It may be that Chemainus will be setting a world record for a community of its size this summer, with more than 40 performances scheduled to take place July and August in Waterwheel Park.
The 2019 Music in the Park concert series kicks off at 7 pm on July 2, with Kept Company, – folk, jazz, swing and pop music with a great deal of pizzazz. The Tuesday evening series continues for nine performances until August 27, including a visit from Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, July 23.
The Chemainus weekend music festival starts with two days of the blues on July 6 and 7, at 2pm both days. The annual Blues Festival will feature eight bands, including David Gogo, Mark Crissinger and Auntie Kate & the Uncles of Funk on the Waterwheel Park stage.
The ninth annual Chemainus Bluegrass Extravaganza takes place in the park Saturday, July 13. Five bluegrass bands including Scout Mountain, Genevieve and the Wild Sundays, and Bluegrass Fever will provide their sweet harmonies for a full afternoon of fiddles, banjos, guitars and mandolins.
On July 27 is the Vancouver Island Rockabilly Bash, the old-time, rock music of the fifties: Hank Angel and his Island Devils, Chevy Ray and the Fins, and Slim Sandy and the Hillbilly Boppers.
On August 10 the Chemainus Accordion Festival returns for a full afternoon of accordion music from some outstanding performers.
Admission to all shows in Waterwheel Park is by donation. The Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society, the organizer of all these events, recommends a donation of $20 dollars for the main weekend festivals, but it’s up to the audience members to decide what the various shows are worth.