Victoria News Staff

A new short film festival called MORVENFEST is encouraging B.C. secondary students to step into the world of film during their Christmas break. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

New film festival gives Victoria students exciting opportunity

MORVENFEST is open to all B.C. secondary students over Christmas break

A new short film festival called MORVENFEST is encouraging B.C. secondary students to step into the world of film during their Christmas break. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
The SkeenaWild Conservation Trust is taking its 11th annual film festival online this year. (Courtesy of SkeenaWild Film Festival)

Thursday night online film festival displays beauty of northern B.C.

Residents can tune in and vote on their favourite films on Nov. 12

The SkeenaWild Conservation Trust is taking its 11th annual film festival online this year. (Courtesy of SkeenaWild Film Festival)
Victoria-based author Monique Gray Smith has released the new picture book When We Are Kind, based on the words of provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Photo contributed)

Victoria author releases picture book based on words of Dr. Bonnie Henry

When We Are Kind encourages children to explore how they feel when performing acts of kindness

Victoria-based author Monique Gray Smith has released the new picture book When We Are Kind, based on the words of provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Photo contributed)
Online reservation service, First Table, allows Victoria diners to have dinner at half-price if they’re willing to be flexible about when they go. (Black Press Media file photo)

New reservation service allows Victoria residents to dine out at half price

First Table gives Victoria diners 50 per cent off when they book tables during off-peak hours

Online reservation service, First Table, allows Victoria diners to have dinner at half-price if they’re willing to be flexible about when they go. (Black Press Media file photo)
The 2020 City of Victoria Youth Poet Laureate Neko Smart will give up her seat for the next young poet in January. (Contributed/ Jeremy Loveday)

Nominations open for Victoria’s 2021 Youth Poet Laureate

Honourary one-year term reserved for region’s emerging poets

The 2020 City of Victoria Youth Poet Laureate Neko Smart will give up her seat for the next young poet in January. (Contributed/ Jeremy Loveday)
The Bateman Foundation’s outdoor learning program starts Oct. 10. Registration is $120 for juniors and $126 for adults. (Courtesy of the Bateman Foundation)

Nature Sketch program returns in Victoria with COVID-19 safety protocols

Bateman Foundation reintroduces in-person wildlife and art lessons

The Bateman Foundation’s outdoor learning program starts Oct. 10. Registration is $120 for juniors and $126 for adults. (Courtesy of the Bateman Foundation)
One of the 2019 contestants in the Gingerbread Showcase, which had the theme Building a Diverse Community. Funds raised from this annual event go to Habitat for Humanity Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Bakers invited to whip up some ‘Coastal Living’ for the latest Habitat Victoria Gingerbread Showcase

Organizers set for in-person and online viewing come November

One of the 2019 contestants in the Gingerbread Showcase, which had the theme Building a Diverse Community. Funds raised from this annual event go to Habitat for Humanity Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Roger, a yellow-bellied marmot who lives in the small rock garden on the grounds of the Fairmont Empress, makes an appearance to try out snacks, apples and carrots, left for him. It is a mystery how the animal, who is not native to Vancouver Island, made his way to the island and his new home at the Empress more than 10 years ago. (Black Press Media file photo)

Author tags Victoria’s most famous marmot for children’s book

Read the imagined adventures of Roger, the yellow-bellied marmot

Roger, a yellow-bellied marmot who lives in the small rock garden on the grounds of the Fairmont Empress, makes an appearance to try out snacks, apples and carrots, left for him. It is a mystery how the animal, who is not native to Vancouver Island, made his way to the island and his new home at the Empress more than 10 years ago. (Black Press Media file photo)
Beth Politano paints in the Abkhazi Garden, which is open to artists from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays throughout August and September. (Courtesy of Cherie Miltimore)

Artists invited to paint in Victoria’s ‘garden of love’ until September

Abkhazi Garden is open for painters from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays

Beth Politano paints in the Abkhazi Garden, which is open to artists from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays throughout August and September. (Courtesy of Cherie Miltimore)
Victoria’s Symphony Splash, which usually draws thousands to the Inner Harbour, goes virtual this year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Symphony Splash goes virtual, revisits 2018 performance

Organizers postpone live event until Aug. 1, 2021

Victoria’s Symphony Splash, which usually draws thousands to the Inner Harbour, goes virtual this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
The 2020 Victoria Classic Boat Festival has been cancelled in order to follow COVID-19 physical distancing protocols. (Photo by James Holkko)

Victoria Classic Boat Festival cancelled due to safety concerns

Organizers say Inner Harbour doesn’t provide enough space for physical distancing

The 2020 Victoria Classic Boat Festival has been cancelled in order to follow COVID-19 physical distancing protocols. (Photo by James Holkko)
A virtual career fair is offering people the chance to chat with experts in the film industry. (Photo by Penny Rogers/Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission)

Virtual film industry career fair offers chance to talk with the experts

Experts in 11 different departments, three film union representative will be in attendance

A virtual career fair is offering people the chance to chat with experts in the film industry. (Photo by Penny Rogers/Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission)
The Vic Theatre is reopening to the public with limited seating and an online concession. (Twitter/@thegirltrish)

Vic Theatre reopens for in-person screenings

Theatre features travel-themed film series with limited seating

The Vic Theatre is reopening to the public with limited seating and an online concession. (Twitter/@thegirltrish)
The Bateman Foundation’s Sketch Across Canada program encourages artists of all skill levels to go outside and capture their natural world. (Courtesy of the Bateman Foundation)

Sketch outside, connect with nature through Bateman Foundation program

#MyNatureSketch initiative encourages Canadians to become ‘bright-eyed three year olds’

The Bateman Foundation’s Sketch Across Canada program encourages artists of all skill levels to go outside and capture their natural world. (Courtesy of the Bateman Foundation)
The National Arts Drive takes place on Saturday, June 6 in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

National drive-by art show rolls in Victoria on Saturday

Map shows drivers where local artists have set up displays in windows, balconies, driveways

The National Arts Drive takes place on Saturday, June 6 in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Robert Bateman, renowned artist, conservationist and teacher has turned 90-years-old. (Bateman Foundation)

VIDEO: Trudeau, Atwood say ‘happy birthday’ for Robert Bateman’s 90th

Famed Canadian artist and conservationist celebrated milestone this weekend

Robert Bateman, renowned artist, conservationist and teacher has turned 90-years-old. (Bateman Foundation)
Starting on May 7, three short films will be running in the transom window outside the Deluge Contemporary Art studio titled phasing. (Provided by Deluge Contemporary Art)

Short films with lunar theme to be screened on Victoria studio’s window

Screenings at Deluge Contemporary Art start at dusk and run until midnight nightly until June 6

Starting on May 7, three short films will be running in the transom window outside the Deluge Contemporary Art studio titled phasing. (Provided by Deluge Contemporary Art)
Brian Butler (left) and Mayor Lisa Helps at the 2019 Victoria Book Prizes Announcement Gala. (File contributed/Victoria Book Prize Society)

City seeks submissions for annual Victoria Book Prizes

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, Children’s Book Prize each come with $5,000

Brian Butler (left) and Mayor Lisa Helps at the 2019 Victoria Book Prizes Announcement Gala. (File contributed/Victoria Book Prize Society)
The public tries out some instruments during a previous open house at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. The Conservatory was forced to cancel its Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour as a result of COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Victoria Conservatory of Music)

Victoria’s Musical Garden Tour falls silent

Victoria Conservatory of Music calls for donations in light of cancellation of Mother’s Day event

The public tries out some instruments during a previous open house at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. The Conservatory was forced to cancel its Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour as a result of COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Victoria Conservatory of Music)
The Steve Miller Band has cancelled its upcoming Victoria tour date out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Contributed file photo)

Steve Miller Band cancels Victoria stop due to COVID-19 pandemic

Tickets will be automatically refunded if purchased in person

The Steve Miller Band has cancelled its upcoming Victoria tour date out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Contributed file photo)