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Theatre & Performing Arts

A traditional dancer performs at a festival (Dannielle Hayes photo)

A traditional dancer performs at a festival (Dannielle Hayes photo)

House parties, coffeehouses, restaurants, festivals, the local theatre, the streets, the Farmers' Market, a restored Anglican Church and a daycare: All are live music venues in Smithers.

Famous Smithers Musicians

Musicians and music lovers congregate in this small town, including several famous artists: Alex Puentes, a Canadian Juno-award winner originally from Cuba, Jenny Lester from the Hungry Hill band, roots singer Mark Perry and others.

These and about 50 more local groups, plus hundreds of fans, keep the music scene swinging year-round while various out-of-town acts also travel through town regularly.

Musical performances in town range from classical to blues to rock, roots, folk, reggae, punk and celtic.

Festivals and Events

Several music festivals take place in the Bulkley Valley and are a pretty big draw for visitors. For instance, the Midsummer Music Festival, which usually happens in June, is a three-day long annual festival that began more than 25 years ago. It hosts approximately 70 acts including a few headliners and many supporting regional bands. The festival is a relaxed and fun, family-oriented affair.

For information on shows and musical workshops, which also happen frequently in town, ask at the Smithers Music Centre and Mountain Eagle Books, two shops in the downtown core.

Dance, Drama and Art

Other than music, Smithers offers several other artsy entertainment choices, such as local and travelling dance and drama productions. The art gallery in the Central Park Building on the corner of Highway 16 and Main Street is also worth a visit. The art shows there feature talented regional artists and change monthly.