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.

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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”

33rd Islands Folk Festival kicks off TODAY @islandsfolk #yyjmusic

33rd Annual Islands Folk FestivalThe Cowichan Folk Guild (CFG) will proudly present the 33rd Islands Folk Festival on July 21 – 23, 2017at Providence Farm in Duncan, BC. For directions, click here.  Music lovers from all over Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are invited to join this celebration of music, featuring all the best elements of a homegrown folk festival.

Adult Advance Weekend Passes are $125 plus GST –
Youth (over 12/under 19) passes are $62.50 plus GST         
Children under 13 get in free

Day Passes for Friday night, all day Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon are available at our on-line ticket site and will also be available at the gate from 3:00pm Friday July 21.

Weekend Passes can also be purchased in Duncan at Ten Old BooksVolume One Books andat the Beverly Corners Liquor Store.

More details on tickets and performers at: http://www.islandsfolkfestival.ca

Vegtoria! Victoria’s Veg Fest 2017 #yyjevents

Each year, cities across Canada and around the world celebrate vegan culture and community by hosting veg fests. Victoria is excited to be taking part this year by introducing Vegtoria: Victoria’s Veg Fest, organized by the Vancouver Island Vegan Association! This day will be a celebration of vegan food and community and will offer exciting food, booths, vendors, non-profits, contests and speakers! Think, big vegan party! Everyone is invited to come and experience the values that we share as a community which celebrates the lives of non-human animals by not consuming them.

We want to acknowledge that we organize and practice our culture on unceeded Coast Salish Territory.

Vegtoria will be taking place in beautiful downtown Victoria’s Centennial Square July 22nd, 2017 from 12-5pm

This location is a central venue with open accessibility and a welcoming atmosphere.  We can’t wait  to turn it into the home of Victoria’s first Vegtoria!