2023 Performers



Featuring Local Talent

Note: The performers and schedule shown below are from last year’s Comox Nautical Days Festival. The 2024 Performer Schedule will be post when available. Stay tuned for an update on this year’s fantastic entertainment!


The Availables

Monday Main Stage 1:15-2:15pm

The Availables are from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They are touring B.C. This vibrant band play all styles of music ranging from blues to rock. Paul Lions Sellier on guitar and vocals, Reyes Brione on drums, Ricardo Manchs on bass and vocals and his son Angel Manchs on sax.

Brice Tabish

Saturday Main Stage 4:30-5:30pm

Brice has spent more than half of his life onstage, having performed all over Vancouver Island and the mainland by the age of 14. Since then, he’s performed from BC to New Brunswick and back, multiple cities in California, including Santa Rosa with Norman Greenbaum (“Spirit In The Sky”) and several solo shows on the world famous Sunset Strip, as well as Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and a brief stint in the heart of downtown London, England, to name a few. Born in Campbell River, Tabish currently resides in Vancouver, playing regularly with Las Divas, The Brice Tabish Band, and Lee Aaron (“Metal Queen”, “Bodyrock”) as well has having worked with the likes of Andrew Loog Oldham (Original manager/producer for The Rolling Stones) and Mike Fraser (Producer/Engineer, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Metallica).
Ralph Barrat - Jazz Musician

Ralph Barrat Jazz Quartet

Monday Main Stage 4:30-5:15pm

Ralph plays and sings jazz up and down the Island, and in Vancouver, often fronting a Sinatra style group, or singing & playing piano solo or with a trio or quartet. His latest lineup includes himself on keys and vocals and three of our region’s finest jazz artists: Cayleigh Borsboom on alto and tenor saxes, Steve Wallace on acoustic bass and James McRae on drums. You’ll hear many of your favourite standards and a few from the late great Mose Allison (with whom Steve had the pleasure of playing). More info at  www.ralphbarrat.com.

Brodie Dawson

Saturday Sails Stage 11:30-12:30pm

Named ‘Vocalist of the Year’ @ VIMA’s and nominated for ‘Best Live Act’ for 2 years consecutively, Brodie Lee Dawson is a force to be reckoned with. Her voice will leave you spellbound…

“Soulful bluesy folk with a gospel funk, a twist of pop, and twang of old school country”

WILL I EVER is off her 3rd album ‘Wholehearted’ recorded in Nashville with some of the city’s heavy-hitting musicians. Hear her crowd-favourite single I’M MOVIN’ ON currently in rotation on SiriusXM Radio CBC-Country! And find SKIP A BEAT and PAYCHECK wherever you stream your music.

Cafe Ole

Monday Sails Stage 2:15-3:15pm

Get ready for an incredible night with this dynamic duo as they bring to you the best Spanish and Latin-American inspired music in the valley!


Coaldust Gang

Monday Mainstage 3:15-4;15pm

The Coal Dust Gang play their own brand of boot stomping, two stepping, skinny dipping, trail running, bike jumping, tire squeeling, dodgy country music. This gang of locals have been honky tonkin all over the Islands since their first underground party two years ago. Saddle up for Cumberland’s favourite outlaws, The Coal Dust Gang.

Coast to Coast

Sunday Mainstage 4:20-5pm

Coast to Coast is a trio with Lainie Laughlin, Corey Francis and Scott Lyle. Three different tastes in music mashed into an eclectic set of tunes honed with great enthusiasm after five years together.


Desmond Day

Saturday Sails Stage 1:00-1:30pm
Sunday Sails Stage 11:30- 12:30pm

Desmond Day is a local Vancouver Island based singer/ songwriter in the process of developing a new sound that resonates with a young and engaged audience. Day’s songs are original and homegrown. A seasoned performer with more than ten years experience with audiences of all shapes and sizes. Day’s songs with a message of joy, peace and love are proven audience pleasers. Having performed throughout western Canada, Day has generated a solid fan base with a dedicated following.

