The North Pacific Fishing Village
out in Port Edward received a bit of good news this week, there has been a change of heart with the federal government and HRDC funding will be made available to the Cannery museum for staffing purposes.
The only drawback for the local attraction is that they will have to work with less money from the feds and find new ways to provide for funding locally in order to make the season as successful as possible.
HRDC has provided North Pacific with $12,246 for the season, significantly less than what they were expecting, but enough to help take some of the pressure off and give the Fishing Village some time to work out other funding plans. Which they are already busy working on, mostly in a musical vein making the tourist attraction along the old cannery road a summer school of rock of sorts.
The Daily news examined the funding issue and what is planned for the summer of 2007 at North Pacific as well as providing details on this weekends Rollin’ on the River music festival at North Pacific.CANNERY MUSEUM THRILLED WITH FEDS’ FUNDING RE-THINK
By Patrick Witwicki
The Daily News
Tuesday, May 31, 2007
The government changed its mind. Sort of.
After museums and national historic sites all over Canada were turned down for HRDC funding a matter of days ago, the outcry that followed quickly caused the federal government to reverse its decision, and go back to offering grants to the organizations as it had done in the past.
That meant locations like the North Pacific Fishing Village in Port Edward, which had originally been turned down for funding and which was concerned it would lose approximately $15,000, will be getting funding to help pay for summer students after all.
“I was excited,” said Karin Ljungh, manager for the North Pacific. “I think a lot of people called in. That’s why we ended up with what we got.
“It was very surprising.”
The only problem is that instead of the $24,000 the HRDC has issued in the past, it is only forwarding a grant total of $12,246, based on summer students getting paid a minimum wage amount at 30 hour work weeks, as opposed to full-time hours and higher wages.
Still, it’s a much more upbeat situation than a week ago when the cannery believed it was not going to get a dime.
“Something is better than nothing,” said Ljungh.
The summer period weeks were also cut from 16 to 13 and in some cases, nine, which is also why the amount is less.
But the North Pacific has already hired its four summer positions, and so the cannery is looking at other alternatives to raise extra funds to ensure it doesn’t run a deficit.
With that in mind, the cannery will be hosting a North Pacific Summer School of the Arts, using summer camps hosted by talented North Coast musical staff.
These camps will include a “Theatre Boot Camp”, which is described as “having fun learning the basics of acting, and staging a play that will be performed by your group at the end of the second week.”
Elizabeth Thomsen and Anne McNish will host this camp.
There will also be a “Kids Wanna Rock” camp featuring Ljungh and Mark Ciccone. This will be a ‘basic’ and also ‘intermediate’ rock n’ roll camp for kids who are interested in singing or playing in a band.
Finally, the cannery will also host a jazz guitar camp, painting and art classes, clayworks with Jean Gardiner, and kids camps.
The camps will run around the city bus schedule and take place during the summer months (July and August).
The North Pacific is also currently seeking separate funding to help offset the potential budget shortfall, said Ljungh.
Rollin’ on the River is set for this Sunday at the North Pacific. Watch for a full preview in Wednesday’s edition of the Daily News.Music fans ready to roll out to cannery for festival
By Patrick Witwicki
The Daily News
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The early bird gets the worm.
Or, in the case of the North Pacific Fishing Village, organizers are hoping the earlier date for Rollin' on the River means favourable weather, and of course, bigger crowds.
After all, the weekend before Seafest traditionally is sunny, although that trend has somewhat been tainted by two consecutive sunny Seafests in 2005 and 06. But North Pacific manager and organizer for the event, Karin Ljungh, is also confident that the earlier date catches the local crowd before people start heading out of town for their summer holidays, which is why she chose Sun., June 3, as the date for this year's event.
"There's going to be a variety of music, lots of food vendors, and a lot of fun," she said.
The musical entertainment will consist mostly of bands with a local flavour, including two of Ljungh's acts: Hotflash as well as Lil' Kiki, Peter and the Wolf.
The two main headliners will be the Grifters (inside the North Pacific Event Room) and Kory Botz, with both shows starting at 7 p.m. sharp. Mermaid Cafe will play a teaser set just prior to that starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Blyth Theatre.
Other well-known local acts include Freedom 35, Mudcat Joe, and the Ditto Sisters.
That said, there will also be three out-of-town musical acts taking to the stage this Sunday, headlined by Radix Bloom, an original percussive acoustic-electric band from Terrace, that includes the twin brother guitar tandem of Aaron and Adam Alander.
James Powell, from Dr. Fishy, will also play a set at the show, without the rest of the band, however.
CFNR's Steve Little will also make an appearance, while Terrace's Tree Bomb AC also will dazzle the stage.
And it's the new stage at the cannery that has Ljungh excited.
"We have a brand new stage, and it's got great acoustics," she said. "It sounds fantastic."
Three stages will be used throughout the event. Other acts include Lachlan Clement, the Skeena Jazz Express, and Celtic Raindrop.
There will be the usual Music Works for kids as well early on in the event.
A beer garden will also be available on-site from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Due to the lack of parking available out at the cannery and for safety reasons, shuttle buses will be running all day to and from the Aero Trading parking lot. Only those with proper North Pacific passes will be allowed to drive directly to the cannery.
Tickets are available at Teddy's, and will also be sold at the gate on the day of the event, which gets underway at noon and runs until the final bands are done at around 7:45 p.m.