This Canada Day, release your inner patriot by supporting artists and researchers in their quest to clean up our oceans!

For a combined Grand Opening and Canada Day celebration, the Victoria International Marina is hosting an evening of live entertainment, a unique eco-friendly fashion show, and a silent auction on a boat, all culminating in a front row seat to the annual Inner Harbour fireworks show.

Enjoy stunning waterfront views as you take in a lively evening of performances by the Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet Company and a jazz solo by Kristina Helene.

These skilful displays of artistry serve as an appetizer to the main event: a Future Oceans themed fashion show, in which models emerge off the Ascente superyacht and onto the runway.

A commitment to cleaning the oceans

Each of the ten fashion designers showcased at this event were challenged to meet two criteria:

  1. Make a powerful artistic statement about the state of our oceans using wearable art pieces made of repurposed ocean plastic (or ocean debris), and
  2. Promise to make a shift in their fashion design careers by launching their first eco-friendly fashionable lines.

The evening’s entertainment will be complemented by light refreshments and drinks served at regular intervals.

The entire event is not only a celebration of Canada Day and the marina’s grand opening wrapped into one, but it also acts as a fundraiser for the Ocean Legacy Foundation.

“Those are our heroes. We’re championing projects for them because we believe in the work that they’re doing,” says Catherine Larose of Natural Talent Alliance.

“They’re not just cleaning plastic, they’re creating a circular economy by cleaning, sorting, recycling, repurposing, and then selling plastics back into the economy. That’s the kind of thing we believe all organizations should be working towards, so that plastic waste doesn’t end up in landfills.”

Another aspect of the fundraising features a silent auction that will take place on the Prince of Whales whale watching boat docked at the marina.

The evening will be rounded out with a spectacular view of the Canada Day fireworks in downtown Victoria – all attendees basically have a front row seat!

Don’t forget to grab tickets while they’re still available.

Future Oceans Fashion Show

  • When: Monday, July 1st, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Where: Victoria International Marina, 1 Cooperage Pl
  • Admission: Tickets are $60 – $350 available at this website.
    $60 – Entry level tickets with standing room that gives you access to the waterfront lounge, all live entertainment and great view of the fashion show from balcony of marina
$150 – Seated ticket down on the docks
$350 – VIP seated ticket prime seating on the docks and drink token included.