Midweek arts briefs July 24
World Vision and 10x10 Pictures presents the West Coast premiere screening of Girl Rising, a critically acclaimed film by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, July 24 at SilverCity Victoria Cinemas (3130 Tillicum Rd.).
The film tells the stories of nine extraordinary young girls from nine countries, all born into unforgiving circumstances, while exploring the vital role education can play in changing their stories.
The screening will be followed by an open discussion with an expert panel including Justin Reeves from 10x10 pictures, Joanna Robertson of Wold Vision and Brittany King of KOOL FM.
The screening starts at 7 p.m. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit girlrising.ca.
Victoria’s fifth annual festival of food and wine uncorks Thursday, July 25 with an evening tasting of more than 100 B.C. Wines and local food prepared by some of the best chefs on Vancouver Island.
Taste the Difference, the opening night extravaganza, is sold out, as is Sustainable Seafood: Taste and Learn at Finest at Sea and Sharpen your Senses: An Interactive Tasting Workshop (Friday, July 26), but there are still tickets available for Tea and Terroir with Tea Master Daniela Cubelic (Friday, July 26, 2 p.m. At Silk Road), Weird and Wonderful Grape Varieties of Cool Climate Regions (Saturday, July 27, 11:30am at Hotel Grand Pacific), Swine and the Vine (Saturday, July 27, 2 p.m. At Hotel Grand Pacific) and Band, Bubbles and Bennys (Sunday, July 28 at 11 a.m. At Vista 18, Chateau Victoria), featuring a three-course brunch with B.C. Sparkling wine tastings and the jazzy sounds of Lust Life.
Tickets and a full schedule are available at victoriataste.com.
Alberta Flood Relief Concert
Ten Island musicians are coming together Sunday July 28 to play a show with proceeds going to help flood victims in Alberta.
The event is organized by Kerry Jayne, who will play at the show, alongside Vancouver Island Music Award winner Felicia Harding (of the Ghostbird) and Isobel trigger as well as Born in Cities, Krista Di Gregoria, Kyle Truelove, White Hot Jet, Warriors of the Infinite and Spaceport Union.
VIMA Vocalist of the Year nominee Jilliam Reece, whose sister lives in Calgary, is also on the bill.
Guitarist and 2013 VIMA Pop/Rock Album winner Wil, who lived in Calgary during his “formative years” says he’s playing the show for the people of Calgary. “My connection with the city is simple, it’s the people in it, the people who have lost everything and the people who are giving everything and that’s why it’s important for me to be involved,” he says.
The To Brighter Days flood relief benefit concert is Sunday, July 28 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (680 Courtney St) at 7 p.m. Doors at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $15/10/5. All proceeds are going to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Flood Relief Fund. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.