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
19+

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): backyardweekender.com/tickets

The Phillips Backyard Weekender Individual Day Passes ($39.50): backyardweekender.com/tickets

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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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 www.sparkfestival.ca – 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 tickets.belfry.bc.ca. 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)

DateTimeEvent
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!

Victoria Film Festival Releases a 5 Film Sneak Peek

Victoria Film Festival – 2018

Victoria Film FestivalChristmas is just around corner and since it’s the season for giving, the Victoria Film Festival is releasing some of the titles that will be part of the 24th annual festitivities, running February 2 – 11, 2018 – just in time to get Film Vouchers or Passes for the last gifts on your list!
With 74 confirmed features, the highest number in the festival’s history, here is a sneak peek of the films from the VFF Official Selection, that we’re excited about:
Pickups 
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
Director: Jamie Thraves Country: UK Year: 2017   Runtime: 74 min
Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen collaborates for a third time with director Jamie Thraves (Treacle Jr, The Low Down) in this low-fi, high-stakes drama about the bizarre life of a jobbing actor, suffering from insomnia. Not by accident, the film has a distinctly meta-feel. At a point where co-writer and performer Gillen may be assessing his own celebrity, having now become stop-you-in-the-street famous, the central character in Pickups is an actor…called Aidan.
Oh, Lucy! 
BC PREMIERE
Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi Country: Japan  Year: 2017 Runtime: 95 min
A middle-aged woman in Tokyo escapes droll office life when she chances upon an English class taught by a charming American John (Josh Hartnett) who insists she wear a blonde wig and adopt the name Lucy to better understand Americans. She begins to develop a penchant for her instructor and when her spunky niece runs off with him to San Diego, Setsuko, accompanied by her constantly disapproving sister, sets off to bring her back.
 
Kayak to Klemtu
BC PREMIERE
Director Zoe Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk)   Country: Canada/Ontario     Year: 2017   Runtime: 90 MIN
When Dave Ellis (Evan Adams), a Kitasoo/Xai’Xais activist, passes away, his 14-year-old niece Ella (Ta’Kaiya Blaney) sets out on a life-changing voyage to take his ashes home to Klemtu and stand in his place at a community gathering against a proposed pipeline that would bring oil tankers into the heart of their territory. Ella is joined by her curmudgeonly uncle Don (Lorne Cardinal), her recently widowed aunt Cory (Sonja Bennett), and her awkward and moody cousin Alex (Jared Ager-Foster) – none of whom are even remotely equipped to paddle the challenging and arduous trip through the Inside Passage.
Meditation Park
VICTORIA PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Mina Shum COUNTRY: Canada/BC Year: 2017 Runtime: 94 minutes
Maria has spent her life being a devoted wife and mother. Never questioning her husband Bing’s authority as a provider and excusing his vices, she has willingly followed his wishes, including not speaking to their estranged son. While doing his laundry, her world is turned upside down when she discovers lingerie tucked away in his pants’ pocket. Unable to look past his hurtful deception any longer, she takes matters into her own hands.
Ethel & Ernest  
BC PREMIERE
Director: Roger Mainwood Country: UK Year: 2016 Runtime: 94 min
Based on an award-winning book by acclaimed British author and illustrator Raymond Briggs, this beautifully hand-drawn film tells the true story of Raymond’s own parents Ethel and Ernest – two ordinary Londoners living through a period of extraordinary social change in twentieth century Britain (featuring the voices of Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent).
Both Pickups and Ethel & Ernest are part of a new program featuring U.K. films during the 2018 festival. This year’s Festival Official Selection will be highlighted by films selected by additional programmers to broaden the scope of its international content.
The full Victoria Film Festival lineup and program won’t be released until Jan 8th, but Christmas gift certificates and film passes are now on sale.
They can be obtained online at www.victoriafilmfestival.com, by calling 250-389-0444 or from the festival box-office, 1215 Blanshard. St, MondayFriday9AM–5PM
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Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest returns in 2018

Victoria Ska & Reggae FestCelebrating its 19th year the Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest is set to run June 20-24

The Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest once again welcoming the global music community to the heart of downtown Victoria. We’ve been hard at work getting ready another genre-spanning lineup.  The Victoria Ska & Reggae Society will be highlighting some of the finest local and international bands in ska, reggae, funk, hip-hop and beyond! More information in the coming weeks including our annual Holiday Full-Fest Pass Sale and other tasty Festival tidbits.

