Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

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The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre is the premier entertainment venue in the charming city of Vernon, British Columbia. Situated conveniently between Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary Alberta, Vernon is the largest city in the North end of the picturesque Okanagan Valley.

Built in 2001, this facility boasts well-appointed backstage areas, a superb support staff and one of the most comfortable auditoriums in the province. Enjoy superior sound coverage and quality with less reliance on rental gear with the Centre's exceptional Meyer Mina digital sound system installed in 2013.

Performers, presenters and audiences alike regularly comment that this is one of the best facilities they have ever experienced. We encourage you to come and see for yourself!

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Upcoming Events

BOOKSMACK BOOKSMACK

BOOKSMACK

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Fri, Sep 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

Love to read? Looking for new titles to pique your interest? Join our panel of wild and nerdy book lovers as they speed review their favourite reads of the past year for your delight!

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Saloon Saloon

Saloon

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Sep 30, 2018 - 7:00pm

A SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation! Swing open the Saloon doors and lasso up some fun for the entire family as the circus brings a non-stop musical acrobatic adventure!

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The Louisiana Hayride Show The Louisiana Hayride Show

The Louisiana Hayride Show

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Mon, Oct 1, 2018 - 7:30pm

NEW and EXCITING Show!

Join the lovable cast of the Louisiana Hayride Show in this wonderful celebration of the best country and rockabilly hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s as they pay tribute to the historical radio program, The Louisiana Hayride with a brand new show!

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The Robb Nash Project The Robb Nash Project

The Robb Nash Project

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Wed, Oct 3, 2018 - 7:00pm

A community event with music and stories centered around the topic of mental health presented by CMHA Vernon & District. (Due to the sensitive subject matter, ages 12+ recommended)

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Jesse Cook - Beyond Borders Jesse Cook - Beyond Borders

Jesse Cook - Beyond Borders

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Fri, Oct 5, 2018 - 7:30pm

Cook reflects back on his journey so far, “Music has a way of touching your soul, and every tradition on earth has its own way of doing that. When we venture beyond our cultural and geographic borders, we can gain the whole world.”

$50.50 All Ages


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Diwali in Vernon Festival Diwali in Vernon Festival

Diwali in Vernon Festival

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Oct 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

A SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation! A week long festival culminating in a multicultural showcase featuring numerous dance, musical and storytelling acts with Samosas and Chai on us.

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Tanya Tagaq Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Oct 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

The OSO is joined by Inuk artist and throat singer, Tanya Tagaq. Recent winner of the coveted Polaris Prize, Tagaq has been described as one of the most unique performers on the planet. She is an accomplished throat singer who transforms this traditional art form into contemporary expression. Qiksaaktuq, (Grief) is an expression of the five stages of grief written and performed in tribute to the missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. This performance will be visceral, raw and unforgettable.

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Public Town Hall

Public Town Hall

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Mon, Oct 15, 2018 - 4:00pm

4:00pm – All Council Candidates Meet & Greet

6:00pm – RDNO Public Information Presentation

  • Pro & Con Guest Speakers
  • All Council Candidates Debate

(Questions from Public & Candidates)

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Symphonic Rock Evolution Symphonic Rock Evolution

Symphonic Rock Evolution

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Oct 20, 2018 - 8:00pm

Symphonic Rock Evolution will take you on a musical journey with their signature style and compelling vocal harmonies. The group consists of live string and brass sections, rock rhythm section, percussion and 7 lead vocalists. This is a concert you won’t want to miss.

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Fred Penner Fred Penner

Fred Penner

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Oct 21, 2018 - 3:00pm

A SPOTLIGHT First Stages show! Iconic, beloved children's entertainer Fred Penner brings his new Juno Award-winning album Hear the Music along with other classic favourites such as "The Cat Came Back" and "Sandwiches"!

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Vimy Vimy

Vimy

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Tue, Oct 23, 2018 - 7:30pm

A SPOTLIGHT Theatre Show! This striking story of bravery, romance and sacrifice follows a group of Canadian soldiers after the horrors of Vimy Ridge, as they battle with their memories and tend to wounds both obvious and concealed. In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI.

