Anita Kalnay is a Natural Perfume Artist. She has been a visual artist all her life and a Registered Aromatherapist for 20 years. Natural Perfumes combine her skills and talents within the artistry of fragrance.… More » »
I live and work on Ships Point in Fanny Bay with my partner and cat. I studied at Emily Carr Institute and Concordia University completing my MFA in 1996, and have focussed on my painting practice ever since.… More » »
With expertise in graphic design, social media and online marketing, Brenda Johima is is owner of JOHIMA Social Media + Marketing, and is excited to take part in Elevate the Arts.… More » »
Corwin Fox is a Canadian songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who has been hailed as “a shining light in Canadian roots music” by Doug Cox (artistic director, Vancouver Island Music Festival).… More » »
With innovative programs, modern studios, and commercial-quality equipment, NIC’s Fine Arts programs help creative students develop skills and discover their unique artistic style. Students can complete a two-year diploma or a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, offered in collaboration with the prestigious Emily Carr University of Art+Design, at NIC’s Comox Valley campus.… More » »
I have been creating art all of my life. After high school, I enrolled and completed the Fine Arts Foundation program at Capilano College. I then switched my focus to the Faculty of Biology but never lost my passion for the visual arts.… More » »
Bring your strings and get jammin!
Sid Williams Plaza at Noon - and other Elevate performers will lead all comers with their strings in a simple, 3-chord jam.… More » »
TheatreWorks has been entertaining and educating students and audiences with their unique and original material for 20 years. TheatreWorks invites you to a sneak peek of the teen Story Theatre presentation of Red Feather, Alligator Jump.… More » »
Richard Thompson has been a musical fixture in the Comox Valley for many years both as a player in numerous local bands and as the owner of Sound Advice Music Shop.… More » »
I am a professional vocalist and harpist living in Courtenay since the Fall of 2007. Starting my professional career in 1994, I have performed concerts across Canada, as well as in the U.S.… More » »
not to much to tell… i have been located in the valley since 1982…. had a glorious job and career with the canadain coast guard…. now fully retired… been involed with wood carving for most of my life….… More » »
Robert pours 40 years of loving the Arts into his silver jewelry each piece is unique. One of the most experienced artists in the valley he claims to be over 125 years old.… More » »
Karen Day (aka: The Pink Witch) has been disturbing people with her art all her life. dark, gothic, weird. voodoo or day of the dead. whatever you want to call it, my art comes from inside me.… More » »
Arcana Dea Dance Company (formerly known as Blue Lotus) is a dance troupe based in the Comox Valley that perform women’s traditional dances from the East, fusion Belly Dance and dances from the Romany ‘gypsy’ trail.… More » »
Tina of Letz Sing has invited me to come and do some Nia while the choir sings. The intention here is to co-create a moving, singing mosaic in the Sid Williams Plaza.… More » »
When I’m not spending time with my family, I run a creative multimedia production and education company. Becoming an entrepreneur has given me the freedom to design a dynamic lifestyle that balances family and friends, academics, my professional career as a global studies and media educator, speaker, digital artist, business consultant and photographer.… More » »
We are local girls and young women who meet to support each other to manage the daily pressures and challenges we face. We get fired up over media’s representation of girls, and the pressure to fit within narrow definitions of being female.… More » »
Sew Sisters Artist Guild Society is a haven for the artist. With over 100 artists that are local to the Comox Valley Sew Sisters Artist Guild Society is a beacon for those who seek beauty, diversity in thought and design and a loving conscious community. … More » »
We are known as the band “Tin Town.” We have been entertaining for over 2 years, animating several events including local pubs, open mic nights and private parties in the Comox Valley.… More » »
Mike is the senior tattooist/piercer at Ink Nation on 5th St (near the Bridge) in Courtenay. He has 20 years experience in all custom work including color and black & grey portraits, Neo-traditional and traditional, Japanese, North American Native, Maori tribal and many more.… More » »
I was introduced to jagua paint in Brighton, England, where I trained with some of England’s finest henna/jagua artists. I have recently graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Visual Arts and Psychology.… More » »
Ashley has been in the healing arts field for over 10 years, delving into a vast array of modalities. Her background in bodywork (Registered Massage Therapist, Reflexology, and Reiki), coupled with her studies at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, created a solid spring board from which stemmed her inspiration for helping people create positive change in their lives.… More » »
At Dark Side Chocolates we are passionate about chocolate! We combine high quality, organic, and always fair trade chocolate with fresh, organic ingredients. Guided by The Force, and our taste buds, we handcraft, with love, a range of unique flavours to captivate your senses.… More » »
Having a mechanic father who loved structural patterns and a mother who created beauty from anything, being a glass artist for several years, plus working for six years at Vancouver’s Imagination Market (an organization that collected manufacturer’s scrap for creative re-use), resulted in Roberta Meilleur’s current creative expression – RustWorks: Revisioned Metal and Glass Crystal Designs.… More » »
Sarah Kerr holds a Bachelor’s degree in Photography from Emily Carr Institute. She is an active member of the arts and environmental communities and a long-time resident of the Comox Valley.… More » »
Hello! My Name is Steven and I am born and raised on Vancouver Island. I am 26 years of age and throughout my life working with my hands has always been a natural undertaking and passion that continues to grow as my life’s journey unravels.… More » »
Simon discovered songwriting and performing after relocating from Denman Island, BC to Fremantle, Western Australia, in 2008. From there Simon quickly found himself performing his songs both locally, regionally, interstate and overseas.… More » »
Cleo Agar is a young artist from Cumberland who is sharing her graphic novel that she designed and published herself. She is greatly inspired by the artist Camilla D’Errico and the Manga art style in general.… More » »
Since I was a child I have loved to make things, to take the ordinary and turn it into something extraordinary.I look at things in a different way, from a different perspective.… More » »
Tomomi started learning Flamenco dance in 1993 in Japan (Japan holds the world’s second largest Flamenco population after Spain), where she performed at many Flamenco shows as a company member.… More » »
Born in The Comox Valley, 1976 I began working in mural design in Vancouver, specifically for interior decorating projects. I wanted to develop my artistic discipline in Germany where I lived and worked for many years.… More » »
“Apron Strings ” is a collaboration between Kathy Klassen and Meredith Murray. We have conspired to dive into our sewing rooms and create something useful and pretty out of a stash of fabric that is out of control.… More » »
3D artist specialising in creating art that subverts the usual function of materials. Look for weavings of copper, lamp shades and wall sconces built of tie wraps and picture hangers.… More » »
Under the direction of conductor, Tina Filippino, the Letz Sing Community Choir brings together singers (and those who think they can’t sing) to share in the uplifting experience of singing in harmony. Whether a first time participant or a seasoned singer, every voice can find a place in this unique, inclusive, and friendly choir community. Letz Sing community choir provides an opportunity for anyone who wants to share the experience of group singing, learn songs from other cultures and become part of a growing, vibrant vocal community in the Comox Valley. Learn more www.letsing.com
Come and Elevate the Arts by being a part of a community sing featuring the Letz Sing Community Choir at 2:00 pm in the Sid Plaza.
