Andi Zack comes home to sing with Ken Johnson

Oliver’s own Andi Zack-Johnson and her husband Ken Johnson (of Birmingham, Ala.) make another pilgrimage back to Andi’s home in Oliver from their Singer/Songwriter careers in Nashville, Tennessee.

Songwriters both, Andi and Ken have written songs for many country and pop artists in the U.S. and Canada including Harry Connick Jr., Brothers Osborne, Vince Gill with Jenny Gill, and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. They have collaborated with many artists over the years including members of ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd, NRBQ and Aerosmith and more.

Andi and Ken have starred for 3 seasons now in the hit CMT show “I Love Kellie Pickler” produced by Ryan Seacrest and have appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Harry (Connick Jr.) Show, Fox and Friends and Good Morning America.

Andi and Ken are also known as the popular children’s music duo Huck And Lilly. They have released two critically acclaimed albums since 2015 and can be heard regularly on Sirius XM “Kids Place Live” Current solo albums available now include Andi Zack-Johnson “Love Party” and Ken Johnson “Dang Good Day”.

Presented by both Medici’s and Oliver Sagebrushers, Andi and Ken will put on a ONE NIGHT ONLY special concert at Medici’s on Friday, Aug 10th. Tickets are $25. Seating is assigned. Doors will open at 6:30 and Andi and Ken will open the night at 7:30.

Medici’s is at 522 Fairview Road in Oliver…250-498-2228

Sabrina Weeks Duo perform August 2

Don’t miss the Sabrina Weeks Duo on Thursday August 2 at Music in the Park

* Winner 2012 Maple Blues Award
* Voted “Pick to Click” by Sirius Radio
* Charted #1 in the Canadian RMR (Roots Music) Charts
* Voted #1 by Blues Underground Network

Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard have shared the stage or opened for Colin James, Tom Lavin and Powder Blues, Steppenwolf, Jack de Keyzer, Guess Who, Stonebolt, and the Downchild Blues Band. Further, Sabrina is often featured in such prestigious concerts as the TBS Women in Blues Revue at Massey Hall and the Etta James Tribute at Hugh’s Room.These two are GOOOOOD. Check em out here:
then come out HERE: Music in the Park Thursday August 2

Happy 20th!

The Friends of the Oliver Library was incorporated as a Society in 1998, following an organizational meeting called by Librarian Vicky White. Three of the charter members remain as active FOTOL members to this day.

One of the major activities of the FOTOL is to raise money for the Library. The annual book sale—to be held this year on Saturday, July 7th at the Canadian Legion—marks twenty years of the Friends’ major fundraiser for the Library.

The book sale is a model of community cooperation. All books sold have been donated by Oliver residents and every penny raised goes to support Library activities such as the Summer Reading Club for Children, and to enhance the Library by providing programs and furnishings not available through core funding.

Behind the scenes, the books have to be stored as they pour into the Library by generous donors. Free storage has been provided over the years by Oliver-Fairview Self Storage, where Society volunteers sort them and load them on cardboard flats donated by Buy Low and No Frills. Then the rather massive job of transport is undertaken by an army of volunteers who get them to the sales point, which is usually the Library’s parking lot. (NOTE: This year the sale will take place at the OLIVER LEGION because of the street work being undertaken in front of the Library.)

Once on the sale site, other volunteers have arrived early to set up tables and then load the sorted books on flats into locations for paperbacks or hard covers, fiction or non-fiction, and with special areas for kids’ books, videos and CDs and a few other categories.

The sale begins at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 2:00 p.m. and active volunteers keep the tables loaded with books throughout the sales period. Then at closing time, the dismantling begins. In the last several years, all unsold books have been donated to other community organizations that also raise monies for other charitable organizations. Again this year, they will be donated to Diabetes Clothesline.

Over the years, FOTOL has raised well over $70,000 to support the Oliver Library, mostly from book sales, but also from kind donors and from membership fees. You see some of those proceeds in the Library’s enhanced furnishings, which include the main desk when you enter, rugs for the children’s area, and approximately half of the magazines and periodicals on display. The funds enhance by upgrading the quality of the furniture provided through core funding. They allow FOTOL to fund authors and speakers through the year, and for the children—magicians, drummers and other guests during the summer reading program.

FOTOL has a brochure available in the Library which outlines in more detail its activities, meeting dates, and organizational structure. Membership forms are also available at the Library. Volunteers are always needed and everyone is welcome.

Hope to see you all at the book sale!

