SUMMERTIME BLUES FESTIVAL SETS A SOULFUL AND ROCKIN’ HIGH BAR IN NANAIMO

By Guest Blogger Nancy Shields

The 2016 Summertime Blues Festival in Nanaimo had it all: deep soulful tunes, spirited uplifting songs and incredible musicians from near and far.

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The promoters showed true diligence when it came to selecting the artists. This year featured 21 acts, including the British blues/rock legends Savoy Brown, American blues legends Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, along with locals like Lazy Mike & The Rockin’ Recliners.

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– See more at: http://explorenanaimobc.com/2016/09/26/summertime-blues-festival-nanaimo-bc/#sthash.5RwVew5C.dpuf

What’s Up in Nanaimo This Week: Sept. 22-28

What’s Up in Nanaimo This Week

September 22, 2016 – September 28, 2016

For more local events, visit www.tourismnanaimo.com/events


FEATURED EVENTS

4th Annual Latin American Festival, Sat @ 5 PM, Beban Park Recreation Centre, $20

Come out to emmerse yourself in local Latin American culture! This year’s event will showcase food from different Latino countries , entertainment from talented local performers, and don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes because we will be dancing until the last one drops!

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Etsy Made in Canada, Sat@ 10-4, Northtown Centre, FREE

This is a yearly event, where  over 30 Etsy communities will be celebrating the buy local movement by simultaneously participating in pop-up markets all across Canada and this year Nanaimo is included. The etsy Nanaimo team of local entrepreneurs are proud to have 45 artists and entrepreneurs represented at their event. This is a family friendly event, woth free kids activities such as face painting and craft tables.

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CONCERTS and LIVE MUSIC

Brisas del Palmar, Thu & Fri @ 7pm, Roxy Thetare (Gabriola), $20-15

This group is bringing their fantastic music once again to Gabriola Island. Last chance before they return to Cuba. You won’t be disappointed.

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Live at Longwood, Thurs @ 8PM-10PM, Longwood Brew Pub, FREE

Live acoustic music…every Thursday night! This week featuring Josh Gellman

South American All-Stars, Cheko & The Lion Rockers, Fri @10pm, The Queens, $12

NANAIMO REGGAE MASSIVE presents a night of roots reggae, cumbia, and reggaeton featuring two great bands and local DJ, Rebel Selector! See these great bands in an iconic music location in Nanaimo.

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Darby Mills of ‘The Headpins’, Sat @ 9 PM, the Queens, $22.50 – $25

Canadian rock icon Darby Mills of the “Headpins” rocks out at the Queens.

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Marty Steele, Sat @ 6pm-8pm, New York Style Pizza & Pasta, FREE

Enjoy a great meal and some local live talent.

BoodAboom Live, Sat @9pm, Corner Lounge, $5

BoodAbooM is bringing their high energy dance party back to The Corner Lounge. Roots, rock, pop, reggae, blues and southern rock are all on the agenda for an up tempo night of wearing out your dancing shoes.

KIDS ACTIVITIES

Art Lab Studio, Sat @ 9:30-12:30, Nanaimo Art Gallery, $12/child

Let your kids connect with artists, experiment with materials, learn new techniques, and have fun with art making.

Harvest Barn Dance, Sat@ 6:30, Costin Hall (Lantzville), $5

Come out for a fun all-ages event. There will be food, drinks and live fiddle music. No dance skills required – all dances will be taught that evening.

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Nanaimo Rivers Day, Sun @11-2:30pm, Bowen Park, FREE

Nanaimo Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. Activities for the day include community group information and interactive booths, interpretive stream walk and fry trapping, live music by local bands.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

From Farm to Table, Thu @ 6-9pm, Costin Hall (Lantzville), $65

Carolyn Herriot will prepare meals based on her Zero-Mile Cookbook from healthy local ingredients.

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Out of Sight, Daily @ 10 AM, Nanaimo Art Gallery, FREE

Out of Sight features some of the work of Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) and Harold Edgerton (1903-1990), two giants in the history of photography.

Voices from the Engraver Exhibition, Daily except Sun, Nanaimo Museum, $2

From concept to final product, the artistry behind Canadian currency and stamps is on exhibit at the Nanaimo Museum.

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Island Sleuth Mystery Event, Fri @ 7pm, Eagle Mountain Church, $20

Everyone  will enter a makeshift “crime scene,” be handed a “case file” along with a fake “warrant” and will be asked to solve an island-based mystery. Prizes and bragging rights are up for grabs.

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Nanaimo to Cowichan Wine Tour, Fri 10-4:30pm, $75 (special price: mention that you saw this on harbourliving.ca), regular price $120 registration required

Join us for a 6 hour tour to three wineries in the Cowichan Valley. Tour includes a behind the scenes tour of one of the local wineries, private tastings, bottled water to ensure the next day is a good one, more wine samples than they should probably give you and discounts on wine at select wineries

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Comedy Night with Garrett Clark, Sat @ 8pm, Lantzville Pub, $15 Starting his comedy career at the soft, supple and pink-arsed age of 15, Garrett Clark is sure to make you laugh.

Cheese Making Course, various dates, Gabriola Island, $100, registration required

Join Paula and learn the art of making your own cheese. The course will teach several different cheeses and includes lunch as well as take home instructions and ingredients. .

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VIU Mariners Soccer, Sat & Sun @ 1pm & 3:30, Merle Logan Turf Field, FREE

The local mens and women univerty soccer teams are hosting Langara (Vancouver) and Douglas College (New Westminster)

TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes 2016 – Nanaimo, Sun @ 10 AM, Rotary Bowl, By Donation

Walk together to demonstrate a desire to cure, better treat and prevent Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Families, organizations and communities register, raise funds and celebrate together on Walk day with fun activities, refreshments and inspirational messaging.

FARMER’S MARKETS

Island Roots Bowen Road Market, Weds @ 4-6:30pm and Sat @9-12pm, Beban Park, FREE

Nanaimo’s premier food-oriented market promoting the 100 mile diet.

Bastion Waterfront Farmers Market, Fri @10am-2pm, Pioneer Plaza, FREE

Find farmers, bakers, crafters and anything else locally grown, made or baked.

Cedar Farmers Market, Sun @10-2pm, Crow and Gate Pub Field, FREE

The market boasts over 70 full time vendors making it one of the region’s largest.

Lantzville Market, Sun @ 1:30-4pm, St. Phillips Church, FREE

This is a great little market featuring local vendors from Nanaimo and Region

Gabriola Farmers’ Market, Sat @ 10-2pm, AGI Hall, FREE

Find farm fresh produce, fresh baked and over 30 local artisans and health practitioners

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What’s Up in Nanaimo: Sept. 8-14

What’s Up in Nanaimo This Week

September 8, 2016 – September 14, 2016

For more local events, visit www.tourismnanaimo.com/events


FEATURED EVENTS

Harvest Festival, Saturday @ 11 AM, Wesley Street in the Old City Quarter, FREE

This annual event launches downtown Nanaimo into the fall season in the best way with entertainment, vendors, kid’s activities and harvest themed competitions!

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Lantzville Minetown Day, Saturday @ 10 AM, Lantzville Huddlestone Park, FREE

Come out and celebrate the 42nd annual Minetown Day Festival! The day will include lots of community fun for the whole family including a pancake breakfast, parade, hay and pony rides, live music games and more!

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Paws for a Cause, Sunday @ 10:30 AM, Maffeo Sutton Park, $20 Adult, $10 Child

Join the walk to fight animal cruelty on September 11 at Maffeo Sutton Park. There will be plenty of activities for everyone, including live music from local bands and a lunch buffet courtesy of Dish in Nanaimo.

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CONCERTS and LIVE MUSIC

An Acoustic Tribute to Arcade Fire, Fri @ 7:30 PM, Dinghy Dock Pub, $20 + s/c

Acoustic renditions of Arcade Fire songs by Vancouver Island musicians featuring Andrew Halliwell, Tora Leigh, Cory Friesenhan, Monique Hendricks, The Stacks

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Marty Steele, Sat, 6pm-8pm, FREE @ New York Style Pizza & Pasta

Quiet enough to enjoy your dining experience, but with an upbeat energy, his style of playing matches the ambience of the restaurant—a mix of elegance and grit that will satisfy your musical tastes.

Live at Longwood, Thurs @ 8PM-10PM, Longwood Brew Pub, FREE

Live acoustic music…every Thursday night! This week featuring Josh Gellman.

David Gogo, Sat @ 8 PM, Lantzville Pub, $20 + s/c

Join us for an acoustic night of the blues with David Gogo! With a worldwide fanbase and impressive list of accomplishments, David’s new album is sure to perk up everyone’s playlist with its perfect blend of Gogo originals and handpicked working reinvented classics. One of Canada’s hardest working and most prolific guitar virtuosos, David will hit the road with shows across the country, including many festival dates. Sometimes the best art comes out of a journey.

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OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Out of Sight, Sept 10-Sept 11 @ 10 AM, Nanaimo Art Gallery, FREE

Out of Sight is a touring exhibition from the Vancouver Art Gallery featuring a selection of recently acquired photographs by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) and Harold Edgerton (1903-1990), two giants in the history of photography. Both artists are celebrated for their revolutionary works that expand our understanding of time and motion and extend the capacity of human perception by making time stand still. Brought together, these bodies of work explore ideas about perception and representation, challenging viewers to reconsider what we see in our everyday encounters.

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Art Lab Studio, Sat @ 9:30-12:30, Nanaimo Art Gallery, $12/child

Let your kids connect with artists, experiment with materials, learn new techniques, and have fun with art making

Historic Walking Tour, meet at the Bastion, Thur @6:45pm, $25

You get two funky old pubs, loads of historic and quirky facts about our ever-evolving liquor laws in BC, and an eclectic guide to bring it all to life!

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Stories on Friday – What Could Possible Go Wrong? Fri @ 7:30 PM, Unitarian Hall, $5 at the door

The Around Town Tellers invite you to an evening of tradition storytelling. September’s theme is ‘What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” featuring stories from Christine Clarke-Johnsen, Sandy Cole, Deborah Goodman, Laurie Hutchinson, and Barbara Smith with music from Marty Howe and the Atkinson Brothers.

Kayak & Yoga., Thurs @ 5 PM, OmTown Yoga, $45

Join us for the final Kayak & Yoga event of the year! Beginning with a guided paddle to Newcastle Island followed by a chilled out yoga flow as the sun sets, spend the evening connecting with nature, getting your toes salty and meeting new friends! All levels are welcome, no yoga or kayak experience necessary. Snacks provided by Power House Food & Elevate Me.

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FARMER’S MARKETS

Island Roots Bowen Road Market, Weds @ 4-6:30pm and Sat @9-12pm, Beban Park, FREE. Nanaimo’s premier food-oriented market promoting the 100 mile diet.

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Bastion Waterfront Farmers Market, Fri @10am-2pm, Pioneer Plaza, FREE. Find farmers, bakers, crafters and anything else locally grown, made or baked.

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Cedar Farmers Market, Sun @10-2pm, Crow and Gate Pub Field, FREE. The market boasts over 70 full time vendors making it one of the region’s largest.

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Lantzville Market, Sun @ 1:30-4pm, St. Phillips Church, FREE. This is a great little market featuring local vendors from Nanaimo and Region

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Gabriola Farmers’ Market, Sat @ 10-2pm, AGI Hall, FREE. Find farm fresh produce, fresh baked and over 30 local artisans and health practitioners.

 

A Countryside Escape from the City

By Guest Blogger Chris Istace

The hustle and bustle of daily life in the big city keeps us running at a fast pace but sometimes we dream of a time when things were a little simpler and a little slower. A place where you could stroll down to the river and go for a dip or swing by the pub to enjoy a pint in the garden after picking up suppers menu items at the farmers’ market.

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Credit: Chris Istace

That time and place exists right now. Just take a short drive south of Nanaimo to the countryside community of Cedar. The region is also featured in Tourism Nanaimo’s Top 10 Things To Do list via the Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Trail.

Read more here: http://explorenanaimobc.com/2016/09/08/countryside-escape-city-life/ 

What’s Up in Nanaimo: Sept 1 -7, 2016

What’s Up in Nanaimo & Region This Week September 1-7, 2016

For more local events, top ten things to do & itinerary idea visit: http://www.explorenanaimobc.com 

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CONCERTS and LIVE MUSIC:

The GORDS, SimonHolt, Fri, Sept 2nd

Doors open at 8pm, Show starts at 8:30pm

Tickets: -Advance $20 –Door $25The Gords are an adult-contemporary/soft rock vocal band made up of veteran sideman/session musicians. All three Gords are gifted singer-songwriters who offer a truly remarkable rich sound.

Marty Steele, Sat, 6pm-8pm, FREE @ New York Style Pizza & Pasta

Quiet enough to enjoy your dining experience, but with an upbeat energy, his style of playing matches the ambience of the restaurant—a mix of elegance and grit that will satisfy your musical tastes.

Live at Longwood, Thurs @ 8PM-10PM, Longwood Brew Pub, FREE

Live acoustic music…every Thursday night!

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Photo Credit: Sean Helmn

Knacker’s Yard for Labour Day, Fri-Sat (Sept 2nd-3rd) @ 7:30PM-10:30PM, Dinghy Dock Pub FREE

Traditional Celtic tunes from a very un-traditional group! These guys fill the dance floor and entertain with tales of woe. Come stomp your feet and raise a glass to welcome autumn!

First Friday Art Night, Blue Poppy & The Bee’s Knees Cafe, Fri @5-9pm, FREE

An evening of art & live music. Food & Beverages will be available from The Bee’s Knees Cafe.

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FARMER’S MARKETS:

Island Roots Bowen Road Market, Weds @ 4-6:30pm and Sat @9-12pm, Beban Park, FREE

Nanaimo’s premier food-oriented market promoting the 100 mile diet.

Bastion Waterfront Farmers Market, Fri @10am-2pm, Pioneer Plaza, FREE

Find farmers, bakers, crafters and anything else locally grown, made or baked.

Nanaimo Flea Market. Fri @12pm, Wellington Hall, FREE. The Nanaimo Flea Market is open to everyone and has a variety of vendors. You can find holiday, everyday retro, jewelry, antiques, household goods, jam, jellies, baked goods, farmer’s eggs and so much more.

Cedar Farmers Market, Sun @10-2pm, Crow and Gate Pub Field, FREE

The market boasts over 70 full time vendors making it one of the region’s largest.

Lantzville Market, Sun @ 1:30-4pm, St. Phillips Church, FREE

This is a great little market featuring local vendors from Nanaimo and Region

Gabriola Farmers’ Market, Sat @ 10-2pm, AGI Hall, FREE

Find farm fresh produce, fresh baked and over 30 local artisans and health practitioners

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Cedar Farmers’ Market (credit: Local Loves Nanaimo)


OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

Art Lab Studio, Sat @ 9:30-12:30, Nanaimo Art Gallery, $12/child

Let your kids connect with artists, experiment with materials, learn new techniques, and have fun with art making

Historic Walking Tour, meet at the Bastion, Thur @6:45pm, $25

You get two funky old pubs, loads of historic and quirky facts about our ever-evolving liquor laws in BC, and an eclectic guide to bring it all to life!

Women’s Wednesday Night Rides Sept 7th 6:30-8pm, FREE

Rides are easy-paced rides of 10 to 12 km in length. The routes are on quiet residential streets and portions of the E&N and Parkway Trails. All cyclists are asked to follow all the rules of the road, including wearing a helmet, and are responsible for their own safety.

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#ExploreNanaimo

Catching a Wave with Captain Hans

Hi guys – it’s Morgane again!

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I wanted to blog about my most recent FAM tour, aboard the Shadowfax. What an amazing time I had with Captain Hans on the open sea! Vancouver Island Catamaran Sailing is owned and operated by Hans Bongarts who has been sailing for 37 years and loves to take his guests on adventures.

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The Shadowfax is the vessel that Hans uses and it is a real beauty. She was made for gently sailing along the Pacific coast and is she also eco-friendly. This catamaran can hold up to 12 people comfortably as there is ample room on the large deck and netting area.

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Hans is very accommodating with his tours and lets people choose where they want to sail, how long the tour will be and if there is a special event, he is more than happy to let you bring your own food, drinks or party supplies aboard. He will often combine sailing with Island and beach activities, BBQ’s, hiking and swimming.

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Our little group started from the Waterfront  Suites and Marina (where the Shadowfax makes her home) loaded with fruit, chocolate and of course a little vino! The sun was shining and although it was a little windy, the water was quite calm. I managed to score a spot on the netting in the front and take in some rays while Hans gave us a little history on Newcastle Island, which we were just passing.

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Our trip took us around Newcastle and Protection Island as well as the downtown harbour. On the way we saw a few seals, lots of boats from all over B.C and the States as well as gorgeous views from all directions. At one point we encountered an area of water with bright orange piping around it and the mast of a ship sticking up from the water. Apparently, a boat had sunk in this area and now like the chalk outline of a dead body, the area was surrounded in order to keep people away from the tragedy. Okay, so I read a lot of crime books!
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If you’re looking for a great way to see the Island, I highly recommend letting Captain Hans take you on a tour. Not only is he knowledgeable but he is very personable and seems to really love his job! Of course, what’s not to love about spending a sunny day on the sea with great company?! For more info, check out his website HERE.

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Have fun out there!
~Morgane
info@tourismnanaimo.com
250-751-1556

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Exploring Newcastle Island in Nanaimo

Hey guys, Heather here!

Since I began working with Tourism Nanaimo at the beginning of the summer, I’ve been inspired to rediscover the Harbour City. After checking a few boxes off my list I decided I to go on a ‘re-adventure’, and do something I had not done since I was in grade 7…  hike around Newcastle Island! I called my brother, my very first adventure buddy, to tell him the plan and he was eager to join me in reliving our youth.

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Me and my brother!

The morning was a little gloomy but we made a pact that rain or shine this hike was happening, we did grow up on the ‘wet-coast’ right after all! We arrived early for the ferry (which runs every hour on the hour from Maffeo Sutton Park) so we walked the waterfront and grabbed a Nanaimo Bar latte from my favourite coffee shop, Javawocky. We made our way to the Newcastle Island ferry where we hopped on the Island Mist foot passenger ferry ($9 round trip adult fare, $6 for child and senior) and set sail on our 10 minute ocean cruise.

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Getting ready to hop on the passenger ferry

We arrived on Newcastle Island and all my childhood memories came flooding back to me. The clubhouse still hosts interesting art pieces, the totem poles are still standing proud, the open campground and playground reminded me of why I loved this little island so much. My brother and I set out on our journey, first checking the map at the beginning of the trail to decide what our path would be.

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We decided to stick to the perimeter path of the island, which is approximately 7.5 kilometers but there are several joining trails that allow other island adventurers to shorten or lengthen their hikes if they choose (the trails are suitable for all experience levels, including children, dogs and those on bikes).

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The perimeter path follows the coast line of the island, providing stunning views of the Pacific Ocean while also catering to those seeking a more forested surrounding. I should also note that in addition to the breathtaking views, Newcastle Island is enriched in fascinating history and cool points of interest along the trails, such as the Giovando Lookout and the Sandstone Quarry.

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I highly recommend leaving a few hours open to hike Newcastle Island. My brother and I kept finding ourselves running out to all the various lookout points, astonished every time at the beauty around us (we may have stopped to catch some Pokémon along the way). We even took a moment on one of the beaches to get our ‘Om’ on and reflect on how lucky we truly are to live in the Pacific North West.

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We live here?! 

We met a few people during our hike who frequently like to spend the day island hopping. They begin with hike around Newcastle Island and finish it off with lunch at the Dinghy Dock Pub on Protection Island. It’s a little know fact, but if your check with your ship’s captain, they may be able to drop you off at the pub for a small additional fee. Sounds like a pretty great way to spend a day if you ask me!

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Mmm. Dinghy Dock food.

I hope you are as inspired as I am to get out and explore all the wonders Nanaimo has to offer.

