39 Days of July offers full schedule of entertainment in Duncan

“It’s free-to-the-public musical treats in a festival atmosphere,” says Longevity John Falkner.

“It’s free-to-the-public musical treats in a festival atmosphere,” says Longevity John Falkner.

Starting June 24 and running until Aug. 1, The 39 Days of July are back with a full menu of daily entertainment in downtown Duncan.

Most of the shows are presented on the CUPE Stage at Charles Hoey Memorial Park as hourly showcases of all kinds by touring and local talent.

The action runs from noon until 8 p.m. daily from Monday to Friday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, with added concerts until 4 p.m. to complete the day.

But, that’s not all that’s happening during the festival.

There are teacher/student showcases on the CUPE stage most weekdays at 3 p.m. It’s a great chance for various invited teachers and their students to get some stage time to showcase what they do.

An open mic is available Mondays (and some Tuesdays) at 5 p.m. for performers from the community who would like stage time for three or four songs only.

Historical talks will be held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4 p.m. in Charles Hoey Park.

Every Friday, look for solo guitar jazz stylings at 4 p.m. while Tuesdays at 4 p.m., the popular ‘For the Love of Words’ event moves to the park as well.


For those who enjoy a day with a special emphasis, themed Sundays are back at the park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It all starts June 26 with Diversity Day, then shifts to Elders Day on July 3 and Children’ s Day on July 10.

On Sunday, July 17, it’s the popular Intercultural Day, followed on July 24 by Gospel Music Day and July 31 by Country Music Appreciation Day.

Also on Sundays, look for special Sunday evening concerts with various local and touring acts taking the stage at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m and 7 p.m.


Supersoul Thursdays offers Thursday night yoga in Duncan’s City Square with Sun Lotus Yoga Sanctuary.

It’s a night dedicated to connecting with your higher self, and one another, through various practices which quiet the busy mind, bringing peace and clarity.

On the schedule are drum circle, kirtan chanting, asana posture practice, and yoga dance.


A special youth evening is scheduled for City Square on Saturday, July 30 as “a final musical blowout” to wind up 39 Days activity on that stage.

From noon to 6 p.m., there will be music performed by teenagers, with sponsorship from Coast Capital Credit Union’s Youth Get It.

At 6:30 p.m., it’s The Mae Trio, followed at 7:15 by Daniel Champagne and at 8 p.m. by Malahat.

Just Posted

Cowichan District Hospital. (File photo)
Guest column: The story of a surgery in Cowichan

In homage to the Cowichan District Hospital and its surgical team

Motorcyclists in the hundreds depart from Duncan on a South Island ride in honour of the Kamloops 215. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Ride for the Kamloops 215 takes over Trans-Canada Highway

“My family was in residential schools for three generations. On the day… Continue reading

(The winning Lady of the Lake candidates demonstrate their talents during the annual Opportunity Night, Wednesday, June 8. Mary Batyi, left, does a Highland Dance routine, accompanied by a bagpiper; Jorden Matson, centre, shows people her artwork while telling the crowd what her inspirations are; Amber Bell tells people about competitive swimming, before providing a virtual demonstration.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 15, 2011)
Flashback: Water meters, ‘Porky’, and Lady of the Lake

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter Sarah Simpson has been combing through old… Continue reading

Tim Schewe
Drivesmart column: Not securing your load could cost you big

An object of any sort falling off of the vehicle in front of you is definitely a surprise

Jared Popma recently streamed a live concert from the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. (Ashley Daniel Foot photo)
21-year-old jazz artist talks favourite tunes and joys of music theory

Jared Popma recently streamed a concert from the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

A Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased in Parksville for the June 19, 2021 draw is a $3M winner. (Submitted photo)
Winning Lotto 6/49 ticket worth $3M purchased on Vancouver Island

Lottery prize winners have 52 weeks to claim jackpot

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

Most Read