A Cultural Capital

A Cultural Capital

Named a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2004, Powell River offers a wide range of activities for arts and culture enthusiasts.


Powell River Academy of Music

In its short history (founded in 1982) the Powell River Academy of Music has grown to become a performing arts school, encompassing music, dance, visual arts and theatre with a student body of over 800 and a faculty and staff of 34. The Academy has not only grown in scope and size but also has established world renowned festivals; the International Choral Kathaumixw; the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific as well as the Annual Concert Series to enrich the lives of the students and the citizens of Powell River.

Through its training programs in music, dance, theatre, and visual arts, the youth and adults develop their talents and skills, plus acquire a lifelong "love of the arts."


The community hosts many festivals, art galleries and regular musical and theatre performances, including the International Choral Festival ‘Kathaumixw’ (hosting over 2500 performers from 5 continents). 


It is also home to an International Symphony Academy with a faculty from some of the world’s finest orchestras and students working on their doctorate or masters degree in music.

Malaspina Art Society

Powell River also has many active fine arts organizations such as the Malaspina Art Society. The community is home to many privately run galleries catering to a wide range of tastes. Whether its paintings, sculptures, carvings or luthiers, there are many artists in the region producing very impressive work. 


Performance Venues

The Community is also proud to have two large state of the art performance venues in the Evergreen Theatre (800 seats at the Recreation Complex) and the Max Cameron Theatre (500 seats at Brooks Secondary School).



Powell River is also home to Canada's oldest continuously operating movie house in the Patricia Theatre. Located in the heart of the Townsite Heritage District, the Theatre is a little over a hundred years old and has been beautifully restored to its former glory, but also boasts the best in digital technology. 



Powell River is an open, welcoming and inclusive community and was recognized as such by the United Nations’ World Urban Forum. The region is home to people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds.