2015 Events

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Wednesday June 3rd


Union Street Grotto – 7-10 pm FREE
Open Stage Poetry Event w/ special guests

Pecha Kucha Comox Valley Volume 4

Comox Valley Art Gallery – 7 pm – BY DONATION
20 Images x 20 Seconds.  Pecha Kucha is a fun evening of creative speakers sharing ideas, opinions, culture and passion.

Thursday June 4th

Voices of Fire

Comox Valley Art Gallery – 7 pm – FREE

Paula and Karl’s Road Trip

Lower Native Sons Hall – 8 pm  – Suggested $5 Donation
A new musical by local writer and performer Josie Aileen Patterson.
Paula and Karl’s Road Trip takes us through these two characters life journey. You’ll love with them, cry with them, and die laughing. WARNING – strong language and adult themes.

Friday June 5th

Prose In Flight – An Elevate Literary Event

Comox Valley Art Gallery – 7pm FREE
A night of story-telling and prose from visiting and local women writers- Julie Paul, Caitlin Hicks, Jenny Vester, Kirsty Elliot and Traci Skuce. These bold writers will entertain you with stories and poems about bullies, unworldly forces and raising kids off the grid.


Lower Native Sons Hall – 7pm FREE
Emerging Artist and Youth Music Showcase from Art in the Raw
With the Brassholes, Young Songwriters Workshop, Liberatia, Devin Rigd Band, Big Jenga, Deep Sea Gypsies, Joy District and special guests

Streets Alleys and Alcoves

Union Street Grotto – 7 pm FREE
Comox Valley Arts/Elevate Exhibit Opening and Mixer. Special guest performances as well from slam poets Two Dope Boys in a Cadillac and performance artist Doug Koyama as well as some surprises.


Social, Sonics and Sips

Bricks & Mortar444 Cliffe Ave – 8pm
Downtown Courtenay’s Creative Studio brings together some local spirits tastings with creative DJs and other

Live Music!

Billy D’s features Jilli Martini
Kuba Oms and the Velvet Revolution play the Avalanche ($15 cover)
Elevate “Night Before Work/Dance Party” – Elevate Busy Bees will be hard at work throughout Downtown. Pop by Duncan Ave for an all eve dance/work party of the plaza of the CVAG. We like to take breaks from hauling gear and hanging signs…to dance!

Saturday June 6th

All Day Elevate Street Festival

All Over – 10 am to 10 pm
Explore the halls, alleys, side streets, pubs, cafes and restaurants for an exciting and eclectic mix of music,  interactive electronic, poetry corners, kids stuff, pop up parks, mini murals, circus arts, street dance, random acts of literature, vendors, mobile piano jam, roving performers, dramatic flash mobs, hands on art and crafts, fire spinners and much much more!

Parade of Elevated Fools – meet at 12:30 on the Scotia Plaza for a hands on percussion workshop or join in with your costumes at 1 pm for the official parade muster at 5th and England. All are welcome! Freaks, families, fairies and other creatures of flight. Parade leaves at 1:30 and winds its way to Duncan Ave Commons for the 2 pm street celebration!

Big Community Street Celebration at 2 pm! Parade, circus, punk rock choir and dance! Triple Heat Dance, Powell River Women’s Punk Rock Choir, more Dancers, Giant Puppets, 7 Story Circus, Poet Laureate Kevin Flesher, Hula Hoopla and More!

Elevate Music Music Music

All Over – 10 am till 9 pm (and later in local pubs)
Take in an unbelievable mix of music at stages, cafes and pubs throughout downtown starting at 10 am.
Zocalo, Union Street Grotto, Billy D’s, Gladstone Brewing and Imperial Square, Simms Alley, Art in the Raw Alley, Sid Plaza, Duncan Ave, Lower Elks, The Avalanche, The Bridge and other pop up surprises.

