After taking the summer off, Friday Night Live (Open Mic Night) returns to Medici’s Gelateria & Coffee House. Drop by 522 Fairview Road (Oliver) on Friday November 1 from 7 – 10 p.m. Kick back on a couch and relax, warm up by the cozy fireplaces, order a mochaccino, and hum along. Feeling the beat? Bring your music and voice and give us a tune!
Tickets for Juno Award and Great Canadian Blues Award winner Ken Hamm are selling like hot cakes! Ken Hamm will be returning for his Okanagan fans on WEDNESDAY, October 30th, and we’re looking forward to another sell-out show. Tickets are limited, get your tickets while they last by clicking this link:
Ken Hamm is a well known acoustic solo musician based in Forget, SK. His playing is influenced by early blues recordings and a love of oldtimey music, resulting in a varied repertoire of original and traditional songs ranging from metalguitar driven hardedge blues workouts to softer dobro and banjo pieces. His main influences include Ry Cooder, Mississippi John Hurt, John Fahey and John Hartford.
Ken learned to play during the 1950s, when guitar slingers like Elvis, Buddy Holly, and the Ventures prevailed. In the 60’s, music went through coffeehouse folk and electric rock and clues phases, and Ken was swept up by these influences,playing in blues based bands in Thunder Bay like Tundra and the Bay St Blues Band, and eventually going acoustic with the release on vinyl of Ken Hamm and Friends in 1978.That LP led to a string of positive reviews and nominations in publications like Guitar Player magazine.
A Juno award in 1991 was followed by the Great Canadian Blues Award in 2010.Hamm has recorded 8 CDs to date, the most recent a double disc live collection released in 2006.
After some time in Calgary, and 25 years living in coastal BC,Ken moved to Forget,SK in 2007, and married his wife Heather there in 2009. For nine years they operated a small music store including teaching and instrument repairs
Another combination began when Heather Peat Hamm released Blue Gramma,her first book of prairie poetry and drawings, and now they do some shows together. Ken is also currently involved in producing and recording projects close to home,including an upcoming new solo release slated for 2017.
Avoid temptation after Hallowe’en! The arts council welcomes your donations of leftover candies to add to the goodie bags at the Holly Jolly Oliver concert in late November. We are looking for NON-Hallowe’en-y treats, so you can eat all the orange and black gummies and chewy zombie body parts yourself. Must be commercially produced and individually wrapped, for food safety, and small enough to fit into sandwich baggies.
Your bagged goodies can be dropped off at TELUS Store at Oliver Place Mall Hours: 9 – 5 Monday through Friday 10 – 4 Saturday
What could be better than hearing one fine musician on a grand piano? Why, hearing two fine musicians on two grand pianos of course!
That is what the South Okanagan Concert Society is offering when the Bergmann Piano Duo perform at Venables Theatre 7:30 pm, Friday, November 15. Last here in 2013, Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann were an enormous hit. He from Munich, Germany and she from Medicine Hat, Canada met at music school in Hanover, Germany. They became a couple and started playing together in 1989.
Innovative and versatile, this appealing duo present a masterful achievement of‘brilliance, rhythmic vitality and melodic shaping. Performing internationally, they play an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary pieces including their own original compositions and arrangements. They have won awards all over Europe with their virtuosic dedication and the instincts of professional entertainers. They also have won Western Canadian Music Awards for their outstanding classical recordings.
Tickets for the concert are available at the Venables Theatre website (click link) or at the theatre box office Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 to 3 pm. Generous sponsors make ticket prices very affordable. Two or more tickets in advance are only $21/ticket. Single tickets in advance are $23 and at the door $25. Youth are almost free’ at $2.50. We want the younger generation exposed to quality music.
As well as performing careers, the Bergmanns enjoy teaching and have been on faculty at Mt. Royal University and the University of Calgary. They work in other capacities in the music industry and promote the Banff Centre for the Arts. At present, they live in White Rock and love the ocean and the natural surroundings there.
Elizabeth says, “There is order, patterns and structure evident in nature similar to that in music. Nature and music feed our souls.” Marcel particularly likes to invent his own arrangements of contemporary repertoire. He enjoys “built-in opportunities for free variations and improvisational elements while still following a well established overall form and structure.”
