Heritage walking tours

The Oliver & District Heritage Society is once again offering its popular Downtown Heritage Walking Tours this summer from June 14th to August 30th.

The guided tours run every Friday at 10:30 am in June and Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 am for the rest of the summer, rain or shine. The tour covers the history of Oliver’s historic buildings and landmarks, from the CPR Station to portions of the Ditch. Tours will be led by knowledgeable summer student guides (ODHS) and will take approximately 45 minutes.

All tours start from the Oliver Visitor Centre and finish at the Museum at 474 School Avenue. Participants are asked to bring appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. Each tour covers approximately 1.5 km. Sunscreen and water are encouraged.

Here’s your chance to learn about Oliver’s historic downtown and become a local architecture buff. Learn about places like the Oliver Theatre, Dr. Ball’s Office, the BC Police Building, and more! Come down to the Oliver Museum for more information.

We hope to see you there!

“Bookmark” the date!

Don’t forget to contribute to the sale — and clear your shelves in readiness. Drop off your old books before sale date to the Oliver Regional Library on the corner of Station Street and Fairview Road. (Please no textbooks, magazines, or encyclopaedias.)

Crazy little thing called Queen

Sonic Flower Entertainment & Oliver Music and Entertainment present
SIMPLY QUEEN
Saturday June 29
7:30 p.m.
Venables Theatre
TICKETS $42
www.venablestheatre.ca

Simply Queen is Canada’s premier Queen tribute. They have headlined theatre and outdoor festival shows to thousands all over Canada and the United States.

Simply Queen is fronted by Freddie Mercury impersonator Rick Rock. Guitarist Bob Wegner (hand-picked by Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor to play guitar in the award-winning “We Will Rock You” musical), Drummer Phil Charrette and bassist Mitch Taylor.

The band performs all the iconic songs that made Queen one of the most legendary rock bands of all time, and faithfully recreates the grand scope of Queen’s live shows, both musically and visually, with superb attention to detail. It’s all live, and “guaranteed to blow your mind!”

Bopping bodies brighten your day

Dancers ages 3 to seniors bring you a huge variety of dance forms including ballet, tap, musical theatre, acrobatics and more. At TDS we compose new routines and a new show each and every year so don’t miss your once in a life time opportunity to see this years show full of local talent!!

The Dance Studio in Oliver presents
ANATOMY IN MOTION
Friday June 21 & Saturday June 22
6:00 p.m.
Sunday June 23
2:00 p.m.
Venables Theatre
TICKETS: Adult $22.50
Senior (65+) $17.50
Under 19 $7.50
www.venablestheatre.ca

Murray McLauchlan sings at Venables

Murray McLauchlan is one of Canada’s most highly regarded singer/songwriters, and with good cause. Over a 45-year career, he has released 19 albums and been awarded 11 Junos. His songs Farmer’s Song, Down by the Henry Moore, Whispering Rain and Sweeping the Spotlight Away are now considered Canadian standards. Murray is also a painter, an author, an actor, a radio host; he’s been bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Laws and appointed to The Order of Canada. That’s quite a ride. Until recently Murray’s touring had been restricted to Lunch At Allen’s, whose members also include Ian Thomas, Marc Jordan and Cindy Church. But with the release earlier this year of his critically acclaimed  Love Can’t Tell Time, he’s back on the road treating concert goers to a seamless blend of old and new.

Here’s what he has to say: “As a songwriter I know that it’s not enough to sit in your kitchen and write. Your songs need to be heard. Music is a communicative art and if it isn’t brought in front of people there is no way to tell if that end has been met. I like to think of a concert tour as a kind of roving gallery to test your art and your ideas. I try to do my very best to make it worthwhile for folks to be there and to perhaps look at things in a new way when they leave.”

And this, in a nutshell, is the Murray McLauchlan concert experience.

Shantero Productions presents
MURRAY McLAUCHLAN
Tuesday June 18
7:30 p.m.
Venables Theatre
$47.50

www.venablestheatre.ca

HURRY! 90% sold — only a few seats left!

