Under Paris skies with Piaf

Celebrated Vancouver Island jazz singer Edie Daponte is taking her sell-out Edith Piaf show on the road in September to 8 different cities in British Columbia. Inspired by a trip to Paris, and encouraged by the emotional affect her renditions of La Vie En Rose and Non Je Ne Regrette Rien had each time she performed them, Edie conceived of her “Under Paris Skies” show in 2017. The format of the show has the audience transported to an intimate Parisian theatre. With carefully selected music, lighting and costumes, the stage is set to invite the audience in for a captivating evening of music and storytelling.

Edie is joined on the tour by a full band comprising long-time collaborator Joey Smith (arranger with the Glen Miller Orchestra) and a veritable who’s who of Victoria jazz musicians including Karel Roessingh, Aaron Watson and Jonathan Eng. The musicians have performed “Under Paris Skies” together for sold out shows in Victoria, Sidney and Vancouver theatres. Inspired by audience enthusiasm in both 2017 and 2018 the show is set to run in more theatres including the Okanagan, Sunshine Coast, North Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

It’s been a busy year for Edie. With the support of a grant from Creative BC the singer has recorded not one, but two albums this year! Alegria is a joyful, globally-inspired collection of jazz, bossa nova, fado and blues numbers. Also available is Under Paris Skies featuring music from the show. She has experienced “such warm reactions to the show” and feels “so connected with Piaf that it’s a feeling of coming home to perform this show.”

Audiences can expect a mix of classic French and English songs with the music of Edith Piaf taking centre stage.

Beloved by millions, Piaf gave her last performance at the Paris Olympia in 1963. Her unique voice and passion evoke a time and place for listeners, of Europe before and after the war, and of a life filled with tragedy and endurance. Widely regarded as France’s national chanteuse, Edie will perform many of Piaf’s soulful and emotional numbers with the full live-band. Non Je Ne Regrette Rien; La Vie en Rose; Sous le Ciel de Paris; and many more, interwoven with Edie’s engaging style of audience-interaction, and interpretation of the French numbers. In the mix are songs that fit alongside Piaf’s oeuvre – inspired by Edie’s travels in Paris.

There’s passion, laughter, sparkle, costume changes and a few surprises in store for audiences at every show. Edie and the band are ready to embrace new audiences as they present Under Paris Skies – La Musique de Edith Piaf; a night of music and entertainment inspired by Paris.

Come sing with Sage Valley Voices

Sage Valley Voices starts its season this Monday! EVERY MONDAY EVENING! If you love to sing, come join us! We are currently preparing for our Christmas concert in early December. Rehearsals for our spring concert begin in January.

Beginning this Monday, September 9, 2019 7 to 9 pm. (We will continue to accept new members throughout September.)
Oliver United Church, 358 Okanagan Ave., Oliver, BC
Contact: Lois lbzdel @ shaw.ca
or Lori lmartine @ sd53.bc.ca

“Our Town” in Osoyoos

Okanagan Art Gallery presents
“Our Town”

the artists’ view
Friday August 30
4:00 – 7:00 pm

Okanagan Art Gallery #5 8302 Main St., Osoyoos, BC

The Artists of the Okanagan Art Gallery are proud and excited to present “OUR TOWN”, a celebration of the town of Osoyoos as seen through artists’ eyes. The exhibit is one evening only! Each artist has painted Osoyoos from their own point of view, including some of the most iconic views of this beautiful oasis in the South Okanagan. Some artists have chosen Main Street others have featured the lake or buildings.

The show will feature professional artists from all media including oils, acrylics, lithography specialists, photographers and fiber artists each showing their favorite view of the Town. We are also featuring the wine of south Okanagan favorite Quinta Ferreira Estate Wines. Join us for an evening of true South Okanagan art and wine.

For information about the August 30th OUR TOWN show at the Okanagan Art Gallery call 604 308-3995.

Andrew Lloyd Webber in concert

MUSIC OF THE NIGHT: The Concert Tour
the beloved music of Andrew Llloyd Webber
Tuesday September 24
7:30 p.m.
Venables Theatre
6100 Gala Street Oliver, BC

TICKETS: $45, Senior/ Student $35

This concert celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th Birthday and his acclaim as the most successful musical theatre composer of all time will feature his most iconic theatrical music including selections from Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Blvd, and more! With a fully professional cast, many of whom have performed throughout Canada and Australia, we are sure this parade of musical offerings will overwhelm the musical senses. Sound the Alarm’s ‘Music of the Night’ tour will remind eighteen BC audiences, from Courtenay to Cranbrook, why Andrew Lloyd Webber is the musical phenomenon he is known to be.

The fully professional cast performed the first leg of their tour to
packed houses in Whistler, Salt Spring and across Vancouver Island last month. Audiences were enchanted with the beauty of
Music of the Night, praising the quality and talent of the performers.

