Agnes Sutherland: For the Sound of Colour



Agnes Sutherland left a legacy of love and commitment to our community.  She also left  a large amount of artwork when she passed away earlier this year.  Agnes worked in oils, pastels, acrylic and collage.  Her family are offering her works for sale to raise funds for the Agnes Sutherland Memorial. The goal is to raise $16,000.00 towards the purchase of a grand piano for the lobby area of the Frank Venables Theatre.  To date the fund has collected over ¼ of that goal.

A grand piano to grace the lobby area of our beautiful landmark theatre opens up so many more opportunities for the space.  Already accommodating receptions, recitals and small social events, the piano will allow an additional variety of musical programs to enhance our community life.

“For the Sound of Colour” takes place Thanksgiving weekend.  Hours are Saturday, Oct.8, 3pm to 9pm and Sunday, Oct. 9, 12pm – 5pm. An opening reception will be held on Saturday from 7pm to 9pm during which time former piano students of Agnes will provide music.  Besides artwork, published books of  Agnes’s poetry will be on sale.  Since the event is Thanksgiving weekend, a table of canning and baking will also be offered.  Everyone is invited to enjoy the memory of Agnes through her art and add her art to your collection.

The event takes place at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre at 5840 Airport Road in Oliver. Thanks go to the Oliver Community Arts Council for generously enabling this fundraiser to take place through their Contracted Service Agreement program.Quail Logo Slide




If you can’t make it to the event but wish to make a donation to the memorial, you can do so either by mail:  cheque made out to “Agnes Sutherland Memorial” c/o M. Trimble, 967 Panorama Cres,,. Oliver V0H 1T6  or deposit to any branch of Valley First Credit Union, Account #2826758,  Transit #16650,  Institute #809.

Get your tickets for great music

by Marion Boyd

Quartango (1)November 11th classically trained musicians come together to explore their passion for tango on piano, violin, double bass and bandoneon.   Accompanied by two tango dancers, Quartango, (pictured above) has charmed audiences around the world. 7:30 p.m. If you act now, tickets to this first  concert may be purchased for only $16.25  until November 10. That’s a savings of $6.25 off the regular price of $22.50



December 2nd, Russian concert pianist Sergei Saratovsky has also won acclaim on the world stage.   He became a resident of Canada in 2002 and completed his doctoral studies here.  Born into a family of musicians, his awards would fill pages including a recent Best Canadian Artist award at the Montreal International Musical Competition!   Our new grand piano will get a work out with Saratovsky!




January 27th, 2017, the Remi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble will perform a tribute to Dave Brubeck.  Bolduc is one of Canada’s best jazz saxophonist.  Breathtaking precision, magnetic stage presence and dazzling virtuosity, energy and spontaneity are his trademarks.  He will tour with guest pianist Francois Bourassa.

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February 24, 2017, Duo Concertante features Nancy Dahn on violin and Timothy Steeves on piano.   Reviews refer to their “artistry, poetry and impeccable technique” and the excitement of “grace and fire… fury and repose”.   From Newfoundland, they are doing a cross Canada tour to follow a tour in Europe.

Now is the time to secure your tickets for the coming season.

Tickets for all Concert Series shows are now on sale. Regular prices are $22.50 per event ($90 for the entire season). But if you act now, tickets to the first event, Quartango, may be purchased for only $16.25  until November 10. That reduces the season price to only $83.75 for four great evenings of entertainment.

All Seats Reserved 
Available at Frank Venables box office Mondays 11-3
Buy tickets online for best seat availability:

Coming to the Venables Theatre

alicelogo25_origFriday September 30, 1pm & 7pm
Missoula Children’s Theatre and Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School present


Take a wondrous trip with Alice, the White Rabbit and a host of others as the Missoula Children’s Theatre and more than 50 Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School students present ALICE IN WONDERLAND. This original musical production is part of the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s unique international touring project.

The story begins with Alice and her older sister Margaret reading together. Margaret becomes frustrated as Alice is curious about absolutely everything. Suddenly, a White Rabbit appears from nowhere. After a quick and nonsensical conversation, Alice follows the rabbit to a strange and wonderful place. In the course of her adventures, Alice meets a band of Flowers, the King and Queen of Hearts, the Knave and the rest of the suit of Cards, a giant Caterpillar, a Fish, a Frog, the Duchess, the Cook, the Cheshire Cat, the Gryphon, the Mock Turtle, a group of singing Lobsters, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the Dormouse and Humpty Dumpty. Through it all, Alice grows “curiouser and curiouser” as to where she is and even who she is. In the end, the answers she seeks are unimportant. Wonderland is all nonsense, anyway. As the White Rabbit explains, “Nonsense is fun!”. For more information, call Tuc-el-Nuit at (250) 498-3415

