Opera by the glassful


Saige Carlson, a local young lady is well known in the Okanagan music circles. Saige is excited to be entering her second year at the University of Toronto, where she is working towards a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Music Performance.

Saige has often performed in competitions both regional and provincial winning many prestigious awards. Saige finds competitions inspiring, due in part to the performing experience and because of the privilege hearing and meeting many talented singers.

Saige has been singing since she was thirteen and is soon to become twenty-one. Piano teacher Dennis Nordlund and voice teacher Lynne Leydier in Penticton have encouraged her to reach the goals of her dreams. Please come out to hear this incredible young singer.

Fairview Cellars Winery presents
Wednesday August 12 

7 p.m.

Fairview Cellars Winery

Admission by donation $10.00 minimum.
Bring chairs and evening wraps.
Wine available by the glass.

Photo Credit: Leza Macdonald

Public invited to Species at Risk

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The Species at Risk Exhibition Open Day at the Oliver Museum is getting even more exciting. That’s because on August 3rd, B.C. Day, from 10 am – 4 pm, the Oliver & District Heritage Society is teaming up with various environmental and wildlife organizations to present an information fair with fun activities, interesting displays, and fascinating experts. There will even be a visit from a real Burrowing Owl!

Whether you want to see owl pellets and eggs, learn about bird migration, identify an invasive weed, preserve animal habitat, or help bats in your backyard, the exhibition and info fair is the perfect event for you. Knowledgeable interpreters from the Royal B.C. Museum will be answering questions at the Species at Risk exhibition outside the Museum, while inside the Museum organizations will be showing visitors how to get involved. Then guests can sit and enjoy a nature-themed film in air-conditioned comfort at the Museum.

The Oliver-Osoyoos Naturalist Club, the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC, the Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society, and the B.C. Community Bat Program will be set up in the Museum with displays and information about what their organizations do. Information and pamphlets from the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society and the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls will also be available. Then at 1:30 pm, the Museum will be visited by the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society’s new education owl.

Families are welcome, and both the outdoor exhibition and admission to the Museum are free.

For more information, please call 778-439-3100 or email the Oliver & District Heritage Society at  info @ oliverheritage.ca  Information is also available on the Society’s Facebook page and on their website at www.oliverheritage.ca

Turn “Lefty” into Back Alley for final concert

Formed in 2005, LEFTY is an original hLeftyard rock band from Kelowna, BC. LEFTY is a mix of many styles but the end result is always high energy, and punch in each song and performance. LEFTY finds it’s influence from all genres of music. Pop to indie, punk to country, airy and light to hard and heavy. The members of LEFTY have diverse tastes and a passion for music. As a result we often bring our own tastes into the writing process and end up with something that is new and unique. We hope you will join us at an upcoming show, and please share our music with everyone you know, as that is what makes it all worthwhile.

From Kelowna, BC, Canada, Lefty has been bringing their version of high energy rock to venues across the Southern Interior BC. With help from the release of their first EP in 2014 they were pleasantly surprised to win multiple nominations for best band and best musical group and were featured on CBC Radio and Shaw TV. Regulars around the Okanagan and Festival scene, Lefty looks to introduce their music to as many ears as possible.

The band started in 2005 when guitarist Moge Thompson and drummer Marc Gobeil met to jam and realized there was a like-minded desire to create new music. The band picked up bass player Greg Beloin in 2010 and things really changed direction in 2011 when lead vocalist Paul Gervais joined the band. Paul added an image and sound that really complimented the band.

A primarily original band until 2012, Lefty introduced covers into their show in 2013 which introduced them to a new audience and new venues. Lefty takes familiar multi-generational covers from many genres and ages and adds a modern twist that appeals to a broad audience.

Guitarist Moge is the driving force behind the band’s original music and his influences span the spectrum of hard rock and punk. “Our original music has often been compared to Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam and Three Days Grace,” states the band. Excited as they are about laying down new tracks and recording, Lefty never anticipated the enthusiasm which critics and fans alike found for their music and were thrilled to twice take the people’s choice award for original music and critic’s choice award for best original band in 2015.

“We just really love making music and sharing it with others,” the band was quoted as saying, “our goal as a band is to put out another EP within a year and the fact that people are really digging what we’re putting out there makes us love doing this even more.”

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13 Broken Bones heats up Music in the Park

Penticton rock ‘n’ roll band 13 Broken Bones pumped out the hits on Thursday July 23 at Music in the Park, from the Beatles to Queen and Van Halen.

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Floyd Armstrong served as the band’s “Phil Collins”, as both lead vocalist and drummer.

