The big weekend is coming!

Artists are submitting their best work into Oliver’s 34th annual multimedia competition, the Fall Art Show and Sale, including photography, fibre art, three-dimensional art, watercolours, oils, acrylics, mixed media, and two categories for teens and children. One hundred works will be on display. In addition, two special exhibits are featured, each celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. The event shares the same weekend at the same venue as the popular Cask and Keg and Festival of the Grape.

The Fall Art Show and Sale spans two days, Saturday September 30 (3 – 9 p.m.) and Sunday October 1 (12 – 5 p.m.), at the Oliver Community Centre, 6359 Park Drive. Admission is by donation, with a chance to win a wine fridge stocked with 18 different local wines.  See the participating wineries listed at right.

On Saturday, the public is invited to vote for their favourite in each media category, and for overall “Best in Show”. Lending sophistication to the evening will be a dessert reception accompanied by smooth ballads from Jazz Out West with Iris Larratt, beginning at 7 p.m.

The nail-biting ends at 8:30 p.m. when winners in all categories are presented with their awards. Local woodworker, Russell Moore, has designed the quail trophy bases, made from salvaged wood from the historic Venables Auditorium before it was destroyed by fire in 2011. Honorable mentions will recognize additional meritorious work.

On Sunday, patrons of the arts must also be patrons of the vine: Sunday’s admission is through a Festival of the Grape ticket only. The popular wine draw continues with every donation to the Fall Art Show and Sale offering a chance to win a stocked wine fridge. Stroll the competitive exhibit and find the many winners, marked with rosettes.

Many works of art are for sale.Meet the artists, and learn a little about their skill.

In addition to the one hundred works in competition, both days also feature special displays by talented local arts groups: the Exploration group and the RipOff Artists. The Exploration group, members of the Double O Quilters Guild, has mounted a display of quilts to “Celebrate Canada”. Look for colours, images, and themes that reflect Canada’s diversity. The RipOffs 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 cash in on Canada’s 150 celebration by reproducing the ten-dollar bill (complete with Sir John A. MacDonald) Each artist has reworked the currency in their chosen medium and in the style of a different Canadian artist, such as Maud Lewis, Tom Thomson, Ken Danby, and Emily Carr. As an added challenge to the artist and the viewer, the number “150”  appears somewhere in each piece.

Months in the planning, with well over a hundred artists, organizers, and volunteers, the Fall Art Show and Sale is the largest arts event presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council each year.

File Photo: Luba Chpak, by Val Friesen

Audition! “Old Love” by Norm Foster

SOAP Theatre announces that auditions for Old Love by Norm Foster are scheduled for:
– Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 pm and
– Monday, September 25 at 7:00 pm
at our rehearsal space in the “Big Blue Building”, at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, 5840 Airport Street in Oliver.

Director Jen Jensen, who previously directed Love, Loss and What I Wore. She excels at character development, and bringing out nuanced performances in her actors.

This play will be cast with four actors, together playing seven characters. We will need a “younger” male and female as well as an “older” male and female. There is considerable flexibility on ages, provided one pair of characters can be portrayed to be about 20 years older than the other pair. Depending on interest, up to three additional actors may be selected to play the smaller extra parts.

Experienced and novice actors are all welcome to attend.  Even if you are unsure about going on stage, please consider attending the auditions as they are typically a lot of fun for all involved.

So what’s it about?
Old Love is a romantic comedy, with touches of personal drama, spanning three decades, over which time a smitten Bud Mitchell meets (on several occasions) and falls hopelessly in love with his boss’s wife Molly Graham. The tone of those meetings is comic, with the setting usually an after-hours business social event.

Other than the socially awkward employee’s well-hidden infatuation with the always inebriated object of his desire, the action amounts to little more than a few shared words, all of which are promptly forgotten and lost by the outwardly and inwardly bored Molly in a haze of alcoholic indifference. Each time their paths meet, she has no idea of who he is and the fact they already know each other.

