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VIDEO: Okanagan musicians band together for Kelowna busking bylaw protest song

They Haven’t Heard the Last of Me was written and produced by Joshua Smith, but features at least nine other musicians playing the banjo, acoustic guitar, drums, ukulele and mandolin.
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April 06, 2018 - 3:30 PM

KELOWNA – A collective of local musicians have recorded and released a song and video protesting possible changes to Kelowna's busking bylaws.

They Haven’t Heard the Last of Me was written and produced by Joshua Smith, but features at least nine other musicians playing the banjo, acoustic guitar, drums, ukulele and mandolin.

This is the second busking bylaw protest song in as many weeks. Barry Mathers, the lead singer for the Kelowna band The Cruzeros, wrote and recorded Pay to Play last week.

“Everyone from audio engineers to videographers, musicians to group vocalists added their unique flavor to this project,” reads the description posted with the video for They Haven’t Heard the Last of Me to YouTube, Friday, April 6.

The video was made in four days and involved musicians from all over the Okanagan.

“We have a tight, artistic community and the world needs to see (and) hear it when they come to visit us,” the post says.

The video, and others like it, are in response to a series of proposed changes to the City of Kelowna’s busking and panhandling bylaws. Last week councillors passed third reading but outcry from the public (and one councillor) have forced them to re-evaluate.

Highlights of the bylaw revisions include a reduction in the no-go zone for panhandlers, and buskers will now be required to present a valid permit to a peace officer on request while staying within designated “busk stops".

“Let’s stand up for our art,” the video description says. “The city is revising the law and may make some changes if we are loud enough.”

According to the post, proceeds of any sales through this website benefit the Kelowna Arts Council.


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