Thurs. Nov. 3
Rookery Nook – On holiday at the Somerset seaside, two fun-loving young friends, Gerald and Clive, get caught in a tangled web of silly white lies and flirtatious innuendos. THURSDAY-Nov. 19, matinee Noc. 19 2pm at the Phoenix Theatre (UVic). $22/$13 students/$18 seniors, all seats $24 on weekends. 250-721-8000.
Fri. Nov. 4
a Tribute to Red Skelton – Performed by Alan Greenwood. 7pm at James Bay New Horizons (234 Menzies). $13/$10 JBNH members. 250-480-2868.
Random Dance – Producer Jon Hopkins, composer Joby Talbot, and choreographer Wayne McGregor. “A staggering blend of bodies, lights, technology and film.” FRIDAY & SATURDAY 7:30pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). $25. 250-386-6121.
Music & Laughter Festival – Fourteen acts over two nights. FRIDAY & SATURDAY 10pm at the Office Lounge (759 Yates). $8 weekend pass/$5 single night pass. 250-590-5253.
Gormenghast – The story of a kingdom determined to remain untouched by change and time until murder threatens the extinguish the Groan family and all they hold dear. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 7:30pm To Nov. 12 at the William Head Institution (6000 William Head). $20. 250-391-7078.
Comedy night – Get your belly aching with Jenn Grant and Julienne Dion. FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9pm at Heckler’s. $10. 250-386-9207.
Moscow Stations – En route, by train, to see his girlfriend, Venya’s indulgences become a comedic indictment of a system that was designed to subjugate the spirit, intellect and passion of half a continent. SATURDAY 8pm at Merlin’s Sun Home Theatre (1983 Fairfield). $30. 250-360-0234
Thurs. Nov. 3
Jim Taylor – One of Canada’s most renowned sportswriters revisits his remarkable career in his latest collection, And to Think I Got in Free!: Highlights from Fifty Years on the Sports Beat. Registration required. 7-8:30pm at the GVPL, Emily Carr Branch (3500 Blanshard). Free. 250-475-6100, gvpl.ca.
Fri. Nov. 4
Self-promotion & Social Media – Presentation on self publishing. 2-4pm at The Well (821 Fort). Free. 250-590-4995.
Planet Earth Poetry – A great night of poetry with Maureen Hynes and Lisa Shatzky after the open mic. 7:30pm at the Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3. planetearthpoetryvictoriabc.blogspot.com.
Sat. Nov. 5
Nonviolent Communication – Tired of having the same old arguments over and over again? Rachelle Lamb teaches an approach that provides tremendous insight into how to break free from relationship killers. 2-4pm at Euro Studio, 3rd floor (1821 Cook). By donation. 250-480-7122, RachelleLamb.com.
mon. Nov. 7
The Search for Life in the Universe – Uvic’s Faculty of Science and the Department of Physics and Astronomy present this informal seminar on life in the universe. 6:30-8:30pm at the James Joyce Bistro (1175 Douglas). Free. 250-721-7744.
Christianity in the Philippines – Lecture by Dr. Oscar Perez de Tagle. 7pm at The Philippine Bayanihan Community Centre (1709 Blanshard). Free. 250-472-1898.
TUES. Nov. 8
Capturing Nature with Compact Cameras – Join Mikhail Belikov, a professional photographer, as he shares his techniques for getting the best images of nature with simple compact cameras. Bring a friend and a coffee mug. 7:30pm in room 159, the Fraser Building (UVic). Free. naturevictoria.ca.
Wed. Nov. 9
Securing our Water Future – Robert Sandford discusses Canadian water security and climate change. 2:30-4:30pm in room D110, the MacLaurin Building (UVic). Free. 250-721-8189.
Mark Zuehlke – Award winning author and Canadian military historian, Mark Zuehlke, brings the never-before-told story of Canada’s pivotal role throughout the entire Normandy Campaign in his new book, Breakout from Juno: First Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign. 7-8:30pm at the GVPl, Central Branch (735 Broughton). Free. 250-382-7241, gvpl.ca.
Malahat Review – Fall issue launch. Readings by Tom Wayman, Richard Osler, Rhona McAdam, Zoey Peterson, and Julie Paul. 7-9pm at The Well (821 Fort). Free. 250-590-4995.
Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle – Discuss the latest in anarchist reading. TUESDAYS 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.
trivia pub quiz – General knowledge, guess the song, who said it, (or our variation) who tweeted it! Free. TUESDAYS 8pm at Felicita’s (UVic). 250-721-8626.
Open mic – Poetry night. WEDNESDAYS 7-9pm at The Well (821 Fort). Free.
