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Victoria BC Vancouver Island events calendar

Victoria and Vancouver Island host thousands of events each year. This events calendar lists festivals, concerts and theatre, exhibitions, sporting events, country fairs, community events and more.

Of course, we can't list every one of them here. But there is a good chance you can find essential information on the event that interests you in the list below. Even more helpful, if links to event websites are available, they are listed with event highlights.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
November 10 - December 31
1040 Moss Street
http://aggv.ca

Check for current exhibitions at the gallery on the above website. The Winter Market will be held from November 13-16.


Venus in Fur
November 11– December 14, 2014
Belfry Theatre
http://www.belfry.bc.ca/venus-fur/

Before Fifty Shades of Grey, there was Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s classic erotic novel, Venus in Furs. In this Tony Award nominated adaptation, the tables are turned as a young actress tangles with a director increasingly intrigued by her. Funny and stimulating, this play weaves sex and power into an exhilarating game of cat and mouse.

For more information and tickets visit the website.


Victoria Public Market Artisan Corner
November 15-December 21 from 11 am to 3 pm
Victoria Public Market at the Hudson on Douglas
http://victoriapublicmarket.com

Browse unique gifts made locally at the 2nd annual artisan corner every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas.


Festival of Trees
November 19, 2014 - January 6, 2015
Fairmont Empress Hotel
http://www.bcchf.ca/events/events-calendar/festival-of-trees/victoria/

Every year, the Festival of Trees transforms The Fairmont Empress into a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise funds for BC Children's Hospital Foundation. Thousands of visitors tour the decorated trees and cast their votes.

There is no admission cost, but we suggest a minimum $2.00 donation to vote for your favourite tree. For more information about this event visit the above website. The event is open to the public seven days a week until 11:00pm.


Skating at the Fairmont Empress
November 20 - January 11, 2015
Fairmont Empress Hotel Front Lawn

The annual winter wonderland at the Fairmont Empress is expanding this year with the addition of a skating rink on the hotel's iconic front lawn overlooking the festively lit Victoria Harbour.

Prices: $10 per person, $5 for children aged 10 and under and rentals are available at $5 per pair.


Winspear Festival of Trees
November 21 - January 4 from 4:00-7:00 pm
Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney
http://www.marywinspear.ca

Once again you can drop off Toys for Tots (new unwrapped toys, ages 6 months - 16 years) and goods for the Sidney Lions Food Bank.

Come by the centre to vote for your favorite decorated tree.


6th Annual Gingerbread Showcase
November 22, 2014 - January 4, 2015 from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Inn at Laurel Point
http://www.laurelpoint.com/news/

Feast your eyes and nose on creative inspirations constructed from gingerbread. More than just houses they are sculptures and unique works of art created by both professional and amateur chefs. Vote for your favourite and make a donation to Habitat for Humanity Victoria.


14th Annual Bear Wear
November 25 - January 5, 2015
Hotel Grand Pacific (463 Belleville Street)

Event: The holiday teddies are back! Head down to the Inner Harbour and visit the best-dressed teddy bears in town. All funds raised at this annual event go to support the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. Vote for your favourite bear as many times as you like – the more times you vote, the better your chances at winning that bear in the raffle!


16th Annual Gallery Walk
November 27, 3 - 8 pm
Downtown Victoria
http://www.downtownvictoria.ca

Please come out for this much-loved event at the listed galleries for special seasonal exhibitions and refreshments. Remember to pick up a passport at any of the galleries for your chance to win fabulous art.
The participating galleries are: Alcheringa Gallery, Couch Gallery, The Legacy Gallery, Madrona Gallery, West End Gallery, Winchester Modern.


Tim Hicks
November 27 at 8:00 PM
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

With his latest album, 5:01, Tim Hicks is sure to cement his reputation as one of Canada’s most dynamic new Country artists.

Hicks serves up ample helpings of the grit, humour and good time anthems his audiences have come to expect, but still finds room to stretch out some; showing substantial growth as a singer, songwriter and recording artist.

Tickets: From $38. Available at the McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at rmts.bc.ca. For more information visit the website above.


Stuart McLean
November 27, 7:30pm – November 28, 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Christmas is a time of tradition. And it’s no different for the folks at The Vinyl Cafe. They celebrate by taking their show on the road. This year it's 32 shows in 35 days, and once again, the tour will touch down in Victoria for two of those days.

Tickets starting at $56.75. Available at the Royal and McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at rmts.bc.ca. For more information visit the website above or tedxvictoria.com/


Alice vs Wonderland - Blue Bridge Theatre
November 27 - December 14
The Roxy Theatre at 2657 Quadra Street
http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca

Lewis Carroll meets Lady Gaga in this psychedelic update of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Angst-ridden adolescent Alice unwittingly trades places with Mary Ann, the Wonderland version of herself. Now Alice must travel through a fantastical teenage dreamscape, challenged by Carroll’s canonical characters every step of the way. An entrancingly surreal portrait of a teenage identity crisis.

For tickets and more information visit the website above.


Out of Hand Craft Fair
November 28-30
The Crystal Gardens, 713 Douglas Street
http://www.outofhand.ca

The longest running professional show on the Island. An excellent opportunity to view contemporary Canadian crafts by artists from BC and across Canada and to meet the artists. The highlight will be the Fashion in Action show.

Hours: Nov. 28, 10 noon - 9 pm; Nov. 29, 10 am - 6 pm; Nov. 30, 10 am - 4.30 pm.
Admission: Adults $8; Seniors and students a $1 off; Under 16 free. Multi-day pass $9. For more information visit the website above or call 250-737-1788.


Accademia Hermans
November 29, 8:00pm
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

In the eighteenth century, Antonio’s Vivaldi’s works were consistently fresh, wildly popular—and widely imitated. Sometimes it is unclear when a work is by the Venetian master or one of his admirers. You be the judge. Vivaldi’s followers included the great J.S. Bach and the ever popular anonymous.

Tickets starting at $56.75. Available at the Royal and McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at rmts.bc.ca. For more information visit the website above or tedxvictoria.com/


Christmas Tree Light Up
November 29, 4 - 5:30 pm
Centennial Square
http://downtownvictoria.ca/events

Kick-off the holiday season in Centennial Square with the seventh annual downtown Christmas Tree Light-Up... a growing Victoria holiday tradition. Enjoy musical performances and free treats, ride the Ferris wheel for a toonie, and watch as thousands of lights are switched on at 5 pm. Bring the whole family down to share the joy of the season, rain or shine. Free event.


Current Swell with The Roper Show
November 29, 8:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

When it comes to the process of songwriting, touring and recording, the
four friends from Victoria, BC are compelled to improve as artists, to better what they did the last time around. Motion is everything to singer -­‐ guitarists Scott Stanton and David Lang, drummer Chris Petersen and bassist Ghosty Boy, so they decided to give an old partnership a new coat of paint.

Tickets: Tickets starting at $30.00 ($22.50 + S/C) Available at the McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at rmts.bc.ca. For more information visit the website above.


Island Farms Santa Light Parade
November 29, 5:45 pm
Government Street (from Belleville to Chatham Streets)
http://www.downtownvictoria.ca

Bring the family to this festive, annual parade to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy an array of dazzling floats and marching bands that travel along the magically lit Government Street from Belleville to Chatham Street. Meet up at the Capital Iron parking lot for free treats courtesy of Island Farms. The parade also helps to raise food and awareness for the Mustard Seed Food Bank.


John Fogerty performs the songs of Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1969
November 29, 2014 at 8 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

John Fogerty is a true American treasure, one of popular music’s all-time greatest singers, guitar players, and songwriters. His remarkable career began in his hometown of El Cerrito, California, soon earning massive popular and critical success with the one and only Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Tickets (incl. HST) $87.00, $62.00, $27.00. Available at the box office, by phone (250) 220-7777 or online at www.selectyourtickets.com. For more information visit the above website.


