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Ashley Wey, Hermann’s Jazz Club’s booking manager and longtime performer at the Victoria venue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria’s Hermann’s Jazz Club makes first and only pandemic plea amid struggles

Recent capacity restrictions have been the hardest yet on local music institution

Victoria artist Chrystal Phan poses with her painting Pool Party at the Chapel Gallery ahead of her exhibit opening Jan. 21. (Courtesy of Chrystal Phan)

Victoria artist’s new exhibit explores Canadian identity through immigrant family’s eyes

Chrystal Phan depicts scenes from her childhood growing up Vietnamese-Canadian

A stay in the penthouse at the Hotel Grand Pacific is among the prizes for the raffle attached to the Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria festival. (Black Press Media file photo)

Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria adds raffle to meal appeal

Prize packages feature hotel stays, restaurant gift cards; hospitality workers to benefit

Missing Michael is a 10-part podcast series by Laura Palmer that explores the notorious 1991 missing person case of a four-year-old Victoria boy. (Courtesy Laura Palmer)
Missing Michael is a 10-part podcast series by Laura Palmer that explores the notorious 1991 missing person case of a four-year-old Victoria boy. (Courtesy Laura Palmer)

New podcast investigates disappearance of Michael Dunahee from Victoria playground

Series promises previously unheard stories, details from notorious 1991 case, podcaster says

Missing Michael is a 10-part podcast series by Laura Palmer that explores the notorious 1991 missing person case of a four-year-old Victoria boy. (Courtesy Laura Palmer)
Missing Michael is a 10-part podcast series by Laura Palmer that explores the notorious 1991 missing person case of a four-year-old Victoria boy. (Courtesy Laura Palmer)
Canada’s Drag Race comes to Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for a July 16 performance winding up its nationwide tour. (Facebook/Canada’s Drag Race)

Second season of Canada’s Drag Race ending tour in Victoria

Fans can attend the finale July 16 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Canada’s Drag Race comes to Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for a July 16 performance winding up its nationwide tour. (Facebook/Canada’s Drag Race)
Chrystal Phan’s Camping at the Chapel Gallery.

At The Galleries: Multi-media marks start of 2022 at galleries in Greater Victoria

Chapel showcases bittersweet story of challenges of assimilation into Canadian culture

Chrystal Phan’s Camping at the Chapel Gallery.
Jesse Roper is a popular Victoria-based musician whose performances in Greater Victoria were widely attended prior to the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Roper/Facebook)

COVID shifts perspective for Greater Victoria performing artists

Studio owner/performer wants more clarity; guitarist/songwriter enjoys slower pace

Jesse Roper is a popular Victoria-based musician whose performances in Greater Victoria were widely attended prior to the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Roper/Facebook)
Johnny Vallis worked with the late Ronnie Spector during an 80-show house tour of the Legends of Rock and Roll in 1993. He said her loss on Jan. 12 is significant both for him personally, and for the music industry as a whole. (Photo courtesy of Johnny Vallis)

’Quite something:’ Langford singer reflects on performing with late rock legend Ronnie Spector

Johnny Vallis worked on 80 shows with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, who died Jan. 12

Johnny Vallis worked with the late Ronnie Spector during an 80-show house tour of the Legends of Rock and Roll in 1993. He said her loss on Jan. 12 is significant both for him personally, and for the music industry as a whole. (Photo courtesy of Johnny Vallis)
Saanich residents Reb Stevenson (left) and Billy Reid are the duo behind Pancake Manor, a successful children’s YouTube channel. (Photo courtesy of Reb Stevenson)

Saanich couple continue to build YouTube presence with kid’s music channel

Duo behind Pancake Manor releasing their eighth children’s album this week

Saanich residents Reb Stevenson (left) and Billy Reid are the duo behind Pancake Manor, a successful children’s YouTube channel. (Photo courtesy of Reb Stevenson)
Artist Claire Gaulin-Brown holds up one of the pieces in her solo exhibit Hollow Ground, on display at the Esquimalt Community Arts Hub until Jan. 28. (Courtesy of Esquimalt Community Arts Hub)

Esquimalt art exhibit highlights complexity of climate crisis

Paintings explore the fragility of existence, artist Claire Gaulin-Brown says

Artist Claire Gaulin-Brown holds up one of the pieces in her solo exhibit Hollow Ground, on display at the Esquimalt Community Arts Hub until Jan. 28. (Courtesy of Esquimalt Community Arts Hub)
A Speech and Dramatic Arts session at St. Phillips Church, hosted by the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival in March, 2021. (Facebook/Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival)

