COMMUNITY SUPPORT

how a new Performing Arts Centre would benefit our community

ROTARY CLUB OF KELOWNA

Energizing the community …

This is an opportunity for signature architecture in the core of the city which announces that Kelowna is an important centre for professional performing arts. Such centres are valuable civic resources that provide education, access, exchange of creative discourse, opportunities for cultural expression and awareness. If we aspire to attract younger and more-socially engaged citizens, we need to provide cultural centres of excellence to match their aspirations. 

— Members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna

KELOWNA COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION

Critical support for cultural tourism

Over the years we have witnessed the City of Kelowna continue to lag far behind other world cities in recognizing the economic value of an iconic performing arts centre to cultural tourism. Such a venue would be particularly significant in presenting itself as a lens through which people around the world would see a city that recognizes culture as a core value of its citizens.

Len McFarlane, President

ROCKLANDS ENTERTAINMENT CANADA

Tremendous potential for top-tier venue

I have always considered Kelowna to be on the top-10 list of places I produce shows across Canada …I personally feel that Kelowna is a great market for the arts. With its ever-growing population, the need for a world-class facility is, without a doubt, nothing but positive news….

The potential is there to have this proposed venue be the best in North America. With some great planning, advice and determination, you can’t lose.

— Brian Edwards, President and CEO

THE CANADIAN SCHOOL OF BALLET

Retain community theatre while new KPAC to be built

The Canadian School of Ballet, along with many other local dance studios, have been using [the Kelowna Community Theatre] to hold yearend shows for many years….[It] is of the utmost importance that we are able to continue to use this venue while a newer Performing Arts Center is being built.

Carley Bailey and Regeanna Stubel, Directors

KELOWNA ACTORS STUDIO

Welcome change to artistic landscape

A larger theatre with more seating and larger lobby and front of house space is definitely needed. We believe that this project will create some remarkable changes in Kelowna’s artistic landscape and will benefit the entire community.

Randy Leslie,  Artistic Managing Director 

WENTWORTH MUSIC SCHOOL

Vital experience for music students

Wentworth Music School understands the importance of giving music students performing experience and have been producing sold-out concert productions at the Kelowna Community Theatre since 2007 that have raised over $258,000 to help children and their families in our community. We fully support your vision of a new multi-stage performing arts centre for Kelowna within 5 years…The Covid-19 shutdown has shown how difficult it is for ALL of us when live entertainment is taken away, even for just a few months.

Noel Wentworth, Vice President

CHAMBER MUSIC KELOWNA

New space to showcase excellence

We are very aware. . . of the limitations, both as to capacity and acoustics, of the Kelowna Community Theatre. It should be succeeded by a larger, better-equipped facility which can reflect the rapidly-growing and dynamic population of Kelowna and the increasing level of artistic excellence achieved by our local producing groups, Ballet Kelowna and the Okanagan Symphony.

Diane Bond, President

BALLET KELOWNA

New space contributes to cultural vibrancy and civic pride

Our performing arts community has reached its creative and productive capacity in terms of the scope, volume, and quality of performances it can deliver in the community. It is time for a new multi-purpose performing arts centre that supports innovative productions and that is accessible and inclusive for both audiences and performers. A new performing arts centre will increase the cultural vibrancy of our city, stimulate cultural tourism, build civic pride, and bring more arts experiences to the Central Okanagan.

Ballet Kelowna supports the Citizens for a New Performing Arts Centre Society and we look forward to working with the organization to bring the dream of a world-class venue to life. 

— Simone Orlando, Artistic Director and CEO

OKANAGAN FESTIVAL SINGERS

New space would attract world-class talent

A city the size of Kelowna needs a quality performing arts centre to accommodate a very active local arts community as well as attracting world-calibre visiting artists and groups.

Leroy Wiens, Artistic director and conductor

OKANAGAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR & OCC YOUTH

New performing arts space to invigorate arts community

Kelowna has much to offer the arts community, with many wonderful musicians and ensembles. But what we do not have is a high-quality performing arts centre….One only needs to look as far as Vernon to know just how invigorating a good performing arts space can be for an arts community.

Frances Chiasson, Artistic Director

THE LANTERN FOLK ROOTS MUSIC SOCIETY

Welcome boon for smaller productions

Lantern Folk Roots is focused on more intimate performances, so it is unlikely that we would bring in an artist that would fill the new proposed main large theatre. However, a new venue will make the remaining smaller performance facilities more available, and possibly more affordable for the types of performances that we bring to Kelowna. A new Performing Arts Centre could also include some smaller studio spaces that could work for us and help us to draw people to the new facility.

Brent Mardon, President

KELOWNA COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL

Creating vast opportunities for the arts

A new performing arts centre would have a direct, positive and considerable impact by increasing vibrancy in our cultural district, thus contributing directly to the local economy through increased footfall in the area.  Not only would it serve to attract high-profile performers, but it would also create untold opportunities for our students and the local arts community through the pure joy of performance, education, outreach and beyond.

— Lucy Benwell, Executive Director

GERONIMO INC.

City losing out on top events

If Kelowna had a newer, larger theatre with more seating, better modern acoustics, larger lobby and front of house space, larger and modern back of house, etc. there are several shows that I have brought to the Okanagan and British Columbia, that I would have done in Kelowna instead of passing the city by.

Bryan Taylor, Concert presenter

SPECTRUM SINGERS SOCIETY

Exciting project to support

We are very excited to hear about the efforts of the Kelowna Citizens for a New Performing Arts Society and we definitely support your efforts to create a world-class facility for the arts in Kelowna.

Dini Steyn, Vice-president

MUSIC AND THEATRE PROMOTER

Vital to keep up with the times

Since theatre drives economic growth, urban renewal, and fosters technological innovation, it would seem a given that we keep up with the times. Technological innovation is also having an effect on theatre design as well as on stage and behind the scenes. Kelowna needs a new facility.

Ruth O’Doherty, former BC Manager, Worldwide Music Ventures

CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN

Arts enrich quality of life of citizens 

The arts develop and stimulate the minds of people, regardless of age. They bring a greater understanding and appreciation of various cultures. The arts help a young mind and body to grow. The arts enrich our quality of life….It is our hope that City Council will work with the [Friends of a new KPAC] society to bring about a facility to meet the needs of the various artistic groups who would perform here as well as the community who would access it.

Charlene Hodgson and Carrie Izumi, Co-presidents

KELOWNA ART GALLERY

Elevating our cultural landscape

To make a new Performing Arts Centre a reality, we need true collaboration and a clear shared vision between stakeholders, citizens of our region, the City of Kelowna, the Province of British Columbia, and our Federal Government. We applaud all activity in this direction. Over this past year, we have all been reminded that living without access to performance-based cultural and educational activities has affected our mental wellness and indeed, our quality of life.

June Nicolay, Vice President

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