August 2012

In August 2012, the City and the community presented the following Victoria 150 events.


Oaklands Sunset Series: Heritage Celebration of Victoria
Oaklands Community Centre
August 1, Market 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. / Play 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Oaklands Community Centre, 1 - 2827 Belmont Avenue
Oaklands Sunset Series presents “Letters to Fort Victoria”, a Farmer's Market and outdoor Dinner Theatre summer evening event. Come browse the market, enjoy decorative dress from the early 1860s, and relive the excitement and celebration of the founding of our great city. Ticket price includes catered dinner by local culinary artists and the live theatre presentation written, directed, and performed by UVIC's Phoenix Theatre students. Tickets sold only at Oaklands Community Centre.
Modern - An Exhibition
Monique Genton
August 1 - 29
The Artist's Corner at Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton Street
Victoria artist Monique Genton explores the relationship of landscape and the built environment in four new works, rendered on plexiglass, featuring Victoria's mid-century architecture. This work celebrates a more recent aspect of Victoria's history while paying homage to an iconic period in architectural design.
* 150th Anniversary Public Ceremony
City of Victoria
August 2, 11 a.m. – Noon
Centennial Square
Join the Mayor, Victoria Council and special guests for the official 150th anniversary ceremony on Spirit Stage in Centennial Square. Canada Post's Victoria 150 Commemorative Envelope will be unveiled.
* 150Forward Community Celebration
City of Victoria
August 2, Noon – 6 p.m.
Centennial Square
On August 2, the City of Victoria celebrates 150 years of incorporation. Celebrate Victoria's proud history and bright future at 150Forward, a free afternoon community celebration in Centennial Square immediately following the official ceremony on Spirit Stage. Experience a journey through time, interact with creatively costumed performers and enjoy refreshments and cake, and settle in for the afternoon festivities. The main stage show will entertain with performances that chronicle Victoria's history, showcase diverse cultures, and highlight current day and beyond. Contribute to the time capsule and anniversary greetings, take part in interactive fun and much more. Come celebrate 150 glorious years!
Integrate Arts Festival
Off the Grid & Ministry of Casual Living
August 3 - 4, Noon - 11 p.m.
Bastion Square, Centennial Square, venues around town
Victoria's 6th Annual Integrate Arts Festival (formerly called Off the Grid Art Crawl) will take place August 3 and 4 with an official art crawl, outdoor visual projections and various other art and music events throughout the festival. Victoria's art galleries, artist-run centres and arts organisations invite the public to explore art exhibitions and meet local artists, curators, musicians and volunteers that make Victoria's cultural scene the diverse and vibrant entity that it is. An online map will be available.
Amelia Street Heritage Block Party
Amelia Street
August 4, Noon - 8 p.m.
Amelia Street (between Cormorant Street and Pandora Avenue)
A one-day celebration of local music, literature, visual arts and food, taking place on Amelia St, drawing attention to the history of this special pocket of North Park neighbourhood and downtown Victoria. The entertainment will consist of visual artists, bands and solo performers, authors and storytellers who can shed light on the history of downtown Victoria, and Amelia Street in particular. Collaboration with Amelia Street business owners and historians will result in visual presentations on the history of each building on the street that attendees can browse throughout the event. Admission is by donation.
3rd Annual Serbian Days
Serbian Community
City of Victoria Playing Field (TBA)
August 4 and 5, Noon
Events include a soccer tournament named “Victoria Euro Cup” with participation of the local soccer teams consisting of players from Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Italy and Scotland. This unique concept of grouping players based on their ethnic backgrounds and/or countries of origin, will create an exciting atmosphere that provides a platform for people throughout the community to express their ethnic pride. There will also be Serbian food and Balkan music to enjoy.
Victoria International Six-a-Side Cricket
Victoria & District Cricket Association
August 4 – 11, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Beacon Hill Park
Teams from around the world are on display at Beacon Hill Park playing a fast-paced version of cricket. With only six players per team (the usual is 11), teams from Australia, New Zealand, England, the United States and Victoria will produce spectacular action in matches that last a little over an hour. Come and enjoy a Victoria tradition of cricket in Beacon Hill Park.
James Bay Market Celebrates Victoria's 150th Anniversary
James Bay Community Market
August 4, 11, 18 and 25
James Bay Community Market (Corner of Menzies and Superior Streets)
James Bay Community Market is located outdoors in the heart of Victoria's historic James Bay neighbourhood. The market runs from May through October and features a great selection of handmade, homemade, and homegrown products and produce. Live music and local cultural events are held throughout the market season. Stop and explore the eclectic variety of local vendors, artisans, food, farmers, and musicians. Stroll the streets of one of Victoria's oldest neighbourhoods to see the beautifully preserved and restored architecture for over 100 of the City's oldest homes and historic buildings. We're only a two-minute walk from Victoria's Inner Harbour.
