Shuswap Magazine - July-August 2021

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Apple Cider & Wood Fired Pizza

Hello Fall Fair





Building Communities BARBARA BROUWER

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Roots & Blues Altered State


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Ah, summer! What could be better than relaxing on a patio? How about food and drink created from local sources; fresh, vibrant and delicious. Three cider-loving friends, Kailee Amlin, Gena Ginn and Lindsay Wong have a passion for creating small-batch craft ciders made from 100 per cent B.C. apples, mainly sourced from Salmon Arm’s Peterson Orchard. All are founding members of Women Who Wine, the networking and charitable group that has raised more than $87,000 for the community since 2018. They realized they really enjoy working together. But what to do? Lindsay suggested the Shuswap has a wealth of apples but no cideries. And so began the Shuswap Cider Co. adventure. “We toured a bunch of cideries in the Okanagan; sampled, and saw the passion owners put into their small batch craft ciders,” says Gena. “Real apples pressed and fermented, made by local owners who care about the final product.” In October 2019, the women travelled to Washington State for cider production certification and began to build their business plan. Shuswap Cider Co. customers will be invited to enjoy a flight of unique ciders as well as cocktails and local beer and wine in the tasting room and on their patio at Westgate Public Market. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, an onsite store will have growlers and cans for takeaway. “We can’t wait to welcome everyone to the cidery and share what we have crafted,” says Gena enthusiastically. “We love this community and we know how much they support local.”

WOOD FIRED PANZUDO PIZZA With the same attention to fresh, local, nourishing ingredients, Lindsay’s partner David Allard, is collaborating with Shuswap Cider Co. by preparing food that pairs well with the beverages. A successful entrepreneur who chose to pivot when Covid shut down his food trailers, David has repurposed his wood fired pizza oven. Panzudo Pizza will be open daily to cidery customers, serving salads, desserts and a few other tasty treats. At 5 p.m. David will fire up his Italian Wood Fire pizza oven and serve his famous specialty pizza. Appetites can also be satisfied at the windows to PapaFry trailer next door. Specializing in fresh-cut fries and international street foods, PapaFry will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Panzudo Pizza will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 4




“We can’t wait to welcome everyone to the cidery and share what we have crafted,” says Gena enthusiastically. “We love this community and we know how much they support local.”

The light at the end of a very long tunnel STEP 3 OF BC'S RESTART PLAN by GREG KYLLO, MLA for SHUSWAP

After a challenging year, this summer promises to be the light at the end of a very long tunnel. Step Three of B.C.’s Restart Plan, which the Premier has said begins July 1st, brings with it a further relaxing of restrictions — the most we’ve seen in the better part of a year and a half. Limits on group size for dining in restaurants will be removed, fairs and festivals can begin operating again, and limits will be removed for personal gatherings as well. This next step in the reopening process means that not only can indoor and outdoor social gatherings return to normal, but also that we can begin welcoming visitors from other provinces around Canada into B.C once again. It’s fantastic news for tourism businesses, who we know have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Shuswap has always been a popular tourism destination. We are lucky to live in a region with no shortage of natural beauty and recreation opportunities that people travel long distances to experience. I know there are so many small business owners, tourism operators, and others who look forward to the increased travel that is set to resume this summer. It will certainly give a significant boost to our local economy, something that is desperately needed after so many months of closures and decreased business. With hope so near on the horizon, I encourage everyone to continue following provincial health orders, getting vaccinated, and supporting our local businesses as we move into recovery. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, employing millions of people across the province and contributing to the character of our communities. But even in this stage of recovery, they are still counting on us to get them through. This summer, let’s continue to buy local, and make a point of supporting our local businesses and tourism operators as our province reopens.

David Allard above. Kailee Amlin, Gena Ginn and Lindsay Wong - top right.

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Our theme is ‘The Fair is Back in Town’. We are planning to go ahead with an in-person fair as long as

hello fall fair BC’s Provincial Health Officer allows us to do so. ─ JIM McEWAN

We've missed you!

by M. D. Jackson


n-person events are slowly returning in British Columbia, but many residents are wondering if that will include the Salmon Arm Fall Fair.

