james-keelaghan1by David Badger

The absolute best October night imaginable with the absolute best in Canadian talent.

The great James Keelaghan is coming to Oliver. He’s coming to Medici’s. On October 27th, one of the finest singer-songwriters in Canada will perform on our stage. If you have not heard James Keelaghan sing before you are in for a treat like none other. His songs are magical: his voice incredible. Juno Award winning James Keelaghan is one of Canada’s most successful and respected musicians, and one of the brightest stars on the world folk scene today. His touring seldom stops, taking him across North America, Europe, the UK and Australia on a regular basis.

James is the complete artist. A brilliant tunesmith who has become one of the most engaging performers of our time. You always know the journey with James is going to be great, you just never know what all the destinations are. That is why the curve on his career continues to rise.”

Award-winning American music critic and historian, Dave Marsh , stated that James Keelaghan is “Canada’s finest songwriter.” Those few but powerful words of praise say it all about an artist who continues to set the bar at a lofty height.

This is the second time in our six years history that James Keelaghan has come this way. If you missed him before then don’t make that mistake again. Thursday October 27th.Ticket are $30 and all seats are assigned. Doors open at 6:30 James at 7:30. Medici’s at 522 Fairview Road in Oliver. 250-498-2228

Penny Buhr Johnson Concert a Hit


Penny Buhr Johnson enthralled a near-capacity audience at her Coffee House concert at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre on June 25th 2009.  Singing songs from jazz and pop to inspirational, many composed by her, Johnson admitted to her audience that the love songs are her favourites. The singer-songwriter also told stories about some of her past performances and a beautiful dream she once had. 

Penny was a long time resident of Oliver and an adored music teacher with Music for Young Children until her move to Saskatchewan a few years ago. 

Since her move, Johnson has focused on her singing career, and has produced three CDs, her latest being “Vision” which was released in 2008. Her hard work and artistry has been rewarded with numerous awards including Country Gospel Music Assoc. 2008 Female New Artist award, and four more CGMA Silver Heart Awards at the 2009 CGMA Convention in High River, AB  for Female Full-Time Vocalist, Songwriter Full-Time, Bilingual Artist, and Instrumental Artist. Penny displays her five awards in the bottom photo. You go girl!

Emotional at times, Penny expressed her happiness at visiting Oliver BC once more. We were delighted to have her appear at the Quails’ Nest.






Photos by Heather Fink