‘Events’ Category

  1. Uno Fest 2014

    May 28, 2014 by Tessa Bousfield

    One of North America’s longest running festival of solo performances occurs right here in Victoria.

    It’s called Uno Fest, it’s 17 years old, and this year’s installment wraps up this weekend on Saturday evening.

    If you miss out, you’ll have to wait another year to see it.

    So far this year there have been performances about Gilda Radner, losing your virginity, and other funny and often touching subjects.

    The weekend finale is Ginger Nation, by “one-man flash mob” Shawn Hitchins from Toronto.

    Hitchins’ solo performance was a big hit at last year’s huge Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, and is one man’s plan to repopulate the world with redheads using artificial insemination.

    It’s supposed to be a hilarious, and there may still be a few tickets left for the Saturday show.

    Sponsored by Intrepid Theatre

    Uno Fest is hosted by Victoria’s Intrepid Theatre.

    Besides Uno Fest, Intrepid produces:

    • The annual Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival

    • Winterlab

    • The YOU Show Series…

    …And a year-round series of international theatre presentations and premieres for local indie companies.

    Intrepid also created the Metro Studio and Intrepid Theatre Club – two small downtown Victoria venues that are home to our festivals and presentations, and are available for rental by local and touring artists and companies.

    Located at the corner of Johnson and Pandora, the Metro Studio itself has become a cultural hub in Victoria. It’s located in the basement of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, under Alix Goolden Performance Hall.

    These spaces also host various Rifflandia acts, as well as other performance throughout the year, and we’re proud of them.

    If you want tickets for the final few nights of Uno Fest, you can order them through Victoria’s own Ticket Rocket: http://ticketrocket.org/

  2. Carolyn Mark, Queen of Vancouver Island

    April 25, 2014 by Nevin Thompson



    While Queen of Vancouver Island, title of Carolyn Mark’s 10th album is an homage to BC Ferries (“They don’t actually have a Queen of Vancouver Island ferry and  I thought there should be one”), it’s a fitting title for this Victoria-based singer/songwriter and Mint records artist herself.

    Besides acting as an ambassador for Victoria during her many tours of BC, Canada and the US, Mark clearly loves her Island home. Mark’s upcoming West Coast Roots Celebration Tour sees her visiting three towns on the Island.

    And Marks’s Island home loves her, in no small part due to her efforts as “Queen Bee” organizing (with a lot of help from her dedicated friends) the weekly Hootenanny at Logan’s Pub on Cook Street for nearly twenty years (the Hootenanny began its life at the late, great Old Bailey pub on Courtenay Street).


    The Hootenanny, an open mic night with a country theme held from 4 to 8pm every Sunday, is a key cultural event for denizens of Victoria’s thriving alt-country scene.

    The Hootenanny is a raucous, good-humoured weekly singalong week that welcomes to the stage newcomers and established performers alike. Audience participation often turns into collaboration, like this.

    Thanks to Carolyn Mark and her many friends, the Hootenanny has helped transform its section of Cook Street into a funky little neighbourhood that is worth visiting, and makes Victoria a more vibrant place.

  3. Not your average room full of people

    November 25, 2013 by admin

    With Bob McDonald, CBC’s Chief Science Correspondent; Ann Makosinski, the 15yr old winner of Google’s Global Science Fair; and more than 70 other gifted presenters and exhibitors, Victoria’s Crystal Gardens promises to have the highest average IQ of any building in Victoria on December 13th.

    That day the Crystal Gardens will once again host Discover Tectoria.  Think robots, simulators, and everything in between. The local Gaming Studio and Innovation Showcases alone are sure to keep your minds blown, hands full, and jaws open.

    Wanna know the best part? Your friends here at the B-Side managed to get our hands on a dozen tickets to this sure to sell out event!  We’re not much for elaborate contests, but we would like to support a great cause.  So, if you’d like two free tickets to the event, all you have to do is bring six non-perishable food items by the VIATeC Accelerator office before December 6th. The first five of you to do so will get the tickets, and VIATeC will then have more food for the Mustard Seed.  Everyone’s a winner!  See Details Below.

    VIATeC Accelerator Office
    2659 Douglas Street – 2nd Floor
    Donations accepted Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm.

  4. 2013 is the new 3030

    October 30, 2013 by admin

    What seems like an era ago, Deltron 3030 released their futuristic, self-titled concept album. Critics lost their minds (for good reason) and we all anxiously waited an arduous thirteen years for a follow-up. The supergroup, consisting of Del the Funky Homosapien, Kid Koala, and Dan The Automator, didn’t just deliver; they arrive in Victoria on November 19th as part of their tour supporting Deltron 3030: Event II.

    I don’t think I need to go into detail about why you should go, but if I must, first listen to this, then this.

    See you there!

    Deltron 3030
    Alix Goolden Performance Hall
    907 Pandora Avenue, Victoria BC
    November 19, 7:30–10:30

    More info