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No Rules: Quilt Exhibit @ Sidney Museum
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – Jun 15 @ 4:00 pm
No Rules: Quilt Exhibit @ Sidney Museum

Have you ever seen something online that you wished you could do yourself? Well, the women that make up the Tenfold group certainly did. And they rose to the challenge! Their innovative approach has created some fantastically unique pieces, and we want to share them with you! Sidney Museum is hosting the No Rules: Quilt Exhibit April 2 through June 15 featuring a wide range of themes, styles and techniques.

From Tenfold:

“I describe TenFold as a group of ten slightly crazy women from Campbell River and Black Creek. It started about 10 years ago with a couple of women wanting to experiment with innovative ways of manipulating fabric that they had seen on the internet. Gathering a few friends with the same desire we forged forward. We started quite small but over the years have pushed ourselves to try many different things. Sometimes it has been a struggle as we all came from very traditional quilting backgrounds. However, you will see in the selection of pieces that we have created some truly interesting art.

We do enjoy challenging each other as well as learning new processes, and have had a number of Tenfold Shows locally with a big turnout. We are now looking forward to sharing our innovative art with a fresh audience in the Victoria area.”

The Sidney Museum is located at 2423 Beacon Avenue and 4th Street, in the lower level of the Old Post Office, in historic Sidney-by-the Sea, British Columbia. The museum hours of operation are Daily, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Admission is always by donation.

For further information about this event, please consult our website at; by telephone at 250-655-6355 or email us at [email protected] Check us out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @sidneymuseum.

The Sidney Museum’s mission is to acquire, preserve and display the heritage and culture of the communities of the Saanich Peninsula.

Sooke Country Market @ Sooke Country Market
May 4 – Oct 5 all day
Sooke Country Market @ Sooke Country Market

Sooke Country Market is the heart of the Sooke summer buzz every Saturday morning! Opening for its 24st season on Saturday May 4, its the biggest little market on southern Vancouver Island.
Never been? This is your summer to discover us!
Bring your grocery bag and fill it with fresh, vibrant produce, plant starts and seeds from local Sooke farmers.
Hungry for comfort food? Local artisan bakers satisfy that yearning with homebaked breads, pastries, granola and wholesome snacks.
Need a gift? Fine artists and crafters inspire you with uniquely west coast art, pottery, jewelry, body care products and functional wood art – a feast for the eyes!
Sit and enjoy or get up and dance with the lively and accomplished local musicians – every week all summer.
Check out the line up at:
For weekly updates on whose at the market follow our Facebook page
Join us 10:00 on May 4th for our Opening Day!!

Al Frescoes 2019 Spring Exhibition @ Coast Collective Gallery & Art Centre
May 15 – May 26 all day
Al Frescoes 2019 Spring Exhibition @ Coast Collective Gallery & Art Centre

The ‘Al Frescoes Plein Air Painters of Victoria’ is the largest group operating on Vancouver Island. Every Friday morning, rain or shine, these dedicated painters choose another glorious spot, set up their easels and capture this Island’s beauty.
Al Frescoes 2019 Spring Exhibition takes place from May 15th to May 26th. Take in the beautiful scenery our island has to offer through the eye of the artists who stood and painted in each location. Plan to attend the Meet-the-Artists Reception being held on Saturday, May 18th from 1 to 3.
With no membership requirements, no fees, and minimal organization, you might even be moved to join them on a paint-out one Friday because everyone is welcome.

Esquimalt Farmers Market Outdoor Season @ Memorial Park
May 16 – Sep 19 all day
Esquimalt Farmers Market Outdoor Season @ Memorial Park

May 16- September 19 EFM is back outside in Memorial Park. Come check out why EFM has achieved the title of “Best Market in BC” in both 2017 & 2018!

Find locally grown produce, live music, artisans, food trucks, locally made foods and a buzzing community hub, every week!

Full vendor lineups will be posted on the FB page and our website,, weekly.

Shoppers will find a wide selection of freshly harvested seasonal fruits and vegetables, ethically raised meat, chicken and duck eggs, cheese, fresh baked breads and other baked goods, a variety of prepared foods, preserves and beverages, vegan foods, and a range of handmade artisan items, including clothing, body products, jewellery and art!

EFM is always looking for helping hands! Sign up for the season here:

There will be 46 Vendors including FIVE food truck and up to 12 local Farmers per week and a whole bunch of insanely talented artisan food producers and artists!

See you there! Bring reusable bags, dinnerware from home and a cloth napkin and cash of course!! And please be so kind as to bring something or purchase from the Vendors for the weekly Hamper that supports many local groups.

Don’t forget to invite your friends, or share this event for the Outdoor Season:

Esquimalt Farmers Market Society respectfully acknowledges that it is operating within the traditional territorial lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations.

Coming Home – Pacific Coast Watercolours by Barb DeRousie @ Coast Collective Gallery & Art Centre
May 22 – Jun 2 all day
Coming Home – Pacific Coast Watercolours by Barb DeRousie @ Coast Collective Gallery & Art Centre

A solo exhibition of works by Barb DeRousie. Artwork will explore the Pacific Coasts of Canada and Mexico.
Gallery Open Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm (Closed Monday/Tuesday)
Meet the Artist Reception: Saturday, May 25, from 1 – 3pm

Mamma Mia! @ Chemainus Theatre Festival
May 24 – Aug 31 all day
Mamma Mia! @ Chemainus Theatre Festival

On a Greek island paradise where the sun always shines, ABBA’s enchanting, timeless hits propel this beautiful and funny tale of love, friendship, and identity. Sophie is about to be married and is determined to find the father she’s never known, to give her away at the wedding. The problem? She has peeked in her mother’s diary and discovered her father could be any one of three men! Sophie brings her three potential birth fathers to the island, bringing her mother face-to-face with her distant past, as they all prepare for a wedding they’ll never forget!

Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2019 @ Victoria Inner Harbour / Clover Point Victoria
May 24 – May 25 all day
Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2019 @ Victoria Inner Harbour / Clover Point Victoria

76th Annual Swiftsure International Yacht Race
200 Boats arrive in the Victoria Inner Harbour to prepare for the race from Clover Point to Swiftsure Bank
May 24 Inner Harbour Festivities and Dock Party
May 25 Clover Point Start Line, pancake breakfast, and RCMSR Rescue Drill at 9:00 am

Fired Up! Ceramic Artists: Contemporary Works in Clay @ Metchosin Community Hall,
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – May 26 @ 5:00 pm
Fired Up! Ceramic Artists: Contemporary Works in Clay @ Metchosin Community Hall,

Fired Up! Ceramic Artists: Contemporary Works in Clay
presents ​MONUMENTAL, Celebrating 35 Years ​​May 24-26, 2019
The 35th annual show and sale at Metchosin Community Hall, 4401 William Head Road.
Opening Gala May 24, 6:00–9pm. Continues May 25 & 26, 10am – 5pm.

Straitscapes Photography Show by Tim Rogers @ ArtSea Gallery
May 24 @ 5:00 pm – May 30 @ 5:00 pm
Straitscapes Photography Show by Tim Rogers @ ArtSea Gallery

Straitscapes as more than your average photography show, aims to draw you into its story. As told through diary style excerpts, you embark on a journey alongside a man as he reflects upon his ever-changing lover. This deeply personal tale details the characteristic relationship cycle of highs and lows between romantic partners. What sets it apart is that the story is unfolding between the writer as the land of Vancouver Island, and his lover as the Strait of Juan de Fuca. As the tale ebbs and flows along with the many faces of the Strait, these are revealed in the photographs which capture the incredible beauty where land meets ocean.

The show will be complimented by live music as community sessions are scheduled between 4:00pm and 5:00pm every day as well as 12:00pm to 1:00pm on the weekend. Show runs 10:00am to 4:00pm May 24th to 30th at ArtSea Gallery (9565 Fifth St, Sidney, BC). Admission is free.

Prints and other merchandise will be available for purchase.

The Artist:
Straitscapes has been put together by Tim Rogers a local writer, photographer and musician. Tim’s strong writing as revealed in his novel “The Mystery of the SS Southern Cross” is combined with his painterly-eye as a photographer to create a tapestry of reflections on our wonderful seaside environment.
Straitscapes is a novel look at some of the things we take for granted in our daily lives beside the sea.

Labyrinth Memoir Writing Introduction with Carol Matthews @ Bethlehem Centre
May 25 all day
Labyrinth Memoir Writing Introduction with Carol Matthews @ Bethlehem Centre

Writers take note; creative memoir writing and the immersive labyrinth experience will take place this spring at Nanaimo’s beautiful lakeside Bethlehem Centre May 25th, 2019 from 1:00-5:00 pm at 2371 Arbot Rd. This experiential workshop will explore the symbolism and mythology of the labyrinth and its value as a reflective practice that helps to release creativity, prompt memory, and integrate past experiences and loss. The day will include a labyrinth walk, individual and group discussions, and an exercise in memoir writing with Nanaimo author Carol Matthews. Located at Nanaimo’s peaceful Westwood Lake, experience the calming centering of the labyrinth for the day. $50 includes tuition and a snack.

Labyrinths are unique in the role that they play for seekers offers a calming, centering inner-reflection and peaceful meditation. The circular, sinuous path of the labyrinth is not unlike the journey we travel to rediscover the past through the present moment moving forward towards the future.

Author and workshop presenter Carol Matthews has spoken and written about labyrinths in a number of settings. She has worked as a social worker, as Executive Director of Nanaimo Family Life and as an instructor and Dean of Human Services and Community Education at Malaspina University-College (now VIU) and is the author of a collection of short stories (Incidental Music: Oolichan Books, 2006)) and four books of memoir. Carol’s book Questions for Ariadne: The Labyrinth and the End of Times initially sold out quickly in 2011, and the publisher Oolichan Books made the book available for sale once again in 2018; a true delight for labyrinth enthusiasts. The new edition notes the emergence of several new labyrinths and adds a chapter that explores the mystery of impermanence and temporary labyrinths; an intriguing and fascinating addition to Matthews’ book.
Matthews will present labyrinth myth, examine reflection through memory and coach participants in memoir-writing and will facilitate engaging discussion on the topic of “Labyrinth Reflections,” at the local retreat centre.

Located in the tranquil lakeside woodlands setting on Mt. Benson, Nanaimo’s Bethlehem Centre constructed one of the first outdoor labyrinths in 1998 on Vancouver Island and houses the only public finger labyrinth museum in the world; The Godden Finger Labyrinth Collection. While visiting make sure to experience the serene quiet at Bethlehem’s outdoor labyrinth during your visit, it’s always open and well worth the indulgence. Accommodation is available throughout the week and on weekends but fills up quickly. Reservations are recommended.

Learn more about labyrinth presenter Carol Matthews at Oolichan Books: For labyrinth information visit the Labyrinth Society website at To learn about the Bethlehem Centre outdoor labyrinth and The Godden Finger Labyrinth Collection visit the centre website.

Spirituality without Borders. A sacred space for retreats and conferences. 250. 754.3254.