Canada Day Reflections

Canada Day Reflections
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Cultural Societies Partner on Virtual Reflections for 2021 Canada Day
Plus a community fly over by CFB Comox

This year, Canada Day in Courtenay will look different from years past.

As the community grieves over the tragic legacy of residential schools in our country, the Canada Day organizing team has shifted away from original plans for a virtual variety show in favour of a revised program that will reflect the solemnity of these times.

“Canada Day Reflections” is a partnership between Courtenay Recreation, Comox Valley Arts, and the Sid Williams Theatre Society featuring a half hour virtual performance by the Vancouver Island Symphony’s Back Row Brass quintet. The quintet will perform both classical and contemporary music set to a backdrop of Canadian landscapes.

The virtual show will be available to watch starting at 12 noon on Thursday July 1 for a 24-hour period.

In addition to the virtual show, Comox Valley Arts has compiled numerous resources and reference documents for learning more about the stories of residential school survivors and the path toward reconciliation.

Resources: Learning About Indian Residential Schools {via Comox Valley Arts website}

On Canada Day, 19 Wing Comox will conduct a community flyby at 10:00 am.


The Back Row Brass members include: Stevan Paranosic and Mark D’Angelo, trumpets; Karen Hough, horn; Scott MacInnes, trombone and Nick Atkinson, tuba.

The Back Row Brass are members of the Vancouver Island Symphony, a professional orchestra based on Vancouver Island under the direction of Pierre Simard. This coming fall, the VIS will return to the Sid Williams Theatre to present Symphony at the Sid, with three concerts in December, January, and February.