The second last concert of our Edges of Canada tour takes NYO Canada to Nanaimo to perform at the Port Theatre, an 800-seat theatre located on the waterfront of downtown Nanaimo.
While the Port Theatre opened in 1998, the history of the venue dates back to 1989 when the City of Nanaimo formed the Port Theatre Society in order to raise the necessary funds to build a performing arts centre in the city. In the years to follow, the PTS was successful in raising $13.1 million through a combination of federal/provincial grants and local support. In fact, $4.5 million was raised from local individuals, service clubs, and generous corporate donations.
The theatre ended up being design by architect Terry Williams. His goal was to build a theatre that had impeccable sightlines, excellent acoustics, and a wonderful sense of intimacy for both the performers and audience members. With maple panels and cement walls within the theatre, the Port Theatre has received rave reviews for being a venue that provides one of the best aural experiences in the province.
To this date, the Port Theatre Society continues to operate the theatre. According to their mission statement, their purpose is to stimulate and enhance artistic, cultural, and economic activity of central Vancouver Island. Home to the Vancouver Island Symphony, we’re excited to take the stage of the Port Theatre on August 13th, before concluding our tour in Vancouver.