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...]

Early and Night Shift at the Royal BC Museum November 21, 2014

Early and Night Shift at the Royal BC Museum November 21, 2014. Media release and preview. This past year, the Learning Department has invited three Victoria artists—Aimee van Drimmelen, Lindsay Delaronde and Gareth Gaudin—into the Royal BC Museum for a year-long residency. In addition to taking part in our Wonder Sunday and Night at the Museum events, they went behind the scenes to creatively chronicle the extraordinary objects and … [Read more...]

17 Stories by Bema Productions November 29/30 in Victoria BC

17 Stories by Bema Productions November 29/20 in Victoria BC at Congregation Emanu-El Synagoge. Life is full of small happenstances.  I would not have known about Victoria's newest theatre company, Bema Productions, if I hadn't stopped to chat after RKO Productions' Rocky Horror Show.  Little did I know that Jessica Van der Veen, who I knew more for her political forays, was an actor. Following the great success of the arts festival celebrating … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Spooky Arts Events in Victoria BC October – November 2014

Spooky Arts Events in Victoria BC October-November 2014 Hallowe’en approaches. As the days get shorter and dark nights beckon, local Victoria arts groups have submerged themselves with gusto into the spirit of this spooky season, offering up all manner of arts events for your pleasure. Frankenstein by Mily Mumford Inspired by the work of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley October 17, 18, 23-26, 30 and November 1st 7 and 9 pm. Emily Carr House … [Read more...]

The Raptures of Distress by Dr Stanley K Freiberg, Sept 27/28 in Victoria BC.

The Raptures of Distress by Dr Stanley K Freiberg September 27/28 in Victoria BC I attended Voices from the Four Directions  last year and remarked on the quality, not only of the work but also of  the assembled group of readers and singers, all artists and teachers well-known in the Victoria arts community. It was a most pleasant evening to benefit a local charity. Director Naomi Simpson has once again worked with Dr Stanley K Freiberg, a … [Read more...]