Sooke BC
Parks of Sooke, British Columbia, Canada

Sooke Festivals and Events

This is a look back at past events, festivals and meetings around the Sooke district.

Park watch security for Sooke Parks Parkwatch Program
The Parkwatch program has staff in the parks from May to September every year. Providing the necessary service of parking lot security for our local parks. Our presence brings a level of comfort to local people and tourists who wish to enjoy our parks. Info: 250 208-4738


Canada Day in Sooke

July 1
Take a look back at Sooke Canada Day Celebration with Video!

Video of event, Youth Scholarships and all the fun! -->


March 15th , 2008
Road named For Sooke Veteran, Sooke, BC

Dedication was held at the Stone Ridge Estates

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Royal Canadian Legion

Sunday, Nov 11

Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph
-->Parade started at 10:15 am at Evergreen Mall
Ceremony was held 11:00 at Cenotaph --> see photos of the ceremony

Tues., Oct. 9th 2007

Mayor Janet Evans and the Council of the District of Sooke along with Minister Ida Chong
Ministry of Community Services
were at the
SOOKE MARINE BOARDWALK Groundbreaking Ceremony Tuesday, October 9th 2007. at the Sooke Rotary Pier, Murray Road



Sooke Fine Arts Show Sooke Fine Arts Show, was held Aug.3 - 12, 2007
The newly formed Sooke Fine Arts Society was formed to renew the tradition of celebrating the arts by hosting a 10 day professionally adjudicated art show and sale. Further information concerning the 2008 adjudication process, submission forms and the Society as a whole is available at
--> Website and more info


Sooke Canada Day
Sunday, July 1- every year:
Gates open at Noon,
Opening Ceremony 1:00
Youth Awards, Games, Entertainment,
Food and Fireworks at dusk!

July 1, 2007
Sooke Canada Day Celebration
Feartured a live performance by the band "Prism", with 7,500 people attending the day

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October 2006

Sooke cops for cancer The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock arived in Sooke on Oct. 4, 2006
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September 2006

Sooke ParkwatchAs a part of a temperate rainforest, the Sooke district has one of the most mild climates in Canada. Every year the "Park Watch Program" has people in seclected parks for extra security. Typically warm and dry in the summer, the weather is very pleasant. Winters also are also mild with a good amount of rainfall and a rare snowfall. This pleasant climate can be enjoyed while hiking, biking, or horseback riding some of the local trails, or kayaking or sailing in the local waters of Sooke Basin and beyond.



Snowbirds air show in Victoria

August 2006 - The SnowBirds were Back!

Sunday, August 2006, at Willows Beach, Oak Bay in Victoria saw the SnowBirds perform their high flying acrobatics.

(yes, we know this is not in Sooke, but they only come to the Island about once in 4 years, and it was a spectacular show!)

Sooke Royal Canadian Legion Branch 54

Weekly events and entertainment
Phone: (250) 642-5913 or 2052
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Sooke Canada Day Celebration

Sooke Canada Day Celebration-Held July 1, 2006

This annual celebration takes place on the Sooke River Flats campground.
It started at noon with family games, food and music and ended with a spectacular fireworks display.
Logging Sports, Canine Agility Demo and live music --> more info

Sooke Bluegrass Festival
2006 Sooke River Bluegrass Festival

It was an Acoustic Event For Your Families Total Enjoyment! The '6th' Annual Sooke River Bluegrass Festival was held 16th, 17th & 18th June '06

Sooke Garden Tour

A look back at:
Sooke's Secret Garden Tour - Self Guided Virtual Tour

Held May, 2006 around Sooke - gardeners: do you recognize your flowers?!?

Onfo: Merle 642-7248


4th Annual Sooke Spring Sprint Triathlon Sunday, April 23, 2006

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Nude Calendar

The Red Hat Sooke Sirens - a social group for women over 50, ongoing events
--> click here for more info

Santa in Sooke

Santa visited Sooke during the annual Christmas Parade in December 2005

Look for this years parade, bigger and more participants than ever!

