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workingclasstheatre presents BURN THIS by Lanford Wilson
 
 
Psychic Circle Spring Fair
 
 
Mompreneur Monday

Mompreneur Monday

We (at the Victoria Public Market) continue to be inspired by the number of talented moms in Victoria who are juggling kids and running a homegrown business. We hope you’ll join us for our next Mompreneur Monday on Monday May 2nd from 11:00am – 3:00pm, and support our local Mompreneurs!

We’ll once again be showcasing the creations of talented local Mompreneurs in a craft fair style event! Vendors will be set up in the center of the market and selling everything from Handmade Artwork, Accessories and Jewellery, Children’s Clothing, Toys, Sweet Treats, and more!

 
 
Elmore's Blues Band with Guests
 
 
Psychic Circle Spring Fair
 
 
Island Lines Speaker Series

Island Lines Speaker Series

April 15, 20, 27; May 3, 2016, 6 pm

Location: Crag-X Indoor Climbing Centre

Event: Knot Knerds presents this speaker series of introductions to local climbing crags.  Free for all; hat will be passed for donations.  

April 15 - Allen Agopsowicz - Victoria Crags & The Access Society
April 20 - Kyle Sedola - Nanaimo Crags
April 27 - Alois Schonenberger - Crest Creek Crags
May 3 - Philip Stone - Quadra Island Crags

 
 
Psychic Circle Spring Fair
 
 
Live @ Lunch: Birds & Dinosaurs
 
 
Lunch-Time Pipe Organ Concert

Lunch-Time Pipe Organ Concert

May 4, 2016, 12:15 - 12:45 pm

Location: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

Event: There is a pipe organ recital at lunch-time on the first Wednesday of every month at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Victoria, 924 Douglas St., between Courtney and Broughton streets, with wheelchair access from 643 Broughton St.

 
 
Orca Books Spring Launch

Orca Books Spring Launch

May 4, 2016, 7:30 pm

Location: Munro's Books

Event: Join Orca Books in celebrating new books from Laurie Elmquist, Monique Gray Smith, Sarah Harvey, Laura Langston, Penny Draper, Dr. Jillian Roberts, and Jeff Rudd.  Meet the authors, enjoy some refreshments, and get a book signed.  All ages welcome and free to attend.

 
 
Psychic Circle Spring Fair
 
 
Coastal Sound Youth Choir

Coastal Sound Youth Choir

May 5, 2016, 11:30 am - 12 pm

Location: Royal BC Museum

Event:  The Coastal Sound Youth Choir has become known in the Canadian choral community for their passionate and imaginative performances. The choir is made up of 65 young people aged 14 to 22, representing more than 10 different municipalities form across the Metro Vancouver area. Performing with the Coastal Sound Youth Choir is the Jeunes Chantures d’Acadie who are visiting from Moncton, New Brunswick on a musical and cultural exchange.

 
 
Cinco de Mayo at Yates Street Taphouse
 
 
Sweetly Raw Desserts Tasting & Signing
 
 
Tom Vickery Trio & Jazz Jam

Tom Vickery Trio & Jazz Jam

May 5, 2016, 8 pm

Location: Hermann's Jazz Club

Event: Join host/pianist Tom Vickery, bassist Sean Drabitt and drummer Kelby MacNayr for one of our favorite jazz nights!

The trio performs one set at 8pm, followed by two sets where musicians (from students to professionals) join on stage. Always different, and always great - the best chance to see high calibre performance at a great price!

$8/ $5 students / free after 10pm

 
 
Atomic Vaudeville Spring Cabaret
 
 
Live Music Thursday @ EARLS Victoria
 
 
South Vancouver Island Regional Heritage Fair

South Vancouver Island Regional Heritage Fair

May 6, 2016, 10 am - 2 pm

Location: Royal BC Museum

Event: Students from local middle and high schools come together for the regional heritage fair, featuring public exhibitions of Canadian history projects, displays, and workshops. All projects are adjudicated and delegates to the provincial heritage fair are chosen. Come to see the work of these talented students and be prepared to learn from them.  Free event.

