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)

Another event you may like: New Year Eve at Merridale Cidery

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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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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Pumpkinfest returns to Galey Farms

Pumpkinfest is a great time for the whole family! Featuring live entertainment, face painting, kids games, hay rides, u-pick pumpkins, train rides, corn maze, playground, petting farm, children’s haunted house, fantastic seasonal displays and this year our new Cow Train!

This annual event is running October weekends 8th & 9th, 15th & 16th, 22nd & 23rd, and 29th & 30th from 10 am to 4 pm.

Cost is $12 per adult $8 per child for one Train Ride ticket or one Corn Maze ticket. With your purchase of first ticket, second ticket at $5 (+taxes). Family Combo Pass (2 adults, 2 children) for $48 includes Corn Maze and Train Ride. Petting Farm is complimentary only with the purchase of first ticket or separately $2 per person.

All prices plus taxes.

Don’t forget to bring your camera!

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!

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Victoria International Wine Festival

For the last five years the city has been without a dedicated wine festival. The Victoria Wine Festival looks to fill this glaring omission. In September the Victoria Wine Festival will takes place showcasing some of the best international wines.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is a city surrounded by natural beauty, blessed with a Mediterranean climate, coloured with gardens and home to a lively and affluent population.

For the last five years the city has been without a dedicated wine festival. The Victoria Wine Festival looks to fill this glaring omission. In September the Victoria Wine Festival will takes place showcasing some of the best international wines. This festival is directed at building the knowledge of the average wine consumer, and demonstrating new wines and acknowledging beloved wine standards to veteran consumers.






SESSION TIMES: Friday, September 22nd Evening Session 1: 7:00pm – 9:30pm Saturday, September 23rd Afternoon Session: 3:00pm – 5:30pm Evening Session 2: 7:00pm – 9:30pm


SEMINARS Marlborough New Zealand Revealed! – Taste your way through the Marborough Region New Zealand Wine An Indelible Expression of Place – Masterclass on New Zealand Wine Women and the Vine – A seminar on women in the wine industry New finds: Discover what local sommeliers are drinking today Discover our Cellar – What to cellar and what to expect

Last Day of Esquimalt Ribfest #yyjmusic @esqribs @TheVillanovas

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

Come for a day 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:


Sunday, September 10th

12n Bijoux du Bayou
1:30p The Villanovas
2:45p Curl
4p Lauren Webb
5:00 50-50 draw, Ribber Awards and People’s Choice
5:15p Angel Forrest
6:30p David Vest
7:45p Bill Johnson

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