Victoria’s 150th celebration to be filled with art and music

Six months of performances, displays and parties in store for B.C. capital

Victoria Edgarr

The City of Victoria has announced the winning bids for grants to help celebrate 150 years of incorporation.

Fifty-seven arts and community groups will share a $283,000 pot to put on a variety of events, performances, displays and parties between May and October.

“This will showcase the remarkable talent and diversity that we have in this city,” Mayor Dean Fortin said Tuesday morning at the Royal Theatre.

“It seems right and wise to place arts and culture at the centre of our city’s celebration,” said Patrick Corrigan, executive director of Pacific Opera Victoria.

“Just as the arts celebrate and investigate the widest range of human emotions and human experience, through this program, arts and artists will illuminate Victoria’s iconic locations.”

The opera company will showcase the Royal, one of the city’s oldest performance venues, with a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the opening night of **Macbeth in September.

Funding for the celebrations was provided by the Canadian Heritage ($120,000) the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development ($120,000), Francophone Affairs B.C. ($13,800) and the city’s celebration partner, the Greater Victoria Spirit Committee Society ($25,000).

The society selected the winning recipients from a long list of applicants.

They include:

Ambient Art: Chalk artist Ian Morris will recreate photos from the Maritime Museum of British Columbia

Rattenbury, the Opera: Other Guys Theatre brings the dramatic life of Victoria’s most famous architect to life

A Courthouse, A River and a Button Blanket Dance: Artist Peter Morin explores the nation’s relationship to Bastion Square

City Hall commemorative book: The Victoria Civic Heritage Trust-produced book looks at the civic building’s architecture and site development.

Victoria 150 print project: Guided by Victoria Edgarr, studio manager of GroundZero Printmakers, 20 artists will each create an etching, linocut or serigraph featuring historic Victoria places.

For more information on Victoria 150 celebrations, visit www.victoria.ca.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Rare white orca spotted hunting off shores of Alaska for first time

Tl’uk seems healthy and strong, says researcher

Mental health challenges add to youth stress load

Part 2 in a Black Press series on Youth Homelessness

Langford bike park rolling along to completion

New park a tribute to Jordie Lunn’s legacy

Mount Newton Centre pivots to keep serving seniors

Peninsula non-profit in need of iPads to stay connected

Oak Bay council places 60-day protection order on Island Road house

Developer pulled heritage agreement over ‘exorbitant’ $417,000 fees

VIDEO: Greater Victoria police officers try bhangra dancing with social media star

Gurdeep Pandher leads bhangra lesson on front lawn of the BC Legislature building

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

VIDEO: World responds to B.C. girl after pandemic cancels birthday party

Dozens of cards and numerous packages were delivered to six-year-old Charlie Manning

Expected fall peak of COVID-19 in Canada could overwhelm health systems: Tam

National modelling projections released Friday show an expected peak in cases this fall

Hundreds of sea lions to be killed on Columbia River in effort to save endangered fish

Nearly 22,000 comments received during public review were opposed, fewer than 200 were for

Most Read