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    Community Craft Fair & Art Sale Make this holiday season the most meaningful ever. Enjoy the incredible artistic and musical talent of current and former clients of Cool Aid, Our Place, Pacifica Housing and Anawim House. On Saturday, December 2, shop the Community Craft Fair & Art Sale -- from 10 am to 3 pm at First Metropolitan Church, 932 Balmoral Road. Cash only. Information: Facebook.com/events/1868041763525443
  2. Diemahler Christmas Pops

    Diemahler Christmas Pops ST MARY'S CHURCH OAK BAY DECEMBER 16, 2:30PM HAVE A PROMO CODE? SUBMIT SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 2:30 PM FIND TICKETS *Ticket are $25.00 | On sale August 15 Please note: A few hours prior to the event tickets may only be available from the box office or at the venue. The DieMahler Ensemble specializes in masterful musical artistry, vibrancy, character, and very deep feeling, leaving no musical path unexplored. Each concert in this beautiful series offers a different flavour of musical colours and textures, with varied repertoire, from virtuoso classical works to gorgeous light romantic works that explore the wide range of musical emotion and expression. *Ticket prices are subject to change.
  3. Ken Lavigne

    Ken Lavigne: Home for Christmas ROYAL THEATRE DECEMBER 5, 7:30PM Tickets starting at $39.00 | On sale September 25 at 10am Please note: Online ticket sales end one hour prior to the performance start time. Tickets may be available from the box office. Victoria’s hometown tenor, Ken Lavigne, is back on stage at the Royal Theatre. This time he'll take the audience on a journey through favourite Christmas classics and sparkling holiday songs with conductor Pierre Simard and special guest vocalist Stephanie Greaves. Let the rich timbre of this award winning singer’s voice melt away the icy winter blast and envelope you with the warm promise of a cozy hometown Christmas. Ken Lavigne is a highly acclaimed tenor who has performed on many world stages, including New York’s Carnegie Hall. He has worked with producer David Foster, performed for His Royal Highness Prince Charles, and recently returned from a concert tour celebrating Canada’s 150th entitled the Great Canadian Songbook. Ken Lavigne’s hometown Christmas concert will feature a symphony orchestra made up of the Island's best musicians. Later this spring Ken will be on tour in China promoting the cultural vibrancy of Vancouver Island’s music scene. Tickets at: http://www.rmts.bc.ca/events/ken-lavigne-2017-royal-theatre
  4. Sandy Wilson

    Intimate & Interactive with Sandy Wilson CineVic’s Intimate & Interactive artist talk series returns on Saturday November 25 with director Sandy Wilson! Following up on our inaugural artist talk with Atom Egoyan earlier this year, we are pleased to once again partner with the Fairmont Empress to present this inspiring series of prominent Canadian film directors in discussion with both a live audience and online viewers. Catch a free screening of the 1985 Genie Award winning film My American Cousin on Friday night, then join us on Saturday morning for a casual chat and coffee with the film’s director, or tune in online at facebook.com/cinevicSandy Wilson was born and grew up near Penticton, and in the late 1960s she began directing, writing, and editing films including the NFB award winning documentary He’s Not The Walking Kind. She has directed an episode of the iconic Canadian TV series Ready or Not, and in 1985 directed the feature film My American Cousin which swept the Genie Awards including Best Motion Picture. Intimate & Interactive with Sandy Wilson Saturday November 25, 2017 11:00am - Noon Fairmont Empress Rattenbury Room FREE ADMISSION (seating is first-come first-served)Join and share the artist talk event on Facebook >>TIFF and the Fairmont Empress will also present a free screening of My American Cousin the night before our artist talk, on Friday November 24th at 7pm:director@cinevic.ca250-389-159.
  5. Merry & Bright

    Merry & Bright Join us for this silent & live auction (with guest auctioneer Alison Ross from Kilshaw's Auctioneers), a complimentary tasting hour (a sampling of Phillips Beer, Merridale Cider, VQA Wines & Prosecco) to get those bidding juices flowing, live entertainment, and delicious cocktail catering (from Toque Catering) at our signature holiday fundraiser, Merry & Bright. Bid on incredible items, unique experiences, wonderful gift packages and tickets to some of the best arts events in Victoria & Vancouver. The full auction catalogue is now LIVE! View all 82 Silent Auction Lots and 6 amazing Live Auction Lots worth more than $16,500! P.S. This is a great chance to get a head start on your holiday shopping. There are packages for the craft beer lover, the gin aficionado, the theatre lover, the foodie and best of all - your purchases support Intrepid. Merry & Bright Sunday, November 26th 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM The Atrium, 800 Yates Street (use Blanshard Street entrance) Tickets $50 (the doors & silent auction bidding open at 6:30pm) BUY TICKETS & VIEW CATALOGUE
  6. Speakers Series: Refugium

