New year, new activities

Beat the back to school blues with some local entertainment

Sun Peaks will host its 18th annual Okanagan Wine Festival from Jan. 14-24. (Oriol Salvador/Flickr CC)

Sun Peaks will host its 18th annual Okanagan Wine Festival from Jan. 14-24. (Oriol Salvador/Flickr CC)

As we jump into the winter semester, there are several upcoming events to get excited about before schoolwork completely reclaims your life.

From Jan. 14 to Jan. 24 Sun Peaks will host their Winter Okanagan Wine Festival. With 20 different events and several ticket packages available on the Sun Peaks website, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re an amateur connoisseur who wants to sample dessert wines paired with various cheeses, or you just want to get your drink on at the Wine Crawl through the village. Several events are already sold out, so don’t wait on this one.

The Kamloops Art Gallery is hosting a curator’s tour for free on Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. Charo Neville, the curator, and Donald Lawrence, the artist, will walk you through exhibits Out of Sight and Midnight Sun Camera Obscura, giving more insight into the art and the process of selection.

If you’re an artist yourself, register for the Harsh Crit on Jan. 28, a night at the Art Gallery’s studios where you can have your art critiqued, perhaps harshly. If you feel your work could benefit from some unbiased honest criticism, this is the place to go. There are only 15 spaces open, so call the gallery at 250-377-2400 to claim your spot. The critique runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and costs $5 for Kamloops Art Gallery members, and $10 for non-members. The event is also 19+.

The first Western Canada Theatre production of the new year will be I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, a spooky play about a couple who rents a secluded farm house for an idyllic getaway until something starts going bump in the night. The show runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 6, and tickets can be bought through the Kamloops Live! Box Office.

The Kamloops Luxury Bridal Fair will be held once again in the Campus Activity Centre on Jan. 31. The fair opens at 10 a.m. with a fashion show at 2 p.m. If you register before Jan. 15, you will also get a gift bag that includes deals from some of the vendors at the fair. Along with being a great place to get some inspiration for anyone planning their own wedding, it is also an opportunity for people in the wedding business to network. Even if you aren’t planning on getting married anytime soon, you can still enjoy walking through a real life Pinterest board.

On Jan. 15 and 16, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra will perform The Magic of Vienna at the Sagebrush Theatre, an exploration of the history and evolution of the Viennese waltz. Tickets can be purchased through the Kamloops Live! Box Office.

If classical music isn’t your style, bands The Saloonatics, The Lion The Bear The Fox, Haggatha and The Matinee will also be performing at various venues throughout the last half of the month. For details, see the city events calendar at