Victoria’s Weekly Arts, Music and Events listings May 31- June 6

Victoria's Weekly Arts, Music and Events listings May 31- June 6, including Music, Arts, Events, Markets, Galleries, Words and more.

Local female-fronted rock band Wolfheart is releasing its debut album Saturday, June 2 at Lucky Bar.

Local female-fronted rock band Wolfheart is releasing its debut album Saturday, June 2 at Lucky Bar.



Thus. May 31

The 2012 Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week – Cycling pros and new riders: it’s not too late to join the cause for the 18th-annual Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week. Special events planned throughout the week, with thousands of dollars in prizes, celebration stations, great food and lots of fun. Various times throughout Victoria. Until SUNDAY. Free. Register at

Why InSite won – Join the forum on the community struggle for Vancouver’s supervised injection site. The event will be moderated by Gregor Craigie from CBC’s On the Island and speakers include Liz Evans, executive director of the Portland Hotel Society, Dean Wilson, community activist and plaintiff in the Supreme Court Case, Scott Bernstein, Lawyer with PIVOT Legal Society and others. 7-9pm at Ambrosia Events Center (638 Fisgard). Free, but tickets required at, 250-384-2366.

Astrology and Tarot workshops – Small groups, applied to participants’ charts and lives: Lunar Eclipse and Venus Passage, emergence of the new Feminine. 3:03-5:35pm and 7:35-10:10pm at 429 Vancouver. $20 first timers. RSVP 250-381-4299.

Fri. June 1

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. June 2

Volkssport Walks – Join in the 6/10 km Walk (rated 2B/3C). Registration 9:30am, walk 10am. Meet at McMinn Park (Maplegrove Street, Saanich). Free. 778-426-0379.

The Dog Show for Mutts – Join in the fun with the 3rd-annual “Best in Show: The Dog Show for Mutts,” where dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes get their chance to shine. Presented by the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa. All proceeds will go to the Greater Victoria SPCA. 11:30am-2:30pm at Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa (45 Songhees). $20 to enter show, or by donation to view. 604-729-1448.

Co-creative Consciousness – An inspired, intentional space where aspects of awakening will co-manifest out of the dynamics of the experience. Join the group to explore the nature of sacred, connected living. Free. 10pm-2am at Church of Truth (111 Superior). 250-721-1419.

Sun. June 3

Dare for Diabetes – Join AdrenaLINE Zipline Adventure Tours for the 2nd-annual Dare for Diabetes, and experience a breathtaking two-hour zipline adventure through the Sooke Hills rainforest on a course of eight ziplines from 150 to 1,000 feet. Fifty per cent of proceeds goes to the cause. 9am-4pm at AdrenaLINE Zipline (5128 Sooke). $70 adults/$60 youth. 250-642-1933,

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.

Touch a Truck – Let your kids get behind the wheel of trucks of all kinds, including a firetruck, police car, ambulance, excavator, dump truck, zamboni and more — all to benefit the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and Neuroblastoma Research. The afternoon includes family activities, BBQ and treats galore. Noon-4pm at Panorama Rec Centre (1885 Forest Park). $20 per family. 250-655-5009.

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. June 5

SCRABBLE NIGHT – Bring a board 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 – Oliver Swains Big Machine plays. 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 local 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.






B.Y.O.P. Bring Your Own Poetry – Join the open reading series hosted by Victoria’s Poet Laureate Janet Rogers. All genres, levels and styles of writing are welcome. 7pm at Cenote (768 Yates). Free.

Fri. June 1

Griefwalker – Death is never a welcome topic, but join Stephen Jenkinson for a public talk and screening of his film Griefwalker on his work guiding individuals, couples, families and communities as they face the realities of the end of life, and reconsider how to think about grief and dying. Also full-day workshop SATURDAY. 7pm at Royal Roads University. Free. 250-858-2906,

Sat. June 2

Self-made soda – Join Camas Books’ Freeskool event to learn how to make fermented blueberry soda. Bring a mason jar and lid. 3pm at Camas Books and Infoshop (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.

