Jared Popma brings his songwriting and guitar playing skills to the City Square stage for the 40th Day of July on Sunday, Sept. 1. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Wave goodbye to summer with the 40th Day of July celebration in Duncan

The Duncan-Cowichan Summer Festival has arranged a great show at City Stage on Sept. 1

August is almost over, so it’s time for the 40th day of July.

Just to remind us that Duncan is “a rather fun place to be”, there’s an afternoon and evening of entertainment at City Square, just in time to kiss goodbye to summer.

Bring your lawn chair and join the crowd (and there will be a crowd) to watch a variety of entertainers, courtesy of the Duncan-Cowichan Festival Society, who bring The 39 Days of July festival to the city every year.

It all starts with an hour of presentations by some of the Cowichan Valley’s young talent.

At 4 p.m., there’s Hoop Sisters: a collection of six girls from Cowichan Tribes. They’ll be presenting a special short, fun show, followed at 4:15 by Malakai, the 10-year-old Charles Hoey Stage favourite, who, asked if he wanted to perform again, jumped at the chance.

At 4:30 p.m., enjoy the talent of Jared Popma, another 39 Days of July regular. Just shy of his 20th birthday, he combines songwriting and guitar mastery.

Elle Wolf from Vancouver, is described by event organizer, Longevity John Falkner, as “a funtastic singer” in mainland indie bands but here she’ll be showcasing her songwriting, starting at 5:15 p.m.

Now, we’re into the supper hour, and room for chairs soon will be at a premium at City Square.

Singer Corrinna Keeling is bringing some friends to join her in a show starting at 6 p.m.

At 7 p.m., Eric Harper kicks up the tempo with his fabulous guitar work. He mixes flamenco, pop, and rock with humour. Audiences love him, and you’ll number yourself among them when you hear him.

BREAKING NEWS: According what we heard from Falkner on Monday night, Salsahall, the group that was supposed to wind up the 40th Day of July with a high-energy performance, has had to cancel at short notice. However, he’s feverishly working this minute on lining up a replacement so watch for the latest as soon as we know.

And while you’re at it, why not bring a little cash to make a donation to help fund next year’s festival? A few dollars in the kitty will be a big help. This stuff doesn’t appear in our midst for free, after all.

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