Get your groove on

“In the summertime, when the weather is fine”, Oliver has music on their mind. And the Music in the Park concert series, courtesy of the Oliver Community Arts Council, has it all lined up.

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 each evening.

Award-winning classic rock band Timbre Wolves, lifts the roof off summer on Thursday July 5. Jill Fai’s powerhouse vocals have been compared to Heart’s Ann Wilson or Amanda Marshall. Appearing as a duo at Music in the Park a couple of years ago, the Wolves return with a full rock band sound. Audiences can expect hits from the 60s to 90s, including the ladies of rock, Pat Benatar and Blondie, to the Beatles and the Doors.

The sound gets bigger the following Thursday July 12 when the South Okanagan Big Band performs swing and jazz hits from the 30s to 60s and familiar pop tunes guaranteed to please.

Crowd favourites Rob ‘n’ Walker return for a second year in a row on Thursday July 19. Previously appearing as The Rob Robertson Band, the trio has a new name but the same great country rock and Americana sound. Lead singer Rob, with street cred as a Nashville musician, has been on a killer song-writing streak of late, so audiences can expect a few originals tossed in. Rob ‘n’ Walker play as the sponsored 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.

Acoustic duo, That Girl and Earl plays 50s pop, rock, and country on Thursday July 26. Diane Strom (“that girl”) and Earl Staten have been performing together for 12 years through the Kootenays, and are now driving their talent westward.

Sabrina Weeks brings her sultry blues voice to town on Thursday August 2, backed by blues guitarist Mike Hilliard (pictured at left). This duo is recognized nationally, having won the Maple Blues Award in 2011, and has been racking up the accolades while gigging from Toronto to L.A. Sabrina’s singing style has been described as “sassy”, “more energy than the battery bunny” and “sizzling, scintillating, swinging, soulful”. Hilliard’s blues guitar has earned him comparisons to Colin James.

Audiences will want to stand up and salute the music of the Naden Band (Royal Canadian Navy) on Thursday August 9. One of the most popular – and repeat – performers at Music in the Park, this brass and wind ensemble will blow out a diverse repertoire from classic marches to the pops.

After too many years away, the Steve Jones Band rocks the Oliver park again on Thursday August 16. Hailing from just up the road at Vaseux Lake, Steve (pictured at top) fronts the band with a big confident voice, lead guitar, and crowd-pleasing charm. Their secret ingredient? Ryan Schick’s rippling fingers on piano, channelling The Door’s Ray Manzarek.

Multi-talented sisters Diane Ball and Joanne Fauteux entertain as Sister Soul on Thursday August 23 with toe-tapping dance and pop favourites. Diane Ball, often described as “Osoyoos’ wedding singer and one-woman band” knows her way around a song, and an audience. She will double the musical fun with sister Joanne adding her vocals and guitar.

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: . Presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council.

The Ripoff Artists Down Mexico Way

The Ripoff Artists are singing the praises of Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991). In dynamic colourful style, Tamayo combined Mexican subject matter and the earthy solid shapes of Aztec and Mayan art with the forms and styles of artists like Picasso and Matisse. The Ripoff Artists will compose their own tributes to Tamayo’s 1981 painting “Tres Personajes Cantando” (Three Singing People). Painted in a restrained palette, this work demonstrates Tamayo’s masterful use of colour and rich texture.

Tamayo worked at the National Museum of Archaeology in Mexico City, then lived in New York where he saw works by European painters. He rejected the political themes and murals of Mexican artists such as Diego Riviera. Instead, Tamayo drew on both the Pre-Columbian art of Mexico and on modern European principles of art. He worked mainly on canvas, combining vibrant colours and textured surfaces with semi-abstract shapes and themes drawn from Mexican life. He summed up his approach to art when he said, “Art is a means of expression that must be understood by everybody, everywhere. It grows out of the earth, the textures of our lives, and our experience.”

From Tuesday July 3 to Saturday July 7 at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre in Oliver, come in and enjoy the harmonious interplay of artists working, each in their own medium, as they strain to hit the right note by week’s end. The usual band of improvisational maestros will be there: Enid Baker, Tara Hovanes, Kurt Hutterli, Terry Irvine, Barbara Levant, Norberto Rodriguez , Marion Trimble, JoAnn Turner, Russell Work. This year, they’re also joined by guest artist, Jan Kreut.

Monday evening, July 2, join the artists at an opening reception from 6 to 8 pm at the Quail’s Nest. There will be Mexican food, and a display of preliminary pieces based on other works by Tamayo.

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