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This event repeats every day until 06/05/19


Join us for the Victoria premiere of GIFT, an intimate exploration of real-life gift economies, at Cinecenta Theatre in Victoria, BC. Director Robin McKenna will be in attendance for the screenings.

No tickets sold in advance, box office opens 40 minutes before each showtime.

GIFT
Robin McKenna / Canada / 2018 / English, Italian with English subtitles / 89 '

GIFT is the first feature documentary by filmmaker Robin McKenna. Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, GIFT is an intimate exploration of real-life gift economies, interweaving character‐driven stories from around the world. GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. Exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy, it is a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we “labour in service of our gifts”, and a celebration of the imagination.

More information: https://www.cinecenta.com/default.aspx?PageID=1005&MovieID=1703
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/552742048466053/

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Art Show Opening: Spirit of Canada: An Artist’s Journal of the Canadian Landscape by John Stuart Pryce
“The Golden Years” by John Stuart Pryce
  About John Stuart Pryce
John Stuart Pryce  
John’s love for art began at a very early age, as he discovered the great satisfaction derived from his ability to draw and paint. He continued developing his artistic interests, and eventually became an art major at the highly acclaimed H.B. Beal Tech. in London, Ontario. Since that time John has worked and studied in Montreal, Chicago and Toronto. During a successful career as an architectural illustrator, his work was used in projects around the world. His seemingly loose yet eloquent technique is the result of years of experience in the disciplines of drawing, colour and composition.
 
John currently divides his time between painting and sharing his artistic knowledge with others through his painting workshops.
 
“The purest and most rewarding form of painting, in my opinion, is “en plein air” as it challenges all of the skills and discipline of the artist.” Show Dates: April 12 – August 29, 2019
Location: 634 Humboldt Street, Victoria BC
Hours of Operation:
10am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday May 20 to August 29,  10am-5pm daily The artwork is for sale.

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UNO Fest
May 1-11
For 20 years, UNO Fest has presented hundreds of solo artists and over 300 shows in North America’s longest-running solo performance festival. Here are all the lineups going back to our first rather grandly named UNO Festival of Solo Performance, way back in 1997 in the basement of the Bedford Hotel!
See https://intrepidtheatre.com/festivals/uno-fest/ for the complete lineup and ticket info.

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ON THIS APRIL DAY, a steady drizzle enhances Chinatown’s eccentric visual splendour. I pass through the narrowest of doors, upon which reads “Mitchell Villa Art Studio,” hand-lettered in a style evoking a 1940s accounting firm. At the top of Chinese-red stairs, I arrive in a compact live-work studio full of outsized canvases.
One wall is covered by Villa’s latest work in oil, still wet: an eight-by-fifteen-foot triptych of a larger-than-life dinner party. The energy of the guests’ shifting gestures and expressions frames a decadent, Renaissance-inspired feast. Villa’s trademark realism, with its stuttered, multi-exposure layering, accentuates the lively, debaucherous scene. A pair of alert, stud-collared dobermans (the breed often makes appearances in Villa’s work) add a sense of foreboding.
Villa moved to Victoria from Ontario at age three, and grew up mastering various media and rendering techniques (“instead of doing basketball and all that stuff, I was always in art classes”). At the Vancouver Film School, he immersed himself in digital image-making. Both the dinner-party triptych and a couple of six-by-eight-foot “middle-aged” portraits are created from assemblies of photographs Villa has costumed, staged and directed. He shows me the printouts of the collage-like images he’s created in Photoshop as reference for these meticulously styled visions.
 

"Midlife" by Mitchell Villa
 
Villa set up a stationary, time-lapse camera for the first actual dinner party he’d ever hosted (he learned the hard way not to try out new recipes in that context). “I ended up with three or four hundred photos…piecing everyone together with my favourite moments of that person…showing the movement, the passing of time, not just a snapshot, to emulate that environment in a dinner party. It’s somewhat chaotic; food being passed around, drinks are flowing.”
The juddering, filmic quality of Villa’s canvases has both a surrealist and cubist flavour at times. “Working with design and film definitely influences my work,” he says. “I incorporate that into my paintings.” Like a film director, “I can play god with what I’m working with— shift colours and add elements into a scene—from there applying it to the canvas.”
Mitchell Villa, “Prologue” solo exhibition at Fortune Gallery, 537 Fisgard Street, opens May 2, 7-9pm, and closes May 30. 250-383-1552, www.fortunegallery.ca or www.mitchellvilla.com.
—Mollie Kaye

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FASHION MACHINE opens this week!
Our well-loved show Fashion Machine is back in Victoria for May 2-5, make sure you get your tickets now before they're all gone!

