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UVic Vikes for Life – February 1

The Vikes Basketball teams take on the University of Manitoba Bisons for Vikes For Life, Join us as we welcome UVic Alumni back to campus for this special evening. This is the Vikes’ last home game of the Canada West regular season!

Presented by the UVic Alumni Association.  

It all happens on Saturday, February 1 at CARSA Performance Gym at UVic. 

Women’s game is at 5pm, men’s game is at 7pm. Tickets give you access to both games.

Tickets available online at or in person at the CARSA Membership Services counter. GO VIKES GO!

MONSTER ERG – February 2

The University of Victoria welcomes competitors from across the region to test their mettle and find out if they have what it takes.
Monster Erg is one of the premier indoor rowing events in North America offering benchmark erg races in a state-of-the-art facility. With over 33 events, ranging from Junior Novice to Masters, and 500 to 2000m, it serves as a proving ground for perseverance, toughness and grit. With a concession stand and exciting audio visual technology, it’s a great spectator experience.
Come at noon and witness some of the most exciting races: the U23 Men’s and Women’s 2000m challenge!
It all happens Sunday February 2, in the CARSA Performance Gym, at UVic.
Races run throughout the day from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Visit for more info and complete race schedule.
Admission is free to all spectators!

Cowichan – Islands Agriculture Show – February 7-8

The Islands Agriculture Show is the largest agricultural trade show on Vancouver Island and will be held February 7th & 8th 2020, at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds in Duncan, BC. The event brings together farmers, equipment dealers, services providers and the general public to educate and share the latest in new farming technology. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Cultivating Connections and Spreading Prosperity,” several conference sessions will take place focusing on 4 main topics: Food & Beverage Processing, New Opportunities in Agriculture, New Farmers and Change management. Over 60 vendors will participate in the trade show and educational displays include the Poultry in Motion mini chicken barn and the BC Dairy Classroom.

The show will be open from 8 am – 4pm on Friday, February 7th and from 8 am – 3 pm on Saturday, February 8th. Please visit or call 250-748-0822 for more information

The Ministry of Grace – World Premiere -February 4 – March 1

A grand, sweeping story of friendship and redemption.

It’s 1950 in the deserts of Southern California. Evangelist Brother Cain has a booming trade; his tent revival show moves from town to town, fleecing crowds desperate for something to believe in. When he discovers Mary, a Ntlaka’pamux woman from the Nicola Valley, reading the bible, he puts her onstage, renames her Grace, and displays her as a miracle: an Indian who can read.

It’s like a sprawling Steinbeck novel – a real saga – of encountering hypocrisy and evil, while clinging to the beliefs that guide you. Produced by the Belfry and created by an all-Indigenous team, including designer Andy Moro and writer/director Tara Beagan, one of our leading playwrights.

Starring Sheldon Elter (Clem), PJ Prudat (Mary), Lara Schmitz (Lizzie Mae), and Stafford Perry (Brother Cain)

Tickets – 250-385-6815 or

Charmaine’s Past and Present Third Annual Pet Food Drive – February 6-29

It’s time for the Charmaine’s Past & Present Third Annual Pet Food Drive in Memory of Cody.
Our beloved Cody passed in October 2017 at the age of 14 1/2. Many people remember Cody from his loving attitude and his welcoming doggie smile. He lifted many moods and made a lot of people’s days. Now let’s return his love by giving to the Victoria Pet Food Bank. The donations help give food and care to pets of low-income homes and the disadvantaged, as well as keeping their feral cat rescue running. We are looking for donations of cat and dog food, supplies like carriers and pet jackets, pet beds, and money.
For any businesses wanting to donate, if you donate 1 large bag of cat food, 1 large bag of dog food, and 1 case of canned food you will get a mention on our social media, as well as on shoplocalvictoria or shoplocalyyj hosted by yoursocialG.

