Courtenay singer-songwriter Joey Clarkson is bringing her five-piece rock band

Courtenay singer-songwriter Joey Clarkson is bringing her five-piece rock band

ArtBeat gets spooky this Friday

It's "Spooksville Night" at Chemainus ArtBeat Friday, July 19. The headliner for the night is Joey Clarkson and the Boom-ers.

ArtBeat, Chemainus’ Friday-night open-air arts and music festival, continues its summer run with an eery, entertaining “Spooksville Night” Friday, July 19.

Festivalgoers are encouraged to disguise themselves as zombies, vampires or ghosts before venturing downtown for a haunting good time, states an ArtBeat press release.

Spooksville Night will feature busking performances by Dave Young and Friends and singer-songwriter JoHanna Knight.

Headlining the evening will be Joey and the Boom-ers, “a five-piece rock band fronted by award-winning singer-songwriter Joey Clarkson.”

Following the horror-themed Spooksville Night will be a “Show Your Colours” event July 26, a chance for Chemainiacs to celebrate their ancestral country of origin by wielding flags or donning traditional clothing. Show Your Colours will feature “full-throttle” bluegrass from Vancouver’s 5 On a String.

Alongside musical performances, ArtBeat visitors can look forward to meeting “remarkably talented artists” including doll makers the African AIDS Angels, potter Peggy Grigor, jeweller Sheila Flynn and photographer Nancy Morgantini.

The public is also invited to take a guided tour of the St. Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church, one of the oldest buildings in Chemainus, and enjoy the recently refurbished stained glass windows.

For more information on ArtBeat, click here.

ArtBeat is open to artists residing on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. To apply, download the Call For Artists online or contact Peggy at

Musicians and performers who are interested in busking or performing at ArtBeat can contact Kathy at