November 2019: What’s Happening on Denman Island?

November 2019: What’s Happening on Denman Island?

November brings weekly live music at the Earth Club Factory, a high-energy dance band at the community hall, the 38th annual Denman Island Christmas Craft Fair, and a handful of dedicated vendors at the Denman Island Farmers’ Market.

Meet our featured artist master potter Gordon Hutchens, who later this month will be honoured with a Creative Achievement Award of Distinction, Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design, plus read the story of his traditional outdoor wood-fired Anagama kiln.

And check out our featured B&B Cabin in the Woods for a peaceful Fall getaway, enjoy a lunch at Corlan Vineyard, and find out why nature and wildlife photographers love Denman Island (plus see some of their work!).



November 8: Slug Zume Art Opening & Music

Friday, November 8, 7 p.m. at the Earth Club Factory Bistro & Guesthouse, 3806 Denman Road


November 9: Kevin Mitchell & Ruth Rae

Live music! Licensed.

Saturday, November 9, 7 p.m. at the Earth Club Factory Bistro & Guesthouse, 3806 Denman Road


November 11: Remembrance Day Service

Monday, November 11, 10:30 a.m. at the Denman Activity Centre, 1111 Northwest Road


November 15: Randy Duncan & Patty O’Donnell

Live music! Licensed.

Friday, November 15, 7 p.m. at the Earth Club Factory Bistro & Guesthouse, 3806 Denman Road


November 16: The Nick La Riviere Band

High Energy Horn Heavy Dance Band

Read more about this 7-piece soul and funk band from Victoria. 

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

Saturday, November 16, Doors open at 8:00 p.m., Denman Island Community Hall, 1169 Northwest Road


November 16: Denman Jazz

Saturday, November 16, 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at the Earth Club Factory Bistro & Guesthouse, 3806 Denman Road


November 21: Open Stage

Bring your talent to the community stage!

Thursday, November 21, 7 p.m. at the Denman Community Back Hall, 1169 Northwest Road


November 23: Gerry Barnum

Singer/Songwriter, Bluesman: Gerry is a seasoned and soulful artist. His songs range from tender to foot stomping and his guitar technique and harmonica playing is excellent. Musical highlights include sharing the stage with Lyle Lovett, John Mayall and John Hammond, and recording sessions with Michelle Wright and K.D. Lang and David Gogo. See video! 

Saturday, November 23, 7 p.m. at the Earth Club Factory Bistro & Guesthouse, 3806 Denman Road


November 23: Old Tyme Square Dance

Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Dancing at 7 p.m! Denman Island Community Hall, 1169 Northwest Road


November 29: Mark Crissinger

Friday, November 29, 7 p.m. at the Earth Club Factory Bistro & Guesthouse, 3806 Denman Road


November 30 & December 1: Denman Island Christmas Craft Fair

Two Magical Days, Two Vibrant Venues, 70+ Artisans
Over 70 of the region’s best artisans fill two festive halls! The Craft Fair, now in its 38th year, is one of Denman’s most iconic events, a weekend where the island comes together to show off its best qualities: art and craftsmanship, hospitality, locally grown and cooked food, and a warm welcome from a tight-knit community.

  • PLUS: Two food halls showcasing offering delicious home-cooked meals with a focus on local ingredients from Denman’s farms, a vibrant outdoor market, and a welcoming island ambiance.
  • Both venues are wheelchair accessible
  • Admission is FREE!
  • Parking available on site, but we recommend leaving your vehicle at Buckley Bay and walking on the ferry. A shuttle van will be on hand to take visitors up the hill to the venues, or it’s a two-block walk.

Saturday, Nov 30 & Sunday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.– 4:00 pm, Denman Community Hall 1169 Northwest Road, and Denman Activity Centre, 1111 Northwest Road


November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Denman Island Saturday Farmer’s Market!

Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Marcus Isbister Old School, 5901 Denman Road

These dedicated vendors will be at the Denman market most Saturdays until Christmas!



