Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival

Paper Street Theatre Improv FestivalPaper Street Theatre Improv Festival Showcasing Improv From Around The World

VICTORIA – Paper Street Theatre is known for innovative improvisation, and this year’s festival fills the stage with world-class performances from Seattle, Vancouver, Sweden and Finland.

“I think when people think about improv, they think about comedy. My mission has always been to get people to think beyond that,” said director Dave Morris. “This festival brings some of the most experimental improv in the world to Victoria. People are really going to see improv that feels like theatre.”

With two performances a night for five nights the festival is packed with creativity. Audiences can enjoy shows from 4and20 Improv from Seattle, GBG Impro from Sweden, Kaisa Kokko from Finland as well as Paper Street’s award-winning improv and performances from the Festival Ensemble. Plus, Paper Street’s famous Late Night Mash-Up shows!

Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival 

April 24-28 | Festival Pass $50

Intrepid Theatre, 1609 Blanshard

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Paper Street Theatre creates improvisation that feels like theatre. With seven seasons under its belt this award-winning company has tackled genres and styles from Lovecraft to Jane Austen to Quentin Tarantino and has toured across Canada and Europe.

Additional Headliners Announced Victoria Jazzfest

Victoria JazzfestG O G O P E N G U I N
p l u s Gwyneth Herbert

McPherson Playhouse | Saturday, June 23 – 7:30pm | $42.50 & $32.50 (plus service charges)

Victoria Jazzfest: Their music is described as acoustic-electronica and is noted for its hypnotic melodies, visceral bass-lines and tidal rhythms. Manchester, UK-based piano trio GoGo Penguin is pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner. The band’s music features break-beats, minimalist piano melodies, powerful basslines, drums inspired from electronica and anthemic riffs. Their latest album on Blue Note A Humdrum Star, was released in February 2018. Britain’s Gwyneth Herbert is a sophisticated jazz-ballad artist and has released six albums. “She has a voice that can effortlessly render any emotion with commanding ease.”

Don’t miss this unique twin bill engagement

Victoria JazzfestM O R G A N J A M E S & J A M I S O N R O S S

McPherson Playhouse | Monday, June 25 – 7:30pm | $52.50 & $42.50 (plus service charges)

Victoria Jazzfest: A veteran performer with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, vocalist Morgan James is a phenomenal talent with a genuine feel for soul music and songwriting. Reckless Abandon, her recent recording of all-original material, proved to be a hit with critics and the public. The charismatic James shows a mature sense of balance on stage that makes an evening with her a memorable delight.

Praised for having “the intuitive musicality of Stevie Wonder”, New Orleans’ Jamison Ross was destined to make his mark on jazz from behind a drum kit. Ross’s debut album, Jamison, showcased his percussive and singing skills in gospel and R&B-inflected jazz compositions that earned a 2015 Grammy nod. His January 2018 Concord release All for One continues to showcase his highly resonant and soulful vocals. Ross is a fresh, dazzling talent.

Victoria JazzfestMACY GRAY

Royal Theatre | Wednesday, June 27 – 7:30pm | $68.50 & $53.50 (plus service charges)

Victoria Jazzfest: Macy Gray’s voice has drawn comparisons with Billy Holiday, Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, to name a few. “I Try,” remains one of her best-known songs, from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is, winning her a Grammy in 2001. Her latest album Stripped was recorded with notable jazz musicians including Russell Malone, Wallace Rodney and Ari Hoenig. Jazz is how she got her start and is what Gray does in this collection of reimagined songs from her catalog. From jazz to pop and R&B, to jazz again, Macy Gray continues to divulge her musical prowess with a unique, smoky voice that is unforgettable to the last note. “Macy Gray is back and better than ever” – Vogue Magazine


McPherson Playhouse | Friday, June 29 – 7:30pm | $55.50 & $45.50 (plus service charges)

14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is to the Dobro (resonator guitar) what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar by reinventing the instrument in countless ways. This forward-thinking artist incorporates elements of bluegrass, jazz, blues, rock and Celtic into his musical vision. He is best known as a key member of Alison Krauss and Union Station since 1988. Douglas’ distinctive sound graces 1500+ albums, including discs released by Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Ray Charles. He recently received a Grammy Nomination for “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.” A true pioneer in American Music.

See the previously released list of headliners HERE

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Rite of Spring – Brel Songs – La Folia

 Rite of Spring - Brel Songs - La Folia
Rite of Spring - Brel Songs - La Folia

Director’s Choice: Rite of Spring – Brel Songs – La Folia,

Ballet Victoria presents Director’s Choice: Rite of Spring – Brel Songs – La Folia, will be performing at the Royal Theatre, M​arch 6 & 7 at 7​:30​ PM.

A premiere by Canadian choreographer Peter Quanz with “1490” to the Spanish music of “la Folia”. Bodies in motion like you have never seen before.

Check out more great upcoming performances with the Royal & McPherson Theatre Society

Destrooper’s “Belgian Songs” to the timeless songs of Jacques Brel explore facets of life, friendships, laughter, love, longing, and loss.

Destrooper’s Rite of Spring is a visceral and powerful interpretation of Stravinsky’s score that will elate your soul.

Rite of Spring – Brel Songs – La Folia
Royal Theatre
M​arch 6 & 7, 2018 | 7​:30​ PM
Tickets starting at $30.00*

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2018 SPARK Festival

2018 SPARK Festival

The 2018 SPARK opens March 8 with True Crime by Torquil Campbell (from Stars)

Spark FesitvalWednesday, February 14, 2018 — Victoria, BC…From March 8 to 25, 2018, the Belfry Theatre will present its annual SPARK Festival, highlighting some of the best new theatre in Canada. One of the ambitions of the SPARK Festival is to play with the notion of what theatre is, what it could be, and how it’s changing.

Highlights of this year’s festival include True Crime (performed by Campbell with live music by Julian Brown), the return of Daniel MacIvor with his piece, Who Killed Spalding Gray?, and Inuit actor and storyteller, Tiffany Ayalik in Café Daughter (based on the true story of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck).

Iconic musician and provocateur Torquil Campbell was inspired by real life con-man Clark Rockefeller. Rockefeller, now serving a life sentence in California, duped hundreds into believing he was the scion of the wealthy clan, with cataclysmic consequences. Check out Vanity Fair’s The Man in the Rockefeller Suit for the full story.Torquil’s dogged investigation and impersonation challenges us to find the truth in True Crimeand confront our cultural addiction to a good story.

On March 12, at an undisclosed location, we invite the audience to be a part of an exhilarating choral adventure. Why We Are Here!, created by Brian Quirt and Martin Julien, is a unique and stand-alone experience that invites audience members to become a choir and sing in a site that they would not normally be able to sing in.

Why We Are Here! was a tremendous success at last year’s festival.

Daniel MacIvor has been called Canada’s Spalding Gray, so it’s especially intriguing to see one monologist take on another in Who Killed Spalding Gray? (March 13 – 17). Daniel has always pushed and reshaped the boundaries of a good story and to see him perform is a real treat.

Currently on tour in the UK, Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken will be performing their incredible show, Mouthpiece, at SPARK from March 13 – 17. Please note – advance sales for Mouthpiece are very strong and we expect the show to sell out prior to opening.

“…we were speechless. Mouthpiece touches on every part of the female experience from birth to death using dance, music, and wicked humour with just a bathtub for scenery. It’s impossible to describe and truly unforgettable.” Jodie Foster & Alexandra Hedison

On Sunday, March 18 we’ll host the New Play Cabaret featuring new work from UVic’s Creative Writing Department, read by UVic Theatre students.

Intrepid Theatre’s Sean Guist will direct a reading of Jordan Tannahill’s Sunday in Sodom on Monday, March 19. Both readings are free events.

In the third week of SPARK, high school students from the Belfry’s education outreach program, Belfry 101, will begin rehearsals with Dave Morris (Paper Street Theatre) and Erin Macklem, the Belfry’s Artistic Associate and Outreach Coordinator.

Canadian Inuit actor and storyteller, Tiffany Ayalik will arrive to perform Café Daughter (March 20 – 24), written by Kenneth T. Williams (adapted from his book). Based on the true story of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck. Café Daughter is the powerful, funny and touching tale of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage.

That week (March 20 – 24) Calgary’s Ghost River Theatre offers up an unforgettable immersive audio experience created for a blindfolded audience.

That’s right – everyone in the audience will be given their own set of headphones and blindfolded to experience Tomorrow’s Child, adapted from Ray Bradbury’s short story by Eric Rose, Matthew Waddell and David van Belle. Like Mouthpiece, Tomorrow’s Child is almost sold out.

SPARK will close on March 25 with Belfry 101 Live – a show created by the students of Belfry 101 in response to the performances they’ve seen at the Belfry over the past seven months. Their remarkable take on the themes and stories they’ve witnessed is always eye-opening.

Scattered throughout SPARK will be a host of free events, including concerts, an all-ages dance party (Hootenanny on March 11), and the perennially popular mini plays – 10-minute plays performed throughout the building.

Torquil Campbell (Creator /performer of True Crime) and Lisa C. Ravensbergen (director of Café Daughter) will host professional development workshops on March 10 and March 24 respectively.

Tickets for SPARK are on sale now. For further information check out – our satellite site for the festival.

SPARK Sponsors
The 2018 SPARK Festival is generously supported by The Zone @91.3100.3 the QCaffe FantasticoCV TV (Culture Vulture TV) and the Government of Canada.

Season Sponsors
The Belfry is generously supported by The Times Colonist and Helijet.

