Esquimalt Ribfest

Esquimalt Ribfest is a Family event that raises funds for local charities. Donations are distributed by Firefighters Charitable Foundation. The Ribfest Committee and the workers are volunteers who give their time to serve our community.

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.

Thank you!

Last year was our most successful event ever because of your participation at the Esquimalt Ribfest. All proceeds benefit our local charities in serving the neighbourhoods where we live.

We are community, We are family, We are volunteers

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Victoria Symphony Splash

On Sunday, August 6, 2017, tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 28th annual Victoria Symphony Splash. From a floating stage in the Inner Harbour, the VS orchestra and special guests will perform, ending with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – with fireworks of course!

Victoria Symphony Orchestra - Symphony SplashOn Sunday, August 6, 2017, tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 28th annual Victoria Symphony Splash. From a floating stage in the Inner Harbour, the VS orchestra and special guests will perform, ending with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – with fireworks of course!

Victoria Symphony Splash is an annual Victoria Symphony event that takes place on a floating stage moored in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It includes musical entertainment, food, souvenirs and the evening’s highlight: a live performance by the Victoria Symphony. Splash is now one of the largest annual symphony events in North America, attracting up to 40,000 Victoria residents and visitors from all over the world, some who visit Victoria just to see Splash! Over 400 volunteers help to bring the event to the community.

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Car Free YYJ 2017

Car Free YYJ will be back on Douglas Street on Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 11am-6pm. Car Free YYJ will take over Douglas Street for the city’s third annual community celebration.

Car Free YYJ will be back on Douglas Street on Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 11am-6pm. Car Free YYJ will take over Douglas Street for the city’s third annual community celebration with vendors, music, and much much more! Grab the entire family and enjoy your Father’s Day on Douglas Street for this free event!

Location: Douglas Street from Caledonia Street / Chatham Street to Courtney Street.

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RON SEXSMITH Plus Guests

Ron Sexsmith’s status as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation has never been in doubt, even from the moment he released his self-titled major-label debut album in 1995. His career arc since then has in some ways been a study in how that pure ability has been handled in the studio.

Ron Sexsmith Alix Goolden HallRon Sexsmith’s status as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation has never been in doubt, even from the moment he released his self-titled major-label debut album in 1995. His career arc since then has in some ways been a study in how that pure ability has been handled in the studio. On his 12 albums, Sexsmith has worked with some of music’s most celebrated producers—Daniel Lanois, Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake, Ray Kennedy, Martin Terefe, Bob Rock and Jim Scott. With all of that experience, it would stand to reason that Sexsmith has learned a thing or two over the years about how to make a record.

That thought indeed struck him as the Toronto-based Sexsmith prepared to make his thirteenth solo album, The Last Rider, where for the first time he, in tandem with his longtime collaborator Don Kerr, has taken matters into his own hands as a producer. For fans, that fact alone should heighten the listening experience in terms of getting to hear Sexsmith’s complete musical vision for the first time. However, it’s not much of a surprise that, as an artist whose music never fails to draw out raw emotions, Sexsmith the producer has made The Last Rider perhaps the most intimate and welcoming album in his catalogue.

Over the course of its 15 tracks—most clocking in at about the three-minute mark—The Last Rider is by turns romantic, bittersweet, uplifting and humourous, as might be expected. But what is most striking is how naturally the songs flow together, and how at ease Sexsmith sounds, accompanied by his trusted touring band who know his creative process perhaps better than anyone.

“I did have this wealth of knowledge about recording that I didn’t really realize I had,” Sexsmith says. “And being able to rely on Don’s skills at getting great sounds, and just making sure everything ran smoothly, was essential. I think for a long time I just may have been afraid to produce myself. I mean, if someone ever said to me, ‘I don’t like the way this album was produced,’ I could always say, ‘Well, I didn’t do it.’”

