The Walrus Talks Youth Leadership in Victoria on October 24 2016

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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...]

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

Ginger Goodwin

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 a fundraiser for the VRI Mar 3-6 2016

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...]

Black History Month 2015 in Victoria BC

BC 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...]

Laughing Allowed! —The Slapstick World of Neighbourhood Activism. November 8th, 2014.

Laughing Allowed Nov 8 2014

Laughing Allowed! —The Slapstick World of Neighbourhood Activism. November 18th, 2014. My readers may remember local theatre director Will Weigler for his community-based work that resulted in From The Heart: Enter the Journey of Reconciliation.  He's at it again--this time with a more comedic bent.   It’s great when neighbours unite and work hard to make their community better, but sometimes there are bumps on the road to getting … [Read more...]

Faces of Love, Portraits from Our Place by Elfrida Schragen

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Faces of Love – Portraits from Our Place by Elfrida Schragen. When artist Elfrida Schragen was approached about a month-long artist-in-residency program at a local resort, she immediately knew what – and who – she wanted to paint. In 2007, Schragen painted a series of portraits featuring people from all walks of life who used the services of Our Place, an inner-city community centre for the most vulnerable of Greater Victoria. When she … [Read more...]

SingYourJoy! Young Adult Chorus Fall Season Start-Up 2014

SingYourJoy fall start-up 2014

SingYourJoy! Young Adult Chorus? Fall Season Start-Up 2014 (media release). Victoria's only young adult community chorus is welcoming new singers for its Fall Season. SingYourJoy is a non-auditioned group for young adults from all walks of life, joining their voices together in an exuberant expression of joy, building friendships, and growing community. The door is open for new (and returning) singers, ages 16 – 29, during the first 3 … [Read more...]

Five Hole For Food 2014 Victoria BC July 18th

Five Hole For Food Victoria

Five Hole For Food returns to Victoria for the fourth year July 18th 2014 at Save On Foods Saanich Plaze (2-6pm). I first learned about Five Hole For Food through Twitter in 2010 from friends of friends when I started following Dixon Lam, VP media relations. Five Hole For Food (and now—world-wide—Footy for Food) is the brainchild of Richard Loat.  The concept is simple. Register a team to play ball hockey, come to play and bring a food … [Read more...]

Firewall by Target Theatre at Belfry Festival SPARK Festival 2014. A review.

Firewall Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2014

Firewall by Target Theatre at Belfry Festival SPARK Festival 2014. A review. My father, who would have been 93 this year, had an email address before I did.  I was on Twitter before either of my two sons (in their twenties) and I’ll be 60 this year.  My point, and more importantly, the point of Target Theatre’s Firewall, currently at the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival (until March 23rd)—technology knows no age-barrier. People’s desire to … [Read more...]

Call for Victoria’s Second Youth Poet Laureate. Deadline November 25 2013

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Did you know that the City of Victoria is the first city in Canada to have a Youth Poet Laureate?  Aysia Law, a current UVic creative writing student, was chosen in January 2013 to represent Victoria.  She was active in the community, performing at Pop-Up Poetry events in April to celebrate National Poetry Month, and at council meetings and Culture Days events, as well as organizing a Diversity Slam this past summer. Photo: City of … [Read more...]