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BEHIND BARS: Creating a cocktail culture in Oak Bay

BEHIND BARS: Creating a cocktail culture in Oak Bay

Vis-à-Vis head bartender Josh Boudreau brings a wealth of experience to this wine-centric eatery

BEHIND BARS: Creating a cocktail culture in Oak Bay
Bachman/Cummings show part of a rockin’ summer in Victoria

Bachman/Cummings show part of a rockin’ summer in Victoria

Fans of classic rock can experience reunion concert July 6 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Bachman/Cummings show part of a rockin’ summer in Victoria
Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to Victoria for a moderated conversation event hosted March 31 by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Michelle Obama: In Conversation in Victoria, March 31

Former First Lady hosted by Victoria Chamber for moderated event at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to Victoria for a moderated conversation event hosted March 31 by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
Legendary Canadian songwriter and performer Gordon Lightfoot brings his music to the Island in October, with shows at the Royal Theatre in Victoria and Port Theatre in Nanaimo. gordonlightfoot.com

Gordon Lightfoot still on the road at 81

Tickets for Island shows in Victoria and Nanaimo, selling well already

Legendary Canadian songwriter and performer Gordon Lightfoot brings his music to the Island in October, with shows at the Royal Theatre in Victoria and Port Theatre in Nanaimo. gordonlightfoot.com
Vic High alumni and coach of the Vic High Slam Poetry team, Neko Smart, is Victoria’s new Youth Poet Laureate. She is passionate about the power of poetry as a way for youth to tell their stories. Photo courtesy City of Victoria

Vic High alumni named Victoria’s new Youth Poet Laureate

Neko Smart, the founder and coach of the Vic High slam poetry team, will serve a one-year term

Vic High alumni and coach of the Vic High Slam Poetry team, Neko Smart, is Victoria’s new Youth Poet Laureate. She is passionate about the power of poetry as a way for youth to tell their stories. Photo courtesy City of Victoria
The Best of Bond, courtesy of the Victoria Symphony

The Best of Bond, courtesy of the Victoria Symphony

VS Pops Series continues with Shaken, Not Stirred, featuring music from legendary spy films

The Best of Bond, courtesy of the Victoria Symphony
Famed jazz/pop trumpeter Herb Alpert, vocalist Lani Hall, touch down in Victoria

Famed jazz/pop trumpeter Herb Alpert, vocalist Lani Hall, touch down in Victoria

Husband/wife duo join band for April 6 show at the Royal Theatre, tickets on sale now

Famed jazz/pop trumpeter Herb Alpert, vocalist Lani Hall, touch down in Victoria
The Canadian Brass will perform with the Victoria Symphony at the Farquhar Auditorium on Dec. 21. (Photo submitted)

Bold and brassy quintet touches down at UVic

Internationally recognized Canadian Brass performing with Victoria Symphony on Dec. 21

The Canadian Brass will perform with the Victoria Symphony at the Farquhar Auditorium on Dec. 21. (Photo submitted)
Bobby Dazzler rocks the Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s David Foster Foundation Theatre this New Year’s Eve. Facebook

Have your New Year’s Eve set? Try out these musical gala options

Greater Victoria venues featuring local bands to ring in 2020

Bobby Dazzler rocks the Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s David Foster Foundation Theatre this New Year’s Eve. Facebook
REVIEW: Theatre Inconnu’s Crumble boosted by excellent performances

REVIEW: Theatre Inconnu’s Crumble boosted by excellent performances

Sheila Callaghan’s tale of sadness and despair portrayed in interesting ways on stage

REVIEW: Theatre Inconnu’s Crumble boosted by excellent performances
Adrian Chalifour returns home to play the Capital Ballroom this Saturday (Nov. 30) on his album release tour for his new album, Joy. Photo courtesy adrianchalifour.com

Chalifour bringing Joy to Victoria this weekend

Adrian Chalifour plays a full band show to launch his new album at the Capital Ballroom Nov. 30

Adrian Chalifour returns home to play the Capital Ballroom this Saturday (Nov. 30) on his album release tour for his new album, Joy. Photo courtesy adrianchalifour.com
Greater Victoria’s truck light convoy an annual jumpstart to Christmas

Greater Victoria’s truck light convoy an annual jumpstart to Christmas

Lit-up commercial vehicles, food drive, part of huge community event

Greater Victoria’s truck light convoy an annual jumpstart to Christmas
Ria Mae is headlining the Stars tour in promotion of her new album of the same name. She performs Nov. 15 at the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria. Photo by Lindsay Duncan