Friday October 7, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Presented by Global Village B&B for the MS Society


A Fats Domino Musical Tribute

kenny_blues_boss_wayne1The Legendary Blues and Boogie Woogie piano master Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne is hailed by LIVING BLUES magazine as “an artist bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary Blues.” This 2006 Juno Award winner was raised in New Orleans and his powerful music recalls the era when piano players like Fats Domino worked the “strolls” in dozens of American cities. Resplendent in one of his many multi-hued, French, custom-tailored stage suits, he’s a throwback to the golden age of classic rhythm and blues. Wayne is a soulful vocalist and an electrifying performer – a cross between Fats Domino and Professor Longhair.

This concert is sure to be a Wine Festival highlight and all proceeds will go directly to the South Okanagan Similkameen Chapter of the MS Society. Come early and enjoy a glass of Road 13 wine which will be available for purchase, or enjoy a glass during intermission or after the concert when you can mingle with Kenny and his incredibly talented band.

All over North America and Europe, Kenny’s concerts sell out quickly, so buy your tickets early.

All Seats Reserved

Tickets $35

Available at Frank Venables box office Mondays 11-3

Buy tickets online for best seat availability

Select seats also available at

Beyond Bliss Esthetics

Medici’s Gelateria and Coffee House


Saturday October 22nd, 2016 – 7:30pm

Frank Venables Theatre Presents


lorneelliot-web_origCanadian born LORNE ELLIOTT has performed from Newfoundland to New York City, from Los Angeles to Australia and points in between. Lorne started performing in 1974 as a folk musician in East Coast Canada. At the same time he kept writing fiction as well as songs, monologues and one-liners. The outcome of such a training is a very special show of comedy and music, totally original, entertaining, foolish and uplifting. Along with his unique performance style it is the timelessness of his material, joined with keen observations on today’s trends that make LORNE ELLIOTT ‘s work so special. Lorne has been gracing the airwaves as host of CBC Radio’s “Madly Off In All Directions” for 11 seasons.

“I was born so far back I can hardly remember and grew up normally, I think. I started going on stage at a time when hair like mine was fashionable, and I hung a guitar hung around my neck to complete the look. Somewhere around that time people started laughing at me, and I saw no reason why I shouldn’t join them. I’ve made a living off the products of my imagination for thirty years, so if you’re wondering if that’s possible I am here to tell you it is. Give it a whirl. You just might find an audience.”

All Seats Reserved

Tickets- Adults $35, Students $15

Available at Frank Venables box office Mondays 11-3

Buy tickets online for best seat availability

Select seats also available at Beyond Bliss Esthetics


Thursday, November 10, 2016 – 7:30pm

The Louisiana Hayride Show

Fall Tour Spectacular

hayride-poster-cut-web_origJoin the incredibly talented cast of the Louisiana Hayride Show as they pay tribute to the iconic live radio program, The Louisiana Hayride. Join them on this magical, musical journey, to a time when songs were meaningful, words were understood and the sound was pleasant.

Here to delight you will be “Patsy Cline”, “Roy Orbison”, “Willie Nelson”, “Hank Williams”, “Loretta Lynn” and more! Plus, tributes to our Great Canadians; Hank Snow, Anne Murray, Ian and Sylvia and Shania Twain.

Come for a FUN night out! You will be entertained from beginning to end!

All Seats Reserved

Tickets $39.50

Available at Frank Venables box office Mondays 11-3

Buy tickets online for best seat availability

Select seats also available at Beyond Bliss Esthetics

Nest and Nectar



The Artists of the South Okanagan-Similkameen (Federation of Canadian Artists) would like to invite the public to an Art Show celebrating BC Culture days as well as the Grand Opening of the Nest and Nectar Restaurant located in the historic Cannery building in Penticton adjacent to Many Hats Theatre. Proprietors of the restaurant, Randy and Fergy, are big supporters of the arts and plan on featuring entertainment and events over the upcoming year including live music, art exhibits, kids cooking classes, senior’s nights and food/wine pairings hosted by Okanagan’s wineries.  The show runs from Oct 1 – Dec 19/2016.


Friday Night Live’s “Wine Festival Madness” lands on the eve of the Fall Art Show and Sale and Hester Creek’s Garlic Festival and two days before Festival of the Grape. Lots of great visiting talent here to stomp the grape and kick the music into high gear.

Last time around we had another amazing performance from Stef and Dan Laramie. Richard, Marcel, Neil and Bianca, James, Joe 50 and even me (sorry).

Come kick the doors down with your own vibe this Friday coming. The beer is cold and the music IS of course always sooooo HOT! Marcel Morneau and our crazy talented artists will fill the night. We crank up the music shortly after 7:00. The music is huge…Tons of talent…all we need is you!

