We don’t make a habit on the blog of promoting local businesses, but we have to make an exception in this case – rarely have we had such praise from our guests about the above and beyond the call type of service that they received from GSA Auto Rentals. Not only did the guest get a substantial discount because of his stay at the Admiral, but a friend was given one too, simply because he was our guest’s friend. In addition, the manager met another of our guests friends at the airport with a rental car. Not so unusual? The flight was delayed for five hours and arrived at midnight. The manager from GSA was waiting when the friend deplaned. The same manager drove a car down from Sidney to Victoria to accommodate our guest. We’re more than pleased to talk up the GSA Auto Rentals with service like that! And their prices are reasonable, too!
It’s jazz season here in Victoria. Well, we have jazz all year round, and especially in the summer when Jazzfest is on, but this week seems to be even more jazzy than we usually are. John Hammond, grammy award winning blues guitarist is appearing at Hermann’s Jazz Club on March 12. Be sure to be there to hear one of the icons of blues and jazz.
Amina Figarova will also be appearing at Hermann’s on March 16 – she’s one of the most productive jazz composers and talented jazz piano players from Europe. She studied as a classical concert pianist at the Baku Conservatory, jazz performance at the Rotterdam Conservatory then the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1998 she was accepted into the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Colony in Aspen, Colorado.
And just to make the collection complete, be sure to drop into the O Bistro in James Bay throughout March to hear some of the following talented jazz musicians: Maureen Washington and Daniel Cook ;Nadine Florence and Paul Laverick; Diane Pancel and Thomas Kinzel; Flora Scott and Sean Drabitt; Melinda Whittaker and John MacArthur.
If operetta is also one of your loves, then you’ll enjoy the hilarious musical theatre production of ‘The Sorcerer’ by The Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society. The action takes place in a small, quaint village, where life is placid and boringly predictable, until John Wellington Wells, an employee of a respectable firm of Sorcerers (think Harry Potter’s great grandfather!), turns their predictable little world upside down. March 13, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at the Mary Winspear Centre and the MacPherson Playhouse.
And last, but certainly not least, we couldn’t let this pass by without a mention. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is coming to the MacPherson Playhouse. Okay, it’s not Tim Curry reprising his role, and Susan Sarandon just couldn’t make it, but the Lawyers on Stage will be every bit (almost) as good. Come and sing along, throw toast, light your lighters and prompt the lawyers when they forget their lines (after all, we all know it by heart, don’t we?) And don’t forget to join in on the Time Warp! (. . . and a step to your ri-i-i-i-i-ght! Put your hands on your hips and bring your knees in tight!) Ahem. Anyway – it’s playing Mar 9 and 10. Dig out your fishnet stockings, your Harley vests and enjoy!
We remember the good old days here at the Admiral. I’m going to be singing the Time Warp for the rest of the evening. But we’re also up to date in terms of our cheap prices, our outstanding service and our friendly, home away from home atmosphere. If you’re here for a day or for a month, it makes no difference to us – we’ll welcome you just as warmly and be as sorry to see you leave. Located on the edge of Victoria’s downtown Inner Harbour, the Admiral is within walking distance of all of downtown’s attractions, as well as the entire coastline of James Bay. Be sure to check our prices and availability and book your stay with us now.