The Derwin Blanshard Show – Episode 3 – Sunday November 25th 2012

I haven’t had the chance to attend yet, but the promise of discounted tickets for arriving in “fancy dress” and the prospect of watching some of the most talented performers I know, ensures that I simply MUST be at Episode 3 of “Derwin Blanshard’s Extremely Classy Sunday Evening Programme” this coming Sunday November 25th. After a sold-out first two shows (in September and October), The Victoria Event Centre and Wes Borg are proud to present … [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...]

Announcing the first Singe Festival, Victoria BC, August 24th – September 2nd

Announcing Victoria’s very first “off-Fringe” Festival - The Singe Festival (August 24th – September 2nd) featuring three of Victoria’s hottest and best known performers: Mike Delamont (Pick of the Fringe comedian 2011), Dave Morris (Pick of the Fringe improviser 2011) and Missie Peters (M-Award winning spoken word artist). Disappointed at not being selected in the Fringe lottery, and well aware that this year the Victoria Fringe Festival … [Read more...]

Shirley Valentine, Blue Bridge Theatre, a review

I’m an un-abashed Nicola Cavendish and Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre fan with a penchant for plucky characters of the sort portrayed in the award-winning Willy Russell play Shirley Valentine.  I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing Cavendish in her initial Victoria performance of Shirley Valentine at the Belfry Theatre in 1991, and interviewed her recently about her evolution in the role (the Victoria run culminates a current Canadian tour that … [Read more...]

Announcing Uno Fest 2012 – 15th anniversary

I wonder if the arts administrators at Intrepid Theatre knew in 1997 that they were in the process of creating what has become the longest running solo performance festival in North America– Uno Fest, Canada’s Singular Live Theatre Event. This year Uno Fest runs May 24th – June 3rd inVictoria, BC. … [Read more...]

March was “World Theatre Month” in Victoria BC!

World Theatre Day is March 27th.  I hereby declare, that in Victoria, March is  World Theatre Month.         I remember asking Janet Munsil, artistic director of Intrepid Theatre, why there was no celebration of World Theatre Day in Victoria, and she said that local theatre companies were too busy in March to organize an event. Now I know why.  Thanks to the many productions, regular seasons, and … [Read more...]

Atomic Vaudeville and CCPA present “Digital Sunshine”

There's a special place in my heart for both the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) and Atomic Vaudeville (AV). My son , Elliott Loran, graduated from the former, and performed with the latter (mostly recently in the hit musical Ride the Cyclone). Now, Victoria theatre audiences will have a chance to see both CCPA and AV perform together, for the very first time,  in AV's Spring Cabaret - Digital Sunshine. … [Read more...]

New Works Festival – Canadian College of Performing Arts

Wouldn't you like to be able to say, just once, "I knew them when they were just starting out"?  You'll have that opportunity at the Canadian College of Performing Arts New Works Festival January 19-21st in Victoria BC. Join creators in dance, theatre and playwriting; experience the pulse of youthful creation; learn what it means to be a performing artist in 2012. … [Read more...]

And Slowly Beauty – Belfry Theatre and NAC co-production

A play about a man who goes to the theatre to see The Three Sisters by Chekov, and is changed. Does this sound boring, a play about a play? Well – it’s not. As a matter of fact, And Slowly Beauty, by Michel Nadeau, is just that – a slow moving heartfelt meditation on the beauty of life that surrounds us, minute by minute, often – ignored- and of the transformative power of the arts. … [Read more...]

Summer Fun in the City 2010 – Theatre

We are truly blessed in Victoria, BC – voted Cutural Capital of Canada in 2008.  This summer theatre season includes: The Victoria Shakespeare Society performing  Richard the III and Taming of the Shrew at Camosun College, Landsdowne Campus ASAP Theatre performing A Party Worth Crashing and The Next Five Years at the Canadian College of Performing Arts Hall, 1701 Elgin Ave in Oak Bay. Belfry Theatre and Billy Bishop Goes to … [Read more...]