When is it? 
Thursday May 2 - 7:00pm (SOLD OUT)
Friday May 3 - 7:00pm
Saturday May 4 - 7:00pm
Sunday May 5 - 2:00pm

Where? 
SKAM Satellite Studio
849 Fort Street

How much is it?
$10 per person
OR
$30 for a Family Pass
(up to 2 adults and 3 youths)

Remind me, what's Fashion Machine? 
Part performance piece, part theatre, part fashion extravaganza, Fashion Machine invites you to witness the creative process in action: 20+ kids redesign audience members outfits and put on a fashion show. Don't worry, they know what they're doing - they trained with SKAM experts in preparation.

Feeling brave? Pick an "I'm In!" sticker, and you might be chosen to get your outfit completely made over! We'll deck you out in a sweet robe while the children redesign your outfit. You'll get to see them work, watch videos from their training, see a constantly evolving photography slideshow, and get some coffee and snacks if you're hungry. Then you'll don the completed piece and strut your stuff in a fashion show with commentary from the kids. 

Don't want your clothes remade? That's okay! Wear a 'chicken' sticker and you can take part without anyone touching your clothes. BUY TICKETS NOW  

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My Soul is Escaped:
Healing art of Patricia June Vickers at Christ Church Cathedral
April 28 to May 11
 
One woman’s healing journey, expressed powerfully through her art, is the subject of the next exhibit to be held at Christ Church Cathedral’s Chapel of the New Jerusalem.
Patricia June Vickers, an artist, psychotherapist and spiritual director, addresses the issue of sexual abuse and intergenerational trauma in her exhibit. Two years ago, Vickers underwent an intensive period of neurofeedback and psychotherapy to heal her dissociative amnesia, an involuntary response to trauma. As she restored her spiritual balance, she documented her journey in small paintings.
There are more than 30 mixed media works in the show, pieces that use acrylic, watercolour and collage to create layers. These abstract images are coupled with written reflections on the artist’s healing process. “Life is a midden,” she said. “Truth can sometimes be underneath all these layers.” She began to paint out of an inability to find words to communicate the raw reality. “It came out of a need to express what I couldn’t say in words,” she said. She believes that continuing intergenerational and sexual trauma among First Nations, “is the root problem in our communities that we are still not facing.”
Vickers, 63, is of British, Tsimshian, Heiltsuk and Haida First Nation ancestry and was raised in Hazelton and Victoria. She grew up with art all around her, learning traditional applique fabric designs and later, painting. Her brothers Arthur Vickers and Roy Henry Vickers are both well-known artists. Roy has partnered with her to create a potlatch screen that will be on display during the show.
Having Christ Church Cathedral host the show is really significant, says Vickers, who always loved the words and music of the Anglican service. 
Christ Church Cathedral Dean Ansley Tucker said such an important exhibit creates valuable insights. “Long before we learned to speak, we learned to see,” she said. “In this exhibit we have the benefit of visceral visual images, as well as Patricia Vickers’s own words of reflection to guide and teach us. We are grateful for her courage and honesty.”
Sunday, April 28, 5.30 pm. Opening reception (Chapel of the New Jerusalem)
Sunday, May 5  at 3.00 pm, Connecting Hearts, artist talk on personal reconciliation. “People know the history. What isn’t being spoken about is our internal worlds and what connects our hearts,” she said.
Hours: The show will be open to the public 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Saturday and 1.00 to 3.00 pm on Sunday.
Patricia June Vickers is a counsellor and artist living in Vancouver. She is clinical director of mental health and wellness at the First Nations Health Authority and has a PhD.
Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria stands on the traditional lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. It is the episcopal seat of the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, which includes Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. The Cathedral also has a large and active parish community and contributes to the cultural, social and spiritual life of residents and visitors in the Capital Regional District. The gothic cathedral, one of Canada’s largest churches, was designed in 1896.
Christ Church Cathedral
930 Burdett Ave, Victoria BC V8V 3G8
250.383.2714 x 228, cell 250-634-3696
www.christchurchcathedral.bc.ca

