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The Port Theatre Main Stage

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125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada
250-754-8550

Since 1998, the Port Theatre has wowed residents and visitors alike with its superb performances, excellent acoustics and wonderful sense of intimacy.

The theatre offers a broad range of cultural events designed to meet many diverse interests and needs. A landmark on the city’s waterfront, it also serves as an important meeting place for a variety of community events, seminars and educational conferences.

October 2021

Nanaimo International Jazz Festival – Andrew Homzy & The Nola Nighthawks | Laila Biali Trio

Mon Oct 25th @ 7:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

The Nanaimo International Jazz Festival Society presents a 4-concert series ; livestream tickets also availableMonday October 25, 7:00 pm The Laila Biali Trio opening act Andrew Homzy’s NOLA Nighthawks In-theatre…

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Live and Let Die – The Music of Paul McCartney

Sat Oct 30th @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

 When Beatles Producer, Sir George Martin tells you that "You sound like Paul McCartney" and Sir Paul McCartney himself tells you that "You are a good musician"...what more is there…

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November 2021

Nanaimo International Jazz Festival – The Tasha Adams Quintet | Impressions of Lightfoot with James McRae & Friends

Mon Nov 1st @ 7:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

The Nanaimo International Jazz Festival Society presents a 4-concert series ; livestream tickets also availableMonday November 1, 7:00 pm The Tasha Adams Quintet followed by Impressions of Lightfoot with James…

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DISCOVERY SERIES ~ Elise Boulanger

Thu Nov 4th @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

IN-THEATRE & LIVESTREAM tickets available! A Port Theatre DISCOVERY Series Presentation It Started in the Garden Tour Elise Boulanger is a sweet darkness wrapped in orchestral instrumentation. Hailing from the…

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COMPLETELY CREEDENCE, a Tribute to CCR – CANCELLED

Fri Nov 5th
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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LUNCH AT ALLEN’S

Sat Nov 6th @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

MURRAY McLAUCHLAN, CINDY CHURCH, MARC JORDAN and IAN THOMAS are LUNCH AT ALLEN’S Lunch At Allen’s is a musical powerhouse comprising these four remarkable Canadian talents. As individuals, they have…

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Nanaimo Concert Band

Sun Nov 7th @ 2:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

Nanaimo’s Musical Treasure Since 1872 Conductor: Mr. Dave Fullerton Join the Nanaimo Concert Band for their Annual Fall Concert. This national award-winning band performs a wide-ranging musical repertoire including classical,…

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SPOTLIGHT ~ Ridge

Tue Nov 9th @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

IN-THEATRE & LIVESTREAM tickets available. A Port Theatre Spotlight Series Presentation RIDGE WW1 songs and stories revisited "Poignant and sobering" - The Globe and Mail (Top 10 Arts Pick, 2020)…

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Nanaimo International Jazz Festival – Ralph Barrat & The Sharp Seven | Dean Boland & The Skye Douglas Project

Wed Nov 10th @ 7:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

The Nanaimo International Jazz Festival Society presents a 4-concert series ; livestream tickets also availableWednesday November 10, 7:00 pm Ralph Barrat & The Sinatra Dance Band followed by The Skye…

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PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd Coming Back to Life Tour

Fri Nov 12th @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

Celebrating one of the greatest bands of all time with flawless performances of classic and rare Pink Floyd songs. Formed in 2008 in Victoria, British Columbia, PIGS: Canada's Most Authentic…

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An Evening with Cowboy Junkies

Tue Nov 16th @ 8:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

Presented by Live Nation Sometimes revolutions begin quietly. In 1988, Cowboy Junkies proved that there was an audience waiting for something quiet, beautiful and reflective. The Trinity Session was like…

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Vancouver Island Symphony presents DOUBLE THE FUN! 5pm & 7:30pm

Sat Nov 20th
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5pm & 7:30pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

5:00pm & 7:30pm RESPIGHI Doppio Quartetto in D minor MENDELSSOHN String Octet in E-flat major, op. 20 Double your pleasure with these two works for Double String Quartet. Respighi’s work…

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O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy

Sun Nov 21st @ 3:00 pm
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3pm & 7:30pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

2 Shows: 3:00pm & 7:30pm Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss… Grab your teacups! Off-Broadway Comedians and 3-time IMPRESARIO Award-Winners (London) James & Jamesy present their outrageously…

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Acoustic Christmas with George Canyon

Tue Nov 23rd @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

Warm your hearts this holiday season with an Acoustic Christmas with George Canyon. Featuring George’s personal Christmas favourites and radio hit singles from his 30 year career. George Canyon rose…

