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Second Tuesday of the Month @ 1:00-3:00pm

Victoria Multiple Myeloma Support Group

A support group welcoming all persons living with multiple myeloma as well as their family and friends. Meetings are in person and also through Zoom. For more info, visit www.myelomavancouverisland.ca or email victoriasupport@myeloma.ca


3rd Saturday of the month @ 10am-1pm

Repair Café North Saanich

A free meeting place where voluntary repairers with skills in sewing, carpentry, electrical and bikes can help fix your item on the spot. Plus knife sharpening and tech help with digital devices. For details and to volunteer: www.repaircafenorthsaanich.ca or email: repaircafenorthsaanich@gmail.com.


Until November 26th

Staying Creative Gallery
103 – 7162 West Saanich Rd, Brentwood Bay

Gallery Hours Fri -Sun 12:00 -04:00 PM.

In Room at the Top Lomax uses dream imagery to explore the archetype of the witch and it’s associations with feminine power.  A dream in which an unusually tall woman with dark hair and an old fashioned dress is standing in front of a top floor window formed the starting point for this series. Inside the forgotten building strange and unusual plants are thrive. Room at the Top is a rediscovery of female energy, creativity, and power.

Amber uses fluid acrylic paint as the primary medium to explore images from her dream life. She begins each painting by pouring the paint onto the canvas, working with the outcome of the pour gives her subconscious another chance to play.

Room at the Top is Lomax’s second solo show. Born in Truro, Great Britain she graduated from Reading University in 2001. Amber moved to Canada in 2010 and paints from her home on Vancouver Island.


November 25th & 26th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Christmas in the Manger Craft Fair

Saanich Fairgrounds
1528 Stelly’s Cross Road, Saanichton

Admission $3 each day (children 6 and under free)
Come on out and enjoy a Christmas in the Country! We look forward to seeing you at the 2023 Christmas in the Manger Christmas market in the Agricultural Hall and RCMP Barn here at the Saanich Fairground. Over 125 approved vendors! Farm animals, family activities, live music and hot food and beverages! Come and see Santa at the Gingerbread House – and a fabulous draw for kids! No dogs on the Fairgrounds, please (except documented service dogs). Info: saanichfair.ca / 250-652-3314.

Sunday, November 26th, 2:30pm

Victoria Symphony Presents
Being Robert Schumann – “Spring” Symphony

Royal Theatre
805 Broughton St, Victoria, BC, V8W 1E5

Christian Kluxen, conductor
Miyama McQueen-Tokita, koto and bass koto

Trading bouquets of mutual admiration and professional support, Schumann lent his discerning ear to the ‘dreamy’ incidental music written by his close friend Mendelssohn—the first person to conduct Schumann’s “Spring” symphony. The same work was the starting point for composer Rita Ueda in a VS/VSO co-commission. A celebration of Tokyo’s famed cherry blossom (sakura) season features koto soloist Miyama McQueen-Tokita in a fusion of ancient Japanese traditions with the present day.

Tickets starting at $29.00

Purchase tickets online https://www.rmts.bc.ca/production-detail-pages/2023-royal-theatre/being-robert-schumann-spring/

–          Or    –

Call the Victoria Symphony Box Office at 250.385.6515

December 1-3

The Peninsula Singers Present:
The Spirit of Christmas!
7:30 Friday Dec 1,
7:30 Saturday Dec 2
2pm Sunday Dec 3
Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.
For tickets call 250-656-0275 or go online to marywinspear.ca
Come join the Peninsula Singers, young artists, dancers, professional show band, MC Jim Kingham and guests to kick off your Christmas 2023 celebrations. The show is a compilation of traditional and contemporary holiday music. Artistic Director Lena Palermo and our powerful mixed voice choir will entertain you with singing, dancing, sing-a-longs, humour, and so much more. It is a high energy show that will entertain the whole family.
Supporting the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation’s Music Therapy Program and Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank.

December 2nd & 3rd, 10am - 4pm

Creative Corridor Winter ArtFest Studio Tour

  1. Country Bee Honey Farm
  2. Moss Cottage Studio & Gallery
  3. Earth & Fire Pottery Studio and Wren Silverworks
  4. Winter Creek Pottery
  5. Junction Orchard & Cidery
  6. Art in the Barn

Its time for our Winter Art Fest! Come join us for a creative and culinary adventure! We are a multiple venue studio tour leading visitors to Artists and Artisans along “The Creative Corridor” which is located from Country Bee Honey Farm to Art in the Barn Gallery, with a few side trips.  We are on the borderlands between Central Saanich and Saanich.  Come join us for a fun experience as we celebrate the art and flavours of our area.  Food, beauty, and prizes await!

Sunday, December 3rd, 2:30pm

Victoria Symphony Presents
Gryphon Trio – ECHO: Memories of the World

Farquhar at UVic
University Farquhar Auditorium, Ring Road, Victoria, BC, V8P 5C2

Gryphon Trio
Marion Newman, mezzo-soprano (Kwagiulth and Stó:lō First Nations)
Aaron Wells, actor (Nuučan̓uł and Ts’ymsyen nations NW coast BC)

Imagined within this multimedia project is an exploration of the many efforts around the world to bring voice to submerged histories. ECHO: Memories of the World highlights these important efforts through a unique fusion of music, video, spoken word, soundscape and other artistic media. With a core team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous creators, this project not only tackles, but engages in the process of establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships between artistic genres, timeframes, spaces, histories and peoples.

