Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors

Nothing is for free
Everything else costs money

The arts and cultural community inviting the business sector to join hands to prove we do live in ‘a rather fun place to be’. An endeavour such as programming the different acts to provide 39 days of entertainment ‘free’ to the public is in itself quite a chore. Locating grants that might be able to accommodate such a request from a 39 day outdoor community music festival is extremely daunting but we have found some new ones over the years. Locating businesses within our community that will step forward with financial and in-kind aid for this humongous project is a whole other task, which is becoming easier each year as more start to realize how much of a positive impact this event has on our community.

Here is a list of those that we believe should be recognized as sponsors and contributors in no official order.


Province of British Columbia - we acknowledge their financial support to the festival

Duncan Dabber Bingo Society - for including the festival in its 2019 granting process

City of Duncan - the avenues of communication have opened up immensely, from seeing it prudent to raise our yearly allotted grant, to making sure that all the i’s and t’s are crossed properly and easily in our requests for permission make this tenuous job that much more worth it

Municipality of North Cowichan - for letting us use their barricades and their jurisdiction to start and end our Panago Grande Parade for 2019. we would say more but we didn’t get our allowance this year

CVRD - for creating Arts & Culture grants in aid and making sure we were included

Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area Society - for their moral support and assistance with coordinating activities.

City of Duncan Public Works - wow - what a crew, just check out the flower arranging and the daily maintenance in the park as well as the general downtown core - accolades from all of the citizenry for your continued attendance to the beautification our community

Volunteer Fire Departments of the valley - when they rush past our stage on a way to an afternoon or evening call, I remind everyone that they are all volunteers doing this, meaning they drop whatever they are doing to come to the aid of their /our community and so whenever these guys have their ‘boots’ out asking for donations, please, make sure you give generously – and oh yah...thank you to all the fire trucks for being in our Grande Parade each and every year

The Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives - for being such understanding neighbours...we do encourage locals as well as tourists to check the new and approved valley museum

Cupe 358 - for supplying their water station for the festival this year, except for July 25th-28th when it will be at the 35th annual Islands Folk Festival at Providence Farm

Buckerfields - celebrating their servicing of BC residents for 100 years by sponsoring our Charles Hoey Memorial Park stage with a $5000 donation, meaning it will now be known in 2019 as the Buckerfields Stage

Cowichan Intercultural Society - by working together we were able to gain a sponsorship towards our Intercultural Day –Sunday July 14th from 11am-3pm and to connect with them our local RBC Branch for volunteers for event

Long & McQuade-Nanaimo - for the many years of providing/sponsoring the superb sound systems and back lines at both of our stages

Andy O’kell - drummer extraordinaire living in Lake Cowichan for supplying us with a superb drum kit for our back line...catch his musical project Birds of Fire - July 6th at 7pm...he is also the ‘go to’ drummer for many other performers throughout the festival

Thunderbird Motel - to the new owners for willing to maintain our working relationship when it comes housing of some of our touring performers

Moos Pizza - have stepped forward with a generous first time sponsorship, it is applied towards all of the opening 7:30pm performances in City Square, each Walkabout Wednesday of the festival

Cardino Shoes - Jean is a big fan of Scott McGill and his musical delivery and so again she sponsored his performance with Groove Social on July 31st at 7:30pm just before the Shuffle Demons at 8:30pm in City Square as the first show of the evening for our final Walkabout Wednesday of the this year’s festival,

Community Farm Store - again this community based business, with community being the operative word, is bringing you an evening of dancing in the park to the marimba music of Bopoma on Fri. July 12th at 6pm till they finish

The Cowichan Valley Citizen - for getting on the Blues on Tuesdays ‘band’ wagon once again with their in- kind sponsorship and making sure the festival gets the local coverage it deserves

Duncan Garage Cafe - across the street from the park, they bring on extra staff to deal with the festival overflow and they make sure to give back-we appreciate them immensely- they also supply us with gift cards for our performers and they sponsor a week of the Lunch in the Park series July 8th-12th

Easy Move Containers - for providing storage space for the DCFS during our off season, they are the sponsors for the week of July 22nd- 26th of our Lunch in the Park series

Experience Cycling for joining in on the sponsorship of our Grande Parade, yes, the guys on the old English bicycles making Duncan famous in the Victoria Parade...thank you Will Arnold for all you do as a community builder.

