PLAYON FEST in support of WHO kicks off Friday

New York, NY – April 21, 2020 — Warner Music Group today announced the first-of-its-kind virtual music festival, PlayOn Fest supporting the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO), powered by the UN Foundation. As part of a spectacular three-day live streaming event, PlayOn Fest promises to bring energy and high production values from world class stages (including Coachella, Sydney Opera House, Lollapalooza, Apollo Theater, Bonnaroo, The O2 Arena, Primavera Sound, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Rock In Rio, Global Citizen Festival, and more) to music fans hungry for communal live experiences. Warner Music Group labels have opened up their vaults to relive epic show-stopping performances for this one-time-only live viewing event. Fans won’t want to miss their favorite artists’ set time, to be released later this week, including some extraordinary, and rare, footage from the likes of Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Green Day, Cardi B, Ed Sheeran, Janelle Monáe, Twenty One Pilots, Lil Uzi Vert, David Guetta, and more, as well as a look back at Nipsey Hussle’s incredible Victory Lap album release show. Watch the PlayOn Fest official trailer HERE.

Kicked off by LL COOL J this Friday at noon ET, PlayOn Fest will stream live on April 24-26, for 72 hours straight exclusively via Songkick’s YouTube channel HERE. Warner Music Group has also launched a pre-sale of exclusive PlayOn Fest merch (see HERE), with all proceeds going to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO. In addition, fans will be encouraged to click-to-donate throughout the three-day-event. Donations will support WHO’s work to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate development of a vaccine and treatments for all who need them.

Atlantic Records’ Grammy-winning megastar Cardi B says, “Don’t play yourself! Tune into PlayOn Fest April 24-26 and help us raise money for the World Health Organization to boost COVID-19 relief funds. Thank you to all of the healthcare workers who are dedicating their services and helping to save lives! Since I can’t get on stage right now…I’m throwing it back to my party at the Global Citizen Festival to hopefully send some love and light to y’all. Stay safe everyone!”

“During this pandemic, we are all searching for ways to stay connected,” said Elizabeth Cousens, President & CEO of the UN Foundation. “The PlayOn Fest is a great way to come together, enjoy good music and company, and support the World Health Organization’s most urgent global work to combat COVID-19.”

Music fans across the world will have access to legendary never-before-released on YouTube performances, including sets from artists like:

  • Nipsey Hussle (the incredible Victory Lap album release show from the Hollywood Palladium).
  • Coldplay (taken from the band’s São Paulo, Brazil show during their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour in 2017, which became the third biggest tour of all time).
  • Bruno Mars (24K Magic Live at the Apollo – Mars’ first primetime special that was recorded from the stage of the legendary Harlem theater in 2017).
  • Panic! At The Disco (shot during their sold-out arena tour at the famed O2 Arena in London in 2019).
  • Ed Sheeran (taking his stadium show to the intimate Austin City Limits stage for a special performance on the iconic PBS series in 2017).
  • KORN (a groundbreaking performance filmed inside of a living art installation celebrating the release of their 2019 album The Nothing).

Additional incredible performances to be featured during PlayOn Fest include:

  • Anitta’s spellbinding 2019 Rock In Rio Festival set at Parque Olímpico in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Cardi B’s explosive 2018 Global Citizen show from New York’s Central Park.
  • David Guetta’s crossover Tomorrowland 2017 set featuring the hits “Without You,” “Titanium,” “Hey Mama” and more.
  • Janelle Monáe’s enthralling 2019 Coachella mainstage performance.
  • Andra Day’s 2017 Global Citizen Festival set, where she performed a beautiful rendition of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit.”
  • Pablo Alborán’s massive Seville 2018 stadium performance on the “I Promise” tour.
  • Twenty One Pilots’ closing headline set at Lollapalooza Brazil in 2019, where they performed to almost 100,000 people.
  • The Flaming Lips from Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House in 2019, where they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their monumental album, The Soft Bulletin.
  • Green Day’s set from MTV’s World Stage Seville during the 2019 EMAs.
  • Lil Uzi Vert’s 2018 Lollapalooza debut.
  • Gary Clark Jr.’s latest headline appearance on Austin City Limits, celebrating his Grammy-winning album This Land.
  • Paramore’s long-awaited Bonnaroo debut performance.
  • Portugal. The Man’s 2018 Coachella set that helped keep rock alive at that year’s festival, which had no rock headliners for the first time.
  • Weezer’s 2019 nostalgia-filled third Coachella performance.
  • Wiz Khalifa’s 2019 Coachella set, marking his third appearance at the fest.
  • CHANMINA’s March 2019 concert at Tokyo’s Zepp music hall.

