Additional Headliners Announced Victoria Jazzfest

Victoria JazzfestG O G O P E N G U I N
p l u s Gwyneth Herbert

McPherson Playhouse | Saturday, June 23 – 7:30pm | $42.50 & $32.50 (plus service charges)

Victoria Jazzfest: Their music is described as acoustic-electronica and is noted for its hypnotic melodies, visceral bass-lines and tidal rhythms. Manchester, UK-based piano trio GoGo Penguin is pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner. The band’s music features break-beats, minimalist piano melodies, powerful basslines, drums inspired from electronica and anthemic riffs. Their latest album on Blue Note A Humdrum Star, was released in February 2018. Britain’s Gwyneth Herbert is a sophisticated jazz-ballad artist and has released six albums. “She has a voice that can effortlessly render any emotion with commanding ease.”

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Victoria JazzfestM O R G A N J A M E S & J A M I S O N R O S S

McPherson Playhouse | Monday, June 25 – 7:30pm | $52.50 & $42.50 (plus service charges)

Victoria Jazzfest: A veteran performer with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, vocalist Morgan James is a phenomenal talent with a genuine feel for soul music and songwriting. Reckless Abandon, her recent recording of all-original material, proved to be a hit with critics and the public. The charismatic James shows a mature sense of balance on stage that makes an evening with her a memorable delight.

Praised for having “the intuitive musicality of Stevie Wonder”, New Orleans’ Jamison Ross was destined to make his mark on jazz from behind a drum kit. Ross’s debut album, Jamison, showcased his percussive and singing skills in gospel and R&B-inflected jazz compositions that earned a 2015 Grammy nod. His January 2018 Concord release All for One continues to showcase his highly resonant and soulful vocals. Ross is a fresh, dazzling talent.

Victoria JazzfestMACY GRAY

Royal Theatre | Wednesday, June 27 – 7:30pm | $68.50 & $53.50 (plus service charges)

Victoria Jazzfest: Macy Gray’s voice has drawn comparisons with Billy Holiday, Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, to name a few. “I Try,” remains one of her best-known songs, from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is, winning her a Grammy in 2001. Her latest album Stripped was recorded with notable jazz musicians including Russell Malone, Wallace Rodney and Ari Hoenig. Jazz is how she got her start and is what Gray does in this collection of reimagined songs from her catalog. From jazz to pop and R&B, to jazz again, Macy Gray continues to divulge her musical prowess with a unique, smoky voice that is unforgettable to the last note. “Macy Gray is back and better than ever” – Vogue Magazine


McPherson Playhouse | Friday, June 29 – 7:30pm | $55.50 & $45.50 (plus service charges)

14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is to the Dobro (resonator guitar) what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar by reinventing the instrument in countless ways. This forward-thinking artist incorporates elements of bluegrass, jazz, blues, rock and Celtic into his musical vision. He is best known as a key member of Alison Krauss and Union Station since 1988. Douglas’ distinctive sound graces 1500+ albums, including discs released by Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Ray Charles. He recently received a Grammy Nomination for “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.” A true pioneer in American Music.

See the previously released list of headliners HERE

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The role of the sacred in Indigenous law and reconciliation

Ideafest presents- Two of UVic’s leading Indigenous scholars, John Borrows and Val Napoleon, will discuss the sacred in Indigenous law and reconciliation.

Ideafest presents- Two of UVic’s leading Indigenous scholars, John Borrows and Val Napoleon, will discuss the sacred in Indigenous law and reconciliation.

Free- registration required

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 – 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 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)

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!

24th Victoria Film Festival WINNING FILMS

After 10 days of abuzz crowds flowing into 7 of Victoria’s best cinemas, the 2018 Victoria Film Festival has rolled up its beloved pink carpet for another year.

Victoria Film FestivalThe Festival kicked off at the Victoria Conference Centre with the premiere of the film Waterboys directed by Robert Jan Westdijk, who was in attendance. After the screening 300 guests were led by bagpipe to the Bay Centre to celebrate at the festival’s Opening Gala Party. Fog, a herd of handcrafted sheep and live music, provided by a Ceilidh Band transformed the Bay Centre into the Highlands of Scotland. Patrons enjoyed mini golf, whiskey tasting, and even a had a rare sighting of the mysterious Loch Ness monster.

This year’s Festival showcased over 100 films from almost 30 countries. The festival saw over 24,000 attendees, with over 40 film sellouts and hosted 70 special guests.  A highlight film was the only North American premiere Pickups. Directed by Jamie Thraves, it was co-written and starred Game of Thrones actor Aiden Gillen. Both Thraves and Gillen attended their screenings and interacted with excited fans and answered audience questions.

At the closing ceremonies, held at 10 Acres Commons on Sunday, the VFF announced award winners and recognized the outstanding films and filmmakers featured at the 24th edition of the festival. Among the awards was the prestigious Cineplex Entertainment Audience Favourite Award. It is selected by festival attendees alone and was taken home this year by the moving drama Indian Horse directed by Stephen Campanelli.