    Speakers Series: Refugium The Maritime Museum of BC is thrilled to host our third Nautical Nights Speaker Series featuring artists and poets from the Refugium publication and art show, now on at the Maritime Museum of BC till December 16th. This Speaker Series runs on the last Thursday of every month from September to April, with the exception of December. Talk Summary Inspired by poetry from Refugium: Poems for the Pacific, twenty-two visual and performing artists responded to a selection of poems from the anthology edited by Yvonne Blomer. The resulting art exhibition curated by Regan Rasmussen features a wide range of media reflecting a love and concern for the Pacific Ocean and its lifeforms. The poems provided inspiration for artists to shape their interpretive responses. Negotiating an entry point varied for each artist - words, phrases, passages evoked images, triggered memories and experiential connections to inform the creative process. In the gallery, a group of artists will offer insights into their process of response and several poets will read poetry from the anthology. This hour of interactive conversation promises to connect artists, poets and guests through a shared love of the ocean. Photo of Art Card for the Refugium Art Show Nautical Nights Speaker Series is hosted at the Maritime Museum of BC at 634 Humboldt St. Doors will open at 6:30pm with the talk starting at 7:00pm. Drinks are available by donation. Tickets are: $8 Museum Members $10 General Admission Tickets are on sale now and will be sold till the day of the event, or till sold out. Tickets can be reserved directly through the Museum by either coming in in-person, or by calling 250-385-4222 ext. 103. Tickets are also sold online and can be purchased here: http://www.ticketrocket.co/event/details/101944/nautical-nights-speaker-series
  7. Festive Brass

    A Family Holiday with the Festive Brass December 9, 2017 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm Dave Dunnet Community Theatre 2151 Cranmore Road, Oak Bay Press contact: Melissa - civictickets@gmail.com or 250.516.5599 TICKETS: $22 adults | $18 seniors | $10 students Tickets for children ages 12 & under are FREE (max 2 free children's tickets per adult) AVAILABLE AT: Long & McQuade; Munro's Books; Ivy's Bookshop; The Shieling (Cadboro Bay); Tanner's Books (Sidney), at the door, and online:www.civicorchestraofvictoria.org For almost twenty years, the Festive Brass have been delighting crowds at The Butchart Gardens in Victoria during the holiday season. Comprised of Stevan Paranosic (trumpet), Bruce Hurn (trumpet), Nick La Riviere (trombone) and Robert Fraser (bass trombone), the Festive Brass display top-notch musicianship, quirky arrangements of well-loved holiday classics, and cheeky humour. They have been bringing their unique brand of fun-for-the-whole-family holiday cheer to sold-out shows with the Vancouver Island Symphony at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo. The Symphony’s Artistic Director, Pierre Simard, says the Festive Brass “bring a very special blend of imagination, surprises, instrumental virtuosity and of course - festiveness to their productions. This will be a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season!” On the afternoon of December 9th (2pm), the Festive Brass will join the Civic Orchestra of Victoria for the first time at Dave Dunnet Community Theatre in Oak Bay. Merriness, magic, and a dash of madness are on the musical menu. The Festive Brass delivers music with a comedic twist while still honouring traditional carols. With over two hundred original arrangements in their repertoire, you’ll hear ‘mash ups’ that combine Christmas carols with TV show themes, video game music, and pop music classics. It’s fabulous fun! Festive Brass will perk up your senses, and not just because of the horns. Their arrangements are fresh, novel and sometimes unconventional. How about The Little Drummer Boy with a groovy, percussive Latin beat? Or a Klezmerized, Jewish carol they like to call Oy! to the World? Weird and wonderful, right? The orchestra will also be highlighted in arrangements of enduring classics like the beautiful Coventry Carol, Mel Torme’s The Christmas Song, and the ever-popular Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. The entire program appeals to all generations, and with costume changes and fun stage effects, the show is fabulously festive. Add in a rousing carol sing-a-long for the entire audience and this is a performance you won’t want to miss.
  8. Carpenter Gothic Architecture