Ria Mae riding wave of success into Victoria stop on the Stars Tour

Material from singer-songwriter’s new EP, Stars, to feature prominently in Nov. 15 show at The Mac

Ria Mae is headlining the Stars tour in promotion of her new album of the same name. She performs Nov. 15 at the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria. Photo by Lindsay Duncan
Twisted ‘Rope’ unravelling on stage in Victoria

Twisted ‘Rope’ unravelling on stage in Victoria

Rope, by Patrick Hamilton, was also made into a Hitchcock film in 1948

Twisted ‘Rope’ unravelling on stage in Victoria
Argentine tango pianist Mariano Barreiro, left, and bandoneonist Charles Gorczynski are world-class musicians who combine to take tango music to the next level. Photo courtesy World Accordion and Tango Festival

Victoria tango, accordion fans can choose from international smorgasbord

World Accordion and Tango Festival offers international music and dance flavours Nov. 7-11

Argentine tango pianist Mariano Barreiro, left, and bandoneonist Charles Gorczynski are world-class musicians who combine to take tango music to the next level. Photo courtesy World Accordion and Tango Festival
Bar manager Jayce Kadyschuk at Clive’s Classic Lounge in the Chateau Victoria Hotel has a perfect way to help customers remember what cocktail they had last time, or listing their current “off-the-cuff” request: a handy back-of-coaster list for ingredients. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine

BEHIND BARS: Cocktails from fresh and approachable to spirit forward

Atmosphere and a wide range of cocktails – including your own – at Clive’s in the Chateau Victoria

Bar manager Jayce Kadyschuk at Clive’s Classic Lounge in the Chateau Victoria Hotel has a perfect way to help customers remember what cocktail they had last time, or listing their current “off-the-cuff” request: a handy back-of-coaster list for ingredients. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine
Members of the class of 2019 of the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame pose on the balcony of the penthouse site of the Westin Bear Mountain Resort, with their newly gifted commemorative scarves. Inductees are (back row, left) Wynn Gmitroski, Rob Short, Ryan Cochrane, Mike Piechnik, Alex Robertson, (front row, left), Roger Boothroyd (representing builder inductee Victoria Motorcyle Club), John McRoberts, Stacie Louttit and Susan Morriss. Don Descoteau/Black Press

Victoria Sports Hall of Famer newcomers feted at Bear Mountain

Class of 2019 installed: Olympians, Paralympians, national level athletes and coaches included

Members of the class of 2019 of the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame pose on the balcony of the penthouse site of the Westin Bear Mountain Resort, with their newly gifted commemorative scarves. Inductees are (back row, left) Wynn Gmitroski, Rob Short, Ryan Cochrane, Mike Piechnik, Alex Robertson, (front row, left), Roger Boothroyd (representing builder inductee Victoria Motorcyle Club), John McRoberts, Stacie Louttit and Susan Morriss. Don Descoteau/Black Press
Victoria Arts Council executive director Kegan McFadden invites experienced and novice poets alike to enter the first-ever Monday Magazine Poetry Contest, presented and administered by the VAC. The deadline is Nov. 30 and entries are being accepted now in five distinct categories. Photo by Cory Aronec

Calling all poets; Monday and the Victoria Arts Council seek your finest verse

Inaugural poetry contest offers prizes and publication for winners, entry deadline Nov. 30

Victoria Arts Council executive director Kegan McFadden invites experienced and novice poets alike to enter the first-ever Monday Magazine Poetry Contest, presented and administered by the VAC. The deadline is Nov. 30 and entries are being accepted now in five distinct categories. Photo by Cory Aronec
Matt Mays comes to Victoria Oct. 22 as part of his nationwide Howl at the Night tour. Video still/CBCMusic.ca

Matt Mays ready to howl into the Victoria night

Veteran Juno-winning rocker combines upbeat and mellower material for Oct. 22 show

Matt Mays comes to Victoria Oct. 22 as part of his nationwide Howl at the Night tour. Video still/CBCMusic.ca
Puccini trio kicks off celebration of 40 years of opera in Victoria

Puccini trio kicks off celebration of 40 years of opera in Victoria

Pacific Opera Victoria mounts massive five-show production of Il Trittico, starting Oct. 17

Puccini trio kicks off celebration of 40 years of opera in Victoria