You are invited to Celebrate Our Makers. The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce is turning the spotlight on businesses throughout the Thompson Valley that make our community distinct. We are taking a closer look at the people behind the scenes, behind the creation, and behind the experience - asking what is it that you create? Let’s find out.
The Effie Arts Collective is Kamloops’ newest event venue, offering a place for the community to gather together and experience “Collective Effervescence” – a sociological phenomenon where members of an audience experience the same feeling at the same time, while watching a live performance such as a comedy show, concert, or play. The Effie’s goal is to meet the demand for live entertainment post-COVID, and help make the Tranquille Market Corridor one of Kamloops’ most vibrant neighbourhoods.
The Effie Arts Collective was created by Kayly Erno, Aaron Shufletoski, and the late Drew McLean and acts as an assembly hall that focuses on celebrating original performances and artists. Members of the Collective share the financial risks and rewards with The Effie and you’ll find anything but your typical performance here, with local material from people brave enough to take risks being the mainstay of the venue.
Prior to his passing, the Effie was Drew’s dream, and the hard work of Kayly, Aaron and Drew brought the Effie to fruition, and now Kayly, Aaron and all the members and supporters of The Effie Arts Collective are realizing Drew’s dream and ensuring his legacy lives on by giving the performing arts community a place to create a scene.