Category: A & E

Indigenous presence powers Atmosphere Gathering

Long before there were coal miners and mayday parades in Cumberland, the K’omoks First Nation eked out a good life on eastern Vancouver Island – a place they referred to as ‘the land of plenty.’ Fast-forward a few hundred years, and the Village of Cumberland is now the land of plenty of bike trails, watering holes, and live music. In our modern world of diminishing wild spaces and global unrest, a timely message from many First Nations artists continues to be one of respect, for human diversity, and for the fragile ecosystems on which we are all dependent. This...

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Visiting artist Renee Sills invites studio visits

Starting Aug. 9, multidisciplinary artist Renee Sills will be taking over our Project Room Studio for a creative research residency. “Means of Exchange” is a series of relational experiences and experiments in which the artist invites you to open up about the topics that are hard to look at and harder to talk about. Visitors are welcome to take part in one or all of the sessions.

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Pearl Ellis Gallery’s next show “And Now for Something…” by Deborah Wachter

Campbell River artist Deborah Wachter’s work is more about the act of painting rather than the image. Her work is created by juxtaposition and using elements of composition and design to bring a piece to completion, sometimes using subtraction of elements to bring focus. Deborah earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Victoria with painting as her major area of study. After university Deborah sat as a board member of the Kelowna Art Centre Society assisting in the development of the Rotary Centre for The Arts in Kelowna BC. As part of the building committee she worked with city planners to establish a venue for artists to create and showcase their work.

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Men’s Singing Workshop – 28 Aug

Do you like to sing in the shower? You’re the tops at karaoke? Want to sing but not sure what to do? Sing now, but would like to figure out what this harmony singing is all about? Like a safe place to try out your voice?

Why not take in this free (yes, free) 1 ½ hour workshop and have a try at singing with a group of men? Starting at 7:00 p.m., running for 1 ½ hours, we’ll finish at 8:30 p.m. and can then return to our families or take a swift pint at a local pub!

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Denman Island Studio Tour runs in August

With limited traffic, small population, and a notable lack of big box stores, the experience of visiting Denman Island has been described as “stepping back in time.” A cursory glimpse at the studios of the 2017 Denman Island Studio Tour might reinforce this perspective – many feature traditional skills such as weaving, quilting, ceramics, and basketry. In a place where many people grow their own food, and where it is easier to repair an appliance than to replace it, it is unsurprising that there is a value placed on these kinds of arts, but visitors will find contemporary island culture makes its mark on the design and craftsmanship, with unusual and delightful results.

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Cycling: Cairo to Cape Town

Dr. Brenda Trenholme of Rossland, B.C. completed a 121 day fundraising ride for the Canadian based charity KEEF (Kenya Education Endowment Fund) on May 14, 2016. She cycled 11.397 km from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa, visiting ten countries enroute, with the Canadian tour company Tour d’Afrique (TDA Global Cycling) and a core group of 18 international bicyclists.

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Anne Feeney Coming to the Valley

Anne Feeney is coming to the Comox Valley on Wednesday July 19 for a house concert at Diana Paige’s beautiful home in Cumberland. Anne has been here a few times playing MusicFest and the Mayworks Festival. She always puts on a great show so don’t miss it! Check out more info and some videos at ‘Anne Feeney House Concert’ on Facebook. Tickets are $15 at the door or by reserving at 250-650-8893 or 250-898-4909 and include directions to Diana’s home. Brian Charlton Few have raised as much hell with an acoustic guitar as Anne Feeney has. Tom Morello, Rage Against...

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‘Trifocals’ Art Show at Pearl Ellis Gallery

July 25th to August 12th, the Pearl Ellis Gallery will be hosting Tri-Focals Art Exhibition. The exhibition will feature paintings by David Ballantyne and Sharon Lalonde as well as sculptural work by Ingrid Mayer. All three of the artists are recent arrivals to the Comox Valley.

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Rita McKeough’s Art Opening at CVAG

For this exhibition McKeough continued her research as she developed site responsive elements to her installation titled Veins. McKeough’s newest installations Listen to be installed in the Window Gallery and Cul-de-sac in the George Sawchuk Room will support and extend Veins in the Main Gallery.

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Gardeners Green Folk Club Special Musical Event

Gardeners Green Folk Club is stepping out of its usual house concert venue for a very special musical event at the Merville Community Hall on Wednesday July 19th. Two things are particularly special about this concert, the first being that it is a benefit for the family of six year old Ursula Joy, who is currently confronting her third bout of brain cancer. And the other special thing is that it will be a reunion concert by the great local girl band of the early 2000s, The Island Girls.

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Aug
15
Tue

“And Now for Something…” by Deborah Wachter

Aug 15 – Sep 2 all day

Campbell River artist Deborah Wachter’s work is more about the act of painting rather than the image. Her work is created by juxtaposition and using elements of composition and design to bring a piece to completion, sometimes using subtraction of elements to bring focus. Deborah earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Victoria with painting as her major area of study. After university Deborah sat as a board member of the Kelowna Art Centre Society assisting in the development of the Rotary Centre for The Arts in Kelowna BC. As part of the building committee she worked with city planners to establish a venue for artists to create and showcase their work.

Deborah took a hiatus from painting after university, instead using photography to focus her visual knowledge. She has now combined her love of painting, together with her enhanced vision to create a body of work which feels familiar, with a touch of surrealism and irony thrown in. Working in her home studio it often takes many months to complete a piece as they need to evolve through time. Her work is influenced by artists such as Rene Magritte, Alex Coleville, Edward Hopper and many others who have come before, as well as her own life experience.

