FESTIVAL SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
7:00 - 10:00 PM | FERNIE HERITAGE LIBRARY BOOKED! WITH ANGIE ABDOU
Celebrate the start of this year's Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair at the first evening of the Booked! Fernie Writers' Series 2017-2018 season, where celebrated local author will read from her new novel, In Case I Go. Mix and mingle with fellow bibliphiles, meet the author and enjoy a live performance from local bluegrass band Redgirl. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar make for a fun, social evening.
5:30 - 10:00 PM | CHAUTAUQUA STAGE KOOTENAY HOOTENANNY
Canadian country music star Craig Moritz has toe-tapping country rhythm in his soul and an oil-soaked voice as smooth as butter. He brings over a decade of experiewnce to his stage show and is sure to be a highlight of the weekend./ Beer garden with Fernie Brewery beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages will be open from 5:30 - 9:30 pm. Hot food will be available from local food trucks located adjacent to the Chautauqua Stage throughout the evening. Proceeds benefit the Syrian Refugee Committee. Free public event.
8:00 - 11:00 AM | 2ND AVENUE & 5TH STREET CHAUTAUQUA PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Get ready for a full day of activities at Chautauqua with a hearty pancake breakfast hosted by the Syrian Refugee Committee (Fernie).
10:30 - 11:00 AM | 501 - 3rd AVENUE 1917 Coal Creek Mine Disaster Memorial Unveiling
On April 19, 1917, an explosion ripped through the Coal Creek mine, killing 34 men. The BC Labour Heritage Centre and the City of Fernie will unveil a plaque commemorating this disaster.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM | 2ND AVENUE & 5TH STREET CHAUTAUQUA STAGE
With music by our special guests Shelley Lynch, Dawson Rutledge, the Due Clause Trio and Dory and the Weathermen. Sponsored by Teck.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM | 2nd AVENUE & 5th STREET CHAUTAUQUA CHILDREN'S TENT
Activities for children of all ages, including balloon animals, face painting, crafts and games. Sponsored by Grow Children's Store.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM | 2nd AVENUE & 5th STREET ANTIQUE CAR SHOW
The automobile has been a way of life since 1919 in the Elk Valley. The advent of the automobile led to the formation of the Tourism Association of Southern Alberta and Southeast BC in 1912. Some of the early vehicles that would have taken to the road in search of adventure will be on display. Hosted by the Fernie Museum.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM | 501 - 3rd AVENUE ART ON THE LAWN
An artisan fair offering a chance to meet local artists who do not have open studios, and see artists working 'en plein air'. Hosted by the Fernie Arts Station.
11:00 am - 4:00 pm | DOWNTOWN FERNIE DOORS OPEN
Explore 11 of Fernie's unique heritage buildings with volunteers providing short tours of each facility. Hosted by Heritage Fernie.
11:00 am - 4:00 pm | DOWNTOWN FERNIE ART WALK
Explore 12 galleries and studios and connect with artists working in a variety of media. Hosted by Fernie Arts Station.
1:00 - 4:00 PM | 502 - 3rd AVENUE, SUITE 201 ARCHIVES OPEN HOUSE
With our Archivist at hand, explore some of the riches recently uncovered in our Archives located on the 2nd floor above Scotiabank. At 1:30 PM, the Fernie Museum will unveil their latest virtual exhibit, Fernie’s Pioneer Italian Community: 1880s to 1921, part of the Museum’s ongoing Community Memory Project. Enjoy Italian baking and sodas as members of the Italian community demonstrate the new exhibit and share their community’s history. Hosted by the Fernie Museum.
1:30 - 2:30 PM | 491 - 2ND AVENUE 1908 GREAT FIRE HISTORIC WALKING TOUR
Join one of our knowledgeable local guides for a tour of downtown Fernie. Explore the stories of devestation and heroism and how Fernie emerged from the fire stronger than ever. Hosted by the Fernie Museum.
3:00 - 4:00 PM | 491 - 2nd AVENUE RUM RUNNING AND WHISKEY SIX HISTORIC WALKING TOUR
Discover the story of the three larger than life bootleggers - Emilio Picariello, Jack Wilson and Mark Rogers - who ruled the illicit liquor trade from Fernie to Lethbridge down as far as Spokane, Washington.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm | 501 - 3rd AVENUE FERNIE FALL FAIR
Located at Fernie's City Hall, this re-invention of Fernie's fall fair includes horticultural displays, blue ribbon contests, craft exhibits, art demonstrations, a small backyard livestock zoo, and agricultural demonstrations.
1:00 - 2:00 PM | CHRIST CHURCH CHAUTAUQUA COMMUNITY CHURCH SERVICE
This community church service brings all of Fernie's churches together to celebrate the harvest and the bonds of community.
2:00 - 4:00 PM | FERNIE SENIOR CENTRE CHAUTAUQUA AFTERNOON TEA
For over a century, Fernie has had a significant British community, and formal afternoon tea was a tradition among those who immigrated to Fernie from England, Scotland and Wales. Join the Heart's Content Ensemble string quartet as we revive this delightful tradition with the Chautauqua Afternoon Tea. Advance tickets, $15.
5:30 - 8:00 PM | FERNIE FAMILY CENTRE CHAUTAUQUA HARVEST DINNER
Join us for a home-cooked turkey dinner to conclude the 2016 Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair. Special guest, author Lubomyr Luciuk, will share stories about the internment of "enemy aliens" during the Great War from his book, Without Just Cause: Canada's First National Internment Operations and the Ukrainian Canadians, 1914-1920. Advance tickets, $20.
2018 FERNIE CHAUTAUQUA & FALL FAIR
ANGIE ABDOUSEPT 14 | 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Angie is a Canadian author whose publication record includes the novels The Bone Cage (a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011 defended by NHL star Georges Laraque) and, most recently, Between (2014, Arsenal Press). The latter, released in the fall, has been reviewed extremely favourably by critics in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Winnipeg Review, and Vancouver Sun, as well as by the book industry’s publication The Quill and Quire. It launched in the US this April, and New York’s Library Journal listed it as a Top 13 Indie Pick for Spring 2015. Angie won the 2012 MacEwan Book of the Year, and in doing so joined a prestigious group of authors, including Margaret Atwood and Yann Martel, as recipients of this prize. Between was named a “Best of 2014″ book by PRISM Magazine, 49th Shelf, and The Vancouver Sun. Angie is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University.
CRAIG MORITZSEPT 15 | 5:30 - 10:00 PM
Craig Moritz is a rarity these days. He is a country boy at heart, a what you see is what you get kind of a guy who happens to write and sing some pretty good country music. Craig is a native of Medicine Hat Alberta, but also has spent the better part of his life in Fort McMurray and now hails from the Calgary area. Moritz is Alberta through and through. After growing up and working jobs from retail to oilfield, he knew he had yet to find his true path. Craig got hooked on the idea of becoming a country music artist after meeting Toby Keith and having a down to earth, "real" conversation about the music industry with him. Since then Craig has been inspired and motivated, working on a steady path towards his career as a country music artist and songwriter. After cutting his teeth and gaining invaluable experience owning the road on the honky tonk circuit from the hard scrabble town of Fort McMurray in Canada's tough and vast northern oil sands, to racking up the miles in every direction through western Canada and beyond, Craig has become a bona fide national star.
SHELLEY LYNCHSEPT 16 | 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Shelley was born in Fernie, British Columbia, fifth of six children of long-time residents Frank and Mary Lynch. They were a business-orientated family with a deep faith and a strong love of music that led to dedicating part of their living room to drums, guitar and organ giving the family ample opportunity to sing and entertain together. Shelley Lynch may be from a small Canadian town but there is nothing small about the talent this singer-songwriter has been blessed with. When the album “Walk through Life” came out in 1996 Shelley was inspired with the success of radio play and international support. The style continued in the next album “Dream Big,” a collection of songs she wrote and performed that exploded with lyrics as honest and as personal as life can get.
DAWSON RUTLEDGESEPT 16 | 12:00 - 12:45 PM
Dawson Rutledge is an award winning folk/americana musician, from Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Dawson’s very first performance of an original song, Mysterious Woman, was in June of 2015 at the Key City Theatre. He has hardly taken a breath since, staying very busy performing, recording and writing a multitude of original songs. Dawson Rutledge has quickly become “…one of the most talked about musicians to come from this city.” (Kootenay News Advertiser August 2016) His self-released debut album, titled Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, which features eight of his folk/alternative songs, has received radio play nationwide, with multiple chart appearances and positive reviews. Mysterious Woman achieved Top 10 in CBC Music Searchlight 2016 for the Interior & Northern BC Region, with top voting accolades. Dawson is currently working on his sophomore album in New York with 3 time Grammy winning producer Justin Guip, and executive producer Geordie Gillespie (former VP of promotions at Sony and Virgin records.) Dawson has performed at a wide variety of venues, ranging from art galleries to large capacity theatres. His resume also includes local festivals, as well as festivals in Arizona and New Jersey and Austin, Texas during South by Southwest. He has been given the opportunity to open for many well-known artists, including Fred Penner, Tiller’s Folly, and Barney Bentall. In 2017 Dawson won two Kootenay Music Awards for Best Folk/Country/Roots Act and Best Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
DUE CLAUSE TRIOSEPT 16 | 1:00 - 1:45 PM
Back in her hometown of Fernie BC, Erin Frances has stripped her sound back to the acoustic routes that defined her so many years ago. With classical training in opera under her belt and a successful career as a singer/songwriter in Vancouver, Erin’s sound has the clarity of an opera singer but the depths of a blues artist. Inspired by both 1970’s singer/songwriter styles, and the great voices of the blues, Erin is back with a new sound and style!
DORY AND THE WEATHERMENSEPT 16 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Dory and The Weathermen, with lead singer Dory Rossiter from CTV Lethbridge, have been together for nearly seven years. They entertain at a variety of events in Lethbridge and across southern Alberta and play a mix of music including pop, rock and crossover country. For their work in helping to fundraise for local charities, they received the Communications Award from the Canadian Mental Health Association. They have had a busy and fun summer and are thrilled to be part of the Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair 2017!
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