April, 2015

  1. Car Free Day: June 21st

    April 30, 2015 by Tessa Bousfield


    You may have heard of Car Free Day before, experienced it in Vancouver, or you may think it’s an event where everyone gets a new car like that episode of Oprah…

    In any case, Car Free Day (or Car Free YYJ as they’re calling it), is coming to Victoria for the first time so let’s get you up to speed!

    On Sunday, June 21 from 12pm to 6pm, six continuous blocks of Douglas Street from the Victoria Public Market (Herald Street) to The Bay Centre (Fort Street), will be closed to traffic and consumed by over 200 vendors, food trucks, three stages of music, entertainment and talent, and thousands of people!

    If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, there’s also plans for a skate ramp, a grassy park, a craft beer garden, farmer’s market, tours of downtown and more! This will be an event that will have a little something for everyone.

    Car Free Day in Vancouver, BC.

    Car Free Day in Vancouver, BC.

    Car Free Day started in Vancouver 10 years ago and they have seen it grow into an event with tens of thousands of people. The Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) and Atomique Productions thought it was about time Victoria got on board.

    “Car Free Day is a celebration of community and downtown and a chance for people to leave their cars for a day and hit the streets to experience Downtown Victoria’s biggest street fair,” commented Kristy Fallon, Marketing and Events Manager for the DVBA. “This festival will see Douglas Street being filled by Victoria businesses, performers, artisans, makers, service providers, and not-for-profits which will come out and show what it is that they do best through interactive exchanges with people from our community. This is an opportunity to see Douglas Street beyond just a transportation corridor and start imagining how we want to use it in the future.”

    There are several ways you can participate:

    • Register for the event for a small $50 fee (Deadline is May 11, 2015)
    • Display a Car Free Day poster in your window
    • Share news about Car Free Day with friends, family and coworkers
    • Follow them on Facebook and Twitter
    • Attend Car Free Day on June 21!


    More information about the festival is available at carfreeyyj.ca.

    This is going to be an annual event and you won’t want to miss the first. We’ll see you there!


  2. Clash of Arrows

    April 23, 2015 by Tessa Bousfield

    There aren’t many pleasures in the world that top hitting your best friend or boss with a bow and arrow (foam-tipped, of course), which is why ClashofArrows has arrived in Victoria and is about to become THE recreational activity of the year.


    ClashofArrows Archery Tag is a team-based combat archery game played with safety patented foam-tipped arrows. It combines elements from paintball, dodgeball, and archery, making it a uniquely thrilling experience. There’s even a referee on site to keep track for you so you can focus on your aim and announcing your archery alias as you slay the other team… “That arrow was brought to you by Cobra 99!”


    As young people in Victoria, Didier Vincent and Hannah Morrison (The 18 year and 19 year olds behind ClashofArrows), were finding a lack of activities they could partake in. A friend introduced them to “Blast Archery” in Vancouver and they couldn’t get enough of it. ClashofArrows was then born and brought home to the Fernwood Community Centre.

    The aim for ClashofArrows is to help diversify the market of recreational activities in Victoria while also making their services available to everyone.

    “We want people to feel empowered and be comfortable enough to bring out their inner Legolas, Hawkey, Green Arrow and Katniss Everdeen,” commented Didier. “While you’re dodging arrows and shooting down enemies, you won’t even realize that you are strengthening fundamental teamwork skills. Regardless of age, social status or fitness level, we want you to come battle it out!”

    When you’re hit, it doesn’t sting like it does in Paintball. In fact, the arrow only goes 90 Feet Per Second (FPS), where a standard paint-ball goes 280 FPS. It’s an exciting game, yet still low-impact enough that the whole family can participate.

    1614491_364266743781427_8632492516985223920_oTHE LAY OF THE LAND

    The objectives are simple:

    • Eliminate all fighters from the other team (6) by “tagging” them with your arrows
    • Clear out all target centers
    • Have fewest missing targets at the end of the round
      (9 min rounds, 55 min total playing time)
    • Catching arrows and hitting targets will bring eliminated players back in.

    The course is indoors, although there are mobile outdoor courses available, and it’s broken up into two 40’ x 50’ sections, with a 20’ safety zone in the middle. There are inflated bunkers on each side for players to hide behind and if you run out of arrows, there will be plenty flying around that you can steal.

    You can also sneak in a shot to your best friend’s head for extra satisfaction, but it won’t count as a tag, we already asked.


    Didier is studying Business at Camosun College while Hannah is enrolled in the Engineering program at the University of Victoria.

