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“untitled” Chantal New, drawing
 
Xchanges Gallery
This series of installations and drawings document the internal narrative of the female experience and the anxious thoughts that often define puberty and womanhood. Chantal New (BA in Art+Design, Trinity Western) is an emerging artist working in mixed media drawing and painting. Her minimalist drawings explore the importance of place and memory and the intersections between environmental and cultural geographies. Opening January 4, 7-9pm; otherwise Sats & Suns 11am-4pm. 6E-2333 Government St, 250-382-0442, www.xchangesgallery.org.

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JANNIE BURDETI
- Piano Works Inspired By Water 
- January 6, 2019 @ 2:30 pm Dear Friends, 
 
The third concert of Music At Wentworth Villa's 2018/19 season will take place at 2.30 pm, Sunday, January 6, 2019. We are delighted to welcome concert pianist Jannie Burdeti who will perform a virtuosic program with a watery theme: Chopin's beautiful Preludes Op.28, composed on the island of Mallorca, Ravel's Une barque sur L'océan, and Triana (from Iberia) by Albéniz, which portrays life in a waterside neighbourhood in Seville, located between two branches of the Guadalquivir River. The program will end with Concert Arabesques on themes of The Beautiful Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II.

During the 20-minute intermission, we will serve complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks, and the concert will conclude with a short Question and Answer session with the performer, so please do not feel shy to speak up.
Tickets You may purchase your tickets by using the button above, online atwentworthvilla.com/event/jannie-burdeti, by contacting us atinfo@wentworthvilla.com or by telephone: 250-598-0760.

For full details of our series please visit www.wentworthvilla.com/music. Our concerts sell out quickly, so do not delay in buying your tickets if you wish to attend.
Tickets to our concerts would also make excellent holiday gifts!

Doors will open at 1.30 pm, so please arrive early to reserve your ideal seat before exploring the ground floor of Wentworth Villa and the museum exhibits. 
 

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In this workshop we will build small portfolios to house paper items such as prints and drawings. In the making of these portfolios we will demonstrate and explore some of the basics of bookbinding arts such as choosing materials and simple construction, from which you can develop your own creative and decorative directions.  We will use an assortment of re-purposed materials as well as new flourishes. This Mini is being taught by Victoria Edgarr. Doors open at 6:45 pm and the class takes place at the Ground Zero Studios at 549 1/2 Fisgard. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non members. To register, contact us at groundzeroprint@gmail.com or call 250-382-2186
 
 

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Victoria Baroque
with Steven Devine, harpsichord/director
Kate Semmens, soprano
Nathan McDonald, baritone

The highly acclaimed British harpsichordist, Steven Devine, returns to direct Victoria Baroque in a ravishing programme of music by Handel.

Handel:
Cantata 'Apollo e Daphne'
Orchestral Suite 'The Alchemist'
Concerto Grosso Op.3 No.1
Aria "Sweet Bird" from 'L'Allegro il Penseroso'

Tickets: $28 / $25 senior / $5 student & child
available at Royal McPherson Box Office (www.rmts.bc.ca),
Ivy’s Bookshop, Munro’s Books, Long & McQuade (Victoria), and at the door

Info:
250 590 9770
victoria-baroque@shaw.ca
victoria-baroque.com
VB_Poster3_Jan_2019.pdf

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January 12 – March 31, 2019
David Suzuki will Open New Exhibit at the Maritime Museum of BC  
The Maritime Museum of BC is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the exhibit titled The Lost Fleet January to March, 2019. This exhibit will be on loan from the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The exhibit will feature artwork from local Japanese-Canadian artist, Marlene Howell.
 
The Museum will host a launch event for this exhibit, featuring three speakers: Dr. Jordan Stanger Ross, Michael Abe, and Dr. David Suzuki.
On December 7, 1941 the world was shocked when Japan bombed Pearl Harbour, launching the United States into the war. This action also resulted in the confiscation of nearly 1,200 Japanese-Canadian owned fishing boats by Canadian officials on the British Columbia coast, which were eventually sold off to canneries and other non-Japanese fishermen.
 
The Lost Fleet looks at the world of the Japanese-Canadian fishermen in BC before the bombing of Pearl Harbour and how deep-seated racism played a major role in the seizure, and sale, of Japanese-Canadian property and the internment of an entire people.
 
Explore the legacy of these tragic events by considering the lessons that have been learned and how Canadian society has changed because of this experience. Visitors will be encouraged to consider whether the present political and economic climate is very different today; current legislation, policies and public sentiment about immigration invites the question of whether this type of injustice could be carried out against other groups.
 
