Explore: Remembrance Day events, lighthouse exhibit, Bourdain’s film and more

The official Remembrance Day Ceremony for the Province of British Columbia takes place at the Cenotaph on the grounds of the legislature on Monday.

The service, organized by the Victoria Remembrance Day Committee Poppy Fund of the British Columbia/Yukon branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday.

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For details, call 250-386-2533 or email victoriapoppyfund@shaw.ca.

After the ceremony, Public Service Branch 127 will host a reception, 12:15 to 3 p.m. on the main floor at 514 Government St.

For more information, call 250-386-3325 or rcl127@shaw.ca.


Enjoy a Concert of Remembrance by Canadian College of Performing Arts students, tonight at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at Oak Bay High School.

The performance is made possible though a partnership between the college, the District of Oak Bay and the Band of the 5th (British Columbia) Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery.

More than 50 CCPAstudents will perform, with artwork and video contributions from students in the after-school care program at Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture.

Inspiration for the concert was drawn from the real-life letters of Private John Bapst Cronin, from more than a hundred years ago. It will feature a tapestry of classic wartime musical favourites, combined with text and dialogue to tell an impactful story.

Proceeds go to the Military Family Resource Centre and the Canadian Heritage Arts Society.

Tickets are by donation online or at the door. Advance booking available at concert_of_remembrance_2019.eventbrite.ca.

The production starts at 7 p.m. tonight at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at Oak Bay High School, 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd. Details at ccpacanada.com, or 250-595-9970.


A service of remembrance to honour veterans buried in St. Luke’s Cemetery will be held on Sunday.

The service will start in the church before moving to the cemetery, where names of interred veterans will be read out.

If you would like to add the name of a relative or friend who is a veteran whose name isn’t on the list, please contact St. Luke’s office at 250-477-6741 or email admin@stlukecedarhill.ca.

The service runs 10:30 to noon Sunday, St. Luke’s Church.

For details, including a list of the names that will be read, go to stlukesvictoria.ca.


Remember family and friends who fought in the First and Second World Wars in An Afternoon of Remembrance at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites on Monday.

Enjoy a stroll and hear stories from re-enactors — or share your own — at the site where many soldiers worked and trained before going off to war.

From 1878 to 1956 some of our grandparents, parents, sons, daughters, neighbours, and friends were garrisoned at the barracks before leaving for war. Some returned, others didn’t.

At the event, kids can create special crafts and everyone can warm-up by the camp fire.

Presentations offered from Parks Canada staff, the Maritime Museum of B.C. and local military re-enactor groups.

The event runs noon to 4 p.m. Monday at the National Historic Sites, 603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd. It is free to attend. For more information, go to pc.gc.ca.

Busy weekend at Christ Church Cathedral

See images of men and women who made sacrifices during wartime, peacekeeping and other missions at Remembrance Illuminated at Christ Church Cathedral, Friday to Monday.

For four evenings leading up to and including Remembrance Day, photos of Victorians and other Canadians will be projected several stories high onto the south tower of the cathedral.

You can view the 20-minute show from Cathedral Commons (at Burdett and Quadra) for two hours each evening.

The events are supported by the B.C. /Yukon branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Western Front Association (Pacific Branch), the Canadian Scottish Regimental Museum, United Rentals and Shoestring Filmworks.

Refreshments will be provided and the cathedral will be open for viewing the wartime display.

The shows run 7 to 9 p.m. Friday to Monday.

• The cathedral will also celebrate National Aboriginal Veterans Day on Friday.

James Swan, a former serving member of the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) and a member of the Ahousaht Nation will sing the First Nations Honour Song.

The service, at 7 p.m. Friday, will include a piper.

• Bring the whole family to enjoy Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saëns) on Sunday.

The concert features a humorous orchestral suite performed by Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal organist Jean-Willy Kunz.

He will be joined by broadcaster and poet Bill Richardson reading his own comic narrative texts.

Admission is by donation for the one-hour concert, which starts at 6 p.m. Sunday.

All the events take place at Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Ave. For more information, go to christchurchcathedral.bc.ca.

Peek into the past and future of lighthouses

Discover fascinating stories about lighthouses — and get a glimpse into the future — at Protecting our Coast: The Shifting Role of B.C. Lighthouses, a new exhibit at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia.

In the past, lighthouses were constructed to serve as navigation aids, protecting vessels travelling along the coast from crashing into dangerous shoreline. But the role of the lighthouse has changed with shifting technology.

Lighthouses in B.C. are now becoming ecological reserves or gaining protected status, with their keepers becoming the guardians of their stations’ landscapes and the surrounding wildlife.

“Lighthouses on our coast have such fascinating stories,” said Brittany Vis, associate director at the museum. “When we started research for this exhibit, it became clear that lighthouses have served additional roles in society than simply as navigational aids. We hope visitors will walk away from this exhibit with a better understanding of the evolving role of lighthouses and how they are being used today.”

Regular admission applies. The exhibit runs until May 14, 2020. The museum’s hours of operations are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. It’s located at 634 Humboldt St. For more information, go to mmbc.bc.ca.

Watch Bourdain’s film on food waste

Join in the conversation around the growing issue of food waste at a screening of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, a documentary, Wednesday at the Victoria Event Centre.

The event is hosted by Project Zero and the Food Eco District. The documentary, by the late chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain, will be followed by a panel discussion from local activists and experts on how food waste is currently being tackled.

In British Columbia, nearly 40 per cent of the food purchased goes to waste.

Organizers hope to shed some light on this growing issue and discuss actions we can take within our communities and within our own homes to reduce food waste.

Come hungry, as pizza and beverages will be available for purchase. There will also be raffles of several food waste prevention starter kits.

Tickets $13 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m., the screening begins at 6:30 and the panel discussion starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St. Please note the facility is not wheelchair accessible and attendees must walk up a flight of stairs to reach the theatre area. Tickets at Eventbrite.ca. For information, go to Facebook.

Three-day arts and crafts extravaganza

Enjoy a three-day extravaganza of outstanding arts, crafts and demonstrations at the Creative Craft Fair, Friday to Sunday at Pearkes Recreation Centre.

This is the 42nd year of the annual event, which attracts thousands of visitors browsing among 125 exhibitors presenting crafts, gourmet food, fine art, photography, clothing, glass art, jewelry, bath and beauty products, woodwork, imports and more.

Admission is $6 for one or $6.50 for all three days. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. The fair runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Rd. Details at creativecraftfairs.com/public.

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