February 2020: What’s Happening on Denman Island

February 2020: What’s Happening on Denman Island

Snowdrops and Aconites in bloom are sure signs that Spring is coming to Denman Island and February is a great time for a little getaway,  for a couples’ Valentine’s Weekend, a family visit, or even all on your own.  Check out our article, Need to recharge? Denman Island is the perfect solo getaway, for examples and information on what to do and where to stay on your mini-vacation.  

If you’re planning to come to Denman Island in February, check out Earth Club Factory and Concerts Denman for FOUR live music events this month, and our featured artist, John Harned of Glass Art Studio & Gallery. Plus, a Valentines Day dinner and a movie fundraiser for Denman conservation groups. 

And we’re gearing up for the arrival of the herring in late February and early March! This time of year, you c

an enjoy viewing thousands of marine creatures and sea birds arriving to feast. Bring your camera!

Below we’ve curated event and news information from our various island sources! 




February 1st:  Reid Jamieson Band

Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson Band is a vocal powerhouse committed to making music that moves us. Known for regular appearances on CBC’s Vinyl Café, to recording with Cowboy Junkies, they shine with compelling originals, plus killer covers of everything from 50s era gold to their latest tribute to Leonard Cohen. A classic introvert/extrovert combo, Reid performs with his saucy wife and long-time song-writing partner Carolyn Mill. Together they have won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and wrote their way into the Vancouver Folk Festival.

Tickets $15    Reservations 250-335-2688 earthclubfactory@gmail.com

Saturday, Feb. 1. Doors 6 p.m. Show 7 p.m. at the Earth Club Factory Bistro & Guesthouse, 3806 Denman Road

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Have a listen to the Reid Jamieson Band! 


February 1: Catnip Art Show

at the Earth Club Factory Bistro & Guesthouse, 3806 Denman Road


February 14: Heart of the Fraser, Dinner & Film 

The Denman Consevancy Association and the Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards invite you to support Denman’s conservation groups and have a fun and informative evening at the film screening of The Heart of the Fraser, a documentary produced by Dr. Ken Ashley and the BCIT Rivers Institute.

This 2019 film highlights one of the most valuable ecosystems in the world, the Fraser River. This critical ecosystem is under constant pressure form urbanization, agricultural expansion and industrial development. Habitat loss and climate change are existential threats to wild Pacific salmon and sturgeon stocks and the myriad wildlife and people that depend on them. With fewer spawning adults returning every year, this documentary reveals what is quietly happening out of sight from most British Columbians, and makes a plea to stop agricultural expansion on these critical flood plain island and protect the Heart of the Fraser River in perpetuity for future generations.

From The Flagstone, Feb. 2020, by Erika Bland for the DCA

Diner & Film: Advanced tickets required – $25 available at Abraxas. 

Film only: $10 tickets at Abraxas or at the door. 


February 16: The Burying Ground: live concert

“Across the three releases Woody Forster (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Devora Laye (vocals, washboard, singing saw) have established a sound that, should the fuzz, crackle and hiss of a well-loved 78 RPM record be added, would feel directly transported from the juke joints and speakeasies of the Prohibition era. This is beautifully realised, pure roots music created in the same spirit of contemporaries such as the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Crow Quill Night Owls, or fellow Vancouverites, Petunia & the Vipers. And, frankly, I cannot get enough of this wonderful stuff!” -David Morrison, Folk Radio UK

The Burying Ground plays authentically delivered, rustic old-timey country-blues, and swinging, jazz-flecked folk music. The core duo of Devora Laye (washboard, vocals, saw) and Woody Forster (guitar, vocals) are known for songwriting that illuminates the human experience, and reflects the modern day. It is today’s commentary on a framework of vintage music. They have been charming diverse crowds, across all ages and musical tastes, in large and small venues throughout Western Canada, United States, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Ireland. To date, they have released three albums that have all hit radio charts. The duo are accompanied by a rotating cast of masterful backing musicians.

Sunday, February 16, 8-11 p.m.  at the Earth Club Factory Bistro & Guesthouse, 3806 Denman Road


Sunday February 23: Cascadia Reed Quintet Concert

Repertoire from baroque to modern. The Cascadia Reed Quintet is a wind quintet comprised entirely of reed-based woodwinds, a new genre of chamber music that is less than 30 years old. Members include Marea Chernoff (oboe/english horn), Christopher Lee (clarinet), Colin MacDonald (soprano/alto saxophones), Olivia Martin (bassoon), and AK Coope (bass clarinet). All are active performers in the orchestral and chamber music community in the lower mainland and around the province, and are regular members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia of the North Shore, Nanaimo Symphony, and Kamloops Symphony.

Repertoire includes arrangements of Baroque to Modern composers, as well as original contemporary works for reeds.

NEW TIME: Sunday February 23, 7:30 pm Denman Island Community Hall, 1169 Northwest Road


February 28: Pub Quiz Night – fundraiser for PAC & DICES Community Programs

Laugh the winter blues away and flaunt your superior intellectual abilities at the annual Pub Quiz Night! Come as a team or join one when you arrive.

Prizes! Costumes and silliness will be rewarded with extra points.

Tickets: $25 includes a burger dinner and beverage. (Vegan & gluten free options too!)

Tuesday, February 28,  Doors open at 6 p.m. Quiz begins at 7 p.m. Denman Island Community Hall, 1169 Northwest Road


February 29: Terry Morrison & John Gorham live in concert!