Sidney Sparkles Parade and Sail Past of Lighted Boats
November 29 at 5 pm
Beginning at Beacon Avenue, Sidney
http://www.peninsulacelebrations.ca

Drawing a crowd of thousands. Bands, floats and vehicles are decorated with lights. Best viewed between Beacon and Ocean Avenues along Second Street.

The Sail Past starts immediately after the Santa parade. A parade of beautifully decorated boats which starts at the Beacon Pier. Best viewed between Port Sidney and Tulista Park.


VIDEA Fair Trade Fair
November 29, 2014 from 10:00am - 4:00pm
First Metropolitan United Church, Quadra at Balmoral
http://videa.ca

The Fair Trade Fair is an event in support of local fair trade vendors, and will raise awareness of the work and products many local businesses offer for sale. Arts and crafts, coffee and chocolate, toys and gifts.

Admission is by donation. For more information about VIDEA visit the website above.


Christmas Ferris Wheel
November 29 - December 21
Centennial Square
http://www.downtownvictoria.ca/events

Step right up! A 65-foot tall Ferris wheel will take centre stage at the Annual Centennial Square Christmas Tree Light Up, giving riders a new, unique perspective of the Centennial Square lights. Rides cost $2/person. Riders must be over 2 years old; minimum height 36 inches to ride with an adult, 42 inches to ride alone. No single riders. Recurring weekly on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information visit the above website.


Free Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides
November 29 - December 21 (Saturdays noon - 4 pm; Sundays noon - 3 pm)
Downtown Victoria
http://downtownvictoria.ca/events

Enjoy a classic downtown tradition with your family this holiday season. Every weekend until December 21, horse-drawn trolleys will circulate throughout downtown making it easy to take in all of the sights and sounds of the Christmas celebrations. The trolleys are free of charge, compliments of the DVBA!


Holiday Pop-Up Market
November 29 - December 21
Bastion Square

This market will feature an exciting array of locally produced arts, crafts, tasty treats, and great entertainment.

November 29, December 5, 12 and 19 from 3-9 pm. November 30, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 from 12-5 pm.


Banff Mountain Film Festival - World Tour
November 30 at 7 pm
University Centre Farquhar Auditorium
http://www.auditorium.uvic.ca

From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s world tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you.

Tickets $23 available at UVic Ticket Centre, by phone 250-721-8480 or online at ticket@uvic.ca.


Oak Bay Christmas Festival Light-Up
November 30, 2014 - 4:00pm
Hampshire and Oak Bay Avenue
http://www.oakbay.ca

Featuring musical entertainment, Lighted Trucks, street entertainment, roasted chestnuts and thousands of lights on buildings, trees and lampposts throughout the Village, Light Up celebrates the start of the festive season in Oak Bay Village. Come and see the Town Crier read the official proclamation or have your picture taken with Santa Claus as he hears your Christmas wishes.


The Huron Carole
November 30, 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

The Huron Carole - A Musical, is just that, an enchanting musical re-enactment of the very first Huron Carole concert that took place in 1987. Alongside concert series founder Tom Jackson, guest artists in both the musical (Act 1) and special concert (Act 2) include Don Amero, Shannon Gaye, Beverley Mahood and One More Girl.

Tickets: $52.50. Available at the McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at rmts.bc.ca. For more information visit the website above. Benefitting the Mustard Seed.


Vaughan Williams London Symphony - Victoria Symphony Legacy Series
December 1, 8:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

In this diverse and expressive program, Beethoven’s grand Leonore Overture no. 3 is followed by Barber’s famous and elegiac Adagio for Strings. The concert concludes with Vaughan Williams’ expansive Symphony no. 2, deeply influenced by the pre-war tensions of the time.

Tickets starting at $30.00. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above.


Annual Caroling Week
December 1, 2, 3, 5, noon-12.40 pm
City Hall Antechamer, 1 Centennial Square
http://www.victoria.ca

This yearly tradition continues as choirs from elementary and middle schools perform popular Christmas carols.

