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Alleyway Comedy Night!

Updated: Nov 15, 2021

Thursday, October 14th | 7PM - 10PM |

Commercial Alley, Plaza Franco & Bastion Square

Ready for a laugh? Enjoy a night of comedy under the stars Thursday, October 14th 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

The Victoria Downtown Residents Association in partnership with La Société francophone de Victoria and the Bastion Square Revitalization Association invite you to a night of comedy under the stars in one of Victoria’s iconic alleyways, Commercial Alley. Commercial Alley has undergone an exciting revitalization, and what better way to celebrate than a night of laughter with your friends and neighbours. Bonus activities for the night include live music in the Plaza Franco beer garden to sit, listen and relax, plus a night market in Bastion Square, bringing the Bastion Square Market back to the community.

This outdoor event is FREE and open to all. No tickets are required. Masks and social distancing are encouraged.

Enjoy Under the Stars...


Join comedy show host Emily Rose to laugh alongside some of Victoria’s most talented comedians. For one evening only, Commercial Alley will transform into a comedy show under the stars. Full details about the comedy lineup, including comedian bios, are below.


Enjoy some shopping at Victoria’s historic Bastion Square! The Bastion Square Market will be set up in Bastion Square for this one night only, from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Support local vendors and enjoy a night out in downtown Victoria.

List of Market Vendors:

Amazing Creatures


Between comedy acts enjoy some music by local Victoria artists in Plaza Franco! La Société francophone de Victoria will be selling beer and alcohol in the Plaza. So sit down and relax in the cozy Plaza Franco while you listen to rapper Nikky E.

Nikky E.

Nikky E is an Nêhiyaw Mother, interdisciplinary media artist, mentor, and trickster who after a decade hiatus is back on stage! Born and raised in East Vancouver she got her start in Audio Engineering which led to a path she never expected. Nikky E started rapping at the age of 13 and has found her voice over the years both in the form of cultural and contemporary musical expression and also videography. She is currently working with an amazing crew organizing the Koksilah music festival where they weave music, art, Indigenous resistance, and uncharted paths towards decolonization. Please credit @mkmphotographyca

Scott Gillies

Chalk Artist

Scott Gillies is an animator and artist; working with pencil, paint, sculpture, 3D chalk and more! Inspired by nature and intrigued by surrealism and abstract art, Scott works to show you images and forms that you have not seen before. Scott likes to make 3D art illusions that can be interacted with. His goal is to make people act silly when engaging with his art pieces. learn more

SUPPLY Victoria

ARTivate, Upcycled Bottle Flowers Installation

SUPPLY Victoria is a non-profit dedicated to diverting materials from the landfill and putting them into the hands of artists, students, and teachers. You will get a chance to add to this art installation by making your own upcycled bottle flowers, breathing new life into waste materials and inspiring people to see the creative value in all waste materials. The Bottles have been generously donated by The Bottle Depot

Learn more about SUPPLY Victoria -

Meet The Line-Up...

Meet Your Host!

Emily Woods

Spending the last four years between Kelowna, Victoria, and the UK, Emily has established herself as a stellar new comedian quickly rising up in these scenes. Her hour-long solo show was set to debut at the 2020 Edinburgh fringe festival, but sadly the pandemic ruined those plans. New to Victoria Emily quickly dove right back into comedy; performing all over the city and Vancouver, as well as running her own comedy course for aspiring comedians.

Dan Duvall

Dan Duvall is a Victoria/Vancouver based comedian who has performed across Canada and the US including JFL Northwest. He is also the subject of the CraveTV documentary Funny Tweets! Dan has been a professional comedy writer for the better part of a decade with his work appearing on Cartoon Network Canada, Adult Swim and all over the internet. *80’s infomercial voice* BUT THATS NOT ALL! he’s also one half of The Hate Locker Podcast, AND the Podcast Network director at Comedy Here Often? with 604 Records.

Carilynn Nicholson

After spending her formative comedy years in Toronto, Carilynn is back in Vic and happy to be part of the burgeoning comedy scene here. A gesticulating face-talker, Carilynn’s wicked wit commands a room. Her take on the absurdities and struggles of life is slightly twisted and pleasingly devilish. If you like fun, you’ll like Carilynn! (Photo Credit to David Bruce Photography)

Julya Van Der Sloot

Julya van der Sloot is a stand up comedian, writer and astrologist. She has performed in many theatres, bars, and bedrooms across the continent, but has found home in Western “Canada”. Her musical Eat, Pray, Swag: the Completely False, Untrue, and Unauthorized Account of Justin Bieber’s Career premiered in 2018 in Philadelphia. During the day, you can find her trying to drink 8 cups of water a day and adding to her carefully curated crystal collection.

Shane Priestly

Shane Priestley has been doing standup comedy for 9 years. A regular at Hecklers Comedy Club in Victoria, he has also appeared at Tall Tree Music Festival, Rifflandia and JFL northwest. Recently has been featured on CBC LoL.

Jeff Corntassel

Jeff is from the Cherokee Nation and you can see him doing stand-up at different venues around town, including Phillips Comedy Night at the Mint. He also produces stand-up comedy fundraisers for Indigenous communities on the frontlines, such as Wet'suwet'en First Nation, Maunakea, Hawai'i, Standing Rock and several more. Jeff regularly runs stand-up comedy workshops, entitled Laughter is Medicine, with Mark Robertson, producer of Ratfish Comedy, for aspiring Indigenous comedians.

MJ Bourque

Hailing from the frenchiest parts of Montreal, MJ (Marie-Something) haunts the stages of Victoria, seeking to make us laugh with her jokes and mispronunciation of basic words. She also has a podcast: What Did I Miss? (available most everywhere else you find podcasts) where she interviews comedians about their favourite childhood movies that she missed out on by growing up in another language.

James Boyle

James Boyle is an up-and-coming stand-up comedian, originally hailing from the strange and mystical land of Whitehorse, Yukon. Over the past few years, he's moved south and made a name for himself in the Victoria comedy-scene, hosting, performing, and headlining on a variety of shows up and down the island. He's performed twice at the Yukon Comedy Festival and can be found doing stand-up in bars, clubs and in the bike lanes all throughout the city. When James isn't on stage entertaining crowds with his quirky observations and off-beat commentary, you can find him making pottery, or eating donuts.

For more questions regarding this event, please contact the VDRA Neighbourhood Engagement Coordinator at

Thank you to the City of Victoria for supporting this event!

We acknowledge, respect and thank the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory Victoria downtown is located, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose homelands host us to work, learn, love, play and live.

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