SCRIMP: VICTORIA EVENTS CENTRE SHOWS «OR» SPLURGE: ROYAL & MCPHERSON THEATRES SOCIETY EVENTS
How has the Victoria Event Centre (VEC) slipped under my radar for so long? Operated by the Victoria Multi-Cultural Society, the VEC was established in 2003 to provide the city’s arts, entertainment, and non-profit communities with an affordable downtown venue. That translates into reasonably priced dance, music, theatre, comedy, literary events, and more for Victoria residents.
Okay, it’s not that I’ve been living in a hole for the last seven years. I am familiar with many of the local groups who regularly use the 1415 Broad Street venue: Impromaniacs Theatre Company, Open Cinema, Club Salsa, Victoria Poetry Slam, Atomic Vaudeville, and others. I just didn’t realize the VEC was an entity unto itself—with a full website, events schedule, marketing arm, and online ticket sales.
Performance prices are typically $7-$10 per person, a terrific value. I encourage readers to “Like” the VEC on Facebook to start receiving updates on the centre’s roster of events. Or check the VEC’s online calendar for the latest happenings. I’ve marked August 8 on my calendar with a big smiley face for Phillips Comedy Night, starring seasoned comedian Darcy Michael. And the Fringe Theatre Festival moves into the VEC August 25 to September 5, 2010.
While the VEC houses home-grown talent, the Royal & McPherson Theatres Society largely showcases the A-list, out-of-town performers. On their website, click “Tickets” to access the online calendar. On August 7, Air Supply ($85/$74/$62) will revive their ’80s pop-love tunes at The Royal, followed by legendary bluesman Taj Mahal ($60/$45) on August 13. Major symphony, ballet, and opera performances all take place under the roofs of these two classic theatres. For news of upcoming shows, sign up for the OnStage e-newsletter.