Jazz for Africa

Jazzby Marion Boyd

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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Have a seat and rest a while

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With a little bit of muscle, and a whole lot of heart, a new memorial bench in honour of Jennifer Mapplebeck was installed at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre on Saturday May 14. The project has been in the works since the long-time arts council director passed away on April 8, 2015.

The OCAC Board agreed to purchase a bench in the spring of 2015, a landscaping project that had been on the “to do” list. The Board had also felt the addition was especially fitting as a memorial to this tireless volunteer who had laboured away quietly behind the scenes for many years. The bench was delivered in late September, and a concrete pad laid in late fall.

The “gullwing” style bench, made of grey concrete aggregate, is situated in a sheltered corner beside the Studio Building, where Jennifer, the facility’s rental agent, could often be found tidying and cleaning. In  the warmer months, the Studio bay doors are rolled up to create an open air site for exhibits, sales, workshops and demonstrations. The bench will be a shaded place for enjoying all the artistic activity at leisure.

Memorial Bench PlaqueThe bench faces the other building on site “Big Blue” where SOAP (the local theatre troupe) builds its sets and rehearses. Jennifer had been an even more active member of SOAP, first onstage as an actor and singer in the 70s and 80s, and later as a producer, stage manager, and crew. She was the set dresser for her last show, “The Melville Boys”, whose production run was dedicated to her memory.

Memorial Bench Nathan LindersInstallation by Nathan Linders (OCAC and SOAP, pictured), Trevor Leigh (SOAP), and Penelope Johnson (OCAC and SOAP). 

Growing gardens everywhere

container 2Up-cycled Container Gardening

Monday, May 2

6 – 7:30 pm

Oliver Community Garden

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Join us to make a teacup planter just in time for Mothers’ Day, and learn about creative planters from Caroline Whyte. Bring along an old boot or other container if you wish. Workshop is hands on and both kids and adults are welcome. Fee of $7 per person to cover supplies.

For more information or to register email olivercommunitygarden @ yahoo.com or call Heather at 250-485-2575

This workshop is the first of a series being presented with the support of the Oliver Community Arts Council.

FNL Medicisby David Badger

Medici”s Friday Nights Live Music, a night of great live music and entertainment is BACK this Friday April 29th at 7:00 PM. Cold Mountain Air with our own Chace Alaric reggae’d down the house last Friday. Come kick the doors down with your own vibe this Friday comin’.

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 April 29th at 7:00 PM. 522 Fairview Road. 250-498-2228.