Working primarily at The Bathouse, The Tragically Hip’s studio near Kingston, Ontario, sessions for The Last Rider were a marked change in approach from Sexsmith’s previous album, 2015’s Carousel One, which was laid down in less than a week in L.A. with a host of the city’s top session stars. While that was not an unfamiliar setting for Sexsmith, and one he admittedly thrives in, it’s not the kind of pressure any artist should be under every time they go into the studio. For The Last Rider, then, it felt right to stay closer to home, and as a result, Sexsmith believes it’s one of his most personal albums.

“I didn’t plan on it being that way, but as we were assembling the songs, this theme did start to emerge about leaving the city, which my wife and I are going to be doing soon, and other big life changes.” Sexsmith adds, “The album title stems from these thoughts I’d had going into it that this actually might be my last album for a while, just because of how frustrating the music business can be these days. But the way everything played out, it felt a lot more free, so I guess we’ll see what happens.”

Like one of his main inspirations, Ray Davies, Sexsmith is a rare songwriter able to extract profound meaning from even the most mundane aspects of urban life, while simultaneously lamenting what remains of our simpler past. But always, hope springs eternal. That’s evident from the outset of The Last Rider with “It Won’t Last For Long,” a song that couldn’t be a more appropriate balm for the scars left by 2016. The same can be said of “Dreams Are Bigger,” whose chorus, “If your dreams are bigger than your worries, you won’t have to worry about your dreams,” should particularly appeal to Sexsmith’s Twitter followers familiar with his love of clever wordplay.

“I think my sound has always been a combination of the folk singers and British Invasion artists I’ve always admired,” he says. “At this point, it’s just second nature for me to write short, melodic songs that say everything you want to say. But having my band totally involved on this album maybe brought out more in the songs than on other recent albums. It felt special, anyway.”

On the album’s most poignant moments, such as “Man At The Gate (1913),” there certainly is a sense—as with all of Sexsmith’s best songs—that life if often richer than we make it out be, and we should embrace that. In this case, the point is made through a photograph taken a century ago in front of Toronto’s Trinity-Bellwoods park, conveying the message that although styles and attitudes change, we all remain connected through our shared humanity. It all sprang from Sexsmith simply buying a postcard at a shop near his house one day.

“In the photograph, there’s a man walking by the gates of the park, and you can barely see him, but that’s the kind of thing I easily get obsessed about,” he says. “I couldn’t stop thinking that that guy could be me 100 years later, and really could be all of us. We’re here for a certain period of time, and we leave behind these traces of who we were that have the potential to inspire people who come along after we’re gone. To me, that’s really beautiful.”

Although Ron Sexsmith has more music to come that is sure to inspire us, for now The Last Rider is the latest addition to a body of work as impressive as any produced in the past quarter-century. Through truth and simplicity, Sexsmith’s songs help us get closer to the things that make us better people, meaning that an album like The Last Rider is as necessary now as anything he has ever done.

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Quadra Village Day

Quadra Village Day is a fun, free, family-friendly, all-ages event organized by a volunteer committee. Typically, more than 4,000 people from across the region participate in a broad range of activities which include breakfast, games and over four hours of entertainment on our stages.

Quadra Village Day - PlayInVictoria.netQuadra Village Day is a fun, free, family-friendly, all-ages event organized by a volunteer committee. Typically, more than 4,000 people from across the region participate in a broad range of activities which include breakfast, games and over four hours of entertainment on our stages.

Join us for Quadra Village Day 2017 : Saturday, May 13, 9:30am – 1:00pm

Drop by Kings Road (between Quadra and Dowler) from 9:30 am–1:00 pm, to help celebrate the Hillside-Quadra community and enjoy this fun, 100% FREE event for all-ages.

Come for the free breakfast (available from 9:30am–11:00am), and stay for musical and dance performances between 9:30am–1:00 pm.

Join in on the variety of fun activities will be available all day. Further details to follow!

Also, don’t forget to visit the information tables set up by local and neighbourhood community groups.

Interested in finding out more? Or wanting to know if there’s still time to volunteer for this fun event?

CONTACT US:
Quadra Village Day Planning Committee
c/o Quadra Village Community Centre
901 Kings Rd. Victoria
250-388-7696
quadravillageday@gmail.com

We encourage people to travel to Quadra Village Day by bus, bike, car-pool and foot. There is limited parking available at CDI College (access off Hillside). Parking regulations are in-force on surrounding streets.

