The crowds are back for a packed live entertainment program hosted by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society. People and musicians love it after COVID’s long, limited layoff.
“We have seen so many happy faces,” said CVCAS President Bev Knight. “It’s nice to see big smiling faces without masks.”
It has also been nice for CVCAS to support musicians through resilient grants the organization has received.
CVCAS went ahead and built a summer music program in WaterWheel Park on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m., with a Sunday at 2 p.m., not really knowing what the restrictions would be by July. for the number of people who could attend. each performance.
“We were expecting the 50 anyway,” Knight said. “We were optimistic they were going to relax the rules.”
CVCAS is also celebrating 20 years and it’s been fantastic to bring music back into mainstream after the last 16 months of limited hearing and a complete shutdown for a while.
The Copper Canyon Band got things going on Canada Day with their great selection of country music followed by the best of bluegrass from Malahat Drive for the first performance on Saturday July 3rd.
Tropic Mayhem put on the beach and surf music for a big crowd on July 6, leading to an appearance on Saturday July 10 of Hank Angel and his Island Devils in the afternoon.
Many local and nearby fan favorites have been booked for the summer.
The rest of the Saturday schedule is as follows:
July 17 Bluegrass Fever (traditional bluegrass)
July 24 Wayne Montgomery (current county)
July 31 Oh Ogopogo, Tower of Dudes (cowpunk)
August 7 Soul Shakers (rhythm and blues)
August 14 Brandon Isaak (original blues)
August 21 Black Moon Valley (country rock ‘n’ roll)
August 28 Hank Lionheart & The Kingpins (blues)
The rest of the Tuesday schedule includes:
July 13 Mbira Spirit (country to the rhythm of the world)
July 20 Mark Crissinger (the best of the blues)
July 27 Tom Morrissey (Newfoundland evening)
August 3 Beatlemania Unplugged (formerly Deaf Aids led by John Booth, who grew up in Chemainus)
August 10 Greg Bush Quintet (large jazz ensemble)
August 17 Lazy Mike (South Island Rhythm Kings)
August 24 Capital City Syncopators (Dixieland)
August 31 Caleb Hart (Island soul and reggae)
The solitary Sunday event will feature the Key Winds Trio, playing beautiful classical music, on August 15 at 2 p.m.
All performances are free, with donations readily accepted to help with expenses.