Archive for January, 2013

IMAX Victoria Film Festival

Monday, January 28th, 2013

IMAX IMAGE 2013[1]
Dates: January 18, 2013 to February 28, 2013

Location: IMAX Victoria
Time: Various

The IMAX Film Festival is an annual affair. It features six classic films over six weeks for one low price. The festival gives goers the opportunity to revisit old IMAX classics or see these classics for the first time. 

This year’s film festival line-up is stellar! Films include:

- Fires of Kuwait
- Everest
- Mysteries of the Great Lakes
- Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees 
- Super Speedway
- Sharks

These films are sure to entertain movie goers of all ages. For more information on the IMAX Film Festival, please visit the IMAX Victoria website.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2013
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The Canadian Tenors – February 9th, 2013

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013



DOORS:  6:30PM
SHOW:  7:30PM

Since their inception only five years ago as the Canadian Tenors, they have been thrilling audiences around the world with their powerful voices and memorable melodies. Their blend of classical music and contemporary pop has garnered them international success. The music of Port McNeill’s Clifton Murray, Toronto’s Victor Micallef, Quebec’s Remigio Pereira, and Vancouver’s Fraser Walters is rich and soulful with powerful anthems and beautiful melodies. Both their debut and holiday albums have gone platinum in Canada and have been released in territories around the world.

The Tenors are poised to release their second studio album, Lead With Your Heart on October 30. It is their first album in over two years, following the international release of their debut album and an extensive touring schedule. Lead With Your Heart is a 12-track album that stretches the boundaries of classical crossover by combining classic songs, modern tunes and Spanish and French world music. From cover features such as Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” and Elton John’s “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” to the inspirational anthem “Amazing Grace”, and one of the most recognizable and heroic Tenor arias, “Nessun Dorma”, the diverse track list features a mix of pop favourites and classical staples along with new compositions written and co-written by The Tenors.

Over the past two years, The Tenors have performed worldwide and shared the stage with legendary artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion (on the Oprah show) Sting, and Paul McCartney, to name a few. More recently, The Tenors were featured performers on two primetime international broadcasts: The Emmy Awards live from Los Angeles and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations from Windsor Castle in the UK, where The Tenors performed for Her Majesty.

19th Annual Victoria Film Festival

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013


Dates: February 1, 2013 to February 10, 2013
Location: Various Victoria locations
Time: Various

For ten days in February, the Victoria Film Festival premieres over 150 tantalizing films. Everything from documentaries to features to alternative cinema (and everything in between). Whether the Victoria Film Festival is new to you or if you are a seasoned participant, the Victoria Film Festival delivers engaging events, unique experiences and will transport you to another realm!

The 2013 Victoria Film Festival Program Guide is here! Check out the stellar lineup of films, the Galas, the special events. Paper Program Guides are available at Cineplex Odeon Victoria Cinemas, Serious Coffee, Empire Theatres and the Film Festival office at 1215 Blanshard Street. Box Office hours are Monday to Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm.

A Harmonious Celebration – Chinese New Year

Sunday, January 20th, 2013
TIME: 2:30PM
What does a snake, good food and great entertainment have in common? Come find out as we celebrate Chinese New Year (and the Year of the Snake) at the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s “A Harmonious Celebration” on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm.
This free event will feature:
VCM students and faculty Chinese Lion Dance – Wong Sheung
  Kung Fu Club
- Victoria Chinatown Lions Club
  Chinese Costume Show
- Victoria Chinese Culture Club Dancers
- Victoria Good News Choir
  Louise Rose, music director
- Master of Ceremony – Alan Lowe, former Victoria Mayor
Enjoy a traditional lion dance, exquisite Chinese costume fashion show, Chinese dancing and music. This spectacular and colourful event will prove to be a celebration you won’t want to miss!

Vintage Craft Workshop Series

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013


The Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum is pleased to announce the return of its successful Vintage Craft Workshop series beginning on Saturday, January 26th 2013. Ranging from traditional Victorian crafts, such as embroidered sachets and traditional lace shuttle tatting, to heirloom button making, the series will focus on rare, traditional and dying art forms.

Guest instructors include local artisans, authors and experts who will share their knowledge during these one day workshops. Advance registration and payment is required and signing up early is recommended as space is limited and classes could be cancelled if the enrolment quota is not reached.

For a full list of courses, please visit the Craigdarroch Castle wesite or call the Craigdarroch Castle office directly at 250-592-5323 to have a brochure mailed to you.

Family Day – February 11th, 2013

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

British Columbia will celebrate Family Day as a statutory holiday for the first time on Monday, February 11th, 2013.

In British Columbia, Family Day will fall on the second Monday of February each year. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.

Family Day was first held in Canada in the province of Alberta in 1990. It is supposed to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta, and give workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families. Family Day was introduced in Saskatchewan in 2007 and in Ontario in 2008.

On Family Day, many people plan and take part in activities aimed at the whole family. These activities may include visiting art exhibitions, watching movies, ice skating, playing board games and taking part in craft activities.