Jazzing up your burger

Oliver Grandmothers for Africa present
Big Band, Burgers and Beer
with the Penticton Thursday Night Jazz Band
Thursday, June 20
7:00 pm.
Firehall Brewery
patio
6077 Main Street Downstairs (Alley Access), Oliver, BC
$20 includes a hamburger and a beer
(cash only, sorry no refunds).

Tickets are available from Oliver Shoes & Fashions on Main St., as well as the Firehall Brewery (and from OGFA members).

This is a fundraiser for the Oliver Grandmothers for Africa with proceeds going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation: “Turning the tide of AIDS in Africa”.

June in bloom at art gallery

Three of a Kind by Wendy Provins

The Okanagan Art Gallery celebrates the spring art season with its “First Friday” monthly reception, JUNE IN BLOOM, featuring both paintings and other fine art. The new exhibit opens on Friday June 7 with an artist reception 5 – 7 p.m. at the Okanagan Art Gallery, #5 8302 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC (kitty corner to the Watermark Resort).

The show will feature the full roster of professional artists represented by the gallery which brings together artists from all media including oil and acrylic artists, lithography specialists, photographers and fiber artists.

This June “First Friday” will feature wine presented by Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet with the proprietor Maria Ferreira. Learn more about their select wines and how they relate to art.

Bouquet of Tulips by Wendy Provins

For more information, call the Okanagan Art Gallery at 604 308-3995 or visit www.okanaganartgallery.ca

Oliver Museum hosts youth photography exhibit

What does the nature, history and culture of Oliver look like in 2019? Local youth are here to answer that question with breathtaking photographs.

On June 7th at 6:30 pm, “Oliver In Focus,” an exhibit featuring pictures taken by 25 students in South Okanagan Secondary School’s grade 11/12 Photography class, will open at the Oliver Museum. The exhibit will feature student photographers’ own perspectives on Oliver and area, with guidance and technical support from photography teacher Lindsey McVicar. Photographs will be displayed in the museum’s exhibit space as well as on the Heritage Society’s Facebook page. The images will highlight what’s unique about Oliver and the surrounding area and preserve it for the future.

There are five different themes for the photographs: People of Oliver, Flora and Fauna, Landscape, Heritage, and Oliver Colours. As part of their preparation, student photographers took field trips to Vaseux Lake, to Spotted Lake and Sẁiẁs Provincial Park/Haynes Point with Indigenous Education Advocate Taylor Baptiste, and to the Fairview area with local historian Larry Shannon. This helped them choose photographic subjects and enhanced their understanding of local heritage. The pictures were taken during several different seasons, and are both creative and visually striking.

The exhibit opening on June 7th runs from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the museum, and many of the student photographers will be present to answer questions and show off their work. Photographs will be on display for two weeks following the opening. The museum’s extended hours (10 am – 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday) start in June giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy the exhibit. So come on out, meet our talented local youth photographers, and enjoy some fresh perspectives on Oliver.

AUDITION for Born Yesterday

SOAP Theatre will hold two open auditions for Born Yesterday, a classic comedy by Garson Kanin, and directed by Tom Szalay. While the production is slated for February 2020, casting begins in June.

Set in Washington, DC in 1946, the play is as fresh and topical today as when it was written. Born Yesterday tackles such timely themes as political corruption, influence peddling, and misogyny all served up in a delightful mix of satire, romance, and above all, comedy.

Overbearing junkyard mogul Harry Brock sets out to buy a senator.  After his girlfriend, the sassy ex-showgirl Billie Dawn, publicly humiliates him with her lack of education, Brock decides she needs a crash course in class and intelligence, and hires journalist Paul Verrall as her tutor. Billie is determined to outwit Brock and give him an overdue comeuppance. Can street-smart Billie prove she is much more intelligent than her crass boyfriend and tutor give her credit for?