We are licensed. We have beer, wine, coffees with a kick and our usual great gelato and snacks, sweet treats and of course…our great host Marcel. Medici’s this Friday Sept 30th at 7:00 PM. 522 Fairview Road. 250-498-2228.

Tyson’s “Quartette” returns to sing

by David Badger

Here It Is……

Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick, and Sylvia Tyson are Quartette and they are coming HERE for Christmas. If you were lucky enough to catch them in an intimate concert setting two summers ago then you know just how good they are. We thought we could have sold that show out 2 or 3 times over back then, so we are moving to the big venue at Venables to give you the concert of the season. Medici’s, along with our co-sponsors, the Oliver Grandmothers for Africa are going to give you the concert of your life! 

Since their debut in 1993, the four members of Quartette have been both publicly and critically acclaimed for their lush harmonies and delightfully diverse repertoire. These incredibly talented women are seasoned singer/songwriters whose influences range from blues and gospel to folk and country to jazz and pop.

The ladies have two Christmas CDs under their belts, “A Quartette Christmas.” and “It’s Christmas!” They deliver a unique blend of Christmas music in their trademark harmonies in a show that is truly reverent. They are more than anything else, ultimate professionals. An evening with Quartette is always magical and oh so amazing. Come have one of those!

Quartette performs at the Frank Venables Theatre on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $45 each and seating is assigned. Get yours quickly at the Venables box office, online at or at Medici’s at 522 Fairview Road. 250-498-2228


Art Harvest at Nk’mip Cellars

The Artists of the South Okanagan-Similkameen (Federation of Canadian Artists) would like to invite the public to a harvest of a different type!  A gathering of art creations, artists are showing the fruits of their artistic labours from the summer season , whether they were created out in the orchards, vineyards or in their studios, it will be a treat!  Join us as at

Nk’Mip Cellars

Osoyoos BC

October 11 to November 7

Hours: Daily  10am -6pm.

For more information please visit our website at

Find your thrill on October 7th

Medici’s is both proud and honoured to promote and recommend you get yourself to The Venables for a rare treat. Friday October 7th, the Frank Venables Auditorium will host Thrill on Blueberry Hill, a Fats Domino Tribute, A magical night when true legends of music will take our wonderful theatre into a stratosphere of entertainment like none other.

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne and his band take us back to a time when piano players like Fats Domino worked the “strolls” in dozens of American Cities. This talented, internationally recognized Juno-award-winning “Boogie-woogie Piano Man” has a flamboyant stage presence, and his noteworthy 7 piece band – including Russell Jackson, who played 6 years with the legendary BB King, and saxophone player Craig Thomson, 2013 Okanagan Musician of the Year – are sure to wow with this incredible Fats Domino Tribute.

Local duo, Mountainview Drive, will open the night performing classic harmonies from the 1940s to the 1960’s. They’ll take you back to the good old days when lyrics told stories, and harmony soothed souls.

Concert is Friday Oct 7th, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Frank Venables Theatre. This is during Wine Festival, so get your tickets early.

Proceeds of the concert will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society, to help fund MS research and services to help people living with MS.

Tickets are available online at

And at Medici’s on Fairview Road in Oliver, Beyond Bliss on Main street, or by contacting Corrie Adolph at 778-439-2276


Double Header at Medici’s

On Saturday, September 17th Medici’s presents a fantastic Doubleheader Fall Classic. Two great bands will take our stage and entertain you like none other.

First up will be Mountainview Drive, a local band that has been getting a ton of attention, notoriety and well-earned celebrity here in the valley.

Corrie and Stephane are Mountain View Drive, and they harmonize the great oldies, giving a funky spin to hits from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. They’ll take you back to the good old days when lyrics told stories, and harmony soothed souls. Sinatra, The Everly Brothers, The Carpenters, Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and on and on. These two are as smooth as silk and polished to a gleam.

After the break, a great duo, Chicken-Like Birds, who debuted their stuff at Medici’s in the summer of 2015, will step up with some sweet creative and oh-so-funky sounds.

Chicken-Like Birds, sloppy blues guitar specialist Ari Lantela and Jasmin Frederickson on the double bass sing country blues and ragtime songs about adventure, independent women, cornbread and their own strange relationship. Slap in some on-stage antics, funny stories and some endearing awkwardness and you’ve got Chicken-Like Birds!

Tickets are $20 in advance and seating is assigned. Doors will open at 6:30 and Mountainview Drive will open at 7:30.
Medici’s is at 522 Fairview Road in Oliver, 250-498-2228


A Great Partnership in the Park

Oliver Parks and Recreation partnered with the Oliver Community Arts Council to put on Music in the Park again this year, and it was a great success. OCAC wants to thank Oliver Parks and Rec for a great venue and their continued support!

