The a list: Victoria events for June and July 2015

Catherine Hernandez in The Femme Playlist, submitted
Catherine Hernandez in The Femme Playlist, submitted

Here are analogue’s picks for a-list attractions in June and July:

June 6: Dr. Quincy’s Emporium of Anthropomorphism and Personification: Intrepid Theatre: 8PM: $10  

Explore the depths of Dr. Quincy’s laboratory with Cold Deer Productions’ first ever YOU Show with Intrepid Theatre. This black comedy follows an eccentric and twisted scientist who has discovered how to transform seemingly mundane inanimate objects and animals into captivating, hilarious, and disturbing case studies.

June 12: Pointed Sticks/ Bum: Upstairs Cabaret (Harpo’s): 8PM: $18 adv. / $20 door

Check out the feature article about Bum here.

June 19-20: 20th Annual Fernfest: Fernwood Square: 5-10PM: FREE

FernFest is a neighbourhood celebration of local music and arts organized by Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group. Inspired by the incredible people and energy of Fernwood, FernFest brings live music, performances, food and beverages, an artisan market, kid’s activities, art projects, a silent auction, surprises, and magic to Fernwood Square.

June 19-21: Aboriginal Cultural Festival: Royal BC Museum: 11AM-6PM: FREE

Enjoy three days of spectacular performances on an outdoor stage in the plaza at the Royal BC Museum. Each day starts with performances from the two local Host Nations and follows with shows from Aboriginal performers from across the province as well as a show from 3-time World Hoop Dancing Champion Alex Wells.

June 25-July 25: Works by Randee Keiver: fifty fifty arts collective: FREE

Keiver’s new installation features drawings and sculptures. All of the works combined create a cohesive constellation of meaning, a psychic space wherein Keiver’s drawings and assemblages create a tension that precedes meaning, leaving meaning up to the viewer.

June 28: Bry Webb/ Louise Burns/ Himalayan Bear: Copper Owl: 8:30PM: $TBA

Bry Webb, formerly of the legendary Constantines, combines forces with Vancouver’s Louise Burns and Victoria’s own Himalayan Bear for what promises to be the show of the summer.

June 28- July 5: Pride Week: Various Locations: Various times  

20+ events including the Big Gay Dog Walk, Pride and the Word, and Drag Ball. The Parade is on July 6. More info at

July 1-5: Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival: Ship Point & Various Venues: Various Times: $139.50 (Full Festival Pass)

The Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival is the largest and longest running festival of its kind in North America.  This year’s festival features performances by Hepcat, Morgan Heritage, Third World, The Slackers, Sticky Buds, Mustard Plug, and many more. For more info, go to

July 7- 26: Private Lives: Blue Bridge at the Roxy: $28.75-$44

Private Lives focuses on a divorced couple who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, discover that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. Despite a perpetually stormy relationship, they realise that they still have feelings for each other.

July 10-12: SKAMpede 2015: Cecilia Ravine Park: 11AM-6PM: $20 (onsite) $15 (adv.)

Theatre SKAM’s annual summer project SKAMpede (formerly known as Bike Ride) is an outdoor live performance festival event that is suitable for the whole family. Take in a series of short shows presented along a 4km stretch of the Galloping Goose Trail. Audiences travel from show to show by bicycle, rollerblade, electric mobility scooter, skateboard, or on foot. This festival features twelve shows from all across Canada.

July 18-19: Rock The Shores: Colwood: $149.50 (two-day pass)

Two long summer days jam-packed with music from TV on the Radio, The Black Keys, The Sheepdogs, Father John Misty, the mighty 
Jane’s Addiction, 
and many more.

July 18: TD Art Gallery Paint-In 2015: Moss Street: 11AM-9PM: FREE
This free annual community event celebrates visual arts within the local community representing artists from across Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Well over 150 visual artists will take to the street to showcase and demonstrate their work. Beer gardens, live music, and more bring Moss Street to life.

July 25: Velvet Rut Express Fest: Waterwheel Park (Chemainus): 12:00 PM: 
$10 suggested donation

Velvet Rut Express Fest is a one day non-profit festival that takes place in Waterwheel Park in the centre of Chemainus, BC. Some of Victoria’s best, including Rugged Uncle, David P. Smith, Himalayan Bear, Tower of Dudes, and many more will be performing.