Sooke Canada Day Celebration

Sooke Canada Day Celebration- Held July 1, 2005

This annual celebration takes place on the Sooke River Flats campground.
Starting at noon with family games, food and music and ends with a spectacular fireworks display.
Logging Sports, Canine Agility Demo and live music by "That 70's Band"
--> more info and next years plans...


Ed Macgregor Park

Jan '05 saw a light dusting of snow -->
Volunteers worked hard last spring to get the park ready for the June Garden Tour '04, and it will be the site for the the August "Art in the Park".

Ed Macgregor Park

Formal dedication took place August 28, 2004
The park is located on in the 6700 block of West Coast Road (Sooke Road becomes West Coast Road past Otter Point Rd).

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a look back at Remembrance Day, Thursday Nov. 11,2005

Terry Orser
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 54
Phone: (250) 642-5913 or 2052

Sooke Arts Council Art in the Park

August 21 & 22, 2004 Art in the Park

Although it rained on the Saturday, Sunday saw a mix of clouds and sunny periods. Many people attended the exhibition and sales of original art, musical entertainment, refreshments.
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-->Garden Tour at Ed M. Park

Look back at Aug 2004 Music Festival
Stamp River Thunder - Bands that played:
The Presidents of the United States of America
Mouthful of Bees - Mr. Two Cents & Breathing Room Trace Element
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Sooke Garden Tour

Women in Tune Annual Garden Tour
~a look back at the June 6,2004 event
Get ready for spring 2005!

Self Guided Tour


Sooke Canada Day Celebration

Sooke Canada Day Celebration- July 1, 2004

This annual celebration takes place on the Sooke River Flats campground.
Starting at noon with family games, food and music and ends with a spectacular fireworks display. --> more info

Nick Gilder at Sooke Canada Day 2004

Nick Gilder of Sweeney Todd played at Canada Day 2004

Nick Gilder with the band Sweeney Todd had the #1 hits "Hot Child in the City" and "Roxy Roller". --> more


Sooke River Bluegrass Music Festival The 4th Annual Sooke River Bluegrass Festival
Was held June 2004

Featured Bands were : Maple Creek, Canadian Whitewater, Five On A String, Clover Point Drifters, Blue Fox, Four Chords of Wood, Lost Connection, Mountain Bluebirds
The Sooke River Boys

Sooke Garden Tour

Women in Tune Annual Garden Tour
~a look back at the June, 2004 event

Self Guided Tour

Golf Course rezone process
July 2004-
Golf course sold
March 2004- Golf Course on Otter Point Rd up for rezoning:
Notts Island Town Center
- proposed project of the rezoning of the Golf Course. The proposal was not approved.

Info by a group in opposition to removing the convenant on the land for the purpose of subdivision.--> website

Stone Pipe Landing
Stone Pipe Landing - Live Music Sat. Feb 28/04
Chris Palmer & Jim Brannigan played in the lounge at Stone Pipe Landing- a very entertaining evening!
Info 642-0566
Video - Chris Palmer on harmonica with "Brylcreme" group at Isabel Reader Theatre
Video - Chris Palmer with Shannon Valentine, Adam Dobres, Andrew Moore, Peter Lamont and Dave Gallant at Bluescreen Studio

Elida Peers Sooke Region Historical Society
Top: Elida Peers and Joan from the Sooke Historical Society participated in the parade.

Below: Sooke Canada Day Society Sooke Canada Day Society

Christmas in Sooke
Sat Dec 6, 2003
The Third Annual Christmas Parade was the biggest yet!
Below: Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 54 carried flags.
Sooke Royal Canadian Legion
If you have photos you would like to share, email the info:
from Parade 2001 and Parade 2002
VIDEO of Christmas Parade 2001 and Parade 2002

Stage West Theatre Players

Stage West Players
This fall Stage West will be producing another exciting musical, presenting "The Music Man" November 23, 28, 29, 30 -
both Sundays will be matinee performances. --> Ticket info

Sun. August 24
Sunday August 24- Second Annual Streetfest
Was a great success!
The street in front of the Legion was closed off, there was clowns, bingo & games for all ages. On the outdoor stage the "Sooke River Band" played rock, "Virtual Elvis" performed the Elivis classics. "Auntie Kate" sang the blues, and some of her original songs.