About Marlene Howell
  marlenehowellgallery.com Marlene was born in Toronto and moved to Vancouver Island in 1996. Since then she has lived in and has exhibited her artwork in Khartoum, Sudan, New York City, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia before settling in Victoria, BC.
 
Her artistic development is a result of the influential instructors at the Art Student League of New York, and artists in British Columbia.  Visual experiences are her inspiration, so she generally works from photographs, using various techniques, and experimenting with medium choices such as graphite, charcoal/watercolour/pastels, acrylic and Kroma Crackle.
 
Marlene has organized and exhibited in two spring Art Shows held at the Royal Colwood Golf Club in support of Soroptimist International of Greater Victoria in the spring of 2017 and 2018.
 
“An invitation to be part of The Lost Fleet Exhibition in 2019 was enthusiastically and gratefully accepted. Working on a series of confiscated Japanese-Canadian fishing boats provided me the opportunity to go back in time, through research of their history during the early years of WWII. Not having experienced this part of history first hand, conjured emotions that I was unprepared for during my work. With this in mind, my goal was to captivate the viewers through their imagination.” Said Marlene about her work on her upcoming show at the Maritime Museum of BC. “Under New Ownership” by Marlene Howell Lost Fleet Exhibit Details
 
Dates: January 12 – March 31, 2019
Location: 634 Humboldt Street, Victoria BC
Hours of Operation: 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday
 
With featured Artist-in-Residence, Marlene Howell
See Marlene at the museum Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10AM-2PM, January 17-March 28, 2019

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horizontal lines
A workshop of a brand new piece created and performed by Carolyn Moon, horizontal lines is a story about siblings, relationships that are formative but uncelebrated. Based on Moon’s relationship with her older brother, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, and the nature of forgiveness.
Audience advisories: drug addiction, eating disorders, prison
Dramaturgical support from Kathleen Greenfield.
horizontal lines is part of Intrepid Theatre’s YOU Show.
Intrepid Theatre Club, 2-1609 Blanshard Ave, https://intrepidtheatre.com

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January 13 - February 26
Chantal Gibson: How She Read
Open Space presents Chantal Gibson's visual and text art exhibition, How She Read: Confronting the Romance of Empire.

Gibson is a Vancouver-based artist and educator whose work plunges into the fraught territory of school texts and history books with a sewing needle and re-works historical Canadian texts with black thread in order to revise our ideas of history, nationhood, and how we read. Through altered book sculptures that ensnare the texts with braids and thread, redacted texts, and reprints of old children’s readers, Gibson’s work asks us to consider the voices, stories, and bodies that have been erased or excluded from historical narratives and proposes material ways in which we can resist those historical erasures.

Chantal Gibson teaches writing and visual communication in the School of Interactive Arts & Technology at Simon Fraser University. As a visual artist with interests in race, gender, and history, her altered texts and installations challenge the cultural production and consumption of knowledge. At their core, her works explore power, exploiting colonial mechanisms of oppression—myths, tropes, types, and metaphors—persistent across readings, writings, and representations of Blackness and Otherness in the Canadian cultural imagination. Most recently, Gibson’s multimedia installation Souvenir was featured in Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art at the ROM in Toronto and MBAM in Montreal. Her debut book of poetry, How She Read, will be published by Caitlin Press in January 2019. 

Alongside the Open Space exhibition, Chantal's work TOME will be on display in the University of Victoria's Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library from Jan 13 - Feb 26.

How She Read will feature a week-long artist residency from February 14-21, during which Chantal will participate in numerous events in the gallery and off-site, as well as hold open gallery hours for the public to engage with her directly.

Join us for the opening reception Sunday, January 13 from 3-5pm. 
Open Space is at 510 Fort Street, Victoria
www.openspace.ca

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From January 13 to February 26, Open Space presents Chantal Gibson’s visual and text art exhibition How She Read: Confronting the Romance of Empire. Through altered book sculptures that ensnare the texts with braids and thread, redacted texts, and reprints of old children’s readers, Gibson’s work asks us to consider the voices, stories, and bodies that have been erased or excluded from historical narratives and proposes material ways in which we can resist those historical erasures.
Opening: Sunday, January 13 from 3-5pm

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“Transforming Lives:  Our Place Therapeutic Recovery Community” Special guest speaker Don Evans, Executive Director, Our Place Society 

Luncheon guests will enjoy a look “behind the scenes” at the new Our Place therapeutic recovery community in View Royal.  The facility provides a stable supportive home environment and life skills training for men overcoming homelessness, addiction or incarceration.  The public is invited.  Reservations are required by January 11.   Tickets:  Members $30, Guests $35, Phone (250) 370-1837 or reserve on Eventbrite

