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

Under the Big Top Under the Big Top

Under the Big Top

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, May 26, 2018 - 2:00pm

“Elephants! Circus Ponies! Magicians! Sights and sounds from the circus! Dancers aged 3 and up will thrill and delight you while they perform Under the Big Top!”

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OKPA Pottery Spring Sale

OKPA Pottery Spring Sale

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Fri, Jun 1, 2018 - 10:00am
Sat, Jun 2, 2018 - 10:00am

“Some of the best pottery, clay sculpture, clay jewelry, silver jewelry, paintings and glass art in the Okanagan and Thompson districts.  

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Mainstage 2018

Mainstage 2018

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

Early Bird Multi-Day Pass- Until June 7th

Regular Multi-Day Pass after June 7th

Join us for the drama Festival 

8 Plays over 8 Nights!

Theatre BC celebrates its 86th Anniversary in 2018, Once again in Vernon, BC with Mainstage 2018 at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre. This week-long Festival of Best Play winning performances will include workshops and adjudications as BC community theatre enthusiasts celebrate Canada on stage.

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Missoula Children's Theatre Summer Camp Missoula Children's Theatre Summer Camp

Missoula Children's Theatre Summer Camp

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

Interested in the spotlight? This year, Missoula Children's Theatre Musical Theatre Summer Camp will be putting on KING ARTHUR'S QUEST! Experience the audition and rehearsal process, as well as cool musical theatre related workshops!

When: Monday to Friday, July 9-13 - 10:00am-2:30pm & Saturday, July 14 - 11:30am-6:30pm
Cost: $110
Ages: Grades 1-12

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The Comic Strippers

The Comic Strippers

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

A male stripper parody and improv comedy show. Your favourite comedy bodies are back with a new show, more moves and even quicker wits.

A SHOW FOR ALL GENDERS... 19+ ONLY WARNING! No extreme nudity, just extreme hilarity.

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The Three Bs!

The Three Bs!

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Sep 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Bach, Beethoven and Brahms… these three composers are so renowned they have their own moniker, The Three Bs! Our opening night will turn the musical pages across three centuries of orchestral magic: Bach’s sparkling textures from the Baroque era, the drama of Beethoven from the classical era and the lush warmth of the romantic Brahms. Canada’s preeminent interpreter of classical piano, Jane Coop, will make our Steinways sing.

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Shane Koyczan

Shane Koyczan

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Mon, Sep 24, 2018 - 7:30pm

Internationally Renowned Spoken Word Artist, Poet and Author to perform in Vernon at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre in September.

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Blues / Rock Spectacular

Blues / Rock Spectacular

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Wed, Sep 26, 2018 - 7:30pm

With England’s WISHBONE ASH and special Guests, The David Gogo Band

All SeatsOne of England’s most iconic bands, Wishbone Ash will be on tour this fall in B.C. and the Vernon Performing Arts Centre will host both Wishbone Ash and Canadian bluesman David Gogo and his band on Wednesday September 26th at 7:30 p.m.

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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.”


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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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Quartom

Quartom

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Oct 27, 2018 - 7:30pm

Quartom presents an evening of unparalleled singing.  

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The Music of Harry Potter

The Music of Harry Potter

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sun, Oct 28, 2018 - 2:00pm

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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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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Trio D’Argento

Trio D’Argento

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Thu, Nov 29, 2018 - 7:30pm

This exciting trio bring a superb level of excellence to their virtuoso arrangements and original pieces.

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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

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

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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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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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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Bergmann Duo with Sarah Hagen

Bergmann Duo with Sarah Hagen

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Mon, Apr 8, 2019 - 7:30pm

The Bergmann Duo combines forces with Sarah Hagen for an exceptional 1 piano 6 hands acrobatic musical spectacle.

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Vox Humana Chamber Choir

Vox Humana Chamber Choir

 Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Sat, Apr 27, 2019 - 7:30pm

Victoria’s premier chamber choir, 24 singers ranging from advanced students to professional musicians

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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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