Bassist Ryan Cullen gets into the mood early in The Sheepdog’s set at the Tidemark in February. The Canadian rock superstars were just one of many huge acts to grace the Tidemark’s stage in 2018. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

2018 was a record-setting year at Campbell River’s Tidemark Theatre

Local performing arts venue looks to continue upward trend in 2019

It was a record-setting year at the Tidemark Theatre in 2018, and they couldn’t have done it without the people of Campbell River coming out in droves to see the programming they work so hard to provide.

According to programming and marketing coordinator Heidi Cuff, 2018 saw “the most shows we’ve ever presented” grace the Tidemark stage, and the team is looking forward to continuing that trend in 2019.

“We have a great year planned for the Tidemark in 2019,” Cuff says, “with some returning favorites and some new surprises. We try to make sure that there are shows on our line-up for everyone. We are really excited to be kicking off 2019 with a show everyone has been asking us for: Mother Mother,” she says, adding the upcoming free Family Literacy Day Concert, this year featuring children’s musician and CBC Kids TV star Will’s Jams, “is also one of our annual favourites, because we love being able to give back to community.”

Cuff also says she particularly loves that they try to bring in a variety of artists, both in terms of the genre they perform in and the popularity of the artist – from unheard-of, but rising stars to those who have already left an indelible mark on the music industry.

Some of the big names she was happy to see grace the stage last year included Serena Ryder, The Sheepdogs, Dean Brody and, of course, Canada’s foremost bluesman, Colin James.

“It was really exciting to be able to take our programming to another level with this caliber of artist,” Cuff says. “What people don’t see is that some of these shows we have been working on for years before they get to our stage. But it was also really wonderful to see Campbell River turn out in such large numbers to see shows like spoken word poet Shane Koyczan and the Vancouver Island symphony. We are always looking to diversify our programming but that also means taking some risks. The support from the community for what we do is really incredible.”

You can always keep an eye on upcoming Tidemark Theatre performances by following them on Facebook and watching the pages of the Campbell River Mirror for concert announcements.