 

 
 

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shape/colour/form
  Winchester Galleries: January 16 - February 2, 2019

Opening reception: Saturday, January 19, 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Brent Jarvis, piano; Ross Macdonald, bass
  the new year commences not with a whimper but with a clear, strong call to art
please join us in january as we present the best of shape/colour/form in all its glory
shape emanates from the elegant lines of a Picasso etching
colour is created by the deliberate layering of opaque and transparent pigment on a McEwen canvas
form is a focussed aerial view of irrigation tracks molded from steel by Robert Murray
and there will be so many more revelations throughout
to lead us gladly/hopefully/excitedly into a bold new year at Winchester Galleries
Winchester Galleries Ltd.
2260 Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia
V8R 1G7
250-595-2777
Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm
www.winchestergalleriesltd.com
 
 
 

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AN EVENING WITH LOCAL POETS

We have a rare opportunity for you to join four local poets, including Victoria's Poet Laureate, Yvonne Blomer, for a night of Ekphrastic Poetry reading. Yvonne, along with poets John Barton, Eve Joseph and Arleen Pare, will respond to various visual works of art from paintings to sculptures, including artists Emily Carr and Robert Bateman. This is the perfect cultural and creative outing for a January evening!

Date: January 17th, 6-8 p.m. at The Robert Bateman Centre
Members $5 and non-members $10. Register online atbatemancentre.org/events

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On January 17, Open Space presents Jesse Campbell’s Blanketing, the second annual installation in the stairwell to the gallery. The public is invited to an opening reception for the work on Thursday, January 17 at 7pm. The event will begin with a dialogue around working as Indigenous artists on territory other than your own, facilitated alongside Aboriginal Curator Eli Hirtle.
 
Reception: January 17, at 7:00PM

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Learn the relationship of your dreams to sleep and how to sleep better. This introduction to the physiology and psychotherapy of sleep, will teach you how to engage sleep to improve your mental health. More information on classes and counseling at www.mindstrengthbalance.com/sleep-training

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Dance Victoria’s Dance Days
Now in its 10th year, Dance Days is a unique, “experiential” event. Over ten days each January, the public is invited to participate in free classes at studios all over the city; watch demonstrations of dance, such as flamenco, belly dance or ballet; see new professional work in development by Victoria and Vancouver artists; participate in discussions and roundtables; and meet and mingle with artists and dance presenters.
Rough Cuts
January 25 + 26, 2019.
Informal showings performed under work lights and without costume or makeup. Join a group of visiting dance presenters from across the country and participate in a meaningful discussion with the artists.
Sølvi Edvardsen’s MAN • McPherson Playhouse
January 25, 2019. *One performance only*
In MAN, Adhana uses only a small sitting stool as his partner to embody the struggles of a bicultural identity, while considering who is he? Where does he come from? At the heart of the work is Edvardsen’s exploration of how we put limits on ourselves based on our life experiences.
MAN is at the crossroads of two cultures. It acts a dialogue between Norwegian choreographer Sølvi Edvardsen and South Asian dancer Sudesh Adhana, and questions identity and what it means to be human. At the heart of the work is her exploration of how we put limits on ourselves - draw lines and boundaries  - based on our experiences, especially if you have a bi-cultural identity.   See www.dancevictoria.com for further events of Dance Days -- including a “choreography walk”;  a roundtable discussion about the state of contemporary dance in the Nordic countries and India; and more.

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This event repeats every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until 23/01/19


Art Show and Sale
By
CHINESE BRUSH PAINTERS
 
 Nov 30, 2018  to Jan 23, 2019
 
Art Reception: 
December 2, 2018
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
 
Viewing hours:
                                                                                                 Monday to Friday             
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
 
hosted by:
                                                                                                                                                        THE GOWARD HOUSE SOCIETY
2495 Arbutus Road
Victoria BC  V8N 1V9
(250) 477-4401 gowardhouse@shaw.ca

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Open Space is proud to present Queer City Cinema's QALEIDOSCOPE: Queer Film on Tour on January 18 and 19 at 8:00 pm. QALEIDOSCOPE: Refraction, Abstraction, and Play in Queer Media Art — will be a well-textured assemblage of images, characters, ideas, and realities that collide in fantastical, personal, and playful ways to produce an ever-changing, multi-faceted queer media art viewing experience. The festival features 22 different media and film artists such as Vivek Shraya, Blair Fukumura, Kent Monkman, and Diana Khong.
Festival Dates: Friday, January 18, 2019, 8:00 pm and Saturday, January 19, 2019, 8:00 pm Admission is by donation with a suggested donation of $5-10.