Rave reviews included:
“Such an amazing concert. DON’T MISS THIS SHOW if it comes to your area. “ “The concert was fantastic!! What talent!”
“The whole cast is so talented bringing this music to life.”

The cast is comprised of both musical theatre veterans and emerging artists. Baritone Zander Felton and Mezzo Amy Gartner
are two of the province’s most promising young theatre artists and musicians. Soprano Melina Schein and Tenor Nic Kyle are
both familiar with the stage and the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Schein is a New York native, now residing in the
Okanagan, who has numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway credits, including Phantom of the Opera. Kyle is an internationally
acclaimed tenor – now living in Abbotsford – who has performed in London’s West End and played Jesus in Jesus Christ
Superstar in Australia and New Zealand Tours.
Renowned Canadian music impresario Frederik Robert will serve as musical director on this project. Robert toured across Canada with the Canadian Tenors and Romanza Tenors, and is delighted to return to these communities as Music of the Night’s musical director.

Music of the Night will remind BC audiences why Andrew Lloyd Webber is the musical phenomenon he is known to be.

Select your seats now at www.venablestheatre.ca

Vocal work-out this fall

Musaic Vocal Ensemble is looking for more singers!

Musaic Vocal Ensemble is a Summerland-based adult choir that is currently preparing for its 25th Anniversary season. This is a significant milestone for a group which started as a group of friends wanting to make music together on a regular basis. Over the past 25 years, the choir has developed a reputation for interesting programing, fine attention to detail, and high quality musical performances.

Musaic Vocal Ensemble is looking for singers with good music reading ability and a wish to share in the joy of making music together.  If this describes you, Musaic’s Artistic Director, Frances Chiasson, can be reached via
 director @ musaicvocalensemble.ca the choir website www.musaicvocalensemble.ca or by phone 250-869-6817. Please contact her if you have any questions about our group or would like to be part of Musaic.  Auditions will take place in Oliver, Summerland, and Penticton during the first week in September.

Next performances for Musaic Vocal Ensemble will be in December 2019 and April 2020.

Tentative Winter 2019 Performance dates:
Penticton: Friday, December 13th, 2019, 7:30pm
Summerland: Saturday, December 14th, 2019, 2:30pm

Tentative Spring 2020 Performance dates:
Penticton: April 17th, 2020
Oliver: April 18th, 2020
Summerland: April 19th, 2020

“Come and join us.  We have an exciting and challenging year ahead.”

Heatseeker helps you relive 80s

Firehall Brewery presents the last of their Back Alley Concert series: HEATSEEKER. This one is for all of you who love 80s rock! Even if you don’t have the leather pants anymore and your bandana is a little faded, the tunes withstand the test of time. Heatseeker performs songs by AC/DC, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Bon Jovi, Journey, Bryan Adams and many more — and in full 80s rocker costume!

As a bonus, visual arts lovers can take a look at the work of Dave Brewin while at the concert. https://artisbrewin.com/

Audition for Christmas comedy

SOAP Theatre presents
by Norm Foster

Bob is one miserable and incompetent Elf who needs to learn a lesson or two about the Christmas spirit. Santa sends him on a mission. Lots of laughs in this Canadian comedy.

Two open auditions:
Wednesday, September 4 at 7:00 pm:
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre (Big Blue Building)
5840 Airport St. Oliver
Thursday. September 5 at 7:00 pm:
Osoyoos Art Gallery, Upstairs – 8713 Main St. Osoyoos

4 men ~ 2 women

No preparation required. Cold read from script.
More about the plot and production is here:

Warm summer nights … with music

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, August’s lineup includes some real crowd pleasers!

Vagabond (August 1)is a Penticton rockabilly band melding 50s and 60s rock with blues & country soul. The trio includes Lindsay Mitchell on lead guitar & vocals. He is perhaps best known as a founding member and lead guitarist for the Juno-award winning Canadian rock band PRISM. Leslie Thompson joins him on lead vocals & rhythm guitar, and Stefan Bienz plays double bass and sings backup vocals.

The audience may also get a special treat: some original songs by Mitchell. As founding member of the classic Canadian rock band PRiSM, Lindsay Mitchell has received numerous Juno awards and nominations, including Album of the year, Group of the Year, and Song of the Year.

The Royal Canadian Navy returns in their dress whites! We proudly present the Naden Band, Maritime Forces Pacific, on August 8. This talented corps will delight the crowd with their versatility: movie themes, pop classics, jazz, rock in addition to the traditional marches, jogs and reels.

Prepare for an interactive evening with Nankama Drum and Dance (August 15). Under the guidance of their high-energy founder Bobby Bovenzi, the audience will learn simple drumming rhythms and dancing moves. Bobby also shares stories and culture from West Africa, paying homage to the roots of Western music today. We always see the biggest smiles at this concert. Great for children!

