Students on show

The senior art class at SOSS in combination with a variety of other classes is hosting an Art show and student work showcase on June 14 from 6-7:30 in the schools library and cafeteria. There will be student performances throughout the evening and lots of goodies made by the cafeteria program. During the evening we will also be unveiling our school’s new mural made in combination between First Peoples Art 10 and Senior Woodwork.

This is our first year using this new format and space for the year end show so we are really excited and hope you will be able to join us!

This event is free to the public, but donations for the SOSS Student art club will be accepted.

Bring your mask & sparkles to Venables

Friday June 8 & Saturday June 9 at 6:30
Dance Oasis Studios – Osoyoos

Presenting the 9th Annual Dance Oasis Studios Year End Recital, Masquerade! Join us for a night of entertainment, beautiful costumes and dazzling dances. Costume and masks encouraged! This is sure to be a night to remember! Get your tickets before the sell out.

TICKETS: $15 sold at Dance Oasis Studios, 7214 97th Street Osoyoos,  or through email transfer at danceoasisstudios @

Move your buns!

Friday June 12 – Sunday June 14
The Dance Studio – Oliver

The Dance Studio in Oliver has over 110 dancers ages 2 – 70 that will be hitting the stage for our 6th Annual Show.  These dancers have been training since September in many different dance styles including Jazz, Tap, Ballet and much much more! Its a great family show so tell all your friends too!!  This show is assigned seating so get your great seats booked today.  Additional 5% discount on groups of 10 or more.

Friday June 15 & Saturday June 16 at 6:00
Sunday June 17 at 2:00 ) As a special Fathers Day treat, tickets to the Sunday Matinee are discounted $2/ticket)

Tickets: Adult $20, Seniors $15, Youth under 18 $10, under 2  free. Sold through an outside site. Please click the link below to be re-directed.

Tickets can also be purchased at the studio during business hours.

The Dance Studio Oliver

6237 Main St. Oliver BC
Ph: 778-439-3332

All that jazz in June

by Marion Boyd

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and come over to the community park on Thursday, June 14th at 7 pm. You will find lots of your friends and neighbours out to enjoy an evening of jazz for the best of causes. Oliver’s Grandmothers for Africa are presenting Penticton’s Thursday Night Jazz Band.

The idea of the Thursday Night Jazz Band is unique, brilliant and quite different from a formal concert. Talented and generous, a substantial group of jazz musicians from the South Okanagan get together in various combinations to perform. They have to practice and most have day jobs. So Thursday nights, informal and fun, are practice time and why not practice in front of an audience and help local charities raise money ?

The local Grandmothers for Africa group was recently inspired when a Kamloops grandmother, Mary Baker, returned from visiting Uganda and Tanzania. She talked about the 17 million African kids who have lost one or both of their parents in the AIDS pandemic. 40 to 60% of those kids are living with their grandmothers and those indomitable Grandmothers, with our help, manage to feed, clothe, and educate them. They give them the love and support they need, engage in AIDS education and take part in income generating projects. By working together, grandmothers here and in Africa are part of a massive process of reaching out to help isolated and fractured families become vibrant and hopeful again.

Mary mentioned to us that in the gatherings in Sub-Saharan Africa, music and dance were central and both joy and sorrow were connected and expressed. It seems fitting that a night of free flowing jazz right here in Oliver should be a part of showing our solidarity with our counterparts abroad. Sometimes plaintiff, often joyful, the notes of the Thursday Night Jazz Band can touch the spirit. Be careful! You may find yourself dancing on the grass and throwing more money than you planned into the donation jars!!

SOAP Theatre AGM Coming Up!

SOAP Theatre will hold its AGM at 7pm on Thursday June 14. If you’re a member, interested in becoming a member, or want to know more about the upcoming season and hang out with theatre types, this is your chance!

A review of the past year and a preview of the coming season will be provided to members and other interested people at the society’s annual general meeting on June 14. The evening begins with a potluck dinner at 6 pm at Big Blue followed by the meeting at 7 pm. Elections for the executive and board members will take place at the meeting.

More information on the meeting or the upcoming season can be obtained by email at


SOAP Theatre Gears Up for New Season!

The curtain has barely come down on SOAP Theatre’s last production of the 2017-18 season but already planning is in full gear for the 2018-19 season.

