Tribe House Blog
Katalyst|with Bob Oldfield
Venue: Streaming Cafe
We are honoured to have Educator, Actor and Musician Bob Oldfield with us this month at Katalyst. Bob hails from Liverpool, England and moved to Canada about 20 years ago. He has one of the biggest hearts that we know for connecting people of all ages and all levels of ability through the Arts. Along with his own music and acting Bob has also been instrumental in promoting various festivals and live concerts and theatre in the Okanagan for many years, currently he has his own musical Trio called ‘The Creeks’, and he manages to do all this while being a Principal of a busy school. Bob will share his big heart for encouraging Artists of ages and experience.
Katalyst Artist Gathering is an initiative of the Tribehouse Artist collective. Katalyst has been running for over two years as a monthly contact point for artistically minded people in the Kelowna Area. Each month we invite a different speaker who shares about their unique experiences as an artist in their given discipline. We find that by sharing our stories together we are encouraged to continue in our art, buoyed by the fact that we often share very similar experiences as Artists.
All are welcome. 7pm is hang out time and the talk begins at 7.30pm. See you there.
Here’s a more detailed Bio for Bob Oldfield
Bob was born and raised in Liverpool, England and although too young to be
admitted, he would hang around outside the Cavern Club during the heady days
of ‘Beatlemania’. The Fab Four gave Bob his love of music, a passion in which
he has indulged in one form or another for the past 40 years. It was a British
musician, Tommy Steele, who gave Bob his love of theatre, when, at the age of
5 Bob saw him perform in pantomime. At 14, Bob saw a professional production
of ‘The Crucible’ and it impacted him so much that he subsequently auditioned
for all his high school plays with roles as diverse as ‘Gus’ in Harold Pinter’s ‘The
Dumb Waiter’ to several Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and many in between.
Over the next twenty years, however, despite the occasional show in local
community theatre in the UK, music was Bob’s main focus. After emigrating to
Canada in 1992, Bob inadvertently stumbled into an audition at the Powerhouse
Theatre in Vernon and was given the role of Bob Cratchit in ‘A Christmas Carol’.
This role re-ignited the desire to tread the boards a bit more and Bob has since
recently played a hit man in ‘What’s Cooking’, played in the
musicals ‘Oliver’, ‘Annie’ and ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’,
as well as playing Rudy in Norm Foster’s ‘Wrong For Each Other’, a role that
required him to be on stage for the whole show and to memorize over 100 pages
of script. Alongside his many roles on stage, Bob has been involved in as many
productions as sound designer or music director. This past summer Bob won
a ‘Thespian’ – a provincial award from Theatre BC for best sound design for the
play ‘Woman In Black’, a ghost story. Both music and theatre and the occasional
foraging into movie making and video production continue to be abiding passions.
Bob has relentlessly promoted the arts in the local community. His profession as
an educator has given him the opportunity to impact elementary school students
with a love for theatre and creative expression. He has recorded CDs, made
full length movies and directed stage musicals all with students. Outside of
school he started and ran the successful ‘VCafe’ event for 8 years, giving lots of
opportunities for emerging talent to have both a stage and audience. Bringing live
music to the community and seeing others flourish has always been driving force.
He is married to the lovely Linda who has recently found her own artistic outlet as
a painter and author of books for young children. He has three children and four
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