Comox Valley WinterFest - Ski, Stay and Après!

WinterFest is Vancouver Island’s biggest winter festival from January 13 – 29, 2017. It features incredible 50% off Ski & Stay packages in the Comox Valley, plus an awesome lineup of après, music and comedy events. Head to Downtown Courtenay for snow loads of winter fun at the WinterFest Fun Zone, where you can learn to skate or simply enjoy the great outdoors with fun, family events and activities.

We will see you this winter in the Comox Valley- the Island’s winter destination!

#CVWinterFest #AwesomeAllWinter

Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don't want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts! Open: Monday - Thursday, 4:00 - 7:00 pm Friday, 4:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm

4 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

Brodie Dawson | Union Street Grill & Grotto

‘Vocalist of the Year’ at the 2014 Vancouver Island Music Awards, and nominated for Best Live Act at both 2014 and 2103 VIMA’s, Brodie Dawson definitely delivers! It’s her voice that jumps out at you and grabs you…she makes a clear, direct hit to the very core and her voice and songs speak to your heart and soul. And you might as well not look back, and just hold on for the ride… Brodie has been touring for the past year with her band She Could Be Trouble who have been nominated for ‘Group of the Year’ at the Vancouver Island Music Awards and the BCCMA’s as well as the ‘Ray MacAuley Horizon Award’ at the BCCMA’s.  She’ll be joined by the incredibly talented Cam Boyce.

3 hrs

Union Street Grill & Grotto, 477 5th St, Courtenay

The Lonely Roy Orbison Tribute | Sid Williams Theatre

THE LONELY delivers a sensitive and dynamic tribute to the one and only Roy Orbison. Veteran Mike Demers leads this group of musical journeymen in their mutual and deep appreciation of the timeless music of the Caruso of Rock. THE LONELY – A TRIBUTE TO ROY ORBISON approaches the music with a humble spirit and sincere desire to recreate the sounds and feel of the original recordings. The band has been selling out shows right from their debut. Tina Coldwell of TLC Entertainment says, “One of the best tributes I’ve seen and I’ve been in the biz for 22 years.” Be there or be square!

2.5 hrs

Sid Williams Theatre, 442 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay

Cost: All Ages, $44.75

Dylan Rysstad and special guest | Cornerstone Café & Taphouse

Dylan Rysstad is currently living in Victoria, BC and has put together a new band comprised of Dylan Stone (lead guitar), Gord Light (bass), Ray Mohr (pedal steel) and Sean Thompson (drums). Before leaving Prince Rupert, Dylan & The Rain Dogs recorded his 8th album for Sakamano Records enitled Highway 16 Revisited. It features 11 songs with Mercedes Taylor, Dustin Woodman, Rob Rushton, Joe and Josh Meggison. Highway 16 Revisited, is an ode to the north; of moving back to one's hometown more than a decade after swearing never to return.  The album is comprised of seven new songs, a couple covers and some DR classics performed with the Rain Dogs which were all staples of their live set. Learn more: http://www.dylanrysstad.com

Cornerstone Cafe & Taphouse, 207 5th St, Courtenay

Brad Rush Hypnosis Show | Avalanche Bar & Grill

Brad Rush has been entertaining people of all ages for over a decade. Come be amazed by the power of hypnosis where the audience becomes the stars!

2 hrs

Avalanche Bar & Grill, 275 8th St, Courtenay

$10

Gentiania | Cardero’s

Cardero's, 232 5th St, Courtenay

Teflon & Ice | Gladstone Brewery

Teflon & Ice (Erik Eriksson & Glenn Gravel)

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

Jilli Martini Trio | Billy D’s Pub & Bistro

2 hrs

Billy D's Pub & Grill, 268 5th St, Courtenay,

Skate Party DJ Greasizm & Zont | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don’t want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts! 

Brought to you by Stack Shack Records https://soundcloud.com/greasizm

2.5 hrs

WinterFest Fun Zone - Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don't want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts!' Open: Monday - Thursday, 4:00 - 7:00 pm Friday, 4:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm

6 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

Chili Competition | WinterFest Fun Zone

  Come cheer on local downtown restaurants as they compete for best WinterFest Chili!  Competing Downtown Courtenay businesses: Billy D's Pub & Bistro Cardero's Cafe Mad Chef Cafe Cornerstone Cafe

45mins

WinterFest Fun Zone - Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Laurie Tinkler Dance Peformance | WinterFest Fun Zone

Come watch a dance performance from Laurie Tinkler Dance School at the WinterFest Fun Zone!

30 mins

WinterFest Fun Zone - Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Darryl Lenox Comedy | Red 21 Tap & Grill (sold out!)

