The much-anticipated Nomadic Tempest is here! From Thursday June 28th to Sunday July 1st the Kus-Kus-Sum site (known by many as the old Fields Sawmill site) will be transformed into a venue for a multi-media presentation from the Caravan Stage Company about rising seas, climate change, and our place in it all. The show features original music, aerials, projections and more! Check out this video.
1. What’s happening on site before the show?
Gates open each night at 8 pm and ticket holders are invited to come onto the site before the show for a unique perspective on the estuary, the Courtenay River and the Comox Valley. Food, dessert and beverage trucks will be offering tasty savory snacks and sweet treats all 4 nights and each night features unique pre-show music and performances from locals DJ’s, musicians and performance artists. The Nomadic Tempest show starts at dusk and wraps up around 11.
2. Is there alcohol on site?
Yes indeed! Cumberland Brewing Company and Wayward Distillery will be serving up delicious beverages from 8 till 10 pm before the show! Bring ID cause you’ll be asked for it.
3. Who’s playing the pre-shows?
Thursday Night pre-show music is from local DJ and producer Step Carruthers AKA Selector Sproutsonic
Friday Night pre-show music is from brilliant instrumental duo, the Snow Monkees
Saturday Night pre-show music is from Texture and Light with live instrumentation, synthesis, field recordings, and deep themes from Powell River
Sunday Night pre-show features the virtuosic Alan Jossul on guitar and Blaine Dunaway on violin and a special performance from the Kumugwe Dancers!
4. Were do I park and how do I get there?
Parking on Kus-kus-sum (the old Fields Sawmill site on Comox Road) will be limited to vehicles with accessibility permits and high occupancy vehicles (using ALL seat belts). You will be turned away if you do not fit into one of these categories. Here are the other options!
Park & Walk: Park on the west side of the Courtenay River, walk over the 17th Street Bridge to a special entrance next to the 17th Street Bridge called “NORTH ENTRANCE” for people walking or biking to the site.
Ride Your Bike: We will have bike parking on site. Enter at either NORTH or SOUTH entrance of Kus-kus-sum. Do not forget to bring lights for your ride home.
Park & Ride: We will have school buses running from two locations – St Joseph’s Hospital Parking Lot in Comox & Driftwood Mall in Courtenay. Buses leave from these locations at 8pm & 8:30pm each night. Buses will pick passengers up at the “SOUTH ENTRANCE” and return them to the parking lots after the show.
Carpool & Fill Your Vehicle: Parking will be available on site for vehicles with 100% seatbelts used! Enter the site at the “SOUTH ENTRANCE” by driving towards Comox from Courtenay so that you can make a right hand turn on to the site. If you live in Comox, this may mean using Back Road or Lerwick and getting on to Comox Road in West Courtenay. Left-hand turns into Kus-kus-sum will be difficult. Please plan to approach Kus-kus-sum from Courtenay
5. Do I bring a chair?
If you want to sit up close, then yes! Audiences are encouraged to bring a ‘low rider’ festival chair or blanket for close up seating for the show. Regular seating (and chairs) will be available on site but if you bring your own low elevation seating you can sit right up front!
6. Can I buy a ticket at the gate?
Yes, but if you buy on line it helps us to know how many are coming each night! Buy them online now $25 for adults and $10 for 14 and under.
7. Can I bring my kids?
Is it kid friendly? Sure! If you want your kids to be part of a real and meaningful conversation about art, community, climate change, rising seas and our role in it all, bring them! If you’re looking for Barney on Ice…then no. But the actual show doesn’t start till 10 so it’s a bit late for the little ones.
8. Why is this show happening?
This show is being brought to the Comox Valley by Project Watershed with some help from their friends and local event animators Elevate. The goal is raise funds to support the exciting project to purchase and restore to the site back to functioning estuary! Every dollar raised will be dedicated to the purchase costs so that Project Watershed can turn pavement back into paradise! The show’s theme, rising seas, climate change and climate refugees is fitting for this project which is a positive act toward mitigating the impacts of climate chance in our community.
9. Who are the sponsors?
In addition to Project Watershed and Elevate, the show has been made possible by the generous support of Old House Hotel and Spa, Riders Pizza, 97.3 The Eagle, Pod Creative, Sure Copy Centre, Victor Anasimiv, Jamie Edwards, Peninsula Co-op, K’omoks First Nation, The Update Company, City of Courtenay, Comox Valley Record, Old House Law and Notary, Country Animal Hospital, Comox Valley Arts, CVEX and countless other local businesses and professionals who have lent hearts and hands to make this all happen. Visit www.projectwatershed.ca for a full list!
To find out more about this unique presentation, pre show entertainment, ticket links, sponsors and other details visit www.projectwatershed.ca