Venues

ALIX GOOLDEN PERFORMANCE HALL

The award-winning Alix Goolden Performance Hall is a designated Heritage site in the heart of downtown Victoria. This elegant performance hall features the original 40 foot vaulted ceiling, filigree iron railings, carved wooden pews, and intricate stained glass windows further enhancing the beautiful natural acoustics and unique experience this hall offers concertgoers.

The Alix Goolden Performance Hall was named in honour of one of the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s original founders and hosts many acclaimed international performers, authors and world class concerts while also serving the needs of the Conservatory students, faculty and the local community.

Performers who have graced the stage of Alix Goolden Performance Hall include; Bruce Cockburn, Emmy Lou Harris, Shakey Graves, Dan Mangan, Ryan Adams, Anton Kuerti, Richard Margison, Tafelmusik, Margaret Atwood, Jodi Picoult, Shane Koyczan, Diane Gabaldan, Michael Ondaatje, and David Suzuki.

 

Box Office and Promotion

The Victoria Conservatory of Music includes a full service box office for all ticketed events in our Venues offering online, by phone or in person ticket purchasing. Your event will be included in all Victoria Conservatory of Music upcoming events listings, including the Events listings on the Victoria Conservatory of Music website.

Rental Information

Seating
• Capacity: 800(Main Floor: 440; Mezzanine Level: 360)
• General seating in original padded heritage pews, which curve 180º around stage front. Some seats offer limited vision.

Stage
• Semicircular cushioned maple hardwood thrust stage 40′ wide by 28′ deep

Backstage
• 500 sq. ft. green room off the lobby with minor kitchen facilities

Sound and Lighting
• Coloured Stage lighting and P.A. system (Detailed technical specifications available upon request)

Piano
• 9 ft. Concert Grand Piano

Other Services
• Rentable stage equipment
• Public washroom facilities
• Wheelchair accessibility

For more information please contact:
Melody Benbow, Bookings & Venues Manager, by phone at 250-419-4315, or by email at bookings@vcm.bc.ca

History of the Alix Goolden Performance Hall

Heritage – Designated 1979

The Alix Goolden Performance Hall was once a church sanctuary built in 1890 by local architect, Thomas Hooper. Thomas Hooper was commissioned for this project after his completion of a similar project on Homer Street in Vancouver. The Community wanted the most up- to-date building possible so they sent Hooper to the booming cities back East where architecture was embellishing a new Romanesque Revival Style headed by Architect, Henry Hobson Richardson. Hooper brought these architectural influences back to the West Coast and this propelled his career, and reputation, as one of the advanced local architects of the time.

The Alix Goolden Hall façade and exterior is typical of this Romanesque Revival Style, sometimes referred to as “Richardsonian Romanesque”, but there is also evidence of the Scottish Baronial Revival influences. The Richardsonian Romanesque style moves away from the Gothic style of pointed arches to curved arches reminiscent of the low, heavy arches we see in Classical Roman architecture. Other Romanesque feature include the rounded towers with cone shaped roofs, the short polished granite columns at the main entrance doorway, multistory complex roofing, and the constructed rough-faced square stones. The ashlar stones were quarried just west of Saltspring Island and add to the heavy “massing” of the exterior. The structure would have been grand and imposing to the late 19 Century city of Victoria vying for dominance of the cityscape with Craigdarroch Castle (Built 1890), which was also built with many of the same Baronial and Romanesque Revival architectural influences.

The Alix Goolden Performance Hall is named in honour of one of the Conservatory’s original founders and plays host to many acclaimed international performers, while also serving the needs of the Conservatory students, faculty and local community.

