Quebec’s Cirque Alfonse brings its energetic lumberjack-themed extravaganza Timber! to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre April 5.

Quebec’s Cirque Alfonse brings its energetic lumberjack-themed extravaganza Timber! to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre April 5.

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As April arrives on our doorstep, check out these events that will feed your creative side.

I’ve worked in a highly creative job in the arts for more than seven years now – and it’s the endless diversity day in and day out that just never gets old. Where else could I work on any given week that starts off with pointe shoes and pirouettes, followed by bearded axe juggling lumberjacks on a Tuesday, and bagpipers sending me off into my weekend?

As April arrives on our doorstep, check out these events that will feed your creative side:

The Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society presents the dynamic duo of Cara Luft and JD Edwards Saturday, April 2 at the Paddlewheel Park Hall.

The Small Glories is created from these two folk dynamos, each with his/her own unique style and following. Combined, Luft and Edwards are building buzz around their tight harmonies and visceral performances.

The music starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are on sale through the Ticket Seller box office at the centre, 549-7469,

The wait is almost over for Quebec’s Cirque Alfonse to bring their much anticipated lumberjack-themed acrobatic extravaganza Timber! to the Vernon stage. On April 5, witness epic feats of aerial acrobatics, agility and strength in a festive evening of beards, muscles, checked lumberjack shirts and long johns. Timber! is a unique show where real farming and logging equipment, axes and saws are reimagined into acrobatic contraptions while a traditional Francophone soundtrack is performed live on stage.

Tickets for this family-friendly show are still available through the Ticket Seller.

Celebrate all things Celtic when the Kalamalka Highlanders present Tartan Up! April 9 at the Performing Arts Centre. Marking the Scottish declaration of independence, the event features choirs, dancers, singers, and Vernon’s own band-within-a band Kilt 45. Arrive wearing your own tartan for a chance to win door prizes.

Tickets are on sale now through the Ticket Seller.

And Enderby’s Runaway Moon Theatre has a new and delightful documentary-style puppet play at Salmon Arm’s Shuswap Theatre from March 31 to April 2. 21 Ways to Make the World Last Longer explores funny, kooky and possibly necessary approaches to living on an endangered planet. This production for both young and old was co-written by Cathy Stubington and James Fagan Tait.

Yu can pick up your tickets through the Ticket Seller here in Vernon by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

– Brian van Wensem is the audience development coordinator at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.


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