1. Experience Tectoria on the B-Side

    September 15, 2017 by Tessa Bousfield

    Experience Tectoria is a gathering of the local tech community with international investors in beautiful Victoria, BC. It started in 2012 by VIATEC and has grown every single year. Venture Capitals get exposed to our local talents, all while the city is dressed up for the annual Rifflandia Music Festival. [Check out last year’s event video here]

    This year’s event started Wednesday night with the film screening of “She Started It” at Fort Tectoria. The film (sponsored by Discovery Foundation | Purpose Five | iWIST | Stream of Consciousness), follows five young women over two years as they pitch VCs, build teams, bring products to market, fail and start again. The film takes viewers on a global roller coaster ride from San Francisco to Vietnam. [Click here to view pictures]

    It’s no secret the tech sector can be a bit of a “bro world”, but when you look at VIATEC’s Accelerator Program, 32% of it’s companies are run by female founders. Dig a little deeper and you find out that women actually have an 18.75% better chance of being accepted into the program!

    Experience Tectoria continued yesterday as 130 tech executives (and even the Venture Capitalists), took a day-long workshop on “A Coaching Approach to Leadership” led by the Roy Group. This group consisted of 29 local companies and every person there took a full day out of their busy schedule to learn how to become a better leader – how cool is that?

    Following the workshop, 250 people piled into the Victoria Event Centre for the 6th volume of F*ckUp Nights!

    Everyone’s favourite night.

    Nothing like watching accomplished, confident people share their still-raw, professional disasters with a crowd of 200+ colleagues who have been drinking beer. Better than crying. Cheaper than therapy.

    F*ckUp Nights is a global movement where stories of failed businesses and projects are told, questioned and celebrated. It started in 2012 in Mexico City and VIATEC has brought it to Victoria, along with key partners like Ian Chisholm of the Roy Group and Jim Hayhurst of Pretio Interactive (who was also the MC).

    3 “f*ckuppers” had 6 minutes each to tell their story. We heard from Andrew McLeod, Chris Turchansky and Mike Wilson. Their stories ranged from a way-too-early startup from a dorm room, a CEO making a very bad call costing over $2M (and then another $3M to start over), and a lot of ego combined with a mid-life crisis, a rooster costume and that “Kanye” moment that ruined it all.

    Experience Tectoria continues today with 6 local company’s Origin Stories, a walking office tour of a dozen companies, a bus trip up the Peninsula to check out 5 more companies and then to cap it all off – The Rifflandia Music Festival!

    These out of towners won’t know what hit them – and they’ll definitely want to come back for more. #Tectoria #ET2017

    Listen below as Dan Gunn discusses Experience Tectoria on the Zone at 91.3fm’s morning show:


  2. Victoria artists take over 2017 festivals

    September 8, 2017 by Tessa Bousfield

    From Bass Coast to Shambhala, Tall Tree to Burning Man and more… local Victoria artists have been spotted at every single one. Artists such as James (Jimbo) Insell (Giant Peach, Phoenix Rainbow Project), Joshua Schmidt (Luminous Forest) and Scott Amos of Monkey C Interactive have all made BIG impressions, are giving locals something to brag about and are upping the creative game.

    Listen below as Dan Gunn goes into vivid detail on the Zone at 91.3fm’s morning show.


  3. Santa Sol

    August 11, 2017 by Tessa Bousfield

    Dan Gunn was taking a walk through his home town back east when he received an intriguing text from Vince Vaccaro himself. It contained a link to a few instrumental songs that made Dan’s eyes wide with excitement.

    Vince Vaccaro is currently working on a project called #SantaSol. He’s put together these incredible instrumental tracks specifically to be used by surf movies!

    “Golden” is more of a psychedelic track and “Poseidon” is a completely different side of Vince we’ve never heard before.

    Take a listen in the clip below from the Zone at 91.3fm’s morning show and check out Vince Vaccaro’s website for more of his work!


  4. The Fort Common

    July 14, 2017 by Tessa Bousfield

    If you’re a local in Victoria, it’s not often you don’t know of an incredible event or meeting space completely unique from the rest… but this one is good at staying hidden – a part of its charm.

    The Fort Common is a revitalized brick carriage courtyard in the heart of downtown Victoria. A blank slate, this 3000 sq ft urban outdoor venue is located down an alley in between Starbucks and Be Love on Blanshard and Fort.

    It’s open to the public in summer months during the day, making it a perfect spot to have lunch or hold a quick meeting. You can also book the space for events large and small, including family reunions, weddings, corporate retreats and large meetings.

    The hidden location, paired with the exposed brick, lights, patio furniture and historic setting make this spot just about perfect. Did we mention it’s surrounded by some of the best food spots in town? Chorizo & Co, Fish Hook, Be Love, La Taquisa, Yalla,  Farm & Field Butcher and Discovery Coffee all surround the property!

    If you’re interested in learning more about the space visit www.fortproperties.ca and check out their event guide here for pricing, access times, rules, etc.

    To book the space, fill out the contact form.

    Listen below as The Fort Common is discussed on the Zone at 91.3fm!