Darryl Lenox is a headlining American comedian who has made appearances on Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central, WTF with Marc Maron, Starz, BET, and A&E. Lenox has been performing in comedy clubs throughout the United States and Canada since the early 1990s. Some of his career accomplishments include opening for Chuck Berry and Max Priest, Winner of Best New Play at Vancouver Fringe Festival, and Winner of Seattle Comedy Competition.

2.5 hrs

Red 21 Gaming Tap & Grill, 361 Hunt Rd, Courtenay

SOLD OUT!!

Family Movie Night | WinterFest Fun Zone

Come watch "Big Friendly Giant" with friends and family at the outdoor rink! Bring a chair and blanket. Movie starts at 6:30 pm.

2 hours

WinterFest Fun Zone - Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Entrance by Donation

Jeff Drummond | Billy D’s Pub & Bistro

Jeff Drummond - jazz and blues recording artist, producer and artistic director Jeff Drummond brings his particular brand of funk and jazz oriented blues to Billy's for dance and get-right-down funky blues. Warm up act is Brad Rush, performing “Close-up Magic” – Brad works each table separately in the venue, amazing patrons with card tricks, illusions and other close-up magic!

3 hours

Billy D's Pub & Grill, 268 5th St, Courtenay,

Sound of Music Sing Along | Sid Williams Theatre

Sing-along to the fabulous songs from The Sound of Music. Join the Kiwanis Club of Courtenay for the 8th year of fundraising for the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation and their wonderful pediatrics department.

2 hrs

Sid Williams Theatre, 442 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay

Cost: All Ages, $25

Rykes Davies | Bop City Records

Bop City Records, 211 Simms St, Courtenay

Vivian & Steve Ruskin | Gladstone Brewery

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

Devin & Chad | Mudsharks Coffee

Devin & Chad from Roadside Rattle

Mudsharks Coffee, 244 4th St D, Courtenay

Adam & Brian Norman | Union Street Grill

Union Street Grill & Grotto, 477 5th St, Courtenay,

Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don't want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts!' Open: Monday - Thursday, 4:00 - 7:00 pm Friday, 4:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm

6 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

Captain Thunderpants Performance | WinterFest Fun Zone

Come watch Captain Thunderpants, the singing, storytelling, intergalactic space pirate!

45mins

WinterFest Fun Zone - Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Woofy’s Pet Look-Alike Contest | WinterFest Fun Zone

Does your pet look like you? Do you have matching outfits? Come down to the WinterFest Fun Zone, in Downtown Courtenay with your pet for a chance to win prizes. A fun event for the whole family and four legged members too!

2 hours

WinterFest Fun Zone - Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don't want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts! Open: Monday - Thursday, 4:00 - 7:00 pm Friday, 4:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm

3 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

Katrina & Farley Mifsud | Gladstone Brewery

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don't want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts! Open: Monday - Thursday, 4:00 - 7:00 pmFriday, 4:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm

3 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

Christine Baxter / Sweet Sante Fe | Gladstone Brewery

Christine Baxter Sweet Sante Fe

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

Talk’n Tunes | Billy D’s Pub & Bistro

Talk ‘n Tunes with Doug Biggs & Anela Kahiamoe – special guests: Wendy Nixon Stothert

2 hrs

Billy D's Pub & Grill, 268 5th St, Courtenay,

Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don't want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts! Open: Monday - Thursday, 4:00 - 7:00 pmFriday, 4:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm

3 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

Larry Ayre Solo | The Noodle Joint

Larry Ayre will be playing solo classical and jazz guitar at the Noodle Joint Wednesday, January 25th at 4:30pm. From Spanish Romance to Georgia on My Mind with the Girl From Ipanema in between, Larry will play a wide variety of selections sure to enhance the dining atmosphere.

1 hr

The Noodle Joint, 492 Fitzgerald Ave, Courtenay

Canadian Guitar Quartet | Sid Williams Theatre

Since its debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, from one standing ovation to the next, establishing a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. The CGQ also performed with orchestras all over Canada and released three critically acclaimed recordings.  

45mins

Sid Williams Theatre, 442 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay

Cost: $34 General Public, $29 Member, $24 Student

Bob Slater (Banjo Bob) | Gladstone

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

Open Mic | Billy D’s Pub & Bistro

Open Mic with Bruce & Judy Wing

2 hrs

Billy D's Pub & Grill, 268 5th St, Courtenay,

Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don't want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts! Open: Monday - Thursday, 4:00 - 7:00 pmFriday, 4:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm

3 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

Frozen Themed Family Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Be immersed in the magic of Frozen! The WinterFest Fun Zone outdoor skating rink will come alive with your favorite characters, glittering lights, shimmering balloons and music. Come down to be a part of the fun; kids who dress-up as their favourite characters will be entered to win Tube Passes to Mount Washington Alpine Resort!