Doc Fingers

Saturday Sails Stage 2:15 – 3:15

A barrel house blues and boogie woogie piano player in the style of Otis Spann, Dr. John,  and Professor Long Hair and ready to rock the room by himself or with his band. Doc Fingers has been a member of the Vancouver Music Scene for 30 years. He has played with many musical greats including Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker and his band, David Gilmore of Pink Floyd, Rita Coolidge, Frank Zappa, Mississippi John Hurt, Bo Diddley, Lee Oscar, Stevie Winwood and many others. His musical influences include Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Louis Jordan, Otis Spann, Muddy Waters among others.

Élise & the Ridgeriders

Saturday Mainstage 1:00 -2:00PM

Élise LeBlanc’s music is inspired by vintage country, bluegrass, and western swing. Her lyrics explore vulnerability, resilience, and the beauty of the simple life. Backed by her string band The Ridgeriders, her storytelling comes alive.
The band shares a passion for old-fashioned country music. Each member is a multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer: Tereza Tomek on upright bass, Ali Romanow on fiddle and mandolin, and Brodie Dawson on percussion. Together, their voices create a signature retro sound with sweet, pitch-perfect 4-part harmony. The Ridgeriders are proud to honour the legacy of women and the 2SLGBTQ+ community in country music and beyond.
Élise’s second record was just produced in Victoria, BC in May 2023, and is due to drop Summer 2023. Catch her performing at festivals and concerts in and around Vancouver Island and beyond!

Steve Elliott – Elvis Tribute

Saturday Mainstage 5:40 – 6:40
Sunday Mainstage 12:10- 1:10pm
Sunday Mainstage 6:30-8:00pm

There will three performances by Steve Elliott, Tribute to Elvis.You can look forward to many gospel favourites and rock and roll songs made famous by Elvis Presley.

Steve has been a performer since 2000 and has won various Elvis contests throughout Canada, including the Grand Canadian Championship of the Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival 2004 in Penticton.

He travels now full time with his “Elvis Elite “show and his act has taken him throughout Canada and the USA. Expect a high energy tribute to the Century’s Most Celebrated and Loved…. Elvis Presley! Steve has the Young Elvis down to a tee, along with the hip swivels and classic duck walk that made Elvis so recognizable in the 50’s! Crooning through the Ballads and Rockabilly Hits, Steve is ready to shake!

Hella Blue

Monday Mainstage 6:45- 7:45
HELLA BLUE is here to knock out some memorable dance beat blues from the 60s to today. From slow tunes to uptempo, if you can’tt dance to it, we don’t play it. More than your standard blues fare, HELLA BLUE reworks the Chicago Blues Classics and adds a modern flare. Featuring
the incredible vocals of Tami Blazer, crushing the bass is James Ireland, with screaming guitar solos from Stu Johnson and solid grooves by drummer Gabe Vadas. The members of HELLA BLUE have each been performing in all genres of music for more than three decades.

Anela Kahiamoe

Saturday Sails Stage 8:30-11:00am
Sunday Sails Stage 8:30-11:00am
Monday Sails Stage 8:30-11:00am

Anela has been a professional musician since the age of 17, opened up concerts in Hawaii with his band Island Band for Fleetwood Mac, Earth Wind and Fire, Huey Lewis and the News, and other acts. He has also performed as a solo artist at Vancouver Island Musicfest as well as back up musician for Juno Award Winner Sue Medley. Anela loves Vancouver Island so much, he became a citizen in 2019.

The Laurie Tinkler School of Dance

Sunday Mainstage 1:30 – 2:15pm

The Laurie Tinkler School of Dance has been offering dance classes and entertaining audiences in the Comox Valley for over 35 years. We offer classes to children and adults starting at age 3 in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Highland, Irish, Hip Hop and more.

Laurie Tinkler School of Dance
17A-2755 Moray Avenue
Courtenay, BC V9N8M9

Luke Blu Guthrie – Heart Beatin’ Rhythm & Blues

Sunday Mainstage 3:15-4:00pm

Luke Blu Guthrie is an Independent Rhythm and Blues artist born & raised on Vancouver Island. An Alternative Roots Style is his foundation for an array of Acoustic & Electric guitars that support soulful vocals, a unique foot percussion rig and sounds derived from the swamp and his own colourful ancestry. 

Guthrie has lived and worked in the Western Canadian Music Scene for over twenty years with numerous independent releases and tours around the country. 



