Café Ekstasis

Ekstasis Editions authors in action.

Randy Kohan reading "Northern Monks" from Hammers and Bells.

Filmed by Hans Olson and Randy Kohan.

Three tracks from Carol Sokoloff's album Let Go!

"Let Go" ~

"Winter Moon" ~
"A Moment for Peace" ~
Robert Priest reading "The Water Trader's Dream" from The Secret Invasion of Bananas.

Some favourite restaurants and other hang-outs you might enjoy.


Victoria, BC

Baan Thai Restaurant

Two locations in Victoria: 1117 Blanshard Street and 104-2000 Cadboro Bay Road.

Blue Fox Cafe

The Blue Fox serves breakfast all day. Locals can't get enough of the "very fat French toast." Large fluffy omelets cooked to order and huevos rancheros are other good bets. Hearty burgers and sandwiches are available, too. 919 Fort St, Victoria, BC.

The Blue Nile East African Restaurant

Fine East African Cuisine for people who want either buffet style or menu style dining. Serving a wide variety of healthy organic food including both vegan and vegetarian. 612 Head Street Victoria, BC.

Bubby Rose's Bakery and Café

You’ll find this busy bakery and cafe in Mosaic Village — a unique and quirky corner of downtown Victoria. A commitment to using fresh and ethically sourced ingredients to prepare menus from scratch means never cutting corners or compromising on quality and taste. 1022 Cook Street.

Caffe Fantastico

Since 1993, Caffe Fantastico has been striving to provide the most exceptional coffees possible. This dedication to quality led to the expansion of Caffe Fantastico into the art of coffee roasting. Coffee Roastery and Coffee Bar: 965 Kings Road.

Canoe Brewpub, Restaurant and Marina

Handcrafted beers and a menu that stresses seasonal organics, the finest cuts of meat and wild seafood. Located in a heritage building near Victoria's active marina, our patios offer some of the best sunsets in the city.

Da Tandoor Restaurant

Indian Cuisine. 1010 Fort St.

Fernwood Inn

A community gathering place committed to providing locally sourced organic products, wild seafood, and Victoria's best micro brews, where every element of our Inn's cuisine is created 'Inn' house... 1302 Gladstone Avenue at Fernwood across from Belfry Theatre.

Ferris' Oyster Bar

Combining three restaurrants: Ferris' Downstairs Grill, Ferris' Upstairs Oyster Bar and Perro Negro, the latter featuring Spanish cuisine.

Fifth Street Bar and Wood-Fired Grill

Featuring beautifully crafted woodwork, original artwork, and the textured charm of tile and brick, 5th Street Bar & Wood Fired Grill boasts one of Vancouver Island's few wood-fired rotisseries. Gas fireplaces on our two patios create a cozy European ambiance for savouring luscious pastas and gourmet pizzas. Signature dishes include spit-roasted chicken, rotisserie smoked meats, juicy steaks, grilled ribs, as well as daily features that include fresh seafood. 1028 Hillside Avenue in Victoria.

Fireside Grill

The perfect venue for business or pleasuere, offering something for everyone. 4509 W. Saanich Rd.


Japanese sushi. 1420 Quadra St.

Glo Europub and Grill

Glo Restaurant Lounge, recognized as Victoria's Best Patio, Best Brunch, Best Lunch, Best Dinner & Best Late Night Meeting Spot. Gorge Waterway, 104 - 2940 Jutland Road.

Hermann's Jazz Club

Hermann's has been the place for live jazz in Victoria for over 28 years. Dine and dance with live local and international jazz. 753 View Street.

Hillside Coffee and Tea (formerly known as Moka House)

With a spacious and modern interior and free wireless internet, the buzz of activity outside and the ambiance of what’s inside make Hillside Coffee and Tea the place to be. With live music, comedy, Planet Earth Poetry, good eats and more why not drop in and find out what makes them tick. #103 – 1633 Hillside Avenue.

Hotel Rialto

Hotel Rialto is a small boutique style property located in the heart of beautiful downtown Victoria. Functions and events are taken to a new level at Hotel Rialto. The Private Dining Room offers warm rich wood décor and all the necessary audio visual electronics to make your event or meeting a huge success. 653 Pandora Ave.

