FESTIVAL SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

12:00 - 1:00 PM | 601 2nd AVENUE THE CORNER STAGE
Fernie’s vibrant music scene hits the street to kick off four days of live entertainment in Historic Downtown Fernie with musician Reggie!
6:30 - 8:00 PM | 491 2nd AVENUE UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS HERITAGE HOME TOUR
Follow heritage consultant Elana Zysblat on a tour of three homes which exemplify the wealth and lifestyle of some of Fernie's early movers and shakers and learn about the efforts to preserve these homes for future generations. Wine and cheese reception will follow, sponsored by IGS Group and Heritage Fernie. Advance tickets are required; $20. Available at the Fernie Museum and online. Maximum 20 people.
8:00 - 9:30 PM | FERNIE ARTS STATION CHAUTAUQUA OPENING GALA
Join members of the Ktunaxa Nation, the City of Fernie and the festival organizing committee in kicking off Fernie's premier cultural festival with culinary artistry by Fernie's celebrity chef, Barrie Elliott, and live entertainment by Red Girl and Hark Raving Sirens. Exhibiting artist Peggy Black will be in attendance. Sponsored by Rockies Law Corporation, Fernie.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 641 2nd AVENUE THE TASTING ROOM | THE LOAF
The Loaf will offer 8 varieties of bread baked in-house using regionally sourced ingredients, along with a special Chautauqua harvest loaf created especially for the Chautauqua and Fall Fair weekend!
12:00 to 1:00 PM | 601 2nd AVENUE THE CORNER STAGE
Fernie’s vibrant music scene hits the street with musician JJ and Nevaeh
12:00 to 1:00 PM | FERNIE SENIORS CENTRE LUNCH and LEARN
Learn more about Fernie's history and culture. Advance tickets are required, $15; available online or at the Fernie Museum.
12:00 - 2:00 PM | 672 2nd AVENUE THE TASTING ROOM | LE GRAND FROMAGE
Join the team at Fernie's extraordinary cheese shop, Le Grand Fromage, for a tasting of four wonderful Kootenay cheeses paired with honey from the Elk River Apiaries.
1:30 - 2:30 PM | 491 - 2nd AVENUE FERNIE'S ITALIAN HERITAGE
Join members of Fernie's Italian community and the Fernie Museum in launching a new virtual museum exhibit, Fernie's Pioneer Italian Community: 1880 to 1920s, with live entertainment and refreshments provided by the Italian community.
2:00 - 4:00 PM | 260 5th STREET THE TASTING ROOM | BROWN'S MEAT MARKET
Brown's Meat Market has long been a staple in Fernie's culinary scene. Come sample Brown's famous jerkies and sausages, with owner Mark Brown.
5:00 - 10:00 PM | 501 3rd AVENUE CHAUTAUQUA COMMUNITY PICNIC AND DANCE
Bring the whole family down the the grounds of Fernie's historic City Hall, once the headquarters for the Crow's Nest Pass Coal Company, for a free community picnic with Fernie DJ Sweet Irie. Hot food will be available from the Chautauqua Grill located adjacent to the Chautauqua Stage. Craig Moritz, the Kootenay's own music star, takes the stage in the Chautauqua tent beginning at 7:00 pm. Beer garden with Fernie Brewery beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages will be open from 5:00 - 9:30 pm. Advance tickets required for the Chautauqua dance, $20; tickets are available online or at the Fernie Museum. A limited number of tickets may be available that evening at the entrance to the Chautauqua tent.
9:00 - 11:00 AM | 521 4TH AVENUE CHAUTAUQUA PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Get ready for a full day of activities at Chautauqua with a hearty pancake breakfast hosted by the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club. Fernie Family Centre.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM | 501 3rd AVENUE CHAUTAUQUA STAGE
With music by local musicians Barbara Bassett, the Audielles, Chelle Power, Rick Miller and Emilie Fitton, and the Forest Trio. Sponsored by Teck.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM | 501 3rd AVENUE CHAUTAUQUA FAMILY EXTRAVAGENZA
Join family performers Dr. Van Hooligan, Kellie Haines and Mandy Morris in the Chautauqua Tent for a full day of magic, storytelling and music! Activities also include balloon animals, face painting, crafts and roving performers.
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 a wide range of practicing local artists, see artists working 'en plein air', and visit onsite art installations.
11:00 am - 4:00 pm | DOWNTOWN FERNIE DOORS OPEN
Explore 7 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 THE CHAUTAUQUA CORNER STAGE
