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The 39 Days of July 2017
What! Another year of this musical craziness in downtown?….you bet there is!
From all walks of life, all levels of sanity, all levels of wealth the most asked question of me since last August has been will the 39 Days of July happen again in 2017? And when the tent city was in the park and the thought of the festival being jeopardized was bandied about, it became apparent to us that the 39 Days of July truly had become entrenched into the psyche of the Cowichan Valley.
Well, just what has been created?
A space in time has been created, where our community and those visiting, can sit together in a park originally designed so many years ago to do just that, gather in. Where common experiences could be shared, neighbours discovered and now with these 39 Days of July summer festivals taking place, they can actually still do so, with abundance.
Of course some say the programming may have gone overboard again but please, do take note that there is no other music festival in the world of this caliber and duration. This makes our Valley even more unique in a world where stopping for a segment of your daily routine could include live music for any of the 39 days in a row. To most, this is not quite the norm, yet in this valley, it is served up as a given. Those who do bear witness to this musical feast do take the word of how wonderful our community is far and wide. Ah yes, ‘a rather fun place to be.’
Now most of you will shake your head and wonder how does this all come about?
Who organizes this huge undertaking? Who pays for all this entertainment?
The vision has been from the beginning to find ways to have the arts and cultural community join hands with the business sector to produce an event like no other. Along the way, it appears the audience has become involved and each night when we canvass for donations, how quickly the monies have added up. That to me is a sign the festival is walking a true and honest path, that what is being done with this event becomes a shared experience in all aspects. This is much appreciated and warms ones heart deeply. This ability to share in all aspects of this festival and to have all feel they have ownership is very much a desired outcome. It is about including all of our community.
MANY THANKS... TO OUR MANY SPONSORS!
The City of Duncan for making the process to construct this huge undertaking a much easier task each year and for their financial aid. Also a special thanks for making sure the space was ready and acceptable to public use.
The Municipality of North Cowichan for making the Grande Parade route and barrier procurement an easy process as well and their yearly financial allowance.
MNP Accounting, Tax, Business Advisory for stepping up and branding the performance stage in Charles Hoey Memorial Park - the MNP Stage for 2017.
Special thanks to Adam Clutchy for again stepping up to take on the organizing of the Grande Parade for his second year, appears he likes the position and says he does have plans to tell us.
Rotary Club of Duncan Daybreak for taking on the position of parade marshals of the Grande Parade 2017 which means getting to the start posts by 10 am will be as much fun as the parade itself. They are also the final, the end, the last float in the Grande Parade.
The Duncan Community Lodge for reviving the Appreciation Luncheon at the Island Savings Centre for the marching bands, drill teams, volunteers and dignitaries.
Duncan Cowichan Festival Society and the Cowichan Valley Citizen for sponsoring the Grande Parade this year.
Duncan Lions Club for coming forward with a $3,500 bursary program for our young performers who win first, second and third in the specific 3 categories in the Duncan Has Talent competition...what a boost for our youth.
The Duncan Business Improvement Association for organizing and marshaling the Children's Parade at 9:30 am on July 15th and for making this event work in the downtown’s favour.
The Volunteer Fire Departments of the Cowichan Valley for being in our Grande Parade and for being on call during these super hot summer months. They go by us frequently during the festival and we remind everyone as they do that these are volunteer fire fighters...they drop what they are doing to protect our community, please support their causes whenever they ask.
To the Cowichan Valley Arts Council for bringing Art to Park this year again.
Cowichan Intercultural Society for supplying the diverse and wonderful entertainment on Intercultural Day July 16th.
Long & McQuade-Nanaimo for providing/sponsoring the superb sound systems and back lines at both of our stages.
Vintage Drum and Tech for use of a quality drum kit - out of Victoria they aim to supply superb back line rentals for the Island.
Thanks to these local businesses for committing to provide sponsorship monies for various scheduled performances so far (this implies it is never too late to help out financially):
Beverley Corners Liquor Store / Beverly Corners Marketplace - Saturday evenings 4-8pm July 8th / July 22nd / August 5th - varied styles music from the community.
Cardino Shoes for sponsoring Scott McGill on Saturday August 5th at 7:30 on the City Square Stage.
Community Farm Store for covering Masimba Marimba July 15th 6-8pm on Downtown Duncan Day - Parade Day.
Craig Street Brew Pub for aiding in bringing in the Boom Booms on opening night of the festival June 30th.
