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Historical Highlights


  • The Shadbolt Centre opens and receives a Canadian Wood Council Award of Merit for its creative design using wood and stone


  • Inaugural Seasonal Celebration event takes place


  • BC Summer Games Directors choose Shadbolt Centre for the Arts as focal point for the Summer Games Athletes. Burnaby Discovery Day Festival becomes integral component of the 1997 Burnaby Summer Games Village. Over 15,000 attendees are on site over the two-day event. A Grand Finale seven minute fireworks extravaganza is orchestrated on Deer Lake with the VSO’s final piece, the 1812 Overture. The Summer Games Village event also includes a parade, musical performances and an artisan’s bazaar 


  • Expanded ceramic facilities open with an addition to the existing kiln shed, fully equipped additional wheel and sculpture studios, and a new gas car kiln and raku kiln


  •  Weekend-long Cultural Services Millennium celebrations includes two new Cultural Services community festivals in addition to the VSO and Discovery Day; the inaugural year of the Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival (Deer Lake Blues Festival in its inaugural year), and the Night of Lights Lantern Festival. Visitors and participants included residents from Sister Cities in Gatineau, PQ, Mesa, Arizona and Kushiro, Japan
  • Inaugural Canadian Clay Symposium hosted by the Shadbolt Centre featuring prominent world renowned national, regional and international ceramic artists
  • Community Clay Project – Burnaby artist Keith Rice Jones coordinates 500 participants from local schools, facilities, community groups and individual artists to create 204 images depicting Burnaby’s Past, Present and Future on to 3, 14-foot high clay poles (located on the West Entrance of the Shadbolt Centre)


  • Designed specifically for the Deer Lake site, Japanese kiln builder Masakazu Kusakabe builds a two-chamber, Bourry Box Wood/Soda kiln, naming it "Ombu“, meaning "piggy-back” (because the soda chamber in the back draws heat from the wood firing chamber in the front of the kiln)
  • 1st Bi-Annual “Bowl Throwing Competition” features 15 renowned BC Potters, throwing a total of 700 bowls in 1 hour and 20 minutes, in support of the Empty Bowls fundraising event, also held at the Shadbolt Centre. The event raises money to help alleviate child hunger in Burnaby


  • 2nd annual Canadian Clay Symposium, featuring prominent world renowned national, regional and international ceramic artists
  • Floor Mural Project: In partnership with the newly renovated Lougheed Town Centre, Shadbolt staff work with six ceramic artists to create a 24-foot diameter, circular mosaic floor medallion. The project with a theme of “Celebrating the Arts in our Community” features images of theatre, dance, visual arts, music, and the Shadbolt Centre, with each section separated by trees


  • 3rd annual Canadian Clay Symposium, featuring prominent world renowned national, regional and international ceramic artists
  • The reconstruction of a concert bowl in Deer Lake Park begins


  • House of Blues Concerts Series in Deer Lake Park includes sold out shows of the Black Eyed Peas, Jack Johnson and Michael Buble
  • The Neville Brothers headline the 6th Annual Blues + Roots Festival


  • On March 24th, 2007, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts hosts the 4th Triennial Canadian Clay Symposium, an international ceramic conference organized in partnership with the Canadian Clay Collective, the North-West Ceramics Foundation and the Potters Guild of BC. Presenters include artists such as Karen Bush (New Brunswick), Diane Creber (Ontario), Mark Hewitt (North Carolina), Jeannie Mah (Saskatchewan), Magdalene Odundo (England), and Sam Uhlick (Alberta).  The day is filled with demonstrations of different pottery techniques, exhibitions, slide presentations and panel discussions
  • Live Nation Canada, Inc. partners with the City of Burnaby to bring five music concerts to Deer Lake Park from May to August 2007. The artists are varied from the alternative innovations of Bjork to the classic sounds of John Fogerty 


  • Shadbolt Centre for the Arts begins new cultural initiative, Summer Sundays at Civic Square, featuring a total of 36 performances between June 1st and August 24th 
  •  Live Nation Canada presents three summer concerts in Deer Lake Park including pop artists REM, the True Colors Tour featuring Cyndi Lauper & Friends and Grammy Award winning artist Feist. Deer Lake Park events continue to attract thousands of visitors to Burnaby during the summer festival and event season 
  • For the third consecutive year, the Burnaby Blues + Roots Blues Festival co-produced with Live Nation Canada offers top calibre roots and blues music. Eight hours of music is featured on two stages with headliners Jonny Lang and Colin James. Professional survey results reflect high overall customer satisfaction ratings and indicate that this music event has now developed a "loyal" audience 


