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This event repeats every week on Sunday and Saturday until 20/05/18


In this work the viewer is invited to wonder (verb: ‘I wonder what’s in here’) and to wonder (noun: a sense of awe and delight).
The audience is encouraged to explore a ‘hide and seek’ setting, with cupboards and drawers to open and cloches to lift. This is designed to ignite a buried or muffled sense of curiosity. Uncanny objects/sculptures made from cast and altered soap are revealed as well as a sense of surprise, intrigue or distaste from the viewer. The cast soap is de-constructed, re-assembled and re-contextualized collage-style to create something new and curious. Sensory enhancing tools are offered for the viewer to experience more fully their discoveries. The purpose of the tools is elusive, reminiscent of a magnifying glass, an olfactory receptor, a fork or a hearing aid. I Wonder is an attempt to help people tap back into the thrill of unexpected discovery, resulting in stirrings of buoyancy and motivation.
Opening: 7pm, Friday May 4, 2018.
Runs May 5-20
Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm

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This event repeats every week on Sunday and Saturday until 17/06/18


Nicholas Vanderguten, “Working While Working.” In this multimedia installation, a filmed performance of on-the-clock labour by artist Nicholas Vandergugten is paired respectively with music by local folk artist Cosy Father, and autobiographical monologue by German Ocampo Salazar. Visitors experience a unique iteration through non-harmonized audio and video components that replace fixed narrative readings with synchronistic occurrences. Evoking the transformative potential of both physical and emotional work, this installation celebrates the dramatic retelling of internal personal struggles. Opening, Friday, June 1, 7-9pm. Gallery hours Saturday, Sunday, June 2-17, 12-4pm.

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THE GOWARD HOUSE SOCIETY
2495 Arbutus Road            Victoria BC  V8N 1V9
(250) 477-4401 gowardhouse@shaw.ca
 
 
 
Art Show and Sale
By
Charles Dool and Joe Girard
 
Reception: June 3, 2018 1:30 to 3:30
 
 
June 1, 2018 – June 28, 2018
Viewing hours:  Mon. – Fri. 
    9:00am – 4:00pm
 
 
For a preview of the event, visit www.gowardhouse.com/artshow
 
Media Contact:  Elaine Leonard, Administrator
Goward House Society
gowardhouse@shaw.ca
 

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Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Ave  Doors will open at 7 pm.

Tickets: $40 | 1 ticket & 1 copy of Warlight 
               $50 | 2 tickets & 1 copy of Warlight

TICKETS AVAILABLE IN STORE OR ONLINE
Preorder now! TICKETS & BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP STARTING MAY 8TH.

One of Canada’s literary giants is coming to Victoria with a dazzling new novel.  Join Michael Ondaatje—winner of the Man Booker Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize and the Prix Médicis—for a fascinating conversation with Giller Prize nominee Steven Price, about his much-anticipated new novel Warlight, and his writing career to date. Set against the haunted postwar backdrop that made The English Patient an international sensation, Warlight tells the story of Nathaniel and Rachel, teenage siblings left to unravel their parents’ secrets after an abrupt and unexplained estrangement in 1945.

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A beloved local artist and writer turns his eye to one of the greats this spring. In E.J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island, Victoria’s own Robert Amos collects paintings, sketches, and handwritten letters from Hughes’ estate that show the iconic painter’s love for his island home. Bask in all things local at this very special launch.

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Skimming the Water: Paddle Exhibition
Alcheringa Gallery
In an artistic context, Northwest Coast paddles have evolved from tradition and function into a method for artists to interpret their style onto a truly unique ‘canvas’. This exhibition pairs emerging artists alongside renowned artists, in an attempt to examine the contemporary art form. At Alcheringa Gallery on Fort Street. http://www.alcheringa-gallery.com

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Learn how to create tonal ranges in your etchings using the aquatint process. Two methods of application will be taught; acrylic spray and rosin sprinkles. Class runs June 9/10 from 10am to 4pm each day. Some printmaking experience is required. $225 for members and $245 for non-members. To register, contact Alain at 250-382-2186 or email us at gzpsbc@yahoo.com

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This, our last gathering until next fall
And just when you think you've heard it all
Along comes a tale that takes a brand new turn
 
At the Storyteller's Guild stories are told
Not by reading yet not word for word
Not memorized, so, how are they learned? 
 
