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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Join us on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 12:00 PM (Noon) in Marie Fleming Studio at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre for a screening of “Long Road to Justice: The Viola Desmond Story”, directed by Brian Murray.
Back by popular demand, The Gary Cable Project returns with Legendary Rock Live!, a celebration of the greatest music ever made -- Chicago, Lighthouse, Supertramp, Steely Dan, Toto, Billy Joel, Elton John, Earth Wind & Fire -- and more!
When you laugh, all your sadness goes away
Please join us for a live-streamed performance kʷ łac k̓l q̓lspúʔus uł kʷ ay̓ʕ̓ay̓ncút ixíʔ ksc̓sapaʔx k̓l spúʔus (When You Laugh All Your Sadness Goes Away) for an evening of laughter, music, and storytelling in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
*limit of 12 wheelchair spots, reserve early.
Who is Viola Desmond...? Other than the newest face on Canada’s ten-dollar bill, she is best known for her courage in refusing to leave the whites-only section of Nova Scotia’s Roseland cinema in 1946. Hey Viola! is a musical exploration of the life of an extraordinary woman and Civil Rights hero.
Matthew Good is a multi-platinum selling Canadian recording artist, best known for his signature vocal style, guitar-driven melodies, and cinematic lyrics. He began his career as the frontman for the Matthew Good Band, one of the most successful Canadian alternative rock bands during the 1990s and early 2000s.
It's Saturday Night Fever every night with "The Australian Bee Gees Show - A Tribute to the Bee Gees". One of the most successful and adored acts in musical history is recreated live in concert. You'll hear hits like, "Staying Alive", "You Should Be Dancing," "How Deep Is Your Love," and "Jive Talkin.”
Oktopus is a major presence on the Canadian music scene, with over 250 performances to its credit at home and abroad, and will appear on stage at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, October 11, 2023.
Moon Coin Productions (Producers of ABRA Cadabra) Presents “Take It To The Limit” The Ultimate Eagle’s Tribute coming to The Vernon & Dist Performing Arts Centre for the first time on Sat. Oct 14th! This show features some of Canada’s finest musicians and vocalists, performing all of your Favourite Eagle’s Hits!
Multi-Platinum, iconic Canadian artist Dean Brody is celebrating the biggest years of his career with a Cross Canada Canadian tour this Fall.
Get ready for an unforgettable night of entertainment with Alex Mackenzie’s Hungry for Laughs Tour, now back and bigger than ever! This one-of-a-kind event features three of the biggest names in Canadian comedy, a world-class magician, and an international foot archer, making it a show that truly has something for everyone.
He’s baaaaack...! With the energy of ten thousand suns, The Zaniac shines like a comedy beacon as he bounces from one end of the stage to the other like an untamed rubber band. Jaws will drop and eyes will pop as Alex juggles bowling balls, giant knives, and slices vegetables in half with a flying playing card.
Violinist Timothy Chooi opens our season with Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 “New World” completes the program.
Bear Grease is a fresh and fun Indigenous take on the classic 1978 musical. The all-Indigenous cast includes Crystle Lightning (2021 Canadian Screen Award Winner for Best Actress, Trickster and Three Pines) as Sandy and MC RedCloud (Yellowstone) as Danny.
Known for his sure footed, every-man approach and party ready anthems, multi-platinum artist Tim Hicks will be giving fans the unique opportunity to experience his music in the most intimate way with the Campfire Troubadour Tour this fall.
Come and celebrate business, non-profits and individuals who make Vernon thrive! The Greater Vernon Chamber Business Excellence Awards presented by Kal Tire are a high profile, prestigious accomplishment for Greater Vernon businesses. All nominees will be recognized and winners will be announced in 18 categories.
Casting Off is intergenerational circus that will make you laugh and cry simultaneously! These dynamic Australian women tumble, talk, fly, and balance precariously. A disarming, hilarious show about living on the edge and how it’s easier done than said.
A tribute to the Johnny Cash TV Show featuring special guests such as Waylon Jennings, Linda Ronstadt, Glen Campbell and of course Johnny Cash
Set in adjoining bedrooms, The Birds & the Bees is a Canadian comedy about love, lust, beekeeping, and the artificial insemination of turkeys.
Legendary Canadian Rock Music Icon Tom Cochrane to Perform Special Theatre Show In Vernon
Finger Eleven, the alternative rock band from Ontario, and one of the best-selling Canadian bands of all time, have released a series of consecutive hit albums and become among the greatest live bands to ever emerge from the great White North.
Quartetto Gelato is back in Vernon on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. With sold-out performances in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and elsewhere, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and cities worldwide with its exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and humour.