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RON JAMES – Back Where I Belong

Thu Nov 25th @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

RON JAMES - Back Where I Belong Canada's stand-out amongst ‘stand-ups', award-winning comedian RON JAMES has been selling out theatres for over 20 years with his marathon, side-splitting performances. Marshalling…

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The War of Miranda Bird by Robinson Wilson

Tue Nov 30th @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, NOVEMBER 30th, 2021 “Even if it takes me a hundred years to get revenge, I will have made haste.”  – Pashto Saying When…

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December 2021

SPOTLIGHT ~ Forev Circus

Fri Dec 3rd @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

A Port Theatre Spotlight Series Presentation FOREV CIRCUS Join our adventures in life on stage! Aerial hammock, contortion, juggling, hula hoop, diabolo, aerial rope, aerial hoop and cyr wheel.  Everything…

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Vancouver Island Symphony presents KEEP CALM & CAROL ON: 5pm & 7:30pm

Sat Dec 4th
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5pm & 7:30pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

5:00pm & 7:30pm And the trumpet shall sound! Celebrate the holiday season with fun, games and merriment, with brass fanfares and flourishes - courtesy of our own VIS Back Row…

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Home for the Holidays – A Nat King Cole Christmas

Sun Dec 5th @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

Under the creative direction of the National Stage Company of Canada comes an exciting west coast premiere holiday concert celebrating the iconic NAT KING COLE. Starring acclaimed Actor & Singer…

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MRG Live & The Wolf 106.9 FM Presents: USS

Wed Dec 8th @ 8:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

Vocalist/guitarist Ashley Buchholz and hype man/turntablist Human Kebab have always existed hanging in a sort of myth-like state, allowing the music they make together to first speak for itself, and…

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SPOTLIGHT ~ Winter Harp

Sat Dec 11th @ 3:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

A Port Theatre Spotlight Series Presentation WINTER HARP Christmas begins here! Winter Harp is one of the most hauntingly-beautiful Christmas concerts you will ever attend. Harps combine with flutes, violin,…

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January 2022

JESSE COOK “Tempest 25 Tour” – NEW 2022 DATE

Mon Jan 17th, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

GeeDan Productions proudly presents JESSE COOK – THE TEMPEST 25 TOUR  New 2022 Date! Since launching his career with 1995's “Tempest”, JESSE COOK has blazed an incredible trail. With ten…

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MRG Live Presents: FRAZEY FORD

Wed Jan 19th, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

On her third album U kin B the Sun, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Frazey Ford inhabits an entire world of shapeshifting rhythm, elevating every beat and groove with the subtle magnetism of…

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Vancouver Island Symphony presents ELECTRIFYING EROICA: 5pm & 7:30pm

Sat Jan 22nd, 2022
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5pm & 7:30pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

5:00pm & 7:30pm GUEST ARTIST: Dory Hayley, SOPRANO Katerina GIMON Playing Into Silence *Premiere BEETHOVEN Symphony no. 3 in E-flat major (“Eroica”), op. 55 Our full orchestra returns to the…

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PRELUDE TO A KISS – tribute to Ella Fitzgerald NEW 2022 DATE

Sun Jan 23rd, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

NEW DATE: January 23rd, 2022 Under the creative direction of the National Stage Company of Canada comes an original west coast concert presentation memorializing the 25th Anniversary year since the…

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FRED PENNER – NEW 2022 DATE

Sat Jan 29th, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

Calling all Fred Heads! “40 years ago I recorded my first record, The Cat Came Back! I am excited to bring those wonderful songs to the next generation. See you…

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February 2022

Vancouver Island Symphony presents SLAVONIC SWEETS: 5pm & 7:30pm

Sat Feb 12th, 2022
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5pm & 7:30pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

5:00pm & 7:30pm BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances BORODIN (arr.Sargent) Nocturne TCHAIKOVSKY Souvenir de Florence, op. 70 Sensual, sensational, superb works! Tchaikovsky’s masterwork will have your blood boil with irresistible passion,…

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A Night of Bowie-The Definitive Bowie Experience – NEW 2022 DATE!