Until next time!

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Cheers,

Heather🙂
info@tourismnanaimo.com
250-751-1556

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What’s Up in Nanaimo: Aug. 25 – Aug. 31

What’s Up in Nanaimo This Week

August 25th, 2016 – August 31st, 2016

For more local events, visit www.tourismnanaimo.com/events



Featured Events:

Nanaimo Blues Society’s Summertime Blues Festival.  Fri – Sun @ Maffeo Sutton Park, Single Day $52.50, Weekend $146. This long standing premier blues festival will bring some of Canada’s best blues artists for three days to Nanaimo. Enjoy every kind of blues you can imagine. This really is the Summertime Shades of Blues Festival. For complete line-up follow this link.

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The End of Summer Bash. Sat @ 4:30 PM, Nanaimo Entertainment Centre, $50-60

NightLife Entertainment & Where It’s At Entertainment presents The End of Summer Bash, the biggest hiphop show to ever hit Vancouver Island! Featuring KXNG Crooked, ONYX, Snak The Ripper, Merkules, Prada West, Konfidential and the Tangible Two. This event is for all ages and tickets are going fast!

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CONCERTS and LIVE MUSIC

Concerts in the Park, Mon @ 12:30PM & Wed @ 6PM, Maffeo Sutton Park. Free This summer, bring a lawn chair and a picnic while enjoying some great musical entertainment in two of Nanaimo’s most beautiful parks.  This Monday enjoy some Folk/ Pop by Little Crow and on Wednesday enjoy soft rock stylings by Glen Foster Group

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Summertime Music Series 2016. Thurs @ 12 PM. Diana Krall Plaza. FREE EVENT

This week will be featuring Scott McGill and Hope King. Bring your lunch and listen to some great local music!

Live at Longwood. Thurs @ 8 PM. Longwood Brew Pub.

Live music every Thursday night, this week featuring David Bitonti & Clear The Coast

RED FOO & The Party Rock Crew, Fri @ 6pm, Beban Park, $40

This will be the ULTIMATE END OF SUMMER CONCERT that you don’t want to miss!! This is an ALL AGES Concert, BUT there will be a BEER GARDEN for those that are 19+

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Sean Drabitt Quartet, Sun @7:30pm, Simon Holt, $15

Join Sean Drabitt, one of Canada’s best jazz bass player, and his quartet for an exciting evening of jazz music inspired by the compositions of Jaco Pastorius. This performance will be recorded live.

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TOURS

Historic Pub Tour, meet at the Bastion, Thur @6:45pm, $25

You get two funky old pubs, loads of historic and quirky facts about our ever-evolving liquor laws in BC, beer, a slice of Mambo’s pizza and an eclectic guide to bring it all to life!

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Newcastle Island Walking Tour  Sat -Sun @ 10 AM. & 2pm Newcastle Island. $10/adult, $5/child (no reservations required)

This 1.5 hour tour is led by an experienced Snuneymuxw guide who will introduce you to the Snuneymuxw First Nations history, stories and traditional medicines on beautiful Newcastle Island.

Newcastle SUP Race and Ocean Swim, Sat @ around 10am, prices vary, Newcastle Island (registration required)

The SUP Race is a 4km & 11km stand up paddle board race starting and ending on Newcastle Island. This is a great way to see the islands in front of our beautiful harbour from a new perspective.

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Nanaimo Bar Trail Run. Tues @ 9:30 AM. Diana Krall Plaza. $15. Bring your running shoes and get ready for an approx. 6-8km run (nobody left behind). At the finish line indulge in a coffee and a world famous Nanaimo Bar!

OTHER HIGHIGHTS


Cannon Firing, Daily @ 11:45 AM, in the Square next to the Bastion, FREE.

Join the ceremonial cannon firing which is accompanied by Bill Poppy, the Nanaimo bagpipe icon.

Ecstatic Dance, Fri @ 7:30 PM, OmTown Yoga, $12.

Discover that you are naturally endlessly creative. In this open improvised and free form dance practice the body is a vehicle for authentic expression and joyful discovery of the stories we hold in our bones and hearts. This movement practice is energetic, fun and transformative. Everyone is welcome to join, regardless of age, injury or experience!

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Highland Dancers, Thurs & Sat @ 11:30 AM, next to the Bastion, FREE

Twice a week the cannon firing is accompanied by several local highland dance students. Be sure to be there early as they start at 11:30 a.m. before the actual cannon firing ceremony.

Vintage & Handmade Market, Sat @ 10AM, Milstone Winery. Free.

A charming outdoor market with fresh food, vintage treasures, handmade items & live music! Over 25 vendors – lots to see & do! Bath bombs, soaps, jewelry, wooden signs, rustic & farmhouse decor, lots of vintage treasures & collections, vinyl records, fresh flowers, GREAT food, live music & lots more!

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Cheese Making Course, Sun @ 10:30-2:30pm, Gabriola Island, $95 (reservations required)

This is your chance to learn how to make mozzarella and Chevre cheeses with Paula on beautiful Gabriola Island. Lunch and take home ingredients are included. Make it a day trip and Gabriola Island. Ferry schedule here.

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KIDS ACTIVITIES

Art Lab Studio, Sat @ 9:30-12:30, Nanaimo Art Gallery, $12/child

Let your kids connect with artists, experiment with materials, learn new techniques, and have fun with art making.

Summer Activities at the Museum. Wed & Fri @ 1:30 PM. Nanaimo Museum. Incl. in admission. This drop-in, hands-on programs are ideal for children ages 5-12. It’s a great opportunity to keep your kids engaged and explore the museum!

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Summer Playground Program. Mon – Fri @ 10 M. Various Locations. FREE. Hey, kids 5-12! Drop into one of the neighbourhood playgrounds this summer for FREE family fun!.

Art Festival, Sat @ 12PM, Gallery Row, Free. We will have live music from Boomshack and Shed, hot food, silent auction for charity (ART LAB), face painting and goodie bags for the kids, chair massages, and more.

Drop-in Tabletop Gaming. Sat @ 1 PM. Nanaimo Harbourfront (Downtown) Library. FREE. Bored? Like games? The come check out our Board Game Afternoon!

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Sunset & Stars Storytime, Tues @ 7PM, Maffeo Sutton Park. Free. Join us at Maffeo Sutton park for a special evening storytime outside to say goodbye to summer. For ages 2 – 6 and their entourages.

Wacky Wednesdays at Aquatic Centre

Come and enjoy some weird and wacky fun  each Wednesday in July and August! Regular admission rates apply.

KinPark Kids Camp

KinPark Kid’s Camp is preparing for another awesome summer of gardening, growing and cooking fun! We are now accepting registration for the summer.

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FARMER’S MARKETS

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Island Roots Bowen Road Market, Weds @ 4-6:30pm and Sat @9-12pm, Beban Park, FREE

Nanaimo’s premier food-oriented market promoting the 100 mile diet.

Bastion Waterfront Farmers Market, Fri @10am-2pm, Pioneer Plaza, FREE

Find farmers, bakers, crafters and anything else locally grown, made or baked.

Nanaimo Flea Market Fri @12pm, Wellington Hall, FREE.

Everyday retro, jewelry, antiques, household goods, jam, jellies, baked goods, farmer’s eggs and so much more.

Cedar Farmers Market, Sun @10-2pm, Crow and Gate Pub Field, FREE

The market boasts over 70 full time vendors making it one of the region’s largest.

Lantzville Market, Sun @ 1:30-4pm, St. Phillips Church, FREE

This is a great little market featuring local vendors from Nanaimo and Region

Gabriola Farmers’ Market, Sat @ 10-2pm, AGI Hall, FREE

Find farm fresh produce, fresh baked and over 30 local artisans and health practitioners

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Get to Know the Tourism Staff: Natasha

As we continue in our weekly series of getting to know the Tourism Nanaimo staff, we now get to meet the lovely Natasha. Have a look at what she likes and loves about Nanaimo:

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In your opinion, what is Nanaimo’s best kept secret?

If I told you Nanaimo’s best kept secret, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore😉 I used to think that Ammonite Falls was one of Nanaimo’s best kept secrets, but now it is on our Nanaimo and Region Map so I don’t think it’s much of a secret anymore. Now I would maybe say the Nanaimo River, which has several quite spots to set up for a day of fun in the sun, swimming, snorkeling and enjoying a nice picnic. Plus it is a great place for the pups to play too!

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Nanaimo River swims are refreshing and perfect in the summer heat! (Credit: Cody Nelson)

What’s one place/event/activity in Nanaimo that you have not yet participated in but would love to one day?

Something I would love to do here in Nanaimo, but have not yet had the chance to do is to go diving. I have heard that Nanaimo has some of the Island’s best Dive Sites and I am eager to explore. I have only ever dived in tropical waters so diving in the Pacific Ocean will be a bit different and I imagine a lot colder.

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Jacques Cousteau named us Best Cold Water Diving in the World

If a visitor was only in Nanaimo for one day, what would you recommend they must see?

If I only had one day in Nanaimo I would want to hike up to the top of Mount Benson. Although this hike might not be suitable for beginner hikers, but once you reach the summit the views are absolutely amazing, and it would only be a half day trip so I could go tour some of the breweries or wineries in the area depending on my taste bud’s mood as a little self-reward for making it up to the top🙂

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Mount Benson Summit (Credit: Richard Kelly)

What’s the most interesting/surprising thing you’ve learned about Nanaimo since working for Tourism Nanaimo?

I think the most interesting thing I have learned since starting to working for Tourism Nanaimo is all the history that surrounds Nanaimo. I never knew exactly old it actually is, or that it is one of BC’s oldest cities. The Nanaimo Museum has a few great exhibits, not to mention one of our Tourism offices is located in the historic Bastion in downtown Nanaimo.

Summer museum activities

Lots of great exhibits at the Nanaimo Museum!

 

What’s Up in Nanaimo This Week: Aug. 18-24

What’s Up in Nanaimo This Week

August 18th, 2016 – August 24th, 2016

For more local events, visit www.tourismnanaimo.com/events


Featured Events:

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The VIEx is in town!