Sun. Aug. 17

Sun. August 17 -"Out Of Wood", wood carvings & fine furniture

Held at "Seaward" - 8485 West Coast Rd, Sooke
Info: Rob Martin Email :
PH info: 642-4712

Aug. 23 & 24
Sat.: 10am - 8pm
Sun.: 10am - 5pm


Exhibition & Sales of Original Art Including... Unique, Quality Paintings, Pottery, Mixed Media Art & Jewelry Location... ED MACGREGOR MEMORIAL PARK 6751 Westcoast Road, Sooke
(Just west of Otter Point & Sooke Roads Traffic Lights)
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ALL WEEKEND! Including... M. Boston, The Carole Cave Dancers~ Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, String Quartet ~ African Jazz Dancers
~ Linda Smith, Vocals & Guitar ~ Bluegrass Music ~ Skits by Members of Stage West Players AND other performers - Next Art & Craft event: All Sooke Art & Craft Christmas Show

Sooke Fine Arts Show at SEAPARK

Sooke Fine Arts Show 2003
August 2 – 10 - Vancouver Island’s largest juried art show, is celebrating its 18th annual show with over 250 artists
Time: 10 am – 10 pm daily (8 pm on August 10)
Where: SEAPARC Leisure Complex 2168 Phillips Road, Sooke
Tickets: $7 Day Pass, $5 Evening Pass, $10 Week Pass, Children 12 and under are Free.
Info: Call 642-6351 or email

Fly fishing in Sooke

Sooke Flyfishers Club Sunday Fishout
Sunday Aug 10 ~ 8 am - 3 pm
Prospect Lake - Info: email:

Sunday August 2005
Legion Virtual Elvis Dinner Show
What a nite!
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Cops for Cancer Fundraiser look back at past years

Local fundraising in the Sooke area for Cops For Cancer and the

Tour de Rock.

Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society

Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society
August 2nd & 3rd 2003- 1st Annual Chinook Salmon Derby. All net proceeds to operations of the Jack Brooks Hatchery

More Information call Glen @ 250-642-5490

July 30- the Snowbirds awe 30,000 people in Victoria!
More Photos

Sooke Canada Day

Canada Day July 1, 2003
What a day! The biggest and best yet- plans are underway for 2004

Mayor Janet Evans Janet Evans is new Sooke Mayor
Vote results: Janet Evans elected with 1,313 votes,
Bob Clark second with 685 votes,
Lori Messer 454 fourth, and Jerry Wolf with 23 votes

Sooke River Bluegrass Music Festival 2003
Held at the Sooke River Flats June 21 & 22
The day drew record crowds to the the 3 rd Annual event and featured local Sooke performers TJac (left) playing with Eric & Mary Day in the band "Blue Fox"
The "Clover Point Drifters" (right) served up some mighty nice sounds!

Wednesday June 11th
Sooke Cops for Cancer Coordinators Kari Osselton and Peni Harrison with the support of the Sooke RCMP introduced our first Jail and Bail event raising funds for the Cops for Cancer ~ Tour de Rock. It was held June 11th at Evergreen Centre.

VE Day Royal Canadian Legion

VE Day Ceremony, Sunday May 4, 2003
Branch 54 Royal Canadian Legion

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April 26 & 27- Sooke Flag Flies at BC Women's Show

Photo at left: Linda Gordon & Susan Lea at the Show -
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Mayor Ed Macgregor of Sooke Mayor Ed Macgregor died in his home March 28
A "Celebration of his life" was held April 5 at the Edward Milne Communty School
Many representitives spoke, among them Angus Stanfield of the Royal Canadian Legion.

It was a great time - for winning participants, please contact:
Carol Mallett @ (250) 642-6423,
Anne @ (250) 642-2278 or
Patti @ (250) 642-4768 More Details
2002- Declared the "International Year of Ecotrourism" by the United Nations.

