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.
After the extraordinary success of Gumboot Girls comes the sequel anthology, Dancing in Gumboots. Having relocated to Comox, Jane encountered a new group of women who travelled to the Comox Valley in the 1970s. Fascinated by their stories, Lou Allison and Jane Wilde return to their dynamic partnership to bring us an anthology that shines a light on these trailblazing women and their unique stories.
Is it possible to move away from fossil fuels and live a more joyful life? That is the question NASA atmospheric scientist Peter Kalmus explores in the film, Being the Change: A New Kind of Climate Documentary, presented by World Community on Tuesday October 9th at 7 pm in the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College, Courtenay.
Ever wondered why some of the old Scots lived to great age? Though, in moderation, the old “wee dram” may be a well-vaunted part of a successful longevity, it now seems that social dancing going back to at least 1500 is an essential and more important part of the Scottish elixir of youth. Several recent studies show that Scottish Country Dancing seems to delay the symptoms of ageing, by exercising both the body and the brain in a pleasant relaxed social atmosphere.
Direct from the UK, Mama G is bringing her brand new show exclusively to Cumberland! Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow combines pantomime, drag and the traditional art of storytelling to spread the message of being who you are and loving who you want. Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow aims to introduce the themes of equality and self acceptance to young audiences and their families. The performance is a fabulous mix of stories, songs and audience participation. There may even be a twerking competition – so get practicing!