SPOTLIGHT Special Presentations
From circus to stand-up comedy, music and more, our SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation Series has something for everyone!
A SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation! The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents Buffy Sainte-Marie in a rare solo performance on Monday, September 23 at 7:30pm. Buffy Sainte-Marie is the first performance in the 2019-20 SPOTLIGHT Special Presentations Series.
Buffy Sainte-Marie is touring constantly, and coming off her critically acclaimed, award-winning 2015 album Power in the Blood, nobody could ever accuse the Academy Award-winning songwriter of taking it easy. Since her groundbreaking debut, 1964’s It’s My Way!, the Cree singersongwriter has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate, an innovative artist, and a disruptor of the status quo.
Celebrating our 18th year, the annual Birthday Bash celebration event features Michael Kaeshammer, Canada’s triple-threat combo of piano virtuosity, vocal ability and charisma.
On Stage Concert: Derina Harvey Band
Sat, Oct 5, 2019 At 7:30pm
$30 General Admission
A SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation!
Relax and enjoy an up-close and personal concert with the audience seated cabaret-style on stage. NO MINORS (19+ only). Limited seating available.
Fearless front-woman Derina Harvey leads this Celtic rock group, who are recent winners of the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Edmonton Music Awards. The group offers a fresh take on traditional folk songs as well as an increasing amount of original material. The band has a rocky, rhythmic undertow; layered with guitars, fiddle, and topped by Derina’s powerful voice. dHb has been likened to a rockier version of Canada’s Great Big Sea, if fronted by Adele, and has earned a reputation as a high-energy live show.
Diwali in Vernon Festival
Our highly popular Diwali in Vernon Festival is back!
Five days of interactive pop-up events hosted by our Community Partners, with Red Sky Performance’s Trace added (see Dance Series) and culminating in a multicultural “Showcase” extravaganza featuring numerous dance & musical performances by local groups & professional headliners who will have you up & dancing in the aisles! Join us for an intercultural celebration of Diwali’s “victory of light over darkness!”
Click here for a list of events in Vernon October 15-19, 2019.
Staged with a deceptively DIY aesthetic and dispensing of trickery and distraction, this Australian troupe tests the limits of physical and emotional strength as young gravity-defying artists break the limits of the human body.
I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff!
Back for the 16th year, I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff celebrates International Women’s Day with popular female comics. It’s one of the biggest stand-up comedy events of the year!
Big Little Lions
Sun, Mar 15, 2020 At 7:30pm
$30 General Admission
Big Little Lions turn helpless apprehensions into hopeless optimism with their latest album Alive and Well - a collection of songs that manage to capture this moment in time in a way only a songwriter can.
The pairing of two individually successful songwriters - Helen Austin and Paul Otten, Big Little Lions have continuously been recognized for their writing. Including 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition, Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and Ensemble of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Award. Alive and Well is their natural progression and comes at a time when the role of the songwriter seems as important as ever.
With Austin based on Vancouver Island, BC and Otten based in Cincinnati, OH the duo proves that borders do not divide us and that art can bring us together.
Alive and Well was released on released Feb 23, 2018 and followed by a North American tour.
Afrique en Cirque
A group of amazing acrobats, along with their live musicians, run authentic choreography on the frantic rhythms of djembes from Guinea, radiating the diversity of traditional African arts combined with the virtuosity of the North American modern circus performance.