Archives for September 7, 2019
A few years ago – someone approached me with a sign from the old CPR station. It was the ‘Oliver’ sign that had been acquired and hung in a basement for many years. I took possession and returned it to the station where I hope it hangs proudly. Have not checked for a while.
Today a missing bell is pictured on ODN. Long story short when the 1941 Oliver School was deconstructed and replaced by the new Oliver Elementary School – a lot things got thrown out. One piece of history saved/rescued was the school bell that many of us who attended can remember in our days of grade 4-5-6 in the 40’s through the sixties.
Many people went through the OLD school built during the war which served as the high school prior to the erection of the new Secondary School in 1948.
A bit of history……. many people alive today went to school first at either the old scout hall or at Testalinda. When the 1929 building was built things really began to change in Oliver, with a new school built almost every decade – the 41 building then the “taj mahal” in 1948.
School business settled down for a period until both OES was constructed in 1988 and TEN School was built in 1978
A few questions? – is the data here correct. Add your comments please.
You may ask what happens to the bell – it will be placed in the custody of the Oliver Museum shortly.
The Venables Theatre children’s series is back, and we’ve added another show. This year we are bringing you five fantastic evenings of family fun!
Kicking off the series this year on Saturday October 5th is beloved Canadian singer songwriter Charlotte Diamond. She will be joined by her equally talented son Matt and the Hug Bug band, (Linnea Good and David Jonsson). Charlotte is best known for favourites like Four Hugs a Day, I am a Pizza (Je suis une pizza), Octopus (Slippery Fish) & All the Nations Like Banana.
Just in time for Christmas, DuffleBag Theatre returns to Oliver Friday December 13th with A Christmas Carol. DuffleBag creates theatrical magic by inviting audience members on stage as stars of the show in this timeless classic.
On Friday January 24th, Samajam kicks it up a notch with Rythmo 2. Drumsticks and musical tubes are distributed to all audience members to give them a unique, rhythmic, powerful and energizing experience.
Will’s Jams, (from CBC kids), is a power trio who perform high-energy songs in English and French with fun actions and sing-along choruses. Kids and parents alike will be cheering for libraries, loving their bikes and rallying for vegetables on Friday February 21st.
Rounding out the series is Uzume Taiko on Saturday April 18th. Taiko means “drum” in Japanese and “Uzume” is the Japanese Goddess of Laughter. Uzume Taiko is known around the world for its bold musical collaborations, humour and theatrical stage presence.
Family ShowTime is presented by Venables Theatre with the support of the Community Presenters Assistance program (of the BC Arts Council and BC Touring Council).
All performances are at 6:30pm at Venables Theatre at 6100 Gala Street in Oliver. Tickets to all five shows are on sale now for only $50. Single show tickets are $12.50. For more information visit www.venablestheatre.ca/familyshowtime
Experience the Magic of Music
Celebrated Vancouver Island jazz singer Edie Daponte is taking her sell-out Edith Piaf show on the road in September to 8 different cities in British Columbia. Inspired by a trip to Paris, and encouraged by the emotional affect her renditions of La Vie En Rose and Non Je Ne Regrette Rien had each time she performed them, Edie conceived of her “Under Paris Skies” show in 2017. The format of the show has the audience transported to an intimate Parisian theatre. With carefully selected music, lighting and costumes, the stage is set to invite the audience in for a captivating evening of music and storytelling.
Edie is joined on the tour by a full band comprising long-time collaborator Joey Smith (arranger with the Glen Miller Orchestra) and a veritable who’s who of Victoria jazz musicians including Karel Roessingh, Aaron Watson and Jonathan Eng. The musicians have performed “Under Paris Skies” together for sold out shows in Victoria, Sidney and Vancouver theatres. Inspired by audience enthusiasm in both 2017 and 2018 the show is set to run in more theatres including the Okanagan, Sunshine Coast, North Vancouver and Vancouver Island.
It’s been a busy year for Edie. With the support of a grant from Creative BC the singer has recorded not one, but two albums this year! Alegria is a joyful, globally-inspired collection of jazz, bossa nova, fado and blues numbers. Also available is Under Paris Skies featuring music from the show. She has experienced “such warm reactions to the show” and feels “so connected with Piaf that it’s a feeling of coming home to perform this show.” Audiences can expect a mix of classic French and English songs with the music of Edith Piaf taking centre stage.
Beloved by millions, Piaf gave her last performance at the Paris Olympia in 1963. Her unique voice and passion evoke a time and place for listeners, of Europe before and after the war, and of a life filled with tragedy and endurance. Widely regarded as France’s national chanteuse, Edie will perform many of Piaf’s soulful and emotional numbers with the full live-band. Non Je Ne Regrette Rien; La Vie en Rose; Sous le Ciel de Paris; and many more, interwoven with Edie’s engaging style of audience-interaction, and interpretation of the French numbers. In the mix are songs that fit alongside Piaf’s oeuvre – inspired by Edie’s travels in Paris.
There’s passion, laughter, sparkle, costume changes and a few surprises in store for audiences at every show. Edie and the band are ready to embrace new audiences as they present Under Paris Skies – La Musique de Edith Piaf; a night of music and entertainment inspired by Paris.
Oliver, Venables Theatre – Sept 14
Fleeing the Congo
A young man named Safari was fleeing the civil war raging in the Congo. A person he knew, Gilbert, had just murdered Safari’s parents. We can imagine that Safari must have fled in fear, resorted to hiding, then was plagued by weariness and deprivation as he sought to cope with the circumstances. He finally arrived at the Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi after four months on foot. In the camp there were still undercurrents of ethnic tensions. Rather than withdraw from the situation Safari felt called to start meeting with people willing to listen to the message of the gospel of peace and reconciliation. Many were ready for that, and soon a rudimentary church was planted (not a building).
Recently, Randy Friesen visited that camp in Malawi. According to his report in the Mennonite Brethren Witness magazine of Summer, 2019, Safari must have been more than just surprised two years later. Who should come into the refugee camp but Gilbert, the murderer? He was no longer a militia leader but a fleeing refugee himself. Rather than seek revenge Safari lived up to his commitment to peace and reconciliation. He connected with him, invited him to a meal and then invited him to stay in his home. That lasted 3 years. Over time this consistent expression of unbelievable kindness convinced Gilbert to become a follower of Christ too. He now works alongside Safari to minister to a network of 36 church groups enrolling about 11,000 believers! This truly is faith in action as it was meant to be.