1. 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!

  2. Hot, new restaurants whisking up in Victoria

    July 7, 2017 by Tessa Bousfield

    If you’re looking for a new spot for lunch with unique flavours, or a jaw-dropping, stunning bar worthy of “Victoria’s pretty cool” comments, pay attention.

    A few renovations are taking place at this very moment and doors will be opening very soon:

    Traditional flavours, modern servings
    Superbaba has taken over the Pig’s old location on Blanshard and Johnson inside the Atrium. They’ll be cooking up some unique Middle Eastern spices and they’re already filling the block with their aromas! This quick service concept is by Tacofino, Cafe Medina, and The Dallah Menu.

    They’re currently hiring and plan on opening sometime this summer. Click here for more info.


    Foxtrot, Tango, Whiskey has taken over the old Double’s Oyster Lounge in the Double Tree Hotel. This bar is backed by Shawn Soole who we’ve featured on the B-Side before (Past projects include Clive’s, Little Jumbo, Cafe Mexico and Clarke & Co). Also joining him are Shane Clarke and Jill Tulloch of Clarke & Co.

    The vision is to bring 1950’s LA to Victoria, and they’ll have no problem doing that with local interior designer, Courtney Wilde.

    We can’t wait for this place to open in a few short weeks!

  3. The 6-DOF VRX Simulator

    May 26, 2017 by Tessa Bousfield

    We’ve said it before: Video Games are the gateway drug to the tech sector. Well, if VRX Simulators were a drug, they’d definitely be a high-octane-full-throttle version of steroids.

    VRX Ventures builds simulators right on the Island in Sidney, BC. Owner and Founder Rob Stanners started out with a $5k simulator and keeps blowing minds with every new model.

    The current prototype, the 6-DOF Simulator is being built for a client and it is C-R-A-Z-Y.

    It’s a racing bucket with a 5 point harness that has pistons built into it that move, shake and even lift you 8 feet off the floor! It’s a totally immersive experience that transports you to a Formula 1 type race car, or even a helicopter or fighter jet. In fact, Formula 1 racers actually use VRX simulators to train on!

    The new 6-DOF even has 2 passenger seats attached to it. Rob Stanner’s vision is for fans to sit in the back as their favourite F1 racer takes them for a one-of-a-kind ride.

    What’s next for VRX? Well, Rob Stanners has a plan that may involve taking over the world. He’ll start out little though, by building a theme park.

    Learn more about VRX at www.vrx.ca and follow them on social media to find out which events you can try their products at!

    Click HERE to listen to the B-Side radio show on the Zone at 91.3fm!

    Check out the video below of Dan Gunn and his son Max giving the 6-DOF a go.

  4. Jimbo, his giant peach, and Smellvira

    May 19, 2017 by Tessa Bousfield

    What does a drag queen named Smellvira and a guy named James (who goes by Jimbo) have in common? Well, they’re one in the same and equally awesome.

    Jimbo is a collector of all things unique, he’s a costume designer and he’s also behind the giant peach structure from the Kaleidoscope Theatre’s “James and the Giant Peach”. Yes, a real life James has his very own Giant Peach.

    Smellvira is well known around town and you can even hire her to make appearances at events. Which is what the eatArt Foundation did when they got her to jump out of a cake at their Mondo Spider reveal event in Vancouver. While there, she got to know a lot of people and was able to get her hands on a CNC cutter for one of Jimbo’s visions.

    Jimbo worked out of Studio Robazzo cutting 150 plywood pieces in the shape of unique fins. The fins came together to make the shape of a giant peach!

    Jimbo is always busy doing something. You can catch some of his incredible costume designs on the Atomic Vaudeville crew in the upcoming “Hedwig & The Angry Inch” at the Metro June 8-18. Tickets here.