In line for a smile

The amazing Ryan McMahon, the “Fox” of Lion Bear Fox, returns to Oliver! Ryan has slipped away from BC’s best band, Lion Bear Fox, to come back to the Firehall Brewery to light up the night again. If you saw LBF then, you know their performances as individual and combined vocalists are delicious. Ryan has been lured back for another One Night Only special show on Thursday, Jan 30th.

As a co-founder of Lion Bear Fox, Ryan fills not only the stage but the whole house wherever he plays. He has released five full-length albums, and seen his music licensed nationally and abroad. He has garnered 3 wins (Male Vocalist, Record & Artist of the Year) at the Vancouver Island Music Awards.

In April of 2014, Showtime’s original series, “Californication” featured his single “I’ll Be Damned”. In 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.”

The Firehall Brewery is offering limited tickets to this incredible musician. Hear him in person on Thursday, Jan 30th at $20 per person. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Come enjoy our great space and intimate atmosphere for an immersive experience. Tickets will fly quickly for this one! Get yours at the Brewery, or at:

Ryan McMahon Tix

Famous red-head dances in Oliver

Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet™ is a playful, colourful and evocative production that will transport audiences to early 20th century Atlantic Canada. Based on the beloved Canadian novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables follows the adventures of Anne Shirley, an orphan girl sent to live on a farm in the fictional town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. It tells the story of the adventures of 11-year-old Anne, who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.

Anne is highly imaginative, eager to please and, at times, quite a dramatic individual. However, she is defensive about her appearance, despising her red hair and pale, thin frame. She is often quite talkative, especially when it comes to describing her fantasies and dreams. At first, stern and sharp Marilla says Anne must return to the orphanage, but after much observation and considering, along with Matthew’s strong liking to Anne, she decides to let her stay.

Over the last 28 years, Canada’s Ballet Jӧrgen has produced a total of 216 original creations by 80 choreographers, including eight full-length ballets and five works created especially for children.

Canada’s Ballet Jorgen’s presents
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES – THE BALLET™
Tuesday January 28
7:30 p.m.
Venables Theatre
TICKETS: Adult $45, Students $20
www.venablestheatre.ca 250-498-1626

You be the rhythm!

Rythmo 2 is an interactive musical show. ALL participants become musicians by playing with several musical instruments during the performance. It’s impossible to stand by and watch! As a warm-up and to familiarize themselves with the rhythm, audience members discover body percussion by tapping on different parts of their bodies. Drum sticks and musical tubes are then distributed to everyone to give them a unique, rhythmic, powerful and energizing experience! With SAMAJAM’s Rythmo 2, you are the show!

Venables Theatre presents
Samajam – Rythmo 2
Family ShowTime Series
Friday January 24
6:30 p.m.
Venables Theatre
Single show tickets $12.50
www.venablestheatre.ca 250-498-1626
Will’s Jams (CBC Kids): Friday February 21
Uzume Taiko: Saturday April 18

An Oliver “blizzard” on its way

TV comedy star and Canada’s funniest man, Tim Nutt and his crew are coming to town to dig you out of your frozen January blues. The Firehall Brewery co-hosts the comedy show with Oliver Theatre on Thursday January 16 at the Oliver (movie) Theatre.

Tim Nutt has been getting away with telling his one-of-a-kind funny stories for just over 20 years and has performed at comedy festivals all over the world, including the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs in Montreal, the Halifax Comedy Festival, and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. He’s often described as a consummate storyteller and entertainer, not unlike his comedy heroes, Billy Connolly and George Carlin

Tim will bring Alberta’s top comic, Jordan Strauss who destroyed the competition to take 1st place at the Calgary Funny Fest and Valley comedy king Andrew Crone who sliced and diced his way across Western Canada, alongside some of the biggest touring acts.

Opening for this star studded cast of comics is Oliver’s rising comedy star and very funny fellow: Glen Heinrichs. Glen has been cutting his comedy teeth at open mic events at the Kelowna Comedy Club and Yuk Yuk’s in Vancouver. Come laugh with him, or at him, he is fine with either.

Tickets are only $20 and available at the Firehall Brewery, The Oliver Theatre box office or online at firehallbrewery.com/comedy
Thursday January 16 Doors at 7:00: The event will be licensed with some great appies you can choke down while laughing.

Make you shake your money-maker!