Many thanks to our fabulous sponsors, supporters, volunteers and Planning Committee for making Quadra Village Day possible:

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Tim Hus live at Norway House

Tim Hus has spent the last fourteen years performing his unique brand of Canadian historical and geographical songs from coast to coast in Canada, USA, and across the globe. Hus spent two years touring with Canadian icon Stompin’ Tom Connors on his final Newfoundland to Vancouver cross-country trek, where Tim was heralded as “the best opening act Tom has had in his 50 year career”.

Tim Hus live at Norway House May 7, 2017Victoria Folk Music Society: Tim Hus, after Open Stage, 7:30pm at Norway House (1110 Hillside), $7.

Tim Hus has spent the last fourteen years performing his unique brand of Canadian historical and geographical songs from coast to coast in Canada, USA, and across the globe. Hus spent two years touring with Canadian icon Stompin’ Tom Connors on his final Newfoundland to Vancouver cross-country trek, where Tim was heralded as “the best opening act Tom has had in his 50 year career”.

Hus comes at his audience like a runaway rig, while firing off image-laden lyrics with the intensity of a western gunslinger. Tim Hus will make you sit up and pay attention to his songs, story songs that capture the pioneering spirit that motivates and inspires truck drivers, miners, rum runners, trappers, men of the land, men of the sea, and vagabonds.

Hus was nominated for “Folk/Roots” artist of the year at the Canadian Music Awards and “Songwriter of the Year” at the Folk Music Awards. His distinctive song-writing and spirited performances by the members of his dynamic band stand as a cornerstone of authentic Canadiana. Tim will be joined by longtime touring partner Spider Bishop on upright bass and lead guitar.

www.victoriafolkmusic.ca

 

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CELTIC CELEBRATION WITH KEN LAVIGNE

Award-winning Vancouver Island tenor Ken Lavigne joins the VS for an evening of all things Celtic. After performing on some of the largest stages in North America, including Carnegie Hall,

Celtic Celebration with Ken LavigneAward-winning Vancouver Island tenor Ken Lavigne joins the VS for an evening of all things Celtic. After performing on some of the largest stages in North America, including Carnegie Hall, Victoria’s own charming tenor returns home to take you on a journey through the misty moors and foot-stomping ceilidhs of all your favourite Celtic musical moments. You’ll be singing along with beloved melodies such as Danny Boy, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Molly Malone, Loch Lomond and more.

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Quadra Village Day May 13th – Here’s the stage line-up #yyjevents #yyjmusic

Come for the free pancake and continental breakfast, provided by Fairway Market, available to all at 9:30am to 11:00am. Ice cream cones are available around 11:30.

Stay for the musical and dance performances occurring on one of our two-stages between 9:30–1:00 p.m. Performances include The Leg-Up Program, Daniel Cook and the Radiators and Also check out the fun activities that will be available, including: carnival games, free haircuts (limited), bumper ball soccer, dolphin inflatable, gaming station, crafts, face painting, and much more.

May 13, 2017
Kings Road
Victoria, BC
9:30AM – 1:00PM

For more info visit: www.quadravillagecc.com/quadra-village-day

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Miller Conducts Sibelius May 1-Royal Theatre #yyjarts @rmts_Victoria @VicSymphony

Join Tania Miller as she celebrates with a world premiere written in her honour by one of her first mentors, Bramwell Tovey. She also welcomes one of her favourite collaborators, Sara Davis Buechner, to the stage for the crashing rhythms and colours of Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Later hear the Sibeilus Second Symphony with its grandiose finale, one of Maestra Miller’s personal favourites.

MONDAY, MAY 1 | 8:00 PM | FIND TICKETS

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Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Spotlight @VicJazzSociety #VicJazzfest

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – a.k.a. PMJ to their millions of fans – has become a global phenomenon by putting a variety of vintage spins on contemporary pop hits.

Thursday June 29, 2017 7:30PM | Royal Theatre, Victoria

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