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Dine Around puts Victoria’s food and beverage industry in the spotlight

Dine Around puts Victoria’s food and beverage industry in the spotlight

Special menus, accommodation discounts available Jan. 25 through Feb. 10

Dine Around puts Victoria’s food and beverage industry in the spotlight
The French film Sink or Swim (Le grand bain), about a group of 40-something guys out to keep their mojo afloat by trying synchronized swimming, helps the Victoria Film Festival kick off its 25th edition on Feb. 1. Courtesy Victoria Film Festival

AND, ACTION! Victoria Film Festival launches 25th celebration of on-screen creativity

10-day festival brings together film lovers, filmmakers and the people who help make it happen

The French film Sink or Swim (Le grand bain), about a group of 40-something guys out to keep their mojo afloat by trying synchronized swimming, helps the Victoria Film Festival kick off its 25th edition on Feb. 1. Courtesy Victoria Film Festival
Juno Award-winner laying the Hammer down in Victoria

Juno Award-winner laying the Hammer down in Victoria

Jazz and boogie woogie pianist Michael Kaeshammer returns to where it all began

Juno Award-winner laying the Hammer down in Victoria
Rental rates for non-profit user groups at the Royal Theatre are rising signficantly. One of those, the Victoria Symphony, plans to move almost half its concerts to UVic as a result. Photo by Terrence Lam

Victoria Symphony, other Royal Theatre users hammered with huge rent increases

Symphony already planning to move half its concerts to UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium

Rental rates for non-profit user groups at the Royal Theatre are rising signficantly. One of those, the Victoria Symphony, plans to move almost half its concerts to UVic as a result. Photo by Terrence Lam
2018 Olympic bronze medallist pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are among a star-studded lineup of skaters coming to Victoria in May for the next Stars on Ice tour. Photo by Julie Larochelle Briere

Glittering, Olympic medal-winning lineup coming for Stars on Ice

Tickets go on sale this Friday for Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre show May 14

2018 Olympic bronze medallist pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are among a star-studded lineup of skaters coming to Victoria in May for the next Stars on Ice tour. Photo by Julie Larochelle Briere
Alan Doyle, front man for Great Big Sea and more recent solo artist, returns to Victoria in 2019 for a May 7 concert, and three other dates up-Island. Facebook

Alan Doyle returns to Vancouver Island for four shows in May

Great Big Sea front man gone solo brings ‘beautiful band’ to Victoria on May 7

Alan Doyle, front man for Great Big Sea and more recent solo artist, returns to Victoria in 2019 for a May 7 concert, and three other dates up-Island. Facebook
Why you still have hope of securing John Cleese tickets

Why you still have hope of securing John Cleese tickets

Tickets still available for veteran British funnyman’s 2019 show at Victoria’s Royal Theatre

Why you still have hope of securing John Cleese tickets
Reinventing Jann Arden a constant for this national treasure

Reinventing Jann Arden a constant for this national treasure

Calgary-based singer/author/caregiver/actor performing six times in Island tour

Reinventing Jann Arden a constant for this national treasure
Primary cast members from the Victoria Operatic Society production of Rent, gather for a group shot. The show runs at the McPherson Playhouse Nov. 23 to Dec. 2. Photo by Jesse Polito/courtesy VOS

Rent-heads unite: VOS tackles iconic rock musical

Subject matter of HIV, poverty, gentrification, tent city will resonate with Victoria audiences

Primary cast members from the Victoria Operatic Society production of Rent, gather for a group shot. The show runs at the McPherson Playhouse Nov. 23 to Dec. 2. Photo by Jesse Polito/courtesy VOS
Liane Moriarty, the Australian author of Big Little Lies, which inspired the HBO series of the same name now in its second season, will speak about her newest book at Bolen Books on Nov. 17. lianemoriarty.com/au

Author telling Big Little Lies in Victoria

Best-seller Liane Moriarty to talk about her latest book, Nine Perfect Strangers

Liane Moriarty, the Australian author of Big Little Lies, which inspired the HBO series of the same name now in its second season, will speak about her newest book at Bolen Books on Nov. 17. lianemoriarty.com/au
New organization to host Great Canadian Beer Festival starting in 2019

New organization to host Great Canadian Beer Festival starting in 2019

Longtime beer festival board pours their last pint, hands reins to Victoria Beer Week Society

New organization to host Great Canadian Beer Festival starting in 2019
Natalie MacMaster and husband Donnell Leahy perform together with their family and other talented musicians during A Celtic Family Christmas, Nov. 23 at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall. Photo contributed

