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Victoria

BEETLES AND ANTS AND CENTIPEDES, OH MY!

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Embrace your inner entomologist and head to the Victoria Bug Zoo, a long-time favourite for kids and adults of all ages.

See scorpions, a giant Sonoran centipede, white-eyed assassin bugs, dead-leaf mantis, leaf cutter ants, walking sticks, millipedes, tarantulas and many more unique and fascinating creatures.

Don’t forget your camera to record the adventure!

WHIMSICAL WATER BALLET

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Head to the Inner Harbour Sunday mornings through September to take in the nimble “dance moves” of the Victoria Harbour Ferries, presenting their summer “ballet” to the Blue Danube Waltz, beginning at 10:45am.

 

HOT SHOPPING

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Market-fresh

Victoria is blessed with an abundance of seasonal markets, but since opening last fall, a long-awaited newcomer has ensured fresh and delicious food ideas are never far away.

The Victoria Public Market at the Hudson highlights local food producers at every level – farmers, fishers, butchers, bakers, cheese-makers, preservers, brewers, vintners, florists and restaurateurs.

Not-to-miss vendors include Olive the Senses, Victoria Pie Co, Salt Spring Island Cheese, Island Spice Trade and of course, a year-round indoor farmer’s market, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

Cosy into a new fall favourite

Finding styles that both fit and flatter is easy at Taylor Lynn Petites, celebrating 20 years as one of Victoria’s favourite clothing stores for petite sizing.

In addition to their popular stores in downtown Sidney and “on the Avenue” in Oak Bay, just a few minutes from downtown, Taylor Lynn has recently added a third location in quaint downtown Duncan, all the more reason to enjoy a daytrip over the Malahat to the picturesque Cowichan Valley.

With a variety of exceptional lines, including Spanner, Simon Chang, Conrad C and others, your favourite fall outfit is just a visit away.

 

Time for winter woolies

With shorter days and cooler temperatures, fall is a great time to get crafty, especially when it comes to creating something warm and cosy for yourself…or someone you love. If a toasty new sweater or elegant pashmina is on your wishlist, Beehive Wool Shop is a must-visit for its excellent selection of fine yarns, patterns and accessories and friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Just outside downtown, in the Fairfield neighbourhood, Knotty By Nature has earned a deserved reputation among knitters and fabric artists of all varieties. Definitely worth a browse!

HOT ART

ANDY WARHOL, PORTRAIT OFTHE ARTISTS

ANDY WARHOL, PORTRAIT OFTHE ARTISTS

A 20/20 vision for artistic excellence

One of Victoria’s favourite galleries is hosting a not-to-be-missed masterworks exhibit this fall in honour of its 20th anniversary.

Specializing in Canadian, American and international fine art, Winchester Gallery in Oak Bay, with its sister gallery, Winchester Modern downtown, has established a reputation for handling important works of art, representing many of Canada’s world-class established and emerging artists, and artists estates.

20/20: A Celebratory Exhibition presents 110 masterworks. Of particular note is AC-96-004 by William Perehudoff, Andy Warhol’s 1967 Portraits of the Artists, Écran chromatique by Claude Tousignan; La Malbaie, Quebec by A.Y. Jackson, Emily Carr’s 1936 Tangle, and the large 1964 mixed media, Sans titre by Jean Paul Riopelle. Other featured artists in the exhibition are Jack Shadbolt, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, David Milne, Joseph Plaskett and David Blackwood.

Fine Art, Winchester Galleries, a 96-page catalogue that has been published to accompany the exhibition, is available through Winchester Galleries and Winchester Modern.

Join the gallery for a special preview of the exhibition from 1 to 5pm September 20, followed by an official opening and celebration at both galleries from 6 to 9pm. Shuttle buses will run continuously between the two locations to allow guests to enjoy celebrations at Winchester Galleries and Winchester Modern.

Kimono: Codes & Culture

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria explores an iconic part of Japanese culture this fall with Kimono, Japanese Culture in its Art Form.

Continuing through October 19 in the Founders Gallery, Kimono introduces the essence of traditional Japanese Kimono culture. Guest curated by Hitomi Harama, the exhibition aims to showcase the codes and the culture behind Kimono, its artistic form and complexity, along with the etiquette of Kimono attire for different seasons and occasions. Kimono is not simply an article of clothing; it embodies centuries of cultural development and history of Japan.