The award winning community theatre group successfully staged three productions this past season and it plans to continue with that ambitious schedule next year. The season was capped off with Outside Mullingar winning several awards at Theatre B.C.’s recent Okanagan Zone drama festival in Vernon, including Jennifer MacNeil as Best Actress, Director Tom Szalay for Best Newcomer and Brian Hesje for Best Sound Design. The adjudicator also had praise for Jeff Smith in the best actor category and gave a shout out to Tom Szalay in the best set design category.

First up for the next season is a dramatic production with a twist. Rights have been obtained for It’s A Wonderful Life- A Live Radio Broadcast, adapted by Joe Landry. Frank Venables Theatre will be transformed into a radio broadcast studio as this beloved holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Part of the fun will be having the “foley artist” or sound effects technician, on stage, creating the necessary effects rather than relying on recordings played from the sound booth. The play will run the first week of December.

Planned for late January and early February is Beyond Therapy, by Christopher Durang and directed by Nathan Linders. When upscale New York’s two least license-worthy therapists inadvertently send two patients on a collision course, the unintended consequences of the worst blind date ever disrupt the lives of everyone involved, even the therapists themselves.  Can these two therapists, their patients, and two hapless bystanders overcome their hang-ups, or are they Beyond Therapy?

Lawrence & Holloman, to be directed by Trevor Leigh, is the dark and twisted story of a cynical and suicidal accounting clerk (Holloman) who gets taken under the wing of a happy-go-lucky, ever-optimistic suit salesman (Lawrence). Lawrence the optimist tries to teach Holloman the pessimist how to live happily and remain positive, until his own good luck starts to turn. Lawrence’s fiancee dumps him, his car is demolished, his dog goes missing, he loses his job, and his apartment is burned to the ground… and that’s just the beginning! Is happiness determined by our outlook on life? Or can our destiny be changed by another?  The play is written by Vancouver’s own two-time Governor General Award-winning writer Morris Panych and will be SOAP Theatre’s entry in the 2019 Okanagan Drama Festival. It will be staged in late April and early May.

Auditions for Beyond Therapy and Lawrence and Holloman will take place on June 9 and 10 from 1 to 4 pm at Big Blue, the large metal building at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre on Airport Road in Oliver. An audition call for It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Broadcast will go out in September.

Beyond Therapy is seeking four men and two women. Bruce is a lawyer in his mid to late thirties; Prudence is mid to late thirties; Bob is a pharmacist in his mid to late thirties; Stuart, a therapist, can range from early forties to early fifties; Charlotte is a therapist and can range from late thirties to late forties; Andrew is a waiter, preferably younger than Bob and Bruce and ideally mid
to late twenties. Questions about beyond Therapy can be directed to Linders at

Director Leigh will be looking for two males, ages 25-60, for the lead roles. The actors will have lots of stage time and will be challenged in their roles. Also sought are two females, ages 20 to 80.

The play will have a live original sound score and sound effects. One or both of the female actors should be able to play piano or guitar or violin or cello or the vibes or any interesting instrument. One and/or both will also be asked to contribute live sound effects on stage and will be required to sing.

Leigh is looking for creative souls who love music and theatre and are interested in creating original compositions and sound effects. If you have any original music or recordings please submit a sample to the director at

More information on the meeting or the upcoming season can be obtained by email at

Patio Party at Firehall Brewery

May Long Weekend is coming up, which marks one year since we opened our Patio! So we figure it’s worth a celebration, with another May Long Patio Party, Friday – Monday (May 18-21). We’ll have bouncy castles and food trucks on-site all weekend, drink specials and music entertainment. Friday will kick off with Thai On The Fly serving
delicious dinners, and a Funky 70’s Dance Party with DJ Master Blaster. We’re still on
the hunt for a band for Saturday night and a food truck for Saturday-Monday, but either way, we’ll have a wine feature from Oliver’s new La Casa Bianca Winery, and bouncey castles and games from the winery family’s other company: Fun4Life.

