If you have a talent and are between the ages of 12 and 18 you are invited to enter Teenfest Victoria.
The talent show is coming to the George Pearkes Recreation Centre next Saturday, Nov. 5. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Only the video finalists will be invited to perform at the event.
The deadline to enter the teen talent contest is 6 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 30). Upload a video showcasing your talent, or talents, onto YouTube and email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The winner receives a $250 prepaid Visa card and will have an opportunity to perform at a Victoria Grizzlies junior hockey game or at a Victoria HarbourCats baseball game next summer.
TeenFest is free for teens and their families. The event supports the development of young people achieving their full physical, intellectual and social potential by giving them opportunities to engage and interact with a variety of experiences. Talents include singing, dancing, music or crowd pleasers such as a magic show, comedy routine or even pet performances.
The Saturday event will also host skateboarding, a climbing wall, performances by local musicians and dancers, interactive sports and gaming activities, more than 60 booths, four different areas to explore (Life and Education, Cool Stuff, Fashion and Beauty and Health and Wellness), and more.
Full contest details at teenfest.ca/victoria/victorias-got-teen-talent.
Saanich company gets in the game
They call it OrcaJam, an event that brings together game developers, designers, programmers, artists, musicians, writers and anyone who loves games, all for a 48-hour game designing contest.
There are two ways to enjoy OrcaJam.
The first – for the experience – is to enter into the competition. Those spots are sold out, as eager contestants from across the region, including gamers based at Saanich’s Viatec, will spend much of the weekend at Fort Tectoria on Fort Street, from 6 p.m. Friday, until Sunday night.
The event also offers a Sunday evening exhibit, when members of the public are invited to stop in, play some games, and maybe even get some ideas for a game of their own.
The event is run by the Victoria chapter of the International Game Developers Association.
Library forgives fines for food
A non-perishable food donation will help eat up overdue fines at Greater Victoria Public Library branches next week.
The Food for Fines campaign runs Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at all local library branches, inviting library patrons to bring in non-perishable food items in exchange for GVPL forgiving up to $5 in fines. The two-day event culminates a month of celebrations at GVPL branches for B.C. Library Month.