FESTIVAL SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
5:30 - 8:00 PM | FERNIE FAMILY CENTRE CHINESE CULTURAL DINNER
Join members of Fernie's Chinese community, our guest speaker and the Calgary Chinese Music Development Association for this year's Chautauqua Cultural Dinner. Catering by Arrowana Restaurant. Advance tickets only, $25.
12:00 to 1:00 PM | FERNIE HERITAGE LIBRARY LUNCH n' LITERATURE
With Wayne Norton, author of Fernie At War. Advance tickets, $15 includes lunch and speaker.
6:00 - 10:00 PM | CHAUTAUQUA STAGE FRIDAY FUSE | BC SHOWCASE
Friday Fuse kicks off the Chautauqua & Fall Fair weekend with an eclectic showcase of the some of the best roots and blues talent in BC today with guests Red Eyed Soul, Flatback and Juno-nominated powerhouse Ndidi Onukwulu. Beer garden with Fernie Brewery beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages will be open from 6:00 - 9:30 pm. Hot food will be available from local food trucks located adjacent to the Chautauqua Stage throughout the evening. Free public event.
9:00 - 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 Knights of Columbus.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM | 2ND AVENUE & 5TH STREET CHAUTAUQUA STAGE
With music by our special guests Peter and the Wolves, Heather Blush and the Uppercuts, and John Wort Hannam. 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 | 601 1st AVENUE ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE MARKET
Restoring your historic house? Looking for material for a building or craft project? Visit us for this two-day sale of architectural salvage, including doors, hardware, windows, etc.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM | 501 - 3rd AVENUE HERITAGE ON THE LAWN
History and culture meet on the lawn of Fernie's century-old City Hall with hands-on activities for the whole family. Hosted by the Ktunaxa Nation and regional museums.
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'.
11:00 am - 4:00 pm | DOWNTOWN FERNIE DOORS OPEN
Explore 6 of Fernie's unique heritage buildings with volunteers providing short tours of each facility to learn more about how Fernie's historic places are serving the community today and the ongoing efforts to maintain them. Hosted by Heritage Fernie.
11:00 am - 4:00 pm | DOWNTOWN FERNIE ART WALK
Explore 6 galleries and studios and connect with artists working in a variety of media.
1:30 - 2:30 PM | 491 - 2ND AVENUE BC MILLS CATALOGUE HOUSE TOUR
Join John Atkin, consultant with the Fernie Heritage Strategy, on a walking tour exploring how Fernie was rebuilt with the use of BC Mills catalogue homes, of which four models of homes manufactured in Vancouver and shipped for assembly in Fernie John Atkin is a civic historian and author who offers interesting and offbeat insight to the community architecture, history and neighbourhoods. He has created, and conducts, a number of unique and popular walking tours throughout the City of Vancouver.
3:00 - 4:00 PM | 491 - 2nd AVENUE FERNIE AT WAR - ENEMY ALIENS INTERNMENT TOUR
On June 9 and 10, 1915, over 300 men designated as Enemy Aliens under the War Measures Act were rounded up and imprisoned at the Fernie Arena. Discover the incredible story of wartime internment operations in the Elk Valley on this 45 minute walking tour.
7:30 PM - 12:30 AM | FERNIE MUSEUM SPEAKEASY TOUR
During Prohibition (1917-1920), Fernie was a hotbed of illicit rum running. Join us on a tour of of Fernie's secret gin n' jazz joints, recreated for one night only. Special performances by Heavy Petal Burlesque and the Johnny Summers Jazz Quintet. Advance tickets only, must be 19+ to participate.
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.
10:00 AM - NOON | PARK PLACE LODGE CHAUTAUQUA JAZZ BRUNCH
Enjoy a full Sunday brunch with Johnny Summers Jazz Quintet.
1:00 - 2:00 PM | CHAUTAUQUA STAGE CHAUTAUQUA COMMUNITY SERVICE
This community interfaith service celebrates the harvest and the bonds shared by Fernie's diverse faith 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.
5:00 - 8:00 PM | 2nd AVENUE - 5th and 6th STREET CHAUTAUQUA BLOCK PARTY
Wind down a busy weekend of activities on some of Fernie's best patio's, including a pig roast at Nevado's, drinks at the Northern Bar and Grill, and coffee and dessert at Valley Social. Live entertainment.
2018 FERNIE CHAUTAUQUA & FALL FAIR
CALGARY CHINESE MUSIC ASSOCIATIONSEPT 13 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Join members of the Calgary Chinese Music Development Association for an unforgetable evening of traditional music, with Frank Yuen playing the erhu (a Chinese bowed instrument), Paula Pang playing the guzheng (a Chinese plucked instrument), Janel Kirstein playing the dizi (a Chinese flute), and Kim Woo playing the ruan (a Chinese base plucked instrument). Playing outside prior to the dinner for a free public concert will be the Marc Vantrol Purcussionists from Lethbridge.
NIDIDI ONUKWULUSEPT 14 | 7:00 TO 10:00 PM
wo time Juno nominated Ndidi O is a larger than life figure, a force of nature with a voice that sounds and feels like a long lost friend. Hailing from the wilds of British Columbia she found her voice in the "open mic '" scene in New York, discovered her sound in the heart of Toronto’s blues and folk scene, fine tuned her live show across Europe and has now finally settled for the moment back on the west coast where her latest album “These Days” was made. This album finds Ndidi returning to her early blues/soul roots. Ndidi's band, Flatback, will perform between sets.
RED EYED SOULSEPT 14 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Red Eyed Soul was born from late night jams and legendary parties at the North end of Kootenay Lake. They’re sure to get your arms swinging and boots stomping with their high energy mix of soulful mountain blues, and folk rock. This four piece band is comprised of Selkirk College Music School graduates: Sean Rodman, Nick Fuss, Eddie Annett and Jakob Simek. Original music from Sean and Nick focuses on a passion of the joys and beauty of rustic rural living. With an ever changing arrangement of acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, harmonica, bass, and drums they’re sure to strike a chord for diverse listening pleasures.
JOHNNY SUMMERS JAZZ QUINTETSEPT 15 AND 16
5 time Global Music Awards winner! With flowing passion and soul, Johnny Summers, a multi-talented musician, composer and arranger, is a performer of boundless ability and stage appeal. Versatility, distinction and excellence are foremost attributes, and his clever yet natural approach to both life and music offers a unique experience at every performance. Johnny Summers and the Calgary Jazz Orchestra have received multiple awards including 5 Global Music Awards, and 1 Gospel Music Award.
PETER AND THE WOLVESSEPT 15 | 12:00 - 12:45 PM
Peter and the Wolves, a fresh-faced rockabilly outfit from Calgary, is shaped by their forefathers’ rowdy, unstoppable urge to shake it up. Led by Howlin’ Pete Cormier, the Wolves were playing the bar scene while half its members were still in high school. Pete flashed his guitar and lady-killer good looks, as Theo dug deep into his stand-up and Paul cranked out soul-scorching keyboard solos. Elvis, Eddy Cochrane and CCR were mixed in with House of the Rising Son and Rock Lobster. Sweat dripped from their brow and soaked their sharkskin suits; they pulverized the room and left them panting for more.
HEATHER BLUSH AND THE UPPERCUTSSEPT 15 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Heather Blush and The Uppercuts is a trio of rogue troubadours based in Calgary, Alberta. Sassy, sultry, and just plain fun, this trio performs original songs designed to knock your socks off! With energetic, audience-engaging shows, Heather is quickly becoming known for songwriting that covers all bases between witty sarcasm and gutwrenching honesty. With “Captain” Steve Hazlett on drums and “Duellin’ Dale Ulan” on upright bass, this trio packs a punch and leaves a lasting impression.
JOHN WORT HANNAMSEPT 15 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Perhaps it’s the growing list of accolades, which these days include a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Galaxie Rising Star Award and a Kerrville New Folk title, or perhaps it’s the lofty comparisons reviewers have made to Tom Russell, W.O. Mitchell and Margaret Laurence. Whatever it is, Lethbridge, AB based, folk-‐roots musician, John Wort Hannam is making music with a new-‐found confidence these days. 15 years into his career and he is far and away writing his best material yet. John has released 6 recordings in 13 years with performance highlights that include a win at the Kerrville, Texas New Folk Song Competition, collaborating with the Calgary Philharmonic, composing the 50th Anniversary song for his alma mater, University of Lethbridge, composing the 2012 Alberta Winter Games official song and playing the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.
IDELWILDSEPT 16 | 11:00 AM - NOON
With heart-breaking harmonies and smokin' instrumentals, East Kootenay based Idlewild's unique mountain sound makes the old feel new. After playing and singing for many years with different groups in valleys and towns in the Kootenays and beyond, fate (and a little bit of luck) brought together multi-instrumentalists Heather Gemmell (guitar, dobro, banjo), Keith Larsen (guitar, mandolin) and Lindsay Cuff (fiddle, banjo). With their original tunes, old-timey classics, murder ballads and bluegrass standards, Idlewild will leave you longing for more.
WILD HONEYSEPT 16 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Based out of Cranbrook this roots music trio takes inspiration from our amazing East Kootenay surroundings and people. Shelby Knudsen, Jessica Niedermayer and Laura Cain blend beautiful harmonies with lyrics that reflect the landscape. Wild Honey is a perfect fit for the Fernie Fall Fair!
DOGGONE BROTHERSSEPT 16 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM
This Kootenay duo is a recent side-project of Clayton Parsons (Clayton & Joelle,The Good ‘Ol Goats,) and Michael Hepher (Redgirl, As The Crow Flies). Both seasoned musicians in the area, Clay and Mike crossed paths at a mutual friends’ birthday party and ended up jamming the night away. That night of jamming turned into a regular thing that they’ve named The Doggone Brothers. The music is distinctly ‘grassy, with fishing, hunting and camping themes throughout their set of original and hillbilly cover tunes. Clay jumps back and forth between guitar and dobro while Mike picks the mandolin and guitar. They are sure to entertain as they keep it fun and loose while duelling back and forth with their respective axes.
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