Chelsea Hotel’s Steve Charles and Lauren Bowler perform one of Leonard Cohen’s songs in the Firehall Arts Centre’s production coming to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Nov. 18.

Centre Point: Greater Vernon is the star

We’ve got a good thing going on here in Greater Vernon, starting with Paul Taylor Dance Company's arrival at the Performing Arts Centre.

We’ve got a good thing going on here in Greater Vernon.

With a glowing reputation among touring artists and industry insiders, the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre frequently appears on touring schedules otherwise dominated by Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.

Our community asserts support through ticket sales and we’re known for our warm standing ovations.

We’re about to welcome New York’s Paul Taylor Dance Company to our stage on Tuesday.

This world class 16-member company is led by a man considered to be America’s greatest living choreographer. It’s a feather in Vernon’s cap that his masterworks, including Esplanade and Promethian Fire, will be performed by the company that created and toured these performances to more than 65 countries.

This momentous performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available through the box office at 549-SHOW (7469) or online at

This Thursday, treat yourself to Bandidos Cerveza, a 22-piece symphonic classic rock band.

Consisting of lead and backup vocals, strings, brass, percussion and a rock rhythm section, this high energy ensemble rocks the house with a parade of hits from Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Santana, The Beatles and many more. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are still available through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

Coming up Nov. 18, check into the Chelsea Hotel and experience the songs and poetry of Leonard Cohen.

In this theatrical production by Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre, six musicians play a host of instruments, paying homage to Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music.

Set in New York’s infamous hotel, this eclectic cabaret is about loves won and lost in a place full of enchantment, desire and passion. Chelsea Hotel is at the Performing Arts Centre starting at 8 p.m. Call the box office at 549-SHOW (7469) for your tickets.

City Dance Studio is at the Performing Arts Centre Nov. 21 for their performance of Dance: The Magic.

In this fun-filled show for the whole family, special guest magician John Kaplan is on stage with a bag of tricks and illusions that blend effortlessly with the many dance styles you’ll see on stage, including ballroom, salsa, tango, jive, hip hop, contemporary and more.

The magical journey has two performances to choose from starting at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Call the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469) for tickets.

Also on Nov. 21 starting at 7:30 p.m., the Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society is presenting Stephen Fearing at the Paddlewheel Park Hall.

Fearing is best known as a member of the multiple Juno award-winning band Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and comes to Vernon hot off the heels of the release of his latest solo album, Between Hurricanes. Tickets are on sale now through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

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

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