Louise Burns & Mise En Scene TONIGHT at Lucky Bar

Atomique Productions presents…

Friday, October 20
Lucky Bar, Victoria
Doors: 8:00PM

Advance tickets: $11.00 – Available online at TicketWeb.ca (bit.ly/LSBRNSVICTW) and in-store at Lyle’s Place.

Louise Burns Music – “Pharaoh” – youtube.com/watch?v=RFMiEObxkVg

Louise Burns is already a 20-year vet of the music industry and she’s barely 30 years old. She witnessed the heady last gasp of the majors in the late-’90s (Burns co-founded pop band Lillix at 11 and signed to Madonna’s Maverick Records at 15), and was front and centre for Canada’s indie renaissance. Now Burns is an in-demand collaborator (Gold & Youth), high-profile hired gun, an acclaimed solo musician (2011’s Mellow Drama, long listed for the Polaris Music Prize, and 2013’s Midnight Mass), and multi-instrumentalist whose celebrated songwriting is equal parts grit and gloss. She’s toured extensively, playing throughout Japan, China, Europe, and North America and is an engaged, dynamic artist, whose interests cannot be contained by hours in a day. Burns is also a freelance contributor and host on CBC’s Radio 3, and a journalist whose writing appears on CBC Music, the Talkhouse and Westender.

Her third album, titled Young Mopes, is out now. Co-produced by Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain) and Damian Taylor (Bjork, Braids, Austra), its songs have been featured in the New York Times, Stereogum and Consequence of Sound.


Mise en Scene – “Closer” – youtube.com/watch?v=YM3fSaAKprw

Mise en Scene are coiled and ready to leap. The Winnipeg rock outfit, comprised of Stefanie Blondal Johnson, Jodi Dunlop, and Corey Hykawy, are touring the world hot off the heels of their latest release, Still Life On Fire (Light Organ Records). The record is a burning holler, a vibrant statement on living in the present. In control of everything from their self-made music videos to their cool kid aesthetic, the artists are independent and resilient, wanting to be seen but more importantly, to be heard. The album follows 2012’s knockout hit Desire’s Despair (Pipe & Hat) and is produced by Montréal-based mastermind Mike Nash (who has worked with everyone from members of The Dears, Blue Rodeo and Ladies of the Canyon). The sound reflects on years spent honing their craft, touring Canada, the US and Europe, playing the prestigious Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, Spain, and amassing hordes of fans in France. From the first reverb buzz to the parting resonant silence, it’s a sun-soaked blur of forward motion, eternal chasing.

It’s your life on fire.

“One of the most compelling albums you’ll hear this year.” – CBC Music

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Ken Lavigne returns to the Royal Theatre in December

Highly acclaimed tenor Ken Lavigne returns to the Royal Theatre with his
Home For Christmas tour on D​ecember 5 at 7​:30​ PM.

Victoria’s hometown tenor, Ken Lavigne, is back on stage at the Royal Theatre. This time he’ll take the audience on a journey through favourite Christmas classics and sparkling holiday songs with conductor Pierre Simard and special guest vocalist Stephanie Greaves. Let the rich timbre of this award winning singer’s voice melt away the icy winter blast and envelope you with the warm promise of a cozy hometown Christmas.

Royal Theatre
D​ecember 5, 2017 | 7​:30​ PM
Discounted tickets starting at $34.25 (Adult), $30.85 (Senior), $21.50 (Student) TICKETS

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Victoria Fall 2017 Home Expo – this weekend

Victoria Fall 2017 Home Expo

The Fall Home Expo returns to Saanich this October. It’s your last chance of the year to see all the latest in home improvement in ONE LOCATION until the spring, so don’t miss out! Find all the inspiration you are looking for at this free admission, three-day event.


Friday, October 20 – 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, October 21 – 9:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday, October 22 – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Meet local industry professionals and talk to the experts you need for your home. They are eager to talk to you about the projects on your list, and want to help you get them done! The show offers something for everyone, from cosmetic changes suitable for all homes, to large-scale renovations and real estate professionals.