 
 
Psychic Circle Spring Fair
 
 
Ghostly Walks

Ghostly Walks

January 1 - April 30, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm
May 1 - 31, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
June 1 - September 10, 2016: nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Location: Meet at Tourism Victoria Information Centre

 
 
Live, Local Music on the Rooftop
 
 
Monty Python's Spamalot
 
 
Atomic Vaudeville Spring Cabaret
 
 
 
 
Junior Nature Sketch Program
 
 
Psychic Circle Spring Fair
 
 
Chinatown Walks
 
 
Ghostly Walks

Ghostly Walks

January 1 - April 30, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm
May 1 - 31, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
June 1 - September 10, 2016: nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Location: Meet at Tourism Victoria Information Centre

 
 
Live, Local Music on the Rooftop
 
 
Monty Python's Spamalot
 
 
Beethoven 9
 
 
The Succubus: A Gothic Puppet Tale

The Succubus: A Gothic Puppet Tale

May 7, 2016, 8 pm

Location: Intrepid Theatre Club

Event: A whimsical exploration of love, buried dreams, and the things that knock us off-balance.  Told through the use of puppetry and stilt, The Succubus is the story of a macabre mama and her ghoulish babe.  Sometimes the things that go bump in the night are just what you need....

Please join us for the “Spookeasy After Party!”
Ooooh scary!

Wheelchair accessible.
Not intended for chiildren.
Recommended age 15+

 
 
Atomic Vaudeville Spring Cabaret
 
 
Victoria Inner Harbour Boat Show
 
 
YL Home Design and Renovation Tour

YL Home Design and Renovation Tour

This self-guided tour allows you to navigate yourself through the homes at your own pace. You are able to take in all the projects in one day, or savour them bit by bit by doing the tour over two days. This fantastic event is a home highlight of the year and cannot be missed! Help us celebrate our 26th year on April 30th & May 1st and support work of a non-profit organization that fosters meaningful and life-changing relationships with youth in Victoria. All money raised from this tour goes directly to Young Life’s work with the teenagers in your community

 
 
Cut-A-Thon

Cut-A-Thon

An amazing Cut-A-Thon event is happening in Victoria Sunday, May 1st, 2016, from noon until 4 pm!

Autism is a neurological disorder that affects 1 in every 68 children. Expert stylists from all over Victoria are coming together at DM&Company (535 Yates Street) to support our community by offering haircuts and styles to everyone who participates.

 
 
Commit to Self-Care and Be Your BEST Self

Commit to Self-Care and Be Your BEST Self

April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5, 2016; January 2, 2017, 5:30 pm

Location: The Union Club of British Columbia

Event: If you're a busy professional woman who often finds it difficult to make time for yourself, give yourself permission to take an evening off and discover why practicing self-care is so important for you AND everyone else in your life.

 
 
Ghostly Walks

Ghostly Walks

January 1 - April 30, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm
May 1 - 31, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
June 1 - September 10, 2016: nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Location: Meet at Tourism Victoria Information Centre

 
 
Cirque de la Symphonie

Cirque de la Symphonie

April 29 & 30, 2016, 8 pm
May 1, 2016, 2 pm

Location: Royal Theatre

Event: After three sold-out performances during their last Victoria visit, the talented and high flying performers from Cirque de la Symphonie return to the Royal to delight and amaze. Jugglers, aerialists, and the VS performing exciting orchestral favorites make this a performance not to be missed! Get your tickets early and prepare to be enthralled.

 
 
The Improv Cabaret!

The Improv Cabaret!

May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6, & December 4, 2016, 8 pm

Location: The Victoria Event Centre

Event: The Improv Cabaret happens the first Sunday of every month and is an evening of - guess what - IMPROV!  

 
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Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day Brunch

May 8, 2016, 10 am - 1:30 pm

Treat the most important woman in your life to a spectacular Mother's Day Brunch at the Fairmont Empress! Join us in the Crystal Ballroom for a lavish experience. Our chef's will be on hand at the live-action cooking stations to delight you with Belgian Waffles, Farm Fresh Eggs your way, breakfast bowl, Ceviche Cocktail Bar and carving station. The best of the Pacific Northwest will be featured at our Saanichton salad bar, seafood station, cheese trolley, Chinese steamer station and dessert table.

 
 
Jazzy Moms Day with CanUS & Devon McCagherty

Jazzy Moms Day with CanUS & Devon McCagherty

May 8, 2016, 3 - 6 pm

Location: Hermann's Jazz Club

Event: Celebrate Mother's Day with some hot jazz by the CanUS Jazz Band and including special guest, Devon "Avram" McCagherty on banjo. After appearances in jazz festivals all over North America and including the Kennedy Center in Washington,D.C. this is a band full of surprises. There is also a strong vocal component copied from such as the Mills Brothers & Boswell Sisters. They feature dixieland and swing favorites in a six piece band that will rock your socks.  $12.