4 hrs

WinterFest Fun Zone - Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Donation Proceeds go to YANA and VIMSS

James, Johnson & Hyde | Union Street Grill & Grotto

Michael Johnson and Jim Papp, aka, James & Johnson have been musical collaborators for over thirty-five years and it shows! Their blend of folk, soul, blues and jazz has something for everyone. Special guest – John Hyde, acoustic bassist extrordinaire,  will be joining James and Johnson for this performance at the Union Street Grotto!

3 hrs

Union Street Grill & Grotto, 477 5th St, Courtenay

Jim Chisholm | Gladstone Brewery

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

Devin & Chad from Roadside Rattle | Mudsharks

Mudsharks Coffee, 244 4th St D, Courtenay

Music Trivia | Billy D’s Pub & Bistro

Music Trivia with Donnie  Suzanne

2 hrs

Billy D's Pub & Grill, 268 5th St, Courtenay,

Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don't want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts! Open: Monday - Thursday, 4:00 - 7:00 pmFriday, 4:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm

4 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

Leela Gilday | Sid Williams Theatre

A passionate singer/songwriter and soulful performer, Leela Gilday has a voice that comes straight from the heart. Confessing her stories to her audiences with a gutsy voice and open stage presence, Gilday weaves her experiences as a northerner, a member of the Dene nation, and a traveler into a beautiful world that transports the listener. With four full-length recordings and a long touring history, Gilday has numerous awards to her credit, including a Juno, two Western Canadian Music Awards, and Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year to name a few.

45mins

Sid Williams Theatre, 442 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay

Cost: $34 General Public, $29 Member, $24 Student

Friday Night Fever with Time Well Wasted| Avalanche Bar & Grill

Dance Party with Time Well Wasted, Comox Valley's very own 12-piece, horn driven dance and party band, featuring the best funk, R&B, soul and rock music hits!

2 hrs

Avalanche Bar & Grill, 275 8th St, Courtenay

$10

Gentiania | Cardero’s

Cardero's, 232 5th St, Courtenay

Vivian & Steve Ruskin | Gladstone Brewery

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

How Could I | Union Street Grill & Grotto

Union Street Grill & Grotto, 477 5th St, Courtenay,

Jilli Martini Trio | Billy D’s Pub & Bistro

2 hrs

Billy D's Pub & Grill, 268 5th St, Courtenay,

Friday Night Skate Party with DJ Detok’s | WinterFest Fun Zone

Celebrate the end of the school week! Come out with your friends for skating while soaking in the tunes spun by the one and only DJ Detox. The atmosphere will be electric with pulsating lights, glow sticks and the best part is, it’s FREE, and includes skates! Presented by Stack Shack Records.

3 hrs

WinterFest Fun Zone - Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

FREE

Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don't want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts!' Open: Monday - Thursday, 4:00 - 7:00 pm Friday, 4:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm

6 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

Captain Thunderpants Performance | WinterFest Fun Zone

Come watch Captain Thunderpants, the singing, storytelling, intergalactic space pirate!

45mins

WinterFest Fun Zone - Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Family Movie Night | WinterFest Fun Zone

Come watch "The Wild Life" with friends and family at the outdoor rink!  Bring a chair and blanket. Movie starts at 6:30 pm.

1.5 hour

WinterFest Fun Zone - Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Entrance by Donation

Blues Report | Billy D’s Pub & Bistro

Blues Report - top local players Jim Papp and Michael Johnson lead a quintet performing a unique blend of latin flavoured rhythm and blues guaranteed to fill the dance floor. Ryks Davies is opening the show.

3 hours

Billy D's Pub & Grill, 268 5th St, Courtenay,

Lion, Bear, Fox | Sid Williams Theatre

Vancouver’s Lion Bear Fox is three huge voices joined in mighty harmony, telling the truth through compelling story, honest narrative and unbridled passion. Three men going to war onstage every night to share a message of hope, vulnerability and redemption. 2016 sees Lion Bear Fox further cementing themselves as the new Canadian band to watch.

45mins

Sid Williams Theatre, 442 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay

Cost: $28 General Public, $23 Members, $18 Students

Maverick Cinema with Louis Patterson | Cornerstone Café & Taphouse

Live music at Cornerstone Café & Taphouse! Maverick Cinema and Louis Patterson (Nanaimo, BC) ABOUT MAVERICK CINEMA Sanctuary, the five song debut of Vancouver Island Folk-Rockers Maverick Cinema, is an elegant harmony of loss, and acceptance.. With emotional lyrics blended famously with foot stomping drum beats, and melodic guitars Sanctuary will grasp hold of you, and leave you wanting more. Giving the picture of vast British Columbian forests, and the fierce waves of the West Coast. Maverick Cinema's first studio effort is truly a reflection of the place they call home. Sanctuary was recorded with with Mike Edel, and mixed by Juno Award winning Producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, New Pornogrophers). After the release of Sanctuary, the band was able to successfully tour BC, and Alberta, as well as perform at Rifflandia Music Festival. With the addition of new members to the band, Maverick Cinema has already begun working on their next release. Learn more: www.maverickcinema.com

3.5 hrs

Cornerstone Cafe & Taphouse, 207 5th St, Courtenay

Adam & Brian Norman | Gladstone Brewery

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

WinterFest Family Carnival

Celebrate winter at the Fun Zone with your family and join in on great games and activities during the festival’s Carnival Day! Check out the balloon artist, experience the bouncy castle, try some yummy cotton candy and see a performance by the one and only Captain Thunderpants! All of the activities are FREE so see you there!

