General News · 15th June 2010
This year on June 26th Cortes Island will celebrate its second Women’s Festival. This year the festival will be at Trude’s Outdoor Stage in Whaletown. Entry will be by donation and this year all the funds go towards the thirty suite transition housing being built in Campbell River for the North Island and surrounding islands. This housing is for women and children fleeing violence/abuse.
I was surprised when I heard before that much of the community thought the festival was a woman only space. This is far from the truth. This festival is for the whole community and if you’ve ever had a woman in your life then this festival is for you too! Everyone is encouraged to attend. Tanya Davis from Nova Scotia will be playing and has volunteered her time and arranged her West Coast Tour to finish it at the Iphelia Fest. She had hoped to come out for the first one, but funding, on both ends, did not allow it to happen. It is an honour to have her and I encourage you to look up her music on line. Emily Spiller was also hoping to be joining us from Vancouver Island and after hand writing her into the posters she has had to cancel, so sorry about that confusion. We have local talents lined up including Marguerite Thompson, Tanya Henck (slam style poetry) and singer/songwriter Tanya Krahn. Laurel Bohart will be playing at the festival again this year as well. Seastar Lupa is going to join us with some d.j-ing to end the evening.
There will be a workshop for the Clothes Line Project at 3pm, followed by a talk with Claire Trevena. Anyone who would like to vend is welcome to come at 2pm to set up and will need to provide their own table/blanket. Any social awareness vending is encouraged as well. Anyone interested in doing food please talk with Trude to make arrangements. We could use a handful of volunteers as well. Donations are also graciously accepted (go directly to the transition housing!) and a non-profit tax receipt can be made out.
To get in touch…
The festival is in conjunction with the Cortes Island Safe Home Program. If you are fleeing violence/abuse and need an anonymous and confidential place to go or if you want to get involved a Safe Home Co-ordinator is available at 250-286-3666.