I graduated from Emily Carr College, majoring in the 3D Department. This was in 1987. I liked creating stuff but I don’t care for art galleries. At the time, I was creating gallery conceptual art…poor marriage. I left Vancouver after five years and moved to the Gulf Islands. My move from city boy to country man, changed my art as well. I started carving wood and became a custom designer of wood creations. My work being showcased in boutique stores and as custom commissions.
Megan Rutledge is an aspiring 16 year old musician singing and playing a mix of indie folk, celtic and contemporary. Currently, she is a member of the Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble along with being involved in the Mark Isfeld school choirs.… More » »
Reminisce the bygone days as Hatchet and Bonbon entertain you with old-jazz stylings from the wash-tub bass, baritone ukulele and voice. Let the rhythm romance you and the tap dance tickle you as our duo delightfully romp through a low-tech, new school old-time vaudeville show of songs; spectacle and shadow puppets!… More » »
Acoustic duo Inspired by the beautiful Gypsy music of Andalucia Spain, Buleria is a duo is comprised of Mexican-born Flamenco guitarist, Oscar ‘El Cuervo’ Robles, and Vancouver Island grown, Britt de la Luna on vocals.… More » »
7 Story Circus is a local circus company based in the Comox Valley. We love circus because it’s fun, creative, athletic and builds confidence & community.… More » »
I am a certified Horticultural Therapist representing a local Horticultural Therapy not-for-profit, Gardens without Borders, located at Innisfree Farm.
Horticultural Therapy is a profession and a practice which uses gardening, farming, plants and nature to help promote wellness in peoples lives.… More » »
Star light, Star bright, Danielle has been making Shining Stars all right!
Creating a small galaxy of shining stars is no easy task. I tend to jump from one creative project to another… but all within my self defining theme of “fairy tale impressionism” .… More » »
The Lotus Eaters are Jim Vanderhorst and Colby O’Neill, filmmakers from the Comox Valley area. After years working on their own projects, independent filmmaker Jim and Broken Logic’s emcee Colby have joined together to create a collaborative force capable of whatever they set their minds too.… More » »
Rick retired from an academic/administrative career at UVic in 2002 and moved to Courtenay two years later with his wife Alisen. Retirement has provided him now with more time to devote to hobbies, including digital photography.… More » »
Jennifer is an up and coming writer living in the valley with her husband and 2 girls. She is the author of Teeny Tiger and the Great Word Ocean, her first childrens’ book.… More » »
Charmian has been painting, knitting, weaving etc since she was a little girl, and has taken courses in painting and weaving, the rest was picked up over time.… More » »
Sue Pyper is an award-winning singer/songwriter originally from London, UK. Her personal travels, both geographical and emotional, have inspired gentle, insightful, and heartfelt songs that look at life from all angles and visit themes of both hope and hardship. Women of Substance Radio says “Sue Pyper’s music is rooted in timeless acoustic folk, and on par with current folk artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin and Dar Williams.” Her first album “Before You Learn To Fly” received nominations in five categories in the Mpower Independent Music Awards and the title track won “Best Song” in 2003. Sue’s second CD, “Tail Lights In The Rain” also garnered rave reviews as well as new fans. Sue is a busy live performer. She charms her audiences with her beautiful vocals, eloquent songwriting, and her unpredictable British “inside voice” that occasionally finds its way over the microphone. Her music has also been used on various TV shows, TV Commercials and movies.
Find her online: http://www.suepyper.com
Your thoughts on the Arts
What the Arts mean in my life/To my company?
I think music and art in an integral part of our society. Without beautiful art and beautiful music The practicalities of life become unbearable.
Ellisa Hartman is a talented young singer/songwriter ready to leap into a high-profile role in the Canadian Independent music scene. Her artistic presence, unique voicing and quirky instrumental timing bring an honest and charismatic sound to the folk genre. At 24, she has written a portfolio of significant songs that would be the envy of many established musicians. Drawing on the spirits of Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLaughlin, her music moves all who hear it.
In the past year, Ellisa has shared the stage with Allison Crowe, David Gogo, Greg Sczebel, Vince Vaccaro, Acres of Lions, Steph Macpherson, Christopher Arruda, Cindy Davis, and many others. She is currently working on a new EP to be released in the new year, and is eagerly looking forward to touring Western Canada in the spring.
