CALENDAR: Teabags and Tsukino

15 02 2012

For Victorians of diverse tastes, this week boasts some unique events around the city. From the Northwest’s biggest anime convention hosted by UVic to a weekend of tea-tasting, explore the finer things in life. The music scene is roaring as usual, so check out local rock band KHBR or  Louise Rose.

Victoria Tea Festival – Over 40 exhibitors will showcase the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of the global tea culture. SATURDAY and SUNDAY at various locations. $20/$25. victoriateafestival.com, 250-370-4880.

KHBRWith The Dyeing MerchantsBells & Cannons and Newport Beach. Support our local rock bands. SATURDAY 9:30pm at the Cambie at the Esquimalt Inn (856 Esquimalt). $7.

Louise Rose – Celebrate Black History Month through song and word with this dynamic, inspirational multi-talented musician.  She will lead choirs and congregation from the piano in a moving program of stories and song, exploring the lives and legacies of people of African descent in Canada. SUNDAY 11am at First Metropolitan United Church (932 Balmoral). 250-388-5188.

Tsukino Con 2012 – Anime convention. FRIDAY to SUNDAY at the ECS Building (UVic). tsukinocon.com. $25 weekend pass.





CALENDAR: Girls and Gamers

1 02 2012

No, those two words are not mutually exclusive. Whether you’re ready to start the weekend early with the girls, or raring to relax with complimentary yoga, we’ve got you covered. For those gamers who yearned for the glory of Comic-Con, we’ve got our own version this weekend at Pearkes Arena.  And of course, you’ve seen the pink posters around town – it’s the Victoria Film Fest! Win tickets to an upcoming event or film screening by commenting below or sending an email to calendar@mondaymag.com (Subject WIN).

Girl’s Night Out – Grab your ladies and come out on the town for deals, promotions, giveaways & entertainment at some of your favourite shops, restaurants, and studios. THURSDAY. downtownvictoria.ca.

The 18th Annual Victoria Film Festival – Check out the stellar lineup of films, galas, and events. Program guides available at Cineplex Odeon Victoria Cinemas, Serious Coffee, Empire Theatres, and the Film Festival office (1215 Blanshard). Starting FRIDAY. communications@victoriafilmfestival.com. 250-389-0444.

 GottaCon 2012  – The fourth annual gaming convention will run 24 hours a day with contests, tournaments, vendors, demonstrations, food, drinks, entertainment and games. 5pm at Pearkes Arena (3100 Tillicum). FRIDAY to SUNDAY. $17-$60. Kids free with adult. cupton@gottacon.com.

FREE Acupuncture Day + Documentary Screening – Try Heart & Hands yoga. Donations accepted in support of AIDS Vancouver Island and Victoria Youth Homelessness Summit. Donations for cold weather items also accepted. SUNDAY 9am at Heart & Hands Health Collective (851 Cormorant). Free. Reserve at heartandhandscommunity.ca.  250-893-2426.





Calendar: Get Steamy

21 09 2011

Anachronism seems to be on the menu this week. Get your fill of steampunk at the Steam Expo or learn how to navigate using the stars. Get your pets blessed by the Friars of St. Francis of Assisi or look into the past with a Night Sky Viewing.

Steam Expo – Discover the collision of history, technology, imagination and attitude that make up the world of steampunk. SATURDAY & SUNDAY at Craigdarroch Castle (1050 Joan). Weekend pass $40. victoriasteamexpo.com.

Basset Hound Picnic – Honor the splendor that is the basset hound at this annual picnic. Includes blessing of pets by the Friars of St. Francis of Assisi. SATURDAY 10:30am at Dominion Brook Park (8732-8864 East Saanich). Free. 250-382-1754.

Starry Night Navigation – Learn the methods and science behind navigation using the stars, moon and planets. Then test your skills out on the water aboard one of Five Star’s Whale Watching’s signature vessels. SATURDAY 6:30-9:30pm at the Maritime Museum of BC (28 Bastion Square). $85/$65 for youths(6-18 years). 250-385-4222.

Night Sky Viewing – Enjoy the wonders of the night sky with the Victoria Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Including inside activities for adults and children, equipment demonstrations and audiovisual presentations relating to the night sky. Outside observing activities will take place weather permitting. MONDAY 6:30-10pm at the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association (1330 Fairfield). Free. 250-380-6358.

Win a prize pack and two tickets to Vox Humana’s CD release concert for Summer Rain by emailing calendar@mondaymag.com (SUBJECT: VOX). Enter ASAP, as the the concert is this SATURDAY (Sept 24).





Calendar: Fall? Not Yet!

31 08 2011

Noooooooo! Not yet!

Are the leaves outside looking a little brown? Does it feel a little colder than it did yesterday? Give denial a hand by distracting yourself with this weeks events.

Greek Fest – Offering an array of authentic Greek food, desserts, baked goods, a Greek deli, arts and crafts, continuous live music and folk dancing from many different cultures including Greek, Middle Eastern, European and others.  THURSDAY-MONDAY 11am at the Greek Community Centre (4648 Elk Lake). Free. greekfest.ca.

Saanich Fair – Celebrate the end of summer with a good ol’ fashioned fair. Includes midway, exhibitions, rides, competitions and more. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 8am-9pm, MONDAY 8am-6pm at the Saanich Fairgrounds (1528 Stellys Cross). Free-$10. saanichfair.ca.

Stand Up Paddle Board Race – Head down to the beach and enjoy a BBQ, and paddle board races. SUNDAY 10am at Gyro Park. Free. 250-218-0711, surf-sup.ca.

Chess in the Square – Learn to play giant chess, blitz, casual games and more. Presented by the Victoria Junior Chess Society and the DVBA. SUNDAY noon-4pm in the CRD Plaza (Centennial Square). Free. victoriajuniorchess.com.

