Monday, December 11, 2017

What’s Going On: June 14 to July 11, 2017

June 14, 2017 by Adam Boyle, staff writer

Saturday, June 17 until Monday, September 4
Cumberland before WWII
Mirror with Memory, an exhibit that showcases what life was like before the Second World War in the central Vancouver Island community of Cumberland, is on at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria until September 4. The photos and documents in the exhibit showcase some very real history of the lives of Japanese-Canadians living on the island. Check out for more info.

Saturday, June 17
Returning to the backyard
After a recent sold-out screening of Dazed and Confused, Phillips Brewery is presenting round two of their Under the Maltworks event, this time with a screening of classic rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. Each ticket includes admission, a beer ticket, and a surprise. Visit for more info and tickets.

Saturday, June 17
Helping the orcas
Volunteers are needed to help out with Orca Awareness Month. Volunteers will help organize and run events raising awareness about the local killer whale population. If you’re interested in volunteering, head over to

Sunday, June 18
Time with family
Family Sunday is an event hosted at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria aimed at bringing families together; it will include, among other activities, painting, crafts, and programming. Family Sunday runs from 2 to 4 pm and is included in gallery admission, which $13 for adults and $2.50 for youth. Check out for more info.

Sunday, June 18
A day without cars
Car Free YYJ is returning on Sunday, June 18. As the name implies, a section of Victoria will be without cars for a day. This year, Douglas Street will be a car-free zone filled with people walking around, checking out booths and stalls, and enjoying live music. Admission is free; head over to for more info.

Wednesday, June 21 until Saturday, July 1
150 years of Canada
In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the City of Victoria is hosting multiple events across 11 days to help celebrate our history as a nation. There are events for anyone and everyone, so, for more information about what might float your boat, visit (and see our interview with headliners Arkells on page 8).

Friday, June 23 until Sunday, July 2
Marley hits JazzFest
JazzFest is back, with a huge lineup of shows—some free, some ticketed—at various venues. From Ziggy Marley to Mavis Staples, there’s something for a lot of people here. Tickets range in price and can be bought at Check out for the schedule of shows.

Thursday, June 29 until Saturday, July 22
In flux with multimedia
Flux Studios will be showcasing artist Trace Nelson’s multimedia works at their studio. Included in the exhibit will be video installations and sculptures built with materials that are all associated with the concept of home. The sculptures are set to reassemble furniture items in and around the house; Nelson also uses some video animation to create what are being termed as “hybrid objects.” Check out for more information.

Australian dance group Beat the Streets are coming to town in July (photo provided).

Saturday, July 8
It’s barbecue season
The Cook Street Village Activity Centre is hosting a community barbecue this summer. Included in the event is everything from live music to raffles to a kids’ corner. The food will be cooked to order by municipal, provincial, and federal politicians. See for more information.

Tuesday, July 11 until Sunday, July 16
Beat the heat and the streets
Australian dance group Beat the Streets are performing at the Downtown Victoria Busker Festival as a headliner this year. With multiple A-list celebrity performances to their names, the dance troupe is sure to be one to watch on the streets of our city. Admission is free; for more details on the festival, check out

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