After a two-year wait, AltiTunes picked up Big White on Saturday – Kelowna News


madison erhardt

UPDATE: 1:00 p.m.

Saturday’s concert at Big White seemed very special, after two years of pandemic restrictions that saw most concerts cancelled.

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran attended the show and even made an appearance on stage to do a shot-ski with one of the performers, Lights.

Basran is a long-time supporter of AltiTunes organizers Mitch Carefoot and Kurt Jory, who also host the summer’s Denim on the Diamond music festival.

“This event is amazing, I’m so proud of Mitch and Kurt for making it happen,” Basran said Saturday night.

“This show took two years to put together and I think the crowd, and how much fun everyone is having, is really a testament to the hard work they put into it.”

AltiTunes was originally scheduled for April 2020, but the event was canceled due to the pandemic.

“It means a lot, not just for the city, but for Big White,” Basran said.

“The fact that we haven’t been able to do this for two years, and to see everyone with big smiles on their faces having fun, having a good time, it’s just one more signal that things are starting slowly getting back to normal.”

Carefoot and Jory help open a music therapy pilot program at the McNair Unit (Psychiatry) at Kelowna General Hospital, in partnership with Music Heals.

“Particularly going through a pandemic and how hard it’s been on their mental health, the fact that they chose to help raise funds for the KGH McNair unit, I think it’s just amazing,” Basran said. “And to incorporate music, which is their passion, I think that says a lot about both of them.”

ORIGINAL: 9 a.m.

It’s been brewing for years, but AltiTunes finally came to Big White on Saturday.

Thousands of people gathered at the stage ground set up in the Happy Valley area of ​​Big White on Saturday afternoon to view the Arkells, Lights and Dayormay.

The show was originally scheduled for 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced its postponement. But after two years of waiting, the result was all the more pleasant.

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran kicked off the evening’s festivities, doing a shot-ski with Lights before his set.

And after a huge fireworks display, The Arkells took the stage just after 8.30pm, with singer Max Kerman decked out in his retro ski gear.

Big White Vice President Michael J. Ballingall described it as “the biggest event in Big White history.”


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