Mon. MAY 28

Anarcha-Feminist Reading Circle – Join Camas Books in a reading circle that welcomes all female-identified and trans participants. MONDAYS 6pm at Camas Books and Infoshop (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.

Tues. MAY 29

Peter Clarke – Munro’s Books presents Peter Clarke and an evening with the distinguished historian and his new book, Mr. Churchill’s Profession. 7pm at Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). $5. 250-382-2464.


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





THURS. May 31

Fifty Fifty Arts Collective – Taryn Coulson and Chris Savage showcase geometric abstract paintings, paired with intricate illustrations. Opening reception 7-10pm. To June 17 at 2516 Douglas.

CACGV Arts Centre – See a solo show by Lynda Shipley as well as Diversidade, art by Brazilian artist Karin Fries. Opening reception 7-9pm. To SATURDAY and SUNDAY respectively at 3220 Cedar Hill.

Fri. June 1

Xchanges Gallery – See Navigating Multiple Worlds, works by immigrant youth. Opening reception 5:30-9pm. To SUNDAY at 2333 Government.

The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm – See featured artist Irma Soltonovich. To June 30 at 109-5325 Cordova Bay.

Sat. June 2

AVENUE GALLERY – New paintings by Bi Yuan Cheng, Bill Schwarz and Chrystal Heath. To June 14 at 2184 Oak Bay.

Sun. June 3

CACGV Arts Centre – More than 25 new, acrylic-on-canvas paintings by Christine Reimer. Subject matter ranges from coastal landscapes and mountains to playful, abstract florals. To June 17 at 3220 Cedar Hill.




Cinecenta at UVic screens its films in the Student Union Building. Info: 721-8365.

★★★½ JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI -(Wed.-Thurs., May 30-31: 7:15, 9:00) Sushi fans should swoon thanks to this delightful portrait of Japan’s 85-year-old master of sushi, the Yoda of raw fish.


YEMEN -(Fri.-Sat., June 1-2: 7:10, 9:15)  Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) directs Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt in a whimsical tale, part satire and part romantic comedy —  about a fisheries expert who becomes a consultant to a sheik who wants to bring the sport of fly fishing to the desert.

★★★★ MONSIEUR LAZHAR -(Sun.-Mon., June 3-4: 7:00, 9:00) Oscar nominated and Genie winner, this drama from Quebec features an Algerian immigrant in Montreal who is hired as a replacement teacher when another teacher commits suicide.


OF TOM THOMSON -(Tues., June 5: 7:00 only) The same filmmaking team that did The Inner Life of Glenn Gould do a grand job exploring the life and legacy of Group of Seven painting icon Tom Thomson, who did much to celebrate the Canadian landscape.

★★★★ A SEPARATION -(Wed.-Thurs., June 6-7: 7:00, 9:20) This Oscar-winning drama from Iran features a marital dispute that widens into deceit, confusion, and tragedy. Easily one of the best films in recent years.




MOVIE MONDAY – Screening My Week With Marilyn. This droll account of the ill-fated movie collaboration between Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier in the late ’50s is funny, charming, and something of a must-see. 6:30pm MONDAY in the 1900-block Fort. By donation. 595-FLIC.





DINOSAURS: GIANTS OF PATAGONIA -[11am, 2pm, 5pm] Those “terrible lizards” come back to life in a feature that complements the fascinating dinosaur exhibit currently on at the RBCM.


EXPRESS -[10am, 3pm, 6pm] Here’s a patriotic account of the many daunting challenges behind building the CPR railway: part history lesson, part glorious travelogue.

TORNADO ALLEY -(1pm, 8pm)  Take an incredible trip into the violent heart of tornadoes via never-before-seen footage collected by a fearless (crazy?) storm chaser.



The Roxy


21 Jump Street – 7pm (Fri – Thurs)

Cabin in the Woods – 9pm (Fri – Thurs)

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – 2pm (Sat- Sun)

Mirror, Mirror – 3:40pm (Sat- Sun)



Thurs. May 31

Midsummer’s Night Dream- In every ballet retelling of Shakespeare’s a Midsummer Night’s Dream, the central character of Puck is a male, a clever, somewhat malicious elf. In Ballet Victoria’s version, Puck is a fairy/elf/ballerina, a mischievous, nimble footed sprite who plays with the characters emotions to her own amusement. For much of the their audience, the unusual has almost become expected as the company closes its ninth season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Other Works at the Royal Theatre with musical guests the Linden Singers. THURSDAY and FRIDAY at 7:30pm. $25.

