Q & A with Michele Collins, Arts Club Board Member

We caught up with Michele Collins to talk about her experience hosting an event at the BMO Theatre Centre, and learned a bit more about why she supports the Arts Club as a donor and a Board Member. Michele brought 50 clients to a performance of Onegin in March, and the results were fantastic!

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Michele Collins outside the BMO Theatre Centre. Photo by Mark Halliday

Why did you choose the Arts Club to host your event?

I believe it is important to give back and participate in organizations that make our city great. Three years ago I was asked to join the Board of Directors for the Arts Club. Over those three years, I learned that only 50% of the costs to produce the performances that Vancouverites have enjoyed for decades are covered by ticket sales. One of the ways we help to raise funds is through performance sponsorship, and I wanted to support that.

Tell us about your event! What were the highlights?

I recently sponsored a performance of Onegin and hosted 50 clients at a reception before and during the performance. I love my clients and am truly honoured by their business. This was a wonderful way to say thank you; my clients felt very special. Some of my guests are very involved in the arts in Vancouver and were very appreciative of the lovely and personal presentation with Veda Hille before the show. Others are new to Vancouver, or new to the arts, but all—from 20- to 80-year-olds—loved this production and the evening as much as I did. It was great to connect with my clients and learn about their interests outside of real estate. Onegin was a magical production, which my clients loved and appreciated as much as I did.

Would you recommend other companies do corporate events with the Arts Club?

I would highly recommend one of the venues the Arts Club has to offer to any company looking to host their clients and make them feel special. There are many options available, but my hearts is in our new BMO Theatre Centre. This new theatre started as an idea when I first joined the Board, and all the hard work has resulted in such a beautiful space that I am very proud to be part of. The team at the Arts Club can help tailor fit an event that works for any corporate event goal.

Plan a memorable night for your clients and business partners with a sponsored performance at one of our three stages! To book an event at an Arts Club show in the 2016/2017 season, contact Stephanie Cardwell at 604.687.5315, ext. 267.

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Arts Club Artists Lead Jessie Nominations

The Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society announced this year’s Jessie nominees on May 24, and we couldn’t be prouder of our artists! 34 artists were nominated for their outstanding work in 11 Arts Club productions across all three stages.

Onegin received an unprecedented 13 nominations across all individual categories; an incredible feat highlighted in The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun, and The Georgia Straight.

The cast of Onegin. Photo by David Cooper

Nominees included Meg Roe (Lead Actress), Alessandro Juliani (Lead Actor), Andrew McNee (Supporting Actor), Josh Epstein (Supporting Actor), Lauren Jackson (Supporting Actress), John Webber (Lighting Design), Drew Facey (Set Design), Jacqueline Firkins (Costume Design), Tracey Power (Choreography), Amiel Gladstone (Direction, Original Composition), Veda Hille (Original Composition, Musical Direction, Musical Ensemble), Barry Mirochnick (Musical Ensemble), and Marina Hasselberg (Musical Ensemble); with the Outstanding Production nomination credited to the entire cast and creative team.

Daniel Doheny (Lead Actor), Itai Erdal (Lighting Design), Amir Ofek (Set Design), and the entire cast and creative team of The Valley were nominated for their Outstanding Production nomination.

Daniel Doheny and Kerry Sandomirsky. Photo by Emily Cooper

Good People also received an Outstanding Production nomination, with Colleen Wheeler (Lead Actress), Jenn Griffin (Supporting Actress), and Lauchlin Johnston (Set Design) also nominated in their individual categories.

Jenn Griffin and Colleen Wheeler. Photo by Emily Cooper

Colleen Wheeler was also nominated for her role as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, with nominations also going to Conor Moore (Lighting Design), Lauchlin Johnston (Set Design), and David Mackay (Direction).

The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo by Emily Cooper

The Waiting Room saw nominations for Gerald King (Lighting Design) as well as Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling (Movement Collaboration). Alan Brodie was recognized for his Lighting Design in Godspell, Christine Reimer (Costume Design) and Naomi Wright (Lead Actor) were nominated for their work in Pride and Prejudice, Valerie Easton received a nomination for her choreography in A Christmas Story, The Musical, and actors Robert Moloney (Disgraced), and Luc Roderique (In the Heights), and Sayer Roberts (Les Misérables) were all nominated for their performances this past season.

Stay tuned to find out who takes home the hardware! Winners will be announced at the 34th Annual Ceremony, on June 27 at the Commodore Ballroom.

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Announcing the Arts Club Summer Raffle!

The Arts Club is pleased to announce the return of our Summer Raffle. One lucky winner and three guests will get a chance to escape to California for a wine country weekend.


The grand prize includes roundtrip airfare for four from Vancouver to Sonoma County, two night stay for four at the Mazzocco Sonoma Winery’s guesthouse located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, a private tasting and tour, and a gift basket of award-winning wines.


Get your tickets before June 30 for a chance to win the early-bird prize as well! The early-bird winner will have a chance to win a trip for four from Vancouver to Victoria onboard one of Helijet’s Sikorsky S76 helicopters.


Our fall raffle sold out, so don’t miss your chance and get your 1 ticket for $20 or 3 tickets for $50. For a full list of prizes and to purchase your tickets visit our website.

Good luck!

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