Duncan Music for sponsorship of this year’s Duncan Has Talent - Nuts and Bolts category - all ages/anything goes - August 2/3/4
Duncan Showroom Productions – for their huge discounts and greatly decreased rates on the portable stage / 3 tents / equipment rentals.
Good Used Cars for their financial support thrown at the PIGS July 2nd - 8:30pm concert City Square Stage.
JP Contruction Supplies - for putting monies towards Kane & Potvin - July 6th - 7pm.
Mann's Prescription Pharmacy - Saturday evening 4-8pm July 29th for Shawnigan Player’s Shakespeare in the Park with “Macbeth”.
Peninsula Co-op - for covering the costs of the entertainment and supplying the big 20’x20’ Story Telling Tent on Children’s Day - July 9th 11am - 3pm and thank you to Islands Saving Credit Union for supplying a huge volunteer presence and thank you to the various organizations who stepped forward to make sure the day is a memorable one.
RBC Dominion Securities – for sponsoring all regular festival Saturday mid days 11am - 4pm all 5 Saturdays.
Ten Old Books – making sure the very colourful and exciting Belly Dancing Extravaganza takes place on Sunday July 30th from 6pm -8pm on the MNP Stage.
Thunderbird Motel for being generous with their aid in housing our touring musicians.
Also to the business that have stepped forward to sponsor one whole week each of the 5 weeks of Lunch in the Park, weekly noon hour/1pm and 2pm slots of entertainment:
Duncan Garage Cafe - July 3-7
Soulful Memories - RPM - July 10-14
Unique Home Health Care - July 17-21
Sears-Duncan - July 24-28
Duncan Showroom Productions - July 31 - August 4
To the various restaurants / eateries that have signed onto our 'feed the musician's' campaign with vouchers to their establishments… so appreciative of your sponsorships: Corner House Cafe / Duncan Garage Café / Arbutus Café / The York Street Diner / Station Street Café / The Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar, as well the Community Farm Store.
The Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar - special thanks to Jeff for hosting the 'After the Square Musical Treats" right after the Walkabout Wednesday concerts in the City Square... who knows what musical treats might happen!!! And for his new patio.
And thanks to the Great Canadian Superstore for the Canada Day cakes and for covering the performers hydration needs.
Mark’s Instant Sign Shop for the great job and the considerations on our signage.
Cowichan Tribes - for the signage considerations and Tse Wultun Health Centre for sponsoring the Canada Day Cup as well.
In Memoriam to June Rossetto – a generous donation towards the McCandless Family Band performance July 16th-4pm.
To those many donators who have stepped forward anonymously wishing only to see this miracle take place once again. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts…you do so ‘get’ it.
This is the 2nd year of presenting Blues on Tuesday and we thank these local community businesses for their full on sponsorship: Red Arrow Brewing Company / Cowichan Valley Citizen and Duncan Showroom Productions.
Special thanks to the president of Duncan Cowichan Festival Society: Rick Martinson and DCFS Board of directors - Martin Buck / Tavish Annis/ Alec Wheeler / Ian Fairwell / Adam Clutchy for doing their best to comprehend the vastness of a project such as this and still be ready in aiding /maintaining and improving the wealth of the good energy brought to the community because of this festival… and thanks to all our past directors for steering the ship along the way we chose.
Duncan Town Crier - Ben Buss - our local crier has been offering his boisterous services since the inception of the 39 Days of July some 5 years back, proclaiming both the opening and closing of the longest music festival in the world with eloquent pageantry and to that we are most grateful.
Huge thanks to Longevity John / Ted Cadillac - for accepting the honorariums offered instead of wages for what turns out to be the equivalent to running a marathon a day for 39 days.
And special thanks to Aiden Olynyk for his continued help year after year setting up the stage first thing each day.
Warmth sent to all the volunteers, 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.
A very huge thanks to the audiences who gave graciously and generously of their monies when the donation boxes came around last year… we would not have made it out of last year without your contributions… we will be at it again this year.
And yes, much extra special thanks to the hundreds of performers for making this festival become what it was designed be about… Community - and how the arts has positive effects upon the people in our community… they have chosen to work for much less than should be expected of them… and 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.
ALSO - we want to encourage all supporters of the 39 Days of July to please extend that support to those businesses that saw fit to help us in their various manifestations... as entertainment sponsors, as advertisers in our program, as suppliers of goods and in kind donations... remember, this is the arts and cultural community joining forces with the business sector to prove to all that we do live 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’.