Public Funders
The Belfry is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts Development and the City of Victoria.


Ticket Information
Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at Prices are subject to change.

Ticket Discounts
High School Students – 50%
University / College / Post Secondary Students – 15%
Seniors – 15%
Members of the Military – 25%


SPARK Festival Schedule (March 8 – 25)

Thurs, March 087:30 pmTrue Crime
Fri, March 098:00 pmTrue Crime
Sat, March 10Call UsPD Workshop – Torquil Campbell
8:00 pmTrue Crime
Sun, March 114:00 pmHootenanny
Mon, March 127:00 pmWhy We Are Here!
Tues, March 137:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (P)
7:30 pmMouthpiece (P)
Wed, March 147:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (O)
7:30 pmMouthpiece (O)
Thurs, March 157:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray?
7:30 pmMouthpiece
Fri, March 167:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray?
8:00 pmMouthpiece
Sat, March 177:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (C)
8:00 pmMouthpiece (C)
Sun, March 187:00 pmNew Play Cabaret
Mon, March 197:30 pmSunday in Sodom by Jordan Tannahill
Tues, March 207:30 pmCafé Daughter (P)
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child (P)
Wed, March 217:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmCafé Daughter (O)
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child (O)
Thurs, March 227:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmCafé Daughter
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child
Fri, March 237:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmCafé Daughter
8:00 pmTomorrow’s Child
Sat, March 24Call UsPD Workshop – Lisa C. Ravensbergen
7:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmCafé Daughter (C)
8:00 pmTomorrow’s Child (C)
Sun, March 257:30 pmBelfry 101 Live!

24th Victoria Film Festival WINNING FILMS

After 10 days of abuzz crowds flowing into 7 of Victoria’s best cinemas, the 2018 Victoria Film Festival has rolled up its beloved pink carpet for another year.

Victoria Film FestivalThe Festival kicked off at the Victoria Conference Centre with the premiere of the film Waterboys directed by Robert Jan Westdijk, who was in attendance. After the screening 300 guests were led by bagpipe to the Bay Centre to celebrate at the festival’s Opening Gala Party. Fog, a herd of handcrafted sheep and live music, provided by a Ceilidh Band transformed the Bay Centre into the Highlands of Scotland. Patrons enjoyed mini golf, whiskey tasting, and even a had a rare sighting of the mysterious Loch Ness monster.

This year’s Festival showcased over 100 films from almost 30 countries. The festival saw over 24,000 attendees, with over 40 film sellouts and hosted 70 special guests.  A highlight film was the only North American premiere Pickups. Directed by Jamie Thraves, it was co-written and starred Game of Thrones actor Aiden Gillen. Both Thraves and Gillen attended their screenings and interacted with excited fans and answered audience questions.

At the closing ceremonies, held at 10 Acres Commons on Sunday, the VFF announced award winners and recognized the outstanding films and filmmakers featured at the 24th edition of the festival. Among the awards was the prestigious Cineplex Entertainment Audience Favourite Award. It is selected by festival attendees alone and was taken home this year by the moving drama Indian Horse directed by Stephen Campanelli.

Other awards winners include:

Cultural Currents Award –  $1000 prize

Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick by Natalie Boll, LaTiesha Fazakas

Best Short Animation

Weekends by Trevor Jimenez

Best Documentary

Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me by Samuel D. Pollard

Best Canadian First Feature  – 1000 prize:

Kayak to Klemtu by Zoe Hopkins

Canadian Feature

Rebels on Pointe by Bobbi Jo Hart

Best Feature Film

Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle by Mike van Diem

Audience Favourite Short Film – $500 prize:

Wishing Jar by Denver Jackson

Audience Favourite Feature Film

Indian Horse by Stephen Campanelli

The Victoria Film Festival is Vancouver Island’s largest and longest-running film festival, currently celebrating 24 years. The Victoria Film Festival screens more than 110 films over 10 days. Creating unique events year-round, the Festival is responsible for Feast: Food + Film, Free-B Film Festival, Art of the Cocktail, Movies Under the Maltworks and The Vic Theatre.

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Problem Child AC/DC Tribute Band March 29

Problem Child - AC/DC Tribute BandGC1 Productions presents
Problem Child

Problem Child originated in Bellingham, WA in 2001. They set out to be authentic and stay true to the look and sound of AC/DC. Over the years they’ve made many true and loyal fans and continue to raise the bar.

The band has toured most of the Western United States including WA, OR, ID, MT and ND and have established a name for themselves.
Problem Child has opened for national acts that include Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy, and Quiet Riot.

They have played all types of venues…from clubs and casinos to theatres. Outdoor festivals include The Bite of Seattle, Taste of Edmonds, Taste of Tacoma, the Darrington Classic Rock Festival and Strutzfest. In January 2012, Problem Child played at the KISW Holiday Hangover Ball with Puddle of Mud.

