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2015 Kamloops Downtown Merchant's Market

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    July 22 to July 25

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    Downtown Kamloops is set to have its busiest week of the year. The annual Downtown Merchants Market, July 22 to July 25, brings some of the best shopping days of the year and turns the streets of the city centre into an entertainment venue.

    A few highlights include Car-Free Day, The Taste of Downtown, Battle of the Bands and sidewalk sales.

    Gay Pooler, general manager of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (KCBIA) said the market has gone through many metamorphoses since the 1980s when it was confined to the 200-block of Victoria Street and hosted by the downtown businesses.

    When the KCBIA was created in 2002 it took over organizing the market, but it has always been driven by downtown merchants who take the opportunity to spill into the sidewalk and have some fun.

    We have a great downtown, Pooler said. Were always trying to encourage locals to

    come down.

    All four days Live music: Expect live music on the

    sidewalks all four days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sidewalk sales: This is the only four days of

    the year that downtown is officially on sale. Merchants all over the downtown core host

    sidewalk sales, making the sidewalks aflutter with activity.

    Wednesday, July 22 Car-Free Day: On Car-Free Day the 200-

    300- and 400-block of Victoria Street are shut down to traffic.

    The streets will instead be filled with the farmers market, area non-profit associations who will be putting fun carnival games for the whole family and area merchants who will be bringing their goods outside.

    Also featuring entertainment, live music and food.

    Thursday, July 23 Taste of Downtown: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is one of Downtown Kamloops truly

    most sought after events. Many downtown restaurants put on their

    thinking caps and serve delectable samples from either 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. or all day. Twenty-one eateries are signed up to participate.

    Tasters purchase a passport from the CAP team visitor information kiosk at the corner of Third Avenue and Victoria Street and use it as a guide to figuring out which restaurants they would like to try.

    This year the KCBIA is using a token system. For every passport purchase of $15, you receive

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    Expect slashed prices and entertainment downtown July 22 to July 25 during the annual Merchants Market.

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    eight tokens. Additional tokens are $2 each.

    Dont forget to vote for your favourite restaurant to win the sixth annual Golden Fork and Silver Spoon awards, awarded yearly to the restaurant with the most votes and highest percentage of votes.

    Last year the Golden Fork was awarded to Indian Aroma and the Silver Spoon was awarded to the Commodore Grand Caf & Lounge.

    Who will win the titles this year?

    Friday, July 24 Friday Fun Day: Friday is

    more of a care-free day, featuring sidewalk entertainment, performers and sales.

    Street performer Mike Battie from Vancouver will perform Friday and Saturday.

    The Rivertown Players and Uncle Chris the Clown will also be around.

    Saturday, July 25 Battle of the Bands and

    Sidewalk Spectacular: This day is all about music, merchant sidewalk sales, specials and deals.

    This is the final day of the four-day-long sidewalk sale and if it hasnt yet been sold, its leaving the street cheap!

    This day also features Downtown Kamloops second annual Battle of the Bands.

    Fourth Avenue will be closed to traffic to make way for local bands to perform, battling their way to top spot and multiple prizes from noon to 7 p.m.

    Calendar of eventsYou can stay informed of

    what activities and events are happening in Downtown Kamloops on our event listing page at downtownkamloops.com.

    What else is happening downtown?

    July 22MUSIC: The Decoys Homecoming Show at The Grind.Show with Montreal folk artist Milo McMahon and local guitar wizard Sean Luciw. $5 cover.8 p.m.

    July 23COMMUNITY: KWRGS Speaker Series Presents: City Councillor Marg Spina at The Art We Are.6 p.m. to 7 p.m.




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    Follow the beatLive at Lunch and Music in the Park will run for the rest of the summer in Riverside Park and downtown Kamloops. Battle of Bands kicks off at noon on Saturday on Fourth Avenue between Lansdowne and Victoria Streets during the Merchants Market. For more information, go online to downtownkamloops.ca.

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    Downtown Kamloops is a music venue all summer with Live at Lunch and Music in the Park.

    This week the streets themselves will stage musicians for the latest Battle of the Bands coming during the Merchants Market.

    Last years second-place winner, The Caspians, will make another appearance this year after a busy weekend with Music in the Park Hijacked.

    It was the biggest stage weve ever played on, said guitarist Jared Doherty.

    It was cool because you look out there and its a huge audience. Its the most people weve every played in front of at one time I think we can safely say so it was a cool feeling.

    The four-piece alternative rock band, which has been playing as a group for six years, released its debut album Costume Jewelry in April.

    Since then theyve been playing as many

    shows as they can in and outside of Kamloops and claim to have graced almost every venue in the city.

    In the last couple years the Kamloops scene for local bands is rapidly growing, Doherty said.

    There are a lot of bands and places like Zacks [Coffee] and the downtown core that have a lot of shows are really good for building the community aspect of it.

    Battle of the Bands is an especially interesting gig because of the judging aspect. Doherty said the band takes the extra time to prepare and aims to come out of the show with some feedback.

    The philosophy is to learn something from every show, he said.

    Were looking forward to it. It was a lot of fun last year and those are the people who might never hear you.

    The rest of the four days of the Merchants Market will also feature sidewalk performances.

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