Kalli Frissell, one of the owners of The Fort in Duncan, holds a sign advertising that award-winning folk-roots singer and songwriter Maddie Storvold will be playing there on Nov. 7. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

‘The Launch’ winner Maddie Storvold will be playing at The Fort in Cowichan on Nov. 7

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Folk-roots singer-songwriter Maddie Storvold will be playing at The Fort, the retro video and board game café at 250 Jubilee St. in Duncan, on Nov. 7 as part of her ongoing tour promoting her new single ‘Long Time Gone’.

‘Long Time Gone’ is Storvold’s first new music since her single in 2019 ‘Don’t Say You Love Me’ which was written and produced by Bryan Adams and shot to No. 1 on the country music charts.

That release followed Storvold’s win on CTV’s The Launch and a major record deal with Big Machine Label Group.

After becoming disheartened with Nashville’s vision for her career, Storvold decided she didn’t want to sing songs written by other people and was subsequently dropped by the label.

With ‘Long Time Gone’ Storvold is taking control of her career and her music once again.

Kalli Frissell, one of the owners of The Fort, said the business is delighted to host Storvold.

“It should be a fun evening,” she said.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25 each.

Tickets can be bought at the Eventbrite website and more information can be found on The Fort’s Facebook page and Instagram.


Merridale Cidery & Distillery will host the 3rd Annual Spirit Festival at its farm and orchard in Cobble Hill on Nov. 5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bringing together more than 10 of B.C.’s top craft cideries, the festival will focus on the art of craft spirits, allowing attendees to taste the product and meet the makers.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online for $50.

As the first small-batch craft distillery in B.C, Merridale has a rich history of ambitiously crafting enticing and award-winning tastes and flavours that celebrate life on Vancouver Island.

Owners Janet Docherty and Rick Pipes are deeply connected to the local business community and are industry pioneers who advocated for legislative changes, opening the craft distilling industry in British Columbia.

“We want to celebrate the small, local and craft distilleries who are producing amazing spirits on Vancouver Island,” said Docherty.

“Craft is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot and many people don’t understand what it really means; local distillers who use only B.C. ingredients and products and who are involved in every step of production.”

A limited number of tickets are available for the festival, so snatch them up while you can at merridale.ca.


Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, said Small Business Week, which is being celebrated Oct. 16-22, is an opportunity to showcase the incredible determination, hard work and adaptability of B.C.’s small businesses.

He said in a province with 5.2 million people and more than 510,000 small businesses, roughly one-in-10 British Columbians are small business owners or entrepreneurs of some kind.

Kahlon said small businesses are the fabric of B.C. communities.

“In fact, many of us got our first jobs at a family business down the street, played on a team sponsored by one, have relied on expert advice from a small business owner and regularly visit small businesses for various goods and services,” he said.

“Now is the time to support those who supported us when we needed it most. Supporting our local small businesses not only helps these businesses, but also keeps dollars in the community as we build on our strong economic recovery. The past few years have been anything but normal, and small businesses have felt the impact as they navigate the effects of the pandemic, extreme weather, global labour shortages and economic uncertainty.”


The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the upcoming Holiday 2022 Online Silent Auction.

The proceeds from the online auction will support the chamber’s Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre in continuing to provide year-round visitor services.

In a typical year, the CRVC aids around 30,000 visitors annually, directing them to Cowichan businesses and attractions.

Your donation can be an item, a gift certificate, a gift basket, or a service.

Once your contribution is received, the chamber will promote it on social media in preparation for its online silent auction, which will take place in late November.

To donate, get in touch with visitor-services coordinator Kirsty Grant at tourismrelations@duncancc.bc.ca or phone 250-746-4636.

Items can be dropped off at the Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre, or the chamber will send someone to pick them up.


Cowichan Milk Company had an Open Barn Day recently in which the company invited the community to have a free, fun day on the farm visiting the cows and seeing them get milked and fed by robots.

Margie van Boven said more than 500 people had a great day in the sunshine seeing the farm animals, including the two miniature donkeys.

She said visitors got to have some milk and cookies, hot dogs and coffee that they could enjoy as they looked around.

Cowichan Milk Company has been in operation for three years and its products can be found in locally owned retail locations and cafes.

The van Boven family also runs a home-delivery service from Ladysmith to Mill Bay and Lake Cowichan where they deliver their milk and more than 450 Vancouver Island food products from local producers.

Van Boven said that with great employees and great community support, the family looks forward to serving its customers in the future.

Check it out and sign up at www.cowichanmilk.ca.

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