The answer, according to the Salmon Arm and Shuswap Lake Agricultural Association’s new fair co-ordinator, Jim McEwan, is an emphatic “Yes!”. “Our theme is ‘The Fair is back in Town’”, McEwan says. “We are planning to go ahead with an in-person fair as long as BC’s Provincial Health Officer allows us to do so.” The event will certainly be following provincial regulations, however they stand, come September 10th. “We’re not quite sure what August or September will look like in that regard, but I’m hoping that if we stay the course we should be in good shape for a full attendance.” The Fair is also going to try to have an online component as well. “There’s an awful lot of people who can’t get to the fair. We’re looking into having some of the events live-streamed for people who don’t feel comfortable attending in person.” The Fall Fair Parade will also be back. “We are planning the Parade as well. It will start at 10:15am on Saturday September 11th. The Parade Route will be slightly changed.” McEwan says. “The additional

route will be crossing the highway at 10th St. The parade then follows 10th Street to 10th Avenue. We feel there are many folks at the residences along 10th Street that can enjoy the parade from their buildings.” Most exhibitors will be back. “The ones who have to prepare earlier in the year will not be able to attend, but many local groups are excited to return. They are looking forward to have a venue to show off their wares. Particularly the 4H Club. They need to have a crowd to make the whole experience fun for them.” The Midway will be returning to the South Grounds. Other returning events include the Super Dogs Show and the Shuswap Idol competition. “There’s a big interest in bringing that back as well as the Entertainment Stage, dancers, magicians and musicians. The Barn Dance will be back with live music. We’re going to have a fun time.” There will be new events this year. The Knights of Valour from Ontario will be putting on a show of medieval horsemanship. “It’ll be a display of full contact jousting.” “I’d love to have a fair as normal as possible, but we’re also going to do the best we can keep to everybody safe. We have a long way to go, and a lot of work still to do, but the Fair will be back in town.” Stay tuned at or on Facebook. 7

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communities One partnership at a time

Pictured above, L to R: Roger Parenteau, Manager, Shuswap Community Foundation, Denis Delisle, RDNO Director, Electoral Area “F”, Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, Tribal Chief of Splatsin, Kevin Flynn, Chair of CSRD, Alex DeChantall, Fundraising Strategy Coordinator, Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail.








hanks to overwhelming generosity and care for others, the Shuswap Community Foundation now holds $12 million in capital funds and supports a wide range of community projects, programs and initiatives. The foundation was incorporated in early 1994 and manages more than 180 endowment funds.

The Shuswap Community foundation has proudly partnered with the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail to provide charitable receipts to project donors.

“That doesn’t approach the number of generous donations that have been made over the years,” says foundation manager Roger Parenteau.”We have approved an increase in granting percentage in the coming year, which will result in grants going out to the community in excess of $500,000.”

As well as protecting natural areas and habitat for wildlife, the trail will facilitate healthy outdoor recreational activities and provide travel options on foot and by bicycle. Another important aspect of the trail is that it will help to conserve heritage, cultural and agricultural values and encourage recreational tourism in rural areas.

In May, the foundation was excited to announce that it has become the fundraising partner for the new Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail.

Other recipients of 2021 funding are: $45,000 to the SAFE Society; $5,200 to the Eagle Valley Community Support Society in partnership with Eagle Valley Arts Council; $7,500 to the Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap; $4,000 to the Sorrento and Area Community Health Centre and $7,300 to the Cedar Heights Community Association and the Sunnybrae Seniors Society.

“With a goal of raising $8 million and with community support, we are helping to build a world-class trail that connects the Shuswap while building healthier communities, resilient economies and active lifestyles for generations to come,” says Roger. Purchase of land for the 50-kilometre trail was completed in 2017 and a design, development and technical plan was created over the following two years.