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SHREK: THE MUSICAL 
At The McPherson Playhouse May 3-12
Everyone’s favourite upside-down fairytale comes to life at the McPherson Playhouse when the Victoria Operatic Society (VOS) presents SHREK: THE MUSICAL, a musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film.
Nominated for 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and 11 New York Drama Desk Awards, SHREK: THE MUSICAL tells the story of an irreverent but loveable ogre who embarks on a life-changing adventure. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess, and learns that friendship and love aren’t only found in fairlytales. Featuring a side-splitting script by David Lindsay-Abaire and fantastic songs from Jeanine Tesori, SHREK: THE MUSICAL brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on their way to discovering the big bright beautiful world at the end of this fabulously fresh storybook journey.
“People empathize with the characters and identify with the idea that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and all people deserve love regardless of their differences,” says the show’s director Roger Carr. With co-music direction by Heather Burns & Dave Flello, and choreography by Jennifer Sanders, the large cast is lead by Morgan McLeod as Shrek, Heidi Fox Lange as Fiona, Dan Comeau as Donkey, and Dwayne Gordon as Lord Farquaad. Carr urges families to come to the theatre, “We will create a fantastic theatrical experience that will leave you filled with joy. It’s a great evening out for the whole family.”
SHREK: THE MUSICAL runs May 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 8pm; with 2pm matinees on May 5 & 12.
Tickets range from $21.75 to $54.50 with discount tickets available for students/seniors and are available at the McPherson Playhouse box office 250.386.6121 or online at www.rmts.bc.ca  
VOS is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization established in 1945 with the purpose of bringing top-quality live musical theatre to Victoria and giving aspiring singers, performers, and stagecraft workers the opportunity to develop and display their talents in all facets of musical theatre production.
 

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May 4th & 5th, 11-4pm
Fairfield Artists Studio Tour

Saturday and Sunday, May 4th & 5th, 2019 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

The Fairfield Artists Studio Tour is an annual self-guided tour that provides art-lovers an opportunity to meet local artists, tour their studios and view their work while exploring the beautiful neighbourhoods of Fairfield and Gonzales in Victoria BC.
This free community event is a celebration of the rich variety of art being created in Victoria. Established and emerging artists open their studio doors to the public to display their fine art including painting, pottery, glass, jewelry, textiles and photography.

Visit  https://www.fairfieldartistsstudiotour.com/about for maps, artist info and more.  
We look forward to welcoming you to our studio!
   

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CineVic presents the 7th annual Short Circuit Film Festival, May 3+4 in Victoria BC!

We'll start it all off with local and international shorts and docs, live pitches from our 2019 CINESPARK Top 5 screenwriters, and a party high atop the Chateau Victoria. Get up close and personal with our guest filmmakers from near and far in a round-robin filmmakers panel. Enjoy some shorts from BC's lower mainland, and an entire program dedicated to homegrown Victoria films.

Full festival schedule and tickets at:
www.shortcircuitfilmfestival.com
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Many thanks to our event sponsors:
Modo
The Vic Theatre
Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria
ArtsVictoria.ca
CineVic acknowledges and respects the long history of the Lekwungen people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, on whose traditional and unceded territory we carry out our activities.
CineVic gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance and support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, and the CRD Arts Development Service.

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Adrenaline   An Evening of Theatre and Conversation Adrenaline : Theatre Mada Saturday, May 4 from 5:45pm – 8:00pm Metro Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street. Tickets $5 to $25 (pay what you can)   A riveting performance recounting a man’s first New Year’s Eve in Canada after leaving war-torn Syria. The performance will be followed by a conversation with the play’s author, Ahmad Meree, and the director of Adrenaline.   Light snacks provided by Saraya Hot Bread and Silk Road Tea.   Wheelchair accessible.   Click here to reserve your seats.    

