Learn how to Go Public!

How can you best promote your group or publicize an event? Go PUBLIC!

The Oliver Community Arts Council (OCAC) invites representatives of societies, clubs, charities and other non-profit groups to GO PUBLIC!

GO PUBLIC! is a set of four independent workshops running from January to April. We welcome both our own OCAC members and also anyone representing a non-profit group. All workshops are FREE. Pre-registration is encouraged to secure your seat.

January 26: Get ORGANIZED! Tips for Non-Profits. Learn how to incorporate, administer, insure, and promote your group. When should a club become a society? Discover the advantages of being a registered society. Information on by-laws, running effective board meetings, establishing a publicity committee, communicating with your membership.

February 23: Get NOTICED! Publicity Design & Writing. Held an event and nobody came? Targeted the wrong audience? Did you just take the old and tired “grip and grin” photo — again? How much should you spend on advertising? What are the most effective media for advertising? Where should you direct advertising dollars? Learn how to make an eye-catching poster or ad, write effective copy, and take an exciting photo to get your event noticed.

March 16: Get ONLINE!: Easy Website Design. Don’t stop with an ad. Get your name out there year-round. Basic tools to create your website using simple platforms. How to manage a site, whether static or updated.

April 27: Get SOCIAL! Social Media Marketing. The trend in publicity is social networking. How do you get the most of Facebook and Instagram. What social platforms do you need? What are less effective? Tips and tricks to boost, extend your reach, engage your targeted audience.

All workshops are Saturdays from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Oliver Regional Library (ORL). Choose any or all to attend. Select different representatives for each if you prefer.

Laptops and tablets are welcome but not required. Opportunity for hands-on learning on site, but a large screen will be used for teaching. Handouts and website links will be provided.

Pre-register for one or more workshops at www.orl.bc.ca/hours-locations/oliver  Click on the “view events in calendar format” link near the bottom of the page to register. Need assistance? Call 250-498-2242 (ORL).

Facilitators Penelope Johnson and JoAnn Turner, both OCAC executive members, have decades of non-profit experience between them:

Non-profit administration
Event planning
Website design and management
Social media
Graphic design
Writing for media

Have specific interests or questions? Contact olivercac @ gmail.com
or fill out the contact form. Topics covered can be geared to participant’s interests and questions. Give us some advance notice and we’ll either include your topics or direct you to an appropriate source.

As space may become limited, we ask that you restrict your attendance to one or two reps per session. We will send a reminder closer to each date and announce if spaces are still available.

Food + Fun = Fundraiser

2nd Annual Christmas Food Hamper Fundraiser Party
Friday, Dec 14, 2018

5 – 9 p.m.

Firehall Brewery
BBQ Burgers and Dogs, Door Prizes, and Silent Auction
Entry: $12 plus a Non-Perishable Food Item
Entry includes a burger or dog.

Invitation to new Christmas Market

Come down to the Firehall Brewery where we will have wonderful local vendors selling everything from Christmas treats you can eat, amazing clothing to keep you warm for the season, some of our best local beverage purveyors and so much more!!!

There will be a craft table for the kids to make their own decorations, mulled wine and cider for the adults. Yummy sausages sizzled and to take home, as well as some other goodies from our friends at Oliver Eats Ltd.

And, as always at the Brewery, lots of good times and Christmas Cheer!

Under a Winter Sky is … indoors!

There’s no denying it. Christmas is on its way.

The Oliver Handbell Ringers (OHR) are ramping up and getting set to present “Under a Winter Sky” to the Okanagan Valley. Emcee Mal Bearman explains to a crowd of holiday shoppers, “Don’t be confused! We definitely have a beautiful venue to play “Under a Winter Sky” in…The Oliver Alliance Church!”

Eclectic mixes of musicians gather several times per week to work on an art that can bring joy to many, especially during this busy season. OHR members hail from both sides of the 49th parallel, and range in age from early 20’s to the members that are a bit more than 20. This troupe consists of ringers and singers working under the direction of a pair of dedicated ladies, who happen to be a daughter/mother team. The dynamic duo – Helen Wollf and Sue Gay – share both their passion and talents in music with many.