 
 
Mother's Day Family Meal at OLO Restaurant

Mother's Day Family Meal at OLO Restaurant

May 8, 2016, 5 - 10 pm

Location: OLO Restaurant

Event: Give mom the gift of a leisurely, local and organic feast this Mother’s Day with a Family Meal at OLO Restaurant. Put yourself in Chef Brad Holmes' hands as he cooks a delectable, locally-sourced meal, all served family style over five courses. Taste the stories of the beautiful food produced by OLO's friends: the hardworking farmers, fisherfolk, foragers, vintners, millers, brewers and distillers that Chef Brad and the team are lucky to call their neighbours.

 
 
Ghostly Walks

Ghostly Walks

January 1 - April 30, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm
May 1 - 31, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
June 1 - September 10, 2016: nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Location: Meet at Tourism Victoria Information Centre

 
 
Monty Python's Spamalot
 
 
Beethoven 9
 
 
Glenfarclas Visits Vista 18!
 
 
The Ginger Goodwin Story

The Ginger Goodwin Story

May 9, 2016, 8 - 10:30 pm

Location: Victoria Event Centre

Event: A STAGED READING featuring: Justin Carter, Paul Terry, Jared Gowen, Morgan Cranny, Christina Patterson, Kathryn Popham, Monica Prendergast, and Katrina Kadoski

This compelling play tells the story of Albert “Ginger” Goodwin, a coal miner, pacifist and hero of the BC labour movement who was killed by Dominion Police near Cumberland as he fled from Conscription in 1918.
Part of MayWorks 2016.

 

 
 
 
Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Emergency Preparedness Workshop

May 11, 2016, 10 am - 12 pm

Location: Greater Victoria Public Library

Event: Are you prepared for an emergency?  Register for a free, two-hour workshop to learn what it will take for you and your family to be prepared for a power outage, winter storm, or a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami.  Depending on the emergency, your family needs to be prepared with enough food, water, medication, and supplies to cope up to seven days without outside assistance.

 
 
Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: Shelter
 
 
An Evening of Poetry with Maurice Mierau & Patrick Friesen
 
 
Monty Python's Spamalot
 
 
Live Music Thursday @ EARLS Victoria
 
2nd Annual Art Victoria Now Exhibition

2nd Annual Art Victoria Now Exhibition

May 13 - 23, 2016

Location: The Atrium, 800 Yates Street

Event: The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is pleased to host the 2nd Annual Art Victoria Now Exhibition.  It will be held in Victoria's Atrium Building.  This is a high-standard juried exhibition open to artists that reside in Victoria, Sooke, Sidney, and the Westshore.  

Opening reception May 13 in the early evening.

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Ghostly Walks

Ghostly Walks

January 1 - April 30, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm
May 1 - 31, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
June 1 - September 10, 2016: nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Location: Meet at Tourism Victoria Information Centre

 
 
Live, Local Music on the Rooftop
 
 
Monty Python's Spamalot
 
 
Melinda Whitaker
 
 
 
 
Junior Nature Sketch Program
 
 
Astronomy Day

Astronomy Day

May 14, 2016, 10 am - 4 pm

Location: Royal BC Museum

Event: The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Victoria chapter, will host Astronomy Day at the Royal BC Museum.  Join us and explore the mysteries of the universe.  Learn about the constellations through planetarium programs; solar telescope viewing to safely see the sun; hands-on activities and presentations.  Outdoor and indoor activities will be available.

 
 
Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day

A FREE event with food, live music, face painting, bouncy castles, games, crafts and more!

Please join us for an afternoon of family fun to celebrate BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s vibrant and passionate community of supporters from Vancouver Island - patient families, volunteers and all our supporters.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 11am to 3pm in Centennial Square

 
 
Tartan Parade

Tartan Parade

May 14, 2016, 11 am - 12 pm

Location: Centennial Square via Government Street to Legislature Lawns

Event: The annual Tartan Parade starts at Centennial Square at 11 am. It consists of pipebands, highland dancers, and heavy athletes and promotes the Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival the next weekend at Topaz Park.

It leaves Centennial Square and goes down Government Street to the Legislature Lawns where pipe bands will play, the highland fling will be danced and the caber will be tossed.

 
 
Etsy Island Makers Market
 
 
Canadian Pacific Lawnbowling Club Open House
 
 
Chinatown Walks
 
 
Ghostly Walks

Ghostly Walks

January 1 - April 30, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm
May 1 - 31, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
June 1 - September 10, 2016: nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Location: Meet at Tourism Victoria Information Centre

 
 
Live, Local Music on the Rooftop
 
 
Monty Python's Spamalot
 
 
Melinda Whitaker
 
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2nd Annual Art Victoria Now Exhibition

2nd Annual Art Victoria Now Exhibition

May 13 - 23, 2016

Location: The Atrium, 800 Yates Street

Event: The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is pleased to host the 2nd Annual Art Victoria Now Exhibition.  It will be held in Victoria's Atrium Building.  This is a high-standard juried exhibition open to artists that reside in Victoria, Sooke, Sidney, and the Westshore.  

