MORE live music, MORE free treats and TWO instrument petting zoos!
This year’s VCM Open House Party is going to be the best yet.

Event Info

September 10, 2016 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Victoria Conservatory of Music




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MORE live music, MORE free treats and TWO instrument petting zoos!
This year’s VCM Open House Party is going to be out of this world.

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Get ready to rock, because the Victoria Conservatory of Music Open House Party is bringing the music to the street.

The annual open house is bigger and louder than ever before. The school is throwing open the doors to its stunning home, which was built in 1890, and welcoming the community to the free celebration of all things musical. With instrument petting zoos, mini lessons, fun for families, outstanding concerts, food and much more.

“It’s an uplifting event for the community, and we welcome everyone to join us in celebrating the incredible world of music,” says Victoria Conservatory of Music CEO Jane Butler McGregor. “Music can play an important role in all our lives, from early childhood development to music therapy for seniors. There are so many incredible programs available and we’re excited to share the excellence the Conservatory offers.”

Guests will be invited to make music on all kinds of instruments at the rock instrument petting zoo and in the traditional acoustic instrument petting zoo both hosted by Tom Lee Music. You can also experience free mini lessons being offered in all genres and on lots of different instruments.

Families will have a blast playing musical games, stopping by the Westhills Candy Buffet and chatting with VCM faculty to learn about music classes and lessons offered at both downtown and Langford locations. And no VCM party would be complete without some face-painting and a take away musical goody bag.

Local BBQ geniuses Pepperman’s Grill will be on site for the day, along with popcorn machines, coffee and other treats to keep guests fuelled for their creative odysseys.

The day also features hourly live performances on the Alix Goolden Hall stage. Conservatory faculty and students will entertain and inspire on a range of instruments in classical and contemporary styles.


  • 10:15 a.m. – Solar Winds and Brass
  • 11:15 a.m. – Strings of Saturn
  • 12:15 p.m. – Pianos from Pluto
  • 1:15 p.m. – Voices of Venus
  • 2:15 p.m. – Contemporary Constellations

The Open House Party takes place Saturday, September 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Victoria Conservatory of Music is located at 900 Johnson Street (VCM is home to Alix Goolden Performance Hall). This free family event is presented by Island Savings.

Big thanks to our community partners:

Once again our friends at Loft + Ladder Coffee House will be dazzling you with their fresh creations and exceptional beverages. Our VCM lobby will never have smelled so good!

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Pepperman’s Grill

Big thank you to Pepperman’s Grill for bringing their locally made and locally sourced quality foods to ensure our event attendees have happy bellies and smiling faces.



Big thank you to USED.ca for their support promoting the event and helping us deliver the yummy popcorn treats with their machine!


A cool new addition this year will be the chalk art on our entrance wall. We are excited to have local Victoria artist Sarah Jim contributing to the visual vibe of this year’s event. You can follow her work on her Instagram account.

Sarah Jim

CHEK NEWS shared our event. Watch their promo spot here.