Victoria’s Weekly Arts and Music Listings April 26- May 2

Victoria's Weekly Arts and Music Listings April 26- May 2; including Music, Galleries, Stage, Words, Events and more.

The Canadian College of Performing Arts are getting Footloose this weekend. Check out their last show before graduating April 27 and 28 at the McPherson Playhouse.

The Canadian College of Performing Arts are getting Footloose this weekend. Check out their last show before graduating April 27 and 28 at the McPherson Playhouse.



THURS. April 26

Elizabeth Shepherd – One of Canada’s most promising young jazz talents performs at Hermann’s Jazz Club. Elizabeth will be joined by Colin Kingsmore on drums and Gord Mowat on bass.  Tickets are $21.50 through the Victoria Jazz Society, Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records,

Rejean Brussier – With his band in a tribute to Bob Marley. 7pm. The Well/. $TBA.

ADULTS – featuring Geoff Lundstrom and Jason Cook. Canoe Brewpub. 9 pm. $5.

Yukon Blonde- With Library Voices and Great Bloomers. 8pm at Club 9ONE9.  $14 advance at Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records.


FRI. April 27

MAT THE ALIEN – On the decks at Hush alongside The Librarian and our own DJ Murge. For a night of mashup Drum n’ bass and hip hop. 10pm. $TBA.

Mrs Jones – Mira Black, Pablo Cardenas, Rob Johnson, Kelby McNayr and Kieth Price. 8pm at Hermann’s. $TBA.

MISTIC – The Music Intelligence and Sound Technology Interdisciplinary Collective have been composing new works specifically for the robotic pianos in Trimpin’s exhibition at Open Space, (CanonX+4:33=100).  Using MIDI-enabled instruments and computers, each composer has developed a unique approach to “performing” the installation as an enormous musical instrument. With Christopher Reiche, Steve Bjornson, Shawn Trail, Duncan MacConnell, Gabrielle Odowichuk, David Parfit, Stefan Maier, George Tzanetakis, Andrew Schloss and more.  8pm at 510 Fort. $15.

Rock of Ages – Classic rock. 9pm. Station House Pub. Free.

Spring Blues Party – Deb Rhymer Band, Curl, Slim & the Deuces.  7pm, Norway House (1110 Hillside). $10.

Bryon Clayton Thomas-Fine trio harmonies, guitars, dobro and mandolin, bluegrass, folk, jazz and country. Open Stage at 8pm. James Bay Coffee and Books (143 Menzies). By donation.

Compassion Gorilla-Latin sounds, worldbeat grooves and dub blend to create a full-bodied, earthy and original sound. The result is a high-energy, street- or stage-ready performance that is sure to make you move.  9pm. Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook). $5.

Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte–Victoria Conservatory of Music Opera Studio presents ‘Scenes from Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte’, conducted by Timothy Vernon and directed by Glynis Leyshon with Csinszka Redai at the piano. 7:30pm. Metro Studio. $20/10.


SAT. April 28

Milk Carton Kids – FolkWest presents The Milk Carton Kids with special guest Cameron Latimer. Doors at 7:30pm, 8pm show. Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). $14 advance/ $16 door / $12 members (door only), available at Lyle’s, Ditch and Larsen Music.

Younger Than Yesterday-Classic rock. 8pm at the Trafalgar/Pro Patria Legion. Free.

MD Wren & the Sick Kids – Eves of Destruction roller derby after party with ,The Poor Choices. 10 pm. Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook). $10.

Girls Girls Girls- With Hap Mandala at the Cambie. 9:30pm. $TBA.

Harris Gilmore and the MoJos- Hard-Drivin’ Blues, Funky Reggae, Colwood Strippin’ n’ Crawlin’. 8:30pm at Six Mile Pub (494 Island Hwy).

Cello Madness- Two of Victoria’s finest cellists, Amy Laing and Martin Bonham, collaborate in a delightful concert of rarely performed works from the Baroque through the 20th Century.  The concert will include music of Bach, Couperin, Barrière, Kummer, Cassadó and Glière. 7:30pm at Lutheran Church of the Cross (3787 Cedar Hil).

VCM Presents- Faculty Spotlight Aurora Trio (Mary Byrne, Christine Prince, Annabelle Stanley), Nicholas Fairbank (Casavant Organ), Mary McCulloch (flute), Kathryn Whitney (voice). 7:30pm at Alix Goolden Hall. $15.

Jean Paul Maurice- The Make Ups. Classic and contemporary cover tunes. 9pm at Canoe Brewpub. $5.

Big Wreck- Big rock. With Plus Rickers. 7pm at Club 9ONE9. $27.

