Theatre SKAM’s Bike Ride 2014-preview

Theatre Skam’s 6th annual Bike Ride is set to roll July 12/13 and 19/20, 2014 along a 4 km stretch of the Galloping Goose Trail—starting from Cecelia Ravine Park.  This family-friendly, all-ages event features short performances in various locations along the trail. Some of this year’s 14 performances include: a 10 minute edition of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, a Punch and Judy show for peace, stilt walkers from Ottawa, an eco-tale, puppets and more. … [Read more...]

Wildlife Photographer 2012 at the Royal BC Museum

For the second year in a row, the Royal BC Museum has the considerable honour of being the only North American site for the prestigious Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year  2012 exhibit.  The competition is owned by two UK institutions that “pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth” – the Natural History Museum  and BBC Worldwide. Comprised of 100 beautifully back-lit images, chosen as … [Read more...]

Bilingual Tours of St Ann’s Academy Precinct Highlight Victoria’s Francophone Roots

My first introduction to the Sisters of St Ann came as a young girl, visiting my grandparents near the Victoria–Esquimalt border.  One of the Sisters’ properties (now the site of the Sea Gate Apartments) overlooked the water close to their house. Years later, when the downtown St Ann’s Academy fell into dis-use and was boarded up, we would go “scrumping” for apples in the orchards.  And while the restoration of the Academy may have deprived us … [Read more...]

Theatre Skam’s Bike Ride 2012

Despite some rather soggy weather on the second weekend, Theatre SKAM’s fourth annual Bike Ride live outdoor theatre festival along the Galloping Goose trail attracted large and enthusiastic crowds of cycling theatre-lovers. Matthew Payne, one of the original founders of Theatre SKAM, based Bike Ride on a concept seen at HIVE in Vancouver where theatre-goers moved from space to space to view mini-plays and vignettes. He first experimented with … [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...]

The Human Body Project Celebrates 6th Anniversary with a March Vigil

The first year  Tasha Diamant appeared in the Human Body Project at the Victoria Fringe Festival, I had just completed the photo shoot for the Babes (and Blokes) Go Bare for Cancer fundraising calendar, so the idea of a middle-aged woman onstage, naked and unscripted, struck me, not as odd, but as intriguing. The Human Body Project is an ongoing performance art and non-violent action project. As creator, I make an intention to show up in … [Read more...]

Fall Beauty, Portage Inlet

What more is there to say! It was a beautiful fall day driving back and forth to the office. And Portage Inlet came in to view.  When I was a child, there was a pull-over at this exact spot; but now, you must exit the Trans Canada Highway at Admirals and turn onto Portage Road. Driving down to the end, you come upon a small parking area, where I snapped these pictures of glass-smooth waters … [Read more...]

Shakespeare in the Summer – Victoria BC

The crowd settles in, having gathered blankets, chairs and cushions along the way. Regulars carry extra layers of clothing, including hats, and  even mitts, for evenings outdoors can be brisk in Victoria in July and August. We gather in a field close to a rocky outcropping and Garry Oak meadow remnant at Camosun College, Landsdowne Campus, for Shakespeare in the Summer by the Victoria Shakespeare Society. Families take advantage of free … [Read more...]

You’re probably not expecting to drown today!

In the summer of 2010 Preventable, the community against preventable injuries, ran a contest about water safety, titled “You’re Probably Not Expecting to Drown Today”. Here is my original blog post in response. photo credit: Scarleth White on Flickr A child of the wet and wild west coast of Vancouver Island, I am well acquainted with death by drowing. Every year I knew people who died in boat accidents, or at the beach or lake. Sad but … [Read more...]