CALENDAR: Bhoy, Toys, Sweets and Beats

28 03 2012

This week enjoy family-friendly events and make a difference for local charities at the toy fair or while eating out. Gear up early for Easter and indulge your sweet tooth at the Greek bake sale. Then take in one of the most popular comics touring today or experience a true hip-hop legend at Lucky Bar. Plus…

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win tickets to the Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair this SUNDAY at Pearkes! Just comment below or email calendar@mondaymag.com (subject WIN) and tell us why you should win.

DINING OUT FOR LIFE – 65 restaurants and pubs on the island will donate 25% of your food bill to AIDS Vancouver Island this THURSDAY. Reservations are suggested and tell them you’re “Dining Out For Life”. 250-384-2366, leslie.robinson@avi.org, diningoutforlife.com/vancouverisland/restaurants.

MASTA ACE – With Marco Polo and Stricklin. This rap veteran was one of Eminem’s biggest influences. Hip hop. FRIDAY 9pm at Lucky.  $16. luckybar.ca.

DANNY BHOY – Just For Laughs is thrilled to bring back the Scottish comedy sensation. FRIDAY 7:30pm at the McPherson (3 Centennial Square). $39.50.

10th ANNUAL GREEK EASTER BAKE SALE AND SNACK BAR – Featuring numerous yummy home-made Greek Easter desserts, pastries and freshly made Loukoumades.  Souvlaki, Gyros, spanakopita and refreshments will be available at the Snack Bar. Proceeds support the Victoria and Vancouver Island Greek Community Society cultural programs and charity purposes. 10am at the Greek Community Centre (4648 Elk Lake). SATURDAY and  SUNDAY. 250-479-9391, michaelikonomou@shaw.ca

VICTORIA’S ULTIMATE HOBBY & TOY FAIR – You never know what you might find with almost 200 tables of fun. Door prizes, silent auction for the MS Society and special charity carnival with all proceeds going to BC Children’s Hospital. Plus, a Superhero Creation Station with Superheroes of Victoria. SUNDAY 9am at Pearkes Arena (3100 Tillicum). $3 adult, kids free. 250-385-8697, cherrybombtoys.com.

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CALENDAR: GREASE AND EMCEES

21 03 2012

Get funky with it this weekend and support local DJ’s at the Sunset Room, take in Aussie hip hop group Bliss N Eso or check out the Island’s best musicians, SATURDAY at the Fort Cafe. There’s also a variety show for the kids to finish Spring Break strong, and an important breast cancer awareness event. Plus, once again…

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win four tickets to Grease on Ice, or tickets to Celebrate Kids: A Variety Show for this weekend! Email calendar@mondaymag.com (subject WIN) or comment below and tell us why you should win.

BASSLINE WARFARE: ROUND 2 – DJ battle with Whoa Grenade. FRIDAY 10pm at Sunset Room. $10/$15.

GREASE ON ICE – Take a classic movie, throw in incredible talent, choreography and music and you have an amazing  show that is sure to delight and entertain the whole family. SATURDAY 2pm and 7pm. Also SUNDAY 1pm at Archie Browning Sports Centre (1151 Esquimalt). $15. 250-412-8510, 250-412-8500, racquetclubofvictoria.com.

VANCOUVER ISLAND MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE SHOWCASE – With Ryan McMahon, Michael Tension, Spaceport Union and more. SATURDAY 8pm at the Fort Cafe. $7.

CELEBRATE KIDS: A VARIETY SHOW – A variety show for children with dancers, singers, martial arts and much more. Refreshments for sale. SUNDAY 2pm at the Centennial United Church (612 David). $2/$5. 250-384-6424, centen1@telus.net.

BLISS N ESO – With Rich Bros and guests. Hip hop. MONDAY 9pm at Upstairs. $20.

CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION: ASK AN EXPERT – Researcher Dr. Peter Watson and Dorothy Yada, Breast Health Patient Navigator from Vic General Hospital present the latest info on breast cancer research and breast health. Jules Sesia, a breast cancer survivor and comic shares her story. TUESDAY 7pm at Saanich Commonwealth Pool (4636 Elk Lake). Free. 250-384-3328, tryan@cbcf.org.





CALENDAR: GET SOME LUCK O’ THE IRISH

15 03 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend and there are tons of events around town to help you celebrate. The Maritime Museum is hosting a fun night with Cookeilidh and Battle of the Bridge is Victoria’s own MC competition supporing a local charity. For you festival fans, check out Josephina as part of the Spark Fest or the World Storytelling Festival events. Plus:

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win tickets to at the Maritime Museum’s event! Email calendar@mondaymag.com (subject WIN) or comment below and tell us why you deserve the luck o’ the Irish this weekend.

MUSIC FROM THE SHAMROCK SHORE: A ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION WITH COOKEILIDH – Set in our beautifully restored 19th century Courtroom, enjoy traditional jigs and sing-alongs to bring out the Irish in all of us! Also get your feet tapping with  special guests the O’Connor O’Brien Irish Dancers. It will be a night to truly remember. FRIDAY 7:30at the Maritime Museum (28 Bastion Square). $12. mmbc.bc.ca.

BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE 7: HUNGRY FOR BEEF: Sixteen emcees, and only one can be left standing as the new Battle Of The Bridge Freestyle Champ. Food drive and MC battle benefitting the Mustard Seed. SATURDAY 2pm at Incite Screen Printing (2514 Douglas). $3/$5. battleofthebridge@gmail.com.

