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

Saguenay and Lafayette String Quartets Saguenay and Lafayette String Quartets

Saguenay and Lafayette String Quartets

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Oct 26, 2019 At 7:30pm

Saguenay and Lafayette String Quartets - These two internationally acclaimed quartets amalgamate to perform three sophisticated and sparkling string octets by Danish Niels Gade, Canadian Airat Ichmouratov, and Felix Mendelssohn’s masterful String Octet in E Flat Major. This is musical dialogue and communication at its most sensitive and compelling.

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The Troll Grandfather The Troll Grandfather

The Troll Grandfather

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Oct 27, 2019 At 2:00pm

The Troll Grandfather is an epic adventure of a 9-year old girl who, after discovering her grandfather is a troll, sets out on a dangerous journey to learn more about her family and past.

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Backbone Backbone

Backbone

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Nov 2, 2019 At 7:00pm

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.

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Nov 10, 2019 At 7:30pm

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's bold vision – top global choreographers, distinctive ground-breaking works, and virtuoso dancers – has fostered a jewel of a dance company in the American West.

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Bed & Breakfast Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Tue, Nov 12, 2019 At 7:30pm

Bed & Breakfast, a play by Mark Crawford. When Brett inherits a family estate, he and his partner, Drew, move to a quiet little tourist town to set up a B&B. With dozens of hilarious characters all portrayed by two actors, it’s a heartfelt comedy about “being out,” skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home.

AUDIENCE WARNING: Contains mature themes and strong language

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Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne & Russell Jackson Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne & Russell Jackson

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne & Russell Jackson

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Nov 16, 2019 At 7:30pm

Critically acclaimed Juno Award Winning Boogie Woogie Piano Man Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne joins forces with former B.B. King Bassist and Blues Hall of Fame recipient Russell Jackson for an incredible evening celebrating the timeless music of Fats Domino, Ray Charles and other legends.

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Paper Playground Paper Playground

Paper Playground

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Nov 17, 2019 At 9:00am
Sun, Nov 17, 2019 At 11:00am
Sun, Nov 17, 2019 At 1:00pm

A stimulating experience set on a large paper carpet, created especially for young children that is full of dancing, drawing, live music and projections. It’s fully immersive and welcomes children as true creative collaborators as they become an essential part of the performance.

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Remember Tom Petty Remember Tom Petty

Remember Tom Petty

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Fri, Nov 22, 2019 At 7:30pm

Martyn Jones bears a striking resemblance to Tom Petty and has the voice to bring these songs to life in any sized venue or stage. A seasoned veteran performer who has ultimate respect for the Man and his songs.

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The Debaters Live on Tour Holiday Special The Debaters Live on Tour Holiday Special

The Debaters Live on Tour Holiday Special

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Nov 23, 2019 At 7:30pm

The Debaters Live is coming live to Vernon on November 23rd with host Steve Patterson and guests Graham Chittenden and DeAnne Smith!

The Debaters Live Holiday Tour is the comedy stage show where comics go mistletoe to toe in a battle of laughs and logic and the audience picks the winner. This festive special features host Steve Patterson and two of Canada’s top headlining comics performing stand-up and two hilarious debates in everyone’s favourite comedy debate format.

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Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics

Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Fri, Nov 29, 2019 At 7:00pm
Sat, Nov 30, 2019 At 2:30pm
Sat, Nov 30, 2019 At 7:00pm

THE LIGHT KEEPER, is an original production that uses a dynamic fusion of circus arts, drama, dance, music, gymnastics, acrobatics and cirque-like storytelling to take you on an unforgettable journey. This athletic and artistic endeavour has been creatively crafted to captivate young and old alike.

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Sords-Severn-Duvall Trio Sords-Severn-Duvall Trio

Sords-Severn-Duvall Trio

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Dec 1, 2019 At 7:30pm

Sords-Severn-Duvall Trio - Andrew Sords (violin), Luke Severn (cello), and Cheryl Duvall (piano)

This truly international trio (US, Australian, Canadian) in their BC debut present ‘An Evening Celebrating Beethoven’. They will be performing Beethoven, including the Archduke trio, and works by Brahms, Ravel, and Severn. Old, new, varied, timeless, stellar!

