THE ARTS – This year’s Mayor’s Gala takes on Copacabana theme

Stephanie Arsenault performs at 2017 gala. (Image: Caroline Slade)

The 2018 Mayor’s Gala for the Arts will transport attendees away from the winter doldrums as the Coast Canadian Hotel Conference Centre is transformed into a nightclub along one of the most famous beaches in the world for this year’s At The Copacabana theme.

Guests at the Saturday, Jan. 20 gala will bask in the magnificent tropical setting as they enjoy the Brazilian flavours of the gourmet meal created by Chef Romeo from Romeo’s Kitchen and Spirits.  The gala is also known for its live entertainment, and this year will feature a variety of song and dance befitting the Copacabana theme.

There will be a big change in the silent auction portion of the evening this year, as the gala moves to an online auction.  Anyone can start the bidding online at, starting Wednesday, Jan. 10.  Throughout the evening, guests can use their smartphones or one of many tablets on site to put in their bids.  Several volunteers will on hand to assist with the online auction.  Highlights of the silent auction items include a Whistler Heli Tour for two, a Private BC Winery Tour for 10, a Quebec City Getaway for two, and a Craft Brewery Tour for 10.

The Mayor’s Gala for the Arts is a collaborative partnership among the City, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops Symphony, and Western Canada Theatre to celebrate the arts and culture sector of Kamloops.

Tickets are $150 (tables seat eight), and can be purchased from Kamloops Live! Box Office, 250-374-5483, or

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