If you’re heading out of town and taking in the Filberg Festival in Comox this weekend, you’ll find a couple of local performers on stage.
Ladysmith singer-songwriter Ryan McMahon and his band The Lion The Bear The Fox will open the four-day festival on Friday, Aug. 1, while Chemainus tenor Ken Lavigne performs on the final day of festivities on Monday, Aug. 4.
McMahon performs with The Lion The Bear The Fox on the new Comox Rotary Stage Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then again Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. He’ll also perform a solo set Friday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on the Garden Stage.
Lavigne will be on the Comox Rotary Stage Monday from 1-2 p.m.
Set amongst the trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox, this festival celebrates the best of arts, crafts and music from across Canada. This year’s event showcases more than 130 artisans and makers of fine art in a variety of media, ranging from metalwork, pottery and toys to woodcrafts, jewelry, paintings, glass, textiles and specialty foods.
Advance tickets are available for $13 until July 31 at Vancouver Island Thrifty Foods locations. Tickets are $15 at the gate, and a four-day pass is available for $40. Children 12 and younger get in for free. For more, visit www.filbergfestival.com.