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The Music of Harry Potter

The Music of Harry Potter

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Fri, Oct 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

Harry Potter took the world by storm - first in the books, then in the movies, now in the music. Kids only need to hear a few notes of John Williams’ iconic score to conjure up images of Hedwig’s flight and Diagon Alley. The magic of Harry Potter will be brought to life in readings and music with two wonderful young actors and the OSO. Come in costume and let us whisk you away to Harry’s Wondrous World.

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SOLO SOLO

SOLO

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Oct 28, 2018 - 7:30pm

A SPOTLIGHT Dance Show! Featuring two solo pieces from Alexis Fletcher and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg titled "Altar'd" and "I Can't Remember the Word for I Can't Remember"

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The Piano Teacher The Piano Teacher

The Piano Teacher

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Tue, Nov 6, 2018 - 7:30pm

A SPOTLIGHT Theatre show! From Arts Club Theatre: A concert pianist hasn’t touched a piano in years following the loss of her husband, until a piano teacher gently reacquaints her with the instrument, and brings into her life the healing power of music.

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Requiem

Requiem

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Nov 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

Of all the musical settings of the Latin Mass for the Dead, Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ is the most iconic. By turns dramatically terrifying and transcendent, it is often called ‘an opera in disguise’. With four of Canada’s leading operatic soloists, a massed choir of 150 voices and the full power of the OSO, this performance will deliver an exhilarating experience. November 2018 marks the centenary of Armistice Day and we commemorate this historical occasion with the Okanagan premiere of this masterpiece.

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Autumn Autumn

Autumn

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Thu, Nov 15, 2018 - 7:30pm

A SPOTLIGHT Dance show! Ballet Kelowna returns with their signature contemporary ballet style featuring the company premiere of John Alleyne’s lyrical and athletic Schubert, and two works by Alysa Pires, including the reprise of audience favourite, MAMBO.

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A Cowboy Christmas Carol

A Cowboy Christmas Carol

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Dec 15, 2018 - 7:30pm

A Cowboy Christmas Carol will bring you into the Christmas season like no show you’ve seen. Rob Dinwoodie and friends take you on a musical and poetic journey that includes a twist on the well known Dickens classic.

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Yuletide Tales

Yuletide Tales

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Thu, Dec 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Join all the "Whos down in Whoville" for this heartwarming show which brings classic holiday stories to life. Canadian baritone, Garry Gable will sing and narrate A Child's Christmas in Wales and The Grinch with 200 backup singers from the Okanagan Symphony Youth Chorus. Bring the whole familyto experience the wonder, delight and discovery of these well loved Yuletide tales.

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O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy

O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Dec 22, 2018 - 7:30pm

Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss… Grab your teacups! London's 3-time IMPRESARIO award winning comedians James & Jamesy present their outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive Christmas comedy.

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Amadeus

Amadeus

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Jan 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

Melody in the hands of Mozart knows no equal. His prolific gift for spinning a tune of simplicity and perfection is legendary. 250 years after his death he still inspires through his own music and through contemporary composers like Michael Colgrass. We celebrate Mozart’s genius with two of his latest works: his final symphony and his final concerto written for a brand new instrument of his day, the clarinet, performed by our own principal, Erin Fung. Both of these works showcase Mozart’s mercurial ability to portray gorgeous lyricism and absolute joy!

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Duo Fortin-Poirier Duo Fortin-Poirier

Duo Fortin-Poirier

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Thu, Feb 14, 2019 - 7:30pm

The North Okanagan Community Concert Association presents the piano duo of Marie-Christine Poirier and Amelie Fortin blends hard-driving rhythm with sweet nostalgia for an unforgettable evening.

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Joie De Vivre!

Joie De Vivre!

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Feb 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

The stage will be brimming with energy as we present our annual Side by Side performance with the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra. The French composers we have chosen for this concert are renowned for bringing stories to life in brilliant colour. Inspired by Greek Myth, German Fairy tale and the grandeur of the European ballroom, this music will sparkle one moment and leave you breathless the next. The Okanagan’s own Jaeden Izik Dzurko fresh from his Julliard studies will bring two piano concerti to life: Penticton composer Ernst Schneider’s sumptuous Romantic Concerto and Chopin’s glorious Grande polonaise. Joie indeed!

