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Oculus Announces Asymmetric Co-op Heist Game ‘Covert’ for Oculus Go & Gear VR

Los Angeles-based White Elk Studios, a team founded by former members of the God of War team, and Oculus Studios today announced a new co-op game called Covert. The couch co-op game is said to feature asymmetrical gameplay that will let one player play inside either an Oculus Go or Gear VR while the other user plays outside of VR. 

Here’s how Oculus describes it in the initial annoucement: 

Working with the infamous League of Thieves, your mission is to steal a mysterious artifact from an impenetrable safe inside Capital City’s museum. You’ll hack your way past the security systems, using high-frequency glass breakers, ziplines, and more to work your way into the vault.

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Give "Angry Inch" A Chance! 

Give Angry Inch a chance 

Anna Jacyszyn 

Oct 10, 2018 

Facebook rejected this poster advertising the Fred Skeleton Theatre Company’s upcoming production of the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. 


Now that we are fed and watered and thankful from the long weekend, this week forward feels short, but packed with interesting occasions and evenings out. 

I have signed up for a writing class, beginning this week, in hopes of harnessing all the threads of life stories that dance unleashed inside of me. A Pandora’s box of photos, reunited characters from my past, memories that may or may not be all real, but I embrace them inside my imagination and perhaps, one day, tie together in a book. 

The theatre is ripe with opening nights this week; Tonight, Kelowna Actors Studio opens its doors for the first show of its new season: Young Frankenstein. 

It’s based on the classic 1974 film from Mel Brooks starring Gene Wilder. This parody of the horror genre is gleefully reanimated for the stage with jokes, songs and innuendo that sticks a pitchfork into good taste while it oozes glorious fun and slap shtick. 

The show runs Oct. 10-28 at Kelowna Actors Studio Theatre, 1379 Ellis St. 

Tickets can be purchased through Kelowna Tickets at their new location, 100-2600 Enterprise Way, by calling 250-862-2867 or visiting 


Tomorrow night, Fred Skeleton Theatre Company is premiering its controversial musical Hedwig and the Angry Itch. 

This is the first full-on musical the multi award winning theatre company has put on, and the reason I say controversial is not about the content of the actual show itself but the image on the playbill and posters advertising it was banned from Facebook for being too graphic. 

Image and opinions aside, the musical is a well-crafted rock concert about Hedwig (Thomas Fournier), who speaks directly to the audience letting you discover the character’s history through a series of monologues. 

What a history it is. 

Starting as a young man in East Berlin, he is convinced by an amorous American soldier named Luther to get a sex-change operation so that they can get married. Unfortunately, the surgery is botched and he is left with an “angry inch.” After being left in a Kansas trailer park by Luther, Hedwig reinvents himself and meets a young man named Tommy. 

They fall in love and literally make sweet music together, until Tommy discovers what’s between Hedwig’s legs and, repulsed, spurns him. Tommy takes all of the songs that they wrote together and becomes successful. 

It’s at this point the show really begins. 

The new Hedwig Robinson, “internationally ignored song stylist barely standing before you,” kicks off the first stop of her last-minute-Canadian-tour with the help of her band “The Angry Inch.” She recounts and rocks her way through the journey of her life; a journey over the Wall, from East Berlin to Junction City, Kansas; a journey from man to woman in search of her other half. 

Also in the cast is Sammi Morelli playing Yitzhak, Hedwig’s backup singer, dresser, roadie, and husband and with a live band of exceptional musicians to include: Loni Moger on guitar, Stefan Bienz on bass, and Andy Ashley on drums under the musical direction of pianist Neville Bowman. 

Brandon Shalansky revamped the script to capture what’s current and fit the show into its run at the Creekside Theatre.

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Lake Country production an outrageous rock musical  

Lake Country production an outrageous rock musical 

Fred Skeleton Theatre Company’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch is Oct. 11-13 and 18-20 

Oct. 7, 2018 5:30 p.m. 

Fred Skeleton Theatre Company presents their first musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Creekside Theatre in Lake Country on Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 18-20. 

This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious rock musical tells the story of Hansel Schmidt, a slip of a girly boy from communist East Berlin who — after a botched sex change operation — becomes Hedwig Robinson: “the internationally ignored song stylist barely standing before you.” Kicking off the first stop of her “Last-Minute-Canadian-Tour,” Hedwig (with the help of her band, The Angry Inch) recounts and rocks her way through the journey of her life; a journey over the Wall, from East Berlin to Junction City, Kansas; a journey from man to woman in search of her other half. 

The original Off-Broadway production opened in 1998 and recently was remounted on Broadway starring Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall. The musical was turned into the cult-classic film of the same title in 2001. 

For Fred Skeleton’s upcoming production, artistic director Rob Mason-Brown has teamed up award-winning directors Chantal Ethier and Shannon Mason-Brown to bring this show to life. 

“I was nervous because musicals are a beast and this material was so personal to me as an ally to the LGBTQ community,” says Ethier, “but in working through the material, the discovery was simply that this is a universal story. In the end, it’s a story about self-acceptance and self-love with gorgeous imagery.” 

Related: Play poster censored by Facebook 

Playing the title role of Hedwig is Thomas Fournier. Fournier is a recent graduate of the Ryerson School of Performance’s BFA Acting program, and, though he is now based primarily out of Toronto, the Kelowna local is excited to return to his hometown to don the infamous wig. 

