McMillan Arts Centre (MAC)
Box Office Newsletter

The McMillan Arts Centre started life as the McMillan School in 1913, and the lovely heritage building on McMillan street in Parksville continues its legacy of providing educational and artistic opportunities for our Oceanside community and beyond. Operating three galleries, a working studio, an artisan gift shop, an Oceanside box office, and now introducing our new community art garden.

We invite you to come and visit.

This newsletter outlines some of the exciting events happening in Oceanside, and provides some additional information on the exciting 2nd Annual Rock the Park Festival, the Victoria Island Symphony by the Sea, a Celebration of Flying Phil, concerts by Completely Creedence & Johnny Inappropriate, other Free Concerts, and much more...

As many of you might already know, the Parksville Beach Festival Society is pleased to present the 2nd annual “Rock the Park Music Festival” which will be held from August 11th to 13th, 2023.
Last year, we sold over 4,000 wristbands to the event, and this year looks to be even more popular!

Rock the Park 2023 Performer Lineup

• A Night of Bowie – David Bowie Tribute •
• Supernatural - A Tribute to the Music of Santana•
• Nearly Neil – Bobby Bruce’s World Class Tribute to Neil Diamond •
• Night Moves - The Ultimate Tribute to Bob Seger •
• Arrival - Canada’s Tribute to ABBA •
• The Joe Cocker Experience •
• Centerfield - The Essential John Fogerty / Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) Tribute •
• Darren Lee – World Elvis Champion •
• Fleetwood Magic – The Authentic Fleetwood Mac Tribute •
• Canadian Country Music Artist Garrett Gregory •
• Big Awesome – West Coast Soul •
...and returning due to popular demand:
• Eagle Eyes (Eagles Tribute - Returning due to popular demand!) •
• Rock of Ages – Rock and Roll throughout the ages•

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Symphony by the Sea

The Victoria Island Symphony is excited to hold their first ever concert in the Parksville Outdoor Theatre

The Vancouver Island Symphony under the direction of Calvin Dyck will present a Pops Show featuring lighter symphonic favourites by Strauss, Brahms, Rossini, Verdi, John Williams, and Henry Mancini.


Kaimerata Concerts presents
the Music of Robert Schumann

The chamber music of Robert Schumann will have two performances at Knox United on August 14 and 15. The works will include Schumann’s Piano Quintet and Piano Quartet; the incredible Fantasy for solo piano; a passionate violin and piano sonata from his late period, plus one of his wonderful string quartets.

Vancouver Island Symphony - Symphony by the Sea - Parksville Outdoor Theatre

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Kaimerata Concerts presents The Music of Robert Schumann - Knox United - Aug 14 & Aug 15, 2023 - 7pm

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We are proud to present the Oceanside Classical Concert Series for 2023-2024!

Eliot Quartett:   Monday, September 25, 2023

Quartetto Gelato:  Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Michael Bridge & Kornel Wolak:   Friday, February 23, 2024

musica intima:  Friday, April 12, 2024 

Oceanside Classical Concerts 2023-2024 Season

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More concerts at the
Parksville Outdoor Theatre


Completely Creedence - Sat. May 27th

Completely Creedence is a Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) tribute band who wants to invite you to a night to remember the incredible music that John Fogerty and CCR provided for the world to enjoy.


Johnny Inappropriate - Sat. July 15th

Experience the electrifying energy of Johnny Inappropriate, the ultimate Dance/Rock cover band! Since their explosive debut in 2004, they have soared to become the pinnacle of Vancouver Island's cover band scene.

Completely Creedence - Parksville Outdoor Theatre - May 27th, 2023 - 6:30pm

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Johnny Inappropriate - Parksville Outdoor Theatre - July 15, 2023 - 2pm

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'Flying Phil' St. Luke
Celebration of Life
Fri. June 9th @ 7pm

Join us at Parksville Outdoor Theatre as we honor the uplifting life of Flying Phil. He cheered everyone up, now it's our turn to celebrate him!

More information here.

We're excited to have The Apollos, a talented local band, perform and get everyone marching to Phil's rhythm.

You can head over to the McMillan Arts Centre to admire beautiful artworks inspired by Flying Phil, created by talented local artists.

We'd also like to let you know that there's a local initiative to create a statue in honor of Flying Phil. If you'd like to contribute, please feel free to donate at the following link. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Free Parksville Outdoor Theatre Concerts & Events!

Sun June 25 @ 2pm: Pan Wizards High School Steel Orchestra

Sat July 1: Canada Day Celebration and Fireworks



Parksville Beach Festival 2023:

Fri July 21: Ryder Bachman

Sat July 22: The Soul Shakers

Fri July 28: Whitey Somers Band

Sat July 29: The Shineolas (with the Spit Shine Orchestra)

Fri Aug 4: Boondock

Sat Aug 5: Sarah Smith

Fri Aug 18: Sing with Sylvia and friends & the Glen Foster Group

Sat Aug 19: Time Well Wasted

Parksville Outdoor Theatre Calendar
McMillan Arts Centre

133 McMillan Street
Parksville BC V9P 2H5