Sunset from Christmas Hill (Robert Fraser)

TGIF! It’s the end of the week and it’s officially time to let loose. Here are 5 things to do in and around Victoria today, Friday January 11th.

Country Night with the Victoria Royals

Country night will be rockin’ along this evening as Victoria Royals face the Kamloops Blazers for a good old fashioned stompin’!

The first 2000 fans at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre will receive a sweet Royals branded bandana, and local country musician Bryce Allen will perform live music before puck drop

  • When: Puck drops at 7:05 p.m.
  • Where: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard St.

Art Battle at the Victoria Event Centre

12 talented artists will step up to the easel tonight to battle for artistic supremacy in 3 fast-paced rounds.

Watch the creative process unfold before your eyes and help vote for the winner, accompanied by great music and even better company.

  • When: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street

Far Back Friday Power Session

If you’re looking for 1996 pricing and last century tunes, Crag X Climbing Gym’s Friday night power session might be perfect for you.

Prices are reduced and the music is pumped up to 11, perfect for first-timers or experienced climbers alike.

  • When: 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Where: Crag X Climbing Gym, 769 Pandora Avenue

Opening Reception for Hjalmer Wenstob 

The Victoria Arts Council is hosting an opening reception for BC artist Hjalmer Wenstob.

Wenstob was born off the west coast of Vancouver Island and, through humour and irony, he has tackled immediate social and environmental issues through sculptures.

  • When: 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria Arts Council main gallery, 1800 Store Street

Free cooking demonstrations at the Public Market

If you want to watch some masters at work, you can head down to the Victoria Public Market for free cooking demonstrations!

Chefs will be showing viewers how to make mouth-watering chicken paprika.

  • When: 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria Public Market, 1701 Douglas Street #6