One Voice Institute Valentine’s Day Fundraising Gala – February 14

Our first event, a unique Valentine’s 2020 Red Carpet Gala to benefit four local charities: Mustard Seed, Coolaid, Sooke Crisis Center and Sooke Food Bank to be hosted by the One Voice Institute, at 8 PM at the Da Vinci Centre, Victoria on February 14, 2020!

The gala will provide singles, couples, work teams and groups with an opportunity to laugh, dance, drink, eat, play, compete, mix and mingle, and be a part of something much bigger than just another Valentines celebration. The event has been designed to engage, unite, and entertain the island community in a whole new way, while supporting the amazing work of these four organizations

The goal is to give the Greater Victoria community an opportunity to be truly happy by giving on Valentine’s Day this year, and to promote the excellent philosophy that Giving Is Sexy! The choices for fun will be endless including exciting trivia contests, team or group competitions of mind-bending games, dance contests, mingling activities, silent auctions for prizes from gift baskets, collectibles including paintings, photography, artisan jewelry, antiques, talent judging, and much more. Buy tickets here.

Intrepid Theatre’s OUTstages Festival – February 8-16

Intrepid Theatre’s OUTstages, a decidedly queer theatre festival, returns for the 6th year to heat up February, running February 8 – 16 in downtown Victoria.  This festival is packed with theatre, music, drag, burlesque, & storytelling.

The line-up includes live-singing drag queen and award-winning tragicomedienne Pearle Harbour in Pearle Harbour’s Agit-Pop is a drag cabaret spectacular featuring new arrangements of classics from Tom Waits, David Bowie & Judy Garland with Pearle’s signature hot-takes. Where the Two-Spirit Lives is a beautiful solo show in which performer/creator Marshall Vielle explores what it’s like to connect with their Two-Spirit side in modern society. The Darlings is made up of four of Vancouver’s hottest and most daring drag performers, who challenge the boundaries of traditional drag in this long-form drag show cabaret. Like Orpheus combines poetic text, movement and raw emotion to deep dive into queer club culture using Greek Myth as an entry point. eat your heART out Cabaret is the best way to spend Valentines Day – a queer celebration of performance featuring Riot Grrrls Revue, Salty Broad Productions and festival artists, hosted by the dynamic duo of local drag favourites Vivian Vanderpuss and Eddi Licious.

Victoria Yoga Conference – February 14-16

The Victoria Yoga Conference (VYC) takes place at the University of Victoria for a weekend of inspiration, motivation, and deep learning about the practice of yoga. From the experienced to the curious, you belong here.  

The Capital Region of Victoria is home to over 50 yoga studios and has supported the conference dedicated to the practice of yoga. The Victoria Yoga Conference (VYC) includes yoga classes and workshops, meditation, breathwork, personal development and dance.  The conference draws 600+ attendees with over 60 classes over two and a half days. There is something for everyone!

We host three annual scholarships. The first is The Breathe fore Life Scholarship, in 2020 we created the Moonbeam Scholarship and the third is a set of five scholarships of free passes to the VYC for those in financial need.

Skate for Food Allergies – February 16

A fundraiser for OIT for BC – Vancouver Island.
Fun skate with the Victoria Grizzlies after the game from 4:15 to 5:15.
Skate admission included with game tickets!!
Skate rentals are not available at the Q Centre, please remember to bring your own!
Meet players from the Victoria Grizzlies – BCHL hockey team!
Food Allergy and Oral Immunotherapy Q&A session with allergist Dr. Cameron at 5:15pm
Raffle prizes, 50/50 draw and lots of fun for the whole family!
All proceeds from the event go to BC Children’s Hospital Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) – Vancouver Island.
OIT is a cutting-edge desensitization treatment for patients living with serious food allergies — come to the Q&A to find out more!