  • Wood-firing master Masakazu Kusakabe, who built the Ombu or wood firing kiln in 2001, travels from Japan to assess and oversee maintenance of the kiln and to teach several workshops. The kiln continues to attract world-renown guests and contributes a unique experience for Burnaby potters
  • Ceramic artist Richard Tanaka sets up a studio and works out of the refurbished Steam Plant at Deer Lake Park during the summer. Richard attracts a great deal of attention as park visitors watch him create and fire his appealing and affordable works
  • The partnership with Live Nation Canada continues with three concerts presented in the park. The venue garners great media coverage throughout the season, the weather cooperates and each of the concerts truly showcases the unique and versatile aspects of the jewel that is Deer Lake Park
  • The Burnaby Blues and Roots festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with  nine hours of top calibre music by  blues and roots artists headlining with the multi-talented performer/writer/producer Smokey Robinson. The site is also enhanced for festival goers with the Blues in Review archival exhibit, an Artisan Village featuring nine juried artisans, Jumbotrons situated stage side and a public shuttle service looping from BCIT to Deer Lake Park
  • A dance Artist in Residency is established with Josh Beamish of Move the Company. Josh is an emerging choreographer and dancer and is offered a year-long residency to develop and premiere his new work, The Cell, in March 2009 as part of the Vancouver International Dance Festival. The Cell is extremely well received, playing to sold out audiences for its week long run, and continues to be performed at numerous venues across the country


  • In February 2010, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts presents the Cultural Olympiad performance of The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan, from Calgary's Old Trout Puppet Theatre Workshop. The Shadbolt is the only venue in the City of Burnaby to partner with VANOC to host a Cultural Olympiad event for the Vancouver 2010 winter games 
  • The 5th annual Canadian Clay Symposium takes place in March with Jack Troy as keynote speaker.  Three hundred amateur and professional potters from BC, across Canada and the US, gather at the Shadbolt Centre for the symposium Surfacing
  • The Deer Lake Park concert bowl receives additional upgrades related to power and drainage, new pathways are created, fencing on the east and west side of the park is installed, and a new BC Spirits Square is created at the south entrance of the Shadbolt Centre
  • The City’s first official piece of public art is unveiled in the Spirit Square. Coast Salish artist Thomas Cannel creates Vitality composed of four carved vertical columns of Basalt that rest on a Basalt base. The images carved into the stone represent the traditional four member family (mother, father, male child and female child) at play in the park. Abstracted and representative of a Coast Salish design Vitality signifies the arrival of the family to the Shadbolt Centre on a canoe – the traditional way in which members of the Musqueam Nation would have travelled throughout their traditional territory
  • The 11th Annual Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival takes place on Saturday, August 14, 2010. The stellar line-up is anchored by Taj Mahal and features Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Serena Ryder, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Colin Linden, and Little Miss Higgins. New festival partner Trev Deeley Motorcycles offers a Harley Davidson Nighster Sportster motorcycle valued at $12,200 as a prize to ticket holders at the festival, and the announcement of a newly licensed female motorcyclist winning the bike creates much excitement 
  • The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts hits a significant milestone, celebrating its 15th season.  The anniversary date is marked with a series of activities and a performance of the Marc Atkinson Trio on November 20th
  • The centre continues to act as an incubator creating opportunities for established and emerging artists from all artistic mediums to work on both individual creative projects and to contribute to the development of their artistic discipline in the community through an Artist in Residence program. The program is formally established this year with a call for submissions in the spring. 2010 residencies include internationally acclaimed dance companies Mascall Dance and Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM and Touchstone Theatre 


  • A new festival in Deer Lake Park, Culture Blast: An Arts Explosion coordinated by the Burnaby Arts Council and in partnership with the Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby Village Museum and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts highlights regional artists and receives great community support, February 20th
  • Three concerts produced by Live Nation in Deer Lake Park attract sold out audiences for Kid Cudi, Black Keys and The Tragically Hip
  • The 12th annual Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival with headliner k.d. lang attracts record crowds for the one day event August 13th
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