Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre would not be where it is today without the amazing support from our local corporate sponsors and community supporters. These businesses have helped us through our season and we couldn’t have done it without them. Show your support to these great companies by going out and supporting them as well and thank them for keeping the Arts alive in Victoria!
The Times Colonist is the oldest daily newspaper in Western Canada. It was created by the 1980 merger of the British Colonist, which started in 1858, and the Victoria Daily Times, which began publishing in 1884. The British Colonist was founded by Amor De Cosmos, who went on to become the second premier of British Columbia. The newspaper has chronicled the history of Victoria and Vancouver Island from the gold rush days of the 1850s to Victoria’s present status as a thriving capital city and an international tourist destination.
The Times Colonist publishes in print six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday, and online 365 days per year.
Caffe Fantastico is a local family business owned and operated by Ryan and Kristy Taylor. It all began in 1993 when Ryan opened Espresso Fantastico, a small coffee cart in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. From day one the business was driven by the pursuit of quality and the love of coffee.
In 1995 Ryan began roasting the Causeway Fantastico our signature blend which to this day is our top selling coffee and used in all of our espresso bars. Our beloved roastery location was humbly opened in 1998 with Ryan roasting new single origin coffees and brewing these amazing coffees to the Specialty Coffee Association’s Golden Cup standards.
It was at the roastery that he met Kristy and they fell in love over one particular latte with a lovely heart poured on top. Together Ryan and Kristy began to expand Caffe Fantastico to new locations around Victoria. The Espresso Fantastico coffee cart was sold to friends and the Cook Street Village Coffee Kiosk was developed in 2001. The beautiful sustainable location at Dockside Green became available in 2007 and a great relationship was formed with our neighboring bakery Fol Epi. 2011 was an exciting year where Ryan and Kristy were able to bring their love of espresso wine and ale together in Tre Fantastico at the hotel Parkside Victoria. Each store has been developed and grown to contribute to the Victoria neighbourhoods where they are located. Although our staff now number over 35, we are still a close-knit family.
Sustainability and the environment are very close to the hearts of Ryan and Kristy with all coffee grounds composted and all plastics recycled since day one. Having a successful business with ethical practices is key the Caffe Fantastico family.
Lily Fawn, Tea Specialist, has been blending herbal teas since 1992 when she started her own company called Earth’s Herbal Products. She is fun, well educated and full of great ideas. Born and raised here on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Her unique herbal teas are not only delicious but also of the highest quality available. Packaged in a fun, unique way that shows Lily’s own personal character and humour.
Using locally foraged and hand picked wildcrafted herbs whenever available. All of the products are lovingly prepared in small batches, delivered fresh and ready for your sipping pleasure.
Cherry Point Winery is located on the south-east side of Vancouver Island in a pastoral setting of rolling green fertile hills surrounded by rugged mountains and majestic softwood rainforests. The Cowichan’s long, Mediterranean-like growing season and mild maritime winters make it the most important agricultural area on Vancouver Island, producing a wide range of cultivated crops including hay, fruits, vegetables and more recently… wine grapes. This is British Columbia’s newest wine-growing region.
The vineyard at Cherry Point was established in 1990 when the founders purchased 34 acres on a former mink ranch a few miles south of Cowichan Bay. Since wine-growing was still new on Vancouver Island they planted the vineyard with several grape varieties, for nobody really knew which grapes suited the island’s soil and climate. After the grape trials, Cherry Point Estate Wines became one of the first licensed wineries on Vancouver Island in 1994.
The vineyard is planted on a glacial moraine, a gravel and stony hill rich in minerals on top of the surrounding clay countryside. White round stones that lay exposed under the vines retain and reflect the sun’s heat and help to ripen the fruit long after the sun sets. The grapevines thrive in the gravel and sandy soil, an open soil they can get their roots down deep into, searching for water and nutrients. A large pond nearby catches the winter rain as it runs down the vineyard’s sloping hill and the mineral enriched water is judiciously irrigated back onto the vines when they need it in the summer.
Today the 24-acre vineyard is the second largest on Vancouver Island and consists of grapevines that flourish in Cherry Point’s microclimate. Ten main varieties and eight limited varieties are planted including Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Pinot Noir, Agria, Ortega, Seigerrebe, and Castel. Blackberry bushes surround the vineyard and the pests are few, for the leaf-hoppers favour blackberries over grapes.
The healthy lush vines are fastidiously weeded, clipped and pruned, allowing more sunlight to filter through to the grapes and decreasing the yield to increase the quality of the fruit. When they reach their optimum, usually by the beginning of October, the grapes are hand-picked, the flesh gently crushed, and the pressed juice made lovingly into wine.
The award-winning wines are made simply, using state of the art equipment, allowing the grapes to make the wines, without interfering with nature as much as possible – honouring the spiritual connection between the earth, rain, and sun that nourish the vineyard. The whites are crisp, and clean, brimming with varietal fruit.
Tulipe Noire opened its doors in the Spring of 2005. From the very beginning, we have provided quality clothing and personalized service to thousands of women. We are known for being friendly, fun, open and caring, and for bringing our customers some of the best and trendiest styles while keeping things fresh and interesting.
In the very beginning, Tulipe Noire was widely known as a yoga, fitness and lifestyle apparel boutique. As in life, things change… and so did we. We recognized that fashion trends were changing and we needed to fulfill our “passion for fashion” in a different way. We wanted to help our customers shift from “yoga wear” to sophisticated fabulous street wear, without compromising comfort or care. Clothing that can easily make the transition from the office to an evening out; from the school yard to a corporate meeting, and clothing that suits an active and well balanced life.
Today at Tulipe Noire, we pride ourselves on bringing women of all ages the best in today’s casual designer fashions. We enjoy getting to know our customers and helping them choose clothing that makes them feel and look great … all year round and for all occasions.
ArtsVictoria.ca is a community-driven calendar, directory, and comprehensive living archive of arts activity in Victoria BC. ArtsVictoria.ca is produced by the Victoria Arts Promotion and Preservation Society, with funding support from the City of Victoria, and technical support fromThe Indivision Network.
Here you will find an index of Cultural resources such as venues, companies, organizations, and institutions, as well as the new artist directory which contains media-rich, free, permanent profiles for local artists and arts groups. All profiles are cross-referenced with videos, articles, photos, art, audio and more to create a rich, interconnected, living history of our arts community.
Use the Calendar to find out what is going on daily, weekly and monthly in a variety of categories: music, visual arts, theatre, dance, and literature. Or, if you are planning an event of your own, you can use the handy Venue Finder to discover the perfect location for your next event.
Finally, here you will find a wide range of resources to keep you in touch with News and Announcements from the community. ArtsVictoria.ca is updated daily by the arts community itself! All you need is an account, and getting an account is as easy as adding a listing to our community database.
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For more details about user accounts, using the calendar, posting an announcement or submitting a resource to the directory, see the FAQ Section or, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.