 

VIKINGS

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Venture back centuries to one of the most storied
eras of human history: The time of the Vikings.

Don’t miss your last chance to see the Royal BC Museum’s summer blockbuster exhibit Vikings: Lives Beyond the Legends, making its first North American stop right here in Victoria through November 11.

Though long the subjects of some of our favourite stories, we learn through this fascinating interactive exhibition from the Swedish History Museum and Museums Partner in Austria that the Viking culture and community was much more multi-faceted than we might believe. (In fact, though the word ‘viking’ appears in Old Norse sources, it is mainly used to describe an activity. Men and women went ‘on a viking’ – a commercial trip or raid.)

The exhibition challenges commonly held beliefs, and with insights into areas such as Viking domestic life, death rituals, the significance of their craft, the power of mythology and the symbolism of their ships, the Vikings emerge in a fascinating new light. While Viking Age society was hierarchical, it was not rigidly so, and women generally had a more equal position in society, sometimes being involved directly in trade or colonization.

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The exhibition includes more than 500 artifacts, including jewellery, swords, axes and clothing – some rare, and many which have never before been shown outside Scandinavia. Visitors can also try their hand at board games, building a Viking ship, or dressing a Viking.

At the time, indigenous Old Norse religion involving the worship of many gods and goddesses was evolving and merging with the newer Christianity. Reflections of that are seen in the exhibit’s many artifacts, such as fine jewellery pieces that include Christian crosses and fish as well as the symbolic tools or animals of the Old Norse gods. Highlights include rune-inscribed spearheads, silver embroidered silk fabric and the oldest known crucifix in Sweden.

Special events at the Museum 

A few special Vikings-related activities coming up at the museum this fall; see the full line-up online.

September 23:
Whim rules the child: Archaeological evidence for childhood in the Viking Age
– Bringing together the diverse evidence from across the Viking world to piece together the puzzle of childhood in the Viking Age with the University of Victoria’s Dr Erin McGuire.

Special tickets required; visit royalbcmuseum.bc.ca or call 250-356-7226

September 25:
Vikings ParTEA with Silk Road
– Just as the Vikings: Lives Beyond the Legends slays the myths of Vikings being barbarians, Silk Road’s tea-mixing master Daniela Cubelic and acclaimed mixologist and Little Jumbo proprietor Shawn Soole will take everything you know about teas and turn it upside-down. Using local liquors, guests will learn how to mix their own Royal BC Museum tea-infused cocktails, with four unique recipes inspired by Nordic traditions.

Special tickets required; visit royalbcmuseum.bc.ca or call 250-356-7226

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOT ENTERTAINMENT

Toopy and Binoo

Toopy and Binoo

Fabulous Family Fun

The preschool set will be singing and dancing alongside their parents when Disney Jr. presents the Imagination Movers Live In Concert, September 13 at the Royal Theatre. A New Orleans-based alternative rock band for preschoolers and the next big thing to hit Disney Channel, though their catchy tunes are expressly written for kids, they strive to make their music equally as enjoyable for parents. Collaboratively written, the music covers a variety of genres, including old funk, new wave, punk, country, ballads, hip hop, American rock and more.

Following the success of Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon, BFFs Toopy and Binoo return to the live stage in their musical extravaganza, Toopy and Binoo: Fun and Games, October 19 at Victoria’s McPherson Playhouse. The perfect blend of optimism, imagination and spontaneity, join the friends in their quest to find the best game ever.

 

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Improving improv: The Comic Strippers

The University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium may never be the same after the October 29 visit of the Comic Strippers. Think it aounds ridiculous? You’re not alone. “Semi-undressed and completely unscripted,” these six shirtless dudes named Chip – actually six of Canada’s best improv comedians – aim to breathe new life into standard improv games.  “This is not a show with comedians stripping; it’s improvisers playing fake male strippers putting on a comedy show.”

