Students of Music, Dance and Speech Arts have been busy for months preparing for the Festival which begins on March 1st and concludes with a Highlights Gala Concert on Saturday, April 27th. This year there are 1,541 entries in Piano, Classical Voice, Choral, Strings/Instrumental, Musical Theatre, Speech Arts, and Dance.

The Festival provides excitement for all as young performing artists demonstrate their achievements for adjudicators, teachers, parents, fellow students and the general public. The performances are evaluated by professional adjudicators and students attend workshops which enhance the learning/teaching process. The adjudicators’ choices will continue on to the Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival which is being hosted by  Competitive sessions are open to the public and entry is by donation. The March Program is online now at

Choral and Classical Voice competitions start the Festival off on March 1st and are followed by Junior and Senior Piano on March 7th.   Musical Theatre, Speech Arts, Dance and Strings/Instrumentals will continue in April. The March discipline dates and locations are as follows (for details, check the full program at

CHORAL – Adjudicated by Vancouver voice teacher Dr. Jeanette Gallant who is a Canadian musician with over 25 years of experience as a singing teacher, music lecturer, conductor and performer

March 1 – Penticton United Church Sanctuary 10:00 a.m.

CLASSICAL VOICE – Adjudicated by Dr. Jeanette Gallant

  • March 1 – Penticton United Church Sanctuary 11:45 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:05 p.m.
  • March 2 – Penticton United Church Sanctuary 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
  • Vocal Workshop with Adjudicator Jeanette Gallant 3:00 p.m. (sign up in Lobby) $10.00

JUNIOR PIANO – Adjudicated by Catherine Anne Bundt who is an active performer, teacher, RCM examiner and music festival adjudicator

  • March 7 – Shatford Centre 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
  • March 8 – Shatford Centre 9:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m.
  • March 8 –  Shatford Centre Piano Workshop with Adjudicator Catherine Bundt 12:15 p.m. (sign up in Lobby) $10.00
  • March 8 – Shatford Centre 6:00 p.m. Piano Duets, Trios, Quartet, Concerto

SENIOR PIANO – Adjudicated by Catherine Bundt

  • March 9 – St. Saviour’s Hall 9:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m
  • March 10 – St. Saviour’s Hall 1:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

For more information and opportunities to volunteer or become a sponsor, visit

Tuesday Night Movies at the Library

Free Tuesday Night Movie screenings at the Library continue! Our March movie is the classic film “Death Takes a Holiday” on Tuesday, March 5th. Doors open at 5:45 pm and the movie starts at 6:00 pm. This program is FREE. Please bring your bowl for popcorn!  For more information, please call the Public Library Information Desk at: 250-770-7782.


Date: Tuesday, March 5th

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Library Auditorium

Karaoke Fundraiser at the En’owkin Centre

FREE ADMISSION Come join the NAPAT 1st Year Students in your best 80’s get-up. Make sure to dress up because we have prizes for the best costume! We will be selling indian tacos for dinner. To fundraise, we will be holding a silent loonie auction and 50/50 draw. We are raising money for student t-shirts. Come join us for an evening full of fun, singing, dancing, great food and good vibes!

Thursday, February 28 6pm-9pm
En’owken Centre, 45 Green Mountain Road

Summerland Arts Council – Pro-D Day Art Camps

Are you looking for something fun and educational for your kids to do on Pro-D Days this year? The Summerland Arts Council will be holding Pro D-Day Art Camps on February 15th, April 15th and May 3rd at the Summerland Arts & Cultural Centre. 9525 Wharton Street from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Experienced and creative instructors will lead your kids in painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed media and more! $75 per child. For more information or to register, call 250-494-4494 or email

Penticton Chamber Theatre’s “The Travelling Ones” Looking for Volunteers

Penticton Chamber Theatre’s “The Travelling Ones” is Seeking Volunteers for :

 1. A Stage Manager for 1st production of the year “Great Sentimental Value-Big Reward”. Duties are: confirming date times and locations with our Project Manager, beginning Feb 16th (with other proposed dates of Feb 19th 20th,27th March 2nd and perhaps March 27th).  Most performances take place at 2pm with perhaps as few as 2 in the early evening (7pm “ish”) The show itself only takes about 35 minutes.

Stage Manager would be required to act as liaison with each of the senior center locations contact persons, and would make sure the actors are in place and have everything they require for each performance.  Position could involve responsibility for shuttling the props and set items.

All items should fit in a car & are easily transportable, as the chairs required, should fit on the back or front seat and the other items in one large cardboard box. The cast will provide some assistance in setting these up.

