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Westbank First Nation singer nominated again

West Kelowna singer and songwriter Kelly Derrickson is nominated for two more awards.
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September 01, 2016 – 1:12 PM

WEST KELOWNA – A West Kelowna singer has been nominated for two Native American Music Awards.

Kelly Derrickson, daughter of former Grand Chief Ron Derrickson, is looking for votes from the local community as her debut album, Warriors of Love, is up for Best Female Vocalist and Best Country Recording at the Native American Music Awards in New York.

Last year Derrickson won best new artist at the Indigenous Music Awards last year and Warriors of Love was named best female country music album at the Coachella Valley Music Festival.

Warriors of Love, was released in 2013 and includes songs that highlight her peoples’ struggle for independence.

The ceremony will take place Sept. 17. Visit this webpage to vote.

West Kelowna artist releases new single

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April 12, 2016 – 6:30 PM

WEST KELOWNA – Award-winning local singer and songwriter Kelly Derrickson will be launching her latest single in Kelowna next weekend.

Derrickson is a Westbank First Nation member whose first album, Warriors of Love, won Best New Female Country Singer at the Coachella Valley Music Awards last year and last fall she was also named Best New Artist at the Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg.

Her latest single, Amazing Grace, will be launched at an exclusive dinner Saturday night, April 23, at 19 Okanagan Grill + Bar.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m.

For more information on the event, or to purchase her music, visit the Kelly Derrickson website.

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An Okanagan woman is gaining growing recognition as a singer-song writer. Kelly Derrickson has released her first CD, and is getting attention from industry professionals. As Global Okanagan’s Native issues correspondent Tracey Kim Bonneau explains, Derrickson is an artist with a message

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2015 TOP STORIES: The locals who put the Okanagan on the map

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OKANAGAN – Last year was big one for Okanagan film production with marquee names like Sir Anthony Hopkins and Julia Stiles filming in the area, but this year quite a few locals got their own names out to the world in 2015.














Freestyle motocross rider Bruce Cook came back from a terrible accident that left him paralyzed below the waist and this year became the first paraplegic rider to complete a backflip in front of a major audience this summer.

Bruce Cook is the first paraplegic to land a back flip on a motorcycle in front of an audience.
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It was also a stellar year for Kelowna’s Toshido MMA, with Matt Dwyer’s superman punch heard around the world, Sarah Moras’ return to the octagon and newcomer Shane “Shaolin” Campbell’s UFC debut in April.
Kelowna’s own Matt Dwyer scored his first UFC win in Brazil last weekend.
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A local social media expert made international headlines in 2015 when she used Facebook to find her long-lost father, who turned out to be an Elvis impersonator in Thailand.
Melonie Dodaro’s father, who went by the stage name Colin Young, is now an Elvis impersonator in Thailand.
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West Kelowna’s Kelly Derrickson also had a big year, winning best female country music album at the Coachella Valley Music Awards and Best New Artist at the Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg.
Singer-songwriter Kelly Margaret Derrickson, born in Kelowna, recently won a Coachella Valley Music Award in the female country category.
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Another West Kelowna resident, Jill Setah, made her fashion debut this year when she was invited to show her designs at Fashion Week in Los Angeles.

Westbank mother Jill Setah was invited to show her clothing line at a major Los Angeles fashion show this year.
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Pro superbike racer and champion Marcel Irnie continues to tear up the track in the U.S. despite losing two of his bikes to theft over the summer.
Kelowna superbike racer Marcel Irnie had two BMW S1000 RR race bikes stolen from a trailer in Kelowna.
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Kelowna local and DJ Will Ramadan released a new single with legendary UK artist Fatman Scoop to help Syrians in need.
Will Ramadan aka. KnowleDJ and Fatman Scoop in Las Vegas.
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Kelowna photographer Shawn Talbot finished his first season of 1-Stop Closer, a web based show following his travels around the world.
Shawn Talbot in Iceland during filming of the final episode of season one.
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And Kelowna born actor and model Taylor Kitsch, best known for his portrayal of Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights, was cast on HBO’s series True Detective.
Kelowna born actor Taylor Kitsch has confirmed he will play a role on the second season of HBO’s True Detective.
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Penticton residents making the big news beyond the city limits included hometown hockey hero Duncan Keith, who was instrumental in helping the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Stanley Cup in June.

