Victoria’s Weekly Arts, Music and Events listings May 17-23

Victoria's Weekly Arts, Music and Events listings May 17-23, including Stage, Words, Music, Events, Markets and more

Vancouver jazz vocalist Jaclyn Guillou is playing Hermann's Jazz Club Sat., May 19.

Vancouver jazz vocalist Jaclyn Guillou is playing Hermann's Jazz Club Sat., May 19.



THURS. May 17

Astrology and Tarot Workshops – In magical time zones and small groups, applied to participants’ charts and lives: Venus Retro and the Spring Eclipses 3:03-5:35pm and 7:35-10:10pm. Voyager Tarot Practice MONDAY 7:35-10:10pm. 429 Vancouver St. $ 20 first timers. RSVP 250-381-4299.

Fri. may 18

VINTAGE MILITARY VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT DISPLAY – See military vehicles, display items such as medical encampment vignettes, period costume dress up and photos. Rides available on the equipment, down to Island View Beach. Model trains, food and family fun. 10am-3:30pm also SATURDAY & SUNDAY at Saanich Historical Artifact Society Heritage Acres (7321 Lochside). $7 adults, kids free.

Documentary release: “Victoria’s Castle” – Learn what Victoria’s famous Craigdarroch Castle is really all about in a new documentary by Castle Society Board Member Robin Adair. Special showings FRIDAYS until June 8. 7pm at Craigdarroch Castle (1050 Joan). Admission $13.75, plus $5 for film. 250-592-5323, Story on Page 13.

Victoria Highland Games and celtic festival – Kick off the games with a parade of various Scottish Clans around the Legislative Grounds 7-8:30pm at Belleville and Douglas. Then, take part in everything from clan booths and beer gardens to shepherding skills demonstrations and the Greater Victoria Pipe Band Performance. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 8am-6pm at Topaz Park (Blanshard and Topaz). Free.

SAT. May 19

Volkssport Walks – Join the 7/13km walk (rated 2C). Registration 9:30am, walk 10am. Meet at Francis/King Park (Munn Road, Saanich). 250-665-6062.

Mount Work-Out! – Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist on this vigorous hike from marshy lowlands to rugged rocky outcrops. Bring a lunch, water, rain gear and wear sturdy hiking shoes. 10am-1pm at Mount Work Regional Park (Munn Road parking lot). Free. 250-478-3344.

Psychic Circle Spring Fair – Learn about your future with palm readers, tarot cards, clairvoyants, mediums, clairsentients, spiritual counsellors and more. Throughout the week during mall hours to SUNDAY. 10am-6pm at The Bay Centre (1150 Douglas). 250-478-4226.

Kickball kick off – Join Kick Ball Victoria for their summer kick off event, for a fantastic day of family fun. 10:30am at Royal Athletic Park (Cook and Pembroke). Free to watch.

Stamp Club Meeting – Like stamps? Take part in a meeting with the Greater Victoria Philatelic Society, focusing on trains, bridges and the letter ‘T’. 7:45-9:45pm at Windsor Park Pavilion (2451 Windsor). Free; membership $15. 250-385-1561,

Sun. May 20

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.

Tues. May 22

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.





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.

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

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.

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. SUNDAYS 11am-4:30pm at Bastion Square and Langley. 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.





Fri. MAY 18

Victoria Youth Dialogues – Explore the impacts of hate-crime and racism on the community through conversation and popular theatre led by youth organizers. Dig deeper into your understanding of the topic through facilitated dialogue, brainstorm how to make change, and leave with steps for action. Bus tickets, lunch and nutrition breaks are provided. 10am-5pm at City Hall (Council Chambers). Free. 250-893-5747,

Planet Earth Poetry – All open mic evening. 7pm sign up, readings 7:30pm at Moka House (1633 Hillside) Ave. $3. 250-370-2077.

Sat. MAY 19

Book signing – Signing and launch with Danda Humphreys, from her new book Government Street: Victoria’s Heritage Mile. 2-3pm at Munro’s Books (1108 Government). Free. 250-382-2464.

book launch – Anvil Press and Coach House Books are pleased to announce the launch of three new poetry collections from Stuart Ross, Susan Steudel and Patrick Friesen. 7pm at Cadboro Bay Book Company (3840B Cadboro Bay). 250-477-1421.

Mon. MAY 21

Pen-In-Hand Poetry/Prose Reading Series – Open mic, followed by featured reader: Victoria’s Poet Laureate Janet Marie Rogers. 7:15-9pm at Serious Coffee (230 Cook). $3. 250-590-8010.

Tues. MAY 22

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.


The Sponge Reefs of British Columbia – Learn about a “Deep Water Jurassic Park” with the Maritime Museum of BC. 7-9pm at the Museum (28 Bastion Square). $12/$10.  250-385-4222,

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,

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





THURS. May 17

dales gallery – Presenting Cowichan Valley Artisans and a range of materials and art pieces. To June 6 at 537 Fisgard.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Rick Leong’s large-scale paintings create haunting and lush landscapes that hover in the intangible realm of dusk in The Phenomenology of Dusk. Influenced by both Chinese and Canadian landscape painting traditions. Opening reception and artist talk 7:30-9pm at 1040 Moss.

