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Events in Sidney BC


Peninsula Singers "Here We Come A-Carolling"

  • Fri Dec 5th, 2014 7:30pm
  • Sat Dec 6th, 2014 7:30pm
  • Sun Dec 7th, 2014 2:00pm

Our annual Christmas extravaganza featuring the best of the old and the new. From the traditional to the very freshest melodies, we love celebrating the Yuletide! http://marywinspear.ca/event/peninsula-singers-here-we-come-carolling We will carol our way through a repertoire filled with your old favourites, such as Beethoven’s “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” and a new arrangement of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” That Glenda Korella always brings something new to the music stand: you’ll enjoy four-part harmonies of the Andrews Sisters’ “Jing-a-Ling, Jing-a-Ling” and the Grammy winning country trio of Lady Antebellum’s compositi on, “On

This Winter’s Night.” There’s much more, including the Singers’ customary choreography, colourful costumes, zany humour and soloists drawn from the Singers’ ranks. Our debonair Master of Ceremonies Jim Kingham will be on hand to guide you through the evening’s entertainment. And we’ll be backed up by our stellar litt le band of accompanist Janet Yonge, bassist Lynell Korella and percussionist Terry Erskine. Our featured Young Artist is the very young and very talented pianist Erik Lin from Victoria, fresh o? his grand performance at the Victoria Symphony Orchestra’s “Splash” 2014.


The teddy bears are back!

Dec, 1st - 31st
Christmas Teddy Bear Extravaganza Come visit the hundreds of bears who have taken over the museum – including collectible and vintage bears, and a variety of new dioramas and scenes. Sidney Museum


Edie Daponte & Company

Upcoming Shows When Edie DaPonte sings, she delivers an intimate and dynamic performance honoring the great songwriters of Latin and Jazz standards.

  • Saturday Dec. 6th at 6:00pm
  • Saturday Dec. 13th at 6:00pm
  • Saturday Dec. 20th at 6:00pm

Beacon Landing Restaurant & Lounge
In the Cannery Building - on site
2537 Beacon Avenue Sidney,
British Columbia V8L 1Y3


A Celtic Yuletide

Fri, Dec 12th, 7:00 pm
A festive journey to the lands of shamrock and thistle with Cookeilidh! Cookeilidh has been delighting audiences for years with their high energy traditional, and modernized tunes. This evening of celtic and yuletide favourites will also feature special guests… the O’Connor O’Brien Irish Dancers.
Mary Winspear Centre


Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair

December 13th, 10:00 -5:00
December 14th, 10:00 -4:00
If you appreciate beautifully artistic and unique items all handcrafted by local artists and artisans, you'll love what's in store at this year's First & Last Chance Christmas Craft Fairs. Now in its 25th year, First & Last Chance 2014 are going to be fairs not to be missed. Both are arts and crafts fairs of distinction. A unique opportunity to meet and purchase directly from the vast selection of artisans who have lovingly created their handmade wares. It connects and reconnects artisans and buyers providing direct contact for a much more intimate transaction.
Mary Winspear Centre


Buffy Sainte-Marie

Sat, Dec 13th, 7:30 pm
Academy Award winner Buffy Sainte-Marie’s audacious attitude to life on and off the stage has inspired people around the world for over four decades. Not one to rest on her accomplishments, Buffy Sainte-Marie has never stopped channelling her infinite musical and artistic creativity. As one of the most spellbinding artists of our time, Buffy Sainte-Marie gracefully combines a high energy stage presence with cerebral songs that tell powerful stories. This rare and primal blend is a welcome joy to festivals and concert halls around the world. "Buffy is one of the most influential and most charismatic performers off all time. Her music has stood the test of time and she continues to write her music that sings to our very souls." - Ticketmaster Review
Mary Winspear Centre