As the weather is usually cold in February, hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies are popular snacks. Other people use the long weekend as an opportunity for a short winter break or to travel to visit family members or friends.

What are your plans for this upcoming Family Day? Why not bring your family to the Royal Scot Hotel and Suites? Check out our HOT Rates or our Specials and Packages for more information on our best available room rates!

Art Gallery Drop-In Tours

Monday, January 7th, 2013

                                 Wang Youzheng, A Country Life Scene in Guanxi, Mid 20th century  Chinese scroll painting, ink and colours on paper  Gift of Brian S. McElney                         
Capturing the Inner Essence

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Victoria, BC
January 12, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Chinese and Japanese portrait artists tried to present an image with an inner poetic reality rather than an outward likeness. Their technical approach to portraiture was simplicity, which was in sharp contrast to the photo-likeness of some Western paintings with their problems of volume, light shadow and texture.

Chinese and Japanese portrait artists did not sit with their canvas in front of their subject, but would study them and then they would return to the stillness of their studios and work from memory attempting to invest their recollection with the profundity of their thoughts. They loved to portrait older people to show the effect of aging and display a strange kind of inner beauty. The exhibition will include paintings and prints mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries.





Carr, Emily  Sea and Sky  1977.162.001Emily Carr: On the Edge of Nowhere

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
January 13 & 26, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Although Emily Carr described herself as an “isolated little old woman on the edge of nowhere” her work has an appeal that is universal in its expressive messages.

With this exhibition, the AGGV is now the premiere destination on Vancouver Island to visit and learn about Emily Carr through her paintings. On the Edge of Nowhere will include an historical survey of Carr’s artistic career, featuring pieces in all the media and styles she explored and perfected. It will also focus on Carr’s influences and inspirations, such as European modern art, members of the Group of Seven artists, First Nations artists, Carr’s spirituality, and her interest in developing an art that speaks of her personal experience and her connection to the West Coast landscape.


 Wayne Ngan, Teapot, 1974  12.7 x 15 cm  Photo Stephen Topfer
Back to the Land

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
January 19, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Back to the Land: Ceramics from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands 1970-1985 presents the work of 31 ceramic artists working on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands in the 1970s and 1980s. Guest curated by Diane Carr, the exhibition emphasizes the “back to the land” movement of the early 1970s as the impetus for the explosion of ceramic activity in this region.

At this time, Victoria flourished as an important centre for ceramics, several galleries were established throughout the city, including Carr’s own gallery the Potters Wheel, and the artists were increasingly able to support themselves with their work. The exhibited artists were among the principal teachers in the region at this time, and many worked from influence and training in three dominant artistic styles: European modernism and the Bauhaus, the Leach/Hamada tradition, and abstract expressionism. Back to the Land is the first group exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria to focus on this period in the development of this medium, and an important step in reconstructing the ceramic history of this period.

With key pieces from public and private collections, Back to the Land brings together an impressive selection of works by significant ceramic artists of this time period. The exhibition includes a publication with essays by Diane Carr and Nancy Janovicek.

For admission information, please visit the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria website.

Art Gallery Curator’s Tour

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Ichikawa Sandanji III in the role of the 47 Ronin Leader, Oboshi Yuranosuke  Woodcut print by Masamitsu Ota (1892 – 1975)  AGGV 2007.021.001
Virtuous Vendetta 

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Victoria, BC
January 16, 2013
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 3:00pm 

This classic saga begins in 1700 when Lord Asano Naganori under the guidance of Lord Kira Yoshinaka, is commissioned to look after the emperor’s envoys during their visit to the shogun’s court.  Lord Kira, who is a bit greedy and unethical, rudely insults Lord Asano for refusing to bribe him for advice on official etiquette. Asano was so humiliated that in a rage, he drew his sword and wounded his tormentor on the forehead.  To draw one’s sword within the shogun’s castle grounds is a very serious offense, and thus the authorities instruct Asano to commit suicide (hara-kiri).  With his death, his feudal retainers in turn lose their status as samurai, becoming ronin, which means masterless samurai.  After patiently waiting and planning for over a year, the ronin execute a daring assault on Lord Kira’s estate, despite knowing that they would themselves be forced to commit suicide to atone for their crime.

The exhibition features more than 50 woodblock prints by various well known artists, enhanced by video footage of the numerous movies and TV films on the subject. Take a tour of the exhibition with curator of Asian Art, and renowned storyteller, Barry Till.

For admission information, please visit the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria website.

BC Bites & Beverages: Rich in Food

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

BC Bites & Beverages

Rich in Food: Revitalizing traditional food on the Northwest Coast
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Royal BC Museum – Victoria, BC
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Dolly McRae and her daughter Annie Watts are award-winning co-authors of an indigenous cookbook that focuses on Native American foods. Together with renowned ethobotanist Dr. Nancy Turner, they tell a story of the native food movement while you enjoy indigenous food samplings and pointers on how to prepare and preserve the natural harvest.
For ticket information, please visit the Royal BC Museum website