Lunch in the Park

Monday - Friday
Noon /1pm and 2pm

showcases by local musicians
75 slots over 39 days

We encourage you to order your favourite foods ‘to go’ from our many downtown eateries and join us for Lunch in the Park. A noon hour musical series where we present some of the many local singer/songwriters whom you might see during the rest of the year at various local cafes / pubs and farm markets plying their music. They are our mainstay and without their financial commitment to this project, we couldn’t exist. They perform many of their originals with many a good recognizable cover tune thrown in as well and we are sure you will enjoy their many varied scheduled performances. We do suggest you buy their CD’s and such to help support their musical endeavours and just maybe you are having an event in the near future where they might just be what you need for your entertainment…please do engage any of these performers with such requests.

They do help make our community ‘a rather fun place to be’.

Lunch in the Park Schedule

Here is a short bio on each (alphabetically) and their dates of performance …

Andy McCormick
Front man for the travelling beach party Tropic Mayham (Saturday July 1 - 2pm). He also does a solo show with covers, originals and a history of rock music. See Canada Day Celebrations page.

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE: 
Friday July - Noon
Wednesday July 26 - 1pm


B. Chadwick
New to the valley and seen manning the Tobacconist, he has brought his taste in music and life along with him, we will get his vast repertoire of cover tunes during the week but on Saturday August 5 at 2pm with some friends, the angst will arise…. 

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE:
Tuesday July 4 – Noon
July 11 - 2pm
with Desiree 
August 1 - 1pm


Bent Jenson / Jon Wade 
Two great veteran players who luv to convey a song instrumentally… both work in various jazz/blues combinations as guitar and stand-up bass backing local singers in and out of the valley as in Joley/Nina and Steve McKinnon.

LUNCH TIME SLOT: Wednesday July 12 - Noon  


Beverley McKeen
Singer/songwriter with 3 CD’s to her credit. Long time resident of the Cowichan Valley, she has always surrounded herself with Vancouver Island’s quality musicians. A big promoter of songwriting, she hosts the monthly panel workshop Gals Who Write Songs at the Duncan Showroom.
** Do catch her full band show: Monday July 24 at 7pm
and her GWWS panel Saturday July 15 at 3pm

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE:
Monday July 3 - Noon
Wednesday July 26 -  2pm
Thursday August 3 - Noon  
  


Checko
From Mexico, now a Canadian citizen with a family and a business in the valley, he is afflicted with a fondness for latin and reggae music which he puts forth oh so well as a solo artist with acoustic guitar…
solo - Canada Day - 4pm
with his band the Lion Rockers on August 2 - 7:30pm on City Square Stage

LUNCH TIME SLOT: Monday July 10 -1pm


Chuck McCandless
The founding father of the McCandless Family Band
Sunday July 16 – 3pm - he is a singer/songwriter-Irish troubadour - banjo playing vocalist who lives / loves to sing for audiences
Gospel Music Day - July 23 at 2pm

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE: 
Friday June 30– 1pm
Wednesday July 5 -1pm
Friday July 14 – Noon
Monday July 24 -1pm  


Chuck McCandless and Bill Hamilton
Two old folkie bandmates from Winnipeg days gone by get to join forces once again.

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE:  
Monday July 10 - Noon
Wednesday July 19 – 1pm


Dennis Atkins
A Manitoban country singer/songwriter who married into the McCandless Family Band, has quite a career on his own merit with his country suited rich vocals and his observations set to lyrics,  they are as Canadian as they get.

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE: 
Monday July 3 – Noon
Wednesday July 19 – Noon
Thursday July 27– Noon
Friday August 4 - Noon


Dennis and Andy
These two guys work together entertaining our elders throughout the valley… cause they can… so very funny these two, their approach to music is genuine and very, very funny… did I say they were humorous?  You will enjoy…
** they open the festival this year Friday June 30 – Noon         

LUNCH TIME SLOT: Tuesday July 11- Noon


Don Wilke
Home from the Coast Guard duty, a slide guitar master, Don delves into blues and Hawaiian guitar styles in his original tunes…songs of hope.     

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE: 
Thursday July 13 – 2pm
Friday 21– Noon
August 1 - Noon


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Genevieve Charbonneau
She performs in many bands that require her vocal prowess in the ol’ timey stylings… the Balken Babes / the Wild Sundays as well as her own solo projects…. with a recent CD in hand, there are three chances to catch her:

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE:
Thursday July 13 -1pm
Monday July 24 - 2pm
August 3 - 2pm  
 


Homeless Harold Anderson
Singer/songwriter who found himself at the low end of his life and this festival helped turn his life around… a great musician, we again see the pearl

Also on...
Sunday July 23 -1pm - Gospel Music Day
Sunday July 30 - Noon - Elder’s Day
Sunday August 6– Noon - Country Music Appreciation Day    