The Lunchbox Legends

Monday Mainstage 12:00-1:00pm

Each member of the Lunchbox Legends is bringing something a little different to the table. They each have their own influences, styles and abilities, but it’s the synergy that gives the music it’s distinct and unique musical flavour. The music has its roots in the songwriting of Chris Hansen (acoustic & electric guitar, vocals ) frayed on the edges with Judy Wing’s soulful songwriting and vocals ( keyboard, guitar & vocals ) virtuoso Blaine Dunaway ( violin, chin cello, flugelhorn & trumpet ), the creative smooth bass lines of Bruce Wing ( bass, flute, vocals ) and Brian ( Fuzz ) Morisette on percussion. Their music has been described as having strong influences from world travels and life’s journey combined with compassionate honesty and positive messages.

The Ocean Waves

Monday Maple Square 2:10-2:40pm

Square dancing has been going on in Comox Valley since 1954 with various callers and club names over the years.  It started out as “The Co-Ho Downers”, then “Comox Valley Squares”, and finally “The Ocean Waves” (since 1977).  The current club caller, Fran Archambault, has been with us since 2011 and she teaches square dancing weekly on Monday nights in Courtenay.  New dancers are welcomed every September at the start of the season.  This year, the club welcomed 15 new dancers!  We hold dances 2X per month in Courtenay and also attend dances in other communities such as Nanaimo, Campbell River, Powell River, and Victoria.  We are a happy and active bunch, optimistic that square dancing will continue for years to come!  

The Optimists

Monday Mainstage 5:30 – 6:15pm

The Optimists Band is made up of three veteran performers in the music industry. Colleen Noiles Brooks spent many years on the road honing her craft as both a band leader and side person, performing bass, lead and background vocals. Bob Johnstone is the drummer, singer and the funny guy that keeps the night rolling smoothly. Bob has been playing onstage since his teens, and his ability to drum and sing at the same time is nothing short of amazing. John Mundy on guitar and backing vocals has been doing this, longer than most people have been around, and is a veteran of over forty recording projects. Together as The Optimists, they are very engaging with the crowd, and have a wide ranging repertoire that covers everything from country to pop, rock and one hit wonders.

Judy and Bruce Wing – with Blaine Dunaway

Sunday Sails Stage 2:15-3:15pm

Judy and Bruce Wing are an acoustic duo from the Comox Valley, joined by violinist Blaine Dunaway,  They have a complementing musical style that is at times soothing and melodic,  percussive and edgy, that features award-winning songwriting and creative reinventions of some of their favourite cover songs.  Their intertwining guitar parts and smooth vocals are an absolute listening pleasure. Add in eclectic world music flavours of violinist Blaine Dunaway, and every set brings an interesting mix of songs and eras. 

Kevin Ogren – Magician

Sunday Mainstage 2:30-3pm
Monday Sails Stage 1:00-2:00pm

Kevin Ogren was born and raised on Vancouver Island. He is an elementary school teacher and has been performing the Myster-O Magic Show for more than 25 years. His magic shows combine classics of magic and humour to create an entertaining show for the whole family.

Sebastian Robles

Saturday Young Performers Showcase 10:30-11:00

Originally from Mexico City, Sebastian Robles Servin is a guitarist currently based in the Comox Valley. Awarded ‘Best Guitarist’ at the 2022 Zattzoo Project’s Battle of the Bands in Port Alberni, his playing is inspired by legends such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Jimi Hendrix, and Archie Cruz.


 Sunday Mainstage 5:30-6:30pm

The Quarantones Male Chorus is a 12-man, auditioned choir from the Comox Valley, singing music from a broad spectrum of genres and styles. Members of the Quarantones have experience and backgrounds in such fields as musical theatre, rock and roll, opera, church and community choirs, folk and roots ensembles, barbershop, and music education. With Denise Marquette as conductor and Kelly Thomas on keyboards, they launched their very first concert featuring sea shanties in 2021. For Nautical Days, the group will return to a sea shanties theme in keeping with the spirit of the weekend.

Taze Kozak & the Death Peppers

Monday Sailstage 11:30-12:30pm

-guitar/vocals (Taze Kozak)
-fiddle (Cam Boyce / fanfare)
-standup bass (Chad Pabianek)
We perform original music & song in the alt-country, folk, swing genres. 


