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The 2015 Aboriginal Cultural Festival will be held on July 19th through the 21st in Victoria, British Columbia. The festival is free and affords anyone that attends the opportunity to celebrate the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.


An outdoor theatre in Victoria is where you can see remarkable performances by two local Host Nations. It is interesting to be able to see native groups in cultural dress. What a learning experience for the whole family!

Shows from Aboriginal performers are also on the schedule and a special treat from Alex Wells, the three-time World Hoop Dancing Champion! For many, this is a once in a lifetime experience that is very enjoyable.


Various artisans will be displaying original work and have…

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Located at Bastion Square in Victoria, you will find an amazingly contemporary restaurant called Rebar Modern Food. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday from 11am to 10pm, Saturday 9am to 10pm, and Sunday 9am to 9pm. They are closed on recognized holidays.

The owner’s vision for the restaurant was always to celebrate local freshness and flavour. After moving to Victoria in the 1980’s, she felt as though there was something missing. After much research to foster her vision, she opened a gravity bar on a store front on Johnson Street and the rest was history as the famous saying goes.

Rebar Modern Food prepares food for each customer as though it was being prepared for their own family. How do you cook for your…

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The Catalano Restaurant and Cicchetti Bar are located inside of the Magnolia Hotel and Spa. It is only minutes away from the Inner Harbour of Victoria. Specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, Catalano prides themselves on getting the freshest ingredients from local vendors and farmers. Here’s what you will enjoy from Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar.

The Menu

You will experience a variety of flavours, including Italian and Spanish inspirations. Order the Venetian Tapas, while having a unique cocktail at the bar. They have a large variety of wines that pair up with menu options exquisitely.

They offer a gluten free menu, which has amazing options such as Braised Short Ribs on Gluten Free Penne, Fish Stew, Chicken Saltimbocca, and Moroccan…

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The Victoria SKA Fest will be held on July 1st through July 5th. This festival will present many different genres of music. Music offerings include reggae, SKA, dub, jazz, dance hall and punk. Worldwide artist will be attending the event. This event is great for all ages, and is one of the oldest music events in North America.

What to Expect

You can visit the Victoria SKA Fest in a variety of downtown facilities throughout Victoria. This is a great chance for all ages to get involved and enjoy a diverse amount of music. There is an exciting schedule of artists, which includes The Debonaires, The Revivers, Planet Smashers, Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars, Chicago Afro Beat Project, Mad Caddies, The Resignators, The Ponderosas and lots more.


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The Shine Café (now in two locations in Victoria) is a family owned restaurant that specializes in breakfast and lunch. Open from morning to mid-afternoon seven days a week in both locations, this restaurant offers a traditional range of sandwiches, soups and salads, burgers, and breakfast classics.

Where the Shine Café excels is in making each offering unique. From the inclusion of yam into their Gobbler Wrap to the California roll inspired Pacific Omelette, each dish is superb. However, while you are visiting, make sure to try their fabulous Eggs Benedict offerings.

Eggs Benedict and its Cousins

The Shine Café offers 11 versions of the classic English muffin, poached egg, ham and hollandaise sauce dish. Spend two weeks sampling each variety…

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Any music lover who has appreciation for jazz, blues, and world music should be sure to be at participating venues around Victoria, British Columbia from June 19-June 29, 2015 for the ten day long Victoria International Jazz Festival.


There will be several events throughout the festival and a total of three hundred acts. Some of the artists who will be in attendance for this year's International Jazz Festival include Naturally 7, Tower of Power, Pink Martini, Kenny Werner Trio, Freshly ground from South Africa, Troker from Mexico, Victorian Adonis Puentes from Cuba, GoGo Penguin, and Ester Rada. Of course, there are many more in the line-up. You can view the festival’s official website for a full line-up.


There will be…

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Rock N' Rolls is a sushi lover’s dream. It has a great atmosphere, great service, and great sushi. The food is beautiful to look at they create some amazing masterpieces that almost are too pretty to eat.

Background and History

The chef Sabrina Reis has a modern spin on the classic sushi as she apprenticed under some fantastic Japanese chefs to learn and then made it her own. She makes the sauce for each type of sushi for optimum taste and creates a loosey-sushi option that falls apart when it hits your mouth. If you enjoy traditional sushi you will love trying it in new ways at Rock N’ Rolls.

They are 100% sustainably and locally sourced sushi restaurant and the only one in Victoria. She offers huge party sushi boats for any event you are…

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Summer is a great time to get some sun and enjoy the summer breeze. Why not combine that with all the festivities that an outdoor market has to offer? Here are a few of Victoria’s finest outdoor markets to do just that.

Bastion Square

Located at View and Government Streets in downtown Victoria, the entrance to Bastion Square can be seen easily because of its arch. It's right on Inner Harbour, so there is some nice scenery while you eat on the patios of the restaurants that occupy the area. In the outdoor market, you can buy locally made at and watch entertainment.

James Bay Market

James Bay Market is a diverse market that is open every Saturday from May thru October. They have a wide variety of products, including fresh, local produce,…

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