Opening reception May 13 in the early evening.

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Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge

We’re inviting EVERYONE to celebrate and participate in the 5th annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge on Sunday, May 15th, 2016!

Join BC’s creative community for a day of making art outdoors, friendly competition, and over $27,000 in prizes at this free event.

This special event offers you a unique opportunity to make art with fellow artists outdoors, sharing the day with each other and passersby alike. Artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate.

 
 
6th Annual Uke Love In @ Market Square
 
 
An Artist of Rare Ability: The Life & Photographs of C.S. Bailey

An Artist of Rare Ability: The Life & Photographs of C.S. Bailey

May 15, 2016, 2 - 3:30 pm

Location: Royal BC Museum

Event: C.S. Bailey (1869-1896) was the first Vancouver photographer to specialize exclusively in landscape and marine photography. Every year between 1888 and 1892 he documented the city’s growth from different vantage points, making him the eyes of the city. He photographed most major commercial enterprise both inside and outside. Along with his competitors, Bailey also created iconic images along the Canadian Pacific Railway.

 
 
Ghostly Walks

Ghostly Walks

January 1 - April 30, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm
May 1 - 31, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
June 1 - September 10, 2016: nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Location: Meet at Tourism Victoria Information Centre

 
 
Monty Python's Spamalot
 
 
The Showdown - Ladies Night
 
 
 
Mid May Market Madness

Mid May Market Madness

Mid May Market Madness
Tuesday May 17th, 2016 10am – 3pm

Join us for Mid May Market Madness at Victoria Public Market!
~ 30 Vendors
~ Live Music by the talented Annie Nolan
~ Amazing products available at our Permanent Vendors
This is going to be a busy day at the Market, so come by and do some shopping, grab some lunch, and enjoy some live music!

 
 
Canadian Club of Victoria May Luncheon

Canadian Club of Victoria May Luncheon

May 17, 2016, 11:45 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Harbour Towers Hotel

Event: Canadian Club of Victoria Luncheon Speaker Series
“What Lies Beneath the Waves” - Join us to learn what scientists are discovering as they collect data from underwater observatories located along Vancouver Island’s outer coast, in the Salish Sea, and along our Arctic coast. The speaker is Bob Crosby of Ocean Networks Canada.

 
 
Behind the Scenes Tour: Butterflies and More
 
 
Behind the Scenes Tour: Museum Alchemy
 
 
Behind the Scenes Tour: Mammal Matters
 
 
Booksmack!

Booksmack!

May 18, 2016, 7 - 8:30 pm

Location: Royal BC Museum

Event: In celebration of International Museums Day, we invite you to get Booksmacked with Greater Victoria’s Public Library’s finest! Come out for an evening of great book and film recommendations at the Royal BC Museum. A team of five librarians will be joined by a a Royal BC Museum staff member to speed review as many books and films as they can. Bring your library card for a chance to sign out books.

 
 
The Rat Pack, Direct From Vegas

The Rat Pack, Direct From Vegas

May 18, 2016, 7:30 pm

Location: McPherson Playhouse

Event: The Rat Pack, Direct from Vegas!  Come and join Frank, Dean, and Sammy on 'their' first ever Canadian tour!  You may have seen the rest, but you've never seen the best tribute direct from the Vegas strip.  Relive the timeless songs, laughs, and gags as the trio, along with their lovely Vegas Showgirls, take you on a ride through the glitz, glamour, and timeless songs of the golden era of music.  In Frank's eternal battle cry ... "Let's start the action".

 
 
Munro's Books Presents: Guy Gaviel Kay in conversation with Shelagh Rogers

Munro's Books Presents: Guy Gaviel Kay in conversation with Shelagh Rogers

May 18, 2016, 7:30 pm

Location: Open Space Gallery

Event: The internationally bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars will discuss his latest novel with the host of CBC's The Next Chapter.  Children of Earth and Sky evokes a world inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe.  Against this tumultuous backdrop the lives of men and women unfold on the borderlands - where empires and faiths collide.  Tickets are $10, available through Munro Books.

 
 
Hope Nicholson Book Signing
 
 
Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

May 19 - 29, 2016, 7:30 pm
May 21, 22, 28, & 29, 2 pm

Location: The Vic Theatre

Event: From the team responsible for "Good Timber - Songs and Stories of the Western Logger": Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast reunites the team of Desprez and Stokes as lead creators collaborating with some of BC's finest actor/musicians.  Flotsam & Jetsam features original music and is presented against a backdrop of both archival and contemporary images of life in BC's coastal communities.

