African Cultural Week & AfriCaFest

May 17th, 2017
African Textile Pattern by shaireproductions.com

African Textile Pattern by shaireproductions.com

Date: May 20th to 28th
Location: Various locations through Victoria, Vancouver and Nanaimo
Websites: http://www.africafest.ca/

The Victoria African and Caribbean Cultural Society (VACCS) will be hosted this 5th annual festival. This weeklong celebration is the ultimate experience of African roots and will introduce first-rate, international African born artists to the art communities of Victoria, Vancouver, and Nanaimo.

For more information visit the website.

154th Annual Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival

May 16th, 2017
Highland Games Day 1 by Stephen Downes

Highland Games Day 1 by Stephen Downes

Date: May 20th to 22nd
Location: Topaz Park at Finlayson & Blanshard
Websites: http://victoriahighlandgames.com/games/

Western Canada’s largest Scottish cultural event is home to events and activities for people of all ages. Entertainment includes piping and drumming, Whiskey school, Celtic Music, Highland Dance, Irish Dance, History Tents, Celtic Sports, Clan Tents, Beer Gardens, Food Concessions, and more!

For more information visit the website.

Intrepid Theatre’s 20th UNO Fest

May 15th, 2017
Uno Fest 20th by intrepidtheatre.com/festivals/uno-fest/

Uno Fest 20th by intrepidtheatre.com/festivals/uno-fest/

Date: May 17th to 27th
Location: Various Festival Venues
Websites: http://intrepidtheatre.com/festivals/uno-fest/

This 11 day festival is packed to the brim with genre-defying, boundary-pushing performances. The festival will include 15 of North America’s very best solo shows, featuring Daniel MacIvor, Carmen Aguirre, Haley McGee, Fringe favourite TJ Dawe, and local performers.

For more information visit the website.

The Historic Wallpapers of Wentworth Villa – with Simone Vogel-Horridge

April 30th, 2017
IMG_20170305_1241146 by Putneypics

IMG_20170305_1241146 by Putneypics

Date: April 30th @ 2:0pm to 3:30pm
Location: Wentworth Villa Architecture Heritage Museum at 1156 Fort
Websites: http://wentworthvilla.com/event/historic-wallpapers-of-wentworth-villa/

Almost all old homes have traces of their past hidden within, and some very old ones, like Wentworth Villa, are so full of history that their walls do talk. Prior to the restoration of Wentworth Villa Simone Vogel-Horridge, paintings conservator and historic wallpaper consultant, had the opportunity to reveal the layer upon layers of 100 years of local wallpaper history dating back to the 1860s. In her talk Simone will share her knowledge of the wallpapers, including the handsome wallpapers of the Ella family and the stylishly embossed wallpapers of Faith Grant. Guests will also have the chance to witness as Simone conducts a live wallpaper investigation and peels back the layers on wallpapers that have not been seen for well over 100 years.

For more information visit the website.

James Hill Ukulele Extravaganza

April 29th, 2017
ukulele by malik

ukulele by malik

Date: April 30th @ 2:0pm
Location: Dave Dunnet Community Theatre (Oak Bay High School) at 2121 Cadboro Bay
Websites: http://civicorchestraofvictoria.org/index.shtml

Ukulele master James Hill will be accompanied by the Civic Orchestra of Victoria and will lead the players and audience in some great musical pieces. Special guests will include Island Ukuleles and conductor, Brian Wismath. Programme will include Strauss – Die Fledermaus, Overture Hill – One Small Suite for Ukulele, and Orchestra Vivaldi – Concerto in D Major.

For more information visit the website.

27th Young Life Home Design & Renovation Tour

April 28th, 2017

Modern House in Victoria BC by pnwra

Modern House in Victoria BC by pnwra

Date: April 29th @ 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Throughout Greater Victoria
Websites: http://www.younglife.ca/victoria-home-tour/

This one day only annual event continues to be a community favourite. Witness the creativity and artistry in each of these 8 unique homes. This year they showcase homes like a 1930’s renovated character home in the heart of Cook St. Village, a relocated, waterfront heritage home on Dallas Rd, a church converted to a hip living space in Fernwood, a 4000 sq. ft. complete reno and landscaping home in Uplands and a modern oceanfront new build on Ten Mile Point. As the tour is only on one day this year, you can take in all the homes or pick and choose your favourites.

For more information visit the website.

International Astronomy Day

April 27th, 2017
Tarantula Nebula - NGC 2070 by Nicholas Jones

Tarantula Nebula - NGC 2070 by Nicholas Jones

Date: April 29th @ 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Royal BC Museum at 675 Belleville
Websites: https://victoria.rasc.ca/

Hosted by The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Royal BC Museum interactive activities and displays will be present both inside and outside the museum with presentations every hour going on in the Newcombe Auditorium.

For more information visit the website.

The Millies in Concert – Benefit for Victoria Hospice

April 26th, 2017
The Millies by Victoria Hospice Website

The Millies by Victoria Hospice Website

Date: April 28th @ 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Location: Hermann’s Jazz Club at 753 View
Websites: https://www.victoriahospice.org/events/millies-concert

“Tight, witty, sensual and elegant, The Millies deliver luscious, red-velvet-layer-cake harmonies from the golden era of pop, Broadway and jazz with an overlay of wry, modern consciousness. Their animated, engaging a capella performances deliver finger-popping swing and jaw-dropping accuracy that leave audiences of all ages swooning.”

For more information visit the website.

Greetings from Iceland – The Heimir Male Voice Choir

April 25th, 2017

I[choir] Iceland in summer by Joel

choir | Iceland in summer by Joel

Date: April 28th @ 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: Christ Church Cathedral at 930 Burdett
Websites: http://icelanders-victoria.ca/

Greetings from Iceland is a project launched by The Icelandic Emigration Center in Hofsos, Iceland, to honour the descendants of Icelanders who migrated to North America, to kindle interest in the “old country,” and to help the Icelandic Societies in North America sustain and strengthen their connection to Iceland. The 150-member Heimir Male Voice Choir is in Victoria for one night only.

For more information visit the website.

David Vest | Cohen & Dylan Tribute

April 24th, 2017
Guitar - Lights arrangements - Asbury Streets by Marco Abis

Guitar - Lights arrangements - Asbury Streets by Marco Abis

Date: April 28th @ 7:30pm (doors 6:00pm)
Location: Upstairs Lounge, Oak Bay Recreation at 1975 Bee
Websites: http://www.beaconridgeproductions.com/

David Vest and his band will bring audiences to their feet with their energy, skill and creative drive. This is a special tribute concert that will feature the songs of Bob Dylan and Leanard Cohen done David Vest style. Although he’s a Maple Blues Award winner who now lives in Canada, David Vest is an authentic, Sothern-bred boogie-woogie piano player, blues shouter and world-class entertainer. His first Canadian recording, East Meets Vest, was named one of the best blues albums of 2012 by Holger Petersen of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues and earned a Maple Blues nomination for Recording of the Year.

For more information visit the website.