Vegtoria! Victoria’s Veg Fest 2018

Each year, cities across Canada and around the world celebrate vegan culture and community by hosting veg fests.

Are you ready for more amazing vegan food, entertainment, talks, apparel, services, community and did we mention the food?

We are thrilled to announce Vegtoria Veg Fest is returning to Victoria July 21st, 2018!

We are working to make this Vegtoria even bigger than last year and to introduce even more people to the compassionate, delicious, and fun vegan culture as it continues to grow across the world.

Please follow and share the event page to help us get the word out and to stay on top of all the exciting announcements we will have leading up to the big day.
Check out our website for information about Vegtoria 2018 ! www.vegtoria.ca

This venue is wheelchair accessible and will has accessible washrooms.

We acknowledge this event will be taking place on the traditional territory of the L’kwungen peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

 

Christmas on the Farm

Christmas on the Farm Merridale Cidery and Distillery

Christmas at Merridale Cidery. Are you looking for the magic of an old-fashioned Christmas this year? Come home to the Merridale farm this holiday season where we are offering a one of a kind Christmas experience.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, be transported into a Christmas wonderland with a walk through our courtyard adorned with thousands of lights and displays. Warm up in the farmhouse with light appetizers and drinks, and then enjoy an original musical theatre production before savouring a delicious long table dinner. It’s truly a Christmas event that won’t be forgotten.

November 25 – December 23: $49 per person

Event link: https://www.merridale.ca/eats/evening-fare

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Have a Christmas event to share? Let us know: PlayInVictoria.net/

Christmas on the Farm: Merridale Cidery

Christmas on the Farm Merridale Cidery and Distillery

Merridale Cidery – Christmas

Christmas at Merridale Cidery. Are you looking for the magic of an old-fashioned Christmas this year? Come home to the Merridale farm this holiday season where we are offering a one of a kind Christmas experience.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, be transported into a Christmas wonderland with a walk through our courtyard adorned with thousands of lights and displays. Warm up in the farmhouse with light appetizers and drinks, and then enjoy an original musical theatre production before savouring a delicious long table dinner. It’s truly a Christmas event that won’t be forgotten.

November 25 – December 23: $49 per person

Event link: https://www.merridale.ca/eats/evening-fare

https://www.merridale.ca/events/christmas-farm-3

Have a Christmas event to share? Let us know: PlayInVictoria.net/

Finalists named for top philanthropic awards

Victoria, BC – November 22, 2017

Each year, National Philanthropy Day recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations in our community that are making a difference in the lives of others.  By ‘changing the world with a giving heart’, these local philanthropists have been named as the top three finalist in six award categories for this year’s National Philanthropy Day awards:

 

Generosity of Spirit Award
Sponsored by: United Way Greater Victoria

Gordy and Ravinder Dodd

Gordy and Ravinder arrived in Canada in 1977 from India and grew their furniture business from a 2,500 square foot space to three stores on the Island. For the past 40 years, the Dodds have organized and paid for annual Thanksgiving dinners for more than 40,000 homeless Victorians and 1,000 in Nanaimo. For seven years, they have donated Christmas dinners for hundreds. Their annual Walk for Peace supported by 20 volunteers motivates hundreds of walkers to fundraise for causes such as Jeneece Place and Victoria Hospice.

 John McEown

For over 30 years John McEown has been devoting his time, expertise, and money towards our local community. As a volunteer for the Upper Room, John worked diligently to ensure that the homeless in Greater Victoria had a place of their own for shelter and nourishment. When the Upper Room and the Open Door merged to create Our Place Society, John was one of the founding donors supporting the campaign to build the facility at 919 Pandora. Recognizing that people need access to support services to overcome poverty, John helped create Our Place’s Hand Up program that has successfully transitioned hundreds of vulnerable people into stable employment.

Patricia & Kenneth W. Mariash Sr. 

Master Developers and owners of Focus Equities, Kenneth & Patricia Mariash have made over $3 million in charitable contributions and community event sponsorship investments in the past few years. Their generosity has covered a wide range of initiatives with a philanthropic focus on education, women’s, children’s and seniors’ health, arts and culture, community development, and athletics. They believe in supporting people, communities and teams who demonstrate caring acts of life changing kindness for anyone in need.

 

Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award
Sponsored by: Coast Capital Savings

Deedrie Ballard

For more than 35 years, Deedrie Ballard has juggled raising children, managing her award-winning realtor career and volunteering her time to raise more than $10 million for various charities. A few organizations that have benefitted from Deedrie’s outstanding fundraising volunteerism include: The Art Gallery of Victoria, Sovereign Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller, Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Victoria Hospice Society, Broadmead Care Society, Victoria Commonwealth Games, Victoria Symphony, St. Margaret’s School, Pacifica Housing Society, and Coats for Kids.

