Victoria BC
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Victoria has a healthy artistic community with lots of local artists and artisans located here. From theatre productions both professional and fringe to Opera and Ballet. Galleries and centres focusing on art from around the world and art in the community you are bound to find something that you will like.

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Victoria Art Galleries
winchester galleries Winchester Galleries has been an important part of the visual arts in Victoria for many years , and the partners Gunter Heinrich and Anthony Sam have pursued their goal of bringing the finest quality original Canadian Art, historic, modern and contemporary to an expanding clientele. Winchester Galleries regularly exhibits artists of regional, national and international stature. Such artists as Jack Shadbolt, Joseph Plaskett, Toni Onley, Michael Morris and Vicky Marshall are but a few of the outstanding Canadian artists who have exhibited during the past three years.
greater Victroria Art Gallery The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has an extensive permanent collection of more than 17,000 works that reflects three main areas: our extensive Asian art holdings include the most comprehensive collection of Japanese art in Canada; our historical collections feature Canadian and international works; and our contemporary art collection features national and international artists, with a particular commitment to Canadian artists and those from BC and the local regions.
maltwood and legacy The Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery houses a large and varied collection ranging from ancient Chinese artifacts to works by well known contemporary artists. Click here for more information about our collection or here to view our entire collection online. Additionally, we host as many as 24 exhibits per year in our gallery locations. These exhibits are as diverse as our collection. The New Gallery is the The Legacy Art Gallery and Café, located in Downtown Victoria, honours the bequest of Dr. Michael C. Williams. Open 10:00am to 5:30pm, Wednesday through Sunday, the gallery features the University's collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures by some of the best-known artists of the Pacific Northwest.

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The Musical Arts
victoria symphony From our roots in a navy band to today's magical Maestra Tania Miller, the Victoria Symphony boasts an interesting and lively story. Of course, any organization - especially in the arts - is only as good as the players, staff and volunteers. Our family is extended and includes great volunteers who serve on our board and the high caliber musicians who make the music. You'll find out "who's who" right here. The Symphony Splash is one of the annual events that is performed by the Victoria Symphony and attracts huge amounts of visitors to the inner harbour for this floating extravaganza. (Usually held in August)
pacific opera victoria POV was incorporated in 1980, and has earned a reputation for fostering young Canadian artists, presenting a unique blend of repertoire, building original new sets for most productions, and developing working partnerships with other arts institutions. Box Office results are strong: POV enjoys the country's highest subscriber renewal rate. The Company has established a business strategy to plan for future balanced budgets, while continuing the expansion of its artistic mandate. POV has a proud tradition of working in partnership with local and national organizations to foster interest (and support for) the production of opera.
victoria operatic society The Victoria Operatic Society (VOS) is a non-profit organization established in 1945 with the purpose of bringing top-quality live musical theatre to Victoria and giving aspiring young singers and performers the opportunity to display their talents. Over the years, VOS has produced Broadway Musicals, Light Operas, and Gilbert & Sullivan productions, using and promoting local talent on and off the stage. The Society strives for quality, professional productions, while endeavoring to maintain affordable family prices.

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The Theatrical Arts
the belfry The Belfry Theatre was founded in 1974 as the Springridge Cultural Centre (renamed the Belfry Theatre in 1976) by a group of community minded individuals. Its original focus was as an alternative venue for touring theatre productions, concerts and community arts events. The company began producing plays in 1976 with a focus on contemporary work, especially new Canadian plays. In the past 30 years the Belfry has become one of Canada's most successful and respected theatre companies. From August to May each year the Belfry produces up to twelve plays: four Mainstage productions - our season ticket series; one or two Bonus productions, popular fare that assists with fundraising for the company; and each spring, a festival of innovative and alternative work from across Canada.
theatre Kaleidoscope Theatre is the only professional theatre company on Vancouver Island providing resident programming for young audiences and their families. Performing last year to over 35,000 children and families, the company continues to provide excellent theatre to audiences at home and abroad through its varied resident, touring and festival programming. Kaleidoscope's mission is to create original innovative and relevant theatre experiencese that stimulate and inspire young people and their communities
langham court theatre The original Langham Court Theatre buildings (ca. 1880) were the carriage house and barn on elite Belcher Street (now Rockland Avenue). Over the years they have changed hands several times and been, by turns, part of The Collegiate School for Boys, part of St. George's School for Girls, a meeting hall and the home of the 1930 Victoria Operatic Society. Since 1929, over 27,000 Guild volunteers have presented nearly 3,000 performances of more than 500 shows to over a quarter of a million patrons. Thanks to our current complement of members and audience support, the Victoria Theatre Guild & Dramatic School continues to be one of Western Canada's few community theatre success stories.
pheonix theatre The Pheonix Theatre is operated at UVic Welcome to the Department of Theatre. If you are looking for a degree program that will immerse you in the total theatre experience, then the University of Victoria’s Department of Theatre is where you belong. You will study in one of the most innovative teaching facilities in Canada, be taught by some of the leading scholars and theatre professionals in North America and gain a valuable global perspective that comes from obtaining a liberal arts degree.
Victoria Artisans

Wood Art

The craft of Robert S. Martin is truly amazing. He describes his work as contemporary, sometimes traditional, and inspired by natural forms. The beautiful local wood of British Columbia is featured prominently in his designs including tables, cabinets, boxes, wood beds, sleigh beds, tree sculpture, solid wood furniture, arts and crafts, and wood carvings.


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