Sooke.Org receives "Best Local Business Website" Award at the Sooke Harbour Chamber of Commerce AGM
Sooke Stage West Players Feb. 2003 -Stagewest Players performed "Romeo & Juliet"
The play got top reviews with exciting choreography and magnificent swordplay.
Watch for more performances!

Christmas Parade, December 7, 2002
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Br. 54 Royal Canadian Legion
Branch 54 Sooke Royal Canadian Legion
There is something happening every night at the "Friendliest Legion in BC"
Check the schedule and see the past Legion events!

Harbour Park- renamed "Ed Macgregor" Park
The new park just past the streetlight on West Coast Road was officially opened October 27, 2002. It is still under construction, this architecturally designed new park will feature a boardwalk along the shore to Murray Road. Photos of 2002 Opening
March 2003 Mayor Ed Macgregor died, and the park was renamed "Ed Macgregor Park"
Sponsorship Program- call 642-1622
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Take a look back at:
Monday Nov 11
Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies
"On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month"

More Info: Sooke Royal Canadian Legion Br. 54

Sat Oct 5 and Sunday Oct 6
Film Festival at G.R. Pearkes Arena, 3100 Tillicum

Sooke Film Society invites you to come view the films from around the Island and around the world

Tour de Rock 2002 ran from September 22nd to October 4th., 2002

Cops For Cancer event in Sooke OCT 3

Sooke Info: Kari 642-6669 Email:
Take a look back at the Sooke Event 2001

Saturday August 17- Family Street Fest -
Family Fun for all Ages- take a look at the photos!

Canada Day in Sooke, BC July 1 st > Canada Day in Sooke 2002 >> See photos
Monday July 1: Canada Day in Sooke was a great success! Thank you to all who attended, participated, volunteered and helped make this the best Canada Day event yet!
Contact: Judithe Ann Gatto at (250) 642-4572



Saturday July 20 Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra played at the "Flats"
Norman Nelson, conductor
Featuring Carye Newman, Marion Newman, Eve-Lyn de la Haye & Ken Lavigne
View Video of the 5 th Annual performance

Saturday July 20 All Sooke Day - Logging Sports- "Third Saturday in July, every year"
Located at the Sooke River "Flats" on Phillips Road

Bluegrass Music Festival was held June 22 & 23, 2002 at the Sooke River Flats.
EMCS Grad 2002
June 8 saw the class of 2002 gradutate from Edward Milne Community School
tree cutting
Large tree gets cut along the hyway
May 15th > 5th Annual Symphony Concert > More Info
Presented by the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra. Sooke Community Theatre
May 14/02 JDF Community Futures unveils the Business Resource Center
Dr. Keith Martin, Brian Kerr, Lorna Barry and community groups including Sooke Harbour Chamber of Commerce, Sooke Works, the EDC, Canada Day Society and a host of citizens attended the open house.

May 6th > Sooke's Secret Gardens & West Coast Retreats > More Info
Women in Tune presented a stroll and tour through Sooke's gardens. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Sat April 13
Health & Living- The North Western Canadian / American Natural Body Building & Fitness Championships. For details stop by at Andy's Sooke 2 for 1 Pizza in Sooke Evergreen Center
Body Building the Natural Way - take a look at video clips from the EVENING CNBF finals held in Victoria

Sooke Legion 75 th Anniversary Banquet
A look back at the Legion's 75 th Anniversary Banquet

Sooke City Tree

Quick- Time Movie of the Parade!

Photos- Parade "Santa Comes to Sooke" photos from Dec 8, 2001

Megan Gallant Benefit
Held Sunday Nov 25

Take a look at the photos!


Royal Canadian Legion
BR 54
Sooke, BC
Remembrance Day 2001 Photos & VIDEO

All Sooke Arts & Crafts Show was held the weekend of Nov. 16-18 at the Community Hall.
Show convener Val Mills was very pleased with the attendance. The sparkling lights were a delight, and Santa made his first appearance in the community!