Lion’s Club / Sassy Lion Thrift Store - for their generous grant once again makes sure the kids entering the festival’s Duncan Has Talent have a financial windfall to look forward to should they place 1st / 2nd / or 3rd. They are also big supporters of Special Woodstock – August 18, 2019. 20th anniversary!!!!'

MNP - for coming forward once again to sponsor time at the 39 Days of July. This year, all the festival Saturdays, from Zumba at 11am thru till the 3pm shows in the afternoon, will be brought to you by MNP

Nanaimo Blues Society - for supplying us with weekend passes and day passes to their Summertime Blues 2019 festival Aug. 22nd-25th at Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo to raffle off as part of their sponsorship of our Blues on Tuesdays series

RBC - Duncan Branch - to the crew of volunteers lending a hand to the valley’s CIS during Intercultural Day – July 14th 11am-3pm

Red Arrow Brewery - for being a co-sponsor of the very popular Blues on Tuesdays series from 5pm-8pm every Tuesday of the festival

Red Balloon Toy Shop - it sure helps when people financially support our ‘free to the public’ Children’s Day and once again the Toymaster from the Red Balloon did just that by sponsoring award winning Norman Foote’s performance on July 7th at 1pm on the Buckerfields Stage in CHMP – a do not miss concert for the children and for the parents

Rossetto Family - for making it easier to remember our good friend and music lover June Rossetto with a generous contribution towards Wed. July 24th -7pm CFS Stage performance by the McCandless Family Band - one of her faves

Sleggs - for supplying us with the building supplies needed to make this a stellar presentation

Varga + Associates Private Wealth Management of RBC Dominion Securities - for being a sponsor of our Lunch in the Park series for the week of July 29th- Aug 2nd as well as the sponsor of our tribute to the music of Tom Waites with Beautiful Maladies on Sat. July 13th in City Square at 8:30pm as the ending of Duncan Day

Victory Barber - for making sure the band Modern Thought, performing on Sunday August 4th at 5pm get paid, yes a generous sponsorship

Winter Trucking / StoneRidge Sand & Gravel - giving us a sponsorship to make sure we could bring in our Johnny Cash / Waylon Jennings tribute band ‘Big River” on Monday July 1st at 8:30pm in City Square

Unique Home Health Care - Marsha Toddhas sat on our board, continues to be a downtown pick-up zone for bundles of 2019 Programs, advocates for our success at many levels in our community and generously supports us with a week of Lunch in the Park sponsoring July 15th – 19th, noon/1pm/2pm showcases of local talent. She also is the sponsor for the whole opening day’s entertainment June 28th from noon-8pm as well as the performances by Eliminator-a tribute to the music of ZZ Top June 29th at 8:30pm in City Square. It doesn’t stop there, she has the sponsorship of Elder’s Day July 21st -11am-3pm and right thru till need more Marsha’s

Just Jakes / Craig Street Brew Pub - for once again supplying meal vouchers for our performers and for sharing the Steadies – July 19th at 6pm in the park and 9:30pm in the Brew Pub

Arbutus Cafe - thanks to Dar and crew for supplying meal coupons for our some of our performers

Station Street Diner - and thanks to Mary and crew for also supplying meal coupons for performers

DCFS Board of Directors - Rick Martinson - president / Ian Fairwell-secretary / Jeff Downey – treasurer / Adam Clutchey – director / John Falkner- director / Ian Smith-director for understanding their purpose and by joining hands with the community to prove we do live in ‘a rather fun place to be’

Past DCFS Board of Directors - as always, there are people who step up to the plate to volunteer their enthusiasm, their expertise and their time to make sure that a festival in downtown Duncan takes place - this is the board’s 40th year of inception, there have been many before us who have brought good will and a parade to the community, you know who you are and you are hereby saluted –a big 40th anniversary hug sent your way.

