Arts and culture

The winners of Saanich’s 2022 Arts, Culture and Heritage awards gather with Mayor Fred Haynes in front of municipal hall. They received certificates of recognition Aug. 8 in the council chambers. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Saanich Arts, Culture and Heritage award winners honoured by municipality

Community volunteers, non-profit group recognized for exceptional contributions

 

The action on the water is the main focus, but there are plenty of other entertainment options available for attendees of the first ever Vancouver Island International Dragon Boat Festival Aug. 6 and 7 on the Gorge Waterway between the Bay Street bridge and Selkirk trestle bridge. (Photo courtesy V.I. International Dragon Boat Festival)

On the water and off, Island dragon boat festival offers something for everyone

Victoria event features competitive challenges, food and entertainment options Aug. 6 and 7

 

Arts and Music in the Gardens takes over the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific in Saanich on Aug. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Courtesy of Horticulture Centre of the Pacific)

Arts and Music in the Gardens returning to HCP in Saanich

Horticulture centre hosting family-friendly festival for a 26th year, Aug. 6 and 7

 

“Freighter at a Wharf, Crofton B.C.” (1980), a 24-by-36-inch oil on canvas by E.J. Hughes, at Madrona Gallery.

At the Galleries: Enjoy Canada’s wilderness through the eyes of painters, carvers, jewellers

Victoria galleries host a refreshing display of wilderness works this summer with…

  • Aug 1, 2022
“Freighter at a Wharf, Crofton B.C.” (1980), a 24-by-36-inch oil on canvas by E.J. Hughes, at Madrona Gallery.
Organizers Zaheera Jinnah (left) and Asiyah Robinson (right) in front of a display near the entrance to Saanich Municipal Hall. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Islamic art exhibition opens at Saanich Municipal Hall

Al-Fatiha exhibition brings modern spin to centuries-old traditions

Organizers Zaheera Jinnah (left) and Asiyah Robinson (right) in front of a display near the entrance to Saanich Municipal Hall. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Visitors enjoy some of the artwork on display Saturday during Arts and Culture Colwood Society’s summer art show, held at Meadow Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Colwood park filled with art for summer show

Arts and Culture Colwood Society holds its first summer art show

Visitors enjoy some of the artwork on display Saturday during Arts and Culture Colwood Society’s summer art show, held at Meadow Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Atomic Vaudeville, producer of The Batshits, was among the recipients of a CRD arts and culture operating grant in 2021. (Photo by Pedro M. Siqueira/Atomic Vaudeville)

Arts funding in the CRD provides multiple benefits

2021 progress report offers insights into the impact for artists, community

Atomic Vaudeville, producer of The Batshits, was among the recipients of a CRD arts and culture operating grant in 2021. (Photo by Pedro M. Siqueira/Atomic Vaudeville)
Picture of the Vancouver art gallery from 2014. (Kay Yamagishi/Flickr)

Sustainability and world class art to meet in new Vancouver Art Gallery building

Federal government kicks in $29 million to help fund ‘passive house’ arts centre in downtown Vancouver

Picture of the Vancouver art gallery from 2014. (Kay Yamagishi/Flickr)
Harrison Firefighter Fred Webber smiles as he holds copies of the two Chicken Soup for the Soul books that contain his story. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Harrison firefighter publishes story in 2 ‘Chicken Soup’ books

Fred Webber fulfilled his firefighting dream in his mid 50s

Harrison Firefighter Fred Webber smiles as he holds copies of the two Chicken Soup for the Soul books that contain his story. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Dancers with the Luna Ukrainian Ensemble put on a colourful floral performance at Folktoria on Saturday (June 4) in Centennial Square. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Folktoria brings multicultural experience to downtown Victoria

Free festival in person for first time in 3 years, continues Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dancers with the Luna Ukrainian Ensemble put on a colourful floral performance at Folktoria on Saturday (June 4) in Centennial Square. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The mural is one of four being erected across the country which joined together will contain the phrase “True North (and) Strong Free.” (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: New Langford mosaic mural represents ‘True North’

Global Roots has put other murals in the Prairies, Ontario/Quebec and Atlantic Canada

The mural is one of four being erected across the country which joined together will contain the phrase “True North (and) Strong Free.” (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Raymond Tony Charlie and his wife Lorraine hold a copy of Charlie's book about the abuse he experienced at residential school, his recovery, and the scars that remain. (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island residential school survivor publishes account of abuse and recovery

Penelakut elder Raymond Tony Charlie writes In the Shadow of the Red Brick Building

  • May 29, 2022
Raymond Tony Charlie and his wife Lorraine hold a copy of Charlie's book about the abuse he experienced at residential school, his recovery, and the scars that remain. (Submitted photo)
The Islands Folk Festival will be back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
The Islands Folk Festival will be back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
Funding eligibility, space and decision-making power were listed as barriers to arts service access in a 2021 report. (Courtesy of Intrepid Theatre)

CRD Arts and Culture Service implements equity lens to operations, budget

Recommendations in 2021 report aim to remove systemic barriers to arts supports

Funding eligibility, space and decision-making power were listed as barriers to arts service access in a 2021 report. (Courtesy of Intrepid Theatre)
The 39 Steps with Aidan deSalaiz, Felix LeBlanc, Caitlin Driscoll and Alexandra Brynn is on stage at the Chemainus Theatre April 22-May 22. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Review: Fast-paced Chemainus Theatre show just plain funny

The 39 Steps will have you guffawing at regular intervals

The 39 Steps with Aidan deSalaiz, Felix LeBlanc, Caitlin Driscoll and Alexandra Brynn is on stage at the Chemainus Theatre April 22-May 22. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria announces seasoned veteran as its new director

Nancy Noble will take the reins as gallery continues plan to move downtown

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Clare Winstanley is a member of the Sooke Writer’s Collective, which hosts an event celebrating the release of Where We Reside at the Sooke Region Museum Pavilion on May 7. (Contributed - AMGray Studios)

Sooke poetry group releases local works

Launch event takes place May 7

Clare Winstanley is a member of the Sooke Writer’s Collective, which hosts an event celebrating the release of Where We Reside at the Sooke Region Museum Pavilion on May 7. (Contributed - AMGray Studios)
Renowned Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood speaks after Canada Post unveiling of a special stamp in her honour in Toronto on Nov. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

QUIZ: How much do you know about poems and poetry?

April is National Poetry Month in Canada

Renowned Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood speaks after Canada Post unveiling of a special stamp in her honour in Toronto on Nov. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
The Strathcona Mounted Troop performs in Victoria at the Highland Games May 21 and 22, as well as the Victoria Day Parade on May 23. (Courtesy of Victoria Highland Games Association)

Highland Games calls in the calvalry for spring return to Victoria park

Scottish, Celtic games, music, traditions and food hit Topaz May 21 and 22

The Strathcona Mounted Troop performs in Victoria at the Highland Games May 21 and 22, as well as the Victoria Day Parade on May 23. (Courtesy of Victoria Highland Games Association)
Laura Davis, president of the Arts and Culture Colwood Society, said the group’s first year was a success, including the installation of this Emily Carr interpretive sign near Royal Bay. Members and staff are looking forward to another year of bringing the community together through art. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Arts and Culture Colwood Society bringing community together through the arts

Group is back for a second year offering classes, art shows and performances

Laura Davis, president of the Arts and Culture Colwood Society, said the group’s first year was a success, including the installation of this Emily Carr interpretive sign near Royal Bay. Members and staff are looking forward to another year of bringing the community together through art. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)