Sale to be a frenzy of fun

Come for gelato, coffee or lunch 10 am to 2 pm, Friday, October 19th at Medici’s. You will find yourself at the local Grandmothers for Africa Fall Frenzy. These hard working women like to have fun. They like to be part of the solution and not the problem . The unique and handcrafted items that will be displayed and on sale represent many ‘woman hours’ both here and in Africa as part of their creation. You will find intricate bead work, wirework animals, pashminas, jewellry, handbags, aprons, bowl buddies, new Little Traveller pins and much more. The money earned from their sale will all go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for grassroots programs in the under resourced communities of Africa facing the brunt of an ongoing HIV/AIDS pandemic.

When you and your friends come out to enjoy getting a head start on your Christmas list, you support women thousands of miles away who carry stories of healing. The identity they form from being part of a network like Grandmothers for Africa has deep meaning for them. They come into the organization with a loss of hope and dignity but they grow because they are welcomed with love, warmth and open arms and given a place to share their life experiences. It isn’t just that the grassroots organization helps break the silence and isolation of grandmothers and kids immersed in their own grief. It is that they come together to deepen their collective understanding and develop community approaches and strategies to address the panoply of crises created by AIDS. And like women everywhere, they soon find room for laughter, for hugs, for songs and dance, for connection and the energy to move forward.

So grab a friend and come on down to Medici’s. Together we can make a difference.
If you want to join the local group, talk to any of the women in the distinctive bright yellow t-shirts with the Grandmother insignia at the event. We’d love to have you with us!

Medici’s welcomes “their” band back again

They Are Back. They began with us and now for a third time this incredible band is back. They are Our Band. They blew the roof off in the summers of 2016 & 2017. Each one an artist and entertainer: a super talented force when banded together.
Folk Road Show in this theatre will feel like your living room. They are anything but a conventional band: more a traveling folk variety show that could have been put together by PT Barnum and Bob Dylan, with Jack Kerouac consulting.

Four singer-songwriters from three continents: Dominique Fricot (CAN), Benjamin James Caldwell (AUS), Olaf Caarls (NL), Pieter van Vliet (NL). The band has toured worldwide and played hundreds of venues and festivals. Folk Road Show constantly rotates lead singers, showcasing each member while swapping instruments and supporting with soothing four-part harmonies.

Saturday October 27th. This is our huge fall finale band … ….Tickets go for $30 and we’ve already got a reserve list. Seating is assigned. Doors at 6:30 and The Folk Road Show takes the stage at 7:30…Medici’s at 522 Fairview Road in Oliver…250-498-2228

Children’s entertainer performs soon


part of the ​Family ShowTime Series

Friday October 26

6:30 p.m.

Frank Venables Theatre

More than the music, the four-time Juno winner for Best Children’s Album Sing with Fred and eight-time nominee’s body of work is about energy and emotional connection. The guy who crawled magically out of that hollow log for 12 seasons and nearly 900 episodes in the hit CBC TV show “Fred Penner’s Place” receives fan mail to this day from some of the 55 million American viewers where the show ran for four years on the U.S.’s Nickelodeon. Always building on a common theme rooted in integrity and a “belief in what I can do” he has created a lasting impact that crosses the generations and continues to grow.

Canada’s beloved children’s entertainer, Fred Penner kicks off the “Family ShowTime” children’s series at Venables Theatre this October. Millennials will fondly remember Penner crawling through a log to the enchanting land where his CBC television show took place. A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 45 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication.

Penner’s diverse repertoire includes a prolific 12 Children’s Albums, countless energetically packed live shows for throngs of eager audiences across North America, composing the music for APTN/YTV’s Tipi Tales, and writing the score and hosting the TV documentary The Simple Way (focused on the relevant, world-wide topic of voluntary simplicity). He has, without a doubt, established himself as a fundamental part of the North American family entertainment scene. And whether it’s through CDs, videos, books or television, his cornerstone philosophy remains the same: absolute trust that his work can make a difference.

Joined by long-time cohort Paul O’Neill, Penner headlines the inaugural “Family ShowTime” series which includes Alex Zerbe: The Professional Zaniac, DuffleBag Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty and Axé Capoeira. “Family ShowTime” is presented by Venables Theatre with the support of the Community Presenters Assistance program (of the BC Arts Council and BC Touring Council) along with Tinhorn Creek and the Coast Oliver Hotel.

Fred Penner will warm our hearts on the Venables stage Friday October 26 at 6:30. Series tickets are only $40 for all four shows or individual show tickets can be purchased for $12.50. Tickets and more information can be found at



Penner is joined by long-time cohort Paul O’Neill on bass and back-up guitar.

Family ShowTime Series on sale now!
All four shows for only $40
Fred Penner- Friday October 26
Alex Zerbe- Friday January 25
Sleeping Beauty: Dufflebag Theatre- March 1
Axé Capoeira- May 10
​Individual tickets $12.50


Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning A Streetcar Names Desire tells the story of two sisters – one clinging to a bygone era, the other embracing the reality of post-WW2 life in America.