 
 
Hedley

Hedley

May 19, 2016, 7 pm

Location: Save On Foods Memorial Centre

Event: Hedley, with special guests Carly Rae Jepsen and Francesco Yates, as part of the Hello World Tour 2016.  Tickets: $35, $55, $75, available from the Save on Foods Memorial Centre box office, online at www.selectyourtickets.com, by phone at 250-220-7777.

 
 
Live Music Thursday @ EARLS Victoria
 
 
5th Annual Iris Luncheon Fundraiser for BCSS Victoria

5th Annual Iris Luncheon Fundraiser for BCSS Victoria

May 20, 2016, 11:30 am - 1 pm

Location: Union Club (805 Gordon Street)

Event: Investors Group proudly presents the 5th annual IRIS Luncheon Fundraiser in support of the BC Schizophrenia Society - Victoria branch!  The keynote speaker is Rob Reid of Running it Forward for Philanthropy, and the Lived Experience speaker is John Lamont..  Silent auction prizes include an original soapstone carving, art, jewelry, restaurant gift cards, and more.  Tickets cost $65 (with a $30 tax receipt) and it includes a buffet lunch.

 
 
Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

May 19 - 29, 2016, 7:30 pm
May 21, 22, 28, & 29, 2 pm

Location: The Vic Theatre

Event: From the team responsible for "Good Timber - Songs and Stories of the Western Logger": Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast reunites the team of Desprez and Stokes as lead creators collaborating with some of BC's finest actor/musicians.  Flotsam & Jetsam features original music and is presented against a backdrop of both archival and contemporary images of life in BC's coastal communities.

 
 
Cinderella: Ballet Victoria

Cinderella: Ballet Victoria

May 20, 2016, 7:30 pm
May 21, 2016, 2 pm

Location: Royal Theatre

Event: The performance that established Ballet Victoria's unique artistic voice in Canada is at last returning to the stage.  Brilliantly told with a fantastic flair and Prokofiev's spectacular score, this family treat with reimagined designs, costumes, and unique choreography will leave you enchanted.  

Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased through the Royal & McPherson box offices, online, or by calling 250-386-6121.

 
 
Ghostly Walks

Ghostly Walks

January 1 - April 30, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm
May 1 - 31, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
June 1 - September 10, 2016: nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Location: Meet at Tourism Victoria Information Centre

 
 
Live, Local Music on the Rooftop
 
 
Melinda Whitaker
 
 
Junior Nature Sketch Program
 
 
Chinatown Walks
 
 
Cheese & Meat Festival
 
 
Victoria Day Weekend Parade of Bands & Drum Off
 
 
Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

May 19 - 29, 2016, 7:30 pm
May 21, 22, 28, & 29, 2 pm

Location: The Vic Theatre

Event: From the team responsible for "Good Timber - Songs and Stories of the Western Logger": Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast reunites the team of Desprez and Stokes as lead creators collaborating with some of BC's finest actor/musicians.  Flotsam & Jetsam features original music and is presented against a backdrop of both archival and contemporary images of life in BC's coastal communities.

 
 
2016 Investors Group Stars on Ice Tour presented by Lindt
 
 
Cinderella: Ballet Victoria

Cinderella: Ballet Victoria

May 20, 2016, 7:30 pm
May 21, 2016, 2 pm

Location: Royal Theatre

Event: The performance that established Ballet Victoria's unique artistic voice in Canada is at last returning to the stage.  Brilliantly told with a fantastic flair and Prokofiev's spectacular score, this family treat with reimagined designs, costumes, and unique choreography will leave you enchanted.  

Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased through the Royal & McPherson box offices, online, or by calling 250-386-6121.

 
 
Ghostly Walks

Ghostly Walks

January 1 - April 30, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm
May 1 - 31, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
June 1 - September 10, 2016: nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Location: Meet at Tourism Victoria Information Centre

 
 
Live, Local Music on the Rooftop
 
 
Circus Incognitus

Circus Incognitus

May 21, 2016, 8 pm

Location: McPherson Playhouse

Event: This international hit is a truly delightful show for all ages.  Jamie Adkin's humble, silent everyman character wanders on stage with a flashlight, is surprised to find an audience, then works his circus magic with all manner of everyday objects - ladders, a chair, a rope, a fork, a refrigerator box, a sheet of paper.  

 
 
Melinda Whitaker
 
 
Clan Torchlight Ceremony

Clan Torchlight Ceremony

May 21, 2016, 8 - 9 pm

Location: Legislature Lawns

Event: The annual Clan Torchlight Ceremony will acknowledge those clans involved in the Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival at Topaz Park.