Fall Flair Fashion Show – Local fashion, appies, drinks, silent auction items and door prizes, plus a live fashion show featuring media personalities from KOOL FM, /A\ Vancouver Island and CFAX. WEDNESDAY 8pm at The Atrium (800 Yates). $20. tourderock@bellmedia.ca.

Due to overwhelming popularity, the mystery prize is back! Email calendar@mondaymag.com (SUBJECT:MYSTERY) to win!





Calendar: Fringe Fest and More!

24 08 2011

It’s Fringe season again, but if you’re not into theatre, you might be feeling a little left out. Never fear! Victoria still has plenty going on. Get outside and learn about frogs at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary or take in the Johnson Street and Greek Festivals. Freshen up your dog and enjoy a brew at the Phillips Brewing company dog wash fundraiser. Or get into Victoria’s coffee scene with For the Love of Coffee, coffee exhibition and Western Barista Championships.

Frog Day – Discover what makes frogs so fabulous. Featuring puppet shows, hands-on displays, live andimals and froggy crafts. THURSDAY noon-3pm at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary (3873 Swan Lake). By donation/$3 for crafts. 250-479-0211.

Tour De Rock BBQ Bash – Come down to and enjoy a BBQ in support of the Tour de Rock. Food, drinks, music and more! THURSDAY 5-9pm at Glo (104-2940 Justland). $20. 250-385-5643.

Fringe Block Party – Kick off the Fringe in style! Featuring Fruit Bats and The Archers. THURSDAY 7pm at Centennial Square. All ages. Free. victoriafringe.com.  

For the Love of Coffee – Browse coffee exhibits and watch the exciting Western Barista Championships. SATURDAY 8am-9pm & SUNDAY 11am-9pm at the Crystal Gardens. $5. 250-544-1778.

Johnson Street Festival – Support Make-A-Wish BC while enjoying entertainment, children activities and more! SATURDAY 10am-6pm on the 500 & 600 blocks of Johnson. Free. makeawishbc.ca.

Dog Wash Fundraiser – Bring Fido down for a refreshing bath while you sample tantalizing brews from Phillips! (Must be 19+ to sample brews). SATURDAY noon-4pm at Phillips Brewing Company (2010 Government). By donation. 250-380-1912.

Tour De Rock Bachelor Auction – Kool Fm and Channel A bring you hot studs! Funds raised support Tour De Rock. SATURDAY 9pm at 9one9 (919 Douglas). Free. tourderock@nellmedia.ca.

Greek Fest – Offering an array of authentic Greek food, desserts, baked goods, a Greek deli, arts and crafts, continuous live music and folk dancing from many different cultures including Greek, Middle Eastern, European and others.  TUESDAY-Sept. 5 11am at the Greek Community Centre (4648 Elk Lake). Free. greekfest.ca.





Calendar: Holiday Cheer

24 11 2010

Win two tickets for the Breakmen concert on December 2. Email calendar@mondaymag.com (SUBJECT: BREAKMEN) to win!

It’s official, the holiday’s are here.

Festival of Trees – A forest of decorated trees will take root. The festival benefits the B.C. Children’s Hospital. FRIDAY-January 4 at the Fairmont Empress and Victoria Conference Centre. Free, ballots by donation. 250-389-2727, fairmont.com/empress.

 

Bear Wear – The best-dressed teddy bears will be on display. Vote on your favourite bear by donation, place bids in a silent auction or just swing by to take a look at the frills and fur. All funds go to the Queen Alexandra Foundation. THURSDAY-December 19 at the Hotel Grand Pacific (463 Belleville). Free, ballots by donation. queenalexandra.org.

The Runway of Fame – UVic’s Commerce Students’ Society puts on a charity fashion show to raise money for the Greater Victoria United Way. THURSDAY 7:30pm at Club 9one9 (919 Douglas). $15. 250-893-5467.

Dinner & Dance for Guatemala – Join the Victoria Central America Support Committee and the Victoria FMLN Committee as we respond to the devastating flooding and subsequent lanslides that occured in Guatemala last summer. Proceeds go to those in need. FRIDAY, dinner 6:30pm, and dance 8pm at 1923 Fernwood. $20/$10 dance only. 250-447-0941.

Habitat for Humanity Great Gingerbread House Showcase – Forty beautiful gingerbread creations will be on display. All proceeds go to support Habitat for Humanity in the community. FRIDAY-January 2 10am-6pm at the Inn at Laurel Point (680 Montreal). Free, vote by donation.

Sunday’s Snowflakes Fashion Show – Enjoy a sumptuous lunch and great fashions at the lovely Delta Ocean Pointe Resort. Featuring designer Simon Chang, Order of Canada. SATURDAY 11am at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort (45 Songhees). $60. 250-381-4461.

Island Farms Santa Light Parade Warm-up – Enjoy musical performances, roving children’s performers, children’s activities and complimentary hot chocolate and treats as a prelude to the Island Farms Santa Light Parade. Parade route on Government, between Bellebille & Cormorant. SATURDAY 4-6pm on Government. Free. victoria.ca/cityhall/arts-spirit-season-square.shtml.

Oak Bay Lightup – Watch as thousands of lights on buildings, trees and lampposts come to life for the Christmas season. SUNDAY 3-6pm in Oak Bay Village. Free. 250-598-5252.

Provincial Legislature Menorah Lighting – The Jewish community marks the start of Chanukah by lighting the largest public Menorah at the front steps of the Provincial Legislature of British Columbia. WEDNESDAY 5:30-6:30pm on the front steps of the BC Provincial Legislature (501 Belleville). Free. 250-744-2770.








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