Victoria Operatic Society Celebrates the American Musical at McPherson Playhouse on 
May 22 as part of the Royal McPherson Centennial celebration this week.

Royal, McPherson theatres host birthday week of world-class arts

100th birthday celebration for cultural institutions takes place all week

Dozens of music, dance and theatre acts return home for the 100th birthday of the Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse this week, beginning with the fascinatingly beautiful choreography of Crystal Pite and her Kidd Pivot Production of The Tempest Replica

Last seen in Victoria with the 2009 presentation of her lauded work Dark Matters, Pite and Kidd Pivot return with The Tempest Replica, based on motifs and themes from Shakespeare’s The Tempest with movement based on that of moths. Pite has been wowing seasoned dance critics across the globe with her modern dance routines, and she started it all right here in Victoria. (tonight, 8 p.m., Royal)

•••

The Victoria Conservatory of Music is planning a unique pairing of choral masterworks as their contribution to the centennial celebration: The Magnificat by J.S. Bach, and the Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Vox Humana, the city’s leading chamber choir, will be joined by two dozen members of the Victoria Symphony for this performance. (May 22, 8 p.m., McPherson)

•••

Daniel Lapp is hosting a West Coast Roots Celebration on Friday, with appearances from the B.C. Fiddle Orchestra Mae Moore, Adam Dobres, Ivonne Hernandez, Carolyn Mark, Ollie Swain, Doug Cox and more. Sure to be a fiddlin’ good time for all. (May 23, 8 p.m., McPherson).

•••

Victoria’s early punk and new wave roots are on full display during Rock the Royal! Saturday night. Curated by Nick Blasko and Dimitri Demers of Atomique Productions, the show features Vince Vaccaro, Acres of Lions, Kuba Oms, Steph Macpherson, Mindil Beach, Mike Edel, Quoia, Towers and Trees, Isobel Trigger and more.

•••

Victoria Operatic Society brings back its Broadway: Decades In Review show from 2011 with the rebranded VOS Celebrates The American Musical. Hear classics such as Oklahoma and contemporary shows like Wicked, Grease and Billy Elliot. Full calendar and tickets at rm100.ca.

Just Posted

Esquimalt requests public feedback as it plans for plastic bag ban

An online survey aims to gather information before the ban comes into effect in January 2020

Unattended cooking causes fire in Songhees Nation home

Two people treated for injuries, one transported to hospital Monday evening

Busy Tuesday for BC Ferries passengers

First sailings to and from Swartz Bay sold out

Rain with a high of 16 C for Tuesday

Plus your weekly forecast

Canada Women’s Rugby 7s Team land at home after series triumph

Next stop at Langford offers Olympic qualification

Easter bombings a response to New Zealand attacks, says Sri Lanka minister

The Islamic State group asserted it was responsible for the nine bombings

New commemorative loonie marking ‘progress’ for LGBTQ2 people to be unveiled today

But advocates say it mistakenly suggests equality has been achieved largely as a result of government actions

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

United Way opens grants to help charities tackle social issues

Charities north of the Malahat can apply for grants $2,000 to $20,000

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Most Read