Sandman Centre

The Sandman Centre is the centrepiece of sport and entertainment facilities in Kamloops, and home to the Kamloops Blazers.

Upcoming Events

The Offspring and Sum 41 with Special Guests Dinosaur Pile-Up

Monday, December 2, 2019

The mega-platinum-selling Offspring recently announced that they’re putting the finishing touches on their first album in seven years. The band has been recording with Grammy-winning producer Bob Rock in between extensive tours on a yet-to-be-titled album – their first since 2012’s ‘Days Go By’ and their third consecutive release with Rock, who also produced 2008’s ‘Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace.’ 2019 marks two important milestones for the Southern California-based group, including the 35th anniversary of their formation and the 25th anniversary of 1994’s landmark album, ‘Smash.’ Since its debut, ‘Smash’ has sold over 10 million copies and remains the highest-selling indie album of all time. The band, who are currently touring overseas, just wrapped a North American run that included Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary shows. Their high-octane performance at the recent Atlantic City date drew praise from Brooklyn Vegan, who wrote, “they’ve really got a lot of hits and they still have the energy, the attitude and the nasally sneer needed to deliver. The Offspring’s classics are embedded into punk’s DNA at this point. If you care about this kind of music, they’ve probably impacted you either directly or indirectly. And they still bring it.”
 
Sum 41 are celebrating the chart success of their most recent release, Order In Decline (Hopeless Records) and have locked in spots at #2 on the Top 200, #1 Rock and #1 Hard Music on the Canadian album charts. The success continued worldwide with #2 spots on both the US Current Rock and Hard Music Album Charts, #3 on the US Alternative Charts, #8 on the US Top Current Albums charts, as well as a #2 spot on the UK Rock & Metal Charts. Order In Decline is available to stream and purchase via Hopeless Records at http://smarturl.it/OrderInDecline. The lead single from the album, “Out For Blood,” landed the band in the Top 10 of the Canadian Active Rock Radio share and currently holds the #7 spot. The single peaked at #1 on Sirius XM Octane and has been added to numerous streaming playlists.
 
ABOUT THE OFFSPRING
Over the course of their remarkable career, The Offspring have performed over a thousand shows to packed-house crowds across the globe. They’ve hit the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart 4 times and their last single, Coming For You, marked the 27th Billboard Alternative Songs entry for The Offspring, tying them with R.E.M. for sixth place among acts with the most visits since the chart began in 1988. They join an elite group led by U2, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters. The Offspring have written and recorded a plethora of blockbuster radio hits, including “Self Esteem” (176 million Spotify streams and 36 million YouTube views) “The Kids Aren’t Alright” (232 million Spotify, 63 million YouTube), “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)” (153 million Spotify, 12 million YouTube) and “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” (281 million Spotify, 34 million YouTube), among many others. Along the way, they’ve sold over 40 million albums (including more than 11 million copies of 2005’s ‘Americana’) and have racked up billions of streams.
 
ABOUT SUM 41
Sum 41 consists of five members including Deryck Whibley, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Dave Brownsound, co-lead guitarist/backing vocalist Tom Thacker, bassist/backing vocalist Cone McCaslin and drummer Frank Zummo. After selling more than 15 million records worldwide, a Grammy Award nomination, 2 Juno Awards (and 7 nominations), a Kerrang! Award in 2002, as well as multiple Alternative Press Music AwardsSum 41 is quite simply a rock band – uncompromising and honest with no intention of slowing down.     

Ticket Information

Tickets on sale Friday, August 23, 2019, at 10:00 am, available at ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-985-5000, or all Ticketmaster outlets.

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WE WILL ROCK YOU

The Musical by Queen and Ben Elton

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

With the recent Oscar®-winning film, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the music of Queen is more popular than ever. In 2002, many of those hits were compiled into a rock musical experience, WE WILL ROCK YOU.

While WE WILL ROCK YOU is a quirky, eccentric and heartfelt story of outsiders, it’s also a creative cautionary tale for the cyberage. It reflects the scale and spectacle that marked Queen’s live performances and earned the band its pinnacle position in rock history. The audience can expect WE WILL ROCK YOU to rock as fiercely as the best of Queen’s concerts.