Tall Tree Music Festival Launch Party- With JP Maurice, Georgia Murray, DJ Nigel, Superbendythumbs and DJ Max Power in the flesh. 7:30pm at the Rooftop Surfclub. By Donation.

Paul Black- Solo Acoustic at The Moka House on Hillside Ave ( By Donation).


Sun. APRil 29

Jazz At the Gallery -Gord Clements and the Nu Quartet.  2pm Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Tickets, which include general admission to the gallery, are $30 ($25 for UJAM/AGGV members) and are available through the Gallery (1040 Moss Street) or by calling 250-384-4171.

Wes Borg – Live CD recording concert for first solo CD of hilarious songs. 8pm at Victoria Event Centre. $10.


Wed.  May 2

Shari Ulrich- Multiple Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter at the Well for a rare solo performance. 7:30pm. $20 in advance at the Well, Munro’s, Guitars on Fort and Victoria Folk Music Society.

Boneshaker – Goth/industrial night. 9pm. Paparazzi Nightclub. $3.

DJ PRIMITIVE – Deep jazz + Latin influenced set. 8pm at the Canoe Brewpub. $TBA.





Thurs. April 26

God of Carnage –From the author of Art, this Tony and Olivier Award-winning play begins as two power couples meet to amicably resolve a playground fight between their sons. Lines are drawn, allegiances are made and broken, and the evening quickly turns into a laugh-out-loud train wreck. 8pm The Belfry Theatre. for tickets. Until May 20. See review by Brent Schaus at

1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible -Langham Court Theatre is proud to present James McLure’s comedy in two acts, 1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible is a comical yet sentimental look at the effects war has on both the soldier and those left behind.with Laundry and Bourbon directed by Heather Jarvie and Lone Star directed by Paul Terry. To May 12 at Langham Court Theatre. $19/17. Tuesday May 1 and May 8, students and seniors nights are two for $20. 250-384-2142 or visit

Royal Winnipeg Ballet– Svengali, Mark Godden’s choreographic genius brings us this explosive new ballet; a complex psychological drama which unfolds with riveting performances as Svengali’s deepest family secrets are revealed.  April 26 – 28 at the Royal Theatre. Tickets 250-386-6121 or




FRI. April 27

Footloose– Canadian College of Performing Arts  presents the hit ‘80s movie, exploding with classic anthems (Footloose, Holding Out For a Hero, Let’s Hear it for the Boy…), hits the stage at the McPherson April 27 & 28th.  Tickets start at $23.

Audition: Rattenbury –The Other Guys Theatre Co. is proud to announce the development of composer/librettist Tobin Stokes’ new chamber opera, RATTENBURY, based on the true story of the architect’s fast rise, and free-fall. Auditions for supporting roles and chorus. For information or an audition appointment, call Karley Wolfert, Stage Manager, at 1-778-918-4825.



Sat. April 28

Contra Dance – Live music with a caller leading you through the dances. The Caller is Maureen Collier from Vancouver, and the band is Rig a Jig. Lesson 7:00 PM, dance 7:30. St. Matthias Church (600 Richmond). $8. .



Sun. April 29

Phillips Comedy Night – Producer and host Wes Borg records some of his hilarious songs for CD. Show at 8pm. $10.

SON OF AFRICVILLE – Heartwarming story of a young man’s journey back to a mother who always loved him, but due to the harsh realities of life, paranoid schizophrenia, and drug use, could not keep him. Performer/creator Justin Carter relives this reunion through story and song in a poignant and humorous performance. The show travels to Halifax next month to be part of the SuperNova Theatre Festival. 2pm. Intrepid Theatre Club. $12/10.


Mon. April 30

Last Laugh Monday – Eight hilarious performers joke about rare and everyday experiences. Clean comedy.  7:30 pm.  Moka House (1633 Hillside). $5.


Tues. May 1

SIN CITY IMPROV: Carnies – This completely improvised play unfolds in 24 weekly episodes. Every week the cast of characters move the story forward in hilarious and unexpected ways, as they respond to live direction. 8pm. TUESDAYS to May 29 at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street). $12/$15. 250-480-3709.


Wed. May 2

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo – Japanese  form of puppet theatre is a rare cultural performance from Japan at UVic. 7:30pm Harry Hickman Building, Room 105 Finnerty). Free.

The Government Inspector – Funny, frantic and full of frivolity, this play by Nikolai Gogol and adapted by Morris Panych is a hilarious classic. Performed by the highly regarded Advanced Teen Company of Kate Rubin Theatre & Drama Studio. Preview night. 8pm at the Metro Studio Theatre. To May 6. $12/$9.

