Summer concert series thinks “big”

Oliver’s Music in the Park is thinking big this summer: big bands, big voices, big sound. In celebration of Canada 150, all Music in the Park performers are larger ensembles. The Penticton Concert Band, rockers 13 Broken Bones, and the southern country Rob Robertson Band have already attracted big crowds. In tribute to the “150”, the concert series will feature special guest, the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, in August. Ladies with big voices deliver gutsy vocals in several of the concerts this summer.

Live music fans gather every Thursday evening at the Oliver Community Band Shell. Concerts kick off at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m. Admission is by donation. The evening market on site invites visitors to stroll by for bakery goods, fresh fruits and veggies, crafts, and other retail items. A food vendor offers picnic suppers.

Lucy Blu and the Blu Boys, a Kelowna band playing jazz, funk, blues, and rockabilly swing, perform Thursday July 27 at the “Feed the Valley” concert. Besides a donation for the music, audiences are invited to bring an item for the Oliver Food Bank. An initiative by Music in the Park sponsor Valley First, the goal is to encourage the public to remember and support the food bank year-round.

Children and families come out in droves whenever Nankama Drum and Dance is onstage. On August 3, Nankama’s costumed performers will beat out some catchy West African rhythms, interspersed with stories by charismatic leader Bobby Bovenzi. The audience is invited to join in on the djembe drums and rattles, move in simple, Zumba-style dances, or simply tap their toes.

On August 10, the audience “takes off into the wild blue yonder” with the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, all the way from Winnipeg. Says bandmate Sgt. Francois Godere: “For over sixty years, this professional band has been highly visible throughout the Canadian Forces, instilling national pride in Canadian audiences across the country.” The RCAF band will delight with a diverse repertoire of rock, pop, country, R&B, and disco, in addition to more traditional band tunes.

The Darlene Ketchum Quartet is back by popular demand on Thursday August 17, previously appearing in Oliver in 2015. Backed by piano, guitar and drums, Darlene belts out R&B, soul, funk, and gospel in her big soulful voice. Her powerful pipes and dynamic delivery easily fill the outdoor venue and engage the audience.

Toe-tapping party band Uncorked! entertains on Thursday August 24 with energetic lead vocalist Lisa Salting mesmerizing the crowd with her earthy voice and bass guitar riffs. Their pop rock repertoire includes Fleetwood Mac, Sheryl Crowe, the Gypsy Kings, Paul Simon, and Patsy Cline.

All concerts are rain-or-shine on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Oliver Community Stage band shell, 6359 Park Drive. Rain venue is on–site at the Oliver Community Centre. Suggested donation is $5. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Info: 250-498-0183. Presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council.

In memoriam: Cameron Ogilvie

Cameron Ogilvie

December 16, 1940 – July 15, 2017

On Saturday Pastor Cameron Ogilvie of Oliver, BC passed away at the South Okanagan General Hospital at the age of 76 years.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Friday July 21, 2017 at the Oliver Community Centre, 6359 Park Drive, Oliver.

For many years Cameron had been active in the Oliver Community Arts Council, participating in many art shows, from Summer Studio (pictured below) to the Fall Art Show and Sale where he won first place in his category in 2016 (pictured at bottom). He was also a valued member of the Okanagan Art Gallery co-operative. Cameron painting skills were not restricted to the canvas, and he shared his talent by also painting both the exterior and interior of the Studio Building at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. He will be sorely missed in the arts community.

Hats off to the RipOffs!

The RipOff Artists hosted an opening reception at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre on Monday July 10 to kick off their “Cashing In on Canada 150” studio week. The artist collective has chosen Canada’s purple $10 bill, featuring  Sir John A MacDonald, as their artistic inspiration for the country’s sesquicentennial celebration. Each member of the group will reproduce the currency in their chosen medium and in the style of a different Canadian artist, such as Maud Lewis, Tom Thomson, Ken Danby, and Emily Carr. As an added challenge, “150” must appear somewhere in their artwork.

At the opening reception, each artist gave a sneak peek of their talent by recreating the Canada penny stamp from 1867 as their “pre-piece”. Drop in on the artists all week long, July 11 – 15 (Tuesday to Saturday), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, and watch them work on their unique $10 bill.

Stay tuned to this website — and our Facebook page — for updates on the challenge. We’ll show you the money!

Photos: JoAnn Turner discusses her inspiration, Myfanwy MacLeod, with reporter Leza Macdonald. Enid Baker reveals Ken Danby – in particular his famous painting “The Goalie” – will find its way into her artwork. Photo Credit: Penelope Johnson

Company B Jazz Band

Company B Jazz Band-August 4th at Medici’s

An incredible night of entertainment on Friday, August 4th at Medici’s. The Ladies of Company B bring their hugely popular and entertaining act to Medici’s.