Angelique Francis is a versatile and exceptionally gifted musician with talent that is way beyond her years. This multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, multi-genre singer song writer and composer has wowed audiences across the globe with her electrifying performances, instrumental abilities and powerful textured vocals. She is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including Blues, Soul, Jazz, and Gospel. Angelique’s soulful Smoky vocals and instrumental techniques are reminiscent of a bygone era, but with a unique and modern sensibility. Within her vocal style, you can hear influences of legends like Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith and many more. Her instrumental abilities call to mind Willie Dixon on the bass, Sister Rosetta Thorpe on guitar, Big Mama Thornton on the Harmonica and Aretha on the piano. Her diversity, passion and love of music can be heard in all of her original compositions.

Osoyoos Blues Society & Venables Theatre present
Angelique Francis
Friday January 17
7:30 p.m.
Venables Theatre
Adult $30 || Student $20
www.venablestheatre.ca 250-498-1626

Celtic folk music at Venables

Mark Friday, January 31st on your calendar and don’t miss Lizzy Hoyt in concert at Venables Theatre, Oliver. Arriving under the auspices of the South Okanagan Concert Society, Lizzy has a crystalline voice of rare beauty. Acclaimed as a songwriter and a multi instrumentalist on fiddle, guitar and Celtic harp, she delivers soaring melodies rooted in Celtic and folk traditions.

Lizzy is known for bringing stories and history to life with themes of home, war, immigration and love. She is able to poignantly connect with our deepest memories and feelings. In 2013 the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal was awarded to Lizzy for her work commemorating Canadian veterans and Vimy Ridge history through music. The program for the Oliver concert includes some of these songs as well as traditional jigs, the Irish “Star of County Down” and pieces from her newest album “New Lady on the Prairie” that blend Celtic influences with bluegrass and folk traditions. Her songs are touching, poignant and lyrically rich.

Keith Rempel, an Edmonton bassist, has been working with Lizzy as both bassist and harmony singer since 2009. Chris Tabbert, guitarist and accomplished mandolin player, singer and songwriter joined to form a trio in 2010 . The three tour across the country and will be at Venables Theatre together.

Tickets for the 7:30 pm concert are available on line at www.venablestheatre.ca or at the theatre box office Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 to 3 pm. Generous sponsors make ticket prices exceptionally 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 so they have opportunity to experience fine live music.

While many folk artists concentrate mainly on their songwriting, Lizzy Hoyt places equal emphasis on her musicianship and plays and sings with clarity and precision. Music runs in her family for a number of generations. Her parents are both professional classical musicians. Lizzy graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta and she has become a sought-after instrumentalist and adjudicator for music festivals as well as the recipient of many awards. Her distinct combination of lyricism, gentleness and passion place her among Canada’s best.

South Okanagan Concert Society presents
Lizzy Hoyt
Friday January 31
7:30 p.m.
Venables Theatre
‘Montreal Guitar Trio: Friday March 20
2 – 4 shows: $21/show
Advance: $23 Door: $25 Student: $2.50
www.venablestheatre.ca 250-498-1626

Ringing in Christmas

The Okanagan Valley has no shortage of artistic and talented folks. The Oliver Handbell Ringers Association (OHR) is a coterie made up of 9 ringers, that wrangle 115 different bells and chimes, and a vocal choir of 15. For more than a decade they have made it their mission to entertain and lift the spirits of the communities up and down the Okanagan Valley.

The weeks leading up to St. Nicholas’ arrival is always a busy time for the handbell club, since nothing says “Christmas” like ringing bells.

The troupe has already jingled their way through the Yuletide market in the Penticton Lakeside Resort and delighted residents and guests of Penticton’s Sun Village Retirement Residence.

Performances are set for both care home facilities in Oliver – McKinney Place and Sunnybank Centre. Being welcomed into these homes is a privilege and honour that the club enjoys not only at Christmas, but in the spring each year as well.

The Kiwanis Club of Oliver has booked OHR as entertainment for their annual Christmas party once again. Director Helen Wollf chimed in, “We have been so kindly supported, since our group’s inception, by the Kiwanis club of Oliver. It is an honour to be asked to perform for them once again.”

Meeting on at least a weekly basis starting in September, the ringers don’t only get a physical workout. Research shows that there is no other activity that engages the brain so completely as learning a musical instrument. Perhaps the biggest benefit to being a member of OHR is the group “therapy” that members are treated to. Unlike learning other instruments, which are generally done in solitude and isolation, this instrument is like no other. It simply doesn’t work without all its parts. “I look forward to our Thursday nights together as a highlight of the week,” says Wollf.