 Gabriola Theatre Festival, August 18th– 21st, Gabriola Island, $20 a show

The Eighth Annual Gabriola Theatre Festival will have it all this August on beautiful Gabriola Island! There will be eight exciting main stage productions with a FREE Outdoor Performance Stage, a lively Artisans Avenue, a Human Library, Pancake Breakfasts, Fashion Show, Creative Kids Corner and a Creativity Workshop. And to kick off the whole shebang—a Toga Party!

VIEX: The Vancouver Island Exhibition, August 19th -21st, Beban Fairgrounds, Adults $11 a day or $22 for 3 days.

Summer Days and Country Ways is the theme for this year’s exhibition, featuring displays, demo’s competitions, great music…and lots of family fun. The Fair originally started over 100 years ago and continues now as an annual event to advance the education of agriculture and showcase local farmers and 4-H clubs, bringing agricultural awareness to our community.

Nanaimo Fringe Festival, August 11th– 21st, Harbour City Theatre or Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Show Times vary. $12 a show, festival passes are also available, 5 shows for $40.

The 6th annual Nanaimo Fringe runs August 11-21, 2016. Enjoy 48 live theatre show times. 8 companies will be performing in front of a live audience who may love, hate, become transfixed or even startled. This festival is perfect for developing, emerging and experimenting artists. 100% of ticket proceeds go directly to the artists. You need to be a member to attend. Get your $5 fringe button at the door and wear it throughout the festival.


CONCERTS and LIVE MUSIC

Summertime Music Series 2016. Thurs @ 12 PM. Diana Krall Plaza. FREE EVENT

This week will be featuring Scott McGill and Hope King. Bring your lunch and listen to some great local music!

Live at Longwood. Thurs @ 8 PM. Longwood Brew Pub.

Live music every Thursday night, this week featuring David Bitonti & Clear The Coast

Friday Fun at Minnoz, Fri @ 7 PM, Minnoz Restaurant, FREE

A ‘must be at’ for this exciting downtown night spot! Elegant & classy! Prime rib featured plus Wine, spirits or craft beer tastings courtesy various Vancouver Island vendors. No cover, reservations recommended! Mention promo code: @DaveHartMusic

Connor Stewart & The Rhythm Thieves, Thurs @ 9PM, The Vault, $10. Back at the Vault once more after receiving 2 standing ovations there in July these Vancouver Island musicians are guaranteed to put on a good show.

Sophia Danai, Fri @ The Vault. Mysterious and sensuous; a voice coated in vulnerability with melodies as dynamic as the inspiration it came from, Sophia Danai is a singer, a storyteller, a producer and an artist.

Saturdays & Wednesdays at New York Pizza. 6PM – 8PM. Quiet enough to enjoy your dining experience, but with an upbeat energy, Marty’s style of playing matches the ambience of the restaurant – a mix of elegance and grit that will satisfy your musical tastes.

BoodAbooM, Fri @ 9PM, Corner Lounge, $5. Expect to hear a blend of songs from lead singer Theo Massop’s current, previous and upcoming album releases alongside current and classic favourite dance hits.

1950’s Rock n Roll Dance with The Doctors of Rock n Roll, Sat @ 8PM, MGM  Restaurant, $5. Dance to the music of the Golden Era of Rock n Roll with the Doctors of Rock n Roll at the world famous MGM Restaurant.

Blue dirt girl Crazy Beautiful Tour, Sun @ 7PM, $20. Blue dirt girl is gypsy soul moving from jazzy to swing and back again. blue dirt girl is releasing our first album, Crazy Beautiful, and heading out on a Vancouver Island tour August 21-28th.

KIDS ACTIVITIES

Concerts in the Park, Mon @ 12:30PM & Wed @ 6PM, Maffeo Sutton Park. Free This summer, bring a lawn chair and a picnic while enjoying some great musical entertainment in two of Nanaimo’s most beautiful parks.  This Monday enjoy guitar and vocals by Karen Kelm and on Wednesday enjoy some classic rock by Doctors of Rock n’ Roll

Art Lab Studio, Sat @ 9:30-12:30, Nanaimo Art Gallery, $12/child

Let your kids connect with artists, experiment with materials, learn new techniques, and have fun with art making.

Morrell Nature Sanctuary Summer Day Camp. Mon – Fri @ 9:30 AM – 3PM. Morrell Nature Sanctuary. $25/day. Learn about fast flyers and mighty mammals, ICKY insects, slime time or become a Forest Detective or Mad Scientist.

Summer Activities at the Museum. Wed & Fri @ 1:30 PM. Nanaimo Museum. Incl. in admission. This drop-in, hands-on programs are ideal for children ages 5-12. It’s a great opportunity to keep your kids engaged and explore the museum!

Summer Playground Program. Mon – Fri @ 10 M. Various Locations. FREE. Hey, kids 5-12! Drop into one of our neighbourhood playgrounds this summer for FREE family fun! Activities could include crafts, games, sports & arts.

Drop-in Tabletop Gaming. Sat @ 1 PM. Nanaimo Harbourfront (Downtown) Library. FREE. Bored? Like games? The come check out our Board Game Afternoon!

