Main Auditorium

The Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre is the place for local and regional concerts, live theatre, trade shows, weddings, workshops, rentals, and special events. The 170-seat tiered theatre features flexible seating, state-of-the-art LED stage lighting, and ramps for easy access. To see more of our venue, visit our photo gallery.

 
 

elevated performance stage

With solid wood-on-rubber construction and a span of 28' wide by 16' deep, the elevated stage is designed to accommodate a variety of performance disciplines, including theatre and dance. In our backstage area, you will find an elevated catwalk, a secure cage for equipment storage, and access to our green room and loading dock.


Comfortable Tiered seating

Our theatre features extra wide seating for maximum comfort. Seating is tiered, which provides exceptional views of the stage from any position in the theatre. For further flexibility, seating can also be removed for community events like dances, artisan markets, and banquets. Each sponsored chair features a small nameplate on the back. If you would like to sponsor a theatre chair, contact us.


STATE-OF-THE-ART Technical equipment

Every venue knows the importance of high quality lighting and sound equipment. Our theatre's Phase 1 lighting includes 14 LED lights (4 spots, 7 fresnel lights, 3 cyc lights), which can be programmed using cue buttons or submasters. Our sound system includes front of house speakers and subwoofer, stage monitors, Allen & Heath QU-24 digital mixer, microphones, direct boxes, stands, and cables. Click here for a detailed overview of our technical equipment.


GREEN ROOm (with a view)

We like to make our guests feel at home. Our backstage lounge for performers is equipped with tables, chairs, full-length mirrors, a washroom, and even a reading area stocked with Canadian theatre books. Not to mention it boasts one of the best views of the Waugh River, where you can watch the water disappear and reappear with the tide.


Ralph, the friendly ghost

We have our own in-house ghost. His name is Ralph. When we first opened our doors in 2015, we began to notice strange occurrences: objects going missing, wall hangings falling, an eerie spectral presence. We brought in a psychic, who confirmed a ghost was haunting our hallowed halls. In true theatrical tradition, we set up a ghost light to appease our friendly phantom. (Ralph likes us to keep it on at night.) We haven't had any spooky happenings since.

 

The Senator's Stage

The Senator's Stage is an outdoor exhibition space that allows for broader performance opportunities during the summer months. In addition to the stage, grassed picnic areas can accommodate more casual buskers, performers, and family events. The annual Shakespeare Festival Bard by the Bay graces the Senator Stage each August for an open-air theatrical performance.

 
 
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Bar Service

We serve local favourites from the Tatamagouche Brewing Company and Jost Vineyards, as well as a full range of non-alcoholic beverages. The bar is open prior to all events and at intermission to quench your thirst and satisfy your tastebuds.

 
 
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bar & Kitchen

Our drink and snack bar is located in the Ice House Gallery, an area that doubles as a lobby during performances in the main auditorium. We are licensed to serve alcoholic beverages immediately preceding events and during intermission. In addition to a bar area, we also have a fully-equipped kitchen tucked away in the Ice House Gallery corridor. It's the perfect preparation and holding area for catered events and social functions.