Friday May 10th | 5:00pm - 8:30pm | Mary Irwin Theatre | $25 - Children under 5 free

The Central Okanagan Performing Arts Festival warmly invites you to ASPIRE: Gala & Reception.
A vibrant evening, recognizing the exceptional talents of our region’s top performing artists. Experience the joy of achievement with young performing artists from the festival in the first half of the show, and local professional performing artists in the second half, demonstrating what our youth can ASPIRE to become!

Please join us in welcoming this year’s Celebrity MC, the Honourable Loyal Woodridge, to host the evening’s order of events. We are thrilled to have performing with us this year, local dance troupe Hype Dance, International Violinist Sophie Armstrong, and local choir Okanagan Festival Singers.


5:00pm – Doors
Enjoy performing arts vendors, photo booth, cash bar & light refreshments, and pianist!

6:00pm – Show begins
Festival Highlights in Dance, Music, and Voice

7:00 – Intermission

7:15 – Scholarships & Medals Announced

7:30pm – Headline performance
Professional performances in Dance, Music, and Voice
Hype Dance – Professional Dance Troupe
Sophie Armstrong – Award winning Violinist & Composer
Okanagan Festival Singers – Professional Choir

8:30pm – Show concludes

Experience ASPIRE: Gala & Reception, an evening honouring excellence in regional performing arts, on May 10th at the Mary Irwin Theatre. This event features young and professional performing artists in Dance, Music, and Voice, showcasing the aspirational path of performing arts. Please join us for an exciting evening, all under the guidance of our celebrity MC, the Honourable Loyal Wooldridge!