Now the Venables Theatre welcomes Ballet Kelowna back to the South Okanagan this fall as they bring the classic to life with their first full-length ballet, an adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Dancing between present and past, between real-time New Orleans and old-world Mississippi, the work’s dreamlike transitions are particularly well-suited to balletic interpretation.

In 2006, Simone Orlando inspired and danced the role of the sister Blanche Dubois for Ballet BC. Today, as Ballet Kelowna’s Artistic Director, she revisits the work for a new generation.

Considered Williams’ greatest drama, A Streetcar Named Desire explores poignant themes that echo today’s headlines: shifting social mores; power and dominance; gender stereotyping; and politics.

This timeless adaptation by choreographer John Alleyne, Ballet BC’s former Artistic Director, aligns with Ballet Kelowna’s mandate to encourage and promote the work of Canadian choreographers.

“John Alleyne is one of Canada’s most established and renowned choreographers. By presenting the monumental ballet, A Streetcar Named Desire, we are acknowledging his significant contribution to dance in Canada, while honouring his enormous legacy to the art form,” said Orlando.

Nine Ballet Kelowna dancers are supported by emerging artists from the Victoria Academy of Ballet to perform this stunning work. Produced with the generous support of Ballet BC, A Streetcar Named Desire is performed to the original jazz score by award winning B.C.-based composer Tobin Stokes.

A Streetcar Named Desire is presented by Venables Theatre with the support of the Community Presenters Assistance program (of the BC Arts Council and BC Touring Council) along with the Coast Oliver Hotel.

Ballet Kelowna brings their artistry to Venables Theatre October 27 at 7:30 p.m. at 6100 Gala Street in Oliver. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for students. For more information visit

Marc Atkinson Trio performs

Friday, October 12th marks the first concert of this season’s South Okanagan Concert Society’s program. The Marc Atkinson Trio, a group described as “melodically captivating, sensually charged and ferociously, technically awe inspiring” will be the catalyst for high spirits at the Frank Venables Theatre.

Juno-nominated Marc Atkinson, on guitar, is backed by Scott White on acoustic bass and Brett Martens on rhythm guitar as well as guest artist Cameron Wilson on violin.

Marc is known for his ability to spin out seemingly impossible–to-play, breathtaking lines at will. The emotional nuance and sense of humour he brings to his work has engaged audiences for more than two decades. He draws on classical, jazz, roots, and even some rock traditions to delight his audience with new takes on old tunes and sensitive renderings of his own highly melodic compositions.

Brett Martens, pulls from his knowledge of soul, jazz, reggae and latin music. His percussive guitar feel is sensitive, yet lively and infectious. He leads and performs with many bands of his own.

Scott White is a multi-faceted bassist and music therapist currently residing in Berlin. He has performed with many of Canada’s most renowned musicians and toured the world. He manages to practice music therapy in various hospitals, compose and teach while acting as a music director for a Cirque du Soleil show in Germany.

Take all the Trio has to offer after four award winning CDs and decades of touring and then add the sounds of Cameron Wilson’s sweet and playful violin! Versatile and talented, his work showcases many genres of music. It comes as no surprise that he has performed with the CBC Radio orchestra, the Vancouver Bach choir and also with Bryan Adams, Spirit of the West and Raffi.

Tickets are on sale now at or at the theatre box office Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10 to 3 pm. Two or more tickets in advance cost $21/ticket. A single ticket in advance is $23. Single tickets at the door are $25.
Children and youth are $2.50. All concerts in the series start at 7:30 pm.

Art overflows at upcoming show

Overflowing with creativity, Oliver’s 35th annual Fall Art Show and Sale welcomes art lovers this coming weekend. The multimedia arts event includes photography, fibre art, three-dimensional art, watercolours, oils, acrylics, mixed / other media, and two categories for youth. In the competitive portion, a flood of 113 works have been entered. This year, the theme is “Go with the Flow”. In addition, three special exhibits are featured.

The Fall Art Show and Sale spans two days, Saturday September 29 (3 – 9 p.m.) and Sunday September 30 (12 – 5 p.m.), at the Oliver Community Centre, 6359 Park Drive. The event shares the same weekend at the same venue as the Cask and Keg and Festival of the Grape. Admission is by donation, with a draw to win a tempting wine fridge or a work of art.

Saturday’s visitors can vote for their favourite in each media category, and for overall “Best Interpretation of the Theme”. As excitement bubbles up for the awards show, the classy quartet Jazz Out West keeps the evening flowing smoothly. The live music and dessert reception begin at 7 p.m.

Twenty-eight winners will be presented with their quail trophies beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Honorable mentions will also recognize meritorious work.

