Centre Point: Arts liven February

Among the best aspects of working in the arts is just how dynamic the events are in the North Okanagan.

Among the best aspects of working in the arts is just how dynamic the events are.

From day-to-day, month-to-month, and year-to-year, there is always something new and different coming down the pipe to keep me constantly learning, growing and utterly fascinated by what’s next.

The North Okanagan Community Concert Association is presenting its North Okanagan Youth Showcase of Excellence (NOYSE)today at 2 p.m.

You’ll hear some of the finest young performing artists in the North Okanagan in eight unique mini concerts featuring talent to excite and inspire all ages.

Proceeds go towards scholarships for music students and tickets can still be purchased at the box office, which opens one hour before showtime.

Monday at 7:30 p.m., Las Vegas headliner Donny Edwards is on stage at the Performing Arts Centre for The King: A Musical Tribute to Elvis Presley. Hear all of the hits that defined a generation, including Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Teddy Bear, Love Me Tender, Viva Las Vegas and many more.

Tickets are still on sale at the Ticket Seller, 250-549-7469, www.ticketseller.ca.

Montreal’s Porte Parole Theatre is on stage at the Performing Arts Centre Feb. 6 with its docudrama production Seeds.

In this thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking legal drama, you’ll unsuspectingly absorb an amazing amount of important information about GMOs, our global food supply and more while this labyrinth of legal arguments unfolds. See all sides of the issues at the heart of the famous Monsanto vs. Schmeiser Supreme Court case, masterfully portrayed by a talented cast headlined by Eric Peterson of Corner Gas fame.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Call the Ticket Seller for your tickets.

On Feb. 9, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen returns to the Performing Arts Centre stage for its full-length production of Sleeping Beauty. After wildly popular performances of Swan Lake and Romeo & Juliet, Ballet Jörgen brings its elaborate backdrops, sets and costumes to complement Tchaikovsky’s classic score.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available at the Ticket Seller.

The 56th annual Vernon Winter Carnival is set to take place from Feb. 5 to 14.

The Queen Silver Star Proclamation at the Performing Arts Centre kicks off Carnival Thursday, when three showcase finalists perform. The highlight of the evening is the announcement and crowning of this year’s Queen Silver Star.

Tickets are still available for purchase at the Ticket Seller.

And the Vernon Folk Roots Music Society partners with the Vernon Winter Carnival in presenting an evening of great music by some wonderful local musicians with the Folk Roots Variety Show at the Vernon Atrium Hotel, Feb. 10.

The evening will feature traditional cowboy music from the Rob Dinwoodie Band, toe tapping tunes from Charlie Veaudry and the Canadian Whitewater Bluegrass Band, and the Big Easy inspired sounds of Henry and his Second Line, featuring Henry Piovesan. Music starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are on sale now at the Ticket Seller, 250-549-7469.

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

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