Welcome to

The OV

The OV Arts Centre is located in downtown Nanaimo on the traditional, unceded and ancestral territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. 
It is with great respect and gratitude that we acknowledge the intimate relationship between Snuneymuxw people and the lands on which we live, work and create. 


96-seat Theatre & Sprung-floor mainstage

Live Stream

Larger Audience Reach & 3-camera setup


Affordable Creative & administrative space

Tickets for the OV Holi-gay special are now in available online.
Cozy up ‘round the fireplace with host, Andi Rogynous as they share the story of The OV Holigay Special! This drag showcase is a fully immersive flight of fancy into festive merriment and mischief. Things will get a little naughty, hence the 19+ rating. Happening at 8:00 PM, December 17th, 2021.

Whats Happening at the OV?

Events Calendar

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Proud to Collaborate

Our Partners


Your donations support The OV in providing affordable, well-equipped creative space rentals, education and training opportunities, and support for local artists and groups.


It's takes team work to make the dream work! Opportunities include building upkeep, event concession, fundraising, society governance, and more!

What We Offer

Affordable Rentals

96-Seat Theatre

Multipurpose Space

Administrative Space

Become A Member

There are some great benefits for members of The OV Arts Centre Society, like rental discounts, marketing and creative opportunities, and complimentary AGM space for organizations, but the best part is belonging to a great community of creatives bringing their passion and art to life in the heart of downtown Nanaimo.

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