Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival

$26.00 for adults, $21.00 for studens/seniors. Kids under 12: free!
Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus
3100 Foul Bay Rd, Victoria

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival presents Pericles on TuesdayThursday and Saturday evenings, and The Tempest on Wednesday, Friday evenings. The Tempest is also showing at 1:30 pm on Saturdays.

The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival brings engaging and theatrical Shakespearian experiences to the community of Victoria, British Columbia. Since 1991, the GVSF has created opportunities for local artists and has involved local businesses, educators and citizens to celebrate the theatrical arts in our community.

For the last eleven years, the GVSF has performed outdoors on the beautiful grounds of Camosun College’s Lansdowne Campus, where audience members of diverse ages, cultures, and economic backgrounds are inspired every summer by the immortal words of Shakespeare under the stars.

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Jane Austen’s Persuasion: A Musical Drama

Jane Austen's Pursuasion VictoriaJane Austen’s Persuasion Victoria: This original musical adaptation has toured multiple UK and US cities over the past five years and was a popular event at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

July 3: Victoria Tickets
July 5: Port Alberni Tickets
July 6: Port Alberni Tickets

This summer will be the production’s first tour to Canada, where it will also be performed July 5-6 at the Jane Austen Festival in Port Alberni in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Persuasion.  The widely acclaimed stage production features songs from Jane Austen’s manuscripts and music of the era, chamber orchestra with Celtic and period instruments, beautiful Regency costumes, projected scenery, and world-champion Irish dancers!

“No ‘persuasion’ needed to see this treat for the eyes and ears … astounding!” (Isle of Wight Press)

“Perfect synchronicity between the cast and the impressive chamber orchestra…retaining much original dialogue which is complemented superbly by Austen’s favourite music and luxurious costumes.”  (**** Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

“Flashes of humour, great dancing, a small but perfect orchestra, clever scene changes with very well done projections, and the cast of over 30 all playing their roles to perfection … one of the best evening’s entertainment I’ve had” (Bury Free Press)

Further information about Jane Austen’s Persuasion visit at

Ticket Details

*Tickets are $30.00 | On sale now.

Just added: military rates which will be available by end of day on both performances…$15CAN in PA, and $20CAN in Victoria.

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

Tickets for the Port Alberni performance HERE


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Mom’s the Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty

Mom’s the Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty

Mom’s the Word 3July 24— August 12, 2018 Mom’s the Word 3 : Nest ½ Empty Written and performed by Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard & Deborah Williams.

July 24, 2018 – August 12, 2018
Tickets HERE

“…a perfect balance of emotion and comedy…a performance you really do not want to miss” —LORDS OF DOGWOOD

“…riotous & poignant…” —BROKENLEGREVIEWS “…captivates with its heart, humour, and honesty” —THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT

“Mom’s the Word: Nest 1/2 Empty—Theatre really is the church of love” —COLIN THOMAS

From the world-renowned creators behind the Mom’s the Word 3 opens a new chapter. Their kids are grown, their marriages have “evolved,” and their bodies are backfiring.

Life doesn’t get any prettier, but it never strays far from the ludicrous, the ribald and the poignant, as the moms continue to mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. Tickets on sale now at 250-385-6815 or Subscribers get 25% off!


Mom’s the Word 3


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John Mellencamp – November 12 Victoria

John Mellencamp VictoriaJohn Mellencamp – November 12

John Mellencamp To Embark On Canadian Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour. The tour will visit Victoria November 12.

Following two hugely-successful U.S. concert tours, John will set out once again this Fall for 20+ stops across Canada for his Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour. Hailed by critics and fans alike as one of Mellencamp’s most authentic and crowd pleasing concerts of his career, the tour will begin September 26th in Moncton, NB and span two months ending in Abbotsford, BC on November 14th.

John Mellencamp tickets will go on sale Friday, June 1st  for the Canadian Sad Clowns and Hillbillies Fall Tour! Watch’s TOUR page closely for updates

They will once again be offering pre-sale ticket access for free members of Learn how to join and use our pre-sales HERE. Pre-sales begin on Wednesday, May 30th at 10:00 AM local time and last through Thursday, May 31 at 10:00 PM. Ticket limit will be 6 tickets per website member per show

The general public ticket on-sales are scheduled for Friday, June 1st at 10:00 AM local venue time .  Purchase links will be available on’sTOUR page. Read More

John Mellencamp


John Mellencamp’s career in music, spanning more than 35 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly respected singer/songwriters of a generation. Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed; he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award and Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and more recently, the Founders Award, the top honor assigned by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Additionally, he will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 14, 2018. He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. In 1985, Mellencamp, together with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, created Farm Aid. The social activism reflected in his songs helped catalyze Farm Aid, the concert series and organization that has addressed the struggle of American family farmers for more than 25 years.

John Mellencamp’s album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, featuring Carlene Carter, is his 23rd over the course of a remarkable career. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies returns Mellencamp to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life and showcases a poet who has wisely used the years between youth and the present day to become an absolute master of songwriting and interpretation. That passion and experience resonates most beautifully in this showcase of his music.

