Victoria Fringe Festival 2017 an overview

Victoria Fringe Festival 2017 an overview of the 31st annual festival August 23-September 3 2017. Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love the Fringe. I've gone from seeing more shows for the 20th anniversary (2006) than in the previous 20 years COMBINED, to volunteering (2007-2013), to writing previews (2010 on) to providing complete coverage of the festival with "picks", previews, media releases and reviews (30 last year and close … [Read more...]

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...]

The Walrus Talks Youth Leadership in Victoria on October 24 2016

The Walrus Talks Youth Leadership in Victoria on October 24 2016 The Walrus Foundation and RBC Foundation are pleased to announce a special event exploring youth, leaders, ideas, and questions that will shape our future. RBC Foundation Presents The Walrus Talks Youth Leadership takes place on Monday, October 24 at University of Victoria. This is the latest instalment in the popular nationwide Walrus Talks series. The Walrus Talks … [Read more...]

SKAMpede by Theatre SKAM returns July 8-10, 2016

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...]

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

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...]

Mammoths Giant of the Ice Age at the Royal British Columbia Museum. June 3-December 31. 2016

Mammoths Giant of the Ice Age at the Royal British Columbia Museum. June 3-December 31, 2016. I still remember my first visit to see Woolly, the mammoth at the Royal BC Museum—the year was 1968 and the new building at the corner of Belleville and Government had just opened.  Everyone was in awe—what a difference from the antique display cases in the basement of the Legislative Buildings. Over the years, I returned many times, always finding … [Read more...]

The Ginger Goodwin Story by Michael Stephen May 9th 2016. A preview.

The Ginger Goodwin Story by Michael Stephen May 9th 2016. A preview. Michael Stephen has long been interested in social and labour history.  For years he taught at the Contact Alternative School for marginalized youth in Toronto.  He knew many “Wobblies”—members of the Industrial Workers of the World, an international labour union founded in 1905—which was where he was first introduced to the story of Ginger Goodwin, Vancouver Island’s most … [Read more...]

Bent by Martin Sherman. A fundraiser for the Victoria Refugee Initiative. March 3-6 2016. Interview.

Bent by Martin Sherman. A fundraiser for the Victoria Refugee Initiative. March 3-6 2016. Interview. Local actor Trevor Hinton (Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream--Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival; Waiting for Godot--Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre) is one of the core members of a group of citizens (the Victoria Refugee Initiative) who have formed a constituency group to sponsor a family of Syrian refugees to Victoria. The local … [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...]

Black History Month 2015 in Victoria BC

Black History Month 2015 in Victoria BC A Black History and Heritage Day (February 15th), an evening of performance and song (February 23 at the Belfry Theatre), a gala awards night (February 28th at the Copper Owl), a cemetery tour (February 22nd) and three presentations make up the very ambitious schedule in celebration of BC Black History Month February 2015 in Victoria. Many people are not even aware of the significant role black … [Read more...]