Thursday, July 19th, 2012 -  Sunday, July 22nd, 2012   

Nanaimo harbor was the scene of a bathtub race extravaganza at the first race in 1967 Canadas’ 100 birthday and its’ Centennial year.. As the City of Nanaimo’s “Centennial Event” that year, close to 200 tubbers (in every type of craft imaginable) entered the fun competition and amazingly, 47 completed the 36 mile course to Vancouver’s Fisherman’s Cove across the straits of Georgia.
Now the “Great RACE” finishes at Departure Bay in Nanaimo covering a very grueling course that leaves Nanaimo harbor circles Entrance Island and then up to and around Winchelsea Island and then back to Departure Bay in Nanaimo. In the early days it was indeed a challenge to just get past the starting line in the choppy confusion caused by an extra 785 small and large observation and escort boat in Nanaimo harbor.
From the confusion of a first time bathtub race 46 years ago, the Nanaimo to Nanaimo “Great” INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATHTUB RACE & 4 day Nanaimo Marine Festival has evolved. Where once a select band of tubbers were the highlight they now share the spotlight with many other land and water events which are interesting and often spectacular to watch.
Join us in Nanaimo, and take in the World’s Cleanest Sport, Bathtub Racing and the 46th running of the “Great” INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATHTUB RACE & Nanaimo Marine Festival and another bonus most of the events and activities are FREE.  information courtesy of

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Friday, July 6th, 2012 -  Sunday, July 8th, 2012   

The 2012 Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival promises to be the best and biggest ever – more teams, more festivities and more to celebrate in the 2012 version of Nanaimo’s most popular summer event.
Teams from all over BC and the US will take part in the 10th annual Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival — a weekend of competition, camaraderie and celebration on Nanaimo’s waterfront. The event is made that much more meaningful to the community because its purpose is to create awareness and raise money for the fight against cancer locally.
Recognized as Nanaimo’s most spectacular summer festival, the Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival will be a true celebration of our diverse and beautiful city, attracting over 30,000 people and more than 80 dragon boat teams from across North America. The 10th annual Festival takes place July 6-8, 2012.
Beginning on Friday afternoon with the colourful Awakening of the Dragon Ceremony and Chinese Lion Dance, the Festival will continue with two more days of non-stop entertainment on the Main Stage, fabulous food and shopping, and of course, Dragon Boat racing of the highest calibre.
Admission is free to the general public so what’s stopping you? Come on down to the waters of Nanaimo Harbour and celebrate with us!
This is truly Nanaimo’s finest festival….paddlers united in the fight to beat cancer.
The Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society is unique as it donates 100% of the net proceeds to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation to assist in improving the diagnostic-treatment process of breast cancer patients. Since 2003, nearly $500,000 has been raised to purchase diagnostic equipment at NRGH.
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Thursday, March 1st, 2012 -  Saturday, March 3rd, 2012        8:00 pm Matinee show times:  March 4 at 2:00 pm March 6 at 4:00 pm   

Directed by Ross Desprez Musical Direction by Greg Bush
Director Ross Desprez says “This is a hysterical comedy sure to entertain! ”
A Funny Thing written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart is a story that tells of a young slave named Pseudolus. His comedic world is set in Ancient Rome, where slaves were fashionable, virgins were regarded as objects to be conquered, and Eunuchs were in abundance. In a desperate attempt to earn his freedom, Pseudolus aids in his young master Hero’s endeavour to woo the girl of his dreams, Phillia. As our lead journeys through classical farce elements, gets the door slammed in his face and nearly has his identity mistaken, A Funny Thing will have VIU audiences laughing in this off-the-wall and hilarious musical!                 Information courtesy of

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The 20th anniversary of The Island Fantasy Ball is in May 2012 in Nanaimo BC . It features the undefeated champions, Zillion Wong & Sarah Liang, who won the Standard BC Closed Championship from 2005-2011 against all comers but have now retired from amateur competition. The excitement this year will be to see the battle to take over their title, as well as to see top dancers from BC, Canada and the rest of the world compete for the BC open championships.  While attending the Island Fantasy Ball  , stay on Long lake in luxury at Long Lake Waterfront B&B Nanaimo BC .



A TRIBUTE TO OUR LOCAL HEROES,  The RCMP, Fire, Paramedics, and Coast Guard. An immensely moving program of the most stirring music known. With conductor Pierre Simard and host Bill Robinson.

Beethoven: Egmont, Overture
Elgar: Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)
Schubert: Marche Militaire
Dvorák: A Hero’s Song
Symphony Idol 2011 Winner
Beethoven:Symphony No. 5

Heroic deeds told through words and music

Stories of heroes and heroines unfold through words and music as the Vancouver Island Symphony, under the baton of the dynamic Pierre Simard, and with Bill Robinson as MC, presents Heroes Forever, on Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Port Theatre.
“We are linking classical music to the people in this community, really relating it and making it an experience!” explains Simard. “Heroes Forever is a continuation of our concert two years ago honouring local heroes, firemen, Coast Guard Auxiliary, paramedics and RCMP.”  Owner of Long Lake Waterfront Bed and Breakfast, Gordie Robinson, is Station Leader of Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary 27 and will be honored at this event.

The Music
A story of courage is told in each piece of music, from the very opening note of Beethoven’s stirring ‘Egmont’, through Elgar’s gripping ‘Nimrod’, Schubert’s lively ‘Marche Militaire’ and Dvorak’s joyful inspiration ‘A Hero’s Song’, to the very last note of Beethoven’s powerful and triumphant ‘Symphony No. 5’. “This is music that moves our very being, that really speaks to the positive side of being human,” adds Simard.