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DAVID STEWART & JANE COOP
- Masterworks for Violin and Piano 
- May 5th, 2019 @ 2:30 pm Dear Friends, 
 
We look forward to seeing those of you who have purchased tickets for the final concert in our 2018/19 season on Sunday, May 5th, 2.30 pm, when we welcome two internationally renowned Canadian performers: Jane Coop, who gave a wonderful solo piano recital at Wentworth Villa in September 2017, and violinist David Stewart (Concertmaster - Bergen Philharmonic, Norway) for an exciting program of Masterworks for Violin and Piano by Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms.
Waitlist Tickets for this concert are now SOLD OUT! You may join the waitlist for tickets by clicking on the button above, online at wentworthvilla.com/event/david-stewart-jane-coop, by contacting us at info@wentworthvilla.com or by telephone: 250-598-0760.

Doors will open at 1.30 pm so come early to reserve a good seat.

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Take the opportunity to see a working studio space where handmade ceramic tiles, garden ceramic and mosaics are designed and made.
Help create this year's open studio mosaic.
Meet guest artist Teri Bennett and see her current works in pastels.
There will be music, sketching and inspiration.

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The Civic Orchestra of Victoria
Brian Wismath, Music Director presents:
PLAY! - Featuring Civic Soloists (May 5, 2pm)
Play! (May 5) is a special opportunity to hear the rich talent of players within the Civic Orchestra, as they take the spotlight as soloists. Featuring well-known works such as Elgar's Cello Concerto (Nathan Jacklin) and Chaminade's Flute Concertino (Mary-Jill McCulloch), as well as lesser-known gems such as Mohawk Legend (Gail Nash, English Horn) by distinguished local composer Austin Scott, and the world premiere of Anne Lauber's violin concert, Tehillim (Raya Fridman). The Orchestra will also be featured in full, performing Smetana's beloved Moldau.
Dave Dunnet Theatre, Oak Bay High School
https://civicorchestraofvictoria.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0b248721603bd92491d4989ab&id=e62b692171&e=d780be76c4

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Orca Spring Book Launch
Munro’s Books, 1108 Government Street.

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We are the Levinsons
Bema Productions is proud to present our 2019 Mainstage production, the Canadian Premiere of “We Are The Levinsons”  by Wendy Kout.  All performances take place at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, Black Box Theatre, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2J3.  Tickets are $23.00 each, available now online at www.ticketrocket.co or at the Ticket Rocket office, 1050 Meares Street, Victoria. 
Performance Dates and Times:
Thursday May 9 7:30 pm
Sunday May 12 3:00 pm
Tuesday May 14 7:30 pm
Wednesday May 15 7:30 pm
Thursday May 16 7:30 pm
Sunday May 19 3:00 pm
Tuesday May 21 7:30 pm
Thursday May 23 7:30 pm
The story details the phenomenon of the “sandwich generation” — adults caring for both children and aging parents — through the lens of one family’s momentous year. 
Rosie, a daughter with mother issues, surprises her parents with a trip home. And life surprises Rosie. Sanity, survival and humor are tested and love is deepened in this three-generation family, and chosen family comedy/drama.
Zelda Dean directs. 
“. . . if there is anything I hope everyone feels after this play, it’s the celebration and preciousness of life . . . and laughter.” -WENDY KOUT (PLAYWRIGHT)
Wendy Kout is an award-winning writer/producer of theater, film, television and prose. Wendy’s latest play, We Are the Levinsons, a contemporary family comedy/drama, had its acclaimed world premiere at Minnesota Jewish Theater Company (spring 2017) and won the 2017 Broadway World Regional Awards for Best Play and Best Ensemble in a Play.