Free event.


Magic of Christmas at Butchart Gardens
December 1-31
Butchart Gardens
http://www.butchartgardens.com

Carousel rides will be complimentary December 1st to coincide with the Christmas Light-Up Ceremony at 5 pm at The Rose Carousel. Listen to traditional carolers and festive brass in period costume every night from 5 pm – 9 pm.

Admission to The Gardens is required. For more information and admission rates visit the above website.


Christmas Starlight Cinema
December 2-17
Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa
http://www.deltahotels.com

Bundle up and bring the family to watch Christmas movies under the stars in the Inner Harbour. On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 6 pm. Movies are free but donations to Santas Anonymous are appreciated. Bring a lawn chair and extra blankets - the hotel will supply heaters. In the event of rain, movies will be screened inside. For more information visit the above website.


CBC Presents – ‘A Christmas Carol’
December 5 at 7:00 pm
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
http://www.vcm.bc.ca

Enjoy this much loved tale read by your favourite CBC personalities. All proceeds to benefit Our Place Society.

Adults $15, Child $5. For more information visit the above website.


A Touch of Saltspring - Christmas Show 2014
December 5 from 10 am to 8 pm, December 6 and 7 from 10 am to 5 pm
Panorama Recreation Centre, North Saanich
http://atouchofsaltspring.com/

This is a fabulous sale with quality arts and crafts from West Coast artists. If you are looking for unique and thoughtful gifts for the holiday season, make a point to come and see the show.

Admission $5.00 for 3 day pass. For more information call 250.655.0967. The event is wheelchair accessible and refreshments will be available.


The Nutcracker - Royal Winnipeg Ballet
December 5, 7:30pm; December 6, 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm; December 7, 2:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

This treasured holiday classic, danced to Tchaikovsky's timeless score by one of Canada's most beloved ballet companies, takes audiences on a wondrous adventure with Clara, her Nutcracker Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Tickets starting at $29.00. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above.


A Christmas Story - Victoria Operatic Society
December 5-14
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca/events/a-christmas-story

This classic holiday tale centres on a mischievous, bespectacled boy, Ralphie, who dreams of getting a BB-gun for Christmas. Ralphie’s Mother, his Father (the Old Man), and his teacher, Miss Shields, warn him "You’ll shoot your eye out!".

Tickets starting at $21.75. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above. For show times visit the above site.


Father Christmas in Old Town
December 5 - 21
Royal BC Museum
http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Can you imagine a more magical place to visit with Father Christmas than the decorated street of Old Town? Share your holiday wishes and have your photo taken to preserve this special moment. Father Christmas visits are on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until December 21 from 11:00 am - 3.00 pm.

Free with admission or membership.


Annual Lighted Ship Parade
December 6
Victoria Inner Harbour
http://www.victoriaharbour.org

After the Truck Light Parade passes the Inner Harbour (approximately 6.30 pm), the Lighted Ship Parade begins. Boats of all sizes sail through the harbour, festooned with bright lights and surrounded by the backdrop of the harbour lights in a magical Christmas show. Throughout the evening, spectators will be able to donate non-perishable food items, and cash to a local charity.


Music in Market Square
December 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Market Square
http://www.marketsquare.ca

Enjoy a grand performance of holiday favourites by the Greater Victoria Concert Band.

Free Admission


Pancakes with Mr. and Mrs. Claus
December 6
Vista 18, Chateau Victoria

This much-loved Christmas tradition helps local families, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund.

Admission by donation (minimum $15 adults; $8 children). Reservations required, call 250-361-5660.


Truck Light Convoy
December 6
Ogden Point - Western Speedway
http://www.ieoa.ca/

This fun event involves festively decorated trucks parading through the Capital Region with a goal of collecting nonperishable food items for the local food banks. Specially designated drop-off points are set up along the route the evening of the parade. Starting at Ogden Point at approximately 6.30 pm.

For times and schedules of the route please visit the above website.


