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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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!
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!
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!
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)
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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"!
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.
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.
Quartom presents an evening of unparalleled singing.
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"
Canadian Rock Icons GLASS TIGER to perform in Vernon this November
Tickets $52 All Seats
A SPOTLIGHT Special Presentation! 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!
With the audience seated cabaret-style on stage, Kim Churchill performs an intimate concert in this unique venue as part of the SPOTLIGHT On-Stage Concert Series.
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.
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.
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.
Canadian Music Icon JANN ARDEN to bring " These are the Days Tour” to Okanagan /Fall 2018
This exciting trio bring a superb level of excellence to their virtuoso arrangements and original pieces.
Jaffray, B.C.- born, singer Dean Brody is coming to Vernon with his Dirt Road Stories Acoustic Tour.
A SPOTLIGHT Kids' Show! Visions of sugar-plums dance on our stage in this fun twist on the classic holiday story, where audience members are invited into the story to fill the lead roles!
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.
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.
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.
A SPOTLIGHT Kids' Show! A master of physical comedy, juggling and magic, Alex Zerbe is a human cartoon character bringing laughter to all ages!
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!
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.
A SPOTLIGHT Kids' Show! We know moldy bread gave us penicillin, Newton had a penchant for apples… now what? Join a Rockstar scientist and her clumsy assistant as we learn that the next amazing scientific discovery could be just around the corner!
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!
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.
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.
A SPOTLIGHT First Stages show! Mermaid Theatre bring their picture-perfect puppets to life as lovable characters from the colourful mind of Eric Carle.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The North Okanagan Community Concert Association presents ...
The Bergmann Duo combines forces with Sarah Hagen for an exceptional 1 piano 6 hands acrobatic musical spectacle.
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.
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.
The North Okanagan Community Concert Association presents ...
Victoria’s premier chamber choir, 24 singers ranging from advanced students to professional musicians
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.