Hidden Treasure

By Charelle Evelyn on September 23 2013

Nothing to do in Prince George? Amanda Chandler calls out that tired stereotype.

For the past year, the events co-ordinator for the Treasure Cove Casino and Hotel has been steadily building a repertoire of acts and events to rival any other venue in the city. Sequestered from the blinking lights and ringing slot machines, the casino’s Show Lounge is a fully kitted out performance space capable of offering unique entertainment experiences. What people may not realize is that Treasure Cove is more than just a place to gamble. “It’s a night out. It’s an entertainment facility, whether your gamble or not,” said Chandler. The offerings have come a long way since she first started working at the gaming facility in 1997, back when it was smoke-filled room in the rear of the Ramada hotel. “You’ve got the restaurant on site, it’s basically a one-stop shop. You can come in, you can have dinner, you can grab a beer, see a show. If you are into gambling you can play. It’s a great social atmosphere.” The show lounge, which can seat 180 for dinner or up to 200 with a theatre-style set up, is already a key spot on the comedy circuit – Brent Butt and Pauly Shore have also both played the room. It can host live bands, such as Econoline Crush and popular tribute acts, murder mysteries and fundraising dinners.

On Sept. 21, a live-music Beatles burlesque act will take the stage. Ticket prices for shows at Treasure Cove are typically in the $20 to $40 range, making events there an affordable night out, but Chandler said the lounge’s intimacy is one of its greatest assets. With a tucked away, club feel audiences can get up close and personal with performers. “You’re sitting almost directly across from the artist. We did Econoline Crush and everybody was dancing in a semi circle around the stage,” Chandler recalled. “It’s such a neat vibe.” To keep up with what act are coming through Prince George and possible win free tickets, ‘like’ the Treasure Cove Casino on Facebook

A2013Norm Coyne