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What’s Going On: May 15 to June 11, 2019

May 15, 2019 by Kate Wood, staff writer

Until Sunday, October 27
Debris in the sea
The Maritime Museum of BC has a new exhibit, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, examining, you guessed it, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Covering twice the surface area of Texas, and made up of up to an estimated 3.6 trillion pieces of garbage, the patch is only one of several large collections of waste in our oceans.The exhibit teaches visitors about marine debris and suggests changes that people can make in their lives to improve the state of the oceans. Student tickets are $8, and the museum is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information visit, and see our full story next issue.

Tuesday, May 28 to Sunday, June 2
Oh, what a night
Tony- and Grammy-winning jukebox musical Jersey Boys will be at the Royal Theatre from May 28 to June 2. The play outlines the triumph and decline of 1960s rock and roll group The Four Seasons by telling the band’s story from the different perspectives of its four members. The Broadway production of Jersey Boys wrapped in 2017 and will no longer be touring as of this July. Tickets start at $114.75. For show times and more information visit

Friday, May 17
Actions speak louder
Resistance Rising Choir’s end-of-season concert, Spring Into Action, is being held on May 17 at the Dave Dunnet Theatre. The evening is a fundraiser in support of Xwaaqw’um Youth Camps for Indigenous youth on Salt Spring Island. The camp provides opportunities for Indigenous youth to learn about Hul’q’umi’num culture and teachings. Some of the funds will also help provide garden tools and native plants for Project Reclaim, empowering youth from the Tsartlip Nation. General admission tickets are $20 and are available at

Sunday, May 19
Have fun, and help someone
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall, located at 690 Courtney Street, is inviting the public to a Korean dinner and cultural celebration. The event is a fundraiser for the Kalmo Refugee Support Group, who are working to reunite Marwo Abdi, a Somali woman living in Victoria, with her family members who are living in a refugee camp in Uganda. Aside from socialization and entertainment, the night is a chance to learn about refugee issues and local Korean communities. Tickets are $30 for an adult, $25 for a teenager; for more information visit

Thursday, May 23 
Mantra meets the masses
Deva Premal and Miten are forefront in the movement of mantra chanting. They are coming to McPherson Playhouse on May 23 with Nepalese bansuri maestro Manose and their international band. The group has shared their transformational healing music at prisons, homeless shelters, and facilities for autistic children. The show is at 7:30 and tickets start at $44. For more information visit

Jenn Grant is coming to Victoria on Friday, May 24 (photo provided).

Thursday, May 23
The Allan Rayman show
Toronto singer/songwriter Allan Rayman is coming to the Capital Ballroom on May 23. After gaining a following from projects such as Harry Hard-On,Rayman has played sold-out headline tours in the United States and Canada and at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Osheaga. Tickets are $30, and the show is at 8 pm. For more information visit

Friday, May 24
Show, inevitable
Halifax-based singer/songwriter Jenn Grant is coming to the Capital Ballroom on May 24. Her new album, Love, Inevitable,reflects Grant’s intuitive writing style in its ethereal folk-pop qualities. The first single released for the album, “Raven,” shares ideas of independence and empowerment. The show is at 8 pm and tickets are $16.50. For more information visit

Sunday, May 26
The real deal
SonReal is coming to Capital Ballroom on May 26. The Vancouver rapper is making waves in the Canadian music scene. He received a 2014 Juno nomination, and his album The Closers with Canadian rapper/producer Rich Kidd debuted at #3 on iTunes Canada’s hip hop charts. Tickets are $25, or $80 for a meet-and-greet package. The show starts at 8 pm; for more information visit

Thursday, June 6
Hello, operator?
Operators is coming to Upstairs Cabaret on June 6. The Montreal-based band is the project of former Victoria resident, Cowichan-born Daniel Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), Devojka, and Sam Brown (Divine Fits, New Bomb Turks). Operators are touring their new album Radiant Dawn across North America. Tickets are $18.50, and doors are at 8 pm. For more information visit

Friday, June 7
Many types of metal
Progressive death metal band from Vancouver Neck of the Woods are coming to Lucky Bar on June 7. They will be joined by Edmonton modern death metallers Protosequence and local technical metalcore crew Tip the Scales. Protosequence is coming to Victoria as part of their Canadian tour, sharing their blend of face-melting modern and technical death metal in support of their two EPs, Biophagous and Schizophrene. Advance tickets are $12, and doors are at 7 pm. For more information visit

Tuesday, June 11
Thon’t thorget!
Thorgy Thor is coming to the Royal Theatre on June 11 with Thorgy and Thortet. With the help of a quartet of players, Thorgy will showcase her fusion of classical music and the art of drag. The Brooklyn artist has been exhibiting her musical skills and wit around the world since she appeared on season eight of RuPaul’s Drag Race and season three of All Stars. Tickets start at $40.50 and the show is at 8 pm. The show is all ages but viewer discretion is advised. For more information visit

Coming Soon:
June 24, Corey Hart, Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
August 21, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
November 16, Jim Jefferies, Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

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