In September 2012, the City and the community presented the following Victoria 150 events.
Burnside Gorge Community Association
September 8, Noon – 3 p.m.
Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Road
Celebrate history in Burnside Gorge, one of Victoria's oldest neighbourhoods. Enjoy a heritage-themed barbecue and guided walking tours of 100-year old+ dwellings in the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood. Learn about the families and households of our community in 1911 and celebrate our history.
Rockland Neighbourhood Association
September 8, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Rockland, Various Locations
Celebrate the City of Victoria's 150th anniversary in one of the City's most historically significant neighbourhoods. Activities include Langham Court Theatre's 150 Years of Fashion, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's Open House, a book launch and a historical display. Enjoy Craigdarroch Castle's kids' events, a Hallmark Society historical architectural display, self-guided architectural walks, a Vintage Car Club of Victoria display and music on the lawn of Government House.
September 9, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Victoria High School Plaza
The Fifth Annual Vining Street Block Party celebrates the vibrant community of Fernwood in Victoria and honours the City of Victoria's 150th anniversary. Festivities include live music, a community barbeque, children's activities, heritage appreciation activities and more.
Victoria Chinese Commerce Association
September 12, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The theme of the summer's final Night Market is the “Autumn Moon Lantern Festival.” Victoria's Chinatown will be ablaze with lanterns hung for this enchanting festival. Visit their website to get details about entering their Lantern Making Contest or just come to the market and visit the lantern craft table to create a lantern to hang in the public lantern display area. Look for the ever-popular Chinese moon cakes to be prominent at this festival.
Pandora Arts Collective
September 13, 20 and 27, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fernwood Community Association, 1923 Fernwood Road
Join Pandora Arts Collective for a three-part series of workshops on “Discovering Victoria.” Each will be a visual inquiry -- searching and researching your own Victorian experiences and creating visible responses. Their skilled art educators offer a stimulating, fun, and gentle art time for all levels. Register for one or more workshops by September 6. Suggested $5 donation at the door.
James Bay Community School, Community Project and New Horizons
September 15, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
James Bay Community School, 140 Oswego Street
James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies Street
James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan Street
Join family and friends for a vibrant community celebration with 150th anniversary flavour. The day begins with a community breakfast at the community school and progresses with a wide range of activities throughout the neighbourhood. James Bay's rich history takes centre stage, focusing on community development, health, education, recreation and sport.
Campaign to Establish a Department of Peace
September 21, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Victoria City Hall Antechamber
In recognition of the UN International Day of Peace and Global Ceasefire, Victoria celebrates this day with millions of people world-wide. There will be inspiring messages from young people and seniors, and songs performed by the very popular Gettin' Higher Choir.
Uminari Taiko Ensemble
September 29, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site, 835 Humboldt Street
Join us at the St. Ann's Academy auditorium for an evening of Japanese cultural entertainment featuring the dynamic sounds of Uminari Taiko, Vancouver Island's premier Japanese drumming ensemble. This concert celebrates the City of Victoria's 150th anniversary, Uminari Taiko's 10th anniversary and Victoria's Twin City relationship with Morioka, Japan. In addition to Taiko, the concert will also include Japanese folk dancing (odori) by the award-winning Furusato Dancers, beautiful koto (Japanese harp) music by recording artist Satomi Edwards and traditional Japanese folksinging (minyo) by Rina El-Nahas. Admission is $7 in advance; $10 at the door.
Victoria Historical Society
September 29 and 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Oddfellows Hall, 1315 Douglas Street
Historians present a range of fascinating talks on the subject of Victoria in 1862. Subjects include "First Nations," "Arrivals in 1862," "The Chinese Presence," "Policing in 1862," "Bridges & Transportation," "Breweries & Saloons," "The Effects of the Civil War on Victoria," "Buildings from 1862" (a talk and tour), as well as a tour of Ross Bay Cemetery. Registration is required. Lunch is included and a historically themed breakfast is planned.
Other Guys Theatre
September 29 and 30, 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Fairmont Empress Hotel, Crystal Ballroom, 721 Government Street
Other Guys Theatre proudly presents acclaimed tenor Richard Margison in a concert performance of Tobin Stokes' new chamber opera, Rattenbury, based on the true story of Victoria's famous architect. Well known for his grand Parliament Buildings and Empress Hotel, Rattenbury's tumultuous life story is truly operatic in proportion. His incredible ambition and misfortunes include his connection to the sinking of the Titanic and his role in the gold rush, and his sordid fall from grace resulting in the murder of one, suicide of another and death sentence for yet another. Concert performances will be presented under the baton of Maestro Arthur Arnold, Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony.
Old Cemeteries Society
September 30, 2 p.m.
Meet at Oregano's at Fairfield Plaza
This tour coincides with the anniversary symposium. A team of storytellers and actors will provide glimpses of the life and times in Victoria around 1862.
Fairfield Gonzales Community Association
Fairfield Gonzales Community Place, 1330 Fairfield Road
This community celebration and community-engaged art practice recognizes and celebrates Victoria's 150th anniversary of incorporation.
Rosie Bitts and Sarah Smith
September and October
Downtown Victoria, www.facebook.com/ghostsoftheplaza
Windy Autumn nights give way to haunting tales of a historic hotel and its chequered past. Join a cast of vibrant artists, performers and musicians, as they bring the Speakeasy Spirits and troubled Ghosts of the Plaza to life! Since 1910, the building standing at 1415 Government has elicited moments of both the grandeur and the grotesque; this production is not for the faint of heart. True stories of suicide, suspense, and the supernatural are told alongside the narrative of an eclectic hotel and its numerous reinventions. Dress warm and be prepared to be both spooked and spellbound.