The culmination of all the hard work is the two public performances coming up

The Oliver Handbell Ringers and Singers present their Christmas concert
A Festive Celebration
Thursday December 12
7:30 p.m.
Sunday December 15
3:00 p.m.
Oliver Alliance Church
Freewill offering

Support of the Oliver Community Arts Council is gratefully acknowledged.

Audience members from one to 101 are sure to be filled with Christmas goodness when the ringers and singers combine their efforts, along with their friend and master of ceremonies Mal Bearman, in presenting “A Festive Celebration”, with no admission fee to the public.

Jus’ jammin’

JAM NIGHT at the Beer Shop (every 2nd Thursday)
Thursday December 12 and Thursday December 26
6:30 p.m.
Firehall Brewery, 6077 Main Street (lower level),
Oliver BC
All are welcome to join the jams, taking turns leading songs, no spotlight, just basement bunker beats and brewed treats by the pint. Cheers to live music, made in the moment!

Wax your funky moustache

Funky Moustache Dance Party!
Saturday November 30
Firehall Brewery
6077 Main Street, Oliver (lower level)
7 PM – 11:59 PM
Entry by donation (suggested $10-15).

Find a moustache and groove on down to the Firehall Brewery on Saturday, November 30 to take it for a spin! Whether you’ve been growing it all month for Movember Canada, you’ve scored a hot date who’s sporting one, or you stick on a dollar-store lookalike… wax it up, pull on your funkiest outfit, and shine up your dancing shoes for a night with DJ MasterBlaster. DJ Cole and DJ Darcy will be shaking up the house all night, and we’ll soon announce more fun activities we’ll funkify the night with.

Down home Country Christmas dance

It’s Country Christmas time for all you Rebel Luv fans!
Country Christmas
~dinner & dance~
~ featuring Rebel Luv, with the Cliff MacIntyre Band, Greg Melanson and special guest stars
Saturday December 14
5:30 Doors open
6:00 Dinner
6:30 – 9:30 Dance
Medici’s Gelateria & Coffee House
522 Fairview Rd, Oliver, BC

TICKETS AT MEDICIS!!
$30 with Dinner
$20 Dance only

Join us for an amazing evening of Christmas down home connections complete with a sit down lovely roast beef dinner and trimmings. (Vegan choices available by request.) Sing-alongs, Christmas memories, stories and dancing!
You’ll go home filled with the Christmas spirit and some memories to treasure! GET YOUR TICKETS FAST!
Rebel Luv, The Cliff MacIntyre Band, Greg Melanson and special guest stars!!! Nostalgic like those Bing Crosby Christmas specials

Christmas artisan market

Oliver Eats has everything you need for Christmas. Artisans, crafters, deli and yummy delicacies to consume or gift.

Oliver Eats Ltd hosts
EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKET
Sunday, December 22, 2019
10 AM – 2 PM
Oliver Eats Ltd. 6060 Station Street, Oliver
Traditional Christmas market with local makers/artisan outdoor market, music, Black Sage Butcher, BarBQ and deli service.

Please join us for some lunch, shopping and entertainment.

Is it any wonder …?

That this gallery is so wonderful?

The Okanagan Art Gallery celebrates
“SMALL WONDERS”.
~ small art show + sale ~
~ First Friday monthly reception~
Friday December 6
Okanagan Art Gallery

#5 8302 Main Street, Osoyoos
Reception: 5 pm to 7 pm.
oils, acrylics, lithography, photography, fibre art
Featuring Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery
www.okanaganartgallery.ca 604 308-3995

The Okanagan Art Gallery hosts a “small art” show and sale at its First Friday monthly reception, “SMALL WONDERS”. Many mini works on sale, on budget for your Christmas shopping and to brighten smaller spaces in your home.

The show opens Friday December 6th at the Okanagan Art Gallery #5 8302 Main Street, Osoyoos BCn with a reception from 5pm to 7pm. Come meet the artists! According to gallery advertising director, Diane Carter the show will feature the full roster of professional artists represented by the gallery including oil and acrylic artists, lithography specialists, photographers and fiber artists.

This December’s Alive after Five First Friday will feature wine presented by Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery. What better way to start your Christmas shopping than with wine and gifts everyone will love to own.