Victoria’s Weekly Arts Listings April 5-11

Victoria's Weekly Arts Listings April 5-11. Playwrights Cabaret, Naval Art, John Pinette and more.

Just for Laughs is presenting John Pinette for two shows at the McPherson Playhouse April 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Just for Laughs is presenting John Pinette for two shows at the McPherson Playhouse April 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m.



FRI. April 6

Easter Baskets – the Diva League starring The Legendary Gouda Gabor and special guests Kamelle Toe and Aleevna Trailer. Resident Dj RonnyBee will be spinning the tunes after the show 11pm at Paparazzi Nightclub (642 Johnson). $8.

Sun. April 8

Phillips Comedy Night – Featured performer is Vancouver’s Dino Archie, with M Award Winning host, Wes Borg. 8pm Victoria Event Centre. $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. By performer/creator Justin Carter. 2 pm Intrepid Theatre Club.  $12/10.

Mon. April 9

Playwrights Cabaret – Local playwrights Elaine Gallagher, Kevin Gillese, Gordon Horne, Melanie Houston, Richard Olafson, Duumisile Owane and April Parchoma present stage readings from their new plays. 8pm at the Belfry Theatre. By Donation.

Tues. April 10

John Pinette – Just For Laughs is thrilled to present six-time Just For Laughs Festival veteran, John Pinette. 7:30pm at the McPherson (3 Centennial Square). $45.50.

Wed. April 11

John Pinette – Just For Laughs is thrilled to present six-time Just For Laughs Festival veteran, John Pinette. 7:30pm at the McPherson (3 Centennial Square). $45.50.


Improv Class with Dave Morris – Victoria Event Centre (1415  Broad). SUNDAYS to Apr. 15.



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 Apr. 17 at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street). $12/$15. 250-480-3709.


VICTORIA’S SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA – New Victoria theatre company is starting a professional summer Shakespeare festival.  Performers, designers, technicians send resume and picture to Robert Light MFA. Apt.1002 – 1147 Quadra Street Victoria, BC, V8W 2K5 or

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,


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.

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


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





THURS. April 5

The Maritime Museum of BC – Ready, Aye, Ready: The Naval Art of Robert McVittie. Opening reception 1pm. To August at 28 Bastion Square.

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

Xchanges Gallery – In Real Life social commentary on the ways in which women are received in the world by Christine Redmond. Opening reception 7pm. To April 29 at 2333 Government.

FRI. April 6

Emerging Art GALLERY – Field Notes Group Exhibition ,  A study of the natural landscape and the wild that inhabits it Caitlin Ambery, Logan Ford, Jen Wright, Samuel Jan, Curt Bilson, Liam Hanna – Lloyd, Marilyn Peeters and guest artist Dan Deschamps.. Opening reception 7pm. To Apr. 20at 1610 Fort.

West End Gallery – paintings by  Claudette Castonguay exude her sense of fun, whimsy and joie de vivre To April 12 at 1203 Broad.

SAT. April 7

Open Space – Trimpin: (CanonX+4:33=100) an exploration of sound, vision, and movement in this newly commissioned interactive installation. Featuring a talk by Paul Walde: Composer as Inventor. 2 pm.

GALLERY 1580 – Eight Studio Artists’ Show, featuring  Marjorie Allen, Jeanne Cannizzo Opening reception 7pm. To April 14.

SUN. APRil 8

MON. APRil 9

CACGV Gallery – Contra by Western Academy of Photography Opening Reception: April 9th 1pm – 4pm. To April 14.

TUES. APRil 10

Eclectic Gallery – Victoria Visionaries Works by Pat Martin Bates, Herbert Siebner, Jack Wise and Walter Dexter, one of Canada’s most accomplished ceramic artists Opening Reception 7 pm at 2170 Oak Bay. To May 12.


Gallery Café – Mixed Messages by Pagone Praparattanapan. Opening reception 7pm. To April 15 at 3220 Cedar Hill.

Serious Coffee View Royal – Carron Berkes, an exhibition in acrylics, watercolours, mixed media, recycled and found objects. To Apr. 29 at 1701 Island Highway.

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.

THE GOWARD HOUSE SOCIETY – My World As I See It, art show and sale by Sandra Didrikson Locke. Artist’s reception 1:30pm. To Apr. 25 at 2495 Arbutus.

MARTIN BATCHELOR GALLERY – Watermark Printmakers: Discovery, an exhibition by M.Catherine Lee, Carolyn Goresky, Wendy Pierrot, Chiarina Loggia and more. Opening reception 7pm. To Apr. 26 at 712 Cormorant.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – An exhibition by Jeffrey J. Boron & Linny D. Vine. Reception with artists in the Massey Gallery at 2pm. To Apr. 15 at 1040 Moss

LITTLE FERNWOOD GALLERY – Bill Goers: Painting and Drawings 2007-2012, an exhibition of calligraphic seed- syllable prayers and non-literal scribbling. Opening reception 5pm. To Apr. 17 at 1923 Fernwood.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Throw Down, an exhibition using sculpture, video, photography, drawing and public intervention. Featuring Sonny Assu, Gregory Ball, Megan Dickie, Tyler Hodgins, Alison MacTaggart. To May 6 at 1040 Moss St.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Victoria Collects: The Salish Weave Collection, an exhibition focusing exclusively on works by contemporary Coast Salish artists, George and Christiane Smyth. To May 6 at 1040 Moss.

Dales Gallery – ENCOUNTERS in a traveling life, images capturing intimate moments of engagement with people and places around the world. To TUESDAY at 537 Fisgard.

Deluge Contemporary Art – Robert Youds, an exhibition including work with aluminum, Plexiglas, LED and fluorescent lights and digital signs. To Apr. 15 at 636 Yates.

ECLECTIC GALLERY – Blackbirds, Stooked Wheat and Prayers, exhibition by Deryk Houston about the earth and creating conditions for seeds to grow. A metaphor for the search of peace. To Apr. 7 at 2170 Oak Bay.


FIFTY FIFTY ARTS COLLECTIVE – Witzel Schau, an exhibition of whimsical drawings, comics and paintings by artist Tyler Witzel. To April 15 at 2516 Douglas.

Heron Rock Bistro – Images at the Rock. The Victoria Camera Club presents an exhibition and sale of club members’ work. To Apr. 30 at 435 Simcoe.

Maritime Museum- What Lies Beneath, an exhibit of the past, present and future of underwater exploration. With guest speaker Verena Tunicliffe.  $5-$30. Through August at 28 Bastion Square.

POLYCHROME FINE ARTS – Surface n’ Substance, an exhibition by Donna Eichel. To Apr. 19 at 1113 Fort.

She Said Gallery – Illustrations by Saanich artist Kristi Bridgeman from the children’s book “Uirapuru’” written by P.K. Page. To April 28 at 2000 Fernwood.

The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm – Taryn Brown, paintings in acrylic. To Mar. 31 at 109 – 5325 Cordova Bay.



CALL FOR BICYCLE ART- Part of the Victoria International Bicycle Fest. Deadline May 1. Submit images of work to

Call To Artists: LOOK Show 2012 -Artist in take SUNDAY April 15 11-4pm at the Bay Centre (1150 Douglas lower level near escalator).The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria annual LOOK Show is a celebration of local visual art, of all levels. 250-475-7123,