Find her online: www.ellisahartman.com
Born in Cumberland BC on Vancouver Island, I am an Island-girl born and bred. I studied art at North Island College in the Comox Valley and then transferred to the Emily Carr University completing my degree in 2007. I attend the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts at Pearson College every year to take hands-on courses from artists who come from all over North America. I take my art education seriously and see it as an on-going process. Refinement, evolution and investigation. I am most interested in the decorative art and craft and like to tell a story with each of my pieces. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind event – from the large jar construction to the smallest button. I want to see the viewer interested in the piece in the round and engaged with the story I am telling.
I hope you enjoy my jewelry made out of guitar pick including necklaces, key chains, anklets and earrings. Art has always been important to me. From a very young age I have loved doing arts and crafts. Combining my love of music and of art to make something I love doing is very special to me. These are just a couple of my products picture. Come visit the Underground for more!
We are a collective of free improvisers incorporating various influences from Sufic musical traditions, African and Middle Eastern rhythms, free jazz, noise and other experimental and traditional trance music. Ranging from a-rhythmic textures and sparse sound scapes to driving rhythms and sheets of melody we aim to create spontaneous music that is suspended between the ethereal and the visceral, breaching on the ecstatic.
Destanne Lundquist - likembe, electronics, radio, flute
Jesse Gentes – drumset, percussion, tar
Patrick Desjardins – shakuhachi flute, percussion
I’ve been drawing since I was a kid. After a Fine Arts stint at the University of Alberta, I worked as an illustrator for GDL, Edmonton. I later developed mythological and astrological art under the name “Astrovisuals,” while continuing to freelance illustrations for educational materials and children’s books.
It wasn’t until 2002 that I joined the Calgary FCA group and turned to acrylic painting. Streetscapes and old buildings became my favorite subjects, both on a visual and symbolic/spiritual level. As my commitment grew stronger, I relocated to a live/work studio in east Vancouver to focus on the wonderful urban landscape with its rich textures of things weathered and imprinted by time and human occupation.
Now ten years, some sojourns in Texas, a move to Courtenay, and many shows later, I’m continuing to explore new themes, go deeper into old ones, and take full joy in the pleasure of painting.
Images courtesy of M. Jablonski-Jones
Having lived in Toronto, Canada’s music hub, most of her life, Pleena developed an acute and eclectic ear for music – a quality her discerning audience greatly appreciates.
Pleena’s wide range of musical tastes are often tailored towards accentuating the awesomeness of an event. Whether it be bridging the gap in style between other artists of varied genre or delivering the delicious discotheque goods, her rhythm has been described as “intelligent progression” and her track list is choice fresh.
Working with friend and producer J-Camp (http://soundcloud.com/j-camp) to learn the ins and outs of electronic music production, her first stand-alone track, a remix of ‘Shout’ by Tears for Fears can be found on Sound Cloud along with a recent set that’s often available for download because that’s how she rolls.
Having shared the stage with the likes of Metric, Broken Social Scene, Gaudi to name a few, Pleena does a very elegant job at being good.
Find her online: https://www.facebook.com/djpleena
Your thoughts on the Arts
What the Arts mean in my life/To my company?
I see the opportunity for art in everything. From the art of making love to the art of war, art for me is simply the ability to shift paradigms – to break open the box. To me a gardener can be as much of an ‘artist’ as someone who paints landscapes. Personally, I really enjoy art that reclaims public space like Growfitti and political street art. Banksy comes to mind.
Shaping spaces fascinates me as well. What Michael Reynolds is doing with Earth Ship building has made him a hero of mine.
Then there’s film and literature, both of which I can go on and on about but I’ll save that for another time.
As for music, having a soundtrack to life just makes everything better. There are few things that excite me more than finding a rad new track to groove to. So satisfying…
How are we involved in the arts in the Valley?
Other than being a DJ I make hair art. Ron Pogue, photographer extraordinaire, and myself have recently opened up a multifaceted studio space downtown Cumberland which functions as a gallery, salon, photography studio and so on. There are even yoga classes in there some mornings and we also lend the space to Sew Sisters and Building Brothers for meetings.
I am a founding member of Sew Sisters Artist Guild Society and recommend people check out the progressive initiatives the society is committed to accomplishing. Whether it be offering a retail platform for local designers or growing a demonstrative community garden out back, some expansive action is being taken and I’m very proud of the people making it all happen.
Captain Thunderpants is an intergalactic space pirate from the distant planet of Funkathon, which is completely inhabited by dinosaurs. He was head cook to king Zyzax, who was hugely fond of the Captain’s roasted sweet potatoes. When King Zyzax ate all of the sweet potatoes on the planet, Captain Thunderpants set off in his space galleon across the universe, exchanging stories and songs of freedom and justice for sweet potatoes. He had been stranded on Earth for the past few years, while he repairs his space galleons’ hyper drive. He has been learning about the habits, customs and culture of humans and making TV shows about what he learns, you can catch the Captain’s TV show at www.captainthunderpants.com Shiver me timbers!
You may have caught a ‘Jilli Martini Show’ at a number of Comox Valley venues over the past few years. Jill has performed a broad range of styles and genres, accompanied by many accomplished musicians. At present, the band is a dance band, promising something for everyone, covering favorite hits from many eras and styles.
The Jilli Martini Band currently consists of five members; Jilli Martini (aka Jillian Gathright), on Vocals, Peter Cloud Panjoyah (of Hornby Island) also on Vocals , Doug Biggs on guitar, Andre Forgues on Bass and Blair Bentley on Drums. The band has been together,with this configuration, since last summer . With several gigs under the belt, they have worked out several great tunes, all covers at this point, and are having fun with each other and the process!
Shawn Pigott is the creator of the 52 Weeks Project, where he writes, directs, scores and edits a new short film each week for a year. Now at Week 33, he’ll be sharing some of his films at Elevate the Arts and talking about how it’s changed his life. For more information about the 52 Weeks Project, visit www.foxandbee.com.
The Bandwagon is comprised of 4 crazy, funny, music loving teenage girls! We are a brass/woodwind quartet who plays everything from abba to captain and tennille. Josie, Carly, Kirsten, and Heather all are friends inside and outside of the Cumberland Marching Band. We love to dance while we play, which can be quite a sight! And we wear hats similar to the village people. We are hilarious to watch and we have as much fun as you do!
Ralph Barrat is a jazz singer and piano player from the Comox Valley. Currently performing around the Island at weddings, restaurants, and seniors centres as a soloist or in a duo, he can also be found in many jazz groups such as the Ralph Barrat Group, Sax & Violins!, and the Georgia Straight Big Band. And of course the everlasting bluegrass group – RNR.
Formerly of Jazztet and the Jenn Forsland Group, Ralph and his trio spent 3 months of 2011 playing in Mexico improving their skills and tans. Among his many influences are singer/keyboardists Nat King Cole, Harry Connick Jr, Mose Allsion and piano players Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans and many more. Some folks think I sound like Bublé, Baker, and Sinatra all rolled into one. I’ll take that as a compliment!
Find him online: ralphbarrat.com
Freebird A cappella is a small group of vocal improvisors and song writers with a big dream: to make group singing so infectious that people in the street just have to join in. Based on Joanna Finch’s eco-feminist songs and riffs that celebrate human spirit, love and nature, the group blend harmony, beat box, and movement- and yummy feminine energy- into fun, catchy group performances. Included in the group are: Bee Wolfray, Anne-Marie Scott, Nina LeBlanc, Claire Gilmore, and Joanna Finch, and you!
Find them online:http://www.facebook.com/
Your thoughts on the Arts
What the Arts mean in my life/To my company?
Joanna Finch says: “Life is Art. All creativity is art and each day I sing I’m creating. Singing, improvising gives me the chance to listen and absorb the resounding hum of life. I can speak on behalf of the group in saying that my lifelong dream has been to sing in a group like this, in which we are mutually supportive and open to sharing musical ideas. Improvising on the subject of love or social justice or nature leads us to explore endless possibilities of sound, texture, rhythm and harmony. Our hearts and creative voices guide us and because we are all strong, vocal women we have a lot of playful fun. This art form is amazing. Improvising, being that raw- is at once humbling and liberating- it is a blissful state of creative spirits merging, and trusting, and letting go of an agenda.
Bee Wolfray says: “I am so in love with different voices resonating together in free-form harmony, such a transformational vehicle”
The rest of the group is humming.
How are we involved in the arts in the Valley?
As a group we perform for fund raisers, rallies, art openings, group shows and in flash mobs. We are spontaneous and inspired by the need to put a voice to our actions. We live to sing and we love to inspire others to open up and let it out.
As individuals we are dancers, singers, recording artists, poets, yoga teachers, actors and writers. We are all activists and nature lovers who believe involvement in the arts helps to create strong communities.
Once upon a time in a not so far, far away forest there was a nerdy little budgie sitting in a big ol’ tree daydreaming of art and tea. In the same forest there was a clever fox who had just returned from a wild journey to the city who was also dreaming of art and tea. Frolicking at a fantastic forest feast they stumbled upon one another in the wise old owl’s pottery shed. Quickly it was discovered that, yes!, they love birthday party feasts, but also art and tea! Fast friends were made! It was evident that they were to pursue a collaboration of collage, applique, mixed media, painting, stationary and fabric art – all the shared obsessions. The conversations that unfolded and continue to this day have sprung forth one heck of an art jam!! Together with wit and creative tenacity they have launched “The Fox and Budgie Project”. Enjoy.
Find her online: http://systemsandlayers.
Your thoughts on the Arts
What the Arts mean in my life/To my company?
“The stars, the dark depths of the space beyond, and the light streaming from the sun, speak to us; the earth the waves and winds, the twittering of birds and the glances of animals, speak to us.” -Harry Smith (see bio)
How are we involved in the arts in the Valley?
We love art and live in the Valley. (see bio….)
Images by Fox+Budgie
Cory Douglas Mclean creates musical compositions using many different instruments and objects, including guitar, bass, keyboard, melodica, harmonica,hand drums, along with his voice (singing and mouth percussion, or beat-boxing). He plays and records a segment of music, which then captures. He can then play another segment of music and layer it on top of the previous one. With each layer the composition becomes more complex. This is a new technique of live-producing, showing the audience how the music is inspired and arranged, and exploring how rhythms and melodies interact. Cory’s passion is to convey images of Love and adventure through his music. “Lets get Loopy”
Born in the rocky mountains and raised on Quadra island, Cameron was brought up in a very musical family with a rich influence of folk and blues. Picking up a guitar at the age of twelve, he wrote his first song soon after, and has never stopped. Self taught and always aiming to break free from the pack, Cameron has combined years of wandering and rambling to forge an unmistakable original identity which combines a deep vocal timbre, driving claw-hammer guitar, and dynamic lyrics.
He found his band, The Unsung, in the musical hangouts of Vancouver’s East side. Together they bring an energy packed performance that will stop you in your tracks.
Find him online: http://www.reverbnation.com/camerongunn
Sea monsters, sirens, and ghosts whisper their stories to Lara Ruthless – and she tries her hardest to capture their stories in block prints, photography, and accordion tunes. A vagabond hailing from the land of prairies she wonders from sea to sea. Captured by a new love of sailing, and the opportunities it brings, her traveling shoes have been traded in for a set of sails.
Find her online: www.LaraRuthless.com
Images by Lara Ruthless
Andy MacDougall was born in Woodstock Ont., and migrated west after seeing the ocean and the mountains in his teens. The Comox Valley has been ‘home base’ since the 70′s with his work taking him all over, but the magic of the place always bringing him back.
Currently a resident of Royston, he splits time between a number of interests and upcoming or ongoing projects, most revolving around screenprinting, writing, and teaching, or combinations thereof. A member of SGIA (Specialty Graphic Imaging Association) API (American Poster Institute) and elected to the ASPT (Academy of Screen Printing Technology) in 2007, he was also one of the founders of the Comox Valley Home Based Business Association. His book, Screenprinting Today, the Basics, published by ST Media in Cincinatti, OH, is now in its 4th printing. He is currently working with author Guido Lengwiler of Switzerland on a 500 page fully illustrated History of Screenprinting.
Your thoughts on the Arts
What the Arts mean in my life/To my company?
My business and life and cultural activities have always been intertwined, one thing leading to another, all connected by the creative spark and the desire to make something where nothing existed before. I’ve never been big on academic distinctions between the arts – I see it more as one big ball, and within the network of people I work with, fine artists and graphic designers, musicians and writers, advertising execs and teachers, students and workers – they all exercise creativity.
The biggest mistake we can make is to compartmentalize ‘the Arts’, to assume it is only a small cadre of people who are capital A artists, and to drill it into our young people and society that somehow we must put away that desire to draw or play an instrument or act or write or let our imaginations soar when we become adults. You give 25 pre-schoolers a piece of paper and crayons, they all know exactly what to do. We need that same fearless creativity in business and life.
How am I involved in the arts in the Valley?
As a musician, I played in a bunch of bands, including Frank Further’s 3-bit Band, Roadside Distraction, the Rude Boys, and the Valiants. I was the marketing director of Musicfest from ’97 until 2002, worked with CVAG and the City of Courtenay to create the new art gallery, created and ran ‘The Final Act’ fundraising program for the Sid Williams Theatre for 3 years, and donated artwork for fundraising programs for many groups and organizations.
I helped set up a screenprinting program at Vanier, and assisted NIC, UVIC, TRU, and a number of colleges and universities in the USA to upgrade their printmaking departments with more modern equipment.
We run classes for screenprinting from our Squeegeeville studio, and draw students from across North America and as far away as China. Many of our students have gone on to create successful careers and businesses based around screenprinting.
Fresh out of the studio with a catalogue of new songs Juno award winner Sue Medley has found a renewed voice for her music. Telling stories is what song writing is all about and Medley’s stories resonate with audiences on a deeply personal level.
With new partnerships both musically and personally, there are many positive things happening for Sue. Her song writing reflects the journey that has brought her to where she is today.
Born in London, Ontario, Timms, an army brat, moved around Canada until settling in Vancouver, BC, then finally in Courtenay on Vancouver Island. For more than thirty years, Timms has been perfecting her ability to draw and paint. Workshops and seminars with great painters have helped her move forward in this process, but in the main she considers herself self-taught.
After many years of life drawing, she found her passion for painting with traditional oils. Unhappily, a severe allergy to the binders used in oils forced her to look at other mediums, including the new acrylic paint, pastels and finally, watercolors. A weekend workshop in watercolor techniques was all it took and she was winning awards. Feeling the urge to explore a new medium again, Timms turned a second time to acrylic paint and found an exciting and innovative medium to explore.
“MOVE, PLAY, DANCE, SPIN, BREATHE” with Island Hula Hoopla! You’ll discover the infinite potential of this simple circular toy through our performances and lessons for kids, adults and hoopdancers.
Tracey Mantha has been hooping passionately since 2001, and teaching hooping with joy since 2005. Island Hula Hoopla is the culmination of my creative energies where I can spread the love of movement, the love of circles and share (r)evolving love for ourselves! This September I am honoured to present my original “Circle Games” workshop, all about games to play with hoops, at the world’s largest hoop gathering: HoopCamp 2012 in California!
Now, adding Lyndsay Spencer to the team more than doubles our availability and widens our vision to include her love of Yoga and her Kundalini Dance Facilitator background. Look for some exciting hoop fusion workshops and summer camps coming to enhance our already solid offerings of Hoop Programming for kids, adults and hoopdancers!
Find them online : www.islandhulahoopla.blogspot.com
|7:00pm||The Hooping Life – Join the local hooping community for this groundbreaking film about a movements that is taking the world, the hearts of many by storm. The film is screened by donation to cover the screening costs. At the Museum|
|9:00pm||Hoop/Spin Jam at Riverside Park|
Fiddlejam is an eclectic group of 30 or so musicians that have been playing around the Comox Valley for the past eleven years. Started by Trent Freeman, participants now come from as far away as Campbell Riverand Parksville and range in age from six to 96. Though primarily a fiddle group, accordions, guitars, mandolins and piano also fill out the sound. It is great to see adults and youth playing together and having a whole lot of fun. Fiddlejam plays a variety of tunes from traditional Old Time, to Celtic, to Swing and plays for the popular Contra Dances in Merville as well as a variety of fundraisers and private events throughout the year.
I have recently moved to Stories Beach, near Campbell River – just this past September. I love it, Mother Nature lives here! I am out on the beach in every weather, taking photos of everything I see. I will begin painting in the summer in my yard so I don’t ruin my carpet.
This winter I have been designing and beading this Michael Jackson jacket, creating, taking it apart, creating again. I am in the process of making a Bob Marley one, and have already painted one on a t-shirt. Other beading projects have been of Amy Winehouse, and Betty Boop, which have already sold. Amy is in Vancouver, Betty is in Victoria. I have made copies of these on t-shirts.
For over 25 years Gordon has been photographing life in an attempt to catch the ephemeral truths of daily life. One of his principal genres is portraiture shot in the field and in the studio. His approach is to create a space where people feel free, safe and secure.
Gordon loves to explore the paradox that we are all different and the same with each breath we take. The clothing of culture, environment and history informs our differences, but we all share similar needs of security, sustenance and love. Whether it is a portrait from the Sahara or an urban portrait in Buenos Aires, there is a human look that is distinctly similar and familiar to all of us.
It’s her voice that jumps out at you… Brodie Dawson makes a clear, direct hit and seduces you with a bit of smoky overtone. She’ll catch you at the door as the first notes of her voice seem to wrap you in a warm cloak made of sweet, earthy moodiness, and her words can almost be tasted as her stories make their way across your palette served up hot, smooth and rich on her own plate of originality.
Brodie calls her style a mix of soulful ‘folky’ blues with a twist of pop and a twang of old-school country. True to all those genres she sings of life, love, searching and finding your way. Her voice has graced coffee shops, pubs, clubs, festivals, community events, and radio shows such as CBC North’s Homemade Jam with Norbert Poitras and CBC’s The Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean. Coming out of a period of musical hibernation, she is in full form and ready to knock your socks off! She’ll be joined by the incredibly talented John Hughes on guitar and vocals, funkmaster Darryl Milne on bass, and Dan Conarroe’s smooth finesse on keys.
Lee White is a modern mountain mystic. Raised between the Yukon and Vancouver Island, interacting with the landscape is a vocation for Lee as a guide and is also kind to his poetic sensitivity. Lee is a poet, backwoods philosopher, and self described gonzo cosmologist. He lives with his wife and two children in Cumberland and is the author of rapt in awe.
Born and raised in the Comox Valley, Alan has been teaching and playing guitar for most of his life. His influences have been guitar legends such as Don Ross, Leo Kottke and Lindsay Buckingham. He has also picked at the Banjo, the Bass and a few other instruments and managed to make a few of these stringed things sing.
Alan is educated in a wide variety of styles including jazz and bluegrass and is a regular in the music scene in Canada’s Cultural Capital (2009), the Comox Valley. When he isn’t teaching or out with his dogs, he is generally on a stage performing or in an audience appreciating and keeping the art of live performance alive and kicking.
PERFORMER, TEACHER, COMPOSER, CONDUCTOR.
A recent arrival to the Comox Valley, jazz violinist Blaine Dunaway is delighted to discover the vast & diverse musical pool here.
During his lengthy career, Blaine has worked as a studio recording artist in many studios across the country, and has played in most of the finest Big Bands in Western Canada. He has taught music in public school throughout BC and Manitoba and has taught at the college level in BC and Alberta. As a composer, his compositions range from String Quartets to 15 piece bands to meditation tracks.
An accomplished improvisational violinist and trumpet player, Blaine appears on dozens of albums with his touch adding to the magic, in many different genres, from jazz to classical to folk to world music to blues to popular.
Find him online: www.blainedunaway.com
Image by Mardi Ahmed
The L’Arche Outreach and Creative Arts Centre is located at 1736 England Avenue in Courtenay. It is a place of support and welcome for people with developmental disabilities. We offer candle making, beading and painting programs each week. People with and without disabilities create together. We have some wonderful creative artists. Everyone who comes, gets involved and is encouraged to experiment, create and play. Some work independently, others work together. New participants often discover their own creativity, by seeing the freedom and unique exploration of others. There is a lot of laughter, sharing and companionship.
At L’Arche we believe that everyone has gifts to share, significant contributions to make to society regardless of our challenges. We celebrate the unique gift that each person has to offer, engaging in relationships to discover what it means to be truly human. We open our hearts to change, beginning with ourselves. The Outreach Centre is a place where people have the opportunity to discover their unique gifts by creating beautiful artwork. L’Arche Comox Valley also has a home in Courtenay where 4 adults with developmental disabilities live together with assistants and share their lives together.
Derek Hanebury is a Vancouver Island author who writes fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. His stories and poems have been published in many magazines and broadcasted on CBC radio; and his first novel, Ginger Goodwin: Beyond the Forbidden
Plateau, went to a second printing. His first book of poetry Nocturnal Tonglen was released in May of 2006.
He has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from UBC and has been instructing at North Island College since 1988 where he currently teaches Creative Writing and English.
Fiftieth Parallel is a group from Campbell River who play a wide variety of progressive acoustic music. As of December 2011 their debut full-length album, entitled ‘Weapon of the Future’, has been on sale around Campbell River and the Comox Valley and they have been feverishly performing throughout the area to help promote their CD.
Producer. DJ. Artist.
em.ash speaks through the vibrations of beats and bass lines. Combining a love of electronic music and an intentional desire to heal the mind body and soul he creates a deep, rhythmic and smooth mix to elevate the dance floor.
A lover of the music community, he was the driving force behind DELIGHT, a month electronic night in Courtenay BC. In 2010 em.ash was chosen to inaugurate the ‘WEST COAST UNDERGROUND’ mix series. A dual disc release distilling em.ash’s best experiences from Vancouver Island’s underground scene. Teaming up with local fitness guru Leanne Zdebiak-Eni in 2011, Bellyfit Live Community Celebration came to life in the Comox Valley, supporting local charities and promoting an active, healthy self image for women of all ages.
em.ash is currently working on his debut album ‘heartBEAT’, set for release in the fall of 2012.
Performer, choir director, song leader, community music
Tina is a song leader with a contagious enthusiasm for singing and directing.
Her clear and concise teaching style can get groups of people engaged and singing within minutes. She teaches songs, chant and rounds from a diversity of origins and inspirations in the oral tradition of call and response. The Letz Sing Choir, under Tina’s direction, is a growing vocal community in the Comox Valley.
Douglas Walker is an award winning Canadian sculptor based on Vancouver Island British Columbia. Working mainly with a variety of recycled objects he creates sculptures that can be described as whimsical and Goldberg-like. He is best known for turning discarded musical instruments such as tubas and trombones into water features.
By melding and blending common cast-off objects, he has proven himself to be an accomplished sculptor whose designs are easily recognizable. Works created by Douglas can be found throughout North America, the UK and Australia.