To continue the Patio Party all the way to May Long Monday (Victoria Day), we’ll obviously have to open Mondays again! We’ve been closing on Mondays for the
cold season, but we figure it’s safe to say that the warm season is back! From May
Long on, we’ll be open Mondays again, and extending our Beer Shop hours later
into the nights. The new hours are:

Monday – Thursday: Noon-9pm
Friday-Saturday: Noon-11pm
Sunday: Noon-5pm

For loads more info, check out this PDF of Firehall Brewery’s

Firehall Brewery Periodicale May 2018



“Tip Toe Through the Tulips” Art Show
Opening Reception:

Friday May 11

6 pm – 8 pm


May 11 – June 14

Monday 10 am – 2 pm

Tuesday – Friday 10 am -3 pm

Leir House Cultural Centre

220 Manor Park Avenue

Penticton, BC

Join us as we celebrate spring with a collection of art that is blooming with colour and excitement. The Artists of the South Okanagan-Similkameen are pleased to be showing a collection of member works in their upcoming spring exhibit “Tip Toe Through the Tulips”. For more information please visit our website at

Art Walk blossoms in Oliver’s downtown

Oliver’s arts community is ready to celebrate spring. The Wine Capital Art Walk blossoms with vibrant colours in the 6200 block of Main Street (between School and Bank Avenues) from Monday May 7 to Thursday May 10. Seasoned artists in the full bloom of their talent and some budding artists from Oliver’s schools will display and demonstrate their talents in many media.

Art walk events begin on Monday May 7, with ten artists painting wine barrels into colourful life for the silent auction. They will paint daily between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Monday to Thursday in the lot between Amore’s Pizza and OK Photo Lab. The participants span the artistic spectrum from SOSS graffiti artist Connor Kitt, to seasoned award-winners Marion Trimble, Lorraine Horn, and Katherine MacNeill. Two arts groups, The Painted Chair and CreateAbility, will feature the talents of differently-abled adults on their wine barrels. Visitors to the downtown are invited to stroll by to view the barrels in progress and place their silent bids. These one-of-a-kind barrels will make attractive show pieces for gardens, patios, and homes, and will be auctioned off at the conclusion of Thursday’s Art Walk. Bids start at $150. The sales benefit both the artists and arts organizers.

All week, shoppers will notice colourful footprints appearing on the sidewalks down the 6200 block. These identify the fifteen businesses that will host artists during the evening art walk on Thursday May 10 from 6 – 8 p.m. Drop in to any participating store during the week and pick up an Art Walk “passport”, which doubles as a draw ticket at Thursday’s event. Passports will also be available at the wine barrel auction site, and during the art walk itself.

The art celebration continues in earnest on Thursday May 10 at 6 p.m. Artwork in many media — photography, jewelry, wood carving, pottery, metalwork, fibre arts, acrylics, and digital art – will be on display and for sale at each participating business. Chat with some fascinating artists, and do a little shopping. Pick up a passport, have it stamped at each store listed, and enter the completed passport into the draw for a wine-and-dine gift basket.

The wine barrel auction heats up during the Thursday evening art walk, with silent bids accepted until 7:45 p.m.

To stimulate the palate, wine tastings will be available at OK Photo Lab and Baguette & Brioche Bakery, with beer and cider on offer at Beyond Bliss Esthetics. To satisfy more serious appetites, Gecko’s Grill, Amore’s Pizza, and Medici’s Gelateria will be open during the evening.

Performance art takes centre stage with Rebel Luv pumping out the pop tunes right on the sidewalk. Mikie Spillet will be sure to get the crowd singing and dancing to her vocals. Professional dancer Andrea Furlan will perform at Pur Zen, with other surprise performances in the works throughout the evening.

Arty Smarty teacher, Leza Macdonald, and Oliver Kiwanis will keep small hands busy during Thursday’s walk with some make-and-take art activities for children.

An information table in the centre of the block will be the place to grab an Art Walk passport, enter draws for several more prizes on display, and learn about upcoming arts events.

After the art walk winds down at 8 p.m., a Wine’d Up Party at Medici’s Gelateria keeps the excitement going for the next hour. Enjoy a sweet treat, and view the exhibit of artwork by the Oliver Sagebrushers. All the draw winners will be presented with their prizes. One lucky Art Walk passport holder will win a luxurious gift basket. The best bidders on the wine barrel auction can roll on home with their prizes.

