1. Victoria’s Video Game Industry packed full of excitement

    January 20, 2017 by Tessa Bousfield

    There’s this illusion that working for a video game company involves countless hours of playing games on a couch, paired with bottomless popcorn and slacking off.

    Well, the amount of work that goes into making video games exciting for all ages is tremendous! Just take local company, TinyMob Games, who have been building M.E.R.C. for a year and a half and just released it.

    M.E.R.C. is a game that allows users to step into the world of non-stop, real-time tactical engagements with a 4-person squad. You can upgrade and recruit units, learn and enhance special abilities, while acquiring better weapons and gear. You can also take your toughest and bravest recruits into action in co-op multiplayer to kick some serious “Manta butt” and save the world.

    There’s been lots of excitement in Victoria’s video game community lately, including Wizard Games releasing Cowbots and Aliens and VicVideoGames.com going live.

    VicVideoGames.com gives information on a Student Video Game Work Experience Program and allows students to register, and even select which weeks they can do a work term.

    The Student Video Game Work Experience Program provides students with the opportunity to learn what it is like to work in a video game company.

    To see some of our incredible video game companies up close, make sure you attend Discover Tectoria on February 24th!

    Listen below as Dan Gunn talks about “the gateway drug to the tech sector” on the Zone at 91-3FM.


  2. KONELĪNE: our land beautiful

    December 2, 2016 by Tessa Bousfield

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    Let’s face it, 2016 has been one of the worst years as of late. It’s been filled with loss, natural disasters, political turmoil, the hurting of our planet and a broken dialogue amongst our society. “Xenophobia” has been named the word of the year. I mean, common!

    KONELĪNE: our land beautiful” is a Canadian made documentary from local director, Nettie Wild, playing December 2-5, 2016 at Cinecenta, and it couldn’t have come at a better time…

    This documentary is a cinematic celebration of northwestern British Columbia, and all the dreamers who move across it.

    “Set deep in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, KONELĪNE captures beauty and complexity as one of Canada’s vast wildernesses undergoes irrevocable change,” Canada Wild Productions.

    Nettie not only captures the traditional lifestyles of the Tahltan First Nation, but she also smashes stereotypes: white hunters carry bows and arrows; members of the Tahltan First Nation hunt out of a pickup with high-powered rifles. There are diamond drillers—both Native and white—and elders who blockade them. There’s a Tahltan son struggling to preserve a dying language, and a white guy who sings “North to Alaska ” to his stuffed moose.

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    This film has already won multiple awards, but what’s more important is what happened as a result of it (so far)…

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    The northern BC stories featured in the film inspired artists from southern BC to create new works! So, Nicole Sorochan from One Net Studios built NorthThroughSouth.com to capture it all. This site allows you to follow the stories of those featured in the film, explore on your own, and then navigate from the northern story, to the southern story that happened as a result. Check it out right here.

    Click below to hear Dan Gunn go into detail about all of this on the Zone@91.3fm’s morning show.


  3. Go Float Yourself

    November 25, 2016 by Tessa Bousfield

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    Float House Victoria is a 5-tank sensory deprivation and floatation centre located in downtown Victoria, BC where you can relax, restore, reboot and even feel the weightlessness of outer space!

    The urban vibe spa has 5 rooms containing “pods”. The pods are 7′ x 4.5′, giving those with claustrophobia no fear at all. The pods are filled with body temperature salt water, which allows your body to float inside the pod. The result is not being able to feel left from right, up from down. The funky LED lighting and colours also fade as your 90 minute session nears an end, allowing you to go into a mediation.

    This local business is so popular that people are starting to buy weekly and monthly packages.

    Hear more about Dan Gunn’s experience below on the Zone@91.3fm‘s morning show.


  4. The Zone’s Band of the Month

    November 4, 2016 by Tessa Bousfield

    Dan Gunn is in San Fran just 4 days before the US election and is feeling a bit Canadian-home-sick. While checking out the Struts at the Fillmore he learned they’re originally from the UK and had to go to the US to get noticed. This got him thinking how great musicians have it in Victoria thanks to the Zone’s Band of the Month program that’s been running for 14 years.

    Listen below as Dan Gunn and Dylan Willows dive into the history of the Zone’s Band of the Month and some of the bands that got their start with it.

    The Zone’s Band of the Month Showcase is tonight at 7pm at Distrikt Nightclub. See live music from: Fallbrigade, The Wild Romantics, LABS, and Lovecoast. Tickets are $10. Click here for more info.