Sax Among Friends (August 22) may sound a bit naughty, but they aren’t! Just some really smooooth jazz standards featuring the saxophone of Don Wade, with Mel Zachary on keys and the lovely Yanti on vocals. It promises to be a laid back way to end the summer music series.

Food trucks and Medici’s Gelato are on site for picnic suppers. Bring a chair or a blanket, make yourself comfortable! Suggested donation to the concert: $5.

Bloomin’ wonderful!

Terry Irvine, Marion Trimble and JoAnn Turner (known to many from the Ripoff Artists) will be showing and selling their own work, and teaching workshops this August at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre! You can learn to make a needle-felted Garden Fairy Doll with Terry, create a Van Gogh-inspired impasto painting with Marion, or learn how to create fun and relaxing Zen Doodles, or make elastic bracelets with gemstone beads with JoAnn.

Art Show, Sale and Workshops
​Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, 5840 Airport Street, Oliver, BC
Monday August 19 to Friday August 23
Opening Reception Monday 6 to 8 pm. Tuesday through Friday, open 10 am to 2 pm. Workshops:
Tues. Wed. Thurs. 10 am
Tues evening 6 pm.

Details of all the workshops, including dates and prices as well as online payment and registration, are available by clicking this link: The Late Bloomers

Tom Petty tribute “gonna come around here”

Martyn Jones bears a striking resemblance to Tom Petty and has the voice to bring these songs to life in any sized venue or stage. He is a seasoned veteran performer who has ultimate respect for the Man and his songs, and the people who love them.
“Don’t Come Around Here No More” 
“Free Fallin'” 
“Learning to Fly” 
“Don’t Do Me Like That” 
“American Girl”
“I Won’t Back Down” 
“You Don’t Know How It Feels”

Jimmy Leguilloux is a dream guitarist for any group. Hugely talented, Jimmy dazzles concert crowds with his fiery playing and fearless presence. His wonderful voice is the perfect harmony match for Martyn Jones’s delivery of these great Tom Petty classics.

Jimmy has a rich history playing guitar around Western Canada and elsewhere and is highly respected for his community work including his annual benefit concert for children.

A shared love of the music and the desire to represent it properly moved Marty and Jimmy to create

A Sincere Tribute
Tuesday July 30
7:30 p.m.
Frank Venables Theatre
Tickets $39.50

They have assembled a solid band of veteran players and bring all the elements necessary to play this dream setlist properly and really connect Tom Petty’s songs to fans everywhere.

Appreciate water at Oliver Museum

Did you know that Oliver’s irrigation system, also known as the Ditch, turns 100 this year?

The Oliver Museum will be holding a Water Appreciation Day on July 27th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm to recognize the historical role of water in Oliver and its continued importance in this area.

Come learn about the Ditch’s history and water conservation in the main Museum gallery, try your hand at a coloring sheet, share your thoughts on a comment wall, or attend one of the demonstrations and talks occurring every half-hour throughout the morning. Water walls built by the Museum’s “Splash from the Past” campers will be on display in the Museum yard throughout the day.

The event schedule is as follows:
10:00 am: Welcome and display viewing in main gallery
10:30 am: Garden tour about plants and animals in riparian environments
11:30 am: Gold panning in the Museum yard and talk on placer vs. hard rock mining
12:30 pm: Water wall demonstration in Museum yard
1:00 pm: Event ends, but Museum remains open

We welcome you to explore the ways in which we interact with this most important natural resource and its history in our area. For more information, please contact the Oliver Archives at 250-498-4027 or info @ oliverheritage.ca

CreateAbility takes a break for summer

Instructors Janet, Lorraine, Kim, and Bev reflect on the final session of this lively art programme for differently-abled adults.

We had a good attendance with 17 special needs adults and 7 care staff present. Bev was working on painting adult hands and having them make one stamp onto a large fabric banner which we will add to in the fall. Her concept is to have a banner available for special events which draws attention to the group.
Here is a picture of Wayne giggling away while applying paint to his hand.

Lorraine had prepared small books which each adult decorated. Her theme was eggs to chicks to chickens. Here is a photo from Lorraine’s group:

Kim had prepared spray dyes for t-shirt printing. The care staff really got into helping with tying off parts of the white t-shirts to prepare them for dye application.Once the t-shirts were bound up with elastics then they were hung and our special needs adults chose the colors of dye and sprayed the shirts while hanging outdoors. Some really gorgeous t-shirts were created.

Janet worked with adults applying paint to foam stamps. Terry just kept stamping away (once he figured out which side to put down) even after all of the paint was gone!

The mood was very positive and relaxed. It was lovely to be able to open one of the bay doors. In the end a great deal of art was produced.

So a big thank you to all of you instructors for you contributions over the past 9 months. We will now take a break until the third week of September.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aline who is one of our original instructors. Please help us to find new instructors for the fall as we will need more wonderfully creative instructors to be part of our fall 2019 and spring 2020 programs. Hope you all have a wonderful summer!