Strategy Board Game Night. Tues @5 PM. Nanaimo Harbourfront (Downtown) Library. FREE. Love to play board games? From Settlers of Catan to worker placement, a librarian will be on hand to moderate and play. Bring your games, bring your opponents or come alone and meet others who share your hobby.

Sunset & Stars Storytime, Tues @ 7PM, Maffeo Sutton Park. Free. Join us at Maffeo Sutton park for a special evening storytime outside to say goodbye to summer. We’ll share stories, sing songs and do other fun activities on blankets beneath the setting sun. For ages 2 – 6 and their entourages.

Wacky Wednesdays at Aquatic Centre             

Come and enjoy some weird and wacky fun each Wednesday in July and August!
Regular admission rates apply.

KinPark Kids Camp

KinPark Kid’s Camp is preparing for another awesome summer of gardening, growing and cooking fun! We are now accepting registration for the summer.

SHOWCASES and TOURS

Historic Pub Tour, meet at the Bastion, Thur @6:45pm, $25

You get two funky old pubs, loads of historic and quirky facts about our ever-evolving liquor laws in BC, beer, a slice of Mambo’s pizza and an eclectic guide to bring it all to life!

Newcastle Island Walking Tour. Sun @ 10 AM. Newcastle Island. Ferry: Adult $9, Child $6. Begins at the Totem Pole where you will enjoy the regular tour of storytelling and a nature walk. Tours are approximately 2.5 hours, pre-booking required.

Nanaimo Art Gallery presents: Trusses. Thurs – Sun @ 10 Am. Nanaimo Art Gallery. By Donation. Trusses is an exhibition of works by contemporary artists and architects that explore how buildings resonate through their uses and their interactions with other forms of culture.

Nanaimo Bar Trail Run. Tues @ 9:30 AM. Diana Krall Plaza. $15. Bring your running shoes and get ready for an approx. 6-8km run (nobody left behind). At the finish line indulge in a coffee and a world famous Nanaimo Bar

The Story Behind the Artifact. Daily @ 10AM. Nanaimo Museum. $0.75 – $2. The artifacts on exhibit range from ordinary household objects to those that have survived fatal accidents. They cover hundreds of years of Nanaimo’s history, from First Nations stone tools to surveying instruments used up to the 1990’s.

Art Festival, Sat @ 12PM, Gallery Row, Free. We will have live music from Boomshack and Shed, hot food, silent auction for charity (ART LAB), face painting and goodie bags for the kids, chair massages, as well as your opportunity to participate in creating Nanaimo Art’s Council’s next tile mosaic!

OTHER HIGHIGHTS

Cannon Firing, Daily @ 11:45 AM, in the Square next to the Bastion, FREE.

Join the ceremonial cannon firing which is accompanied by Bill Poppy, the Nanaimo bagpipe icon.

Highland Dancers, Thurs & Sat @ 11:30 AM, net to the Bastion, FREE

Twice a week the cannon firing is accompanied by several local highland dance students. Be sure to be there early as they start at 11:30 a.m. before the actual cannon firing ceremony.

Clay Tree Society 3rd Annual Flea Market, Sat @ 8:30AM, 838 Old Victoria Rd, Free. Clay Tree is a non-profit, registered society that was incorporated in 1957 under the Societies Act of British Columbia.

GeekCon, Sat @ 10AM, Nanaimo Harbourfront Library. Free. Join us at the Harbourfront Library for a celebration of Geek Culture with all day entertainment, board games and PokemonGo including a cosplay competition, video games, Magic the Gathering and panel discussions. Fun for the whole family.

Yoga on Tap, Sun @ 11AM, White Sails Brewing, $20 Bring your mat and join us for a yoga class with live music, followed by a brewery tour and craft beer tasting.

Must be 19+ to bend at the brewery. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

Hike & Yoga, Thurs @ 6PM. OmTown Yoga. $25

This month’s Hike & Yoga adventure leads us to Heart Lake, a scenic hike along Holland Creek behind Ladysmith and then up a steep but relatively short section to Heart Lake. It’s about 4k to the lake one way. Moderate fitness level recommended.

 FARMER’S MARKETS

Island Roots Bowen Road Market, Weds @ 4-6:30pm and Sat @9-12pm, Beban Park, FREE

Nanaimo’s premier food-oriented market promoting the 100 mile diet.

Bastion Waterfront Farmers Market, Fri @10am-2pm, Pioneer Plaza, FREE

Find farmers, bakers, crafters and anything else locally grown, made or baked.

Nanaimo Flea Market Fri @12pm, Wellington Hall, FREE.

The Nanaimo Flea Market is open to everyone and has a variety of vendors. You can find holiday, everyday retro, jewelry, antiques, household goods, jam, jellies, baked goods, farmer’s eggs and so much more.

Cedar Farmers Market, Sun @10-2pm, Crow and Gate Pub Field, FREE

The market boasts over 70 full time vendors making it one of the region’s largest.

Lantzville Market, Sun @ 1:30-4pm, St. Phillips Church, FREE

This is a great little market featuring local vendors from Nanaimo and Region