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Foggy Mountain 2017 will be September 29 & 30.
Cumberland's annual celebration of the Harvest, Culture and Community in the heart of the Village!
The Foggy Mountain Fall Fair and Local Colours ArtsFest is serving up a colourful and exciting weekend of music, kids activities, vendors, performances, workshops, artists and tours and its all free to the public!
About the 2016 Fair:
The celebration kicks off Friday September 30:
Start with a heritage walking tour of the Village leaving the Museum at 4:30.
This 75 minute tour features stories, rumours and reflections from Cumberland's amazing history. Email [email protected] to register today, this tour is by donation.
Then grab a tasty dinner in the Village and head over to the Fall Fair Follies at Cumberland Masonic Hall.
The Follies is an old fashioned variety show featuring local musicians, dancers, actors and other silly sorts in a Muppet-Show-like mash of songs, skits and giggles! Doors open at 7pm and the Follies starts at 7:30.
Saturday October 1: the action takes place on the grounds of the Cumberland Museum, the Cultural Centre, and the corner of 1st and Dunsmuir from 10 am till 4 pm
An old fashioned apple press (bring your apples!), heritage games, a Museum open house, a tasty canteen, the Cumberland Pie of the Year Contest, kids hands on art projects, harvest vendors, artist demos, dance performances, workshops and live music!
The day kicks off with an official First Nations welcome and performers throughout the day- Schedule coming soon!
Visual artists also play a big role in this celebration of local talent and community spirit.
Dust off your aprons and start baking! The now-legendary Pie of the Year Contest is a fundraiser for the Cumberland Forest and all the entry information is available at www.cumberlandforest.com or on facebook at Cumberland Pie of the Year Contest. This is a not-to-be-missed event! People's Choice Voting runs from 12-3, celebrity judging and community tasting starts at 4. The whole things ends with a live auction spectacle with all proceeds to save the forest.
The Foggy Mountain Fall Fair and Local Colours ArtsFest is a collaboration of the Comox Valley Community Arts Council, Cumberland Museum and the Cumberland Community Forest Society. Each brings a special character to this fun filled community event. To find out more about schedules and programming check out www.comoxvalleyarts.com. This event is supported in part by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the BC Arts Council.
Heritage Theatre from Kymme Patrick and TheatreWorks: "Coal Town Remembered"
@ The Masonic Hall
AT THE BEGINNING of the 20th Century Cumberland was attracting miners from around the world. Families struggled to provide the basic needs for their children. The children had to do their share to support the family, enduring hardships yet still finding joy in simple pleasures. The community was full of characters, and each character had a story to tell.
We are so pleased to bring this locally written play to the Foggy Mountain audience to offer a rich, engaging Cumberland story brought to life.
Vendors & Community Organizations
Cathy Stoyko is a life long dancer with formative training in western dance and gymnastics. In 1997 she embarked on a dedicated study of Middle Eastern dance (folkloric and cabaret styles), fusion belly dance and Romany dance that has never ended. Over the years she has continued to study many other dance forms and styles including women’s traditional and sacred dances from India, Iran and Central Asia. She is the founder and creative director of the Vancouver Island dance company Arcana Dea (visit Arcana Dea page) and, currently teaches classes and hosts dance workshops at the Abbey Studio in Cumberland.
Kevin Flesher is the Comox Valley’s inaugural Poet Laureate, a renowned children’s entertainer as well as frontman of the Dukes of Dodge. Before all of that though, he spent years working as a stage actor across Western Canada, writing, directing and touring musical theatre productions.
So, it is only natural that he should find his way back to his first calling, and put together a variety stage show.
Jenja is a Emily Carr University Graduate. She was born near the Rocky Mountains in Southern Alberta. Currently she teaches locally at the C.R.A. and in the summer at North Island College. Jenja is active within our art community, making and showing Art and doing Art performances at the CVAG, the Filberg Festvial and Local Colors. She works part time as a technicians assistant at the College, while also making and selling Pottery.
Jenja says: "My current art practice is very much about the experience of being human and our relationships between each other and the environment. Just as life changes, my work also changes forms. I work in many mediums: drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and piano are among my favorite forms of expression. I love that art can bring together a community and provide so much joy and fulfillment. Now that I have my BFA from Emily Carr, I hope to continue to teach, take time to make art and travel, before I continue on to pursue my Master’s degree."
Bobby Herron has lived on Saltspring Island, Hamilton, Vancouver and Prague. He’s performed and recorded with Vancouver bands – The B-sides, Mango Dub, Bob’s Yer Uncle and Millions of Brazilians among others. Bobby’s been involved in several fundraising album projects and has recently produced and recorded several tracks on The Home Album – for Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness. Among his various jobs he has photographed cars for Auto Trader magazine, catered, picked tobacco and co-managed a bar in the Czech Republic. Bobby lives with his partner and daughter in Cumberland and works with the Arts Council and talented people to help promote arts and culture in the Valley.