Oliver Parks and Rec wrote:
Oliver Parks and Recreation would like to thank the Oliver Community Arts Council for the 8 great Thursdays of music that they put on for everyone’s enjoyment this summer. We would also like to thank everyone who came down to support the many talented musicians and singers that performed, the vendors who came out to the sell their wares at the market, and Monsterjump for the bouncy castle and the face painting.

The Music in the Park nights put on the Oliver Community Arts Council wrapped up on Thursday, August 25th with a great turn out to watch the Naden Band from CFB Esquimalt.

We would also like to remind everyone that although the Oliver Community Arts Council Music in the Park is over for another season, there are 2 more Thursdays to come out and enjoy some music.

Thursday September 1st we had the Screendoors from Penticton on stage at 6:30pm: “Look through the ripped screen door to find a musical collaboration that brings new sparks of well-tended fires. We are a front porch candle light party equipped with lyrics like warm blankets and melodies like the glint from wild mid-summer bonfires. Maiya Robbie and Tavis Weir front the folk, rock, bluegrass hybrid alongside talented musicians Stefan Bienz, Dave Mai, and Darren Filipenko.”

Thursday September 8th we will have a couple of different acts on our stage. One will be Oliver Parks and Recreation’s own Carol Sheridan and the other will be The Mysterious Sonic Booms. Our food vendor for this night is still to be confirmed.
On both nights Monsterjump will be here with a bouncy castle and we will have market vendors onsite.

See you on September 8, and again next summer!

Get your “wild” going

FASS 2016 Call for Entires

The Oliver Community Arts Councils Fall Art Show and Sale (FASS) will be “Going Wild” on October 1st and 2nd.  The show and sale runs jointly with the wildly popular Festival of the Grape at the Oliver Community Centre. The two-day event includes a competition in nine categories, public voting, exhibits and demos by featured artists, live entertainment, an evening reception, and a draw for a stocked wine fridge.

Visual artists in all media and of all ages are encouraged to enter with their interpretation of this theme. “Going Wild” could inspire an abstract expression of wild emotions: passion, anger, lust, or joyful abandon. The theme could reflect an artist’s choice of unusual media, going “wild and crazy” with new fibres, new digital techniques, new designs, new surfaces and applications. The theme could refer to the artist’s choice of subject matter: psychological turmoil, political ideology, liberation, anarchy, or a “back-to-the-land” philosophy. “Going Wild” might also inspire a nature lover to submit a work featuring flora or fauna, such as an overgrown garden, an exotic animal, or a wilderness adventure. We hope this theme gives you great scope as you decide what you will enter this year. What is WILD for you?

Categories include photography, fibre arts, oils, acrylics, watercolours, three-dimensional, and other media (encaustic, pen and ink, mixed media, etc), Two categories for youth, emerging artists and budding artists, invite entries in any visual medium. Awards are given in each category, as well as an overall “Best Interpretation of the Theme” (Best in Show).

Entry forms must be received by Friday September 9, 2016Artwork need not be completed by that date. We just need to know what it is you plan to enter! Artwork is delivered to the venue on the morning of the show, Saturday October 1. This gives artists up to three extra weeks to complete their piece.

Individual membership in the Oliver Community Arts Council ($15) is not required but does reduce the entry fee for Adult submissions, as well as providing benefits through the year. Emerging artist submissions are a $10 fee. For budding artists the entry fee is waived. If you became a member of the arts council as part of last year’s FASS, your membership is good through to the end of 2016. If you purchase a membership as part of this year`s FASS, that membership is good through 2017 (and the 2017 FASS). That means you are good for two shows in one! If you are uncertain of your current membership status, please contact us.

FASS 2016 Entry Form

FASS 2016 Terms and Guidelines

Check out our website at any time. There you will find forms always available under “Forms” or “Membership”. Please contact us by email if you have questions. olivercac @

Tomorrow Night at Medici’s!

Twin Peaks is playing Friday August 26th at Medici’s Gelateria! Doors open at 6:30, planned seating. The show kicks off at 7:30. CDs will be available for sale.

Rich harmonies, a piano, a guitar, two ukuleles and unlimited wit are at the heart of Twin Peaks – a duo that embraces roots music with undertones of country and contemporary blues. Naomi Shore and Lindsay Pratt their onstage chemistry is totally infectious- Heavenly harmonies and – between songs – banter that can border on the hellishly humorous.

Tickets have been going fast since before this show was announced! The show was nearly sold out a week ago, so if you don’t have yours yet, you need to act fast!

Twin Peaks Photo