Maple Leaf EVENTS: July 1 Festivities

30 06 2010

Check out the below activities to keep you busy all Canada Day. Already have a favourite way to spend the holiday? Email it to Danielle Pope at (subject: CANADA DAY) and win a copy of Canadian author Al Purdy’s  A-Frame Anthology.

Walking Tours – Learn the secrets of Johnson Street, Chinatown, the Empress and more. Hosted by DVBA. THURSDAY 10:30am-3:30pm. Free. Call to reserve. 250-386-2238.

Harbour Ferries Ballet – Victoria Harbour Ferries “waltz” while jaunty boats perform a precision water ballet. THURSDAY 10:45am at Ship Point (Inner Harbour). Free. 250-386-2238.

Trolley Rides – Hop-on, hop-off stops at: Wharf at Bastion Square, Store at Chatham, across from Capital Iron/Ocean River, Government at Pandora, in front of Mountain Equipment Co-op. THURSDAY 11am-3pm. Free. 250-386-2238.

Open The Doors to History – Explore the insides of buildings rarely experienced, including Capital Iron, Christ Church Cathedral, Masonic Hall, Tam Kung Taoist Temple and more. THURSDAY 11am-3pm at various locations. Free. 250-386-2238.

Brass in the Square – Antique vehicles on display, including the restored 1906 Zust, one of three vehicles that completed the 1908 Great Race Around the World. THURSDAY 11am-4pm at Centennial Square. Free. 250-386-2238.

A Flavour of Canada – Enjoy international foods from Hungary, India, Mexico and more. THURSDAY-SUNDAY 11am-10pm at Ship Point (Inner Harbour). Various prices. 250-385-5711,

DVBA Living Flag – Red or white t-shirt will be given to all those who help create this BC record-breaking flag. THURSDAY 12-2pm on Legislature lawn. Free. 250-385-5711,

Chalk One Up For Canada – What does Canada symbolize? Kids and adults are invited to draw on the sidewalk! Local chalk master Ian Morris will create a 3D chalk masterpiece. THURSDAY 12-3pm at Yates between Blanshard & Douglas (north sidewalk). Free. 250-386-2238.

Monster Mural – Children can join a 20-foot mural portraying Canada from coast to coast. THURSDAY 12-4pm on Legislature lawn. Free. 250-385-5711,

Magic in Market Square – Magicians including Donald Dunphy, Murray Hatfield, the Canadian Pacific Ballet and more will perform their talents. THURSDAY 12-3pm. Free. 250-386-2238.

Centennial Square music – Hosted by Victoria International JazzFest. Sara Marreiros (12:30pm). Nick La Riviere Septet (1:45pm). Bria Skonberg (3:15pm). The Wide Alley (4:30pm). Free. THURSDAY at Centennial Square. All-ages. Free. 250-388-4423.

Pirate School – Wannabe pirates can learn the art of scrimshaw, create maps to buried treasure, get tattooed and become skilled buccaneers with balloon swords. Hosted by the Maritime Museum of BC. THURSDAY 5-8pm at Ship Point (Inner Harbour). Free. 250-385-4222, ext 113.

Evening Entertainment Bands and story tellers help celebrate, including Anne Glover (5:30pm), Rock Island Ramblers (6:20pm), Bucan Bucan (7:15pm), Hayley Sales (8:20pm) and Jon & Roy (9:15pm). All THURSDAY at Legislature lawn. Free. 250-385-5711,

FireworksSing O’Canada with the masses and delight in the light fantastic. THURSDAY 10:20pm at Ship Point (Inner Harbour). Free. 250-385-5711,

Concert Review: LA Riots

24 06 2010

LA Riots at a show in Rochester

L.A. Riots – June 18, Sugar

By Otiena Ellwand

L.A. Riots took the stage at Sugar nightclub on Friday, but instead of bringing any riotous dance moves to the floor, as was hoped, it just felt like your average night out at the club.

Sure there were a few smashing successes— namely the remix of a Lion King song that was so unexpected it brought out some truly animalistic dance moves. There were a few other good remixes, like the one of an Empire of the Sun song and another featuring portions of La Roux. Otherwise, “the best DJ’s from L.A.” (as touted by JFK of MSTRKFT) really didn’t measure up to expectations. They are nothing more unique than your average club DJ.

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EVENTS: June 17-23

17 06 2010

Knitters, unite! SATURDAY Yarn Crawl, SUNDAY 11am Market, with Cat Bordhi at Saxe Point. Free.

To get a copy of Knitting the Threads of Time, email me (Subject: Knitting).

Celebrate with Unity Drummers & Singers, Big Crew and Kwakwaka’wakw drummers, as well as First Nations artists and a marketplace.
SUNDAY 11am-6pm at Inner Harbour. 250-388-5522.

See dancers and singers from Tsartlip, Saanich and Esquimalt First Nations, including competitive “fancy dress.” Part of National Aboriginal Day. All welcome.
MONDAY noon-1:30pm at Royal Roads. Free. 250-391-2511.

Coast Salish carver presents his carved map of First Nations and discusses local territories, relations and languages.
TUESDAY noon-1pm at Royal Roads’ Grant 228. Free. 250-391-2511.

Guided tour of traditional plants and their traditional values, uses and benefits at Hatley Park National Historic site.
WEDNESDAY noon-1pm, Meet at Royal Roads’ Nepture Stairs. Free. 250-391-2511.

To get a copy of local poet Janet Marie Rogers book Splitting the Heart, email me (Subject: Splitting).

GIGS: Mother Mother & The Zolas

2 06 2010

WEDNESDAY 8pm at Element Nightclub. $24.

Vancouver indie poppers Mother Mother have somehow already sold out their big Alix Goolden show on Tuesday with Born Ruffians. Now they’ve added another.

This show will be more intimate and will probably have way better sound (church acoustics + drum set = trouble). It features piano-pop duo The Zolas, who will woo with boy harmonies and ivory pounding.

Want to go? Email me (Subject: Oh mother).
Congratulations to readers Eli Hirtle and Susan Holm!

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