The full line-up will be available, as well as more information, at playonfest.comPlayOn Fest is supported by the Jeep brand.

2019 TD JazzFest Headliners Announced

2019 TD JazzFest

The Victoria Jazz Society is pleased to announce the first 2019 TD JazzFest headliners in the Marquee Series at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse!

2019 TD JazzFest VictoriaTwin bill: Raul MidÓn and Lionel Loueke & Laila Biali

McPherson Playhouse | Friday, June 21 – 7:30pm | $49.50 & $37.50

Raul Midón has recorded 10 CDs and earned Grammy nominations for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” three years in a row, from 2017 to 2019. Midón last appeared at TD JazzFest in 2010, and has collaborated with such icons as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Queen Latifah. Midón sings with a soulful tenor voice and plays guitar in a way that can hold any audience in thrall.

Hailed by Sting as “one of the most inspiring musicians on our planet today”, Benin-based guitarist Lionel Loueke plays a dazzling combination of African folk roots and contemporary jazz, and was last seen in Victoria at the 2013 TD JazzFest as a decade-long member of Herbie Hancock’s band. These virtuosos will perform separately, then combine forces as an unforgettable duo.

Closing the evening, CBC’s Saturday Night Jazz host and JUNO nominee Laila Biali performs hits from her 2018 self-titled CD and crafts a uniquely catchy and sophisticated jazz-pop sound. Don’t miss this perfect twin bill of both great guitarists and evocative singer-songwriters!

2019 TD JazzFest VictoriaThe Suffers plus Aaron Scoones

McPherson Playhouse | Sunday, June 23 – 7:30pm $39.50 & $27.50

Following their compelling late night TV debut on Letterman in 2015, the electrifying eight piece wonder-band The Suffers instantly hit home with their audiences. Exploding onto the scene with their dazzling EP Make Some Room and their critically heralded self-titled debut in 2016, the 2018 release Everything Here proves to be the band’s most bold statement yet. Hailing from Houston, Texas, The Suffers have got everything you need and there’s no need to look further – a dash of reggae, splash of jazz, pinch of salsa, hint of rock ‘n’ roll and a dollop of hip hop and funk – and more simmering inside their magical Gulf Coast soul. This thrilling ensemble is led by the relentlessly soulful Kam Franklin, the singer-songwriter, activist and writer whose vocal range and passion make her shine as an undeniable force.

2019 TD JazzFest VictoriaPatricia Barber Trio plus Marc Atkinson Trio

McPherson Playhouse | Monday, June 24 – 7:30pm $39.50 & $27.50

Chicago’s Patricia Barber, who last played TD JazzFest in 2013, is a unique singer-songwriter-pianist who straddles the junction of jazz and blues. Notwithstanding Barber’s technical finesse on piano, it’s her songwriting, intriguing arrangements, and low-register vocals that are at the centre of her music-making. Starting in the ‘90s with Modern Cool and Café Blue, Barber emerged as a confident stylist whose cerebral take on life was idiosyncratic and often sardonic. Known for her cool intellectualism, a hip performance style more cabaret than concert hall, and being a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship Award in the category of Music Composition, Barber is a one-of-a-kind artist with dozens of impressive recordings.