 

Photo credits:
(Photo 1-VCM 2019/06/27),

(Photo 2- City of Victoria Archives – Views Of Victoria https://www.victoria.ca/assets/Departments/Legislative~Services/Archives/Documents/photographs-views-brochure.pdf
(Photo 3-First Met Archives –https://www.flickr.com/photos/firstmetarchives/albums/72157659929952873)

Resource Credits: Victoria Heritage Foundation- https://victoriaheritagefoundation.ca/HReg/HGreen/Quadra1411.html,

Donald Luxton at the Chilliwack Museum & Archives- http://www.victoriaonlinesightseeing.com/thomas-hooper/

ROBIN AND WINIFRED WOOD RECITAL HALL

An intimate, chapel style performance hall, located in downtown Victoria, 907 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC Canada. V8V 3P4
A more intimate ambience is found in the smaller 100-seat Robin and Winifred Wood Recital Hall, formerly the Spencer Chapel, which provides space for small-scale music performances, solo recitals, lectures, and rehearsals. The Robin and Winifred Wood Recital Hall is dedicated in memory of Principal Emeritus Robin Wood (d. 2004) and Vice Principal Emerita Winifred Scott Wood (d. 2012), who together made an outstanding and lasting musical contribution to the Conservatory and to our community from 1965 until Mrs. Wood’s passing in 2012.

This charming space features zig-zag walls and stained glass windows depicting uniquely west-coast scenes: a logging truck zooming down a mountain road; a fishing boat at anchor; bathers enjoying the beach.

 The hall is in constant use, mostly for Conservatory needs such as graduation and other student recitals. It is also available for rental on a very limited basis.

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Wood Recital Hall
Technical Description & Rental Services

Seating Plan
• Capacity: 100

Services
• Yamaha 7 ft Concert Grand Piano (subject to tuning fee)
• Wheelchair ramp

Stage

• 27′ at widest point by 15.5′ deep
• New hardwood thrust stage

Box Office and Promotion
• Ticket production and distribution services are not provided.
• Your event will be included in all Victoria Conservatory of Music upcoming events listings, including the Event Listing on the Victoria Conservatory of Music website.

Sound and Lighting
No professional lighting or sound equipment is provided. Overhead ceiling lighting can be controlled individually via dimmers and switches and include: one set of fluorescent house lights, one set of incandescent house lights and two individually controlled incandescent lights spotted to stage left and stage right. 

Please note that if you require supplementary technical equipment, you will need to rent equipment and to contract technical support staff from an appropriate supplier. If you intend to bring in extra equipment, please submit a technical rider to the Conservatory at the time of your booking.

Electrical

• 3 – 15 amp outlets (2 on front of stage and 1 behind curtain rear stage centre)
• 50 amp stove plug (Circuit breaker for 50 amp is in circuit box by organ loft; circuit panel for Wood Hall outlets, ceiling lights and 15 amp outlet is located in electrical room.)

Other (subject to availability)

• One Oak Podium
• Two 72” tables
• Two 48” tables
• Sixty stacking plastic chairs
• One 90” table

Make a booking request for Robin & Winifred Wood Recital Hall

For more information please contact:
Melody Benbow, Bookings & Venues Manager, by phone at 250-419-4315, or by email at bookings@vcm.bc.ca

WESTHILLS RECITAL & BOARD ROOM

This large 1000 square foot room with a view over Langford Lake is a beautiful new space perfectly suited to small receptions or company retreat and board meetings.  We can provide seats and tables, and there is a small kitchen area that can satisfy your caterer and allow for full-service meetings and gatherings.

Inside Westhills 2

Submit a booking request for Westhills Recital & Board Room

For more information please contact:
Melody Benbow, Bookings & Venues Manager, by phone at 250-419-4315, or by email at bookings@vcm.bc.ca

 

Parking & Venues

DOWNTOWN

We hope the following information will help you to have a great experience when attending events at the VCM, Alix Goolden Hall, and Wood Recital Hall. Entrances can be found at both 907 Pandora Avenue and 900 Johnson Street, Victoria BC.  View Larger Map

The VCM parking lot is reserved for staff and faculty at all times. Street parking and public lots are available within short walking distance.

Click here for Downtown Parking information

School Entrance – 900 Johnson St.

VCM Library – 920 Johnson St.

Alix Goolden Performance Hall & Robin and Winifred Wood Recital Hall – 907 Pandora Avenue (also accessible through the School Entrance)

Metro Studio – 1411 Quadra St.

Wheelchair Access – 900 Johnson St.

The following are links to information regarding

 

WESTHILLS

210 – 1314 Lakepoint Way
Langford, BC
(In the new YM/YWCA Langford Aquatic Complex)