Your thoughts on the Arts
What the Arts mean in my life/To my company?
Art shaped my life. Blessed, with the heart of a boy, the hands of a man, a good shot of Dr. Seuss, I tamper, reshape and reform common things hoping to kindle a fire in the thoughts of passers by. Believe it or not this is my job.
Find him online: http://www.
Harold Macy has lived in Merville, halfway up the east side of Vancouver Island BC for more than thirty years. During that time he has worked for the BC Forest Service Research Branch, been a silviculture contractor for a local forestry company, fought wildfires, had rain in his lunchpail heli-logging up in the mid-coast inlets, and for many years was the forester at the UBC Oyster River Research Farm, where he wrote and delivered on-line and weekend courses in small scale forestry and agro forestry .
He has been a two-bit local politician, remains an old hippy, an unrepentant socialist and an equally unapologetic Christian. He is a member of Black Creek Mennonite Brethren Church and a founding Director of the North Island Woodlot Association and the Comox Valley Farmers Market
He has learned about writing at North Island College, Victoria School of Writing, Sage Hills Writing Workshop (SK), listening to the coffee-time stories at the Merville Café and composing numerous rants to the editor. In 2010 he won the North Island College 3-Hour Short Fiction contest and was runner-up in 2008. He has also been published in an e-zine “Aspect Journal” and the “Island Word”.
Kazimea has been working with music and special needs adults & seniors since 1999, and taught children’s music and movement classes in alternative schools in Victoria, Courtenay and Comox.
As a parent she always found music a source of great joy and a wonderful way to play with her own young children. I love the Music Together curriculum and the quality of its materials and songwriting. The sessions are warm, friendly, and inclusive. I’m so excited to bring this program to the Comox Valley, and I’m happy to share the Music Together experience at Elevate the Arts.
Find her online: http://www.treefrogmusic.ca
- Musician (mandolin, voice, banjo and guitar)
- Music educator
- Mother of four
- Creative arts therapist (M.A., R.C.C.)
- Treefrog Music Together(R) Centre Director and licensed teacher
What the Arts mean in my life/To my company?
The arts are a big part of how I find meaning and joy in my life. I come to music and other arts for recreation, fun, interaction, peace, challenge and fulfillment. In most situations, I like to give the process of music-making a lot of emphasis over the product. What would the world be without the arts? Sad, dull and shut-off. We would lose a major way to think creatively and critically. I think as the world shifts into this new century, we will be seeing more and more appreciation for art and art-making as a critical piece of human culture, and as a foundational block for community and personal/individual health.
How are we involved in the arts in the Valley?
TreeFrog Music offers private and group music lessons for kids and grown-ups, interactive children’s events and performances. We also offer Music Together (R) classes in several locations around the Valley. These group classes are for babies & preschoolers, and the
grown-ups who love them, and they are PURE FUN!
With my OTHER hat on… In my private practice as a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Creative Arts Therapist, I harness the creative power of the arts to help people of all ages & abilities gain insight, explore options and embrace change. To find out more about
this, take a look at www.
The duo at the heart of INDIGO JAZZ are singer Dale Graham and guitarist Rick Husband. The compelling melodies and rhythmic play of the great jazz standards are given room to stretch out and breathe in the intimate setting of one voice and one instrument.
Dale’s voice is warm and flexible, delivering moving ballads at one moment and exuberant, up-tempo swing the next.
Rick provides lyrical lines, great rhythmic interest, and beautiful harmonic counterpoint on the guitar. Together, they interpret your favourite jazz standards, and introduce you to new tunes with an Indigo Jazz twist!
Photos by Doug Anderson
Karen McKinnon of McKinnon Photography has gained a reputation in the Comox Valley not just as the go-to photographer for fresh and vibrant weddings and portrait photography, but also for her warm and professional demeanour. With 15 years experience, she has a wide skill set and a strong knowledge of all aspects of photography. She has received numerous business and photography awards, and is an active and generous contributor to numerous community initiatives and events.
Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. are a shadow puppet duo from the West Coast of B.C. Canada. Since 2003, Jessica Gabriel and Chloé Ziner have been developing a multilayered style of visual storytelling using overhead projectors (OHP) as their main light source. Their performances combine originally crafted puppets, music, masked characters, recycled waste, and eclectic experimentations in lighting and timing.
Mind of a Snail colourfully exposes cultural quirks by developing simple stories around ideas that represent human’s interconnectedness with what is natural, what is artificial, and where everything blurs in between. This “Compost~Modern” approach is being developed by Mind of a Snail into a mesmerizing art form that dazzles audiences of all ages.
Bee Wolf Ray; late bloomer as a musician, child singing star at family parties, writing in an oracular vein songs of love, truth and pain. Raw, sweet sound, haunting, inspiring & disturbing thoughts, pleasurably intimate with an edge.
Bee Wolf Ray can be heard at random CV jams, here there and everywhere. In love with love, truth and life.
Raised in the Comox Valley, Luke Blu has been involved in the local music scene for over a decade. He is widely recognized as a versatile and creative guitar player and is greatly respected for his diverse original music, which showcases his soulful, inspiring vocals.
Guthrie’s distinctive and eclectic style has found a home on cbc radio where Luke’s self titled demo recordings have seen considerable play.
Find Luke online: http://lukebluguthrie.com/
Captivating vocals, haunting melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics describe the music of Deanna Cartea. Deanna combines her upbringing in the Canadian Prairies with a West Coast influence and fuses them into a truly unique sound that is able to draw in an audience from the moment she sings her first note.
Much of Deanna’s songwriting is drawn upon the exposure she had to the hard core elements of society during a career in Social Work that brought her up close and personal to the people and families who struggle daily. Those images, combined with her own personal experiences in life form a genuine and cerebral style to the character of her songwriting.
