Each month Used.ca sponsors community events here on Vancouver Island and this month we have a great start to the spring! We hope you’ll join us at the following events we’re proudly supporting:
1.) WildPlay’s Naked Bungy Jump supporting Mental Health Recovery Partners – March 4-5
2.) Modern Wedding – March 5
3.) Greater Victoria Flower Count – March 8-15
4.) Crafted Farmhouse Market – March 10-11
5.) Passion and Performance Victoria Presents Adventures in Toyland – March 11
6.) Victoria Symphony presents Nat King Cole Songbook – March 11-12
7.) Ballet Victoria – Amadeus – March 17 – 19
8.) Kaleidoscope Theatre presents OZ – March 30 – April 9
9.) Seeking ‘Previously Loved’ Art Pieces for Art at the Lake
10.) 2023 TC10K – April 30
11.) Vintage, Retro and Collectible Show/Sale – April 9
12.) Relove Market – March 18-19
13.) Eves of Destruction Roller Derby 2023 Season
14.) Wild ARC’s 2o23 Online Auction – March 18-26
Greater Victoria Flower Count – March 8-15
The Greater Victoria Flower Count, hosted by Destination Greater Victoria and the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, is a light-hearted event focused on spreading spring cheer. Victorians spend this week exploring their neighbourhoods, eagerly counting and snapping photographs of the early blooms that decorate our communities.
This year marks the 48th Annual Flower Count, and we are encouraging community members to track blossoms and #ExploreVictora. Using photos tagged with #FlowerCount, we will be highlighting blossoming blooms on our social media account from March 8th – 15th and awarding great prizes!
That’s not all – every day of Flower Count Week, Used.ca’s Spot The Bloom contest allows one virtual flower hunter to walk with a fabulous local prize package. We invite you to search UsedVictoria.com’s pages for the day’s hidden bloom ad and fill in your contact details once you find it. Good luck, and happy counting!
Ballet Victoria – Amadeus – Royal Theatre – March 17-19
“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.” ― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ballet Victoria presents a ballet inspired by Mozart’s life and his work. Driven by love and his muse, Wolfgang created works in all genres of music despite the critics of his peers. With his music crossing centuries and his work extends to film score, Rock, Pop, and still more. With that concept, Destrooper’s narrative choreography embraces various styles, from court dance to classical ballet, contemporary, and even hip hop in the expression of Mozart’s diverse and rich compositions. Prepare to be moved and surprised by Mozart’s most celebrated scores, including rock renditions of his work and more. Purchase tickets here.
Passion and Performance Victoria Presents Adventures in Toyland – March 11
This spring Passion and Performance Arts Inc. is bringing you Adventures in Toyland, an immersive gala experience. Join us on March 11th at the Victoria Conference Centre for this entertaining event. Passion and Performance’s annual themed parties are one of our most sought after events in Victoria. If you joined us at our Carnival of Terrors at Halloween, it’s time for another round of fun and excitement! This is sure to be in high demand, get your tickets early so you’re not left disappointed!
Victoria Symphony presents Nat King Cole Songbook – March 11-12
With songs such as Unforgettable, Nature Boy, and Mona Lisa, audiences have been falling in love with – and falling in love to – the music of Nat King Cole for decades. In this gorgeous and poignant tribute, beloved Canadian jazz artist Denzal Sinclaire applies his superlative voice and engaging rapport to an unforgettable evening of Nat’s greatest hits! Full of variety, the concert’s arrangements are specially prepared by Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik.
Don’t miss these concerts led by VS Principal Pops Conductor Sean O’Loughlin. Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 pm or Sunday, March 12 at 2:30 pm at the Royal Theatre. It’s the perfect event for the whole family! Click here to purchase tickets.
Seeking ‘Previously Loved’ Art Pieces for Art at the Lake
Art at the Lake is collecting art – prints, watercolours, pastels, oils, posters – and collectibles – statuary, vases, objects d’art – for a fundraising online auction. If you are downsizing or just tired of looking at certain pieces, you can give your old art pieces new life by donating them to Art at the Lake.
To donate please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Mavis at 250-361-3236 by March 19. The sooner the better.
Art at the Lake is a fundraiser for the Prospect Lake District Community Association. Proceeds will be used for the maintenance of the heritage Prospect Lake Hall, located in the heart of the Saanich Peninsula. The Prospect Lake Hall is one of the last community-owned and maintained halls in BC. We thank Steptoe Services for hosting the 2023 Art at the Lake online auction.
Modern Wedding – March 5
Modern Wedding is the largest wedding and event showcase of its kind on Vancouver Island. Our innovative marketing team works to bring a fresh approach each year making it a “must-attend” event for couples and industry leaders. Modern Wedding is the only Downtown wedding showcase that attracts brides and grooms with high expectations. You will be immersed in breathtaking visual displays from our carefully selected vendors. Attendees should expect nothing less than chic, elegant, sophisticated inspiration.
Modern Wedding encompasses the complete package when organizing a special event or wedding. The absolute opposite of ordinary is the best way to describe the experience we offer. Insta-worthy displays will fill the Crystal Garden. Indulge in mouth-watering tasting booths, incredible swag bags, and one-of-a-kind contests & giveaways. The Modern Wedding Show will be an unforgettable experience for all who attend.
Getting married or hosting a special event in 2023? RSVP, YES! March 5 at Crystal Garden for Victoria’s luxury wedding and event showcase. Committed to inspire, impress, and influence.
2023 TC10K – April 30
Join thousands of runners in the 2023 TC10K and push your limits. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to running, this 10K race is a great opportunity to challenge yourself. The scenic course takes you through Victoria’s Inner Harbour and historic neighborhoods, with cheering crowds along the way. Sign up now and be part of this empowering and exciting community event. With training support and a community of runners to motivate you, you’ll be crossing that finish line in no time. Register here!