Composer as Hero
And each of the composers has their own heroic story, like Beethoven who was heavily influenced by the political and social tensions of the French Revolution. He turned the world of music on its ear while waging a life struggle with the loss of his own hearing.

Music as Hero – Symphony Idol
Beethoven is the people’s choice as the 2011 Symphony Idol. His ‘Symphony No. 5’, with ‘fate knocking at the door’, reveals his true intimate thoughts, secret sorrows, pent-up rage, dreams and bursts of enthusiasm; the four opening notes are now familiar around the world as the ‘fate rhythm’.

A Local Hero
It takes courage to step up onto the stage to conduct the VI Symphony when you have no previous experience. A local lawyer, successful bidder in the 2011 Symphony Sizzle auction, will be surprising many as he steps up to the podium with his own baton for Schubert’s ‘Marche Militaire’  – but only after a few lessons and a short rehearsal with Maestro Simard.

A Tribute to the Community
And while honouring local heroes, the VI Symphony also presents this concert as a tribute to the heroics of the community at large, the supporters, organizers, managers, volunteers, board members, musicians, technicians and audience who have helped make this orchestra the jewel that it is, so that music can continue to be presented – LIVE.

To hear more about these amazing stories, join Artistic Director Pierre Simard for Pre-Concert Talk before the performance. in the Port Theatre at 6:30 p.m. (doors will close at 6:35 p.m.for the Pre-Concert Talk and re-open prior to the performance)
Post Concert Talk following the Performance with Conductor and Musicians

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Nanaimo Bar Shot Glass Desserts (Serves 6)


  • 3 graham cracker broken into smaller pieces
  • 6 tbsp marsh mellow fluff (jarred)
  • Chocolate mousse

Chocolate Mousse:

  • 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼  cup egg whites
  • 1/8th tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 6 shot glasses


  1. Divide broken graham crackers into bottom of shot glass
  2. Mousse: Microwave chocolate and butter for 45 seconds on high just until chocolate is soft. Mix until smooth. When cool add egg yolk and mix well.
  3. In clean glass bowl beat egg whites and cream of tartar just until foamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff. Fold whites into chocolate until all incorporated.
  4. Divide marshmallow fluff between shot glasses. Top with mousse. Garnish with piece of graham cracker

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International Centre for Sturgeon Studies

VIU to host 2013 International Sturgeon Symposium
For over 200 million years, sturgeon have been swimming the waters of the
world.  They outlived the dinosaurs, yet in less than one sturgeon’s lifetime,
humans have brought this prehistoric fish to the brink of extinction.  Almost
all species and populations worldwide are in trouble.
Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo, British Columbia, has been
working with the white sturgeon since 1984 conducting field and laboratory
research projects as well as teaching students and the general public about
these amazing fish.   To continue developing sturgeon research, VIU has reached
a stage that requires an expansion of its facilities. The World Sturgeon Conservation Society has
also identified the need for a dedicated sturgeon research centre in North
America. To fill these needs, VIU has built the International Centre for
Sturgeon Studies (ICSS) on campus.
The conservation of these important fish will require a
collaborative research approach through field and laboratory
studies. The ICSS will bring together research activities at the regional,
national and international levels involving conservation, enhancement and
commercial interests.    The ICSS at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo BC , will become a
place where institutions, government, First Nations, industry and NGO’s
can consolidate their activities and learn from
each other, to help understand and aid the sturgeon populations of this country
and the world.  A research team has been assembled that includes
world-class and emerging new scientists from across Canada, the United States
and internationally (Russia, Germany, Iran, France and Italy). Their research
will aid in conserving and restoring endangered sturgeon populations
In addition to a research facility,  students
and the general public can go to learn about and appreciate these unique “living
For accomodation in Nanaimo BC , Long Lake Waterfront Bed and Breakfast is pleased to welcome delegates attending the conference at a 10% discounted rate.

Museum Remembrance Week: Honour Canada’s
military veterans by visiting the Remembrance Week exhibit hosted by the
Nanaimo Museum and the Vancouver Island Military Museum. The exhibit will run
from Monday, Nov. 7 to Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Nanaimo Museum by the Nanaimo Conference Center. Visitors will
get a glimpse into the lives of those who served our county through
a display of local photos, uniforms, war medals, and war time artifacts. The
Remembrance week exhibit at the Nanaimo Museum commemorates the contributions
of the Canadian service men and women who protected our rights and freedoms.
The exhibit will feature the war time experiences of  people on Vancouver Island. It includes a gas mask
designed for children and stored under school desks in preparation for bomb
threats, to photos of Nanaimo’s military camp during World War II. Artifacts
such as model aircraft and a model ship will be on display. For more
information, please call Aimee Greenaway at 250-753-1821.

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Friday, October 21st, 2011
4:00 PM to 9:00 PM   

Tickets are $12 in advance only, at all participating restaurants, at Tourism Nanaimo and at TheatreOne. Cash only at all outlets except TheatreOne.

$1 food and drink tickets are sold at the event in exchange for sample-sized ‘bites’ priced $1-5.


A Wee Cupcakery
Acme Food Co.
Amrikko’s Indian Grill
Gabriel’s Café
Lighthouse Bistro
Markt Artisan Deli
Mix Restaurant
Montana’s Cookhouse
Richardson Foods Group
Sandy’s Ukrainian Kitchen
Serious Coffee
The Keg Steakhouse
VIU Professional Baking Program
White Spot
Winston’s Tea Co.
Wolf Brewing Co.

Thanks to everyone who comes out to savour the flavours of our local restaurants and help raise funds so that TheatreOne can continue to offer our audience quality, live, professional entertainment.

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Nanaimo, the Harbour City is a stunning community centrally located on Vancouver Island.

See for yourself why Conde Naste has rated Vancouver Island the top island in the Americas for the past 9 years!

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