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JOSEPH PLASKETT: Still Life in a Hectic World
Everyone is welcome.
Please join us for our official opening reception
Thursday, May 9th from 3 pm to 5 pm.
  Renaissance Lounge, The Union Club of British Columbia
805 Gordon Street, Victoria

Dress code: Business Dress for Ladies and Gentleman
For more information on the Club's dress code, please call 250-384-1151
Exhibition continues to July 2019
The still lifes of Joseph Plaskett always bring joy into a room and somehow
quietens the hectic world beyond that room.
And so we are delighted to fill the Club’s Renaissance Room with the joy of Plaskett’s iconic still lifes and tablescapes. Here is a table vacated after breakfast, the serviette laid purposefully, the café presse drained, the butter dish left uncovered. And here is a generous bowl of oranges, an hospitable pineapple, an amaryllis in vibrant red bud; and then we encounter the artist himself – a self portrait, looking directly at the viewer, but nestled into his own still life with antique surrounds and a vase of wispy flowers.
Each time Plaskett documented the mundane, everyday life, he extended himself and somehow made the subject sing and made the objects significant.
    Joseph Plaskett: Remains of a Breakfast 1, 2005, oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches
  Joseph Plaskett received a BA in history and a teaching certificate from the University of British Columbia in 1939. He went on to study with Jack Shadbolt and B.C. Binning at the Vancouver School of Art and with A.Y. Jackson at the Banff Summer School. In 1946 he was awarded the first Emily Carr Scholarship which he used to study at the California School of Fine Art, San Francisco.  Canada’s most beloved painter later established his own foundation which continues to award similar scholarships to emerging artists.
Known for his figurative and still life paintings, Plaskett has long been highly collectable. Prior to the artist’s death in 2014, he was still painting, exhibiting on two continents, and collecting awards including Officer of the Order of Canada and several honourary doctorates. Plaskett exhibited extensively in Canada as well as in London and Paris. His work is included in every major museum collection in Canada from Victoria to Charlottetown.
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Victoria Film Fest & Vic Theatre support Youth Empowerment
 The Vic Theatre is screening The Public from May 10 - 16 and donating 10% of ticket sales to the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society. 
Based on a real event, The Public, a star-studded film directed by Emilio Estevez, tells the tale of homeless patrons who occupy the library during an Arctic blast. 
The Public stars Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater, Jena Malone (Donnie Darko) and Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years a Slave). The film's official premiere took place at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018. 
The decision to once again pair with a local charity comes after achieving such positive results with the CatVideoFest in March. The Vic Theatre supported the local charity Cat's Cradle Animal Rescue for its rescue and rehabilitation efforts with felines. 
Director of the Victoria Film Festival, Kathy Kay, says the decision to work with another organization was an easy one. 
"When The Vic has films with themes that lend themselves to our local charities, we see an opportunity to better our community. We loved being able to donate over $900 to Cat's Cradle's good work so we decided to do it again with another charity" says Kay. 
The Greater Victoria Public Library is also getting involved with The Vic Theatre and will be hosting the screening of The Public on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:45 PM. Attendees are welcome to share their thoughts on the subject matter with GVPL staff members in the lobby after the film. 
Tickets and showtimes available online at victoriafilmfestival.com/thevic/films.
 

