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Soul Shakers lead singer Joyce Allensen hits a high note while performing with guitarist Sean McCool at Willows Park in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Soul Shakers bring the boogie back to Oak Bay park

Summer concert series kicks off June 29 at Willows Beach Park

Vancouver indie rockers Said the Whale are set to headline Colwood’s Eats and Beats Beach Party on July 30. (Courtesy of Said the Whale/Facebook)

Said the Whale to headline Colwood’s Eats and Beats Beach Party

The event, set for July 30, brings thousands to the Esquimalt Lagoon each year

Screenshot from The Ground That Mends, a stop-motion video from University of Victoria fine arts PhD alumna Connie Michele Morey, featured in Still Standing: Ancient Forest Futures, opening June 25 at UVic’s Legacy Art Gallery at Yates and Broad streets. (Connie Michele Morey/Courtesy UVic)

Power of the forest comes through in new UVic gallery exhibition

Still Standing: Ancient Forest Futures opens June 25 at Legacy Downtown gallery

Screenshot from The Ground That Mends, a stop-motion video from University of Victoria fine arts PhD alumna Connie Michele Morey, featured in Still Standing: Ancient Forest Futures, opening June 25 at UVic’s Legacy Art Gallery at Yates and Broad streets. (Connie Michele Morey/Courtesy UVic)
Stephie Bright as Rosalind, and Aiden Guerreiro as Orlando, in As You Like It. (Courtesy of Lara Eichhorn/Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival)

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival performing on two stages this year

As You Like It will be performed at The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific and Esquimalt Gorge Park

Stephie Bright as Rosalind, and Aiden Guerreiro as Orlando, in As You Like It. (Courtesy of Lara Eichhorn/Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival)
Tickets for the 2022 Great Canadian Beer Fest are now on sale. The festival, pictured here in 2019, happens Sept. 9 and 10 at Royal Athletic Park. (Courtesy Victoria Beer Society)

Thirsty residents expected to lap up Victoria return of Great Canadian Beer Fest

Tickets on sale now for craft beer event, on Sept. 9 and 10 at Royal Athletic Park

Tickets for the 2022 Great Canadian Beer Fest are now on sale. The festival, pictured here in 2019, happens Sept. 9 and 10 at Royal Athletic Park. (Courtesy Victoria Beer Society)
Sidney-based Mountain Dream Productions staged two showings of ANASTASIA at Victoria’s Royal Theatre over the weekend, first in the evening of June 18, then in the afternoon of June 19. (Photo courtesy of Mountain Dream Productions)

Sidney-based production company dazzles audiences

Sidney-based Mountain Dream Productions staged two showings of ANASTASIA at Victoria’s Royal…

Sidney-based Mountain Dream Productions staged two showings of ANASTASIA at Victoria’s Royal Theatre over the weekend, first in the evening of June 18, then in the afternoon of June 19. (Photo courtesy of Mountain Dream Productions)
Indigenous storyteller Kung Jaadee will host an hour-long online storytelling event on June 22 through the Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Photo by Kim Th’e)
Indigenous storyteller Kung Jaadee will host an hour-long online storytelling event on June 22 through the Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Photo by Kim Th’e)
Artists perform at Cirque du Soleil Ovo at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)
Artists perform at Cirque du Soleil Ovo at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)
Fine Brew will perform at a benefit concert for Ukraine families in Sooke on June 25. (Contributed - Fine Brew)

Sooke musicians host benefit concert for Ukrainian families

Fine Brew and Willis Taylor headline fundraiser on June 25

Fine Brew will perform at a benefit concert for Ukraine families in Sooke on June 25. (Contributed - Fine Brew)
The District of Saanich is looking for artists to help create murals in Beckwith and Layritz parks and the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Artists wanted for Saanich community canvas mural project