➥ See the show map and list of exhibitors here!

Join us at the Victoria Fall Home Expo the weekend of October 20-22 at Pearkes Community Centre, located at 3100 Tillium Road. FREE ADMISSION all weekend, plus your chance to win several great prizes, including dinner at Il Terrazzo Ristorante, located in the heart of downtown Victoria.

More info: http://www.homeshowtime.com/event/victoria-fall-2017-home-expo/

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Mini Pop Kids Live hit Victoria in February

K-Tel Records presents

Mini Pop Kids Live

Make it POP Concert


Your ticket to the BIGGEST concert dance party in VICTORIA has arrived. Don’t miss this high energy, interactive concert that will give every boy, girl, and anyone of any age the chance to party like a POPstar. MINI POP KIDS Live is a concert jam-packed with kid-friendly versions of today’s BIGGEST hits by pop stars like Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, and so much more. Get your ticket to a party where everyone is inspired to SING, DANCE and MAKE IT POP alongside the best selling children’s POP vocal group in Canada, The MINI POP KIDS.

*Tickets starting at $34.75

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Nana Mouskouri Forever Young Tour coming to Victoria

One of the best-selling music artists of all time, NANA MOUSKOURI returns to Canada with the Forever Young tour. May 3, 2018 Royal Theatre Victoria

This is a new journey for Mouskouri, going back to the beginnings through the waters of youth, devoting her inspiration to the artists she’s met along the road, people from other countries, who taught her to love words and notes.

From Bob Dylan to Leonard Cohen to Joni Mitchell, to name but a few, she will celebrate their influence on her ongoing and marvellous 60 year career, in advance of the 2018 release of her 134th album. No, we haven’t heard the last of Nana Mouskouri. She’s singing again and it’s   a dream going on.  Her dream and ours. A dream for the makers of words and notes she never stopped honouring and serving. For Dylan, whom she kisses again, so tenderly and infinitely, as she resumes her journey around the world — her Forever Young Tour…

*Tickets starting at $51.25 | On sale October 20 at 10am | Ticket limit of 8.

Live Nation Presale Oct 18 at 10am to Oct 19 at 10pm
Facebook Presale Oct 18 at 10am to Oct 19 at 10pm
RMTS Presale Oct 18 at 10am to Oct 19 at 10pm

Direct ticket link

Please note: Online ticket sales end one hour prior to the performance start time.  Tickets may be available from the box office.

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Women’s Music Collective Releases Debut EP, Six Years in the Making

Photo Credit: Brad Edwards Photography

The British Columbia-based Women’s music collective White Hot Jet was launched with auditions in mid-October of 2011. This week, a full six years later, the project is releasing its debut 5-song EP, titled YYJ. White Hot Jet is the flagship studio project of BC community record label Mighty Speck Records, and its mandate is to help launch the music careers of emerging young female artists and provide them with valuable recording and performing experience, as well as music industry knowledge and networking opportunities and skills.

Nine women contributed to this debut EP, led by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Jill Cooper (from Victoria) who performs on all five tracks and offers her skills as a vocalist, drummer, guitarist, and bassist. Vocalist Patricia Garner (from Victoria) also figures prominently, with vocals on four of five songs. The songs are arranged like pop rock duets, and Cooper and Garner trade vocals and harmonize on several tracks. Other performers on the debut release include Dominique Hallberg (from Qualicum) on guitar, Astrid Lyre (from Nanaimo) on guitar and bass, Caitlyn Norman (from Victoria) on keys, bass, and guitar, and vocals from four others: Herokah (from Vancouver), Sierra Kachan (from Victoria), Cati Landry (from Victoria), and Alexa Verstraten (from Victoria).

White Hot Jet is primarily a studio-based project, but it has had a live band incarnation in the past and will again in the future.

Songwriters on the EP include Jill Cooper, Alexa Verstraten, Herokah, Xanthe Westgate, and producer James Kasper. The EP was recorded and co-produced by Eric Hogg at Soma Sound in Victoria between 2014 and 2017. The process of song writing, development of the sound, and pre-production (not to mention some personnel changes) took place between 2011 and 2013.

