Festival Hall Centre for the Arts


A Message from Rick Wharton, Director

Welcome and thank you for visiting Festival Hall Centre for the Arts in Pembroke, the largest in the Upper Ottawa Valley. The theatre supports seating of 625 and has an art gallery in the lobby.

A renewed spirit has infused the theatre in the last two years with a record number of audiences and great shows. We invite you to share our passion for music, theatre, dance, comedy and festivals.

My vision is to create a sense of "wonder" and that feeling you had when you were young and went to see a live event - that being in the audience was just as important as the performance on stage. As Noel Coward said, “The theatre should be treated with respect. The theatre is a wonderful place, a house of strange enchantment, a temple of illusion.”

That sense of wonder propelled me into becoming an actor, comedian, writer, producer, radio show host...and now very happy to be Director of Festival Hall Centre for the Arts. Read my bio.



Poster for an Evening with Sally Armstrong

An Evening with
Sally Armstrong


What an exciting time it has been at Festival Hall the last 18 months, with over 51 productions and a record 16, 544 people through the doors.

Many highlights include Streetlight Theatre's Little Mermaid and Shrek;
The Pembroke Symphony and its multiple performances, and all the local Dance Companies raising the roof with stellar performances. Other highlights have included performances such a Randy Bachman, Mary Walsh, Stuart Maclean, Women Fully Clothed, Rik Emmett and Gerry Dee.

Festival Hall has hosted critically acclaimed theatrical performances such as Brooke Johnston's Trudeau Stories and BAM Percussion.  Just announced is An Evening with Sally Armstrong April 4th at 7pm. Hotel California, one of the hottest tribute acts to the Eagles, will be here on May 3rd at 7:30 pm.

Festival Hall is pleased to partner with Algonquin College for their speaker series featuring Gwynne Dyer March 24th and Ed Lawrence April 10th.

Our first ever successful DOCFEST will return on September 18th 2013.
Stay tuned for new shows being announced here and on our FACEBOOK page.

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