THURS. Nov. 3
CINDER BLOCK GALLERY – Improbably Rapport, exhibition of work by Mary-Lynn Ogilvie, Anne Vaasjo and Laurie Tzathas. Opening reception 7-0pm. To Nov. 12 at 1580 Cook.
Fri. Nov. 4
View Art Gallery – The Toy Show, group exhibition of gallery and guest artist/toy-makers. Featuring artist GJ Pearson, his kinetic sculpture and creative toys. To Dec. 24 at 104-860 View.
GOWARD HOUSE – Perspective, exhibition and sale of artwork by Marnie Miller and Deryk Houston. Opening reception SUNDAY 1:30-3:30pm. To Nov. 30 at 2495 Arbutus.
Olio Artists & Workers Cooperative – Mask & Mirror, artwork by Morgana Wallace. Opening reception 7-11pm, by donation. To Dec. 7 at 614 1/2 Fisgard.
Sat. Nov. 5
Oak Bay Artists’ Studio Tour – Twenty-two of Oak Bay’s established and emerging artists use their homes and studios as backdrops to display the products of their creativity. Self-guided tour. SATURDAY & SUNDAY noon-4:30pm at locations throughout Oak Bay. Free.
Martin Batchelor Gallery – New works by Heather Keenan. Opening reception 2-6pm. To Dec. 1 at 712 Cormorant.
Collective Works Gallery – Art 2 Art, exibition of Isa Sevrain’s ceramic works and Pete Rockwell’s Photography. Opening reception 7-9pm. To Nov. 24 at 1311 Gladstone.
Martin Batchelor Gallery – Lost & Found, exhibition of pastels and assemblage by Dorothy Field. With reading of the artists latest chapbook With Kelly and After. To THURSDAY at 712 Cormorant.
Collective Works Gallery – Group Show, past and present works from members. To FRIDAY at 1311 Gladstone.
Peninsula Gallery – 25th Anniversary Show, featuring new work by 25 artists including Kwan, Stockdale, Moffat and more. To FRIDAY at 2506 Beacon.
AVENUE GALLERY – New bronze sculptures by Nicola Prinsen. To SATURDAY at 2184 Oak Bay.
dales gallery – New Perspectives, exhibition of work by Ira Hoffecker. To TUESDAY at 537 Fisgard.
POLYCHROME FINE ARTS – Strange Fruit In Ghostland, solo exhibition of paintings by Mark Schmiedl. To Nov. 10 at 1113 Fort.
eclectic gallery – West Coast Images, en plein air paintings by Desiree Bond. To Nov. 12 at 2170 Oak Bay.
art gallery of greater victoria – Art of the Delightfully Absurd, to Nov. 13. Indian & Persian Miniature Paintings, exhibition of miniature paintings a calligraphy from the AGGV’s collection, to Nov. 20. Asian Ceramics from Ancient Shipwrecks, a collection of ceramics yielded from shipwrecks dating from the 15th to 19th centuries, to Jan. 2. Collected Resonance, exhibition of work by Shelly Bahl, Sarindar Dhaliwal and Farheen Haq., to Jan. 8. Promising Objects, an evolving project corresponding with MacTaggart’s interest in inventors and artists and their respective quests to devise solutions to problems and ideas, to Jan. 15. On the Edge of Nowhere by Emily Carr, semi-permanent. All shows at 1040 Moss.
OUT OF THE MIST GALLERY – Two Chilcotin Baskets & The Horse, exhibition of two Chilcotin baskets recently de-aquisitioned from an Alberta museum. To Nov. 13 at 740 Douglas.
Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery – The World of Mary’s Wedding: Reminiscences of World War I from UVic Archives and Special Collections, an exhibit reflecting the home front in Victoria against the backdrop of WWI. To Nov. 17 at the McPherson Library (UVic).
fifty fifty arts collective – Paper Shell, exhibition or origami by Ramona Struthers. To Nov. 17 at 2516 Douglas.
little fernwood gallery – Mandala Respite, exhibition of work by Laurence Beal. To Nov. 18 at 1923 Fernwood.
Legacy Gallery – Exhibition of prints and carvings by Henry Hunt, to Nov. 20. In Her Own Words: Emily Carr, Myfanwy Pavelic, Katharine Maltwood, exhibition exploring the implicit integrity of vision in an artist’s own words about her art, its context and its technique, to Nov. 26. Kuluta and the Professor: The Friendship of Henry Hunt and Peter Smart, exhibition includes the entirety of a significant collection of Henry Hunt’s masks, carvings and serigraph prints compiled by Dr. Peter Smart, to Nov. 26. All at 630 Yates.
cedar gallery – 25 Years of the Island Illustrators Society, exhibition of illustrative works by members. To Nov. 27 at 3220 Cedar Hill.
