Well-deserved rest awaits
after successful MITP season

With a summer concerts series behind them and a Piano in the Park put to bed, Music in the Park organizers are planning a bit of slumber time.

“We are exhausted and very pleased with this season,” said Amigo Janis St. Louis. “We’ll be taking a short breather before planning and shopping for the 2020 season.”

It was, indeed, a busy season.

MITP added six new acts this summer, using additional funding available through the Town of Osoyoos to bring in larger bands from further afield.

Some popular acts also returned, including the Royal Canadian Navy’s Naden Band.

Attendance more than doubled from last year — to an average of about 700 patrons each night. A July 19 show featuring Taylor Rae and the Backseat Drivers brought more than 900 to the park.

The Amigos — Ms. St. Louis, Roland Berg and Debbie Dundass — have four seasons of Friday-evening concerts behind them.

So it makes sense to take the popular summer series to the next level.

Music in the Park is asking patrons what they would like to see for Season Five, asking for a review of the “good, bad and ugly” of 2019 and suggestions for what could be improved or done differently.

The responses so far include calls for food trucks, an evening market featuring artisans and other vendors and more opportunities for other artists.

Next up for the Amigos is a report to Osoyoos Council and a request for continued funding for 2020.

That shouldn’t be a tough ask if Mayor Sue McKortoff’s comments at a Tuesday council meeting are any indication.

“It was a wonderful 10 weeks,” she said. “They’re a great group — Janis and Debbie and Roland.

“I just want to say thank you to all of them.”

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