Archive for January, 2015

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Date: Sunday, February 22
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Chinatown

This year, celebrate the Year of the Sheep! Downtown Chinatown is Canada’s oldest Chinatown, covered with traditional Chinese decorations. The day will be filled with Chinese cultural activities such as traditional dancing, dragon performances, lion dance, and kung fu and chai demonstrations.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Victoria Film Festival

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Dates: February 6 – 15
Times: Varies throughout event
Location: 1215 Blanshard Street

The Victoria Film Festival seeks to expose the community to a wide variety of lifestyle and spark creativity within individuals. In its 21st year of running, the Victoria Film Festival is featuring several movies including topics of World Perspective, a Shorts Program, an Indigenous Program, French Canadian Wave, and Canadian Wave.

The week will feature over 150 new films from around the world!

Please visit the Victoria Film Festival’s website for a detailed itinerary.

Silk Road Tea Tastings

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Dates & Times:
Saturday, January 24: 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Sunday, January 25: 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Silk Road Tea in Chinatown

A locally-run company, Silk Road is located in downtown Chinatown. Silk Road is known for their fresh, organic teas, skin, and body products. They have an eco-friendly approach and support the surrounding community.

If you have not tried their delicious teas yet, now is a perfect opportunity! Bring your friends, family, or even just yourself to enjoy their free tea tastings coming up.

Saturday: Turn Over a New Leaf
Tea has several powerful health benefits. Learn how to maximize benefits in this workshop! Get juicy secrets on staying healthy, feeling great, and avoiding the winter bugs!

Sunday: Chocolate Bliss
Are you a chocolate lover? Stop by Silk Road to learn the steps in making tea infused with hot chocolate and chocolate tea lattes.

Victoria Whisky Festival

Friday, January 16th, 2015


Dates: January 15 – January 18
Times: Varies throughout event
Location: Hotel Grand Pacific

The Victoria Whisky Festival is back again in its 10th year! The weekend will feature several events with numerous types of whisky tastings and professionals from around the world.

An insight to the weekend’s events:

Thursday, January 15
The Whisky and Chocolate Grand Tasting

Friday, January 16
Grand Tastings

Saturday, January 17

Sunday, January 18
The Distiller’s Dinner

For a complete schedule of events and ticket pricing, please visit the Victoria Whisky Festival’s website.

6th Annual Island Beer Festival

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

"Aleienated Beer Tasting 101"

Date: Saturday February 28
Time: 1:00 pm – 7:00pm
Location: Strathcona Hotel (Distrikt)

Beer Festival is back! With 18 breweries being featured, the ultimate beer drinker will not want to miss this event! Over 30 different beers will be offered at the event for sampling. Prepare your taste buds for some delicious and unique beers.

Please visit Ticketzone to purchase tickets to the event.

Health, Wellness and Sustainability Festival

Saturday, January 10th, 2015


Date: Saturday, February 7
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Victoria Conference Centre

The Health, Wellness and Sustainability Festival is a celebration event on all things healthy. The event will educate visitors on how to achieve an overall healthier mind and body; perfect timing to bring in the New Year!

Local and international vendors will be featured and will present unique, healthy alternatives such as gluten-free foods, acupuncture, massage therapy, fitness and yoga studios, and natural skin care and cosmetic products.

Continuing with today’s large movement towards sustainability, this event is meant to combine sustainable practices with mind and body.

Please visit the website for more information regarding the event!

Victoria Yoga Conference

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Date: January 30 to February 1
Time: Varies throughout event
Location: Victoria Conference Centre

The Victoria Yoga Conference includes hours of yoga practice, workshops, and seminars designed to educate studio owners and teachers around best practices in creating a successful business. The event contains 60 classes and over 30 exhibits. Whether you are an aspiring yoga instructor, or are just passionate about the art itself, the weekend will be full of motivation and inspiration!


Friday, January 30

  • Illumination Event

Saturday, January 31

  • 8:00 am – 5:30 pm: Workshops and Classes
  • Vendor Marketplace
  • 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: Dance Party

Sunday, February 1

  • 8:00 am – 5:30 pm: Workshops and Classes
  • Vendor Marketplace
  • Wrap-up Event

Please visit their website for more details.

Around the World with Bateman and Foster

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015


Date: Wednesday, January 28
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30pm
Location: Royal BC Museum

Located just minutes away from the Royal Scot Hotel and Suites, the Royal BC Museum is hosting a special event: Around the World with Bateman and Foster. In 1957, two best friends, Robert Bateman and Dr. Birstol Foster set out to explore a world full of nature. They used every possible tool to capture their exploration including film, photo, notebook and pen.

Bateman and Foster are now in their eighties and welcome the public to share their stories and tales of their exploration days. They will show insight to the world they once saw with their own eyes that no longer exists today.

Please visit the Royal BC Museum website for ticket information.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Date: Monday, January 19
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Royal Theatre

Watch Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, come to life with narration and choral voices presented by the Victoria Symphony. The story is accompanied by Mendelssohn’s magnificent score.

Playlist Featured:

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (overture and incidental music)

Please visit the Royal Theatre website for more information and ticket sales.

Abbamania with Night Fever

Sunday, January 4th, 2015


Date: Saturday, January 17
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: McPherson Playhouse

Do you begin dancing whenever an ABBA song plays? This is a perfect performance for you! Abbamania is the top-rated ABBA production in the world. Enjoy musicians recreating ABBA songs like Waterloo and Dancing Queen.

Jam to two shows in one night! Night Fever will be playing songs from the Bee Gees. Songs featured in the performance consist of To Love Somebody, Stayin’ Alive, and You Should Be Dancing. Enjoy a fun night full of the classics!!

Please visit the website ticket information.