When ringer, Shana Cachola, was asked about the appeal of ringing bells Cachola explained, “This craft is different than anything else I do. It takes intense practice, both together and individually. It’s REALLY hard! We work closely with one another, and the teamwork is truly something to treasure. It also makes me smile, right from my heart.”

Christmas icon that it is, the bell can instantly transport us to happy, snowy times in days gone by. With the pressures of modern life and expectations running high, the directors of the Oliver Handbell Ringers hope you can take a moment to relax and enjoy the efforts of their hard-working players. Wishes from Director Wollf, “We hope that our Christmas celebration of music is a gift to all ages!”

Performances at Oliver Alliance Church, admission is free (free-will offering will be taken)

Friday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m.

Oliver Handbell Ringers Facebook Page

Photo: Helen Wolff and Sue Gay, invite you to enjoy, “Under a Winter Sky”

Salt Spring National Art Prize

Call for Artist Submissions – $40,000 in Awards – The Salt Spring National Art Prize

Online Submissions open Jan 10 – May 31, 2019

The Salt Spring National Art Prize offering $40,000 in awards, one of Canada’s largest visual art prizes!

Submissions for the 2019/2020 SSNAP awards begin on January 10 and end May 31, 2019.

SSNAP Awards Totalling $40,000:

SALT SPRING PRIZE – THE JOAN McCONNELL AWARD + RESIDENCY FOR OUTSTANDING WORK – $20,000 ($15,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artist residency)

JURORS’ CHOICE AWARDS – four awards of $3,000 selected by each juror

PEOPLE’S CHOICE – ROSEMARIA BEHNCKE AWARDS – three awards determined by a vote of visitors to the exhibition – 1st prize – $3,000, 2nd prize – $2,000, 3rd prize – $1,000

SALT SPRING ARTISTS AWARD for outstanding work by a Salt Spring Artist – $2,000

Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are eighteen years of age and older as of January 1, 2018 are invited to submit their two- and three-dimensional work for consideration.

Guidelines and submission details to be found on our website www.saltspringartprize.ca

The Salt Spring National Art Prize is a biennial competition and exhibition of Canadian visual art.

The intent of SSNAP is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity—resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning.

Approximately 50 finalists will be selected by an independent jury of four from across Canada to participate in the Finalists’ Exhibition on Salt Spring Island. All artists’ submissions will be anonymous to the jury.

Finalists may be selected to win one of nine awards, five selected by jurors and three selected by public vote. The award winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Night on Saturday October 19, 2019.

This exciting endeavour is an initiative of the Salt Spring Arts Council, which represents the arts for Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, known as one of Canada’s premier arts communities.


Night Moves – Tribute to Seger and Fogerty

Lot of seats sold!!!…some still available!

Buckle-Up…..The Silver Bullet is Coming…..

Bob Seger is an American music legend second to none with countless hits loved by millions everywhere! With the powerful vocals required for this show, Night Moves Vancouver starring Dan Hare re-creates Bob Seger of the 70s and 80s when his hits were on every rock radio station in the world.Night Moves, starring Dan Hare IS the ultimate Seger tribute.
Seger… Video:


John Fogerty from CCR is one the most enduring icons of rock music and his music is still loved by everyone everywhere. As John Fogerty says in his hit Creedence Song, “You can’t go wrong if you play a little bit of that Creedence Song” Everyone agrees!

Centerfield, starring Dan Hare is the ultimate John Fogerty and CCR. Centerfield authentically re-creates the CCR classics, still loved by everyone, along with the best of Fogerty This is one of the most loved rock music icons of all time. as Centerfield authentically re-creates the CCR classics along with the best of
Fogerty… Video:

Holly Jolly Thank YOU!

Thank you all for your generous donations made at the Holly Jolly Oliver concert last Sunday afternoon. We supplied the Oliver Food Bank with dozens of bags of goods, additional givings of $150, and our own cheque of the concert proceeds totalling … a whopping $553.84. In the photo, OCAC member Brian Mapplebeck (right) presents cheques to Jim Ouellette of the Oliver Food Bank. THANK YOU also to our sponsors: Coast Oliver Hotel and Oliver Daily News whose generous support enabled us to lower our expenses and make this large donation of our proceeds.