Pacific Rim Festival July 4-20


The 26th Annual Pacific Rim Summer Festival opens Friday on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

Set for July 4-20, 2014, the venerable festival offers a full schedule of fun and cultural entertainment for all ages. Two weeks of amazing events featuring the best of West Coast Music, Dance, Films plus a variety of workshops for the kids.

All events take place up and down the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Tofino, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and  Ucluelet.

It’s sponsored by the Pacific Rim Arts Society.



It all kicks off Friday, July 4 from 11am to 3pm at Wickanninish Beach, with ‘Welcome Drum’ by Ucluth First Nation & Didgeridoo by Adley.

At 11am Community Surf on Wickanninish beach. Discount rentals available at Wya Point Surf Shop, followed by complimentary hot chocolate at the Kwisitis Feast House before the ‘Drop in’ Film Session at 2pm showcasing the West Coast surf documentary "Shrink" by local Jeremy Koreski and live music at 3pm.


There’s Friday Night Coffee House with the Clayoquot Writers Group on Friday, July 4 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Blackberry Cove Marketplace in Ucluelet. $7 at the door, with Clayoquot Writers Group doing poetry, comedy & live instrumentals and coffee.



Los Rastrillos will perform Friday, July 4 from 9-11 p.m. at Tofino Community Hall. Cost is $20 advance, $25 at the door

“Come listen to Los Rastrillos, a band from Mexico playing an amazing mix of Reggae, Ska and Latino music – not to be missed,” said organizer Jennifer Kidd.

The event will be a fundraiser for AFFUT (Association Francophone et Francophile de Ucluelet et Tofino). Advance tickets sold at Long Beach Surf Shop, Common Loaf and Castaway in Tofino.



"Fiddler on the Rocks", Saturday, July 5, 8:00pm to 10:00pm. Venue: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Cost: $10. Intimate Live Concert with Wesley Hardisty. Tickets sold at the door. Performance to take place in the Wine Cellar. Drink & Food Specials available.

“Wesley Hardisty is from the Dene First Nation. He is a fiddler / guitarist/ composer/ singer, whose emotional blend of rock, folk, Celtic and Métis music is compelling. His debut CD won the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award,” said Kidd.



“Art in the Landscape” with Trail Master Oyster Jim Sunday, July 6, 2014 – 10:30am to 12 noon. Venue: Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet Cost: by donation

“Bring a camera, sketch pad or canvas for an entertaining walk and talk with Oyster Jim to see the artist perches, and listen first hand how his vision took shape,” said Kidd.

Location: Artist Loop, Wild Pacific Trail.  Meet at Brown’s Beach parking lot.





French Cabaret Night Friday, July 11, 2014 – 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Venue: Tofino Botanical Gardens. Cost: $16 Join us for a soirée of francofun!

“An occasion to speak a little French, or just enjoy the atmosphere, with live music from “The Good Ships” and a short theatrical debut of "The Lady of Larkspur Lotion". Hors d’oeuvres will be served by Darwin’s Catering,” Kidd said.

Black & White event (except for the red wine). Doors open at 7:30pm





"Transporteur de Reves" Circus Workshop, Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 10:00am to 4:00pm, Venue: Ucluelet Community Centre. Cost: $50, lunch included.

“This is a one-day circus camp for kids. Children aged 3 – 18 welcome. Learn classic circus tricks, including juggling, stilts, acrobatics and much more,” Kidd said.


TUFF CITY ROCKS!! Open Air Concert

Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 5:00pm to 11:00pm, Venue: Tofino Village Green

Cost: Suggested $20 donation – Kids with parents enter free

“Bring a chair and meet us at the Tofino Village Green for an amazing evening of live music and entertainment,” said Kidd.

Event features George Leach (2014 Juno award-winning performer), Brave New Waves, Dustin Bentall, The Sweet Lowdown, Closing with the ‘Fire Cats’ fire spinners at dusk.



“Lucky Trunk” Transporteur de Reves Circus Performance on Sunday, July 13, 2014 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Venue: Ucluelet Community Centre. Cost: $5 Kids, $10 Adults. Starting at 3pm.

“Come and see this cavalcade of circus acts and multidisciplinary performances starring ‘Ben la Barouette,’” Kidd said.

"A travelling trunk, where emerges accessories of all kinds, which Ben transforms at will in his dream like unending fantasy world,” she said. “This is a fun event for the whole family.”  Tickets at the door, cash only.



Dance Camp Community Performance, Friday, July 18, 2014 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Venue: Ucluelet Community Centre.

“Come and watch the annual youth dance performance organised by Ucluelet Parks & Recreation, please contact the UCC for more details,” said Kidd.

“PRAS is proud to sponsor the Mask Workshop for dancers.”

Performance takes place in the Main Hall of the Ucluelet Community Centre.


“Flamenco de la Costa” Friday, July 18, 2014 – 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Venue: Marina West Motel — Harbour Lounge. Cost: $10

“Take in the sights and sounds of Andalucía with Flamenco de la Costa. This Vancouver Island-based group is a collaboration of Tofino and Ucluelet residents past and present who will be joined by acclaimed Victoria Flamenco Guitarist Gareth Owen. Set your summer night aflame with the passion of gypsy song and dance,” Kidd said.



Saturday, July 19, 2014 – 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Venue: Green Point Campground Theatre. Cost: $12

“Come and rock out with Mindil Beach! Includes 30 minute introduction talk & slideshow of The Jellyfish Project,” Kidd said.



Festival Closing Reception in the Gardens, Sunday, July 20, 2014 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Venue: Tofino Botanical Gardens. Cost: By donation to the Gardens

Join us for a relaxing afternoon at the Tofino Botanical Gardens to close this year’s festival. Live music at Darwin’s Cafe (2pm). Poi demonstration (2:30pm)

“Listen to guest speaker Jan Janzen talk about how he came to create his famous cedar gazebos on the West Coast (3pm),” Kidd said.

“Botanical Beats: Closing Drum Circle with Terese Bourchard at 4 p.m.- bring a drum if you have one, everyone is welcome,” said Kidd.


Wayne Vliet & Myles Morrison on guitars.

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