Wheelies is hardly your typical venue for catching music. The cafe sits in a converted mechanic’s shop, although they may still do work on motorcycles for all I know. A few times a week they feature live music played from a makeshift “stage” which juts out into the parking lot. Furthermore, being buried in the Bridge Street industrial area it is not a place visitors would find easily. So it tends to be a “locals only” kind of hang out.

On a particularly grey Sunday afternoon (which continually threatened to rain but never did) I managed to catch Victoria singer-songwriter Vic Horvath. Horvath is originally from Calgary, so you can catch that prairie twang in their rootsy folk music, although there are more the more “urban” sounds of jazz and blues on songs such as “Sky of Feathers”. Armed only with an electric guitar, Horvath completely owned the space, filling it with both their warm presence and highly accessible music. The near-capacity audience of this funky venue were highly appreciative.