Victoria’s Weekly Arts, Music and Events listings May 24-30

Including Music, Arts, Stage, Words, Events, Markets and more

Brasstronaut is playing Lucky Bar, Tuesday, May 29.

Brasstronaut is playing Lucky Bar, Tuesday, May 29.


Thurs. May 24

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. Runs May 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 & June 1, 2 at 8pm, with 2pm matinees on May 26, 27 & June 2, 3.  at St Luke’s Hall (3821 Cedar Hill Cross). 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. Thursday to Saturday at 7:30pm at Victoria High School (1260 Grant). Matinee Saturday at 2pm. $10.

Four Quartets – Part of Uno Fest.Mystical movement-based piece with dance  by Deborah Dunn (Trial & Eros, Montreal) set to the poetry of T.S. Eliot. 7pm at Metro Studio. Also FRIDAY at 8:30pm. $18.

The Birdmann – Part of Uno Fest. 2011 Pick-of-the-Fringe comedy performer The Birdmann (Surfers Paradise, Australia) returns with his comic variety show. 9pm at Metro Studio. Also FRIDAY at 7pm. $18.

FRI. May 25

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. Charlie White Theare (2243 Beacon, Sidney). Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. $15.

Swing City – Night club swing dance lesson with John at 7:45 pm. Dance at 9pm. Edelweiss Hall (108 Niagara). $10/$8.

Cougar Annie – Part of Uno Fest. Katrina Kodoski features her work in development about the West Coast pioneer. 6pm at Intrepid Theatre Club. Pay-what-you-can at the door.

Those Who Can’t Do… – Find yourself embroiled in a high school sex scandal. Written and performed by Erin Gleck (Caterwaul Theatre, Ont.) 8pm (Pay-what-you-can) at Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard).  Also SaturDAY at 6pm and SUNDAY at 4pm. $16.

Sat. May 26

Monobrow 5 – The annual three-minute mini-monologue slam, is back in support of Megan Newton and her fight with cancer. 10pm at Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard).  Also June 2. By donation.

Canterbury Cocktails – Highly hysical and performed entirely in middle English, this show details the 29 characters that make up Chaucer’s Canterbury Cocktails. 8:30pm (Pay-what-you-can) at Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard).  Also WEDNESDAY at 6:30pm. $16.

Sun. May 27

The God That Comes – Concept album for the stage by Hawksley Workman. Part of Intrepid Theatre’s Uno Fest. 8pm sharp at Metro Studio. Also Monday and Tuesday at 8pm. $25.

The Adversary – Fringe favourite Andrew Bailey returns with a show that explores how justice is brought to those who don’t call the police. 6:30pm (pay-what-you-can) at Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard).  Also MONDAY at 6:30pm and WEDNESDAY at 8pm. $16.

Audition – Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea is having cold-read auditions for the Aug. 14 to Sept. 2 run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 7pm at New Horizons Activity Centre (234 Menzies). 778-440-4686 or

Mon. May 28

Cinderella – English adaptation of Rossini’s opera by St. Michael’s University School Grade 5 students. Also Tuesday. 7pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). $20/13.

Spring Training Intensive – Ballet Victoria presents spring training with Gavin Larsen of Oregon Ballet Theatre. May 28- June 1. $10/class. To register call 250-380-6063.

Cougar Annie – Part of Uno Fest. Constance Cook features her work in development about the dynamic interplay of three indedpendent themes: isolation, instinct and transformation. 8pm at Intrepid Theatre Club. Pay-what-you-can at the door Also TUESDAY at 8pm.

Tues. May 29

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. FINALE. 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street). $12/$15. 250-480-3709.

Photo Booth – Join Pick-of-the-Fringe winning improviser Dave Morris in an exploration of character, ambition, hopes and dreams. Each night is based on audience suggestions. 6:30pm (Pay-what-you-can) at Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard).  Also FRIDAY (June 1) at 9pm and SATURDAY (June 2) at 6:30pm. $16

Weds. May 30

God is a Scottish Drag Queen – This solo show has sold out every Canadian performance since its premiere in early 2011. Don’t miss your chance to see droll deity Mike Delamont as God. 8pm (pay-what-you-can) at Metro Studio. Also THURSDAY (May 31) at 8:30pm. $18.






THURS. May 24

LymeAid 7 – Featuring NikTex, Lola Parks, Chris Neal and Jessica Benini with guest speaker David Cubberley. Fundraiser for lyme disease treatment. 8pm at  Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $14.

Mary Flatman – Inspirational gospel music. 7pm at Eric Martin Theatre (2328 Trent, off Fort). $TBA.

Victoria Dream Team – Welcome to Victoria EP release party with Coco Jafro. 9pm at Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook). $10 at Ditch, Long & McQuade.

FRI. May 25

Zeus – Indie rock with Wake Owl. 8pm at Lucky Bar. $14.

Fish & Bird- Alt-folk. 8pm at the Fort Café. $TBA.

Canadian Beauty – Tribute to Bob Dylan. 9:30pm. Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook). $10 at the door.

