We are a non-profit organization incorporated July 30, 2001 with a goal of supporting local artists and making high quality family entertainment available to residents of Chemainus, BC and surrounding area.
Welcome to the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society's Summer Season for 2014!
The Society has some wonderful musical experiences planned for the bandshell this year, making the most of its great location in Waterwheel Park -- right in the heart of Chemainus.
The season will start with the opening of the "Music in the Park" series on July 1st - Canada Day with "Providencia" one of Columbia's best reggae/ska bands.
The series continues with music of different genres every Tuesday evening, right through until the final show of the summer on August 26 with Compassion Gorilla's unique concoction of worldbeat, latin folk, dub and psychedelic music.
During the season, you'll experience jazz, bluegrass, blues, rock, pop and many other formats. Follow our menu on the top of this page for full details of the series. We'll also be presenting three wonderful music festivals.
We're also hosting a number of fabulous festivals this summer starting with the Rockabilly Festival on July 12th. Then on July 26 and 27 you'll be able to experience two days of some of the very best in bluegrass, when the Chemainus Bluegrass Festival comes back for its fourth edition. Top bands booked for the festival include Steep Ravine and Five on a String, among the list of great bands that will be here.
On August 8th and 9th our popular Accordion Days will be back, featuring the wonderful Gypsy Belles and the Accords, and many of their accordion friends. Then on August 23rd we can look forward to the return of the Chemainus Jazz Festival. Once again, crowds will be delighted by a full day of top-quality Jazz in the Park.
ArtBeat Street Parties will be held on four Fridays this summer featuring live music, dancing, artists, artisans, and food!
It will be a great season -- don't miss any of it! Waterwheel park has a safe, level seating area for people in wheel chairs thanks to funding from the BC Rehab Foundation.