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A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Dec 15, 2019 At 2:00pm

Take a magical journey through past, present and future to discover the true meaning of the holiday season with Dufflebag Theatre’s exuberant version of the Charles Dickens’ yuletide classic, where audience members fill the lead roles!

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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 Thu, Dec 19, 2019 At 7:30pm

Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss… Grab your teacups!

Off-Broadway Comedians and 3-time IMPRESARIO Award-Winners (London) James & Jamesy return with their outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive Christmas comedy classic O Christmas Tea — an astonishing show that delights thousands of hearts every holiday season.

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Hear the Music Night: Christmas in Vernon Hear the Music Night: Christmas in Vernon

Hear the Music Night: Christmas in Vernon

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Dec 21, 2019 At 7:00pm

Join us for a night of magical Christmas songs and special guests. Juno nominee and Christian recording artist Jon Buller and band will lead a night of favorite carols and worship songs sure to inspire you, especially if love to sing along, or simply enjoy the sounds and spirit of Christmas. It's a faith-based environment that is exciting, inspiring and inclusive.

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OSO Messiah OSO Messiah

OSO Messiah

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Dec 22, 2019 At 2:00pm

Handel’s Messiah, with beautiful arias, brilliant choruses and imaginative orchestrations, has stood the test of time as one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire. With a quartet of stunning soloists, our own Okanagan Symphony Chorus and your OSO, this is a Christmas tradition you won’t want to miss.

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OSO Orchestral Rock Odyssey OSO Orchestral Rock Odyssey

OSO Orchestral Rock Odyssey

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Jan 19, 2020 At 7:00pm

With the popularity of recent biopic movies about Freddie Mercury and Elton John, it is clear that rock and roll will never die. The OSO is excited to perform with The Gary Cable Project to bring the greatest hits of 60s, 70s, and 80s timeless rock music to our stages, featuring some of Canada’s greatest musicians alongside our orchestra. We will, we will rock you!

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Infinity Infinity

Infinity

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Wed, Jan 22, 2020 At 7:30pm

Infinity by Hannah Moscovitch

A SPOTLIGHT Theatre show! Three brilliant minds—a musician, a mathematician, and a theoretical physicist—collide like particles, learning that love and time are connected in ways they couldn’t have imagined in this shocking and revelatory play.

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Samajam Samajam

Samajam

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Jan 25, 2020 At 2:00pm

The Samajam Rythmo2! Show is a fully participatory, fun and energetic show, where each audience member receives a bag full of musical instruments to become the performing musicians of the show!

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Tlakentli Tlakentli

Tlakentli

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Thu, Jan 30, 2020 At 7:30pm

In the heart of America, the language of the bodies follows a tortuous path. In a performance midway between dance and theatre, two Indigenous artists from Mexico, of Nahua and Mixteco descent, share with us their quest for identity by drawing on their cultures and the history of their ancestors. The duo present scenes of their metamorphoses through time, revealing the upheavals and constantly driven by the hope of finding themselves.

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Anne of Green Gables - The Ballet Anne of Green Gables - The Ballet

Anne of Green Gables - The Ballet

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Feb 2, 2020 At 7:00pm

Based on the beloved Canadian novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet™ follows the adventures of Anne Shirley, an orphan girl sent to live on a farm in the fictional town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island in this brand-new classical ballet.

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The New Canadian Curling Club The New Canadian Curling Club

The New Canadian Curling Club

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Tue, Feb 4, 2020 At 7:30pm

The New Canadian Curling Club, written by Mark Crawford

A SPOTLIGHT Theatre show! Comedy abounds when 4 new(ish) Canadians sign up for a free “Learn to Curl” program. What follows is the hilarious and inspiring story of a group of unlikely athletes who face off against local prejudice and become a true team.

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Snowed in Comedy Tour 2020 Snowed in Comedy Tour 2020

Snowed in Comedy Tour 2020

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Fri, Feb 14, 2020 At 8:00pm

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Now in its twelfth year it has grown to become Canada's biggest comedy tour. Featuring 4 of Canada's best comedians, Pete Zedlacher, Dan Quinn, Paul Myrehaug and Damonde Tschritter.