Starting at dusk, the Los Angeles Scots pipeband (best pipeband in USA) will perform. Then clan representatives will individually announce their clan and take a lit torch to collectively form a Scottish Saltire on the Lawns. The LA Scots pipeband will close the ceremony with another performance.  Free.

 
 
A Very Victoria Royal Afternoon Tea

A Very Victoria Royal Afternoon Tea

Did you know Queen Victoria only ate vegetables that were in season? Her daily breakfast menu included a soft boiled egg served in a gold-plated cup and she was a big fan of curry. Have you ever heard of Jam Pennies? These simple delights were Princess Margaret’s go to treat during her childhood. Did you know Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II absolutely loves chocolate cake? Her chef says she is very partial to chocolate, often selecting recipes for her meals that include the decadent ingredient.

 
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2nd Annual Art Victoria Now Exhibition

2nd Annual Art Victoria Now Exhibition

May 13 - 23, 2016

Location: The Atrium, 800 Yates Street

Event: The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is pleased to host the 2nd Annual Art Victoria Now Exhibition.  It will be held in Victoria's Atrium Building.  This is a high-standard juried exhibition open to artists that reside in Victoria, Sooke, Sidney, and the Westshore.  

Opening reception May 13 in the early evening.

 
 
Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

May 19 - 29, 2016, 7:30 pm
May 21, 22, 28, & 29, 2 pm

Location: The Vic Theatre

Event: From the team responsible for "Good Timber - Songs and Stories of the Western Logger": Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast reunites the team of Desprez and Stokes as lead creators collaborating with some of BC's finest actor/musicians.  Flotsam & Jetsam features original music and is presented against a backdrop of both archival and contemporary images of life in BC's coastal communities.

 
 
Illustrated Lecture by Brian A. Pollick
 
 
Tanika Charles

Tanika Charles

May 24, 2016, 8 - 11:55 pm

Location: The Copper Owl

Event: Garden City Grooves presents Tanika Charles, one of Canada's most talented soul singers, in concert Tuesday May 24 at The Copper Owl.  Tanika is touring in support of her full length debut, Soul Run, which will be officially released on May 10.  She will be joined on stage by her band, The Wonderfuls, and special guests Travel Light, for an incredible evening of soul music.  $12.

 
 
Toastmasters Open House Demonstration Meeting
 
 
CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap Documentary Screening with Ladies Learning Code

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap Documentary Screening with Ladies Learning Code

CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

Join us for a community screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap documentary. We'll serve snacks and drinks and there will be a chance to discuss the documentary after! Suggested donation is $12.

Takes place May 25, 2016, at 6:30 pm. Held at Fort Tectoria.

Sponsored by Redbrick.

 
 
Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

May 19 - 29, 2016, 7:30 pm
May 21, 22, 28, & 29, 2 pm

Location: The Vic Theatre

Event: From the team responsible for "Good Timber - Songs and Stories of the Western Logger": Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast reunites the team of Desprez and Stokes as lead creators collaborating with some of BC's finest actor/musicians.  Flotsam & Jetsam features original music and is presented against a backdrop of both archival and contemporary images of life in BC's coastal communities.

 
 
Fashion + Food: Ultimate Closet Purge with Tracey Drake
 
 
Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

May 19 - 29, 2016, 7:30 pm
May 21, 22, 28, & 29, 2 pm

Location: The Vic Theatre

Event: From the team responsible for "Good Timber - Songs and Stories of the Western Logger": Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast reunites the team of Desprez and Stokes as lead creators collaborating with some of BC's finest actor/musicians.  Flotsam & Jetsam features original music and is presented against a backdrop of both archival and contemporary images of life in BC's coastal communities.

 
 
Completely Creedence

Completely Creedence

May 26, 2016, 7:30 pm

Location: McPherson Playhouse

Event: Completely Creedence is a Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) tribute band that has sold out every show on Vancouver Island.  CCR - a popular rock band active in the 1960s and 70s - encompassed the roots rock and swamp rock genres.  CCR's hits include Proud MaryI Put A Spell On You, Suzie Q, and many others.

 
 
Book Launch: Mark Zuehlke

Book Launch: Mark Zuehlke

May 26, 2016, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Location: Russell Books

Event:  Join award-winning Victoria author Mark Zuehlke as he launches the new edition of Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons: British Remittance Men in the Canadian West (Harbour Publishing, $24.95). The talk and book signing will take place at Russell Books (734 Fort St, Victoria) on Thursday, May 26 at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm). Books will be available for sale.