Van Django Bells

Dec 14th, 7:30 pm
Vancouver's hottest swing string quartet brings their hit Christmas concert to Vancouver Island this December!
Renowned both for the quality of their musicianship and as great entertainers, Van Django's variety show is a merry Christmas mix of nostalgic favourites, jazz standards, sing-alongs, pop tunes, some classical touches, and a few surprises - all delivered in their swinging gypsy jazz style. Folks of all ages can celebrate the season at this fun and festive yule-time show. Joining Van Django's violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels is harmonica virtuoso Keith Bennett, and stellar vocalist LJ Mounteney.
A big success when they first performed the show at Vancouver's Rogue Folk Club for Christmas 2013, the band looks forward to bringing the concert to the Island for this first time this year. Violinist Cameron Wilson says, "everyone had such a great time at last year's first-ever concert of Van Django Bells, it was a natural decision to expand the show this season. Folks loved the mix of music and the feel-good vibes - it's a show that just hits all the right notes at Christmas. We're excited to bring the good times to new audiences, and especially to Vancouver Island this year!" Hear everything from the evocative I'll Be Home for Christmas to Let it Snow, Santa Baby and Silver Bells to Ave Maria, a bit of Beethoven, and so much more - with something every ear, heart, and tapping foot will enjoy. Van Django's music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining strong roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by Django Reinhardt and the 1930's Quintet of the Hot Club of France. On stage, "they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy. Attending a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sitting down with your clothes on." - Nick Lehr (Djangofest). The perfect answer to winter chill, come share some hot and swinging Christmas cheer with Van Django Bells this year!
Mary Winspear Centre


A Christmas Carol The Panto

Dec 19th, & 20th, 7:30 pm, to Sun, Dec 21st, 2:00 pm
Peninsula Players and Mary Winspear Centre Present A Christmas Carol Pantomime
What evokes Christmas more than Tiny Tim’s “God bless us every one!” or Scrooge’s “Bah, humbug!"? Why, a traditional rollicking panto, of course! And how better to enjoy the holidays than by putting them together in “A Christmas Carol – The Panto"? Written by Adrian Barradell and directed by Gerald Schieven, this Peninsula Players and Mary Winspear Centre production combines the classic Dickens tale (narrated by Dickens himself!) with the hilarious antics of an old-fashioned panto: villains, heroes, a dame, slapstick, corny jokes, singalongs, and more. There’s even a live band: "What the Dickens".
Mary Winspear Centre


Community Christmas Dinner

December 25th, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The 15th anniversary of the Annual Christmas Day Dinner for people who would otherwise be alone takes place at the Mary Winspear Centre.
To reserve for the 11 or 12:30 sittings or if you require a ride to the dinner, please call Wendy at 250-656-7678 during the day and leave a message with full details. Reservations will be taken from Nov 24 until Dec 20.


A Christmas Carol

Dec 26th, & 27th, 7:30 pm, to Sun, Dec 28th, 2:00 pm
The Panto Peninsula Players and Mary Winspear Centre Present A Christmas Carol Pantomime What evokes Christmas more than Tiny Tim’s “God bless us every one!” or Scrooge’s “Bah, humbug!"? Why, a traditional rollicking panto, of course! And how better to enjoy the holidays than by putting them together in “A Christmas Carol – The Panto"? Written by Adrian Barradell and directed by Gerald Schieven, this Peninsula Players and Mary Winspear Centre production combines the classic Dickens tale (narrated by Dickens himself!) with the hilarious antics of an old-fashioned panto: villains, heroes, a dame, slapstick, corny jokes, singalongs, and more. There’s even a live band: "What the Dickens".
The Charlie White Theatre
December 19, 20 & 26 7:30 p.m.
December 21, 27 & 28 2:00 p.m


Nearly Neil 20 Years and Counting BOBBY BRUCE’S TRIBUTE TO NEIL DIAMOND:

Mon, Dec 29th, 7:30 pm
NEARLY NEIL and THE SOLITARY BAND
Rock.It Boy Entertainment presents BOBBY BRUCE’S TRIBUTE TO NEIL DIAMOND: NEARLY NEIL and THE SOLITARY BAND on Monday, December 29 at the Charlie White Theatre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney. Tickets are $42.50 (Plus Facility Fee & Service Charges) at the Theatre Box Office. Charge by phone at 250-656-0275 or online at www.marywinspear.ca.

