Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

The Old House Hotel, Leighton Contracting LTD., Gary Marcus Trucking, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants & Mindset Wealth


Dinner and Entertainment

Celebrating the Abundance of the Comox Valley

in support of

Project Watershed


Kus-kus-sum Unpave Paradise

September 17, 2022
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
at 40 KNOTS Winery

Purchase Tickets

$120 per person until Sept 1, $140 thereafter

We are very excited to announce our 2022 Keeping It Living Dinner at 40 KNOTS Winery. Please join us on September 17 from 5 pm – 8 pm to celebrate ecological restoration and watershed research right here in the Comox Valley. We are looking forward to sharing local food, wine and music, and celebrating significant milestones with you, our community.

Last year, we removed the hard surfacing at Kus-kus-sum, completing phase I of the restoration. This year, in Phase II, we are removing the remaining contaminated soils and reshaping the landscape to the final elevations, and come Fall we’ll begin planting. In addition to all this, we have forage fish research, the restoration of salt marsh and eelgrass habitats, and the wetland and stream restoration at Comox Bay Farms to celebrate! We will also be hosting our annual reverse 50/50 draw.

To help us celebrate in style, we have partnered with some local superstars. 40 KNOTS Winery is providing us with the enclosed dining area overlooking their vineyard. Local chefs are working to create a delicious locally sourced, four-course dinner, with each course expertly paired with a wine from 40 KNOTS.  Brodie Dawson, Elise LeBlanc and Ashley Sykes are providing music for the evening and we’d like to give a big thank you to Gary Marcus, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd., Old House Hotel and Spa, Leighton Contracting Ltd. and Mindset Wealth who are generously sponsoring the whole event.

Tickets for the event are $120 per person until August 30, and $140 thereafter. Tickets include a dinner with a paired drink with every course – there are vegetarian and non alcoholic options. We are keeping to a maximum of six guests to a table, guests will be asked to indicate if they would like to sit with specific attendees when purchasing a ticket.

If you’re interested in joining us, please click below to purchase tickets. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to us at Thanks for your continued support. We look forward to celebrating with you soon!

Event Details


Garret Mcbride

Garret Mcbride

Garret started working in kitchens as a dishwasher at 14 and climbed the ladder to professional chef from there. He apprenticed at the Atlas Café under Chef Jonathan Frazie, Martine’s Bistro, and Locals working under Chef Ronald St. Pierre. Finally he moved on to help build his family’s business – The Phat Parrot Food Truck! His job encompasses everything from menu building, general food service, quality control, hiring/firing, scheduling, ordering and anything else that would fall under the responsibilities of GM or Head Chef.

Terria Hanuse

Terria Hanuse

Terria’s given name is Tla Tla wo le lakw. Her lineage comes from as far up north, Wuikinuxv First Nation (Rivers Inlet) to here in Wai Wai Kum First Nation (Campbell River). She and her sister have created meals for a variety of dinners including a 1500 people banquet as part of the Tribal Canoe Journeys.

Laura Agnew

Laura Agnew

Laura’s apprentice-ship included attending the Culinary Olympics in Frankfort Germany the first year Canada won a gold medal. She achieved her Red Seal certification with the Hilton hotels and has for over 30 years, worked with several other top quality hotels and fine eateries around the world. With the extensive traveling she has done, it makes her an ideal candidate to offer you these diverse flavours.

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Kirsten Wood

Kirsten Wood

Kirsten, a Cree woman born and raised in Cumberland, is the founder of Blue Spruce Ice Cream. Inspired by a walk in the woods, a dash of nostalgia and a little hometown pride, Blue Spruce is an homage to the amazing flavours and foods that come from right here in the Comox Valley. She proudly uses locally sourced, artisanal ingredients in all their traditionally made, handcrafted ice creams and non dairy desserts.


Ashley Sykes is a singer/songwriter who currently lives on beautiful Vancouver Island. She brings her southern gospel roots from the state of Georgia and blends them with the west coast themes of her current life on the Strait of Georgia. She is often described as peaceful and she writes songs that soothe the soul.

In the Spring of 2018, she released her first studio album, Dissonance. She loves collaborating with other artists and when she’s not taking the lead, she’s happy to add her harmonies, strings, and rhythms to support her many talented friends. 

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Named ’Vocalist of the Year’ at the Vancouver Island Music Awards and nominated for ’Best Live Act’ for 2 years consecutively, Brodie Lee Dawson is a force to be reckoned with.

Brodie calls her style a mix of ’soulful bluesy folk’ with a gospel funk, a twist of pop and a twang of old-school country. True to all those genres she sings of life, love, searching and finding your way. And finding her way, she has… She’s been turning heads and creating a buzz wherever she goes, leaving her audiences spellbound, full-hearted and smilin’. 

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Local singer-songwriter Elise LeBlanc weaves Intimate, earthy sounds inspired by 70s folk, classic country, bluegrass, and soul. Original songs of strength, shadow, and resilience backed by acoustic guitar and ukulele.

Elise’s debut album Runaway Kites was funded by FACTOR Canada (The Foundation for Canadian Talent on Recordings). 

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Layne and Brenda of 40 KNOTS with Caitlin Pierzchalski ~ L.Stewart