John also wrote the title song for the film, The Yellow Birds, an American war film directed by Alexandre Moors and based on the novel The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jennifer Aniston, and Toni Collette. A theatrical release of this movie will debut June 15, 2018. As well, John journeyed into the darkness of coal mining life in his reverent cover of Merle Travis’ 1946 song “Dark as a Dungeon,” recorded in support of National Geographic’s acclaimed documentary about the mining industry, “From The Ashes,” produced by Michael Bloomberg, former NYC Mayor.

John continues to focus on another facet of his artistic expression: painting. His style has progressed over the years as evidenced by several gallery shows and published portfolios, and in recent years he has increased his output by completing over 100 new works. Currently John’s second solo exhibition at the ACA Gallery titled “Life, Death, Love, and Freedom” opened on April 26, 2018 running through June 2, 2018.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a musical/play with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, a libretto by author Stephen King and production by T Bone Burnett will travel to various colleges and regional/local theaters in 2018.

Mellencamp continues his journey as the walking embodiment of heartland rock; passionate, plain-spoken, and a self-proclaimed rebel. John Mellencamp continues to live and work in Bloomington, Indiana.


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FEAST: Food & Film Festival returns

Feast Food & FilmFEAST: Food & Film returns for a 6th time this June

The Victoria Film Festival has announced the line-up for its fifth annual FEAST: Food & Film Festival with events taking place on June 14, 15, and 16. FEAST will host six mouthwatering screenings over the three day period.

Kicking it off on Thursday, June 14th at The Vic Theatre is the film Fermented, a documentary about the revival of the ancient process that has become the latest food trend. Mother Nature’s Market & Deli will be serving fermented themed snacks including delicious local kombucha brewed by Cultured Kombucha and vegan based cheeses by The Cultured Nut.

Followed by Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen a film that offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the mythical Michelin Guide of fine dining. With grand chefs such as Alain Ducasse, Daniel Humm, René Redzepi, Andoni Aduriz, Yoshimi Narisawa, Victor Arquinzoniz, Guy Savoy and many more, Michelin Stars sets the gastronomy bar at the highest level possible. And with great cuisine comes exquisite hors d’oeuvres provided by Toque Catering paired with cocktails presented by Sheringham Distillery.

On Friday, June 15th two films will screen starting with The Goddesses of Food. This documentary investigates what holds women chefs back in the modern world of cuisine and will be accompanied by Sea Cider tastings and food bites by Kitchens of Distinction.

Following Goddesses of Food, The Strath Liquor Store and Victoria Caledonian Distillery are partnering to take the viewers on a trip around Scotland from the comfort of The Vic Theatre seats with a screening of Scotch – A Golden Dream. A beautiful film which honors the history and the art behind the golden elixir.

On Saturday, June 16th the final two films are Chef Flynn and New Chefs on the Block which will close out the Food & Film Festival. Chef Flynn is a documentary about a 10-year-old boy starting a supper club in his living room who quickly outgrows his bedroom kitchen and sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world. New Chefs on The Block is an intimate multi-year portrait of two chefs who struggle to open and maintain their first restaurants. As usual, food will be on site along with real-life industry stories provided by the chefs and owners from Accio and Top Soil.

FEAST: Food & Film ticket prices vary $20-$25. All events are 19 and older. Full details are available at

FEAST: Food & Film is an annual food-focused Festival brought to you by the Victoria Film Festival to highlight local and regional food and drink paired with great films.

About the Victoria Film Festival

The Victoria Film Festival is Vancouver Island’s largest and longest-running film festival. Celebrating 25 years, the Victoria Film Festival screens 150 films over 10 days. As well as the annual Victoria Film Festival, the Festival team also coordinates multiple events year-round, including Feast: Food & Film, Free-B Film Festival, Art of the Cocktail, youth programs, and the Vic Theatre throughout the year.

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Victoria Pride Week #yyjevents @VictoriaPride

2018 Victoria Pride Week is quickly approaching, and it’s going to be another great week of events culminating with the Victoria Pride Parade and Festival on July 8th.

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlites:

July 1: The Annual Memorial Dragball Game
Vic West Ball Park @ Bay St & Wilson, across from Save on Foods

July 8:  The Victoria Pride Parade and The Victoria Pride Festival in MacDonald Park. The parade begins at the corner of Pandora and Government, continuing south on Government, turning west on Belleville and then south on Menzies until turning west at Kingston; parade moves south on Oswego ending at MacDonald Park at the corner of Oswego and Simcoe.

Complete list of events HERE
Gallery of images Victoria Pride Parade 2011 – 2017

Society’s mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are – or think they might be – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies.

Victoria Pride WeekThe Victoria Pride Society was born from a casual picnic in Beacon Hill Park over 20 years ago. Since the time of its creation, the Victoria Pride Society has focused on supporting the inclusiveness, accessibility, and diversity of Pride Week events. Today, we are one of a few national Pride Societies who encourage all people to walk the Pride parade route – generating thousands of people ‘proudly’ walking the streets of Victoria for themselves, colleagues, or loved ones.

