We are fortunate to have a good entertainment scene in Cobourg – but I wonder how many people realize just how extensive and diverse it is. In the next several months, the Town will be immersed in developing a Cultural plan to point the way to the future in both entertainment and heritage but a starting point is knowing what we already have. There are not only multiple venues (Victoria Hall, The Loft, Trinity Church, Best Western, Cobourg Community Centre, Rainbow Cinemas) but also multiple organizations (see list and details below). A big part of getting the word out has now gone with the demise of the daily paper so we must rely on posters, web sites and word of mouth. It also means we need to work at it.
Note that my definition of Entertainment includes Speakers but not fundraisers (which can be entertaining but that’s not their prime objective). The photo at right is of the Cobourg Concert band at the 2015 New Year’s Mayor’s Levee. Don’t forget to come to the 2019 event where John Henderson will be hosting for the first time – you will meet and socialize with all the Councillors – it’s at 2:00 pm on January 1st.
Below is a list of organizations, information on how to get tickets and how to “get the word out” including links to web sites where you can post your own events.
|Plays and Concerts|
|Northumberland Players||Firehall Theatre, Victoria Hall||Plays|
|Northumberland Orchestra and Choir||Trinity United Church||Concerts|
|Les AMIS||Cobourg Loft||First class live classical concerts|
|Town of Cobourg||Victoria Hall||Concerts, Sandcastle Festival, Christmas Lights, New Year Levee|
|Oriana Singers||Trinity United Church||Concerts|
|La Jeunesse||Trinity United Church||Concerts|
|Concert Band of Cobourg||Victoria Hall and Victoria Park||Christmas concert, summer bandshell concerts|
|Ken Prue||Cobourg Loft||Jazz, Folk, Blues and other live Concerts|
|89.7FM||Victoria Park||Summer Concerts|
|Cobourg Cougars||Cobourg Community Centre||Hockey|
|Cobourg Kodiaks||Cobourg Community Centre||LaCrosse|
|Cobourg Museum Foundation||Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre||Exhibitions, Speakers|
|Art Gallery of Northumberland||Victoria Hall||Exhibitions, Speakers|
|Marie Dressler Foundation||The Loft and Capitol Theatre||RearView DocFest, Vintage Film Festival|
|Rainbow Cinemas||Rainbow Cinema||First Run Movies|
|Northumberland Film Sundays||Rainbow Cinema||First Run Movies – from TIFF|
|Ken Prue||Cobourg Loft||Documentary and special interest movies|
|DBIA||King Street||Busker Festival, Food and Music Festival, Sidewalk Sale, Harvest Festival, Santa Parade|
|Other Groups||Victoria Park and more||Highland Games, Waterfront Festival, Rib Festival, Antique Car Show and more|
|Lions Clubs||Lions Community Centre||Various|
|One time events||Various||e.g. Criterium Bicycle races, visiting celebrity concerts,|
Note that the above list is not 100% comprehensive.
You can get more information and tickets to many of these events at the Concert Hall Box Office.
In addition to entertainment, there are clubs that provide social events and organizations that hold fundraisers. Here is a list of clubs.
To assist in publicizing events, you can post your own event at these web sites:
As well as posting your event on these calendars, many groups also create a poster to display in the windows of helpful businesses. And if you can’t have a web site, at least have a facebook page.