WildPlay’s Naked Bungy Jump supporting Mental Health Recovery Partners – March 4-5
Naked Bungy is BACK!
Come out and bungy jump naked at the 17th annual Naked Bungy Jump for mental health! Take the leap from WildPlay’s 150ft Bungy Bridge to help Mental Health Recovery Partners (MHRP) provide life-saving mental health programs on Vancouver Island.
Help MHRP reach its $100,000 fundraising target!
Fundraise $200+ and jump for FREE! 18+ to be on site. Click here for more information.
Crafted Farmhouse Market – March 10-11
Enjoy a unique shopping experience! This local event features 60+ local hand-picked and curated handcrafters, artisans, and young entrepreneurial Mini Makers, local live music, food trucks, and drinks provided by Hoyne Brewing & Deep Cove Winery to sip as you shop. Special Guests Elsa & Anna will be visiting and greeting people on Saturday, March 11th from 2:30-4 pm. $5 cash admission, kids 12 and under free.
Mary Winspear Centre – 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney BC V8L 1W9
Kaleidoscope Theatre presents OZ – March 30 – April 9
Journey down the yellow brick road with Oz, an enchanting new play from Victoria’s Kaleidoscope Theatre and Vancouver’s Carousel Theatre for Young People! Join legendary author L. Frank Baum and a feisty young girl named Dot as they bring the Land of Oz to life. This magical new production for kids and their grown-ups celebrates creativity, imagination, and the power of storytelling. As Baum and Dot work together, we’re reminded that the real wizard behind the curtain is often our own imagination. Featuring a talented cast, stunning design, and a heartwarming story that will delight audiences of all ages, Oz is a can’t-miss production that will inspire and entertain you from start to finish. Join us from March 30 through April 9 for a trip over the rainbow that you won’t forget. Get your tickets now at kaleidoscope.bc.ca and experience the magic of Oz for yourself!
Vintage Retro and Collectible Show/Sale – April 9
As time travel is currently not an option, the next best thing is to transport yourself and your family and friends to the Vintage, Retro & Collectible Show/Sale at the Mary Winspear Centre, Beacon Avenue, Sidney-by-the-Sea on Easter Sunday!
This major event is always a mix of very interesting stuff!! Pre/post war jewelry, magazines, maps, stamps, comic books, postcards and collector cards. Toys: dinky cars, meccano, mechanical, 70’s video games. Tableware and an assortment of carefully used books. Tools, repurposed vintage phones, cameras, coins and notes….all sorts of collectibles. 50/60’s vintage clothes, bags, shoes and collectibles; repurposed furniture and fabulous lamps and collectibles. Exotic Thai and Japanese pieces and more local First Nations collectibles. .
General entrance: 9:30 am $5. Earlybirds: 8:30/9:30 am $20. Children under 15 free with an adult. Show closes at 4pm. Refreshments available all day provided by Island Culinary Services.
Relove Market – March 18-19
The ReLove Market is an empowering fashion community dedicated to the pursuit of personal expression balanced with environmental sustainability. We bring local curators and fashion enthusiasts together in a welcoming, inspiring and creative in-person forum to share ideas and textiles! Join us for the finest in secondhand & vintage clothing March 18 & 19 from 12-6:30pm at 650 View St (across from The Bay Centre). And don’t forget your reusable shopper for all your fabulous finds. Be sure to tag your snaps from the day with @therelovemarket & #relovegeneration
Eves of Destructions Roller Derby 2023 Season
Our home season begins March 18 with a double-header at Eagle Ridge in Langford, where our junior team, The Rotten Apples, will bout Vancouver Junior Roller Derby and The Hard Cores will battle the Brick House Betties.
This will be our first full season back to normal since the pandemic, and our league has been working incredibly hard to continue to bring high level roller derby to our fans here in Victoria. We are a non-profit league run by the skaters and supported by volunteers and fans. Our league is comprised of six teams: our juniors, the Rotten Apples; our rookie team, the Hard Cores; our three house teams: the Margarita Villains, the Belles of the Brawl, and the Daisy Pushers; and finally our WFTDA charter team, The A Team.
Our second annual Capital City Chaos tournament, will run on April 8, featuring our A Team and Greater Vancouver and Saskatoon Roller Derby at Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt. It was a smash hit as our first WFTDA tournament in 2019, and we are thrilled to be able to bring it back this year. Double headers will follow each month at Archie Browning: on May 6, June 10, July 6, and finally wrapping up on August 19th with our infamous house team battle for the Calamity Cup.
Buy tickets here. If you want to connect with us on social media we are @eodrollerderby on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok
Wild ARC’s Online Auction – March 18 – March 26
Wild ARC’s 2023 Online Auction raises lifesaving proceeds to help with animals that are ill, injured or orphaned. Wild ARC begins to see baby animals in need as early as March and April, and the summer months are the busiest season for wild animal patients.
YOU, our loving community members, can be a hero for these animals when they are most vulnerable.
We invite you to view and bid on the incredible auction items available (valued at over $18,000 altogether) donated by caring and generous businesses and private supporters.
Your participation in our auction means we can keep doing what we do best – caring for wildlife!
The auction is open Saturday March 18 at 12:00pm and bidding closes Sunday March 26, 2023 at 12:00pm.
Wild ARC is the only wildlife rehabilitation centre on southern Vancouver Island. In 2022, Wild ARC treated 2,459 animals from all over the region, helping them recover for their best chance of return to the wild.
We hope you have fun at these wonderful, local events this Winter! If you’d like Used.ca to be a sponsor of your event on Vancouver Island, please contact our Community Manager, Carly.