Victoria Conservatory bash celebrates the power of music


A red-carpet welcome followed by a glass of champagne sets the tone at the upcoming Oxygen 2 gala, a fundraiser for the Victoria Conservatory of Music on Oct. 2.

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Organizers chose “oxygen” as the event’s title because they see the school’s objective as breathing music into life.

The gala is an opportunity for people to put on their tuxedos or evening gowns for an elegant night on the town, with the knowledge that proceeds from the event help support music education in the city.

“This fabulous fundraising party features brilliant music performances and celebrates the achievements and extraordinary future of the conservatory,” said Jane Butler McGregor, CEO of the non-profit school. “The purchase of Oxygen 2 tickets keeps students of all ages and abilities discovering the power of music. It’s a party not to be missed.”

This is the school’s largest fundraising event of the year and part of this year’s 50th-anniversary celebrations.

The dazzling evening promises to be the cultural highlight of the year, with champagne, fine wine, cuisine and outstanding musical performances that will take your breath away, the conservatory says.

Award-winning artists include jazz and pop singer Lauren Margison, fiddler Daniel Lapp and Friends, the Adam Miller Trio, Marc Atkinson Trio and the Damian Graham Trio.

The night includes a chance to win an all-expenses paid weekend in San Francisco, complete with concert tickets.

Tickets are $300, with limited seating.

The champagne reception is at 6 p.m. and musical performances start at 7 p.m., with food service throughout the evening. The event takes place at the Bard & Banker, 1022 Government St. To reserve a ticket call 250-386-5311 or

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