Cobourg does not lack for entertainment events but many events are scheduled for the same day and even the same time. A good example was this past Sunday (November 4) when there were nine events by my count. There were five live shows, two speakers, an Art Show and a walking tour. But the following Sunday has very few events – although that may be because it’s Nov 11. You’d think that some of the people organizing the shows would talk to each other. Some years ago, the (now defunct) Arts Council of Northumberland tried to resolve the issue but gave up for lack of cooperation from enough of the arts organizations. Below is a review of the events on Sunday – one would hope that organizers would choose dates that don’t clash, especially those scheduled with short notice.
Of course the first complaint is that there is no single central events calendar with enough forward notice – you usually need to know a few months in advance but many calendars (like the newspaper) are only for the next week or two. Even the wonderful “What’s On” that Cecilia Nasmith used to produce in Northumberland Today was not long term. I have listed below the calendars I know of (with some details) but perhaps the Town of Cobourg could staff up and expand their current Calendar to be truly comprehensive – currently they only list Town managed events. But they would then also need a new format – the current one is awkward with more than 3 events per day.
Events on Sunday November 4
|Poppy Trail Walking Tour
|Armistice 18 event, starts at Victoria Hall
|Armistice 18 Speaker – Charlotte Grey
|In the Concert hall at Victoria Hall. An Armistice 18 event – free but “sold-out”; in the audience was Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell – photo at top right was from her previous visit to Cobourg.
|Mona Lisa Discussion
|In the Art Gallery in Victoria Hall – Speaker Stanley Feldman talked about DaVinci’s Mona Lisa – Is there another one?
|Art Show and Sale
|At the Cobourg Library – Day 3 of a 3 day event
|So you want to play the Urhu
|At the William Academy (the old CDCI West) – Sponsored by Northumberland Learning Connection
|88 Keys – Les Amis Concert
|Classical Piano Music at the Loft
|Last Day, Last Hour
|Armistice 18 Event in the “Old Bailey Courtroom” in the Victoria Hall – a play about a famous libel trial after WWI
|Stars on her Shoulders
|Armistice 18 Event at the Concert Hall in Victoria Hall – A play reading about Nurses in WWI
|Sexy Laundry – Dinner Theatre
|Dinner-theatre at the Best Western.
Some of these do not clash since they are at different times or appeal to different audiences but others obviously do clash. For more detail on these events see the Cobourg Internet Entertainment Calendar for November 2018
Below are some calendars that can be used to see what’s on. Most are “self-help” calendars where you can add an event yourself although there are few exceptions.
|One the best although it also includes club and educational events. It also covers Port Hope as well as Cobourg.
|It is actually their booking calendar and you cannot enter information yourself. But they manage bookings for many of Cobourg’s events
|Town of Cobourg
|Only Town managed events and you cannot enter events yourself. Often slow to load and has a poor format.
|Covers whole county
|Covers Northumberland County but the time frame does not extend far into the future. However, there are a lot of events!
|My FM Radio Station
|A limited number of events
|Includes most Cobourg Events – link at left uses search for Cobourg to limit results.
|Cobourg Internet Calendar
|Update November 2020. Originally a full events calendar – due to little interest, it has been discontinued and is now more general but includes major events and lists of calendars much like above.
It may be too much to hope that events will get coordinated. It does take quite a bit of work to simply list events and if an event is not listed soon enough then you cannot avoid the time slot that you don’t know is occupied.
I also cringe at some of the poor calendar layouts used. Web site designers sometimes make poor choices.
- Lieutenant Governor comes to Cobourg 22 Feb 2017