2.PCT is also “still” looking for a volunteer to step up to take over Treasurer duties. This position is critical to effective management of this volunteer community theatre group’s well-being! Why not you? It is not a lot of work, usually no more than an hour or less per month! Interested? Email, Or message us via Penticton Chamber Theatre’s Facebook Page.

3. Penticton Chamber Theatre is seeking volunteer hoping to gain Stagecraft experience. This set building project will ultimately result in the creation of the “skeleton” of a light rapid transit car (San Francisco Bart Car). Although the project assembly will take place in a late March through May time frame, this production needs to have someone committed to the project in place as soon as possible. The project requires basic carpentry skills, and (somewhat oddly) preferable, if the individual had some experience in working with irrigation pipe and fittings. Physical requirements are such that you would need to be capable of lifting and moving 4×8’ sheets of plywood &/or mdf/ particleboard. Tools provided. The Set Design is in place, however because it is likely that this set may need to be able to be partly disassembled in order to be moved to and from different venues, we are seeking individual(s) who enjoy inventive and creative approaches to problem solving. Retired individuals &/or people with flexible schedules might be best suited to a project of this type but we want to hear from you, if this sparks your interest. Please address your inquiries Attention Bryan at or message us via Penticton Chamber Theatre’s Facebook Page

Many Hats Starts 2019 Season with Racy Comedy “Swing Dance”

Happy 2019!

Your friends at Many Hats are getting the year off to a rollicking start with a racy adult-themed comedy that will tickle your funny bone and chase the post-holiday blues far, far away!

Swing Dance by Canadian Playwright Lynda Martens features two baby boomer couples struggling with the issues of how to feel young, connected, alive, attracted and wanted.

Walter desperately employs bold pharmaceutical measures (the little blue pill) to reconnect with his wife Vicky after she launches a new cupcake career with her sophisticated partner Fred. But neither is prepared for the bombshell that Fred and his wife Sally drop during dinner one night. Let’s just say it’s an epic misunderstanding of what ‘swinging’ is and it’s not dancing!

Swing Dance opens February 7 and runs until March 2. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8:00. Sunday matinees at 2:00.   Swing Dance is Directed by Jane Pilkey (fresh from her stellar performance in ‘On a First Name Basis’) and Produced by Ben Amos.  The cast includes Karla Hennig, Clem Jones, Al Toots, and Jeanne Wnuk.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students and seniors (GST included). As usual tickets can be purchased from our good friends next door at The Nest and Nectar or reserved during their business hours by phoning 250-493-7275. (note that The Nest and Nectar is closed on Mondays.)

There will TWO gala opening nights! First, on Thursday February 7 there will be our traditional opening reception immediately following the performance featuring treats from the Nest and Nectar and wines from our official winery sponsor Play Estate.

THEN on Friday February 8 there will be a reception for opening night number two featuring the most excellent craft brews of The Cannery Brewing Company, more goodies from Nest and Nectar and door prizes furnished by Andre Martin of our official printing sponsor, Minuteman Press.

Please note that the Cannery Trade Centre is a very busy place! Often parking is a premium. Please plan to arrive early and observe the ‘no parking’ signage. Failure to do so may result in your vehicle being towed!

As a consideration for those with sensitivities please refrain from wearing fragrances to the theatre.  Please note that alcoholic beverages and chewing gum are not permitted in the theatre.

The Nest and Nectar will be open Tuesday through Saturday with full dinner service on show nights. And they also have a dynamite Sunday Brunch which has proven extremely popular! May we suggest you phone 250-493-7275 for a reservation to avoid disappointment? Check out their menu and hours of service here


Penticton Arts Council Presents

Cosmic Throat Singer Matthew Kocel

Join internationally acclaimed throat singer & sound healer Matthew Kocel for a musical journey through the universe within you.

Throat singer, sound healer, multi instrumentalist and musical visionary, Matthew Kocel says “Music can open a portal in the heart to experience yourself beyond the body and five senses, beyond the confines of time and space.”

Date: March 4, 2019
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Leir House, 220 Manor Park Avenue

Tickets available on Eventbrite

Penticton Arts Council Presents

Little Bit of Everything Member Show #12

Show Dates: Jan. 25 – Feb. 28
Opening Reception at 6:30 pm on Jan. 25th

Leir House (220 Manor Park Ave.)

All Penticton Arts Council members are welcome to submit artwork for this show. Photography, pottery, painting, etc.
Please email up to 3 JPG images, with descriptions of artwork (size, medium, etc.).

Exhibition space is limited, so all submitted works will be curated to fit gallery space.