6 hrs

WinterFest Fun Zone - Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Donation Proceeds go to YANA and VIMSS

Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don't want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts!' Open: Monday - Thursday, 4:00 - 7:00 pm Friday, 4:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm

6 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

Hilltop Farm Petting Zoo | Winterfest Fun Zone

Come visit Charmer and Dakota, two miniature horses and their furry buddies at the WinterFest Fun Zone!

4 hrs

WinterFest Fun Zone - Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Farm Fun at the Fun Zone

Celebrate farming, farm animals and family at the final day of the WinterFest Fun Zone! Visit the Farmer For A Day activity centre and help Farmer Andy do his farm chores; collect eggs, pick an apple and take part in some farm activities, including many kid friendly crafts! Also come meet, pet and take selfies with Miniature ponies Charmer & Dakota and their miniature goat and chicken friends from Hill Top Farm (12-4).

6 hrs

WinterFest Fun Zone - Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Donation Proceeds go to YANA and VIMSS

WinterFest Calendar of Events

Over two weeks of awesome après events across the Comox Valley and daily activities at the WinterFest Fun Zone in Downtown Courtenay. Click on a date below to see what’s happening. More events are coming daily so check back often!

4:00 pm Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don’t want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts!

Open: Monday – Thursday, 4:00 – 7:00 pm Friday, 4:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

4 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

4:30 pm Brodie Dawson | Union Street Grill & Grotto

‘Vocalist of the Year’ at the 2014 Vancouver Island Music Awards, and nominated for Best Live Act at both 2014 and 2103 VIMA’s, Brodie Dawson definitely delivers! It’s her voice that jumps out at you and grabs you…she makes a clear, direct hit to the very core and her voice and songs speak to your heart and soul. And you might as well not look back, and just hold on for the ride… Brodie has been touring for the past year with her band She Could Be Trouble who have been nominated for ‘Group of the Year’ at the Vancouver Island Music Awards and the BCCMA’s as well as the ‘Ray MacAuley Horizon Award’ at the BCCMA’s.  She’ll be joined by the incredibly talented Cam Boyce.

3 hrs

Union Street Grill & Grotto, 477 5th St, Courtenay

4:30 pm Gentiania | Cardero’s

Cardero’s, 232 5th St, Courtenay

4:30 Teflon & Ice | Gladstone Brewery

Teflon & Ice (Erik Eriksson & Glenn Gravel)

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

5:00 PM Skate Party DJ Greasizm & Zont | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don’t want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts! 

Brought to you by Stack Shack Records https://soundcloud.com/greasizm

2.5 hrs

WinterFest Fun Zone – Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

7:30 pm Jilli Martini Trio | Billy D’s Pub & Bistro

2 hrs

Billy D’s Pub & Grill, 268 5th St, Courtenay

7:30 pm Dylan Rysstad and special guest | Cornerstone Café & Taphouse

Dylan Rysstad is currently living in Victoria, BC and has put together a new band comprised of Dylan Stone (lead guitar), Gord Light (bass), Ray Mohr (pedal steel) and Sean Thompson (drums). Before leaving Prince Rupert, Dylan & The Rain Dogs recorded his 8th album for Sakamano Records enitled Highway 16 Revisited. It features 11 songs with Mercedes Taylor, Dustin Woodman, Rob Rushton, Joe and Josh Meggison. Highway 16 Revisited, is an ode to the north; of moving back to one’s hometown more than a decade after swearing never to return.  The album is comprised of seven new songs, a couple covers and some DR classics performed with the Rain Dogs which were all staples of their live set. Learn more: http://www.dylanrysstad.com

Cornerstone Cafe & Taphouse, 207 5th St, Courtenay

7:30 pm The Lonely Roy Orbison Tribute | Sid Williams Theatre

The Lonely Roy Orbison Tribute | Sid Williams Theatre

THE LONELY delivers a sensitive and dynamic tribute to the one and only Roy Orbison. Veteran Mike Demers leads this group of musical journeymen in their mutual and deep appreciation of the timeless music of the Caruso of Rock. THE LONELY – A TRIBUTE TO ROY ORBISON approaches the music with a humble spirit and sincere desire to recreate the sounds and feel of the original recordings. The band has been selling out shows right from their debut. Tina Coldwell of TLC Entertainment says, “One of the best tributes I’ve seen and I’ve been in the biz for 22 years.” Be there or be square!

