D.I.Y. Life: Art / Science / Ecology Fair
This fair is part of NATURAL SCIENCE, a touring BioArt exhibit that runs June 17 to July 30. The fair, which includes workshops, live music, performance art, and other such things, offers a venue to explore possibilities for an innovative and sustainable future — so positive! Oh, and there’s going to be an ‘Algae Organ,’ a bicycle-propelled street organ that grows and displays living algae. Uh, yeah. Check that out.
Fisherman’s Wharf Park, 12 Erie St.
Saturday, June 25, 12–5 p.m.
Admission by donation; open to all ages.
More info available at openspace.ca/NATURAL_SCIENCE
2016 Victoria Aboriginal Cultural Festival
This festival, hosted by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, will feature three days of performances on an outdoor stage in celebration of National Aboriginal Day. Not only that, but Aboriginal artists will be on-site with handmade carvings, prints, jewelry and more. And there’s going to be some tasty food. Why would anyone miss this?
Royal B.C. Museum, 675 Belleville St.
Friday, June 17, to Sunday, June 19.
Admission is free and open to all; full event schedule available at aboriginalbc.com/victoria-aboriginal-festival/
21st Annual FernFest
Well, here’s one reason why you might miss some of it. That same weekend marks Fernwood’s 21st annual celebration of the community. Musicians, performers, dancers, food, beer(!) — the list goes on! Looks like you’ll have this weekend cut out for you, but there’s nothing in the rules saying you can’t do both.
Friday, June 17, 5–10 p.m., and Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission is free; full event schedule and lineup available at fernwoodnrg.ca/events-directory/fernfest
Voivod, w/ King Parrot & Child Bite
There is nothing I could write here that would capture the technical, brutal, spellbinding experience that is listening to Voivod, and how lucky we mortals are to have them grace Victoria with their presence. It’s pure Canadian progressive thrash metal. Get into it. King Parrot (Australia) and Child Bite (Detroit) support.
Distrikt Nightclub, 919 Douglas St.
Sunday, June 12, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $19.50 in advance, $25 at the door; available at Lyle’s Place, Strathcona Hotel, and ticketzone.ca.
SHAKE! FEST 3
This annual summer music festival is “avant-garde from the get-go,” and with a lineup including lo-fi psych pop, industrial noise punk, and various other adjectives, there’s some truth to that claim. Three days + six venues + 25 bands = one Canada Day weekend you’ll not want to miss.
Thursday, June 30, to Saturday, July 2.
Full event schedule, locations, and day passes/tickets available at shakefestvic.experienceshake.com
Goddamn Millenials Again?!
Should this event go under this section? That depends if improv is a type of theatre. That question probably won’t be answered at this one-time event, but hey, come for the ontological inquiries, stay for the laughs. Comedian Victoria Banner brings three of her all-time fav comedians to Victoria (all under the age of 40!) to make jokes and stuff. Check it out!
Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.
Tuesday, June 21, 8–10 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and available online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2555443