The event is part of Global Citizen Kelowna. A month-long initiative, Global Citizen “promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goals and celebrates the impact Okanagan citizens have in global and local humanitarian efforts,” with the ultimate mission being to “entertain, educate and inspire to action.”
Whether you’re visiting or you’re a local, if you attend Global Music Fest you can expect that ultimate mission to be accomplished. The music starts with the Okanagan’s very own Mountain Sound. If the band is new to you, whatever notions the name Mountain Sound conjures in your mind, you’re probably way off.
This band produces mesmerizing, heavy, neo-soul hip hop. Featuring cello, piano, percussion, and powerful vocals, you really have to witness them in action to get a true understanding of what they’re all about.
Mountain Sound recently performed at Fireside Festival in Kelowna, and they impressed many with a virtuoso performance that nearly blew the roof off of BNA Brewing. The video below will give you a taste of what they’re like in action, but for the full experience, you need to catch them in person.
Following Mountain Sound, Cristian De La Luna and his band will be bringing their award-winning Latin music back to the area. De La Luna - originally from Columbia, but now living in Edmonton - was in Kelowna for BreakOut West 2018 and impressed local audiences. Not only is he a nice dude, but he and his band make great sounds, too.
In addition to the music, there will be “cultural and globally-minded activities” held in the foyer during the evening. Global Music Fest runs from 6:30 - 10 p.m. on February 23, 2019. Tickets are $26 (including taxes and fees) and can be purchased here.
You can learn more about Global Citizen Kelowna here.
Vincent Jones is a Bachelor of Arts graduate from UBC Okanagan and a passionate supporter of local and independent music. In the past, Vince was featured on 102.7 The PEAK in Vancouver, contributed to CBC Radio West and KelownaNow as a music columnist. He has hosted and contributed to indie music podcasts, and has booked, emceed and promoted numerous shows. He is the Co-Owner of Kelowna marketing and branding agency, By Jove Co.