Meridiem Wind Orchestra presents Legacy: Song & Dance April 22 2018

Meridiem Wind Orchestra presents Legacy: Song & Dance April 22 2018 I love wind instruments for their versatility. Audiences in Victoria are fortunate to have many highly experienced musicians with this specialty.  The Meridiem Wind Orchestra brings together both professionals (who play with the Victoria Symphony, the Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific and Victoria Operatic Society), talented amateurs and music educators (from the … [Read more...]

Pushing the Boundaries of Song & Games at A Place to Listen. April 18 2018. Preview.

Pushing the Boundaries of Song & Games at A Place to Listen. April 18 2018. Preview. Since 2012 A Place to Listen, an experimental listening music series founded by Daniel and Laura Brandes, has been programming "small quiet music" with an ensemble of like-minded composers, musicians and artists.  It's a highlight of my arts experiences in the capital region, a time to set myself apart from the hub-bub of modern life to focus on a few, … [Read more...]

Victoria Composers Collective Call for Scores for New Music Festival. Media release.

Victoria Composers' Collective Call for Scores for Oak Bay New Music Festival. Media release. Founded in 2015, the collective has staged concerts, toured the province and been a major contributor to the Oak Bay New Music Festival.  Below please find their internal and external calls for scores for the Oak Bay New Music Festival (June 2/3 in Victoria BC). Photo: Aaron Licht Dear Composers, The Victoria Composers Collective and Oak Bay … [Read more...]

ProArt Victoria announces Regional Arts Award

ProArt Victoria announces Regional Arts Award. (Media Release) Victoria, Canada (February 15, 2018)—The Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria (ProArt) announces the launch of the first Regional Arts Award. ProArt President David MacPherson says, “Arts awards happen in many communities across Canada and are an excellent means of recognizing the achievement and contribution of outstanding artists while raising the profile of … [Read more...]

Once at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review.

Once at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review. Once (currently at the Chemainus Theatre Festival to March 10) is a breath of fresh air in the world of the contemporary musical. Once had an unusual progression to the stage, and a backstory to rival the script—originally conceived by John Carney as a low-budget Irish film, songwriters Glen Hansard (frontman of The Flames, an indie rock group of some repute) and Markéta Irglová (a young … [Read more...]

Company C presents Cabaret at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review.

Company C presents Cabaret at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review. The 2017 Company C of the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) caps off two years of training, and a solid 5 months of ensemble work, with the quintessential musical Cabaret. Packed with gravitas and grit, and featuring both bold ensemble numbers and punchy solos, this production whisks the audience away to the heady time between wars, when life in Berlin … [Read more...]

The Cornwalls’ All-Inclusive Cancun Christmas at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review.

The Cornwalls’ All-Inclusive Cancun Christmas at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review. Everyone has their favourite family story of Christmas disaster and dysfunction—it’s what makes movies like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story perennial favourites during the holiday season. The Cornwalls (introduced to Chemainus audiences in The Cornwalls’ Countryside Christmas in 2011) embark on an epic misadventure that … [Read more...]

Anne of Green Gables by the Victoria Operatic Society November 24-December 3 2017. A review.

Anne of Green Gables by the Victoria Operatic Society November 24-December 3 2017. A review. When modern life and the busy period leading up to the holiday season threaten to overwhelm, what comfort there is to be found in the quintessential and iconic Canadian tale—Anne of Green Gables.  This spunky orphan girl with fiery red hair has captured people’s attention since the book (written in the 1880s by Lucy Maud Montgomery) was published in … [Read more...]

Onegin by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille Belfry Theatre October 17-November 12 2017. A review.

Onegin by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille Belfry Theatre October 17-November 12 2017. A review. As rich and luxurious as the plush red velvet curtains draping the stage, Onegin, book, music and lyrics  by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille, based on Pushkin’s revered novel-in-verse and Tchaikovsky’s opera, is a marvel of complexity—replete with glorious costumes (Jacqueline Firkins and Alaia Hamer), inspired gypsy-jazz-Eastern European choreography … [Read more...]

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline by Little Bowes Street Collective October 21-29, 2017. A preview.

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline by Little Bowes Street Collective October 21-29, 2017. A preview. One of Victoria’s newest theatre companies, Little Bowes’ Street Collective brings A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline to the Teechamitsa Theatre at Royal Bay Secondary October 20/21 and to the CCPA Performance Hall October 27/28/29.  I spoke with co-founders Melissa Young (director of the show) and Alison MacDonald (who performs the role of Patsy … [Read more...]