Art pieces planned for Beckwith, Layritz parks; Cedar Hill Recreation Centre

The District of Saanich is looking for artists to help create murals in Beckwith and Layritz parks and the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
French horn musician and Royal Canadian Navy Naden Band member Alliszon Zaichkowski, centre, plays one of her 20 conch shells at a competition in Key West, Fla., during March 2020. Zaichkowski went on to win the contest’s women’s division and perform on Canada’s Got Talent. (Courtesy of Alliszon Zaichkowski)
French horn musician and Royal Canadian Navy Naden Band member Alliszon Zaichkowski, centre, plays one of her 20 conch shells at a competition in Key West, Fla., during March 2020. Zaichkowski went on to win the contest’s women’s division and perform on Canada’s Got Talent. (Courtesy of Alliszon Zaichkowski)
The annual recital by students from Stages Performing Arts School in Saanich on June 18 is one of two dance-related events happening this month at the Farquhar Auditorium at the University of Victoria. (Video capture/stagesdance.com)

June a month for dance at the University of Victoria

Two separate schools presenting year-end recitals at Farquhar Auditorium

The annual recital by students from Stages Performing Arts School in Saanich on June 18 is one of two dance-related events happening this month at the Farquhar Auditorium at the University of Victoria. (Video capture/stagesdance.com)
Dancers celebrate 50 years of Ukrainian dance with a folk ballet at McPherson Theatre June 12. (Courtesy Veselka Dancers)

Veselka dancers bring Ukrainian culture to Victoria stage

Dance ensemble adapts children’s story Lesia and the Giant Cherry at McPherson Playhouse June 12

Dancers celebrate 50 years of Ukrainian dance with a folk ballet at McPherson Theatre June 12. (Courtesy Veselka Dancers)
A panel is pictured from “But I Live,” a graphic narrative of Israeli Holocaust survivor Emmie Arbel’s experiences during the Second World War. (Courtesy of Barbara Yelin)

Graphic novels featuring survivors of Holocaust published by UVic prof

Series gives voice to those silenced by Holocaust in youth-friendly format

A panel is pictured from “But I Live,” a graphic narrative of Israeli Holocaust survivor Emmie Arbel’s experiences during the Second World War. (Courtesy of Barbara Yelin)
Our Lady Peace will be playing the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on June 7. (Chapman Baehler photo)

Our Lady Peace bringing ‘future rock’ to Vancouver Island with holographic show

Alternative rock band playing Victoria on June 6 and Nanaimo on June 7

Our Lady Peace will be playing the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on June 7. (Chapman Baehler photo)
Rebecca Haas, a member of the Answer2 Indigenous performance group, is part of the Pacific Opera Victoria-led Voices in Nature program, which visit Outerbridge Park in Saanich’s Royal Oak neighbourhood on June 1 and 2. (Pacific Opera Victoria/Courtesy District of Saanich)

Intimate musical performances await evening visitors to Saanich park

Pacific Opera Victoria’s Voices in Nature returns to Outerbridge Park June 1 and 2

Rebecca Haas, a member of the Answer2 Indigenous performance group, is part of the Pacific Opera Victoria-led Voices in Nature program, which visit Outerbridge Park in Saanich’s Royal Oak neighbourhood on June 1 and 2. (Pacific Opera Victoria/Courtesy District of Saanich)
Stavros Chrysoulis, Grade 12, Jay Lausman, Grade 11, Rachel Nordby, Grade 12 are preparing for the year-end concert at Belmont Secondary School. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

First-time jitters and final hurrahs: Belmont’s year-end concert

Some students have yet to perform in a year-end concert during their time at school

Stavros Chrysoulis, Grade 12, Jay Lausman, Grade 11, Rachel Nordby, Grade 12 are preparing for the year-end concert at Belmont Secondary School. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Rande Cook presents The Apology at Leaf Modern Gallery.

At the Galleries: Late spring Greater Victoria shows highlight avenues of artist inspiration

‘When I paint flowers, bees and trees it’s with a light heart and gratitude for this world of ours’

  • May 29, 2022
Rande Cook presents The Apology at Leaf Modern Gallery.
St. Michaels University School student Giang Tran poses in one of the school’s art rooms with a collection of her works, some of which will be on exhibit at the upcoming Limelight Youth Art Exhibition and Showcase at the arts centre at Cedar Hill. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Region’s high school artists step into the Limelight for Saanich show

Student art exhibition on June 1 to 20 at Cedar Hill, free reception set for June 3

St. Michaels University School student Giang Tran poses in one of the school’s art rooms with a collection of her works, some of which will be on exhibit at the upcoming Limelight Youth Art Exhibition and Showcase at the arts centre at Cedar Hill. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)