2.5 hrs

Sid Williams Theatre, 442 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay

Cost: All Ages, $44.75

8:00 pm Brad Rush Hypnosis Show | Avalanche Bar & Grill

Brad Rush has been entertaining people of all ages for over a decade. Come be amazed by the power of hypnosis where the audience becomes the stars!

Buy Tickets

2 hrs

Avalanche Bar & Grill, 275 8th St, Courtenay

$10

12:00 pm Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don’t want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts!’

Open: Monday – Thursday, 4:00 – 7:00 pm Friday, 4:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

6 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

2:00 pm Chili Competition | WinterFest Fun Zone

Come cheer on local downtown restaurants as they compete for best WinterFest Chili! Competing Downtown Courtenay businesses: Billy D’s Pub & Bistro Cardero’s Cafe Mad Chef Cafe Cornerstone Cafe

45mins

WinterFest Fun Zone – Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

3:00 pm Laurie Tinkler Dance Peformance | WinterFest Fun Zone

Come watch a dance performance from Laurie Tinkler Dance School at the WinterFest Fun Zone!

30 mins

WinterFest Fun Zone – Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

4:00 pm Devin & Chad | Mudsharks Coffee

Devin & Chad from Roadside Rattle

Mudsharks Coffee, 244 4th St D, Courtenay

4:30 pm Adam & Brian Norman | Union Street Grill

Union Street Grill & Grotto, 477 5th St, Courtenay

http://unionstreetgrill.ca

4:30 pm Vivian & Steve Ruskin | Gladstone Brewery

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

4:30 pm Rykes Davies | Bop City Records

Bop City Records, 211 Simms St, Courtenay

5:30 pm Darryl Lenox Comedy | Red 21 Tap & Grill (SOLD OUT!)

Darryl Lenox is a headlining American comedian who has made appearances on Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, WTF with Marc Maron, Starz, BET, and A&E. Lenox has been performing in comedy clubs throughout the United States and Canada since the early 1990s. Some of his career accomplishments include opening for Chuck Berry and Max Priest, Winner of Best New Play at Vancouver Fringe Festival, and Winner of Seattle Comedy Competition.

2.5 hrs

Red 21 Gaming Tap & Grill, 361 Hunt Rd, Courtenay

$25 bar stool; $125 table of four 

6:30 pm Paint Party | JH Morris Silver Bowerbird Gallery

6:30 pm Family Movie Night | WinterFest Fun Zone

Come watch “Big Friendly Giant” with friends and family at the outdoor rink! Bring a chair and blanket. Movie starts at 6:30 pm.

2 hours

WinterFest Fun Zone – Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Entrance by Donation

7:00 pm Sound of Music Sing Along | Sid Williams Theatre

Sing-along to the fabulous songs from The Sound of Music. Join the Kiwanis Club of Courtenay for the 8th year of fundraising for the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation and their wonderful pediatrics department.

www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

2 hrs

Sid Williams Theatre, 442 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay

Cost: All Ages, $25

7:00 pm Jeff Drummond | Billy D’s Pub & Bistro

Jeff Drummond – jazz and blues recording artist, producer and artistic director Jeff Drummond brings his particular brand of funk and jazz oriented blues to Billy’s for dance and get-right-down funky blues. Warm up act is Brad Rush, performing “Close-up Magic” – Brad works each table separately in the venue, amazing patrons with card tricks, illusions and other close-up magic!

3 hours

Billy D’s Pub & Grill, 268 5th St, Courtenay

12:00 pm Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don’t want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts!’

Open: Monday – Thursday, 4:00 – 7:00 pm Friday, 4:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

6 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

1:30 pm Captain Thunderpants Performance | WinterFest Fun Zone

Come watch Captain Thunderpants, the singing, storytelling, intergalactic space pirate!

45mins

WinterFest Fun Zone – Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

2:00 pm Woofy’s Pet Look-Alike Contest | WinterFest Fun Zone

Does your pet look like you? Do you have matching outfits? Come down to the WinterFest Fun Zone, in Downtown Courtenay with your pet for a chance to win prizes. A fun event for the whole family and four legged members too!

2 hours

WinterFest Fun Zone – Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

4:00 pm Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don’t want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts!

Open: Monday – Thursday, 4:00 – 7:00 pm Friday, 4:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

3 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

4:30 pm Katrina & Farley Mifsud | Gladstone Brewery

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

http://gladstonebrewing.ca

4:00 pm Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don’t want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts!

