While festival season is still a ways off in the PNW, there are still some positives we can take from this particularly soggy time of the year. Even though the weather sucks, it leaves plenty of room to fill available bookings with talented artists. If they’re not already working summer in the southern hemisphere, that is. With a slew of DJs and producers from far and wide eager to showcase what they’ve been working on since the end of summer, these long stretches of winter provide the perfect place for them to experiment. Thankfully, the promoters in Victoria have been hard at work and our cries for something new were met with just that! Alongside the usual influx of seasonal talent, which includes shows from Ska Fest & Future Soul, promoters in BC’s capital were able to lock down not just one, but FIVE massive debuts for the city’s bass community. An impressive feat for a relatively small market; but thankfully, one that’s clearly loaded with a lot of heart and hard work behind the scenes. Check out the list below for our must see shows coming to Victoria over the next month or so, including the five debuts of some serious heavyweights. If you like what you see, be sure to get your ass out of bed and support the shows, so the names just keep rolling in! *Click any of the links to jump to the corresponding event page* January 25th – Bass Culture presents Shiny Things w/ Strange Thing, and Grossbuster & Orilla (**Shiny Things Victoria Debut**) January 26th – Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival presents DEF3 w/ Mt. Doyle, Orilla, Luceo, and Scram & the First Team January 27th – Blueprint Events presents Chris Lake w/ Chet Flanagan, and Nalla February 2nd – Dubversified Culture presents Bass Hive featuring Submersive Tribe February 4th – Outsider – Inside presents Joe Nice w/ Rhythmicon, and Ruairi Lazers (**Joe Nice Victoria Debut**) February 9th – Party People Sound Solutions presents Phibes w/ Mt Doyle, Triple XL, and Goonz (**Phibes Victoria Debut**) February 9th – Future Soul presents Dutchess w/ HuwsWho?!, and Akela February 24th – Worldboss Entertainment presents Zeke Beats w/ Strange Thing, Cozway, and Selenophile (**Zeke Beats Victoria Debut**) March 4th – Outsider Inside presents Thelem w/ Mat the Alien, Coltcuts, and Outsider (**Thelem Victoria Debut**) March 10th – TNG presents ‘Tired of Waiting’ album release party featuring The New Groovement w/ The Leg Up Program, Father Funk, and The Funkee Wadd If you don’t know, now you now, the hottest shows making their way to Victoria over the next six weeks. Come, show your support, and let’s keep those promoters busy! PS – with a new year upon us, can we kick the habit of buying tickets last minute? Get your tickets early, save some money, help the promoters keep their stress levels down, and avoid disappointment…we all know these shows are going to sell out! Which Victoria shows will you be attending over the next little while? Let us know below or share your thoughts on social media! Shawn McNicoll Part man, part buffalo, part maple syrup. Pretty much the Canadian version of Grizzly Adams.