March has plenty of shows for everyone

It’s not uncommon for me to use the words “something for everyone” when describing coming events. I’ve never seen two weeks quite as packed as these though, so without further adieu, here’s what I’d like to call “plenty for everyone:”

Tonight the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is back at the Performing Arts Centre for Music of the Mountain starting at 7 p.m.

The symphony will be joined on stage by internationally acclaimed alphornist William Hopson for this inspiring evening of music. Tickets can still be purchased online at or at the door within one hour of the concert.

Monday night is the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival at the Performing Arts Centre.

With more than 2.5 hours of films about the mountains and outdoors, the screening is a fundraiser for the Sparkling Hill Masters World Cup happening at Sovereign Lake this week.

Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW.

Debra DiGiovanni headlines this year’s International Women’s Day celebration, I Am Woman Hear Me Laff 7.

DiGiovanni can regularly be seen on MuchMusic’s Video On Trial and was a top-10-finalist on the fifth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.  The hilarity starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesday,  at the Performing Arts Centre and tickets are still available through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW.

If you hunt, fish or just love spending time in the great outdoors, you’ll won’t want to miss McManus In Love coming to the Performing Arts Centre March 12.

The playwright behind this hilarious one-man-show is Patrick F. McManus: one of America’s most loved outdoor humour writers, known for his unique style best described as “a cross between Mark Twain and Bill Cosby.”

The show starts at 8 p.m. and you can call the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW for tickets.

Also on March 12, there is a fundraising concert for the Vernon Community Music School Sound Foundation Capital Campaign at Trinity United Church starting at 7 p.m.

The concert features VCMS students hosted by their teachers, and all proceeds go towards much needed foundation repairs to the 103-year-old Smith House, the school’s primary facility.

Tickets can be purchased at VCMS or at the door. For more information, visit

Family fun is afoot at the Performing Arts Centre March 13 with Axis Theatre’s The Big Sneeze. It’s a play about a girl named Lizzy whose gigantic sneeze takes on a life of its own.

Join Lizzy on her journey as she finds out what growing up is all about. There are two performances to choose from: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and you can get your tickets by calling the Ticket Seller.

The biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration this side of Ireland is at the Performing Arts Centre March 18 with Cod Gone Wild. The band will be joined on stage by the Silver Star Elementary Choir, the Argyll Highland Dancers and the Kalamalka Pipe Band for this show that is full of Celtic, Irish and Newfoundland music.

Call the Ticket Seller for tickets.

Jean-Sebastien Roy and Philip Chiu take the stage at the Performing Arts Centre March 19 and 20.

The pair have incredible musical resumes and major awards and are realizing great successes early on in their respective careers.

Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. March 19 with a matinee performance on the 20th starting at 1:30. Call the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW for tickets.

Lastly, Dr. Wayne Dyer is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self development. On March 15, his fans will have a chance to spend an evening with him at the Wesbild Centre starting at 6 p.m.

Call the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW or visit for more information or to buy tickets.

Enjoy the shows!

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