March, 2016 Archives

Western Canada Theatre is proud to present the World Premiere of HABIB’S UNFORGETTABLE ALL NIGHT HOUSE PARTY, March 31- April 9 at the Sagebrush Theatre

Habib’s unforgettable all night house party – World Premiere

Western Canada Theatre is proud to present the World Premiere of HABIB’S UNFORGETTABLE ALL NIGHT HOUSE PARTY, written by Kamloops’ own Janet Michael, from March 31 – April 9 at the Sagebrush Theatre.

Set in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1947, a Lebanese family prepare to celebrate their parent’s wedding anniversary with a house party full of fun, music and family.  Playwright Janet Michael recounts the hilarious and turbulent story inspired by her Lebanese grandparents’ integration into St John’s, raising a family and running a store. “The Second World War had just ended.  It was a time of unbridled optimism and it helped spawn a band of young immigrant descendants who were determined to create a place for themselves in the hearts of their fellow Newfoundlanders. They did it with music and laughter. They were my family.”

WCT is excited to celebrate 40 years of theatre by producing the world premiere of a new play by Janet Michael in collaboration with the Resource Centre for the Arts, of St John’s, Newfoundland.  


Produced by Western Canada Theatre in association with the Resource Centre for the Arts, St John’s.   

Mar 31 - Apr 9, 2016. Sagebrush Theatre.

Featuring: Dalal Badr (Gloria), Clint Butler (Frankie), Lise Cormier (Vicki), Andy Jones (Habib), Chirag Naik (Louie), Adam Olgui (Eddie), Craig Pike (Pat Flynn), Maria Vacratsis (Naseema).
Creative Team: Dean Paul Gibson (Director), Cory Sincennes (Set & Costume Designer), Robert Gauthier (Lighting Designer), Bill Brennan (Music Director & Sound Designer), Geoff Younghusband (Stage Manager), Christine Leroux (Assistant Stage Manager), Madison Henry (Apprentice Stage Manager).

For more information:

contact Suzan Goguen

Communications and Marketing Director

phone: 250-372-3216 Ext. 530



Tourism Kamloops Team Attended the Vancouver Outdoor Show March 12-13

The Tourism Kamloops team travelled to Vancouver  March 12-13th, 2016 for the Vancouver Outdoor Show, B.C.’s largest showcase of outdoor gear & adventure travel experiences. Tourism Kamloops’ booth was set up next to Sun Peaks Mountain Resort and we saw a high volume of traffic coming to both booths over the weekend.

There was a large amount of interest in Kamloops as an outdoor recreation destination. The top two interests were biking and hiking, family friendly activities were also of interest.

Overall, this show is one of the largest outdoor shows in North America. It was extremely busy, with attendance numbers in the thousands.

Visitor audiences were strongly aligned with Tourism Kamloops marketing initiatives, therefore we will likely attend in 2017.





Tourism Kamloops team attended the Seattle Bike Show March 4-6

On March 5th, 2016 Tourism Kamloops partnered with Tourism Sun Peaks and Silver Star Mountain Resort in Seattle for the 26th annual Seattle Bike Show. New for this year, Seattle Bike Show partnered with Northwest Outdoor Recreation Festival. This partnership attracted a wide variety of dedicated bike enthusiasts and consumers from the Pacific Northwest region who had a keen interest in bike products, attractions and destinations.

Our partnership established a six day, five night bike friendly package giveaway which included: two nights stay for two in Kamloops, Sun Peaks Mountain Resort and Silver Star Mountain Resort with bike rentals and passes to Silver Star Mountain Resort and Sun Peaks Mountain Resort. Our goal was to bring consumer awareness to the diversity and premium bike product that all of our regions offer.

Throughout the weekend, we spoke with a large number of people who were excited to learn about family activities in Kamloops. However, the majority of people we talked to wanted to learn more about our bike trail networks and “bike friendly” hotel properties.

Overall, we saw value in attending the Seattle show. We will likely attend next year, especially if the exchange rate remains beneficial for American’s to travel to Canada.


Posted in Tourism,

The 20th Annual Kamloops Film Festival Broke Records!





The 20th Annual Kamloops Film Festival (KFF) was a tremendous success with over 5,200 audience members in attendance for 20 films, 10 events, and 10 guests over 10 incredible film filled days!!

The audience increased by almost 25% due the excellent lineup of films, the amazing industry guests, and the wonderful events, which included not only Steeping Discussions and Q&As, but Brewing & Wine-ing Discussions, and even a Family Friendly Tea Party at the Kamloops Art Gallery. Many even bought KFF swag and wore it proudly around town!!


The KFF Audience Choice Award for 2016, based on the voting cards, goes to Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, which was actually our opening film for KFF 2016. Congratulations to KFF special guests Charles Wilkinson, Tina Schliessler, Rudy Buttignol & Murray Battle on their wonderful BC film. The full list of film ratings is below.

