Showing posts from October, 2008

The History of Halloween in Canada.

As with most history, there are a lot of theories about how and why Halloween was started. Most people tend to agree with a few facts on the history of Halloween
It was a celtic traditionIt most likely came and was introduced here by the Irish.It was turnips, not pumpkins that were carved intially.Some believe it was a worship or celebration of the god of the underworld.
Some believe it's the celebration of the celtic new year. The end of the old year fell on what is October 30, and the new year started on November 1. October 31, then, was thought to be a day "in limbo" when the laws of nature and physics were suspended, thus the dead could walk the Earth. On this "limbo" day, people were encouraged to act in a chaotic way, and thus young ruffians wandered the streets causing mischief, or begging for food door to door. Maybe that explains something!!

It's also interesting to note that Catholic church celebrates the Feast of All Saints over a three day period w…

Halloween on Vancouver Island

Halloween is quickly approaching here on Vancouver Island. Bonfires and trick or treaters will soon fill our streets. If possible try to make your Halloween fun WITHOUT the use of fireworks, I'm really quite sick of my dog having a coronary over them. Aside from the fact they are dangerous and illegal in lots of cities on Vancouver Island. Perhaps just find something more productive to do
on and around Halloween. Here are some cities detailed Halloween events happening in your town!


Unfortunately the infamous Halloween House will not be running this year. Instead you can check out "Asylum" at Beban put on by Island Haunt Productions. The horror begins on
The terror begins on Friday, October 24th through October, 31st. Hours of operation are from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. The price for admission is $8 (eight) dollars.

More information can be found at


Apparently it's been said that Victoria is British Columbia's most haunted places. To ge…

Vancouver Island

Just thought I'd pop up this random blog on Vancouver Island - some interesting stats and info!

On a typical day on Vancouver Island
16 babies are born19 people die11 weddings occur5 couples divorce (oh love sweet love!)Life expectancy: 81.1 years
Fertility Rate: 1336 life time births per 1000 women.
Sex ratio: 956 males for every 1000 females.

Vancouver Island's Population

Victoria - 350,240Nanaimo - 97,977Courtenay - 53,389 Duncan - 43,954 Campbell River - 38,390It's interesting to know, LANGFORD is the fastest growing city on Vancouver Island.

King Of The Cage in Nanaimo!

So Saturday Oct. 18 is the King of The Cage match in Nanaimo at the Frank Crane Arena at Bowen Park.

This type of fighting mixes martial arts and has been made popular with the UFC fighting.


170lbs – Jason Heit (Island MMA, Victoria, BC) VS Elmer Waterhen (Champions Fight Club, Saskatoon, Sask.) Prices are $35 for general admissionPremium CAGESIDE Seating Pricingph. 250-619-9207CAGESIDE VIP $200Row 1 $125Row 2 $75ROW 3 SOLD OUT!This is brought to Nanaimo by The Vancouver Island Mixed Martial Arts Commission, check it out if you're a fan!

4th Annual Fall Multi Media Fine Arts Exhibition


Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 - Saturday, October 25th, 2008
Opening Night TBA 7 days/wk noon- 4:00pm The Ladysmith and District Arts Council proudly presents the 4th Annual Fall Multi Media Fine Arts Exhibition. This juried exhibit attracts artists and artisans from all over Vancouver Island. The exhibit will feature the finest selected works of painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, glassblowers and others. Prizes include $1,000.00 for first place and $500.00 for second place in both two and three dimensional categories. Ten honourariums of $50.00 each will also be awarded. Check it out in lovely Ladysmith!

Chemainus Theatre

Chemainus Theatre Festival: The Miracle Worker
Starts: September 10, 2008Ends: October 25, 2008The Miracle WorkerBy William Gibson and directed by Jeremy TowOne of the 20th century's most inspiring stories - The Miracle Worker is based on the true story of Helen Keller. Unable to see or hear, Helen lives in a world of silence and frustration. But through the determination of her inventive teacher, Annie Sullivan, Helen discovers the power to communicate.This play opened on Broadway in 1959 and was an unmitigated success in its original two year run starring Anne Bancroft as Annie and Patty Duke as Helen. Both actresses retained their roles in the 1962 Oscar winning feature film.Please call the theatre Box Office directly for all show details and to book tickets.Location: 9737 Chemainus Road (70kms north of Victoria)