Arts & Entertainment
“Even more than describing her cause, “I Am Greta” introduces us to the person herself, digging deep into why she’s pushing herself so hard, to do what our planet’s adults apparently won’t.” Noel Murray, LA Times.
Volunteers, most of them artists, help keep the Pearl Ellis Gallery, the Comox Recreation Centre
Showcase, the Comox Library display and the Comox Valley high school bursary program
running and moving forward. The final exhibition of the year at the Pearl Ellis Gallery features
work by our volunteers. A wide variety of art including paintings, mixed media, photography,
sculpture and greeting cards will be on display and available for purchase. If you are looking for
a special one-of-a-kind gift, you can find something original and created locally at the Pearl Ellis
As California farmers struggle with drought and other impacts of climate change, our ability to grow and access local food is becoming more important every year. World Community’s film series continues Tuesday, November 19 at 7 pm in the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College with the film Five Acres (30 min.) followed by a panel discussion with one of the filmmakers and local food activists from Nanaimo and the Comox Valley.
Downtown Courtenay’s musical hot-spot, Cornerstone Taphouse is hosting Valley band the Emily Cars on Saturday, November 16th from 9 to 11 pm. This five piece Cumberland based band is dedicated to crafting highly original songs with attention to detail when it comes to lyrics, arrangements and rhythm. Add to that their love of melodic hooks and you have musical package that IS the Emily Cars.
Vancouver Island home grown songwriter and storyteller John Gogo will be hitting the stage on Friday November 15th at the Cumberland Masonic Hall with his new “Coal & Wood Show”. This engaging one-man show written and performed by Gogo revisits the gritty mining and logging towns of Vancouver Island on Canada’s rugged western coast.
The Friday concert will be a cd release party, showcasing the Trio’s latest double album, Tongue & Groove. Each cut is honed to perfection and represents a back-to-basics visitation on what the band does best — spontaneity of the stage and rapid-fire, improvisational exchanges. Collins loves to sing so Tongue & Groove, is a double set of 11 vocal songs (Tongue) and 11 instrumentals (Groove), and it’s the best of both worlds, marking a new stage in the life of the Andrew Collins Trio.
The 29th World Community Film Festival is ready to roll in Downtown Courtenay on January 31st and February 1st with over 25 engaging and inspiring documentaries that showcase social and environmental justice stories from Canada and around the world.
Members of the Pearl Ellis Gallery have responded to the call to bring in their brightest colours, to help lighten moods and the gallery walls during the dreariest days of winter. How individual artists interpret “bright colour” is the theme of the current exhibition, on display from January 28-February 15. Paintings, photography, fabric art and sculpture are included in the show and all work is available for purchase.
More than 2600 people around the world have participated in the Comox Valley Arts 30-Day Drawing Challenge, to date. For the 5th Annual challenge in January 2019 the Arts Council is looking forward to welcoming even more. Who can join in the challenge? Anyone and Everyone! There are no entry fees, no qualifications, no rules, even… except to draw. Draw once a day (at least) for 30 days.
As the darkest time of the year approaches the Comox Valley Art Gallery has many opportunities to offer. We invite you check out the art and artful things created by 50 plus local artists participating in the 44th Winter Art Market (WAM) at CVAG. Plan to join us for the WAM Launch and Celebration event on Saturday, December 1st. Bring along family and friends to participate in community make art projects, and to attend special CVAG events like the Youth Media Project’s screening of short films on December 14th.
Give a gift of films and treat yourself to savings before Dec. 31st with Early Bird passes to the 28th World Community Film Festival to be held Feb. 1 and 2, 2019. Over 30 of the most inspiring documentaries from Canada and abroad cover a myriad of social and environmental justice topics. Many of the uplifting and entertaining films have received rave reviews and awards.
On Sunday December 16th from 4 – 5 p.m., the eleventh annual Winter Solstice Celebration combining music, readings and meditation will be held at 250 Beach Avenue (Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship). With special musical guests, the Mystic Valley Voices Choir, this celebration is designed for adults, teenagers or children who would enjoy such a contemplative gathering. Unitarians gather as a free community of spiritual seekers, and welcome all people of different traditions and beliefs. A free-will offering is the only ‘cost’.
NIC English instructor Jordan Scott recently won the 2018 Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize, recognizing his body of work and contributions to Canadian poetry.
“The Devil’s Edit” a cinematic experience created by local youth, will be screening at the Rotary Hall at the Florence Filberg Centre at 7:00 pm on Dec 14, 2018. The screening will feature the latest original films created by participants of the Youth Media Project at the Comox Valley Art Gallery. This is a free, all ages event, open to the general public.
The Pearl Ellis Art Gallery is pleased to feature a solo exhibition by Dan Telosky, AFCA from November 27 to December 15, 2018. Dan Telosky has lived and worked all his life on or near the waters of Discovery Passage. As a result, marinescapes reflecting his love of hidden coastal places, are a main theme of his art.
The creative neighbourhood that opens its doors and hearts for an old-time Christmas feeling is doing it again. Saturday December 8th from 10am -5pm, the TinTown Christmas Sale and Open House takes place on Rosewall Crescent in Courtenay.
Marianne Enhorning mixes her love of nature and the human figure with subtle architectural elements to create dreamlike paintings that establish her place in her family’s artistic heritage.