Big Time Out 2011 – Win Weekend Passes!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to Sarah Simmer on winning two weekend passes to Big Time Out 2011!

Some things go hand-in-hand with summertime in the Comox Valley: swimming at Barber’s Hole, slurping ice cream cones on the dock at Comox Harbour and grilling up a storm on the backyard BBQ. You can add “rocking out at the Big Time Out” to that list. For the fifth year, Cumberland Village Works is cooking up a tour de force line-up for their annual music festival.

Quickly becoming known for its eclectic mix of body-moving, soulful and diverse acts, the BTO can certainly be described as legendary. Far more than just music, BTO promises a smörgåsbord of tasty local eats, sideshow performers, roaming dance troupes and a lot of heart-filling fun for everyone.


With each passing year, BTO keeps getting bigger with acts that are hard to beat. Among this year’s scheduled performers you’ll find Juno Award-winning Bedouin Soundclash, Beats Antique, The Boom Booms, Dub FX, Australia’s Kim Churchill, Current Swell out of Victoria, Kuba Oms & the Velvet Revolution, Brasstronaut and a few more surprises. Big Time Out 2011 will not disappoint.


Your fantastic friends at Cumberland Village Works are offering one very lucky reader – and an equally lucky friend – the chance to spend a sun-drenched weekend at BTO with weekend passes*. You’ve got four chances to get in on the action:

1. Leave a comment below and tell me which artist you’d be most excited to see. (2 entries)

2. Post the following on Twitter (1 entry):

    I want to spent a music-filled weekend in the sun at Big Time Out thanks to @thevillageworks and @keiraanne!

3. Visit the Vancouver Island Blog page on Facebook, click on the Contests tab and tell me why you want to check out Big Time Out 2011. (1 entry)

I’ll pick the lucky winner at noon on Friday, July 22nd – good luck!

Where is it? Cumberland Village Park, Cumberland, BC in the beautiful Comox Valley. The park is located at the corner of 6th Street and Dunsmuir Avenue.

When do we party? August 12 and 13, 2011

How much are tickets? Until July 15th you can nab a two-day early bird pass for $85. After that the price goes up to $100; single-day tickets are also available. Buy yours online. Kids 12 and under are FREE!

I want tickets in my hot little hand! You can find tickets at Tarbells and The Waverley (Cumberland), Bop City Records (Courtenay), Lucid (Nanaimo), Music Plant (Campbell River), Green Soul Organics (Tofino), Lyle’s (Victoria) and Highlife Music (Vancouver).

Where can I stay? Campgrounds abound plenty in the Comox Valley, but some on-site camping will be available. Buy your campsite pass online – check out their policies first.

Where am I gonna park my car? Parking in Cumberland is extremely limited. Carpooling with friends is your best bet or grab a ride with Comox Valley Transit. If you decide to drive, don’t block residents’ driveways and be sure to park in designated areas only.

I need more info! Visit Big Time Out 2011 online, find them on Facebook or follow Cumberland Village works on Twitter.

*Passes will be awarded to one winner at random. Passes are non-transferable and have no monetary value. Winner will be responsible for all costs associated with the weekend apart from festival admittance. All photos © Cumberland Village Works.

On September 11th I’ll be participating in the BC-SPCA’s Paws For A Cause fundraiser – for the fourth time! Please considering donating to this extremely worthwhile cause and offering support to Jordy and I! Click here to read more.

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12 Comments on “Big Time Out 2011 – Win Weekend Passes!

  1. Pooh I’d love to win!! If I won I’d be most excited about swing bedourin soundclash. Itd be great to see them live! Fingers crossed !

  2. I would love to go (I have wanted to go every year and due to circumstances it hasn’t worked out). I would love to see Kuba Oms (as well as check out the music from other artists I have not yet heard).

  3. Well lets see, Bedouin Soundclash, Dub FX, than perhaps a little OKA for the sweet sultry reggae vibes, Current Swell is badass, Emily Spiller, The Valley`s own Valley (amazing) and last but not least, Valentina Unity, Amazing stage show!! I Hope i win! =)

  4. Hi Keira, Jared here. I think you should give me the tickets! the reason i think you should give me the tickets is because i`ve lived in the valley for years and seen almost every show there has been, i haven`t been able to see bedouin soundclash which happenes to be one of my favorite bands, as it is coming closer it seems like i wont be able to go. =(
    and this is where i exploit my girlfriend. as you know my girlfriend has had a bomb dropped on her health. therefore i have been working my ass off to keep the two of us afloat. my one event of the year is the big time out. if i can`t go. and if i have people camping in my yard that weekend, and i can hear them from my front yard and i can see all the yahoo`s driving past my house than you might just hear about me rioting in cumberland. so with that said, i still really like bedouin soundclash and the only person who deserves to go more than me is trevor. and since he`s probrably not gonna go. so that reallly only leaves left one other brother of yours…ME

    also it would be wonderful to take my busted girlfriend to the show!

  5. The current swell really are swell. I’d love to see them somewhere outdoors….say isn’t your festival outdoors? Great! All I need now is tickets….say, didn’t you say you were giving some away? Well my my.