    Didier is also an Amateur boxer that has travelled around Vancouver Island and the lower Mainland to get in the ring. In fact, he trained with Bryan “Boitano” Capistrano of the Zone@91.3FM for Fight 4 the Cause last winter.

    In addition to his athletic conquests, Didier started his first business in 2013 when he launched a clothing line with his brother, AlainVincent, named after their father who they get their entrepreneurial spirit from

    Growing up, Didier watched his father move from Haiti and set up his own pharmaceutical business in Victoria. The success of his pharmacy, STS Pain (which is on the same block as ClashofArrows), has proved to Didier that a strong work ethic will pay off.

    Founders Hannah Morrison and Didier Vincent

    Founders Hannah Morrison and Didier Vincent


    As ClashofArrows grows in popularity, Didier and Hannah’s initial goal is to expand up island, so no one on Vancouver Island has to go far to enjoy their services.

    “Once we have started to expand, we are hoping to partner with the local music festivals such as Rifflandia, Squamish Valley Music Festival and Pemberton Music Festival to hold events for the festival goers,” commented Didier. “In the same way that the beer gardens are set up, we want to have a battleground at each festival where people can take a break from the music and just have fun with their friends. We understand that festival goers are looking to have an experience to remember, and we want to help provide it.”


    There is no deadline to register for Summer bookings, but the deadline to register for their July 18th Tournament is approaching quickly on May 1st.

    At the tournament you’ll see local food trucks such as WannaWafle and Stir it up (Jamaican cuisine). The 6 vs. 6 teams will battle it out throughout the day to win 5 free ClashofArrows passes, custom made T-shirts with their team name and slogan and a one-on-one video interview about their battles in the arena.

    Everyone who signs up (by May 1st), will receive a 16% discount on the $25 initial fee using the promo code “GladiatorsArena”.

    Regular sessions outside of tournaments are $25 a person for 55 min of play or $45 for 2 hours of play. Private group bookings are available for groups of 12. A great team-building activity for the office!

    Bows, arrows and helmets are provided. Just bring a clean pair of shoes, good sportsmanship and keep your in-laws at home. Not worth it.




  3. ART ATELIER 546

    April 16, 2015 by Tessa Bousfield



    Art Atelier is taking shape at 546 Yates Street (Two doors up from Ferris’ Oyster Bar), and it’s opening to the public this Saturday, April 18th at 7pm with a free event Victoria residents and visitors will love…

    Victoria: Past, Present and Future will celebrate Victoria as seen through the eyes of over 20 of Victoria’s top Fine Art photographers through over 100 images. This is an extensive photography exhibit that plans on evoking emotional connections, nostalgic memories and shared experiences. The community can get involved by voting for the Viewers’ Choice Award up until the end of the show on May 22nd.


    The owners, artist Guillermo Mier and photographer Laurie June, are thrilled to add Art Atelier 546 to Victoria’s rich art culture. It will include a working studio space (“Atelier” means “workshop” in French), with alternating exhibits in multiple medias featuring Canadian and international Fine Art and photography. The gallery is also equipped with a projector and sound system, allowing them to host art films, presentations and talks that are current and intriguing, adding another vibrant touch to Victoria’s unique downtown.



    Laurie and Guillermo crossed paths in 2013, got married and started collaborating on multiple pop-up art galleries before finally opening something permanent.

    Guillermo Mier’s artistic background consists of working with texture and pigments over wood panels. Each panel goes through several stages of preparation and he uses Canadian Birch mainly, primed with shellac several times. Guillermo picked up a talent for art at an early age in Chile and travelled to Brazil and Spain before heading to Canada 22 years ago. He spent a few years in the Yukon before finding his home on Vancouver Island.

    Laurie studies photography, art history and cello. Travelling the world and raising five children gave her the inspiration she needed to take the leap towards professional photography. She has a background in film and digital photography.

    “Everyone and everything in Victoria inspires us,” commented Laurie. “We love walking around downtown day and night and are constantly observing people, buildings, and the general downtown landscape. The city intrigues, amuses, inspires us.”

    Getting ready for the unveiling at 546 Yates Street.

    Getting ready for the unveiling at 546 Yates Street.



    “The purpose [of the event] is to showcase new and unknown talent. We want people to know to expect interesting and intelligent art in many mediums,” commented Laurie. “Victoria is an evolving city, especially downtown. We need to articulate what is important to us about Victoria. For example, The Johnson Street Bridge project… Images of the blue bridge will be archived at the first show along with street scenes, shipyards, marinas and architecture.”

