John Elzinga was the bearer of bad news on Thursday night at Cowichan Performing Arts lobby. His duty, as General Manager of CVRD Community Services, was to tell disappointed Natalie McMaster fans that her concert had been cancelled due to new BC Ministry of Health guidelines regarding large gatherings of people within the province. (Kathryn Swan photo)

List of cancelled Cowichan Valley community events

An ongoing list of events that have been cancelled in the Cowichan Valley due to COVID-19

In an effort to keep Cowichan Valley residents as informed as possible on the state of public events during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, we have reserved this space for community announcements of the cancellation of public events. The following file will be updated every time we are informed of a cancellation. If you have an event that has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and would like the public to be aware of any postponements or cancellations, please email and put “Cancelled event” in the subject line.


Chemainus Classical Concerts, March 22

“If you have already purchased a ticket for this concert from one of the ticket outlets, you may return the ticket to them for a refund. If you are a season ticket holder, please be advised that we are in the process of rescheduling the concert, so that we can enjoy these performers at a later date. We will keep you updated,” said Rykie Avenant, artistic co-director of Chemainus Classical Concerts.


Cowichan Symphony Society concert March 27, Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

“The Cowichan Symphony society regrets to announce the Friday, March 27 concert has been cancelled. This comes after consultation with the Victoria Symphony and guest artist Maria Miller and in consideration for our patrons.

“In accordance with the recent announcement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial Health Officer, the VS has cancelled all concerts until further notice. A determination of a replacement or refund will be announced shortly.

“Keep listening to 89.7 Juice FM, and the Citizen for Cowichan Symphony Society news and check anytime for further news on this development at our Facebook page and


Kim’s Convenience, Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, Saturday, March 28


All BC Hockey provincials and playoffs. In B.C. the shutdown will affect all B.C. minor hockey associations and academies, the junior A BC Hockey League (Cowichan Valley Capitals), junior B Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and Pacific International Junior Hockey League, along with the Western Hockey League of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).


Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce Black Tie Awards rescheduled.

“We are postponing the Black Tie Awards scheduled for April 17, 2020, and will reschedule to a date in the future when things settle down in the world COVID-19. This could be as early as May or June, but who knows?

“This does not change the process leading up to a rescheduled date for the Black Tie Awards. This will include proceeding with the following:

“1. Our photo shoot this Sunday, March 15, 1 – 3 p.m., drop in for 10 minutes for a headshot with our Black Tie photographer Mark Margerison. We will still need photos of you all regardless of it being this week, or another photo shoot closer to the new date. You are invited to continue with your plans to attend the photo shoot on Sunday, unless of course you are not feeling well. We also have a handwashing protocol implemented at the Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre, so please be prepared to sanitize upon entrance to the Centre.

“2. Interviews: Again, these interviews are a critical last step in the adjudication process…regardless of them being held over the next couple of weeks or at a later date. It is hoped that we can continue the momentum and continue with the scheduled session as noted in my email yesterday. Ultimately, it is preferred that these be in person interviews, but we have not ruled out remote attendance. We will be dealing with each Interview Session on an individual and day-by-day basis, so please stay tuned for more details about your session.

“FYI: Nanaimo Chamber has also announced their Business Achievement Awards scheduled for April 8 at the Port Theatre, are being rescheduled to a hopeful date in May or June. So if it’s any consolation, we are not alone!”


All events at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre for March and April are postponed.


Council of Canadians film screening of The Condor and the Eagle, Duncan United Church, March 19, cancelled.


The remainder of the run of The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Chemainus Theatre has been cancelled.


The Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association 2020 AGM scheduled for April 6 has been postponed.


Mill Bay Plantaholics plant sale scheduled for April 11 has been cancelled.


Cairnsmore Plant Sale on April 18 has been cancelled.


Vancouver Island Heather Society sale March 28 has been cancelled.


Sport Fishing Advisory Council meeting scheduled for March 17, 1 p.m., Cowichan Valley Fish and Game Club cancelled.


The workshop on waste reduction and resource protection, called the Circular Economy, that was to be hosted by Helmut Blanken, a senior waste management engineer with HBHE Consulting, that was scheduled for March 26 at Little Zimbabwe Farm, has been cancelled.


Cowichan/Duncan Parkinson’s Support Group meetings cancelled until further notice.


The Shipyard Restaurant & Pub is closed.


The Duncan movie theatre is closed.


The Fishbowl cafe is closed.


Harmony Yoga Center is closed.


Viana Hot Yoga Cowichan Valley is closed.


All upcoming Pat’s House of Jazz performances at the Osborne Bay Pub have been suspended until further notice.


Chemainus Classical Concerts April 19 “Baroque Delights” cancelled and St. Michaels Church in Chemainus closed for 60 days.


Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives is closed until further notice.


Roy Forbes concert scheduled for Sunday, April 5 at the Duncan Showroom has been rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 6. Tickets already purchased for the April concert can be traded for the November date. Duncan Showroom patrons can contact the venue through their website at


The Cowichan Watershed Board has cancelled all public events and meetings for the month of March, including their Speaker Night and the public board meeting.


The Valley Seniors Organization has postponed their board meeting scheduled for Friday, March 27 and the proposed opening of the centre on March 31 until further notice.

“I will not ask anyone to jeopardize their safety and that of others by requiring them to leave their homes to attend meetings,” said VSO President Ian Balding.

“We will notify the membership by email, radio and the newspaper when we have some indication that resumption of activities can commence.”


The Cowichan Consort Orchestra and Choir’s concert to end their season, Mass to St. Cecilia, has been postponed until Nov. 7.


The Hillcrest Lumber Company Employees Reunion has been cancelled to the the COVID-19 pandemic. “We will see you at the May 2021 Reunion,” organizers said.


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