("Jeff" the musician / Photo by Nick McGeachie)

We may not be getting the roar of a large crowd this summer, but what we ARE getting is the roar of the local Victoria arts scene.

The City of Victoria has organized a number of summer events in and around Victoria including pop-up live music and new public artwork installations.

Bands will play ‘pop-up’ surprise concerts at different parks, plazas, streetscapes and public spaces throughout the summer from Thursdays to Sundays during these times:

  • Thursdays, 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Fridays, Noon – 1 and 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays, Noon – 1 and 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Sundays, Noon – 1 and 2 – 3 p.m.

Learn more here and spot the band’s on the run at these venues:

  • Selkirk Bridge,
  • Johnson street Bridge West Plaza,
  • Government and View, SHip point,
  • Royal Athletic Park,
  • Dallas road near Clover Point,
  • Oaklands Park, Central Park,
  • Hollywood Park,
  • McDonald Park,
  • Irving Park,
  • Fisherman’s Wharf Park,
  • Bastion Square,
  • Fernwood Square,
  • Broad Street,
  • Royal BC Museum plaza off Belleville

Public Art

Together with the pop-up music concerts, summer banner’s are now scattered across the city showcasing the talent of local Victoria artists.

This year for the 2021-2022 summer banner, Indigenous Artist, Dylan Thomas, collaborated with lessLIE and Margaret August to create four unique designs.

400 banners are on display throughout downtown Victoria.

Learn about each design here.

In a release, the City of Victoria said that to celebrate local creatives and enhance everyday artistic encounters, new artwork installations have been placed in eight downtown kiosks. Artworks are rotated every three months and can be viewed along Douglas Street and in City Parkades.

To view the map of current installations and to read artist bios and statements, visit here.

“People can go outside, take a walk downtown, explore the city, all while taking the necessary safety precautions,” said Mayor Lisa Helps.

“Our streets this summer will be filled with diverse, vibrant and creative art. I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy what our amazing local artists contribute to our community.”

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