Keith Dagg

Keith Dagg has been an enthusiastic promoter of Victoria and has made a name for himself as a volunteer, always willing to lend his name and support to a myriad of causes. Once Keith is on board, a team of volunteers is sure to follow. His talent for rallying people behind a cause or event is undeniably hard to match. Keith currently sits on numerous local boards of directors: he is the Chair of the Victoria Curling Legacy Foundation; Co-chaired the 2013 Ford Men’s World Curling Championship; serves as a Director for Victoria Highlanders Soccer; the Victoria Open Golf Society, served on the TELUS Community Board, and is a current member of Our Place Society’s Advisory Cabinet.

Tracey Drake

Tracey, Editor in Chief of NICHE and Drift magazines, is a dedicated volunteer and passionate mentor for young women in the Victoria community. For six years, Tracey has been involved with the Victoria Festival of Trees (FOT) as a Tree Sponsor and member of the volunteer planning committee. During Tracey’s tenure, Victoria FOT has raised $905,350 for the hospital’s Excellence in Child Health Fund, which supports urgent programs and services for patients, research, and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. In 2016, Tracey became Chair of the FOT committee. Under her leadership and the banner of “Growth”, the event raised $170,500 (a 23% increase from 2015) and featured a record number of trees (85).

 

Corporate Responsibility Award
Sponsored by: The University of Victoria

 Think Communications Inc.

Think Communications is a locally owned IT service provider established in 2005. They believe that their slogan “Great People. Great Ideas.” is the secret to their success and making an outstanding commitment to philanthropy is one idea that has quickly become a part of the company’s DNA. For the last four years, Think has been a champion for The Cycle of Life Tour, a 2-day group cycling event that raises funds for local hospice societies all across Vancouver Island. Their $22,500 in sponsorship dollars have been critical to making the event possible, which has in turn raised more than $400,000 for end-of-life care

The Neal Estate Team at RE/MAX ALLIANCE

Ron Neal lives his life by the mantra, “Give to Live” or the reverse “Live to Give” and has created a culture of giving and service within both his personal sales team, The Neal Estate Team, and also his brokerage, RE/MAX Alliance Victoria. The agents of Ron’s team and office each contribute a portion of their personal earnings to both BC Children’s Hospital and their own internal community support fund from every sale. Since joining the Miracle Network, the Neal Estate Team have raised and donated more than $250,000 for the BC Children’s Hospital. Ron Neal personally served on the BCCHF Board of Governors for more than 10 years and continues to serve on their real estate advisory committee.

CFAX 1070 Radio

Now celebrating 40 years, CFAX Santas Anonymous Society was founded in 1977 by Mel Cooper, then owner of CFAX 1070 radio. Santas Anonymous helps over 1500 families enjoy Christmas, support local community organizations at Christmas, and are founders of the Christmas Giving Network. Since 2002 CFAX Santas Anonymous has given back to the community outside of the Christmas season with special grants of $1,766,000.00. Children go to summer camp, are funded special therapies, have safe playgrounds to play on, and families in crisis are helped in any way possible and so much more.

 

Outstanding Philanthropic Service Club Award
Sponsored by: Camosun College

Royal Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary

The Auxiliary has demonstrated exceptional commitment and leadership in the community since its formation in 1924. For over 90 years Auxiliary volunteers have raised millions of dollars in support of health care and nursing education in Victoria while providing a delightful source of high quality gifts and treats at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. The Auxiliary’s main fundraising project is a busy gift shop staffed by approximately 70 volunteers. The Gift Shop carries a wide selection of products, and most volunteers work three 4 hours shifts per month in the shop while others contribute by knitting or making crafts for sale in the shop.

Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary

The volunteer-led Auxiliary has been supporting the Ladysmith area and health care field over 100 years. They support a wide variety of health care related needs ranging from small kindnesses that make the difference for a single patient to larger gestures that impact many. The Auxiliary, with 200 active members, is a vibrant organization. In 2015 they raised and donated over $262,000 in medical equipment and support for health related non-profit organizations. Their fundraising efforts have grown from presenting one-off events to operating a well-curated, well-supported thrift shop and the Health Care Centre gift shop, both located in Ladysmith.

