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Ross is Back!!! Ross Neilsen Live February 20, 8pm showtime, $7 cover

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Entertainment | 0 comments

Come down for a fine evening of Blues and food. Ross Neilsen on his 3rd appearance at the Olive Bistro brings his solo “rawk” act to the stage. Come on down to dine and enjoy one of Canada s hardest working bluesman, Mr. Ross Neilsen. Call to book tickets 780.852.5222.

Joe Nolan and Steph Cameron Live @ The Olive Bistro February 3rd, 7pm

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Entertainment | 0 comments

While it’s not every day that a songwriter makes it from the shadows of open mic nights to the high wattage, real deal scene, Joe Nolan’s old soul lyrics and striking vocals suggest that the odds of breaking through are in his favour.

Joe Nolan’s distinctive and intimate vocals stack the deck. From theramin tremors to raw howls, his range of expression reaches extremes. He delivers bandaged fragility and raw rage with equal impact. The songs are fervent, pressing and intense, attuned at once to the world of youthful melodramas in which Joe, an artist in his early 20s lives, and an older, deeper level of human experience. Insight into the latter has nothing to do with age.

The strength of his debut record, Goodbye Cinderella (2011), earned a nomination for Canadian Folk Music Award Emerging Artist of the Year, a record deal, and a chance to record in Nashville with some of the most respected names in the business, included Colin Linden, Marco Giovino (Robert Plant, Norah Jones) and John Whynot (Lucinda Williams, Blue Rodeo).

Even in the spotlight, the lyrical contours of Joe Nolan’s confessions retain their mystery. Tornado, a collection of songs that befit a rising star in the songwriting world, will be released by Six Shooter Records on January 28, 2014.

“A remarkable collection of slow-burning melancholia.” ~ Exclaim

“The Edmonton singer-songwriter will try to sweep you off your feet with his woozy ditties, groggy vocals and lyrics about the rush of lust, the vagaries of love, and late-night/early-morning drives.”
~ Edmonton Journal

“Viewing the world from a battered heart and through beautifully bloodshot, half-mast eyes.”
~ Calgary Herald


Steph Cameron’s music and lifestyle seem to echo another time and place. Think of the beatniks in the ’50s, hitchhiking and hopping freight trains. Think Greenwich Village circa 1963, and the beginning of the Dylan-fueled folk explosion, or a late ’60s commune in northern California perhaps.

In fact, Steph Cameron and her community of like-minded friends have made their own time and place, right here, right now. They have chosen to share music and ideas around the campfire, or by candlelight within the rural cabins they have built themselves.
That is the environment that has spawned Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady, the astonishingly accomplished debut album from Steph Cameron. Out on Pheromone Recordings, it presents the B.C.-based singer/songwriter in an honest and unvarnished setting, showcasing a genuinely exciting new roots music talent. What could be more organic and pure than an album simply comprising voice and guitar (with an occasional judiciously-placed harmonica), recorded to 2-inch tape?
Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady was recorded in just three days at elite Toronto studio Revolution Recording this past summer. I nitially, plans were for Steph to lay down just one song, she recalls. “I came to Toronto, met Kim Cooke [head of Pheromone and a partner in Revolution)] for the first time, and we decided to record, mix and master one song, ‘Goodbye Molly,’ as a test run. We had Molly down within a couple of hours so we kept going. We recorded for three consecutive days, finishing all 13 songs on the record. I had made a short trip to Toronto and left with a finished album.”
Cooke notes that the timing was fortuitous bordering on guided by divine intervention. “All three rooms of the studio were booked solid that month, except for a Monday to Wednesday slot that coincided with Steph being here.” The initial recording template was put in place by Revolution engineer Joe Dunphy, with further recording by Jack Clow. The analog approach perfectly captures the warmth and intimacy of Cameron’s voice and fluent guitar playing. It’s only fitting that a release on vinyl is being planned.
There is an undeniably retro feel to Cameron’s work, but she is certainly not mired in the past. “I’ve been involved in the underground punk and hip hop scenes for years,” she says. “I have always felt an affinity for music that comes from the street or other places of conflict.” She goes on to express a “respect for music that admires the resourcefulness of struggling people and demonstrates a distrust for authority.” Steph acknowledges that her core passion, however, remains “folk and blues music.” This ranges from the country blues of Lightnin’ Hopkins to the bluegrass of Doc Watson to the vintage ’60s folk of Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and early Joni Mitchell.
Hints at these diverse influences can be found on Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady. Songs like “Five Dollars,” “Railroad Boy” and “Blues At My Window” have a talking folk-blues feel, while the sensual and bluesy “Poppa You Can Take Me Home” projects a Maria Muldaur vibe. The closing cut, “Many Miles To Go,” is a breezy bluegrass gem. “Joe Dunphy had a guitar in the studio done up in Nashville tuning, giving it that ethereal tone,” Steph explains. “I used that guitar on the spur of the moment and it worked beautifully.”

Catch both of these amazing artists on stage at the Olive Bistro February 3, 7pm Showtime. $5 cover charge.

Winter Weekly Specials Are Back!!!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Come by the Olive and receive discounts or specials on may of our delicious food and drink items. These deals are for a limited time only, join us today!! And keep your eye out for our up and coming music nights and special events including our Valentine s Day Special “Love & Chocolate”.

December 31st 1950s Diner Party New Years Eve Bash!! With the Musical Stylings of Sam Spades!!

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Entertainment | 0 comments

Ring in the New Year 1950’s style at the Olive!

Get ready to go back in-time to the Fabulous Fifties!
Grease back your hair and grab your poodle skirts its time to Shake, Rattle & Roll at the biggest Bash of the century!05_Sam Spades Band Live at The  Studio_July 4, 2014_Photo by Cheyenne Rae-2

Enjoy 1950’s inspired Cuisine & Cocktails and get ready to Rock’n’Roll with the musical stylings of SAM SPADES!!!

Prize for the best 1950’s costume! Hula Hoop Contest! And Much More!!!!!

Tickets~$30 (Reservations Required)
Call the Olive for more Details 780-852-5222