Art in the Park July 1: shop, perform, & celebrate 50 years

 June 24, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  The Arts /  No Comments

Kamloops, BC — As the Kamloops Arts Council celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, you can expect an Art in the Park on Canada Day that’s more action-packed than ever. Art in the Park is a part of the City of Kamloops Canada Day celebrations along with Kamloops Multicultural Society’s Folkfest at Riverside Park. This year, more than 100 artists and artisans will show and sell their work. This juried show promises a variety of quality art and fine crafts. Purchase one-of-a-kind pieces from l …


KSO Presents The Hunter Singers Youth Choir from Australia In Performance

 June 6, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Entertainment, Kamloops, The Arts /  No Comments

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The Kamloops Symphony is pleased to host the Hunter Singers from Australia in a concert on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Kamloops United Church. This concert is a fundraiser for the Kamloops Symphony Music School’s Peter Collins Memorial Bursary, which provides an annual bursary to one or more students each year who may not otherwise be able to access music lessons. Hunter Singers is a highly acclaimed choir for high school students in Newcastle NSW Australia. Formed …


Kamloops Arts Council & Kristina Benson Art launch new line of wearable art for KAC’s 50th Partial proceeds go to support community arts

 May 17, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  The Arts /  No Comments

Kamloops, BC — Celebrating a golden anniversary is a major milestone. The Kamloops Arts Council was founded in 1968 and for its 50th, the organization has teamed up with local artist and designer Kristina Benson on a new line of branded wearable art. Partial proceeds from the sale of each tank top, headband, pair of leggings or tote bag will be donated back to the Kamloops Arts Council to support its accessible community arts programs, including the Kamloops Children’s Arts Festival, the Art Ex …


The Honourable Marc Garneau announces funding for the Sagebrush and Pavilion Theatres

 May 17, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Entertainment, News, The Arts /  No Comments

President Tim Rodgers and Managing Director Evan Klassen of Western Canada Theatre were pleased today to welcome the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, to Sagebrush Theatre, on behalf of the City of Kamloops and Kamloops-Thompson School District #73, our partners in the ownership and operation of Sagebrush Theatre. From the Sagebrush Theatre lobby, Minister Garneau announced a generous $188,000 in funding for important infrastructure upgrades to Sagebrush Theatre and the Pavilion Th …


Two Scholarships Now Available for Area Arts Students

 May 14, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, The Arts /  No Comments

New Kristina Benson Art scholarship and Julia Appley-Mitra scholarship application deadlines are May 31 Kamloops, BC — The Kamloops Arts Council invites students graduating high school and going on to post-secondary studies in fine arts, as well as post-secondary visual arts / design students in any year of study, to apply for two scholarships. New this year and sponsored by local artist and wearable art designer Kristina Benson, the Kristina Benson Art Scholarship was created to honour emergin …


Kamloops Pokotillo Dancers Win Medals

 May 14, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Kamloops, News, Sports, The Arts /  No Comments

The Kamloops based Pokotillo ensemble danced its way to some big wins during last weekend’s B.C. Ukrainian Cultural Festival. The 23rd annual event, held at Mission’s Clarke Theatre on Saturday (May 5), featured competitive dance groups from across B.C, and Washington State. Pokotillo brought home 4 bronze Medals and 4 Silver Medals. These medals were awarded to Pokotillo from a very demanding adjudicator Tymothy Jaddock. Jaddock, currently a performer with Cheremosh of Edmonton, one of Canada’s …


Chimera Theatre Presents the Inaugural Hydra Performing Arts Festival

 April 16, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Entertainment, Kamloops, The Arts /  No Comments

KAMLOOPS, BC – Chimera Theatre is excited to announce the inaugural Hydra Festival of Performing Arts in partnership with Actors Workshop Theatre. After receiving nearly thirty submissions from local artists, bands, and theatre companies last fall, the festival is ready to premiere a selection of twelve new works next month at the Actors Workshop Theatre. The Hydra Performing Arts Festival is an all-new festival for theatre, dance, and music in Kamloops, BC. For our inaugural year, we have an ex …


Armstrong’s War Opens This Week

 April 10, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Entertainment, Kamloops, The Arts /  No Comments

Two very different young people, both damaged but sick of pity, explore what is meant by courage and heroism in Western Canada Theatre’s production of Armstrong’s War, by Canadian star playwright Colleen Murphy, April 12 to 21 at the Pavilion Theatre. The two young Armstrongs meet in a rehabilitation centre: Michael, a 21-year-old soldier injured on tour in Afghanistan, and Halley, a spirited young girl paralyzed in a car accident. When Halley, eager to earn Pathfinder badges, volunteers to read …


Redefining courage in Armstrong’s War

 April 4, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Entertainment, Kamloops, The Arts /  No Comments

Two very different young people, both damaged but sick of pity, explore what is meant by courage and heroism in Western Canada Theatre’s production of Armstrong’s War,by Canadian star playwright Colleen Murphy, April 12 to 21 at the Pavilion Theatre. The two young Armstrongs meet in a rehabilitation centre: Michael, a 21-year-old soldier injured on tour in Afghanistan, and Halley, a spirited young girl paralyzed in a car accident. When Halley, eager to earn Pathfinder badges, volunteers to read …


Children of God: Rave Reviews by Audiences & Critics

 March 24, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Entertainment, Kamloops, The Arts /  No Comments

Across Canada, audiences have embraced Children of God, calling it “absolutely incredible,” “haunting, “thought provoking,” and “an unbelievable work of art” that “transcends theatre”. WCT is very proud to bring this gorgeous musical to the Sagebrush Theatre, March 29 to April 7. Children of God is a story of family and redemption: for a mother, Rita, who was never let past the residential school’s gate, and her children, who never knew she came. With a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and …



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