The Port Theatre hosts an annual Spotlight Series of presentations, bringing beloved Canadians and international artists to the city of Nanaimo. The nationally acclaimed Spotlight Series creates diverse, authentic, and accessible cultural and arts experiences for Nanaimo’s residents and visitors. Each Spotlight Series runs from September through May.

The Port Theatre’s Spotlight Series includes a tantalizing medley of acts that enrich the heart, mind, and soul. Past performances have included ballet routines, theatre performances, comedy sets, musical groups, singers, and jazz and orchestra ensembles. Many of the performances include pre-show chats or mingling in the lobby to promote community and encourage conversations about the arts.

Port Theatre Society members receive instant discounts on the Spotlight Series performances. Students of all ages are encouraged to attend and receive highly discounted rates, of as little as $15 for some Spotlight performances.

2022/2023 Spotlight Series

Click on the artist’s name below for more information, or visit the Port Theatre Spotlight Series page

September 12, 2022 – Jeremy Dutcher

October 14, 2022 – Josephine

December 6 & 7, 2022 – Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker

December 10, 2022 – Winter Harp

January 27, 2023 – International Guitar Night

February 7, 2022 – Red Sky Performance- Miigis

April 16, 2023 – Nella

April 26, 2023 – Dakh Daughters

About The Port Theatre

The Port Theatre, which hosts every Spotlight Series, is an 804 seat performance theatre venue that attracts artists, musicians, and performers from across the globe. Located along downtown Nanaimo’s waterfront, The Port Theatre was designed to deliver excellent sightlines, top-notch acoustics, and a strong sense of community.

Numerous local volunteers help ensure every Port Theatre event is a success, donating their time as ushers, audience service members, ticket checkers, and merchandise attendants. The Port Theatre also has a small volunteer-run concession that often serves beer, wine, coffee, ice cream, and candy before shows and during intermission.