Cheap at twice the price! What more could you want than music that spans the centuries, dance that never gets old, and garden flowers in February? Okay, the last week of January, but who’s counting? Well, Victoria is. Our annual flower count is coming up, and if what already flowering is any indication, this is going to be an incredible year. Depending on who you talk to, this is either our celebration of the approach of spring, or it’s us gloating to the rest of ice- and snow-bound North America that we have it better. Whichever, if you do want to get away from the icicles, the slushy end of winter snow, and the shivers, come on out and stay at the Admiral hotel. We’ve got lots going on this week to tempt you.
First up is the Bamberton: Contested Space show at the Open Space Gallery. Cedric and Nathan Bomford are brothers, both more known for their photography than the current installation, but both agree that the current work is a logical progression of their previous work. It’s an unsual and highly interactive display, so check it out while you’re here.
The Victoria Conservatory of Music is pleased and proud to present their Baroque Music Festival, running from the 4th to the 7th of February. Going into it’s 6th year the February Classic, Pacific Baroque Festival welcomes Bernard Foccroulle (organ), Anne Grimm (soprano), the return of Colin Tilney (harpsichord), Elissa Poole (baroque flute), Sand Dalton (baroque obio) as well as the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and The Victoria Children’s Choir. The festival focuses on music by three great composers of the German baroque: Dietrich Buxtehude, who J.S. Bach famously walked 300 km to hear play the organ, Georg Philip Telemann, who appears in the Guiness Book of Records as the most prolific composer of all time, and the great J.S. Bach, whose music remains timeless. The 2010 Pacific Baroque Festival will feature a Thursday morning and evening special event at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Christ Church Cathedral, two main concerts on the Friday and Saturday evenings at Alix Goolden Hall, and a Free Event “Choral Vespers and Abendmusik” on the Sunday afternoon at Christ Church Cathedral. Make your plans now to join a welcome audience of Local and Visitor, Classical and Baroque music enthusiasts for this unique, acclaimed music festival event in Victoria BC.
If you’re a Bob Marley fan, then make sure you get to the Sugar Night Club on February 5 to celebrate what would have been his 65th birthday. Jamaica’s ROOTZ UNDERGROUND will be making their Canadian debut at the celebration, and Sugar has lined up an amazing number of quality local bands to properly honour the best known reggae artist.
If Jazz is more your speed, then be sure to drop into Hermann’s Jazz club on Feb. 5 for and evening with CR Avery. Hermann’s has been offering quality jazz in Victoria for a long time, and they’re one of the premiere jazz clubs in town.
The ballet season is in full swing, so be sure to get yourselves to the Charlie White Theatre for February 6 and 7 for Cinderella. Get swept away by Ballet Jorgen Canada’s exhilarating interpretation of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. This enchanting ballet, set to Prokofiev’s score overflows with passion, wit and charm. This ballet by Bengt Jorgen is an innovative take on the classic fairy tale.
Signs of spring are showing all over town, from the snowdrops and crocuses to the swelling buds on the ornamental cherry trees to sightings of the ruby-throated hummingbird at neighbourhood feeders. Sure, it’s only January, but we can be hopeful. So come and stay with us, and track the arrival of the rest of the spring flowers, the returning birds, the warming temperatures and the brightening sun. We aren’t cheap – we’re inexpensive and we have a room or suite to suit your budget. We give discounts too – AAA, Seniors, corporate and government all qualify for discounts. And if you tell us why you like us, we’ll give you one even if you don’t qualify as a senior, or AAA member! The Admiral Inn rates may be bargain basement, but our quality is top drawer and our warm and friendly atmosphere is out of this world, so be sure to book your rooms or suites soon.