City Something Sept. 20-26

Monday's Top Picks for arts and entertainment in Victoria. Including Towers and Trees, CCPA birthday celebration, Positive Women and more.

Experience the sights and sounds of the South Pacific at the Pacific Peoples Partnership's fifth annual One Wave Festival, Sat., Sept. 22 at Centennial Square.

Experience the sights and sounds of the South Pacific at the Pacific Peoples Partnership's fifth annual One Wave Festival, Sat., Sept. 22 at Centennial Square.

One Wave Festival

Experience the art, sound and dance from Pacific Indigenous cultures at the fifth-annual One Wave Festival, Sat., Sept. 22 in Victoria’s Spirit (Centennial) Square.

From noon until 4pm, the One Wave market will fill the square with artists and community groups, including the World Fisheries Trust who will have its sea-aquarium on display. On stage, expect dancers from the Esquimalt Nation, poetry from Victoria’s Poet Laureate Janet Marie Rogers and storytelling with Juniper Tree. From 4-8pm the show continues with musicians Torrey Archer, Red Spring Trio, The Party on High Street and Compassion Gorilla.

The festival is hosted by the Pacific People’s Partnership, a local non-government organization which works in partnership with small island developing states of the South Pacific and the First Peoples of Canada.

The festival is entirely free. M




CCPA 15th anniversary

The Canadian College of Performing Arts is celebrating its 15th anniversary in style with “the biggest singing, dancing and acting party Victoria has ever seen,” says Steven Seltzer, CCPA communications manager. Belt out a Broadway tune, try your hand at a screen test, or take jazz, tap or ballet classes. Try stage combat, private voice lessons, improv, or learn to speak with an accent with tips from a dialect coach.

Third-year students in Company C will be presenting scenes from their upcoming production of The Misanthrope (opening Sept. 28 at CCPA).

The carnival style event takes place Sat., Sept. 22 at Uptown (Douglas at Saanich), from 2 to 4pm and inside unleased retail space throughout the development. Seventy-four students from CCPA’s year one, two and three classes will be on hand to lead the public through classes and provide roving entertainment. The whole event is family-friendly and entirely free. M



Towers and Trees

The cedar timbers hanging high above the Canoe Brewpub lounge will provide the perfect backdrop for the pure, unprocessed sounds of Broken Record by Towers and Trees, a new local indie-folk collective releasing its debut EP Sat., Sept. 22.

Led by songwriter Adrian Chalifour and producer Ben Lubberts, Towers and Trees started as a humble recording project between old friends in a home studio that has grown to include some of Victoria’s finest folk musicians — Andrea Lubberts, Donovan Rush, Dave Zellinski, Kiana Brasset, Kevin Timmer and Olivier Clements— filling out Chalifour’s tunes with immense three-part harmonies, horns, violin, a full drum kit and more.

The result is a six-song EP with a distinct West Coast roots sensibility that showcases the organic way the music came together.

“It started out just two of us,” says Chalifour. “We did the drums, guitar, piano and vocal parts but then we started having some grander ideas. Part way through the project, we came up with the name Towers and Trees and it stuck. Part of the reason is some of the qualities inherent in the name is what we captured on the album … it was like a parade of super talented Victorian musicians comign through the apartment.”

The CD release show will be the first time the whole collective will be on stage together (minus Clements on horns).

Chris Ho will be opening the show.

Doors are at 8pm and tickets are $10. A small number of advance tickets are available for purchase at Canoe.

Each ticket comes with a copy of the album, housed in a hand-painted, hand-stamped original sleeve by local artist Ashley Bowes. M


New Adventures in Linnyland

Local visual artist Linny D. Vine’s work will take you on an adventure, offering a unique celebration of life and its imperfections. Take a chance to see some of her newest work at the Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery, opening Wed., Sept. 26 and running until Oct. 25.


Positive Women

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is bringing a screening of the documentary Positive Women: Exposing Injustice to the Vic Theatre (818 Douglas), Fri., Sept. 21 at 6:30pm.

Positive Women looks at the criminalization of intimate behaviour between consenting adults and the discrimination people living with HIV face. It tells the stories of four Canadian women with HIV — a Quebecer charged for not telling her partner she had HIV, a young woman who chooses not to pursue charges against the man who infected her, an Indigenous woman facing extreme stigma and threats, and a Latina woman dealing with the challenges of disclosure. Tickets are $15 at the door or online at

The Shins

American indie-rock band The Shins is bringing tunes from its latest album, Port of Morrow, to the Royal Theatre, Sun., Sept. 23 alongside Washed Out (electronic musician Ernest Greene). Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $42.50 and are available at or by phone at 250-386-6121. M