Open: Monday – Thursday, 4:00 – 7:00 pmFriday, 4:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

3 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

4:30 pm Christine Baxter / Sweet Sante Fe | Gladstone Brewery

Christine Baxter Sweet Sante Fe

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

http://gladstonebrewing.ca

7:30 pm Talk’n Tunes | Billy D’s Pub & Bistro

Talk ‘n Tunes with Doug Biggs & Anela Kahiamoe – special guests: Wendy Nixon Stothert

2 hrs

Billy D’s Pub & Grill, 268 5th St, Courtenay

4:00 pm Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don’t want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts!

Open: Monday – Thursday, 4:00 – 7:00 pmFriday, 4:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

3 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

4:30 pm Larry Ayre Solo | The Noodle Joint

Larry Ayre will be playing solo classical and jazz guitar at the Noodle Joint Wednesday, January 25th at 4:30pm. From Spanish Romance to Georgia on My Mind with the Girl From Ipanema in between, Larry will play a wide variety of selections sure to enhance the dining atmosphere.

1 hr

The Noodle Joint, 492 Fitzgerald Ave, Courtenay

4:30 pm Bob Slater (Banjo Bob) | Gladstone

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

http://gladstonebrewing.ca

7:30 pm Canadian Guitar Quartet | Sid Williams Theatre

Since its debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, from one standing ovation to the next, establishing a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. The CGQ also performed with orchestras all over Canada and released three critically acclaimed recordings.

www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

45mins

Sid Williams Theatre, 442 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay

Cost: $34 General Public, $29 Member, $24 Student

7:30 pm Open Mic | Billy D’s Pub & Bistro

Open Mic with Bruce & Judy Wing

2 hrs

Billy D’s Pub & Grill, 268 5th St, Courtenay

4:00 pm Frozen Themed Family Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

4 – 7 PM

Be immersed in the magic of Frozen! The WinterFest Fun Zone outdoor skating rink will come alive with your favorite characters, glittering lights, shimmering balloons and music. Come down to be a part of the fun; kids who dress-up as their favourite characters will be entered to win Tube Passes to Mount Washington Alpine Resort!

WinterFest Fun Zone – Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

4:00 pm Devin & Chad from Roadside Rattle | Mudsharks

Mudsharks Coffee, 244 4th St D, Courtenay

http://mudsharkscoffee.com

4:30 pm James, Johnson & Hyde | Union Street Grill & Grotto

Michael Johnson and Jim Papp, aka, James & Johnson have been musical collaborators for over thirty-five years and it shows! Their blend of folk, soul, blues and jazz has something for everyone. Special guest – John Hyde, acoustic bassist extrordinaire,  will be joining James and Johnson for this performance at the Union Street Grotto!

3 hrs

Union Street Grill & Grotto, 477 5th St, Courtenay

4:30 pm Jim Chisholm | Gladstone Brewery

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

http://gladstonebrewing.ca

8:30 pm Music Trivia | Billy D’s Pub & Bistro

Music Trivia with Donnie  Suzanne

2 hrs

Billy D’s Pub & Grill, 268 5th St, Courtenay

4:00 pm Public Skate | WinterFest Fun Zone

Bring your friends and family for a skate on the outdoor rink at the WinterFest Fun Zone! If you don’t want to skate you can roast a marshmallow, build a snowman or play arts and crafts!

Open: Monday – Thursday, 4:00 – 7:00 pm Friday, 4:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

4 hrs

Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Pay by Donation

4:30 pm Vivian & Steve Ruskin | Gladstone Brewery

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

4:30 pm Gentiania | Cardero’s

Cardero’s, 232 5th St, Courtenay

4:30 pm How Could I | Union Street Grill & Grotto

Union Street Grill & Grotto, 477 5th St, Courtenay,

5:00 pm Friday Night Skate Party with DJ Detok's | WinterFest Fun Zone

5 – 8 PM

Celebrate the end of the school week! Come out with your friends for skating while soaking in the tunes spun by the one and only DJ Detok’s. The atmosphere will be electric with pulsating lights, glow sticks and the best part is, it’s FREE, and includes skates!

7:30 pm Jilli Martini Trio | Billy D’s Pub & Bistro

2 hrs

Billy D’s Pub & Grill, 268 5th St, Courtenay

7:30 pm Leela Gilday | Sid Williams Theatre

A passionate singer/songwriter and soulful performer, Leela Gilday has a voice that comes straight from the heart. Confessing her stories to her audiences with a gutsy voice and open stage presence, Gilday weaves her experiences as a northerner, a member of the Dene nation, and a traveler into a beautiful world that transports the listener. With four full-length recordings and a long touring history, Gilday has numerous awards to her credit, including a Juno, two Western Canadian Music Awards, and Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year to name a few.

www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

45mins

Sid Williams Theatre, 442 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay

Cost: $34 General Public, $29 Member, $24 Student

8:00 pm Friday Night Fever with Time Well Wasted| Avalanche Bar & Grill

Dance Party with Time Well Wasted, Comox Valley’s very own 12-piece, horn driven dance and party band, featuring the best funk, R&B, soul and rock music hits!