Saturday Mainstage 2:15-3:00pm
Tightrope is an electric tribute to the blues. Their energetic performances have been felt around Vancouver Island performing at festivals local venues. Tightrope is comprised of Lorne Fugle on guitar, Dave Stevenson on Fender bass, David Thrasher on harmonica, and Greg Hill on drums.

Time Well Wasted

Monday Mainstage 8:30-9:50pm

Time Well Wasted is a Comox Valley musical institution.  With a performance legacy stretching nearly 25-years, the band is unchallenged as the longest continuously performing dance band in the Comox Valley.  Over the years, over 60-musicians have been involved with the band … but without any doubt, the current line-up is the strongest yet.

Lead trumpet player and vocalist Dave Robertson leads the band and the powerful five-piece horn section, including Claudio Faninato on alto saxophone.  Claudio, a veteran jazz/r&b player and amazing soloist is an incredible addition to Time Well Wasted.  The rest of the horn section, Rachel Fuller, Roger Kirk, Julie Kenny and Paul Nuez provide a key component of the band’s signature sound.

The rhythm section is a virtual musical freight train – powerful, pulsing, and rock-steady.  Comprised of Art Van Volsen on drums, John Mang on keyboards and vocals, Jeff Gillespie on guitars and vocals, Brian “Fuzz” Morissette on percussion and vocals, and founding member Mike Hilland on bass guitar, these guys will drive the sit-and-listen crowd to get up and dance!

On the front line, Charity Monro and Lindsay Klassen are the band’s two female lead vocalists.  Together, they bring range, power and a sibling quality vocal blend to every song the band performs.

But best of all, it is the music that sets this band.  The Time Well Wasted repertoire includes very best of funk, soul, rock, rhythm and blues, including Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Doobie Brothers, Kool and the Gang, Toto, Chicago, Little Feat, Steely Dan, Santana, Aretha Franklin … and many, many more.  

Typsy Gypsy Jazz

Monday Sails Stage 3:30 – 4:15

Calling beautiful mid-East Vancouver Island home, the “Typsys” are happy to offer up a mélange of Acoustic Swing Jazz, specifically in the traditional Manouche-Gypsy format and style (from the late 1920’s through the ’30’s-featuring many compositions by Jean Baptiste “Django” Reinhardt-as performed by his famous quintet, The Hot Club of France), but also in other varied popular swing style songs and instrumentals. Jazz Manouche groups generally consisted of a lead guitar, violin, two rhythm guitars and bass. This music can be both melancholy and passionate, often played with fire and panache. The Typsy Gypsys keep that tradition alive and are very excited to be able to share this exciting music genre with any kind of audience, including ones new to this experience as well as old school Django fans! The Typsy Gypsy Jazz Band’s members are:

Callum Paterson-Lead Guitar and Vocals
Jerry Schneider-Rhythm Guitar
Tom Neville-Violin
David Mitchell-Acoustic Bass

Christy Vanden

Saturday Sails Stage 11:30-am-12:30pm

Inspired by 10 years of travel to Baja, Mexico, and influenced by her West Coast surroundings in British Columbia, 28-year-old Comox Valley singer-songwriter Christy Vanden’s musical journey is always evolving!
She is known for touring with Canadian artists Brodie Dawson and Karen Lee Batten as their lead guitarist and for being part of the award-nominated female trio, She Could Be Trouble on Vancouver Island (also playing lead guitar and singing). She will be playing uplifting fingerstyle acoustic guitar melodies, and original compositions from her upcoming instrumental EP, “Unexpected Road” as well as a mix of folk, jazz, country and blues cover songs.

Wild Revival Band

Saturday Mainstage 3:20-4:20pm
What we have here is a band of troubadours wielding magical realism on the chariot of psychedelic folk rock; standing on rain-drenched bluffs above rising Anthropocene seas, howling to our feral family of creatures to come forth and give voice to this one polyphonic song of existence.

Zumba with Gloria!

Join Zumba instructor Gloria Grieve from the Comox Community Centre,  and the Zumba crew, at the main stage for a fun and easy community dance party!  Bring the family and get your groove on to some great music!