The Wine Capital Art Walk is a partnership between the Oliver Community Arts Council, the Oliver Tourism and Oliver-Osoyoos Winery Associations, and downtown businesses, with sponsorship from the Town of Oliver and Oliver Kiwanis.

Heritage roots go deep

Oliver and District Heritage Society will be officially opening their new permanent exhibit “Deep Roots” with MP Richard Cannings and other dignitaries on May 16th 2018. “Deep Roots” is about Oliver and area’s history, culture, and identity, exploring themes such as geology, natural history, language, sports and recreation, agriculture, and transportation. The public are welcome to join us in this celebration at the Museum (474 School avenue) on Wednesday May 16th at 7:30 in the evening – immediately following our Annual General Meeting at 6:30 pm.

The evening will begin with our AGM in the council chambers at Town Hall. The meeting will adjourn by 7:15 and will join the public at 7:30 pm in front of the Museum for the ribbon cutting with our special guests, including Member of Parliament Richard Cannings. “Deep Roots” is a unique exhibition for a number of reasons: It’s been designed and constructed completely in-house, and features never-before seen local photos, artifacts, and historical documents. This exhibit features S’yilx captikwl (oral histories), and includes extensive N’Syilxcn terminology and pronunciation guides throughout. It will also be the only Museum in the province to have its complete exhibit translated into both Punjabi and French (coming later in 2018). There’s also an audio component; a dramatized radio broadcast show of actual historical events and newspapers advertisements from 1920-1945 Oliver, specially written and recorded by Peach City Radio for this exhibit.

The Heritage Garden will be nearing completion, pending cooperation of the temperamental spring weather. Visitors will still be able to enjoy the outdoor exhibits and view the Fairview Jail as well. The public will be able to enjoy Deep Roots with snacks, beverages, and plenty of good company in the evening until 9:30 pm. All are welcome to both to attend both the AGM and exhibit opening.

AGM — Oliver & District Heritage Society
When: Wednesday May 16 at 6:30 pm

Where: Town of Oliver Council Chambers

Who: ANYONE can attend, but you must be a member in good standing to vote.

Official Exhibit Opening —  “Deep Roots”

When: Wednesday May 16 at 7:30 pm

Where: Oliver Museum

Who:  Public is welcome!

Ribbon cutting with special guests including MP Richard Cannings.
Snacks and drinks provided.

Tara and Marion — and Ava — thing

Three award-winning artists exhibit together at the Leza Macdonald Art Gallery in May. All have won in their categories at the Fall Art Show & Sale over the years, including the youthful Ava Grice!

All are invited to the Opening Reception on Thursday May 3 from 4 – 6 pm.

The Fox Returns to Medici’s

We were so fortunate to have Lion Bear Fox come and play for us on their tour’s return home trip in March. If you were at Medici’s then, you experienced a truly magical night of vocal mastery and great musical skills. Their performances as individual and combined vocalists were eye-closingly delicious. We have managed to lure Ryan McMahon, The Fox, back for a One Night Only special show on Wednesday, May 28th. If you catch no other show this year, catch this one and your musical year will be replete.

Ryan McMahon is an incredibly talented vocalist, musician and entertainer. As a co-founder and arguably the most ‘out front’ of the 3 very ‘out front’ guys of Lion Bear Fox, he fills not only the stage but the whole auditorium wherever he plays. Lion Bear Fox is most likely the best band in BC these days and certainly the absolute best to ever play Oliver. Ryan McMahon has and has had a huge impact on the band’s success.

Ryan has carved out a 17-year career as an independent artist in Canada’s vibrant music scene. A genre fence sitter, hanging out on the edges of country just enough to say he isn’t; Ryan is both a whisper and a scream. He has toured Canada countless times, released four full-length albums, and seen his music licensed nationally and abroad. He’s been invited to a literal horde of music festivals and major award events and has garnered 3 wins (Male Vocalist, Record & Artist of the Year) at the Vancouver Island Music Awards.
In 2012, Ryan co-founded ‘Lion Bear Fox,’ with song-writing colleagues Cory Woodward & Christopher Arruda, and the band was immediately one of the Top Finalists for the 2013 Peak Performance Project in Vancouver.

In April of 2014, Showtime’s original series, “Californication” featured the single “I’ll Be Damned,” a song that was included on “Put Me Back Together,” which came out April of ’15. On September 8th, 2017, Ryan released an EP titled “Song Shelter Recordings,” created entirely at his home studio in Ladysmith, BC.

