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November 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
November Speaker – George Olliver
“”CLASSIC HIT RECORDING ARTIST, JUNO NOMINEE, R&B/BLUES, & SOUL DYNAMITE””!!!
GEORGE OLLIVER is celebrating over 2 decades as a professional Canadian recording artist/writer/producer. He has had several Canadian hit records as lead singer for the legendary ” MANDALA”, “GEO.OLLIVER & NATURAL GAS” and George Olliver as a SOLO artist. He’s also a JUNO Nominee and was music director and house band for Toronto’s no.1 r&b/concert nightclub of the early 90’s – “CLUB BLUENOTE”. George has won “ALBUM OF THE YEAR”.07 for Durham Region and a MAJA AWARD for “Gospel Song of the Year”.08 from his new CD “Look Up”. He’s known as Canada’s finest entertainer and has opened for “THE ROLLING STONES”, worked along side of famous classic r&b/blues artists such as, , “JUNIOR WALKER”, “WHITNEY HOUSTON”, “ETTA JAMES”, WILSON PICKETT” and MARTHA REEVES to name a few.
His current concert/festival and recording band, “GEORGE OLLIVER & GANGBUSTER” (which was born at George’s “Club Bluenote” and has recently been recognized by the City of Toronto and Mayor John Tory with a plaque on Yonge St.), is the hottest r&b/blues band in Toronto right now. His classic hit recording band THE MANDALA has just been honoured by the city of Toronto on a 23 story high mural at Gerrard and Yonge. Also George performed in 2016 at The Sony Center opposite Jan Arden (among others).
He’s.performed for many of the major companies across Canada like, “TIM HORTONS”, “TORONTO DOMINIO BANK“,” Royal Bank”, “MCDONALDS”, BLUE MT. RESORTS “Remax Realty and so on.
He’s also played many of the major festivals in Ontario – . “BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL”, “OSHAWA RIB FESTIVAL”, “TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL”, CASINO NIAGARA, SOUTHSIDE SHUFFLE, JAZZ ON THE BAY, TORONTO RIB FESTIVAL, MISS. RIB FEST, CHUMS 50TH ANNIVERSARY with GORDON LIGHTFOOT , TASTE OF THE LAWRENCE FESTIVAL and many more.
The band has performed at a blockbuster New Years Celebration/06 at CASINO RAMA in Orillia, preempting the last Canadian appearance of the late King of Soul, MR. JAMES BROWN. George has just recently headlined at ONTARIO PLACE, THE OPERA HOUSE, THE CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION MIDWAY STAGE and was currently featured revisiting his exploits as lead singer of the the legendary Canadian rock/r&b group “MANDALA” on the CBC TV SUPERSPECIAL “Shakin All Over”, which has aired an unprecedented 10 times Canada-wide since Jan.07 because of popular demand. ROGERS TV in DURHAM REGION has aired a TV special on George’s career on their top rated show, “ONE ON ONE” which has aired continuously since 06.