A Spring of Music 2015 in Victoria BC. March-May.

A Spring of Music 2015 in Victoria BC. March-May. Regular readers of my Monday Magazine column and this website know that I have a wide interest in the arts; it spans not only theatre but music, art and dance.  In fact when my children were young (and taking piano and trumpet lessons) our arts experiences were mainly focused on concerts with the University of Victoria School of Music events being some of our favourites.  In recent years I have … [Read more...]

Voice ++ at Open Space March 19-22 2015 in Victoria BC.

Voice ++ at Open Space March 19-22 2015 in Victoria BC. Media Release. I still remember the concert by Christian Zehnder at Voice ++ 2013--incredible artistry and mastery of the human voice. Open-minded music lovers are encouraged to go outside their normal listening and participate in this fantastic festival. Voice ++ (March 19-22) is Open Space’s festival that focuses on the exploration of the human voice and its intersection with sound … [Read more...]

Victoria Arts Adventures March 2014

Victoria Arts Adventures March 2014. When I started writing about the arts, some of my first posts were an attempt to capture what was happening on a seasonal basis in the theatre community in Victoria BC.  It provided a place to get all the theatre listings in one place—I figured if I was having trouble keeping it straight most people would have the same problem.  Since 2011 the number of offerings has increased exponentially, and I've also … [Read more...]

Vertical Orchestra 2013:Transpondings. August 11th at the Atrium.

Victoria audiences will be thrilled for the opportunity to experience Vertical Orchestra 2013: Transpondings, August 11th at 8pm at the Atrium, featuring compositions by Victoria-based experimental composers. From August 9 to 11, Vancouver’s Redshift Music and Victoria’s Open Space Arts Society will present a series of free new music concerts in alternative, public venues in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Victoria. Inspired by the … [Read more...]

Voice ++ Festival 2013 at Open Space, February 2-10

Just when I think I have a grasp on Victoria’s cultural climate, I’m introduced to a new pocket of practice. Now in its 8th year Open Space’s Voice ++ Festival features yodelling, Mongolian throat singing, vocalizations with humpback whales and performance poetry on the programme February 8-10th, 2013.  (Check below for links to past festivals).  This is definitely on the "expanding cultural horizons" list for this year! Voice++ 2013 is an … [Read more...]

Cage 100 Festival in Victoria BC – a fine arts collaboration

I’m always looking to extend my cultural horizons beyond tried and true choices. The Cage Festival, November 8th – 22nd has definitely piqued my interest.   Four Victoria arts institutions - the Victoria Symphony, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, University of Victoria (School of Music) and Open Space - are celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth by hosting a series of concerts, art exhibitions and special retrospectives … [Read more...]