A move from her hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan to the West Coast of British Columbia brought an entirely new element to Deanna’s music. Much of this new direction was guided by the vibrant music scene occurring on the Sunshine Coast of BC. Deanna carefully crafted a new and unique sound described as a blend of woodsmoke and wonder, and burst onto the West Coast music scene performing in BC and the Northwest USA.
Helen Austin is no stranger to the stage and has worked as a professional performer for over 20 years. After her award winning comedy career she now writes and records music full time. Her music has the DNA of Simon & Garfunkel and CSN&Y while being clothed in Iron & Wine and a folkier Feist and, with her self-produced music videos getting over half a million viewers online, she has been earning accolades and acquiring fans from around the world. Her music is now getting regularly licensed in Network TV shows such as ’90210′, ‘One Tree Hill’ and ‘Ghost Whisperer’, along with many MTV shows and ads.
Formed in the Spring of 2010 by song-writer Colin Piazza, National Tape is a four-piece Canadian indie rock band hailing from Victoria, British Columbia. Their music is catchy, upbeat, relatable and will make you want to dance your pants off.
Based out of Victoria BC Canada, Isobel Trigger is the new indie band on the block; ready to send you sky high and move your body and mind! Recently nominated for 3 Vancouver Island music awards; all members deliver a dynamic, high energy performance intertwined with whimsical lyrics and catchy moody melodies. The music is an eclectic combination of alternative-rock, folk and pop; with a sugary edgy twist that will leave your ears longing for more!
Find more online: http://www.isobeltrigger.com
Hailing from Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, the Deep Sea Gypsies are greatly inspired by the sounds of classic and psychedelic rock. This up and coming band gives their music a unique west-coast feel by mixing the hip-hop vocal styles of Loke Webb with the soulful, heartfelt voice and lead guitar riffs supplied by Johnny Regimbal. Picking up the rhythm section in the style of Ringo Starr, Greg Moore rocks a steady left handed beat on his right handed kit for Marty Boggs to lay down his tight bass licks; reminiscent of old-school blues and funk.
Al MacLachlan has worked as a television cameraman and director, as a documentary writer/director, as a professional photographer and as a journalist. He has written for The Globe and Mail, The Georgia Straight, several magazines and newspapers.
In 2007 Ekstasis Editions of Victoria published his novel After The Funeral to good reviews, and recently released Murmurs of the Dead, also with good reviews.
Al studied at Concordia University in Montreal, and Seneca College in Toronto before moving to Vancouver, where he lived for several years.
He presently spends his time writing both fiction and non-fiction, runs Wildwest Communications, and the online magazine Wildernesstravels.com. He lives on Vancouver Island.
Kirsty lives on a Lasqueti Island homestead with her husband and two little children. Her first book of poems True (Leaf Press, 2011) has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. She wrote the lyrics for Humminah, and Goodbye To A Boy with Kim Barlow, and was the muse in Fairy Wings. She read poems at the 2011 Whitehorse Poetry Festival, and then sped to the hospital to help deliver her best friend’s baby, whose water burst at the reading! She turned her first chapbook into a movie, The Night My Creampuffs Fell.
Find Kirsty online www.kirstyelliot.ca
Born and raised in Ireland, David moved with his family to the Comox Valley 20 years ago. A love for song fuels his writing and performing. His CD “At the End of the Day” is an equal mix of original songs and unique arrangements of traditional Irish songs.
For this performance he is joined by Celtic Cargo Cult band-mate David Hext on bass guitar and vocals. From heartfelt ballads to high energy Celtic rock, their shows will stir your soul and move your feet.
Find him online at www.davidsomers.ca
Blues keyboarder Erik Eriksson’s musical motto – E=music² - captures the spirit of his music, an amalgam of contemporary blues and 1950s rock and roll.
Influenced by rock and roll greats Little Richard, Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis and taught by Canada’s premier blues keyboarders Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Julian Fauth and David Vest, Erik “the Big E” Eriksson engenders enormous enjoyment with his ten fingers on his eighty-eight keys.
Judy and Bruce Wing perform original contemporary folk/roots music as well as refurbished oldies and popular favourites. Audiences enjoy their intertwining guitar parts, percussive playing style and heart felt vocals. They are known locally as hosts of a local open mic and the 1st Tuesday Fundraisers.
Find them online at www.judyandbruce.com
The Black Swan Fiddlers play exciting traditional Celtic music; these include foot tapping jigs and reels, along with soulful Celtic ballads. The Black Swan Fiddlers consist of fiddlers Crystal Barry, Caillie Gregory, Austin Longacre, Julie Pickett, with Paul Gervais on guitar, Bob Henderson on bodhran, and the talented vocalist Jackie Lambeth. David Stevenson keeps it all together on fiddle, flute and penny whistle.
The Black Swan Fiddlers are based at the Long and McQuade Music store where we do our rehearsals and where we produced our first ever CD called the South Wind.
K. Bannerman is the author of ‘Bucket of Blood’, a gothic murder mystery set in the coalfields of Cumberland, BC. She has written four novels and her short stories have appeared in publications across Europe, Australia, and North America, including Herizons Magazine and Omnidawn Publishing’s ground-breaking “Paraspheres Anthology”. She often wanders the beaches of Vancouver Island, looking for sea monsters.
Find her online: www.foxandbee.com.
With a wealth of experience and a Bard like ability to craft together words and music. “Glen Gravel” combines lyrical poetry with tunes, played on both the Harmonica and Guitar. In his own casual and intricate style, singing like no one else, he weaves melodies into stories and stories into songs. Songs about life, down the long and eclectic roads that span this great land.
Jake West is a highly engaging, interactive, energetic performer focusing on clown and prop manipulation bringing a dynamic presence to the stage. He has performed across North America and Japan for the last 10 years on many diverse stages. Jake is thrilled to now call Vancouver Island home and he looks forward to becoming an integral part of the arts community.