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The opening day of the Sooke Fine Arts Show drew an appreciative crowd of art lovers and onlookers. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)

PHOTOS: Sooke Fine Arts Show draws a crowd on opening day

Art show at SEAPARC Leisure Complex runs until Aug. 1

The opening day of the Sooke Fine Arts Show drew an appreciative crowd of art lovers and onlookers. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
The Blue Ridge theatre in Quadra Village now has a bright and colourful new mural thanks to artist Tasha Diamant. (Courtesy of Tasha Diamant)

Victoria’s Blue Bridge Theatre spruced up with new mural

Artist Tasha Diamant wanted to show the theatre in turbulent times

The Blue Ridge theatre in Quadra Village now has a bright and colourful new mural thanks to artist Tasha Diamant. (Courtesy of Tasha Diamant)
Freeze Frame, from left, Steve Moyer, Paul McLellan, Lisa McLellan and Steve Hansen perform at a Saanich Music in the Park event in 2019. The band performs this Thursday (July 21) at Willows Park. (Courtesy of Lisa McLellan)

Greater Victoria band checkers Willows stage with timeless hits July 21

Freeze Frame, on stage July 21, fuses friendship with a love for ’80s music

Freeze Frame, from left, Steve Moyer, Paul McLellan, Lisa McLellan and Steve Hansen perform at a Saanich Music in the Park event in 2019. The band performs this Thursday (July 21) at Willows Park. (Courtesy of Lisa McLellan)
Comic Bert Kreischer is coming to Victoria on Sept. 8 for a performance at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. (Courtesy Bert Kreischer/Twitter)

Bert Kreischer bringing comedy show to Victoria this fall

Tickets on sale now for Sept. 8 show at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Comic Bert Kreischer is coming to Victoria on Sept. 8 for a performance at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. (Courtesy Bert Kreischer/Twitter)
In addition to exhibiting his work, Sooke resident Duobaitis has worked as a volunteer to set up the Sooke Fine Arts Show. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)

Longtime volunteer exhibits dedication to Sooke Fine Arts Show

Sooke Fine Arts Show runs July 22 to Aug. 1 at SEAPARC Leisure Complex

In addition to exhibiting his work, Sooke resident Duobaitis has worked as a volunteer to set up the Sooke Fine Arts Show. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
Elyott Ryan performs in front of a packed house at Beacon Comedy Night. (Darren Millar/contributed to Peninsula News Review)

Stand-up comedy is making a comeback in Sidney

Beacon Brewing will be hosting its eighth Beacon Comedy Night Thur. July 14

Elyott Ryan performs in front of a packed house at Beacon Comedy Night. (Darren Millar/contributed to Peninsula News Review)
Kai Choufour’s work known as Newtopia shown here was selected by the City of Victoria for the Commercial Alley Outdoor Art Gallery’s fifth installation in 2017-2018. (Courtesy of the City of Victoria)

Victoria looks to showcase artwork at downtown outdoor gallery

City searches for artist or art team to fill the Commercial Alley Outdoor Art Gallery

Kai Choufour’s work known as Newtopia shown here was selected by the City of Victoria for the Commercial Alley Outdoor Art Gallery’s fifth installation in 2017-2018. (Courtesy of the City of Victoria)
Victoria’s own Astrocolor are the final band announced for the Eats and Beats Beach Party lineup in Colwood, which features Juno Award winners Said the Whale as headliners July 30. (Courtesy of Astrocolor)

Astrocolor completes lineup for Colwood’s Eats and Beats Beach Party

Juno winners Said the Whale headline 5-band show July 30 at Esquimalt Lagoon

Victoria’s own Astrocolor are the final band announced for the Eats and Beats Beach Party lineup in Colwood, which features Juno Award winners Said the Whale as headliners July 30. (Courtesy of Astrocolor)
Singer Maggie Martin has taken social media by storm with more than 3.5 million likes on TikTok. Her latest release Never Blue has been picked up by Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. (Contributed - Maggie Martin)

West Shore singer Maggie Martin racks up 3.5 million likes on TikTok

Langford resident didn’t let the grass grow under her feet during pandemic

Singer Maggie Martin has taken social media by storm with more than 3.5 million likes on TikTok. Her latest release Never Blue has been picked up by Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. (Contributed - Maggie Martin)
The Sooke Fine Arts Show runs from July 22 to Aug. 1 at SEAPARC Leisure Complex, with a special Purchasers’ Preview Night event on July 21. (Contributed - SFAS)

Sooke Fine Arts Show returns to in-person exhibition after two-year hiatus

Event runs from July 22 to Aug. 1 at SEAPARC Leisure Complex

The Sooke Fine Arts Show runs from July 22 to Aug. 1 at SEAPARC Leisure Complex, with a special Purchasers’ Preview Night event on July 21. (Contributed - SFAS)
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is in Victoria at the Starry Night Pavilion opens at Bayview Place on Oct. 14. (Courtesy Taro PR)