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2 hrs

Avalanche Bar & Grill, 275 8th St, Courtenay

$10

12:00 pm Carnival Day | WinterFest Fun Zone

12 – 6 PM

Celebrate winter at the Fun Zone with your family and join in on great games and activities during the festival’s Carnival Day! Check out the balloon artist, experience the bouncy castle, try some yummy cotton candy and see a performance by the one and only Captain Thunderpants! All of the activities are FREE so see you there!

1:30 pm Captain Thunderpants Performance | WinterFest Fun Zone

Come watch Captain Thunderpants, the singing, storytelling, intergalactic space pirate!

45mins

WinterFest Fun Zone – Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

4:30 pm Adam & Brian Norman | Gladstone Brewery

Gladstone Brewing, 244 4th St, Courtenay

gladstonebrewing.ca

6:30 pm Family Movie Night | WinterFest Fun Zone

Come watch “The Wild Life” with friends and family at the outdoor rink!  Bring a chair and blanket. Movie starts at 6:30 pm.

1.5 hour

WinterFest Fun Zone – Corner of 5th St and England Ave, Downtown Courtenay

Cost: Entrance by Donation

7:00 pm Blues Report | Billy D’s Pub & Bistro

Blues Report – top local players Jim Papp and Michael Johnson lead a quintet performing a unique blend of latin flavoured rhythm and blues guaranteed to fill the dance floor. Ryks Davies is opening the show.

www.billydspub.com

3 hours

Billy D’s Pub & Grill, 268 5th St, Courtenay,

7:30 pm Maverick Cinema with Louis Patterson | Cornerstone Café & Taphouse

Live music at Cornerstone Café & Taphouse! Maverick Cinema and Louis Patterson (Nanaimo, BC) ABOUT MAVERICK CINEMA Sanctuary, the five song debut of Vancouver Island Folk-Rockers Maverick Cinema, is an elegant harmony of loss, and acceptance.. With emotional lyrics blended famously with foot stomping drum beats, and melodic guitars Sanctuary will grasp hold of you, and leave you wanting more. Giving the picture of vast British Columbian forests, and the fierce waves of the West Coast. Maverick Cinema’s first studio effort is truly a reflection of the place they call home. Sanctuary was recorded with with Mike Edel, and mixed by Juno Award winning Producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, New Pornogrophers). After the release of Sanctuary, the band was able to successfully tour BC, and Alberta, as well as perform at Rifflandia Music Festival. With the addition of new members to the band, Maverick Cinema has already begun working on their next release. Learn more: www.maverickcinema.com

3.5 hrs

Cornerstone Cafe & Taphouse, 207 5th St, Courtenay

7:30 pm Lion, Bear, Fox | Sid Williams Theatre

Vancouver’s Lion Bear Fox is three huge voices joined in mighty harmony, telling the truth through compelling story, honest narrative and unbridled passion. Three men going to war onstage every night to share a message of hope, vulnerability and redemption. 2016 sees Lion Bear Fox further cementing themselves as the new Canadian band to watch.

www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

45mins

Sid Williams Theatre, 442 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay

Cost: $28 General Public, $23 Members, $18 Students

12:00 pm Farm Fun at the Fun Zone | Winterfest Fun Zone

Celebrate farming, farm animals and family at the final day of the WinterFest Fun Zone! Visit the Farmer For A Day activity centre, presented by Comox Valley Exhibition, and help Farmer Andy do his farm chores; collect eggs, pick an apple and take part in some farm activities, including many kid friendly crafts! Also come meet, pet and take selfies with Miniature ponies Charmer & Dakota and their miniature goat and chicken friends from Hill Top Farm (12-4 pm).

WinterFest Fun Zone

Located on the corner of 5th and England in Downtown Courtenay, the WinterFest Fun Zone features a synthetic ice rink, perfect for learning how to skate, snow play areas and tons of family-oriented activities. Check out some of the great Fun Zone events below; for more details and for the full lineup, check out the festival calendar.

Skating is by donation with proceeds going to You Are Not Alone (YANA) and the Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society (VIMSS).

Monday -Thursday, 4:00 – 7:00 pm | Friday, 4:00 – 8:00 pm | Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

 

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Skate Outside!

January 13 - 29

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Frozen Themed Family Skate

Thursday, January 26th

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Friday Night Skate Party DJ Detok’s

Friday, January 27th

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WinterFest Family Carnival

Saturday, January 28

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Family Movie Night – The Wild Life

Saturday, January 28

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Farm Fun at the Fun Zone

Sunday, January 29

Don't Miss Après!

