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Love Fernwood Bites? Meet Fernwood Lights (Win tickets!)

Love Fernwood Bites? Meet Fernwood Lights (Win tickets!)

It’s no secret Fernwood Bites is one of Victoria’s standout events of the year: it’s a blissful mix of eats, drinks and hob nob in one of the city’s most cherished neighbourhoods. Our only gripe? Waiting the 12 long months until it rolls around again. Not anymore. It’s as if event organizer Fernwood NRG heard ... Read More
For Rent: Killer Costumes at Langham Court Theatre

For Rent: Killer Costumes at Langham Court Theatre

If you’re a fan of Victoria’s Langham Court Theatre Costume Loft, we’re about to blow your best-kept secret (know we’re torn about sharing, too). If it’s not on your radar, get ready to thank us. The loft is Langham’s epic one-stop costume rental shop that’s open to the public. In the run-up to Halloween, you ... Read More
Six Ways to Get Artsy in Victoria

Six Ways to Get Artsy in Victoria

Victoria has long been spoiled for talented artists, creators, and makers. Now a new creative class is adding to the artsy quotient and upping the city’s game. Here are six ways to better your Victoria ‘AQ.’ 1) Trounce Alley Gallery is a new addition to the historic downtown laneway that shares its name. Small and vibrant, ... Read More
17 of Victoria’s Finest Freebies

17 of Victoria’s Finest Freebies

Take even a casual look around and you’ll find a slew of gratis events and ‘first-time free’ experiences up for grabs in Victoria. Here are 17 ways to eat, sip, learn and play without taxing your plastic.
Saltchuck Pie Company Is Nicer Than Pie

Saltchuck Pie Company Is Nicer Than Pie

It’s lunchtime and the Saltchuck Pie Company in Rock Bay is bustling. The simple décor — retro signage, Formica tables, bright orange floor — and the sunlight streaming in makes for a cheerful, beachy vibe. It’s the right tone for a spot serving up Kiwi/Aussie-style savoury pies of the sort that take pride of place ... Read More
UVic’s Ideafest: 50 Ways to Challenge Your Thinking In Six Days

UVic’s Ideafest: 50 Ways to Challenge Your Thinking In Six Days

The University of Victoria is set to throw open its doors for Ideafest (March 7-12), the annual festival showcasing campus research, art and innovation. It’s not just for academics; the public is welcome at all 50 events on this year’s roster. And get this: They’re. All. Free. Before you think ho-hum microscopes and petri dishes, ... Read More
Coeur de Pirate at Alix Goolden Hall

Coeur de Pirate at Alix Goolden Hall

Lucky you if you’re a ticket holder for the sold out Coeur de Pirate show at Alix Goolden Performance Hall (Atomique Productions) on Feb. 19 — you’re in for a treat. I first heard about Montreal-born indie songstress and pianist Béatrice Martin (aka Coeur de Pirate) when I was living in Ontario. She was 18 ... Read More
A Date with Downton at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel

A Date with Downton at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel

I arrive to Victoria’s venerable Oak Bay Beach Hotel wearing a ‘20’s-inspired gold gown, elaborate headband and a long-dead fur (all borrowed from the stellar Langham Court Theatre Costume Loft). I have to admit I’m feeling a little Oscar-y, even if I keep catching one heel in the hem of my dress. I’m at the ... Read More
THREE UNEXPECTED WAYS TO TOAST NYE IN VICTORIA

THREE UNEXPECTED WAYS TO TOAST NYE IN VICTORIA

We think of it as the calm after the storm before the storm: a break in the action to power-digest all of that pastry, chocolate and Baileys before the next round of festivities hits. It’s just enough time to eat a salad and plan your next move. With a gazillion (yes, it’s a Scrabble word ... Read More