Victorious Voices Festival April 9-11, 2018. Preview.

  Victorious Voices Festival April 9-11, 2018. Preview. One of my favourite arts activities occurs next week; Victorious Voices Festival is the high school poetry slam championships--the longest running youth poetry festival in Canada. Now in its 9th year it brings eight lower Vancouver Island teams together for competition, workshops and showcases. Founded by Jeremy Loveday, a slam poet who has represented Victoria at the national … [Read more...]

Victoria Storytellers Guild March 2018 events

Victoria Storytellers Guild March 2018 events The Victoria Storytellers Guild, founded in 1989, has a long history of "telling" in the community. Join them in March for the following events.   Mar 19 :  WORLD STORYTELLING DAY Myths, Magic and Mirth Doors at 7pm; Stories at 7:30pm $5 / $3 .    Refreshments served Victoria Storyteller's Guild victoriastorytellers.org  250.370.2964 World Storytelling Day is celebrated … [Read more...]

Vancouver Fringe Festival 2017 suggestions (mostly) from the Victoria Fringe

Vancouver Fringe Festival 2017 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 40 shows at this year’s Victoria Fringe Festival. It was also my fourth year of reviewing and I contributed 26 reviews (as well as 27 interviews, two "picks" posts and an article about the … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Five

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Five Part of the pleasure of fringing is the ability to see so many different styles in a very short period of time.  My day five included the phenomenal character work of Charles Adrian appearing as Ms Samantha Mann in Stories About Love, Death & A Rabbit, followed by Kevin P Gilday’s  nihilistic and dark spoken word/multi-media meta-theatre Gigantic Lying Mouth, and finishing with improvised … [Read more...]

Gigantic Lying Mouth by Kevin Gilday. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview.

Gigantic Lying Mouth by Kevin Gilday. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview. All the way from Glasgow Scotland, “spoken word sensation” Kevin Gilday’s Gigantic Lying Mouth is like “a variety show in one. It contains spoken word, theatre, multimedia and comedy, and mixes it all through a postmodern blender until you're left with something entirely unique. It's the very definition of what a fringe show should be.” NB:  Gigantic Lying Mouth … [Read more...]

Theatre SKAM presents SKAMpede July 14-16 2017

Theatre SKAM presents SKAMpede July 14-16 2017 One of my favourite summer-time experiences is Theatre SKAM's SKAMpede.  I love the feeling of the wind in my hair as I zip from show to show. Now in its ninth year this summer festival (formerly known as Bike Ride) introduces audiences to a mobile feast of short works along the Galloping Goose Trail.  Originally meant for audiences who meandered by bike from venue to venue along a series of … [Read more...]

Black History Month 2017 in Victoria BC.

Black History Month 2017 in Victoria BC. Black History Month continues to grow from strength to strength in Victoria BC with organizations like the BC Black History Awareness Society, the Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society (VACCS), and the  African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI)--together with partners Greater Victoria Public Library, Belfry Theatre, Intrepid Theatre, UVic Legacy Gallery, Garth Homer Centre, … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day Eight.

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day Eight.  Victoria Fringe Festival August 22-September 4, 2016. Reviews of Me, The Queen and a Coconut by Andrew Bailey , Fat Sex by Steve Larkin, Everlast by Kevin Koch, Bowser by Joyce Kline 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 17 … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day Five.

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day Five. Victoria Fringe Festival August 22-September 4, 2016. Reviews of Get Lost Jem Rolls, I Forgot to Fly Today by DownUnderground (Trent Baumann) and The Child Behind the Eyes by RKP Productions (review of this show will be posted Thursday). 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, … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day Four.

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day Four. Victoria Fringe Festival August 22-September 4, 2016. Reviews of The Quiet Environmentalist by Carolyn Moon and SJ Valiquette, Pandemonium by Rob Gee, (i·m)position by Luciterra Dance, Bushel & Peck by Alistair Knowles and Stéphanie Morin-Robertt, Best Picture by RibbitRepublic, Sky Corner, by Hannah Ockenden, Joanie Papillon, Natalie Shaw. As always, my complete Victoria Fringe … [Read more...]