Hello Aurora,

Happy new year! 2023 is the year of the Water Rabbit. The Rabbit symbolizes longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture. I hope this year brings everyone some much-needed positive energy and joy!

Luckily, Place des Arts has some wonderful things coming up this month to keep the energy high. We are eager for the return of our popular, the start of several session classes starting this month (explore the list in each discipline below) and three new exhibitions opening - including the return of SD43's Emerging Talent exhibition. Also on the Lunar New Year, we have an East Asian Calligraphy workshop where you can learn proper brush grip and standard brushstrokes. Near the end of the month, we will be opening registration for our Spring Break Camp. Find out more about these events and more below!

Best wishes for 2023,

Aurora van Roon

Communications Coordinator

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what's on

Celebrate Robbie Burns Day with us!

On January 14 from 7:30 -10:00 PM, join us for our annual celebration of Scotland’s National Bard, Robbie Burns!

Fiddler, Rosie Carver, with Celtic band Blackthorn and a special guest piper feature the musical traditions of Scotland with a special focus on Burns’ songs and poems. Heart-wrenching airs and ballads, humorous songs with rousing choruses and lively jigs and reels are brought to life with Blackthorn’s luscious harmonies and complex instrumentation.

Tickets: Students* & Seniors $16 • Adults $21

*Student pricing is available for all Place des Arts students, regardless of age.

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Sign up for classes starting this month!

We have a large selection of new classes starting this month! Browse classes below. There is still time to register!





8-12 years (with Naomi Fong), 8-12 years (with Stan Hunc) and 13-17 years (with Stan Hunc)


  • Shibori Dyeing – Principles and Processes for 18+ years
  • Creative Spin: Intro to Yarn Spinning for 18+ years
  • Introduction to Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving for

18+ years



  • Intro to Pottery: Throw a Basic Cylinder for 18+ years
  • Skill Builder Workshop for 18+ years


(this Sep-Jun class is still accepting late enrollment)

13-17 years


what's new

Three new exhibitions open on January 20

Images from left to right: Sarina Chung's We Are One, Louise Bunn's Liminal Gateway and Cyd Eva's Crows Over Head

Join us on January 20 from 7:00-9:00 PM for an opening reception for three exhibitions:

These exhibitions will be available to view online beginning on January 27 and are available for viewing in-person and online until March 9, 2023.

Registration opens for our Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp (ages 5-14), March 13-17, 20-24

Registration for our Spring Break Camp opens on January 29, 2022. This year we are offering a variety of creatively engaging visual and performing arts camps. Classes allow both beginners and experienced students to try new activities in the visual, literary and performing arts.

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get inspired

Thank you for celebrating our Gala with us!

On November 25, we held a one-of-a-kind gala celebrating 50 years of Place des Arts voices through creative connections, storytelling and joy.

We were so excited to see so many smiling faces during our reception and to hear the applause as the show closed.

Below is a collection of photos from the evening. More will be available later this month on our social: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Creative Connections: Nancy Palecek

For our Creative Connections series, we've heard from so many people Place des Arts has impacted, and this story from Nancy Palecek shows exactly that!

My history with Place des Arts all began 21 years ago when my daughter was about 4. She was very shy at the time and being an only child, I thought that music might bring her out of her shell.

I enrolled her in Mr. I's Musical Rainbow program. Her introduction to Mr.I was a bit "scary" as he was wearing sunglasses from an eye injury so she clung to me even more!!

Being the wonderful character and teacher that Mr. I is, he soon won her over. She looked forward to these music classes which gave her a great foundation for her piano lessons later on.

I benefitted from all the fun educational CDs that Mr.I created as I was teaching kindergarten. My students loved these songs, especially the Hello song.

During the Summer when kids can get restless, I registered my daughter in many of the classes offered. My daughter created interesting items such as painted pottery, etc.

I recently retired and sought an exercise class that would be good for me physically and mentally.

When I was a child, I had taken ballet classes. When I saw that ballet classes for 55+ were being offered, I thought that I'd give it a try. Lucienne is a great and very patient teacher, making the classes a joy to take.

Place des Arts are more than an Arts centre, it is the heartbeat of the Coquitlam community. I am so grateful that we have such a place for all ages and ability levels to pursue their passions or interests. Merci beaucoup!

get informed

Calling all Artists for our 2023/2024 Exhibitions

We are seeking submissions from local emerging artists/groups to exhibit in two of our public exhibition spaces: the Leonore Peyton Salon and the Mezzanine during our 2023/2024 exhibition season (September 2023 – May 2024). Exhibitions will also be made available for viewing online at placedesarts.ca/exhibitions.

Application deadline: Monday, January 16, 2023

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Place des Arts Snow Policy

As a rule, Place des Arts will remain OPEN when it snows. However, a delayed start of day, cancelled classes/lessons or facility closure may occur and will be based on the following:

  • School district 43 closures
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Power failure
  • Conditions developing overnight or during the day


Where to look to find out if our facility is closed or will be closing. 

  • Social media: check Place des Arts’ Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds.
  • Place des Arts website: Latest News section
  • Your email/phone: Depending on the circumstances, Place des Arts may contact you directly by phone or email.

in the community


Date: January 12-February 12, 2023

Arts Club Theatre, 162 W 1st Ave

Based on the acclaimed memoir by Mark Sakamoto, Forgiveness is the powerful story of his family’s harrowing experiences during World War II. Ralph, Sakamoto’s maternal grandfather, was a Canadian soldier of European descent who spent years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Mitsue, his paternal grandmother, was one of the thousands of Japanese Canadians interned by the government. In the face of tremendous adversity and transgressions, they chose not to live a life of anger but instead to embrace forgiveness—a gift of love they passed down to their families.


Letters, Leftovers, and the Lottery: The Writing of Shirley Jackson

Date: January 24-28, 2023

Evergreen Cultural Centre Studio Theatre, 1205 Pinetree Way

Letters, Leftovers and the Lottery: The Writing of Shirley Jackson is a thoughtfully curated, multifaceted portrait of one of America’s finest writers. In this one-act show, (approx. 80 mins), composer Allen Cole and actor Melody Johnson combine reading, performance, and live piano playing to Jackson’s newly published letters, lesser-known psychologically charged stories, and a haunting retelling of Jackson’s most well-known short story The Lottery. 


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