Celebrate the first night of Chanukah by attending a public menorah lighting in the presence of rabbis, federal and provincial government officials, and community leaders. The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra will provide live Chanukah music, and of course there’ll be Chanukah doughnuts. The evening also includes dreidels and menorah kits.
In front of the B.C. Legislature
Sunday, Dec. 6, 3:30 p.m.
Admission is free.
Enrich your holidays with local folk and roots legends Jon and Roy. They’ll be accompanied by Daniel Wesley, a chill reggae rock musician who’s recently morphed his music into fast-paced romance rock. Kandle is a relaxed pop band with distant and striking female vocals. Last but not least, Ryan Bolt compliments the set with his beautiful but gritty old school folk.
Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Ave.
Saturday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m.
Admission: $25; all-ages; advance tickets available at Lyle’s Place and ticketfly.com.
If you can afford a chandelier-ornamented brunch with the all-famous Santa, I recommend you do it! This will be a sophisticated dining experience that invites post-meal Santa photos — no shame necessary.
Fairmont Empress, 721 Government St.
Sunday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Admission: $55 adults; $27.50 children.
Another art battle! If you haven’t been to this monthly event, you should treat yourself. Painters race against time to produce competitive level art pieces in only 20 minutes. Not to mention, you can walk around creeping on the process. At the end, the crowd votes on the best artwork, and you can buy your favourite piece through a silent auction.
Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.
Thursday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.
$20 general admission; $15 online; $10 for students/seniors; tickets available at artbattle.ca.
Come join the Herbnerdz for an educational walk to Springridge Commons hosted by Free Herb Skool. You’ll meet like-minded earth lovers and learn to scavenge for sweet plants throughout the Fernwood neighbourhood. Pets and warm clothes are encouraged.
Meet at Cornerstone Cafe, 1301 Gladstone Ave.
Sunday, Dec. 13, 12:30 p.m.
Free! Email firstname.lastname@example.org (include your name and contact info).
Minimal wave is considered pre-MIDI, or pre-1982, atmospheric electronic music. It combines new wave, synthpop, electro-punk and basically every other electro and synth genre combination. Come dance off the semester and get weird with smoke and lasers.
Copper Owl, 1900 Douglas St.
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 9 p.m.
Float back to the chill romantics of the ‘80s with local band Girlfriend. Also, don’t miss another local band, Teenage Wedding, in their first ever show! Despite their newness, the band is full of experienced musicians from Zuzu’s Petals, Mouth Breather, and Pot Jungle. Smoke Eaters are a band from Calgary who perfectly complement this chill pop garage theme. Stuck brings their equally sharp sweetness for an overall night of lose-yourself dream rock happiness.
Copper Owl, 1900 Douglas St.
Thursday, Dec. 10, 9 p.m.
Admission is $8 at the door.
If you like fast-paced low-fi, this show is for you. Sure is an alt-rock band who’s played on CFUV and is celebrating their mixtape release. Pinner is a garage punk band that will help to abolish all your exam stress — at least for one night. Sightlines is an amazing alt-rock band coming over from Vancouver; it’d be to your benefit to welcome their awesomeness.
Vic 42, 660 Discovery St.
Friday, Dec. 11, 8 p.m.
Admission is $10 at the door; all ages event.