SPOTLIGHT Special Presentations

From circus to stand-up comedy, music and more, our SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation Series has something for everyone!

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Season Events

Cirque Eloize's


Spotlight Special Presentation Series | Presented by Desjardins

$45 Adult
$42 Senior 60+
$40 Youth < 18

105 minutes NO intermission

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents Cirque Eloize’s Saloon, presented by Desjardins, on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. This performance is the Centre’s 17th Birthday Bash!

Swing open the Saloon doors and rustle up some fun for the entire family with this musical and acrobatic adventure! Inspired by the rich legacy of the Wild West, Saloon transports audiences to a dusty gathering place. The stage fizzes and thrums with infectious energy and phenomenal physical feats as 11 top-level cast members perform for a music-packed theatrical thrill-ride! Prepare to be blown away by a chase worthy of the greatest Westerns.

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Diwali in Vernon Festival

Diwali in Vernon Festival

Spotlight Special Presentation Series

$35 Adults
$32 Seniors
$30 Students

Add dinner at the Curry Pot for $30.00 - Limited to the first 50 people
aprox. dinner time 9:15pm

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents, through partnership with Diwali in BC, the inaugural Diwali in Vernon Festival! Running Tuesday, October 9 through to Saturday, October 13 2018, the Festival will host a variety of multicultural activities around Vernon, culminating in a showcase at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, October 13 at 7:00pm. The Diwali in Vernon Festival showcase is part of the 2018/19 SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation Series.

Diwali Festival Activity Poster

Kicking off the week, the Festival Launch will take place at the Okanagan Regional Library on Tuesday, October 9 at 7pm. Featuring pop-up performances by local artists and the launch of an interactive Rangoli art project, all ages are invited to attend this free event. Soul Studio will also be hosting a BollyX Class at 5:45pm; pricing and registration information can be found through Soul Studio’s website,

On Wednesday, October 10, families can enjoy a free Lantern Making Workshop at the Vernon Community Arts Centre from 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm; drop-in during these times to make a beautiful handmade lantern! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Lanterns can be taken home on the day of the workshop, or they can be left on display as part of the Centre Gallery’s “Diwali in Vernon Festival” exhibit which runs September 28th to October 25th.

The Library will be hosting a fun and interactive kids’ workshop on Thursday, October 11 at 3:30pm. Learn about the history of Diwali and South Asian dance!

On Friday, October 12 start your day at Soul Studio for their Yin Yoga Class at 10:15am, then head to the Vernon Public Art Gallery and take part in a Rangoli art project! Open from 10am-5pm, all ages are invited to come and contribute to making a large community Rangoli. This activity will be open during regular gallery hours until October 20th. From 3:30 - 4:30pm, you won’t want to miss the Okanagan Science Centre’s “Stars and Mythology” event: a planetarium show centred around South Asian mythology and its connection to Diwali. The cost is included with regular admission to the Science Centre ($5 +GST for children, $8 +GST for adults, $5 +GST for seniors). No pre-registration is required, but don’t be late! To end off the day on Friday, Record City is hosting a World Dance Concert with Zimbamoto and local guests with doors at 7:00pm and show at 7:30pm. Early bird price is $15 per person, tickets at the door are $20. Get $5 off if you bring your “Diwali in Vernon Festival” showcase ticket at the door (and get the $15 price). Also, if you buy tickets to the Zimbamoto concert you can receive $5 off your “Diwali in Vernon Festival” showcase ticket!

For the last day of the festival, Saturday, October 13, the Library will be hosting a pop-up performance at 2pm. This is a free event for all ages. Finally, the festival will culminate in a multicultural showcase of diverse artists from different backgrounds, headlined by the popular Bollywood dance group from Vancouver, the Shiamak Dancers! The show will take place at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, October 13 at 7:00pm. Pre-show activities will begin in the lobby at 5pm. Tickets for the Diwali in Vernon Festival showcase are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $30 for students. Call the Ticket Seller Box Office at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or log on line to

To end off the night, the Curry Pot will be hosting an Indian Buffet Dinner at 9pm! Eat with the performers and celebrate South Asian culture with delicious food. Tickets for the Curry Pot dinner are $30 per person. Limited tickets available, buy now through the Ticket Seller box office.

Make sure to also check out all the festive downtown businesses that will be decorating their window displays in a Diwali theme. More is being added to the Diwali in Vernon Festival all the time, so make sure to check back closer to the date!

The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue

The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue

Spotlight Special Presentation Series

$30 Adult
$27 Senior
$25 Student

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre as part of the 2018/19 SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation Series.

Armed with a sassy-silliness and a g-force of glitter, these girls pack a sparkly punch that will make your heart happy and leave you loving the skin you’re in!