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The trail will connect Secwépemc territory communities between Sicamous and Armstrong. Youth Philanthropy Advisory Committee


small town feel H E L P I N G FA M I L I E S D I S C OV E R T H I S S P E C I A L C O M M U N I T Y by BARB BROUWER

Sandra Kentel loves the small town feel that Salmon Arm offers and the friendliness of the people within it. The Shuswap has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years and the pace of the real estate market drives that home. “There are plenty of good reasons why people are coming to our community,” says the busy realtor. “Creative business owners are adding a welcome vibrancy and diversity to the downtown core – but in addition, they are looking for a more relaxed lifestyle.” Young families are being drawn to a community that boasts worldclass facilities in a stunning setting. With a population of roughly 20,000 people, Salmon Arm has many of the amenities you would expect to find in a larger community, but retains the peace and tranquility of a small town. This four-season area is a big drawing card, providing outdoor opportunities for young and old within minutes of their back door. Whether it's getting onto our favourite local trails to hike, bike, ski or snowshoe or taking advantage of all the rivers and lakes for boating and paddling adventures, our new residents are loving it here.

Being in real estate has allowed me to help other families discover why this community is such a special place – which is a huge reason why I love my career. - SANDRA KENTEL

The added bonus of our proximity to larger mountain resorts and the international airport in Kelowna also check a lot of boxes for people. “Between work and pleasure; rural and urban, big and small, Salmon Arm is the perfect place and I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to raise my family here,” Sandra says. “Being in real estate has allowed me to help other families discover why this community is such a special place – which is a huge reason why I love my career.” Making others feel welcome and at home here is one of the things Sandra strives to do through her business. Her extensive knowledge of the community she grew up in offers and valuable insights into buying decisions for her clients.

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Summer in the Shuswap is a very special time for many reasons not the least of which is the food. How fortunate are we to benefit from the bounty grown and crafted by our many talented farmers, bakers, chefs and producers.



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Nothing tops a great meal like a sweet bite of desert. Stay cool with a no-cook fruit crumble, a s’more-inspired ice cream bar or a very berry ice pop.

Your support of local producers will sweeten everyone’s summer and the memories will last a lifetime. Bon Appétit! For menu ideas, ingredients lists and recipe options, visit or check them out on Facebook @IllustratedEats and Instagram @Illustrated_Eats_ca.




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s people wake up to the knowledge the planet holds finite resources, a new economy is emerging out of the Tsuts’weye network. A circular economy is one in which an item is made, reused, recycled, repurposed, or repaired, unlike a traditional economy in which material is taken from the earth, made into something, used, then discarded, Rather than simply considering profit, businesses are beginning to include the value of people and the planet in making long-term and sustainable goals. Blumen Fields Flower Farm owner Nadine Charlton and Karla Ferster, co-owner of Frog Friendly Coffee are recent graduates of Tsut’swye’s six-month Business Recovery and Expansion (BRE) program. They are emerging as dynamic female entrepreneurs who are collaborating and reinforcing their values and purpose-driven businesses. Karla says Frog Friendly Coffee is a retort to resource-heavy coffee production in which plants require intense watering, fertilizing and spraying. Eight years ago Karla and her husband bought a forest in Oaxaca, Mexico where coffee was introduced in the 1700s. Over time, the plants have naturalized and become part of the forest. “Ours is the only coffee company in Canada that owns their supply chain from source to cup and the only company that has passed an audit that confirms our coffee is wild,” she says. Karla was concerned, however, about what to do with the 1,200 or so burlap bags her coffee arrives in every year and is thrilled Nadine is using them in her business. “I’m always looking for ways to up-cycle reusable products through our shared businesses,” Karla says of the other women entrepreneurs who were in the BRE program. A master gardener, Nadine grows more than 450 varieties of flowers, not counting her perennials, bulbs and shrubs. She does not own a greenhouse because of the energy and resources required for their operation but has an unheated hoop house that allows for three-season growing. She previously used craft paper to wrap her bouquets because it was the most sustainable product she could find. But she says it is a product that was only used once. Now she fashions used burlap bags from Frog Friendly Coffee into bouquet wraps and attaches a small gift card suggesting buyers compost, use as mulch, create their own craft or return them to Blumen Fields Flower Farm. “The public has responded; people are bringing back the pieces of burlap for me to reuse,” she says. “They’re realizing we’re doing our part. It’s fantastic.”

