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Westshore Community Concert Band performing on Canada Day in 2015. Registration for the new season will take place Sept. 6 in the lower parking lot at The Forge Church in Colwood. (Contributed by Mike Dominy)

Westshore Community Concert Band celebrates 20 years of music

The orchestra brings local musicians together to perform at nearby community events

Nancy Walt will be showing her art at the Persimmon Drive location. (Courtesy of Nancy Walt)

Scattered Artists’ summer home studio tour returns to Saanich

19th annual art tour features 22 artists, five venues within biking distance

Colwood’s Juan de Fuca branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library is the latest location in the region to be featured in a Netflix original production, appearing in Rescued by Ruby earlier this year. (Greater Victoria Public Library/Facebook)

Colwood library added to growing list of Netflix filming locations

Three original Netflix productions have now been filmed in Greater Victoria

Metamorphosis by Peter Vogelaar stands on Oak Bay Avenue near Hampshire. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Metamorphosis by Peter Vogelaar stands on Oak Bay Avenue near Hampshire. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Victoria Guitar Society presents classical guitarist Jacob Cordover on Aug. 13 in the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall at UVic. (Courtesy Victoria Guitar Society)

Performer brings jazz, pop, contemporary guitar to University of Victoria stage

Jacob Cardover performs Aug. 13 in the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall

The Victoria Guitar Society presents classical guitarist Jacob Cordover on Aug. 13 in the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall at UVic. (Courtesy Victoria Guitar Society)
Drummers perform during the traditional eye dotting ceremony to start the annual Victoria Dragon Boat Festival at Ship Point in 2016. The event returns to the Inner Harbour this weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

Dragons, dogs and intriguing rocks on tap for Greater Victoria audiences

Trio of events offer culture, fun, entertainment and, of course, food

  • Aug 12, 2022
Drummers perform during the traditional eye dotting ceremony to start the annual Victoria Dragon Boat Festival at Ship Point in 2016. The event returns to the Inner Harbour this weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
This 1966 replica Ford Shelby Cobra is one of more than 40 cars that will be part of the Victoria Sports and Import Car Show on Aug. 13. (Photo courtesy of John Rogers)
This 1966 replica Ford Shelby Cobra is one of more than 40 cars that will be part of the Victoria Sports and Import Car Show on Aug. 13. (Photo courtesy of John Rogers)
Sober Fest is coming to the South Vancouver Island Rangers’ property in Langford later this month. (Black Press Media File)

New festival coming to Langford sells out within days

Sober Fest is focused on providing a safe space while raising funds for those living with addiction

Sober Fest is coming to the South Vancouver Island Rangers’ property in Langford later this month. (Black Press Media File)
Triple Threat Performers brings the iconic musical Grease to Brentwood’s Pioneer Park over two weekends in August. (Courtesy Triple Threat Performers)

Upcoming Events: Lots to do and see on the Saanich Peninsula in August

Musical theatre, art exhibit, car show and more on tap this month

Triple Threat Performers brings the iconic musical Grease to Brentwood’s Pioneer Park over two weekends in August. (Courtesy Triple Threat Performers)
Visitors admire artists’ work at last year’s Bowker Creek Brush Up. This summer’s 17th annual outdoor show and sale happens Aug. 14 and feature artists of varying ages. (Black Press Media file photo)

Bowker Creek welcomes young talent for 17th Brush Up in Oak Bay

Oak Bay show and sale Aug. 14 features all-ages artists, youth musicians

Visitors admire artists’ work at last year’s Bowker Creek Brush Up. This summer’s 17th annual outdoor show and sale happens Aug. 14 and feature artists of varying ages. (Black Press Media file photo)
Detail from the painting ‘Curiosity’ created specially for the exhibition. (Ice Bear painting)

Renowned Ojibway artist IceBear sees solo exhibition

Exhibition at Portals Gallery until Aug. 20

  • Aug 7, 2022
Detail from the painting ‘Curiosity’ created specially for the exhibition. (Ice Bear painting)
Sooke alternative rock band Shale has a busy lineup heading into the fall with gigs planned for the South Island, including Edward Milne Community School in October. (Contributed - Serena Haley Photography)

Sooke indie band taps into new popularity

Shale members surprised at how quickly their reputation and following have grown

Sooke alternative rock band Shale has a busy lineup heading into the fall with gigs planned for the South Island, including Edward Milne Community School in October. (Contributed - Serena Haley Photography)
The Caravan Stage Company brings its unique show to Sooke from Aug. 17 to 21. The shows are perfromed on ship decks and riggings while the audeince watches, sitting on the shore. (Contributed - Caravan AStage Company)

Sailing theatre ship makes its last port call in Sooke

Caravan Stage Company performs here Aug. 17-21

The Caravan Stage Company brings its unique show to Sooke from Aug. 17 to 21. The shows are perfromed on ship decks and riggings while the audeince watches, sitting on the shore. (Contributed - Caravan AStage Company)
The Victoria Bicycle Music Festival is returning to a pair of local parks for a fifth year on Aug. 14, after its original Aug. 7 date was shifted. (Courtesy of Jason Dondale)

Bike-powered music festival returns to Victoria Aug. 14

The festival will move between Harris Green and Central parks

The Victoria Bicycle Music Festival is returning to a pair of local parks for a fifth year on Aug. 14, after its original Aug. 7 date was shifted. (Courtesy of Jason Dondale)
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

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)
Ontario-born singer-songwriter Sarah Smith performs this Thursday (Aug. 4) at Willows Park following her recent move from London, Ont., to Pender Island. (Photo by Conny Keifer)

Ontarian singer brings West Coast soul to Willows Park in Oak Bay

London-born Sarah Smith falls for B.C.’s peaceful folk scene

Ontario-born singer-songwriter Sarah Smith performs this Thursday (Aug. 4) at Willows Park following her recent move from London, Ont., to Pender Island. (Photo by Conny Keifer)
John Reischman and the Jaybirds hit the stage at Butchart Gardens on Aug. 5. (John Resichman and the Jaybirds/Bandcamp)

Saanich Peninsula shows making summer music memories

Variety of musical performances scheduled, some free, others ticketed

John Reischman and the Jaybirds hit the stage at Butchart Gardens on Aug. 5. (John Resichman and the Jaybirds/Bandcamp)
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

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)
“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.
Dance duo Funkanometry dances surrounded by a cheering crowd Saturday during Colwood’s Eats and Beats Beach Party on the Esquimalt Lagoon. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Eats and Beats Beach Party brings funky fun to Colwood

Thousands spent the afternoon and evening enjoying music, food, and more

Dance duo Funkanometry dances surrounded by a cheering crowd Saturday during Colwood’s Eats and Beats Beach Party on the Esquimalt Lagoon. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)