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.
Itâ€™s sponsored by the Pacific Rim Arts Society.
FRIDAY, JULY 4
FESTIVAL GRAND OPENING
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.
CLAYOQUOT WRITERS COFFEE HOUSE
Thereâ€™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.
â€œCome listen to Los Rastrillos, a band from Mexico playing an amazing mix of Reggae, Ska and Latino music – not to be missed,â€ 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.
SATURDAY, JULY 5
FIDDLER ON THE ROCKS
"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.
â€œWesley Hardisty is from the Dene First Nation. He is a fiddler / guitarist/ composer/ singer, whose emotional blend of rock, folk, Celtic and MÃ©tis music is compelling. His debut CD won the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award,â€ said Kidd.
SUNDAY, JULY 6
ART IN LANDSCAPE
â€œArt in the Landscapeâ€ with Trail Master Oyster Jim Sunday, July 6, 2014 – 10:30am to 12 noon. Venue: Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet Cost: by donation
â€œBring 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,â€ said Kidd.
Location: Artist Loop, Wild Pacific Trail. Meet at Brown’s Beach parking lot.
FRIDAY, JULY 11
â€œAn occasion to speak a little French, or just enjoy the atmosphere, with live music from â€œThe Good Shipsâ€ and a short theatrical debut of "The Lady of Larkspur Lotion". Hors d’oeuvres will be served by Darwin’s Catering,â€ Kidd said.
Black & White event (except for the red wine). Doors open at 7:30pm
SATURDAY, JULY 12
â€œThis is a one-day circus camp for kids. Children aged 3 – 18 welcome. Learn classic circus tricks, including juggling, stilts, acrobatics and much more,â€ Kidd said.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 5:00pm to 11:00pm, Venue: Tofino Village Green
Cost: Suggested $20 donation – Kids with parents enter free
â€œBring a chair and meet us at the Tofino Village Green for an amazing evening of live music and entertainment,â€ 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.
SUNDAY, JULY 13
LUCKY TRUNK CIRCUS
â€œLucky Trunkâ€ 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.
â€œCome and see this cavalcade of circus acts and multidisciplinary performances starring â€˜Ben la Barouette,â€™â€ Kidd said.
"A travelling trunk, where emerges accessories of all kinds, which Ben transforms at will in his dream like unending fantasy world,â€ she said. â€œThis is a fun event for the whole family.â€ Tickets at the door, cash only.
FRIDAY, JULY 18
DANCE CAMP PERFORMANCE
â€œCome and watch the annual youth dance performance organised by Ucluelet Parks & Recreation, please contact the UCC for more details,â€ said Kidd.
â€œPRAS is proud to sponsor the Mask Workshop for dancers.â€
Performance takes place in the Main Hall of the Ucluelet Community Centre.
â€œTake in the sights and sounds of AndalucÃa 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,â€ Kidd said.
SATURDAY, JULY 19
Saturday, July 19, 2014 – 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Venue: Green Point Campground Theatre. Cost: $12
â€œCome and rock out with Mindil Beach! Includes 30 minute introduction talk & slideshow of The Jellyfish Project,â€ Kidd said.
SUNDAY, JULY 20
CLOSING RECEPTION IN 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)
â€œListen to guest speaker Jan Janzen talk about how he came to create his famous cedar gazebos on the West Coast (3pm),â€ Kidd said.
â€œBotanical Beats: Closing Drum Circle with Terese Bourchard at 4 p.m.- bring a drum if you have one, everyone is welcome,â€ said Kidd.
Wayne Vliet & Myles Morrison on guitars.