Underground Makerspace and Collage-a-Thon

Lower Elks Hall – 10 am till 5 pm (and beyond)
Join us for a large-scale collage party involving collaborative art making, live music and other artsy goodies.  Bring your own scissors and your special stash of collage materials if you like or just bring your creative selves and jump right in!  We will provide all materials, glue and scissors! Live music all day long, projections, ‘Zine workshop at 1 pm and more!

The Catacombs – Lower Native Sons Hall

Lower Native Sons Hall – 3:30 pm till 9 pm
Visual (and interactive) Feedback Exhibit, Ambient Beats, Free Flowing Jazz, a Mind Mapping Workshop at 4 pm  in the meeting room and other dark moody surprises! at 7 pm join us for an Improv Soap Opera with Kevin Flesher and a crazy crew of motley characters! Home of Elevate Hospitality for all artists and volunteers, cool off, wash up, chill out, hang out.

Saturday June 6th FILM SCREENINGS in the Catacombs:

11 am – 1 pm Singing the Bones – Written by Caitlin Hicks. Directed by Gordon Halloran. A breathtaking film about three generations of women, brought together by a single birth – in the Meeting Room

5 pm – 7 pm Body of Light – A feature-length film by Gord Halloran. Can wisdom be found in one’s own neighbourhood? Is universal understanding present in your own backyard? – in the Meeting Room

Literary Literalley & Collaborative Narrative

Simms Alley Alcove – 10 am to 5 pm
Cozy up and read in one of our pop-up reading rooms or get your creativity cranked and write a poem on our “magnetic” poetry wall or peep through one of our wonderful word boxes to elevate your vocabulary! At 1 pm contribute to the writing of a collaborative narrative! Bring your red herrings, surprising plot twists and diabolical villains to improv extraordinaire, Carmen Stevens, and we’ll weave a story together while local artist, Josh Klassen, illustrates it!

Craftopia and Simms Alley Marketspaces

Simms Alley and Sid Plaza – 10 am till 5 pm
Visit the purveyors of handmade, home-made and fair trade good and curiosities!  Jewelry, ones, shells, leathers, clothing, glassworks and much more while listening t beautiful music! Craftopia is at the Sid Plaza and Simms Alley runs between 5th and 6th.

Timothy Gosley and Puppets for Peace

Puppets for Peace Alcove (Ski-Tak Hut Alley Entrance) – Shows at 11 am and 4 pm
Petra Kixmöller and Tim Gosley are happy to return to the Comox Valley to offer two different storytelling performances with puppet making.  Keep an eye out for giant puppets. Elevate is their first venture beyond Victoria with this project, but interest is growing!

5th Street Courtyard

This year we welcome a new addition of Potter’s Place and special guest artists – 10am – 5pm.

Art in the Raw

Alley 2 – 10 am till 6 pm
A series of emerging artist and youth centered events, presentations, workshops and hands on art making culminating in the day long Art in the Raw engagement exhibit  and street party in the alley between 5th and 4th.

Dinner on Duncan

Duncan Ave Commons – 4-8 pm
Pull up a seat at one of our café tables, or chill out in a pop up park, local restaurants will be offering take away dinner to bring back to Duncan Ave Commons. Meet your friends at the Commons, make some art, dance to some laid back tunes or grab your front row seat for the 9 pm finale!

Underground Dance Showcase

Lower Elks Hall – The Underground – 7-9 pm
Pull up a pillow and join in on this ‘Hafla Style” event featuring a cross section of dance performances from individual, couples and groups from the beautifully diverse dance community. Great for all ages!

Elevate Finale!

Join us back on the Duncan Ave Commons for the annual Street Finale! The beats start at 8 pm.

We are fortunate again to be joined by Kumugwe Cultural Group from the K’omoks First Nation for a very special street performance at dusk. Then prepare for the fiery magic of NOVA Fire Spun Arts. Stick around for our annual street dance after the firest show with em..ash and friends!

Late night fun

Top Men at the Bridge

10 pm to late – $10 cover, Elevate volunteers and artists free!
Cumberland Village Works and Elevate Co Present the last night party for the 4th annual Elevate Arts Festival at the Bridge with the Great Speckled Fritillary and Top Men!