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FOCUS Online Series

Episodes 1-6

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly launches its new FOCUS Online Series in the New Year, premiering Thursday, January 21st 2021. An extension of VDPAC’s live SPOTLIGHT Season presentations, the FOCUS Online Series will stream online local and Okanagan Valley artists every two weeks for free to introduce VDPAC’s development of online programming. Twenty-two artists will be featured in this first series, including local Julliard trained opera singer Melina Schein; singer-songwriter Shaughnessy; singer, multi-instrumentalist performer and producer Jodie B; classical guitarist Manfred Harter; First Nations fashion designer Jill Setah; and new wave artist HaidenLaird.


Original air date: January 21st, 2021

Run time: 15m 12s

Featuring Singer-looper-producer Jodie B., singer Charlotte Backman, classical guitarist Manfred Harter and classic rock duo THE RAZ


Original air date: February 4th, 2021

Run time: 19m 35s

Featuring well-known North Okanagan & Julliard-trained opera singer Melina Schein; jazz duo Gerry Sholomenko & Neil Fraser; Lake Country songwriter Gord Wilson; and Vernon singer-songwriter Shaughnessy.


Original air date: February 18th, 2021

Run time: 17m 5s

Featuring emerging 5 piece funk band “Charlene”, ballroom dancers Heather and Jens of City Dance, 15-year-old new wave artist HaidenLaird; and singer-songwriter Jessica Bourelle.


Original air date: March 4th, 2021

Run time: 18m 23s

Featuring Rockabilly band Dixie Fried Hep Katz; 12-year-old singer Payton Bischoff; East coast band Maritime Kitchen Party; and a performance by Scotty Berg and Justin Moore.


Original air date: March 18th, 2021

Run time: 18m

Featuring three performances of traditional Chinese dance by The Rejoicing Team; classical trio Twilight Tango; and 13 year old singer from Kelowna, Scotty Berg.


Original air date: April 1st, 2021

Run time: 19m 16s

Featuring ska-calypso-regge band Chipko Jones; viral sensation Justin Moore; First Nations fashion designer Jill Setah; and country artist Aaron Halliday.


Justin Moore

Jodie B.


Rejoicing Team


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Feedback From The Artists

Melina Schein via Press Release:

“When Covid kiboshed my performance career, I didn’t know when I’d see the stage again. The arts have been one of the hardest-hit industries and we still can’t see the light. I’m so grateful to the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society for creating work for performers during these unprecedented times and offering a beautiful opportunity to make art again. Spending the afternoon performing/recording filled my cup and helped me to remember where my heart is and why I do what I do.”

HaidenLaird, via Instagram:

apart of the The Focus Online Series of Episode 3 check out the link in my bio. and truly from the bottom of my heart thank you to the vpac for making this happen, it was really a dream come true. even when things become whimsical triumphant at times, it can mean that your magic is working or you aren’t standing in the light , lucid dreams come true

Dixie Fried Hep Katz via Press Release:

“It was an honour to perform at this great venue!” say the Dixie Fried Hep Katz. “The sound rocked and we enjoyed the big stage! Everything was set-up well and this was a great experience. The production team was top notch and made it easy for us to do our thing—Rockabilly!”

Payton Bischoff via Press Release:

"I loved that there was a sound person, a videographer, and a lighting guy. It made it feel like I was in a music video," says Payton about her recording experience. "It was amazing to watch myself after they recorded me singing, I was so excited and didn't want it to end."