Cowboy Junkies to headline Filberg

Special Friday night concert will kick off this year's festival

  • Apr. 8, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Cowboy Junkies

The Filberg Festival has always been known for its great entertainment and this year is sure to exceed expectations.

New to 2015 is a Friday evening performance featuring Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band the Cowboy  Junkies.

Cowboy Junkies were formed in Toronto in 1985 by siblings Michael Timmins, Margo Timmins, Peter Timmins and friend Alan Anton. They are best known for the seminal album, The Trinity Session, which established them at the forefront of the alternative country movement. For more than 20 years, Cowboy  Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty.

The festival will clear the grounds at 6 p.m. and re-open at 7 p.m. with a performance from 7:30-9:30. A limited number of tickets will be available online only as of May 1 for this special evening concert. Opening for the Cowboy Junkies will be The Lion, The Bear, The Fox. Tickets will be priced at $39 for festival seating.

Headliners over the long weekend will include: Matthew Barber and Jill Barber presenting their new project The Family Album, the highly acclaimed tenor Ken Lavigne, as well as festival favourites rock musician John Mann, best known as the front man of the folk rock band Spirit of the West and folk and country musician Valdy.

Visit www.filbergfestival.com for the full line up.

This year the festival is thrilled to feature potter Gordon Hutchens as the guest artist. Hutchens’ studio is nestled in 19 wooded acres in the secluded north end of Denman Island. For nearly 30 years, Hutchens has operated his extensive studio here while exhibiting across Canada, from Halifax, Montreal and Toronto to Vancouver and Victoria. He has had over 25 one-man shows and more than 70 group exhibitions across Canada and the U.S., with three major exhibitions in Japan. Gordon has also taught courses and workshops for many colleges and potter’s guilds.

His works and articles have been published in various ceramics magazines and books. www.gordonhutchens.com

The 2015 festival will also showcase over 130 artisans and makers of fine art in a variety of media ranging from metalwork, pottery, toys, woodcrafts, jewellery, paintings, glass, textiles and specialty foods.

Set amongst the stately trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox, B.C. on the east coast of Vancouver Island the Filberg Festival is truly a unique event. Enjoy art and nature surrounded by beautiful gardens, rustic out-buildings and magnificent views of Comox Harbour and the Beaufort Range.

Gate admission is charged at the Filberg Festival, as it is the primary fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization which has the responsibility of repairing and maintaining the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park’s property and buildings (www.filberg.com). Advance festival tickets are available online at www.filbergfestival.com  June 1  and at all Vancouver Island Thrifty Foods locations as of June 26.

 

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