As our community, sponsors, and supporters grow, so too does the opportunity to share who we are, where we come from, and most importantly, our personal pride. Being ‘proud’ transcends any one week of any given year. Being ‘proud’ is an achievement garnered throughout a lifetime. The Victoria Pride Society is here to provide support, connection, education, and celebration for every individual in their own quest to be proud.

Don’t forget to download a copy of our bylaws and constitution.

Rifflandia Festival 2018 Line-Up is out


The 2018 Rifflandia Festival lineup is in full-bloom and we could not be more excited to share it with you!

This September come experience performances from Daniel CaesarAdventure ClubJessie ReyezCurrent Swell & Friends, Bishop Briggs, and many more.

For daily park lineups, most ticket types, and up-to-date festival information head over to

Stay tuned for over 50 more artists and the full schedule to be announced early this summer.


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Rupaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Atomique Productions and Voss Events presents

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World

Royal Theatre 
S​eptember 24, 2018 | 8​:30​ PM
Tickets starting at $59.50*

Your favorite drag stars return with a fierce new show for 2018 in The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour! Hosted by Bob The Drag Queen with sickening performances by the queens from Season 10 along with fan favorites Kim Chi, Valentina, Shangela and Violet Chachki!

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Jill Barber returns to Victoria November 3

Jill Barber

jill barberJill Barber has become renowned for writing songs that evoke feelings of a bygone era. The songs on Fool’s Gold are delivered by that distinct, evocative voice of an artist who has drawn inspiration from a cross section of musical genres. Regardless of Jill’s influences, the one thing you are always assured of is that you know a Jill Barber song when you hear it, and chances are, you’ll never forget it…

2 time Juno Award nominee Jill Barber, is one of Canada’s brightest stars – selling out theatres coast to coast and headlining the country’s most prestigious festivals. Her albums have sold over 100,000 copies and her album Mischievous Moon spent 13 straight weeks at #1 on the Canadian Jazz Charts and debuted at #12 on the US Billboard Jazz charts. Her song “Chances” was also featured on the soundtrack for the hit series “Orange is the New Black.” She has fans in Josh Ritter, Kathleen Edwards, Kris Kristofferson (who hails Jill as a “real songwriter, a damn good songwriter”) and collaborator Ron Sexsmith.

Having earned over twenty award nominations and with two top-selling albums in English, in 2013 Jill released the french language album “Chansons,” after a celebrated performance at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival where she sang (for the first time ever) a French translation of one of her songs, “Tous Mes Rêves” (“All My Dreams”). Chansons has firmly established Jill as an artist to watch in both French and English, and an upcoming 2015 European tour is sure to expand her fan base even more.

Jill Barber
Capital Ballroom
858 Yates Street
$35.00Ages 19+ TICKETS

Johnny Lang and Mavis Staples One Night Only! September 25

Jonny Lang and Mavis Staples

A double bill of mammoth talent and history.  Jonny Lang and Mavis Staples appear for ONE NIGHT at the Royal Theatre September 25.  Tickets start at $84.75. TICKETS

Legendary GRAMMY award-winning American guitarist and singer-songwriter, Jonny Lang, brings his signature blues to Canadian audiences at Royal Theatre on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Showcasing his 2017 release, Signs, Lang segues between funk, rock and blues revealing poetic tales that narrate the universal catharsis of living life in this world.

Since the release of his platinum selling debut album at the age of fifteen, Lang has built a reputation as one of the most dynamic live performers and guitarists of his generation. Lang earned his cred by performing with some of the legends of music by sharing the stage with BB King, Buddy Guy, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan just to name a few.

Admittedly, Lang suffered the pitfalls of achieving fame at such an early age by succumbing to the temptations of drugs and alcohol. Lang attributes finding God in 2000 for being able to sober up and beginning the process of battling against his personal demons. Although his lyrics speak honestly and passionately as to where he is in his life now—they inspire, excite, get people up on their feet, but never preach. His mission is to find the words that can be applied to any situation, delivered with huge guitar tones and “go for broke” solos playing directly to the soul of the listener.

Mavis Staples

Performing with her world-renowned family The Staple Singers, Mavis Staples grew up dealing with the atrocities of racism whilst touring throughout the American south during the civil unrest of the 1960’s.

See images of Mavis Staples from 2017 Jazzfest

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Mavis Staples – Jazzfest Victoria (2017)

At the beginning of her eighth decade of singing truth, Staples opines, “we’re not loving one another the way we should.” With the release of her latest album, If All I Was Was Black, Staples intends to do her part to, “change the world.” Staples’ third collaboration with songwriter, producer (and Wilco frontman) Jeff Tweedy, is an interracial, multi-generational kinship that delivers both fury and despair; yet demands love and change. Each song celebrates the spiritual joy and hope in a higher power and at the same time channels the pain and heartache of our shared humanity.

As a GRAMMY award winner (including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award), a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Blues Hall of Fame, and as a Kennedy Center Honoree, Mavis Staples uses her gifts to “bring us all together as people.” Staples confides, “You can’t stop me. You can’t break me. I’m too loving.”

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