Centre Point: It’s on with the shows

The Vernon Performing Arts Centre's Brian van Wensem is back to tell us what you’ll want to see in the weeks to come.

An entire summer has come and gone since I last dished about the latest and greatest events in the Valley. What a crazy summer! In June, my wife and I bought a new-to-us house, and that was perhaps the last time I knew which end was up.

After a summer of renovations and moving, I’m thankfully finding some routine now that autumn is here. Along with cooler temperatures, colourful trees, and pumpkin spiced treats comes a flood of events in the near future to welcome you to fall. Here’s what you’ll want to see in the weeks to come:

The Tea Party are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their iconic The Edges of Twilight album at the Performing Arts Centre Tuesday.

The Edges of Twilight went double platinum in 1995 and was nominated for two Juno awards. With hard rock at their core, The Tea Party’s unique sound comes from their inspiration and use of rare instruments from all over the world.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

With coke bottle glasses and a commanding three-octave range, Roy Orbison landed 22 songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1960 and 1964. Relive the height of “The Big O’s” career when The Lonely performs their dynamic tribute to Orbison at the Performing Arts Centre this Thursday.

Featuring classic hits including Dream Baby, Blue Angel, You Got It and In Dreams, this nostalgic evening pays homage to the sounds and spirits of the original recordings. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. and you can buy your tickets through the box office by calling 250-549-SHOW (7469).

Celebrate the Performing Arts Centre’s 14th birthday Saturday with the extraordinarily talented Michael Kaeshammer, live in concert.

A piano virtuoso, Kaeshammer plays first rate boogie-woogie, blues and jazz with mesmerizing ease. With vocal ability, charisma and showmanship, Kaeshammer showcases a set of original songs that are as playful as they are contagious.

Kaeshammer will be joined on stage by his longtime drummer Mark McLean and bassist Marc Rogers for an energetic concert that will no doubt end with a standing ovation.

Purchase your tickets through the Ticket Seller box office by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

Children’s entertainment legend Fred Penner is back at the Performing Arts Centre Oct. 4 to start off this year’s TD kids’ series.

Hits including The Cat Came Back, Sandwiches and Riders in the Sky are just a few songs by this two-time Juno award winning performer. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Penner continues to delight fans both young and old with his charm and the undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself.

Tickets are just $12 no matter your age and are still available through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469) or online at www.ticketseller.ca.

And on Oct. 6, the Performing Arts Centre Society’s Morning Melodies series returns with tenor Benjamin Butterfield for an intimate morning of classical music.

Butterfield has toured across the globe including performances at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall.

Butterfield will be accompanied by Vancouver pianist and series host Sarah Hagen. Doors open at 10 a.m. for coffee, refreshments and a chance to chat with the musicians before the 10:30 a.m. start of the performance.

Get your tickets at the Ticket Seller, 250-549-7469, www.ticketseller.ca.

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

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