BeerC/DC- AC/DC tribute with Keggerator and Test 4Echo. 10pm at Sorpano’s $6.

The Party on High Street- Organized album release with Copassion Gorilla and Redrick Sultan. 9pm at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10.

Shorty Parker Band – Classic rock covers. 9pm at the Office Lounge (759 Yates). Free.

Daniel Lapp’s West Coast Fiddle Extravaganza – Fiddle icon and fiddler/guitarist Adam Dobres joining forces with the BC Fiddle Orchestra for two shows that will be recorded for a live album. Friday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm at Oak Bay Unted Chruch (1355 Mitchell). $20/$15/$10 at Hemp&Company and Ivy’s Books.

Colin Campbell Duo – Live jazz, Latin and blues at the Heron Rock Bistro. 7pm. Free.

George Colligan – Acclaimed NY and Portland-based pianist with bassist Sean Drabitt and drmmer Kelby MacNayr. 8pm at Hermann’s Jazz Club. $20/18/15.

Pemi Paull – Montreal-based violinist presents an unusual and daring recital of unaccompanied works by H.I.F. biber, Michae Oesterle, Katia Tiutiunnik, Geroges Enescu, Scott Godin and Gustav Mahler. 8pm at Church of St. John the Divine (1611 Quadra). $20/10. 250-595-7105.

SAT. May 26

West my Friend – With Doug Koyama and Shelder The Electric Clamfish in an all-ages evening of music at the Spiral Café. 8pm. $5-$10.

Isobel Trigger – Victoria’s alt-rock sweetheart. With Versa, Mercy Years and Germany Germany. 9pm at Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook). $8.

Hexaphone – Set the Table for Six, a vocal buffet of a capella tunes. 8pm at Lutheran Church of the Cross (Cedar Hill Road). $18/Free.

Harris Gillmore & The Mojos – Get down and dirty with hard drivin’ blues and funky reggae at The Upper Deck (299 Gorge). 8pm. Free.

Jensen Sisters – Former Island girls and international jazz stars Ingrid and Christine Jensen return home for one show only. 4pm at Hermann’s Jazz Club (753 View). $25/20/15.

Bugaloo en Orbit – With Las Fabulosas Boogalettes do Aztlanian surf bop, twist, cumbia and mucho mucho mas. 8:30pm at 6 Mile Pub. Free.

sun. May 27

The God That Comes – See Stage listing.

Victoria Folk music society: Elena Yeung – Fiery banjo picking and bone-chilling a capella. With Karl Sommerfield. After open stage. 7:30pm. 6:45 open jam. At Norway House (1110 Hillside). $5.

Victoria Baroque Players – Present Italian Bach with soloists Nancy Washeim, Soile Stratkauskas, Christi Meyers, Christopher Bangan  and Paul Luchkow. 7:30pm at Church of St. John the Divine (1611 Quadra). $20/$5.

Banquo Folk Ensemble – Suete Seson and Sonne, an evening of early music to sing in summer. Five voices and a dozen instruments. 7pm at Church of Truth (111 Superior). $15.

Pharis and Jason Romero – Blend guitar, banjo and harmonizing vocals in old-timey country and folk songs. 8pm at Hermann’s Jazz Club (752 View). $10.

Mon.  May 28

Victoria Children’s Choir – Season finale concert Villages and Voices. 7pm at Alix Goolden hall (900 Johnson). $15/$5.

Fur Eel – Funk-rock-soul with guests at the Cambie (856 Esquimalt). 9pm. $5/$3 with Mustard Seed donation.

Tues.  May 29

Brasstrnaut -With Utidur. 8pm at Lucky bar. $15

Lafayette String Quartet -UVic’s School of Music artists-in-residence will give a special free performance following the Alumni Association’s AGM. 6:30pm, David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Building. $TBA.

Wed.  May 30

Galliano Ensemble – Performs Serenades Lost and Found in their final performance of the season. 8pm at Philip T.Young Recital Hall, UVic. $33/30.

Auditions – The Victoria Choral Society, under the direction of Brian Wismath, will hold auditions for new members. Email or phone 250-391-0540 for details.






Fri. may 25

Night at the Museum Family Sleepover – Travel back in time on an overnight adventure you’ll never forget. After everyone has gone home and the museum has closed its doors for the night, families can the Royal BC Museum in the Dinosaurs exhibit for an exciting night of time travel through BC’s past. Includes a pancake breakfast, late-night flashlight tours, games, stories and activities and a morning exercise class. 6:30-11:55pm at Royal BC Museum (675 Belleville). $75 per person, all ages. 250-356-7226,

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,

SAT. May 26

Volkssport Walks – Join in the 6/10km Swiftsure Walk (rated 1A) and see the sailboat race while you walk. Registration 8am, walk at 8:30am. Meet at Harbour Towers (345 Quebec). Free. 250-360-0356.