Casting Call for Doc/Reality Series in Development – Do you feel like an outcast in your own neighbourhood?  Are your neighbours giving you grief about your house, your yard or something you do?  Need some help to bring a little peace to your life and your neighborhood? 250-217-9006,





THURS. April 26

Coast Collective Gallery – Al Frescoes Plein Air Painting Exhibition. Noon-5pm. To May 13 at 3221 Heatherbell.

Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria – Look Show 2012 Fine Arts Exhibition. Various works. Opening reception and awards ceremony 6pm at The Bay Centre (lower level near the escalator). To May 12 at 1150 Douglas.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Art Collecting on a Budget: Prints. Join Dr. Judith Patt in an intimate discussion of the development of her collection which includes prints from Goya, Rauschenberg, Vasarely, Sam Francis and others. Presented in connection with Victoria Collects: A View into Private Art Collections from the Region. Presentation 7pm. To May 6 at 1040 Moss.

fifty fifty arts collective – AND WHAT TO MAKE OF THE WRECKAGE by multimedia artist Serina Zapf asks the viewer to consider what happens when photographs are destroyed. Opening performance 7-10pm, with reception SATURDAY 7pm. To May 6 at 2516 Douglas.


FRI. April 27

West End gallery – Robert Held’s Scape Series showcases his new glasswork. To May 3 at 1203 Broad.


Sat. April 28

Miles Lowry open studio – Paintings, sculptures, prints: part of the Fairfield Artists Studio Tour. 11am-4pm. To SUNDAY at 1829 Lillian.

Martin Batchelor Gallery – A Visual Parade by Wendy Skog. Opening reception 7-9pm. To May 24 at 712 Cormorant.



Open Space – Trimpin: (CanonX+4:33=100) an exploration of sound, vision, and movement in this newly commissioned interactive installation. To April 28.

Look Show – a celebration of local arts hosted by the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, showcasing the work of over 300 local artists. Bay Centre downtown. To May 12.

little fernwood gallery- My Flight Home, featuring recent drawing and painting of Ilyanna Jones. Opening 1pm at 1923 Fernwood. To May 8.

Polychrome Fine Arts- SQUILLO  a solo exhibition of serigraphs on velvet and paper by Ingrid Mary Percy. Opening noon to 3pm. To May 24 at 113 Fort.

Slide Room Gallery – Never odd or even graduation exhibition of students in our Independent Studio Program: Taryn Coulson, Sarah Cowan, Tanta Pennington, Bonnie Tomlinson. Opening reception 7:30pm. To April 30 at 2549 Quadra.

THE GALLERY AT THE MAC-– Attachments, an exhibition from a group of local fine art photographers that is sure to intrigue and enlighten. Artist’s opening 7pm. To May 28 at 3 Centennial Square.

Dales Gallery – The Floating World: New Photographic Works by Victoria artist and photographer, Matt Politano. To May 1 at 537 Fisgard.




THURS. April 26

BC Bites & Beverages – Explore the history of the food and beverage industry in BC, with this first of six events. Join Brewing Historian Greg Evans and local brewers to taste award-winning beers and learn about BC’s brewing history, from the pioneers of the Gold Rush to the recent renaissance of craft brewing. 7-9pm at Royal BC Museum (675 Belleville). $40/event, series pass $230 for non-members. 250-356-7226,

Fri. APril 27

Fitness/racing expo – Celebrate in the TC 10K excitement with participants, or gear up for race day yourself with vendors, entertainment and more FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9am-5pm at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa (45 Songhees). Free. 250-360-2999.

Celtic Art workshop – Join Freeskool to learn how to draw Celtic art and knotwork, and more about this sacred art form. 3pm at Camas Books and Infoshop (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585,

SAT. APril 28

Organic Farm Plant & Seed Sale – Join ALM Organic Farms for the second-annual plant and seed sale. Featuring a wide variety of veggies, herbs and annual and perennial flowers. All certified organic and grown on site. 10am-2pm at 3680 Otter Point Road (Sooke). Free. 250-642-2131,

Fairfield Artists Studio Tour – Join in the 11th annual Fairfield Artists Studio Tour for a self-guided walk about tour to 49 of the city’s most significant (and a few lesser known) artists. Brochures at Fairfield Thrifty’s, Serious Coffee Cook Street Village and online. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11am-4pm. Free. 250-388-4110,

Inspired Wellness Holistic Fair – Cleanse your energy and renew vitality in your life. Psychic readings, massage, energy healing and holistic services will be available. 11-5pm at Church of Truth (111 Superior). $5. 778-433-7334,

Walk For Cruelty-Free Cures – An event for International Lab Animal Week. All welcome: bring kids, pets, snacks, frisbees, drums, guitars. Funds raised go to Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine. 2pm meet at Fairfield Plaza (1594 Fairfield, NW corner), then walk along Ross Bay to Clover Point for a picnic. $2.,