Could it be magic do you suppose?
Best come check it out Monday JUST SO
You'll know what goes on at STORIES at FERN
 
 

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Toronto-based artist Jennie Suddick's exhibition The Tree House Project envisions the tree house as both a personal space and a realm of the imagination, a lens through which to consider changing landscape, autonomy, and nostalgia.
During June of 2017, Suddick invited the Victoria community to share unrealized childhood plans for tree houses and other forts in a workshop held at Open Space. From the collaborative sketches assembled, she has created scale paper architectural models and detailed drawings that bring new life to these thwarted childhood ambitions.
Visit with the artist while she is in residency at Open Space from Jun 13-22 from 3-5pm.
Please join us Saturday June 16 at 2:00pm for an artist talk and workshop with Jennie Suddick. The opening reception will be held at 7:00pm on Thursday June 21.
The exhibition will run June 13-July 28, 12-5pm Tuesday-Saturday at Open Space.

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Awareness Film Night Season Finale: "Water Warriors" is a 22 minute film about a New Brunswick community's successful fight to protect their water and way of life from a large corporation's plans to set up a fracking site in their midst. A familiar scenario: it sure looks hopeless at times, but they persevere.  All over the world people are standing up and saying no more eco-destruction and no more corporate takeover of The Commons.  The film will be followed by an Open Mic where people are invited to share with moviegoers the community-building and activist endeavors they are involved with that are working towards a more just, sane, beautiful, ecologically viable, connected world.  If you feel inspired to inspire us or inform us or even to gather some compadres, send off an email with a few details to: info@awarenessfilmnight.ca.  Or, just show up, and if there is room left on the speakers list, you're on!  By donation.

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Open Space's New Music program presents Chris Corsano, Elisa Ferrari, and John Brennan's collaboration, corsano / brennan / dashes(--) on Friday, June 22 at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7:00.

– – / dashes is a sound collaboration between John Brennan and Elisa Ferrari.

– – pays homage to the incidental and ephemeral microtonal exchanges that occur through layering sustained dissonant frequencies, live samples, subtle movements and vocalization of text borrowed from dictionaries, language, and sound manuals.

In their improvised performances, – – combines sounds of amplified objects, feedback manipulation and modified percussion with field recordings and voice. Central to their approach to improvisation is an emphasis on the sonic interstices and slippages between the listeners/performers’ inner thoughts and the perception of the acoustic environment outside.

Artist bios:

Chris Corsano is a drummer who has been working at the intersections of collective improvisation, free jazz, avant-rock, and noise music since the late 1990's. His work incorporates spontaneously composed amalgams of extended techniques for drum set and non-percussion instruments of his own making that are incorporated into his kit. Examples of these invented instruments include violin strings stretched across drum heads, and modified reed instruments that transform the drums into resonators which can, in turn, be used to incite strips of metal to react to the drum membranes' Chladni-plate-like modes of vibration. Corsano's dedication to collective improvisation has resulted in his appearance on over 140 records and 1000 live performances. 

Born in Italy, Elisa Ferrari is an artist and curator living in Vancouver, unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She works with text, image, and sound. To consider acts and implications of retrieval, she produces projects that manifest as installations, sound walks, artist books, and performance; often addressing or incorporating archival fragments. Ferrari holds a BFA from the University of Architecture of Venice (IUAV) and a MAA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD). From 2013 to 2017 she worked as Events and Exhibitions Coordinator/Curator at VIVO Media Arts Centre. She is part of – – / dashes, a sound performance collaboration with John Brennan. She is currently collaborating with Stacey Ho on a book of graphic scores for deep listening and sound making.

John Brennan is a sound artist, drummer, and new music curator living in Vancouver, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Between 2012 and 2016 he founded and curated Destroy Vancouver (DV) an improvised music and sound art series produced by VIVO Media Arts Centre that brought together international improvisers with local and national sound artists and musicians. His recent performance and improvisation has expanded to include sound installations and sound sculptures that consider the relationship between the sonic memory of musical instruments, performance, and improvisation.

