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5 things to do in and around Victoria this Thursday, August 3rd

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This Thursday is about performance — your choice between watching, viewing, or participating in the different shows around Victoria!

For example, you could bring your writing and present it to an audience at an open mic night, listen to musicians and songwriters as they pour their heart out, watch traditional Japanese dances, and more.

Whichever you choose, I’m sure you’ll leave feeling inspired!

Here are 5 things to do in and around Victoria on Thursday, August 3rd:

Daikagura performance by Michiyo Kagami

Presented by the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society (VNCS), Michiyo Kagami brings us an enchanting traditional dance called Daikagura.

As described, it is a form of dance deriving from rituals performed by traveling priests between Ise Grand Shrine and Atsuta Shrine, who would travel to different locations to help the locals drive away evil spirits.

Additionally, there will be traditional Japanese juggling, acrobatics!

They invite you to witness one of Japan’s most treasured and time-honored performing arts with a rich history spanning over 400 years.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

  • Where: Canadian College of Performing Arts,  1701 Elgin Road
  • When: Thursday, August 3rd at 7 p.m.

Folk Night at The Mint

This will be their last show until September 14th, so make sure you check it out their lineup of artists for this week — Dana Sipos, Kansas-Lee, and Tasha Cadence!

Folk Night offers an intimate performer-audience connection in a cozy living room atmosphere and is well known for their quality shows.

The artists that come through are all talented songwriters and musicians — excited to be heard and ready to share their work with the receptive crowds!

Tickets are $15 on Eventbrite and $20 at the door.

  • Where: 1414 Douglas Street
  • When: Thursday, August 3rd from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Raise the Woof

Kicking off on Thursday, August 3rd and running until Sunday, August 6th is the Westshore Town Centre’s (WTC) free-to-attend balloon dog art exhibit!

There will be a collection of different paintings, sculptures, and even a photo-op with life-sized balloon dogs!
Be sure to tag them in any photos you post to social media @westshoretowncentre for a chance to win a $200 gift card to spend at WTC.
Best of all, if you choose to donate to the RainCoast Dog Rescue Society, guests are invited to “adopt” their fave balloon animal art pieces and can bring them home after the exhibit closes!
  • Where: 2945 Jacklin Road, near Fairway Market between Dollarama and Westshore Dental Centre
  • When: Thursday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 6th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Writers’ Open Mic

Lovers of the written and spoken word — this is for you!

Gigi’s Cafe is inviting anyone with pieces of creative writing they wish to share to the cafe for the opportunity to present.

Each writer will get 10 minutes to read and ask that you reach out via email info@gigiscafe.ca to reserve your spot!

If you don’t feel like reading but want to be a part of the fun, you’re more than welcome to come down and support the presenters from the audience.

Their cafe will be open — offering sandwiches, soup, baked goods, hot and cold coffee, beer, and more!

  • Where: 1002 Hillside Avenue
  • When: Thursday, August 3rd from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Reading with Peter Puffin

Peter Puffin is a Juno Award winning children’s singer/songwriter and will be coming to Sidney to perform on the lawn at the North Saanich Library!

His energy is said to be infectious and he always presents great messages of encouragement and kindness.

No registration or fees are required — bring the kiddos and have a great time!

  • Where: 10091 Resthaven Drive, Sidney
  • When: Thursday, August 3rd from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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