9.12 - Haida Gwaii
9.04 - The Lady in the Van
8.88 - A Royal Night Out
8.67 - Forsaken
8.63 - Mustang
8.47 - Snowtime!
8.41 - No Men Beyond This Point
8.20 - Embrace of the Serpent
7.96 - Born to be Blue
7.84 - Eadweard
7.65 - Youth
7.65 - Macbeth
7.63 - Son of Saul
7.51 - Victoria
7.29 - Ben's At Home
7.25 - Anomalisa
7.07 - James White
6.79 - Regression
6.68 - The Witch
6.27 - My Good Man's Gone


The KFF Most Popular Film Award for 2016, based on a record setting attendance of 675, goes to The Lady in the Van, which was also our 2016 Film for a Cause. Our partner, the Kamloops Food Bank, was able to collect numerous boxes of food and several cash donations to help them with their worthwhile efforts.

In closing, we want to make sure we thank all of the many people that make our festival the success that it is. A very special thank you to our wonderful KFF Committee, all of our generous sponsors, the partners that elevate the event, the volunteers that make it run so smoothly, and of course, the audience, who make it all worthwhile.

Thanks so much, see you in 2017. We've got some big plans for the next 20 years!!




If you haven't already, please take 5 minutes to fill out our annual survey so we can see what's working and what needs improving for KFF 2017. All of the answers remain anonymous.
Plus, if you give us your name and email you'll be entered into a draw to win 2 Full Festival Passes for KFF 2017!!

We will be picking a winner on March 31 so take the survey HERE ASAP!!









2016 Women's Worlds adds Exhibition Games to Event Schedule


Event benefits extend to communities across British Columbia

Fan and community support has been tremendous to-date, and organizers are adding two more opportunities to take in the action. Two exhibition games will be held on Saturday, March 26, including a Canada-Sweden match-up at 6 p.m. at the Sandman Centre, and Switzerland facing off against Russia at McArthur Island Sport & Event Centre at 1 p.m. Tickets to the Canada game can be purchased for $20 online beginning Friday, March 11, at 9 a.m. PT, and at the Sandman Centre box office starting on March 14. The McArthur Island game tickets will be available on game-day for $5.

What few realize is the activity and excitement extend well beyond Kamloops – something that comes by design rather than by accident.

“A tremendous amount of work and planning goes into bringing an international event such as the Women’s World Championship to a Canadian community. But whether it’s a world championship or one of our national events, Hockey Canada works closely with the host committees to ensure we are positively impacting the greatest number of people as possible,” said Dean McIntosh, senior director of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “In addition to Kamloops, we were able to work with eight other B.C. communities who are directly tied to the delivery of this year’s Women’s World Championship.”

Eight teams will compete in the annual event, with Canada, Finland, Russia, and the United States forming Group A, and the Czech Republic, Japan, Sweden, and Switzerland making up Group B. Seven of those eight teams will hold their pre-competition camp – which includes practices and exhibition games – in cities and towns near Kamloops, including: Penticton (Canada), Richmond (Czech Republic, Finland), Salmon Arm (Finland), Clearwater (Russia), Kelowna (Sweden), and Chilliwack (Switzerland).

Leaving a lasting legacy

Hockey Canada has also worked with B.C. Hockey to deliver programming around the Championship focused on developing and growing the female game.

Kelowna will host a Female Festival March 26-27, consisting of mini games, skills camps, info sessions, and off-ice training, while Vernon and Salmon Arm will each host an Esso Fun Day, aimed at introducing girls and women of all ages to the game, on March 28 and 29 respectively. Salmon Arm will also offer a female officiating seminar on March 29.

On March 30, an off-day at women’s worlds, skills camps that include on- and off-ice components will be held in Kamloops, with female officiating and coaching seminars scheduled for the following evening – including a 6:15 p.m. coaching “Hot Stove” at the Sandman Centre with panelists Tom Renney, Cassie Campbell-Pascal, Danielle Goyette, Cathy Wolfe, and Delaney Collins. Attendance is free, and participants must register through B.C. Hockey.

And finally, 100 Mile House will host a Female Jamboree April 1-2 consisting of team-building, off-ice training, mini games, and a tournament.

“As part of my role with Hockey Canada, I get to travel to communities across the country to help deliver female programs, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard girls and women of all ages tell me it was their exposure to one of our national or international events as a spectator that motivated them to get involved in the game,” said Mandi Duhamel, manager of female development at Hockey Canada. “We are in a unique position to capture the inspiration that our high-performance players on Team Canada generate at events like women’s worlds to demonstrate how fun and accessible hockey is to more Canadian females, and to provide targeted skills-development sessions to those who are involved in hockey.”

The full tournament schedule was released in September. Select single-game tickets and tournament ticket packages are still available for purchase online while quantities last.

Canada’s National Women’s Team will open up its Women’s World Championship with a game against its U.S. rivals during prime time on March 28. The team is set to face Russia on March 29, and Finland on March 31 in preliminary-round play. The semifinals will be held April 3, and both the bronze- and gold-medal games will be hosted on April 4 at the Sandman Centre.

Hockey Canada broadcast partners TSN will broadcast 11 tournament games, and RDS will air eight games, including all Team Canada match-ups. Please consult local listings for details.

Since 1990, Canada's National Women's Team has won 10 gold medals at the Women's World Championship – the last being an overtime win against the U.S. in 2012.

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