Fri. May 18

West End gallery – Victoria-based artist Laura Harris presents her latest collection, “Places Forgotten.” To May 31 at 1203 Broad.

slide room gallery – Presenting Current Threads III: Re-Surfacing, featuring over 20 artists from around Victoria. Opening reception 4-7pm. To May 28 at 2549 Quadra.

Deluge gallery – Carrion by the Woodpile Collective showcases various works by Blythe Hailey, Sean McLaughlin and Shawn O’Keefe, including emanations of mysterious flora and fauna in transmissions from the past and future. Opening reception 7pm. To June 16 at 636 Yates.

Sat. may 19

Scattered Artists Studio Tour 2012 – Artists scattered around Cedar Hill golf course in the area north of Hillside, south of McKenzie, and between Swan Lake, Quadra and Shelbourne invite you to come and discover what they do and why. 12-5pm at various locations. To SUNDAY. See

Coast Collective Gallery – Ken Faulks’ new works, presented by Mercurio Gallery. Opening reception 2-5pm. To May 27 at 3221 Heatherbell.

Weds. may 23

Gallery 1580 – Imperfect Memory by Lorraine Douglas, Kathy Guthrie and Susan Underwood. Opening reception 6-9pm. To June 2 at 1580 Cook.




Thurs. May 17

Shirley Valentine – Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre is excited to welcome one of Canada’s national treasures, Nicola Cavendish, back to Victoria to present her award winning performance of Willy Russell’s international hit. A remarkable one woman tour-de-force about a neglected housewife that has enough, packs her bags and takes off on a journey of self-discovery. May 15-19 at 8pm, and May 19 and 20 at 2pm. McPherson Playhouse. $54.75. Tickets at

Spring Dance Showcase– Passion and Performance annual showcase of everything from hoop dancing, chair dancing, contemporary, disco, burlesque and more! Special guest performances will include; VibeStreet Hip Hop, Cherry Poppins and Miss Rosie Bitts. Charlie White Theare (2243 Beacon). $20. 19+.

God of Carnage –From the author of Art, this Tony  this 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.

NEED2 Stand Up -Have your funny bone tickled by ten local comedians and performers in an evening of laughter and mental health awareness raising. All proceeds support local suicide prevention and mental health awareness services. 6:30pm at Moka House (1633 Hillside). $10.

FRI. May 18

How The Other Half Loves– The Peninsula Players present Alan Ayckbourn’s How The Other Half Loves. At first glance this is a simple tale of two dinner parties, while at the same time hilarious and puzzling. Berwick Auditorium (4680 Elk Lake Drive). Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. $15.

Sat. May 19

You Can’t Take It With You– Target Theatre presents a fundraiser radio play performance of You Can’t Take It With You Directed by Barry Bowman and starring local  Jack Knox, Vee Cooper,  Al Ferraby, Forbes and Marshall, Karen Elgersma  and other famous surprise guests. Expect hilarious miscues, advertising jingles, and old time dramatic fun. Pre-show appies and after show treats are included. Silent auction and other mystery prizes up for bid. 7pm at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham). $20.

BATMAN’S GREAT MYSTERY– This is Twisted Theatre presents twisted radio plays. Originally aired in 1948 as ten 20-minute episodes, Batman’s Great Mystery has been re-done as 2 two hour episodes. Featuring Ian Case as the Narrator, Missie Peters as Robin, Rod Peter Jr as Clark Kent, Chris Cooley as Jones and Theodore Sherman as live foley artist. And a surprise Bruce Wayne. First episode at 8pm at Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard). Stay tuned for the second episode. $12/10.

Sun. May 20

The Showdown – Seven performers have up to seven minutes each to do their thing on stage. Audience votes for their favourite. Winner gets $200 Cash. Hosted by Wes Lord. 8pm. $10/8.

Mon. May 21

Chorus/Line/Cabaret IV – Gotta Getta Gimmick presents the fourth installment of this musical theatre cabaret exploring the vast and varied work of musical theatre. Act 1 is selected music and scenes from musicals by composer Jule Styne by Gimmick’s company, hosted by the legendary Janis Dunning. For Act 2, there is only one rule: all musical theatre, only musical theatre. Singers jump up and belt out tunes, anything can happen. The bar is open and the lights are dimmed. Bring your sheet music and get up and sing – accompaniment provided. In the studio and lobby of the Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone). Doors and bar at 7pm, show at 8pm. $15.

The Shakespeare Monologues – Keep it Simple Theatre Productions presents William Shakespeare’s masterpieces in an interactive evening of monologues, dialogues and great food. 7pm at The Well (821 Fort). $6.

Tues. May 22

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.