With a career spanning more than 40 years, Neil Diamond is a living legend in the music industry. Given his amazing collection of Billboard toppers, it takes a truly special talent to deliver a true-to-life tribute experience. NEARLY NEIL will make a believer out of you. Focusing on the early days of Neil’s rise to fame NEARLY NEIL and THE SOLITARY BAND tantalize and mesmerize with all the diamonds of Neil’s heyday; “America”, “I Am … I Said”, “Sweet Caroline”, “You Don’t Bring me Flowers”, “Solitary Man”, “Cherry Cherry”, “Holly Holy”, “September Morn”, “Crunchy Granola Suite”, Forever in Blue Jeans”, “Kentucky Woman”, “Desiree” and “Cracklin’ Rosie”. Bobby Bruce has spent his life onstage from film and television to musical theatre and rock revues. In 1994, Bobby’s incomparable talent for impersonating Neil Diamond came to life. In 1998 he made the switch from impersonation to tribute and NEARLY NEIL and THE SOLITARY BAND was born.

For twenty years, Bobby’s genuine, heartfelt connection to both the music and the audience has created a phenomenon able to recreate the excitement of a living legend at his very best. Possessing captivating stage presence paired with stunning vocal delivery NEARLY NEIL and THE SOLITARY BAND is a memorable tribute in a league of its own. Regarding NEARLY NEIL and THE SOLITARY BAND, Danny Gaisin of the Halton Arts Review stated, “He uncannily duplicates the voice. He captures the very essence of his subject, and most of all, he replicates the contagious and infectious charisma that occurred between Diamond and his audiences”. Hellen Barry of Australian Stage Online continues, “Of course, there’s that voice. That throaty, husky, whispering purr; it’s uncanny. He has the swagger, the laidback charisma, the sheer essence of Diamond”. You must see this incredible show others have called a “dynamic and passionate tribute” with “depth, style and sophistication” that is “maybe even better than the real” thing!

For more information on NEARLY NEIL and THE SOLITARY BAND please visit www.nearlyneil.com. Rock.It Boy Entertainment presents BOBBY BRUCE’S TRIBUTE TO NEIL DIAMOND: NEARLY NEIL and THE SOLITARY BAND on Monday, December 29 at the Charlie White Theatre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney.
Tickets are $45.65 at the Theatre Box Office. Charge by phone at 250-656-0275 or online at www.marywinspear.ca. Doors 7:00PM. Show 7:30PM.


New Year's Eve 2014

Wed, Dec 31st, 7:30 pm
New Year's Eve with the Timebenders Doors 7:30 - Band 8:30 Once again the Mary Winspear Centre is set to host the hottest New Year’s Eve Party on the Peninsula! Back by popular demand The Timebenders will be rocking through the evening, bringing along a few surprises to make this year’s show the best yet. Their music spans six decades, with outrageous impersonations by the band, complete with 15 costume changes. Their high-energy show covers all musical genres, providing a little something to keep everyone on the dance floor.

New this year and included with your ticket purchase is a wacky photo booth for unlimited photos with your friends. Al so included is a classic glass of champagne for a midnight toast and fun party favours. There will be a full service bar and Red Seal Chef Graham Little of Island Culinary will be serving up appetizers, dinner and snacks for purchase to keep you going throughout the evening.
Mary Winspear Centre


First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Jan 31st, 4:45 pm, 2014
Enjoy musical entertainment as well as numerous activities, including swimming, skating, arts & crafts, inflatable obstacle course and bouncy castle. We’ll end off the night with a Fireworks Finale at 9pm!
Panorama Rec Centre


 

Polar Bear Swim Lochside Drive

Jan 1st, 12 noon
Sidney, BC
Join fellow hardy islanders and enjoy an invigorating start to the new year with a polar bear swim. Find us through the beach access at Lochside Drive (just down from Tulista Park).