WIN STUFF: free for all! (and more events)

28 07 2010

So you might not realize this, but there are a lot of free goodies on this page left to get! Unless you see a cross struck through it, it’s here waiting for your fast fingers to pick it up. Al Purdy’s anthology? Still lonely. Bowerbirds CD? It sleeps alone at night. Don’t be shy — help these great prizes find a new home. Email your deepest winning desires to

While you’re at it, got a date for BC Day? You could. Check out these great events going on right on your Island this week. Want to win something else? Email (subject: BC DAY) and win your own self-guided tour across the province (well, at least the book that can help you) Waterfalls of British Columbia: A Guide to BC’s 100 Best Falls by Tony Greenfield.

Sheepdog Trial – Watch historic international working sheepdogs and their handlers, with a concession on site. Bring a sweater and a chair. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10am-5pm at Taylor and William Head (Metchosin). $5.

Comox Filberg Festival – Experience the music of Babe Gurr, Connie Kaldor, Four Men and a Dog, Jesse Winchester, Jim Cuddy, Spirit of the West, Valdy and more. With circus performers, children’s fair, arts & crafts, artisans, food and more. FRIDAY-SUNDAY 11am-8pm & MONDAY 11am-6pm at 61 Filberg (Comox). $15/kids free. 250-334-9242,

Hansel & Gretel – Catch the preview performance of Engelbert Humperdinck’s number, with a special added chamber concert at 4:30pm. SATURDAY & MONDAY 2pm at St. Ann’s Academy (835 Humboldt). Free. 250-370-0321.

Victoria Symphony Splash – Watch the floating stage with Maestra Tania Miller, the Victoria Symphony and special guests. Grand finale of fireworks and cannons. Kids activities, food and more. SUNDAY 1-11pm at Ship Point (Inner Harbour). Free. 250-385-6515.

Victoria Music Celebrations – Featuring the talents of BC Kitchen Party, Vince Vaccaro, Balkan Babes, Acres of Lions, Cynthia Davis, Hansel & Gretel, Greg Sczebel and more. With food and fun. MONDAY 11am-dusk at St. Ann’s Academy (835 Humboldt). All-ages. Free. 250-370-0321

Westhills Celebrations – Featuring Greg Sczebel, Alma de Espana, Luke and Tess Pretty, The Midnights, Ed Peekeekoot, Xanthic Blue, Caroline Spence and more. With food and fun. MONDAY 11am-dusk at City Centre Park (1089 Langford). All-ages. Free. 250-370-0321.

Concerts on Mount Tolmie – Celebrate the day with Raven Baroque, performers dressed in period costumes, of the Island String Players Society. MONDAY 1:30pm at Mt. Tolmie Reservoir. Free. 250-360-3000.

GIGS: tickets won for July 30 show!

27 07 2010

Don’t have plans this Friday? You won’t want to miss these!

Mr. Something Something is coming to Victoria FRIDAY 8:30pm at Hermann’s. The show is $13, but you can go for free!

Congrats to Paul Seal, who won the tickets and is taking his 76-year-old mom to a concert at Hermann’s — a place she’s always wanted to see. Have a great time!

Didn’t win this time? Stay tuned for many more upcoming prizes and concerts with your name on them.

EVENTS: Play with bees! July 24 & 25

21 07 2010

The honey fest is coming to town this weekend. Head out to see how valuable our bee population really is. Find out more at

Want to find out more about the birds and the bees? Listen to Upper Air, a new CD from Bowerbirds, on your trip to the bee farm. Win it by emailing me at (subject: BEES) and tell me what you like to do with honey.

You can learn everything from how to make mead, to how bees fall in love -- well, if you're lucky.

Festival of Ambrosia – Celebrate bees and the sweetness they bring us. Bring the family, tour a honey plant, learn how to make mead, try honey ale and more. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 9am-5pm at Babe’s Honey (334 Walton). Free. 250-658-8319.

EVENTS: Victoria Food & Wine Festival

14 07 2010

Want to try something new? This is your week to do it. With the Victoria Food and Wine Festival taking place from July 15-18, hope into one of the below foodie events and get sampling. See the full schedule at

And while you’re waiting for your nibblets, enter to win the delicious novel from Sarah Selecky This Cake is For the Party. Email your favourite dish to Danielle Pope at

Cuisine and Wine Tasting – Top Victoria chefs create a cornucopia of tastes and flavours. Greenlaw and others perform. THURSDAY 6:30-9pm at Crystal Garden (713 Douglas). $79.

Tea Tasting 101 – Enjoy a selection of teas while learning basic principles of how to taste with tea professionals. FRIDAY 2-3pm at Silk Road Teas (1624 Government). $10. 250-704-2688.

Sips n’ Seafood Event – Help promote local, sustainable fisheries with surf & turf. Victoria Gin, BC wineries and Philips Brewing will pair choice sips with seafood offerings. FRIDAY 7-10pm at Laurel Point Inn (680 Montreal). $99. 250-386-8721.

Chocoholics Anonymous – Learn how war, sex, slavery and religious persecution relate to the history of chocolate, with a comprehensive tasting. SATURDAY 1-4pm at Camille’s Restaraunt (45 Bastion Square). $39. 250 381-3433.

Band, Bubbles and Bennys – Listen to the jazzy Lust Life while sipping BC sparkling wines and enjoying a three-course brunch. SUNDAY 11am-2pm at Vista 18 (740 Burdett). $39. 250-361-5692.

EVENTS: Festival Mexicano June 9-11

7 07 2010

Festival Mexicano – Kick off the celebration with a salsa lesson and live music FRIDAY 8pm at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). Enjoy performances, authentic Mexican cuisine, games, pinata workshops and more. SATURDAY & SUNDAY noon-5pm at Centennial Square. Free. 250-380-1280.

Want to win a free lunch to the event? Email your favourite Mexican recipe to Danielle Pope at (SUBJECT: MEXICAN LUNCH) and win lunch for two to the Puerto Vallarta Amigos Authentic Mexican Food booth. Hurry!

Not sure about the food but want to learn more about our neighbours from the south? 2010 commemorates the bicentennial (200 years) of Mexico’s independence movement, and the centennial (100 years) of its revolution. Learn more at this website.

GIGS: win tickets for July 10 show!

6 07 2010

You could see these cute guys in person -- and for free!

VERSA – Post/prog rock. With Les Monstres Terribles, The Paper Cranes and Mike Edel. SATURDAY 7:30pm at Alix Goolden Hall. All-ages. $10.

Go for free! Email why you love this excellent set of bands to Danielle Pope at (SUBJECT: VERSA) and win two tickets to their show for free. Act fast, the gig is coming up quick!

Want to learn more about the line up? Check out Versa, Les Monstres Terribles, The Paper Cranes and Mike Edel.

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