The critically acclaimed one women show “Cougar Annie Tales” is coming to Cumberland on Thursday February 15th at the Cumberland Masonic Hall.
In the early 1900’s the legendary west coast settler Cougar Annie was anything but a typical woman. She trapped over 70 cougars, homesteaded a rainforest bog, opened a remote post office, and outlived 4 husbands.
California-born Ada Annie Jordan settled in the Clayoquot coastal rainforest in 1915 with her first husband and three young children. A five-acre garden that she carved out of the wilderness provided food and income throughout her long life. The bounty on cougars supplemented her income and she earned her nickname of Cougar Annie by shooting over 70 of the animals. Annie gave birth to eight more children in this remote location, and in fact rarely left the property until old age and blindness forced her removal to Port Alberni, where she died at the age of 97.
Singer/songwriter Kat Kadoski lived in Clayoquot Sound for three years care-taking Cougar Annie’s garden and immersing herself in the folklore surrounding the legendary pioneer-settler. Drawing upon many sources, including Annie’s family, COUGAR ANNIE TALES uses dramatic narrative, images, letters, and original compositions to celebrate the unconventional life of one of BC’s most colourful characters.
“Remote places are an important antithesis to our convenient culture. It took a few years of living on the outer edge of my culture, in a tenacious survivor’s garden, to give me a renewed sense of self and my place in the world. It’s the existence of these places that give me hope for the future.” says Kadoski
The evening will also feature a second set of music by The Edgedwellers, a new collaboration between singer-songwriters Katrina Kadoski and Peter Wahl. Stirring harmonies, dynamic arrangements, and compelling storytelling help create this artful folk/rock.
“Kadoski is a confident performer who has created a well-polished cultural addition to Vancouver Island’s heritage.” Amy Smart – Times Colonist
“It’s great to see our unique B.C. history being kept alive in so appealing a fashion.”
—Robert Moyes – Monday Magazine
Co-presented by CV Collective, tickets are $15 in Advance at Rarebird Books & CV Collective Store or $18 at the door. Doors 7:30 pm Show 8pmMeaghan Cursons