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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.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) is a vibrant, Gold LEED Certified venue, a presenter, a cultural developer, an educator and a community hub. The facility features a 720-seat Main Stage; a 165-seat Community Studio Theatre; a bright and spacious Family Lobby and an outdoor Plaza. BPAC presents a diverse season of professional entertainment, featuring over 70 performances each year in every genre, as well an Education Series, festivals, workshops and community engagement events. BPAC is also a rental facility, working with local community groups, promoters, dance competitions, corporate events and more.

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 Board Chair

Rick Burgess

I am delighted to report that the quality of the performances on our stages thrilled everyone; our audience, artists, Board, volunteers and staff. It was a year of strengthening our artistic programming and building our relationship with our patrons and community partners.

We continue our commitment to the education programs by exposing young audiences to the performing arts, often for the first time, and supporting teachers by giving them the resources to give their students more context to the performances. We also provide mentorship programs for Secondary school students. These programs are central to our mission.

As the City of Burlington continues to thrive, so does the Centre – it continually captures the hearts and minds of the community through active engagement, supporting local artists and presenters, and by bringing the best in performing arts to our stage.

I wish to extend the Board’s sincere thanks to our audiences, for your passion and enthusiasm; to our sponsors and supporters who enable us to continue to expand our programming; and to the dedicated staff and volunteers, whose professionalism and dedication make possible all of the performances and educational programs we bring to our audiences. Thank you for sharing your commitment to the performing arts in Burlington.

Rick Burgess
Board Chair

Message from the Executive Director

Tammy Fox

2018 was nothing short of a resounding success, on just about every front, for The Burlington Performing Arts Centre. We pushed artistic boundaries, exceeded financial goals, engaged with members of our community, nurtured local artists and organizations and provided more arts education experiences for local youth than ever before.

We presented our first annul LEGACY performance, in support of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Foundation, and opened our own LEGACY Space, in our collective reconciliation journey with Canada’s first peoples. We offered free cultural sensitivity training to the community in Indigenous Relations and Muslim Heritage. During the last weekend of September 2018 we celebrated our first ever Cultural Diversity Festival, presented during Culture Days weekend. Our free multi-cultural performances, lectures and activities – the majority of which were presented in partnership with local artists – drew the community into BPAC and earned us the Ontario Culture Day’s ‘Best Hub’ award.

Over the course of the year we presented 28 educational + outreach events and engaged over 13,000 local young people with the performing arts. Our second annual Festival of Trees raised over $7,000, in support of our Community Studio Theatre Initiative, which provides access and opportunities to local performers to showcase their talents in our venue. We presented 57 local artists and community arts organizations at BPAC and provided almost $50,000 in free rental and technical services to 22 community artists and organizations. 2018 saw our Membership program more than double, as community members demonstrated their commitment to ensuring the ongoing success of The Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Our commitment to providing meaningful cultural and artistic experiences to the community, while maintaining fiscal responsibility, was firmly realized in 2018. As a presenter, an educator, a public space, a vibrant place of employment and volunteerism and a cultural leader, we are proud of our accomplishments in 2018 and will continue to strive for excellence moving forward.

Tammy Fox
Executive Director

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