Big Night & Shoots 'n Blooms!

While the doors to the fruit stand don’t open until the May long weekend, the GO Event Crew has already been out in full force in Lake Country.

Saturday night we took part in the Lake Country Rotary Club spring fling fundraiser, BIG NIGHT. With proceeds going to the Lake Country food bank, the community came out in numbers and enjoyed an evening of great wine and food.

Gatzke Orchard teamed up with Okanagan’s Finest Foods chef, Travis Hackl. Guests raved about his “Drunken Pigsicles” delicious pork balls on a stick with Gatzke Late Harvest Apple Juice and Jack Daniels reduction! Once they chased it with a glass of our apple juice they were in orchard heaven!

The next day it was our turn to play host as the Food Action Society of North Okanagan had their 3rd Annual Food Festival – Shoots ‘n Blooms, on our orchard.

Over 500 people came through in support of this year’s theme “Family Farming.” Great food from local farmers, cheesemakers, informative presentations in aquaponics, beekeeping and invasive species. Al Gatzke entertained folks in his jam packed farm tours while children were kept busy face painting and petting the rabbits. Chef Cornel Fisher and Ingrid Gatzke had our clay oven “GAIA” pumping out gourmet pizza’s for the hungry crowds and everyone enjoyed the great soundtrack to the day by some fantastic local musicians.

It was a great ‘unofficial’ start to #summer2014 which we are all very excited about. The weekend was a perfect soft launch to announce our GO FOODISM! dinner series which people were eagerly looking forward to here more about….soon! Stay tuned!

Oyama goes Boom Boom!

What a night! What a show!

The Boom Booms eventually arrived in Oyama via the new Highway 97 that just opened, around and back again through on to the Pelmewash Parkway after being pulled over by the police regarding the new speed limit. While there are some issues still to iron out with the new highway fans of the Boom Booms made no mistake to arrive and fill the venue!  Once they hit the Big Blue Stage – fire!!!

The close to 200 music fans who arrived in Oyama to hear the Boom Booms were treated to a great musical evening. The band played fan favourites like “Lonely” and “You Know” from their ‘Hot Rum’ album plus new songs from their upcoming album with producer Chin Injeti like “Real Love” that already sounds like a classic.

“The Boom Booms concert goes down as one of the classic top concerts we’ve ever had in the orchard,” Big Al Gatzke.

A classic indeed. It was a perfect night and the sky was midnight bright while the dance floor bounced and swayed to the bands infectious beats. The songs felt like we all knew them for years and their rhythm kept us dancing all night long. We’re still listening to the album around the orchard!

They warmed us up as the sun was slowly starting to set and then when they hit the stage for their second set you knew it was going to be a special night. The band was tight, entertaining, funky, rocking and they had a great set of songs to perform. The vocals and melodies were golden and the audience were prevy to a classic Boom Boom performance, as it was their last show before heading south of the border for some more shows.

It was a unforgettable show and we hope to have the Boom Booms back next summer!
Thanks Geordie, Aaron, Theo, Richard, Sean & Tom.

Champion Sound!!!

Troubadour Shannon Lyon at Gatzke

Canadian Troubadour Shannon Lyon at Gatzke Orchard Sunday, July 28, 2013

Shannon Lyon performs at the Gatzke Orchard this Sunday, July 28th, part of a 24-date tour taking him from Ontario to Vancouver Island. Over the years, he has toured and shared the stage with artists like Ray LaMontagne, Lucinda Williams, Blue Rodeo and Bruce Cockburn.

“I’m excited to see Shannon Lyon perform again after all these years,” says Joseph Pinheiro, Event Manager at Gatzke Orchard.

“I was working at PolyGram Music in Toronto and tried signing Shannon when he released his first couple albums, “Buffalo White” and “Mods Rule”- I still think he is one of Canada’s best kept secrets too. I’m looking forward to the Okanagan discovering his great songs.”

Lyon is looking forward to his Oyama debut as well.

“I’m looking forward to the show indeed, especially looking forward to getting reacquainted with someone who believed in me since my first album was released back in 1994. Thank you JP!”

“This is my first full Canadian tour since the middle 90’s. After spending the past 13 years living in Europe I feel like a young man again, falling in love with this beautiful country all over again! Taking all the risks and all the pleasures!”

Shannon’s most current album “Broken Things” is a very raw and stripped down album echoing the Buffalo White era. The album is out on Busted Flat Records. If you can’t catch him in Oyama check out the rest of his tour dates.

July 25 – Salmon Arm, BC @ The Shuswap Pie Company
July 26 – Kelowna, BC @ Minstrel Cafe
July 28 – Oyama, BC @ Gatzke Orchard (6-9pm)
July 31 – Vancouver, BC @ Arts Club Backstage Lounge w/Lindsay May
Aug o1 – Duncan, BC @ The Duncan Garage Showroom
Aug o2 – Ladysmith, BC @ Short Close Song Shelter w/Ryan McMahon
Aug o3 – Victoria, BC @ Victoria House Concerts w/Ryan McMahon
Aug o8 – Port Alberni, BC @ Char’s Landing w/Ryan McMahon
Aug o9 – Gabriola Island, BC @ The Surf Pub
Aug 1o – Coombs, BC @ Coombs Fairgrounds (outdoors) w/ Ryan McMahon

Joseph Pinheiro
Event Manager
Gatzke Orchard