Registration opens for in-person return of Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival

95-year-old festival seeks school ensembles, ethnic acts, spoken word and more

A Speech and Dramatic Arts session at St. Phillips Church, hosted by the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival in March, 2021. (Facebook/Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival)
The Sooke Arts Council’s gallery reopens on Feb. 12 with a new show. (Photo courtesy of Sooke Arts Council)

Sooke Arts Council paints a pretty picture of 2022

After what’s being enthusiastically framed as a successful year, members of the…

The Sooke Arts Council’s gallery reopens on Feb. 12 with a new show. (Photo courtesy of Sooke Arts Council)
Wolf Edwards working on his piece ‘Civilian Death’ with the Tsilumos Ensemble ahead of the Salt New Music Festival and Symposium, being livestreamed Jan. 7 and 8 from the University of Victoria. (Facebook/Salt New Music Festival and Symposium)

UVic-led SALT Music Festival challenges music conventions virtually, Jan. 7 and 8

Online performances premiere works of composers from Greater Victoria and around the world

Wolf Edwards working on his piece ‘Civilian Death’ with the Tsilumos Ensemble ahead of the Salt New Music Festival and Symposium, being livestreamed Jan. 7 and 8 from the University of Victoria. (Facebook/Salt New Music Festival and Symposium)
Britanny Vis, executive director of the Maritime Museum of BC, is seeking input from queer, trans and two-spirit individuals willing to share their marine stories for use in the upcoming Queer at Sea exhibit. (Black Press Media file photo)
Britanny Vis, executive director of the Maritime Museum of BC, is seeking input from queer, trans and two-spirit individuals willing to share their marine stories for use in the upcoming Queer at Sea exhibit. (Black Press Media file photo)
Karen White reads her poetry at Stalag’tat/Goldstream River as part of the Poets Caravan created by Victoria-based Planet Earth Poetry. (Video by Lorraine Scollan)
Karen White reads her poetry at Stalag’tat/Goldstream River as part of the Poets Caravan created by Victoria-based Planet Earth Poetry. (Video by Lorraine Scollan)
Great blue herons are often seen in Greater Victoria near wetlands. (Photo by Robert Fraser)

Saanich photographer captures photos of beautiful birds in a winter landscape

Taking photos and getting close to nature is a way to ease anxiety, he says

Great blue herons are often seen in Greater Victoria near wetlands. (Photo by Robert Fraser)
The Victoria Beer Society’s annual week-long celebration returns next March after a two-year hiatus. (Photo by Sarah Hunsberger)

Victoria Beer Society announces 2022 Beer Week lineup

Annual event showcases over 50 B.C. breweries, tickets on sale online now

The Victoria Beer Society’s annual week-long celebration returns next March after a two-year hiatus. (Photo by Sarah Hunsberger)
A statue of famed Victoria artist Emily Carr, and her pet monkey, adorns the corner of Belleville and Government streets. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay poet pens award-winning words regarding ‘rebel’ Emily Carr

Two poets recognized among 60 entries in Victoria’s Emily Carr 150 Poetry Contest

A statue of famed Victoria artist Emily Carr, and her pet monkey, adorns the corner of Belleville and Government streets. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Greater Victoria entrepreneur turned author, Earl Large, grabs one of the many personal journal books he filled up during his decades in business. His new book, Living Large, contains poems he wrote in the books to start every month. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Large life lessons abound in first-time Victoria author’s new book

Not a self-help book, art book or poetry book, says Earl Large, but it incorporates all three

Greater Victoria entrepreneur turned author, Earl Large, grabs one of the many personal journal books he filled up during his decades in business. His new book, Living Large, contains poems he wrote in the books to start every month. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Glenlyon Norfolk student musicians perform in the virtual Winter Wonderland concert, posted online Dec. 17. (Glenlyon Norfolk School/YouTube)

VIDEO: Greater Victoria students showcase musical skills in virtual concerts

Glenlyon Norfolk School shares winter band, choir, arts performances

Glenlyon Norfolk student musicians perform in the virtual Winter Wonderland concert, posted online Dec. 17. (Glenlyon Norfolk School/YouTube)