Head for the Hills! Celebrate the Foggy Mountain Fall Fair September 29th and 30th!
Cumberland’s Annual Celebration of Harvest and Heritage; Culture and Craft; Forest and Food is just around the corner! The whole Comox Valley is invited to join in the fun at the Foggy Mountain Fall Fair and Local Colours Arts Fest Friday September 29th and Saturday September 30th.
Things kick off Friday with a Cumberland Museum guided walking tour of the Village at 4pm followed by the 4th edition of the Comox Valley Arts’ Fall Fair Follies at 7! Led by Kevin Flesher, the always fun, often zany, Fall Fair Follies is a jam packed local talent extravaganza that pulls hidden gems from all over the valley for an hilarious and entertaining Friday evening to kick off the Fair. Admission is by donation, and all ages are welcome (though sometimes the entertainment gets a little racy!)
Then on Saturday head to 1st and Dunsmuir for a multi venue, family friendly celebration from 10 am till 4 pm with historic walking tours and presentations, live music & dance performances, a miasma of wares and demonstrations, hands-on art, games and activities for the whole family, the highly-anticipated baking events for the Cumberland Community Forest Society, and so much more.
The Fair will be alive with bees, trees, scavenger hunts and loads of hand made goods & treats to peruse and purchase. Live performances are on deck from Damon Shea, Nathan Senner, The Ryks Davies Band, The Snow Monkeez, Farley Kat ‘N Jilli, and Roadside Rattle, and some special surprises from Spin Jinny and the Foggy Mountain Witches.
Lush Valley will be on scene with their Community Apple Press and surplus apple and pear crops can be brought down and pressed into juice to share or take home!
KellyCat+KayBird Art Studio, along with clay wizard Jenja McIntyre, will offer free hands on art-making throughout the day. Or check out the Sound Station explorations in EDM, and Lampworkers demonstrating their glass craft. Cathy Stoyko and Arcana Dea Dance will also return with their mesmerizing dances from around the world.
Saturday walking tours include a tour of the Chinatown Site with the Cumberland Museum’s Dawn Copeman as well as a tour for children with Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Education Program and an adventure with the Cumberland Forest Fairies, too!
Aspiring bakers should visit www.cumberlandforest.com for information about the Cumberland Cake Bake Off 2017! Bakers compete for fame, fortune and cool prizes and all cakes are part of a Silent Auction for the Cumberland Forest. Don’t miss the Cumberland Forest Cake Walks scheduled throughout the day and enter to win a cake of your own! Or have a seat at the Cumberland Forest long table and be introduced to some intriguing forest characters with their “Forest Stories”
Saturday Night at 7 at the Masonic Hall things wrap up with a “100 Thousand Poets for Peace”. Join Comox Valley Poet Laureate Natalie Nickerson in a Global event that celebrates and promotes peace, sustainability, and justice and calls for serious social, environmental and political change! Natalie invites the public to bring poems written by your favourite poets that speak to issues hungering to be heard, calling to be confronted, and wishing to be witnessed. This event is registered with 100 Thousand Poets for Change: 100tpc.org Come Be The Change You Want To See In The World.
As an extension of the Local Colours Artsfest, Kymme Patrick and TheatreWorks, in collaboration with Cumberland Museum & Archives, present an original heritage play, on October 14, at the Cumberland United Church. “One Strike, Two Brothers” tells a story about Cumberland’s Campbell brothers and their involvement and support of Cumberland coal miners during the strike of 1912-1914. Last year’s play, Coal Town Kids, was a great success and was recognized in the One Act Theatre Festival for Best Original Script, Best Production, Best Ensemble Acting, Best Backstage Coordination.
Cumberland is the place to be September 29th and 30th! Come and celebrate the arrival of fall, the bounty of our Community and the nature we all share. We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada, which helps make this event possible. Check Facebook for up-to-date info and many more details
10-10:45am Nathan Senner
11-11:45 Damon Shea
12 - 12:45pm Roadside Rattle
12:46 Cake Walk #1
1 - 1:45 Farley Kat ‘n Jilli
1:46 Cake Walk #2
2- 2:45 The Snow Monkeez
3 - 3:45 The Ryks Davies Band
Plus in-between performances by Spin Jinny and the Foggy Mountain Witches
Farley Kat 'N Jilli - These three share a deep passion for music. Farley is a brilliant young guitarist Who has it seems inherited his talent from his mother Katrina, accompanying on him Guitar together with local songbird Jillian Gathright, singing lead. Their musical tastes and tones align naturally and lend a beautiful twist to equally beautiful songs .