JOSEPHINA: A shockingly beautiful, sexy, funny, and mysterious piece of physical theatre about a man and a woman: is it the story of a perfect, passionate couple, or a shattered one? TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY 8pm at Metro Studio (1411 Quadra). $17-$23. sparkfestival.com.

STORIES AT FERN: WORLD STORYTELLING FEST – MONDAY 7:30pm at 1831 Fern. $3/$5.  victoriastorytellers.org.





CALENDAR: SKATERS AND SMALL CHANGE

7 03 2012

This weekend support local skaters in memory of  James Lindsay and have the chance to win prizes at a a silent auction all while rockin’ out to DJ Squantos at Lucky Bar. Or get some tips on ecologically-friendly wine practices at Flights and Light Bites. Plus…

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win tickets to Flights and Light Bites OR weekend passes to the Small Change Expo! Comment below or email calendar@mondaymag.com (subject WIN).

FLIGHTS AND LIGHT BITES: Sustainable Wines – Sommelier Stuart Brown of Trialto Wine Group will take you through the rising trend and practices of making sustainable wines around the world. SATURDAY 4pm at Hotel Grand Pacific (463 Belleville). $20 plus tax. 250-380-4478.

JAMES LINDSAY MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER – Fundrasing gala and silent auction. With DJ Squantos and Rennie ‘Dubnut’ Foster. Supporting an addition to the Vic West skatepark. Auction MC Ken Gordon. SUNDAY 9pm at Lucky. By donation.

5th ANNUAL LIFEMARK HEALTH ESQUIMALT 5K RUN AND WALK – 7:45am kids run and 8:30am 5K race at Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). $2 for the kids run $22 for the 5K. 250-412-8502, roland.neville@esquimalt.ca.

SMALL CHANGE EXPO – Lectures, prizes and more. FRIDAY 12pm at the Victoria Conference Centre. Also SATURDAY 10am. $6-$10. smallchangeexpo.ca.





CALENDAR: FLOWERS AND FRINGES

29 02 2012

As the weather gets warmer (or at least sunnier!) the Garden City starts to live up to its name. Check out  rare flowers at the Orchid Show and Sale and tally up the ones around your neighbourhood for the 36th annual Flower Count. Or, chop your locks for charity and start next week with a new ‘do. Plus, one of the biggest Canadian rock groups is kicking off their cross-country tour here – plenty of reasons to look forward to this weekend.

Giveaway Alert! Win coveted tickets to the Orchid Show and Sale! Email calendar@mondaymag.com (Subject WIN) or comment below and tell us why you should win.

THE TREWS – With Poor Young Things. Rock. FRIDAY 10pm at 9one9. $28. Who doesn’t remember “So She’s Leaving”?

VICTORIA ORCHID SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE – Purchase a rare specimen unavailable elsewhere. A portion of the proceeds to the Victoria General and Royal Jubilee Hospitals. SATURDAY 9am and 10am SUNDAY at the Student Union Building (UVic). $6/$7. 250-217-4390, victoriaorchidsociety.ca.

VICTORIA FLOWER COUNT – Each municipality across the capital region is encouraged to take up the challenge to be the “Bloomingest Community” in Victoria. 250-360-2837, flowercount.com.

LOOK GOOD: DO GOOD CUT-A-THON –  Refreshments and door prizes. SUNDAY 12pm at Head Start Salon (1315 Cook). Benefiting the Cridge Respitality Service. $15 suggested donation. 250-995-6419, swhissell@cridge.org.





CALENDAR: Peace and Pink Shirts

22 02 2012

Whether you represent the West or East Coast, take in some good music this week. Down With Webster is repping T.O. and the Folk West show brags many local musicians. Or start the day with health at the Holistic Wellness Fair and move on to the Beer Fest – there really is something for everyone! Of course remember to wear pink this Wednesday to take a stand against bullying.

Plus, we have tickets to the Beer Fest, Wellness Fair and the Spoken Word Fest to get you started this weekend! Just email calendar@mondaymag.com (Subject WIN) , or comment below and tell us why you should win!

DOWN WITH WEBSTER – Not easily classifiable, DWW employs elements of rock, hip-hop, funk music and just about everything in between in their recordings and high-energy live shows. THURSDAY 7:30pm at the McPherson (3 Centennial Square). $45. rmts.bc.ca. See article in this week’s issue of Monday.

THE VICTORIA SPOKEN WORD FEST – The most exciting, entertaining, out-there poetry you’ve ever heard at the second annual Victoria Spoken Word Festival. To SUNDAY at Intrepid Theatre and Solstice Cafe. $5-25. victoriaspokenwordfestival.com.

INSPIRED WELLNESS HOLISTIC FAIR – Psychic readings, massage, energy healing, holistic services and more. SATURDAY 11am at 111 Superior. $5. 778-433-7334, redgatehealingstudio.com.

THE ISLAND BEER FESTIVAL – Hosted by DJ Pat Shade. All your favourite local breweries. Live acoustic duo Mike Hann & Tyler Harvey. SATURDAY 1pm at 9one9. $20. 250-383-7137, strath.info@strathconahotel.com.

FOLK WEST FUNDRAISER – Mae Moore, Lola Parks, Crikey, Paul O’Brien and more. SATURDAY 7pm at Upstairs. $10/$12.

5th ANNUAL PINK SHIRT DAY – Anti-bullying campaign. Proceeds from t-shirts sold at London Drugs go to Boys and Girls Clubs. WEDNESDAY. pinkshirtday.ca.





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.








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