Don’t miss this event. If the Bergmanns are half as good as the last time they performed here, you will be more than happy! Come and travel where the muse has taken them in recent years.
Oliver Arts and Crafts hosts Arts and Crafts Fair an old-fashioned Christmas market Friday November 15 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday November 16 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oliver Community Hall FREE Admission Lunches and refreshments available for purchase. Oliver Food Bank donations welcome This is always THE place to get all those hard-to-shop-for presents. And also all those easy-to-shop-for presents. Seriously, the place to get all your shopping done in one fell swoop.
CreateAbility was a hit at the Fall Art Show and Sale! This arts council program was one of the featured exhibits on the October 5 – 6 weekend. It fosters art appreciation and artistic skills among differently-abled adults. THANK YOU to all the visitors, volunteers and participants over the weekend!
The program earned $500 in art card sales and donations. Revenues such as this ensure the program’s longevity, and keeps the program accessible (i.e. FREE) to its participants.
Six new artists have been added to the collection of art cards. All together we will have 35 different art cards for sale by 15 special needs artists.
The display, including art samples and bios of several artists was well received. Featured above are two instructors: Sharon Bootsma and Janice White, behind the table, and artist Donna Biedler (below right) chatting with visitors.
The next CreateAbility session will be Nov. 14 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Quail’s Nest (Studio Building).
Shout out to The Painted Chair who are supporting CreateAbility with three new clients (with support workers) joining us from Keremeos, and by helping us sell art cards at their events. Thank you! We now have participants from Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton AND Keremeos.
Another shout out to Christine Hewitt of Central Agencies Insurance Brokers (6037 Main St. Oliver) www.christinehewitt.ca who will be selling CreateAbility art cards at her business. Drop in and see her!
“I want to get married,go out west, build a log cabin,raise a bunch of kids,volunteer in my community, and then write a book about it.”
In 1978, during a golden age of middle-class prosperity, newly wed Kevin and Eleanor, like other young people at the time, felt the irresistible pull of the Back-to-the-Land movement and left behind everything they knew and loved to live far from the city and off the grid. As they searched western Canada for a place to settle, abandoned homesteads warned that their dream would be hard won.
10 Days in December journals Kevin and Eleanor’s adventures living for the first ten days in their wilderness cabin facing the demands of winter, where harsh reality and self-denial test their love and commitment.
Along the way practical Kevin and idealistic Eleanor will learn if they have what it takes to live in the mountains and with each other.
Eleanor shares her true ‘coming-of-age’ story exploring what resources from her sheltered childhood could help her endure the isolation, cold and darkness of this northern river valley.
Author Eleanor Deckert recounts her experiences on Wednesday October 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Oliver Library at the corner of Station Street and Fairview.
This book began when Eleanor Deckert was 8-years old. Words from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s memories from the 1860’s and 70’s, preserved in Little House in the Big Woods, spoke to her. “This is now. It can never be long ago.” Eleanor realized, even as a child, that someday her 1960’s and 70’s memories would also be “long ago.” She determined to carefully remember her own experiences, thoughts, beliefs and decisions so that she could one day write about people, places and the times she was living in.
On Wednesday October 23 she shares a self-sufficient lifestyle with her husband in a picturesque river valley in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada.
In 21st century Canada, Halloween means costumes, trick-or-treating, and lots of candy. But what was Halloween like a century ago? The BC Provincial Police Station (now the Oliver Museum) was built in 1924. What costumes did the people of Oliver wear that year? What did they do to celebrate? The Oliver & District Heritage Society is here to answer that question! Hint: there was a lot of orange and black.
Put on your costume and join us in celebrating Halloween while we take a trip back in time. This 1924-style Halloween party will take place on Sunday, October 27th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Oliver Museum (474 School Avenue, Oliver, BC). Try your hand at actual 1920s Halloween games and activities such as paper hat-making, ghost stories, fortune-telling, and more. This event is free and suitable for all ages. Don’t forget to visit our costume photographer to have your picture or your child’s picture taken in costume, enter a draw to win a door prize, and enjoy Halloween treats while you take in the decorations of 1924.
