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Musician Tyler Joe Miller. (File photo)

‘Holy smokes!’: B.C. musician reacts after winning $25K ‘Top of the Country Contest’

Tyler Joe Miller’s bio and song video are posted to topcountry.siriusxm.ca

FILE - Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim poses after being awarded the Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony at the Guildhall in London, on Sept. 27, 2018. Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century, has died at age 91. Sondheim’s death was announced by his Texas-based attorney, Rick Pappas, who told The New York Times the composer died Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at his home in Roxbury, Conn. Pappas did not return calls and messages to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Towering musical theater master Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

Tributes quickly flooded social media as performers and writers alike saluted a giant of the theatre

Jennifer Lopez posted to Instagram that she is finished her part of filming in Smithers. (Screenshot)

VIDEO: Jennifer Lopez wraps up filming in Smithers

In an Instagram post, the star of The Mother tells her family she is on her way home

Lake Country singer Payton Bischoff brings a holiday variety show called Don’t Stop Believing to Creekside Theatre Dec. 3 and 4. (Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre photo)
Lake Country singer Payton Bischoff brings a holiday variety show called Don’t Stop Believing to Creekside Theatre Dec. 3 and 4. (Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre photo)
Penticton Art Gallery curator Paul Crawford was recognized as the Business Leader of the Year in the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards for 2020. Crawford was recognized for his work in supporting and bringing art into the community. “We had 15,000 visitors over 71 days,” Crawford said on the Bob Ross exhibit displayed at the gallery earlier this year. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Ignite the Arts Festival gets Penticton council’s blessing and funding

Ignite the Arts Festival will be a nine-day event in late March 2022

Penticton Art Gallery curator Paul Crawford was recognized as the Business Leader of the Year in the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards for 2020. Crawford was recognized for his work in supporting and bringing art into the community. “We had 15,000 visitors over 71 days,” Crawford said on the Bob Ross exhibit displayed at the gallery earlier this year. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Two teenagers attempt to trap and kill a monster in an “iconic” scene from the Netflix program ‘Stranger Things’ recreated by Nanaimo man Todd Cameron using vintage toys . (Photo courtesy Todd Cameron)

Netflix enlists B.C. man to recreate ‘Stranger Things’ scenes with vintage toys

Nanaimo’s Todd Cameron replicates ‘iconic scenes’ from TV series using figurines, Lite-Brite

Two teenagers attempt to trap and kill a monster in an “iconic” scene from the Netflix program ‘Stranger Things’ recreated by Nanaimo man Todd Cameron using vintage toys . (Photo courtesy Todd Cameron)
The indie film Invasions had a scene shot at the iconic Peach in Penticton on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The indie film Invasions had a scene shot at the iconic Peach in Penticton on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Justin Bieber is leading the Canadian nominees at the Grammy Awards with a little help from his megahit “Peaches.” Bieber attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala in New York on September 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Evan Agostini

Justin Bieber’s hit ‘Peaches’ helps pop star lead crop of Canadian Grammy nominees

Bieber’s 8 nominations topped an eclectic group that included Drake and the Weeknd

Justin Bieber is leading the Canadian nominees at the Grammy Awards with a little help from his megahit “Peaches.” Bieber attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala in New York on September 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Evan Agostini
FILE - Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at district court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Nantucket, Mass., to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery. Kevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the studio behind “House of Cards” more than $30 million because of losses due to his firing from the show for sexual misconduct. That’s according to an arbitration decision issued Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Kevin Spacey ordered to pay $31M for ‘House of Cards’ losses

MRC, the studio behind “House of Cards,” fired Spacey and halted production of the show’s sixth season

FILE - Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at district court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Nantucket, Mass., to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery. Kevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the studio behind “House of Cards” more than $30 million because of losses due to his firing from the show for sexual misconduct. That’s according to an arbitration decision issued Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
This image released by Disney shows Mirabel, voiced by Stephanie Beatriz, in a scene from the animated film “Encanto.” (Disney via AP)

Review: Disney’s animated ‘Encanto’ effortlessly enchants

Instead of few magical people amid a sea of ordinary, in this film, the ordinary is, well, weird

This image released by Disney shows Mirabel, voiced by Stephanie Beatriz, in a scene from the animated film “Encanto.” (Disney via AP)
FILE - The Weeknd performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Weeknd is nominated for six American Music Awards, including one for artist of the year. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Hitmakers BTS stamp their authority on American Music Awards

Artist of the Year also named favorite pop duo or group and got the favorite pop song award

FILE - The Weeknd performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Weeknd is nominated for six American Music Awards, including one for artist of the year. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)
The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra welcomed guest conductor and baroque music specialist Ivars Taurins for Bach’s Playlist on the weekend of Nov. 19 to 21. (Contributed)

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra performs Bach’s favourites

Concert was held on weekend of Nov. 19 to 21

  • Nov 22, 2021
The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra welcomed guest conductor and baroque music specialist Ivars Taurins for Bach’s Playlist on the weekend of Nov. 19 to 21. (Contributed)
Vernon’s The Roxy Cafe owners Linda Hovdebo (left) and Carolyn Fletcher, in their pre-renovations phase prior to opening the 31st Street eatery, watched with delight as their cafe was featured prominently in the Hallmark channel’s show, A Christmas Together With You, which was shot in Vernon and made its debut Saturday, Nov. 20. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon, Vernonites sparkle in Hallmark flick

A Christmas Together With You aired Saturday, Nov. 20; movie shot in Vernon during Okanagan heat wave

Vernon’s The Roxy Cafe owners Linda Hovdebo (left) and Carolyn Fletcher, in their pre-renovations phase prior to opening the 31st Street eatery, watched with delight as their cafe was featured prominently in the Hallmark channel’s show, A Christmas Together With You, which was shot in Vernon and made its debut Saturday, Nov. 20. (Morning Star - file photo)
Cellist Angela Zeng is among the youth musicians who will perform in the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Fall Concert with shows in Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna on Nov. 27 and 28, 2021. (OSYO photo)

Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra performing live throughout the valley

Shows in Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna are coming before the end of November

Cellist Angela Zeng is among the youth musicians who will perform in the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Fall Concert with shows in Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna on Nov. 27 and 28, 2021. (OSYO photo)
Second annual Light Up Naramata Inn is tonight, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (Facebook)

Naramata Inn Holiday Light Up is tonight

2nd annual Light Up is at 4:30 p.m. at the 113-year-old heritage inn and restaurant

Second annual Light Up Naramata Inn is tonight, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (Facebook)
Jill Setah’s First Nations Fashions will be on display at the Fashion and Fire show Nov. 27. (Contributed)

Okanagan stage heats up with Indigenous designs and fire dancers

Fashion and Fire show in Lake Country features Oliver-born artist

Jill Setah’s First Nations Fashions will be on display at the Fashion and Fire show Nov. 27. (Contributed)
Mike Hall and instructor/dance partner Heather Stranks move across the dance floor in the 2019 edition of Dancing with the Shuswap Stars held in the SASCU Rec Centre on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. (Dancing with the Shuswap Stars/Kristal Burgess Photography)

Dancing with the Shuswap Stars: Win time with Rust Valley Restorers’ Mike Hall and Avery Shoaf

Catch Dancing with the Shuswap Stars live online in support of Shuswap Hospice Society on Nov. 19

Mike Hall and instructor/dance partner Heather Stranks move across the dance floor in the 2019 edition of Dancing with the Shuswap Stars held in the SASCU Rec Centre on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. (Dancing with the Shuswap Stars/Kristal Burgess Photography)

George Thorogood and the Destroyers coming to Penticton to celebrate 45 years of rock

The blues-based rockers have sold over 15 million records since 1976

A vinyl record by The Verve plays on a turntable, Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Falmouth, Maine. The COVID-19 pandemic benefitted record store owners who saw a surge in sales. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Not just Adele: Surging vinyl sales amid supply squeeze derail some artists’ plans

Vinyl sales in Canada up an astounding 53 per cent, but shippers and manufacturers can’t keep up

A vinyl record by The Verve plays on a turntable, Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Falmouth, Maine. The COVID-19 pandemic benefitted record store owners who saw a surge in sales. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
This image released by GAC Family shows Jennie Garth, left, and Cameron Mathison in "A Kindhearted Christmas," premiering Nov. 20. (Eric Milner/GAC Family via AP)

Michael Bublé, Charlie Brown among TV’s holiday headliners

The holidays are coming and here are some shows to get you in the mood

This image released by GAC Family shows Jennie Garth, left, and Cameron Mathison in "A Kindhearted Christmas," premiering Nov. 20. (Eric Milner/GAC Family via AP)