*Tickets starting at $29.00

Purchase tickets online https://tickets.uvic.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent3141.html

–          Or    –

Call the Farquhar Box Office at 250.721.8480

*not included in subscription pricing discount

December 6th @ 7:30pm / December 10th @ 2pm

with Wavelengths Community Choir directed by Denis Donnelly
A Celtic Christmas – Yuletide songs from England, Ireland, Scotland and beyond

Mary Winspear Centre
2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

Featuring a 9-woman vocal ensemble plus Lanny Pollet, flute and Denis, Irish harp. $30 plus applicable fees.

250-656-0275; www.marywinspear.ca

Saturday, December 9th @ 2pm

South Island Harmony A Cappella Chorus Presents
The Season Is ‘Round Again

Mary Winspear Centre

2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

Directed by Dr. Kinza Tyrrell & David Christmas

Featuring: Trounce Alley Quartet Lady and The Tramps UVIC Brass

We will all join hands and remember this moment. $30.00; tickets at: www.marywinspear.ca or 250-656-0275.



Saturday, December 9th @ 2pm

Victoria Arion Male Choir presents
Christmas & Wintertime Concert

Cordova Bay United Church
813 Claremont Ave

The Christmas season is fast approaching and the Victoria Arion Male Choir are preparing to bring the Victoria community together with their choral renditions of Christmas and winter time music. We will include songs like Song for a Winter’s Night, Huron Carol, Gloria in Excelsis, Jesus What a Wonderful Child and many more. The choir will also have a sing a long with some of your Christmas favorites. Tickets will be available through choir members, at the door and on line through Eventbrite.




Saturday, December 9th, 7:30pm/ Sunday, December 10th, 2:30pm

Victoria Symphony Presents
Jens Lindemann – Christmas Pops

Royal Theatre
805 Broughton St, Victoria, BC, V8W 1E5

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor
Jens Lindemann, trumpet

The holidays shimmer and shine with the Victoria Symphony and Canadian trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann. As one of the pre-eminent performers of our time, Mr. Lindemann brings his signature style and showmanship to our annual holiday tradition. Prepare to be dazzled and amazed as we bring Christmas Pops to brassy new heights.

Tickets starting at $29.00

Purchase tickets online https://www.rmts.bc.ca/production-detail-pages/2023-royal-theatre/jens-lindemann/

–          Or    –

Call the Victoria Symphony Box Office at 250.385.6515

Friday, December 15th, 7:30pm/ Sunday, December 17th, 2:30pm

Victoria Symphony Presents
Handel’s Messiah

Farquhar at UVic
University Farquhar Auditorium, Ring Road, Victoria, BC, V8P 5C2

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor
Mireille Asselin, soprano
Simona Genga, alto
Andrew Haji, tenor
Stephen Hegedus, baritone
Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Peter Butterfield, chorus master

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people.” Beginning with those simple words, one of the best-loved musical works continues to inspire, year over year. With the Victoria Symphony led by Associate Conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia and featuring four leading Canadian soloists as well as the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Handel’s sublime seasonal masterpiece Messiah delivers dramatic choruses and sublime solos. Hallelujah!

Tickets starting at $29.00

Purchase tickets online https://tickets.uvic.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent3142.html

–          Or    –

Call the Farquhar Box Office at 250.721.8480

Saturday, December 16th, 7:30pm/ Monday, December 18th, 7:30pm

Victoria Symphony Presents
Ken Lavigne – We Need a Little Christmas

Dec. 16: Royal Theatre
805 Broughton St, Victoria, BC, V8W 1E5

Dec. 18: Dogwood Auditorium
Royal Roads University, 2005 Sook Rd, Victoria, BC, V9C 3E9

Ken Lavigne, vocalist

Vocalist Ken Lavigne has charmed his way into the hearts of concert goers across North America with his exciting blend of classical tenor sound and modern style. From show tunes and popular favourites to arias and Christmas classics, Ken’s lyric tenor voice spreads holiday cheer. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and Ken Lavigne will be sharing his musical gifts in concert with the Victoria Symphony.

Tickets starting at $29.00

Purchase tickets online https://www.rmts.bc.ca/production-detail-pages/2023-royal-theatre/ken-lavigne/

–          Or    –

Call the Victoria Symphony Box Office at 250.385.6515

*not included in subscription pricing discount

Thursday, December 20th

Edie DaPonte and Joey Smith perform
Christmas Classics

RIVA Restaurant in Sidney

January 9 & 16

Victorian Arian Male Choir
Open House

The Victoria Arion Male Choir is one of the newest choirs in Victoria, BC. In the summer of 2018, the Arion Male Voice Choir (founded 1892) and the Victoria Male Voice Choir (1907) chose to unite into a new choir. The two choirs came to the realization that they could better fulfill their dreams of being “a community of men singing for health and joy” as one group rather than two. It is an exciting new venture which is already proving to be a great success both musically and organizationally.


Our musical director, Sean Lampard-Quicke, joined us in 2020 and our collaborative pianist, Jennifer Mitchell joined the choir in 2019.


We are actively seeking new singers for our non-audition choir starting in January 2023, with open houses on January, 9th and 16th. The choir sings four-part harmony and our repertoire covers classical, spiritual, folk, and contemporary music. We meet Mondays at 7:00 pm at Cordova Bay United Church, 813 Claremont Ave. All singers must follow BC Health protocols if they’re still in place in September. We also are looking for choral scholars. For more information on becoming a new member or if you want to know more about the choral scholar program please contact Eric at info@vamc.ca or check out our web site at www.vamc.ca.

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