Shred-a-thon – Individuals and businesses are invited to shred their confidential documents in return for a donation to the Mount St. Mary Hospital. All proceeds go towards much needed equipment for hospital residents. Enjoy a BBQ and beverage while shredding. 10am-2pm at Mount St Mary Foundation (861 Fairfield). By donation. 250-480-3140,

The Selkirk Waterfront Festival – Thrill the whole family with live entertainment, carnival style rides, games, face painting, tasty treats and shopping in the waterfront vendor’s market. Special musical guests include Caleb Kenney, Terry Brennan, Salsa Caliente, the Rhythminers and Slim Rooster. 10am-3pm at Selkirk Green Park & Waterfront Crescent (Jutland & Gorge). Free. 250-388-5251 ext 225,

Vancouver Island Pet expo – Come see Buttercup’ the amazing Skateboarding Bulldog, cheer on the dashing dachshunds as they race the Wiener Dog Races, enter to win door prizes, meet with exhibitors and trusted pet experts and more. 10am-6pm & SUNDAY 10am-5pm at Pearkes Rec Centre (3100 Tillicum). $8, $20 for a family of four. 778-433-5201,

Energy Expo – Holistic Health and Metaphysics Inspiring wellness for the mind, body and Spirit. Speak with over 40 professional psychics, mediums, alternative health professionals and holistic healers that will help you find solutions for a happier, healthier life. 20 workshops offered. Noon-5pm & SUNDAY at James Bay Community Centre (140 Oswego). $10. 778-433-7334,

Sun. May 27

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.

Honeybee Awareness Day – An afternoon of buzzing knowledge. See the demonstration hive to watch the honey bees in action, find out 10 simple things we can all do to help honeybees and pollinators, and ask professional beekeepers your bee questions. 10 per cent of proceeds go to The Land Conservancy. Noon-5pm at Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery (8750 West Coast, Sooke). By donation. 250-642-1956.

Bee day – See educational exhibits, face painting, honey tasting, bee songs, bee crafts and waggle-dance lessons. Noon-3pm at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary (3873 Swan Lake). By donation. 250-479-0211,

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. May 28

The 2012 Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week – Cycling pros and new riders: join the cause for the 18th-annual Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week. Special events planned throughout the week. Until June 3. Free. Register at

Early Evening Canoeing – Join the guided paddle and search for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction provided. No experience necessary. Pre-registration required.     6:00-9pm at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich). $20; $10 (5-14 years). 250-478-3344,

Tues. May 29

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.






Tongues of Fire featuring Mary Pinkoski – See TOF’s second to last show of the season with your favourite poet’s favourite poet, after open mic. 7:30-9:30pm at Solstice Cafe (529 Pandora). $5. 250-884-0450.

Fri. MAY 25

Planet Earth Poetry – Wendy Donawa launches The Wild Weathers: A gathering of love poems and Catherine Owen reads from Catalysts, after open mic. 7pm sign up, readings 7:30pm at Moka House (1633 Hillside) Ave. $3. 250-370-2077,


Friends of BC Archives Lecture “Craigflower Country” – Journalist Maureen Duffus looks back on View Royal’s First Nations heritage, its place in Governor James Douglas’s vision for the new colony, its importance to the Royal Navy in Esquimalt Harbour and its transition from a sparsely populated farming community to a modern residential suburb that still celebrates its past heritage. 2-4pm at Newcombe Conference Hall, Royal BC Museum (675 Belleville). $5. 250-598-1835.

Seed Saving Workshop – Join in the Food Security Discussion at FreeSkool. 4pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.

Mon. MAY 28

Biblioasis at Bolen Books – Join Biblioasis this week, with Anakana Schofield, Claire Tacon and Jamella Hagen. 7-9pm at Bolen Books (1644 Hillside). Free. 519-300-6615.


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 24

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


Fri. May 25

Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria – Bring a piece you want appraised, then join local fine art appraiser John Russell with Fine Art Roadshow. Tickets $20. 2-9:30pm at 3220 Cedar Hill.

CELEBRATE THE SALISH SEA – Annual exhibition of ceramic art presented by Fired Up! Opening reception 6-9pm. To SUNDAY at Metchosin Hall (4401 William Head).

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – See William Kurelek’s works with The Messenger. Opening reception 8pm. To Sept. 3 at 1040 Moss.

Sat. may 26

Mt. Tolmie Studio Tour – Saanich presents artists in their home studios for two-days running. 11am-3pm & SUNDAY. Map and details at

Sun. may 27

Polychrome Fine Arts gallery – See TEXTURA: M Award winner Shawn Shepherd’s solo exhibition of appliqués. Opening reception noon-3pm. To June 21 at 1113 Fort.

Weds. may 30

West End gallery – View Laura Harris’ Places Forgotten, with her serene and bold use of texture and colour. To June 6 at 1203 Broad.





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

Country Market – Visit the Prospect Lake District Community Association’s annual Local Food & Country Market. Enjoy 50+ vendors featuring local produce, plants, herbs, greens, preserves, pies, breads, cookies, eggs, crafts, pet food, flea market items, flowers, hot breakfast, lunch at Jack’s Kitchen and more. Proceeds support group activities. SATURDAY 10am-3pm at Prospect Lake Community Hall (5358 Sparton). Free. 250-708-0702.

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.

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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.