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Knox Performance Centre: A cultural gem in Prince George

The Knox Performance Centre has quickly become a cultural hotspot in Prince George since its grand opening in March 2023.

The Knox Performance Centre has quickly become a cultural hotspot in Prince George since its grand opening in March 2023. The centre’s inaugural event featured world-renowned pianist Angela Hewitt, drawing a sold-out crowd and setting the stage for a series of successful performances.

The Knox Performance Centre is a key part of the “Trinity United Downtown” campus, the oldest continuous church in Prince George. The original church building on Brunswick Street is a heritage site.

The performance centre is located in the sanctuary built in 1955. After merging with the former St. Andrew’s congregation in 2018, Trinity United sought to reflect its core values of inclusive fellowship, living faith, joyful service, anti-racism, and affirmation of all. This led to the renovation and transformation of part of the church into a full-time performance and live events venue.

The Knox Performance Centre hosted its first theatrical production with Miracle Theatre's "Dancing Lessons," attracting theatre lovers from across the region. This successful run paved the way for more diverse performances at the venue.

In collaboration with the Community Arts Council of Prince George and Trinity United Church, Knox launched its first-ever performing arts series. This series brought celebrated artists from across Canada to our city, including acts like the hilarious "Middle-Raged" by Gary Pearson and Geri Hall, and the compelling "Pier 21" by the Canadiana Musical Theatre Company.

Audiences also enjoyed a variety of genres, from the experimental classical sounds of Land's End Ensemble to the vibrant rhythms of Kutapira and Joely Triana Flamenco. The series also showcased our homegrown talent, with a standout performance by Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster violinist Jonathan Crow.

The centre also hosted the ColdSnap 2024 Music Festival, which went on to win the Festival of the Year award from the BC Touring Council at the annual Pacific Contact conference. The festival featured a lineup of exceptional performers, solidifying Knox's reputation as a premier venue for live music.

Local performing arts groups have also found a home at Knox. The Prince George Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Series, Nove Voce, and the Prince George Cantata Singers have all performed here, delighting audiences with their musical talents.

Beyond music and theater, Knox hosted unique community events such as the Great Northern Chili Cookoff and the Northern Hospitality Music Festival. These events featured local artists like Danny Bell and Kym Gouchie, drawing lively crowds and celebrating all Northern B.C. has to offer.

Knox’s commitment to supporting emerging artists is evident through its partnerships with Dance West and Method Dance Society, bringing new artist residencies to Prince George, providing creative space for up-and-coming artists from across B.C.

The Knox Performance Centre is a testament to the vibrant cultural life of Prince George. With its diverse array of performances and events, it continues to draw audiences and artists, enriching our city's cultural scene. As Knox moves forward, it remains dedicated to providing a space where creativity thrives and where the community can come together to celebrate the arts.

So whether you're a fan of music, theater, or community events, the Knox Performance Centre offers something for everyone. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this exciting cultural journey in the heart of Prince George!