There are many events in Cobourg that could be described as entertainment – from stage shows to movies to speakers to “parties”. Most are produced by not-for-profit volunteer organizations but a few are promotional events for bars, restaurants etc and one (Rainbow Theatre) is commercial. Cobourg has only three venues that are primarily for entertainment: The Concert Hall at Victoria Hall, the Cobourg Loft and of course the Rainbow. The Park Theatre is still derelict with nothing happening to restore it – at the rate it’s going, it will likely get demolished by neglect. It’s hard to see how a large theatre like the Park would be viable given the apparently thriving Capitol just down the road. However, there could be room for another Loft.
With the decline of local newspapers – there’s only one weekly and no daily – venues struggle to get the word out. There are several online calendars (see list below) but the single most successful way to let patrons know “what’s on” is via mailing lists. Mailing lists are available for Ken Prue’s Loft, the Capitol Theatre, the Northumberland Learning Connection, Northumberland Film Sundays, Vintage Film Festival, the Concert Hall and possibly others although I am not aware of others. In my opinion/experience, mailing lists are the best way to get the word out in this Internet age.
Over the past year or so, Cobourg has added shows at the Concert Hall and made an effort to promote them using a new web site called “Experience Cobourg“. They do have a mailing list although it’s not often used – maybe that’s good since too many emails can be overwhelming. They also try to package their events with dining at the Woodlawn and of course, the web site is intended to attract Tourism so is not just about the Concert Hall.
During the Cultural Plan public sessions, several people made a plea for a centralized and possibly Town operated Entertainment Calendar but this has not happened. There is a Town operated Calendar but it only lists events that can be booked via the Box Office. This does include some events in other venues such as the Loft and Trinity Church but by no means does it include all Cobourg’s Entertainment events. The closest calendar available to what was asked for is the Cobourg Calendar but that is missing some events. Perhaps a single calendar with 100% of events is not feasible and would probably require a half-time employee to keep it updated. It’s unlikely that enough people in Cobourg would pay a subscription for such a calendar to make it viable so a commercial venture is unlikely.
Another venue is Venture 13; they provide educational events but few if any purely entertaining events – although they do have a calendar.
Below are links to mailing lists and entertainment calendars but note that many include Northumberland events that are outside Cobourg.
Mailing Lists for Entertainment
- Cobourg Loft
- Concert Hall
- Northumberland Film Sundays (TIFF films at Rainbow)
- Vintage Film Festival (a Documentary Festival at the Loft plus a Vintage Film Festival in Port Hope)
- Northumberland Learning Connection – bottom of page (Speakers on hot topics – currently Alberta)
- Port Hope’s Capitol Theatre – bottom of page
- Cobourg Calendar – operated by Cobourg Internet
- Town of Cobourg (Concert Hall) Calendar
- Snapd Calendar *
- Northumberland News Calendar (operated by the Newspaper) *
- Go Northumberland Community Calendar (operated by My FM Radio) *
- Northumberland 89.7 FM Community Calendar
- Venture 13 (educational)
* Events are submitted by the public