Run Dates: Oliver February 2 – 3, 2018 and  Osoyoos TBA

More details: SOAP Theatre’s Old Love

Medici’s music Friday September 15

Medici’s Friday Night Live-2017 Season-Episode XVI

Th Fall brings on the cool yet Friday Night Live is oh soooo HOT!

Friday Night Live September 15th. Full House and tons of visiting musicians. We could not get everyone on last time.

Our very best FNL performers are gearing up or a HUGE night of music. We added the very talented Emily to our line-up last time. The crowd got behind Joe 5-0 and brought him home on a swell of sing-a-long applause. Little G, D’Jeff, Pasquale and their band, Montainview Drive, Seradaye, Tom, The bettyBgidds, Larry Green, Jazz, Trevor and Lucy and the Amazing Master Marcel were all performing as promised.. This valley is chock full of great musicians with incredible music. Get up, come down, get in and get it on!

Come kick the doors down with your own vibe. We are gonna be packed. The music is gonna blow the doors off. The beer is cold and the music IS of course always sooooo HOT! We crank it up shortly after 7:00….all we need is you! Bring your music!! Bring your fun!! Bring your mum. Get in here!!

We are licensed. We have beer, wine, coffees with a kick and our usual great gelato and snacks, sweet treats. Medici’s this Friday, September 15th at 7:00 PM. 522 Fairview Road. 250-498-2228.

Do You Love to Sing?

Sage Valley Voices is a community choir and a member of the Oliver Community Arts Council. They will be having their first choir practice, Monday Sept. 11th, at the Oliver United Church at 7:00 p.m. in preparation for their upcoming Christmas concert in December. Practices are held weekly, new members are always welcome, and there are no auditions.

Hope to see you there!

SOAP Theatre Preparing to Perform The Game’s Afoot

Rehearsals have commenced for SOAP Theatre’s fall production of “The Games Afoot” (or “Holmes for The Holidays”) by Ken Ludwig. SOAP Theatre is a not-for-profit performing group based in Oliver and Osoyoos.

The Game’s Afoot will be presented on the stage of Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver November 2 to 4, including a 2 pm matinee performance on Saturday, November 4. Regretfully, SOAP is not able to bring this play to Osoyoos because of the complex set which has been designed and constructed by cast member Craig Bjornson.

It’s December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

This play was named the “Best Mystery Play of 2012” by The Mystery Writers of America. “It is a fast-paced ensemble piece filled with great roles, and keeps everyone guessing ‘who done it?’ right up the very end of the show,” says Ted Osborne, the veteran SOAP director who is the creative force behind this latest production. SOAP Theatre patrons will likely remember the non-stop laughter when SOAP presented Lend Me A Tenor, in 2014, also by Ludwig.

The cast, who have spent most of the summer working on their lines, includes returning SOAP performers Diane Gludovatz, Jen Jensen, Nathan Linders, Craig Bjornson and Angela Stuart, joined on stage by newcomers Connie Mythen, Jim Dinwoodie and Andrea Furlan. The play is produced by Patrick Turner and Andrea Furlan, supported by a dedicated back stage team.

Advance discount tickets are now available online at There are further group discounts for those purchasing 10 or more tickets through the Venables Theatre Box Office.

The Game’s Afoot is the first of three plays being produced by SOAP Theatre for the 2017-2018 season. Also in the works is Norm Foster’s Old Love in February and Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley in April.

More information on the 2017-18 season is available at


Medici’s Grande Finale: Folk Road Show Sept. 8

This incredible band blew the roof off Summer 2016 with an amazing performance! Each one an artist and entertainer in their own right, they are such a super talented force when banded together. See them at Medici’s Friday, September 8.

Folk Road Show make your living room feel like a theatre and a theatre feel like your living room. As the name suggests, the international group is anything but a conventional band and more a traveling folk variety show that could have been put together by PT Barnum and Bob Dylan, with Jack Kerouac consulting. 