 

HOT TICKETS

• September 22 – Grammy-winning country superstar Alan Jackson performs at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena. Page 27

• October 2 – Critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer Brad Paisley performs with special guests at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena. Page 28

• October 4 to 6 – Art of the Cocktail: The Grand Tasting event of Canada’s premier cocktail festival is one of the hottest tickets on the fall calendar. Page 29

• October 18 – Sarah McLachlan brings her magical voice to the Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena. Page 28

• October 26 – Canada’s Jeremy Fisher performs at the Upstairs Cabaret. upstairscabaret.ca

Historic Victoria

Hatley Castle

Hatley Castle

 

As a long-time home to First Nations, the provincial capital, a former Hudson’s Bay fort and one-time supply stop for those chasing gold rush dreams, Greater Victoria boasts many museums and heritage sites that reflect its eclectic past. Here are a few we love to explore…

1. Located in a national historic district, the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum charts the rich history of the naval base at Esquimalt. Designed by Victoria architect John Teague, the museum buildings were built in the late 19th century and were used as a military hospital. Discover exhibits exploring n four distinct military groups that have made an impact on Canada’s history and left a lasting heritage: Canada’s Navy on the West Coast; the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC); the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS); the West Coast Defences.
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2. At the turn of the 20th century, Craigdarroch Castle represented the epitome of high society in Victoria. Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who became BC’s first millionaire, Craigdarroch was his ultimate status symbol, although he died just prior to its completion in 1889. Now a museum, Craigdarroch Castle has been wonderfully restored and is a remarkable example of superb craftsmanship. Page 42

3. BC’s most renowned artist and author was born in Emily Carr House, steps from the harbour in James Bay, in 1871. Open through September 30, the house has been furnished and decorated as it would have been during Emily’s childhood, and several pieces of her early sculpture and pottery are on display. Page 42

4. Fort Rodd Hill, now a National Historic Site along with the neighbouring Fisgard Lighthouse, was  built in the 1890s to protect the Royal Navy Base at Esquimalt. Now visitors can explore three coast artillery gun batteries, barracks, searchlight emplacements and other historic buildings on the shores of Esquimalt Harbour. As the first lighthouse built on Canada’s West Coast, Fisgard Lighthouse dates from 1860. Exhibits inside tell fascinating stories of the lighthouse keepers who have stood watch and shipwrecks along the rugged coastline. Page 42

5. Now the campus of Royal Roads University, Hatley Castle National Historic Site was originally the private residence of James Dunsmuir, whose father built Craigdarroch Castle. The beautiful gardens and surrounding parkland  are wonderful for a leisurely stroll, while in the castle basement a small museum presents the long and varied history of the castle. Page 42

6. Discover the rich and varied history of West Coast maritime history – everything from pirates to the BC Ferries – at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. A favourite with children and adults, the museum also includes several hands-on exhibits and a life-size crow’s nest. The museum is housed in Victoria’s former courthouse, and on the third floor you’ll find a faithful reproduction of the courtroom of Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, BC’s “hanging judge.” Page 43

7. Open through September 15, Point Ellice House is an historic Italianate home overlooking the scenic Gorge Waterway. Acquired by Gold Rush magistrate and commissioner George O’Reilly and enjoyed for many years by the O’Reilly family, the property is home to beautiful heritage gardens and the family home, where you’ll discover an impressive collection of Victoriana, still in its original location. Tea service available (reservations recommended). Page 43

8. One of the most visited museums in Canada, the Royal BC Museum presents the natural and human history of the province in fascinating fashion. Must-sees include the refurbished Natural History Gallery, the First Peoples Gallery, and the re-creation of a Gold Rush-era street. Also on-site is Helmcken House, built in 1852 for prominent Victorian Dr. John Helmcken and the original schoolhouse from St. Ann’s Academy.
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 9. Older than the BC Legislature and once the centre for Catholic education and worship in Victoria, the magnificent St. Ann’s Academy National Historic Site features a beautifully restored chapel, auditorium and grounds, open to the public for self-guided tours; guided tours are available by reservation for groups of 10 or more. Page 43

10. Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula are home to several delightful museums worth exploring, including the Sidney Museum (250-655-6355  or www.sidneymuseum.ca) and the BC Aviation Museum (250-655-3300 or www.bcam.net), located near the Victoria International Airport. Operated by the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society, Heritage Acres is a 29-acre property with several restored buildings, a variety of historic agricultural equipment, and a museum. September 13 and 14 bring the annual Harvest Fall Fair, a favourite with local families for its traditional celebration of local agriculture. (Page 42)

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BC Aviation Museum

 

Comfort food for fall

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After a summer of light, tasty salads and light, refreshing bevvies with your barbecue, fall’s crisp, cool days beg for the warmth of a little comfort food.