“It’s been a long journey,” explains Kasper, who founded the project in October 2011, “but I couldn’t be happier with the way this EP has turned out. I’m very proud of all the work these talented women did on this recording.”

The album is available on iTunes/Apple Music here: http://tinyurl.com/yb6jgyrv

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Royal BC Museum: November Events

Memory, micro-organisms and marshes big themes at the Royal BC Museum this November

VICTORIA, BC–Brighten up your dreary November with special events and activities at the Royal BC Museum. Enhance your language skills by listening to stories told in local First Nations languages, pay your respects at Remembrance Day ceremonies, and embrace your competitive side with Museum Happy Hour pub quizzes and more.

Join Dr. Genevieve Hill for Live at Lunch: From Marshes to Mountains on Wednesday, November 1 at noon. Dr. Hill will talk about her partnership with the Cowichan Tribes field technicians and how they worked together to survey cultural sites in the Cowichan Valley. This event takes place in Newcombe Conference Hall; admission is by donation.

Our Wonder Sunday family program continues this month with a focus on micro-organisms. Use microscopes to get a close look at teeny tiny plankton and other micro-organisms and learn their important role in various ecosystems. This program takes place each Sunday in November from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Included with museum admission or membership.

Home Learners are invited to take part in Who Were They Anyway? Digging into Local History on Monday, November 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Learn about the social history of early Victoria through photographs, documents and artifacts from the museum and archives collections. This four-week workshop series is $75 per person (10 per cent discount for members).

Come listen and learn at Have We Got a Story to Tell– Stories from This Land and its People on Wednesday, November 8 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Local Indigenous storytellers are sharing stories in their original languages such as lək̓ʷəŋin̓əŋ (the language of the land of Greater Victoria), SENĆOŦEN (from the Saanich peninsula), Hul’q’umi’num’ (Cowichan area and some Gulf Islands) and more. Storytellers include Elmer Seniemten George, Tiffany Joseph and MENEŦIYE. Musical performance by Wesley Hardisty. Tickets are $12 per person (10 per cent discount for member).

Museum Happy Hour returns for its next instalment. Each Museum Happy Hour will have a different pub quiz theme: “Natural History” on Thursday November 9, “Archives” on November 16 and “Sound and Music” on November 23. The event is from 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm and costs $10 per person. This is a popular event that sells out quickly, so get your tickets early!

Our annual Remembrance Day presentations will take place on Saturday, November 11 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pmLest We Forget: Remembrance Commemorations include musicians, singers and storytellers. The event is included with museum admission or membership.

Experience the magic of Christmas in Old Town and get into the holiday spirit starting on November 16 (running until the end of December). Visit the wood-cobbled streets lined with festive garlands and see shops decked out in seasonal finery. Starting December 1 you will find Father Christmas in Old Town where he will be available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for photos (by donation). Christmas in Old Town is included with museum admission or membership.

On Saturday, November 25, we are hosting a City of Victoria initiative called Performance as Medicine, an Indigenous Performance Art Symposium. Participants will present and explore Indigenous philosophies and contemporary expressive forms. Registration is $40 and is required for the workshops (9:00 am to 3:00 pm); from 3:30 to 5:30 you are welcome to drop by for a free performance on the Legislative Assembly lawn and a panel discussion in the museum’s Clifford Carl Hall.

We have a don’t-miss special talk for photography enthusiasts who are excited about the upcoming Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (on exhibit at the Royal BC Museum from December 8, 2017 to April 2, 2018)! Wildlife Photographer John E. Marriott: Tall Tales, Long Lenses, presents Thursday, November 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $15 per person (10 per cent discount for members).

For more information about any of these events, visit our online calendar at royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/calendar.