Legendary Canadian TV/Radio personality Terry David Mulligan may have summed up Ryan best: “The complete package. Singer. Songwriter. Performer. Troublemaker. Passionate human being. For me… priceless.”

Medici’s is privileged to offer limited tickets to an assigned seating presentation on Wednesday May 28th at $25 per person. Doors at 6:30 PM, We are licensed. We are the absolute best space and intimate atmosphere for your maximum immersion experience into music of this calibre.

We are at 522 Fairview Rd in Oliver. 250-498-2228. Tickets are already going fast. Get a move on! Get yours!

Be a concert “early bird”!

South Okanagan Concert Society 2018/2019 Series.
Friday, October 12, 2018 – Marc Atkinson Trio with Cameron Wilson
Friday, November 16, 2018 – Double Double Duo
Friday, February 15, 2019 – Duo Fortin-Poirier
Friday, March 29, 2019 – O-Celli

TICKETS: Early Bird Special!
Until May 31st, all 4 shows for only $76 ($19 ea)
After May 31st
2-4 shows – $21/show
Single show advance – $23
Door – $25
Student – $2.50

Tickets? Click Here: Venables Theatre Box Office 

Friday October 12 – 7:30

Marc Atkinson is one of Canada’s finest JUNO-nominated, Western Canadian award-winning musicians. He is the leader and composer of the internationally renowned Marc Atkinson Trio (and co-founder, composer and performer in the acclaimed, The Bills). Atkinson’s fiery but elegant guitar style, is infused with a catchy blend of influences while still maintaining the laidback humour and casual ‘good time feel’ of Canada’s West Coast. The music of this virtuosic group is melodically captivating, sensually charged and ferociously, technically awe-inspiring. Violinist Cameron Wilson is a composer and arranger whose works have been performed by numerous symphony orchestras and ensembles and soloists across Canada and the U.S.​

Friday November 16 – 7:30


Double-Double Duo is about much more than coffee; each duo member is a ‘double threat’ on two instruments: Kornel Wolak (clarinet / piano) and Michael Bridge (accordions / piano). Classically trained international soloists, they use comedy, virtuosity, and musical sensitivity to bring their broad repertoire to life. Wolak and Bridge began their collaboration in 2011. They have since performed across Canada for arts organizations as diverse as the music they play – from the Ontario Philharmonic to the Calgary Stampede. Actively touring in Poland, France, Ecuador, and across Canada, DDD performs their all- original arrangements of classical showpieces, sensitive jazz ballades, and fiery folk music from around the globe.

Friday February 15, 2019 – 7:30

Since their inception in 2005, Duo Fortin-Poirier have made waves both in Canada and abroad, garnering scholarships, prizes, and other distinctions. Very active on the North American scene, in 2008 they premiered Vingt doigts et un piano, the first classical concert to be chosen for Loto-Québec’s Entrées en Scène. Recently, the duo also performed at the 2015 Festival de Lanaudière,toured the Maritimes with Debut Atlantic in 2017, and presented their new concert Mémoires as part of a tour with Prairie Debut in 2016-17. Since then, they undertook a tour in the western US. Theirs albums, Vingt doigts et un piano (2013) and Mémoires (2017) are broadcast regularly on Espace Musique, ICI Radio-Canada Première, and Radio-classique.

Friday March 29, 2019 – 7:30

What can sound better than a cello? Eight cellos! Ô-Celli is a musical project, characterized by its originality and dynamic presentation, in the world of classical music. Since its creation in 2010, through the initiative of Sébastien Walnier (Principal Cello of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels) and Alexandre Beauvoir (chamber musician), these eight musicians never fail to share their passion for the extraordinary richness of their instrument. Ô-Celli has had the honor of performing for numerous European festivals. Most notably, the International Cello Festival in Beauvais, the Flâneries musicales de Reims, the Festival Sully sur Loire (France), Festival Musiq’3 (Belgian National classical radio station), and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Belgium). 2017 was highlighted by Ô-Celli’s first international tour, performing from Ontario to Nova Scotia in Canada. In addition to this adventure they also broadened their horizons with concerts in Switzerland and Luxembourg.