Since 2002, over 16 million theatregoers in 19 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring production which is based on the songs of Queen with a book by Ben Elton (“The Young Ones,” “Blackadder, “Popcorn”). The original West End production featured music supervision from Brian May and Roger Taylor, and Elton fashioned this futuristic story around more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hit songs including: “We Are the Champions,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “I Want To Break Free,” “Somebody To Love,” “Killer Queen,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Under Pressure,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites The Dust” and, of course, “We Will Rock You.”

The fifteenth longest-running musical in West End history received rave reviews upon its original premiere.

Ticket Information

Tickets on sale Friday, October 4, 2019, at 12:00 pm, available at ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-985-5000, or all Ticketmaster outlets.

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Celtic Illusion

A Night of Dance & Magic

Thursday, February 27, 2020

World-first stage show Celtic Illusion is set to light up Kamloops with its breathtaking fusion of modern Irish dance and spell binding magic on February 27, 2020!

We are excited to be performing the show at the Sandman Centre and residents of Kamloops will have access to this much-anticipated family event - which has taken Australian and New Zealand audiences by storm.

“Celtic Illusion showcases a stellar cast of champion and internationally acclaimed dancers, including performers from Riverdance and Lord of the Dance,” said Anthony Street, Celtic Illusion’s director, producer, choreographer and lead dancer.

“Celtic Illusion has enjoyed great success, regularly performing to sell-out audiences since the show premiered in 2011.

“Audiences will be impressed by some of the fastest tap dancing in the world, not to mention an incredible soundtrack composed by a stellar team including Angela Little who co-composed Baz Luhrman’s film Australia, as well as Steve Skinner who has arranged and produced for artists such as Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder and the Broadway musical Rent.”

Street is the creative mastermind behind Celtic Illusion and has an interesting story – not unlike that of Billy Elliot. Born and raised in Melbourne, Street lives a double life; getting his hands dirty as a demolition worker by day and lighting up the stage as lead dancer for the show by night. Street grew up surrounded by motorbikes, racing cars, hunting and football before he first fell in love with Riverdance and, with the assistance of his grandmother, he began secretly taking Irish dancing lessons. Today he is a world-renowned
dancer, recognized as the first Australian to perform the lead role in Michael Flatley’s widely acclaimed Lord of the Dance as well as being responsible for the dance and magical sensation Celtic Illusion.

Ticket Information

Tickets on sale Friday, November 22, 2019, at 10:00 am, available at ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-985-5000, or all Ticketmaster outlets.

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Celtic Illusion
Cirque du Soliel: AXEL

Thursday, June 18 through Sunday, June 21, 2020

Cirque du Soleil is skating into Kamloops next summer with a new on ice spectacle!

It is with great excitement that Cirque du Soleil announces its new on ice spectacle that will spin you into the vibrant world of Axel. Join Axel and his band as they take on a new journey inspired by music and graphic arts. This new production features spectacular skating, breathtaking acrobatics on ice, astonishing visual effects, and an upbeat original soundtrack. AXEL will be skating into the Sandman Centre next summer.

An inspirational and musical storyline

Axel, a young graphic artist and musician, dives into his hand drawn universe as he falls in love with the captivating Lei. Together they jet off on a fast-moving quest to retrieve the stolen light from the supervillain Vï. In this epic fantasy, graphic art and music intertwine to create the super charged world of AXEL.

In Cirque du Soleil AXEL, the music serves as a narrative thread guiding our characters and our audiences as they journey with Axel and Lei to discover that true love shines even brighter that the most radiant star. Inspired by the atmosphere of big arena concerts, AXEL is a high-energy and exhilarating experience where acrobatic and skating performances are supported by Axel’s pop music, visual effects, lighting and laser show.

This newest Cirque du Soleil creation brings a new look to the world of ice skating by introducing us to the discipline of freestyle skating. This fresh take on skating combined with the skill and power of traditional pairs, solo, and adagio work allows Cirque du Soleil to set the stage for high calibre ice skating of all kinds.

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Ticket Information

Tickets on sale Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 10:00 am, available at ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-985-5000, or all Ticketmaster outlets.

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