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE:
Monday July 10 – 1pm
Wednesday July 19 - 2pm
Monday July 31 - Noon


Joley/Nina
Joley has found a comforting voice to add the harmonies of the songs she sings and Bent and Jon provide the musical fullness to make these stellar showcases Country Music Appreciation Day - August 6 - 3pm

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE:
Wednesday July 5 - 2pm
Monday July 17 - Noon
Tuesday July 25 - 2pm
Wednesday August 2 - Noon  


Kelly Roxanne Gervin
A school teacher in our community, her Albertan musical roots come through in her songwriting and the choice of her cover tunes…when not solo she works with Reid Williams - Saturday July 22 - 6pm

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE:
Thursday July 20 - 1pm
Friday July 28 – 2pm
Friday August 4 – 1pm  


Kristi Lewis
First time performing publicly since 1999,  Kristi grew up on a farm in Port Alberni, started piano lessons when she was five and had finished her solo performer's degree by 19. Piano teaching at her business Ravensong Piano Studio and at Brentwood College keeps her busy. One of her concerts will be classical solo, another will be classical with guests and the final will be her own songs (sung and played) with guests. 

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE:
July 4 - 1pm
July 12 - 1pm
July 21 -1pm


Mary Egan
Avalley gal, she has been writing songs since whenever and peeps in Nashville have noticed more than one tune, she draws upon her life’s’ foibles to draw her pictures.
Also...  Sunday August 6 –1pm - Country Music Appreciation Day    

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE: 
Friday July 7 - 1pm
Tuesday July 18 - 2pm
Friday July 28 - Noon


Matt Kinnunen
A tall young Ontarian who is now raising a new family in the valley and busking the Farmer’s Market every Saturday where you can hear him covering familiar pop/rock tunes…he is also a very good songwriter, which these lunch time showcases will surely validate.

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE: 
Monday July 3 - 2pm
Monday July 17 - 1pm
Monday July 24 - Noon
Monday July 31- 1pm


Naomi Payan
Originally from France, she is settled in the valley now with her new family and is quite the prolific songwriter and one darn good singer as well… these showcases will show why she is 1/3 of the great singer/songwriting trio PixElle - Monday July 31 -7pm

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE:  
Tuesday July 4 - 2pm
Friday July 14 - 2pm
August 2 – 2pm


Schayde Dame
She has recently moved back to the valley cause it is her home plus her friends and fans are here… she has been wowing audiences with her vocal prowess since she was 10 years old and she continues to do so as she reaches her 20’s…
*evening performance - Friday July 29 – 6pm

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE: 
Tuesday July 25 - Noon
Thursday July 7 - 1pm


Scott McGill
A treasured teacher of music in the valley and a valued band mate in many  projects, he also sometimes can be seen as a solo artist... we is glad he can.

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE: 
Monday July 14 - 1pm
Friday July 21 - 2pm
Friday August 4 - 2pm  


Scott Owen
He suffered a bout of throat cancer a while back…  good for a folk singer-songwriter… throw in one or two other dilemmas and the set back can be devastating… yet Scott is coming back strong in his conviction to be a good entertainer and has been hosting jams in the valley this past year… come give him a listen!

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE: 
Wednesday July 12 – 2pm
Thursday July 20 - 2pm
Monday July 31 - 2pm


Shey Paterson
Working the Old Firehouse Wine Bar as a ‘day’ job and keeping the musical roster programmed in there, it turns out he is a singer-songwriter himself who needs, as it happens, toget back at telling his stories thru music.

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE:
Wednesday July 5 - Noon
Tuesday July 18 - Noon
Tuesday August 1 - 2pm


Steve McKinnon
Has called the Cowichan Valley for almost 20 years and has recorded his debut CD in the valley as well…working as a trio, his country /folk roots are well displayed on Canada Day -1pm

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE: 
Thursday July 6 – Noon
Thursday July 13 – Noon
Tuesday July 19 - 1pm


Sweet Potato Brown  
Alt-country/rockabilly, over the years she has worked in bluegrass / funk / celticand r&bbands… this is her new solo venture where she is calling the shots, we think you will enjoy…
**catch her with her band on Canada Day at 7pm.

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE: 
Thursday July 6 - 1pm
Monday July 17 - 2pm
Wednesday July 26- Noon


Teo
A gentleman veteran busker who is back in the saddle again and we welcome him back most whole heartedly… he will accept requests.

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE: 
Friday July 7 - 2pm
Tuesday July 11 -1pm
Thursday July 20 – Noon
Thursday July 29 - Noon


Terry Wicks
A recent valley transplant, this veteran singer-songwriter has a penchant for the blues genre that will endear him to you immediately.

LUNCH TIME SLOTS ARE: 
Thursday July 6 - 2pm
Tuesday July 25 - 1pm
Thursday August 3 -1pm


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’.