Sketches from the Diary of an Artist – Mime actress Debra Skelton brings a benefit performance of her work to The Belfry Studio A. The evening will also feature a visual retrospective of the artist, the photography of Douglas Ashmore, a silent auction, live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, bar service, and conversation with the artist. 7:30pm. $27.

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 diety Mike Delamont as God. 8:30pm at Metro Studio. $18.

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 31 & June 1, 2 at 8pm, with 2pm matinees on 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.

Jake’s Gift – Part of Uno Fest.Juno Productions (Vancouver) brings powerful and surprisingly funny drama about a Canadian World War II veteran who returns to Normandy for 60th anniversary celebrations of D-Day invasion. Jake’s Gift premiered at Uno Fest in 2007 and is back for the fifth anniversary. All-ages. 60 minutes. 6:30pm at Metro Studio. Also FRIDAY at 6:30pm and SATURDAY at 6:30pm. $18.

The Atomic Weight of Happiness – Part of Uno Fest. Meagan O’Shea (Stand Up Dance, Toronto) brings her one-woman Dora-nominated dance theatre performance to The Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard) at 6:30pm (Pay-what-you-can).  Also FRIDAY at 7pm and SUNDAY at 4pm. $16.

Where is my Flying car?! – Part of Uno Fest’s Uno Works. Missie Peters (Not Your Grandma’s Poetry, Victoria) brings her one-woman spoken-word work-in-progress to The Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard) at 8:30pm (Pay-what-you-can).  14+. 50 minutes.

FRI. June 1

Blue Box – Controversial Vancouver writer and former Chilean revolutionary Carmen Aguirre brings her new one-woman show, which parallels revolutionary love with romantic love, to the Metro Theatre. 8:30pm (Pay-what-you-can). Also SATURDAY at 8:30pm. $25.

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. 9pm at Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard). Also SUNDAY at 4pm. $16

Griefwalker – Come hear Stephen Jenkinson featured in the NFB film on the topic of grief, death and dying at Royal Roads University. Doors at 6:30pm, workshop to follow. $15.

Sat. June 2

Beijing Shadow Play Troupe- a first for Victoria, Timothy Gosley of Merlin’s Sun Home Theatre welcomes Cui Yongping and wife Wang Shuqin, star performers of the famed Beijing Shadow Play Troupe. 7:30pm (1983 Fairfield). $10-20 sliding scale. Call 250-598-7488 or email for reservations (required).

Sun. June 3

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). By donation.

Mon. June 4

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.

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.

Tues. June 5

Arms and the Man – Join Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre for their production of George Bernard Shaw’s play about a soldier enters battle armed only with chocolates, not bullets. He is fighting for the affections of a young woman who is torn between the anti-heroic ‘chocolate soldier’ and her charming but superficial fiancée. Previews TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY at 8pm. Opens June 7 and runs to June 17. Tickets at

Stand up Comedy classes- Calling all funny folks, class clowns and office cut-ups! Always had a secret desire to try stand-up comedy?  Learn all the secrets of writing and performing original stand-up comedy in this fun beginner workshop.8 Tuesdays 7- 9pm starts June 5, Cook Street Activity Centre. $150 regular/130 students, seniors.  Must register in advance: or 778-440-0408.




THURS. May 31

African Community Project- An evening of music and eduction about the African Community Project. 7pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad) $10.

Ryan McMahon- Singer-songwriter from Ladysmith is a three-time Vancouver Island Music Award winner. Playing Duncan’s Garage Showroom (330 Duncan) 8pm. $15/$18.

Moodswing Chorus – Sings its last concert of the season. 7pm at Eric Martin Theatre (2328 Trent off Fort). $TBA.

