McQUARRIE – Performing Arts Centre – the sequel

Parking lot next to Hotel 540 was pitched as a possible PAC location (artist’s rendering, above) in 2014, then dropped.

LET’S START this week’s blog with a bold statement.  Something along the lines of, ‘the performing arts centre (PAC) does not belong, nor is it needed in the downtown core of Kamloops’.  In fact, let’s add to that by suggesting, ‘it is especially not suitable for the corner of 4th and Seymour’.

I mean seriously, 4th and Seymour?  We’ve got a brand new parking lot there and who in their right mind would want to tear up that pristine field of awe inspiring asphalt, with all those beautiful and matching lines for some centre for the performing arts.

As for alternative locations, Stewart Wood is now committed to other uses as is the once proposed site beside the Hotel 540.  So what’s a City to do?


Bill McQuarrie is a Kamloops entrepreneur. He can be contacted at He tweets @bafflegabbed.

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3 Comments on McQUARRIE – Performing Arts Centre – the sequel

  1. I have nothing against a PAC, just not downtown. The money for the building, and its ongoing expenses have to come from somewhere else other than the taxpayer also. That location is far from ideal though. I’m sure that there are other suitable locations on the North Shore though.

  2. Daniela O'Fee // November 28, 2017 at 8:21 AM // Reply

    If we don’t invest in ourselves no one else will. Let’s do this but without a referendum.

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