Weds. May 23

Murdered to Death – St Luke’s Players presents a hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and Blake Edwards’ Inspector Clouseau. Expect twists and turns with sidesplitting antics and ever-increasing merriment and confusion. Opens Wednesday at 8pm at St Luke’s Hall (3821 Cedar Hill Cross) and runs May 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 & June 1,2 at 8 pm, with 2 pm matinees on May 26, 27 & June 2, 3. Tickets at Amica at Douglas House  (50 Douglas), Ivy’s Book Shop (2188 Oak Bay) Petals Plus Florist (3749 Shelbourne) and Russell Books (734 Fort) and at the door. $15/13.

A Chorus Line – Vic High’s Drama and Dance departments production of A Chorus Line, Broadway’s longest running show. Wednesday to Saturday at 7:30 pm at Victoria High School (1260 Grant). $10.



THURS. May 17

Quoia- Radio Contact Productions presents the first leg in a coast to interior tour as the road to Tall Tree III rounds the bend. With Shred Kelly, Nigel M, Perks and visuals by Gordon Blunt.  Upstairs Cabaret (1127 Wharf). Doors at 9pm. $15 at Coastline Sports and Incite Screenprinting.

Woodsmen – With Davenport, Moose For Now, Citizen Joy  in a Fundraiser show in support of the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefitting the BC Cancer Foundation. Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook). Doors at 8pm. By donation, minimum $10.

Victoria Score Reading Club – Don’t read music? Don’t worry!  This is an excellent opportunity to listen to and discuss music you may have never heard before. Open Space and the Canadian Music Centre BC Region are pairing up to bring the CMC’s very popular Score Reading Club to Victoria. With soprano/voice artist Cathy Fern Lewis, CMC/CLC 2011 Emerging Composer Christopher Reiche, and CMC/CLC 2012 Emerging Composer Daniel Brandes.  6pm at Open Space (510 Fort). By donation.

GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS – American blues rock legend, George Thorogood returns with a new tour and a new album. 7:30pm at the Royal Theatre. Tickets $46 at

FRI. May 18

Club Salsa Live – Start with a Cuban dance lesson at 8:30pm with Salsa Moderna followed by live music and DJ at 9:30pm at the Victoria Event Centre. The launch of Club Salsa Live! feaures ‘Dale Tumbao’ with special guests Israel Toto Berriel [Cuba] with Pablo Cardenas [Cuba] on piano, Hector Ramos [Cuba] on congas and Peter Dowse [UK] on the bass and Oscar Soto de Leon [Cuba] on percussion. Tickets at Puerto Vallarta Amigos and the VEC (1415 Broad).

Slim Sandy & the Hillbilly Boogie Gang- With The Manny Modesto Quintet, The Brighton Tickets.The Cambie. (856 Esquimalt). Doors at 8pm. $15.

Echo Trio- WIth North Town and The Ghostbirds in the Lemon Tree Concert Series. All ages. Doors at 8pm at Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard) $10 at Lyle’s Place.

SAT. May 19

Jaclyn Guillou- Jazz vocalist from Vancouver touring Canada with an international band from New York and Belgium. Hermann’s Jazz Club (753 View). 8pm. $15.

Colleen Eccleston & John Gogo- fresh from her return from Nashville, Colleen Eccleston is joined by fellow singer songwriter John Gogo in the Spotlight at The Well (821 Fort). 8pm. $TBA.

Shake Rattle and Roll – Keith Sonic presents Hank Angel and his Island Devils, The Cavaleros, The Jukebox Jezebels The Flamin’ Skulls and Clint Nottingham on a stacked bill at The Cambie. (856 Esquimalt). Doors at 8pm. $15.

Victoria Drum Fest – See Dom Famularo, Scott Pellegrom, Murray Creed, Sean Mitchell, Jordan Hanson and Ronn Dunnett take to the stage at the Victoria Marriot Hotel (728 Humboldt). Tickets at Tom Lee Music and Long & McQuade. $TBA.

HELLOSEPTEMBER- Local Alternative/Indie/Rock music show at Fairfield Hall (1301 Fairfield) with Aivia, Winston Wolfe and Animal Astronauts. All Ages. Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm. $5 at the door.

BILL JOHNSON BAND – With guest Jesse Roper at the Charlie White Thetare (2243 Beacon, Sidney). 7:30pm. $25.

The Gary Preston Band – 8pm. Upper Deck Lounge (229 Gorge). Free.

sun. May 20

DIE MANNEQUIN – With Dearly Beloved & The Day He Quit. Club 9ONE9 (919 Douglas). Doors at 9pm. $15.

Victoria Folk music society: Folk Generations Concert- Victoria family bands:  Ecclestons, plus more in a panel style. Theme: “Sow the Seeds” After open stage. 7:30pm. 6:45 open jam.At Norway House (1110 Hillside). $5.

Wed.  May 23

TORONTO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA -Led by Maestro Alain Trudel, the repertoire will include Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes, Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Vivier’s Orion. 7:30pm at the Royal Theatre. Tickets $46 at




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