History of 39 Days of July as our Summer Festival

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The arts and cultural community joining forces with the business sector to prove we do live in ‘a rather fun place to be’.

2012 being the centennial for the City of Duncan we wanted to have a celebration that would really grab attention so we upped the ante from the previous year’s ‘all of July’ summer festival to our present ‘from long weekend to long weekend’ format giving us 39 days of festival time that year…hence the 39 Days of July.

Now festivals are cool thangs that happen every weekend during the summer all over Canada / BCand Vancouver Island. This allows many paying audience members a memorable chance to hear their favourite acts ‘live’ as well as getting turned on to new artists they might happen chance upon. Most of these festival musicians are usually far from home and wonder what to do during the weeks between these many festival gigs. Well, some of those performers turns out will be joining us for our 39 Days of July 2016  … we call this rocket science.

With the interspersing of local and island musicians into the schedule we will guarantee you a diversified look at what is going on in the Canadian music scene… locally / provincially / nationally (and with an international act or two thrown in as extra treats).

All this music does come with a price tag. We are fortunate the musicians are gentle on us with their wage requirements and with various grants made available and many sponsors who step up every year, we can attempt to produce this ‘free to the public’ festival experience for audiences that may have no other way to experience the healing benefits of ‘live’ music and the sharing of ‘community’.

The last couple of years we have gone around with donation containers during the performances with intent to enhance our budget downfalls and the audiences have amazed us with their gracious generosity. Well, we will be back at it again this year, passing the bucket so to speak and possibly even offering up some evening raffles this year. So bring along your ‘extra’ change / bills /…no, we do not accept debit/credit cards…just joking…you can contact us later for that.

And we do believe we will all be in ‘a rather fun place to be’.


All of these scheduled musical events are designed to bring community together to celebrate our diverse local / Canadian and international music scenes, to give the opportunity to meet our neighbours, share a common experience and hopefully be able to now greet each other with a friendly smile on any future happen chance connections. We are proving that downtown Duncan and the Cowichan Valley is... ‘a rather fun place to be’.