Mom’s the Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty at the Belfry Theatre. A review.

The cultural phenomena that is the Mom’s The Word collective has landed, once again, at their “home away from home”, the Belfry Theatre , for the latest update in the uproarious saga--Mom's the Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty.  For twenty five years, relentless in their honesty, this quintet of actors and writers has turned selves, husbands, children and relationships into fodder for their remarkable comedic talents—and garnered an army of followers, not … [Read more...]

August Osage County at Langham Court Theatre. April 22-May 9 2015. A review.

August: Osage County at Langham Court Theatre April 22-May 9 2015. A review. Important note: August: Osage County begins at 7:30pm and late-comers will not be seated until the end of Act I. It runs three hours with two intermissions. Woohee! August: Osage County, currently at Langham Court Theatre (April 22-May 9, 2015) is like throwing gasoline on a smouldering campfire & running like hell. . Playwright Tracy Letts stands in the … [Read more...]

Music in the Park. The Rutledge Park Series 2013.

Music in the Park. The Rutledge Park Series 2013 (corner of Cloverdale and Inverness), Tuesdays in August, from 6 – 8pm. Free concerts for the entire family. Years ago when I lived just off Quadra, near the intersection of Cloverdale and Inverness, the area now occupied by RutledgePark was populated with houses that were past their prime.  The  district of Saanich has long had a policy of buying up properties in areas where they wish to … [Read more...]

Treasured Holiday Traditions – Tourtière

In honour of my grandmother Marion, and my mom (her daughter-in-law) Cassy. Christmas would not be Christmas in our household without Tourtière.  My dad came from Québec, and my grandmother would serve it every Christmas Eve, right after Midnight Mass. In time, my own mother learned to make tourtière, and eventually I followed the tradition. Like many cherished recipes, the one for Tourtière is highly debated; every region of Québec has … [Read more...]

Greek Fest, August 28th – September 3rd, Victoria BC

As summer slowly wends its way to a close, and the nights get a touch cooler, we have one last opportunity to experience the warmth of distant, sunnier climes.  Perhaps you haven't had the chance to vacation in Greece this year, but you can definitely experience the hospitality of the local Victoria Greek community during the 11th annual Greek Fest, September 28th - September 3rd. I don't know how this well-attended local festival has remained … [Read more...]

Movies Under the Stars in Victoria BC, summer of 2012

Now that the weather has started to warm up, it’s time for another Victoria summer tradition – movies under the stars. New this year, in addition to the Free B Film Festival in Beacon Hill Park, and the drive-in movies at Mayfair, is Fresh Air Cinema in Topaz Park.  If you live in Sooke, check out Sooke Starlight Cinema. Bring a picnic for dinner before the movie or pick up some “drive-in” snacks and enjoy an evening out. Some of the venues … [Read more...]

CCPA Performing Arts Party at Uptown

As I’ve shared before, there is a special place in my heart for the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA). The Canadian College of Performing Arts is one of Canada’s top training centres for a career in the arts. Over the past 14 years, the Victoria-based College has made a difference in the lives of gifted young artists who have taken major steps towards their goals of becoming performers, teachers and arts leaders in communities across … [Read more...]

A Summer of Shakespeare in Victoria BC – 2012

The summer of 2012 will see not one, not two, but THREE Shakespeare companies develop shows for your viewing pleasure. Joining the veteran Greater Victoria Shakespeare Society, will be Keep It Simple Productions, now in their sophmore year, and for the first time, Victoria's Shakespeare by the Sea.  Whether you are a fan of the histories, tragedies, or comedies - there is an offering for you.  You can stretch out on a blanket outdoors, chose to … [Read more...]

Quadra Village Day 2012. Celebrating 10 Years!

Who doesn’t love a free, family-friendly, all-ages celebration? Especially when food is involved. You’ll find all that and more at the 10th annual Quadra Village Day, Saturday May 12th from 9:30 am to 1pm. I’ve been actively involved on the planning committee since shortly after moving to the Hillside-Quadra neighbourhood in 2006. It’s wonderful to see people pulling together – businesses, not-for-profits, citizens (young and old), community … [Read more...]

Mistletoe Wish at Merlin’s Sun Theatre

Just in time for the holidays comes another announcement from Merlin's Sun Theatre. A Musical Play with Puppets - featuring your favourite crooner Christmas carols. A merry troupe of local singers and actors join puppets in presenting a singalong adaptation of the classic Christmas film Christmas in Connecticut.  Their version is entitled A Mistletoe Wish, and they have incorporated many well-loved "songs of the season", such as … [Read more...]