For more information, please contact the Oliver & District Heritage Society at 250-498-4027 or email us at
It’s less than a week away! Over 100 multimedia works of art will be on display on Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6 at the Oliver Community Hall. Vote for your favourites on Saturday between 3 – 8 p.m. Art available for purchase. Non-competitive exhibits by the RipOff Artists, CreateAbility, and the Double O Quilters. Linger longer for the dessert reception, jazz quartet, and awards ceremony between 7 – 9 p.m. Enter the wine fridge draw — always a hit!
Heading to the Festival of the Grape on Sunday? If you are a festival patron, enjoy some art with your wine! Stop in to see the show between 12 noon and 5 p.m. Muse over the winning artworks, purchase art you like, enter the wine fridge draw, take a break from all the outdoor excitements, sip a little wine! We’re happy to add a little more culture to your day!
Time to stretch your boundaries! Like working with fabrics and textiles? Looking for new mixed media techniques? Join Surfaces (Textiles group), a member group of the Oliver arts council.
Surfaces Textiles is an OPEN group for anyone who is interested in exploring techniques involving art – using textiles. In the past we have explored ways to develop complex cloth using layers of unique designs. We have done ice dying, chemical dying, resist dying, discharge printing. We have made our own block prints and printed on fabric and paper using our own blocks and commercial blocks. We have made our own silk screens and printed with them. We have explored resist dying using wax, rice flour and stitch. We also have explored felting and using wool in our compositions. We have explored techniques for composition in abstract as well as landscape designs.
The first workshop was Thursday September 26 but there are four more Thursdays awaiting you this fall! October 17, November 7, November 28 and December 19. Meet at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre (Studio Building), 5840 Airport Street, Oliver from 1-4 pm. There are no boundaries in what we can choose to work on. The only thing that is required is that you are open to experimenting new techniques and are open to sharing.
The cost is $5.00 per session or $25.00 for the fall season which includes 5 sessions.
Please bring your ideas and thoughts about what you would like to learn more about this season. Also please bring works in progress or completed to share and for feedback.
Ofra Harnoy, one of the greatest cellists on the world’s concert stage, is performing at Venables Theatre in Oliver at 7:30 pm, Friday, October 4th. The South Okanagan Concert Society is absolutely thrilled. Ofra was in Oliver years ago as a student from the Banff School of the Arts. Her talent back then was exceptional and it came as no surprise when her career sky rocketed. Canada is proud and has honoured her with membership in the Order of Canada. She has won 5 Juno awards. She became the first Canadian classical instrumental soloist since Glen Gould to gain an exclusive worldwide contract with a major record label.
Tickets for the concert are available on line @ www.venablestheatre.ca or at the theatre box office Tuesday through Thursdays from 10 to 3 pm. Generous sponsors make the tickets very affordable. Two or more tickets in advance are only $21/ticket. Single ticket in advance is $23 and at the door $25. Youth are ‘almost free’ at $2.50. We want the younger generation to be exposed to fine music.
Ofra will perform with Canadian, Mike Herriott, a respected multi-instrumentalist in both classical and jazz genres. A fine trumpet player, Harriott also happens to be Ofra’s talented husband.
Also performing will be pianist Dr. Kinza Tyrell. She made her orchestral debut with the Victoria Symphony at age 12 and earned a doctorate in Piano & Vocal Accompanying Performance from McGill University in 2003. She has held numberous conducting and teaching positions and has been on the faculty at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto since 2004.
Ofra Harnoy was born in Israel and moved with her family to Toronto in 1971. She made her professional debut as a soloist at age 10. Her solo-orchestral and recital debuts at Carnegie Hall in 1982 brought her public and critical acclaim. Known for her virtuosity, her warm but powerful touch and her passionate stage presence, Ofra says not a day went by without playing her cello since she was 5 ½. She “had the drive” and was soon living her dream. She threw herself into it with abandon and didn’t flinch at 16 hour recording sessions. Somehow she managed to raise a son and a daughter too.
In 2011 this beloved cellist hit a wall. In a performance with Anton Kuerti her shoulder became so painful she thought the bow would fall from her hand. Years of overuse had led to shredded tendons, surgery and a slow but determined recovery.
She is now back on stage where she belongs. We welcome her with open arms and a program that encompasses music from “Baroque to the Beatles and Beyond”.