Steve Jones and the Patio Bandits

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Steve Jones and the Patio Bandits (Monika Jones, vocals, and Ryan Schick, keyboard and vocals) brought the sun with them on Thursday night for Music in the Park. After a couple of days of grey skies, rain, thunder and lightning, the clouds rolled away and the sun shone just in time for their first rock’n’roll number. The audience too seemed eager to be out in the sunshine once more, celebrating the pleasant weather with some crowd-pleasing music. Steve Jones 10 Monika

The band played a seamlessly blended mix of Steve’s original tunes, and a generous helping of rock’n’roll favourites from the Beatles, Paul McCartney, Roy Orbison, Bryan Adams, and Queen. Steve showed his ease onstage, alternating between belting out the classics with a solid rock baritone and entertaining the crowd with some light banter. Monika Jones, married to Steve for 27 years, was a sweet-voiced backup, never overpowering Steve’s pleasantly rough-edged melodies. Ryan Schick’s masterful command of the keyboard delighted many in the audience, especially on his jazz-improvised solos, Even the occasional guitar tuneup became a melodic interlude with Schick riffing on the  basic guitar chords. Visit for CDs, bios, and bookings.Steve Jones 12 Ryan Schick

July 24th  was earmarked as the “Feed the Valley” concert, partnering with Valley First Credit Union. According to Oliver Food Bank representative Ernie Dumais, more than 200 pounds of canned and dry goods was received from a generous audience. Christa Phillips, Community Investment Officer at Valley First Credit Union, said she was “proud of the four-year partnership” with the Oliver Community Arts Council’s Music in the Park. The financial institution has set a goal of raising $1,000,000 within ten years with their many Feed the Valley projects and has already raised close to $700,000 for area food banks in less than half that time.

Thank you to all the Music in the Park audiences. Get set for another four Thursdays of great music! See you in the park: 6:30 – 8:00 for the concerts, and 4:30 to 8:30 for the markets. MITP 2014 August sm

See the mermaids swimming

9314697The RipOff Artists invite you to get surreal with them this summer as they filet “Queen of the Fish”, a beaded embroidery by Canadian artist Mimi Parent (1924-2005). To make things more surreal, each RipOff Artist will work circles and triangles into their rendition. The action will be reeling from August 5 to 9 at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre in Oliver.

Each Ripoff Artist is also creating a “pre-piece” based on work by Parent or another Surrealist, or an original Surrealist-style work of their own. Members of the Ripoff Artists are Enid Baker, Terry Irvine, Tara Hovanes, Kurt Hutterli, Barb Levant, Leo Pedersen, Marion Trimble, JoAnn Turner, and Russell Work.

Mimi Parent was born and trained as an artist in Montreal, then moved to Paris and became well-known as a Surrealist. Parent was best known for 3-D shadow-boxes assembled from various objects and images. This year’s challenge has all the Ripoff Artists excited about how to render the work in their own mediums, as well as still puzzling over what Surrealist art was about. The Surrealist movement began in Europe after the First World War, based on new ideas about how the human mind works. Research into the brain, psychiatry and early neuroscience made people aware that more goes on in the mind than we’re aware of. Two world wars made artists question what motivates us to think and act the way we do, and Surrealist art can often be shocking, with images from dreams and themes of death, sex and repressed emotion. Surrealist art relies on surprise and the juxtaposition of unrelated objects or images to force the viewer to think beyond their usual reactions. Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte are perhaps the best-known Surrealist painters, but the movement was widespread and very influential for over 50 years. Surrealism also was seen in poetry, music and theatre.

Drift on down to the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, 5840 Airport Street in Oliver, to catch the Ripoff Artists in action. A public reception opens the exhibit on Monday, August 4, from 6 to 8 pm. Return during the week to chart their progress: Tuesday August 5 through Saturday August 9 from 9 am to 3 pm.


Friday Night Live at Medici’s


Friday Night Live Music is back on the card this week, Friday July 25. Host Marcel Morneau, the man himself, is back from his out-of-town engagement and ready with some fresh music, great guests and our home town crew of open mic performers. We kick the doors open at 7:00 and crank up the music soon thereafter. Come sink into some music and fun with the Friday nighters. Bring your instrument, bring the music inside you and come be part of the nights sounds. We’ve had new musicians stepping onto the stage for the first time and some seasoned performers strutting their stuff.

We are licensed. We have beer, wine, coffees with a kick and our usual great appie platters and sweet treats. Friday July 25th. Doors open at 7:00 PM. 522 Fairview Road. 250-498-2228. Cover at the door? No chance!!