Company B Jazz Band is Vancouver’s foremost vintage jazz harmony group. A 4 piece ensemble featuring a female vocal trio (à la the Andrews and Boswell Sisters) framed by clarinet/sax, guitar, and upright bass, “the Company” has been entertaining the masses since 2007 with their tight blend, driving rhythms, creative arrangements, sharp image, and charming wit. To date, the group has released 3 albums and performed all over their native British Columbia as well as the USA and China.

The members of Company B Jazz Band met in the Jazz Studies Program at Capilano University, where they all gained a firm foundational training in modern jazz.
After more than 7 years performing together, Company B Jazz Band has become a very popular act in Greater Vancouver’s thriving swing dance community, notably in Vancouver’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015), and the Sacramento Jazz Festival in California. The group enjoys frequent airplay on CBC Radio 1 and 2, having been featured on Hot Air, Canada Live, Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café, and in live broadcasts on The Early Edition for British Columbia Food Bank Day in 2012, 2013, and 2014
Company B Jazz Band has released 3 full-length albums – Company B Jazz Band (2009), Rock & Roll (2011 – named for a 1930s ditty about being out in a boat), and A Company B Christmas (2013).

Company B is the highlight of Oliver’s Summer Music Season! Tickets are available for $25 at Medici’s or this Friday August 4th show. Seating is assigned and limited. Doors open at 6:30 PM and Company B lets loose at 7:30..We are licensed…Medici’s at 522 Fairview Road in Oliver…250-498-2228

Medici’s on July 14

Medici’s Friday Night Live: July 14th

We are back again! Summer is high and Friday Night Live is king!!!….July 14th. The joint will jump!!! We have a great valley artists. We have a wonderful visiting artists including our incredible musicians from La Belle province. Master of Ceremonies Marcel will lead the charge.

Our last time was a super night. Somebody dragged a golden Creedence Clearwater tune out. Mountain View Drive did some superb singing to their friends, fans & family. Our own lovely Maxine nailed an Edith Piaf song. Trevor and the lovely Seradaye did some wonderful harmonies to close out the night and of course our local super talented duo bettyBgidd brought us some wonderful blues and great guitar playing.. sooooo this is Friday Night Live Summer Series- peak of the year-as good as it gets so you better get here early and gets a seat.

Come kick the doors down with your own vibe. We are gonna be packed. The music is gonna blow the doors off. The beer is cold and the music IS of course always sooooo HOT! We crank it up shortly after 7:00….all we need is you! Bring your music!! Bring your fun!! Bring your mum. Get in here!!

We are licensed. We have beer, wine, coffees with a kick and our usual great gelato and snacks, sweet treats. Medici’s this Friday, July 14th at 7:00 PM. 522 Fairview Road. 250-498-2228.

Book Sale a “page-turning” success

The Friends of the Oliver Library would like to thank the Community Arts Council for helping us get the word out about our Book Sale. We are happy to report that we raised close to $2100 which will be used to help support the Children’s Summer Reading Program, as well as help with the purchase of additional newspaper and magazine subscriptions for the Library. The residents of Oliver and District have been so very generous with their donations of: books, time and labour! Please know that your involvement is very much appreciated!!

Are you ready to ROCK?!

If you remember the power of ’80s rock, especially its iconic women decked out in “leather and lace” and belting the hits, you won’t want to miss this concert

Saturday July 29 – 7:30pm
Presented by Las Vegas Concerts

A World-Class Tom Petty Tribute, played by Phil Dunget, and his All-Star Vegas Show Band, playing all of Hall-of-Famer Tom Petty’s Major Hits! On the road with three famous women rockers:
“The Incredible Chrissie Hynde” of The Pretenders, the “Sensational Stevie Nicks” of Fleetwood Mac, and “Passionate Pat Benatar – A Tribute to Benatar’s Best Shots”. All three women artists are portrayed with incredible power and conviction by Linda Maze. To the sheer delight of the crowd, all three women stars make their way one by one to rip up the stage with Totally Tom Petty and the Band during the concert. This is a great party and your invited. The band is loved in Las Vegas and Canada alike.

Tickets $37.00 advance. $40.00 day of show.
Buy Tickets Now Here:
All seats reserved
Available online 24-7 and at the Venables Theatre Box Office Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 10-3

Song list includes these rock anthems:
Hit Me with Your Best Shot, Free Fallin’, I Need to Know, Refugee, Don’t Do Me Like That, Don’t Come Around Here No More, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around, Back on the Chain Gang

Check out this awesome video for a taste of their sound: