Category: A & E

Celebrating an anniversary of cultural sharing in dance

The Kumugwe Cultural Society along with the Kumugwe Dance Group are celebrating their official 10th anniversary, and doing so with a special event on National Aboriginal Day. Wayne Bradley World Community First published in the Comox Valley Record on Thu Jun 15th, 2017 1:30am Through cultural sharing in dance, they have officially opened music festivals, buildings and numerous ceremonies in the Comox Valley and beyond. They have displayed traditions in the Big House, exchanged stories through song and have invited the public to gain a deeper understanding of ancient Indigenous culture.   Now, the Kumugwe Cultural Society along with...

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People’s Choice Award Members’ Show

The Pearl Ellis Gallery will kick off its 39th summer season with its 12th Members People’s Choice Awards Show and Sale. The show runs from June 27 to July 22. The gallery is open from 10:00 to 4:00 Tuesday to Saturday and is located at 1729 Comox Avenue in Comox.

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Aboriginal History Month Film – Birth of a Family

As Canadians prepare to celebrate Canada Day, many Indigenous Canadians, whose ancestors have been here for centuries, reflect upon the negative impacts of colonization during the past 150 years. Join us at 7 pm on Wednesday, June 28th at the K’omoks Band Hall for a free film screening of Birth of a Family about the infamous“ Sixties Scoop” of Indigenous children.

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SummerNight Markets now open for vendors

Comox Valley Arts – in collaboration with Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association – are bringing back night time fun to downtown Courtenay!
From July 7 thru September 1, every Friday night on Duncan Avenue you’ll find a new and eclectic mix of street sellers, buskers, free seminars and other fun surprises!
Registration is now open for vendors of all sorts! Arts & crafts, artisan foods, local independent resellers, fair trade imports… pretty much anything that’s legal to sell! We welcome non-local vendors too! Our goal is to offer an eclectic and surprising experience to visitors and locals alike, with shopping, food, learning and fun all rolled into one!

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Tunnel Visions: Make Art Project Workshop

It is easy to forget that our experiences are complex and encountered through the various lenses filtering our perception. By diving into the realm of the imaginative and expressing our selves through a series of images, texts, and shared interpretations we can come to expand our perspectives thus gaining insight and a richer depth of feeling to our experiences.

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Salmon Sister Salmon Brother (Video)

Comox Valley Project Watershed Society in collaboration with K’omoks First Nations and various concerned members of our community continue to work on the restoration and preservation of the K’omoks estuary.

A collaboration by Joanna Finch, Methuselah Dance Troupe and Pod Creative.

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Letz Sing Together: A Community Concert for Care-A-Van!

Enjoy the Letz Sing choir while they sing songs from around the world in unity and harmony, with opportunities for audience participation in a joyful community sing-a-long. If you have a voice, you can sing! 7pm at the Cumberland United Church, Sunday July 4. All proceeds from the concert go directly to the Care-A-Van, a mobile medical unit providing accessible health care to the homeless and people at risk of homelessness in the Comox Valley. The Care-A-Van is operated by the Comox Bay Care Society, visit them on Facebook or go to www.cvcareavan.ca Tickets are $10 to $15 sliding scale...

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Chris Hansen And Friends in Concert

This month’s 1st Tuesday Fundraiser at the Mex Pub is on June 6th and features local songwriter Chris Hansen and friends. He has chosen to support the Comox Valley Iraqi Kurdish Refugee Sponsorship to receive the admission proceeds. The event is at the Mex Pub and begins at 7:30pm.

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Pearl Ellis Gallery: Landscapes & Other Things 2 – June 6 – 24

The Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox will be displaying a new show on June 6th entitled “Landscapes and Other Things – 2”. The show not only has oil and acrylic paintings of landscapes, but also includes elements from the fishing aspect of life on the West Coast.

It will showcase works by Lorna Welch, who has resided in Zeballos on the West Coast of the Island with her husband Larry for over 20 years, and David Netterville, who retired with his partner Louise to the Comox Valley from Europe about 10 years ago.

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Jun
6
Tue
Pearl Ellis Gallery: Landscapes & Other Things 2
Jun 6 – Jun 24 all day

The Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox will be displaying a new show on June 6th entitled “Landscapes and Other Things – 2”. The show not only has oil and acrylic paintings of landscapes, but also includes elements from the fishing aspect of life on the West Coast.

It will showcase works by Lorna Welch, who has resided in Zeballos on the West Coast of the Island with her husband Larry for over 20 years, and David Netterville, who retired with his partner Louise to the Comox Valley from Europe about 10 years ago.

Many of Lorna Welch’s paintings depict the historical settings around the picturesque village of Zeballos, which was first populated in the early 1930s when gold was discovered in the surrounding hills. Logging came to the Zeballos area in the early 1950s and an iron mine operated for a while after being opened in 1962. It was logging along with the budding tourism industry, however that offered the most jobs and hope for the future. In addition to capturing the rustic energy of the early buildings, Lorna has also painted works of wildlife on paddles and fishing floats.

David spent many holidays in the Zeballos area and around Vancouver Island for nearly 30 years while living overseas before retiring to the Comox Valley in 2008. Since locating to the Island he has taken up painting and says that he still struggles to find a style and learn more about composition. While working primarily with oil paints and doing landscapes from photographs, with the occasional sojourn into painting with his eyes closed, he considers painting sessions to be therapeutic.

The art show and sale will be from Tuesday, June 6 until Sunday, June 24. The Pearl Ellis Gallery is located at 1729 Comox Avenue in Comox and the show is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A reception will be
held at the Gallery on Saturday, June 10 between 1 and 4 pm when it will be possible to meet both of the artists and discuss their work.

Jun
21
Wed
Miners’ Memorial Weekend
Jun 21 – Jun 24 all day

Miners’ Memorial Weekend welcomes hundreds from across the west coast for a weekend filled with passionate exchange and respectful remembrance in the Village of Cumberland, June 21 – 24. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the event.

The week kicks off with a film double header presented by the Cumberland branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library, 5:30 – 7:30pm on Wednesday, June 21. Learn about the rise and fall of the Dunsmuir family and the legacy of Hatley Park in ‘Whatever the cost: Hatley Park and the Dunsmuirs’, and the life and death of labour activist Ginger Goodwin with contemporary conversations in ‘Goodwin’s Way’. These two documentaries highlight the stark difference between the opulent wealth of the Dunsmuir family, and the atrocious working conditions of the Dunsmuir mines in Cumberland which led to labour unrest in the area.

On Thursday, June 22, the Cumberland Museum and Archives is pleased to present author, activist, and stand-up comedian Charles Demers at the Cumberland Cultural Centre. Demers has performed for national television and radio audiences, and at the Just for Laughs Festival. He is one of the most frequently returning stars of CBC Radio’s smash-hit comedy show The Debaters. Local poets Shayne avec i grec and Comox Valley Poet Laureate Natalie Nickerson open the show at 7:30pm.

The Songs of the Workers is Miners Memorial Weekend’s Friday night tradition. This classic pub night welcomes local and visiting musicians to share songs and poems in the working class tradition from past to present. Locally brewed beer, pizza, and fantastic company in the OAP Hall starting at 7pm.

Saturday morning’s pancake breakfast from 9-11am at the C.R.I. is by donation, and welcome to all. Following breakfast, join Karver Everson, K’omoks and Kwakwaka’wakw artist, and Keisha Everson, teacher and member of the K’omoks First Nation, as they present on the history of the region. At 1pm the graveside ceremony begins at the Cumberland cemetery where tributes are shared and flowers are laid at the grave of Ginger Goodwin and the many Cumberland fallen miners. From there, the ceremony moves to the Japanese cemetery for the laying of roses and a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the uprooting of Cumberland’s Japanese-Canadian communities. Saturday concludes with a community supper at the Cultural Centre including guest speakers, music, food and drink.

Most events are free, or by donation, with proceeds supporting exhibits and programs at the Cumberland Museum and Archives. Find the full schedule plus tickets for the Charles Demers show and Community Supper at www.cumberlandmuseum.ca

FMI: 250-336-2445
engage@cumberlandmuseum.ca

Jun
22
Thu
Miners Memorial – Comedian Charles Demers
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tix 15-20 dollars

For more info go to our website – www.cumberlandmuseum.ca

Jun
23
Fri
Miners Memorial – ‘Songs of the Workers’ open mic
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Songs of the Workers’ open mic cabaret style entertainment – by donation

For more info go to our website – www.cumberlandmuseum.ca

Jun
24
Sat
Miners Memorial – Pancake Breakfast
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

For more info go to our website – www.cumberlandmuseum.ca

Miners Memorial – K’omoks First Nation workshop with Karver and Keisha Everson
Jun 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

K’omoks First Nation workshop with Karver and Keisha Everson.

For more info go to our website – www.cumberlandmuseum.ca

Miners Memorial Day graveside vigil @ Cumberland Cemetery
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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