Early Music Society of the Islands presents Mozart and Le Mozart Noir February 5 2017. Preview.

Early Music Society of the Islands presents Mozart and Le Mozart Noir February 5 2017. Preview. (Media Release) Celebrating Black History Month, EMSI rediscovers works by Chevalier de Saint-Georges: The first star classical composer of African ancestry Victoria, BC – Early Music Society of the Islands (EMSI) embarks on another Northwest Baroque Masterworks project in collaboration with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO), the Seattle … [Read more...]

Ruddigore, presented by CCPA’s Company C, Jan 27-Feb 4, 2017. Interview with Glynis Leyshon.

Ruddigore, presented by CCPA’s Company C, Jan 27-Feb 4, 2017. Interview with Glynis Leyshon. The sounds of bodhran, bagpipes and violin will join with keyboard, piano and guitar under the musical leadership of Heather Burns for the final production of CCPA’s Company C Studio Ensemble in Ruddigore, directed by the acclaimed, award-winning director Glynis Leyshon. This is Leyshon’s third foray with the students of the Canadian College of … [Read more...]

This Little Light at the Belfry Theatre December 10-23, 2016. A review.

This Little Light at the Belfry Theatre December 10-23, 2016. A review. As darkness closes in and the season wends its way slowly to the longest night, everyone needs a little light in their world as a sign of hope and a reminder of day slowly returning. Community draws closer to the flame—together. The Little Match Girl, a Danish folk tale by Hans Christian Andersen, is as topical in 2016 as it was originally in 1845, in Erin Macklem and … [Read more...]

Shockheaded Peter at Theatre Inconnu November 30-December 17 2016 a review.

Shockheaded Peter at Theatre Inconnu November 30-December 17 2016 a review. If the idea of one more “holiday special” makes you unhinged, if you’re ready to shout “bah humbug” to the world--then the macabre, bizarre, perverse stylings of Theatre Inconnu’s Shockheaded Peter (on until December 17th) are for you.  Prepare to cackle gleefully as disappointed parents dispatch their progeny with wild abandon and young children meet with a series of … [Read more...]

I Think I’m Fallin’–The Songs of Joni Mitchell at the Belfry Theatre November 8-December 4, 2016. A Review.

I Think I’m Fallin’--The Songs of Joni Mitchell at the Belfry Theatre November 8-December 4, 2016. A Review. A dark and sombre mood hangs in the air—it’s November, season of grey skies and rain; south- of-the-border politics infiltrate every discussion, Remembrance Day is around the corner and, Leonard Cohen, troubadour to a nation, has just died. It falls to the artists of I Think I’m Fallin’ to lift the audience out of a collective … [Read more...]

Alice’s Gift by Elisabeth Wagner, November 3-12, 2016. A review.

Alice’s Gift by Elisabeth Wagner, November 3-12, 2016. A review. Taking 110 years of a person’s life and distilling them into a fascinating solo show complete with musical interludes is a daunting task—one that Elisabeth Wagner has accomplished with quiet flair and brio. Alice Herz-Sommer, who passed away in 2014, was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor—an accomplished concert pianist who survived Theresienstadt concentration camp with … [Read more...]

The Rocky Horror Show Live, produced by Atomic Vaudeville, October 19-29, 2016. A review.

The Rocky Horror Show Live, produced by Atomic Vaudeville, October 19-29, 2016. A review. It’s a triple hit wonder—for a third year running, The Rocky Horror Show (on until October 29th at the Metro Studio Theatre) teases and tantalizes with delicious debauchery and show-stopping song and dance numbers. Believe it or not, there are still people who have not seen The Rocky Horror Show—either live or film versions.  What would Hallowe’en be … [Read more...]

ArtSmarts Monday Magazine September 2016

ArtSmarts Monday Magazine September 2016. Hotbed of creativity marks fall. This content was first published in the September 2016 of Monday Magazine and I have been given permission to re-publish it online. September is truly the New Year in the arts community as arts practitioners present their new seasons for your pleasure.  It’s a wonderful time to experience the arts in myriad forms—whether it be evocative and unusual music, a … [Read more...]

Early Music Society of the Islands Presents–Handel and His Rivals. September 17, 2016. Media release.

Early Music Society of the Islands Presents Early Music Society of the Islands Presents--Handel and His Rivals. September 17, 2016. Media release. Renowned American soprano Amanda Forsythe joins the Pacific Baroque Orchestra for a thrilling programme of 18th century opera arias. Amanda Forsythe. Image by Arielle Doneson As part of its ongoing Northwest Baroque Masterworks Project, Early Music Society of the Islands (EMSI), with Christ Church … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day Seven.

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day Seven.  Victoria Fringe Festival August 22-September 4, 2016. Reviews of A Tension to Detail by Gerard Harris and Divided Heart by Allie Weigh,  The Lion the Bitch and the Wardrobe by Sharon Mahoney As always, my complete Victoria Fringe Festival 2016 coverage can be found HERE: Be sure to page through since there are dozens of entries–previews, and picks, as well as reviews. I have written … [Read more...]