Beer shop & social opens

Firehall Beerby Sid Ruhland

We have softly opened the doors! We’re still hanging decorations and waiting for merchandise shipments, but the beer is flowing and the vinyl is spinning ūüėÄ We are here everyday to host you as our guest, and strive to make you feel right at home.

We have not yet permanently set our hours of operations, but you can be sure that from now on we’ll be open here every day from Noon til 8pm for retail beer to-go and bar-service enjoyment on-site. For pints we use the UK Imperial Pint (20 UK-oz), which is 20% larger than a US Pint. All of our prices include tax… because who really feels like crunching math equations when they’re out for a beer?!

The last of the Kickstarter Rewards (t-shirts, hoodies, and stoneware growlers) will be arriving in 2 weeks. Everything else is in! Soon we’ll be planning a reward pickup event, but you can come in any day for your reward(s). We’ll keep the updates coming so everyone is informed about what’s happening.

Our Grand Opening Party is tentatively set for Friday, July 22. We’ll be sending out invites for that very soon. Jam Nights, Vinyl Nights, and Beer Club events are also in the works, so stay tuned!

Please come check us out! We’re openly accepting feedback, good and bad, so that we can quickly iron out the kinks and make this space the best it can be. We are super excited, and love our new home! Thank you to all backers; you made this happen. The Backer Barrel Table is here and ready for your signature. Cheers!Cask  Cocktails Poster

Great view with art and wine



537 Tinhorn Creek Rd.

Oliver, BC

July 8-25/2016

Daily 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Kicking off the summer for art lovers, the Artists of the South Okanagan-Similkameen are pleased to be showing a collection of member works in their upcoming exhibit at Tinhorn Creek Vineyard. Treat your senses to a blend of Art and Winery ambiance!  Duration of Exhibit:  July 8-25/2016   Hours: daily 10:00AM -4:00 PM.   For more information please visit our website at

FCA SOS Tin Horn Creek 2016


OCAC Bursary winners

Gavin and ChristinaThe Oliver Community Arts Council recently awarded two bursaries of $500 each to 2016 graduates from Southern Okanagan Secondary School: Gavin Buttar and Christina Raposo.

Gavin Buttar is perhaps best known for his on-stage charisma, both as a lead in SOSS Drama productions and as an Oliver Ambassador. He provided able assistance during the quiz portion of the arts council’s Community Christmas Concert last December. Christina Raposo is a talented visual artist, and had won previous awards in English and French, and had been the junior grades award winner in fine arts. ¬†Both graduates were among many talented artists displaying their work in the¬†SOSS Year-end Art Show at the Oliver Public Library on June 15. Both were awarded one of twelve District Authority Scholarships, for $1250.

Congratulations to you both!

Aaaagh! The Ripoff Artists are coming!

The_Scream2The Ripoff Artists are SCREAMING in anticipation of this year’s Ripoff challenge!!! This year’s artwork, The Scream by Edvard Munch, will have everyone shrieking with glee!

This also marks the tenth Ripoff Artist challenge! Besides the usual skullduggery of ripping off a famous artist, the group is showing works from all their previous challenges. AND, for the first time ever, many works will be for sale! Come celebrate with the artists, and take home a piece of history.

The opening reception will be on Monday, July 11 from 6 to 8, and will feature the wines of Montakarn winery, music by Brian Mapplebeck, and a Norwegian-style smorgasbord spread in honour of Edvard Munch. See, with your own eyes, the many works created by this talented group of South Okanagan artists over the past 9 years.

Throughout the week, the show will remain open, while the Ripoff Artists will also carry out their usual shenanigans in the Studio building, ripping off Munch’s famous image of The Scream (itself one of the most-stolen artworks in history). The usual suspects will be there: Enid Baker, Tara Hovanes, Kurt Hutterli, Terry Irvine, Barb Levant, Norberto Rodriguez de la Vega, Marion Trimble, JoAnn Turner and Russell Work. Between them, this motley crew will tackle collage, mixed media, fabric and fibre arts, acrylic painting, 3 dimensional assemblage and furniture painting. In addition, this year the group will welcome guest artist Bethany Handfield, an encaustic and mixed media artist from Penticton! With a group this cunning and talented, you never know what else they might be up to! Come and see for yourself!

Steal away to the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, 5840 Airport Road in Oliver, during the week of July 11 to 16. The retrospective show and sale will be open in Big Blue 10-2 Tuesday to Friday, while the gang will be hard at work in the Studio building everyday from Tuesday through Saturday between 10 and 3. It’ll be a scream!

The Ripoff Artists thank the Oliver Community Arts Council for their generous support.

SOAP holds auditions for 3-play season

auditionsAnnouncing the 2016-17 Theatrical Season

It has been SOAP’s¬†wish to move to a three-show-per-year format for some time.¬† Maybe the Okanagan Zone Drama Festival made us feel invincible, or maybe we are just crazy, but ready or not, your daring board has approved an ambitious three-show season for 2016-17.¬† In addition, we endeavour to plan next year in advance, too.¬† The advantages to a season planned in advance are many, but the best reasons are that we can begin to advertise much sooner and seek sponsors for a season brochure.

After careful deliberation, the SOAP board has approved of the following series for 2016-17:

Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti (End October 2016) –¬† Directed by Nathan Linders

Don’t Dress For Dinner by Marc Camoletti (End January 2017)

Art by Yazmina Reza ¬†(Beginning May 2017 and Okanagan Zone Festival) –¬† Directed by Trevor Leigh and Aimee Grice

Auditions for all three shows commence in June!  Please mark your calendars.  While we must cast Boeing Boeing now, if enough people show up we may be able to cast the rest.  As such, we are holding, at a minimum, two auditions each in Oliver and Osoyoos.  The dates are:

Oliver:  Thursday June 23rd : 6 pm Р9 pm

              Sunday June 26th : 12 noon to 3 pm

              Quails’ Nest Arts Centre

              5840 Airport Street, Oliver

Osoyoos:  Sunday June 26 6-9 pm

                  Tuesday June 6-9 pm.

                  Osoyoos Art Gallery

                  8713 Main Street, Osoyoos РWest Side entrance

Both genders, all ages.  Bring friends!  A good turnout is better for the production!

This is also a call for volunteers for backstage roles.¬† There is room for everybody in every role behind the scenes.By the way, even if you don’t want to be onstage,¬†you are¬†still invited!¬† The readings are fun, and you might find something else you’d like to do for the production!

Tell a friend!  We are casting for a broad age range but we are particularly short on 20-40 something actors.  Also, we will be looking for a large male to have some fun portraying a figure of menace for the climax of one of our shows.

If you think you can pull off intimidating we have a part for that
If you think you can pull off 60s stewardess, we have a part for that
We’ve got great parts for cheating men, art lovers, a¬†cheeky housekeeper, and more. ¬†AS ALWAYS WE CONSIDER ALL EXPERIENCE LEVELS.

Some tips:

Ladies, work on your convincing French, German, and California accents (definitely an asset). Leading men may find a French accent an asset.
We can¬†cast for¬†most age groups as long as we can cast in groups of¬†similar age so don’t¬†stay home because of what I said above about 20-40 somethings.

Correct email and website:

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Music for the ages in the Park

GoBeamer Wigley 2t the sunscreen, got the shades, got the lawn chair…. Got the music? Don’t worry: Music in the Park has your entertainment covered for total summer relaxation.  Live music fans will gather Thursday evenings at the Oliver Community Band Shell to hear performers that span the generations. The concert series line-up features youthful talent and seasoned musicians, fresh new tunes, golden oldies and traditional ballads.

Teen country singer Beamer Wigley opens the series on Thursday June 30 at 6:30 p.m. Beamer began performing live at age 7, and has been belting out show tunes in Penticton‚Äôs Soundstage productions for six seasons. Determined to make music his profession, he has toured the Eastern U.S., B.C., Alberta, Ontario and performed at the CCMA series in Halifax, winning numerous awards along the way. His debut album will be released in August. Audiences who catch this talented 14-year old now will be saying ‚ÄúI knew Beamer when‚Ķ‚ÄĚ once Mr. Wigley hits the big time.

Husband-and-wife duo Timbre Wolves mix it up with Jazz Out West 1classic rock and current hits on Thursday July 14. Influenced by Heart, Adele, Neil Young, Aretha Franklin, and April Wine, Kevin and Jill combine soulful singing with driving rhythms.

Audience favourite Jazz Out West returns this year on Thursday July 21 with the smooth and sultry tones of Iris Larratt fronting the band. These seasoned pros are known for tight rhythms, clean and fresh melodies, and warm appeal.

Dale Seaman 1Country rock fans will enjoy another perennial crowd-pleaser, Dale Seaman & Highway 97 on Thursday July 28. This ‚Äúcountry gentleman‚ÄĚ is often compared to Alan Jackson, but sings a wide variety of tunes, including many of his own. The evening will be the ‚ÄúFeed the Valley‚ÄĚ concert, sponsored by Valley First. Donations of food items for the local food bank are welcome.

From two ageless musicians comes some ageless Celtic music, followed by rhythm and blues on Thursday August 4. Sure to widen music horizons, Rusty Copeland and Rolly St. Amand share a program spanning the genres and centuries.

Uncorked! 1Toe-tapping dance band Uncorked! entertains on Thursday August 11 with energetic selections from the Gypsy Kings to Paul Simon, Patsy Cline to Chuck Berry.

Locals will cheer for Rebel Luv & Dawn on Thursday August 18. Mikie Spillett and Ken Repkow will rock out with a country sound, and Dawn MacRae will add her twangin’ rock in this evening’s double-header.