    LECTURE SERIES The survival of Carpenter Gothic in the architecture of Victoria - with Dr. Nick Russell Hello, We are excited to announce our second lecture of the season at Wentworth Villa Architectural Heritage Museum on December 2nd: Lecture Series – The survival of Carpenter Gothic in the architecture of Victoria. Inspired by the great cathedrals of Europe, Gothic Revival architecture made a surprising impact on early Victoria. In particular, a variant style calledCarpenter Gothic left a lasting impression. Dr. Nick Russell explains why, despite new trends such as Arts & Crafts and Art Deco, he sees a design continuum. In this lecture, he asks the question: Has Victoria inherited a legacy of Carpenter Gothic that still influences today’s architecture? Victoria heritage researcher and writer Nick Russell lectures widely and has recently authored Glorious Victorian Homes: 150 Years of Architectural History in BC’s Capital, and Then & Now: Postcards from the Past. Date of the first lecture: Saturday December 2 @ 2:00 pm Venue: Wentworth Villa, 1156 Fort St. Tickets: $15.00 available online at wentworthvilla.com/event/the-survival-of-carpenter-gothic-in-the-architecture-of-victoria-bc. By phone: 250 598-0760, or in person at 1156 Fort Street. Seating is limited to around 75 people. This promises to be an exciting lecture, for more information please emailing us at info@wentworthvilla.com or by phone: 250 598-0760. Thank you for your support. Ben Schweitzer - Managing Director
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  10. Cheesecake Burlesque Revue

    The Cheesecakes are a Delight Before Christmas! Kick off the holiday season with glitter, glamour and giggles! On December 8 & 9, the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue revisits and re-imagines all your favourite holiday memories in cheezy, sparkly style! You’ll laugh so hard, you'llHO HO HO yourself silly! Burlesque is a fabulous night out! It's a vaudevillian style variety show, with dancing, singing, and comedy. The Cheesecakes are full of silly seasonal shenanigans! They’ll show YOU all the jiggle in the jingle! ***TWO SHOWS*** Friday & Saturday December 8 & 9! The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue: DELIGHT BEFORE XXXMAS! The Roxy Theatre 2657 Quadra St., Victoria, BC Doors 7:30 / Show 8:30 19+ Facebook Event Tickets: $24 advance/ $28 door (cash only) Call 250-382-3370 Visit Roxy Box Office: Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 4pm And online: https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=1181614 The Cheesecakes are multiple award-winners who have dazzled and delighted in Las Vegas, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, Helsinki, Paris, Stockholm, Rome, and Berlin, as well as all across Canada! Armed with a sassy silliness and a g-force of glitter, these girls pack a sparkly punch that will make your heart happy and leave you loving the skin you’re in! With influences from cult classics like Priscilla Queen of the Desert to Broadway favourites like Guys and Dolls to imaginative roller coasters like their original Cheesecakes In Space, these girls know how to put on the modern day show-stopper! The Cheesecakes are known for their high-energy acts, standout performers, comedic timing, steamy seductiveness and girl-next-door accessibility. ------------------------------------------------ A delicious slice of SASS! www.cheesecakeburlesque.com info@cheesecakeburlesque.com ------------------------------------------------
  11. The Nutcracker

    Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker with the Victoria Symphony Dec 1 to 3 at the Royal Theatre Dance Victoria presents Canada’s Alberta Ballet in The Nutcracker from December 1 to 3, 2017 at the Royal Theatre. The ballet features gorgeous detailed costumes and million dollar sets by Emmy award winning designer Zack Brown, while Choreographic Associate and Artist-in-Residence Edmund Stripe created the choreography to Tchaikovsky’s memorable score. "The Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition that we all look forward to. Each year, I'm reminded of my favourite moments and inspired to create new memories for the audience,” says Stripe. “When the snow begins to fall at the end of Act One, there's always an audible gasp from the audience. There's an element of magic and unexpected beauty that happens at that moment." The Nutcracker’s scale is enormous: 30 dancers from Alberta Ballet; 36 members of the Victoria Symphony; 60 local children; and 35 backstage crew come together for each performance. “Edmund Stripe’s The Nutcracker is always an enchanting holiday experience and a particularly proud moment for the artistic staff,” said Jean Grand-Maître, Alberta Ballet Artistic Director. “With the children’s cast, we spark dreams in future ballet dancers, and we cherish our role in igniting that spark!” Set in Russia, this Nutcracker tells the story of Klara and her special Christmas gift of a wooden nutcracker. Klara dreams that her nutcracker comes to life as the Nutcracker Prince, who becomes involved in a battle with the evil Mouse King. Klara intervenes heroically to save him, and is then swept away to the Land of Sweets with the Sugar Plum Fairy where she experiences a world of magical dances. Canada’s Alberta Ballet + Victoria Symphony The Nutcracker Friday + Saturday, December 1 + 2 @ 7:30 pm Saturday + Sunday, December 2 + 3 @ 2:00 pm Join us for Nutcracker story time (free) at 1:15 pm for matinees & 6:45 pm for evenings Klara’s Closet dress-up in East Lobby prior to each show Royal Theatre Tickets: $39-$111 • Special Kids’ Prices Box Office: 250-386-6121 • Online: DanceVictoria.com Nutcracker Kids Dance Victoria partners with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Victoria, Women’s Transition House, and the First Nations community to bring the underprivileged in our community to the opening night of The Nutcracker through the Nutcracker Kids campaign. Nutcracker Kids Lead Donor, Julie Rust Real Estate Marketing, invites the community to help make it happen. Last year 200 kids attended Nutcracker thanks to support from members of the Greater Victoria community. Visit DanceVictoria.com to donate. Find the Nutcracker Contest From November 13 to November 26 you can visit DanceVictoria.com and Dance Victoria’s Facebook page for a daily clue and photo of Mr. Nutcracker’s location in an Oak Bay Village shop. There will be daily draws to win a FREE pair of Nutcracker tickets as well as a grand prize to be drawn on Sunday, November 26 at the Oak Bay Light Up. Participants are encouraged to post a “selfie” with Mr. Nutcracker on Instagram with the hash tags #FindTheNutcracker #OakBayChristmas @DanceVictoria Dance Victoria + Oak Bay Business Improvement Association Find the Nutcracker Contest November 13 to 26 In participating Oak Bay Village stores Visit DanceVictoria.com (In the Community>Find the Nutcracker) for more information. About Dance Victoria Dance Victoria brings the World’s Best Dance to the Royal Theatre and supports the development of new dance for the international stage from its studios in Quadra Village. Dance Victoria is a non-profit charitable society.
  12. International Guitar Night

    International Guitar Night When: Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre, UVic Tickets: Student/Alumni $28, General $38 (Early Bird 4 tickets $110-available until Nov 30 or $130 after Dec 1) INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT (IGN) returns to the Farquhar at UVic for its 18th year of touring. Audience favourite, Germany's Gypsy Jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt is back as the show's host and will be joined by Calum Graham, a young Canadian contemporary sensation; Marek Pasieczny, Poland's innovative classical composer/ performer, and award-winning American guitarist Michael Chapdelaine. Lulo has built on grand-uncle Django Reinhardt's repertoire by introducing Latin rhythms and is one of the foremost authentic and distinctive musical voices in Gypsy music today. At just 24, Toronto’s Calum Graham has a two-handed style that has attracted millions of YouTube viewers. The fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter has 4 critically acclaimed albums to his credit. Poland’s Marek Pasieczny has performed and written for a variety of orchestras around the world and is considered one of the most respected contemporary composers writing for the guitar worldwide. USA’s Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world's top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres. He is currently Professor of Guitar at the University of New Mexico. International Guitar Night is the world's premier touring guitar festival, each show bringing together interesting and innovative acoustic guitarists to exchange musical ideas in a public forum. Each year, IGN founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries from around the world for special concert tours highlighting the diversity of acoustic guitar music. “We are thrilled to have International Guitar Night back at the Farquhar at UVic again this year” says Farquhar Director Ian Case. “It’s an incredible night and the talent of each guitarist is astonishing. The rotating touring cast consistently deliver a show that features unique collaborations but also showcases each players’ individual talents. The Farquhar’s stage and acoustics are the perfect complement to this very popular concert series.” For the past 3 years, IGN has played to near capacity audiences so patrons are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Join us for a dynamic and engaging evening of solos, duets, and quartets highlighting the dexterity and diversity in the world of acoustic guitar. For ticket information please contact: University Centre Ticket Centre 250-721-8480 | ticket@uvic.ca Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm http://tickets.uvic.ca More info: http://www.uvic.ca/auditorium http://www.internationalguitarnight.com
  13. Wild Anticipation: Joanne Thomson

    Wild Anticipation: A Growing Legacy – Paintings by Joanne Thomson Martin Bachelor Gallery, 712 Cormorant St., Jan. 5 – Feb. 1, 2018. This collection of paintings are an intimate record of Thomson’s interactions with wild places in BC, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon. 'Wild Anticipation' pays homage to the active stewardship of first peoples, organizations, and individuals, who anticipate the need to protect wild places. Grasslands and Ivvavik National Parks, Goldstream Provincial Park, a number of CRD parks and new conservation areas are depicted. There will be demonstrations each Thursday 11 – 1 and talks Saturdays 2 – 4. www.wildanticipation.ca www.joannethomson.com
  14. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition Royal BC Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year will be back by popular demand at the Royal BC Museum on December 8, 2017, after a one-year hiatus. This photography exhibition is put together by the Natural History Museum in London who runs the annual competition, now in its 53rd year. The 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year is Brent Stirton, a photojournalist from South Africa. Stirton won for his arresting image Memorial to a species, featuring a recently shot and de-horned black rhino in South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. The image illustrates the devastation of poaching; it graphically depicts an animal that clearly suffered at the hands of humans. Stirton took this photograph to highlight the impact of the illegal trade of rhino products. The winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is selected by a jury who look at all the category winners and choose the most memorable and striking image as the grand title winner. Stirton’s image was selected from almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries. “Wildlife Photographer of the Year is an exceptional collection of the very best photographs of the natural world,” says Royal BC Museum CEO Prof. Jack Lohman. “By bringing this world-renowned exhibition to Western Canada, we hope to increase awareness of the need to understand and protect our natural areas for the people, plants and animals that depend on them.” The Royal BC Museum is the only venue in western Canada hosting this exhibition. Visitors can view 100 extraordinary images from December 8, 2017 to April 2, 2018. The images range from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes, organized by subject categories and age ranges. There is something for everyone in this family-friendly exhibition. Canada is represented by twelve-year-old Josiah Launstein, from Pincher Creek, Alberta, whose photograph The hairy raincoat is a finalist in the 11 to 14 year-old category. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition receives thousands of entries from professionals, gifted amateurs and young photographers. The international judging panel includes some of the world’s most respected nature photographers and wildlife experts. Each photograph on display is described by the photographer, alongside technical details including camera, lens, aperture and exposure.
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    Sooke Philharmonic Christmas Concert Kick off your holiday season with a concert of joyous Christmas music presented by the Sooke Philharmonic Chorus and Chamber Players. Performances of the festive musical program, A Continental Christmas, are scheduled for December 2 and 3. Included are renditions of Vivaldi’s Gloria, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Nöel and arrangements of traditional French carols. Of A Continental Christmas, concert conductor and chorus director Nicholas Fairbank said, “The program features two effervescent choral works from continental Europe plus a selection of carols that I know everyone will enjoy. Having lived and studied in France in the 1990s I feel a particular connection to the French repertoire.” The Gloria, possibly Antonio Lucio Vivaldi’s most famous choral piece, presents the traditional Gloria from the Latin Mass in twelve varied cantata-like sections. The wonderfully sunny nature of the Gloria, with its distinctive melodies and rhythms, is characteristic of all of Vivaldi’s music, giving it an immediate and universal appeal. Vivaldi composed this Gloria in Venice, probably in 1715, but his manuscript was lost for over two centuries. It was not until 1957 that the now familiar original version was published and given its first performance at Brooklyn College, NY. Marc-Antoine Charpentier's delightful Messe de Minuit pour Nöel is one example of this late 17th Century French composer’s prodigious output of sacred music. The piece dates from around 1690 and probably was composed for the great Jesuit church of St. Louis in Paris. For his Messe, Charpentier adapted popular sacred carol melodies to fit parts of the mass text but also composed new material. It says much for the composer’s craftsmanship that these quite different idioms are so seamlessly and convincingly blended together. Soloists Jennifer Turner, soprano, and Kathryn Whitney, mezzo-soprano will join the Sooke chorus for the Vivaldi and the Charpentier works. Jennifer Turner is an emerging artist known for her expressive singing and versatility. She holds a diploma in vocal performance from the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Hailing from Victoria, Kathryn Whitney studied singing in Toronto and New York and has recently completed her formal music training at Oxford. John Doughty, tenor, and Louis Dillon, bass are also guest soloists who will sing passages of the Charpentier Messe. The concert ends with four French carols, including “Il est né le divin enfant". Fairbank created original arrangements for these works using the same orchestration as the Vivaldi and Charpentier. Concert details: Saturday December 2 at 7:30 PM; The Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Road, Sooke Sunday December 3, matinee at 2:30 PM: Quarterdeck Ballroom, Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road. Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 students and seniors. Contact www.sookephil.ca or 250-419-3569.