* 150th Anniversary Original Composition of Music
for Symphony Splash
Victoria Symphony
August 5
Victoria Inner Harbour
Harmonious Interest is a work by composer Chan Ka Nin and celebrates the spirits of the Gate of Harmonious Interest in Victoria. It represents "To work together with one heart and to help each other achieve harmony."
* 150th Anniversary Composition by Tobin Stokes
Victoria Symphony
August 5
Victoria Inner Harbour
This Inner Harbour Overture composed by Tobin Stokes uses the sounds of Victoria's iconic Inner Harbour including the Coho's horn.
* City United! Anniversary Celebration and Concert
City of Victoria
August 6, Noon – 9 p.m.
St. Ann's Academy Historic Site, 835 Broughton Street and Beacon Hill Park, Cameron Bandstand
To celebrate the City of Victoria's 150th and the United Way of Greater Victoria's 75th anniversaries, the City of Victoria and United Way are teaming up to present the City United! Anniversary Celebration and Concert. Spend the afternoon on the grounds of historical St. Ann's Academy and enjoy interactive, creative excitement for the whole 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" will headline a free concert at the Cameron Bandshell starting at 7 p.m., featuring their unique blend of blues, roots rock and hip hop. City United! is presented in association with the Provincial Capital Commission.
Raven Baroque at St. Ann's Academy Chapel
Raven Baroque
August 9, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site, 835 Humboldt Street
Hits from 1600-1750 are played by 12 musicians in period costume. Enjoy Vivaldi, Bach, Corelli in a free concert in the historic beautiful chapel of St. Ann's Academy.
Raven Baroque Summer Celebration
Raven Baroque
August 11, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Avenue
Listen to a morning concert of classical hits from the 1600s on the south lawn at Christ Church Cathedral. Bring a blanket or chair.
Raven Baroque at Market Square
Raven Baroque
August 12, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Market Square
Take in a sheltered, outdoor concert at the historic Market Square courtyard listening to Baroque hits from the 1600s performed by 12 musicians in period costume.
Musical Bouquets for Emily
Emily Carr String Quartet
August 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Emily Carr House, 207 Government Street
Experience this classical chamber music concert series at Emily Carr House. The Emily Carr String Quartet will perform in the intimate setting of this historic house. The concerts will feature a wide variety of music and readings from Emily Carr's journals.
Chinatown Night Market - "The Night of the Sevens"
Victoria Chinese Commerce Association
August 22, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Victoria Chinatown
The “Night of the Sevens” is the theme of the third Night Market. This is the Chinese version of Valentine's Day a day for lover's and best friends. The festival has its origin in Chinese folklore dating back more than 1,500 years. The legend features a weaver maid (with six older sisters), who led a lonely life working at her loom throughout the year. Her father, the Heavenly Emperor, felt sorry for her and allowed her to marry a cowherd from across the Milky Way. During this Market, couples and families will be able to create and display their Chinese Valentines.
Aladdin: The Secret Voyage
Story Theatre Company
August 23 - September 1, 11 a.m.
Metro Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street
This production is a magical retelling of the traditional stories from "Arabian Nights", including a magic carpet, an enchanted island and a wonderful sea voyage.
The Great Beanstalk Conspiracy
Story Theatre Company
August 23 - September 1, 11 a.m.
Metro Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street
This production is a modern twist on "Jack and the Beanstalk", taking our hero on an adventure to where the giant is hoarding air, water and the ability to produce power. Surely the giant can learn to share?
History in Layers
Alison Bigg
August, 24 hours a day
Lower Johnson, Various Locations
A visual art display involving microphotography of iconic local landscapes created by local artist Alison Bigg. Surfaces around Lower Johnson Street vividly recount their history through the language of tiny details: overlapping layers of paint, dirt, glass, metal, masonry, wooden or clay bricks, moss and graffiti; the contrast of stark modern colours against the subdued and tactile textures of the old. Captured in a series of back-lit 24” x 36” transparencies, and displayed in store-fronts around this area, startling close-ups of fragments of surfaces suggest tales of time whose scope is limited only by the viewer's imagination.
Mad Mayor's Tea Party: An Animated Short
Victoria College of Art
Location TBA
Look for the launch of this original animated short film created by the faculty and students of the Victoria College of Arts. "High Times at the Empress" is a look at what happens when visionary former mayors are invited to High Tea for the 150th anniversary of the Capital City. In the ensuing shenanigans, stories are shared, comical encounters between old rivals and associates resumed and resolved, key events and accomplishments illustrated, and the question -- who exactly is hosting this thing? -- is finally resolved. Watch for details on the release of this fun and irreverent look at Victoria, with a special showing that includes a red carpet event featuring costumed performers from Theatre SKAM.