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Eat Your Gluten Free Heart Out at Victoria’s Origin Bakery

Eat Your Gluten Free Heart Out at Victoria’s Origin Bakery

If I had to say one thing about Origin Gluten Free Bakery in Stadacona Centre in Victoria it would be this: Origin will immortalize sourdough like Proust immortalized the madeleine. My gluten intolerant friends, prepare to be flooded with memories of a doughy, flavourful past one slice at a time with this rare celiac-friendly delicacy. ... Read More
Channel Your Inner Picasso in Oaklands

Channel Your Inner Picasso in Oaklands

In the heart of Oaklands, a former hair salon has transformed into a community art space that is taking this emerging neighbourhood’s cool quotient to another level. Opening this weekend, Poppet Creative offers adults and children alike the chance to channel their inner Picasso with dozens of monthly classes including jewellery making, pottery, watercolour painting, photography – ... 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
Three Classic Victoria Christmas Outings

Three Classic Victoria Christmas Outings

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m not huge on Christmas. My general strategy is to avoid the hustle-bustle as much as possible in favour of finding quieter, simpler ways to get into the festive spirit. Thankfully, last weekend The Vic Life was invited to attend a Tourism Victoria Instagram tour that showcased some really fun, non-anxiety-inducing ... Read More
Countdown to Couture Event: December 10

Countdown to Couture Event: December 10

How’s this for the stuff dreams are made of? An evening shopping extravaganza featuring brand name and designer clothing and accessories, hors d’oeuvres and incredible door prizes, all to benefit an amazing local cause. Trust us, you won’t want to miss Victoria Women in Need Community Cooperative’s (WIN) Countdown to Couture event, December 10 from ... Read More
Get Your Zen on At Float House Victoria (Bonus: Win a Free Float!)

Get Your Zen on At Float House Victoria (Bonus: Win a Free Float!)

When I arrive at Float House Victoria in Chinatown, I’m pleasantly surprised that it isn’t one of those patchouli-scented hippie dens, which Victoria has so many of. Nope, this place is positively chic — polished concrete floors, a ten-foot high tropical plant wall, a cozy window seat and cushy beanbag chairs. It’s a Friday night ... Read More
Paper Street Theatre Co. is Killin’ Christmas

Paper Street Theatre Co. is Killin’ Christmas

It may be the season of sparkly lights and scented firs, but let’s face it: Christmas can also set the stage for family tiffs and botched traditions. Now, it’s downright lethal. Scrappy Victoria-based improv company Paper Street Theatre Co. is set to unleash its Lethal Christmas: An Improvised Action Movie at Intrepid Theatre Club Dec. ... Read More