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QALEIDOSCOPE: Queer Film On Tour by Queer City Cinemas
Brought to us by Saskatchewan's Queer City Cinema tour, this two-night event will feature films from Canadian QTBIPOC* that explore, question, and play with identity to propose and investigate diverse ways of looking at sexuality, gender, and race.

Both evenings of screenings will present well-textured assemblage of images, characters, ideas, and realities that collide in fantastical, personal, and playful ways to produce an ever-changing, multi-faceted queer media art viewing experience.

Admission will be by donation, sliding scale. Screenings start at 8pm, Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19. At Open Space, 510 Fort St.
Featuring films by:
Kristin Li, Vivek Shraya, Jess MacCormack, Milena Salazar & Joella Cabalu, Mée Rose & Wy Joung Kou, Blair Fukumura, Kent Monkman, Clark Nikolai, Wrik Mead, Shelley Niro, David Geiss.
*Queer and trans Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour
www.openspace.ca

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The Sugar Lift Etching process results in finished prints that have the spontaneity of a brush or pen drawing. Over the course of this two-day workshop, we will be using zinc and copper plates to create images with the strong graphic statement possibilities of open-bite and aquatint sugar lift plates. This direct method is a good starting point for exploring the painterly and sculptural qualities of etching. Emphasizing contrast and textural patterns, we will print with colours as well as black and white, and practice the inking and wiping methods that best reveal the rich graphics of the medium. This workshop is being taught by Alain Costaz. The course is limited to 8 students and runs 10-4 each data at our studio at 549 1/2 fisgard. Cost is $225 for members and $245 for non-members. To register, email groundzeroprint@gmail.com or call 250-382-2186. A $30 deposit is required for registration. 
 
 
 

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BRAINSTORM
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Explore and interact with exhibition facilitators who present opportunities for inquiry. You’re
 invited to have a conversation over tea, then interact with hands-on activities, take
in the changing pieces of artwork from the collection and community, experience a
historical timeline of changes from the Gallery’s past and help imagine the kinds of
initiatives and programs that can take shape in our new building. Opportunities
take place on Jan.5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more information visit aggv.ca
 

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Every month for the last 30 years we have gathered to share stories, legends, urban myths, folktales and more... We formed a guild back then to learn and practice the art and craft of oral telling, and voila! Of course it helps a great deal if there are people to tell our stories to: Those keen listeners are you, the public. 
Come on your own or bring a friend along. Refreshments served.

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Life after a traumatic brain injury is never the same. Without realizing it, we are silently surrounded by many who are adapting to a different, post-concussion existence. Victoria dancer, mother, and three-time concussion survivor Stacey Horton is the creator of Concussion, a multimedia dance performance that aims to build community around an experience so many share, yet so few talk about. “It’s an invisible condition. We forget it exists. So many people tell me that they, or someone they are close to, have suffered with this.”
Horton’s piece is a non-linear telling of her life inside three separate concussions. A melange of dance, spoken word, music and soundscapes created by film industry sound designer David Parfitt, Concussion illuminates Horton’s myriad daily challenges, and evokes the confusing distortions of perception and unpredictable inner terrors she’s confronted in her post-brain-trauma life. “I’ve created sequences of visceral sensation of being inside the concussion,” she explains, “recreating my physical sense of the brain—when it’s damaged, when it’s healthy—and showing these differences.”
Horton workshopped the piece and won the Crystal Dance Prize awarded by Dance Victoria. She applied for and received an equity grant from the CRD, which then led her to partner on the production with the Cridge Centre. “They have a brain injury department,” Horton enthuses. “I wouldn’t have connected with them unless I’d applied for the grant; it’s been amazing to learn about the services they offer for the families and supporters of those who have been affected by traumatic brain injury.”
ASL will be provided for the performances, along with a brand-new form of live, spoken audio that describes dance for the blind. “As much as possible, we are making it accessible,” she says. Her intention is to make the performance “immersive” for audiences, so she has chosen the Intrepid Theatre Club downtown. “We’re setting up 35 chairs in the round,” she explains. “It’s a tiny space, and we’ll fill it with sound, lights, and projections” as well as “ping pong balls that end up bouncing around in the space, to give that impact of…being in a world that is slightly more traumatic or bombarded than an everyday peaceful living experience.”
 
