What is Elevate?

This is your official boarding call…

This is your official boarding call for an exciting celebration of art, culture, ideas and community this June 1-4 in beautiful Downtown Courtenay. Get ready to immerse yourself in an incredible cultural exchange featuring hundreds of artists, musicians and community champions from up and down Vancouver Island and across the Salish Sea.

The 5th Annual Elevate Arts Festival kicks off  this Wednesday night and things don’t stop till Saturday at midnight!  Idea exchanges, dance events, youth showcases, book launches, poetry on the plaza, scotch tastings, theatre, fools parade, photography, pop up parks, gallery openings and much more! This volunteer driven cultural adventure is dedicated to smashing boundaries between culture consumers and culture producers, celebrating the commons and creating barrier free opportunities to engage the culture life of our community.

Here’s what’s coming up!

Wednesday Eve: Check out CV Collective Voices at the Courtenay Museum followed by the #weareyqq mixer at Gladstone – both by donations to Elevate #elevatetheeconomy

Thursday Eve: The Elevate Underground Dance Showcase, SKIN: book launch, Women and Words, Elevate Youth Music Night #1, The 80’s called, they want their art back Exhibition Opening,

Friday Eve: Bacon Slam!Mamahood – turn and face the strange theatrical reading, Sips & Sonics, Elevate Youth Music Night #2, Live Music at Billy’D’s, Sooner or Later Community Exhibition Opening and The Leg Up Program at the Avalanche!

Saturday: Day and Night Street Festival, Photopia, Workshops, Parade of Elevated Fools, Duncan Commons Carnival, Live Music Events, Pop Up Poetry, Culture Crawl, Art on the Plaza, Kids Stuff, Fiery Finale, Street dance party and so much more!

Be sure to visit the website and scroll through the epic list of artist and performer bios. There are folks coming from near and far to shatter barriers and create together in the commons of Downtown Courtenay. Artists like – Firewood Poetry, 7 Story Circus, Casual Living, Chicken-Like Birds, Scott Cook, Spaceport Union, DJ Eliazar, Colliding Canyons,  Texture and Light, Marie Specht Fisher, Old Growth Productions, The Kays, Nova Fire Spun Arts and the Flying Amanita Circus, The 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac, The Shrill SpectresGerry Hannah and the New Questioning Coyote Brigade and so many more!

Join us in the cultural crossroads for the Comox Valley, home to regional arts facilities, creative businesses, beautiful landmarks and inspired community builders for a street level cultural celebration in the heart of our community.

It’s time to launch our 5th Annual Festival.  Climb in. Buckle up.  Get ready to Elevate.

Get Involved

Be a volunteer, champion a project, participate in an activity, sponsor, perform, exhibit, vend or work with us.


Upcoming Stuff

In addition to the Elevate Arts Festival, we produce the Elevate Winter Bazaar, Cumberland Market Day and myriad pop up events. We also partner with arts and business organizations to provide a variety of production support services.


  • elevate mural 2013participatory art
  • 7 Story Circus Red Silkscircus in the streets
  • artists at workkids and chalk abandon
  • Bella Muerteskulls and stones
  • Portals & Thresholds 1join this year's portal installation project
  • Andy MacDougall's Silkscreeningtry your hand at printmaking
  • downtown diversity muralinclusive, barrier-free arts & culture
  • elevate in chalksomething for everyone
  • dad at the chalk wall
  • student improv
  • em.ash at the bazaarspinning beats to shop by
  • piano on 5thmobile music
  • Johnny Waffelz at Elevatestreet art with purpose
  • elevate underground2not your usual craft bazaar
  • kids stuff in Alley 1great kids activities
  • Portals & Thresholds 2bring out your inner space geek - join the portal installation project
  • Luxotica Fire Spinningwe have fire!
  • Live painting and other art creationvisual arts galore
  • vesta fire 2013and more fire!
  • the elevate lampmysteries revealed
  • More 7 Story Circushang around with us
  • simms alley 2012critical mass in our alleys
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