The Canadian Music Centre in British Columbia opens The Victoria Creative Hub

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The Canadian Music Centre in British Columbia opens The Victoria Creative Hub at the Victoria Conservatory of Music's VCM library. The hub will host a unique pedagogical library of Canadian music, offering free instructional resources and workshops. (Media release) The Canadian Music Centre in British Columbia (CMC BC) announces the launch of its first-ever Vancouver Island branch, the Victoria Creative Hub, part of an exciting new partnership … [Read more...]

The Importance of Being Earnest at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. A review.

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The Importance Of Being Earnest at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 2016. A review. The Importance Of Being Earnest at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre (July 5-17, 2016) is nothing less than theatrical heaven. A laugh fest from start to finish, it is filled with witty verbal repartee and cutting digs. If words were swords, clothing would be torn to shreds the way these thespians employ them. What a treat to see veterans like Laurie Patton … [Read more...]

Twelfth Night at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. A review.

Toby and Aguecheek Twelfth Night GVSF 2016

Twelfth Night at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. A review. July 6-30, 2016 This iteration marks the fourth time this well-known comedy of mistaken identity is produced by the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. Director Janet Munsil continues a long tradition of adaptation with the choice to gender-switch the cast; all the men’s roles are played by women and the women’s roles by men. There is such felicity in the decision a … [Read more...]

The Winter’s Tale at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. A review.

Hermione and Leontes GVSF 2016

The Winter’s Tale at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2016. A review. Not since 1992 have Victoria audiences had the pleasure of seeing Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.  The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, now in its 26th season, has grown from strength to strength with the decision, in 2014, to employ a repertory model for the company. This year’s mentor actors are Trevor Hinton a master of highly physical movement and … [Read more...]

SKAMpede by Theatre SKAM returns July 8-10, 2016

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SKAMpede by Theatre SKAM returns July 8-10, 2016.  Media release New HUB location offers more space for performances and festivities When SKAMpede returns for the eighth annual festival of original short outdoor performances, audiences will be welcomed to a new home base with more space, a greater range of activities and a larger variety of music and performances. Held along the Galloping Goose Trail, SKAMpede is a series of short … [Read more...]

The Importance of Being Earnest at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with director Fran Gebhard.

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The Importance of Being Earnest at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with director Fran Gebhard. Up next for Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre (July 5-17, 2016) is Oscar Wilde’s farcical comedy of manners The Importance of Being Earnest. Witty and fast moving, originally performed in 1895 and to this day one of Wilde’s most popular plays, Gebhard says it remains relevant today “Young people are always trying to break rules and think they … [Read more...]

Footloose The Musical at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review.

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Footloose The Musical at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review. Drawing upon timeless themes and buoyed by hit music from the 1984 film, Footloose at the Chemainus Theatre Festival (June 10-August 27, 2016) presents a feel-good exploration of family and inter-generational skirmishes. When Ren McCormack (Justin Stadnyk) and his mom Ethel (Sarah Carlé) are forced to leave the big city for small town Bomont, the adjustments to their … [Read more...]

She Stoops to Conquer at Langham Court Theatre, June 8-25, 2016. A review.

She Stoops to Conquer. Charles and Kate.

She Stoops to Conquer at Langham Court Theatre, June 8-25, 2016. A review. Equal parts comedy of romance, manners, errors and situation, She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, with its sharp observations and witty banter, transcends time and place. Originally written in 1773, the version currently onstage at Langham Court Theatre (June 8-25, 2016) has been adapted by director Toshik Bukowiecki to the 1920s—a time of shifting societal … [Read more...]

Roller Derby Saved My Soul at OUTstages Festival 2016. An interview with Nancy Kenny.

Roller Derby Saved My Soul

Roller Derby Saved My Soul at OUTstages Festival 2016. An interview with Nancy Kenny. She's back! Nancy Kenny returns with her hit one-woman show to the 2nd annual OUTstages Festival produced by Intrepid Theatre. What sparked the creation of this show? I've been participating in Fringes since 2002. I always admired one person shows. I never knew how to approach it until one day I read an article about roller derby in Ottawa. It was the … [Read more...]

Seventh Annual Summer So(u)lstice at Royal Oak Burial Park. June 25, 2016.

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Seventh Annual Summer So(u)lstice at Royal Oak Burial Park. June 25, 2016. When my husband Yves Loran passed away in 2001, I did what many people do--keep his cremated ashes at home--while I made a decision about a final resting place.  Many years later, after exploring all options, and remembering that my beloved grandfather was buried at Royal Oak Burial Park (ROBP), we chose a columbarium nestled in a grove of trees.  Royal Oak Burial … [Read more...]