Sun Feb 13th, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

New Date: Friday October 1st, 2021! David Bowie is one of music history’s most praised and successful artists, with a career that spanned four decades. Bowie continuously sought to reinvent…

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March 2022

ROCK FOR A CAUSE with The Headpins & Honeymoon Suite – NEW 2022 DATE

Fri Mar 4th, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

NEW 2022 DATE! Presented by NACL & NCDC Rock for a Cause is an 80’s experience in support of two amazing local community agencies – Nanaimo Association for Community Living…

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Vancouver Island Symphony presents MOZART’S SERENADE: 5pm & 7:30pm

Sat Mar 19th, 2022
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5pm & 7:30pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

5:00pm & 7:30pm ENESCO Dixtuor for Winds, op. 14 MOZART Serenade for Winds in C minor, KV 388 Light and Dark, Day and Night, Divertimento and Serenade: two works for…

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Vancouver Island Symphony presents TONIGHT…PIAF

Sat Mar 26th, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

Saturday @ 7:30pm GUEST ARTIST: Joëlle Rabu, ACTRESS & SINGER Written by Joëlle Rabu and Ted Galay Orchestrations by Nico Rhodes The setting is the ballroom of New York’s Waldorf…

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Vancouver Island Symphony presents TONIGHT…PIAF

Sun Mar 27th, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

Sunday @ 2pm GUEST ARTIST: Joëlle Rabu, ACTRESS & SINGER Written by Joëlle Rabu and Ted Galay Orchestrations by Nico Rhodes The setting is the ballroom of New York’s Waldorf…

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April 2022

Live Nation presents HERB ALPERT & LANI HALL -NEW 2022 DATE

Sat Apr 9th, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

NEW 2022 DATE! Herb Alpert, iconic trumpeter, A&M Records co-founder, artist and philanthropist, has announced additional tour dates for the Herb Alpert & Lani Hall North American Tour Herb Alpert…

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QUEEN – It’s a Kinda’ Magic – NEW 2022 DATE

Tue Apr 19th, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

Direct from Australia, Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic is back by popular demand. The show is set to again immerse fans in the spectacle, grandeur and extravagance of Queen and…

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Vancouver Island Symphony presents PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: 5pm & 7:30pm

Sat Apr 23rd, 2022
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5pm & 7:30pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

5pm & 7:30pm MUSSORGSKY / orch.Jason Nett - Pictures at an Exhibition *Premiere A brand-new, VIS-commissioned production of Mussorgsky’s timeless suite Pictures at an Exhibition! With original orchestration by Jason…

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Vancouver Island Symphony presents PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

Sun Apr 24th, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

Sunday @ 2pm MUSSORGSKY / orch.Jason Nett - Pictures at an Exhibition *Premiere A brand-new, VIS-commissioned production of Mussorgsky’s timeless suite Pictures at an Exhibition! With original orchestration by Jason…

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Vancouver Island Symphony presents SCHUBERT’S GREAT SYMPHONY: 5pm & 7:30pm

Sat Apr 30th, 2022
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5pm & 7:30pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

5:00pm & 7:30pm SCHUBERT Symphony in C major (“Great”), D. 944 We end our season with a smile, and a masterpiece: Schubert’s glorious, majestic and sunny “Great” C Major Symphony…

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May 2022

MRG Live Presents: POSTMODERN JUKEBOX – THE GRAND REOPENING TOUR

Tue May 10th, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

New York City pianist Scott Bradlee created Postmodern Jukebox out of a basement in Queens in 2011, his goal was simple: to remake the pop hits of today into the…

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The Comic Strippers- Postponed TBA

Fri May 13th, 2022
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

New Date To Be Confirmed A SHOW FOR ALL GENDERS… 19+ ONLY WARNING! No extreme nudity, just extreme hilarity. The award-winning improv comedians are back with a new show, more…

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Henry Rollins – Good To See You

Fri May 20th, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

Live Nation presents... Good To See You 2022 Tour! On the Good To See You 2022 tour, Henry will faithfully recount the events of his life in the brief pre-COVID…

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SoundWave in Concert – NEW May 2022 DATE

Fri May 27th, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

NEW DATE - MAY 27TH, 2022 What started out as a casual idea to replicate the type of choir presented in the 2003 documentary “Young At Heart”, quickly turned into…

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July 2022

Whose Live Anyway? NEW 2022 DATE!

Wed Jul 13th, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? are proud to present their new improv tour: WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? is 90…

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October 2022

The Legendary GORDON LIGHTFOOT In Concert – NEW 2022 DATE!

Sun Oct 23rd, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

New Date : Sunday, October 23, 2022 One of the most prolific songwriters to emerge in 1960s and '70s, Gordon Lightfoot is heading to Western Canada including a performance at…

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November 2022

NATALIE MACMASTER – NEW 2022 DATE

Sat Nov 19th, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre Main Stage, 125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

NEW 2022 DATE!  Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Present: A Celtic Family Christmas Join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas concert…

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