Many people love to visit Victoria because it is a tranquil, green, garden oasis, situated at the southern tip of a Pacific Island off the west coast of Canada. And, when they get here, that's exactly what they find....it's all true. But....there's more to Victoria than meets the eye, especially when it comes to entertainment.
There was a time, many years ago, when Victoria would roll-up the sidewalks at 9 p.m. but those days are long past now. If you're looking for entertainment of all kinds in Victoria, you won't be hard-pressed to find it. From ballet and opera, to jazz, blues, rock 'n roll, clubs, bars, concert venues and more, there's a wealth of things to entertain.
Venues, such as the Royal Theatre, play host to local and touring ballet and opera companies, symphony orchestras, solo artists and stand-up comedians. At the Royal Theatre you would find performers such as:
Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Jann Arden, Cleo Laine, Bobby McFerrin, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Jones, Pat Benatar, Cheech & Chong,The Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Opera, Winnipeg Ballet, Boston Dance Collective and Ben Heppner.
The McPherson Playhouse, a slightly smaller, but equally historic and beautiful venue, plays host to local and travelling performers, but usually on a slightly smaller scale than the Royal Theatre. At the McPherson Playhouse you could expect to see the likes of: Ryan Styles and Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Stephane Grapelli, The Chieftans and many local, Victoria performers.
The local Memorial Arena will accommodate much larger crowds and so frequently hosts popular rock bands and other larger groups of performers. Entertainers have included: Elton John, Rod Stewart, Cher, Yes, Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, Heart, Kelly Clarkson, ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Cirque du Soleil, Ozzy Osborne, Supertramp, Prince, Chicago and more.
Add to these many other, small local theatre venues, such as the Belfy Theatre, Langham Court Theatre, Theatre Inconnu, Alex Goolden Performance Hall, the U-Vic Auditorium and the Victoria Event Centre.
Night clubs? Plenty of those too, many of which feature some really great, but often lesser-known musical talent as well as well-known entertainers who travel the club circuit across North America.
There's also a number of public areas, such as Centennial Square, Bastion Square and even the Inner Harbour (home of the Victoria Symphony Splash) where you can catch free entertainment and events all year round.
If you're planning to visit Victoria and wish to see who's in town and where they're performing you can check out a number of different Victoria Events Calendars.
So enjoy the beautiful gardens and waterfront locations around Victoria, then get ready for lots of other, great entertainment options that await you, day and night in, and around our great city of Victoria.