Earth Club Factory Bistro & Guesthouse celebrates 20 years in business!

Congratulation to owners Sheldon Rempel and Donna Wooley who have created an important community hub with great coffee, a delicious variety of food, an impressive range of live music, as well as an art gallery and bulk food buying club, and of course the cozy, affordable hostel accommodations. Stay tuned for their new web site and YouTube channel coming soon!


ARTICLE: Access Prime Nature & Wildlife Photography on Denman Island

Local photographers talk about why they love Denman and where to go to get great nature and wildlife shots!


The Denman Island Craft Shop opens at their new location November 4th! 

New hours for Fall: 1-4 Monday – Friday. 10-4 Saturdays.

The Denman Craft Shop display the work of over 50 Denman Island artisans from beeswax candles and handmade soap, to paintings, woodwork, weaving, jewellery, glass, pottery, photography, handmade paper work, fibre arts and gourmet meal and spice mixes.

Open Monday, November 4 at 1071 Northwest Road, between Denman Hardware and Abraxas Books & Gifts .


ARTICLE: The Firing: A gathering of potters at a traditional wood-fired Anagama kiln on Denman Island

Master Potter Gordon Hutchens invites potters from across BC to use his Anagama kiln.



Lunch at Corlan Vineyard

Serving homemade food with fresh, local ingredients Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Menu varies.

Also inquire about our Dinners by advance reservation only Tuesday to Thursday.
3 courses including tea or coffee. $40 per person. Minimum 6 people.

And Corlan Vineyard will be serving food at the Christmas Craft Fair!


Denman General Store Remembrance Day Long Weekend Hours:

  • Monday, November 11: Store open noon to 4 p.m. Post office Closed.


To keep up with current news, follow Visit Denman Island on Facebook

For more weekly island news and photos, visit The Islands Grapevine web site.



Cabin in the Woods B&B

With lovely Fall views of the lake and many resident deer, Cabin in the Woods is a nature-lovers paradise. Stroll through the extensive flower gardens, wander the wooded trails, or just enjoy the picturesque serenity of Graham lake. This two-bedroom cedar-clad studio with all amenities (including wood stove and heat pump) is in a private, self-contained part of the owners’ residence, nestled on a 10-acre natural woodland setting of huge ferns, cedars, alders, and firs.
Already booked for summer 2020, this Fall is your chance to get away to enjoy the serenity.


More places to stay on Denman Island



Gordon Hutchens Pottery

Renowned master potter Gordon Hutchens is one of the original potters arriving on Denman Island the 1970s creating functional ware to museum-quality pieces using a variety of clays, techniques and firing methods including his hand-built Tozan-style Anagama wood-fired kiln.  He is the recipient of the 2019 Creative Achievement Award of Distinction, Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design, and an instructor of North Island College’s ceramics and Professional Potter program.

See photos, articles, videos here.

Gordon invites visitors to his home studio on 19 forested acres from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Or find his work at these events in November & December.



  • Tai Chi

    Wednesdays: Intermediate instruction 4-5 p.m.; Beginner instruction 5-6 p.m.;
    Saturdays: Drop in practice, 11 a.m. – noon
    At the Denman Activity Centre, 1111 Northwest Road.

  • Yoga (with Grace Davies for Fiona Walker)

    Drop-in $15.
    Tuesday 9:30 – 11 a.m. & Thursday 3-4 p.m., 1720 Northwest Road

  • Nia – Movement and music that arouses the senses, our inner athlete, warrior and dancer.

    No experience required; just a willingness to have fun. Call Max at 335-0364.
    Drop-in $10.
    Fridays, 10:30-11:30 at the Denman Activity Centre, 1111 Northwest Road.


Things to remember when visiting Denman Island 

TIP#1: 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#2: Denman Island Ferry Schedules have changed for the season! See the BC Ferries website for updates.

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