With Canada’s 150th Birthday Party now behind us, there is still plenty to do in Port Alberni in July. Check out the information below provided by Port Alberni’s Community Website. And visit the link below for more information. Get out there and have fun!

Things to do in the Alberni Valley in July 2017

Pirate Day – Harbour Quay

When: Sunday July 9, 11:00am-2:00pm

Where: Harbour Quay, 5440 Argyle Street, Port Alberni

What Is It: Pirate Day at the Harbour Quay Sunday Craft Market. Free Treasure box hunt from 11:00am-12:00pm. Prizes awarded at noon for the best dressed pirate (children under 12 years old). Free activities including: Walk the plank, find your Pirate name, and Pirate passport.

 

2nd Annual Valley Musicians Garden Party

When: Sunday July 9, 1:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Rollin Art Centre, Port Alberni

What Is It: A fun Family Event on the Terrace filled with Music and food bring your blanket and pick a spot to relax on the grass. More details to be announced!!

 

Our Town: Country Fair

When: Tuesday July 11, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Blair Park, 4940 Margaret Street, Port Alberni

What Is It: Carnival games, face painting, crafts, playground activities and a petting farm. Boots and Bridles will offer horse rides.

 

Tea on the Terrace

When: Thursday July 13, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Where: Rollin Art Centre, Argyle Street Port Alberni

What Is It: Dennis Olsen – SOLO Guitarist - perfected his craft through studies of music and guitar in Canada, England, and Spain. After his travels, he returned to his hometown of Port Alberni where Dennis teaches guitar (and Karate) to a large and continuous roster of students. Dennis loves to play his guitar as much as he can. From his classical guitar recitals, to nightclubs and dance halls playing blues, rock and country, he has been delighting and amazing audiences with his guitar prowess for over thirty years. His love of the west coast has inspired him to write and record a series pieces capturing the beauty and soul of the paradise we live in.   His collaboration with James Oldenburg led to the internationally acclaimed recording of the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach adapted for guitar. Call to reserve your spot as tables fill up fast.  (250) 724-3412 or drop by the Gallery during regular hours Tuesday-Saturday 11-4 pm. We accept VISA/or M/C over phone, and debit/ Cash

 

Concert – 5 on a String - Bluegrass

When: Friday July 14, 8:00pm-10:00pm

Where: Char’s Landing, 4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni

What Is It: 5 on a String has been picking and singing bluegrass music all around the Pacific Northwest for over twenty-five years.  We have a family friendly show with plenty of hot picking and fiddle tunes to entertain just about any audience. Seniors love the old time theme and harmony singing, and the kids are attracted to the staccato sounds of the banjo and fiddle.  We’ll get their toes tapping and hands clapping…Guaranteed.

 

World Record Challenge – Jane Austen Festival

When: Saturday July 15, 10:00am-2:00pm

Where: Glenwood Sports Centre, Port Alberni

What Is It: Port Alberni challenges the Guinness World Record for most people in Regency costume!  You can still register on July 15, but please be prepared for long lineups if you have not pre-registered.  We thank you for your patience. Dress for Alberni's success!  Check out the Guinness World Records guidelines for Regency dress to be sure your "challenge" attire meets the requirements.  Guinness representatives check each costume before ratifying the count.

 

Concert – David Simard – Folk Singer

When: Saturday July 15, 8:00pm-10:00pm

Where: Char’s Landing, 4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni

What Is It: Born in a small fishing town in northern British Columbia, David Simard is a singer, storyteller and multi-instrumentalist who imbibes his songs with a generous sense of space, a certain nostalgia in time, and reflections on the theme of place.  As a singer, David showcases a versatility and range that is not just impressive, it's profoundly moving. As a performer, his calm demeanour can transform swiftly into a smouldering dark energy before climbing back up to more airy and joyful places as he leads his audience to the edge of the ravine and back.  The intensity of Simard's solo shows is as palpable as it is memorable, while adding his heavy-weight band to the mix brings the show up in energy without losing any of its intimacy.

 

Concert – Craig Cardiff – Folk Music

When: Thursday July 20, 8:00pm-10:00pm

Where: Char’s Landing, 4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni

What Is It: Arnprior, Ontario based singer-songwriter Craig Cardiff is known throughout Canada and is currently expanding into the U.S. and Europe.  With a voice described as “warm, scratched, sad and sleepy,” Cardiff sings songs that expose the human condition, putting a magnifying glass to the clumsier and less proud moments.  He can turn any setting into an intimate affair, infusing his music and lyrics with an uncompromising humanism.

 

Pride Fest

When: Sunday July 23, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Gyro Recreation Park, Port Alberni

What Is It: An Alberni Valley PRIDE Event. An all ages event. Filled with fun! Everyone welcome. Kid zone. BBQ. Music & Dancing. Vendors.

 

Our Town: Magical Wizardry

When: Tuesday July 24, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: McLean Mill, Port Alberni

What Is It: Participants will be able to take the Mayor's Train free to the mill for activities, music and more. Dress up as your favourite witch or wizard. Tickets to the steam train are limited and will be served on a first come, first serve bases.  Available at the Echo Centre starting Monday, July 3.

 

Dance – Australia’s Mapstone

When: Tuesday July 25, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Char’s Landing, 4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni

What Is It: MAPSTONE have quickly emerged onto the roots music scenes in Australia, Canada and Bali. Together for just 18 months they have already shared the stage with Nahko and medicine for the people, Dustin Thomas, the Beautiful Girls, Murray Kyle and old friends’ Buckman Coe and more. Mapstone have been moving the dance floor and delighting ears wherever they go, including prestigious festivals such as Woodford folk festival, Bali and Byron spirit festival's and Island Vibe festival. Their blend of conscious roots, world, reggae, and folk music is of the heart, for the heart and from the heart.

 

Open Mic – Amateur Musicians

When: Wednesday July 26, 6:30pm-10:00pm

Where: Char’s Landing, 4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni

What Is It: Own the Stage (OTS) 6:30-8pm / Rock the Stage (RTS) 8:30-10pm at Char's Landing. OTS is more specific to old-time country, bluegrass, folk genres using the 2 song / ~ 10 minute maximum rule. RTS allows for 10-20 minute for solo, duos or trios playing edgier tunes of the acoustic rock, new country, world etc. genres. Come out and meet local amateur musicians practicing the art of performance in a fun, informal setting.

 

Concert – Back Porch Swing – Stringband with Swing

When: Friday July 28, 8:00pm-10:00pm

Where: Char’s Landing, 4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni

What Is It: 4-piece acoustic string band playing original and vintage swing, cowjazz, bluegrass, folk, etc. in a stringband format. Since 2002 Back Porch Swing has been writing songs and performing at festivals and clubs across western Canada. With roots down to bedrock and branches arching over the prairie sky, their hot licks, tight harmonies, and charming lyrics are delivered in ever-changing musical styles that will have you wondering "what don't they do?”

 

Workshop – Moyo Rainos Mutamba – Sing a Zimbabwean Song

When: Saturday July 29, 3:30pm-5:00pm

Where: Char’s Landing, 4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni

What Is It: Sing traditional Zimbabwean song with Moyo Mutamba and Marim-Bam-Buzz. Learn the spiritual, historical and cultural background as you sing in the Shona Language of Zimbabwe. Enjoy the energy of many voices.  "If you can walk you can Dance.  If you can talk you can Sing.”