Streaming Cafe

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cafe Chalk Art Masterpieces: Part Vl

Here`s the latest installment/highlights of our chalk art/advertisements featuring all our performers from the last few months. 
Thanks to Nessa and Vicky for there creative chalky hands!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Art Show: Lance Lindblom

Come check out new artwork from Kelowna based artist Lance Lindblom this Thursday, May 17th at Streaming Cafe! The event starts at 7pm and will feature several of Lindblom's drawings and paintings as well as musical performances from a number of local performing groups including the Canadian rock trio and Youtube sensation The Lungpipes.
The art will be displayedon the Streaming Cafe walls for all of May so come down and it out in person!

Lance Lindblom is a Kelowna based artist who's primary interest lies within spending long meticulous hours crafting portraits of various mammalian subjects and pop culture icons. This young scallywag's recent series of drawings showcases a number of past U.S. presidents alongside a variety of Lance's favorite animals. Besides being a dedicated visual artist Lance is also a member of the Canadian musical supergroup and YouTube sensation "The Lungpipes.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pour Over Bar!

by Joel Thiessen
Anyone who has been anywhere near our Cafe at Leon and Bertram can see that we are undergoing some serious renovations - but don’t let a 3 story office structure overshadow the huge improvements that are currently going on INSIDE the Streaming Cafe!

In an effort to further provide mind-blowing coffee to our valued patrons, the Cafe has been remodeling its bar flow and has introduced a few new gadgets...Now once you step through the front doors you will be greeted by two hourglass shaped works of art (and the standard glowing smiles from our Baristas). Invented in 1941 Chemex joins elegant design with precise coffee brewing and has been "one of 100 best modern devices" by the New York Times and has been inducted to The Muesum of Modern Art.

Similar to the Hario V60 that many of our customers have been raving about, the Chemex is a pour-over brewing technique that acts as an alternative to automatic drip machines, french press and many other methods. Each 12oz serving expresses aromas and tasting notes that are typically stripped away by incorrect or careless brewing - when brewed right coffee tastes delicious!

The pour over menu changes weekly and features roasts from Phil and Sebastian Coffee Roasters. So put away those creamers and sugar and pick up one of the best tasting cups of coffee you'll ever drink!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Adaline - ethereal and wildly hooky

Beloved artist Adaline is taking her brand of ethereal and wildly hooky pop to Streaming Cafe on June 2nd @ 10 pm.  This is the first tour in support of the sophomore release Modern Romantics (Light Organ/Universal Music).

Recorded at Toronto's Canterbury Studios and produced by Adaline and collaborators/co-producers Hawksley Workman, Marten Tromm, and Tino Zolfo, Modern Romantics has received rave reviews from music critics, and features some uber-cool musical appearances by Shuffle Demon Richard Underhill (sax) and Hawksley Workman (guitar).  Often compared to the likes of Fiona Apple, Bat for Lashes, and Beth Gibbons (Portishead), Adaline achieves near Judy Garland levels of melodrama on “That’s What You Do Best”, the stately electro-torch song that opens the album and stayed in the Top 30 on CBC Radio 3 for an impressive 12 weeks.  The music video for lead-off single "The Noise" had its online world premiere in Andy Warhol's iconic Interview Magazine, cracked the Top 20 on MuchMore Music, and garnered over 100,000 Youtube views in its first week.

Hollywood has also taken note of Adaline.  Shortly after the release of Modern Romantics, the song "Say Goodbye (I Won't Even)" was featured on Grey's Anatomy mid-season finale late last year.  A couple of weeks later, Adaline's song "Sparks" was again featured on the hit series -- almost back-to-back episode placements.  Other notable music features include 90210, Ringer, Royal Pains, Rookie Blue, Degrassi, Bomb Girls, Heartland and the upcoming Samuel L Jackson thriller The Samaritan.

Adaline will be joining CBC Radio 3/Green Couch Productions Tracks On Tracks, the ultimate Canadian rock 'n' rail adventure aboard VIA Rail, at the end of her headlining Western run.  The cross-Canada, five-day-and-four-night trip and music showcase leaves Vancouver on June 8 – with stops in Jasper, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg – and arrives in Toronto on June 13 in time for the NXNE Music Festival.

Get tickets for Adaline's Saturday, June 2nd (10pm) engagement at the cafe online @ http://adaline_streamingcafe.eventbrite.ca/ or at the Streaming Cafe

Here's a live clip from Adaine's show at SC During BOWF in Oct. 2010

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May Performers | Video Overview

by Michael Donley
The hibernation of the winter has seemed fruitful for this months performers as the spring has brought the birthing of new albums. All four performers have just released new recording and will showcase their new material for the live streamed shows.
Streaming Cafe have just started some building improvements (read the blog), so our May 12th show is tentatively cancelled, but check back for updates!
As always, check out video from past shows and if you can't make it out to the cafe for drinks and music, catch the shows streamed live @ http://www.streamingcafe.net/ - 7pm (pacific standard time)... it's free!

Zachary Lucky's music is a fresh take on traditional folk; a melodic and usually acoustic affair, with an accent on storytelling and a sparse, folky atmosphere. His new album Saskatchewan speaks to his prairie roots. The the last few years he has toured non-stop, and we are happy to have him back at the cafe. Zachary brings a new face for us with him, Carly Maicher.
Carly has just released her debut recording in which Zachary Lucky produced. The album was recorded  in a cabin on the tiny island in New Brunswick called Grand Manan.

If you can look deep into the video darkness, you will notice two dark sharpes in the form of Zachary and Carly.

JON BRYANT - May 19th
Jon Bryant launches his Canadian tour at the cafe straight from performing in Europe for the last couple months. Jon's new album What It Takes  is officially releasedtwo days before the live streamed show at the cafe. He has been busy since the last time we had him at the cafe, with nominations from the East Coast Music Awards, Music Nova Scotia, and Covenant Awards.

JP HOE - May 26th
I first spoke with JP Hoe over two years ago and I'm very happy finally connect for a show. Catchy, melodic, engaging; some of the terms used to describe the tunes of JP Hoe. His new EP Mannequin is a must have...great tunes!
read a feature blog that we wrote on JP Hoe

Building Improvements On The Way!

by Michael Donley
Streaming Cafe has a lot cool things on the horizon. Before I explain where we’re going, it could be helpful to say where we’ve been...

In the Spring of 2009, a quaint downtown brick building found new life in the birth of an idea to merge the love of good coffee with the love of art and good, live, indie music. Over the last 3 years we are proud to have served the local downtown businesses & organizations on a daily basis and featured a number of local artist’s works on our walls. Our live music shows have continued to grow and because of the great local support , the cafe has been established as a destination for touring musicians.  We’ve live streamed over 250 indie artists and showcased those shows in over 400 YouTube videos.

Artist Rendering
All this info (and maybe a bit of bragging), comes from my excitement of continuing to move forward in our vision to create a great space for amazing coffee (have you tried a Pour Over?) art, music and helping to sustain downtown Kelowna as a place to be.

Starting this month Streaming Cafe will break ground in what is to be a three story adjacent office space that will take us out of our mobile van into a new production room.  Scheduled for mid this summer we will be boasting a new patio, allowing our patrons to mix some good food and drinks with our warm Okanagan sun.  Along with some small renos inside the cafe, this will allow us to host more people to our events and eager listeners for our weekend listening room.
Artist Rendering

The entire project is scheduled to take around 10 months, but we are planning on being open for business as usual (fingers are crossed).

Whether you come for the cafe your lunch meeting or make it down to for a show, we sincerely appreciate your support  and look forward to what’s ahead for us at the Streaming Cafe.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

One Music Fest. - a few pics

We held our One Night Music Fest on April 28th and it was a very memorable night. Jordan Klassen, James Lamb, Cara Luft and Andy Shauf each gave us amazing sets that seemed to cover the full "folk" spectrum.

Thanks to everyone that came out to cafe, watched online and sent questions to the artists during the show.

Here's a few pics incase you couldn't make it to the sold out show. Video highlights will be post in the next couple weeks.

JP Hoe - catchy, melodic, engaging

by Malcolm Petch
Few things present one to the world like one’s name.  It represents you when you’re not around, it marks your place in the phone book or on the concert poster, and, despite what we might want to think, it leaves an impression of who we are.

JP Hoe has a quick, no-nonsense working name, with elements of down-to-earth and star quality mixed together.

Music – their music – is the next thing that presents a musical artist to the world. And JP Hoe’s music jumps right out at you. Quickly and easily accessible, it doesn’t demand deep pondering and multiple listens to become familiar: I clicked on the link that Michael sent me, and right off the bat I found myself thinking, “Hey, this guy is good”. Then I read further in Michael’s descriptive paragraph and saw his take on JP: “He is really good”.

You’ve got to check JP’s music out for yourself; there’s no way I’ll be able to do it justice with words. Catchy, melodic, engaging; some of the terms we’ve used for years serve very well to describe the tunes of JP Hoe.

JP Hoe will be in Kelowna at Streaming Café on May 26, fresh from stops in Victoria and Vancouver on the two preceding nights, and hot on the heals of the release of his new album Mannequin in Winnipeg on May 10.

According to his website, JP started playing guitar in high school because he figured it was the best way for a shy kid to meet girls.

It musta done the trick, because he opened for Jann Arden on her 2007 Canadian tour. And she’s a girl. JP also sold 2,500 copies of his EP, The Live Beta Project, through that show-opening gig. Some indie artists struggle to ever sell that many copies of any one particular album, so it certainly seems like Hoe struck a chord with the Arden audiences.

When JP built on the success of that EP and released his debut full-length project The Dear John Letters, the Western Canadian Music awards applauded his efforts in 2008 with nominations in the top pop recordings and top songwriting categories.

Besides the catchiness and accessibility of his music, JP’s sense of humour comes through, too, in things like the title of his annual Christmas show (The JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show) and in comments like this one on his website’s ‘news’ section: “...the record is done. It's called Mannequin, and as you can tell from the album cover, even my pecs are bursting with excitement” (this said because the album cover shows his shirt stretched across his chest right at the pec level). JP Hoe obviously enjoys what he does, and he seems pretty relaxed in the skin of who he is. And his website is one of the cleanest (and actually up-to-date) sites I’ve seen for someone who does music for a living as an indie artist.

JP reportedly spent the first half of 2011 recording Mannequin, and it’s only this spring that the album is finding release. It’ll be interesting to watch/read reaction to the project, looking back at all the positive reviews Hoe received for his first EPs and album:
- “His blend of melodies and lyrics make for solid and intelligent pop music.” (chartattack)
- “When he burst onto the scene in 2003 with his debut EP, The Here In Review, JP Hoe fast became a critical darling; and his 2007 live album The Live Beta Project only bolstered his next-big-thing status.” (Uptown)
- “…JP Hoe’s original pop songs are like musical heroin; once you get a taste of that sweet, sweet smack, you’ll be itching to come back for more.” (stylus magazine)

So visit his website, or follow these links to some of his videos; I’m pretty sure you’ll agree that this is music worth listening to. We can offer you something even better: catch JP Hoe live in concert at Streaming Café on May 26 at 7pm Pacific – either in person at 596 Leon Ave, or online at streamingcafe.net; either way you’ll be able to see and hear JP live, and you’ll be able to ask him questions directly, one-on-one.

Check out the guy with the short name and the great music. Live on May 26.

Here's a great tune from JP's holiday show...