Good news for our guests: it doesn’t get any better than Victoria for a little home cooking away from home.

From the roasted chicken with fries and gravy to the C.A.B. Chuck Burger with cheddar, mushrooms, smoked ketchup, Portofino pretzel bun and house-made purple potato chips, Lure Restaurant at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort knows how to craft hearty dining options with style.

With dishes like pulled pork ragu, buttermilk fried chicken and bison meatloaf with peas and gravy, the Galloping Goose Grille has turned good home cooking into an art form. Hungry for breakfast? Just try choosing from options like Caramel Apple Pancakes, Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Omelette, and the Galloping Goose Breakfast Bunwich with fried egg, bacon, cheddar cheese and garlic mayo in a brioche bun.

If a sizzling steak, served with seasonal vegetables and savoury potato options has your mouth watering, a visit to the Keg is a must. With brick-lined walls and a warm, inviting setting, the Keg is the perfect place to settle in for a romantic meal for two or to gather with friends for drinks and appies.

Sensational Seafood

As a city by the sea, you know Victorians will be serving up some stellar seafood. And the locals know that it doesn’t get any better than the Marina Restaurant, on the water in the picturesque community of Oak Bay, and Nautical Nellies, steps from the Inner Harbour in the heart of downtown.

At the Marina, Chef Jeff Keenliside creates a varied menu in which local, sustainable seafood enjoys a starring role, such as seared Qualicum scallops, steamed fresh Dungeness crab and grilled wild salmon. Prefer a Japanese take on your seafood? Simply cast your eyes over the extensive sushi menu to find your favourites.

As one of the city’s best steak and seafood restaurants, Nautical Nellies offers a menu catering to a wide variety of tastes, but seafood fans will definitely find much to please the palate, including Prince Edward Island mussels, petite cioppino soup and lobster and avocado tacos. Oyster fan? Be sure a visit to the Oyster Bar is on your “to-do” list.

 

Spirited Adventure

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Haunted happenings from the Ghosts of Victoria Festival 

As British Columbia’s most haunted place, supernatural events abound in the capital city – and not just at Halloween. For a “spirited” visit to Victoria at any time of the year, there are many attractions to see. As Halloween approaches, the Ghosts of Victoria Festival provides even more ghostly activities.

Ross Bay Cemetery, open daily during daylight hours, is a beautiful oceanside Victorian cemetery where phantoms roam. History tours by the Old Cemeteries Society take place Sundays at 2pm. Two special Halloween events include the Psychic Tour October 19 at 2pm and the Annual Ghost Tour on October 26 at 2pm. Details at www.oldcem.bc.ca or call 250-598-8870.

The Maritime Museum is the favourite haunt of Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, the “hanging judge,” among other active spirits. Dominating Bastion Square, considered by many to be Victoria’s most haunted place, the museum is open from 10am to 5pm daily during September and October. Ghost Tours are scheduled on selected evenings during the last two weeks of October. An overnight Ghost Investigation by Beyond Belief Paranormal Events will also take place on October 25. To make a booking or inquiry, go to www.mmbc.bc.ca or call 250-385-4222, ext. 112.

St. Ann’s Academy National Historic Site is a former convent school whose beautiful grounds are always open. The restored 1858 chapel is open from 1 to 4pm Thursday through Sunday during September and October. At 7pm October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, the chapel and grounds host a special program called “Voices from the Past,” dealing with life, death and unexplained phenomena at this 155-year-old historic site. Tours are also available in French, upon request. Call 250-953-8820 for reservations and information.

Historian John Adams at the Tam Kung Buddist Temple.

Historian John Adams at the Tam Kung Buddist Temple.

Ghostly Walks explore the haunted alleys and courtyards of downtown Victoria. These popular 90-minute walks take place nightly at 7:30pm during September and October, with extra tours nightly September 1 to 13 and on weekends September 14 to October 16, starting at the Visitor Centre, across the street from the Empress Hotel. A special Halloween schedule runs October 17 through November 1, with tours nightly at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30pm starting from the lobby of the Bedford Regency Hotel (1140 Government St). No reservations are needed. See more page 44, call 384-6698 or check www.ghostlywalks.com for all times and details.

