Looking to relive the big downtown crowds and musical excitement of Canada 150? Head down to the inner harbour this Sunday for the Victoria Symphony Splash.

Event Details:
  • When: Sunday, August 6, 2017.
    • TD Splash Family Zone: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Culinary Corner – 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Beverage Garden – 3 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
    • Pre-show entertainment: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Victoria Symphony performance: 7:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
    • 1812 Overture and Fireworks: 9:45 p.m.
  • Where: Victoria’s Inner Harbour, with the Symphony on a floating stage
  • Cost: By donation (Suggested amount $5)

1 –  Splash is one of the largest annual symphony events in North America!

Up to 40,000 Victoria residents and visitors from all over the world are expected at the inner harbour on Sunday.

Symphony Splash!

2 – The setlist has been curated by the Victoria Symphony’s new music director, Christian Kluxen

Concert Program:

O Canada
Maskarade Oveture – Nielsen
Homecoming from Peer Gynt – Grieg
Morning from Peer Gynt – Grieg
In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt – Grieg
Piano Concerto No. 21 (last mvt) – Mozart
Symphony No. 2 (last mvt) – Nielsen
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Wagner


Finlandia – Sibelius
Violin Concerto (last mvt) –Sibelius
Seahawk Suite: Main Title & Freedom – Korngold
Champagne Galop – Lumbye
Berliner Luft – Lincke
1812 Overture – Tchaikovsky
Highland Cathedral
Amazing Grace

3 – Two young soloists, Felipe Jiang (8 years old) and Ryan Howland (18 years old) will perform

Felipe Jiang
Photo via VictoriaSymphony.ca


Eight-year-old Felipe will be playing piano for the final movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21. He moved with his family from Argentina to Victoria in June 2014 and currently studies with Ingrid Henderson at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He made his debut solo recital at the Christ Church Cathedral and now performs frequently in the community.

Ryan Howland
Photo via victoriasymphony.ca

Ryan Howland will be playing the final movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. He has studied with numerous acclaimed violinists and pedagogues in Europe and performed recitals in Canada, Taiwan and Europe.

Some of his awards include 1st prize in both the Victoria and the BC Provincial Performing Arts Festival in Canada 2015 and 1st prize in the International Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in London 2015. He has also received scholarships to partake in the National Young Artists Precollege Program in Ottawa under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman.

4 – The Splash Family Zone will offer all ages entertainment in the afternoon

Located on the Fairmont Empress Lawn, the Splash Family Zone features plenty of activities for the from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m including:

  • Face painting
  • Instrument petting zoo
  • An activity with the Royal BC Museum
  • Games and activities with Sportball
  • Bouncy castle
  • TD tent with games and activities
  • Drumming workshop at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Tickles the Clown at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

5 – Victoria Symphony Splash is a “by donation” event produced entirely by the Victoria Symphony.

While the event receives support from generous sponsors and “heroes,” the suggested donation amount is $5 per person.

Every $5 donation will receive a Splash Button which you can wear proudly to show your support for the Symphony. Volunteers with donation buckets roam the crowds or you can track down one of our donation barrels. All proceeds go to support the Victoria Symphony’s artistic and education programs.

Volunteers with donation buckets will roam the crowds. You can also track down one of several donation barrel. All proceeds go to support the Victoria Symphony’s artistic and education programs.

6 – Attendees can view the event from land, sea, an exclusive V2V area, or online on the Victoria Symphony Facebook page!

General Event Info:

A passenger drop-off zone will be available on Government Street, located across the road from the Fairmont Empress Hotel on Sunday, August 6 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

There will be a special viewing area for people with disabilities and their families and friends on the northwest corner of the Empress lawns.

Lawn chairs must not be set up on the Upper or Lower Causeways until Sunday, August 6 at 8 a.m.

Parking will be free at City parkades and on-street meters on Sunday, August 6 and Monday, August 7.

Road Closures

On Sunday, the north lane of Belleville Street, between Government and Menzies Streets, will close at 5 a.m.

At noon, both lanes on Belleville Street between Menzies and Government Streets will close to accommodate event set-up.

By 2 p.m., the following roads will be closed: Government Street from Superior to Humboldt; Belleville Street from Menzies to Douglas; and Wharf Street from Government to Broughton.

Roads will open as soon as possible after the event on Sunday, August 6 between 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Monday, August 7.

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