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29 Festival favourites return to virtual stage

Ben Sures As a touring songwriter and guitar player since his debut album in 1994, Ben Sures averages 150 shows per year including festivals, house concerts, city-sponsored events, and concert performances. With roots in folk music, Sures never shies away from the trombone or pedal steel guitars along his musical journey. In 2019, Sures released Death Ballad Love Tellers, a contemporary album of murder ballads and ghost stories. Sures always pops up as a guitar player and contributor and is known for creating instant bands at festivals.

Blue Moon Marquee Blue Moon Marquee is a Gypsy Blues band born of the wild rose foothills of Alberta. They now call an island shack on the coast of B.C.’s Salish Sea home. A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jass (vocals/bass/ drums) write and perform original compositions influenced by anything that swings, jumps, or grooves. The duo has the energy and sound of a full band. Their authenticity led to a nomination for a Maple Blues Award in 2016.

Brent Parkin

Celeigh Cardinal

Brent Parkin is a guitar player, singer-songwriter and veteran of the Winnipeg Music Scene, playing for audiences in Winnipeg and across Canada for over 50 years.

“I’ve always connected with artists whose voices resonate; you can feel it in your body. That is what I’ve always wanted to be.”

In the early 70’s he cofounded the popular blues bands Houndog and Brent Parkin and the Stingers. Brent’s music is a combination of Chicago Style Blues, Swing. Jump Blues and Roots Music. A career highlight was sharing the stage and tour bus with the Legend BB King as the opening act on a Canadian tour in 1983.

Discovery is the beauty of music. It reveals itself in layers. Such is the evolution of 2020 JUNO Award winner, Celeigh Cardinal. Following a time-tested path from singing in church to performing in cover bands to writing original material, Cardinal reinvented herself with each new chapter in her career. Cardinal owns a stage, connecting with her audience through humour, passion, and love.

Altered States II Friday, August 13 & Saturday, August 14

Colin James

Jesse Roper

Colin James has set the bar for consistency and talent in Canadian music and even after 19 acclaimed albums remains at the top of his game, always challenging himself musically.

Canadian rocker Jesse Roper is bringing his charismatic new album, Horizons, to Salmon Arm ROOTSandBUES.

His career has spanned over 30 years, 19 studio albums, 7 Juno Awards, 27 Maple Blues Awards and multiplatinum record sales. The confidence that comes with maturity can be heard in his voice and seen in his electrifying stage performance. He does what comes naturally. He knows no other way and no other life.


There’s a depth, a vulnerability, to this new body of work that hasn’t been at the forefront of Roper’s previous offerings. With a richer infusion of vintage rhythm and blues as background, Roper’s unique, soulful vocals are given space to soar. The result brings to mind sun-baked, dusty roads and hot, sticky nights on crowded dance floors. Like contemporaries Nathaniel Rateliff and Jack White, Roper tells his story with heart.



Jon Middleton & Roy Vizer

The Small Glories

The Road Ahead is Golden arrives at the perfect juncture for Victoria’s Jon Middleton and Roy Vizer.

Roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a musical tourde-force partnership planted on the Canadian Prairies.

The long-time bandmates, who began releasing music under the Jon and Roy banner when they were university students, have hit their stride as artists. And with that comes the decision to eschew what once was for what could be on their seventh album. “We were motivated,” says Vizer. “It felt like the songs were recording themselves, so we made a concentrated effort to work quickly in the studio.”

Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories could almost make you believe in fate. With stage banter striking a unique balance between slapstick and sermon, these veteran singer-songwriters have a way of making time disappear, rooms shrink, and audiences feel as if they are right there on the stage with the band.

