Evergreen Cultural Centre

Entertainment & Arts

North America, Canada, Vancouver

The Evergreen Cultural Centre is a theatre and music venue in Coquitlam, British Columbia , opened in October 1996 by former Coquitlam Mayor Lou Sekora. The design team was headed by Thom Weeks of Architectura, and the contract was completed by Proscenium Architecture. The Centre features a 264-seat black box theatre (with configurable seating from stadium to flat floor), a fully equipped rehearsal hall, three art studios, and a 1,500-square-foot (140 m) art gallery with adjoining gallery shop. The Centre is owned by the City of Coquitlam, and is located in Coquitlam's Town Centre Park, overlooking Lafarge Lake. Programming at the Evergreen Cultural Centre includes live theatre, comedy, musical concerts, visual arts workshops, festivals, and more. The facility serves as the home theatre for the Stage 43 Theatrical Society, and is also part of the Arts Club Theatre Company circuit that brings popular plays to the venue. The Centre is the home venue for the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Coastal Sound Music Academy. The Water's Edge Festival, a 25 hour continuous music festival, is held at the Centre and on the shores of neighbouring Lafarge Lake. Also housed in the complex is the Coquitlam Innovation Centre, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, and the Tourist Information Centre. A second 750-seat auditorium has been planned, but has yet to be funded.