Fernie’s vibrant busking culture takes centre stage at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 6th Street in Huckaberry Plaza and on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 5th Street by the Fernie Museum with numerous local performing and visual artists rotating on the hour! Visit resident artist Michael Hepher on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 7th Street as he works throughout the Chautauqua weekend on Fernie's latest public art installation, All Kinds of Beauty.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | 491 2nd AVENUE FERNIE'S GREATEST HERITAGE HITS WALKING TOUR
Six significant Fernie heritage buildings have recently been successful recipients of Heritage Grants funded by the Columbia Basin Trust and managed by Heritage BC. Join heritage consultant, Elana Zysblat, on a walking tour to learn about their history, evolution, a few fascinating and little known facts, and the plans for their conservation. The buildings on tour are: City Hall (former Crow's Nest Pass Coal Co. headquarters), Christ Church, Holy Family Church, Fernie Courthouse, Knox United Church and the Fernie Museum (former Home Bank of Canada).
12:00 - 2:00 PM | 672 2nd AVENUE THE TASTING ROOM | LE GRAND FROMAGE
Join the team at Fernie's extraordinary cheese shop, Le Grand Fromage, for a tasting of four wonderful Kootenay cheeses and learn how to pair these cheeses with BC wines.
1:30 - 2:30 PM | 491 - 2nd AVENUE ADAPTIVE REUSE: FERNIE HERITAGE PROJECTS THEN, NOW AND UPCOMING
One of the unique aspects of old buildings is their ability to adapt to new uses, contract and expand and evolve without losing their character. Follow heritage consultant Elana Zysblat, and planner Patrick Sorfleet on a tour analyzing two completed heritage projects - the conversions of Fernie High School and Fernie Masonic Hall to condo complexes, one underway project - the rehabilitation of the Leroux Mansion, and one future project - the conversion of Fernie Lutheran Church into a residence. Meet designers and owners at each site to get additional insider’s perspective.
2:00 - 4:00 PM | 581A 2nd AVENUE THE TASTING ROOM | ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATES
Join owners Mandy and Shane Nemanishen for a tasting of the large variety of fudge and chocolate and carmel goods crafted by hand in store.
3:00 - 4:00 PM | 491 - 2nd AVENUE RUM RUNNING AND WHISKEY SIX WALKING TOUR
Discover the story of the three larger-than-life king-pin Rum Runners – Emilio Picariello, Jack Wilson and Mark Rogers – who ruled the illicit liquor trade from Lethbridge to Fernie down as far as Spokane, Washington.
4:00 - 6:00 PM | 531 1st AVENUE THE TASTING ROOM | FERNIE DISTILLERS
Join the cocktail masters from Fernie Distillers for tours of their production space and for one of their specially crafted Chautauqua cocktails during our inaugural Chautauqua Happy Hour! Exhibiting artist will be in attendance.
8:00 - 12:00 PM | 491 2nd AVENUE ART AFTER DARK
Explore Fernie's vibrant visual and performance art scene through the lens of one of Fernie's most unique historical events - the arrival of the Texas Bill and his three ring circus in 1911. Featuring special performances by the Circus Acts Insomniacs, the cocktail mastery of the Fernie Distillery, the culinary artistry of Fernie's chef de célébrité, Barrie Elliott, with live music at each of the evening's five venues. Advance tickets only, $70; tickets are available online and at the Fernie Museum. Must be 19+ to participate.
10:00 AM - 3:00 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. Live music by Good Valley, Seany J and CCR Experience.
5:00 - 8:30 PM | 521 -3rd AVENUE CHAUTAUQUA CULTURAL DINNER
As the finale of Fernie's four day cultural festival, the Chautauqua Cultural Dinner this year celebrates the contributions of Fernie's early Sihk community to the cultural fabric of Fernie with special speaker Dr. Michael Hawley and live entertainment. Dr. Hawley's presentation, The History of Sikhs along the Crowsnest, explores the Sikh pioneers and personalities who made their way to southern Alberta and southeastern BC in the early part of the 20th century. Sikhs have settled along what would become the Crowsnest Highway for over a century. Yet their story has been overlooked and largely undocumented … until now. This presentation offers a glimpse into some of the documents, photographs, and colourful personalities of some of the earliest Sikh arrivals to the region.
11:00 am - 4:00 pm | DOWNTOWN FERNIE THE CHAUTAUQUA CORNER STAGE
Fernie’s vibrant busking culture takes centre stage at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 6th Street in Huckaberry Plaza and on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 5th Street by the Fernie Museum with numerous local performing and visual artists rotating on the hour! Visit resident artist Michael Hepher on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 7th Street as he works throughout the Chautauqua weekend on Fernie's latest public art installation, All Kinds of Beauty.

2019 FERNIE CHAUTAUQUA & FALL FAIR

SPECIAL GUESTS

 

RED GIRL

RED GIRL

SEPT 19 | 8:00 PM

Musical married couple Anie & Michael Hepher are a creative tour-de-force playing a variety of instruments including ukulele, banjo, mandolin and guitar. They also both sing together and in a number of bands with other musicians and are the creative force behind next weekend’s Gillbilly Festival on September 27-29. Red Girl’s music is a light shade of bluegrass with visible folk roots showing about homegrown life, family, fields, ponies and railroads.
HARK RAVING SIRENS

HARK RAVING SIRENS

SEPT 19 | 8:00 PM

Hark Raving Sirens are an all female vocal trio performing a repertoire of cleverly crafted covers that draw from classics including The Andrews Sisters, Ray Charles and the Carter Family, to more contemporary artists such as First Aid Kit and The Lumineers. Rearranging vocal melodies from both modern and vintage tunes into breathtaking harmonies that often take on a jazz and swing feel, these women are sure to have something for everyone.
CRAIG MORITZ

CRAIG MORITZ

SEPT 20 | 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Craig is a natural, captivating performer who ensures that every fan and audience member is gonna have a great time and feel like they are part of the show! Backed up by his stellar band, it’s a live experience that has proven that Craig is the "real deal" and has earned him an army of loyal fans all over North America and beyond. An avid lover of life, animals, people, travelling, music and nature, Craig connects with his fans on so many levels beyond his lyrics. Craig is now a bonafide Kootenay boy, calling Canal Flats home.
CIRCUS ACTS INSOMNIACS

CIRCUS ACTS INSOMNIACS

SEPT 21 | 8:00 - 12:00 PM

Circus Acts Insomniacs are a dynamic performance troupe offering a visceral experience through ritualistic dance, awe-inspiring aerial acrobatics and powerful fire choreography. The relationship between music and movement influences their unique storytelling into universal means of communication. Their mission is to encourage playfulness and inspire people to find their own strengths.
DR. VAN HOOLIGAN

DR. VAN HOOLIGAN

SEPTEMBER 21 | 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 8:00 - 12:00 PM

Dr Von Houligan began his journey as a confused youth, when he was taught a magic trick at the tender age of 7. It was amazing yet odd all at the same time. Dr Von Houligan has been bringing this knowledge to his show and has been entertaining folks all over the world. He has a unique style that hails from the 1920’s, with a dash of flamboyancy. He lives from his steamer trunks that he takes everywhere with him, so he always has his props with him and is ready to raise a show at the drop of a hat.
KELLIE HAINES

KELLIE HAINES

SEPT 21 | 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM

Ventriloquist and family entertainer Kellie Haines started talking to her puppets at the age of 8 and when they started talking back, she knew she had a show. Kellie is a multitalented entertainer who connects with audiences both young and old with her catchy tunes and playful puppets who also sing. Her musical ventriloquist shows combine witty repartee with songs you can dance to and bring important themes to kids such as believing in yourself, embracing diversity and celebrating nature. She performs at festivals, schools and theatres across Canada and as a puppeteer for tv.
MUSIC WITH MANDY

MUSIC WITH MANDY

SEPT 21 | 1:00 PM

Mandy Morris uses her training as a jazz vocalist combined with her experience as a music and early childhood educator to entertain children and their families. In September 2018, Music with Mandy released their debut album “On the Sunny Side of the Street”. Mandy has played for many packed houses in Alberta and Manitoba with her band at venues like The National Music Centre, Calgary Public Library for JazzYYC’s International Jazz Day, and the Medicine Hat Public Library.
DR. MICHAEL HAWLEY

DR. MICHAEL HAWLEY

SEPT 22 | 5:00 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.

WELCOMING THE WORLD SINCE 1898

FERNIE HAS HAD A LONG TRADITION OF WELCOMING VISITORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO OUR COMMUNITY.

WE ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME THE PARK PLACE LODGE , A LONG TIME SUPPORTER OF ARTS AND HERITAGE IN OUR COMMUNITY, AS OUR PARTNER HOTEL.
WHETHER ITS YOUR FIRST TIME VISITING FERNIE OR A HOMECOMING WITH FAMILY A FRIENDS,
PARK PLACE LODGE WILL HELP MAKE YOUR CHAUTAUQUA AND FALL FAIR WEEKEND A REAL TREAT.
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EXCLUSIVE PARTNER HOTEL ROOM RATE


The Park Place Lodge is pleased to offer festival attendees the rate of $128 first night, $108 for subsequent nights plus tax for a standard room. Rate is subject to availability, so book today! To book call, 1-888-381-7275 and ask for the “Chautauqua” rate or use the Promo Code ‘CQA19’

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