Recently Deborah has had a piece selected as part of the juried show “Salt Spring National Art Prize 2017”. Her work was selected from 2160 entries from across Canada to be part of a group of 51 artists whose works will be displayed. The show runs from sept 22 to oct 22 at the Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island.

Deborah’s current work will be on display at the Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox, BC from August 15, 2017 to September 2, 2017. There will be a reception on Saturday August 19, 2017 at the gallery from 1-4 pm. Please come by to meet the artist and see her show titled “And Now for Something…”

Aug
18
Fri

Evergreen Club Friday Night Dance

Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Evergreen Club is a 55+ active social hub! Grab your friends & neighbours and come on out for a night of fun dancing. Enjoy the live music in the lower Rotary Hall at Courtenay Recreation’s Filberg Centre! $7.00 members, $9.00 non-members at the door. Dancing is from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. With a break at 9pm. FMI call the Filberg Office at 250-338-1000.

AUGUST
4…. CROSSTOWN EXPRESS
11…. AMIGOS
18… DOUBLE PLAY
25… DAN HUGHES BAND

Aug
24
Thu

Ashley MacIsaac LIVE! IN FILBERG PARK

Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Gate 6:30/Show 7:30

Tickets are currently available online via Filberg.com or our FaceBook page @LIVEinFilbergPark

Aug
25
Fri

Evergreen Club Friday Night Dance

Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Evergreen Club is a 55+ active social hub! Grab your friends & neighbours and come on out for a night of fun dancing. Enjoy the live music in the lower Rotary Hall at Courtenay Recreation’s Filberg Centre! $7.00 members, $9.00 non-members at the door. Dancing is from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. With a break at 9pm. FMI call the Filberg Office at 250-338-1000.

AUGUST
4…. CROSSTOWN EXPRESS
11…. AMIGOS
18… DOUBLE PLAY
25… DAN HUGHES BAND

Aug
28
Mon

Mens Singing Workshop

Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Do you like to sing in the shower? You’re the tops at karaoke? Want to sing but not sure what to do? Sing now, but would like to figure out what this harmony singing is all about? Like a safe place to try out your voice?

Why not take in this free (yes, free) 1 ½ hour workshop and have a try at singing with a group of men? Starting at 7:00 p.m., running for 1 ½ hours, we’ll finish at 8:30 p.m. and can then return to our families or take a swift pint at a local pub!

We will learn some harmony songs that we can sing together. There will be no music to read, you do not have to have sung in a group before. The event is open to men of all ages, and prior choral singing experience is not required.

The session is sponsored by Celebration Singers and will be led by Jenn Forsland, well-known local performer and choir director in the Comox Valley. She will be aided and abetted by Sean Mooney, the go-to piano accompanist in the Valley. There are some basics to learn, if you haven’t done singing before, and we will start with those. Very quickly the group will be singing together in harmony.

Group singing is on the rise in the Comox Valley, with a wide variety of choirs to choose from. The Celebration Singers are sponsoring this workshop in the hopes that the experience will encourage some men to think about joining our male singers in the tenor and bass sections of the choir. But there is no obligation, this workshop is all about having fun, singing together and learning in this one-time workshop environment.

Sep
9
Sat

Project Watershed’s Second Annual Salmon BBQ

Sep 9 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Project Watershed Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 40 KNOTS Vineyard & Estate Winery for the second annual salmon BBQ.  

Starting at 4pm, this wonderful event features  Cory Frank’s Catering of a salmon BBQ, a tasting from 40 Knots Winery and some sampling of locally brewed beers.

TICKET PRICES:
To August 15 – $55.00
After August 15 – $65.00

Contact Project Watrshed via email at info@projectwatershed.ca to reserve your tickets.

Sep
12
Tue

Strathcona Wilderness Institute Nature Camp @ Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Centre

Sep 12 – Sep 15 all day

Strathcona Wilderness Institute Nature Camp 2017

September 12th to 15th

SWI announces its annual fundraising “Nature Camp”, being held this year at Paradise Meadows/Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Centre from September 12th to 15th. This SWI retreat event features two full-day field trips (on the Wednesday and Thursday) and three evening presentations, plus the possibility of additional half day walks from the
Paradise Meadows Trailhead on the Tuesday and Thursday.

Full day Field trips will visit a) Croteau Lake and b) McKenzie Lakes & Meadows. Pace will be slow, stopping to observe plant and animal life en route. On the field trips there will be instruction in Basic Mushroom Identification. Evening Presentations include the History of the Park and SWI (Marlene and Steve Smith), First Nations Foodways (Sharon Niscak) Subalpine Ecology (Loys Maingon) and the Vancouver Island Marmot ( Adam Taylor/ Cheney Jackson).

The Strathcona Wilderness Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the natural world through education and participation. The Institute works through a cooperative agreement with BC Parks at two locations in Strathcona Park – the Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows and the Buttle Lake Information Hut – offering a range of programmes and publications for visitors to the Park. All activities are conducted by volunteers, with some help from students employed through the Canada Summer Jobs for Students programme, so this Nature Camp is intended as a Fundraiser to support SWI’s programmes and the operation of the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre.

The Registration form is downloadable from our Website: http://strathconapark.org/nature-camp-2017/

Please note that the Deadline for Registration is August 28th 2017.

For more information, contact Alison:
strathconawilderness@gmail.com or 250-331-0143.

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