3rd Annual Okanagan Valley Writers Festival

April 6 – April 8 2018

The past two Okanagan Valley Writers’ Festivals were so much fun, we’re doing it again! Mark your calendars for April 6, 7 and 8, 2018.

The Okanagan Valley Festival is all about helping individuals learn more about the craft and the business of writing, and to connect with people who can help them succeed. The presenters are professionals working in the business and are there to help individuals achieve their writing goals.

The registration includes:

  • All meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch
  • 4 Concurrent workshops (at least 4 choices in each workshop time slot)
  • 2 Panel discussions
  • Entertainment on Friday evening (with snacks)
  • Bookstore privileges

The early bird cost for the festival is $225 until Jan 31, 2018.

Most of our presenters will stay with us throughout the event, and some will offer extras during the daytime on Friday, or on Sunday afternoon. These extra sessions are not included in the registration prices above, and are set by the presenters themselves. Extras may include one-on-one critiques or in-depth workshops.  For current information about presenters, extras, and our schedule, please visit the event’s website:


Strings the Thing Junior & Senior for Violas, Violins and Cellos!

July 9 – July 13 2018

Plan to attend this week long program and enjoy participating in ensembles, the intergenerational orchestra and the fun! Outstanding faculty, wonderful facilities and a great schedule will make this a wonderful experience. Make plans to come July 9th to 13th.

It all begins on Monday morning with a welcome and introduction in the vintage auditorium where participants get ready to begin at 9 am! The days flow by as the historic Shatford becomes filled with string music coming from classrooms. Monday evening is Burger Night and the tradition of the Strings the Thing Jamboree with everyone participating. Wednesday evening is the Faculty Concert in Penticton here at the Shatford, which you will not want to miss. And on Thursday evening there is a Faculty Concert in Kelowna too! On Friday at 1:30 pm, the Strings the Thing participants and faculty perform to an enthusiastic audience.

The annual strings camp at the Shatford Centre in Penticton brings students from the Okanagan, the Fraser Valley and Washington.  The camp focuses on chamber music, an orchestra repertoire, seminars and masterclasses.  The students range in age from 6 to 66 and enjoy playing together in this supportive environment. The music camp is both a positive learning environment and a celebration of great music as the students explore the challenges of making music together.

Rock Skool

July 17 – July 28 2017

Students come for 2 hours a day for two weeks. This time frame helps them to get accustomed to their music, equipment and playing with others. On the last day of Rock Skool, the students perform in the Big Rock Show at Gyro Park, where family, friends and the community are invited to enjoy this live performance.

There are a variety of classes that students can take, such as:

Beginner Guitar:
This course is for those students who have never held a guitar or are not sure if they are holding it correctly! (also good for younger players) 10 hrs.

Intermediate Guitar:
Ok, you can play! Do you read music? Do you understand bar chords? 10 hrs.

Advanced Guitar:
Chords, melody, and improvisation are key in this program. 10 hrs.

Bass Guitar:
Fundamental techniques will be explored (Dependent on enrollment) 10 hours.

Rock Skool:
We will build the band from the ground up! 20 hours.


July 31 – August 4 2017

This is a proven and very successful program for all ages, designed to get students excited about jazz. The main focus will be on improvisation, as this is what jazz is all about.
The program is open to students in grades 7 – 12. Students need a minimum of two years experience on their instruments. The ability to read music is essential. Students will be placed in groups based on age and ability.
There will be a Faculty Concert during the week and on Friday afternoon, there will be the JazzCool Concert. Family, Friends and the community are invited to attend this exciting performance!

2016 Faculty Members were: Will Schlackl, Bernie Addington, Stan Sabourin, Mike Treadway and Craig Thomson.

We Love Documentary

October 14, 15, & 16 2016

The Shatford Centre is pleased to present Penticton’s 5th Annual We Love Documentary Film Festival.

There will be 6 films for the We Love Documentary Film Festival at the Shatford Centre – Okanagan School of the Arts.

The documentaries being shown have been handpicked by Pepita Ferrari. Pepita is the National Chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada.

“The Okanagan School of the Arts is very excited to have Pepita return to the Shatford Centre for the fifth edition of the We Love Documentary Film Festival. Pepita is much in demand as a speaker and authority on documentaries and she is putting together a full and intense documentary experience with her choice of films. Mark your calendar for this stimulating and engaging event and check back for the line up of films to be announced early September,” said Jane Shaak, Executive Director of the Okanagan School of the Arts, Shatford Centre.