Now based out of Seattle WA, Problem Child is the most authentic AC/DC tribute band that truly replicates the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras.

Problem Child’s show is poised to electrify the die-hard AC/DC fans and is a reminder of the enormous wealth of truly legendary material that AC/DC has written and performed since 1973.

*Tickets are $39.00


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The Phillips Backyard Weekender 2018

Phillips Backyard Weekender The Phillips Backyard
Weekender 2018

Atomique Productions, The Zone at 91-3, and Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. present…

The Phillips Backyard Weekender 2018
Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22
Phillips Brewery Backyard, ANIAN Yard, Discovery Street

Appearing in The Backyard…

The RevolutionReggie WattsKeys N KratesKelisTOO MANY ZOOZ!!! (Chk Chk Chk)Hollie CookDJ ShubMiles Mosley and the West Coast Get Down • FederaleMoontricksMiami Nights 1984Louise Burns MusicOrilla & GrossbusterSlim Sandy & the Hillbilly Boppers • The Champion Sound (Dj Murge & Verse)

Appearing at The Picnic-er Stage at ANIÁN, curated by Do250

Diamond CafeDylan StoneElectric Sex PantherJason VernersSmall Town ArtilleryTan and HideZee and The Empties • and many more to be announced!

Tickets are available both online at TicketWeb Canada and in-store at The Phillips Brewery (2010 Government St.).

The Phillips Backyard Weekender Full Weekend Pass ($106.50):

The Phillips Backyard Weekender Individual Day Passes ($39.50):

Victoria’s biggest backyard brewery party is back! After we expanded our footprint last July to include Discovery Street and ANIÁN Yard it was clear to us it needed to continue. We’re looking forward to tweaking the site layout and serving up tons of cold beer next July 20-22!

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The Delta to host Monopoly Affair Feb. 24

Monopoly Affair at the Delta PacificThe Monopoly Affair – Presented By Slegg Building Materials

Cancer affects us all, but every one of us can make an impact in the fight against it. Join us for Monopoly Affair, a care-free night of wheeling and dealing to raise money to fund cutting edge research in the war against the disease and to improve the lives of those battling on the front lines.

This evening includes a live auction, fabulous prizes, an exclusive VIP experience and all in the name of the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. There is a live auction, exclusive gift wall and refreshments available through a cash bar throughout the evening.

Don’t leave it up to chance, get your tickets now or contact Jan or Diana at 250-592-2244 *The VIP experience includes tickets for six players, a private pre-tournament reception with complimentary food and cocktails and a performance by renowned jazz vocalist Maureen Washington.

VIP ticket holders also get $1,000 in extra Monopoly cash and complimentary concierge service at their tables during the tournament.

Individual player ticket $100 | Table of six: $600 | VIP* table: $2500

*The VIP experience includes tickets for six players, a private pre-tournament reception with complimentary food and cocktails and a performance by renowned jazz vocalist Maureen Washington.

VIP ticket holders also get $1,000 in extra Monopoly cash and complimentary concierge service at their tables during the tournament.

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Just Announced: Tre Twitty with Tayla Lynn

Tre Twitty

with Tayla Lynn

Tre Twitty with Tayla LynnTre Twitty with Tayla Lynn will be in Victoria March 15th for a performance at MCPHERSON PLAYHOUSE  MARCH 15, 7:30PM

The legendary Conway Twitty ( dominated the charts with 54 number 1 albums and an astonishing 55 number 1 singles throughout his career. Loretta Lynn burned up the charts with 10 number 1 albums and 16 number 1 singles in her career. The pair teamed up to create the ultimate duo in country with 5 number 1 hits as a pair.

Following in his grandfather’s footsteps Tre Twitty is a true legend in the making. Tre Twitty will be honouring his grandfather, Conway Twitty in a heartfelt tribute that has brought tears to the eyes of many. Tre will be pairing up with Tayla Lynn, beloved granddaughter of Loretta Lynn, covering many of the number 1 hits and beloved classics of their grandparents that will hold the audience captive. You don’t want to miss this historical intimate concert with the spectacular duo you will never forget.

Tre Twitty with Tayla Lynn
Tickets are $54.50 | On sale January 22 at 10am

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Def Leppard announce 2018 Tour

Def LeppardDef Leppard announce 2018 Tour

While the rumours have been circulating since last summer, it is now official.  Def Leppard will hit the road for an extensive tour with Journey in 2018.  Def Leppard will play Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on October 1.

2018 and this tour marks the 35th anniversary of Pyromania.

Monday, October 1
All Ages / Reserved Seating
Doors: 6:00pm / Show: 7:00pm

Public on Sale: Sat, Feb 3 at 10am
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Tickets: $49.00, $89.00, $119.00, $189.00, $249.00 (Incl. GST) + s/c

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