 

Youth in Philanthropy Award ages 5-10
Sponsored by: Children’s Health Foundation Vancouver Island

Liam Docherty, Ewan Docherty & Connor Docherty

In 2015 the boys learned that the local emergency shelter had issued an urgent appeal for donations and decided to use their musical talents to raise money for others. The boys wrote to Country Grocer requesting permission to busk outside their store and asking them to match the money they raised. Country Grocer agreed and the busking events raised a total of $1,200. In 2016 after receiving a tour of the food bank and learning that $1 provides 3 meals a day to one child, they set a target to feed one child for one year. After learning of the boys new initiative, Country Grocer offered to provide a stage area near the bakery department of the store and the boys raised $378, enough to feed a child for a year.

Sophie Coburn

Victoria Hospice holds a special place in Sophie’s heart. Nearly two years ago, her grandpa spent the last few weeks of his life at Hospice’s palliative care unit. Shortly after her second birthday, Sophie toured the Hospice Rooftop Garden while visiting her grandpa. She noticed something was missing. She returned the next day to donate a beautiful hummingbird feeder that she had received for her birthday. When Sophie Coburn was planning her carnival-themed 4th birthday party, she was adamant that it have philanthropic twist. She set up a game for her preschool-aged friends called Coin Drop 4 Hospice. Funds raised by her pals were matched by Sophie’s family and $116 was donated to Victoria Hospice. 

 

Youth in Philanthropy Award ages 11-18
Sponsored by: Telus

100 Girls Victoria

100 Girls Victoria was formed in the fall of 2015 by Lily Cote and Ella Stanger with the intention of creating a community of girls between the ages of 8 and 13 years old who come together and donate to charity. Today, 100 Girls Victoria has four leaders; Lily, Ella, Sam and Miia who plan, organize and lead the meetings that happen three times a year. To date, 100 Girls Victoria has hosted 5 meetings, which average 25-30 girls participating, and they have donated $3,168.38 to 7 different charities including the BC Children’s Hospital, Pacific Assisted Dog’s Society, Out of the Rain Youth Shelter, World Wildlife Fund, and KidSport. They officially have 75 members and their goal is to reach 100 members.

 Stuart Cameron

The Victoria Women’s Transition House staff worked closely with Stuart on two important fundraising projects for VWTH – Fashion for Transition in October of 2016; and Fashion for Compassion in February 2017. Both these projects required significant planning and coordination of all aspects of the events and Stuart was instrumental in their success. In each case, he worked with a small volunteer committee and produced two incredible fashion events that raised thousands of dollars for Victoria Women’s Transition House. Stuart is a young man of high integrity with a passion for fashion, community service and philanthropy. He continues to impress everyone with his leadership, dedication and service to community.

Emma Locke (“Two Hearts. One Wish.”) 

Emma’s philanthropic efforts began approximately one year ago and grew out of her experience as a cardiac patient at BC Children’s. Both Emma and her older sister Kennedy had life-saving heart surgery at the hospital. The name “Two Hearts. One Wish.” reflects the desire of both young women to support the hospital. Twelve-year-old Emma has spear headed the making and selling of one-of-a-kind friendship bracelets to raise funds. To date, “Two Hearts. One Wish.” has donated over $4,800 and hundreds of activity kits to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Emma has inspired her friends and family and created an opportunity for them to be philanthropic.

The National Philanthropy Day celebration, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Vancouver Island will be held on Wednesday, November 22nd 2017, from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Victoria Conference Centre.

For event information contact Monica Powell at (250) 217-0772 or monica@monicapowellevents.ca; and visit our website at www.npdvictoria.com.

The 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Beer Show set for Dec. 1 & 2

The best part about beer is that it can be enjoyed at any time of the year. It should be celebrated in the same manner.

After a resounding success in its first year the Christmas Craft Beer Show is back for another round! The 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Beer Show will take place at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on December 1 & 2, 2017.

Get ready to wet your whistle as you will have a chance to partake in some of the finest winter ales brought to you by microbreweries from across British Columbia and Western Canada. Last year there were over 40 vendors on site. Some serious food was being offered with a special menu only available at the Christmas Craft Beer Show.

Grab your buddies and throw on an ugly Christmas Sweater and make your way down to the best Christmas Craft Beer Show going! Confirmed for this year already are Bomber Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Category 12, Driftwood Brewing, Lighthouse, Persephone Brewing, Phillips, Russell Brewing, Saltspring Island Ales, Stanley Park Brewing and TWA Dogs Brewery. Read about last year’s event.

Most beer festivals are held throughout the summer months to take advantage of the beautiful relationship between warm weather and cold glass of suds. There are few things that go together so well, but having to wait through fall, winter and spring to get together again and see what is occurring in the industry by celebrating the delectable flavours seemed short sighted, and hence the Christmas Craft Beer Show was born.

So come one and come all and raise a pint of holiday cheer and join us for the 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Beer Show at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. There is no better way to kick off the holiday season!

More info: http://christmascraftbeershow.com/

TEDxRoyalRoadsU

TEDxRoyalRoadsU will take place at the Learning and Innovation Center on Royal Roads University campus. Join us live or online via live-stream. TEDxRoyalRoadsU is a student-driven event. We hope to spark meaningful interdisciplinary dialogue and create stronger connections throughout campus and the greater community.

TEDxRoyalRoadsU will take place at the Learning and Innovation Center on Royal Roads University campus. Join us live or online via live-stream.

TEDxRoyalRoadsU is a student-driven event. We hope to spark meaningful interdisciplinary dialogue and create stronger connections throughout campus and the greater community.

This year’s theme is REINVENT: inspiring people to reinvent themselves through learning and innovation. The event will bring together local thought leaders, performers and reinventors.

Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, Royal Roads University has a long history of reinvention. Hatley castle has served as a private residence, military college, mutant academy and public applied research university. With a vision of “connecting people, ideas and experiences to change lives and the world,” Royal Roads is a cornerstone in many mature students path to reinvent themselves through learning and innovation. This is increasingly relevant in today’s political, cultural and environmental climate.

Learning and leadership has taken place on the land for tens of thousands of years. Royal Roads University rests upon the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish people; the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lkwungen (Songhees) nations.

The James Bay Market

You will be amazed at the variety of products available at the James Bay Market. Whether you’re a local in need of some fresh red peppers, or a visitor looking for that unique something from Victoria, we’ve got it.

You will be amazed at the variety of products available at the James Bay Market. Whether you’re a local in need of some fresh red peppers, or a visitor looking for that unique something from Victoria, we’ve got it.

Handmade. Homemade, Homegrown.

  • handmade arts and crafts
  • live music
  • coffee, cold drinks and home baked treats
  • fresh flowers
  • locally grown fruit, vegetables
  • hot and cold snacks
  • and more.

The Market is always looking for people who are willing to help out in the community and would appreciate any help that you are able to give.
http://jamesbaymarket.com/volunteer/

 

Location:

The Grassy area on the Corner of Menzies and Superior between the Parliament buildings and the James Bay Tea Room.

Live Music Schedule:

16-Sep 9:30 am -11:00 am Cindy Sue
16-Sep 11:15 am – 12:45 pm The Carolina Bluebirds
16-Sep 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Mitchell Green & Stuart Munro
23-Sep 9:30 am -11:00 am Chick Wagon Band
23-Sep 11:15 am – 12:45 pm Shauna Janz
23-Sep 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Martini 65
30-Sep 9:30 am -11:00 am Robert K
30-Sep 11:15 am – 12:45 pm Duo Lil’ Crow
30-Sep 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Daniel Cook & the Radiators

James Bay Market returns tomorrow! #yyjevents @jamesbaymarket

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There’s a reason so many look forward to this day each week.  There’s lots on offer from a variety of local vendors, but the day is also filled with free music.  Yes, FREE!  Playing today:

9:30 – 11:00 Terry Brennan
11:15 – 12:45 KafooZalum
1:00 – 2:30 Duo Lil’ Crow

You will be amazed at the variety of products available at the James Bay Market. Whether you’re a local in need of some fresh red peppers, or a visitor looking for that unique something from Victoria, we’ve got it.

Handmade. Homemade, Homegrown.

  • handmade arts and crafts
  • live music
  • coffee, cold drinks and home baked treats
  • fresh flowers
  • locally grown fruit, vegetables
  • hot and cold snacks
  • and more.

Time:

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location:

The Grassy area on the Corner of Menzies and Superior between the Parliament buildings and the James Bay Tea Room.

Check out some of the other markets happening around Victoria throughout the week: https://playinvictoria.net/local-markets/

 

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!

Victoria’s Ultimate Hobby & Toy Fair

A fun day for families and collectors! Over 200 Tables of Toy & Hobby goodness.

Hobby and toy Fair

A fun day for families and collectors!
Over 200 Tables of Toy & Hobby goodness.
You never know what you will find!
Door Prizes every half hour
Silent Auction for the MS Society
Fun Charity Carnival for BC Children’s Hospital
Special Guests

Sunday, May 7th, 8am-3pm
Admission-
8am -9am EARLY BIRD ENTRY $15 at door
9am -3pm GENERAL ADMISSION $5 at the door
KIDS FREE!
Dress up in costume for an extra door prize ticket!

More information-
www.ultimatetoyfair.com
cbtoys@telus.net
Cherry Bomb Toys – 250-385-8697