City United! Anniversary Celebration and Concert

City United! Anniversary Celebration and Concert 

Monday, August 6, 2012, noon - 9 p.m.
St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site (noon - 6 p.m.)
Beacon Hill Park Cameron Bandshell (7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

To celebrate the City of Victoria's 150th and the United Way of Greater Victoria's 75th anniversaries, the City of Victoria and the United Way teamed up to present the City United! Anniversary Celebration and Concert.
On BC Day, the community was invited to spend the afternoon on the grounds of historic St. Ann's Academy and enjoy interactive, creative excitement for the entire family, including a wide range of live music and entertainment, crafts, cooking and gardening demonstrations, and physical fun that celebrates the culture and values of our community. Juno award winners "Digging Roots" headlined a free concert at the Cameron Bandshell at 7 p.m. featuring their unique blend of blues, roots rock and hip hop, with special guests Jon and Roy and DJ Nigel Morrison.

Crafts, face painting, cooking demonstrations with the Island Chef's Collaborative, physical fun with Victoria Recreation and Sportball, a farmer's market, a song-making stage, art displays, chapel tours and the United Way's "Passport to Possibility" all helped celebrate the culture and values of our community in a fun, interactive, memorable and meaningful way.

An eclectic variety of food vendors, free bicycle valet parking, a plant potting station, and a mystery carnival attraction added to the wonders to be explored at this event.

At 6 p.m., the highly energetic, Eastern European brass band, Bučan Bučan, led a lively procession from St. Ann's Academy to the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park for a free evening concert. The public was encouraged to bring blankets and a picnic to enjoy the opening festivities on stage at 6:30 p.m. Local musicians Jon and Roy opened the show at 7 p.m. with special guest DJ Neil Morrison.

Performances at the St. Ann's Academy Stage (Outdoors)

  • 12:15pm - 12:40pm  --  Musqueam hip-hop artist Christie Lee Charles
  • 12:45pm - 1:30pm  --  Celtic fiddler and singer Sarah Tradewell
  • 1:45pm - 2:30pm  --  "Family of Folk" The O'Briens
  • 2:45pm - 3:15pm  --   Energetic youth musicians Animal Astronauts
  • 3:30pm - 4pm -- Local music icons Jon & Roy
  • 4:15pm - 5pm -- Singer/Songwriter Lola Parks
  • 5:40pm - 6pm -- Bučan Bučan
  • 6pm - 6:30pm -- Bučan Bučan procession to Cameron Bandshell

Performances at the St. Ann's Academy Auditorium (Indoors): 

  • 12:30pm - 1pm -- "Mad Mayors Tea Party"
  • 1pm - 1:30pm -- Paper Street Theatre
  • 2:15pm - 2:45pm -- The Great Giffoni Magic Show
  • 3pm - 3:45pm -- Long-time favourite children's entertainer Major Conrad Flapps
  • 4pm - 4:45pm -- Swing jazz singer Cynthia Davis
  • 5pm - 5:45pm -- Mikaila Tombe with Doug Dodd and Friends

St. Ann's Academy Music Education Stage (Outdoors)

  • 12:30pm - 1pm -- Kelby MacNayr
  • 1:15pm - 1:45pm. -- Paul Laverick
  • 2pm - 2:30pm -- Digging Roots
  • 2:45pm - 3:15pm  Anne Schaefer
  • 3:30pm - 4pm -- Kelby MacNayr
  • 4:15pm - 4:45pm -- Paul Laverick
  • 5pm - 5:30pm - Anne Schaefer

"Digging Roots" to Headline Concert at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park

Juno award winners "Digging Roots" headlined a free concert at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park starting at 7 p.m., featuring their unique blend of blues, First Nations roots rock and hip hop.
Critically acclaimed local independent musicians Jon and Roy opened the show, with DJ Neil Morrison. (Photo: Jon and Roy)

Motorist Access to Beacon Hill Park for Concert

To accommodate the City United! Concert at the Cameron Bandshell on Monday, August 6, Arbutus Way at Southgate Street was closed to traffic at 6 p.m. to avoid congestion in Beacon Hill Park.

Funding Partners and Sponsors

The City of Victoria gratefully acknowledges the financial support of its funding partners who have made Victoria 150 celebrations possible: Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage Community Anniversaries grant, the Province of British Columbia, the Canada -- British Columbia Cooperation Agreement on Official Languages, and the Greater Victoria Spirit Committee Society. The City United! Anniversary Celebration and Concert was presented by the City of Victoria and the United Way of Greater Victoria in association with the Provincial Capital Commission.