That’s right – the flower count starts tomorrow. Be sure to visit us during from now on to enjoy all the blooms and buds that are popping up all over town – this next week, if temperatures stay balmy should show the absolute incredible beauty of the flowering cherries, and it only gets better as we head into a real spring and a wonderful summer.
Love is in the air as we head toward Valentine’s day, so be sure to take in the Canadian Pacific Ballet production of Konservatoriat, a marriage by advertisment February 13 and 14. A restaging of the esteemed Dutch ballet by renowned coreographer Kennet Oberly brings to renewed life the story of a lovesick man, overlooked true love, a practical joking ballet company and the 19th century. Be sure to take that special somone and enjoy the dance!
The Arrogant Worms are a Canadian institution, and if you haven’t heard of (or heard) them, you don’t know what you’re missing. One of the best Canadian comedy musical groups ever, the Arrogant Worm’s satire is biting and the musicianship is second to none. Their appeal has earned them fans from kids to parents to grandparents to Princess Leia. Their songs are in school lesson plans, in textbooks and even played on the Space Shuttle. On earth or in space, everyone digs these Worms. They’ll be at Alix Goolden Hall Feb. 18. Be sure to be there, and be ready to laugh the night away as you sing along!
Don’t forget that February is Black History Month here in town, and check out these events to help celebrate the presence of people of colour in our city. Feb. 14 join Louise Rose and the Victoria Good News Choir, The Vic High RB Band and MoonDance at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium for jazz, funk, gospel singing and dance. Then learn a bit about how escaped slaves traveled to freedom along the underground railway when Ron Nicolson, the fourth generation descendant of one of those runaway slaves, talks about the danger, heroism and hardship these intrepid people experinced on Feb. 20 at the Travellers Inn on Douglas St. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend this, as a lunch is provided and numbers are needed for the caterers.
GUNG HAY FAT CHOY! That’s the Chinese expression that you hear around town these day – it’s the Chinese New Year and it’s all over town. 農曆新年 is the written form of it. Technically it happens on Feb. 14 this year, but the Chinese community is going to wait a week to celebrate, so be sure to be downtown on the weekend of Feb 20-21 to see all the excitement!
Even though we have flowers and the weather’s been balmy, winter is still officially around. And we can still celebrate the sports of winter, as we welcome the NHL Old Timers to our city on March 22. They’ll be playing here at the Save on Foods Memorial Arena. Among the still-glowing stars will be Cliff Ronning, Tiger Willilams, Theo Fluery, Gary Leeman and Rod Black. We have six (6) free tickets to the event, if you stay with us – plus we have a special cheap price for anyone coming into town to see them! Check the specials page for details.
Victoria is a special place, as this blog, the Admiral and all our events prove. Stay at an extra-special hotel, close by the inner harbour and within walking distance of all of downtown, and most of the city’s attractions. We’d love to welcome you to the Admiral, serve you our complimentary continental breakfast and draw up a sightseeing itinerary specially tailored to your tastes and interests. Spotlessly clean, warmly welcoming, cheap and friendly, the Admiral can be your home away from home.