Bill introduces the 2014/2015 season – watch now!

See what Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd is anticipating for each of the upcoming shows at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage in the videos below. From 4000 Miles (“one of those shows that I really look forward to”) starring Nicola Cavendish, to the return of Les Misérables (“a sweeping, majestic piece of musical theatre”), Bill’s commentary offers an insightful sneak peek into the year of theatre to come.

The Stanley Series starts at just $149—with 6 shows for the price of 4, that’s like seeing 4000 Miles and Les Misérables for free! Single tickets start at just $29 and are on sale nowOrder online or call the box office at 604.687.1644.

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Mission Hill Family Estate, we salute you!


mission hill wineryThe Mission Hill Family Estate winery is considered a trailblazer in the Okanagan Valley. Anthony von Mandl established the winery in 1981 with the goal of creating world-class wines. He did so, in spades—in fact, this year marks the 20th anniversary of winning the coveted Avery Trophy for ‘Best Chardonnay in the World’ at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

Mission hill award

At the time, Vancouver-based wine critic Anthony Gismondi described the victory for the winery as…

A remarkable achievement by any standard that will go down as Herculean in British Columbia wine history.”

On Tuesday, September 23, we’ll delve into the illustrious past and thriving present of the winery with our Mission Hill Family Estate Dinner. We’ll be serving the latest vintage of the award-winning Chardonnay, plus four more reserve wines, along with a lavish four-course dinner at Bistro Pastis. The menu has been devised by John Blakeley, with fabulous French fare, and the event includes a chef’s demonstration by John and his team. The evening will be hosted by Steven Lane, Fine Wine Consultant for the Mission Hill Family Estate, who will impart his knowledge about what it takes to make world-class wines in our back yard.

Tickets to this exclusive dinner are $160. For more information, or to book your party, contact or call 604.687.5315, ext. 248.

MartinsLane_mhwHere’s a closer look at the diversity of the wines we’ll be pouring with these tasting notes:

Reserve Pinot Gris, 2012
“Guava, canned grapefruit, light lees, green apple, and spice aromas. Round, full, fatter palate with passion fruit, pink grapefruit, baked green apple, and lees flavours. Good intensity in a fuller style but ready to drink now. Try this with halibut and fruit salsa.”—Anthony Gismondi

Reserve Chardonnay, 2012
“Light floral, passion fruit, grapefruit, green apple, light vanilla and lees aromas with a hint of guava. Fresh, juicy, dry palate with vanilla, butter, spicy lees, passion fruit, guava, and green apple core flavours. Good texture but a bit short and bitter citrus rind on the finish. Made for halibut or chicken dishes.”—Anthony Gismondi

5 Vineyards Pinot Noir, 2012
“As the pinot noir program blossoms at Mission Hill, thanks to some maturing sites in cool Naramata and even cooler Kelowna, the ladder of pinot noir fruit continues to strengthen. The FV series is now making very solid pinot with only 34 percent of the fruit coming out of the south. Look for round mouth-filling red fruit flavours that express what is the true varietal nature of pinot noir. Savoury notes of black teas, cherries, plums and celery salt mark its soft, round palate. Think about serving this with fresh wild salmon, roasted duck, creamy cheeses, and/or grilled pork.”—Anthony Gismondi

MHFE Naramata RanchReserve Merlot, 2011
“Cool reserved nose with cedar, tobacco, resin and black cherry aromas. The attack is peppery and dry with more resiny, cedar, coffee balsamic flavours with a cool splash of red fruits. Plenty of acidity and moderate tannins call for food. Not really showing much at this point other than it is from an ordinary, cool vintage. Best with grilled meats at this point.”—Anthony Gismondi

Late Harvest Vidal, 2012
A delicious late harvest wine, bursting with apricot, mango, lychee, and caramel notes, all backed by mouth-watering, balancing citrus flavours.

And the accolades continue, the winery recently received five awards in the WineAlign 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada. READ MORE


The Mission Hill Family Estate dinner is part of the ChefmeetsBCGrape series. It is presented in partnership with Wines of British Columbia. This is an Arts Club fundraising initiative. 

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Michael Bublé, Eric McCormack, Michael J. Fox, and local artists talk about the Arts Club’s impact

Stars like Michael J. Fox, Eric McCormack, and Michael Bublé are proof of what can be achieved when we support local artists:

We’re so proud to have given them a start, and even prouder to provide a home to countless local artists like Peter Jorgensen. As a charity, the Arts Club exists to provide you with world-class theatre, and to nurture and develop our local artists.


We’re 70% to our fundraising goal for our 50th anniversary season! It’s not too late to have your gift matched by the family of the late actress Doris Chillcott!


Learn more about the impact of your contribution on our shows, as well as our programs that work to build the future of our artists, audiences, and plays.


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