Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
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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The Country Icons show is filled with great chart-topping hits and superb musicianship. North America's premier tribute to Alan Jackson, Waylon Jennings & Merle Haggard proudly brings this defined genre of traditional and outlaw country music to the many fans of these Iconic stars.
Award winning chanteuse Edie Daponte brings Edith Piaf to life for an unforgettable evening of music and entertainment inspired by Paris! Performed, in both French and English expect surprise numbers and dramatic costume changes. Come along and feel yourself sink under the spell of the Parisian and the sounds they inspire.
The music of ABBA returns to Vernon, BC on Thursday, Sept 19, 2019 with world renowned ABBA Tribute ABRA Cadabra! Featuring a live band & powerful vocals performing your favourite ABBA songs including Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Take A Chance, SOS, Waterloo & more!
Award-winning comedian RON JAMES has been selling out theatres for 20 years with his marathon, side-splitting, kinetically charged performances.
In this rare solo performance, Buffy Sainte-Marie, an Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter, reflects on her artistry, advocacy efforts, and Indigenous leadership, which have made her a unique force in the music industry.
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A concert celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 70th Birthday and his acclaim as the most successful musical theatre composer of all time. Featuring Webber's most iconic theatrical music including selections from Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Blvd, and more! With an internationally-acclaimed professional cast, this musical event is sure to overwhelm the senses.
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.
'The Canadian Superstars’ come to Vernon on Oct 3, 2019 to celebrate two of Canada’s biggest Stars, Celine Dion & Michael Buble’! The show stars the charismatic Adam Lucas as Michael Buble’ and powerhouse vocalist Tiffany Desrosiers as Celine Dion. Together with a full live band & dancers the cast takes you on a journey through all of your favourite Celine Dion & Michael Buble' hits!
Sat, Oct 5, 2019 At 7:30pm
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)
The Canadian children’s music legend Charlotte Diamond brings her family-friendly hits like I Am A Pizza, Four Hugs A Day, and many more.
“No other group had as profound an effect on the history of Western music.” — Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky
At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and the world, Red Sky Performance’s Trace is a highly kinetic dance that maps Anishinaabe sky and star stories and offers a glimpse into our origin and our future evolution.
Our highly popular Diwali in Vernon Festival is back!
Legends - Guest Artist Bryan Cheng - Cello
Canada’s "Queen of the Fiddle” to Perform in Vernon This Fall
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.
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.
Straight-up prog-rock hits the stage on their 2019 Tour
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.
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.
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
An Evening With Shaun Majumder, one of Canada's premier comedians
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.
Louisiana Hayride, Past Favorites and New Classics
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.
Themes & Innovations
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
OSO Diamond Anniversary
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.
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.
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
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!
Guest Artist Ian Parker - Piano
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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