The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue are multiple award-winners who have dazzled and delighted in Las Vegas, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, Helsinki, Paris, Stockholm, Rome, and Berlin, as well as all across Canada! With influences from cult classics like Priscilla Queen of the Desert to Broadway favourites like Guys and Dolls to imaginative roller coasters like their original Cheesecakes In Space, these girls know how to put on the modern day show-stopper! The Cheesecakes are known for their high-energy acts, standout performers, comedic timing, steamy seductiveness and girl-next-door accessibility.

In 2006, these ladies came together with the desire to create an environment where they could cast off the shackles of their 9-5 jobs and have some silly, sparkly fun. Any civil servant, art teacher, veterinary technician, environmental consultant, or student you meet, may have been out the night before entertaining a crowd, performing for fundraisers, or helping add some sass to an event.

The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue will also be hosting a Sass Class 101:

Unleash your inner diva! Join the Cheesecakes for a 2.5-hour burlesque workshop where participants will learn about the history of burlesque and how to bump, grind, shimmy, shake, and tassel twirl! Spend the afternoon with a group of fabulous, like-minded women and leave feeling great about your body and yourself. One participant in Surrey said “Every woman walked out of there that night with a smile on her face, a strut in her step, and in many cases, some pasties in her purse.” Brave and outgoing students with a ticket to the show have the option to join the Cheesecakes briefly on stage during the performance to strut their stuff.

Workshop participants should bring: heels (or shoes of their choice for dancing), clothing comfortable for moving around, and feel free to GLAM IT UP!!! Boas, gloves, and tassels will be supplied for participants to use.

Women only - Ages 18+

Pre-registration is required, space is limited! Available over the phone through Ticket Seller (250-549-7469).

Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society presents


Spotlight On Stage Concert Series

$30 Adult only

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents On Stage Concert: Kim Churchill on Sunday, November 4 at 7:30pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre as part of the SPOTLIGHT On Stage Concert Series. Kim Churchill is the first performer in the Society’s 2018/19 SPOTLIGHT On Stage Concert Series. With the audience seated cabaret style on stage, our SPOTLIGHT On Stage Concert Series allows for audiences to relax and enjoy an up-close and personal concert in this intimate venue.

When you first encounter him, soft-spoken Kim Churchill seems like an archetypal blond, blue-eyed surfer from southern New South Wales. But behind his laidback demeanour and even tone, the 26-year-old singer-songwriter has a secret: he’s an extreme risk-taker.

Churchill spent 18 months working on the follow-up to his breakout LP, 2014’s Silence/Win, and received a stamp of approval from his record label. Album-release plans were drawn up and Churchill began to field offers from festivals and concert promoters around the world. But the new record – polished and accessible – didn’t quite feel right. At the last minute, Churchill decided to throw it out and start again. “It sounded good," he explains, "but some very subtle layer of my consciousness was saying to me, ‘It’s not all that inspiring.’”

So Churchill picked up his guitar. He wrote a second version of the album in one frenetic week, then spent two months piecing together the new recordings with ARIA-winning producer Ian Pritchett in a garage in Western Sydney. The resulting LP, Weight_Falls, is a kaleidoscopic collection that is bound to take both fans and critics by surprise. Those familiar with Churchill’s radio smash “Window to The Sky”, which reached number 42 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2014, will recognize signature elements in these new recordings: intricate guitar work, intuitive vocal melodies and a wonderful feeling of space and warmth. New single “Second Hand Car” is immediately identifiable as Churchill’s with its retro keys, propulsive guitar line and rousing chant-a-long chorus.

What sets Weight_Falls apart from Churchill’s previous releases is its sense of adventure and unpredictability, characterized by chopped-up drum samples, unusual harmonies and moments of disarming lyrical honesty. Churchill credits two years spent “growing up” for much of the shift in sound. After touring Silence//Win around Australia in 2014 and 2015, he embarked on a series of high-adrenaline overseas trips that included performances at the Glastonbury and Telluride Blues Festivals and adventures in the Peruvian Andes and along the coast of Sri Lanka.

“The travel was all about honing in on the person that I was,” he says. “And those experiences really do shape you. But when you spend a year experiencing things for the first time, it takes a while for everything to sink in. By the time I scrapped the first version of the album, I finally felt ready.”

General audience 19+. NO MINORS PERMITTED.

I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff!

I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff!

Spotlight Special Presentation Series

$35 Adult
$32 Senior
$30 youth < 18

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents the 15th Annual I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff on Saturday March 9, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. This SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation is one of Vernon’s biggest stand-up comedy events of the year!

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than with the funniest female comics around! A beloved annual tradition, I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff brings a selection of professional stand-up comedians together for a night of female empowerment guaranteed to deliver side-splitting, tear-inducing laughter. Get the girls together for this annual ritual, and revel in the joys of being a woman!

Stay tuned for the announcement of our headliner at the 15th annual I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff!

Celebrate International Women’s Day with us and some of the funniest women in comedy!

Adult material and situations – may not be appropriate for all audiences.