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Valentine Jones, lead guitar, rocked a number of impressive solos with some hot licks. He The audience hooted and hollered as his fingers flew over the frets.

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Bassist Kevin Lamb seemed happy to back up the band but was front and centre on a couple of hard-rocking ZZ Top numbers. Showing he could be a “Sharp-Dressed Man”  he and front man Bill Gilmour added some shades and long ZZ-beards to cpmplete the look.

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“Here’s a song about something we can’t do anymore,” said front man Bill Gilmour wryly, as the band launched into Van Halen’s “Jump!” The gents may be slowing down at home, but they didn’t let up onstage.

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Keyboardist Glenn Mageau “jumped” in with the familiar intro and the band kicked this rock anthem into high gear.

Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life” ended their show with the audience walking away through the park with big smiles.

Thank you to Valley First Credit Union for sponsoring this annual  Feed the Valley concert. Please continue to donate to the Oliver Food Bank by visiting the local Valley First Credit Union during business hours.

Next up: Cindy Doucette, jazz and pop vocalist, on Thursday July 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oliver Community Band Shell. Admission by donation. Bring your lawnchair. Come early to do a little evening market shopping (4:30 – 8:00 p.m.) and pick up your supper or a treat at the on-site food vendor.

Ready to rock?

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Are you ready to rock? Penticton classic rock ‘n’ roll band, 13 Broken Bones sure is.  At this Thursday’s Music in the Park, they promise to pull out all the stops on the hits of the 50s to 80s. Band members Bill Gilmour (bass guitar), Kevin Lamb (guitar /vocals), Floyd Armstrong (drums/ lead vocals), Glenn Mageau (keyboards) and Valentine Jones (guitar) got together in 2012. They bonded over their favourite radio hits: the British bands from the Beatles and Elton John to Queen and Dire Straits, classic American rockers like John Mellencamp, CCR, Van Halen, and Billy Joel, and great tunes by Bryan Adams. Their “sounds of summer” repertoire is sure to please all ages.

13 Broken Bones is the annual Feed the Valley concert sponsored by Valley First Credit Union. The arts council is always grateful for this partnership with VFCU. Audience members are invited to bring some canned or dry goods in support of the Oliver Food Bank, as well as their admission donation.

Music in the Park runs each Thursday from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Oliver Community Stage band shell. The new rain venue is the Oliver Community Hall right next door so don’t miss out just because of the weather! 6359 Park Drive. Admission by donation. Bring a lawnchair.  The evening market and food vendors run 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. with great produce, preserves, gifts, home décor items and picnic fare.

Friday Night Live at Medici’s


It’s Friday Night Live this Friday July 24th at 7:00 PM. The music is getting hotter and somewhat funkier methinks. Some excellent performers, such as Chicken-Like Birds, stepped out of their summer picker’s camp last time around and kicked the house hard with some truly fine playing and performing.

The food is still great. Tthe beer is cold and the music IS outa sight. We are looking for a new Rollie as our previous one has vanished. Bring your music, your instrument, and your voice and become part of the night sounds. 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 and sweet treats and of course…our great host Marcel!. Medici’s this July 24th at 7:00 PM. 522 Fairview Road. 250-498-2228.

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The Ripoff Artists will kick up their heels this summer with Toulouse-Lautrec! One of the best-known and well-loved artists of the 19th century, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is famous for being short, consorting with characters of ill-repute such as prostitutes, performers and artists, and for creating many beloved images of dancers, clowns, and musicians in his brief career.

Eldest son of a French nobleman, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) suffered from a congenital illness that caused his legs to stop growing and he was never taller than 4’ 8″. Unable to engage in the expected activities of aristocratic life, he turned to art. As a young man he moved to Paris and became a major figure in the art scene there. His paintings were received eagerly in galleries and exhibitions, and he made prints and posters for clubs. His name is linked forever with the can-can and the Moulin Rouge.

One friend said Toulouse-Lautrec felt cut off from normal life, and “found an affinity between his own condition and the moral penury of the prostitute”. His paintings of brothels and clubs do not glamourize prostitution or night life, nor do they incite activism. He wanted to show the tender, sometimes boring, reality of life in the underworld of Paris. He produced a prodigious amount of work in only 20 years, and died of complications from alcoholism and syphilis at the age of 36.

Yet his work lives on. His images of dancers and musicians capture the mood of the music and the glow of the footlights, his scenes of prostitutes in ordinary moments are touching and human, while his bored drinkers seem like people we might know.

The Ripoff Artists will jump in with both feet and create their own versions of Toulouse-Lautrec’s poster of Jane Avril at the Jardins de Paris. The Quail’s Nest Arts Centre at 5840 Airport Road will be transformed into an artist’s studio from the 1880s, or perhaps a den of iniquity. . . Come to the opening reception between 6 and 8 pm on Monday evening, July 20 to find out which!

