Archive for December, 2012

Victoria Tea Festival

Monday, December 31st, 2012


TIME: 11:00AM TO 5:00PM
7th annual Victoria Tea Festival! This event features premium beverage tastings, delectable food selections, complimentary presentations, and opportunities to purchase various products and exquisite tea wares. Be sure to check out the coffee exhibitors, new this year, on the mezzanine level!

Please visit the Victoria Tea Festival website for more information.

Blue Rodeo – January 6th, 2013

Monday, December 31st, 2012



SHOW: 8:00PM

In celebration of 25 years since the release of their debut album, Outskirts, Blue Rodeo announces a cross-Canada tour, kicking off on January 2nd in Whitehorse, YT.

Blue Rodeo emerged in the early 80’s as a countrified rock band in the era of hair metal and glossy pop. Despite sticking out like a sore thumb (or maybe because of it), their single “Try” became omni-present on radio across Canada and set in motion a three decade long career of headlining every club, theatre and arena in Canada. In 1993, when grunge rock was squeezing commercial rock off the radio, they recorded their most acoustic album, Five Days In July, and scored their biggest hit selling over a half million copies of that one record alone.

Over the course of the next 20 years, Blue Rodeo has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, sold over 4 million records, won an unprecedented 5 Juno awards as Group of the Year, been handed keys to the City of Toronto and given a Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. But for them, the accolades and awards pale in comparison to the good fortune of being musicians.

“I think that’s the testament – to really do it for a living,” says Jim Cuddy reflecting on all that has happened to the band. “Not just live the life of a popular band but to actually create music for a living.”

Jonathan’s Restaurant Launches New Website

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Jonathan’s Restaurant has launched a new website.  Visit today and check out their new menus!


Christmas Festivities in Victoria!

Friday, December 7th, 2012

A Christmas Carol at the Belfry Theatre

The Belfry theatre presents its new productions of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, adapted and directed by Belfry Artistic director Michael Shamata. Veteran actor Tom McBeath stars as literature’s  most enduring  character, Ebenezer Scrooge. Performances from November 13th-December 22nd with tickets ranging from $25-$40, available by calling 250-385-6815 or online. A family ticket will also be available for $80 (+HST) for two adults and two children (or one adult and three children).



Butchart Gardens at Christmas

Tens of thousands of coloured lights combine with evergreen swags and wreaths of holly and winter berries to line walkways and festoon lamp posts. The ever-popular Twelve Days of Christmas displays are tucked away about The Gardens. From 5 pm to 9 pm in the Piazza you will find lively performances featuring traditional carolling and music. Enjoy some recreational ice skating on our 465 sq. m (5,000 sq. ft.) outdoor rink. Experience the magic of Christmas from December 1st through January 6th.


Shopping in Victoria

Shopping in Victoria is fabulous! Whether you are just window shopping or on a major shopping spree in Victoria you can browse quaint shops, local markets and major shopping malls to find your heart’s desire. Victoria offers everything from antiques to the wares of local artisans and the designs of the hippest trendsetters. The city’s layout encourages strolling and exploring the many side streets and alleyways at an easy pace.


 The Victoria Symphony presents: A Sentimental Christmas

Music Director Tania Miller shares her love of everything Christmas in the year’s annual Christmas Pops concert. Joining Tania and the orchestra with be the young, but very talented, singers f the Victoria Children’s Choir. Come prepared to sing along and to leave with the spirit of Christmas in your hearts and minds. Show is at the Royal theatre from December 7th-December 9th with tickets starting at $35.00


 Live Outdoor Nativity Pageant

This is the 26th year of this free gift to the community. Live actors, real animals, and vibrant costumes portray the birth of Christ. Come and experience the sights, sounds and emotions from 2000 years ago. On Topaz Avenue between Blanshard and Quadra, with easy access for those with physical limitations.

Shows at 6:30, 7:00, and 8:00 on December 21, 22, and 23 (rain or shine so plase dress accordingly.) Admission the pageant is free.



A Christmas Carol at Craigdarroch Castle

Join Craigdarroch Castle for a self-guided tour and a presentations of “A Christmas Carol”. Why not take in a performance of “A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens,” adapted as a one-man play by Jason Stevens? The Oak Bay News has described his performance as “perfect”. Barry Bowman, well-known Victoria radio personality enthuses “To have this kind of talent, someone who can do this without lights, without props, is incredible.” Start the evening touring the Museum rooms until you reach the dance hall on the fourth floor. Once there take a seat and enjoy Jason’s one hour performance of “A Christmas Carol” then complete the evening by wending your way down the working side of the Castle. Tickets are $20 each, or $15 for students. Members receive $2.00 off. Not recommended for children under 13.

Carol Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress

From December 24th-December 25th there will be live choral performances during Afternoon Tea- sure to bring festive cheer to your special day! Recurring daily, at $59.95 per person.

Ballet Victoria presents: The Gift of Pandora’s Box

Christmas gifts come in many different packages. This year Ballet Victoria gives new life to a classic tale to celebrate the Holiday season with humour, dance and Tchaikovsky music. From December 27th- December 30th, tickets starting at $37.00 with discounts available for children, students, and seniors