By David Lennam

These are our music and art event picks we think you should put on your to-do list this season.




September 14 to 17

Moby, Zeds Dead, Bonobo, July Talk, A Tribe Called Red and a zillion other eclectic acts: the 10th anniversary of Victoria’s primo outdoor (and indoor) music festival means everywhere you turn for four days will have live music (like the this-can’t-be-Victoria Electric Avenue) in true festival spirit. Atomique consistently serves up a repertoire
of international-calibre concerts.

Royal Athletic Park & various locations, rifflandia.com



There is Truth Here

Unattributed artist (Inkameep Day School) c. 1940. Courtesy of Osoyoos Museum,

Unattributed artist (Inkameep Day School) c. 1940. Courtesy of Osoyoos Museum.

September 23 to January 6

The There is Truth Here exhibition explores creativity and resilience through artworks of children and youth who attended Indian Residential and Day Schools in B.C. and Manitoba. Through paintings, sewing, beading, drumming and more, this exhibition seeks to contribute in vital and new ways to reconciliation and redress in Canada. Guest curated by Dr. Andrea N. Walsh of UVic’s Department of Anthropology, There is Truth Here speaks to the importance of the art in of healing and resurgence.

Legacy Art Gallery, uvic.ca





October 12 to 22

And you thought The Sweet Hereafter was grim and gripping. Celebrated filmmaker (and hometown boy) Atom Egoyan steps from behind the lens to direct the dark and musically extraordinary opera Jenufa, for Pacific Opera Victoria. It’s the piece, it is said, with which Czech composer Leoš Janáek conquered the world.

Royal Theatre, pov.bc.ca