Sooke Harbour House – Beneath the Bark, exhibition of work by James Atkins, Merlayna Snyder and Jack Stevenson. To Nov. 28. at 1528 Whiffen Spit.
Absolute Underground Gallery – Zombie Feast, work by Trust666, Ory, Tank, Shawzy, Genghis Shawn and more. To Nov. 30 at 1215 Government.
Thurs. Nov. 3
Jazz Jam – Hosted by the Tom Vickery Trio. 8pm at Hermann’s. $8.
WEST MY FRIEND – Indie folk. With The Opera Club. 8pm at the Cornerstone Cafe. Free.
Peter Katz – CD release concert. 8pm at the Solstice Cafe. $TBA.
Black Valley Gospel – Alternative country. With Midnight Son and Dire Crimes. 10pm at Logan’s. $8.
Fri. Nov. 4
West Coast Blues Doctors – Do they cure the blues, or just sing them? 7pm at Roadhouse. Free.
Donato-Bourassa- Lozano- Tanguay – A tribute to jazz pianist Bill Evans. 8pm at Hermann’s. $22/$19.
Heavy Lemon – Blues rock. Tree Hugger’s Ball Dance party. With Compassion Gorilla, Redwood Green and Sultan. 8pm at Felicita’s. $10.
Kooler – Classics. 9pm at Stationhouse Pub.
Rewind – They play classic rock… backwards! That way you can hear the satanic backmasking. 9pm at Log House Pub. Free.
Friday Night Lights – DJ Reign and Marshall A. 9pm at 9one9. $7/$5 students.
Newport Beach – Indie. With Horse Girls and Kingdom Cloud. 10pm at Logan’s. $7.
Cocaine Moustache – Funk rock. CD Release party. With Lesbian Fist Magnet and Lust Boys. 10:30pm at Metropolis.
Sat. Nov. 5
Bluestravaganza – That is to say, Bill Johnson Blues Band, McKinley Wolf, Harris Gilmore and the Mojos, Slim & The Deuces, Davelectro & The G-men, The Deb Rhymer Band, Dr. Bones Blues Project and Islander, all playing in the same place. 4pm at Upper Deck. $20.
Rotten Rails – Creating unsafe travel conditions. With Manatee and The Hallows. 9pm at The Cambie. $5.
Jelo Jelo – There’s always room for Jelo! With King Kornelius. 10pm at Hush. $14.
Stephen Brown and the Bastion Band – New Orleans Jazz. 8:30pm at Ocean Island Cafe. Free.
The Denim Demons – Tougher than flannel demons. With Gandhi Snatchers and Hurtin Crue. 9pm at Logan’s. $12/$10.
Sun. Nov. 6
Departure – Jazz quartet. 8pm at Hermann’s. $15.
Mon. Nov. 7
Jamaraoke – It’s like karaoke, but with a live band. That live band is Party on High Street. 9pm at Felicita’s. $3.
TUES. Nov. 8
Elliott Brood – Troubadors, we hear. With One Hundred Dollars. 8pm at Sugar. $20.
Wed. Nov. 9
The Sutcliffes – Like the Beatles, but free and also all alive. 8:30pm at The Clubhouse. Free,
The Goodfellaz – Defies classification. (Or doesn’t know what genres are). With Sean Sanity. 10pm at Hush. $5.
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. With AFL & Spoon. THURSDAYS 9pm at Hush. $TBA.
NYPD – A lethal dance party with Kenzie Clarke. THURSDAYS 10pm at Lucky. $TBA.
Open mic – Featuring Greg Madill’s NIGHTRISE after open mic. With Jevan Madill and Cam Stiles Come early to sign up. FRIDAYS 8-10pm at James Bay Coffee & Books (143 Menzies). By donation.
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.
Solid! – Dance your ass off with DJ Longshanks. SATURDAYS 10pm at Lucky. $TBA.
Sunday Blues Jam – Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Band. SUNDAYS 2pm at the Strath’s Clubhouse. 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.
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. 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. 8pm at The Castle. Free.
Karaoke – With Miss Liz Barrett. 8pm at My Bar & Grill. Free.
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.
The Truth Soundsystem – 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.
Fri. Nov. 4
Seven Deadly Songs – Ancient ballads of murder, madness and mayhem for All Hallows Eve. Performed on vocals, fiddle, harp, bagpipes, cittern, hurdy-gurdy, hammered dulcimer, recorders, percussion, theramin and more. St. Mark’s Anglican Church (1620 Fernwood). $15. 250-598-6679.
Three Worlds – Roots virtuosos Brad Prevedoros, Niel Golden, and Greg Joy. FRIDAY 8pm at the Charlie White Theatre (2243 Beacon) & SATURDAY 8pm at St. Ann’s Academy (835 Humbolt). $20. 250-656-0275.