Terry Morrison and John Gorham are a powerhouse duo from Alberta for an evening of original music.
Terry Morrison, a Cree Metis, has performed at many Canadian folk fests and toured extensively throughout North America. She has 5 CD’s of original music to her credit including a duet album with John Gorham. She has been featured on the CBC programs; ‘Canada Live’ and ‘The Key of A’. Her voice is rich and deep, her melodies, rhythm and lyrics, strong and uniquely her own.

John Gorham is a veteran of the Alberta music scene. He has performed in numerous bands as a sideman and is the front man fo his own project; ‘The John Henry Band’. An accomplished musician he performs on bass, guitar and vocals. From honky- tonk to ballads he is a consummate storyteller. His voice has a touch of gravel that draws you in. From driving rhythms to flat picked melodies, he weaves compelling songs.

Terry and John are life partners as well as musical partners and together front the cheatin’ and hurtin’ country band, ‘The Pleading Hearts’. With voices that blend perfectly together they are a true creative force.

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Sunday, February 29, 8-11 p.m.  at the Earth Club Factory Bistro & Guesthouse, 3806 Denman Road


Rescheduled to May: The Dulu Piano Wind Quintet Concert

originally schedule for Jan. 19th was cancelled due to weather and road conditions. The concert is rescheduled to May 19, 2020.

Bogdan Dulu on the piano and members from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Beth Orson, Oboe. Michelle Goddard, Clarinet. Julia Lockhart, Bassoon. Andrew Mee, French Horn.

Advance tickets $20 at the General Store or Abraxas. $25 at the door. Students $5.

Tuesday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., Denman Island Community Hall, 1169 Northwest Road



Need to recharge? Denman Island is the perfect solo getaway for your soul!

Do you need a weekend getaway on your own this winter to recharge, connect with nature, creativity, and yourself? Do you dream of time alone at a little B&B, of taking long walks on the shore or in the forest, of reading a book for hours, of exploring alternative healing or of browsing pottery studios at your leisure?

With it’s low-key, authentic Gulf Island vibe, and 51 square kilometres of scenic forest, wetlands, and farmland, Denman Island, B.C., attracts artists, musicians and writers, alternative health and exercise practitioners, naturalists, hikers, farmers and creative work-from-home types.

Here are 7 Reasons you’ll love a solo trip to Denman Island


See our Stories section for more! 

Wildlife Viewing during February-March Herring Spawn!

Beginning in late February until mid-March herring come to the east coast of Vancouver Island to spawn. It’s a spectacular sight as the waters turn a milky light blue from the herring milt and attract thousands of birds and marine life to the area around Denman Island.

You can see gulls, many species of ducks, eagles, ravens as well as river otters, seals, sea lions and even orca and humpback whales in Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel off Denman Island.

Hornby Island hosts a Herring Fest March 5-8, 2020, with Herring ‘school’, films, boat rides and a dance!

If you want to see wildlife but don’t want to ‘fest’ stay on Denman Island for a quiet visit.


Looking Ahead…Mark your calendar with these Denman Island annual events

May 2-10, 2020 Denman Island Baroque Music Workshop & Festival

May 16-18, 2020 Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour

July 16-19, 2020 Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival


See our Annual Events Calendar  to find out which months have annual events


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Featured Artist: John Harned Glass Art Studio & Gallery

Decorative kiln-fired fused glass bowls and platters and stained glass windows created by Denman Island glass artist John Harned.

Denman Island glass artist John Harned creates decorative kiln-fired fused glass bowls and platters and stained glass windows.

Visit his studio at 4556 Lacon Road whenever the sign is up or find his work at the Denman Craft Shop!


Featured Off-Season Accommodation Deals

Did you know that during the low season many of the B&Bs on Denman Island have reduced rates?

Check out these deals!

  • Arbutus Ridge:a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom family-friendly fully equipped cottage on 11 sunny acres located on a ridge with a great view. Low season rate $150 per night (double occupancy). Additional guests at $25 per night per person. Minimum Booking 2 nights.
  • Cabin in the Woods Retreat: This two-bedroom cedar-clad studio with all amenities is in a private, self-contained part of the owners’ residence, nestled on a 10-acre natural woodland. Both bedrooms have lake views. Winter rates (October to March): $125 per night for one bedroom .
  • Lognest Retreat B&B: This peaceful and private oceanfront one-bedroom cottage on 7 acres features all the amenities, plus bikes, kayaks and a hot tub! Low season rate (October- May 17): $150/night double; $130/night single.
  • And the always affordable: Guesthouse @Earth Club Factory, hostel-inspired, adjacent to the Bistro, and walking distance from the ferry terminal and downtown. It’s an affordable option that keeps you close to the action and some great breakfasts and lunches, where you can comfortably be alone in a crowd or meet some locals.
    • Shared rooms at $24.50 per night.
    • Private single at $45.00 per night.
    • Double rooms at $59.00 per night.
    • Family rooms at $72.95 per night plus seasonal camping and glamping options.

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Things to remember when visiting Denman Island 

TIP#1:  Food options are limited during winter. Plan ahead, check hours of businesses, and stock up on supplies from The General Store!

TIP#2: DEER ALERT! Please travel the road with caution and expect to see deer.

TIPS to avoid deer collisions:

  • Use a seat belt to protect yourself in the event of a collision with a deer
  • Drive close the centre line as traffic permits – leaving extra space on the edge of the road
  • If you see one deer crossing – expect another to follow!
  • A second fawn often follows a doe with a fawn a moment later
  • Deer sometimes reverse and run back – give them time
  • Dim the headlights to reduce the deer’s confusion

TIP#3: Please tread lightly on our rural Island. Drive the speed limit, take trash with you, and respect your neighbours.

Find out more about Denman Island, B.C. at VisitDenmanIsland.ca