FRI. June 1

Spring Blues Party – Bill Johnson Trio, Curl, Deb Rhymer Band. 7pm at Norway House (1110 Hillside). Tickets thru Big Charlie, band members, or $10.

Skagway CD Release- Modern bluegrass duo steeped in tradition releases “Thought and Memory.” 7:30pm at Orange Hall. $15.

Manafest – With winners of CBC’s Cover me Canada Whosarmy at Temple (525 Fort). All ages show doors at 6:30pm, show 7:30pm. 19+ show doors at 10pm, show at 11pm. $15.

SAT. June 2

Wolfheart- Local alternative trio releases debut album Subtle Bodies alongside River and other special guests. Lucky Bar (517 Yates). 8pm. $12 including a copy of the CD.

Victoria Arbutus Singers- 65 member, six-part choir presents “What a Wonderful World.” 7:30pm at First Metropolitan United Church (932 Balmoral). $10/$15/$25. 250-727-9146.

Open Air in the Square- Commemorate the City of Victoria’s 150th year and enjoy the sounds of celebratory music in Market Square (560 Johnson) with The Greater Victoria Concert Bands, The WestShore Community Concert Band and The Capital City Big Band. Noon to 4pm. Free.

Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer – Americana, blues and roots. 9pm at Saanich Roadhouse.  (5285 W. Saanich). 9pm. $TBA.

Wintersleep -Victoria International Cycling Festival kick off with Juno winnersWintersleep, We are the City and special guests. 6pm Phillips Brewery $25.

sun. June 3

CanUS Hot Jazz Band – With special guest Al Pease. 4-7pm. at Hermann’s Jazz Club (753 View). $12.

Victoria Folk music society: Countdown to FolkWest- Sample of some artists will grace the stage at the second annual FolkWest at Royal Athletic Park Aug. 10-12: the Balkan Babes, the Hokum Steamers, Auto Jansz and Andrea June, and the Chattering Class. Silent auction. $5. After 6:45 pm open jam. At Norway House (1110 Hillside). $5.

Jazz Vespers- Featuring Andrew Slade on piano, Bruce Meikle on acoustic bass and Bob Watts on drums with special guest, singer Danielle Olmstead. 7:30pm at St. Philip Anglican Church (2928 Eastdowne). By donation.

Hector’s Friends – Seven Men who Sing present Love Songs from Elizabeth 1 to Elizabeth II at Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church (9296 East Saanich). $12. 250-652-0404.

Cookeilidh- World Ocean Day concert, noon at the Beacon Bandshell (Sidney). Free.

Mon.  June 4

Island Big Band – 18 piece band swings at The Well (821 Fort). Dinner at 6pm, show at 7pm. $TBA.

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

Tues.  June 5

Eine Kleine Summer Music-Brahms String Sextet in B flat and the Schubert Quintet in C major performed by accomplished local musicians: concertmaster of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra Terence Tam with Julian Vitek, violin; Kenji Fuse and Kay Cochran, viola; Laura Backstrom and Paula Kiffner, cello. 2:30pm at First Unitarian Church (5575 W Saanich). $25/$20. Also TUESDAY at 7:30pm at Muse Winery (11195 Chalet Rd, North Saanich). $27.

The Victoria Summer Choir-Looking for singers of all ages. Rehearsals start June 5 and continue throught Aug. 31 at 380 Cook. 250-360-0356 or

Weds.  June 6

Said The Whale – Vancouver indie-rockers return to Victoria for a make-up date.  Tickets from the May 4th date will be honoured. 7:30pm at Alix Goolden Hall with Oh No! Yoko. $20 at Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records and


Acoustic Jam – With Dylan Stone. 6pm SATURDAYS at The Cambie. Free.

Open Mic – Open to all musicians. THURSDAYS 6pm at Paradiso Di Stelle. Free.

THursday blend JAM – Any and all string players welcome. Hosted by Rick Van Krugel. THURSDAYS 7pm at the Well. Free.

Open Mic – Scott Longworth hosts an open forum for original tunes. All ages. THURSDAYS 8pm at the Fernwood Inn. Free.

