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Victoria Dining Guide

Victoria Dining Guide

Wondering where to dine in Victoria? I LOVE trying new restaurants, and I've been compiling my BIG list of favourite eateries for more than a decade. Click the fork-and-spoon image to read my Victoria Dining Guide.

Artist in Residence at The English Inn

The lovely English Inn in Esquimalt has new owners, and the hotel has become a local music, arts, and culture hotspot thanks to a partnership with Esquimalt’s energetic Township Community Arts Council (TCAC). If you haven’t seen the extensive renovations that have transformed the heritage inn from yee dumpy . . . → Click to read full blog


60th Annual Fine Art Exhibition & Sale at Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, B.C.

If you appreciate good art, I encourage you to attend the annual Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society exhibition and sale, April 27-28, 2013.

I do so not just because my Honey, Michael Giles (an experienced and, IMHO, wonderfully artistic potter) is one of the participants. Though Michael will have . . . → Click to read full blog


Victoria International Chalk Art Festival Finale

The Victoria International Chalk Festival wraps up this weekend with a two-day exhibition of a half dozens artists’ work. Government Street will be closed to vehicle traffic this weekend, September 15-16, 2012, so chalk artists from around North America—including Victoria’s own Ian Morris— can create their ethereal masterpieces along the . . . → Click to read full blog


Take Your Queen to a Castle for Mother’s Day

I wish my mom lived in Victoria. If she did, this coming Sunday, May 13, 2012, I would definitely take her to the Mother’s Day Paint-In and Craft Fair at Hatley Park National Historic Site.

This will be the 17th year for the annual event, which will run from 10 . . . → Click to read full blog


Saturday Moss Street Paint-in, a.k.a. TD Art Gallery Paint-in, Victoria, BC

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Victoria artist Robert Amos works on a new piece.

I hope the weather gods are kind to participants in the Moss Street Paint-in this Saturday, July 16, 2011.

Dozens of artists display their works for sale in this annual event, setting up their wares along Moss Street between Fort . . . → Click to read full blog


Victoria Art Gallery Admission by Donation, First Tuesday of the Month: Victoria BC

This Tuesday (July 5, 2011) is pay-by-donation day at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV). The gallery will be suspending its usual admission prices—as it does on the first Tuesday of every month—and welcoming visitors to pay any amount they wish to view the current exhibits. (The regular adult . . . → Click to read full blog


The Genius of Artist/Author Nick Bantock: Yours for $4.99 (Scrimp) or $375 (Splurge)

I have an unusual topic for today’s Scrimp or Splurge post: Nick Bantock.

Artist and author Nick Bantock exploded onto the publishing scene in 1991 with his epistolary novel Griffin & Sabine. The book’s mysteriously romantic storyline and its delightfully interactive elements—beautiful letters that can be removed from . . . → Click to read full blog


Visit 18 Studios on the James Bay Art Walk, an Historic Victoria Neighbourhood

Don’t let the rain keep you indoors on Sunday. Break out your brolly and take in the second and final day of the 6th annual James Bay Art Walk.

Between 11 am and 5 pm on Sept. 12, 2010, you can visit the workshops of 18 artists on a self-guided . . . → Click to read full blog