Five Minutes With: Vancouver Pop Artist Olivia Penalva

At 22 years of age, Olivia Penalva has established herself as one of Canada’s most successful pop stars. Since releasing her debut single at the age of 13, Olivia has steadily grown into an all-around artist and genuine force within the global pop scene.

The 2020 success of “Love Me” has over 38 million Tik Tok views. It was the #2 most added at CHR Mediabase, charting at #17 on Pop radio with impressive numbers on two additional formats —all building on her Billboard’s Hot 100 and Canada’s Emerging Artist chart penetration. In addition, her YouTube has over 7 million views.

Olivia has been nominated in the categories Breakout Artist of the Year and Pop Artist of the Year for the 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards, profiled in SOCAN’s Words & Music Magazine, and also featured in Virgin Music’s #WomensHistoryMonth social media campaign.

Olivia Penalva
Olivia Penalva – Photo by: Lee Watkins


Olivia Penalva





# of Albums:


Latest Album:

Assembly Required

Latest Single:

Assembly Required

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Ed Sheeran

Favourite musician now:

Elton John

Guilty pleasure song:

Honestly anything High School Musical. I haven’t watched the movies in years and I still know all the songs. Not sure whether to be proud of that or not but I guess that’s why they call it a guilty pleasure.

Live show ritual:

I wouldn’t say I necessarily have a live show ritual ATM. Every show is different so my pre-show rituals change for each one, depending on the vibe.

Favourite local musician:

Sonreal. He’s amazing!

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Night owl (Although lately I enjoy going to bed early.)

Road or studio?


Any shows or albums coming up?

I have a few projects coming out this year that I am so excited about. In March, my friend Josh Bogert released a duet that we wrote together called “That Was Then, This Is Now”. It’s such a special song and I can’t wait for you guys to hear it. Other than that, I have an EP coming out later this year and I am so happy to finally share all the songs with you all.

Where can we follow you?

Website | FacebookInstagram | TikTok | Twitter | Youtube


Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Rustic reels Kelowna. So good!

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

Lakeshore. There are so many beautiful stores, restaurants and beaches along that street and I love it.

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Bertram park/beach

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

Crown and thieves. They have the coolest speakeasy-style bar in the basement of their building where you can see some amazing local artists.

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Underground music and records.



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