Good family vibe at BC Day celebrations

Families from around the Capital Region enjoyed a full day’s slate of entertainment and activities at Celebrate BC Day at St. Ann’s Academy National Historic Site on Aug. 4.

Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell brought greetings from the Government of British Columbia, the presenting sponsor of the BC Day festivities that featured a wide range of music, activities and fun including interactive displays from Parks Canada to posing for postcards with grizzly bears thanks to the Number Creative.… Read More

Something for all on BC Day stage

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A large diverse audience turned up to dance and listen to Latin Grammy Award winner Alex Cuba, headlining the Celebrate BC Day main stage Monday evening.

In addition to the Smithers-based singer-songwriter’s energetic performance, crowds enjoyed the musical talents of Rukus, the Moonshiners, Theresa Pasaluko, Isobel Trigger, Jessie Roper and Shane Phillip. The Le-La-La Kwakwaka’wakw Dancers and magician Jason Verners rounded out the day’s entertainment.

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Avid fans turn out for Bobs and Lolo

Sporting colourful hats and sunscreen, an enthusiastic horde of pre-schoolers descended on St. Ann’s Academy National Historic Site in Victoria to sing, dance and laugh with Bobs and Lolo.

The popular children’s entertainers drew a large and appreciative crowd at the Celebrate BC Day event over the Aug. 4 long weekend. The stroller set groupies clapped, wiggled and jumped around to their favourite songs seen on Treehouse TV before lining up to get autographs from Robyn Hardy and Lorraine Pond, two-time Juno nominated singer-songwriters originally hailing from Lantzville.… Read More

Delicious demo delicacies devoured

The BC Eats Stage features amazing food and recipe ideas from around the province thanks to live demonstrations and tasty creations by Vancouver Island chefs.

Dan Hayes (The London Chef), Daniella Cubelic (Silk Road Tea), Laura Moore (Good For You Gourmet), Brigitte Balogh (Cary Castle Mews Tearoom) and Josh Houston (Oak Bay Beach Hotel) wowed onlookers with cooking tips, ideas and samples.

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BC Filmmakers featured

Through the BC Lens featured interesting, visually stunning and thought-provoking short films covering a wide range of topics at the forefront of BC’s cultural and social landscape.

Shown in St. Ann’s Academy’s historic auditorium, films included The Pearl, Don James CM, The Questions We Ask, Reaching Blue, Burning Dandelion and Salish Oars. Several of the filmmakers were on hand to answer questions and discuss their projects.

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B.C.’s beauty captured in photos

The beautiful and the quirky — the essence of British Columbia was on display at the Capture BC photo exhibit at St. Ann’s Academy on BC Day Monday.

More than 30 submissions from photographers across the province, plus a dozen pictures from Parks Canada highlighted spectacular B.C. locations.

The Capture BC exhibit was supported by Metropol and Prism Imaging. The photographs are on display through the Victoria Times Colonist exclusive online gallery.… Read More

Crafts, kids and a whole lot of fun!

Crafty Victoria provided a colourful assortment of fixin’s to spark creative juices in the arts and crafts tent and kids could get close and personal with various tidepool critters thanks to Shaw Ocean Discovery. Daisy the Cow and Farmer Vicki from Island Farms turned up along with the Victoria Royals’ Marty and Marmot to add to the fun.

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