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"PRISMA is one of the few quality workshops that strives to create a safe, inspiring environment where egos are left at the door and true music-making can happen."

Kyle Baldwin, 2014 Conducting Student

In This Issue:
The countdown is on: only  42 days until PRISMA 2015!


As we prepare for this year's festival, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite things to do in Powell River in the summer--for tourists and locals alike!


We also have some fantastic news to share with you about a three-year financial plan from the City of Powell River. Many thanks to the City for supporting PRISMA.


For this year's festival, though, we still need your help and support! There are several volunteer opportunities available, and we'll thank you with endless appreciation and concert tickets. In addition to volunteering, you can also purchase ad space in our beautiful keepsake program. Read on for some more details about the available positions and how you can help.

Ticket sales are live on our website! Click  here  to purchase tickets or passes.

Powell River Tourism

If you're visiting Powell River for PRISMA 2015 or are a native of this West Coast oasis, check out our Top 10 Things to Do in Powell River (in no particular order):


1.    Explore the Hiking Trails

Powell River is home to the Sunshine Coast Trail, a 180 km expanse of well-managed trail stretching from Lund to Saltery Bay. Whether you're an avid hiker or someone who prefers hitting the trails on two wheels, there are one-day and multi-day hikes for you. The trails weave through the lush green forests alongside creeks, offering breathtaking views of waterfalls and pools. My personal favourite? The Appleton Creek trail.


2.    Go Kayaking

There are a variety of kayak tours, lessons and trips that you can take from Lund and Willingdon Beach. There's nothing quite like feeling the calm ocean beneath your paddle as you glide beneath the sun on a clear, summer day!


3.    Visit the Historic Townsite

Powell River's Townsite neighbourhood is a unique coastal community designated as a National Historic District of Canada in 1995, one of only seven in Canada and the only one in western Canada. In the Historic Townsite you will find over 400 original buildings contained within the borders of the 1910 town plan. Some highlights include beautiful heritage homes; the Patricia Theatre, Canada's longest-running movie theatre; the Postmaster's House; Dwight Hall; and the Rodmay Heritage Hotel, to name a few. Of course, another stop to check out here is Townsite Brewing--Powell River's own award-winning microbrewery!


4.    Spend a day on Savary Island

Powell River locals know Savary Island as the Mexico of BC. White sandy beaches and warm water rim the island, providing a beautiful getaway in the sun. There is a water taxi service operating out of Lund that can take you to and from the island throughout the day.


5.     Visit Lund

Lund is Powell River's charming harbour village, where approximately 300 people live year-round. Make sure you check out the bakery, where you'll find cinnamon buns with a unique Powell River flare. There are $2 walking tours available to ensure you make the most of the picturesque views Lund has to offer.


6.     Stroll Willingdon Beach

You'll recognize this city-centre beach as the venue for PRISMA's annual Celebration of the Senses event. When there aren't special events going on, Willingdon Beach is still a great place to visit for a walk through the historic trails, a run through the water park, an ice-cream or round of mini golf.


7.     Wander along Marine Avenue

Marine Avenue is the heart of Powell River: a stretch of highway linking its northern and southern points along the ocean. Catch the sunset while strolling the Sea Wall just below the road, or go for a walk along the street and browse some of Powell River's finest restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and tourist shops.


8.     Ride Bikes around Inland Lake Provincial Park

The 13km trail circling Inland Lake is perfect for biking on a summer's day. Hop off and jump in the lake to cool down, or enjoy a picnic while soaking in the view.


9.     Check out the Farmer's Market

Every Saturday and Sunday morning in the summer, the Farmer's Market brings together local farmers, artists, performers, bakers, crafters, jewellers, and more! With various kinds of entertainment, from live bands to puppet shows, the Farmer's Market is a place anyone would love.


10.   Just Take it All In

Whether it's catching a sunrise or sunset at the wharf, or stargazing on a clear summer night, everyone visiting Powell River will appreciate this small town's big nature.

Purchase an Ad in our Program

This year, we're excited to share that we will be selling ad spaces in our beautiful keepsake program designed by the talent at  Massive Graphic . We offer choices on size and content for your ad, and will even design it for you for a small fee! For more details and to purchase your ad before May 4th, visit our  website .
City of Powell River Agrees to PRISMA Three-year Funding Deal

At April 16th's council meeting, the City of Powell River Council unanimously supported a motion to provide three years of financial and in-kind support for PRISMA.

In addition to the benefits from tourism PRISMA brings to Powell River, our event  brings in about $650,000 in direct and indirect economic activity annually, and the City's support will be a huge help in doing so. 

Check out the full article from the Powell River Peak.

Volunteer with PRISMA


Join the PRISMA team! Volunteers are the life blood of our organization and work under the guidance of professional staff and a dedicated board of directors. Enjoy contributing to the arts in a fun environment while earning complimentary access to festival concert(s). We are currently recruiting a Box Office Coordinator and a Volunteer Recruiter. If you're interested in either of these positions or helping PRISMA in another capacity, please contact:



Marlene Chamberlain

Volunteer Recruiter

tel. 604-414-0744



Join the PRISMA team!


Become a Member

PRISMA members enable the festival to provide special educational opportunities for the youth of Powell River and to try out new innovations in the program. Plus, we rely on members for ideas and suggestions to make the offerings better each year. PRISMA members really are the heart of the festival on which all other parts depend.

For more information on becoming a member, visit our  website . Thank you for supporting our festival!


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All best,

Sarah Barton-Bridges

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