City Something Feb. 23 – 29

City Something Feb. 23 - 29 — Monday's top picks for Arts and Entertainment in Victoria

Swan's Buckerfields Brewery brewmaster Andrew Tessier and Strathcona employee Laura Pohl at the Island Beer Festival.

Have you always wanted to try belting out your favourite piece of musical theatre on stage? Well Gotta Getta Gimmick, the theatre company that brought us the Fringe Flash Mob, is offering fiends and fans of the genre an opportunity to break a leg on the Belfry Studio stage, Mon., Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. The first act will feature the GGG crew singing  selections by composer William Finn (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). The second act is all about you. Bring your sheet music, sign up at the door, belt a favourite and win a prize. Sounds like fun, no? Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets $15. Cash bar.

FolkWest is facing a critical funding crunch and in order to keep the dream alive organizers have planned a series of fundraising concerts. The next one is Sat., Feb. 25 at Upstairs Cabaret, featuring Mae Moore, five-piece Irish group Crikey, swing with Rueben Weir, three-time Vancouver Island Music Award nominee Lola Parks, and the Archers— recently named best teen band in B.C. Doors at 7:30 p.m., tickets $12 at Lyle’s Place, Larsen Music and Ditch Records.

More than 150 young singers from the Island community are coming together for Awaken Spring, a unique choral concert featuring Vox Humana, UVic, the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Brentwood College, Pacific Christian School and Ensemble Laude. The program features recent Grammy award winner Eric Whitacre’s “Three Songs of Faith,” the premiere of a new work by Aaron Jensen, as well as arrangements of popular music, gospel and classical works, Sat., Feb. 25 at Alix Goolden Hall, 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 (+65) and FREE for those 25 and under.

The Strathcona Hotel is offering Victorians a chance to sample 35 of the Island’s best brews at the third annual Island Beer Festival, Sat., Feb. 25 at Club 9ONE9 from 1 to 7 p.m. Eleven of the Island’s microbreweries will be bringing some of their most sumptuous suds to the event, with The Tofino Brewing Company and Hoyne Brewing Co. (the newest addition to Victoria’s bubbling beer scene) the two new additions for 2012. Mike Hann and Tyler Harvey will be providing acoustic music for the afternoon. Tickets are $20 and include two four-ounce samples and a slice of pizza. Additional samples are $6 for four, or $1.50 each. Tickets are available at the Strathcona Hotel front desk, Lyle’s Place and Strath Wine and Spirits, or online at clubzone.ca. M

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Gordon Lightfoot still on the road at 81

Tickets for Island shows in Victoria and Nanaimo, selling well already

Vic High theatre tackles youth homelessness and more in 2020 musical

‘Runaways’ created in New York, but has parallels in Victoria: director

WINE NOTES: This blended red won’t get your goat

Robert Moyes takes us from South Africa to Spain, Chile to the Okanagan for his latest wine musings

REVIEW: UVic drama department shows a flair for comedy

Student actors have fun with artificial intelligence in Alan Ayckbourn’s Comic Potential

REVIEWS Pt. 2: Film fest heads into its final weekend in Victoria

Here’s your next batch of reviews from VFF 2020 from Monday’s intrepid film buff

Comedian Herb Dixon going Full Throttle in Greater Victoria

Comic gearing up for shows in Oak Bay and at Elements Casino next week

ALLAN REID: Chicken bonanza, Korean style

Simple Victoria restaurant knows how to please if your go-tos are chicken and fries

Island MusicFest going to Bahamas to close show

Comox Valley hosting annual musical extravaganza July 10-12 at the Fairgrounds

Take your pick of artsy activites this Family Day weekend

From museums and galleries to historic aircraft, there’s many options for families to choose from

Kirk Douglas, longtime influential movie star, dies at 103

LOS ANGELES — Kirk Douglas, the intense, muscular actor with the dimpled… Continue reading

Most Read