into holiday displays. Residents, locals, and visitors will have the opportunity to walk or drive through this “go-through” parade as they enjoy stationary floats at a safe distance.

Lights, ornaments, characters, music, and window paint will transform Downtown businesses into a magical scene this winter. Further, each display will represent a storybook page and partner with other businesses to create a holiday tale along each block. Led by a map, residents will have the option to follow classic storybook tales such as “The Nutcracker,” ‘Frosty the Snowman,” “Twelve Days of Christmas,” “A Christmas Carol,”  and so much more!

This will allow for greater flexibility, diversity, and community involvement. It will also showcase our unique local spirit during the holiday season. 

We at Downtown Kamloops believe this alternative will provide an opportunity for community engagement from a safe and responsible distance.

Enjoy your favorite classics, stay safe, and shop local.

 

 

Taste of Downtown is Back!

Taste of Downtown is Back!

Taste of Downtown Kamloops

The Taste of Downtown is back, and now it’s bigger and better than ever. From July 31st to August 31st, patrons of the downtown are encouraged to purchase a Taste of Downtown passport for a minimum donation of $5. This passport will allow them access to special offers and discounts at participating downtown restaurants and cafes. The participating businesses and their promotions will be announced at a later date.

How Can You Participate?

Businesses that wish to participate are encouraged to contact the KCBIA by phone at (250) 372 3242. The deadline for businesses to join is July 15th.  All businesses have to do is fill out a registration form stating what promotion they will be offering. Donations of merchandise and gift cards are also appreciated as we will be giving out weekly prizes to passport holders. There will be a grand prize given out at the end of the event. Passport holders who have received at least ten stamps in their passport and who have kept their receipts are eligible for the grand prize. Once the event begins, patrons will show their passport to participating businesses to receive special offers and discounts. There is no additional cost to businesses to participate, but donations of prizes are welcome.

#OpenWithCare

In past years, the Taste of Downtown has been a day-long event, but this year we’re doing things a bit differently. As part of the KCBIA’s #OpenWithCare campaign, this year the Taste of Downtown will be a month-long event, from July 31st to August 31st. This is to spread crowds out and ensure proper social distancing can be maintained throughout the event.

Passports can be acquired starting on July 25th at our main office at 246 2nd Avenue Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm and Monday to Saturday at our 340 Victoria Street office from 11am to 1pm.

For more information about Downtown Kamloops, please visit downtownkamloops.ca or phone us at (250) 372 3242.

Kamloops Art Gallery – Now Open!

Kamloops Art Gallery – Now Open!

 

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

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

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

Remember to adhere to the Gallery’s COVID procedures:

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

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

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!

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!