Jan 24-26 at 7pm; Jan 26 at 2pm (discussion to follow) at Intrepid Theatre Club, 1609 Blanshard St. $15 suggested donation, door only, reserve seat by emailing concussiondance@gmail.com.
—Mollie Kaye

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The Victoria Historical Society presents Flora, Fauna, and Fannin: The Early Days of the Provincial Museum with Patricia Roy on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria V8V 2G7.  Doors open at 7:15 pm for refreshments and conversation.  A short business meeting at 7:45 pm will be followed immediately by the speaker, Patricia Roy.  Admission is free for members, $5 for guests.  See websitewww.victoriahistoricalsociety.bc.ca.
John Fannin -- adventurer, hunting guide, and taxidermist -- established the natural history collection of the provincial museum. As adventurer and guide he learned about the province’s flora and fauna and became acquainted with major American natural historians. With such knowledge and skills, he laid a firm foundation for today’s Royal British Columbia Museum.
Patricia Roy, a past-president of the Victoria Historical Society, recently completed a history of the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives.

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Bema Productions
First Annual Readers Theatre Festival
January 26 & 27, 2019
Bēma’s next venture is an exciting weekend of Reader’s Theatre in January 2019. The festival will run in the now familiar Bēma “black box” which we create in Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue’s Social Hall, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria V8W 2J3. This style of theatre allows the audience to imagine the action from hearing the script read aloud without sets, costumes or props. The readers of the three festival plays have been carefully chosen through auditions from inside and outside the Congregation Emanu-El community. It will be a weekend filled with laughter, sadness and challenges.   Information:  Zelda Deanzeldadean@shaw.ca or 250-881-2094.
 Please come and enjoy one play, or even all three. TICKETS $15.00, or $40.00 for all three, available online at http://www.ticketrocket.co or at 101-804 Blanshard Street, Victoria
Saturday, January 26, 7:30 pm, Exquisite Potential by Stephen Kaplan.
It’s 1979, and the Zuckermans are visiting their Rabbi to discuss the naming service for the new child they’re expecting. However, Alan surprisingly announces that he thinks their 3-year old son is the Messiah. Flash forward to 2009—the son is now grown up—was he right? Exquisite Potential tells the story of parental expectations, hopes, dreams, and our own desires and fears about reaching our potential.
Sunday, January 27, 3:00 pm, And a Child Shall Lead by Michael Slade.
And a Child Shall Lead is the heroic and true story of children coming of age in Terezin, the combination ghetto and concentration camp established by the Nazis near Prague as a way station before the death camps. In the face of unspeakable horror, these children use their determination and creativity to build lives filled with hope and beauty. Their actual poems and stories are woven into a fast-paced drama, evoking the universality of children caught in the insanity of war.
Sunday, January 27, 7:30 pm, Sperm Count by Stephen Orlov
Sperm Count tells the story of a Jewish writer who seeks help from a Palestinian doctor to solve his infertility problem. And of course, David Stein’s burned-out wife, his Holocaust-survivor father, and an imaginary sperm all come along for a roller coaster ride into the bizarre world of reproductive technology.

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The Victoria Arion Male Voice Choir under the Directorship of Alan C Whitmoore is an exciting new four part harmony male Choir. We are presenting our First Concert - '" A New Day"- a collection of old favorites, folk and recently composed choral music. Cordova Bay United Church. 813 Claremont Ave.
Admission:$20.00 Children 12&under no charge. For information or tickets 778-587-5669 or mail -  www.info@vamc.ca

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January 29 - February 24
Bears, by Matthew MacKenzie
Belfry Theatre
A multi-disciplinary journey through our wondrous and contested environment.
Pursued by the RCMP, Floyd has to get out of town fast. Heading through the Rockies for the Pacific, through the forests and along the rivers, he experiences changes – inside and out. Floyd’s journey is assisted by the wildlife he encounters – especially the bears.
Bears won two Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards in Edmonton for Outstanding Musical Score and Outstanding Choreography. Bears won the 2018 Dora Awards (Toronto) for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production.
“I’d never seen a piece that speaks to issues facing Canada’s Indigenous peoples as effectively and beautifully as Bears does.” —JERRY SADDLEBACK, CREE ELDER AND DEAN OF CULTURAL STUDIES AT MASKWACÎS COLLEGE
WHY I CHOSE THIS PLAY
I want to showcase the work of one of our country’s outstanding Indigenous theatre companies. This story is so theatrically bold with its chorus of female dancers. —Michael Shamata
AN ALBERTA ABORIGINAL PERFORMING ARTS AND PUNCTUATE! THEATRE (EDMONTON) PRODUCTION
Bears is generously supported by

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