The artists will be hard at work from 9 am to 3 pm Tuesday July 21 to Saturday July 25 at the Quail’s Nest, so come and experience the demi-monde of Oliver’s art scene!

Fresh summer treats at Music in the Park

Music as fresh as summer fruit is what Oliver’s Music in the Park series promises this July and August.  The musical lineup, hosted by the Oliver Community Arts Council, will include a “mixed fruit bowl” of classic rock, country, folk, R&B, jazz, and pop from several new performers . The venue remains the Oliver Community Bandshell on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  A new rain venue on site at the Oliver Community Hall assures great music rain or shine.

maggie mcdonald 6The series kicks off Thursday July 2 with indie folk-rock trio from the Similkameen, “JEM”: Jodel, Elam and Maggie.  Think of a tempting bunch of cherries, with their rich dark vocals. Elam and Maggie are also known as “Wild Organic Humans” (named for their organic farm) and join up with Jodel Burk for sweet harmonies that are oh-so-good for you.

Painchaud 1After Uncork the Sun, Music in the Park returns Thursday July 16 with Michael Painchaud, an appealing young country singer – songwriter from West Kelowna. Painchaud may be as fresh as a country peach, but with fifteen original compositions under his belt and pursuing a business degree, he has a country music career in his sights.  He has been a finalist in open mic competitions in the Central Okanagan, and named in the top 25 at the BCCMA.

13 Broken Bones13 Broken Bones bursts onstage for the July 23 Feed the Valley concert. All professional musicians easing back on their separate careers, the Penticton bandmates share “thirteen broken bones” between them as well as a love of classic rock from the 60s to 80s. Rollicking keyboard, familiar guitar riffs, and tight driving vocals will have the audience singing along to Bryan Adams, Doobie Brothers, Van Halen, Eagles, Billy Joel and the Beatles. Bite into this “tart apple” that rewards with a big juicy pop of flavour. Bring canned goods to support Valley First Credit Union’s local food bank initiative.

Smooth jazz provides a contrast on July 30 when Cindy Doucette brings her sultry vocals to centre stage. Think fruity sangria when it comes to Cindy’s voice: tempting, refreshing, and relaxing. A perennial local favourite, Cindy promises to delight with a mix of pop and jazz standards.

Dale 1Dale Seaman & Highway 97 play country rock on August 6.  Seaman, called “Penticton’s Country Gentleman”, excels at covers from Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson, to Lady Antebellum and Bonny Raitt. Dale has also had success as a singer-songwriter, releasing his first CD in 2009, so audiences can expect to hear some of his own compositions. His new band backs him up with full rich sound.

Darlene Ketchum 2The Darlene Ketchum Quartet belts out soul, R&B, on August 13. The Delta band, touring the BC interior, will add a funky, laid-back groove to Darlene’s rich, powerful vocals. A talented composer, arranger, and musician, Darlene will sing a mix of gospel standards, funk, blues, and her own compositions.  Be sure to bring along some watermelon to cool you off after some southern soul music.




Train-lovers of all ages will enjoy the songs and stories performed by the Kettle Valley Brakemen on August 20. The band will bring railway history to life with true tales of derring-do and daring and original songs about BC’s dramatic steam train era. Audiences will go “bananas” with their hilarious comedy. Songs and stories of railway brawls, jail breaks, train wrecks, and raining rattlesnakes will enrapture listeners.

The series winds up on August 27 with Up the Crick. Chris Stodola and Rick Braman from Osoyoos perform lovely vintage music from the 20s on to more contemporary pop, all with a sweet easy charm. Like heirloom fruit, the varieties remembered from childhood, the tunes are familiar golden oldies that can’t be replaced.  Chris and Rick (the “Crick” of the title) accompany their vocal harmonies with lush keyboard and guitar.

All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and are run as admission by donation, with a suggested donation of $5 to cover costs. Picnic fare and other goods available at the concurrent evening market, open 4:30 to 8:00.

Shades for summer viewing

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South Okanagan-Similkameen Chapter of Federation of Canadian Artists
Exhibition at Shatford Centre, Penticton,

June 15 -July 31 2015

Members of the local Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists
present “Summer Shades”, a group show of fine art at Shatford Centre in
Penticton. The exhibition will be on view June 15 through to July 31,
offering plenty of opportunity for local residents and summer visitors alike
to explore the wide range of work on display in “Summer Shades”.
Shatford Centre hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Info: 250-497-7806 or carol @ carolmunro.ca