Christmas is all about family for Canada’s fiddling clan

McMaster and Leahy bring their Celtic musical traditions to Victoria, Nanaimo and Duncan

Natalie MacMaster and husband Donnell Leahy perform together with their family and other talented musicians during A Celtic Family Christmas, Nov. 23 at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall. Photo contributed
Victoria HarbourCats’ pitcher Ethan Fox hurls one toward the plate during 2018 West Coast League baseball action game at Wilson’s Group Stadium. The Cats announced their 2019 season schedule today. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

HarbourCats nail down 2019 West Coast League baseball schedule

Another busy summer planned for Victoria’s collegiate level ballclub

Victoria HarbourCats’ pitcher Ethan Fox hurls one toward the plate during 2018 West Coast League baseball action game at Wilson’s Group Stadium. The Cats announced their 2019 season schedule today. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
National Geographic explorer and TV host Dr. Mireya Mayor photographed on trek in Africa. She’ll give a presentation at the Royal Theatre on Nov. 13 to open Victoria’s new National Geographic Live season.

Nat Geo Live explorer looks to inspire Royal Theatre audience

Mireya Mayor will share her experiences saving species from extinction

National Geographic explorer and TV host Dr. Mireya Mayor photographed on trek in Africa. She’ll give a presentation at the Royal Theatre on Nov. 13 to open Victoria’s new National Geographic Live season.
Accordionist Grayson Masefield, who has won some of the world’s most prestigious competitions, is among the featured performers during the World Accordion and Tango Festival in Victoria, Nov. 10-18. Photo contributed

Accordion blends with tango in multi-faceted festival

World Accordion and Tango Festival includes the first Trophée Mondiale competition held in Canada

Accordionist Grayson Masefield, who has won some of the world’s most prestigious competitions, is among the featured performers during the World Accordion and Tango Festival in Victoria, Nov. 10-18. Photo contributed
Victoria band Carmanah hit No. 1 on the CBC Music Top 20 adult-alternative list, with their song “Nightmare.” It was the second song off their new album Speak in Rhythms to hit No. 1, following “Roots.” carmanahband.ca.

Victoria’s Carmanah bumps Arkells out of top spot with latest release

“Nightmare” the second song from new album to hit No. 1 on CBC Music Top 20 list

Victoria band Carmanah hit No. 1 on the CBC Music Top 20 adult-alternative list, with their song “Nightmare.” It was the second song off their new album Speak in Rhythms to hit No. 1, following “Roots.” carmanahband.ca.
Arkells return to Victoria for a Feb. 3 concert at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, touring in support of their new album Rally Cry. Photo by Matt Barnes

Multiple Juno Award winning Arkells bringing new tunes to Victoria in 2019

Hamilton-based rock band proved hugely popular in city during Canada 150 celebrations

Arkells return to Victoria for a Feb. 3 concert at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, touring in support of their new album Rally Cry. Photo by Matt Barnes
Veteran novelist and playwright Bill Gaston won the 2018 Butler Book Prize for his collection of short stories, A Mariner’s Guide to Self Sabotage, at the annual Victoria Book Prizes awards gala Wednesday night at the Union Club in Victoria. Photo by Jen Steele Photography

Bill Gaston, Monique Gray Smith capture Victoria Book Prizes for 2018

Butler Book Prize and Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize winners collect $5,000 each

Veteran novelist and playwright Bill Gaston won the 2018 Butler Book Prize for his collection of short stories, A Mariner’s Guide to Self Sabotage, at the annual Victoria Book Prizes awards gala Wednesday night at the Union Club in Victoria. Photo by Jen Steele Photography
North Saanich-based Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards-winning singer songwriter Jessie Farrell is bringing The Gumboot Kids to town, with two shows scheduled for this Saturday at the McTavish Academy of Arts in North Saanich. Farrell stars in the hit CBC TV children’s series Jessie and The Gumboot Kids, and writes and performs the music. Photo by Anick Violette

Canada’s country music sweetheart brings The Gumboot Kids to town

Jessie Farrell to perform songs from her hit CBC TV series at McTavish Academy of Arts

North Saanich-based Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards-winning singer songwriter Jessie Farrell is bringing The Gumboot Kids to town, with two shows scheduled for this Saturday at the McTavish Academy of Arts in North Saanich. Farrell stars in the hit CBC TV children’s series Jessie and The Gumboot Kids, and writes and performs the music. Photo by Anick Violette
STAGE AND SONG: Spotlight on Victoria arts groups

STAGE AND SONG: Spotlight on Victoria arts groups

Learn about some of the city’s favourite theatre and musical entertainment options

STAGE AND SONG: Spotlight on Victoria arts groups