It’s coming up to that time of year again – the Victoria Independent Film Festival is about to begin, and do they have a line up! Not to mention incredible parties, workshops, special guests and much, much more. In addition, the Belfry Theatre is hosting one hell of a party for their annual fundraiser. We normally don’t use language like that on this blog, but there really is no other way to describe what is coming up – as you’ll see, below! Did you know that Victoria has a chance to make it onto the monopoly board? We do – but we need your vote to do it – see details, below. And just so we don’t leave the amateur athletes out of it, Victoria is host to the National Street Hockey championships!
The Victoria Independent Film Festival runs from Jan 29 to February 7, and includes guests such as Kris Kristofferson (Me & Bobby McGee, Help Me Make it through the Night), Barry Pepper and Joshua Grossberg, both of whom have films showing at the festival. The opening bash is already sold out, but be sure to get your tickets now for the rest of the festival, including the closing gala.
Be sure to join the Belfry and its supporters at the Laurel Point Inn on Feb. 6 for their annual (but this one is a once in a lifetime) Fundraising Gala. You can go to either Heaven or Hell (or both) this year. The fundraiser features not only the talented perfomers Bryden Street House Party, Louise Rose, The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue, and Bučan Bučan (among others, who are being kept under wraps for now), but the talents of Executive Chef Brad Horen, team captain of Canadian Culinary Olympic Team 2010, who will be preparing an incredible three-course meal for guests in Heaven and a selection of hors d’oeuvres for guests in Hell. Tickets: HELL $66.60 (includes the party, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment). HEAVEN $175 (includes tax receipt, an elegant three course sit-down dinner with wine, special exclusive entertainment, gift bags and entry into Heaven and Hell). A Table in HEAVEN $1750 (includes for 10 people ~ tax receipt, an elegant three-course sit-down dinner with wine, special exclusive entertainment, gift bags and entry into Heaven and Hell). To book tickets please call 250-385-6815. To book a table please call Kathy St. John at 250-385-6835 ext. 229.
Hasbro Canada has determined that they will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the popular board game Monopoly by releasing a special Canadian edition with city names in place of streets. Sixty-five Canadian cities are currently vying for the 22 spots on the board, with Victoria currently number 10 on that list of 65. As well, the current gap between the frontrunner and the last on the list is less than 5% of votes – the dynamic shifts dramatically from hour to hour. Twenty cities will be selected by online voting, with two more picked from wildcard selections by voters. The city with the most votes will be listed as one of the most valuable spaces on the board, the city with the second most will be assigned the second dark blue space, and so on. There are 39 days left to vote – and each person can vote once per day at www.monopolyvote.ca. Let’s make sure Victoria gets a spot on that board!
Don’t miss the National Street Hockey Championships, being held right here in Victoria on January 29 & 30. Hosted by CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, the 4 member teams will battle it out on Belleville Street, between Menzies and Government (that’s just outside the Parliament Buildings, right up the street from the Admiral) from 9am to 6pm, with the championship beginning at about 5 pm on the 30th.
If you’re looking for a place to stay to be part of any of the activities above, be sure to think of the Admiral - we’re next door to the Laurel Point, seconds away from the street hockey games, and minutes away from the VIFF offices. We’re spotlessly clean, have a great sense of humour and love guests! Seriously, check out our specials page for unbeatable rates and special packages, and book today for any or all of the fun that’s coming up! And as a bit of extra information – please check our specials page to know that we are a part of the Victoria Dine Around experience, with rooms offered for this experience at special low prices. Also check out our new “About” page with valuable information on our history and amenities, not to mention our dirt-cheap prices!