win big (data)

Victoria! We are beyond excited to announce our very first giveaway. You know that catchy as f—k tune Dangerous? We’re giving you and a pal a chance to hear it live! That’s right, we have two tickets to catch Big Data live at Sugar on Friday, April 24th and we’re just itchin’ to give them away. See our super official rules below.

How to enter:

1. Head on over to our Facebook page and like this post (you can like our page while you’re at it, but we won’t hold it against you if you don’t).

OR

2. Head on over to our Twitter account and RT this tweet (we’d suggest you follow us there too, but we don’t want to sound needy).

Bonus: If you do steps 1 AND 2, you’ll be entered twice.

That’s it. Seriously!

Contest closes Sunday, April 19th at midnight.

musical q&a: meet Acronyms

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What do Joni Mitchell, Wide Mouth Mason, and these four have in common? They’re musicians from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (and we’re pretty sure that’s where the similarities end). Music lovers, meet Acronyms, the latest indie-rock band to hail from the Canadian flat lands. Today marks the start of their first Canadian tour to promote their brand new EP SimpleComplex, and on March 28th they’ll be filling Victoria’s Copper Owl with a sound that has been compared to that of Foals, Radiohead and Tame Impala. We think you’ll like it, but be your own judge and listen to their singles Fake Fear and Parts here and here.

We chatted with singer/guitarist Billy Tataryn (in the glasses) about the band’s biggest dreams and the growing music scene in Saskatoon.

What band (past or present) would you most like to tour with?

Billy Tataryn: I think we can all agree that backing up the king of pop would be tight. Starting the night off with our intergalactic sounds sweep, then parking it on the side stage to watch Michael glide across the stage like a shooting star.

What’s your dream venue?

B: Probably on the back of a semi-truck parading through downtown Manhattan. I think we might pull it off better than those U2 guys.

Where did the name Acronyms come from?

B: Thin air. We literally had a band name before we had the band. Adan and I were school mates in University and would shoot bands names back and forth, Acronyms was one of them. Although we all agree that now having defined a sound for the band that the name, the way it sounds and looks, is reminiscent of the bands identity.

What song are you most excited about on SimpleComplex? Favourite song to play?

B: Parts is one of our favourite songs to start a set with. It’s a nice fast tempo track with catchy chord progressions and melodic hooks that progress through the song tying it together quite nicely. Kingdoms is another favourite track of ours, both on the EP and to play live. It has this repeated descending riff that sorta gives me chills when we’re all full drive tearing it up on the verse – then into the chorus most effects drop off and Tyson breaks in with a tight beat holding us all in the palm of his groove.

You’ve been compared to Tame Impala, Foals and Radiohead… who are your musical inspirations?

B: We mostly inspire each other. Every jam usually starts of with one of us showing the others a new song or band that we’ve been hooked on. We inspire each other by showing one another our musical tastes and preferences.

What’s life in Saskatoon like for a band?

B: Amazing, the music scene although growing is a tight knit group of individuals eager to support each other musical endeavours. We’ve all grown up playing in numerous other groups – it’s nice to get a chance to play with a lot of different people. I think that’s how Acronyms came to be, we eventually worked our way around until we found each other and enjoyed creating together. Since then Saskatoon has been a great place to call home for the band.

 

happy birthday to us

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Our little blog is 1! We’re so thrilled to have made it through our first year, and we have our readers to thank.  We love our dear city (that’s you, Victoria) and we’re incredibly honoured to be a small part of its evolving culture.  It’s you that has inspired us to create {OH} Victoria and we hope you’ll stick around another year. We’ve only just begun!

In honour of the big day, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite posts from our first year.

not your gramma's attic

1. not your gramma’s attic – The post that launched {OH} Victoria, and spot we still adore.

listen up, gents

2. listen up, gents – Cooking To Get Laid is a big inspiration behind what we do, and a hell of a cool site.

high class hideout

3. high class hideout – This is the post that made us realize people might actually want to read our blog.  Cheers, Little Jumbo!

friday faves

4. friday faves – Our first ever friday faves. These posts are a lot of fun, and we love putting them together.

an easter egg DIY fir the lazy perfectionist

5. an easter egg DIY for the lazy perfectionist – We have no idea why we decided to get all crafty on you, but we did, and dammit it was fun. This was also the debut of our new camera, and we’re excited to share many more of our photos with you over the next year.

PS. A birthday like this calls for a west coast road trip.  We won’t be posting for the next few weeks, but join us on Instagram for some obnoxious vacation California adventure photos. We’ll be crossing a few things off our bucket list – another favourite post from our first year bloggin’.

you say you want a revolution

Victoria Beer Week

The inaugural Victoria Beer Week is over a month away, but considering this city is the heart of the craft beer revolution populated almost entirely with brew masters and beer enthusiasts we thought it best to share the news sooner rather than later. Tickets are going fast, so put down that pint and pay attention.

WHAT: Victoria Beer Week is an eight-day series of events highlighting a broad selection of BC craft breweries while educating Victorians about craft beer.  

WHERE: Events will be held all over our great city – from the Victoria Public Market to The Oak Bay Beach Hotel and everywhere in between.

WHEN: Celebrations start on March 1st with a Cask Night at the Victoria Public Market.  Ticket holders can indulge special one-off casks, collaborations and unique food/beer pairings with local food vendors, and samples from around 30 BC craft breweries.  The rest of the week is packed with beer education, beer and food pairing events, brewery crawls, and even beer-themed movies.  And beer. Lots and lots of beer. Festivities end on March 8th.

WHY: To celebrate the craft beer revolution, of course!

At least one event is already sold out, and others are selling quickly.  View the full schedule and purchase event tickets here, now!

let’s all go to the movies

The Victoria Film Festival program is out, and we’re in trailer heaven.  We’ll admit we haven’t viewed every single one, but of the many we have (seriously, lots) we’ve picked a few must-sees.

Good Vibrations  An energetic presentation of chaotic 1970s’ Ireland through the lens of real life record store owner and radical, Terri Hooley.

Finding Vivian Maier  Director John Maloof purchased a trunk of negatives at an auction, only to find some of the most remarkable street photography of the 20th century taken by a meek Chicago nanny.

Aftermath  Two brothers uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown in Poland.

Big Sur   An adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s 1962 novel about his time in Big Sur.  The film replaces Kerouac’s fictional alter-ego Jack Duluoz with Kerouac himself.

Devil’s Knot  Based on the true events of the murder of three young boys in West Memphis and the conviction of three teens that didn’t kill them.

VFF runs February 7th to 16th.  See the program and get your tickets at www.victoriafilmfestival.com.