Concerto Extravaganza

Sept 19 – 2:30 p.m.

Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria

Conductor: Norman Nelson

Soloists: Shanna Fong, Andrew Kang, Grace Ma, Sunny Shams, Carolyn Tsao, Jordan Vermes, Brandon Zhou Charles

Featuring: Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Puccini & more!

A fundraising concert to benefit the Sooke Philiharmonic Orchestra and the Victoria Conservatory of Music.  Tickets $25 adult, $20 senior.


Sooke’s Secret Garden Tour 2010

GardenTour_FrontSooke’s Secret Garden Tour

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

10:00am – 4:00pm

(Rain or Shine)

11 Wonderful Gardens to Tour

A wonderful blend of ornamental, natural and oceanfront gardens.  Creative water features and garden structures provide interesting and contrasting elements that share the focus with a wide variety of shrubs, trees, perennials, fruits and vegetables.  Many of the vegetable gardens and small farm properties are maintained solely by their owners, some of whom create sustainable food sources for their families.

Talk with on site Master Gardeners… enjoy Music played by members of the Sooke Philharmonic… view Classic Cars… place your bid at the Silent Auction… make a purchase at the Plant Sale… children invited to learn more and  participate with members of the Sooke Children’s Garden Club.

Self Guided Tour with Detailed Map

Ticket/Map: $20 per person

(children 10 & Under FREE! when accompanied by Adult)

Purchase Your Ticket/Map Brochures

At The Following Outlets:


Shoppers Drug Mart, Evergreen Mall

Westburn Garden Centre, 2036D Idlemore Rd

Double D Gardens, 1958 Maple Rd


Gardenworks, 1859 Island Hwy, 1916 Oak Bay Ave, 4290 Blenkinsop Rd

Art Knapp at Matticks Farm, 5325 Cordova Bay Rd

Dig This, 128—560 Johnson St


Call Sue 250-642-7323 or 250-642-1397

Concerto Competition background

contributed by Sonja DeWit of Sooke Phil High Notes

May 1st is the annual Don Chrysler Concerto Competition, always an exciting time for young musicians, the orchestra and our audiences alike. Of course, the winner will be our October/November concert soloist. We talked to Norman Nelson, SPO conductor, and Paula Kiffner, the teacher of last year’s winner, Rylan Gajek, for a little background. Continue reading