    Sponsored by Phillips Brewery and GMC Projects Inc, the opening night will have the room bustling full of photographers, artists, art lovers, buyers and the media. It runs from 7pm to 10pm, open to all ages, and light snacks and refreshments provided.

    List of participating Photographers:

    • Lis Bailly
    • Trevor Ball
    • Neil Boyle
    • Quinn Campbell
    • Doug Clement
    • Adam Colborne
    • Dan Eastabrook
    • Lloyd Houghton
    • Benoit Jansen-Reynaud
    • Mark Law
    • Evan Leeson
    • Anne Lei-Yeung So
    • Dom Leong
    • Kevin Lintern
    • Cim Mac Donald
    • Donna Robertson
    • Geoff Robson
    • Eileen Seto
    • Brennan Storr
    • Caprina Valentine
    • Adrian Wheeler
    • Terry Zlot


    April 9, 2015 by Tessa Bousfield

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    Picture the sweet, sweet sound as that needle hits the vinyl and you start to enjoy a full-fidelity listening experience. It’s as if you’re right there in the recording room with the band, or the garage, as you’d like to imagine. Just as the artist intended.

    For all the vinyl-lovers in Victoria, Record Store Day hits every local record shop on Saturday, April 18, 2015. It’s an annual event that brings 7am line-ups to our streets and wide-eyed collectors to nab that one-of-a-kind piece.

    NEW THIS YEAR: Fort Tectoria is hosting a Listening Party and Ground Control Cafe is giving away a Stereo System & Record Player to pair with a record collection from The Zone @91.3FM!

    Once you purchase your new records (from local Ditch Records, Lyle’s Place, Turntable Records, Gordies Music, Vinyl Envy, Cavity, Supreme Echo, Q Electronic Services or Talk’s Cheap), you can bring them over to Fort Tectoria to test them out on the stunning, 1970s stereo prize and enjoy coffee from Ground Control Cafe (Open at 7:30am). From 10am to 4pm The Zone @91.3FM will be broadcasting live in Ground Control Cafe, giving away prizes like a pair of tickets to Rock the Shores and accepting entries for this beaut-of-a-prize-package, all while amping you up for the unforgettable evening ahead…

    April 18th Listening Party line-up:
    *Doors Open at 5:30PM*
    6pm – Robbie Aylesworth
    6:45pm – Dj Bimbo (spinning vinyl)
    7:30pm – Man Made Lake
    9pm – Weird Party

    This is a FREE, 19+ event. You just have to be an awesome person that loves music both in analog format and smack-dab, right-in-front-of-your-face at an intimate venue in the heart of downtown. There may be a bouncer at the door ensuring you fit this criteria. Capacity will be tight so get there early to ensure you get in. Local beer, cider and snacks will be for sale. All around, good times to be had.

    Don’t miss this rare gathering of friends and talent. It might become tradition, but you need to help make it a part of our history first. See you there… 777 Fort Street.


    A 1970s low wattage hifi set-up with:

    • Receiver: Pioneer SX-626 c.1972. 27 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 30 watts per channel into 4 ohms. All boards except for the tuner sections have been recently recapped with Nichicon capacitors. New dial and meter lights.
    • Speakers: “The New Advent Loudspeaker” from Advent c.1978. Two-way, 8 ohm speakers. Woofers recently refoamed. Considered classics!
    • Turntable: Dual 506 c.1979 with Ortofon OM cartridge. Belt drive.
    • Also includes: speaker wires, and FM antenna.
    • And, 30+ records from The Zone@91.3FM to play on this incredible machine…



    • Coldplay – Ghost Stories
    • Broken Bells – After The Disco
    • The Black Keys – Turn Blue
    • Current Swell – Ulysses
    • Tame Impala – Lonerism
    • PUP – S/T
    • Jordan Klassen – Repentance
    • Megan Bonnell – Hunt and Chase
    • Royal Canoe – Today We’re Believers
    • Young The Giant – Mind Over Matter
    • Foster The People – Supermodel
    • Hollerado – White Paint
    • Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York
    • Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger
    • The Black Keys – El Camino
    • Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
    • Kings Of Leon – Mechanical Bull
    • Arcade Fire – Reflektor
    • Weird Party – Mellow Funk Vol. 1
    • Alt-J – This Is All Yours
    • The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended With Gold
    • Cold War Kids – Hold My Home
    • Plants And Animals – Light Show / I’ll Believe In Anything
    • Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
    • Led Zeppelin – I
    • Led Zeppelin – II
    • Led Zeppelin – III
    • Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
    • AC/DC – Rock Or Bust
    • Modest Mouse – Strangers To Ourselves