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5 things to do in and around Victoria this Thursday, April 18th


Happy Thursday, Victoria!

We hope you’ve been able to soak up some sunlight—nothing better for chasing away the lingering winter blues.

This Thursday presents a mix of high-energy and lowkey events, so you can tailor your evening depending on your social battery and tiredness.

For something fast-paced and loud, head over to Lucky Bar for an evening of live music. If you’re hoping to interact with fewer people, consider a sunset hike up PKOLS (Mount Doug).

For all of this and more, here’s 5 things to do in and around Victoria on Thursday, April 18th:

Bad Art Night 

Join your fellow sub-par/bad artists at the Quadra Village Community Centre for a fun night of pressure-free creativity!

There will be a paper craft station, a clay station with a convection oven and a painting station with watercolours.

Experiment with whatever you want and have no fear about the end result—after all, making bad art is better than no art!

Suggested donation is $5 for adults and $2 for kids aged 5 to 12.

  • Where: Quadra Village Community Centre, 901 Kings Road
  • When: Thursday, April 18th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Shaela Miller with Sail Cassady at Lucky Bar

Help welcome Shaela Miller from Lethbridge as her and her band perform live at Lucky Bar—joined by special guest, Sail Cassidy.

Miller has gained worldwide recognition for her country music with multiple festival appearances, her voice being featured in HBO’s True Blood and CBC’s Heartland and many other accomplishments.

Although she isn’t saying goodbye to country, her forthcoming album After the Masquerade, is a self-indulgent trip back to a world of music she’s been patiently waiting to explore.

Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance and $20 at the door.

  • Where: Lucky Bar, 517 Yates Street
  • When: Thursday, April 18th from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Afroquatics Artist Talk 

Show your support and come for a free artist talk with City of Victoria Artist in Residence Kemi Craig and the creative team behind the exhibition Afroquatics: A Call and Response Below the Surface.

This talk will delve into exhibition themes and the technology that supports the installation, developed by Victoria’s Hololabs Studio.

Admission is free but registration is required.

  • Where: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street
  • When: Thursday, April 18th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hike PKOLS (Mount Douglas Park)

Take advantage of the predicted sunny weather and go on a hike!

Not only are you able to see all of Victoria—including glimpses of downtown Victoria and the harbour, you’re also surrounded by lush, moss covered forest floors, established trees, and varieties of shrubs.

You can choose to drive to the top or hike from the bottom (Irvine Trail). Note that this hike is considered moderate in difficulty and may be unsuitable for some as it gets steep at times.

There are plenty of leisurely strolling trails in and around the park though, if that’s more your speed!

  • Where: East Saanich
  • When: Thursday, April 18th—park is open from dawn until dusk!

Catch a Film at Vic Theatre

Catch the sold-out sensation from the 2024 Victoria Film Festival, The Old Oak Pub. 

This film follows the landlord of the pub as he opens his doors as a food bank to aid Syrian refugees. He forms a bond with Yara, a young Syrian photographer, and through this friendship, they discover profound commonalities that transcend cultural differences.

Tickets are just over $13 and can be purchased here.

  • Where: Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street
  • When: Thursday, April 18th at 4:50 p.m.

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