Open Air: A Summer Festival of Music – Pop Up Events

Pop Up Events – Music in the Meadows

The festival will also feature a variety of “pop-up” events in various locations on the grounds. Entitled Music in the Meadows, these unscheduled instrumental and vocal performances will feature a diversity of artists from many cultural traditions that now co-exist on these territories, including Indigenous performers, artists who are visitors to the territory, young musicians, interactive programs, and programs designed especially for families.

QR codes throughout the grounds invite visitors to enjoy personal music experiences even when the grounds seem quiet.

These short performances will be up to 10 minutes and are free for everyone.

Music in the Meadows schedule:

July 24 – 12:00 – 3:00 pm

July 25 – 1:00 – 6:00 pm

July 31 – 12:00  – 3:00 pm

August 1 – 12:00 – 3:00 pm

August 2 – 12:00 – 3:00 pm


Poetry and music are two sides of the same coin, coming together in this program to connect through the shared theme of nature and land. Baritone Alex Chen and Poets Zoe Dickinson and Michelle Poirier Brown will sing music and read poetry focused on relationships with natural elements, inviting you to do the same. Write your own poetic thoughts as you listen, connecting to the performers and the land that you are on.

 Poetry is a tool for training attention: a spark connecting the circuit between observer and observed. I believe that the only way for humans to live on this earth without continuing to cause irreparable harm is for each human to build a personal relationship with the ecosystems we inhabit. Poetry is my way of doing this and inviting my readers/listeners to do the same. – Zoe Dickinson, Poet



A favoured performer regarded for her “genuine and expressive tone”, Kyla is a featured soloist in Pacific Opera Victoria’s 2020/21 Apprentice Civic Engagement Quartet, Coloratura, and Pop-Up Opera series. She has most recently performed in Pacific Opera’s film adaptation of Elizabeth Raum’s The Garden of Alice chorus, along with Victoria Baroque’s Give Peace in Our Time online concert.



“[Possessing] a lovely voice, artistry in spades, and a delightful stage presence” (Music in Victoria), soprano Anna Shill has been recognized for her work in concert and opera, performing repertoire from Bach to Boechler. Anna is a graduate of the Bachelor of Music in Opera Program at the University of British Columbia and completed her Master’s in Voice Performance at the University of Victoria.



Featuring roster members of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, this quartet’s repertoire spans centuries, continents, and genres! The VICO brings together musicians and composers from many cultural and artistic communities in the Greater Vancouver area, to create and perform uniquely Canadian contemporary classical music.

Outside of their work with the VICO, Qiu Xia He and André Thibault perform and tour extensively as Silk Road Music, a pioneering Juno Award-nominated ensemble that merges Chinese folk and classical music with Brazilian, jazz, Celtic, Spanish, Arabic, Aboriginal and blues music. Douglas Hensley is a sought-after Victoria-based performer and teacher on guitar, lute, mandolin, banjo, oud, setar, and more. Niel Golden, also based in Victoria, is a performer and composer who specializes in the tabla (paired hand drums from India) among other types of percussion.

Qiu Xia He | Pipa & Voice
André Thibault | Guitar & Percussion
Douglas Hensley | Oud & Guitar
Niel Golden | Tabla & Hang Drum



Glamorous and bold, this is a storytime told with the flair of a poof skirt and the sparkle of a sequin dress. Join Drag King Persi Flage and Drag Queen Woofie as they read stories on the lawns of St. Ann’s, giving children positive queer role models and showing them that it’s beautiful to be themselves, whomever that may be.

The snack that attacks back, Persi Flage is part comic tragedy and tragic comedy, and all femme king!

Woofie is Victoria’s campy bearded theatre queen! Thicc and saucy, she serves up sequins, early 2000’s pop hits, power ballads and musical theatre classics.


Thrilled to be performing again in her beloved hometown, Allison Ward has returned from Europe where she was accepted into one of Paris’ most prestigious conservatories before moving to Leipzig, Germany to continue her operatic studies. She has been a member of Pacific Opera Victoria’s chorus for eight seasons and sung multiple comprimaria roles.


Threshold is an independent collective of UVic students who create something entirely new every time they come together. Their music arises out of the act of mutual listening between individuals, approaching the present moment as the un-pin-downable space between. Listeners can be drawn into a living, constantly new soundscape, can hear familiar melodies rise up and fall away, and can even participate if they feel so moved. Annalysa Tylor, whose concept inspires the work, describes it as “an exercise in holding space, for a group of individuals with open hearts and minds”. Thresholds is mentored by Isaiah Bell.



Bring auditory and visual art together in this art session with live music being performed as inspiration. Artist Brianna Bear and Soprano Kyla Fradette invite you to create with them, building a partnership between the two art forms and a collaboration between everyone involved.


The Victoria Symphony performs on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen peoples and acknowledges with respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continues to this day. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live, create, and perform on this territory.