Category: A & E

Goodwin’s Reach: 100 Years Later

When Albert ‘Ginger’ Goodwin arrived in Cumberland in the fall of 1910 to take up work as a mule driver in the No. 5 mine, he could not have imagined the impact of his legacy both in the Village and across the country. Although 100 years has passed since Goodwin was shot and killed by Special Constable Dan Campbell in the woods beyond Comox Lake, sparking Vancouver and Canada’s first general strike, his life and death continues to evoke strong emotions and fiery conversations. Over the years, the Goodwin story has caught the imagination and attention of diverse artists and historians. These voices will be featured in an exhibit Goodwin’s Reach, debuting at the Cumberland Museum and Archives during Miners Memorial June 22-24, and running until October 12, 2018.

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Geoff Berner performing at Miners Memorial

For the past 15 years, Jewish-Canadian accordion player, singer-songwriter, and novelist Geoff Berner has travelled the world, packing venues in places like Berlin, London, Oslo, Zurich, Seattle, Toronto, Edmonton and his home city of Vancouver. Berner is returning to Cumberland on Saturday, June 23, for an intimate evening performance at the Cumberland Cultural Centre as a part of Goodwin 2018 and Miners Memorial Weekend.

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People’s Choice at the Pearl Ellis Gallery

The Pearl Ellis Gallery presents their annual People’s Choice members’ show from June 5 to 23. A wide variety of styles and media including acrylics, oils, watercolours, pen and ink, serigraph, scratch art, photography, fiber art and mixed media will be exhibited and available for purchase.

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Let’s Launch this Crosswalk into the Stratosphere!

Are making plans to be in Downtown Courtenay this Saturday Night for Elevate the Intersection? Join at Elevate, Comox Valley Pride and Atlas Café and friends from across our community to celebrate the first EVER installation of a rainbow crosswalk in the Comox Valley. From 7 pm till 11 pm head down to 5th and Duncan Avenue for an exciting showcase of dance, music, circus, hands on crafts, a pop up choir, on site screen-printing, community tents, tasty treats and a BIG FUN street dance party!

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Elevate the Intersection on June 2nd!

The Comox Valley is coming together in the heart of Courtenay on Saturday Night, June 2nd to celebrate diversity and community! Join Elevate, Downtown Courtenay, Comox Valley Pride, Atlas Cafe and a host of other friends and allies from across the Valley to ‘Elevate the Intersection’ and launch the new rainbow crosswalk installation at the corner of 5th and Duncan Ave. From 7 pm to 11 pm the whole Valley is invited to come eat, dance, play and celebrate!

This FREE family friendly event will include hands on arts and crafts, delicious food trucks, community tents and much more! The party kicks off at 7 pm with DJ Jamie McCue! Then at 8 pm the crowds converge for a high energy mash-up with performances from local theatre students, Kumugwe Cultural Society, Hip Hop Coalition, Just in Time Choir, Arcana Dea Dance, COZY, Temple Fusion Bellydance and many more! Then stick around for a giant street dance party celebration with DJ duo Teamwork from 9:30-11!

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Keep on Singing Benefit Concert – SOLD OUT

The benefit concert is Sunday, June 3, 7:30pm in the Church of St. John the Divine, 579 5th Street in downtown Courtenay. Tickets for Keep on Singing ($10) are available at Blue Heron Books in Comox and Laughing Oyster Book Shop in Courtenay. For more information, see www.letzsing.com

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Art by Mark Isfeld students at Pearl Ellis Gallery

Mark Isfeld Secondary students have been busy experimenting, collaborating, and creating in various mediums throughout the school year. This year’s art show at the Pearl Ellis Gallery runs May 15-June 2 and is sure to provide a buffet of artistic talent to satiate all appetites. There will be a reception on Sunday May 27, from 1-3pm for students, parents and the public to enjoy the art while having coffee and cookies.

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CVAG Welcomes New Arrivals

The Comox Valley Art Gallery welcomes the arrival of Victoria-based artists Valerie Salez and Lindsay Katsaktaske Delaronde with guest curator Toby Lawrence for Touching Earth Bodies, a collective exploration of Vancouver Island’s rainforest and the history of, and ongoing, deforestation practices and impacts. An exhibition, artist performances, a make art project and CVAG’s Creative Residency 2018 are part of the comprehensive thematic program.

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