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Summer in the City - Lunch time and After Work music in Downtown Victoria


Our community at #theDock - Center for Social Impact loves to spend their lunch breaks outside. Taking up some sun, fresh air and.  We are lucky to be located just 3 walking minutes from Centennial Square, the heart of Downtown Victoria. It is next to City Hall at Douglas and Pandora and includes a fountain, benches, steps, trees and planters. A great place to enjoy some free music hosted by the City of Victoria - Summer in the Square during your lunch break or after work.

Here are our staff picks for Centennial Square for the next months:

Saturday, June 8 – Sunday, June 9

Folktoria 2019 presented by the Greater Victoria Folk Festival Society


Tuesday, July 9 – noon - 1PM

Nick La Riviere Band


Wednesday, July 17 – 6 - 9PM 

Spesh, Palm Haze, Did You Die and Scars & Scarves presented by The Arts, Culture & Events Office 


Tuesday, July 23 – noon - 1PM 

Grapefruit is Impossible 


Thursday, July 25 – Sunday, July 28:

Victoria Flamenco Festival. Regional and local flamenco dancers, guitarists, and singers will be performing on stage.


Tuesday, July 30 – noon - 1PM

Symphony in the Summer


Wednesday, July 17 – 6 - 9PM

Actors, In Mirrors and many more presented by Copper Owl and the fifty fifty arts collective


Wednesday, August 07 – noon - 1PM

Kelby Macnayr’s Swing Rhythm Kings 


Wednesday, August 07 – 6 - 9PM

Tough Customer, Regularfantasy, Pink Charcoal, and Sister Blanche presented by Girls Rock Camp Victoria Society


Thursday, September 05 – noon - 1PM:

Leg Up Program


Another great venue for music in town is the Cameron Bandshell an outdoor stage in Beacon Hill Park. The Cameron Bandshell is located off Arbutus and Bridge Ways, which is a fifteen-minute bus ride away from #theDock - Center for Social Impact, on the #50, 70, 72or 75 buses. Or 9 minutes from #theDock - Center for Social Impact by bicycle, and 23 minutes on foot.

Here are our staff picks for Cameron Bandshell for the next months:


Saturday, June 08 – 6 - 9PM

Salsa Night presented by LatinDance Canada

Friday, June 28  – 1:30 - 3:30PM

The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy

Saturday, June 29  – 1:30 - 3:30PM

Victoria Brass Band at Cameron Bandshell

Sunday, June 30  – 1:30 - 3:30PM

Greater Victoria Concert Band

Saturday, August 24 – 1:30 - 3:30PM

The Soul Shakers


We hope you have a great summer full of music and fun!


How to do an eco-friendly spring clean in your office:   Castile Soap Scrubs-Up Well

Castile Soap – the staple of environmentally conscious cleaning: What is it, and how is it eco-friendly?

Modern Castile Soap commonly refers to any soap made with vegetable oil. These include olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, hemp oil, and many others.


Castile soap was originally produced in Castile, Spain, in the 11th century, and was made with Olive oil. It was probably based on the pre-existing Aleppo soap, made with Laurel oil, from Syria.




Castile Soap has a pH of approximately 8.9m which makes it alkaline, but it is a much weaker alkali than bleach, or ammonia ( 12.6, and 11.5 respectively). This makes it safe to use on skin, and hair. When the ingredients are certified organic. You know you are not introducing toxic pesticides into your home.

Palm oil – huh? That’s associated with environmental destruction in Indonesia! How is a product made with Palm Oil environmentally friendly?


A popular brand of Castile soap is Dr. Bronner. It uses Palm Oil from Ghana. According to the Fairtrade Foundation1 palm oil from Ghana is sustainable.  The company's website describes the brands commitment to Sustainable Palm Oil in detail.2

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What is it used for?

Castile soap can be used as a body wash, a shampoo, a surface cleaner, to mop the floors, wash pets, clean dishes, shave, and as a bug spray for plants.


How to do an eco-friendly office spring clean at a coworking space

At the Dock, when we do a big spring clean, we do a spring clean party and get the help of our dockhands to make it more fun! Who wants to clean alone, if you can order some pizza and contribute to our community? Besides that we use a solution of, Castile Soap to wipe down the baseboards and the wall trim. We frequently use a dilute solution of Castile Soap to clean the surfaces of the tables and desks, in meeting rooms, and the coworking space. We also use a Castile Soap solution when we clean out all of the kitchen cupboards and wash all of the surfaces.