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SIA to release Everyday Is Christmas on November 17

Photo Credit: RJ Shaughnessy


An Original Holiday Album with 10 Brand New Songs

(New York, NY) October 16, 2017 – Singer/songwriter/producer/hitmaker and 8x GRAMMY Award nominee Sia today announces that her first-ever holiday album, Everyday is Christmas, will be released on November 17, 2017 via Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic Records. The collection of original holiday songs was written by Sia and Greg Kurstin.

The album’s lead single, “Santa’s Coming For Us,” has several counterparts on the album including other festive songs like “Candy Cane Lane,” “Ho Ho Ho,” and “Puppies Are Forever” which are anchored by ballads “Underneath The Christmas Lights,” “Snowman,” and “Snowflake.”

Sia most recently wrapped up the North American leg of her headlining arena Nostalgic For The Present Tour which was proclaimed “creatively captivating” (Billboard), “magical performance art” (AXS), and “intensely personal.” The limited tour, Sia’s only live dates for 2017, will continue this winter in stadiums across Australia and New Zealand. For more information on her tour dates, visit siamusic.net/tour.

In addition to working on Everyday is Christmas, Sia is in the process of directing her first feature film, co-wrote and is featured on Zayn’s global Top 5 hit “Dusk Til Dawn,” and voices the character Songbird Serenade in My Little Pony: The Movie alongside actors Emily Blunt, Zoe Saldana, and Kristin Chenoweth.

Everyday is Christmas Tracklisting:

  1. Santa’s Coming For Us
  2. Candy Cane Lane
  3. Snowman
  4. Snowflake
  5. Ho Ho Ho
  6. Puppies Are Forever
  7. Sunshine
  8. Underneath The Mistletoe
  9. Everyday is Christmas
  10. Underneath The Christmas Lights

About Sia:

Sia released the Grammy-nominated This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/RCA Records) in 2016 to much critical acclaim and has cemented her role as one of today’s biggest stars and sought after live performers. She is currently the 10th most globally streamed artist on Spotify and has amassed over 5.3 billion plays on her YouTube channel. Her massive single “Cheap Thrills” was a multi-format global radio hit and was one of the longest running singles at Top 40 of 2016. Along with her own successes, Sia has also written global smashes for today’s biggest acts including Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and many more.

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LUCKY: Indie Film Series at Capitol 6 Event Screening

ONE NIGHT ONLY SCREENING ON 10/25! LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90 year old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having outlived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.

Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut LUCKY is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection. The Indie Film Series at Capitol 6 is a monthly film festival, Canadian or indie favorite along with special feature content when available.

Presented in the beautiful Capitol 6 with fully reclining, reserved leather seating! Past titles include DRONE, HELLO DESTROYER, THE SUN AT MIDNIGHT and PERSON TO PERSON, all of which screened at film festivals in 2016 and 2017.

The November selection will be revealed at the screening of LUCKY!

Tickets at the above link or visit www.capitol6.ca for more information!

For more information, contact: jason.rc.whyte@gmail.com

Capitol 6 – 805 Yates Street Victoria
Tickets: $12.50
Showtime: 7:00 PM

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18th Annual Japanese Cultural Fair

Tastes and traditions of Japan come alive at 18th Annual Japanese Cultural Fair FREE admission Greater Victoria residents have the chance to experience the best of Japanese food, entertainment and crafts in just one day at the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society’s 18th annual Japanese Cultural Fair Oct. 21 at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

“The 2017 fair is our chance to share our Omotenashi – Japanese hospitality that entertains guests wholeheartedly,” said VNCS President Tsugio Kurushima. “It’s a family-friendly fair with activities and events – and delicious food – for all ages.”

This year’s fair will again offer up a blend of new and old activities. Returning by popular demand are the sell-out bento box and sushi sales, the only-at-the-fair YYJ Dogs (hot dogs with special Japanese toppings), taiko drumming performances, and tea ceremony demonstration.

New activities this year include Haiku teaching table, a session on Japanese pop music, a look at Japanese classical theatre, and a Judo demonstration. Other cultural displays include a pottery session for youth, Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), Koto (Japanese zither) and Kyudo (Japanese archery). The full schedule available at VNCS.ca.

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