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Musical performances are one of many ways to be entertained at the Filberg Festival in Comox, happening this year Aug. 2-5. Courtesy Filberg Festival

Yes Virginia, there is entertainment north of the Malahat

From Nanaimo Fringe to the Filberg Festival, up-Island offers several summer entertainment options

Musical performances are one of many ways to be entertained at the Filberg Festival in Comox, happening this year Aug. 2-5. Courtesy Filberg Festival
Iconic Victoria rock music archivist ready to pass the torch

Iconic Victoria rock music archivist ready to pass the torch

Royal City Music Project co-founder Glenn Parfitt wants valuable cultural material preserved

Iconic Victoria rock music archivist ready to pass the torch
Artist Mary Ploegsma stands with portraits she painted of her sons. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Esquimalt artist captures culinary personalities with body art

Mary Ploegsma’s unique chef/tattoo portrait series on display this month in Chinatown café

Artist Mary Ploegsma stands with portraits she painted of her sons. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
WATCH: Maya mixes the ancient with the contemporary at the RBCM

WATCH: Maya mixes the ancient with the contemporary at the RBCM

New ‘world-leading’ exhibit offers many pieces not seen before by the public

WATCH: Maya mixes the ancient with the contemporary at the RBCM
You’ll want to Rush right out and grab a copy of this book

You’ll want to Rush right out and grab a copy of this book

Bassist and band co-founder Geddy Lee in spotlight during May 22 book signing at Bolen’s

You’ll want to Rush right out and grab a copy of this book
The Philosopher Kings and guests play Distrikt Nightclub Tuesday night (May 7) starting at 7 p.m. philosopherkings.com

The Philosopher Kings make their return to Island stage

Showtime in Victoria is 7 p.m. May 7 at Distrikt Nightclub, with guests

The Philosopher Kings and guests play Distrikt Nightclub Tuesday night (May 7) starting at 7 p.m. philosopherkings.com
Versatile Canadian blues/jazz singer Coco Love Alcorn joins the mix for the Friday night gala concert May 31 at the Mary Winspear Centre during the Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival. Photo contributed

First-time festival full of fiddling, folk talent

Sidney opens up its doors in late May for the inaugural Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival

Versatile Canadian blues/jazz singer Coco Love Alcorn joins the mix for the Friday night gala concert May 31 at the Mary Winspear Centre during the Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival. Photo contributed
Iconic Victoria theatres facing challenges

Iconic Victoria theatres facing challenges

‘Dark days,’ discount rates, weekend priorities make scheduling challenging at Royal and McPherson

Iconic Victoria theatres facing challenges
Crooner classics past and present in spotlight, courtesy of Ken Lavigne

Crooner classics past and present in spotlight, courtesy of Ken Lavigne

Vancouver Island tenor prepares for upcoming concert tour of Let Me Be Frank!

Crooner classics past and present in spotlight, courtesy of Ken Lavigne
Elegant waterfront gala to launch new Ballet Victoria season

Elegant waterfront gala to launch new Ballet Victoria season

Tickets still available for Spring Soiree on April 26: meet the dancers, bid on great auction items

Elegant waterfront gala to launch new Ballet Victoria season
Full lineup in place for 2019 JazzFest; ticket sales launch Friday

Full lineup in place for 2019 JazzFest; ticket sales launch Friday

Excitement builds for this year’s 36th annual TD Victoria International Jazz Festival

Full lineup in place for 2019 JazzFest; ticket sales launch Friday
Still making a good impression: Andre-Philippe Gagnon and his cast of thousands take over Sidney

Still making a good impression: Andre-Philippe Gagnon and his cast of thousands take over Sidney

French-Canadian vocal impressionist first hit it big mimicking every singer from ‘We Are the World’

Still making a good impression: Andre-Philippe Gagnon and his cast of thousands take over Sidney
Hear all Four Seasons in one this spring with Jersey Boys at Victoria’s Royal Theatre

Hear all Four Seasons in one this spring with Jersey Boys at Victoria’s Royal Theatre

Tickets go on sale Friday for hit Broadway musical, playing May 28 to June 2

Hear all Four Seasons in one this spring with Jersey Boys at Victoria’s Royal Theatre
Canadian comic Gerry Dee brings his 20 Years of Standup tour to Victoria’s Royal Theatre on April 4. Courtesy Touchwood PR

Gerry Dee shifts focus from TV back to his live comedy show

CBC’s Mr. D celebrates 20 Years of Standup in Victoria on April 4 as part of cross-Canada tour

Canadian comic Gerry Dee brings his 20 Years of Standup tour to Victoria’s Royal Theatre on April 4. Courtesy Touchwood PR
Rick Mercer brings his Canadian rant to Vancover Island in April

Rick Mercer brings his Canadian rant to Vancover Island in April

Beloved TV comic will touch on everything Canada: past, present and future in Winspear Centre talk

Rick Mercer brings his Canadian rant to Vancover Island in April
Lead bartender Ryan Broekhuizen, flanked by cook Brad Eades, left, and bartender Soren Schepkowski, keeps things fresh behind the bar at Clarke & Co. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine

BEHIND BARS: Creating concoctions on a little corner of Victoria’s downtown

Cocktail whiz Ryan Broekhuizen and the bar team at tiny Clarke & Co. great multi-taskers

Lead bartender Ryan Broekhuizen, flanked by cook Brad Eades, left, and bartender Soren Schepkowski, keeps things fresh behind the bar at Clarke & Co. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine
Sweet Judy blue eyes bringing her trademark sound to Victoria

Sweet Judy blue eyes bringing her trademark sound to Victoria

Iconic folkie Judy Collins still going strong in her sixth decade of recording, touring

Sweet Judy blue eyes bringing her trademark sound to Victoria
Still making a good impression: Andre-Philippe Gagnon and his cast of thousands take over Sidney

Still making a good impression: Andre-Philippe Gagnon and his cast of thousands take over Sidney

French-Canadian vocal impressionist first hit it big mimicking every singer from ‘We Are the World’

Still making a good impression: Andre-Philippe Gagnon and his cast of thousands take over Sidney
The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit opens this Friday (Feb. 15) at the Royal B.C. Museum. Courtesy RBCM

Wild about nature photos: Royal B.C. Museum set to kick off annual exhibition

Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition winners, finalists’ works on display starting Friday

The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit opens this Friday (Feb. 15) at the Royal B.C. Museum. Courtesy RBCM
Arkells take over the Save-On-Foods Memorial Complex on Feb. 3, playing material from their latest album Rally Cry and other fan favourites. The band last appeared in Victoria for the Canada 150 festivities. Photo by Matt Barnes

Arkells rallying around their fans

Canada’s biggest band (for now) looks to outdo their last show in Victoria

Arkells take over the Save-On-Foods Memorial Complex on Feb. 3, playing material from their latest album Rally Cry and other fan favourites. The band last appeared in Victoria for the Canada 150 festivities. Photo by Matt Barnes