Changes to Canterbury’s Entertainment

Posted on Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Canterbury has a long and proud tradition of providing entertainment for Members and Guests and with the recent commitment to build a larger showroom and entertainment lounge, that commitment is set to increase further over the next few years.

To ensure that we continue to provide quality entertainment that is relevant to our Members, the full entertainment program was recently reviewed for the first time in many years. As a result of this review, a number of changes have been made to the entertainment program which takes effect from September.

The review indicated that whilst entertainment was, for the most part, well regarded, the variety of shows and bands had become quite limited. With Canterbury now having close to 50,000 members and growing rapidly, it is more important than ever to ensure that the Club’s significant entertainment budget is distributed across all of our Members.

Friday Nights will continue to be the Club’s main free entertainment offering with a focus on dance bands. Under the new program you will see an increased number of new bands like Victoria Avenue on 7 November and some old favourites like the One Hit Wonders on 17 October.

Saturday Night is the Club’s main entertainment night. Following a review of attendances over previous years, the Saturday Showtime shows on the first Saturday of each month have been discontinued. In their place will be higher quality performers such as Tom Burlinson on 6 December. You will also see a greater variety of shows and we are excited to have a quality performer like Jon Stevens playing at Canterbury on 11 October.

Due to falling patronage over the years the Sunday Concerts are being discontinued. Unfortunately Sunday afternoon shows have been falling in popularity across the industry for many years and they were simply not sustainable any further.

Children’s entertainment continues to be extremely popular and mums, dads and grandparents will be pleased to note that we have added even more shows for the September school holidays.

We understand that some Members may be disappointed with these changes; however it is important to understand that Canterbury is a large Club with a large number of Members and it is our responsibility to provide entertainment and facilities for all our Members, not just a select few.

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