WinterFest is ON with 45+ events over 2 weeks!

The Comox Valley is the perfect après hotspot to soak in some entertainment, dine on delicious farm-to-table cuisine or simply soothe and relax after a day of fun on Mount Washington’s slopes! Here are the featured events of week 2 of WinterFest, January 23- 28.

More events are being announced daily so check back to plan your WinterFest après options!

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Larry Ayre Solo

Wednesday, January 25

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Canadian Guitar Quartet

Wednesday, January 25

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Infinitus Beatboxing String Trio

Wednesday, January 25

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James, Johnson & Hyde

Thursday, January 26th

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Leela Gilday

Friday, January 27th

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Friday Night Fever w/ Time Well Wasted

Friday, January 27th

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Lion Bear Fox

Saturday, January 28th

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Maverick Cinema with Louis Patterson

Saturday, January 28

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Blues Report

Saturday, January 28th

GET A ROOM! Perfect Après Pairings

Check out some of the great deals select hotels are offering during WinterFest! See our SKI & STAY packages starting at $80 per person, includes half price lift at Mount Washington!

Based on double occupancy. 

Other Free Après Events

Tuesday, January 24th
Christine Baxter
Gladstone Brewing Co,  4:30PM

Talk’n Tunes with Dougg Biggs and Anela Kahiamoe, with special guest Wendy Nixon Stothert
Billy D’s Pub & Bistro, 7:30 – 9:30PM

Wednesday, January 25th
Robert Slater
Gladstone Brewing Co, 4:30PM

Open Mic with Bruce & Judy Wing
Billy D’s Pub & Bistro, 7:30 – 9:30PM

Thursday, January 26th
Devin (Roadside Rattlers)
Mudsharks Coffee Bar, 4:30PM

Jim Chisholm
Gladstone Brewing Co, 4:30PM

Music Trivia with Donnie Suzzane
Billy D’s Pub & Bistro, 8:30 – 10:30PM

Friday, January 27th
Katrina & Farley Mifsud
Gladstone Brewing Co, 4:30PM

Lucas Antoni
Union Street Grotto, 4:30PM

Jill Martini Trio
Billy D’s Pub & Bistro, 7:30 – 10:00PM

Saturday, January 28th
Adam-Michael & Brian Norman
Gladstone Brewing Co, 4:30PM

Erik Erikisson (Ice Blue)
Union Street Grotto, 4:30PM

Roberta Orcas &  Ryks Davies
Billy D’s Pub, 7:00PM

SAVE 50% - Comox Valley Ski & Stay Packages

Mount Washington Alpine Resort and participating Courtenay accommodation providers have partnered to bring you the deal of the winter – 50% off lift tickets with your Comox Valley stay during WinterFest!

All WinterFest rates are per person and include Mount Washington Alpine Resort lift ticket and overnight stay. Based on double occupancy, taxes and fees extra.

Save on Flights with Pacific Coastalread more below.

Travelodge Courtenay

Travelodge Courtenay

From $87 per person*

Reservations: 1-800-578-7878

Best Western

Best Western Westerly Hotel

From $84.49 per person*

To book call 1-800-668-7797

Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community

From $99.50 per person*

1-888-338-8439

Anco Inn

Anco Inn

From $80 per person*

To Book Call 1-877-393-2200

Old House Hotel

Old House Hotel & Spa

From $120 per person*

Sweet Suite Deal!

1-855-400-2882

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

From $99.83 per person*

1-855-400-2882

Add a 20% Off Flight with your Ski & Stay!

Coming over from the Lower Mainland? Great news! Pacific Coastal is providing a special 20% off WinterFest discount for return flights from Vancouver to Comox. Just follow these instructions to get the deal:

  • Head to http://www.pacificcoastal.com/
  • Enter in the promo code WinterFestYQQ at the time of booking
  • Book your flights between December 7, 2016  and January 13, 2017
  • Have fun!pacco

Fine print – 20% off Vancouver to Comox (YVR/YQQ), for booking period: December 7, 2016 to January 13, 2017, travel must be between January 13th to January 31st, 2017.  Seven days advanced booking necessary and applied to new bookings only. All standard terms and conditions apply.
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CONTESTS

Where's the Snowglobe Contest

Share, like and tell us your best guess of Where the WinterFest Snow Globe is each day and you could WIN a Full Day Family Snow Tubing Pass to Mt Washington. A total of 16 prizes will be drawn randomly each day from Jan 13 – 29th.

WinterFest Downtown Courtenay Coffee Competition

Order the 'WinterFest' Special from the following participating Downtown Courtenay Coffee Shops, and Enter to WIN a basket of goodies! MudShark's Coffee, The Broken Spoke, Games & Grounds Coffee House, Cardero's Cafe.

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