Many new art and craft businesses were highlighted, such as the "Magnetic Art" of David Van Dyck. He paints scenes of fishing boats, vintage vehicles and landscapes of the local area on magnets and as framed pictures.

Other new businesses in town are "Juicy Organics" offering exclusive catering, and threapeutic blends of juice.

Watch for the monthly "Flea Market" held at the Community Hall- Info: 642-4638

Royal Canadian Legion
BR 54

Photo at Quality of Life Day and other past Legion events
Sunday Oct 28, 2001

Click to view movie of Colour Guard & piper from the Sooke RC Legion and various dignitaries

Sooke Film Society Filmfest 2001 ,Comic Book & Fantasy Convention
Hear about it in QuickTime movie
See local participants IN COSTUME
Deertrails host to "reality tv" read about it in the Sooke News Mirror
Movies come to Sooke! Film Society news

Cops For Cancer was held
October 4,2001 at Evergreen Mall
The day was dedicated to Kevin Seeburger who recently relapsed after three years of treatment. He is eight years old. There are also other leukemia kids in Sooke, Scott Osselton is one of them age 6. Cheers, More info: Kari Osselton :
RCMP (Sooke) See Mayor Ed and others get their head shaved!
Sooke Challenge '01
was held Sunday Sept 30
at the Sooke River Flats

It was a fundraiser for the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society and the Womens' Transition House

Firehall Dedication Was held Saturday Sept 22
See photos!

Sept 11. 2001- Bombing in America
-Canada pledges to "help America fight terrorism"
CNN News & other info
Local youth Adam Dobres played at Sidney Kiwanis 9/11 benefit concert Sept 16
See the video and hear the speech by by Premier Campbell, read by MLA Murray Coell

"Family Fun Day"
Held Sunday Sept 23/01 Sooke Family Resource Society
at the Sooke Flats. Info: 642-5152

Held Sept 8 & 9, 2001 at the Sooke Community Hall

Click to view movie of Colour Guard & piper from the Sooke RC Legion and various dignitaries

Branch 54 known as the "Friendliest Legion" - old friends & comrades came to Sooke to celebrate the
75 th Anniversary of the Sooke Legion, held August 19, 2001.

1st Annual Sooke Traditional Pow Wow 2001
Sooke Flats Labour Day Weekend August 31, September 1 & 2 ~
Camping available, 24 hour security

Film Festival 2001- August 4-6

Sewer Study -Tax implications! W.R.A.T.H.-Worried Residents About Tax Hikes in Sooke: see calendar of events.

May 26, 2001: Legion Photos & video of "Consecration of Colours"

Local youth, Caprina Valentine, given award by Westshore Chamber of Commerce
Read about it in the Sooke News Mirror

May 12/01- Talent 2001 at the Community Theatre- Nick Reese won the "Demo Video" award for his original drum solo. Other winners included Emily Pigford, Ethan Swinburnson, Ashley Lewis, Jeremy Batten, Daniel Baker, and duo Josh Davies and Aidan Logins.

May 5, 2001 : Rotary Auction- a big success!

April 22 EAST SOOKE -The East Sooke Spring Fair &
grand opening of the East Sooke Community Association office.

Local environmental scientist, Judith Burke is taking water quality readings along the Sooke River and near the Sooke Potholes.

A local film maker, Linda Gordon produced a 15 minute video for the Ministry of Environment about Water Quality Monitoring



March 7 Dr. Keith Martin, M.P. spoke to a group of about 80 local residents about health care, a "tax free zone" for the Sooke area, and the sewer outfall.

Keith Martin's Website:

Edward Milne Community School - Grad 2001 Fashion Show was held Feb. 27 & 28.

The show featured original fashions by local grad Sairaa Thorton as well as from merchant Eagle Eye Wilderness and Sooke Cycle & Surf.

LA Limo supported the event by donating a $115.00 gift certificate towards the grad fundraiser.

Sat Feb. 10 - Melanie Cunningham was a volunteer at the Royal Roads Community Education Center "Celebrating the International Year of Volunteers." The event was also the official opening of their CAP site. (Community Access Program)

Dr. Keith Martin, MP, spoke about how important volunteers are to a community, and Mel Cooper unveiled a plaque.