Adam Clutchey - for taking hold of the reigns once again of the Grande Parade for the 40th Annual version in 2019, for doing it with enthusiasm and vision ie: finding sponsorships with Panago Pizza and Experience Cycling

Panago Pizza - special thanks for taking on the Grande Parade sponsorship with not only cash infusion but with pizza for all the marching bands / volunteers in the parade – they will appreciate it

Rotary Club of Duncan Breakfast - marshalling the parade, in charge of barricades, picking them up, placing of them and returning of them afterwards. Also they will be providing refreshments to participants as well as serving the pizza to our volunteers and our marching bands and this all done with big smiles

All the Businesses that took out Ads - a wonderful way to show support for what DCFS does, proving we do live in ‘a rather fun place to be’ - please stop in and thank them for their support, they will luv the attention

Brass Knuckle Derby Dames - for schedule program delivery management of the Commons and the Beverly Plaza, skating the parking lots making sure you have your copy as well maintaining the businesses with their stockpile

Mark's Instant Sign Shop Ltd - for being once again so considerate in their pricing and our time lines for our main signage and all that we need

Jessica Blakney - for always having her camera when she attends, always able to catch the flavour of the moment and for giving use permission to use some her photos that illustrate we do live in ‘a rather fun place to be’

Andrew Browne - from What’s On Digest- for taking on our schedule program layout this year without much notice. He also is now the Artistic Director of the Cowichan Folk Guild and the Island’s Folk Festival, oh ya, he puts on concerts in the valley under Barely North Entertainment as a work load

Brenda Burch from Social Media is NOT Simple - for making sure we is noticed in social media and after last year, we know she knows how to do her job.

The Great Canadian Super Store - for making sure we have water for the performers and cake for Canada

Della Rice Sylvester - for welcoming our festival onto first nations territories, giving blessings and sharing knowledge and culture

Juice FM - for their continued support with their on air event announcements and by being part of the Panago Grande Parade ‘live’ team- they is a good way to know what is up to date in the local news and entertainment in our valley, tune them in if not already.

Zuk Design - to Patricia for managing our website of which there is no way it could be done without her professional expertise, so much good response last year on the presentation

all the volunteers - warmth sent to all, whether it be for a minute, an hour or days in a row in helping us move all the chairs and equipment as we set up and tear down each day . Not to mention running the many errands when needed

You, the audience - for listening to ‘new to you’ music every day, for having an open mind, for sharing space / smiles and conversations, for understanding ‘festival etiquette” being attentive to the performers pouring out their soul on stage and for being continuously generous when the ‘donation’ box comes around

All the Performers - yes, much extra special thanks to the hundreds of performers for making this festival become what it was designed be all about…Community - how the arts sector creates positive effects upon the everyday living of the people in our community… they have chosen to work for much less than should be expected of them…and done with smiles. So if performers have CD'S and such for sale, please support them if you can and do join them in their various local gigs throughout the valley / follow their FB pages / show up at their gigs.

Duncan Showroom - for being the ‘home base’ for the 39 Days of July, almost all of the musicians / bands have ‘auditioned’ at the Showroom with their previous performances and all have become close friends and respect what is being done there – also for making sure the festival stage structure and two sometimes three of the 20’ x 20’ and four 10’ x 10’ tents and extra gear as needed each year are ‘donated’ at a much reduced cost to the DCFS

Ted Cadillac aka Tim - in his fifth year of being the sound guy from heaven, so many shows in these 39 days each year and then into working the Duncan Showroom live stream on Youtube nightly concerts the rest of the year...a great addition to our community and the national music scene - always shaves clean before the festival and then grows his beard back for the rest of the year, for those of you who won’t recognize that handsome man behind the sound board...

Trevor Linde - another person who has seen the benefits of what is done with this festival and has come forward with his knowledge of many trades / assets to make sure we get up and running and able to maintain our momentum- his musical expertise will see him as Ted Cadillac’s right hand sound man this year and also having the handle of Operations Manager for the this year’s festival

Longevity John Falkner - for continuing to be the Longevity John he is


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’.