Award-winning comedian Steve Patterson is coming to town with two of his favourite comedy elves, Katie-Ellen Humphries and Graham Clark for a no-holds-barred festive free-for-all. This two-hour joke-fest is for live audiences only and features two entertaining debates in the format familiar to fans of the hit CBC Radio program, plus bonus segments of smart stand-up comedy from Steve and his hilarious cohorts. Get your tickets now for the holiday-themed extravaganza that will surely tickle your sugar plums.
Ukulele virtuoso James Hill and cellist Anne Janelle will instill the holiday spirit into the whole family.
Sat, Jan 13, 2024 At 11:00am
A show for the very young, from 18 months to 4 years. Follow a little pathway of shells and stones into a tent made of sheets. Inside, two men dream of the sea, and sweet melodies calm your heart. Waves, All That Glows Sees, is “a simple, gentle and poetic voyage introducing young children to the world of theatre” (MonThéâtre.qc.ca).
He’s back! BOOM X is the second of Rick Miller’s trilogy of solo multimedia performances that capture history and pop culture through stunning visuals and mind-blowing impersonations. The 70s, 80s, and 90s boom to life on stage with Miller playing over 100 characters from the days of disco, the oil crisis, Watergate, the Cold War, video games, punk rock, and more.
UBC’s renowned Opera Ensemble performs selections from Lehar’s The Merry Widow and Strauss’s Die Fledermaus — Viennese opera at its frothy, engaging, and enchanting best!
Korean violinist, Haerime Elizabeth Lee, appearing on NOCCA’s stage on Thursday, January 25, 2024, has developed a playing style indicative of the very essence of her personality; passionate, deliberate and often witty.
Anchored by the haunting whine of the pedal steel, rounded out by heavy synth pads and produced by Marcus Paquin (The Weather Station, The Barr Brothers, Arcade Fire, The National), Mariel Buckley’s trailblazing songs are a driving, swooning, toe-tapping catharsis; sealed and delivered by her signature crooning brand of angst-ridden alt-folk.
Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet® is a playful, colourful and evocative production that will transport audiences to early 20th century Atlantic Canada. 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, PEI.
The Snowed In Comedy Tour with Dan Quinn, Erica Sigurdson, Paul Myrehaug and Pete Zedlacher.
OSO principals Martine denBok and Erin Macdonald are showcased in Mozart’s glorious duet concerto, the Sinfonia Concertante.
With Blizzard, FLIP Fabrique takes you on a crazy, poetic, and gentle journey in the dead of winter, and invites you to lose yourself in a moment of complete wonder. With performers at the peak of their art and outstanding visual poetry, Blizzard promises to blow away everything in its path.
When Wendell discovers that both his wife and their beloved tree have vanished from the backyard, he must venture into the mysterious Wilds to bring them home. Pixar meets Miyazaki in this fantastical love story that the CBC called “captivating and magical”.
Incorporating beautifully handcrafted puppets and an original pop/rock musical score, Cementland comes to life as two enigmatic garbage collectors tell the story of a very special boy whose singular wish is to find a TREASURE!
Stand-up comedian Elvira Kurt headlines the 19th annual I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff! Comedy Show.
Shay Kuebler’s newest creation looks at how our digital lives, technologies and shifting values are increasing the prominence of social isolation and loneliness. Momentum of Isolation weaves together contemporary dance, theatre, hip hop, and martial arts into a poignant portrayal of loneliness.
Inspired by the legendary myth of Odysseus, X (Dix) is about the adventure into the unknown and the challenges of finding your way back home. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Guillaume Côté blends classical ballet vocabulary with modern sensibilities to explore this legendary tale.
Gabriel García Márquez’s darkly comic tale brought to the stage for children and adults to share. In a kitchen, in a theatre, two storytellers and their audience ﬁnd something remarkable — a very old man with enormous wings. Using a combination of music, puppetry, and live video projection this magic-realist gem is brought to the stage with beautiful, strange, emotional richness.
Call it prairie noir or Canadiana desert rock: Abigail Lapell sings haunting, gorgeous modern folk songs.
The Toronto songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has won two Canadian Folk Music Awards and reached over 20 million Spotify streams. Her evocative new album, Stolen Time, was released April 2022 on Outside Music.
Lightwire Theatre’s glow in the dark adventures are visually stunning and have dazzled audiences all over the world with their cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance. In this original story, a famous scientist with magic powers brings a friendly dinosaur to life.
We close our season with a Beethoven celebration: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” with Ian Parker, and Symphony No. 7.
Guitarists Adam Cicchillitti and Steve Cowan will appear on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. They have worked together enough that they have developed the necessary duo telepathy that allows them to gracefully and effortlessly pass musical ideas back and forth, sometimes completing each other’s thoughts, it seems, other times answering with bold new statements and ideas.