There will be a new CAP site in Sooke at Poirrier Elementary by March 2001, bringing the total to 8 in the Western Communities.
More info: 391-9002
Check out the new Sooke CIA site!

The Kayak Club held "Open Mike Jams" with local talent every Saturday from May 21 (the Harbour Festival 2000) till Jan 13, 2001.

(seen at the Jan 6 jam: : Andy Cooke)
See the past event of the Film Society Awards held in December 2000 at the Kayak Club

Dr. Keith Martin, Canadian Alliance Member of Parliament for Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca Region and Sooke resident Cindy Patterson (on the right side in photo) celebrated December 14 th at a Holiday Party.

Staff, supporters and volunteers shared in a celebration of the season at Keith's office on Jacklin Road.

Keith is seen at left holding the December issue of Positively Sooke magazine. Update June 2001: Positively Sooke has closed.

More information on Keith's website

Trees are popping up all over!

December 2000 - Along the highway just before 17 Mile House a person was seen decorating a tree.

These "random acts of decoration" seem to be spreading.

The Christmas tree erected by the Sooke Harbour Chamber of Commerce in the Evergreen Mall has also been the target of "unidentified decorators", and is now outfitted in fine seasonal style!


Many cheers to all the people who are making this Holiday Season brighter!

Sooke Harbour Chamber of Commerce

Chamber President Robert Williams confers with Melanie Green and Lavyna Alexander at the Executive meeting held at Mulligan's Bar & Grill December 12, 2000. The new Executive will be active in "making business better" in the Sooke area.

Charlene George and Carolyn Memnook at the December 2 & 3, 2000 Native Art Sale at the T'Sou-ke Band Hall
"Our circle of friends & relatives came together to put on this event. We wanted to create a positive image for our people. This is a great venue for Native artists to give exposure to their work. Most importantly, this is for fun... good people, music, beautiful art and sharing. Come & Join us December 9, 10 & 23"
Moss Cottage Christmas at Sooke Region Museum- Sunday Dec 3Year 2000 ~ There was a snowman building event, a community Christmas Carol Sing-along and free chili & hot spiced cider
Bill Hunter, Arnie Campbell and Al Skidmore roast chestnuts over an open fire. The homemade roaster was designed and made by Ken Shepherd out of recycled parts

Don Moloney of "S Turning" Sheet Metal & Construction did a demonstration of the art of blacksmithing.

For more information about the Museum, visit the Official Sooke Region Museum web site, or call 642-6351

2000 ~ The new Kayak Club hosted a musical night with local musicians
Click here to for more info

If you have the "Flash Plugin"
click here to see the VIDEO

Sooke Challenge: A Fun Race!
The Sooke Challenge was held Sunday Sept 24, 2000 under bright sunny conditions. The finish line was at the Sooke Flats, where there was a crowd gathered to welcome the finalists. Sooke Film Society musicians Shannon Valentine, Dave Gallant and provided musical entertainment. A big thank you to all the sponsors and participants!

Fall Fair was held: Sept. 9 & 10/2000
"It's never too early to think about Fall Fair 2001 - keep your catalogs so you can plan what to enter next year." ~ Martha Moore, Fall Fair President

Media Fest was held August 18-20, 2000.

It was a great success! See who won! At left: Cameron Avery of Cruz studios, center: Linda Gordon of the Sooke Film Society, right: Bill Fraser of Pacific Rimm Entertainment and Sports Services at the EMCS Theatre


Sooke Festival of the Performing Arts was held July 28 to August 13
August 5 a full house attended the Sooke Festival Orchestra & Chorus

Sooke Film Society techs Gary Nicholls & Tom Tuthill captured the perfomance on video- contact S.P.A.G. representitive Lynda Rose at 642-3536 for copies

Sookefest Two Day Music Festival was held August 26 & 27, 2000- Check out the awesome bands that played!
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Canada Day 2000
All Sooke Day 2000

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