There are a number of groups/organizations that call the VEC their “home”, and we are happy to have them! Showcased below are some of the groups that frequently use the VEC for their events/shows.
Atomic Vaudeville (AV) has supported the potential of the VEC from the very beginning, ten years ago! They present four unique shows every year at the VEC. Each show runs for 3-5 nights and contains a cast of anywhere from 20-40 performers. AV has built up a cult-like following and each show packs “the house”.
Visit the AV website to learn more.
Now in its eleventh successful season, OPEN CINEMA is dedicated to the innovative use of cinema as a tool for community engagement. Screenings of documentaries in café-style venues are followed by open forum discussion with invited guests. Live events are amplified using virtual engagement and streaming tools, creating a hybrid cinema experience. OPEN CINEMA is a program of MediaNet in Victoria, BC.
SIN CITY: THE LIVE IMPROVISED SERIAL
features Victoria’s top comedic actors as they spin a continuing tale in weekly episodes – completely unscripted, unrehearsed, and directed live! The acclaimed company has performed 7 seasons at the Victoria Event Centre since 2011. Every year new characters make their debut in a new genre. Past seasons have been set in a Medieval Kingdom, Space 2020, Dustbowl Carnies, a British seaside resort, Las Vegas 1961 and more. Hilarious, dramatic, musical, thrilling and unexpected – this format takes improv to a whole new level.
Art Battle is live competitive painting. Painters create the best work they can across three 20 minute rounds of live painting. The audience votes for the winners of each round, thus choosing the single winner of each event. Art Battle Canada has been promoting Canadian artists through live painting competitions since 2009. Created in Toronto by Simon Plashkes and Chris Pemberton, Art Battle has grown to more than 30 communities across Canada. In this 7th season, more than 150 events and 1600 original artworks will be created and sold to art lovers across Canada. Art Battle is in its second year in Victoria and happens on the second Thursday of each month at the VEC! http://artbattle.ca
GARDEN CITY SOUL CLUB
Garden City Soul Club (GCSC) is Victoria’s longest-running vinyl-only Soul and Funk night, and they don’t take that lightly. With an ever-growing arsenal of LPs and 45s, DJs Soul Scorcher and KTF keep the platters spinning all night with tracks ranging from Motown chart toppers to Northern Soul rarities and everything Funky in between. This is a dance party! GCSC is not exclusive and welcomes guests over 19 who want to have a great time dancing the night away to vintage Soul. Smart Dress is encouraged – the dance floor always looks better when it’s filled with well-dressed folks shaking a tail feather!
Visit Garden City Soul Club on Facebook.