Eric Pells

CENTRE POINT: Hear what’s new at the centre

Major sound system upgrade at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre comes just in time for the exciting fall season.

Summer sunshine and beaches tend to make the Performing Arts Centre a rather uneventful place through July and August. Sure, few audiences came through the centre’s doors, but summer 2013 packed a punch of excitement as a major sound system upgrade materialized.

It was long after the last of the spring recitals came and went that the deliveries started. Piece by piece, the centre’s brand new sound system was arriving.

Eventually there were enough deliveries to make way for a small troupe of technicians and electricians drilling holes here and there, running wires and installing components.

Finally, the first rumbles emanated from the new subwoofers. Like a colossal behemoth coming to life inside the main auditorium, the roars could be heard in every corner of the building – including my desk which is arguably the farthest possible point away from any speaker clusters.

Now with fine tuning out of the way and a few limited-audience demonstrations under its belt, the new sound system is ready to take on our busy fall season.

Upcoming concerts by Colin James and the already sold-out Great Big Sea will sound fantastic this October, and starting this week you’ll find great opportunities to hear what’s new for yourself.

Actor and playwright Lucas Myers kicks off the Performing Arts Centre Society’s 2013/14 theatre season Sept. 21 with his unique production of Hello Baby!

Myers drew inspiration for this tour-de-force performance from his own emotional meltdown as time marched effortlessly towards the birth of his first child. The result is a comedy, lecture, and musical all rolled into one as Myers, a master at single-handedly filling the big stage, brilliantly brings character after character to life. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

Also on Sept. 21, the Vernon Jazz Club is host to Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne. This Juno Award winning blues piano player is joined on stage by Craig Thomson on sax, Les Copeland on guitar, Cam Ward on bass and John Modder on drums for an evening of boogie woogie blues.

The music starts at 8 p.m. and tickets can ordered online at

Sept. 23 is the return of one of Canada’s most recognizable comedy icons, duct tape extraordinaire and Possum Lodge’s favourite handyman, Red Green. He brings with him a brand, new show How to do Everything, fashioned of course in his signature style that was the highlight of all 15 seasons of The Red Green Show.

It’s a rare opportunity to spend an evening with this incredible humourist and best-selling author Steve Smith whose burly-yet-clumsy character has made him a champion for underachieving men everywhere.

Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are still available through the Ticket Seller.

And coming up on Sept. 28 is the first show of the Performing Arts Centre Society’s 2013/14 dance season as southern California’s Backhausdance takes the stage for two incredible contemporary dance pieces. Eight dancers move through distinctive environments to an incredible soundtrack featuring the music of Devotchka, Andrew Bird, Florence + The Machine, and more. Call the Ticket Seller.

As always, the Ticket Seller website is available 24/7 at to see what’s in store this fall at the centre.

Enjoy the shows!

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

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