 
 
Live Music Thursday @ EARLS Victoria
 
 
Swiftsure Market at the Inner Harbour
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Spot Prawn Festival at the Victoria Public Market

Spot Prawn Festival at the Victoria Public Market

May 22, 2016, 11 am - 5 pm

Location: Victoria Public Market

Event: It's all about the Prawns!  Victoria Public Market invites the community to Spot Prawn Festival 2016.  

The festival will feature Live Spot Prawns for purchase from Cowichan Bay Seafood, chef demonstrations and samples throughout the afternoon in the Community Kitchen, Fresh Prawns on menus of various vendors throughout the Market, local wine samples, live local musicians, kids' activities, and vendors offering handcrafted items.  Chef demos at 12, 1, and 2 pm.

 
 
Cooking Class: "Bone Builder Rice Bowl"

Cooking Class: "Bone Builder Rice Bowl"

May 22, 2016, 2 - 4 pm

Location: Victoria Public Market, Community Kitchen

Event: Looking for ways to build bone density? Look to the recipes in this class for great taste and nutrition. Chef Laura from The Good for You Gourmet serves up Asian Veggie & Aduki Bean Rice Bowl with perfectly cooked short grain brown rice in this gluten free class. Classes can be booked with Chef Laura directly to register: 250.514.1544.  Price - $35 + GST.

 
 
Dixieland & Swing with CanUS Jazz Band

Dixieland & Swing with CanUS Jazz Band

May 22, 2016, 3 - 6 pm

Location: Hermann's Jazz Club

Event: After appearances in jazz festivals all over North America and including the Kennedy Center in Washington,D.C. this is a band full of surprises. There is also a strong vocal component copied from such as the Mills Brothers & Boswell Sisters. They feature dixieland and swing favorites in a six piece band that will rock your socks.  $12.

 
 
Victoria Day Weekend Parade of Bands & Drum Off
 
 
Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

May 19 - 29, 2016, 7:30 pm
May 21, 22, 28, & 29, 2 pm

Location: The Vic Theatre

Event: From the team responsible for "Good Timber - Songs and Stories of the Western Logger": Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast reunites the team of Desprez and Stokes as lead creators collaborating with some of BC's finest actor/musicians.  Flotsam & Jetsam features original music and is presented against a backdrop of both archival and contemporary images of life in BC's coastal communities.

 
 
Ghostly Walks

Ghostly Walks

January 1 - April 30, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm
May 1 - 31, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
June 1 - September 10, 2016: nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Location: Meet at Tourism Victoria Information Centre

 
 
A Very Victoria Royal Afternoon Tea

A Very Victoria Royal Afternoon Tea

Did you know Queen Victoria only ate vegetables that were in season? Her daily breakfast menu included a soft boiled egg served in a gold-plated cup and she was a big fan of curry. Have you ever heard of Jam Pennies? These simple delights were Princess Margaret’s go to treat during her childhood. Did you know Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II absolutely loves chocolate cake? Her chef says she is very partial to chocolate, often selecting recipes for her meals that include the decadent ingredient.

 
 
Island Farms Victoria Day Parade 2016

Island Farms Victoria Day Parade 2016

May 23, 2016, 9 am - 12 pm

Location: Douglas Street

Event: Celebrate Victoria Day in British Columbia's capital city  at the 118th Island Farms Victoria Day Parade! This is Victoria's largest parade, attracting well over 100,000 people. It features Canadian and American marching bands, hundreds of floats, cultural shows and festive clowns. Led by the Canadian Forces, this annual event is free and fun for the whole family!

 
 
Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

May 19 - 29, 2016, 7:30 pm
May 21, 22, 28, & 29, 2 pm

Location: The Vic Theatre

Event: From the team responsible for "Good Timber - Songs and Stories of the Western Logger": Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast reunites the team of Desprez and Stokes as lead creators collaborating with some of BC's finest actor/musicians.  Flotsam & Jetsam features original music and is presented against a backdrop of both archival and contemporary images of life in BC's coastal communities.

 
 
Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

May 19 - 29, 2016, 7:30 pm
May 21, 22, 28, & 29, 2 pm

Location: The Vic Theatre

Event: From the team responsible for "Good Timber - Songs and Stories of the Western Logger": Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast reunites the team of Desprez and Stokes as lead creators collaborating with some of BC's finest actor/musicians.  Flotsam & Jetsam features original music and is presented against a backdrop of both archival and contemporary images of life in BC's coastal communities.

 
 
The Figure In Clay - Sculpture Show

The Figure In Clay - Sculpture Show

Join us for a weekend celebration of sculptural achievements! Discover the process of learning the classical art of figurative sculpture through student studies in anatomy, portraiture and the figure.

