This is a love letter to my small city, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. All I need to do to remind me why I love it here is to look out the window. If I peer over my left shoulder, I look out at the foothills and low mountains to the east of town. If I walk into the living room, I look out on a view of lake and hills so stunning I feel as if I am living in a resort. (Come to think of it, I am. Lots of tourists head here for hiking, skiing, boating, wining and dining and the friendly greetings.)
So when I heard CBC’s Chris Walker talk about the Kelowna video shot by Mark Jennings-Bates, I had to see it. The short film has UBCO (University of British Columbia Okanagan) Urban Dance Club students and other locals dancing to the sound track of Pharrell Williams’s song, “Happy”. Even before I could look for the link on the Daybreak South Facebook page, Giobean Espresso had posted it. And no wonder since Giovanni joyously dances the intro and extro scenes from behind the counter in his coffee shop. (It was his wife, Lucy, who filmed him dancing and suggested the film to Mark.)
The video is a quick tour of the area, including Big White ski area and some winery shots. Most of the scenes were shot in my neighbourhood. Since I live in the heart of the city, with Lake Okanagan at my doorstep, I was grinning all the way through the film.
Sit back and enjoy five minutes of infectious fun. Oh, and if you come through Kelowna, stop for coffee at Gio’s. Then take a walk along the waterfront or maybe up Knox Mountain. Visit a winery or a cheese maker. Once you meet the friendly people who live here, you’ll want to visit again and again.
In case you’re still not persuaded, I’ll pop in a few of my own photos below the video. See you soon.
You can learn more about Mark Jennings-Bates on his YouTube channel.