“There is an immense responsibility that comes with being the caretaker of a role like this,” says Fournier, “stepping into Hedwig’s shoes is not a comfortable fit. Pain, anger, and loss plague this character and yet somehow, they’re witty and begrudgingly loveable.” 

Fournier’s previous performances in the valley have included New Canadian Kid, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged], La Cage Aux Folles, and Brighton Beach Memoires. 

Celebrated musician Sammi Morelli takes on the role of Yitzhak, Hedwig’s backup singer, dresser, roadie, and husband. Morelli returned to BC in 2017 after a Canadian Tour and has been busy since performing at the Vancouver Jazz Festival and recently opening for Elise Trouw at the Creekside Theatre. In addition to her music career, local theatre-goers will recognize her from such productions as 9 to 5 and Spamalot.



Story by Howard Druckman | October 18, 2018 

For two days at the 2018 BreakOut West festival and conference in Kelowna, BC, the SOCAN Song House provided 12 member participants the opportunity to develop the craft of writing songs. The session was led by hit songwriter/producer Brian Howes, and organized on-site by SOCAN A&R Representative Racquel Villagante. 

The participating songwriters, all from Western Canada, were Rebecca Emms, Brady Frank, Scott Henderson, Zach Kleisinger, Rebecca Lappa, Olivia Lunny, Sam Lynch, Dylan MacDonald (of The Middle Coast), Sammi Morelli, Jacqueline Muzichuk, Aaron Parker, and Tatiana Zagorac (a.k.a.TallTale). 

The first day of the workshop they presented half-written songs and were given individualized feedback and critique by Howes. They re-worked these songs and re-presented them to the group. On the second day, they were partnered up, and co-wrote with each other to come up with new songs that fused their styles and strengths together. 

All 12 SOCAN songwriters came away with new co-write connections, new songs for their repertoire, and a more comprehensive understanding of what it takes to write a hit song. 

Sammi Morreli left the Song House saying, “I’m still buzzing from an incredible week at the #SOCANSongHouse! Sooo grateful for SOCAN providing songwriters like us with incredible opportunities to grow and connect like this! Huge shout out to Brian Howes for leading the workshop, and Racquel Villagante for making it all happen!”


Kelowna songstress, Sammi Morelli headlines Music in the Park 

Kelowna songstress, Sammi Morelli headlines Music in the Park 

The Westside will host another night of music 

Jul. 30, 2018 11:44 a.m. 

Canadian award-winning singer, Sammi Morelli will headline Friday’s Music in the Park on the Westside. 

The pop, soul, electronic songstress and former radio host Kelowna local released her first album at 13 years-old and continues to pursue her passion.


Sammi Morelli is an award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter. In 2015, she released the single “Everything You Are” as the first of a new, more soulful sound that featured strong 80’s vibes and a verse from Vancouver’s rising hip-hop star Stevie Ross​. It earned three Niagara Music Award nominations for Best Song, Best Songwriter and won “Best Female Vocalist.” 

It started young, she says. “I was absolutely one of those kids who couldn’t stop singing… everywhere I went, any time of day… I’d just be in my own little world singing away.” Soon after realizing she had a general love of music, she began writing her own melodies because it was “such a natural thing to hear full orchestrations in my head and sing along to those”. 

(Editor’s Note: Maybe nobody ever told her yet that hearing the full musicality of an orchestra in your head is a talent. Then again, maybe it’s witchcraft…) 

GGM: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? 
SAMMI: “I consider myself a bit of a witch… but I only use my powers for good ;)” 

In 2016 and 2017, a series of serendipitous events (along with a few gutsy moves) led Sammi to assemble an all-star team of producers & writers for her highly anticipated forthcoming album, including; multi-platinum, Juno award winning producer Ryan Stewart​ (Carly Rae Jepsen, Hedley, Simple Plan), Grammy-award winner Ian Prince​ (Quincy Jones, Bobby Brown), along with powerhouse singer/songwriter Laurell​ (Tritonal, Boehm, Charlie, Eurovision 2017, Santa Clara) and Billboard Top 100 artist/songwriter Stef Lang​ (DYLN). 

Fresh off a 25-date Cross-Canada tour Spring 2017 — where she wowed audiences from Montreal to Vancouver — she’s unleashed her new single “Everybody Bleeds” which reached nearly 25,000 Pandora spins in it’s first week. Hear it here: 

Sammi joked her answers to our questions were a bit wordy, but we think the context she gave us about “Everybody Bleeds” made the song that much better. “We [Sammi and Ryan] actually wrote “Everybody Bleeds” on Nov 8th, 2016… the day of the last American election. I was a big fat emotional wreck — cause even as a Canadian — I do keep up with what’s going on with the world stage and knew what was at stake. We just couldn’t ignore that chaotic energy that was so palpable that day. So when I got to the studio, Ryan and I naturally started talking about it, the state of the earth, society and particularly about how there’s so much division and fighting with no room to listen or put yourself in the other persons shoes. We’ve seen how much more productive and peaceful we can be when we just learn to listen & have compassion with each other, even if we don’t agree… I hope that in some way, “Everybody Bleeds” highlights the fact that, despite our differences of opinion, beliefs, skin color, nationality, gender identity or sexual preference… we’re all human underneath, and inspires people to be kind to each other.”


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