Luke Blu Guthrie
Born of humble beginnings in a rural setting, much of Guthrie’s music is reflective of his childhood experiences living a simple lifestyle while surrounded by a colourful and eclectic cast of characters. These experiences, combined with an unquenchable thirst to understand the mechanics and soul of music, have helped to shape and guide his personal and musical journey. The result is a body of contemplative, original music that bends and blurs the boundaries between multiple genres. Guthrie’s music is a clever and potent fusion of folk, funk, dark country and rock n roll. It is representative of a lifetime of thoughtful listening and his uncanny ability to select elements from each genre then combine them to create a refreshingly innovative, yet timeless style that engages the sensitivity and sentiment of a broad range of listeners.Luke Blu’s lyrical wanderings show a profound and raw understanding of the human condition. Whether he is exploring the dark underbelly of human nature, taking a light hearted look at the frivolity of flirtation, or contemplating the joy, mystery, and confusion of love and loss, Guthrie’s stories are poetic and poignant. With a firm belief in the importance of human connection, he successfully manages to provide a compelling, cathartic experience for his listeners, giving them an opportunity for greater insight into themselves, providing comfort, escape, and a chance for greater empathy.A naturally charismatic and dynamic performer, Guthrie will be charming audiences for years with his electrifying playing and smooth vocals.....
DJ ALL GOOD (The Turntemple)
DJ All Good (Peter Poole) is Vancouver Island's Premier DJ. Starting out rocking houseparties in high school, All Good carries a fun loving, anything goes type of style that always pleases. Love of great music is the foundation that his DJ house is built upon.
“My DJ style is “turntablism” which is about techniques (sampling, blends, cutting etc.) applied to music using turntables. Instead of being genre specific (hip hop, rock, house etc.) I can play any type of music with the flair of a performing artist. My Philosophy is to select choice sounds, chop and mix using turntablist techniques, and serve hot & fresh on two vinyl platters.”
DJ All Good has repeatedly proven his skills in battle, most recently as the 2015 Western Canada DMC Champion! He's also placied 2nd in the 2013 Western Canada DMC finals and 2nd in the 2009 Canadian National DMC finals. Another testament to his party rocking skills is placing runner-up in Victoria's Redbull 3style battle in 2008. All Good has been invited to jam sessions with world champion Djs, including Q-bert DJ Woody and Vinroc. A highlight of his career was the chance to act as a guest teacher at Jam Master Jay's Scratch Academy in New York City. Quickly becoming the next big thing on the scene, DJ All Good is not to be missed!
Having proven himself on national and international stages, his next big project is known as "the TURNTEMPLE." this portable, solar powered mixstation travels to music festivals, schools, and communities with a hands on approach to the preservation of vinyl based DJing techniques.
Sophisticated use of samples and scratching, no sharp corners. Accessible music+Turntablist techniques= It's All Good!
The Cumberland Museum tells the story of the people of Cumberland – the rich, the poor, the powerful, the rebellious, the righteous and the radical. We invite you to join us at the “People’s Museum” of Cumberland and add your questions, knowledge, stories and interests to the rich fabric of our organization.
The Cumberland Museum and Archives opened its doors in 1981 and is home to the extensive archives and artifacts of the community of Cumberland.
We are open year round and offer over 40 exhibits, a Company Store, research services, after school programs, heritage events, guided tours, films, video kiosks, and a replica coal mine.
The Museum is located in the heart of the historic Village, steps from #6 Memorial Mine Park and downtown shopping and dining. We are wheelchair accessible, offer free wireless internet access and provide Visitor Services for travellers.
The Cumberland Forest is a mature coastal forest surrounding the Village of Cumberland on Vancouver Island. This forest is an important wildlife corridor and home to two watersheds, at risk species, salmon bearing creeks, wetlands and riparian areas, heritage landmarks and hiking and biking trails enjoyed by families, naturalists, hikers, mountain bikers and many others. The future of this forest and the future of Cumberland’s economy are directly linked. There are imminent plans to log this forest.
OUR MISSION is to animate the arts in the Comox Valley by: acting as a resource for the arts community; informing the public about the arts; and celebrating the Comox Valley as an arts producingcentre.
The Comox Valley Community Arts Council works to facilitate, activate and advocate on behalf of arts and culture in our community. Through our involvement in a wide variety of activities, we pro-actively support the cultural creators and workers of the Comox Valley.
Take a peek at the 2014 festival
Video by Shane Philip