Born Yesterday calls for 15 characters including three leads, four supporting cast and eight minor parts. Szalay anticipates selecting two female and six or seven male actors to fill the roles. Some actors will play more than one minor character. Alternatively, backstage crew members may be costumed to make minor appearances and walk-ons as various hotel staff.

Auditions will be held on Sunday June 23 at 2 pm at the Big Blue Building (Quail’s Nest Arts Centre), 5840 Airport Street, Oliver, and again on Monday June 24 at 7 pm at the Osoyoos Art Gallery (upstairs),  8713 Main St. Osoyoos. Newcomers are always welcome. Those seeking to work backstage are also welcome to attend.  No RSVP or appointment necessary.

Full descriptions of each character and preparatory materials for the audition, are available on the SOAP Theatre website: www.soplayers.ca/audition. There hopeful actors can find script excerpts, background information, rehearsal plans, and accent tutorials (Billie and Brock). To level the playing field, the director advises the material be read before the audition, although memorization is not required. 

Cast members selected will be given scripts to review prior to rehearsals. There will be two read-throughs and a couple of meetings to discuss character development before rehearsals begin in earnest in the fall of 2019. Rehearsal scheduling will be done in consultation with actors and crew.  

Born Yesterday is booked to play five performances at the Venables Theatre between February 7 and 15, 2020.

Information about the auditions is available from the producer, Penelope Johnson, 250-498-0183.

Call for Artists!

Oliver Community Arts Council presents
Fall Art Show & Sale
Multimedia art exhibits, competition, and sale
Saturday October 5
3 – 9 p.m. Competition, public voting, reception, awards
Sunday October 6
12 – 5 p.m. Exhibit and sales continue, wine fridge draw
Oliver Community Centre, 6359 Park Drive, Oliver, BC

Categories (9): Oils, Watercolours, Acrylics, Photography, 3 – D,
Mixed/Other Media, Fibre Arts, plus 2 youth categories
Awards in all categories plus overall Best in Show

Entry Form Deadline: Friday September 13
Early Bird Draw Deadline: Thursday September 12
Artwork Delivery: Saturday October 5 (8 or 9 a.m.)
Maximum: 2 pieces per artist

“Canada’s funniest man” in Oliver

Derek Edwards is “the funniest man in Canada” according to Rick Mercer. Anyone who has heard Edward’s baritone voice, contrasting with his slightly hapless hiccupy delivery, will agree. Derek casts himself as an Everyman facing crises at every turn, whether it’s taking his dog for shots at the vet or trying to find milk and bread at an enormous grocery store.

On Sunday June 2, prepare for side splitting laughter when Derek Edwards takes over the stage at the Venables Theatre. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to see this icon of Canadian comedy: $47.50 There is no better way to start your work week with a smile!

From Victoria to St. John’s, this Just For Laughs veteran is universally considered to be among the comic elite. Certainly his peers think so, as evidenced by the fact that he’s a four-time nominee, and winner of Best Standup Comic – Canadian Comedy Awards, as well as a multiple Gemini nominee for Best Performance in a Comedy. Derek’s numerous TV credits include The New Red Green Show, A & E’s Comedy on the Road, Just For Laughs, and CBC’s Comics.

Alls I’m Saying is Derek Edward’s latest 90-minute stand-up show. Identifying himself with the ordinary working guy, his comedic gift is making the ordinary extraordinary.  Derek is also known for keeping it clean. As one fan testifies: “It was so refreshing to see a terrific comedian that does not need to constantly swear to be funny.“ 

Derek’s credentials are huge: “5 STARS – the funniest man on earth” – Winnipeg Free Press; “4 STARS – the crowd howled” – Victoria Times Colonist; “still the funniest man in Canada” – Toronto Sun; “Edwards reigns as the King of Canadian comedy” – Charlottetown Guardian; “Derek Edwards is hysterical” – Calgary Sun; “Edwards takes stand-up to next stage” – Georgia Straight; “the epitome of timing & storytelling” – Halifax Chronicle Herald; “the comedian’s comedian” – London Free Press.