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Epilogos Epilogos

Epilogos

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Feb 22, 2020 At 7:30pm

Epilogos is a dance theatre work that explores the five canons of rhetoric, the “art of persuasion,” and the seven values of Bushido, the honour code of the samurai.

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Hands and Feet Hands and Feet

Hands and Feet

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Feb 23, 2020 At 11:00am
Sun, Feb 23, 2020 At 3:00pm

All the way from Germany, Theatre Wrede’s Hands and Feet follows a dancer and a musician who go on a journey to explore the beauty of childlike experimentation and discovery.

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KINDA KENNY- A Kenny Rogers Tribute KINDA KENNY- A Kenny Rogers Tribute

KINDA KENNY- A Kenny Rogers Tribute

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Fri, Feb 28, 2020 At 7:00pm

Community Dental Access Center is a non profit clinic serving low income families, seniors and children in the North Okanagan region. Through this event we hope to build awareness and funds to enable us to continue to offer dental services to those in need.

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Charles Richard-Hamelin Charles Richard-Hamelin

Charles Richard-Hamelin

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Feb 29, 2020 At 7:30pm

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Impressively credentialed, award winning Quebec-born pianist returns, bringing the sheer beauty of his playing, mesmerizing audiences with passion, sensitivity and dynamic performances. “Playing of this insight and maturity is rare. The pianist always displays sterling technique and agility.” Geoffrey Newman

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Big Little Lions Big Little Lions

Big Little Lions

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Mar 14, 2020 At 7:30pm
Sun, Mar 15, 2020 At 7:30pm

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.

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Dino-Light Dino-Light

Dino-Light

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Mar 22, 2020 At 2:00pm

In this original storyline, a famous scientist with magic powers brings a friendly dinosaur to life. When the dinosaur wanders away from home, he discovers a wonderful world full of creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love.

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Il Violoncello Italiano! Il Violoncello Italiano!

Il Violoncello Italiano!

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Mar 28, 2020 At 7:30pm

Il Violoncello Italiano! Bathe in the delights of Baroque and beyond. Renowned cellist Elinor Frey joins forces with harpsichordist Christina Hutten and archlutist Lucas Harris to present an evening highlighting the remarkable lyricism and brilliant virtuosity of the cello, coloured and enlivened by the accompaniment of the harpsichord and archlute.

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Birthday Present for Myself Birthday Present for Myself

Birthday Present for Myself

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Wed, Apr 1, 2020 At 7:30pm

Accomplished dancer-choreographer-actor, Hiromoto Ida, skillfully merges dance, theatre, live chamber music and voice to tell the story of an old man’s celebration and reverence on his last birthday.

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OSO Bach’s Playlist OSO Bach’s Playlist

OSO Bach’s Playlist

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Thu, Apr 2, 2020 At 7:00pm

Renowned baroque specialist Ivars Taurins leads the OSO in an eclectic program that celebrates the music of this historic era. Performing music from Bach’s own fascinating library of scores as well as pieces he performed in Leipzig, Maestro Taurins of Tafelmusik fame will tie this music all together with an insightful and entertaining narrative.

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Afrique en Cirque Afrique en Cirque

Afrique en Cirque

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Wed, Apr 22, 2020 At 7:00pm

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.

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Buzz Brass Buzz Brass

Buzz Brass

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Apr 26, 2020 At 7:30pm

Buzz Brass - What’s the Buzz? “Exceptional musicianship”, that’s what! Hear how a quintet can sound like an orchestra! In little more than fifteen years Buzz Brass has become world renowned for their energy, their musical transcriptions and their ability to communicate with the audience. Five amazing musicians blending and bending the sound of brass as never before.

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OSO Ode to Joy OSO Ode to Joy

OSO Ode to Joy

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, May 10, 2020 At 7:00pm

Symphonic masterpieces take us on an epic journey from darkness to light that shines a spotlight on our musicians. Strauss’ thrilling tone poem whets the appetite for Beethoven’s final symphony. Moving from musical chaos to the Ode to Joy with a message of love and unity, the OSO, Chorus and soloists bring our sixtieth season to a thrilling close.

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