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Documentary Screening of Long Road to Justice: The Viola Desmond Story


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Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre (Marie Fleming Studio)

3800 33 St, Vernon, BC V1T 5T6

Vernon, BC



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible, has gender-neutral washrooms, and is a relaxed performance.


Join us on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 12:00 PM in Marie Fleming Studio at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre for a screening of “Long Road to Justice: The Viola Desmond Story”, directed by Brian Murray. (Courtesy: Government of Nova Scotia)

The afternoon will include a screening of the documentary, free refreshments, and a Live chat with the lead performer and director of “Hey Viola!”, a musical exploration of civil rights trailblazer, Viola Desmond—the fearless woman featured on your $10 bill. It is a smashing tour-de-force performance by acclaimed Canadian jazz and blues singer Krystle Dos Santos, directed by Tracey Power.

Viola Irene Desmond (née Davis) was a businesswoman and civil libertarian born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Through her Desmond School of Beauty Culture, she mentored young Black women in Nova Scotia while building her career and business as a beautician.

As a result of her bold refusal to tolerate an act of racial discrimination, Black Nova Scotians who were no longer prepared to live as second-class citizens mobilized for change

Thanks in great part to Desmond and others like her who battled to be recognized as equal humans, segregation in the province was officially abolished in 1954.

Desmond would become the first Canadian woman to be pictured on the front of a Canadian banknote, it was confirmed in December 2016.

> Doors open at 11.30 am

> Running Time (including Live Chat): 90 minutes with a short break

> Seating on a first come first serve basis.

> Free Refreshments are provided.

> This is a free event. Please register using the link below.


Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society is a non-profit, charitable organization devoted to fostering artists, their work, and live performance in all genres and for all ages. The Society operates the Performing Arts Centre (VDPAC) on behalf of the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) and with the support of over 30 staff and 200 volunteers. Each year, we present our SPOTLIGHT Season of over 30 diverse performances, complemented by over 125 concerts, festivals, and special events. We select professional touring productions to entertain, enlighten, move and amuse our patrons. Altogether, they offer audiences of all ages a world of unforgettable live theatre experiences. Please visit: &

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