Other awards winners include:

Cultural Currents Award –  $1000 prize

Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick by Natalie Boll, LaTiesha Fazakas

Best Short Animation

Weekends by Trevor Jimenez

Best Documentary

Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me by Samuel D. Pollard

Best Canadian First Feature  – 1000 prize:

Kayak to Klemtu by Zoe Hopkins

Canadian Feature

Rebels on Pointe by Bobbi Jo Hart

Best Feature Film

Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle by Mike van Diem

Audience Favourite Short Film – $500 prize:

Wishing Jar by Denver Jackson

Audience Favourite Feature Film

Indian Horse by Stephen Campanelli

The Victoria Film Festival is Vancouver Island’s largest and longest-running film festival, currently celebrating 24 years. The Victoria Film Festival screens more than 110 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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VFF 2018 Opening Gala and Film

Get ready to do your best Gay Gordon as we whisk you off to the Highlands of Scotland for a romp through the heather where you’ll be kicking up your heels to The Slowpokes Ceilidh Band for a wee bit o’ dancing.

VFF 2018 Opening Gala and Film

Get ready to do your best Gay Gordon as we whisk you off to the Highlands of Scotland for a romp through the heather where you’ll be kicking up your heels to The Slowpokes Ceilidh Band for a wee bit o’ dancing.

There will be golf and whisky tastings by the Union Club of BC. The best of Spinnakers Brewpub beer and cider, and you’ll be as ‘fu’ as a puggie’ after the delights prepared by Table 21. Enjoy Sheringham Distillery cocktails and wine, courtesy of the Victoria Films & Entertainment Corporation and Cultural Multi-Media of Victoria Ltd.

Watch out for the sheep and don’t get lost in the fog. Twirl and dip anyone? Ticket includes Opening film, Gala party, all hors d’oeuvres and drinks | 19+ event Opening Gala Film: Waterboys

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:
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! 
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
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
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  
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, by calling 250-389-0444 or from the festival box-office, 1215 Blanshard. St, MondayFriday9AM–5PM
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Good Food Grooves // Cartoon Lizard // Grapefruit is Impossible

Fernwood NRG and Vinyl Envy are proud to present Good Food Grooves: a fundraiser concert with live music from Cartoon Lizard, Grapefruit is Impossible, Isabella Harned & Laura Glover. Cartoon Lizard (Victoria, BC) A five piece psychedelic pop outfit. One of Victoria’s most impressive bands with elements from a handful of influential sounds, original catchy and nostalgic feeling poppy/rockin’ tunes.

Grapefruit is Impossible (Victoria, BC) An original hip hop group, bringing the live grooves to bust a move to. Blending a handful of different styles: hip hop, jazz, funk with a citrus twist.

Isabella Harned & Laura Glover (of St. Lawrence Warehouse Company, Montreal QC) When quiet tender folk meets lush and dreamy harmonies, these wonderful performers will grace the shop again and warm up the room for you with their guitar and voices!

All proceeds from this show support The Gift of Good Food. This fundraiser provides fresh vegetables and fruit to families who need it across Greater Victoria. Every $500 we raise provides a year’s worth of produce to a family. Cash bar with beverages by Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., 19+ event, tickets $15 (limited capacity)

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Rock Ambleside 2018 Line Up Announced

2018 Rock Ambleside Line-up Announced!

Rock Ambleside Park
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After three days of sun drenched classic rock last year, Ambleside Live and Rock 101 are excited to announce the 2nd annual Rock Ambleside Park music festival, scheduled for August 17-19 at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.

This year’s festival will once again feature 11 classic rock bands.



The 2017 inaugural Rock Ambleside Park was a tremendous success that saw over 10,000 people visit the park over the three days to enjoy the classic rock festival.

ROCK AMBLESIDE PARK has partnered with Vancouver’s Rock 101 and Ambleside Live to bring you this one-of-a-kind event. Ambleside Park is one of the most picturesque settings, and in the past, Ambleside Live has hosted concerts by Kenny Chesney, Ed Sheeran, Tegan & Sara and Lilith Fair.  The festival grounds will have food trucks, drinks, and VIP access. Patrons are permitted to bring in their own lawn chairs for the event.

Early Bird Passes Available Here

The Island Farms Santa Claus Parade

Island Farms Santa Claus ParadeThe Island Farms Santa Claus Parade

The Santa Claus Parade is November 25.  It starts at 4:45 pm at the corner of Government & Belleville at the Legislative Buildings and travels down Government Street near Centennial Square.  Parade Route HERE

Please support the Mustard Seed Food Bank and bring a non-perishable food donation. Donations will be collected on the parade route.  Help for those in need is especially appreciated during the holiday season.

Afterwards, join the fun at Centennial Square for refreshments from Island Farms and witness SANTA OFFICIALLY DECLARE CHRISTMAS IN VICTORIA OPEN!

More Christmas fun in the city IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive

Abulele Plays The Roxy Theatre

Abulele plays The Roxy TheatreAbulele plays The Roxy Theatre

The Victoria International Jewish Film Festival invites everyone to the wonders of world cinema at our first Family Friendly Sunday Matinee! Abulele plays The Roxy Theatre. Every child receives an ice cream goodie from the Curbside Treats vintage cart, a VIJFF t-shirt plus many more surprises.

Don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience!!! In the heartfelt family film, ABULELE, Adam, a young boy dealing with the death of his older brother, discovers an Abulele living in the basement of his building. But when Adam realizes that it is not the Abulele but thoughtless humans who are the real monsters, he risks everything to save his friendly giant.

$13 Adults, $10 Student/Senior, $7.50 Youth

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