Roadside Rattle - The Roadside Rattle Gang; straight off the streets of Comox Valley, are sure to make you hoot, holler, dance and smile. With a quarter cup of swing, just a dash of blues and a taste of folk you know they be cookin up something tastyyyy. Devin, Cam Chad and Reesa; in my opinion, one of the best bands in town. Never a dull moment .
The Rykes Davies Band - If you've not seen Rykes Davies playing around town you need to get out more cause your are missing this amazing musician, 12 year old, singer, songwriter, out and about plying his trade. He drops by to play various jams (no one leaves till he finishes) - he's also playing at the night market stage and Raised a thousand dollars - Busking for charity. Ryks will be gracing the Foggy Mountain Stage with a rhythym section and a few guest artists. This might be really amazing - but -we have to wait and see. http://www.ryksdavies.com/
Nathan Senner - A teacher, a singer and a songwriter of distinction. Well known for his poignant songs about life and the human condition. With a style that has been compared to James Taylor, Marc Cohn, and the late Jim Croce, Senner is a welcomed performer At this years Foggy Mountain Fair
The Snow Monkeez - Blaine Dunaway Violin and Cello, Bruce Wing Guitar and Percussion and Steve Ruskin Keyboards, all from the Comox Valley. Stylistically the Snow Monkeez take music to places it's not really supposed to go and no one is happier than the audience when it gets there http://snowmonkeez.com/
Spin Jinny and The Witches from Foggy Mountain
Making with clay, for Everyone!
Popular and engaging artist, Jenja McIntyre, returns to Foggy Mountain with her interactive, community clay projects!
The Sound Station:
During this workshop participants will be introduced to two genres in music; acoustically driven sound and electronically driven sound with the opportunity to experiment with crossing genres. During the workshop each artist will provide live demos in their various styles and will be open for questions and discussion about how the artists create their sounds.
Sound and Movement:
This part of the workshop will embrace how sound can inspire and work synonymously with sound. The facilitator will be on hand during the sound workshop to assist participants with movement. She will also demonstrate her style of dance with her boa constrictor.
Lady AK, (Alla Korotenko) It's been well over a decade since Lady AK picked up a pair of Technics turntables, took her skills to another level and started to explore the art of beat mixing. She has dedicated years to the music industry through various club promotions, parties and festivals across West Coast. Lady AK’s outgoing, charismatic personality and her strong knowledge of electronic music has always been striking. It didn't take her long to make a name for herself as she started to acquire tons of gigs at various clubs and parties in BC, Canada, US and Europe. She has been fortunate enough to perform and share a stage along-side some of the biggest names in the industry, too many to list.
As a performing DJ, Lady AK is a distinctively dynamic entertainer who brings great energy to every show. Her collection contains many different genres of music to create a proper dancing atmosphere for any audience. Lady AK is observant, with a versatile style, and she is assured to get everyone’s attention with her selective sounds. In 2013, Lady AK graduated from the Contemporary Music and Technology program, in Nelson BC, landing herself a diploma in Music Production and Engineering. In her spare time, she keeps busy in the studio. Feel free to visit SoundCloud to explore explore her style.
Kristi Hawkes - No stranger to metaphor, Kristi Hawkes uses haunting vocals, guitar and banjo to tell a story. From dark folk to alt blues melancholy aches and nostalgic comfort blend and build her particular tone.
AUBNOXIOU$ (Aubrey Brass) - A Swampy Cree native from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba, he has been playing music since he was 4 years old. At 7 years old he participated in piano lessons which opened the doorway to his musical future. Aubrey eventually fell in love with the culture of Hip Hop, and started writing rhymes & poems at the age of 14. It didn't take too long before he was introduced to DJ'ing & producing a year later, which he took to almost instantly, and found his passion for music. He now lives in Cumberland, BC and is 17 years old.
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.