Archive for June, 2011

Canada Day in Victoria

Monday, June 27th, 2011

cday1-700x300This year, Victoria Celebrates Canada Day is a three-day, family-friendly celebration, featuring children’s activities, music performances, and an international food village, taking place over the July long weekend.

On July 1, Victoria Celebrates Canada Day will feature a full schedule of events during the day starting at 11 a.m. with A Flavour of Canada and family-oriented events at Ship Point, including multiple activity tents presented by various sponsors. A new secondary performance stage at Ship Point will showcase emerging artists and multicultural groups throughout the long weekend.

The City is pleased to be able to offer an expanded series of children’s activities on the Legislature Lawns due to the generous support of Coast Capital Savings, the Presenting Sponsor of Victoria Celebrates Canada Day. The Monster Mural, introduced last year with overwhelming success, will return to provide children the chance to be creative with their Canadian pride. New this year will be the Community Tree, where people can post their celebratory Canada Day messages on red, maple-leaf shaped post-its – making the tree flourish with national pride.

“We are excited to be offering a range of family-oriented activities and performances on Canada Day and throughout the long weekend,” said Charlayne Thornton-Joe, City Councillor and Canada Day Committee Member. “Canada Day is a time for us to come together and celebrate our diversity, and it’s a time to share our collective pride in being Canadian. The international food village and new multicultural stage at Ship Point will enable us to do just that.”

The afternoon will include First Nations music and dance and the welcoming of new Canadians on the Canada Day Main Stage on the Legislature Lawns, as well as activities downtown presented by the Downtown Victoria Business Association.

Fred Penner, the acclaimed Canadian children’s entertainer famed for The Cat Came Back, will delight children and those young-at-heart at 5 p.m. Family-friendly music performances by local Vancouver Island artists will transform the Legislature Lawns into a one-of-a-kind concert, showcasing the talents of Quoia, Afro Mumanzi, Steph Macpherson, Shane Philip, Vince Vaccaro, and Current Swell. Canada Day celebrations downtown will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display at 10:20 p.m., set to Canadian music that will be broadcast on 107.3 KOOL FM.

Check out the website for more info.

TD Victoria International Jazz Fest

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

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Celebrating its 27th year, TD Victoria International Jazz Fest will showcase incredible music from around the globe. Over 60 artists will perform in and around the capital city during the ten day festival.

This years line up includes: Madeleine Peyroux, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Paco de Lucia, Lucinda Williams and Tom Fun Orchrestra, to name a few.

Take in free or paid admission performances, or attend a workshop with a musician.

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Jumpship – June 10 – 12, 2011

feature-frontA new event for 2011, Jumpship will showcase the world’s best freeride mountain bikeriders competing in Victoria’s Inner Harbour before a crowd of thousands. Jumpship will bring mind blowing skill to a new level as riders will compete for cash and personal pride on the surface of a floating barge in Canada’s most beautiful city. Set against a picturesque backdrop of yachts, the legislature buildings, and beautiful hotels, Jumpship will bring freeride mountain biking into the heart of an urban centre to create a no-charge spectator experience like no other.
The Course
World famous freerider and course designer Jordie Lunn will create a course to challenge the world’s best with massive jumps, drops and park features, all on a floating barge! The world has never seen a competition like this one.

This spectacular competition is part of the inaugural Victoria International Cycling Festival.


Tuesday, June 7th, 2011


Thrilling more than 8 million people worldwide since the show premiered in 1999, Dralion is the fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil. In Fall 2010, Dralion will embark on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but now in arenas throughout North America, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town.

The name Dralion (pronounced “Drah-lee-on”) is drawn from its two main symbols: the dragon, representing the East, and the lion, representing the West. Dralion derives much of its inspiration from Eastern philosophy with its perpetual quest for harmony between humankind and nature. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters.

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,200 artists from close to 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in 300 cities on five continents. Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada. The company has received such prestigious awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux, Félix, and Rose d’Or de Montreux. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit