Victoria’s Arts and Entertainment listings Aug. 16-22

Entertainment listings including Events, Music, Stage, Words and Galleries.

This year's Rising Scum Fest features four days and eight shows of punk, metal and hardcore. Aug. 16-19.





THURS. Aug. 16

Skylord  – With Rooney and the Minglers and Le Rat. 10pm at Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook). $7.

THe KingmiXers  – Cd Release party for “Riding With Mr. Blues.” 7:30pm at The Upper Deck Lounge (229 Gorge). $TBA.

Musical Bouquets for Emily –  The Emily Carr String Quartet presents concert series with readings from Carr’s journals in the Emily Carr House (207 Government). Aug. 16 and 17- “Stories from Klee Wyck” music by Mendelssohn and Stokes. $15/12.

Rising Scum Fest Day 1

–  Featuring Guttermouth with The Hoosgow, Gastric Acid and Fableway. 9:30pm at Club 9ONE9 (919 Douglas). $15.

Adults – Geoff Lundstrom and Jason Cook. 9pm at Canoe Brewpub (450 Swift). $5 after 9pm.

FRI. Aug. 17

The Rising Scum Fest Day 2 –  The Keg Killers, Capital City Stalkers, The Sweathogz, The Role Models. 10pm at Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook). $10.

Mike Edel – Folk pop at the Canoe Brewpub (451 Swift). $5 after 9pm.

Phil Newns –  Jazz piano. 7pm at the DeltaOcean Pointe (45 Songhees). $TBA.

SAT. Aug. 18

Pablo Cardenas – Paying tribute to Bill Evans for one night only. Doors at 6pm, show at 8pm at Hermann’s Jazz Club (753 View). $12/15.

Pompadoors- Light-hearted pop-Americana at the Canoe Brewpub (451 Swift). $5 after 9pm.

Afternoon recitals – 4pm through July and August at Christ Church Cathedral (930 Burdett). By donation.

Talking Heads – Live music dance Party. 9:30pm at Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook). $10.

Lyrics Born -Featuring Skins & Needles on the Yes, Bay Area Tour. With special guests Ishkan and Ashleigh Eymann. 7pm at Club 9ONE9 (919 Douglas). $16.

Nigel Mack  – All the way from Chicago for one night only for a blues attack with Summer and the Sinners. 9pm at the Esquimalt Legion (622 Admirals). $20 at the door. $5 off for legion, military and blues society members.

Market Square Courtyard Sessions -With Bonehoof and Celebrity Traffic. 1-4pm at Market Square. Free.

Rising Scum Fest Metal Night  – With West of Hell, Mendozza, Abombanation, Acolytes of Impurity. 9:30pm at Sopranos (730 Caledonia). $10.

sun. Aug. 19

The Dylan Stone Trio – Acoustic folk-rock steeped in the sonic landscapes of electric music. With Mike Brooks on mandolin and Adrian Dolan on fiddle. After open stage, 7:30pm at Norway House (111 Hillside). $5.

Deep Sea Gypsies – 6pm at Soprano’s (730 Caledonia). $TBA.

Rising Scum Fest Finale- Swingin’ Utters with Roll the Tanks and Class of 1984. 9pm at Club 9ONE9 (919 Douglas). $14.50/$16.50.

Special Woodstock – Three stages of music, entertainment, workshops and more. 10:30am-6pm at Providence Farm (1843 Tzouhalem, Duncan). By donation. Wheelchair accessible.

CanUS-Hot jazz. 4pm at Hermann’s Jazz Club (753 View). $12.

The Moonshiners – Bluegrass with dobro, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, bass and three-part harmonies. 8:30pm at Swan’s Pub. Free.

Mon. Aug. 20

The Linden Singers  – Auditioning new members. 7pm at St Luke’s ANglican Church (3821 Cedar Hill). Contact David at 250-380-0315.

Tues.  Aug. 21

Shaky Ground  – The biggest hits from five decades live at Rutledge Park. Farmer’s market, face painting, dancing and more. 6-8pm at the corner of Inverness and Cloverdale.

The Olivier Clements Group –  Modern jazz infused with hip hop beats with bassist Colin Nealis, pianist Sean Fyfe and drummer Kelby MacNayr. Presenting a special seven piece ensemble playing original music inspired by J Dilla. 7:30pm at Hermann’s Jazz Club (753 View). $12.

Wed. Aug. 22

Auditions – The Newcombe Singers are seeking new members, all voices. First rehearsal Sept. 4. 7:30pm at St. Mary’s Church (1701 Elgin).




Thurs. Aug. 16

Big Mama! – The Belfry Theatre presents Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story, which musically tells the story of the creator of such songs as Hound Dog and Ball & Chain. Nightly at 8pm until August 18. Matinees Aug. 18 at 4pm and Aug. 19 at 2pm.

Much Ado About Nothing- The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival presents this classic comedy directed by Ian Case. Opens Thursday and runs TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS and SATURDAYS from July 19- Aug. 18 at Camosun College Lnasdowne Campus. Tickets are $22/16 and are available at, The Papery, Shepherd’s Books, Ivy’s Bookstore and Cadboro Bay Book Comapny. Shows at 7:30pm.

Henry IV – Keep it Simple Theatre presents a Shakespearean classic. Nightly until SATURDAY at 8pm at the Metro Studio (1411 Quadra). $17.50.

Best of Victoria comedy special – With Johnny Bagpipes, Kristeen Von Hagen, Damonde Tschritter, Sean Proudlove, James Ball and more. 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $20.

Graham Clark – Three time Canadian Comedy Award nominee bring the laughs to the Fort Street Cafe (742 Fort). $10.

Fri. Aug. 17

As you Like It- The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival presents this classic comedy directed by David MacPherson. Opens WEDNESDAY and runs WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS and MONDAYS from July 18- Aug. 17 at Camosun College Lnasdowne Campus. Tickets are $22/16 and are available at, The Papery, Shepherd’s Books, Ivy’s Bookstore and Cadboro Bay Book Comapny. Shows at 7:30pm.

Club Salsa- Beginner salsa dance class at 8:30pm followed by live congas and DJ Ramesh at 9:30pm. Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10.

Blue Bridge Comedy Festival Gala Event- Stand up with Brent Butt, Marc Maron, Nikki Payne, Damonde Tschritter and Rob Pue. 8pm at the Archie Browning Sport Centre (1151 Esquimalt). $50 at or 250-386-6121.

The Dark and Dirty Show- Comedy on the edgier side headlined by Rob Pue, hosted by Paul Myerhaug with spots by Nikki Payne and Sean Proudlove. 11pm at Hecklers (123 Gorge). $10.

Sat. Aug. 18

Dezy Walls- Piano player, singer-songwriter, musical playwright. A showcase of some clever and comedic songs. 7:30pm at Intrepid Theatre Club (1621 Blanshard). $15.

Marc Maron- With 47 Conan O’Brien appearances, the host of the WTF podcast brings his edgy and political comedy to the Upstairs Cabaret (15 Bastion Square). . With Graham Clark and Damonde Tschritter. 8pm. $25.

Nikki Payne – Two time female comedian of the year brings her energy and sharp wit to Hecklers (123 Gorge). With Kristeen Von Hagen and Peter White. 8pm. $25.

Rob Pue- Brings his trademark act outs, charm and wit to Lucky Bar (517 Yates). With Paul Myerhaug and Kevin Banner. 9pm. $15.

Sun. Aug. 19

Aug and Tschrid Show – Rock ‘n’ roll meets comedy for this live taping featuring Paul Myrehaug and Damonde Tschritter. 9pm at Hecklers (123 Gorge). $10.

Mon. Aug. 20

Sketch Ed-UVic summer class in sketch comedy presenting “Cram Session,” a series of short, humorous skits by student performers, writers and technicians. Proceeds to AIDS Vancouver Island. 7:30pm at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). By donation.

Tues. Aug. 21

Romp! In the Square –  15th annual free dance showcase featuring aerial dance performer Aeriosa and Constance Cook (6-7pm), Fringe (7-9pm) and Rush of Water/Rush of Air (9-9:30pm) in Centennial Square.

Fringe Kick Off Party-  Block party in Centennial Square with live bands, djs, fringe performers. 7pm. Free.

Weds. Aug. 22

Fringe Preview –  Free Fringe eve tradition gives a sneak peek at the comedy, drama, spoken word and physical theatre part of this year’s Fringe. 7pm Centennial Square.

Romp! In the Square-  15th annual free dance showcase featuring aerial dance performer Aeriosa and Kim Breiland (6-7pm), Fringe and Chinatown Night Market (7-9pm) and Rush of Water/Rush of Air (9-9:30pm) in Centennial Square.




Thurs. Aug 16

Magnificent Mammals – Join the staff at Swan Lake to celebrate our cousins through hands-on discovery, music, games, face-painting and crafts. Some real, live mammals may drop in, too. Noon-3pm at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary (3873 Swan Lake). By donation, crafts $3. 250-479-0211,

Fri. Aug. 17

Island View Edibles – Enjoy the bounty of the sea and land with CRD Regional Park guest naturalists and First Nations guides. Sample herbal teas and local seaweeds. Guided walks at 10:15am, 11:15am and 12:15pm. Meet at white tent near the Island View campground, on Homathko, off Island View. 10am-1pm at Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich). Free. 250-478-3344.

Creatures of the Summer Night – Check out the nightlife a Swan Lake! Sharpen your night senses with owl prowling and raccoon trailing. Using a grab bag of tricks, discover how these animals are adapted to their nocturnal life. 6+. Pre-registration required. 7:30-9:30pm at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary (3873 Swan Lake). $6. 250-479-0211.

Star Party – Head out to Metchosin for the annual RASCals Star Party, presented by the Victoria Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Join local amateur astronomers as they observe the stars, planets and other objects in the sky. Guest speakers, telescope walks and more. FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8:30pm-sunrise at the cricket field and municipal grounds in Metchosin (4450 Happy Valley). Free. 250-818-4820,

SAT. Aug. 18

Morning Mist Canoe Adventure – Paddle through early morning mist searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction provided, no experience required. 19+. 8-11am at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich). Pre-register: $20+HST, per paddler/$10+HST non-paddlers. 250-478-3344,

Sun. Aug. 19

FIBRATIONS – Join the community-based celebration of all things fibre – whether it be knitting, weaving, felting, crocheting, spinning. The event will feature artists sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for their craft through demonstrations, hands-on-activities and a market selling locally made fibre creations. 10am-4pm at St. Ann’s Academy Orchard (835 Humboldt). Free.

Multicultural Food Fair – Tantalize taste buds as multicultural food vendors sell the best of their cuisine at Cook Street Village Cente’s annual Multicultural Food Fair. Along whit food from around the world there will be various multicultural performes provided by the Multicultural Association og Greater Victoria. 11am-3pm at Cook Street Village (380 Cook). Free. 250-384-6542.

ivy pull – Join Friends of Brighton Avenue Walkway volunteers in a new community effort to remove invasive species and encourage native plants. Get exercise and meet new friends at the same time. Second and fourth SUNDAYS 9-11am at the walkway between St. David Street and Transit Avenue (Oak Bay). Free. 250-475-4412.

Summer salty sundays – Explore the Maritime Museum’s Salty Sundays, every second Sunday of the month. Enjoy crafts, activities, programming and tours. 1pm at the Maritime Museum (28 Bastion Square). $12, programming is included with admission, two kids free with each paying adult. 250-385-4222,

Tea leaf readings – See into your cup and have your tea leaves read by Ellena. SUNDAYS 2-4pm at James Bay Coffee and Books (143 Menzies). 250-386-4700,

Board games Night – Scrabble and more. SUNDAYS 5:30pm at the Superior (106 Superior). Free. 250-380-9515.

Mon. Aug. 20

Chess night – Bring your own game, or use one of ours. Bring a friend, or come on your own. MONDAYS 6-8:30pm at James Bay Coffee and Books (143 Menzies). Free. 250 386-4700.

Tues. Aug. 21

SCRABBLE NIGHT – Bring a board game and a friend, or play on the in-house boards and find an opponent there. TUESDAYS 6:30-9pm at James Bay Coffee & Books. Free. 250-386-4700.

Wed. Aug. 22

Mystery Creature (Guided Walk) – With the help of a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist, solve riddles to find clues hidden along the trail. Piece the puzzle together to discover who the mystery creature is. Meet at the information kiosk in the parking lot off Inverness Road, off Ardmore Drive. 10-11:30am at Coles Bay Regional Park (North Saanich). Free. 250-478-3344,





Bastion Square Public Market – Check out the eclectic mix of arts, crafts, imports and entertainment, along with locally grown produce and fruits; homemade breads, pastries. THURSDAYS-SATURDAYS 11am-5:30pm, SUNDAYS 11am-4:30pm at Bastion Square and Langley. Free. 250-885-1387.

Ship Point Night Market – Come out for an evening and see the different mix of arts, entertainment, and crafts offered each weekend. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 7-10pm at Ship Point (Inner Harbour). Free.

James Bay Market – Live music, food, farmers, artisans and service providers offer quality handmade, homemade and homegrown products. SATURDAYS 9am-3pm at 332 Menzies. Free.

Metchosin Farmers’ Market – Farm fresh goodies and locally grown offerings to please every taste. through October. SUNDAYS 11am-2pm at Metchosin Municipal Grounds (4450 Happy Valley). Free.

Victoria Downtown Public Market – Visit Victoria’s one-stop shop for all of your local grocery and farmers market needs. WEDNESDAYS noon-5pm until October at Market Square (Inner Courtyard). Free.





Thurs. Aug. 16

Book signing – Help launch of Tricia Dower’s Stony River, a novel about growing up, finding your voice and forgiving your family. 7:30-9:30pm at the Solstice Café (529 Pandora). Free.

Fri. Aug. 17

Drop-In Math – Learn the basics through high school, along with English/editing help through at Camas Book’s FreeSkool. FRIDAYS Noon-1:30pm at Camas Books and Infoshop at (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.

Sat. Aug. 18

Framing the Garden: Tea & Poetry with Linda Rogers – Treat yourself to an afternoon of poetry, tea and fanciful hats! Celebrating Framing the Garden: Reflections of Victoria, a new book of poetry, prose and art compiled by Linda Rogers in honour of Victoria’s 150th year. Don that special hat and hear some of Victoria’s greatest poets: MAC Farrant, Barbara Colebrook Peace, Carol Ann Sokoloff and Richard Olafson. 2-3pm at Saanich Centennial Library (3110 Tillicum). Free. 250-382-7241 ext. 369.

Book signing – See Sharon Hanna, author of The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood. 2-3pm at Munro’s Books (1108 Government). Free. 250-382-2464.

Will You Go Down on Me? – A group discussion intended to help empower your sexy self.” Through Camas Book’s FreeSkool. 6:30pm at Camas Books and Infoshop at (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.

Wed. Aug. 22

Philosophers’ Cafe – Discuss issues fundamental to human existence. No formal philosophy training required; real life experience desired. Moderated by Daniel Keeran, dedicated to supporting the diversity of views through the use of reflective listening. Meeting second and fourth WEDNESDAYS every month at new location. 7-8:30pm at The Well (821 Fort). Free.

Open mic – Poetry night. WEDNESDAYS 7-9pm at The Well (821 Fort). Free. 250-590-4995.





Thurs. Aug. 16

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Powertrains and Peacocks by Clint Neufeld at LAB Gallery. Opening reception 7:30-9:30pm at 1040 Moss.

little fernwood gallery – Peter’s Portraits, diverse works by Peter Goodman. To Sept. 4 at 1923 Fernwood.

Fri. Aug. 17

West End Gallery – New glass sculptures by Saltspring Island glass artist Robert Leatherbarrow. To Aug. 23 at 1203 Broad.

Sat. Aug. 18

View Art Gallery – Annual Summer Salon featuring new work by Amy Rice, Lara Scarr, Ronan Boyle, Yuri Arajs, Luke Garrison, Cheryl Taves and Michael Pittman. To Sept. 29 at 104-860 View.

Call for submissions

Artlandia – Calling all artists interested in submitting work for Artlandia Art Festival, part of the 2012 Rifflandia, Aug. 24-Sept. 22. Two spots available, and those selected receive a wristband and $100. DEADLINE Aug. 15. Email, and visit





SUPPORT GROUP – Support group for phobias, generalized anxiety, panic attacks and OCD. With Dr. Tom Lipinski, registered psychologist. THURSDAYS 7pm at the Bridge Centre (125 Skinner). Free. 250-389-1211.

LifeRing – Addiction support program. THURSDAYS 7:30pm at Victoria Native Friendship Center (231 Regina). FRIDAYS 6:30pm at Pearkes Rec Centre (3100 Tillicum). TUESDAYS 7:30pm at the Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). 250-920-2095,

SIPCCentre – Counsellor-led support group for mature women ready to re-explore their sexual orientation. $8/session. FRIDAYS 5-6:45pm at James Bay New Horizons.

Kiwanis House Program – LifeRing support group for young mothers dealing with addiction. Free onsite childminding available for young mothers participating in the program. TUESDAYS 6pm at 2652 Cook. Child minding at 5:30pm. Calling in advance is appreciated. 250-382-1004.

ALT LOVERS – Sagacity Alternative Lifestyle Society is where awesome folks who enjoy BDSM, alternative lifestyles, kink and fetish gather to talk, laugh, socialize, share and learn. TUESDAYS 7:30pm at the Ledge, Bedford Regency (1140 Government). Free.

queer youth DROP-IN – South Island Pride Community Centre welcomes queer youth, friends, allies and youth from queer families. MONDAYS 6-8pm at Esquimalt Youth Centre (530 Fraser), WEDNESDAYS 6-8pm at Fairfield Community Place (1330 Fairfield). Free.

PFLAG- Confidential support for parents, families, friends, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, queer, questioning and allies. Support meeting 2-4pm every third SUNDAY of the month at St. John Divine Church lounge (1611 Quadra). 250-385-9462,

become an AVI volunteer –

Volunteer with AIDS Vancouver Island. AIDS Vancouver Island (713 Johnson, 3rd floor). 250-384-2366 ext 2262,

Overwhelming Emotions Support Group – Borderline personality disorder, self-harm, PTSD? B.C. Schizophrenia Society meets regularly at 941 Kings. 250-383-5144, box 2127,


Looking for female volunteers to drive women to appointments, take them apartment hunting, spend time with children letting them know they are valued and cared about, fill the house with delicious smells of baking and help out with dozens of other tasks and errands. 250-479-3963.

ANIMAL LOVERS – Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders needs volunteers to foster strays, answer phones, assist with transportation and trap feral cats., 250-474-5581.

Volunteer Drivers Needed – To drive cancer patients to medical appointments. Contact the Canadian Cancer Society at 250-414-4253 or visit us online at

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – Volunteer with Victoria Riding for the Disabled Association. No experience necessary. 16+. MONDAY-THURSDAY mornings and TUESDAY-THURSDAY afternoons. 778-426-0506,



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