Last Marmot Presents: The This & Wet Cigarette | Friday, July 23rd
Purchase tickets at: https://www.victoriaeventcentre.ca
All-Ages / ID Required for Alcohol Service
Doors: 8PM / Show 9PM
In the event that public health restrictions prevent this event from going ahead, all tickets purchased for this event will automatically be valid for the next scheduled event. Refunds will be made available as needed - email [email protected]
The This began as a "fake band" created by singer/drummer Evan Matthiesen, who recorded their first few songs under the moniker in 2014 in his bedroom studio. Rather than leaning into a bedroom pop style, the EP instead had the illusion of being a lively and energetic full band featuring only live instruments played by himself. Soon Evan recruited longtime friends Jeremy “Jimbo” Rai on bass, and Seth Eggler on drums to become a real band and record a string of singles that the band toured across western Canada in 2018 and 2019, where they honed their skills and developed their sound, blending punk, indie rock and powerpop into their signature style. During this time the band also made their first trip across the pond to Europe, touring the Netherlands in 2019.
After releasing a 7” record on Vancouver label Kingfisher Bluez (Peach Pit, Winona Forever) the band underwent a lineup change after Seth left for health reasons, prompting Evan to switch to drums as their friend Reid Blakley of the Plodes took on guitar duties. Although 2020 had setbacks, The This spent their time in lockdown self-producing their debut album to be released in 2021 on Kingfisher Bluez, which they will bring next year on their first tour across the country.
Wet Cigarette plays punk rock music in Victoria BC. They play a mix of drums, guitar, bass, voice and can also sing. They have played in several public and private parties across Canada. They have toured the United States, England, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Finland and now have a Facebook page. Wet Cigarette is a cool band. They play punk music for the little people.
The rules: -don't stop a show for them -don't get suspended -don't get fucked up on copious amounts of medication -don't be a dick.
Tho they have set times for their shows, they often play multiple times in a night. So use that to your advantage if you have a favor to ask them. Their music style is raw, aggressive, no-holds-barred… No fuck that. For these 5 crazy kids, the war is real. Its thick crust crusty crustcore crust and equal parts race car, Marcellus Jackson, and modern punk, original inspired vocals, jarring country charm, fuzzy riffs and dramatic rock and roll rhythms, as well as some nod to folk, ska, and original style straight outta the wild west that is India. A literal and figurative portrayal of life in the wild. They began their career at the Blackwater Pistol Club and started strong. Their sound is heavily influenced by hardcore punk. Their songs include "badeblades saved my life", "big beans", "FRANK BAMBINO", and "International Googly Moogly." The band is also known for their lyrical content, especially the infamous lines such as "Shout out to the dumber zebras."
≫ COVID Safety Info ≪
▪︎ Due to COVID-19, there will be a limit of 80 tickets available for purchase. Tickets must be purchased in advance in groups of up to 6. You will be seated at your table once the whole group has arrived.
▪︎ The bar will provide table service. Instead of going up to the bar, a server will visit you to take orders and to clear empty glassware.
▪︎ Masks are required when not seated. If you do not have one, one will be provided for you.
Read the VEC's full safety plan here:
≫ We're Livestreaming ! ≪
The show will also be available as a livestream at facebook.com/VictoriaEventCentre and twitch.tv/victoriaeventcentre
This livestream will be available without admission fee.
If you’re able to donate and support these artists and the venue so they can keep it happening, donate here:
▪︎ Credit Card: http://www.victoriaeventcentre.ca/donate/
▪︎ Etransfer (please put "The This/Wet Cigarette" in the message line and the password as "livestream"): [email protected]
≫ Land Acknowledgement ≪
We would like to gratefully acknowledge that the territory on which this event takes place is on the traditional, stolen, unceded land of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We acknowledge the rich cultural history of the many peoples and rituals that have been affected by the ongoing process of dispossession and colonialism. We hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.
≫ Accessibility ≪
Our seating is a combination of high tables, bar stools, and cocktail tables with chairs. If you require assistance with this, please make a note when purchasing tickets or contact us at [email protected]
and VEC staff will do their best to accommodate.
There are three multi-user, gender-inclusive bathrooms with stalls. One bathroom has a larger stall with its own sink and a grab bar (more details in the ‘Bathrooms’ section).
The Victoria Event Centre currently does not have an operational elevator, and there is one long flight of stairs at the venue entrance. The only way into the VEC is up 27 wood stairs, 11″ deep, 6″ high. There are wooden 2.5” handrails 38” up the wall on each side of the staircase (54” apart, so not graspable on both sides at once. See further details in the ‘Getting Inside’ section)
If you would like to attend the event but require assistance with accessing the space, please contact us at [email protected]
and VEC staff will do their best to accommodate.
Inside the Victoria Event Centre there is a gender inclusive wheelchair accessible washroom that technically fits necessary size dimensions, but is missing a bar and a handrail beside the toilet.There are two stalls in the washroom, but only one of these has been renovated to meet 5'x5' wheelchair clearance.
More detailed venue accessibility info is available at: