City Something: Monday’s Top Picks for New Year’s Eve 2012

Monday's Top Picks for New Year's Eve 2012 entertainment

Georgia Murray and The Adults are ringing in the New Year at Canoe Brewpub.

NYE Carnie Party 3

Soprano’s Karaoke and Sports Bar and Grill (730 Caledonia) will be transformed into a carnie’s paradise, complete with cotton candy, sexy dancers, free champagne and Hank and Lily. Their theatrical live show, based on the tragic and hilarious adventures of their comic book characters, is an ever-changing spectacle, covering a huge range of musical styles. Listen for tunes from their recently released album Crank City. Also, they’ll be playing two sets!

MD Wren and the Sick Kids offer barn-burning, knee-slapping country cowpunk, wrestling bluegrass, punk, country and western swing into submission.  Tickets are $16 and are available at Ditch Records, Lyle’s Place, BC Smoke Shop, Soprano’s and online at


Atomic Vaudeville’s Punkmas!

For the last three nights of 2012, Atomic Vaudeville promises this cabaret (featuring Punky Brewster) will inject the true meaning of Punkmas  right into your jugular vein, preparing us for anarchy in the New Year. Dec. 29-31 at 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). Tickets are $22/18 or $35 for the Sid Vicious Pit (first seated, first drink free, drink service and the right to feel superior to the rest of the audience). Tickets for NYE are $45/58 and include bubbly at midnight, snacks and a dance party. Tickets at, 1609 Blanshard or 250-590-6291.

Masquerade Ball

Masquerade party done Logan’s style, featuring the musical stylings of Bank Robber, Babysitter, Himalayan Bear, The High Arctic, Dead Soft and Iceberg Ferg. Doors at 9pm at Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook). $10 advance or $12 at the door (or $10 with mask).



Inspired by Studio 54, Upstairs Cabaret is sparing no expense decking the place to the nines, and you should, too. Tickets to this exclusive event start at $35 and go all the way up to $300 (VIP booth seating). $75 gets complimentary drinks, private bar and lounge. 9pm (15 Bastion Square). Tickets at, or in person at Lyle’s Place and Ditch Records. More info, email


Nice up Yusself NYE

Skylab Sounds (Skyla J and Oz) is teaming up with The Reef (533 Yates) to ring in the New Year with two DJs and a live electronic performance showcasing dub, soul, funk, house and reggae.

There will also be food and drink specials, party favours and more.

Doors at 8:30pm, open until 1am. $10 cover after 9pm. 250-388-5375.






New Year’s Eve Rocks

If you’re looking for a low-cost alternative this New Year, check out Murph’s Place Pub (3020 Douglas, the old Tally Ho Pub) for a rockin’ good time with Splinter. No cover charge, free appies and champagne at midnight. There’s also deals on hotel rooms at the Vacation Inn so no need to wait forever for a taxi. 10pm.


Jazzy New Year’s Eve

Maureen Washington, Daniel Cook, Brad Hawkes and Ryan Tandy are taking over Vista 18 at the Chateau Victoria for a swinging night of jazz. 9pm (740 Burdett, 18th floor). No cover.


The Adults Featuring Georgia Murray

Canoe Brewpub is hosting New Year’s Eve with live music from The Adults featuring Georgia Murray (pictured below). The $50 ticket also includes tapas and snacks served throughout the night and a sparkling toast at midnight. Doors at 7pm (450 Swift). Tickets at the brewpub or

New Year’s Eve at Lucky Bar

The Righteous Rainbows of Togetherness, Moonboogie and The Raven Collaborative are going to lively up Lucky Bar this New Year’s Eve. With unicorns and lazers. $25 at Lyle’s Place and Ditch Records. Doors at 10pm.


Victoria Jazz All-Stars

Hermann’s Jazz Club is hosting the best jazz party in town this New Year’s eve featuring Victoria’s Jazz All-Stars; Ian McDougall (trombone), Louise Rose (piano/voice), Roy Styffe (sax), Ken Lister (bass) and Kelby MacNayr (drums). Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Doors at 4pm, music from 5-8pm. $30/35 at Hermann’s Jazz Club (753 View), Allison Piano and Larsen Music.




















Code  NYE 2013: Winter Wonderland

Brink Events is transforming the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria into a winter wonderland for the final night of 2012. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and beats in a glitzy winter playground. Galleries will be open. Champagne at midnight. Black tie dress preferred. Tickets are $80 and are available at


New Year’s at Hush

Get your fill of funk, soul, disco, hard dance and tribal techno this New Year’s Eve at Hush, featuring sets by Neighbour, Kenzie Clarke, Mykee and Phillip J. Snacks and bubbly included in ticket. $23.25 at


Victoria Symphony — A Viennese New Year’s

Start the year off right with music, dance and song reminiscent of Viennese tradition, in what is now Victoria Symphony’s New Year tradition.

The symphony is joined by Ken Lavigne for this extravaganza. With conductor Timothy Vernon, soprano Charlotte Corwin and dancers from Ballet Victoria. 2:30pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). Tickets start at $55 and are available at or 250-386-6121.


New Years Day Levee

Join the Maritime Museum (28 bastion Square) to celebrate the arrival of 2013. The museum is open free of charge 11am-4pm. There will also be hot apple cider, self-guided activities and entertainment by Quickbottom Morris Mummers. More information at 250-385-4222 or M

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