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Our good friend Gareth at Skewed & Reviewed has become the official Accent Inn in-house entertainment reporter. Watch for stories and reviews on movies, video games, events and more. Our goal is to post a story or review from Gareth on Saturdays so mark your calenders and program your feeds.


Kamloops Symphony presents Russian Magic

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Maxim Bernard head shot

Maxim Bernard

Visiting Kamloops BC? Live there? It’s that time again when the symphony begins another wonderful concert series. They’ve sent us the notice below regarding a very special concert they are thrilled to be producing. We encourage everyone to check it out!

 Courtesy The Kamloops Symphony:

Here we go! The much-anticipated 2013-2014 concert season is about to begin!

On Saturday, September 28th, the Kamloops Symphony, conductor Bruce Dunn, and piano soloist Maxim Bernard take to the stage at Sagebrush Theatre to thrill you with a full program exploring the depth, heart and soul of Russian Romantic music.

You will hear the haunting introduction to Mussorgsky’s unfinished opera, Khovantchina, Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical depiction of enchanting tales of treachery and love, cheherazade, and the passionate melancholy of the world’s most beloved piano concerto, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2. (more…)


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Ribfest, A Preview Worth Drooling Over

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Ribfest truck, one of the Ribfest & Car show coming to Esquimalt

Ribfest & Car show coming to Esquimalt

Victoria BC, September 9, 2013 – Have you heard about those wildly popular food trucks that use social media to announce when and where they’ll be each day and are then greeted by huge line-ups of hungry customers? Are you’re already salivating at the thought of Ribfest coming to Esquimalt’s Bullen Park for 3 days September 13 -15? Then you’re in luck. Monday September 9th, for only a few hours (11:30am -1:30pm), one of the very cool Ribfest food trucks will set-up in the parking lot of the Accent Inn Victoria (Blanshard & Cloverdale) for a special advance tasting. (more…)


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She Kills Me, filmed in Victoria BC

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

She Kills Me promo for Accent InnsSpring 2013 Accent Inns had the pleasure of sponsoring a new stand -up comedy show being produced for APTN by Less Bland Productions. “She Kills Me” was filmed in Victoria BC before a live audience and showcased all female comics with several being first nations. The show was hilarious to watch and we hope everyone enjoys the many episodes expected to air sometime in 2014 on APTN.

Watch the video… (more…)


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Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Expo This Weekend

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Expo View from above

Join the fun and checkout the 2013 show!

March 20,2013

The 4th Annual Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Expo comes to Victoria at the Pearkes Recreation Centre this weekend on March 22, 23, 24, 2013. This three-day event features camping, kayaking, hiking, fishing, biking, outdoor getaways, travel, products and accessories – plus so much more!


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Radical Reels – The best high adrenaline films

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Radical Reels thumbnail, showing in Victoria BC sponsored by Accent Inns

Action – Sports – Films


The best high adrenaline films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival are coming to Victoria on March 15, 2013.




There is no better way to get stoked about skiing, biking, riding, or paddling than by seeing the 2013 edition of the Radical Reels Tour! We’re talking jaw-dropping bike jumps, nail-biting kayak drops, and mind-blowing powder. The Radical Reels Tour, presented by The Banff Centre, now in its 10th year, continues to push boundaries with the best action sports films from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival. (more…)


Been To Any Good Tea Parties Lately?

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

tea setAlthough I am a dedicated coffee-drinker, I must admit I have been attending tea parties for a very long time. It all started when my sister received a blue and white china tea set for Christmas. We spent many hours sipping Kool-Aid from the delicate cups, always careful to crook our pinkie fingers and discuss the weather in a very genteel manner.

Unfortunately I don’t go to nearly as many tea parties as I used to but when I do, they are pretty spectacular.


For example, in 1990 I attended a tea party at Buckingham Palace. I had managed to get an invitation for myself and my husband to attend the Queen’s Garden Party and was quite thrilled to be picked out from the crowd of 6000 guests to be presented to the queen. After my private meeting with her majesty I sipped tea and nibbled cucumber sandwiches while strolling through the palace’s private gardens. (more…)


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Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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All-Female Comedy Series to be taped in front of a live audience

Full Season of 13 episodes to be broadcast on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)

Victoria-based Less Bland Productions in association with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and Drama Camp Productions is set to begin principal photography on She Kills Me (previous title The Broad Comedy Room), an exciting new comedy series to be broadcast nationally on APTN.

She Kills Me is a 13 episode series of comedy specials that will shine the spotlight on over two dozen hilarious, established and up-and-coming Canadian comediennes including Dawn Dumont, Sharon Shorty, Katie-Ellen Humphries, Sharon Mahoney, Carolyn Mark, Karen Brelsford, and Miss Rosie Bitts. This half-hour series features some of the funniest and fiercest female comedians in Canada. Each episode will feature one Aboriginal and one non-Aboriginal performer.

The series will offer a broad range of comedy genres. In addition to stand-up performances, the series will include sketch comedy, music, storytelling, and variety performance.

She Kills Me will be taped in front of a live audience at Victoria’s Metro Studio Feb 13 – 17 2013. The show is created by Executive Producer Kirsten Van Ritzen, and produced and directed by Ian Ferguson and Leslie D. Bland.

Funding support for She Kills Me is provided by APTN, the Canada Media Fund. Local sponsors include Accent Inns, Carreiro the Studio, the Ocean 98.5, and Jack FM.

Tickets to attend tapings to be part of the live studio audience are available through Ticket Rocket 250-590-6291. Performances 7 pm and 9:30 pm Feb 13 – 16, and 4:30 pm and 7pm Feb 17.

For further information please contact Leslie Bland at or (250) 590-4386.


September 1, 2012, marked the 13-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite, telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel, APTN HD, in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862, or visit the website at



Drama Camp Productions was incorporated by Ian Ferguson and Leslie D. Bland. Its mandate is to produce film and television projects that have distinctive Aboriginal content, and which enable Aboriginal people to share their stories and convey them to a domestic and international audience.




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Have You Made You’re New Year’s Resolution Yet?

Monday, December 31st, 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, many of us are starting to make plans for 2013.  The start of a New Year is a great time to set new goals – it’s the reason we make New Year’s Resolutions.

Lose weight: This one is probably the most common resolution.  The holiday season is the hardest time because of the non-stop eating and family celebrations, most of us gain a few extra pounds and as a result we decide to lose those extra pounds in the new  year. So what do we do, we set up a diet plan to eat more healthy by adding more fruits and vegetables, drink more water and of course – exercise.

Exercise: The second most popular new year resolution, whether you decide to join a gym or just to get out there and start walking or jogging every day, this is a great way to kick start a healthier schedule. (more…)


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It’s the holiday season in Vancouver, let the fun begin!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Canyon Lights

Join Harbour Cruises this holiday season as the local waters of Vancouver come alive with light! Sing Christmas Carols or dance the night away on a Harbour Cruises as part of the Carol Ships Parade of Lights Festival, also don’t forget to check out the Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge a spectacular holiday light display, offers extra sparkle for the 2012 holiday season a must-see holiday event for all ages, park guests will be dazzled by the sight of hundreds of thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on Cliffwalk, the Park’s newest attraction.

Come and join The Vancouver Trolley Company and sing your favourite holiday carols while visiting two of Vancouver’s most spectacular light displays. The tour will depart from the Vancouver Christmas Market and guests will sing their way past downtown before arriving at Bright Nights at Stanley Park. The second stop will be at VanDusen’s Botanical Gardenwhere guests can enjoy the Festival of Lights.  (more…)


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Richmond BC Hotel , A Good Base to Check Out Michael Jackson

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
Kelsey Janssen Expedia Cruiseship center Duncan BC

Kelsey Janssen Expedia Cruiseship Center Travel Agent

Accent Inns enjoys working with our partners in the travel industry, especially local community travel agents.
See below for a guest post from Kelsey Janssen.

Kelsey Janssen, Travel and Cruise Specialist, Expedia Cruise Ship Centers Duncan share’s on of her travel experiences.

In 2011 when Cirque du Soleil, Michael Jackson “The Immortal Tour” came to Vancouver I knew I had to attend.

After purchasing tickets, I called the Accent Inn, Richmond BC to book my overnight hotel and complimentary parking.  It worked out very well!  We checked into the hotel and then took the complimentary shuttle to the River Rock casino.  We then took the sky train and were in downtown Vancouver in 25 minutes.  The show was incredible and our accommodations worked out great. (more…)


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