4th Annual Elevate Arts Festival set to Launch!

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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!


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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.


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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.


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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!

Blue Dot Tour Comox Valley

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.

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The time to take action on Environmental Rights is now.  The Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities convention is happened in Courtenay between April 11 -13. Regional decision-makers voted on a resolution to take to the Union of BC Municipalities convention in September 2015.  This resolution calls for a Provincial Environmental Bill of Rights.  A Provincial Environmental Bill of Rights would be a significant step forward to ensuring the health of our environment and communities ­ it will:

  1. Recognize the right of every resident to live in a healthy environment,
  2. Provide for public participation in decision-making respecting the environment and access to environmental information and
  3. Have whistleblower protection.

We hosted this rally on Friday April 10th to show Vancouver Island Councilors and Mayors that safe and healthy communities are important to Islanders and the these decision makers need to pass the resolution.


 

Many thanks to Craig Carson for the images shared below.

The Future is HERE Comox Valley!

People of the Comox Valley are invited to join the Comox Valley Sustainability Network and Sierra Club BC at the Stan Hagen Theatre in Courtenay at 6pm, April 23, 2015 for a night of networking and information sharing. The Future is HERE event is a part of the Sierra Club BC ‘s province wide tour showcasing the Award-Winning Documentary “The Future of Energy - Lateral Power to the People”, which focuses on the clean energy revolution happening right now all across North America! 

Engage with us and learn how to support the Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy (2010) and the network of community organizations and business that are coming together to support and promote its implementation.

Find out how you can diminish your carbon footprint and reduce your monthly energy costs by participating in the Panel Discussion following the screening of the film. Hosted by Sierra Club BC’s Energy and Climate campaigner, Larissa Stendie, special guest speakers will include, Cristi Sacht, Certified Enery Advisor (CEA) - Through Natural Resources Canada, Michael Zbarsky Manager of Transit and Sustainability Comox Valley Regional District, Mark Tizya, Owner of Novo Solar Systems, and Jessie Lightburn of the Comox Valley Sustainability Network.

 

6pm Doors Open

Attendees are encouraged to come early to secure their seat and engage with local community groups and energy advisors!

6:45pm Screening of the Feature Film

 “The Future of Energy - Lateral Power to the People”

8pm Panel Discussion


Admission by Donation

On the web: sierraclub.bc.ca or cvsn.ca

Find us on Facebook: The Future is HERE Comox Valley

 

 

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