Multi-award winning artist Christina Martin


Streaming Cafe is proud to present multi-award winning Canadian artist Christina Martin on Saturday May 4th.
Christina Martin- Photo by Dale MurrayWinner of the 2012 Music Nova Scotia Female Artist Recording of the Year for her latest album Sleeping With A Stranger: “It’s one of those rare albums where you have to listen to it all in one sitting. Like a good book that’s hard to put down, this ‘Sleeping With A Stranger’ tickles the ears and within three bars you’re completely hooked.” Americana UK October 2012

Christina is a Canadian Singer-Songwriter, musician and performer. Her music achieves an effortless union between alt-country and rock with pop- sensibility. This award-winning artist has been attracting Roots/Rock listeners across North America and Europe for nearly a decade. An eminent singer songwriter and storyteller, she has released five albums on her independent Canadian label Come Undone Records. Having opened for Wilco while living in Austin TX, she returned to the Canadian East Coast to dig her heels into the Music Business and formed an independent music label to manage her relentless touring and recording schedule.

Sleeping With A Stranger is Christina’s newest award winning album of 12 original songs, and reflects the artists coming of age lyrically and musically. In 2012 Christina also completed an Artist in Residency with Geriatric Medicine Research (GMR) at Dalhousie University and The Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network (CDKTN). She recently returned home to East Coast Canada after touring her acclaimed album with husband/producer Dale Murray in Canada Germany and Netherlands.


2008 Music Nova Scotia Female Artist Recording of the Year (Two Hearts)
2008 Music Nova Scotia Pop Recording of the Year (Two Hearts)
2009 East Coast Music Award Pop Recording of the Year (Two Hearts)
2012 Music Nova Scotia Female Artist Recording of the Year (Sleeping With A Stranger)


The Globe and Mail  “This is a singer-songwriter who observes, feels, does not judge, and relays what she finds – “not good at keeping secrets,” she even admits. With a voice high, strong and bittersweet, the affecting Nova Scotian sings of search, vulnerability and the concept of home.” 5/5 Stars  “It sounds like a sweetened Emmylou Harris with a touch of Shawn Colvin and the likability of Dolly Parton. It can stop a criminal dead in his tracks….Sleeping With A Stranger is very likely to win you over with a single listen. Even if you’ve never heard anything by her prior to this record, it will end with a sense that she’s always existed in your music collection – in your memory. She wins.”  Without a duff song in sight, ‘Sleeping with a Stranger’ is thirty-seven minutes of perfection.”

Exclaim    “Martin’s long, successful career, which has taken her to Austin, TX, during which time she opened for alt-country legends Wilco, has made yet another successful pit stop with the release of Sleeping with a Stranger.”


Jordan Klassen w/Nuuka April 23

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537002_10151340599527234_1287103542_nWe’re very happy to have Jordan Klassen back performing at the cafe. Since his last visit he was a top 3 finalists of 2012’s PEAK Performance Project, respectably placing 2nd overall and taking home $75,000 to put to his career.

Opening the night is local band Nuuka. They have just released their new EP HIGHER//LOWER.

Going to be a great night hope you can make it out!

Tuesday, April 23 only $5 at the door.


Featured Visual Aritists: Nikki Balfour, Leanne Spanza & John van Der Woude

3 artists


We are so very happy to be featuring amazing works on our cafe walls by three visual artists: Nikki Balfour, Leanne Spanza and John van Der Woude. All three artists have totally different styles but come together in a wonderful unique display. The art will be up for the month of April, so be sure to come down and take them in. We are also hosting an Artist Spotlight/open house showcase on Friday, April 19 at 6 pm that will feature more works from the three artists as well as live DJ Rich Taylor.

tracksNikki Balfour is a BC artist who has been dedicated to painting since 2005. For Nikki, painting is not simply an exploration of light and colour; but an expression of freedom. Consequently, the years have been filled with the many challenges, discoveries, and joys of constant growth. Emotions and words are a continual source of inspiration and these often find their way into the freestyle and abstract techniques that have been a large part of her development as an artist. Nikki is passionate about exploring new subjects and is refreshed by discovering new creative outlets whether she is working in her home studio or painting onstage with live music.
In addition to numerous independent shows and events, Nikki has been involved in various group exhibitions in the Okanagan Valley. Including; Art Walk (2007-2011), Lake Country Art Gallery, Vernon Art Gallery and Sopa Fine Arts Gallery. Nikki also has a private permanent collection of her work at Kelowna’s Bo.ttega Farm Inn.

Nikki Balfour Fine Art

Studio & me
Leanne Spanza is a Lake Country based artist who has lived in the Okanagan since 2006 and was raised in North Vancouver, BC. She has been extensively exhibiting her work professionally since 2010 and has been painting in her signature style for the past ten years. She focuses on simple lines and bold colours to capture British Columbia’s mountains, valleys, lakes and coastlines.
In July 2011 she was one of six BC artists selected by Park Canada to tour the back country and capture Glacier National Park for its 125th Anniversary. In January 2012, Therapy Vineyards in Naramata featured her painting ‘Okanagan Hills’ on their Artist Series wine label. Leanne had her first solo exhibition at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery in April 2012 and will host a second solo exhibition at the Port Alberni Art Gallery in June 2013. Her paintings are currently represented at M Gallery in Penticton and ArtFirst Gallery in Revelstoke.

John van der Woude is a photographic artist who initially studied art and design at Camosun College in Victoria, BC and received a BFA (Interdisciplinary) degree from NSCAD University in Halifax, NS in 2007. John has been an active member in the Kelowna art community since moving here over 2 years ago from Montreal, including being on the Board of Directors at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in the Rotary Art Centre.
John uses photography as his chosen medium because of the inherent and continuous investigation that happens in photographic images between reality and fiction. Any photograph is assumed to be a true representation of what is being pictured, but a photograph also eliminates all the context that happens outside the frame and can distort what is being seen. This is especially in the age of digital manipulation. A photographer makes just as many choices in composing a piece of artwork as a painter or sculptor.
John’s work has shown in numerous galleries across the country and has work in both private and public collections, including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, NB. John also works at and runs his own visual and graphic design business.