The good news, you won’t have to wait until next year to get those good rhythms and vibes into your bloodstream. We have a couple HUGE reggae shows coming up to round out the year.

https://victoriaskafest.ca/home

Keep up with the latest music news and concert announcements: www.playinvictoria.net/music-news/

Rifflandia 10th Anniversary Sept. 14 – 17 #yyjmusic @rifflandia @AtomiqueEvents

Atomique Productions presents:

Rifflandia Festival 2017 – The 10th Anniversary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k36HFZeogtE

Plan your weekend now. Purchase Tickets here.

This September 14-17, the tenth annual Rifflandia Festival will transform the city of Victoria, featuring a truly diverse line-up of artists across numerous stages, all within walking distance in the city’s beautiful and historic downtown core.

Peformers this year include: [Full Schedule]

Moby, Zeds Dead, Bonobo, July Talk, A Tribe Called Red, Dear Rouge, Z-Trip, Bliss N Eso, The Glorious Sons, Dream Warriors, Yukon Blonde, Said The Whale, Five Alarm Funk, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Hannah Georgas, Leeroy Stagger, Too Many Zooz, Skiitour, DJ Shub, Band of Rascals, Astrocolor, Ralph, Fleetmac Wood, Neion Dreams, The choir, Twin Bandit, Christian Hudson, J Grgry

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Esquimalt Ribfest kicks off Friday #yyjevents @esqribs

The Esquimalt Ribfest is about family, community, volunteers, kids, participation, and fun!

Come for a weekend of ribs, amazing local entertainment, delicious local craft beer and cider. Free kid’s activities, local vendors, all for guaranteed Family Fun.

All funds raised are returned to the community through the Esquimalt Firefighters Charitable Foundation and the Esquimalt Ribfest Society. The proceeds go to local charities and school sponsored activities.

Here’s the line-up for this years:

Friday, September 8th

4p Scenes from Everyday Land
5p Rock Steady
6p Big Smoke

Continue reading “Esquimalt Ribfest kicks off Friday #yyjevents @esqribs”

24th Blues Bash this Weekend. #yyjmusic @VicJazzSociety @HarpAxe @MattSchofieldUK

The 24th annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash will be held on September 2 – 4, 2017 at Ship Point (900 block Wharf St.) in Downtown Victoria’s inner harbour!

Tickets are still available for what has become a Vancouver Island Tradition over the Labour Day Long Weekend. Set at the picturesque Ship Point overlooking the inner harbour, the jam packed weekend of both ticketed and free shows has always been a great way to wrap up summer in the city. Continue reading “24th Blues Bash this Weekend. #yyjmusic @VicJazzSociety @HarpAxe @MattSchofieldUK”

Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival coming Sept. 22 #yyjevents @SidneyLitFest

The Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival September 22-24, 2017

Join fourteen renowned Canadian authors who will engage book lovers with readings from their works, panel discussions, and writing workshops.

Participating authors are Gary Barwin, Pat Carney, M.A.C. Farrant, Katherine Govier, Pauline Holdstock, Anosh Irani, Jack Knox, Scaachi Koul, Kevin Patterson, Yasuko Thanh, Guy Vanderhaeghe and Jan Zwicky.

Our Friday night opening event, Wine, Word and Music, features live music, brief readings, and a conversation with authors. Author Tillar Mazzeo will host the evening. Readings are held on Saturday between 9 am and 3:30 pm. Two writing workshops are being offered on Saturday. Continue reading “Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival coming Sept. 22 #yyjevents @SidneyLitFest”

Images from #Canada150 @EsquimaltBC

Esquimalt was rockin’ over the weekend as Esquimalt hosted a party in the park marking Canada 150.  It was the legends of Canadian Rock including local blues god Jason Buie, Nick Gilder and Sweeney Todd and Doucette.

PlayInVictoria.net was there and captured a few images.  If you missed it, take a look at our GALLERY

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Canada 150 at Bullen Field #yyjmusic

Bullen Field in Esquimalt is the place to be on August 12, 2017 as the Township continues its Canada 150 celebrations with a full day of music, cultural performances, food, and more.

Nick GIlder – Sweeney Todd  Photo: Brad Edwards

The celebration—free to the public—will take place from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with main stage performances starting at 1:30 p.m. Headlining main stage will be the Nick Gilder & Sweeney Todd Group. Additional main stage performers will include Jerry Doucette and The Jason Buie Band.

“Canada 150 is a year-long celebration and we are keeping the party very much alive in Esquimalt with our celebration at Bullen Field,” said Mayor Barb Desjardins. “We urge everyone to join us for a great day of music, performances and community participation. We are proud to host this free event, which will be taking place on the traditional territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations.”  Continue reading “Canada 150 at Bullen Field #yyjmusic”