Kelowna puts final touch on torch arrival

by Castanet Staff - Story: 52215
Jan 22, 2010 / 12:30 pm


The Olympic Flame will overnight in Kelowna Monday January 25, after a busy day of traveling and an action-packed evening celebration in the city.

“Come out and be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event,” says Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd. “Wear your Olympic red or favourite Canadian team jersey to show you support for Canada and its Olympic athletes.”

Celebration activities to host the Olympic Flame at City Park include amazing stage entertainment, interactive displays, local and aboriginal cultural activities and lighting of the community cauldron by Kelowna’s Torch bearer and Olympian, Scott Frandsen.

WE BELIEVE Glow Torches will be handed out to everyone entering City Park, with donations being accepted to support Kid Sport.

“This will be a spectacle worth attending,” says Torch Relay Task Force Chair Reid Oddleifson.

“Especially when 10,000 glowing candles are lit to signal the arrival of the Olympic Flame in City Park, followed by thousands of voices singing O Canada!”

The evening celebration in City Park is scheduled as follows:
  • 5-6 p.m. - The celebration brings a festival atmosphere to City Park, with street performers, music, sports ice sculptures, food vendors, First Nation display (drum making workshop), French Cultural Centre interactive display
  • 6-8 p.m. - Live stage entertainment, RBC and COKE Activation Sites, lighting of the Community Cauldron by Olympian Scott Frandsen - a simulation of the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games
    The Okanagan Songwriters Showcase brings a stellar lineup of Okanagan Music Award Winners to the stage.
  • Jane Eamon brings her unique vision of life writing in multiple genres to capture what she sees and feels in song.
  • Andrew Smith, winner of a 2008 Okanagan Music Award for instrumentalist and producer, is a singer/songwriter whose “tap style” guitar has been heard across Canada and around the world.
  • Norm Strauss, winner of a 2008 Okanagan Music Award for songwriter of the year, is an internationally recorded professional who has toured the world.
  • Roger Gabriel, winner of a 2008 Okanagan Music Award for country group of the year, has a mesmerizingly mellow voice.
  • These versatile artists are joined by veteran drummer Scott Gamble, winner of a 2008 Okanagan Music Award for musician of the year and the fabulous Dean Clark on bass, no stranger to stages all over the world.
    Kelowna Regional Transit is offering free transit on January 25 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on all routes. For scheduling information, visit

    Orchard Park Mall has designated its parking lot as a public Park and Ride facility for the event. The transit station is located just outside the west entrance to The Bay.

    To preview clips of the video that will be unveiled at Monday evening’s celebration at City Park, see:
  • “Perseverance - We Believe, City of Kelowna” at
  • “Courage - We Believe, City of Kelowna” at
  • “Passion - We Believe, City of Kelowna” at

    To join the Kelowna Torch Relay group on Facebook and to share your experiences with the Olympic Flame go to

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