Sat. Nov. 5
The Victoria Civic Orchestra – With Voces Intimae, Estelle Kurier. 2pm at Oak Bay Secondary Theatre ( 2101 Cadboro Bay). $20/$15. 250-658-3304.
Martin Matychuk- Nashville-style guitar. With Dave Ryerson, Dale Manason, Melissa Flint, Gord Cheney, Renata Young, Bryon Thompson, and special guests. Proceeds support the Mustard Seed Food Bank. 7pm at Christ Community Church (3897 Holland). $10. 250-479-3227.
Palm Court Light Orchestra – Tunes from Broadway’s greatest shows including Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate, The King & I, Showboat and Gypsy. 7:30pm at the Farquhar Auditorium, the University Centre (UVic). $30. 250-721-8480.
Sun. Nov. 6
Sidney Concert Band – Rememberence concert featuring the 443 Squadron Pipes and Drums and the Saanich Peninsula Pipe Band. 1:15pm at the Mary Winspear Centre (2243 Beacon). By donation. 250-656-0275.
The bayside big band – Captures the musical style and spirit of the popular swing dance bands of the 1940’s. 7pm at St. John’s United Church (10990 West Saanich). Free. 250-656-0875.
Jazz Vespers – Featuring Jan Stirling, Bruce Meikle and Bob Watts. Superb jazz music in a reflective atmosphere. 7:30pm at St. Philip Anglican Church (2928 Eastdowne). 250-592-6823.
International Guitar Night – The longest-running mobile guitar festival in North America. With Brian Gore, Lulo Reinhardt, Adrian Legg, Marco Pereira. 7:30pm at University Centre Farquhar Auditorium (UVic). $25/$15. 250-721-8480.
Wed. Nov. 9
Ensemble Pacifica – Performing works by Beethoven, Hummel and Mozart. 7pm at St. Peter’s Anglican Church (3939 St. Peter’s). By donation. 250-384-7757.
Friday music – Featuring the School of Music brass students. FRIDAYS 12:30pm in the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, MacLaurin Buildling (UVic). By donation. 250-721-8559.
Victoria Folk music society –
Featuring the Colleen Eccleston Trio after open stage. SUNDAY 7:30pm at Norway House (1110 Hillside). $5. victoriafolkmusic.ca.
Bard & Banker – Justin Hewitt THURSDAY. Geoff Lundstrom FRIDAY. Tyler Harvey SATURDAY. Lola Parks WEDNESDAY. All shows 8pm.
bartholomew’s – Younger Than Yesterday FRIDAY & MONDAY 9pm. Rock of ages SATURDAY. Randy Tucker Band SUNDAYS 6:30pm. Havanna Club Live TUESDAYS. Paul Wainright WEDNESDAYS. All shows 8:30pm unless otherwise noted.
Canoe Brewpub – The Adults THURSDAY 9pm. The Boom Booms FRIDAY 9pm, $5.. Mindil Beach Markets SATURDAY 9pm, $5.. Steve Chmilar MONDAY 7:30pm. DJ Primitive WEDNESDAY 9pm.
Fernwood inn – The Sweet Lowdown TUESDAY 8pm.
glo europub – Ashley Wey Trio SATURDAY 8pm.
My bar & grill – Auntie Kate & the Uncles of Funk FRIDAY 8pm.
Ocean Pointe Resort – Jazz piano featuring Ivan Elieff. FRIDAY & SATURDAY 7pm.
Strath’s clubhouse – DJ Bellyfish THURSDAY. Pat Shade FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9pm.
Swan’s – Summer & The Sinners THURSDAY. Consenting Adults FRIDAY. Groove Diggers SATURDAY. The Moonshiners SUNDAY 8:30pm. The Flying Saucers MONDAY. Light Sweet Crude TUESDAY. House Cats WEDNESDAY. All shows start 9pm unless otherwise noted.
The Office – Aurora Scott THURSDAY.
The Spiral – Open mic THURSDAY 6:30-9pm, free. Mark Crissinger with Chris Van Sickle, FRIDAY 8pm, By. Daniel Mari, SATURDAY 8pm. Story time for kids, free, SUNDAY 10:30-11am. Spiral Groove, MONDAY 7-9:30pm. Spiral Swing Orchestra, WEDNESDAY 7:30-9:30pm. All by donation unless otherwise noted.
The Superior – Shark en Ciel THURSDAY. Oliver Swain FRIDAY. Sunyata SATURDAY. Friends & Inventions of Mr. Aaron Watson SUNDAYS. Paul Laverick WEDNESDAYS. All shows 7pm.
Swiftsure Lounge – Randy Tucker Band SATURDAY 3:30pm.
Vista 18 – Steve Grebanier Trio FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8pm.