Tidemark and Chamber of Commerce pivot into television production

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The Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with the Tidemark Theatre to launch not one, but two TV shows to be aired from the Tidemark Theatre’s website, YouTube, Facebook and Shaw Spotlight (Channel Four on Shaw) this fall.


An exploration of the arts, community & culture, the expansive and diverse array of our lives. To air Thursdays at 4:00pm beginning on September 24th.

Insights & Business

A wide ranging discussion with industry professionals from across the business spectrum. To air Tuesdays at 4:00pm beginning on September 29th.

The Tidemark Theatre, like many other businesses, had to pivot to a new reality due to the global pandemic. Thanks to a grant from the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) and support from the BC Touring Council (BCTC) they were able to invest in digital broadcast equipment providing the ability to produce top quality productions as well as live streaming of shows, lectures and debates. Audiences will now be able to continue to enjoy their favourite artists, plays, recitals from the comfort and safety of their own home because of this extraordinary investment at the Tidemark Theatre.

This collaboration is the joint brainchild of Jim Kent, Manager of the Tidemark Theatre and Mary Ruth Snyder, Executive Director for the Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce. Jim had worked in community TV previously in his career and Mary Ruth had worked for Shaw TV North Island for seven years prior to her arrival at the chamber. Their symbiotic professional experience has proven invaluable for their new joint venture.

Jim Kent says, “We needed a way to keep our incredible team employed as well as provide our loyal audiences access to all the amazing shows and programming we have become known for. Working with the chamber is a tremendous avenue to expand our offerings and, at the same time provide a platform for people, community groups and businesses to engage with the whole of Campbell River and the district.”

Mary Ruth adds, “Business cannot exist in a vacuum. We are so fortunate to have dynamic businesses along with an extremely diverse and engaging community that support each other every chance they get. These two shows provide a place for their voices, opinions and experiences to be shared widely expanding our community’s dialogue which can only enhance our vibrancy.”