2019 TD JazzFest VictoriaJoey Alexander Trio plus Quinn Bachand

Royal Theatre | Tuesday, June 25 – 7:30pm $58.50 & $43.50

There have been many prodigies in the world of jazz, but very few can compare with the crazy-talented, Indonesia-born pianist/prodigy Joey Alexander. He became an overnight sensation when Wynton Marsalis invited him to play at Jazz at Lincoln Centre at age 11, closely followed by a CBS 60 Minutes feature alongside Marsalis in 2016. By 14, Alexander had released two Grammy-nominated CDs. These days, he continues to evolve by leaps and bounds. His newest CD, Eclipse, shows off his powerful gifts as a composer, arranger, and bandleader. Even the critics and festival bookers normally skeptical of young prodigies are won over by the musical maturity underlying Alexander’s extraordinary technical facility. He celebrates his 16thbirthday at his debut performance in Victoria.

2019 TD JazzFest VictoriaAn Evening With Jacob Collier

Royal Theatre | Friday, June 28 – 7:30pm $58.50 & $43.50

British singer, multi-instrumentalist, and production wunderkind Jacob Collier went viral on YouTube, catching the attention of Quincy Jones. His 2016 album, In My Room, won 2 Grammys and a Jazz FM Award. This album led to collaborations and performances with Herbie Hancock, and Pharrell, as well as a TED Talk, a BBC Proms concert and more. In January 2018, Collier wrote Djesse, a universal wonder featuring contributions from a global cast of Collier’s musical inspirations. It is one of the most audacious recording projects to emerge this decade from someone who is already established as one of music’s most brazen new minds. Jacob Collier doesn’t merely embrace globalism; he lives it, sings it, arranges for it through songs that fightfor something—music and its power to remind us of the connections we all share, the humanity of being alive at all. He last played solo at TD JazzFest 2017, but is joined this time by a band for an awe-inspiring performance that is sure to both dazzle and electrify.

Stay tuned! Complete TD Victoria International JazzFest 2019 artist line-up available mid-April!

Victoria Film Festival Spotlights Female Filmmakers

Victoria Film Festival spotlights female filmmakers with Indigenous Perspective program

Films include Edge of the Knife, first feature made entirely in the Haida language

Female filmmakers are in the spotlight on the Indigenous Perspective program at the 25th Victoria Film Festival, including award-winning, Haida-language drama, Edge of the Knife (SG̲aawaay Ḵ’uuna).

Directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, the 19th-century-set mystery-thriller is the first feature made entirely in the endangered Haida language — which has only 20-odd fluent speakers remaining.

Also on the bill are two films with prolific Aboriginal actor Tantoo Cardinal, including historical drama Angelique’s Isle and Cardinal’s first leading role in a feature film, Falls Around Her.

Cardinal will also appear on a panel for ground-breaking 1998 film Smoke Signals, along with director Chris Eyre and fellow actor Evan Adams. Smoke Signals had its Canadian premiere at VFF.

“We are thrilled that the four feature films in this year’s Indigenous Perspective program are directed by women directors. Each film is unique, yet they all share the same passion and commitment to authentic storytelling that has been part of Indigenous cultures for thousands of years.” said series programmer Barbara Todd Hager.

Hager says although the four films on the Indigenous Perspective bill vary in place and time, their creators share inspiration drawn from their female ancestors or women making their mark today.

The four films screening in the Indigenous Perspective slate include:

Angelique’s Isle: (D: Michelle Derosier and Marie-Helene Cousineau) Based on the true story of 17-year-old Angelique Mott, an Anishinaabe woman abandoned along with her voyageur husband on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale during the copper rush of 1845. A harrowing tale of perseverance and the resilience. Julia Jones and Charlie Carrick star.

