Events Calendar: March 31–April 14

Culture Events



Synoptic Media Festival

The festival includes film screenings, media workshops, and student-made creations. Tuesday features a film screening and presentation at 1 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., seven Applied Ethnographics film students will showcase their short films. Wednesday features workshops in the Visual Lab.

David Lam Auditorium and Cornett Visual Lab B237, UVic

Tuesday, Apr. 5 at 1 p.m. to Wednesday, Apr. 6 at 4 p.m.

Free admission

This Side of West Issue 14 Launch Party

UVic’s Writing Course Union’s literary journal, This Side of West, is celebrating their fourteenth issue. You’re invited to a night of artist interviews, multi-genre readings, and music by Cathedral Bloom and Christmas Jeans (featuring members of Painted Fruit). New editions of the journal will be selling on site for $15 and old editions for $10 (cash only).

Copper Owl, 1900 Douglas Street

Friday, Apr. 8 at 8 p.m.

Tickets $10 in advance at the Fine Arts Building or $12 at the door


Tabla and Toy Piano

Shawn Mativetsky and Xenia Pestova perform “Tabla + Toy Piano” as part of their Ground/Terre Western Tour. Their Indian music explores unusual combinations of toy piano, Indian harmonium, and tabla. The performance includes Nicole Lizée’s “Metal Jacket,” Tina Pearson’s “Migration of Their Materials,” and Monica Pearce’s “damask,” as well as improvisations and traditional music.

Open Space, 510 Fort Street

Saturday, Apr. 2 at 8 p.m.

Tickets $11 for students and $26 general in advance at, or $15 for students and $20 general admission at the door


UVic Surf and Snow Clubs Present: The Board Meeting

The Surf Club and Snow Club are teaming up for a laid-back, tubular, gnarly, and radical party. 8–10 p.m. is “toonie two hour,” meaning beer and cider are only two bucks. After 11 p.m., drinks are still pretty cheap at $3. Aside from alcohol, the night features raffle prizes, a photo booth, live music, and some local DJ jams. Not to mention, sponsor gear will be available.

White Eagle Polish Hall, 90 Docks Street

Friday, Apr. 1 at 8 p.m.

Tickets $10 in advance (time and place TBA) and $12 at the door

Wild Life Alternative Craft Fair: Monster Market Spring Edition

This market features over forty eclectic artists, crafters, and general makers slanging unique goods. Meanwhile, live music fills the surrounding atmosphere all day long.

Saturday, Apr. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fernwood NRG, 1240 Gladstone Avenue

Free admission

Skills for Low-Tech Mushroom Cultivation

This course teaches the scientific art of cultivating mushrooms within low-tech, low-sterility, home-scale environments. Learn to grow mushrooms at home for food, medicine, and earth renewal — and the knowledge doesn’t end there. Gain hands-on skills in creating liquid cultures, petri cultures, grain spawn, sawdust kits, and more. With interest and time, you can learn to digest household waste with fungi and train fungi for remediation!

Fernwood NRG, 1240 Gladstone Avenue

Saturday, Apr. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets $85-100 (sliding scale) available at

ROOT fundraiser

Join speakers, exhibitors, and healers for this interactive educational event. Featuring a healthy cafe, sacred sounds, and indoor and outdoor activities within an urban forest, ROOT is a fundraiser for the Ancient Forest Alliance who have worked for years to protect old growth forests.

Goward House Society, 2495 Arbutus Road

Saturday, Apr. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ticket $10 at the door, with half of proceeds donated to Ancient Forest Alliance