Naden Band 1Music in the Park goes out with a big bang ‚Äď and a big band sound – on Thursday August 25. Members of the Naden Band (Royal Canadian Navy) span the musical ages with classical hits, marches, show tunes, film scores, and jazz and pop hits.

All concerts are rain-or-shine on Thursdays from 6:30 ‚Äď 8:00 p.m. at the Oliver Community Stage band shell. Rain venue is on‚Äďsite at the Oliver Community Centre. Suggested donation is $5. Bring a lawn chair. Market and food vendors 4:30 ‚Äď 8:00 p.m. Info: OliverCAC @ Presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council.

Jazz for Africa

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Grab a chair and $10 (only $5 if you are a student) and come for some fun! Thursday, June 9th at 7 pm Oliver’s Grandmothers for Africa are presenting the Thursday Night Jazz Band at the Quail’s Nest on Airport Road.

Last year these amazing musicians filled the air with toe tapping, body swaying music. The audience, camped out on chairs they carried to the venue, spilled out the big doors into the warmth of a perfect Spring night. We should be so lucky again!! It was a happy mellow mood. Walls were hung with African fabrics. Host grandmothers wearing their distinctive lemon yellow shirts with the black logo of mother and child plastered on front welcomed the crowd.

The idea of the Thursday Night Jazz Band is unique, brilliant and quite different from a formal concert. Talented and generous, a substantial group of jazz musicians from the South Okanagan get together in various combinations to perform. They have to practice and most have day jobs. So Thursday nights, informal and fun, are practice time and why not practice in front of an audience and help local charities raise money for worthwhile causes?

On June 9th the cause is the Stephen Lewis Foundation programs in Africa to help African grandmothers raise grandkids orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. The history of AIDS in Africa chronicles hardship and painful losses but it also is the story of indomitable grandmothers. They put their grandchildren through school, harvest crops, create local savings and loan groups, teach others about HIV prevention and treatment, and participate in innovative income-generating programmes. They form support groups and deliver comfort and hope through home-based care.

When you join us June 9th you will be part of a win/win musical evening with a variety of big band jazz pieces and some incredible improvisations. Come with your friends for some fine entertainment knowing that by attending you are helping children in Africa survive and thrive.

Musical talents at Medici’s

Opera Medicis

An amazing night of music and song from one of the very best voices around BC today. Opera Meets Broadway II presents the superbly talented Brandon Thornhill accompanied by versatile and gifted pianist Glen Stevenson Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Medici’s in Oliver.

This magnificent performing artist is back. Brandon Thornhill, a Masters in Music from UBC,has performed numerous Concerts and Operas all¬†over the musical landscape with the UBC Opera Ensemble, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagon Symphony, as well as National and International engagements. His vocal talents are incredible. His stage presence magnetic. He is bringing us an evening of Sinatra, Gershwin, Puccini, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more. If you missed him 2 years ago then you missed a talent rarely available in an intimate setting like Medici’s. Don’t miss him this time.

Glen Stevenson, a gifted pianist and long time friend of Medici’s will again be on hand to accompany one of the finest vocalists form the Vancouver music scene. Glen has toured extensively with numerous shows and performers. He is a highly polished performer with a long list of credits to his name and has literally played ,all around the world. Fortunately for us he makes neighbouring Vancouver his home and Oliver a favourite place to visit.

Saturday,June 11, 2016. We have planned seating available at $25 per ticket. Doors open at 6:30 PM and Brandon and Glen perform at 7:30. We are licensed and the food is oh so good. Medici’s at 522 Fairview Road in Oliver , BC…250-498-2228

Sell your stuff at Music in the Park

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We’re heating up the band shell again, all summer long! The arts council’s Music in the Park is getting set to rock, swing, and two-step every Thursday evening from June 30 to August 25. Performers are all lined up: country, rock, Celtic folk, R&B, blues, pop, jazz, and big band. More on that later!

But now, how about you? How can you get in on the action? Book a booth at the best little Evening Market around! Who’s at the market?

** hand-crafted goods such as jewelry, soaps, wood-working and pottery

** produce like preserves, fresh fruits and veggies,

** food vendors,

** retail merchandise such as summer clothing, accessories, linens, and housewares

** business services such as landscaping or home improvement

** promotions by non-profits and clubs: fundraisers, events, ticket sales, and activities.

** wine tastings presented by local wineries

Every Thursday from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. is yours to sell, sell, sell! Come for one night or book all summer long. Download the form below and join us in the park!

Oliver Art Market Vendor Form

Kick the doors down

Friday Night Live, a night of great live music and entertainment is BACK this Friday May 27th at 7:00PM. Such an incredible night of music last time out. Steph and Dan were back from Cawston and oh so soulful. We had some fantastic exchange students fronted by a lady with a great big voice…just outta the blue. I’ve stopped inviting Springsteen; we don’t have room for him anymore. You wonderful people have made this night enormous. Here comes another!!!

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 local 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 May 27th at 7:00 PM. 522 Fairview Road. 250-498-2228.

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