Astronomy Day in Victoria – Celebrate annual International Astronomy Day in Victoria, with daytime activities for the whole family: solar viewing, hourly lectures, Ask-an-Astronomer booth, astrophotography workshops, telescope making, outdoor planetary walks and astro kids activities. Presented by the Victoria Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. 10am-4pm at UVic’s Bob Wright Centre (Ring Road). Free. 250-380-6358,

Sun. APril 29

Times Colonist 10K – Over 13,000 runners and walkers will hit the streets for the 23rd-annual event. Register before 6pm SATURDAY and join participants, or cheer them on for race day. 8am at Government and Belleville. $17-$50 registration, free to watch. 250-744-5538,

Wildflower weekend – Celebrate the wonderful world of wildflowers with guided tours of our native plant garden. Crafts for kids, music at the Wildflower Revue, Wildflower Bingo and hands-on information about native wildflowers. Noon-3pm at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary (3873 Swan Lake). By donation. 250-479-0211,

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

Mon. APRil 30

Astrology and Tarot readings – Workshops in magical time zones and small groups, applied to participants’ charts and lives: Voyager Tarot & Astrology. 6:46-9:19pm at 429 Vancouver. $20 first timers. RSVP 250-381-4299.

Tues. May 1

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.





Victoria flea market – Offering a huge assortment of interesting things. SUNDAYS 9am-2pm at the DaVinci Centre. $2/free after 1pm. 250-381-5033.

Weekly Winter Market – Featuring vendors with handcrafted funky accessories and hair accent pieces, one-of-a-kind festival style apparel, vintage clothing, storytelling, live entertainment, a kids zone and more. SUNDAYS noon-5pm at The Well (821 Fort). 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. April 26

Victoria Poetry Project – Cheer along with or join in the Tongues of Fire poetry fun and enjoy special guest and Victoria’s Poet Laureate Janet Rogers. 7:30pm at Solstice Cafe (529 Pandora). $5. 250-475-0477,

Fri. April 27

Internet Marketing talk – Join Shawn O’Hara to learn how busy business owners can use effective strategies for increasing traffic and conversion rates for their websites. Noon-1pm at Radar Hill Technology Inc. (3301 Douglas, 5th floor boardroom). Free. RSVP 250-477-6395.

Planet Earth Poetry – Don’t miss Stephanie Bolster and E. Alex Pierce read from their stirring works. 7:30pm at Moka House (1633 Hillside). Free.

SAt. April 28

Ken Merkley signing – The author of the Tim Murphy Mysteries is holding a book signing for Uncommon Consent, the third novel in the series. Noon-4:30pm at Coles at West Shore Town Centre (2945 Jacklin). Free. 250-474-1557,

Sun. April 29

in the flesh book launch – Experience witty contributor readings by Taiaiake Alfred, Dede Crane, Candace Fertile, Julian Gunn, Margaret Thompson, Kathy Page and Lynne Van Luven, as they launch In the Flesh: Twenty Writers Explore the Body, edited by Page and Van Luven. 2:30pm at Fernwood Yoga Den (1311 Gladstone). Free. 250-360-0829.

Classes de Espanol – Learn useful words and phrases in Spanish at Camas Books’ Freeskool. 3pm at Camas Books and Infoshop (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585,

Anti-Capitalist book launch – Check out the Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book and launch its popularity with author Gord Hill. 7pm at Camas Books and Infoshop (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585,

Tues. MAY 1

Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle – Discuss the latest in anarchist reading. TUESDAYS 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.

trivia night – With Mosquoy. Free. TUESDAYS 8pm at Felicita’s (UVic). 250-721-8626.


Imperial Ecology seminar – Join this four-part seminar on the complexities of human-nature relations, presented by Wayward School. 6-8pm at Discovery Coffee (664 Discovery). $30. RSVP,

Nonviolent Communication: A Language for Shifting A Planet into Peace – Participate in an awareness campaign in April at Oneness Wednesdays. WEDNESDAYS 7pm at the Church of Truth (111 Superior). By donation. 250- 592-0938,

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


The Malahat Review – Enter the 2012 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize with a piece of creative nonfiction between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Prize: $1,000; entry fee: $35 (includes a one-year subscription). Deadline: August 1. Enter the UVic 50th Anniversary Prize: a one-time writing contest open only to UVic students, alumni and Victoria CRD residents. Poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, or dramatic monologue. Prize: $300, $150 and $100 in each category, entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 15. More info:

The Victoria Writers’ Society 11th-Annual Writing Competition – 1st prize, $100. $15/$20 entry fee. Categories are Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and Poetry. Deadline TUESDAY.

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