Alix Goolden Performance Hall
907 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC, V8V 3P4
This historic performance hall is home to the Victoria Conservatory of Music and host to internationally acclaimed musicians and speakers.
|Performing Arts Venue |||Concert Hall|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Bus 1, 2, 24, 25, 27, 28|
|Cross Street |||Vancouver Street|
|(Building hours) Mon-Fri: 8:30AM-9:30PM; 9AM-5:30PM; Sun: 1PM-5PM|
Profile Last Updated: March 30, 2009
Anyone who has attended Sunday mass in an old church knows that music sounds magical within its walls. A historic church sanctuary, the Alix Goolden Performance Hall boasts a vaulted ceiling that lends itself to awe-inspiring acoustics. Other charming characteristics of the heritage building include filigree iron railings, stained-glass windows and carved wooden pews that curve 180 degrees around the stage. Nestled in the heart of Victoria, the intimate space can accommodate up to 800 revellers. The original portion of the building dates back to 1890 and was transformed into one of Victoria’s foremost cultural spaces in 1997.
Home of the Victoria Conservatory of Music
The Alix Goolden Performance Hall is the main performance space of the Victoria Conservatory of Music and was named after one of its founding fathers. More than 2,000 students take part in an extensive array of Conservatory programs, such as professional university courses and camps for kids, which are offered in many musical instruments and disciplines. Students benefit from the use of the Alix Goolden Hall, in addition to two other halls and teaching studios under the same roof.
High Profile Performance Space
In addition to being the home of future musical leaders, the Alix Goolden Performance Hall has already played host to greats such as internationally acclaimed authors David Suzuki and Margaret Atwood and musicians Kathleen Edwards and Randy Bachman. Moreover, the hall made its debut on the silver screen when it was used as a location for the film Emile starring Ian McKellen. The Hall has also been the setting for TV shows including This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Notable Conservatory alumni, such as Barbara Livingston and Walter Prossnitz, also enjoy making appearances at Alix Goolden.
Note: Wheelchair accessible, nearby public parking lots and street parking