Events | The Port Theatre’s Youth Arts Initiative Free Concert!

There is a long list of things that we lovelovelove here at Local Loves Nanaimo. One of those things? Music. Another one of those things? Getting involved in the community. Which is why we are super excited to share with you The Port Theatre’s upcoming Youth Arts Initiative Concert!

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On May 14th The Port Theatre’s Youth Arts Initiative is organizing a free concert at Nanaimo’s theatre on Front Street featuring music from Canadian bands We Are The City (Kelowna/Vancouver), Gold & Shadow (Nanaimo), and The Wild Romantics (Vancouver)! This is a super exciting event because not only does it feature great Canadian acts (hello, we have some of the best music out there) but the event is being planned by The Youth Arts Initiative.

images courtesy of The Port Theatre

If you’re unfamiliar with this initiative, have no fear. We’re here to fill you in ;) The Youth Arts Initiative is a group of youths (age 14-24) who are passionate about the arts/music. Comprised of musicians and thespians, the Youth Arts Initiative has been learning all about the behind-the-scenes action that goes into presenting a live event. From artist selection, budgeting, booking and contracting, marketing and outreach, community engagement,  and Front of House and Technical Services, the Youth Arts Initiative has been applying all their newfound knowledge to plan this amazing event. This concert is truly “for youth, by youth”.

images courtesy of The Port Theatre

The Youth Arts Initiative’s aim is to make the concert and this venue accessible to local youths of all ages and backgrounds. That’s why this all-ages event is non-profit with a ticket price of only $15 $0. Yep, you read that right, ZERO DOLLARS PEOPLE. When is the last time you’ve been able to attend an amazing night of music at such a landmark for free?

The Port Theatre as seen from the Nanaimo Marina

The Port Theatre as seen from the Nanaimo Marina

The Port Theatre has made the decision to make the Youth Arts Initiative concert free to ensure they can reach as many youths of all ages and backgrounds with an opportunity to try something new (and to enjoy a fun night of music!).

Along with an evening of amazing music, there will also be fun activities throughout the lobby before the performance and during intermission. You can also enjoy free food and amazing prize draws. To reserve tickets for this incredible event, head to theporttheatre.ca.

Sarah & I will be attending the concert to support the Youth Arts Initiative, these amazing musicians, and to dance our socks off, naturally. We hope to see you there!

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Myself & Sarah at The Port Theatre’s Tegan & Sara concert, March 2014

For more information on the upcoming Youth Arts Initiative concert, head over the The Port Theatre’s website here: http://www.porttheatre.com/events/may-2015/we-are-cityIf you want to learn more about the Youth Arts Initiative, including who the members are, visit: http://www.porttheatre.com/theatre-info/youth-arts-initiative!

 – Sean

check out the lineup of artists below:

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