Karaoke – Hosted by Brandon. THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS 8pm at Upper Deck. Free.

theory – Dubstep. THURSDAYS 10pm at Hush.

thirsty thursdays – With DJ $RITCH$. THURSDAYS 10pm at Paparazzi. Free.

Karaoke – With Stacey and Fran. THURSDAYS 9pm at Felicita’s. Free.

NYPD – A lethal dance party with Kenzie Clarke. THURSDAYS 10pm at Lucky. $TBA.

Open Jam – FRIDAYS 8pm at the Langford Legion (761 Station). $TBA

Jazz in the Pacific – Hosted by the Victoria Jazz Society. FRIDAY and SATURDAYS 8pm at The Pacific Lounge at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Free.

Saturday Afternoon Jam – Hosted by Ian & Carolynn McDowell. SATURDAYS 2pm at V-Lounge. Free.

BLUEGRASS BRUNCH – Hosted by the Stowaways. SATURDAYS 2pm at Logan’s. Free.

Blues Jam – Hosted by Summer and the Sinners. SATURDAYS 3pm at My Bar and Grill. Free.

SEXY SATURDAY SLAM- With DJ $RITCH$. 10pm at Carlton Club.

Solid! – Dance your ass off with DJ Longshanks. SATURDAYS 10pm at Lucky. $TBA.

Stephen Brown and the Bastion Band – SATURDAYS 8:30pm at Ocean Island Inn.

Sunday Blues Jam –  With the Deb Rhymer Band. SUNDAYS 3pm at the Upper Deck Sports Lounge at Travelodge on Gorge. Free.

Hootenanny – Join Carolyn Mark for some first-rate hootenannin’. SUNDAYS 4:30pm-midnight at Logan’s. Free.

jack’s Open Mic SUNDAYS –

Welcoming atmosphere. SUNDAYS 7pm at Serious Coffee (230 Cook). Free.

Bluegrass Sunday – Hosted by The Stowaways Duo. SUNDAYS 8pm at Ocean Island Café. Free.

open mic – Hosted by Steve Barries. MONDAYS 9pm at Logan’s. Free.

Jamaroke – Karaoke with a live band (Party on High Street). MONDAY 9pm at Felicita’s (UVic). Free.

Jam Session – Play till you can’t play no more! All ages. MONDAYS 9pm at Ocean Island Café Lounge. Free.

Karaoke – With your hosts Stacey and Thor. MONDAYS 10pm at Paparazzi. Free.

90210 Mondays – DJs Jay Somethin’ and Levi Somethin’ Else spin all your favourite pre-millenium classics. MONDAYS 10pm at Lucky. $TBA.

INDUSTRY UNDERGROUND – Electro-step and funky house. With Soulfix and Chino. MONDAYS 10pm at Hush. $TBA.

Open Mic – Hosted by Katherine & David. TUESDAYS 6pm at The Well. By Donation.

B flat acoustic jam – The music sounds better with you. TUESDAYS 7:30pm at Slider’s (3115 Cedar Hill). Free.

Open Mic – Bring your friends, grab a drink and listen to music. TUESDAYS 8-11:30pm at Whitebird Lounge. Free.

Karaoke – Hosted by Tina Turnover. TUESDAYS 8pm at The Castle. Free.

My Bar Karaoke Star – $500 prize for first place. With Miss Liz Barrett. TUESDAYS 8pm at My Bar & Grill. Free.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS – WEDNESDAYS 9pm at Felicita’s (UVic). $3.

OPEN STAGE – Acoustic or electric, solo or with your band. Amps, drums, piano provided. Dylan Stone hosts. WEDNESDAYS 8:30pm at the Fort Café. Free.

Zipp Gunn & Ghostbelly  – Spinning ska, rocksteady, early reggae, soul & funk. WEDNESDAYS 9pm at Logan’s. Free.

Open Mic Night – Musical madness! Sign up with our host Jack. WEDNESDAYS 9pm at Ocean Island Café. Free.

Boneshaker – Goth and industrial DJ night. WEDNESDAYS 9pm at Paparazzi. $3.





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