Carol-Along with the Carillon
December 7 from 4:30-5:15
Royal BC Museum

Provincial Carillonneur Rosemary Laing will climb to the top of the seventy-five stairs, where she commands the sixty-two bells, and down below the crowd will be led by the Newcombe Singers in a carol sing. Hot chocolate and cookies help to make the season bright, and at the end, the Carillon will be illuminated for the season.


Wonderland Winter Flea
December 7 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Market Square
http://www.marketsquare.ca

High tail it to Market Square for the first ever Wonderland Winter Flea. This fun outdoor market will ring your holiday happiness bell! Wander through interesting stalls while Wine & Roses Ladies Salon Orchestra plays old time swing and Latin tunes. Find fabulous flea market treasures, tasty holiday treats, and local artisan made gifts.

Free Admission


Ken Lavigne - Home for Christmas
December 8, 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

This very special home town concert will feature a symphony orchestra conducted by Joey Pietraroia and, special guests, the British Columbia Boys Choir who, for the past year, have been touring the nation celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Tickets starting at $38.00. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above.


Mother Mother with special guest USS
December 9, 10 and 22 at 7:30pmber 11, 7:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Mother Mother - a five-piece Juno-nominated Vancouver band. The band is the second most aired alternative act in Canada in 2012 and 2013.

Tickets starting at $32.75. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above.


A Sentimental Christmas Carol - Victoria Symphony
December 12 and 13 at 8:00pm; December 14, 2:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

The wonderful Victoria performer Kelt Eccleston joins guest conductor Timothy Hankewich, now in demand through North America. Soprano Eleanor McCain also takes the stage to delight audiences with beloved Christmas music.

Tickets starting at $30.00. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above.


Diemahler Holiday Pops
December 13, 2:30pm
St Mary's The Virgin Oak Bay
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Like a different sparkling gem in a treasure box, each concert in this beautiful series offers a different flavour of musical colours and textures, with varied repertoire, from virtuoso classical works to gorgeous light romatic works that explore the wide range of musical emotion and expression.

Tickets starting at $25.00. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above.


Tuba Christmas
December 13, 1-3 pm
Market Square
http://www.marketsquare.ca

It isn’t Christmas until it’s TubaChristmas! More than 65 tuba players from BC and the Pacific Northwest will knock your socks off with this BIG concert! A tradition that began in New York City’s Rockefeller Centre more than 35 years ago; a great way to launch the holiday season.

Free Admission


Last chance Christmas Craft Fair
December 13th & 14th
Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney
http://www.firstandlastchance.ca/

Last Chance offers you another opportunity to find gifts for everyone. The show features both new and returning artists. Olde-Country Fare, A Street Named New Orleans and the Travelling Smoke Show will be there to provide fabulous food while Brad Prevedores and Jill Collis entertain you with their live music.

Pay Once ~ return for free both days
Kids Over 12, Adults & Seniors ~ $4.00
Children Under 12 (accompanied by an adult ) ~ FREE. Tickets are available only at the door
Hours: December 13 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; December 14 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.


Festivus Fest!
December 14 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Market Square
http://www.marketsquare.ca

An afternoon of entertainment from the fabulous folks and friends of Larsen Music to raise money for the Times Colonist Christmas Fund. Performances by The Choir, Bucan Bucan, Ensemblele, and more. Enter the raffle to win an instrument, spin the famous Larsen Wheel of Fortune, or simply come and listen.

Free admission. For more information, contact info@larsenmusic.ca


Rock n Roll Christmas
December 15, 7:30pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Buddy Holly and The Killer, plus special guest Molly Dee (paying tribute to the Divas of Rock'n'Roll) with the All-Star Legends Band, including “Mr. Sax” Johnny Ferreira, make up this fabulous rock’n’roll show.

Tickets are $43.50. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above.


Naden Band Christmas - Salvation Army Toy Drive
December 15, 16 and 17
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Join in the fun and excitement as 35 professional musicians take to the stage to entertain and get you into the holiday spirit. The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canada's West Coast Navy Band, presents its 36th annual Christmas concert series as a community fundraiser for The Salvation Army Toy Drive. The musical program - a potpourri of festive music - will include original works and holiday favourites for the entire family with guest vocalists Stephanie Greaves and Ken Lavigne. Audience members are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy on the night of the performance.

