WolfSheep Arthouse on Trounce Alley. Here in house artist Phil Vaillancourt, aka "Wind" works on a piece.
In 2014, this art collective, established in 2010, completed construction that transformed its subterranean space from a cramped studio to an expansive gallery-like hangout and tattoo parlor selling art supplies and t-shirts (avg $15 [$20 CA]). Also for sale are the street-art-inspired paintings, photographs and more that adorn the walls, all made in-house by the collective’s artists. DJs, many of whom are on WolfSheep’s own record label, often drop by to spin. 1215 Government Street; 250-208-6393; www.wolfsheep.com
Trounce Alley is a discrete passage connecting two main thoroughfares in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. It has a long history as a commercial strip, albeit a tiny one. It goes back to the mid-1800s when developer and architect Thomas Trounce designed the lane to provide easy access to stores he owned.