James Bay Coffee & Books

Located at 143 Menzies St. in Victoria BC, James Bay Coffee and Books is a rare find. It's one of the few independent coffee shops left in Victoria, which in combination with the used bookstore creates a funky welcoming atmosphere hosting art shows, live music, community scrabble and chess nights, Tea Leaf Reading, readings, and club meetings.

John's Place

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner for the past 29 years, they make everything from scratch. 723 Pandora Ave.

La Fiesta Cafe

An award-winning spot to enjoy Mexican food in Victoria. Giant Burritos, fresh-made salsas, fast, friendly service and great value. G-12 1001 Douglas Street, Victoria.

Little Thai Place

Four locations in the Victoria area: 3613 Shelbourne Plaza, 1839 Cook Street, 110-4480 West Saanich Rd, 137-2745 Veterans Memorial in Langford.

Martin Batchelor Gallery

A favourite location for Ekstasis Editions and other arts events. 712 Cormorant St.

Med Grill Royal Oak

In the heart of Royal Oak, just minutes from Downtown Victoria, everything on the menu is made in-house.4512 West Saanich Rd.

The Mint

The Mint is a funky, relaxed lounge & restaurant serving up Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine. Enjoy live music 6 nights a week and an extensive menu of fancy cocktails, wine and beer. 1414 Douglas St. Or enjoy lunch at The Mint Lunch, 1412 Douglas Street.


Searching the world for fairly traded coffees and teas... Locations in Victoria and Vancouver.

Pagliacci's Restaurant

Pagliacci's is one of those timeless places, born in passion, carved from life and bathed in laughter. From the focaccia bread and soup through the Broadway-style cheesecake, every morsel is made on the spot, served with style by someone hustling for you. Location: At Broad and Fort Street, Victoria.

Patisserie Daniel

If you ever eaten a Cake from Patisserie Daniel, you know how good it can be! Each Cake finished as a work of art, the finest of Chocolate, our own marzipan and delectable flavour combinations are used in making each masterpiece. 1729 Cook Street.

Peacocks Billiards and James Joyce Bistro

Downtown Victoria's premiere venue for food, drinks, recreation and good times for all ages! #1-1175C Douglas St.


Romeo's is a Victoria local family owned & operated restaurant group that has been around for 40 years.

Sabri Indian Cuisine and Sabri Naanwich

Sabri is a commercial East Indian food company based in Victoria. It consists of two dining areas: The Sabri Indian Cuisine Restaurant and Buffet, Chef Omar Baig's flagship enterprise, and The Naanwich® Store - Chef Omar's newest restaurant, featuring healthy and delicious Canadian fast food. 3480 Tillicum Road.

San Remo

For two decades, San Remo, a Victoria Restaurant, has developed the reputation of a popular fun-time eating and drinking establishment! 2709 Quadra St., near the northeast corner of Quadra and Hillside in Victoria.

Sookjai Thai

Sook Jai Thai is authentic from the décor, which evokes ancient Siam, to the food, which is prepared by a master chef and staff from Thailand. 893 Fort Street, Victoria, BC.

Spicejammer Restaurant

For over twenty years the Spice Jammer has been Victoria’s hallmark East Indian restaurant. Zagat rated, and featured in Northwest’s best places. 852 Fort St.

Superior Street Bistro

Superior St. Bistro's menu features tastes from around the globe and changes every couple of weeks. On Friday and Saturday, guests can jam to live music while digging into snack-sized portions or full-sized meals. 106 Superior St.

Swans Brewpub

Warm & friendly Brewpub alive with unique character, comfortable heritage surroundings of oak, original brick as well as stunning one of a kind displays of original artwork and First Nations’ Carvings. National Brewpub of the year in 2006. Location: 506 Pandora Avenue.

Union Club of British Columbia

Located in a beautiful heritage building near the harbour in downtown Victoria. 805 Gordon Street.


Toronto, ON

Queen Mother Cafe

Located at 208 Queen Street West in Toronto, the Queen Mother Cafe is famous for its fresh and flavourful Lao-Thai and pan-global cuisine, and sinful desserts.The Queen Mum, as the restaurant is affectionately known by its many regulars, was established in October 1978. It is housed in an historic 150+ year old building in the heart of the Entertainment District.