Music in the Park opens with Brakemen

Summer is here and it’s time to come to the Park and enjoy the music in this annual programme of the Oliver Community Arts Council. Music in the Park has been well-attended for many years. The Riverside Patio of the old CPR Station (Oliver Visitor Centre) has proven to be a favorite site for the audience and the musicians. There is ample parking, also an easy walk from the Town and the R.V. park.

Music in the Park begins July 5th and runs every Thursday evening until August 23rd. The musicians play from 6.30-8 p.m. Admission is by donation and greatly appreciated by the Arts Council. We suggest a minumum donation of $3. Your donations provide the Arts Council with the monies to enable these concerts that bring hours of enjoyment. Bring some extra cash for desserts and beverages on site, or to buy a performer’s CD!

Every year, the Music in the Park committee provides the audience with a diverse selection of performers and a new musical event every week. This year, the musicians featured are from the South Okanagan with special guest performers from Vancouver.

July 5:  KETTLE VALLEY BRAKEMEN ~ Phil Wiebe, Jack Godwin, Debbie Liebrecht & Craig Brown entertaining with railroad songs and stories.

This is the fifteenth year that the KETTLE VALLEY BRAKEMEN have been entertaining audiences with their unique blend of true historical stories and original songs about B.C.’s colourful steam rail era. From train wrecks and other disasters to humorous and touching personal stories, the overall-clad Brakemen bring Canada’s railway heritage to life.“Okanagan Life” magazine says of the group, “Every concert is a rollicking history lesson.”Head Brakeman Jack Godwin says, “Our audiences get fascinating rail history delivered through toe-tappin’ music and they get to sing along at the end.It’s a recipe for fun.”

July 12:  THE PROCRASTINATORS ~ classic rock and roll

July 19:  CARLIE & JULIE KENNEDY ~ Country folk music.

Carlie and Julie are twin sisters whose performances have won many awards. This evening will be the Valley First “Feed the Valley” food bank drive and donations of food for the Oliver Food Bank will be most welcome.

July 26: DALE SEAMAN & MIKIE SPILLETT ~ country & western hits

August 2: CINDY DOUCETTE ~ a great variety of music

August 9: GUYS WITH GUITARS: featuring BRIAN HIGHLEY plus THE GALA VANTERS Shane Swift & Luke Whittall – rock and original music.

August 16 : A surprise!

August 23: JAZZ OUT WEST – light jazz and popular standards.

Music starts at 6:30 every Thursday evening and runs until 8 p.m. Bring your chairs or blankets, picnic if you wish. Desserts and bottled water may be purchased on site.

Rain venue: Big Blue building at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, 5840 Airport Rd. (formerly 95th St.). Chairs required)

For further information, please contact OliverCAC @