Come watch champions in the making!
The University of Victoria Vikes are proud to host the U SPORTS National Swimming Championships. See Canada’s future Olympians, top student-athletes from across the country compete for gold.
Many Olympic medalists, such as Ryan Cochrane, Hilary Caldwell, and Richard Weinberger, have all competed in the U SPORTS Swimming Championship as Vikes and went on to represent Canada at the Olympics and win medals. Who will be next?
Location: Saanich Commonwealth Place, 4636 Elk Lake Drive
Date: February 20-22
Time: Finals start at 6:00pm
Visit for more info, tickets and full schedule

We Roll for Creole Charity Casino Night – February 21

VICA’s U40 Group is hosting their 6th Annual Charity Casino for Help Fill a Dream. Be
prepared for a “Ragin Cajun”good time as we are taking a trip to Bourbon Street with this
years Mardi Gras theme.
The event will be taking place Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort
with doors opening to the famous midway games at 5:30PM. This year we have a Red
Carpet entrance with a Paparazzi style photographer to capture your arrival in your Mardi
Gras theme attire (optional). With a live band performing you can dance in between your
favorite casino games. We will also be serving Cajun inspired canapés and of course a
cash bar with proceeds from each drink going directly to Help Fill a Dream.
Last year this event raised $18,000 for Help Fill a Dream and with your support and the
support of our volunteers we are aiming higher this year. Buy tickets here.


Our Place Coldest Night of the Year – February 22

For the third straight year, Our Place is participating in Canada’s National Walk for Homelessness. Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly walk that raises awareness and raises money for charities serving hungry, homeless, and hurting people in our community.

Please consider gathering a team of friends, family, workmates or congregation together, register online, and join us at Our Place on Feb. 22 for either a 2, 5 or 10-kilometer walk.

The website to register  is now up and running with 11 teams already signed up.

We are excited to announce a partnership with the Pacific Centre Family Services Association to host a walk in the Westshore as well! The website for the westshore walk is  and registration is open

If you are interested in joining or captaining a team or have any questions, contact Steven Seltzer at 250-940-5064, or

Please help spread the word. We will see you out in the cold!

Saturday February 22nd

4:00pm: we start welcoming participants at The Mustard Seed

2km, 5km or 10km walk options to register online for

To register:

Our webpage:

Family, friends and co-workers are encouraged to participate and enjoy the walk and a hot dinner and live band upon return at The Mustard Seed!

Kaleidoscope Theatre’s The House at Pooh Corner – February 22-23

Based on the stories by A.A. Milne, adapted by Roderick Glanville, Christopher Robin has called a “mergency” meeting. He has decided to run away with his friends Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Kanga, tiny Roo, Tigger and, of course, Pooh himself. They will probably go to the North Pole or to the South Pole. Why? There is a dark, mysterious threat that Christopher Robin is to be sent away to “Education.” Nobody knows exactly what or where that is, and if he’s sent to such a distant place, what can his friends possibly do without him? So it’s generally agreed that they’ll run away. From discovering what to feed Tigger (no haycorns, no honey, no thistles) to playing Poohsticks over the bridge, the friends are bound only by their childhood imaginations in this delightful adventure in the Hundred Acre Wood.

Featuring Hailey Fowler, Mark Hellman, Elliott Loran, David Radford, & Kirsten Van Ritzen

Performance Times:

Saturday, February 22 – 4pm

Sunday, February 23 – 2pm

All performances take place at:  The McPherson Playhouse – #3 Centennial Square, Victoria. Purchase tickets here.

Victoria – BC SPCA Treat Week – Feb 24 – March 1, 2020

Treat Week is a FUN-draiser for the BC SPCA Victoria Branch, which helps support the lifesaving services we provide to animals in our community. Celebrated all across BC, between February 24 and March 1, supporters register to raise funds and give treats to their donors as a sweet thank you. Donations can be collected in person or online at and registration is free!

The best part? This event can be as creative as you want it to be! Organize a baked good stand with homemade or store-bought treats, host a mimosa brunch, pizza day, cookie decorating party, movie night with candy and popcorn, cooking competition, dinner party, donuts and coffee casual Friday, or an ice cream social. Raising funds from friends and family who live far away – no problem, send a virtual thank you and encourage them to treat themselves to a little something special. For donating to help animals in need, they deserve it! Register and donate here.