Edge of the Knife (SG̲aawaay Ḵ’uuna): (D: Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown) A tragic accident triggers a series of events that leads to remorse and torment among members of two families. Based on a traditional Haida story of a man who is transformed to Gaagiixiid (the Wildman). Made entirely in the Haida language. Tyler York, William Russ and Adeana Young star

Falls Around Her: (D: Darlene Naponse): Tantoo Cardinal plays a famous Anishinaabe musician who returns to the Northern Ontario reserve where she grew up after years on the road with her band.

Warrior Women: (D: Christina King and Elizabeth Castle): A documentary about Lakota activist and community organizer Madonna Thunder Hawk, whose career fighting for Indigenous and women’s rights has spanned more than 50 years.

In Conversation with Smoke Signals: Director Chris Eyre and stars Evan Adams and Tantoo Cardinal discuss the award-winning 1998 film’s Indigenous filmmaking legacy. And we’re always proud to say, it had its Canadian premiere at VIFF!

VFF runs Feb. 1-10, with an expanded film slate spotlighting record number of 156 films from Canada and around the world, selected by international programmers.

Indigenous Perspective guests expected to attend the Festival:

– Gwaai Edenshaw (Edge of the knife)

– Tantoo Cardinal (Angelique’s Isle, Falls Around Her, Smoke Signals)

– Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals)

– Evan Adams (Smoke Signals)

– Michelle Derosier (Angelique’s Isle)

– Darlene Naponse (Falls Around Her)

About the Victoria Film Festival

The Victoria Film Festival is Vancouver Island’s largest and longest-running film festival, currently celebrating 25 years. The Victoria Film Festival screens more than 156 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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Victoria International Jewish Film Festival

Victoria International Jewish Film Festival4TH Annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival To Screen Films from Six Countries. The fourth annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival will bring the diverse world of Jewish cinema to the capital city Nov 3-6 at The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St.

Of particular note in this year’s Festival is the powerful docu-drama Who Will Write Our History followed by a discussion panel on the theme: The Courage of Remembering , and the Festival’s opening night film, The Cakemaker followed by a reception at the Union Club. Tickets & Festival Passes on sale now!!!

The Vic Theatre
808 Douglas St. Victoria BC V8W 2B6
November 3 – 6, 2018 7:00PM
$13 adult, $10 senior/student, $25 opening night
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The annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF) — launched in 2015 in Victoria, BC, Canada — aims to enhance our audiences’ enjoyment of films with Jewish themes and related content from around the globe. We celebrate these films as explorations of Jewish culture and as artistic expressions of broadly shared human values.

The Festival’s main objectives are:

  • to exhibit films with Jewish themes which are not readily available at commercial cinemas;
  • to create a sense of community by bringing together film lovers who are interested in, or wish to know more about, Jewish culture;
  • to enhance appreciation of film artistry in a variety of different genres and styles;
  • to provide a venue for independently produced films that explore the complex realities of Jewish cultures, history, religion and identity around the world.

The Victoria International Jewish Film Festival is a project of the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, British Columbia. The Centre has been providing programs and services in Victoria and throughout Vancouver Island since 1988. The Centre welcomes the community to its 4th Annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival, to be held November 3 – 6, 2018 at The Vic Theatre on 808 Douglas St.

VIJFF Organizing Committee:

  • Dahlia Beck
  • Lindsay Block-Glass
  • Earl Chochinov
  • Ethel Chochinov
  • Sandra Glass
  • Larry Gontovnick
  • Sydney Kalef
  • Andy Muchin
  • Anne Petrie
  • Ronit Reis
  • Alan Segal
  • Maurice Yacowar

VIJFF Events and Marketing Coordinator: Deborah Bricks

VIJFF Director: Lincoln Z. Shlensky

The Vic Theatre
808 Douglas St. Victoria BC V8W 2B6
November 3 – 6, 2018
$13 adult, $10 senior/student, $25 opening night
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Rifflandia Festival 2018


The 2018 Rifflandia Festival is upon us.