Sunday’s admission is through a Festival of the Grape ticket only. Patrons of the grape who visit the Community Centre will discover artistic creativity flowing, not just wine. The popular wine fridge draw continues. Stroll the exhibit and find the award-winning artwork, marked with rosettes.

Many works of art are for sale both days. The show attracts participation from established professionals and gifted newcomers alike. It is also a chance to meet the artists, and learn a little about their work.

In addition to the art competition, both days also feature special displays by local artists. CreateAbility, a program dedicated to making art accessible, will exhibit work by diversely-abled adults. The RipOff Artists are ten talented artists, each working in their own medium, dedicated to “ripping off” a dead artist’s work in their own style. This year, the RipOffs recreate the colourful “Three People Singing” by indigenous Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo. A tribute to John Salsnek, a renowned Willowbrook painter who passed away last year, will also be mounted.

The Fall Art Show and Sale is an annual presentation by the Oliver Community Arts Council.

Welcome Maker Place & Dianne Gibson

New business member Dianne Gibson has one of the most colourful shops in town, laden with fabrics, notions, and full of her own colourful personality! Visit Maker Place (Sewing Studio and Art Classes) at

101 6272 Station Street
Oliver, British Columbia
(250) 498-6696
Check out her page here:
Right now her shop features the work of fibre artist Terry Irvine:

Stretch with Andrea!

Doulandie Massage Specialist, Andrea Furlan instructs:
Parent and Child Stretch
Flexibility, strength, boundaries, body awareness
September 25 – November 27
January 8 – March 19
Tuesdays 3 – 3:45 p.m.
$45 / season
Gentle Stretch
Non-strenuous relaxing stretching movements for posture
September 24- December 3
Mondays 9:30 -10:30 a.m.
$70 /season or $10 drop in
Oliver Community Centre
Information: Txt Andrea: 604-842-5050  or

Rekindle the flame: hot singers of the 70s

You know the songs: Whether Neil Diamond’s  Sweet Caroline and Cracklin’ Rosie or Rod Stewart’s Maggie May and Baby Jane they sang the songs ladies loved to hear. Rod’s It’s a Heartache and Neil’s Love on the Rocks consoled the guys when love was not always easy. These icons ruled the airwaves, playing the soundtrack to the lives of many baby boomers.

Relive those classic hits at these two concerts. Say “Hello Again, Hello” to Nearly Neil. Find “new Reason to Believe” with Rod and the Mods.

Special pricing when you attend both concerts.

Visit to buy your tickets.

Art from all ages still welcome at Fall Art Show & Sale

Artists of all ages, including children and youth, are encouraged to enter works in any visual medium in the upcoming Fall Art Show & Sale. While entry forms have been pouring in at a record rate, late entries will continue to be accepted as space and time permit. Teen artists, fibre artists and any three-dimensional art are especially encouraged as those media entries are still low. Entry forms and guidelines are available here:

FASS 2018 Entry Form

FASS 2018 Terms and Guidelines

or picking up a hard copy at the Oliver Visitor Centre.

The Oliver Community Arts Council mounts the popular event on Saturday September 29 and Sunday September 30 at the Oliver Community Centre. The popular arts event includes the multimedia art competition, public voting, sales, exhibits and demos by featured artists, live entertainment, a dessert reception, and exciting draws, including a wine fridge.

Visual artists in all media are invited to enter. Trophies are awarded in nine categories: Photography, Fibre Arts, Oils, Acrylics, Watercolours, Three-Dimensional Arts, Mixed/Other Media, and two youth categories based on age. Past winners have included newcomers and returning artists, locals and not-so-locals, whether beginners, hobbyists or professional artists. Public voting ensures the competition is friendly and full of surprises.

This year, the Fall Art Show & Sale has a theme: “Go with the Flow”. While no artwork is ever rejected for not following the theme, it can serve to inspire artists to create something new. “Go with the Flow” allows for many interpretations across arts media: technique, subject matter, literal or metaphorical. To motivate artists to follow the theme, the public also votes for an overall winner “Best Interpretation of the Theme”.

Get some inspiration here:  Go with the Flow Inspiration

Artwork may also be advertised for sale: locals and tourists alike frequently purchase pieces, including children’s artwork. Being part of a major exhibit and sale can be rewarding especially for youth and artists new to the experience. Work can be recent or old, but must not have appeared before in any previous Fall Art Show & Sale. Artists may submit one or two pieces.

No artwork needs to be submitted in advance of the art show, just the entry form and fee, leaving extra time for artists to put finishing touches on their work. There is no jurying although artwork should be suitable for a family-friendly event.

Entry fees are $25 for non-members, $20 and $15 for arts council members, $10 per piece for teens, and free for children (limited to one work apiece).

To ensure your entry is considered, please give us a heads up on your intent to enter: OliverCAC @ or 250-498-0183 as soon as possible, and a space will be held for your beautiful work.