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Kelowna’s Bernard Avenue alive with music this summer

August 16, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Festivals Kelowna continues to hold small performances this month on a section of Bernard Avenue downtown that has been temporarily closed to vehicle traffic.

Performances in 400 block of Bernard Avenue are being held every Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. until the end of August, Festivals Kelowna executive director Renata Mills said.

“We wanted to help enhance the area by providing some ambient music, some entertaining music, but not create an environment where people will sit and gather and stop,” Mills said.

Performances have been ongoing since the third week of July and it’s been going well, she said.

READ MORE: Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna will be closed to traffic this summer 

“We have ourselves seen a slow uptick and more people seem comfortable walking Bernard in the 400 block,” Mills said, adding the amount of foot traffic they see also depends on the most recent COVID-19 announcements.

A resident has even approached her saying that those in the new ELLA apartment complex are listing to the music on their balconies.

Parks Alive! Is also holding small neighbourhood concerts around Kelowna for the summer in order to avoid large gatherings in parks, she said.

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On Thursdays nights, entertainers are visiting certain neighbourhoods and the program has been well received so far.

“The idea is people can stay in their family bubbles and their yards and enjoy a concert brought to them,” she said.

Locations are kept secret until a few days beforehand to avoid large crowds, she said.

To learn more about upcoming Bernard Avenue performances, visit the Parks Alive! website here.

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