MAY 27 - 29
Dales Gallery in Chinatown
537 Fisgard St

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday night 7-9pm (wine and refreshments)
SHOW RUNS: Saturday 12-5pm / Sunday 12-4pm (ongoing sculpting demos by Melanie)

FREE and Open to the Public, so invite your friends and come support the local art scene.

 
 
Ghostly Walks

Ghostly Walks

January 1 - April 30, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm
May 1 - 31, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
June 1 - September 10, 2016: nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Location: Meet at Tourism Victoria Information Centre

 
 
Live, Local Music on the Rooftop
 
 
Melinda Whitaker
 
 
Junior Nature Sketch Program
 
 
Chinatown Walks
 
 
Special Olympics Victoria Presents The Great Gatsby Gala

Special Olympics Victoria Presents The Great Gatsby Gala

Calling all Fellas and Flappers! You're invited to a fabulous Great Gatsby Gala in support of the Special Olympics-Victoria! By attending you will be helping support our local Special Olympians! It is going to be a fantastic charity event with a gourmet buffet dinner, cocktails, live music, dancing, a photobooth, live/silent auctions, and many more surprises! All proceeds from the event go to the Victoria Special Olympics! It's a great party with a great cause! I hope to see you at the Gala! Takes place May 28 at 6 pm at the Hotel Marriott Inner Harbour.

 
 
Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast

May 19 - 29, 2016, 7:30 pm
May 21, 22, 28, & 29, 2 pm

Location: The Vic Theatre

Event: From the team responsible for "Good Timber - Songs and Stories of the Western Logger": Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast reunites the team of Desprez and Stokes as lead creators collaborating with some of BC's finest actor/musicians.  Flotsam & Jetsam features original music and is presented against a backdrop of both archival and contemporary images of life in BC's coastal communities.

 
 
The Figure In Clay - Sculpture Show

The Figure In Clay - Sculpture Show

Join us for a weekend celebration of sculptural achievements! Discover the process of learning the classical art of figurative sculpture through student studies in anatomy, portraiture and the figure.

MAY 27 - 29
Dales Gallery in Chinatown
537 Fisgard St

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday night 7-9pm (wine and refreshments)
SHOW RUNS: Saturday 12-5pm / Sunday 12-4pm (ongoing sculpting demos by Melanie)

FREE and Open to the Public, so invite your friends and come support the local art scene.

 
 
Ghostly Walks

Ghostly Walks

January 1 - April 30, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm
May 1 - 31, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
June 1 - September 10, 2016: nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Location: Meet at Tourism Victoria Information Centre

 
 
Live, Local Music on the Rooftop
 
 
Melinda Whitaker
 
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Swiftsure Market at the Inner Harbour
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Folk Show Sundays - May 29th

Folk Show Sundays - May 29th

Folk Show Sundays returns to the Victoria Event Centre May 29th for another amazing evening of music, drinks, prizes and good ol' fashion times. This ain't your average folk show so grab a friend and close your weekend off right with good folks

Doors @ 6pm / Show starts at 6:30

Lineup featuring:

Growling Bellows - Whimsy banjo, klezmer accordion and haunting harmonies
Check out one half the project here: https://eggthief.bandcamp.com/releases

 
 
the Victoria Magic Circle's 50th Anniversary Magic Spectacular!
 
 
The Figure In Clay - Sculpture Show

The Figure In Clay - Sculpture Show

Join us for a weekend celebration of sculptural achievements! Discover the process of learning the classical art of figurative sculpture through student studies in anatomy, portraiture and the figure.

MAY 27 - 29
Dales Gallery in Chinatown
537 Fisgard St

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday night 7-9pm (wine and refreshments)
SHOW RUNS: Saturday 12-5pm / Sunday 12-4pm (ongoing sculpting demos by Melanie)

FREE and Open to the Public, so invite your friends and come support the local art scene.

 
 
Ghostly Walks

Ghostly Walks

January 1 - April 30, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm
May 1 - 31, 2016: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
June 1 - September 10, 2016: nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Location: Meet at Tourism Victoria Information Centre

 
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Happening this Month

Passing Thru Life: Recent Work by Barry Herring - April 9, 2016 to May 5, 2016
Gallery Artists Exhibition - April 20, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Vertical Gallery - April 29, 2016 to May 24, 2016
New Works by Hashim Hannoon: Madrona Gallery - May 14, 2016 to May 28, 2016
Hanging Garden Show: West End Gallery - May 21, 2016 to June 16, 2016
Summer of Discovery Exhibit - May 26, 2016 to September 30, 2016

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