Archive for July, 2014

Victoria Symphony Splash

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Date: Sunday August 3
Time: 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Inner Harbour

Walk minutes from our hotel to the Inner Harbour and listen to the beautiful music presented by the 25th annual Symphony Splash outdoor event. The day begins with a Family Zone at the Empress where families are able to bring their children and participate in fun activities including: face painting, a colouring contest, various crafts, a bouncy castle and scavenger hunt!

Music and festivities will be going on throughout the day. Head over to the Legislative Buildings where Naden Band will be performing at 1:00 pm and 2:15 pm. Around 4:00 pm, join a dance party on Bellville Street! Following that, the orchestra parade begins at 6:20 pm.

The main event features the Victoria Symphony performing live, on a floating stage at 7:30 pm! The orchestra will play a mixture of classical and popular pieces while onstage and 9-year-old, Erik Lin, will be featured as a soloist during the concert as well.

Get ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy the outstanding music brought to you by the Symphony Splash! Please visit their website from more information regarding the event.

Victoria Tango and Latin Arts Festival

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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Date: August 1 – August 3
Time and Location: Varies throughout event

The weekend will be packed-full with tons of fusion, classical, folk, jazz and traditional music, as well as Latin American and Spanish dance. Obtain a vast amount of knowledge throughout the weekend with workshops, lectures and classes!

The festival presents Canadian artists with international guests being featured throughout the event. The music you see originated from South and Central America, the Caribbean and Spain.

Please see their website for a schedule breakdown and more information!

Jumpship

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Date: August 2 – 3
Time: Varies throughout event
Location: Inner Harbour

Like living on the edge… or watching someone else do so? Jumpship is a freeride mountain biking competition that welcomes bike riders from all over the world! The competition consists of a dirt and wooden course (yes, it does include jumps and loads of opportunity for dangerous tricks to be undertaken!).

Located in the busy Inner Harbour, Jumpship has a unique venue with live music, an outdoor lifestyle expo and beer gardens. Crammed pack full of wild entertainment, it is a perfect opportunity for the entire family to attend!

Please visit the Jumpship website for more information regarding event details and a complete schedule of the competition.

International Buskers Festival

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Victoria welcomes the largest street performers’ festival

Date: July 17 – 28
Time: Varies throughout the week
Location: Various venues

The buskers are finally here!!! Tomorrow the live shows begin and we are so excited to welcome the international buckers to Victoria. Enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having and check out the annual International Buskers Festival! This is the first ever ‘All Stars’ Buskers Festival showcasing the finest acts, as well as a few new ones. With professional street performers from across the world, there are many talented, unique acts that you will not want to miss!

Furthermore, check out Busk Stops on Government Street where several musicians will be featuring their tricks! You can also reenergize with the various food options along the inner harbour in the International Food Village.

There are numerous acts including comedy, unusually bendy people and circus-like acts! Each day, the stages have various acts, so it gives you the chance to see every busker possible!

For a complete schedule of the International Buskers Festival, please visit their website. You can also stop by the front desk to pick up a booklet full of all the buskers information you need to know!

Rock the Shores

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Date: July 11 – 13
Time: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm daily
Location: Juan de Fuca Recreation Center

Enjoy the beautiful weather in Victoria this weekend while listening to loads of diverse musicians and bands in Rock the Shores’ 3rd annual music festival. This year, the festival will be running for three days (all weekend!), rather than its usual two days from previous years.

Popular bands such as Billy Talent, the Naked and Famous and Our Lady Peace will be playing throughout the weekend, as well as several other current and local bands!

Prepare for a weekend full of fun, sunshine and good music for the entire family!

Please visit the website for a further breakdown of the festival schedule and ticket prices.

Victoria International Accordion Festival

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Dates: July 18 – 20
Time and Location: Various throughout festival

The BC Accordion Society welcomes accordionists from around the world in its 8th annual festival. Stas Venglevski from Russia and Tian Jianan from China will be amongst other outstanding local performers.

The festival will consist of a Dance Night, Trade Show, workshops, movie screening and free concert in Market Square!

Please visit the website for a complete break-down of the festival’s schedule.

Don’t forget… The International Buskers’ Festival will begin on the same day! Enjoy various street performances while soaking up the rays of sunshine. You will not want to miss this weekend of excitement!

ROMP! A Festival of Independent Dance

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Date: July 4 – 5
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Centennial Square

Is dancing your passion? Or perhaps you are more of a ‘closet’ dancer who doesn’t dare dance in public, or even around friends? Either way, everyone has their own creative style, whether it be from professional training, or your own unique set of moves. Suddenly Dance Theatre presents ROMP, a Festival of Independent Dance; a free outdoor dance showcase!

Make your way down to Centennial Square where a dance showcase will take place. You can enter to participate in the showcase, but if you are feeling a bit shy, watch others share their stories through dance.

Be prepared to get inspired!

Bastion Square Public Market

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Date: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Time: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Location: Bastion Square

In its 19th year of running, the Bastion Square Public Market features local artisans and their unique hand-crafted, locally produced arts and crafts. Sit at an outdoor patio at one of the restaurants featured in Bastion Square and enjoy a view of the Inner Harbour!

For the rest of the summer, the market is open on Sundays as well! From 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, soak up the goods the vendors have to offer, while listening to local artists perform in Bastion Square! Each week there will be new artists being presented in “Artist of the Day.”

Pop by Bastion Square for exclusive vendors, food and music: a one stop shop!

Canada Day

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Date: July 1st
Location: Inner Harbour

Join the citizens of Victoria in celebrating the 147th birthday of Canada. Our hotel is in a prime location, right across from the Legislative Buildings, to enjoy Canada Day festivities! There will be activities going on all day beginning at 11:00am, so you can come and go as you please.

Family events are happening earlier in the day with the opportunity to participate in all sorts of recreational activities! During the evening, Jon and Roy, a popular reggae band, will be performing on center stage at the Legislative Buildings. Watch for other various artists during the day who will be playing at the Legislative Buildings as well. Furthermore, around 10:20pm, there will be a fireworks display that you will surely not want to miss in the Inner Harbour.

For a complete schedule of activities, please visit the website.

Happy Canada Day!

The Legislative Buildings

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

parliment buildings

Across the street from our hotel in the heart of downtown Victoria you cannot miss the Legislative Buildings! A tour of the buildings is offered to the public free of charge from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during the summer. Throughout the week, you are able to help yourself to a self-guided tour; however, on the weekends and holidays you must join a tour or reserve one. Tours are offered several times every hour! The Legislative also has a dining room available to the public from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm to eat at.

Construction of the Legislative Buildings began in 1893 and was completed in 1897. However, upgrades and details continued up until 1915. This means the Legislative Buildings are around 100 years old!

If you are not interested in participating in an indoor tour, it is definitely worth a quick walk by to absorb the beauty of the exterior structures. The Legislative Buildings are in the heart of downtown, close to other tourist attractions!