Keith also made headlines for his work with the team’s social media campaign called “What’s Your Goal,” where Keith helped a little girl who can neither walk or talk score a goal.
Former Kelowna Rocket and Penticton native Duncan Keith makes a little girl’s dream come true. She wanted to score a goal with Keith, her favourite Chicago Blackhawks player.
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Enderby native Rick Dugdale brought a Hollywood film — and Sir Anthony Hopkins — to his home turf to make a movie. Currently living in Los Angeles, Dugdale produced Go With Me under his company, Enderby Entertainment and made his hometown extremely proud.

Rick Dugdale

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Vernon woman Raji Aujla introduced an eco-friendly fashion label and plans to use the profits to provide education and skills training to youth in third world countries.
Raji Aujla walks onstage at the close of her show at Eco-Fashion Week in Vancouver.
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Born and raised in Vernon, comedian Sam Mullins now writes sketch comedy for the CBC and spends time telling his most humiliating tales across North America. He returned to Vernon for a special show this year.
Sam Mullins was born and raised in Vernon. He is now an award-winning comedian based in Toronto.
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To contact a reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.


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Coachella Valley Songstress Receives Prestigious Nomination


Kelly Derrickson

By | July 16, 2015 at 1:08 am | No comments | Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight

Coachella Valley Songstress Receives Prestigious Nomination

By Esther Sanchez

2015 CVMA winner in the category for, “Best Country Artist,” Kelly Derrickson has for the second time been recognized for her contributions to the music world with two nominations for the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards to be held Sept, 11th in Winnipeg,  Manitoba, Canada. The winners are selected via online votes. Last year, Derrickson successfully rallied enough fan support to bring home an award honoring her debut album, Warriors of Love, and this year she is being recognized in the categories for, “Best New Artist” and “Best Music Video.’’

The Canadian born beauty was blessed with an impressive vocal range that basks in the embrace of a sweet, yet sultry tone. Clearly a natural, Derrickson admits she comes from a family brimming with musical talent and that talent has been fostered and perfected during the years she spent studying music performance and business at Berkeley School of Music in Boston. I must say….although her arts education is clearly impressive, it was a detail that Derrickson only briefly mentioned in passing. She did, however show me a fantastic video of her Uncle demonstrating his kick-ass banjo skills that had us both smiling from ear-to-ear.

I soon realized that whenever Kelly Derrickson spoke of her family and her people, she beamed with warm, glowing pride which was endearing. It was the same loving tone she emitted whenever she spoke of her manager and partner in life, Robert Cooper. Derrickson: “I love that man with every part of my being. I feel it is important for me to acknowledge the fact that I would not be where I am today if it was not for him.”

After spending a short time with Derrickson, the sense of warmth, pride, loyalty and honor that she emits along with her generally positive vibes and cheerful disposition becomes somewhat contagious. There is no doubt that much of it stems from her distinct family background. Derrickson grew up as the daughter of Canadian, First Nation Grand Chief Ron Derrickson. Grand Chief Derrickson is a celebrated tribal leader, author, and activist who has for decades, fought tirelessly and without hesitation for the civil rights of Aboriginal Peoples. He is also one of the most successful Indigenous businessmen in Canada. Basically, he is considered a hero to Indigenous Peoples. Derrickson: “I cannot express how proud I am of my father and the tremendous changes that he helped put into motion for our people.” Derrickson giggles: “He is supposed to be retired but I don’t see much evidence to support that. There is still so much work to be done. As long as there is still work to be done and he has the ability to do it he will. That’s my father.”

Clearly, the work-ethic, spirit of activism and charity that her family holds sacred has not been lost on Kelly Derrickson. She regularly spends time feeding the homeless and does not shy away from topics regarding social injustice and activism.

Derrickson: “I come from a family of givers. We just give because that is what you are supposed to do without question. Of course we believe that people should work but generosity is not supposed to have strings attached. I was taught that there is no greater joy that you can experience than the joy that comes from being a giver.’’

On that note, although it didn’t come out of her mouth, I would venture that the charming, talented and generous, Ms. Derrickson would be thrilled to receive any and all support from her fans through votes. It just takes a few minutes to log on to, register your email address and vote for her in the categories for Best Music Video for her song, “Idle No More” and the category for Best New Artist. Come on, my desert peeps! Let’s rally around our local girl and show some vote-love.

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