Harmonious Offerings and Opportunities
Many of the folks who move to the Comox Valley are lured by its exceptional outdoor and recreational prospects; but, for others, Valley life offers the chance to nourish their creative side.
Known for its lively artistic community, the area’s beautiful surroundings engage and inspire artists of all sorts, including many musicians. A community’s music scene is a significant part of its culture, often helping to shape its identity, and within the Comox Valley, we’re fortunate to have numerous events and venues that allow people to enjoy both taking in performances and taking part in performing.
Whether you prefer to observe or be observed, the Valley is certain to keep you musically entertained. Here are just some of the ways that you can get your groove on, including a couple of options that even give you a chance to pay it forward.
Festivals, shows and venues
Obviously, Island MusicFest is the biggest ticket in these parts. Taking place every July, entertainers from around the world are showcased for three days. But did you know that they also have a year-round concert series? Likewise, another smaller festival, Atmosphere Gathering, showcases live and electronic music every August and is co-produced by the folks at Cumberland Village Works, who also feature musical events throughout the year. The usual venue for both these concert series is the Waverly Hotel in historic Cumberland.
Courtenay’s Sid Williams Theatre is another popular entertainment venue. The 500-seat performing arts centre has hosted countless music acts through its 25 years and is always bringing in new and exciting performers.
Jam nights and karaoke
Many of those establishments just mentioned also offer people the chance to get up and perform, be it through karaoke, drop-in jams or both. Check out their various websites to get the details on what happens where. Cornerstone Taphouse is another option at their Monday evening open-mic, where you can try out your latest tune or poem, if you’re brave enough.
And if you want to know more about local musical goings-on, such as events, performance opportunities, items for sale, etc., check out the Comox Valley Musicians Network page on Facebook.
Of course, one of the best things about having so many gifted locals, is that they’re more than willing to share their talents to benefit others. The Mex pub hosts an on-going concert series on the first Tuesday of the month in which artists are invited to perform with funds raised being donated to the charity of their choice.
And often when there is a family in need or some sort of crisis going on, such as the BC wildfires, musicians will get together to perform fundraisers around the Valley. Typically, you can hear about it through local media or by keeping tabs on the CV Musicians Facebook feed mentioned earlier.
One fundraiser that’s close to my heart is my “Fishbowl Movember House Concert for Men’s Health.” (Yes, I know, the name’s long-winded, but it gets the message across!) The Movember concerts started about five years ago to raise money and give support to my friend Brian who was fighting prostate cancer at the time. We still hold it each year in November to keep raising money for men’s health. Usually we have Des Larsen as headliner with other local musicians stepping in to play after his set. Get in touch with me for the date and time if you’re interested in attending or performing – it’s always a great time!
Love to play or sing but a little shy about getting involved? Stay tuned for my next blog highlighting some of the local choirs and instrumental options that may allow you to blend into the background while still fulfilling that need to make music and enjoy harmony.
Make sure to get out to explore and appreciate the local music scene. For more information on this or any other aspect of Comox Valley living, please contact me or my associate Andrea Davis. Visit my website mikefisherhomes.com or get in touch with me at 250.218.3895.