Tickets are $10.00 plus the donation of an unwrapped toy. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above.


Sing-Along Messiah - Civic Orchestra of Victoria
December 17, 7:00 p.m.
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
http://www.civicorchestraofvictoria.org

The Civic Orchestra of Victoria has some vocal scores to lend to the Chorus during performance (donations greatly appreciated.) If you have your own score, please bring it with you.

Tickets: $22 General Admission, $18 Seniors & Students, Student rush tickets at the door with I.D. $10. Available at: Long & McQuade, Larsen’s Music, Lyle’s Place, Tanner’s Books, Ivy’s Books, The Shelling Cards and Gifts.


Handel's Messiah - Victoria Symphony Orchestra
December 19, at 8 pm and December 21, 2.30 pm
University Centre Farquhar Auditorium
https://tickets.uvic.ca

Rejoice with the Victoria Symphony for Handel’s majestic Messiah. One of the greatest choral works ever written, it leaves audiences uplifted every year. Come feel the music and join in with the “Hallelujah” chorus.

Tickets At Uvic Ticket Centre, by phone 250-721-8480 or online at the above website.


An Intimate Afternoon with Frank Mills
December 20, 2:00pm
McPherson Playhouse Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Internationally known pianist Frank Mills shines his musical light once again as he returns to the stage. It’s like spending an afternoon in Frank’s living room as he shares music, memories and even some humour of over forty years at the piano and on stages around the world.

Tickets are $63.50. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above.


Early Music Society of the Islands - Bach Oratorio
December 20, 8:00pm
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Celebrate the holiday season with a collection of North America’s most celebrated period instrumentalists and soloists in this festive performance of three of Bach’s six Christmas Oratorio Cantatas performed as they would have been in Leipzig in 1734.

Tickets are $30.00. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above.


Frozen Castle Dance Party
December 20 from Noon – 3:00 pm
Market Square
http://www.marketsquare.ca

Intrepid Theatre hosts a mid-day outdoor dance party featuring a wintry walk-in cardboard castle for tiny tots to decorate and explore, sparkly princesses, and fun dance music for all ages with a live DJ. A Christmas party for families and kids!

Free admission.


The Irish Tenors and the Victoria Symphony
December 20, 8:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan have been touring together as The Irish Tenors since 1998, with sold-out shows throughout the world. These three renowned singers will join the Victoria Symphony on stage to regale the audience with holiday favourites as well as beloved Irish tunes.

Tickets starting at $45.00. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above.


Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas
December 20 – January 5 from 12pm – 4pm
Royal BC Museum
http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Helmcken House comes alive with the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas in Victoria. Discover the Christmas traditions of early Victorians through activities and crafts.

Admission is by donation.


Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Blues Band and Guests
December 21, 7:30pm
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Blues Band and Guests present A Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas.

Tickets are $20. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above.


Snow White and the Magnificent Seven Dwarfs
December 22, 23, 27, 29, 30 and January 2 at 7:30 pm; Matinees: December 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, January
St. Luke's Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd.
http://www.stlukesplayers.org/coming.htm

Take a trip to the Wild West in this innovative reworking of the classic fairy tale! Snow White, heiress to the ‘Happy Ever After Cattle’ ranch, is the fairest girl on the prairie – but her wicked and jealous stepmother, Widow Blackheart, plots to separate her from her fortune! Can Snow White survive her treacherous schemes and win the hand of Sheriff Vince Charming? A band of seven brave miners, her lifelong friend, Nanny Oakley, a pantomime horse and a brainless idiot, Silly Billy the Kid, are there to help her!

For tickets visit the above website.


The Gift - Ballet Victoria and the Victoria Symphony
December 27, 28 and 29 at 2:00pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

An original, magical Christmas story set to the music of The Nutcracker. Young Pandora befriends a host of new characters including some inspired by Frozen. The fusion of classical music with modern pop musical interludes will have your toes tapping and your hands clapping.

