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

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...]

Pretty Good Not Bad Festival June 17-19 2016. Preview.

Pretty Good Not Bad Festival June 17-19 2016. Preview. A new festival for Victoria BC. When noted musical improviser Dan Godlovitch contacted me with news of a new festival—I was intrigued.  Over the years I’ve come to know Dan more for his work with Paper Street Theatre Co, but others will recognize him from The Krells, Urban Therapy, Cloud Sounds and CFUV. Media release follows: Pretty Good Not Bad (PGNB) is a brand new festival … [Read more...]

Victoria celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy in 2016.

Victoria celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy in 2016 Arts companies all over the region are producing works by Shakespeare—some adapted and re-imagined—to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Where There’s A Will Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival Craigdarroch Castle February 18 — 21 and 24 — 27, 8pm 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's legacy, and we are having a party! Join the … [Read more...]

Theatre Under the Gun March 13 2016. A preview.

Intrepid Theatre presents the third annual Theatre Under the Gun (TUG) Sunday March 13th at the Metro Studio (Victoria BC). TUG is deadline-driven, insomnia fuelled creation at its best as six teams made up of Victoria’s ace indie theatre-makers race against the clock to create brand new 10-minute performances in just 48 hours using only their quick wits, raw talent and a mysterious gift-wrapped box of inspiration. The clock starts on Friday … [Read more...]

Dance Victoria presents Dance Days 2016 January 22-31.

Dance Victoria presents Dance Days 2016 January 22-31.  (media release) Dance Victoria’s popular city-wide Dance Days event is back for its seventh year featuring free classes in all kinds of styles in studios all over town. This year the free classes include a larger dance fitness component for adult beginner, intermediate and professional levels that’ll move you. You can try your hand (or foot) at salsa, swing, flamenco, yoga, nia, zumba … [Read more...]

A 2016 Arts Prospective Victoria BC

A 2016 Arts Prospective. Victoria BC. From Pixabay by geralt A prospective—I’m eagerly awaiting the following productions, seasons, events, festivals, shows, new works, new artistic risks, and celebrations for a variety of reasons.  Some include—the first time a company has been able to produce a complete season (Scrumpy Productions); a significant milestone like a 5th (Sing Your Joy young adult chorus, Broken Rhythms) or 10th birthday (Snafu … [Read more...]

Happening (winter) & Homo for the Holidays December 4, 2015.

Happening (winter)/Homo for the Holidays Cabaret December 4, 2015.  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in partnership with Intrepid Theatre. December is typically chock-a-block full of arts events from music to theatre, musicals to art openings. Two years ago, in 2014, Intrepid Theatre introduced another contender into the mix with Homo for the Holidays, a cheeky cabaret celebrating gay culture and queer artists. From its debut, Homo for the … [Read more...]

Ballet BC celebrates 30 years with Triple Bill, presented by Dance Victoria November 13/14 2015

Ballet BC celebrates 30 years with Triple Bill, Presented by Dance Victoria November 13/14, 2015.  Media Release. Dance Victoria is excited to introduce a special admission program to Ballet BC’s Triple bill for their 30th anniversary season. To celebrate this milestone, Dance Victoria is offering free admission to ticket buyers who are 30 years of age. If you are 30, contact the McPherson Box Office for your free ticket. Ballet BC’s Triple … [Read more...]

Vancouver Fringe Festival 2015 suggestions (mostly) from the Victoria Fringe

Vancouver Fringe Festival 2015 suggestions (mostly) from the Victoria Fringe It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say I’m a bit of a Fringe fanatic – over the years since I got back in to fringing, I’ve gone from seeing a handful of shows in 2006 to 42 shows at this year’s Victoria Fringe Festival. In my second year of reviewing I also submitted 30 reviews. Here are my recommendations for shows that were in Victoria this year (or last), … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2015. Day Seven.

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2015. Day Seven. The Victoria Fringe Festival August 26-September 6, 2015. Reviews of The Untitled Sam Mullins Project, The Old Woman by John Grady and The 11 O'Clock Number by Grindstone Theatre. Read all of my Victoria Fringe Festival 2015 coverage HERE:  The Untitled Sam Mullins Project Sam Mullins is part of the next generation of storytellers who are slowly building their audience across the … [Read more...]