Award-winning songstresses will captivate tonight

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Hearing Aidan Mayes and Mandy Cole for the first time is reminiscent of coming home after time away. Their music possesses a feel-good vibe, leaving one rejuvenated and inspired. With a striking sound of haunting harmonies and playful guitar, this female rock-folk-pop duo can only be described as sensational. ​

The duo will be performing Thursday July 17 at Oliver’s Music in the Park, 6:30 – 8:00, at the Oliver Community Stage (bandshell). Admission by donation. Bring a lawnchair or blanket or cozy up on the bleachers, Come early to catch the Market in the park from 4:30 to 8:30 every Thursday. Artisans, clothing merchants, and a whole variety of retail items and promotional displays.  Food vendors also on site for your picnic supper.

Excitedly, Aidan Mayes & Mandy Cole placed Top 10 in CBC`s 2014 Searchlight “Best New Artist in Canada’ Competition with their original song, “Expecting Fireworks”. After the successful release of their debut EP entitled “Hello Hercules”, produced by Dave Mai of DM Productions, Mayes and Cole also placed Top 5 for BC’s 2013 ‘Emerging Artist Contest’ by Music BC and Kelowna Radio K96-3. Recently, the songstresses received the award recognition for “Best Music” at the first annual Penticton Arts Awards.  These passionate entertainers are a treat for your ears over the airways as feature artists of Peach City Radio’s, “Left of the Dial” program, “The Best of the West” podcast, CBC RadioWest and CBC Radio’s, “North By North West”.

Aidan and Mandy’s music has become a summertime staple at numerous well-known Okanagan locales including ‘The Sunshine Cabaret’, ‘The Sunshine Festival’, ‘Peach Festival’, ‘The Granfondo Axel Merckx’, ‘Therapy Vineyards’, ‘Hester Creek Winery’ and the renowned ‘Dream Cafe’, as well as weddings and special events.

Both artists feel blessed to teach music full-time during the fall and winter months. Aidan teaches voice, guitar, song writing and musical theatre at The Maeve Lily School of Music, while Mandy educates with School District 67, passing along their love of music to the next generation of young artists.

Aidan Mayes and Mandy Cole link generations together with their fun acoustic renditions of familiar classic and popular tunes. Surprisingly thought-provoking lyrics and soaring melodies make their original music catchy crowd favourites.Expect to laugh and be moved by this unique and engaging duo; Aidan Mayes and Mandy Cole will definitely captivate and impress. ​


Cool off in water throughout July


by Sandra Albo

Water has been called ‘the essence of life’, ‘the staff of life’, and ‘the source of life’ itself. Science believes that life began in the oceans. Our salty blood, sweat and tears attest to that.

Water is what makes planet earth so virile amongst all other planets that we are known to man. The river Ganges is worshipped as a holy place.  The Bible tells that God created the oceans.
The Nile carried plagues and pestilence in bad times and life in its good times.  The Tigrus – Euphrates area is accredited with the beginnings of man.  Great civilizations began in river valleys and ocean coastlines.

Man since early times has subjected water to; worship, then agriculture, and later industry.  When man found time to become artistic he mixed water and minerals for his paints.  Today watercolors and acrylics are popular artists’ mediums .

The early Roman goddess Venus is born out of water in a clamshell in Renaissance art and Bill Reids Haida sculpture of man spilling from a clamshell  or arriving in canoes comes from early oral traditions that man is from the sea.

The first artists drew symbolic figures and  animals and graduated to realism in the Renaissance.  Water art didn’t ome to the forefront until the impressionists took their canvasses out of castles and hovels and set up in “en plein air” to catch sunlight on the water and boasts on the water and even people in the water.

There are awesome waterscapes such as Monet’s “Bathers at le Grenouillere” and his “Grand Canal” done in Venice and the well known “Parliament Sunset”. Renoir painted “Moulin Bay” and Cézanne’s painting,  “Bridge over a pond”, and Guillaumins  “Sunset near Ivry” is a beautiful painting. Capturing reflections in water with sunsets and sunrises became demanded subject matter.

Carmen Tome Hot Day at the Beach

Today some of the best artistic subjects are considered to be studies of waterfalls, waterways, or water in conjunction with landscape as they incorporate and bring better light into one’s paintings.  It is painted in liquid , solid, or vapor forms. (Pictured above: Carmen Tome’s A Hot Day at the Beach)

Come to the Oliver Art Gallery (pictured top) to see our artists’ interpretations of the waters of life.  Remember that each glass of H20 that we drink has thousands of molecules that have been used countless times
before. Each living organism is 80% water so water is worth celebrating in life and in art.