Tickets starting at $30.00. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Box Office, 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the website above.


A Viennese New Year's
January 1 at 2:30 PM
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

Take part in a worldwide New Year’s Day tradition celebrating the romantic Vienna of Johann Strauss and his contemporaries. Our sixth annual concert starts the year off right with music, dance and song!

Tickets starting at $45.00. Available at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Box Office, by phone 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121 or online at the above website.


Bryan Adams - Reckless 30th Anniversary Tour
January 12, 2015 at 8 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

Adams will be performing a set that will honour not only the 30th Anniversary of Reckless – a deluxe version of which will be released on November 24th featuring exclusive expanded bonus material – but also his endless catalogue of rock classics.

Tickets: $27.00, $59.50, $79.50, $110.50 *Prices do not include applicable convenience charges and/or taxes. Available at the box office, by phone (250) 220-7777, or online at selectyourtickets.com


International Guitar Night
January 18 at 7.30 pm
Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria
https://tickets.uvic.ca

International Guitar Night brings together the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists to perform their latest original compositions and exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting. Each tour, IGN founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries to join him for special evenings of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar.

Tickets are $30 Adult; $20 Senior/Student/UVic Alumni Early Bird pricing of $25 per ticket with a 4 ticket minimum, valid until December 25th. Available at UVic Ticket Centre, by phone 250-721-8480 or online at ticket@uvic.ca. For more information about the musicians visit www.internationalguitarnight.com


The Best Brothers/How to Disappear
January 27 – March 1, 2015
Belfry Theatre
http://www.belfry.bc.ca/how-to-disappear-completely/

These two plays, presented in one evening, explore our relationships with the first woman in our lives.

For more information and tickets visit the website.


The Tragically Hip
February 4, 2015 at 8 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

Critically acclaimed for more than two decades, The Tragically Hip has been at the heart of the Canadian musical zeitgeist, evoking a strong emotional connection between their music and their fans that remains unrivalled in this country.

Tickets $49.50, $79.50, $125.00. Available at the box office, by phone at (250) 220-7777 or online at selectyourtickets.com


Harlem Globetrotters
February 10, 2015 at 7 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction

Tickets $95.00, $65.00, $42.00, $30.00, $20.00 plus convenience charges & applicable taxes. Available at the box office, by phone at (250) 220-7777 or online at selectyourtickets.com


So You Think You Can Dance
February 12, 2015 at 7.30 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

Fall’s hottest ticket will feature So You Think You Can Dance’s eleventh-season Top 10 finalists performing the season’s most popular routines as well as original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour.

Tickets: $83.00, $73.00, $64.00, $59.00 Prices do not include applicable convenience charges and/or taxes. Available at the box office, by phone (250) 220-7777, or online at selectyourtickets.com


Lion in the Streets
February 12 – 21, 2015
Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria
http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/phoenix/

Isobel, a nine-year-old Portuguese girl, is lost, frightened and desperate to find her way home. She finds herself on the dark side of human experience, witnessing the troubled lives of the people in her community. Somewhere between reality and dreams, memories and fantasies, Isobel encounters people who are trapped, threatened, and like herself, fighting for their own survival.

Tickets: Adult $24; Senior $20; Student $14. Available at the Phoenix Theatre Box Office or by phone at 250-721-8000. For more information about the show visit the above website.


Pacific Opera Victoria - Lucia Di Lammermoor
February 12, 8:00pm – February 22, 2:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

In Italian with English Surtitles.
In the brooding Scottish lowlands, it is men who call the shots. Clan rivalries, political maneuvering, and ancient vendettas leave no place for a woman who falls in love with the wrong man.

Tickets starting at $25.00. Available at the Royal and McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at rmts.bc.ca.


