October, 2016

  1. The Aussie that created Victoria’s Cocktail Culture

    October 28, 2016 by Tessa Bousfield


    Originally a well-known bartender from Australia, Shawn Soole found his way to Victoria, Canada after falling in love and finding his wife. This love story is a perk for all of us, so pay attention.

    Many may know Shawn from when he was behind the bar at Clive’s Cocktail Lounge blowing your mind, or when he helped create your favourite spot, Little Jumbo.

    He left the Little Jumbo venture in 2014 to pursue further endeavours, but not before the restaurant earned: the Silver Medal for Vancouver Magazine’s Wine List Awards, Top 10 Best New Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktails, Scotch Malt Whisky Society Partner Restaurant, Top 30 Best New Restaurants in Canada & Top 15 Favourite Bar for enRoute Magazine.


    His eye for detail, skillful hands, professional palate and knowledge in spirits has led him to that future endeavour… starting S2 Hospitality Concepts where he has redesigned Cafe Mexico, Japanese Village and helped launch Clarke Shane’s vision with the new Clarke & Co. (interior, signage, menus – the works). Oh, and he’s also turned Cafe Mexico into one of the world’s largest Mezcal bars!

    In addition, Shawn is in the process of writing his second book about BC Craft Distillers for release this year. The first, Cocktail Culture, was co-written with Nate Caudle in 2013. Cocktail Culture is the culmination and showcasing of Victoria’s burgeoning cocktail culture and was nominated as a top 4 pick for Best New Cocktail Book at Tales of the Cocktail. His last decade of success couldn’t have been achieved without Nate Caudle, Solomon Siegel or Simon Ogden.

    Mr. Soole is bringing our city up a notch, one restaurant, one cocktail and one great shot of Mezcal at a time. Listen below as Dan Gunn tells the story on the Zone@91.fm‘s morning show…

  2. Midnight Movies, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Bat Wings!

    October 21, 2016 by Tessa Bousfield

    In 2005 a documentary was released called “Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream” (click here for a clip). It explored the anything-goes era of 1970s cult films and their continuing influence on pop culture and modern society.

    While this activity is a thing of the past, local group Atomic Vaudeville is bringing back their rendition of the Rocky Horror Show: Live from Oct 19th to 29th at the Metro Studio. It’s become a must-see in our city and tickets sell out very quickly. If you can’t get tickets, they have another show called Make Halloween Great Again that is bound to be another hit.

    There are many Halloween events happening all over the city including the sold out Night Shift: Haunted Halloween at the Royal BC Museum, but if you look closely you’ll also see our city transform into Canada’s Haunted Capital with things like city benches decorated with bat wings by local fabricator, Russell Papp!


    Holy bat wing bench!

    Listen below as Dan Gunn discusses all of this and more, including what all the toast is about, on the Zone@91.3fm‘s morning show.

  3. The Innovation Tree

    October 14, 2016 by Tessa Bousfield

    The Innovation Tree was lit on September 27th after VIATEC, the DVBA, City of Victoria and the Government Street Merchants came together to make it happen. It’s lit with Aurora lights from Limbic Media which are sound reactive! Really!

    When the sun goes down, head down to the foot of Government Street by the Fairmont Empress and the Tourism Info Centre, stand under the tree and shout, sing or play an instrument to see it in action! (Click here for a video that doesn’t do it justice).

    This tree represents our long history of innovative ideas, initiatives, products and companies that have been built in our region by dreamers, entrepreneurs and makers.

    “The purpose of art is to shake the dust of daily life off our souls.” -Pablo Picasso

    Click below to listen as Dan Gunn explains why installations like this are important to our city and why politics should be left out of it…