William Prince William Prince approaches the big questions with humility and curiosity. Prince’s influences, from the gospel of his childhood to the pantheon of classic outlaw country singers, baseball and the great beyond, shape his approach to songcraft, a masterclass in skilful simplicity. Prince’s JUNO Awardwinning debut Earthly Days introduced the songwriter’s poignant philosophy and rich baritone to the world. Prince followed up with Reliever, released February 2020. For this album, Prince began with a single word. Relievers come in all forms; for Prince, it is song.

altered states II performance will include footage from his electrifying main stage closing set at the 2018 festival,” says North, noting that James will reflect on his previous ROOTSandBLUES performance during Saturday evening’s show.

The Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival is bringing the music even closer to home this summer.

Rounding out the 2021 ROOTSandBLUES lineup is 2020 Folk Alliance Group of the Year recipient The Small Glories, Victoria’s folk-pop group Jon and Roy, acclaimed singer-songwriter Ben Sures, ROOTSandBLUES House Band leader Brent Parkin, and west-coast favourite Jesse Roper.


ow in its 29th year, the festival is returning for an online broadcast dubbed Altered States II on Friday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Aug. 14. Over two nights, nine bands will ignite the free virtual event with pre-recorded performances at various studios in White Rock, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. “These acts have been on a roll despite the slowdown in cultural activity over the last 16 months,” says Peter North, artistic director of the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society (SAFMS) and ROOTSandBLUES Festival. “We’re excited to have such talented performers to entertain our audience as we prepare for the festival’s big 30th birthday next year.”

“The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society is proud to support this well-timed program, and super excited the music community has another great venue option at Song Sparrow Hall to hear live music. And we can’t wait to welcome everyone

Altered States II welcomes two Indigenous singer-songwriters to the ROOTSandBLUES stage: Celeigh Cardinal of Edmonton and Winnipeg’s William Prince. “Both Cardinal and Prince have watched their profiles rise considerably in the last few years,” says North. Cardinal is most noted for her 2019 breakthrough album Stories from a Downtown Apartment. Her second solo release, the album won Indigenous Music Album of the Year at the 2020 Juno Awards. Prince took home the Juno for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year in 2017 for his debut album Earthly Days. His 2020 album, Reliever, was nominated for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year in 2021. Earlier this year, Prince won two Canadian Folk Music Awards—one for Contemporary Album of the Year and the other for English Songwriter of the Year. Vancouver Island’s own Blue Moon Marquee, performing for ROOTSandBLUES as a quartet, shot their festival segment at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock in early June. Alongside her long-time partner, guitarist, and singer A.W. Cardinal, Colette created a set list that will see Marquee perform for ROOTSandBLUES as a quartet before the duo tours Spain when travel bans ease. Crowd-favourite Canadian blues star Colin James will close Altered States II with a handful of new acoustic performances and a surprise for ROOTSandBLUES patrons Saturday night. “Part of his



back to ROOTSandBLUES for Altered States II later this summer.” – Peter North While you wait for the upcoming ROOTsandBLUES virtual concerts, discover the rich music history of the Shuswap in the locally produced documentary Celebrate Shuswap. Having premiered June 19 on the ROOTSandBLUES website, the documentary brings the Shuswap music community together to celebrate resiliency and the power of music. “Music weaves throughout a unique story, about a 1912 historic building, the newly renamed Song Sparrow Hall,” says Ted Crouch, Celebrate Shuswap producer. “Located in the heart of downtown Salmon Arm, Song Sparrow Hall continues to serve our local community and beyond, ultimately merging with a vibrant cultural and music scene The documentary showcases the work of seven local musicians who recorded sets at Song Sparrow Hall in the fall of 2020. Celebrate Shuswap is now free to watch at For more information, visit

Altered States II will be broadcast on the ROOTSandBLUES website on Aug. 13 and 14 starting at 7 p.m. PST. No tickets are required. Stay tuned to for more information.

Now in its 29th season, the Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival is a destination for fans of music ranging from blues to bluegrass, Celtic to Cuban, and Americana to Afro-beat. The festival is presented by the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society—a non-profit charitable organization.


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