Waiting for Godot - Blue Bridge Theatre
March 5-15, 2015
The Roxy Theatre at 2657 Quadra Street
http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca

Under a tree and under their bowler caps, two clown like men, Vladimir and Estragon wait for the arrival of the mysterious Godot … and wait …. and wait … and wait …. and wait ………

For tickets and more information visit the website above.


Spark Festival 2015
March 10 – 22, 2015
Belfry Theatre
http://www.belfry.bc.ca/spark-2015/

The Belfry's Annual Festival of New Plays

For more information and tickets visit the website.


Celtic Thunder
March 11, 2015 at 7 pm
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
http://www.saveonfoodsmemorialcentre.com

Celtic Thunder is backed by the dynamic Celtic Thunder Band and their shows are known for the use of dramatic effects of lighting and choreography as well as a stage set resembling an ancient stone pathway suggestive of those referenced in Celtic lore.

Tickets: (incl. HST) $89.50, $79.50, $69.50. (Plus FMF & Service charges) Available at the box office, by phone (250) 220-7777, or online at selectyourtickets.com


Victoria's House
March 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 pm; Matinees: March 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 2 pm
St. Luke's Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd.
http://www.stlukesplayers.org/coming.htm

Neil and Victoria Bannister have returned from their honeymoon to Victoria’s House. All should be bright in the new couple’s life but Victoria has fallen ill and even though her husband administers her special medicine, her health worsens. When Victoria dies, the house seems to come alive to seek revenge. The play is intricately woven and features some fine moments of theatrical surprise, both real and unreal.

For tickets visit the above website.


Amadeus
March 12 – 21, 2015
Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria
http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/phoenix/

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is often considered the greatest musical genius the world has ever known. To his 18th-century contemporary, Antonio Salieri, he was vulgar, boorish, and unforgivably brilliant – thus an enemy to be eliminated. Seen through the envious eyes and maybe-skewed memory of the aging Salieri, the play chronicles their tumultuous rivalry, and Salieri’s devious efforts to destroy Mozart’s career, even while recognizing the genius of his music. But is this final confession Salieri’s last attempt to escape his own insignificant artistic legacy?

Tickets: Adult $24; Senior $20; Student $14. Available at the Phoenix Theatre Box Office or by phone at 250-721-8000. For more information about the show visit the above website.


Pacific Opera Victoria - Madama Butterfly
April 9, 8:00pm – April 19, 2:30pm
Royal Theatre
http://www.rmts.bc.ca

A young geisha renounces her family to marry an American man. When he leaves to go back to his own country, she waits with their child for his return. Though she is the gentlest of heroines, Butterfly has formidable inner strength. Guided by honour and fidelity, sustained by hope, she refuses for the longest time to believe she has been abandoned.

Tickets starting at $25.00. Available at the Royal and McPherson Box Office, by phone at 250.386.6121, toll-free 1.888.717.6121, or online at rmts.bc.ca.


MacBeth - Blue Bridge Theatre
May 7-24, 2015
The Roxy Theatre at 2657 Quadra Street
http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca

Considered one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful tragedies, Macbeth dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when evil is chosen as a way to fulfill the ambition for power.

For tickets and more information visit the website above.


Barely Heirs
May 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 pm; Matinees: 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 2 pm
St. Luke's Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd.
http://www.stlukesplayers.org/coming.htm

Jane is about to inherit a fortune. The only stipulation is that she has to be married for six months before inheriting. All would have gone without a hitch had Jane really been married. With the help of her neighbour’s husband, Tom, she just needs to keep the truth from the lawyer; Tom’s wife, Claire; Jane’s ex-boyfriend; Jane’s mother and a cop. It sounds as if things are about to get a little complicated…!

For tickets visit the above website.


Pal Joey - Blue Bridge Theatre
July 9-26, 2015
The Roxy Theatre at 2657 Quadra Street
http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca

Chicago – 1930′s. Joey Evans, a manipulative small-time nightclub crooner has other ‘talents’ that keep him alive and always one step ahead of the law; until he meets his match the wealthy, middle-aged and married socialite Vera Simpson.

For tickets and more information visit the website above.


 
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