Five singer-songwriters from three continents: Dominique Fricot (CAN), Benjamin James Caldwell (AUS), Olaf Caarls (NL), Pieter van Vliet (NL), and Nick Petrowich (CAN), they’ve toured both Canada and Europe extensively taking roots-americana stylings of The Band and CSNY and painting it with the youthful spirit of Fleet Foxes and Beirut. Folk Road Show constantly rotates lead singers, showcasing each member while swapping instruments and supporting with soothing five-part harmonies. 

The band has toured Canada twice and Europe three times. FRS has played over 200 shows at venues and festivals across both continents including Arts Wells (2015-16), Tiny Lights Festival (2015), Golden Sound Festival (2016), and Rootstock, AB (2016), and the Life I Live (Den Haag, NL), Sniester Festival (Den Haag, NL), Oerol Festival (Terschelling, NL) and Melodica Festival (Groningen, NL) . of the same name to European radio and media streams April 14, 2017 and on and on.

This is our huge Summer Grande Finale….Tickets go for $25 and we’ve already got a huge reserve list before printing. Seating is assigned. Doors open at 6:30 and The Folk Road Show takes the stage at 7:30
Medici’s at 522 Fairview Road in Oliver                                                                          

Calling all artists, say quail

Entry forms for the upcoming Fall Art Show & Sale (FASS) are already flying in from local artists. The Oliver Community Arts Council mounts the popular event on Saturday September 30 and Sunday October 1.  The show and sale runs jointly with the Festival of the Grape at the Oliver Community Centre, making it one of the highest-traffic events of the year. The two-day arts event includes a competition in nine categories, public voting, sales, exhibits and demos by featured artists, live entertainment, a dessert reception, and a draw for a stocked wine fridge.

Visual artists in all media and of all ages are encouraged to enter.  As has been our tradition for every second year, there is no theme in 2017, simply “Artist’s Choice”, giving great scope for entering one’s best work.

Categories are Photography, Fibre Arts, Oils, Acrylics, Watercolours, Three-Dimensional, and Mixed/Other Media. Two categories for youth, Emerging Artists and Budding Artists, invite entries in any visual medium. Awards are given in each category, as well as an overall “Best in Show”.

FASS 2017 Entry Form

FASS 2017 Terms and Guidelines

Entry forms must be received by Friday September 8, 2017. NEW Early bird draw! Submit your form and fee before that date for a chance to win back your entry fee! Artwork need not be completed by that date. Artwork is delivered to the venue on the morning of the show, Saturday September 30. This gives artists up to three extra weeks to complete their piece(s).

This year, quail trophies are mounted on extra-special bases designed by Russell Moore. The bases are created from salvaged wood from the old Venables Theatre, before it was destroyed by fire in 2011. The wood is left unfinished for artists to either enjoy as an historic artifact or to finish to their personal liking. Awards are given for first second and third place in all categories but the young Budding Artists, who receive gift cards. For the first time, honorable mentions will also be awarded where there is special merit.

Membership in the Oliver Community Arts Council is not required to enter but does reduce the entry fee for Adult submissions. Emerging Artist (teen) submissions are $10. For Budding Artists (12 and under) the fee is waived.

Membership Form 2017

Entry forms are always available here: FASS Forms. A FASS Artist FAQ and definitions of the art categories are also posted.

Hard copies of the entry forms are available at the Oliver Visitors Information Centre (historic CPR Station) and the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. 


UPDATE: Indoor venue for Music in the Park

Due to air quality, Music in the Park is moving across the park from the band shell to its indoor venue, the Oliver Community Hall. Come listen in comfort to the RCAF “Command Brass” with special guests the “RCAF Clarinet Quartet” on Thursday August 10, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. They are promising a great show, including music from Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Carmen, the Beatles, and the classics. You can still bring your own comfy chair, but chairs will also be available in the hall. Donations are welcome for the Oliver Community Arts Council. Be sure to browse and buy at the Evening Market in the park on your way to the concert. Great art, jewelry, crafts, baking, coffees, fresh produce, and food vendors!