This attitude of self-determination and acceptance of others has been pivotal in the development of Sooke as community rich in culture and arts. The population here is probably pound for pound more artistically, culturally and musically gifted than any of Greater Victoria’s municipalities.
Or perhaps it has more to do with the significantly lower property values (they call them starving artists after all!). Whatever the reason, Sooke has surely benefitted from this strongly artistic community in many ways.
The annual Sooke Fine Arts Show has become the premier juried art show on Vancouver Island, featuring special events for purchasers, students, seniors and children, as well as a fashion show of wearable art, food and wine tastings, artist demos, and a youth art display.
Sooke boasts its own orchestra; the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, theatre group; the Sooke Harbour Players and a community choir. There are studio tours of local artists, an annual arts and crafts show held in November, and an impressive gallery at Sooke Harbour House featuring the work of more than 150 local artists.
In a non traditional way, the arts are also represented at the many small farms, market gardens and other producers of home-grown goods. Whether it is fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs and honey, wine and bread, or even home-spun yarn and knitted clothes made from local animals, you can find art and craftsmanship in many places.
Whether you are an artist or musician looking for a like minded community, or just an appreciative patron of the arts, you will find what you are looking for in this unique society. Sooke is a haven for artistic expression and appreciation.