Quartette features Sylvia Tyson


Medici’s is delighted to bring you another concert of the highest quality of musical excellence. Quartette will perform an acoustic concert on Saturday August 16th. These ladies are one of Canada’s most successful quartets, both as a group and as soloists as well. They are not only singers and entertainers, they are songwriters as well and perform to thousands of people across Canada, whether as in their group Quartette or as individual soloists or with other groups

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. Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick, and Sylvia Tyson are seasoned singer/songwriters whose influences range from blues and gospel to folk and country to jazz and pop.

Tickets are now on sale at $50 each and available at Medici’s Gelateria and Coffee House: 522 Fairview Road in Oliver..250-498-2228

Doors will open on concert night at 6:30 and the ladies will take to the stage at 7:30

Back for the boomers

Brian and KennyThey’re still old, still funny and they can still REALLY sing…and they are sooooo back Kenny Shaw and Brian Temple, Medici’s undisputed best sell-out show of the last two summers are back for another kick at your youthful, musical memories. These guys are a high-powered comedy duo aiming directly at the funny bone of baby boomer audiences. Both of these music veterans have been performing for decades and are celebrated entertainers in their home region of the Pacific Northwest. Their two are not only achingly funny, but they also deliver the goods with a calibre of musicality of serious concert music Their hilarious floorshow has brought standing ovations from sold out shows, and there are plenty more halls, country clubs, festivals and fairs on the horizon. The humour and parody of this musical comedy duo is outrageously funny, and wielded with great skill. Kenny and Brian deliver an act tailored for all occasions that will appeal to audiences from all walks of life. Although there are plenty of unexpected laughs waiting, one thing is sure. You’ll never remember the harmony duos of the Baby Boomer generation the same way again. They play Medici’s on Saturday, August 2nd of the long week-end the night before tenor Michael Burgess croons at our band-shell in the park. Doors open at 6:30 and Brian and Kenny open at 7:30. Tickets are $20 each and are literally flying out the door. Get one (or two) quick. You’ll remember the laughter and the joy long after the sombre memories of this summer have faded. Medici’s is at 522 Fairview Road in Oliver…250-498-2228

Calling all artists

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submitted by Marion Trimble, Fall Art Show and Sale committee

If you are an artist who finds inspiration in unexpected places and likes to represent the world creatively as you see it, then we want to see it, too.

“Dreams and Visions” is the theme of the 2014 Fall Art Show and Sale being held by the Oliver Community Arts Council. Entries from all artists are welcome, Deadline date is August 31, 2014. The 31st annual show is an excellent opportunity to participate and showcase the unique and diverse work of local artists to a large audience.

The competition awards winners across nine categories: Watercolour, Oil, Acrylic, Fibre Art, 3-Dimensional, Photography, Other Media, and two categories for junior artists (by age group). An overall award is also given to “Best in Show”.

Art delivery, competition, public voting, reception and awards ceremony is on Saturday, October 4.

The show continues on Sunday, October 5, with a “Festival of the Grape” admission ticket.

Admission into the Community Centre for the Art Show on both days is by donation in return for a chance on a prize draw.

A change to this year’s guidelines makes it possible for artists either to sell or only to display their entries. There are a few more changes to note in this year’s show. Check out everything you need to know by downloading the Guidelines and Entry Form from the OCAC website (under “Forms” on the top banner) or by requesting them from //.

It’s time to awaken your imagination and share your talent with the world by revealing your “Dreams and Visions” in the Oliver Fall Art Show and Sale.

CD release for Wined It Up tonight

Celebrate with Wined It Up members Mikie Spillett, vocals/mandolin Ken Repkow, guitar/vocals Jim Ruhland, drums/vocals Edwin Dukes, Bass guitar/vocals as they release their new CD on Saturday July 5. Oliver’s own country-rock at its finest. ALL original music! $12 per person at the Firehall Brewery. Artist Janet West is also on site.  Back Alley Concerts

Good reads

Friends of the Oliver Library hosts the Summer Book Sale on Saturday July 5 from 9 am to 2 pm. Pick up your summer reading: bestsellers, gripping novels, kids books, mysteries, romances, non-fiction. Val Friesen sells

Val Friesen shares some great deals with a customer. Brita Park translates

Marianne Hutterli and Brita Park staff the sales desk. Hey! Brita! Stop reading the customers’ books! Cash desk at Book Sale

Happy customers leave with stacks of good reads.

Photo Credit: Penelope Johnson