At the Galleries: Explore a variety of mediums and artists this summer in Victoria

Bateman Foundation offers a peek into the artist’s life

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Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is in Victoria at the Starry Night Pavilion opens at Bayview Place on Oct. 14. (Courtesy Taro PR)
TEALIYE (Brianna Bear) welcomes the audience as a concert-goer powers the mic during a previous Creekside Concert. (Photo by Karissa Chandrakate)

Pedal-powered events bring poets, music to Oak Bay, Saanich and Victoria

‘The performers are very literally feeding off the energy of the crowd’

TEALIYE (Brianna Bear) welcomes the audience as a concert-goer powers the mic during a previous Creekside Concert. (Photo by Karissa Chandrakate)
Members of Raven Baroque gather atop the reservoir on Mount Tolmie, where they’ll perform July 1 in the first of a series of free period music concerts around the region this summer. (Courtesy Raven Baroque)

Canada Day classical concert hits the heights in Saanich

July 1 Raven Baroque performance on Mount Tolmie opens summer celebrations series

Members of Raven Baroque gather atop the reservoir on Mount Tolmie, where they’ll perform July 1 in the first of a series of free period music concerts around the region this summer. (Courtesy Raven Baroque)
Soul Shakers lead singer Joyce Allensen hits a high note while performing with guitarist Sean McCool at Willows Park in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Soul Shakers bring the boogie back to Oak Bay park

Summer concert series kicks off June 29 at Willows Beach Park

Soul Shakers lead singer Joyce Allensen hits a high note while performing with guitarist Sean McCool at Willows Park in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Artist Andrea Fritz explains Natural Connection – and how the four panels of wood each representing its own ecosystem – to a passerby during installation of the artwork on Cadboro Bay Road. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Artist Andrea Fritz explains Natural Connection – and how the four panels of wood each representing its own ecosystem – to a passerby during installation of the artwork on Cadboro Bay Road. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Vancouver indie rockers Said the Whale are set to headline Colwood’s Eats and Beats Beach Party on July 30. (Courtesy of Said the Whale/Facebook)

Said the Whale to headline Colwood’s Eats and Beats Beach Party

The event, set for July 30, brings thousands to the Esquimalt Lagoon each year

Vancouver indie rockers Said the Whale are set to headline Colwood’s Eats and Beats Beach Party on July 30. (Courtesy of Said the Whale/Facebook)
Screenshot from The Ground That Mends, a stop-motion video from University of Victoria fine arts PhD alumna Connie Michele Morey, featured in Still Standing: Ancient Forest Futures, opening June 25 at UVic’s Legacy Art Gallery at Yates and Broad streets. (Connie Michele Morey/Courtesy UVic)

Power of the forest comes through in new UVic gallery exhibition

Still Standing: Ancient Forest Futures opens June 25 at Legacy Downtown gallery

Screenshot from The Ground That Mends, a stop-motion video from University of Victoria fine arts PhD alumna Connie Michele Morey, featured in Still Standing: Ancient Forest Futures, opening June 25 at UVic’s Legacy Art Gallery at Yates and Broad streets. (Connie Michele Morey/Courtesy UVic)
Stephie Bright as Rosalind, and Aiden Guerreiro as Orlando, in As You Like It. (Courtesy of Lara Eichhorn/Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival)

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival performing on two stages this year

As You Like It will be performed at The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific and Esquimalt Gorge Park

Stephie Bright as Rosalind, and Aiden Guerreiro as Orlando, in As You Like It. (Courtesy of Lara Eichhorn/Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival)
Tickets for the 2022 Great Canadian Beer Fest are now on sale. The festival, pictured here in 2019, happens Sept. 9 and 10 at Royal Athletic Park. (Courtesy Victoria Beer Society)

Thirsty residents expected to lap up Victoria return of Great Canadian Beer Fest

Tickets on sale now for craft beer event, on Sept. 9 and 10 at Royal Athletic Park

Tickets for the 2022 Great Canadian Beer Fest are now on sale. The festival, pictured here in 2019, happens Sept. 9 and 10 at Royal Athletic Park. (Courtesy Victoria Beer Society)
Sidney-based Mountain Dream Productions staged two showings of ANASTASIA at Victoria’s Royal Theatre over the weekend, first in the evening of June 18, then in the afternoon of June 19. (Photo courtesy of Mountain Dream Productions)

Sidney-based production company dazzles audiences

Sidney-based Mountain Dream Productions staged two showings of ANASTASIA at Victoria’s Royal…

Sidney-based Mountain Dream Productions staged two showings of ANASTASIA at Victoria’s Royal Theatre over the weekend, first in the evening of June 18, then in the afternoon of June 19. (Photo courtesy of Mountain Dream Productions)
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