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Coppélia Coppélia

Coppélia

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Wed, Feb 20, 2019 - 7:30pm

A SPOTLIGHT Dance Show! Ballet Jörgen takes us into the mysterious and magical world of toy makers and dancing dolls with their full-length comedic story ballet, Coppélia.

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Prisoner of Tehran Prisoner of Tehran

Prisoner of Tehran

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Feb 24, 2019 - 7:30pm

A SPOTLIGHT Theatre Show! Based on the bestselling memoir by Marina Nemat, this piece combines spoken word, movement, video and music to tell Marina’s story of being imprisoned and tortured as a teenage girl in Tehran, Iran.

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I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff! I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff!

I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff!

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Mar 9, 2019 - 7:30pm

A SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation! 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. Get the girls together for this annual ritual, and revel in the joys of being a woman!

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OSO at the Oscars

OSO at the Oscars

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Mar 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

From sweeping dramas to Hollywood classics, movies and their music are linked forever in our memories. Join us as we celebrate the winning songs and scores from decades of Academy Awards. From Somewhere Over the Rainbow to Skyfall, audience darling Melina Moore will bring all of your favourites to life. Hear the brilliance of iconic composers including Ennio Morricone, John Williams and the contemporary voice of Alexandre Desplat as we bring to life the musical magic of the movies.

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Children of God Children of God

Children of God

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Wed, Mar 13, 2019 - 7:30pm

A SPOTLIGHT Theatre show! A powerful musical about an Oji-Cree family whose children are taken away to a residential school. A thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating the resilience and power of the Indigenous cultural spirit.

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Cuba Vibra! Cuba Vibra!

Cuba Vibra!

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Fri, Mar 15, 2019 - 7:30pm

A SPOTLIGHT Dance show! Straight from the island, Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba brings the irresistible Havana heat with their twenty-dance ensemble and a flavourful fusion of cha-cha, rumba, conga and mambo, accompanied by a scintillating seven-piece live band.

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Peter and the Wolf Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Mar 17, 2019 - 2:00pm
Sun, Mar 17, 2019 - 4:00pm

A SPOTLIGHT Kids' show! The national puppeteer of Iceland brings hand-carved wooden puppets to life, complemented by Prokofiev's timeless score Peter and the Wolf.

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Festive Fire

Festive Fire

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Apr 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, Lara St. John returns to light up our stage in one of the most exhilarating concertos written for the violin. Lara studied this work in St. Petersburg and her indescribable energy will blaze through this tour de force. This Concerto and the Festive Overture by Shostakovich show off this Russian master at his most resplendent. We pair these works with the well-loved Firebird Suite for a musical evening of colour and radiance.

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Vic's Mix Vic's Mix

Vic's Mix

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Tue, Apr 16, 2019 - 7:30pm

A SPOTLIGHT Dance show! Crossing boundaries between classical ballet and hip hop, Victor Quijada’s theatrical choreography reflects the freedom and openness of the Montreal dance scene and exemplifies the highly athletic RUBBERBANDance Group.

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Glory Glory

Glory

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Thu, Apr 18, 2019 - 7:30pm

A SPOTLIGHT Theatre show! A thrilling hockey story that proves a woman’s place is on home ice! Inspired by a true Canadian story, watch the all female team battle through personal upheaval and the political tension of the 1930’s and forge a path to glory.

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Asian Fusion

Asian Fusion

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, May 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

We celebrate Asian heritage month with music of exceptional power and beauty. The classical western orchestra blends with musical traditions and instruments of Asia to create a fusion of sound that is new and exciting. The erhu (Chinese violin) is at the heart of the beautiful and haunting music created by Tan Dun for Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon which will soar in the hands of Nicole Ge Li. Tokara Taiko from Japan fuses with the OSO for music that is percussive and powerful.

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