Critics' Picks: Sooke Music and Art Fest, Story Story Lie, Barbara McCaffrey exhibit


What: Sooke Music and Art Festival

Where: Sooke Legion (6726 Eustace Rd.) and John Phillips Memorial Park (2201 Otter Point Rd.)

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When: Friday to Sunday

Admission: Free/By donation

Why: Organizers of this popular annual event have to put together an impressive line-up for its sixth edition, which brings outdoor summer programming to a close this weekend. Among the family-friendly fun and Sooke-sourced food and beverage offerings are sets by a wide range of acts, from Carolyn Mark, Vox Rea, and Sarah Osborne to David Gogo, the Ed Fury Band and Edgedwellers. The festival kicks off at the Sooke Legion (6726 Eustace Rd.) on Friday, with by-donation admission benefiting the Sooke Food Bank. The remainder of the weekend is free to attend and should cap the summer season nicely.


What: Story Story Lie

Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.

When: Friday, 7 p.m. (doors at 6)

Tickets: $18 from; $21 at the door

Why: A lie masquerading as the truth — that’s the inventive premise at the centre of Story Story Lie, which comes to the Victoria Event Centre on Friday. The night of storytelling, comedy, and spoken word features performers who are each tasked with sharing a story, which may or may not be true. Only the liar knows the score, and it’s up to the audience to figure out who’s lying. Reviews of this Vancouver-based project are through the roof, and its popularity continues to rise on the mainland. Victorians are in for a treat, it would appear.


What: Barbara McCaffrey presents ​Persistence of Memory

Where: The Chapel Gallery, St. Matthias Church, 600 Richmond Ave.

When: Friday to Oct. 3

Admission: Free

Why: Montreal-raised, Victoria-based mixed-media artist Barbara McCaffrey has put together one heck of an exhibit, merging the concept of memory with the fibre arts medium. There is a defined inventiveness in her work, along with emotional heft, from a piece inspired by a visit to Hiroshima and a tribute to the 14 women murdered in the Concordia University shooting to a toddler’s dress fashioned from prints of yellowed newspapers signalling the end of the Second World War. Persistence of Memory is both educational and evocative.

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