The a list: August-September 2015 events in Victoria, BC


Aug. 4- 23: BOOM

The Belfry Theatre presents its summer production, written, directed and performed by Rick Miller (Bigger Than Jesus, MacHomer). This explosive solo performance takes the audience through 25 years of music, culture and politics that shaped the baby boom generation. Tickets at

Thursdays: Eventide Music Series

Each week features a line-up of diverse, all-ages music, alongside a beer garden and food trucks. The Ballantynes are up Aug. 20, while BUM plays Sept. 3. Free. 6-9pm in Centennial Square until Sept. 3.

Aug. 10: Transpire

Cenote showcases an evening of various musical styles.  Local musical talent plays original material as well as soulful and unique covers.  Hosted by Dusty. Come on down to Cenote’s underground lounge, which serves delicious food and amazing cocktails. There is also local beer on tap.

Aug. 27-30, Sept. 1-6: Lieutenant Nun, 6pm

Theatre SKAM presents a Puente Theatre and SNAFU Dance Theatre re-imagining of Elaine Avila’s hit at this year’s fringe. The former gun battery at Esquimalt’s MacAuley Point Park will be transformed into the 17th century as Catalina escapes the convent and sails to the new world dressed as a conquistador. After years of being male, Catalina’s secret sex is revealed in this true story about gender, identity, war and conquest. Directed by Kathleen Greenfield and Mercedes Batiz-Benet. The audience moves with the actors from scene to scene as they perform original live music. Venue: Site A – Macaulay Point Park. Thurs, Aug 27 
at 6pm; Fri, Aug 28 at 6pm; Sat, Aug 29 at 6pm; Sun Aug 30 at 6pm; Tues, 
Sep 1 at 6pm; Wed, Sep 2 at 6pm; Thurs, 
Sep 3 at 6pm; Fri, Sep 4 at 6pm; Sat, Sep 5 at 6pm; Sun, Sep 6 at 6pm. $11

Aug. 27-Sept. 6 : The Victoria Fringe Festival

Eleven days of uncensored, untamed and uncut live comedy, drama, magic, physical theatre, music and spoken word.

Aug. 28: Himalayan Bear CD Release

The Northern Quarter hosts the release of Himalayan Bear’s follow up to 2011’s brilliant Hard Times. Ryan Beattie, the tonal mastermind behind Himalayan Bear, has been a mainstay in Victoria’s music community, lending his guitar and voice to bands such as Chet, Frog Eyes and Kathryn Calder. We at analogue are very excited about the new release from Himalayan Bear. By donation. Dinner Show: 8pm, Late Show: 10pm.

Aug. 28-30: Integrate Arts Festival

The ninth annual festival features an en-masse gallery tour, a bike tour, live demos and music in Market Square (Sunday, Aug. 30) and the relaunch of the G++ Interactive Media Gallery at Limbic Media and the interactive media exhibition Lux et Voluptas II.

Sept. 7-13 : Festival of Anarchy

The 10th annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair is the anchor of this festival, which celebrates music, poetry and the written word. Free workshops, free lunches and free childcare. Open to anarchists and non-anarchists alike. Fernwood NRG (1240 Gladstone).

Sept. 15-Oct.11: Speed-the-Plow

The Belfry Theatre kicks off its 40th anniversary season with David Mamet’s savagely funny expose on Hollywood and the male psyche. Directed by Belfry Artistic Director Michael Shamata. 
Tickets at

Sept. 17-20: BreakOut West

Western Canada’s answer to
 NXNE, BreakOut West is a three-day multi-genre festival that showcases the best in the west to more than 500 national and international music industry professionals. 
With live shows, a conference 
and the Western Canadian Music Awards, BreakOut West will feature shows by more than 50 bands, including NoMeansNo at the WCMAs. (See feature on page 24.) Band showcases will run in conjunction with this year’s Rifflandia Festival. Full festival lineup 

Sept. 17-20: Rifflandia

Modest Mouse, Chromeo, Julian Casablancas, and more than 100 other musical acts descend on the Garden City for three days and nights of non-stop hits. The full lineup has yet to be released. More info and tickets at

September: Thinklandia, Artlandia, Makelandia

Run in conjunction with Rifflandia, these festivals celebrate the arts and minds of our city.

Sept. 25-26 : Victoria Vintage Expo

Find your favourite vintage treasures at this event at Crystal Gardens featuring 75 vendors with clothing, jewelry, textiles, housewares, collectibles and more. Friday, 4-10pm (with DJ and cash bar), Saturday, 10am-6pm. $8.