Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christmas Lights Bike Ride with @GVCC December 13 #yyjevents #cycling #christmas #christmaslights #yyl

Christmas Lights Ride - On Saturday, December 13 join the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition (GVCC) for their 17th annual perennial family favourite scenic lights ride and get a close-up view of colourful Christmas lights displays in the Oaklands/Hillside area.

The ride begins and ends at Oaklands Community Centre, 2827 Belmont Ave. Registration begins at 6pm.

The ride is approximately 20 kilometres and returns to the Recreation Centre at approximately 8:30 p.m. with free refreshments and door prizes!

Decorating your bike is encouraged. Functioning front and rear lights are required for this night ride.

The Magic of Christmas Light-up Dec. 1 @ButchartGardens #yyjevents #christmas


The Magic of Christmas Light-up

From December 1st until Twelfth Night on January 6th, thousands of lights twinkle and glow throughout The Gardens. Started in 1987, the display is so large that our lighting crew is busy for a full two months installing it, and the accompanying massive amount of festive decorations.


Throughout the festive season the ice skating rink in Waterwheel Square, adds an extra experience to the lighting extravaganza. Each evening the Festive Brass and traditional carollers perform in the crisp night air. Hot chocolate and other Christmas treats are near at hand from the cosy, fire place warmed Coffee Shop and even nearer to the music in the Blue Poppy Restaurant. More formal dining is offered in The Dining Room Restaurant with a special Magic of Christmas Menu, in its thoroughly Christmas atmosphere.


Our Magic of Christmas Season starts on Monday, December 1st with our Light-Up Ceremony at 5pm at the Rose Carousel when the switch will be thrown to light up The Gardens. Experience Traditional Carollers and Festive Brass, all day free rides on The Rose Carousel, and of course our light displays - don't forget your camera! And kids (12 and under), remember to bring your hand-crafted snowflake and trade it at the coffee shop for a free hot chocolate!

More info: http://www.butchartgardens.com/

All photos: www.piv.photography

Colwood Christmas Light Up Dec. 3 @cityofcolwood #yyjevents #christmas @RedBarnMarkets @Lilja_Chong

The Colwood Christmas Light Up is one of those special community events that captures the true spirit of the Christmas season and leaves people smiling. Friends and neighbours get to visit and reconnect while children from our local school choirs spread cheer with their musical performances.

Join us Wednesday, December 3rd from 6:00 -7:30 pm at Colwood City Hall, 3300 Wishart Road.

Free family fun

It’s an event you may want mittens for, but you can leave your wallet at home, because hot chocolate, hot dogs and treats are all provided by generous Colwood businesses. Bitez Sandwich Bar supplies the best hot chocolate you ever tasted, (complete with marshmallows!). Red Barn Market at Latoria Walk donates hot dogs that Colwood councillors and staff grill to perfection. And Royal Bay Bakery provides their mouthwatering mini apple fritters.

Kids love this event! Volunteers from West Shore Parks & Recreation will help the kids do crafts and make Christmas swags that they can hang at home or give as a gift to a friend or family member. And all the kids look forward to the big moment when Santa arrives on the fire truck. It’s part of the magic of Christmas that kids look forward to.

The spirit of giving - with a dash of competition

This year, we hope community members will consider bringing a donation for the Goldstream Food Bank or the Christmas Backpack Project, which provides much needed supplies for people who have no home to go to this Christmas. People can place their donations under the Christmas tree they like best to ‘vote’ in our little competition between the Colwood City Hall team, the Colwood Fire Hall team and the Colwood Public Works team.

Join the community celebration Wednesday, December 3rd from 6pm to 7:30pm when City Hall officially lights up for the Christmas season!

Donations gratefully accepted for the Christmas Backpack Project and the Goldstream Food Bank.

Christmas Concert for a Cause Alix @GooldenHall @CFAXsantas

The Greater Victoria Concert Band presents: Christmas Concert for a Cause

Venue: Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC

Date 12/14/2014

Start Time: 07:30 PM
End Time: 09:30 PM

Price (CAD) 15.00

Website www.gvcb.ca

Facebook www.facebook.com/events/533444163458960/

Details Enjoy a live evening performance featuring our Senior & Intermediate Bands with special guests C-FAX Santas Anonymous 35th Anniversary Choir joining together to celebrate the spirit of the season. Proceeds benefit C-FAX Santas Anonymous supporting those in need.

Admission by donation ($15 suggested)

Please also bring a food item donation.

Proceeds benefit C-FAX Santas Anonymous supporting those in need.

Email gvcbpublicity@shaw.ca

Maureen Washington releases new Chsritmas CD #yyjmusic @mmwashington #christmsmusic


Maureen Washington will be releasing her 2nd Christmas album - 'Christmas is' and performing in concert November 30th.


Karel Roessingh
Joey Smith
Damian Graham

with special guests

Daniel Lapp & Al Pease

First Metropolitian United Church November 30th doors at 6:15 PM show at 7:00

Tickets $15 available (CASH ONLY) Allison Piano 2328 Government St 250-384-393

15th Annual Sunfest headliners announced #yyjmusic @SunfestConcerts @KeithUrban @leebrice @JoeNichols @ThomasRhett @SamHuntMusic

Duncan B.C.: British Columbia’s largest country music festival proudly announces 2015 headliners: four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Joe Nichols, Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt. The 15th annual Sunfest Country Music Festival, featuring country music’s hottest Nashville stars, expands to four nights on the Main Stage, July 30 to August 2, 2015.

Kicking-off Sunfest with his inaugural performance on Vancouver Island, Thursday July 30, 2015, Lee Brice, who recently sold-out Madison Square Gardens and was awarded ‘Song of the Year’ by the Academy of Country Music Awards following his Gold album ‘Hard 2 Love,’ steps into the spotlight as a performing artist after a decorated songwriting career.

Friday night headliner Joe Nichols, whose debut album went Platinum and has more # 1 hit singles than you can count, recently launched his own successful label, Red Bow. Debuting on Vancouver Island for the first time, he’s bringing a taste of Nashville to the west coast.


Four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban whose accolades include CMA’s Vocalist of the Year, eight-time winner of the Academy of Country Music Awards, five multi -platinum albums, 16 #1 songs and a nomination for a Golden Globe takes the stage Saturday, August 1, 2015 for the first time ever on Vancouver Island.

Sunfest Sunday goes out with a bang with back-to-back headliners Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt. Rhett, who won New Artist of the Year during the Country Music Academy Awards in November 2014, closes the festival with his chat topping album ‘It Goes Like This.’ Sam Hunt, a rising pop-country star who has written hits for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Billy Currington incorporates experimental songwriting with modern beats, tones and wordplay. Averaging 300,000 streams per day, Hunt won Spotify’s ‘Emerge’ program for new artists.

BC’s premiere country music festival, welcoming 40,000 visitors in 2015, brings the biggest and brightest in country music to the west coast of Canada.

Tickets for Sunfest are available for purchase online at www.sunfestconcerts.com.