We’ll howl for Hallowe’en at the Spooky Contra dance down at the Big Yellow Merville hall on Saturday, October 27th. Dodge those fall raindrops and the freaks and goblins as you dance into the cozy hall and listen to the Fuzzy Funtime Fiddlers play your favourite Contra dance tunes.
Come witness the historic raising of two Welcome Poles in downtown Courtenay. The Comox Valley Art Gallery (CVAG), in partnership with the K’ómoks First Nation and the City of Courtenay, invite you to a Welcome Pole Raising Ceremony on Saturday, October 27th. The project is seen as a step toward reconciliation and recognition of the historic relationship the K’ómoks peoples have had with this Valley for thousands of years.
Pop Up Free Print Making Workshops will be facilitated by Nadine Bariteau in collaboration with NIC Fine Arts Students.
This all age event offers the opportunity to make spontaneous mono-prints that you can take away. The printing will take place using a mobile printing press situated in a white school bus that will be parked in front of the Comox valley Art Gallery.
Comox United Church will show the film, Finding Joe, on Friday, October 26th, at 7 pm. Finding Joe explores the ideas of Joseph Campbell, who studied world mythology for decades. Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in almost every story, which he called “the hero’s journey”. The archetype or pattern of the “hero’s journey” is present in most popular stories today, from Star Wars to Lord of the Rings to The Matrix. It provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life, or as Campbell would state, how to “follow your bliss”.
Sunday, October 14th, the Sid Williams Theatre will rock to the high energy string music of The Fretless, the Canadian fiddle foursome that is leading the way in the movement that’s mainstreaming traditional Irish folk music. Starting with its debut album in 2012, the band has steadily pushed further into the public eye, winning Instrumental Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards and Instrumental Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Its 2014 tune “Waving To Ryan” has topped a million Spotify plays, and in 2017, The Fretless took home a Juno™ award for Instrumental Album of The Year for its full-length CD, Bird’s Nest.
Arts and Culture enhance every part of our lives, benefiting us socially, educationally, and economically. Comox Valley Arts, your Community Arts Council, estimates approximately 5,000 creative workers reside in the Comox Valley. Our region is rich with events and opportunities for engaging and broadening our personal creativity: festivals with thousands of attendees; theatre, museums and galleries; poetry nights; dances; choirs; maker labs; circuses; classes, workshops and more.
Global Learning Initiative’s “Bag It” film night on October 18th @ 6:30 pm at the Stan Hagen, NIC’s Comox campus, with guest speaker Helen Boyd, Coordinator of Comox Valley Nurses for Health and the Environment. Admission is by donation.
The Pearl Ellis Gallery is pleased to present its annual members’ show from October 9 to November 3. A wide variety of styles and themes will be displayed and available for purchase.
The Youth Media Project provides intensive hands-on training in video production and more to young people between 16 and 30 who face barriers to employment. We recruit nine participants per 13-week session. They are paid to attend workshops, make videos, and take job placements where they work with an employer.