Pacific Opera Victoria’s Madame Butterfly

April 14th, 2015

madama butterfly

Date: April 15th at 8:00pm, 17th at 8:00pm and 19th at 2:30pm
Location: Royal Theatre

Canadian theatre artist Diana Leblanc directs this gorgeous new production of Madama Butterfly, designed by Patrick Clark, and featuring Korean soprano Jee Hye Han in her North American debut.

“A young geisha renounces her family to marry an American man. When he leaves to go back to his own country, she waits with their child for his return.

Though she is the gentlest of heroines, Butterfly has a formidable inner strength. Guided by honour and fidelity, sustained by hope, she refuses for the longest time to believe she has been abandoned.

Puccini himself loved Butterfly above all his heroines – her for whom I wrote music in the night. And what music! It is as ravishing as anything in opera!”

Annual Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival

April 12th, 2015

GVPA festival banner

Date: April 7th to May 10th, 2015
Location: Various

We are nearing the end of the first week of this annual 6 week festival which hosts over five thousand Victoria City and area students of music, dance and dramatic arts. Renowned experts in their field will be judging at the different stages throughout the city.

Performances will include Brass, Classical Guitar, Choral, Composition, Dance (Ethnic, School and Studio), Fiddle, Musical Theatre, Piano, School Bands, School Orchestras, Speech and Dramatic Arts, Strings, Vocal and Woodwinds.

Please see the website for a full schedule and venue locations.

World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series

April 10th, 2015

Women’s rugby comes to town April 18 – 19, 2015.  Watch all the action at Westhills Stadium in Langford.

Rugby Sevens is a fast-paced, exciting sport rapidly growing in popularity across Canada with our National Teams looking to appear in the sport’s highly anticipated debut in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in less than two year’s time. The two-day event combines the explosive power, skill and excitement of traditional rugby with a unique party atmosphere as the world’s best 12 teams compete in a round-robin style tournament.  Visit the website for more details and ticket information.


Seedy Saturday

February 15th, 2015

Seedy Saturday

Date: February 21
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Victoria Conference Centre

Seedy Saturday is an annual event in Victoria, taking place at the Victoria Conference Centre. In preparation for the upcoming spring, Seedy Saturday is perfect for any garden enthusiast. The event includes educational information about gardening and the opportunity to purchase numerous types of seeds. Local businesses will also sharing their services and products including food venders with samples of local cheeses, jams, and much more.

Don’t forget to bring your unwanted garden seeds! There will be a garden exchange where you can swap your seeds for something that you may not typically purchase. There will also be a garden book exchange where you can trade your outgrown gardening books for something different and fresh!

To wind down, Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds, will be play around 3:00 pm.

Seedy Saturday is meant for the entire family! There will be several activities for children to learn about growing seeds.

For more information, please visit the website.

Victoria Beer Week

February 2nd, 2015

Dates: March 7 – 15
Time & Location: Varies throughout event

Victoria Beer Week is an annual event that celebrates and educates people in all aspects of BC craft beer. It is a nine day event featuring several BC craft beers with various tastings, seminars, and micro-events. Whether you are a beer enthusiast, or appreciate a good beer, the week is perfect for you!

Featured Events (not all are listed here!)

Opening Cask Night

Date: Saturday, March 7
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Victoria Public Market

To start off Beer Week right, Open Cask Night will feature Vancouver Island Breweries, cideries, and vendors from the Victoria Public Market.

Craft Beer Thunderdome

Date: Wednesday, March 11
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Wheelies Motorcycles & Café

Thunderdome presents brand new, never-been-tasted-before BC craft beers! This is an opportunity to taste beers before they hit store shelves!

Closing Cask Night

Date: Saturday, March 14
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Victoria Public Market

Up to 25 BC craft beers will be featured, specifically from Vancouver and the lower mainland. Beer options will be accompanied by tasty foods and beverages from Silk Road Tea.

Finale: Brewmaster’s Brunch

Date: Sunday March 15
Time: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: The Atrium

The event is simple: five courses of brunch, each accompanied by a 4oz portion of craft beer… who wouldn’t want to join?!

There are several other events going on during Victoria Bee Week, please visit the website for more information.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

January 26th, 2015

Date: Sunday, February 22
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Chinatown

This year, celebrate the Year of the Sheep! Downtown Chinatown is Canada’s oldest Chinatown, covered with traditional Chinese decorations. The day will be filled with Chinese cultural activities such as traditional dancing, dragon performances, lion dance, and kung fu and chai demonstrations.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Victoria Film Festival

January 25th, 2015

Dates: February 6 – 15
Times: Varies throughout event
Location: 1215 Blanshard Street

The Victoria Film Festival seeks to expose the community to a wide variety of lifestyle and spark creativity within individuals. In its 21st year of running, the Victoria Film Festival is featuring several movies including topics of World Perspective, a Shorts Program, an Indigenous Program, French Canadian Wave, and Canadian Wave.

The week will feature over 150 new films from around the world!

Please visit the Victoria Film Festival’s website for a detailed itinerary.

Silk Road Tea Tastings

January 17th, 2015

Dates & Times:
Saturday, January 24: 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Sunday, January 25: 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Silk Road Tea in Chinatown

A locally-run company, Silk Road is located in downtown Chinatown. Silk Road is known for their fresh, organic teas, skin, and body products. They have an eco-friendly approach and support the surrounding community.

If you have not tried their delicious teas yet, now is a perfect opportunity! Bring your friends, family, or even just yourself to enjoy their free tea tastings coming up.

Saturday: Turn Over a New Leaf
Tea has several powerful health benefits. Learn how to maximize benefits in this workshop! Get juicy secrets on staying healthy, feeling great, and avoiding the winter bugs!

Sunday: Chocolate Bliss
Are you a chocolate lover? Stop by Silk Road to learn the steps in making tea infused with hot chocolate and chocolate tea lattes.

Victoria Whisky Festival

January 16th, 2015


Dates: January 15 – January 18
Times: Varies throughout event
Location: Hotel Grand Pacific

The Victoria Whisky Festival is back again in its 10th year! The weekend will feature several events with numerous types of whisky tastings and professionals from around the world.

An insight to the weekend’s events:

Thursday, January 15
The Whisky and Chocolate Grand Tasting

Friday, January 16
Grand Tastings

Saturday, January 17

Sunday, January 18
The Distiller’s Dinner

For a complete schedule of events and ticket pricing, please visit the Victoria Whisky Festival’s website.

6th Annual Island Beer Festival

January 11th, 2015

"Aleienated Beer Tasting 101"

Date: Saturday February 28
Time: 1:00 pm – 7:00pm
Location: Strathcona Hotel (Distrikt)

Beer Festival is back! With 18 breweries being featured, the ultimate beer drinker will not want to miss this event! Over 30 different beers will be offered at the event for sampling. Prepare your taste buds for some delicious and unique beers.

Please visit Ticketzone to purchase tickets to the event.