Billie the Kid
(Billie the Kid, Victoria Poetry Project/Facebook)

Smoke is slowly clearing, but there’s plenty to do indoors! We have events for you, including some safe at-home options on Wednesday, September 16th.

Make sure you stay safe, and keep in mind Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement for Greater Victoria at around 11 p.m. on Thursday, September 10. Those conditions have persisted into Tuesday and could remain throughout the week.

As you head out to activities and events, please follow the restrictions and guidelines that these businesses require to keep their employees and patrons safe during the pandemic.

As always, wash your hands, wear masks, practice physical distancing, and stay home if you feel sick or show symptoms!

Without further ado, here are five things to do today, Wednesday September 15th:

Tongues of Fire Open Mic Ft Billie the Kid

The Victoria Poetry Project has moved online due to COVID-19, and they’re back with Tongues of Fire open mic nights! This Wednesday’s spoken word event will feature Billie the Kid, a K’ai Taile Dené and Nehiyaw spoken word poet and storyteller. Originally from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, she currently resides in Kingston, Ontario, the traditional home of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. Admission by donation (suggested $0-$10), emailed to vppfunds[at]gmail[dot]com.
You can also sign up as an artist! To sign up for the open mic, between 4:30-7:30 PM on Sept 16, email Blake at juliette.b.jacob[at]gmail[dot]com with your stage name and “ToF open mic” in the subject line. 12 spots, 5 minute max please including banter. First come, first served!
  • When: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Online via Zoom

Kelby MacNayr pres. SoulTet feat. Miguelito!

Drummer Kelby MacNayr’s All-Start Quartet dedicated to celebrating old-school Groove and Soul, featuring Cuban trumpet sensation Miguelito Valdes, pianist Tony Genge, bassist Peter Dowse and power-house drummer Kelby MacNayr!
The Quartet plays music inspired by the soulful and swinging Eddie Harris, Cannonball Adderly, Les McCann and more. Admission $20, or $12 for students.
  • When: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street

House Trivia at Yates

Sixty Watt Trivia is back, sponsored by Driftwood Brewery. Teams of up to eight people will test their knowledge of…everything! Teams of three or less get a free point each round to keep the competition tight. Four rounds of quizzing for every skill level will make the evening a night to remember. It’s free to play, and prizes abound! .

  • When: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Where: Yates Street Taphouse, 757 Yates Street

100 Men Who Care Victoria: Event #6 – We’re back and we’re virtual!

Giving $100 to your favourite local charity can do good. But just imagine if you could convince 99 of your friends to also gave $100 too! This is the first online event for 100 Men Who Care, a group that gets together to nominate a favourite charity for everyone to vote for. The chosen charity is provided $100 per member. More details available at 100menvictoria.org.

Youth Spoken-Word Workshops

Unquiet Minds and Foundry Victoria host an online spoken-word workshop for youth aged 12 to 24 years old. Join guest Poet and Writer Sami Al-Khalili, a beatboxing, poetry-spreading, vocalist based in Kelowna, BC.