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The Burlington Performing Arts Centre

World-class entertaining

Set your scene at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre – just steps from Lake Ontario on Burlington’s beautiful waterfront.

BPAC is a convenient and spectacular site to host a wide range of functions including corporate and community events, conferences and galas.

The Main Theatre

BPAC Main Theatre
BPAC Main Theatre
BPAC Main Theatre
BPAC Main Theatre
BPAC Main Theatre
BPAC Main Theatre
BPAC Main Theatre
BPAC Main Theatre
BPAC Main Theatre

The Main Theatre is a multi-purpose performance venue. Audience members enjoy excellent sight lines and proximity to the stage, world-class acoustics and an intimate connection to the performers on stage. This theatre includes a six-storey fly tower and an orchestra pit to accommodate more elaborate theatrical and musical productions.

Seating 718 guests, this world-class theatre will delight your performers and audiences alike.

The Community Studio Theatre

Community Studio Theatre
Community Studio Theatre
Community Studio Theatre

The Community Studio Theatre hosts smaller-scale theatre performances for audiences up to 225 people or dinner theatre up to 150. The Community Studio Theatre was designed as a flexible “black box” space. With 2,500 square feet of floor space to accommodate rehearsals, small receptions, meetings, recitals and rotating exhibits. The space can also be used as a holding area for large stage productions.

The Family Lobby

The Family Lobby
The Family Lobby
The Family Lobby

The Family Lobby is a unique venue for receptions, exhibitions, corporate functions and civic events. The 5,000 square foot lobby is open with a glass roof and is encircled by a balcony level lobby above, creating a unique social setting.

Building a History

For years, the people of Burlington have dreamed of a performing arts centre. The City undertook a very rigorous planning and evaluation process for The Burlington Performing Arts Centre and numerous technical and feasibility studies were completed between 2003 and 2008. The results of these studies indicated that Burlington has a substantial performing arts community that is reaching its creative and productive capacity in terms of scope, quality and volume of programmes and performances it can deliver to the community. Today there are more than 60 commercial and community groups that provide arts experiences to thousands of participants and tens of thousands of patrons.

The Plan

The City of Burlington stated its vision for increased cultural vibrancy for Burlington in its 10-year Cultural Strategy of 2006. In the City of Burlington Strategic Plan, “Future Focus Seven 2007-2010”, the seeds for The Burlington Performing Arts Centre were sown.

The Build

In March of 2007, the City of Burlington purchased the site of a former Halton Region Police Station at the corner of Locust and Elgin Streets. In September 2007, the City of Burlington retained Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. to design The Centre. March 2009 saw the official groundbreaking. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre opened its doors in the autumn of 2011.

LEED Certification

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre received LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for New Construction from the Canada Green Building Council, CaGBC. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre project is the first city project to achieve LEED certification of any level and the only performing arts centre in Ontario to achieve LEED Gold certification and second in the country.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED promotes a holistic approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health, which includes sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Message from the Executive Director

Tammy Fox

The past year has been an incredible one for me for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that I got to experience the amazing 2017/2018 Season, our most successful season to date, with you all. I’ve discovered that there is an inspiring sense of purpose at BPAC, an incredible team, a remarkable Board, and a brand that is becoming recognized and renowned in the community for its commitment to the performing arts. It is incredibly satisfying to know that I am beginning my tenure here with the organization in the strongest place it has ever been.

I am incredibly proud of the collection of performances I have curated for our 18/19 Season – our most diverse and inclusive season to date. Together we will learn about other cultures while being wildly entertained with Ali Hassan’s Muslim Interrupted, Anandi Bhattacharya’s Voice of Modern India, and Hot Brown Honey. This season we welcome the deaf community to experience the beauty of live music when Raine Hamilton presents her concert complete with live ASL interpretation. We challenge you to change the way that you see people with disabilities in Ahuri Theatres’ This is the Point. We provide a welcoming space and a warm audience for two distinct performances made up entirely of casts of new Canadians in both Enana Dance Theatre’s Julia Domna, and in KUNÉ: Canada’s Global Orchestra.

You, our patrons, have been essential to all we have accomplished so far, and to all that is still possible. Thank you for being so central to BPAC’s success, for supporting the organization and for supporting the performing arts in Burlington. I look forward — with great anticipation — to experiencing together our 2018/2019 Season and beyond.

Tammy Fox
Executive Director

Message from the Board

Ilene Elkaim
Rick Burgess

Welcome to The Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s 2018/2019 Season! We are delighted to invite you to be entertained, engaged, and inspired by our eighth season of outstanding performing arts.

2018/2019 marks the first Season programmed by Executive Director Tammy Fox. You will find continuity with past programming in our Family Series, Classical Matinees, and returning favourites John McDermott, Jesse Cook, and The Nutcracker, as well as exciting new directions in programming with events such as BiRDMAN LiVE, Capturing Pablo Escobar, MOMIX, play readings, and more.

In addition to bringing the best in performing arts to Burlington, The Burlington Performing Arts Centre will continue to provide the community with impactful arts learning experiences. We encourage you to join us for interactive events and workshops through our Community Engagement initiatives, our free Jazz Fest performances on August 11 and 12, and our Culture Days events on September 29 and 30.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to thank our patrons, volunteers, donors, and sponsors for their ongoing support, and we look forward to experiencing this dynamic season with all of you!

Ilene Elkaim
Outgoing Board Chair, 2015-2018

Rick Burgess
Board Chair, 2018

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