Admission is free / by donation.

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“An exciting, exhilarating and original blend that freshens up its sources and takes them somewhere new.” – ALL ABOUT JAZZ
England’s Manchester-based GoGo Penguin is a unique piano trio noted for its hypnotic melodies, visceral baselines and tidal rhythms. There’s a wave-like flow to their partially improvised music, which shifts between melodic inventiveness and trance-inducing patterns. Called “music for the heart, head, and feet,” GoGo Penguin were signed to iconic Blue Note Records in 2015 and their newest release, A Humdrum Star, was released to great acclaim in February. From ambient atmospherics to hypnotic beats, GoGo Penguin combines highbrow polish with music-festival populism. Hard to define but easy to groove to, this is one of the freshest bands on today’s scene. Chris Illingworth piano, Nick Blacka bass, Rob Turner drums, Joe Reiser sound

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Twin Bill
“The power of the human voice, with a lot of soul!”
A veteran performer with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, vocalist Morgan James is a phenomenal talent with a genuine feel for soul music and songwriting. Reckless Abandon, her recent recording of all-original material, proved to be a hit with critics and the public. The charismatic James shows a mature sense of balance on stage that makes an evening with her a memorable delight.
Praised for having “the intuitive musicality of Stevie Wonder”, New Orleans’ Jamison Ross was destined to make his mark on jazz from behind a drum kit. Ross’s debut album, Jamison, showcased his percussive and singing skills in gospel and R&B-inflected jazz compositions that earned a 2015 Grammy nod. His January 2018 Concord release All for One continues to showcase his highly resonant and soulful vocals. Ross is a fresh, dazzling talent. 
 

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“Macy Gray is back and better than ever” - Vogue Magazine
A gifted songwriter and dazzlingly singular singer with a distinctive raspy style, Macy Gray’s voice has drawn comparisons with Billy Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Tina Turner to name a few. Gray has released six studio albums and received five Grammy nominations, winning one in 2001 for her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is. Her hit single, “I Try,” remains one of her best-known songs today. This multi-talented artist has appeared as an actor in a number of films, including ‘Training Day’, ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Scary Movie 3’, and ‘For Colored Girls’, amongst others. In 2016, Gray made a large artistic leap by changing labels to Chesky Records to create an audiophile album Stripped, her latest, which features Ari Hoenig, Russell Malone, Wallace Roney, and Daryl Johns. Performing with jazz bands is how she got her start, and it’s what Gray returns to in this collection of reimagined songs from her catalog, three new originals and two covers. This album successfully struck number three on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Gray was also recently featured in Ariana Grande’s song “Leave Me Lonely” from her third studio album Dangerous Woman. From jazz, to pop and R&B, to jazz again, Macy Gray continues to divulge her musical prowess with a unique, smoky voice that is unforgettable to the last note.

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This event repeats every day until 29/08/18


Art Show and Sale
By
Frances James
 
Reception: July 8th
 
 
July 27, 2018 – August 29, 2018
Viewing hours:  Mon. – Fri. 
    9:00am – 4:00pm

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“ … One of the finest musicians in the world.” – ALISON KRAUSS
Jerry Douglas is universally hailed as the world’s most technically skillful and innovative Dobro player. With 14 Grammys on the mantel and performance credit on over 2,000 records, it’s hard to think of anyone who’s had more influence on bluegrass, newgrass, country rock, and the many other variants of acoustic Americana. Douglas is best known for being a key member of Alison Krauss & Union Station since 1988. Although most often called a bluegrass virtuoso, Douglas has invariably hopped over narrow genre definitions in search of greater musical freedom and radical expressiveness. From blazing Jimi Hendrix covers to jazzgrass anthems in challenging time signatures, Jerry Douglas is to the dobro what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar. Currently touring in support of the 2018 Grammy-nominated What If, and accompanied by his most versatile band ever, Douglas’s musical vision adds elements of funk, rock, and jazz to his bedrock bluegrass sound. This six-string master with the fluid fingers has always been a step ahead of nearly everybody else! Christian Sedelmyer violin, Daniel Kimbro bass, Mike Seal guitar, Doug Belote drums, Jamel Mitchell saxophone, Vance Thompson trumpet

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