Archive for August, 2011

Vancouver Island Blues Bash

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


Stephen Barry Band

The Stephen Barry Band performs for free September 2nd, starting at 7 pm, to kick off the 17th annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash.  This band’s reputation as one of the best Canadian blues ensembles has long been established; over the past 25 years, they’ve performed with legends such as John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Big Moose Walker, Buddy Guy, and more.

Blues Bash   

The Vancouver Island Blues Bash (September 3 – 5) is a three-day festival that features all styles of blues and R&B.  Every afternoon during the Labour Day Weekend, at Ship Point, take in free performances (beginning at noon): Sept. 3 – The Housecats w/ Rockland Moran, Summer & The Sinners, The Roper Show, David Vest Band; Sept. 4 – Victoria Soul Gospel Choir, Gary Preston Band, Sandy Bone & The BreakDown, Bill Johnson Band; Sept. 5 – Deb Rhymer Band, Jason Buie Band, The Midnights.  Two ticketed shows are featured: the Charlie Musselwhite Band (Sept. 3) and the Lucky Peterson Band (Sept. 4th).

25th Annual Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

August 25 – September 4, 2011

Over the last 25 years the Fringe has grown to become Vancouver Island’s biggest theatre event.  In 2011, 72 international independent performing companies will descend on the City of Gardens for eleven days and nights of comedy, drama, dance, spoken word, and physical theatre – over 430 performances in thirteen venues.

fruitbatsFringe-going is easy, fun and slightly addictive.  Meet friends, artists and strangers in lineups, buy cheap tickets and see live shows, grab a bit or beer in between and figure out what you’ll see next. It’s the best part of the summer.

The shows in the Fringe are un-juried and uncensored, and the alternative theatre productions you see there are the work of ingenious independent producers and artists.  100% of box office sales go to the performers. 

For more information, check out the website.