Discover Tectoria – February 27

Discover Tectoria is a FREE exposition on Feb 27, 11am-6pm of more than 75 Greater Victoria tech companies, research projects, interactive displays and community partners… under ONE roof at the Crystal Garden. It’s one of the only events where locals and visitors come together to discover the innovation that’s stemming from right here in “Tectoria”. Attendees get to interact with the people and their creations to better understand who and what is driving Victoria’s largest industry… leading to potential careers, connections or just an appreciated knowledge.
VIATEC created this event to open the eyes of potential employees, investors and policymakers to the vibrancy and potential of the local tech scene… not to mention inspiring tomorrow’s inventors.
It only comes around every two years, so you’re encouraged to check it out if you’re interested in the local tech sector in any way!

Intrepid Theatre presents Castlereigh Theatre Projects’ God’s Lake Feb 28-29

God’s Lake is an original piece of documentary theatre that uses an original live score, heightened physicality and stunning visual imagery. This is a rare glimpse into the lived reality of the remote community of God’s Lake Narrows, Manitoba following traumatic events of unresolved justice and a complex and challenging past, told verbatim from interviews conducted with its members over six months in 2017.
God’s Lake is touring the province, and finishes it’s tour at home, playing February 28 & 29 at The Metro Studio.

Handbags for Hope – February 28

On February 28th Handbags for Hope will be happening at the Bengal Lounge in The Empress for the last time in celebration of it’s 10th Anniversary.  Join us for a fun evening of shopping in support of Childhood Cancer Research and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. There will be thousands of new to you and a silent auction of designer items.  Want to help? Dig through your closets and donate any new and gently used items to our collection drive Jan. 11/12 and 18/19 at Mayfair Shopping Centre. Tickets for the event go on sale January 24 for $35 at

2nd Annual Pink Shirt Gala – February 29

The Pink Shirt Gala will be an evening of PINK, with pink inspired cocktails, food, décor, dress, entertainment and surprises. This event is a new and exciting hot-ticket party in Greater Victoria that will help provide funding to expand the WITS Programs into more Canadian schools. Come dressed to impress in your best pink party attire!
The WITS Programs (formerly Rock Solid) Foundation, is a registered Canadian charity working to reduce peer-victimization/bullying and teach conflict resolution from kindergarten via the proven effective WITS Strategies –  Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out, Seek Help.



Fashion Splash – February 29

Fashion Splash is showcasing the unique talents of the Island and celebrating our connection with the ocean and environment, acknowledging the creative and beautiful power of fashion.
Over 12 eco-friendly designers will be showing you their creations. We have 37 models being beautified by and a 20 person team of Victoria’s best hair and makeup artist. Live Music, and a cash bar. We will also be raising funds for the Victoria Woman’s Transition House through a silent auction.
Fashion Splash is about bringing Victoria’s growing fashion community together for a good cause. Pier A at Ogden point is an excellent location beside the world-famous Breakwater. If you love to support local talent and charities, Feb 29th will be a night to remember.

Saanich Braves 2019/2020 Season

The Saanich Junior Braves Hockey Club is one of the longest existing premier Junior B franchises in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. Our leadership group have work hard to develop strong organizational policies, values, and beliefs.

Our mandate is to provide a high-quality competitive atmosphere for our players, to provide an opportunity for them to further advance in hockey and ultimately throughout life. This we believe will help to continue the strong hockey tradition in Saanich.

The Junior Braves appreciate the support of our hockey community, and the long-standing partnerships that we have worked hard to develop. We want to make everyone proud of these young athletes and help to embrace our program on and off the ice. We recognize the efforts of our volunteers, corporate partners and the fans who have a vested interest in these athletes both as hockey players and “men in the community”.   (Picture attached) website: