Dancers, musicians, poets, painters, circus performers, thespians, photographers, projectionists, crafters and merry makers of all stripes are gearing up for the 4th Annual Elevate Arts Festival, set to launch in Downtown Courtenay June 3-6. This multi-venue, cross-disciplinary arts festival welcomes artists, performers and culture lovers to the streets, alleys, halls, pubs and cafes of Downtown Courtenay for a 4 day mash up of culture and community building!
Featuring diverse evening events June 3-5 and a FREE all day and night street festival on Saturday June 6th, Elevate welcomes participants of all ages to be part of a street level celebration dedicated to shattering barriers between culture consumers and culture producers. “Elevate is about more than the tradition performer - audience relationship. Its about bringing the culture makers and the culture lovers together and its about looking at the intrinsic value of engaging in the cultural life of our community.” says Elevate Co-Producer Bobby Herron.
There are still lots of ways to get involved in the upcoming festival. Volunteers, roving performers and pop up artists are still welcome to join the fun! Poets and story tellers are invited to share their work at an open mic event called uniVERSE at Union Street Grotto on Wednesday June 3. The Elevate Mini Mural Project invites families, businesses or individuals to take on a 2×4 foot mural and paint in place at the festival June 6th. Photographers can submit to be part of the 4th annual Photopia Exhibition! Add to that an Improv Soap Opera, Participatory Story Telling, Poets Corner, Pop Up Parks, Zine and Collage workshops and crazy kids crafts and your hands, mind and heart become part of the festival! Details about all the ways to engage the Elevate Arts Festival are available online at www.elevatethearts.com.
Projects, performers and artists coming to Downtown Courtenay this June 3-6 include Puppets for Peace with Timothy Gosley, Pecha Kucha Comox Valley, Doug Koyama, Daniel Moir, Lara Kroeker, The Women’s Punk Rock Choir, Joy District, Harp Pixie, Triple Heat Dance, 7 Story Circus, Pantuso Dance, Cathy Stoyko, Nova Fire Spun Arts, Douglas Walker, Hart and Stone, PK Tessmann, Tippy Agogo , The Great Speckled Fritillary and over 150 other creative contributors! Event venues include Union Street Grotto, Billy D’s, Zocalo, Lower Native Sons Hall, The Lower Elks Hall, Duncan Ave, The Comox Valley Art Gallery, The Sid Williams Plaza, The Bridge, Simms Alley, The Avalanche and Imperial Square, the home of Gladstone Brewing, Mudsharks and Guerrilla Pizza.
Mark the dates and plan to immerse yourself in the cultural heart of our community!
On Friday April 10th at 5:00 pm at the Florence Filberg Centre (411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay, British Columbia) Imagine Comox Valley with director Meaghan Cursons as champion hosted the Comox Valley Blue Dot Rally.
Many thanks to Craig Carson for the images shared below.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 7:00 pm
Filberg Centre, Conference Hall (upstairs) - 411 Anderton Road, Courtenay
Dr. Thierry Vrain was a soil biologist and a genetic engineer with Agriculture Canada for 30 years. He was the Head of the Biotechnology Department at the Summerland Research Centre, managing the research programs of 40 professional and technical employees and providing leadership for scientific committees and organizations to evaluate research proposals, educate and advise on scientific issues. He provided scientific journals with reviews and editorial evaluations of scientific manuscripts, and technical expertise to governments to evaluate diagnostics and exclusion policies, and to Universities in Canada and abroad to educate students and staff, and supervise research projects. Thierry retired in 2002 and created a little herbal farm on Vancouver Island where he teaches soil health. He has slipped into the persona of “a scientist turned activist” and he lectures about GMOs.
Head to the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College this Wednesday March 18th for an engaging and stimulating evening of local presenters, TED Talk videos and live music all in the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading.
TEDx is a program of local, independently-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. These events are officially endorsed by TED and are designed to inspire discussion and connection at the community level. Locally organized by Imagine Comox Valley, with support from North Island College and World Community, TEDx Comox Valley is a fantastic night that will stimulate the mind and spark the imagination!
Entry is by donation with a suggested minimum donation of $10 to cover event costs. The event starts at 7 sharp and doors open at 6:45. SEating is limited and advance tickets are available online to reserve a seat. Limited tickets will be also available at the door on a first come first serve basis. Ticket links, presenter info and more info are available at www.imaginecomoxvalley.ca or visit TEDx Comox Valley on Facebook.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.
TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com
, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks
, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED