Vernon Public Art Gallery to Host Virtual Festival for this Year’s Riot on the Roof

The annual Riot on the Vernon Parkade roof, featuring emerging artists and musicians, is going to look a little different this year.

VERNON— The Vernon Public Art Gallery is moving in a different direction to stage its 12th annual Riot on the Roof this month.

Guests will still be able to experience unique art installations, video and film work, and live music by emerging artists, but this year it will be through their computer screens.

Riot on the Roof 2020 will still feature bands playing on the roof of the Vernon Parkade. However, the music will be live-streamed, along with video and visual content for audiences to enjoy in a free online format, said VPAG executive director Dauna Kennedy.

“While most events have been cancelled due to COVID-19, the VPAG felt it was important to provide continuity in our programming. We still wanted to provide the opportunity for emerging artists in all forms to participate in this popular event, although through a modified virtual format,” said Kennedy.

From Aug. 17 to 22, visitors can tune onto the Riot on the Roof website to watch videos, film, art creations, and performances featuring emerging talents from the Okanagan and beyond.

There will also be an installation that will be projected day-and-night at the gallery on 31st Avenue, which visitors are welcome to come see in person.

The main event, featuring a free live-stream concert, will be broadcast live from the Vernon Parkade roof online, Aug. 22 from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

Musicians scheduled to perform include Kelowna indie-soul band Post-Modern Connection, Kamloops psychedelic rock outfit Mother Sun, and Vernon’s own singer-songwriter-producer Justin J. Moore.

Visit for a schedule of events and to hear a playlist by some of the musicians performing at the free concert.

For more information on Riot on the Roof, please contact

Kiera Ariano

Vernon Public Art Gallery

Youth Ambassador


Christopher Atkins

Vernon Public Art Gallery

Youth Ambassador



As the largest public art gallery in the North Okanagan, the VPAG is a not-for-profit charitable organization that works to engage, educate and enrich the community and visitors in all aspects of the visual arts. With approximately 20 exhibitions per year for public viewing, the VPAG supports emerging, mid-career and established artists working in a variety of media, including paintings, sculpture, video and installation art. The gallery is also host to a number of events and art education endeavours, including its main fundraiser, the annual Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts.

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