“Original Ghost Bus-tours” have been an annual favourite at Halloween for 20 years. These two-hour-long haunted coach tours are conducted by ghost expert John Adams for the Old Cemeteries Society and pass by the city’s most haunted places, including a stop to look for the famous Golf Course Ghost. “Original Ghost Bus-tours” take place on selected nights October 17 to 30. Advance reservations are required; book tickets online at www.ticketrocket.org or by phone at 250-590-6291.

Victoria Carriage Tours operate daily through September and October. In the weeks leading up to Halloween, the carriage drivers will tell ghost stories, upon request, in addition to their regular commentary. Call 250-383-2207 for information and reservations. During evenings from October 24 through 26 they offer their Horse Drawn Ghost Trolley Tours. Reservations are available at 250-475-7600.

Galey Farm, at 4150 Blenkinsop Rd, gets into the Halloween spirit each year with its Festival of Fear, running 6 to 10pm nightly from October 16 to 31 and including several activities for all ages: Haunted House for kids, Carnevil Haunted House for adults, the Cornfield of Horror, Crazy Train and Madame Isabella’s Séance. Online booking and information at www.galeyfarms.net or call 250-477-5713.

Oak Bay takes on a spooky look around Halloween with Pumpkin Art on the Avenue, featuring 500 uniquely carved pumpkins, displayed behind the Oak Bay Municipal Hall, 2167 Oak Bay Ave. from 5 to 9pm October 24 to 31. By donation; for information visit www.visitoakbayvillage.ca

For those wanting to explore for ghosts on their own, several shops in Old Town along Government Street are good places to start, including Rogers Chocolates and Old Morris Tobacconists. Tourism Victoria can also provide names of many haunted restaurants, bars, hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Craigdarroch Castle, open daily for visitors to see the splendour of its restored rooms, does not offer ghost tours, but has been the setting for many spooky movies. Check www.thecastle.ca or call 250-592-5323 for more details.

Hatley Castle (part of Royal Roads University) is haunted by ghosts of the Dunsmuir family who once owned it. Featured in the Creepy Canada TV series, the formal gardens (admission fee) and museum (free) are open daily during September and October, 10am to 5pm. Call 250-391-2666 for more information.

The Old Burying Ground (Pioneer Square) is on the edge of downtown at Quadra at Meares streets, where beneath majestic trees and crumbling tombstones lie 1,300 bodies.

The Victoria Golf Course on scenic Beach Drive beside the ocean in Oak Bay is haunted by Doris Gravlin who was strangled there by her husband in 1936. Many believe she is the most frequently seen ghost in town.

Chinatown has many stories of ghosts and the supernatural and while its secret tunnels are only myths, its hauntings are very real. Watch out for the ghost of Chung who murdered his girlfriend, then fled through Fan Tan Alley. Chinatown Walks are held every Saturday at 10:30am. Private tours by request. Tours, which start from the corner of Government and Fisgard streets (in front of Starbucks Coffee), focus on history, but at Halloween a few ghost stories slip in. Call 250-384-6698.

Market Square is a heritage oasis, created out of elegant brick buildings of the late 1800s. The ghosts here long ago frequented the saloons, brothels and gambling dens that lined Johnson Street, Victoria’s once infamous red light district.

For more details about the Ghosts of Victoria Festival and haunted places and activities, from the light-hearted to the serious, call Tourism Victoria at 250-953-2033, visit their website at www.tourismvictoria.com or stop by the Visitor Centre beside the Inner Harbour downtown.

 

Hot Dates

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Cirque Delights

Audiences will be amazed and enthralled when the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium hosts Cirque Peking September 7. Featuring the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, this compilation of the nation’s most talented artists and athletes includes performances in ballet, plate spinning, tumbling, contortionism, juggling, and much more – sure to take your breath away!

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Walking with Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs will once again roam the earth when the hit arena spectacular Walking With Dinosaurs roars into the Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena September 18 to 21.

Based on the award-winning BBC Television Series the blockbuster production features life–size beasts that reflect recent discoveries about their physical characteristics, including distinctive display feathers, head crests and tail fans. A must-see for audiences of all ages, thrill to the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, for example, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.

Ten species are represented from the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Plateosaurus, Liliensternus, Stegosaurus, Allosaurus, Torosaurus and Utahraptor. The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus is 36 feet tall, and 56 feet from nose to tail, and it took a team of 50 – including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts – a year to build the production.

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Russell Peters:
Almost Famous

After setting attendance records around the world, Canadian comedian Russell Peters returns to Victoria September 29 with his brand new Almost Famous World Tour.

In addition to his hilarious stand-up routines, Peters is renowned for his lightening-fast improv with the audience, contributing to his position as one of the world’s most popular comics. In fact, Peters has sold-out arenas from Madison Square Garden to the Sydney Opera House and has performed for troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and on the USS Eisenhower and HMCS Winnipeg. He’s also made numerous TV guest appearances and is currently a judge on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

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Stars of Country

Country fans will be in heaven this fall when two of country’s brightest stars shine on Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena.

After selling nearly 60 million albums worldwide, and topping the country singles charts 35 times, superstar Alan Jackson’s September 22 concert promises to be one of the most memorable events of the 2014 calendar.

Throughout his career, Jackson has recorded more than 50 top-10 hits, earned 18 Academy of Country Music Awards and two Grammys. His skill as a songwriter has earned him the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame as a 2011 Songwriter/Artist.

Definitely a must-see show!

Country favourite Brad Paisley visits next as part of his 40-city tour of the US and Canada. A critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, Paisley has earned three Grammys, 14 ACM Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, and more. In fact, since his first No. 1 song in 1999, Paisley has recorded 22 chart-topping singles – many of which will likely be among the favourites performed at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena October 2.

On Stage

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Victoria’s theatre scene gets into full swing in the fall, beginning with the Belfry Theatre’s production of celebrated First Nations writer Tomson Highway’s The Rez Sisters, September 16 to October 19, before embarking upon Spring Awakening October 21 to November 2. Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s 2007 Tony Award winner for Best Musical is a daring mix of rebellion, poignancy and passion as a group of teens wrestle with their emerging sexuality and their place in the world.

Langham Court Theatre’s Pride and Prejudice will be a highlight of the October calendar. Jane Austen’s beloved story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy has been beautifully adapted by Victoria’s Janet Munsil, to be more accessible, fresher and sparkling. Venture back to Regency England October 2 to 18.

The University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre invites audiences to step through the wardrobe to Narnia with a two-person adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, October 9 to 18.

Now grown up, Peter and Lucy revisit the room where once upon a time, years before, their magical adventures began with the faun Mr. Tumnus, the Beaver family, the evil White Witch, the mighty lion Aslan, and other cherished characters of your childhood imagination. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

To Market, To Market

Ruby's Natural Handmade Soaps and jewellery, James Bay Market

Ruby’s Natural Handmade Soaps and jewellery, James Bay Market

Victoria’s vibrant public market scene is an excellent way to discover the unique food and cultural flavour of the Capital Region. From farmer’s markets to outdoor arts and crafts venues, there’s much to discover.

One of the longest-standing markets in the region is the James Bay Market, conveniently located just steps from the Inner Harbour at the corner of Menzies and Superior streets (next to the provincial legislative buildings). With a mandate of “Handmade. Homemade, Homegrown,” this is the place to discover handmade arts and crafts, locally grown fruit and vegetables, fresh flowers, home-baked treats, live music, hot and cold snacks, drinks and much more! Come explore Saturdays from 9am to 3pm.

Other Markets worth a visit? 

• Moss Street Market in Fairfield is chock-full of delicious organic produce, other delicious foodstuffs and an array of artisan wares.

• In the heart of the region’s agricultural area, the Peninsula Country Market has been welcoming shoppers for more than 20 years to the Saanich Fairgrounds, Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm.

• Street markets are a growing trend and one of the region’s best is the Thursday night Sidney Summer Market, when lower Beacon Avenue becomes a pedestrian-only area filled with farmers, artisans and other vendors, not to mention a variety of entertainers and food purveyors.

• The community of Oak Bay, just a few minutes from downtown, also hosts a monthly street market – a great opportunity to explore the works of local growers and producers, but also the many unique shops and services in the neighbourhood itself. Coming markets are planned for July 9, August 13 and September 10.