One day in the Okanagan: country singer Melissa Livingstone

Discover some tasty eats and drinks in the Kelowna area

Country music singer-songwriter Melissa Livingstone is bringing her own twist to the genre of "three chords and the truth". Inspired by artists such as Dolly Parton, The Eagles, Randy Travis and Alan Jackson, Melissa's goal is to add a modern twist to the traditional country sound. The 2019 BCCMA (British Columbia Country Music Association) nominee has recently found her tune in a mix of modern country and Texas swing, which she will share with her listeners in the new four-single EP coming out in October 2020.


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“I wanted to let loose a bit on my EP, Can’t Please Everyone. I didn’t want to be held back by having to create 'one sound' and let that be the definition of my music. My EP goes from modern country to Texas swing, to a bit of a Kacey Musgraves’s vibe. I’m really excited about this project and can’t wait for everyone to hear it on October 23rd, 2020,” says Livingstone.

When she’s not busy writing and recording, Livingstone loves to explore the Okanagan’s expansive food and drink scene. We had a chance to chat with the talented artist, who filled us in on which locations have stood out the most.




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I love, love, love the food at the Bohemian Cafe in downtown Kelowna. They have unreal gluten-free options for their breakfast, and they make their own homemade jam and bread, (though I can’t have it because of my allergies). I would highly recommend the Huevos Rancheros for a brunch meal with a cup of coffee.



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Though it’s about an hour and a half drive from Kelowna, Salty’s Beach House is by far my favourite place to go in the summertime. It's placed right on the lake in the heart of Penticton. They have amazing seafood (including oysters) and their happy hour is phenomenal. Great experience, great service plus a beautiful view and delicious food.



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Mabui Sushi is my go-to for sushi in Kelowna. My boyfriend and I are obsessed with sushi (it’s our weekly date night dinner), so we’ve tried a lot of places in the Okanagan. I absolutely love their sunomono salad (with octopus, it’s the best). It looks a little unassuming from the outside, but it is always packed, so making a reservation is recommended. I love all of their sushi, but their spider roll is probably my favourite. 



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My go-to place for happy hour drinks would be Craft Beer Market. Not only are their drinks very reasonably priced, but they have a beautiful patio overlooking all of downtown Kelowna and Okanagan Lake, which is amazing in the spring, summer and fall. My favourite drink (NOT on their happy hour menu) would be their margarita, it’s super tasty. 

Listen: "That Ship Has Sailed" by Melissa Livingstone