Experience performances from Daniel CaesarAdventure ClubJessie ReyezCurrent Swell & Friends, Bishop Briggs, and many more.


Check the FULL SCHEDULE of who’s playing where.

This year’s Wristband Exchange will be at McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). Starting Sunday, September 9 at 11:00 AM you can pick up your wristbands and take advantage of all of our Wristband Connect and Win! Landia deals. See the link below for a complete schedule. Don’t forgot to bring those tickets!

Rifflandia Gathering is a music industry conference coinciding with our little festival. The gathering aims to provide professional development and networking for artists and industry professionals alike. Our event offers a three-day schedule of activities that include 20 panels and multiple one-on-one sessions. Don’t miss engaging industry insights at Ticket Rocket, Royal Theatre, and Fort Tectoria. Click HERE for more details.

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

Victoria Pride Parade Images July 8 – 2018

Pictures from Victoria Pride Parade – 2018

Victoria Pride Parade
Photo: has been covering Victoria Pride Week for almost a decade.  We continue the tradition of bringing you images from this event with this quick look at a few random shots from our roll of film.

A big congratulations to all of the organizers (Victoria Pride Society), participants and spectators for another fun day in the sun in the capital city.  Here’s a few images we’ve just uploaded (with more to come).  This should keep you busy for a while as you relive the party that was!

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Cultural and Arts Festival of India

Cultural and Arts Festival of India 2018

Cultural and Arts Festival of India

Victoria Hindu Temple and Cultural Center
1934 Cultra Ave – Saanichton
June 30, 2018
10:00 AM Admission: FREE

Every year, during summer, the Victoria Hindu Temple opens its doors to the Greater Victoria community to participate in and experience the Cultural and Arts Festival of India.

This year we will be celebrating this festival on the Canada Day long weekend Saturday June 30th. This year our theme is Fairs, Festivals and Food!

Along with dazzling classical and folk dances, melodious music and crafts the Cultural and Arts Festival of India will showcase a variety of interactive activities such as a photo booth, sari tying, mehendi (henna), Bollywood dance lessons, etc. Also, we will be creating a delicious Indian street food experience showcasing various food items popularly available at outdoor street restaurants!

More information:

A Brief Historical Overview

The Victoria Hindu Temple was formally, ceremonially and traditionally established on 18 June 1995 at 1934 Cultra Avenue in Saanichton with remarkably well-attended Havan and Pooja performed under the priestly guidance of Pandit Acharya Shrinath Prasad Dwivedi of Vancouver. It is meant essentially for the religious, cultural and meditational aspects and activities of its umbrella organization, the Victoria Hindu Parishad. The very first priest-in-residence of the Victoria Hindu Temple was Pandit Parmod Kumar Gaur who came to the Temple directly from India in February 2001 and who (since his leaving the Temple in January 2010) is an established priest in the Greater Vancouver region. He came to the Victoria Hindu Temple directly from India.

The origin of the Victoria Hindu Parishad can be traced back to about the middle of the 1970s when a rather small group of Hindu families in the Greater Victoria region got together and started holding usually occasional prayer meetings in the home of one or the other member in the group. Though not very rapidly, this group of Hindu families grew bigger and bigger so much so that the need for holding such prayer meetings not only on a regular (possibly monthly) basis, but also in a larger rented place such as a church hall, became imminent. More importantly, on 14 January 1979, the Victoria Hindu Parishad was officially registered with the Government of the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada as a Canadian charity organization. During all these years, the need for a Hindu Temple in the Greater Victoria region was felt by many local members of the Victoria Hindu Parishad and also by such outsiders as (for example) Pandit Gian Chand Shastri of Vancouver, who used to visit Victoria occasionally for performing religious ceremonies in individual homes in Victoria. Read more…

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The Phillips Backyard Weekender DAY 3

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
continues today and wraps up – 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 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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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.


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