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VCM’s Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour
For a 37th year, the Victoria Conservatory of Music offers the perfect way to celebrate Mom, with beautiful gardens -- and the perfect musical accompaniment.
Pretty posies, blossom-scented air, the joys of gardening and music performed by VCM students, faculty, and guests are again at the heart of the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s fundraising Musical Garden Tour on Mother’s Day weekend, May 11 and 12.
A $35 two-day pass grants you entry to 10 select Victoria-area private gardens, where you can enjoy amongst others, a Tuscan garden, a woodland rhododendron specialty garden and a custom built orchid house.
“Last year’s sold- out event helped enrich the lives of many through our music education programs,” says Jane Butler McGregor, CEO of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. “We are thankful for the wonderful volunteers who work so hard to put on the Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour, the VCM’s largest annual fundraising event.”
Once again, there will be a fantastic plant sale featuring everything from succulents to shrubbery, hanging baskets to fresh herbs, truly  something for every garden and every gardener.
Money raised by the Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour ticket sales and plant sale help the VCM maintain its music and outreach programs and special musical events while enhancing  community life in Victoria.
WHAT:  37th Annual Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour
WHERE: Greater Victoria-area gardens
WHEN: May 11 and 12 from 10:00am – 4:00pm
HOW MUCH: $35/$37 (online purchase) for the weekend (children 12 and under get in free)
BUY TICKETS HERE: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1833775-37th-annual-mother-s-day-victoria/
Or purchase in person at the VCM front desk, 900 Johnson St. Victoria, BC or at retail locations throughout Greater Victoria listed here:https://vcm.bc.ca/victoria-garden-tour/
About the Victoria Conservatory of Music:
Founded in 1964, the Victoria Conservatory of Music is one of Canada’s most innovative and progressive music schools. Its mission is to enrich lives through music in a thriving community accessible to all. The VCM is a Centre for Excellence and enjoyment of music through education, performance and music therapy, serving its community of over 3700 students and music therapy clients of all ages, through six outstanding program areas: The Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music; The Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music; the School of Music Technology and Creativity; and the departments of Postsecondary Studies, Music Therapy, and Early Childhood Music.  VCM’s Music Outreach initiatives further enrich the lives of over 1000 children in day-cares, preschools, and Elementary schools throughout the Greater Victoria Area. The VCM is a non-profit organization located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. For more information visit us online at: vcm.bc.ca
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Victoria’s pianist Ashley Wey celebrates the beauty of modern jazz with passion and improvisational joy, bringing the standards freshly back to life. With three critically acclaimed self-produced albums to her credit, the captivating Wey returned to Victoria with her latest ‘Live’: an album filled with inventive ideas and breathtaking artistry. Ashley is a charismatic singer/pianist who lights up the stage with her bright smile and magnificent sounds that open minds and reach hearts. J

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Saturday, May 11 from 1-4pm flutist, performer-composer, improviser, and Deep Listening® (DL) Certificate teacher Jane Rigler will present a deep listening workshop at Open Space. It will engage participants in activities exploring sound walk/mapping and graphic notations, informed by Jenni Schine & Jay White's exhibition Field Guides for Listeners. Participants are invited to explore sounds through playful and contemplative activities that include word games, poetry, movement, walking and drawing a “sound map” of their experiences. Bodies, breath, and any other means of making sound are all welcomed…
 
The workshop will be followed by a performance on Sunday, May 12 at 7:30pm, to include recent works for soloist with and without electronics, as well as new work realized during her residency in Victoria. Possible guest artists TBD.
 
Admission is free / by donation.

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Take It Down!  Recent Films by Sabine Gruffat & Bill Brown   Tuesday, May 14 @ 7pm   Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca Admission by donation     In this collection of recent film work by North Carolina-based media artists Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat, celluloid film serves as both a material register and critical resource for interrogating the documentary image. Whether using discontinuous montage, handmade techniques for creating and processing images, or dramatic re-enactors, these five short films aim to extend the formal possibilities of non-fiction filmmaking as Brown and Gruffat attempt to describe and decipher life in the American South. Artists in attendance. Q&A to follow screening.   Sabine Gruffat is a digital media artist and filmmaker with a special interest in the social and political implications of media and technology. Her experimental and essay films explore how technology, globalization, urbanism and capitalism affect human beings and the environment. Gruffat’s films have screened at festivals worldwide including Viennale, MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Cinéma du Réel at Centre Pompidou and CPH:DOX. Gruffat lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.   Bill Brown is a media artist interested in ways landscape is interpreted, appropriated and reconfigured according to human desires, memories and dreams. His research interests include haunted houses, UFOs, memorial architecture and outsider archaeology. Brown’s films have screened at venues around the world, including Rotterdam Film Festival, London Film Festival, Sundance and Lincoln Centre. A retrospective of his films was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Brown lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.     Take It Down (Gruffat, 2018, 12:30) Employing solarized colour positive 35mm film and animation of old postcard images of Confederate monuments in North Carolina, Take It Down documents how Southern identity continues to be bound up in the legacy of the Civil War and the Jim Crow Era. The film considers how these old memorials continue to be sites of conflicting politics and historical narratives.   XCTRY (Brown, 2018, 6:18) Brown re-works 16mm footage that he shot years ago during a cross-country road trip from Chicago to Las Vegas. The spatial discontinuities of the road trip are rendered as visual continuities across three frames as Brown goes in search of the next town to fall in and out of love with.   Life on the Mississippi (Brown, 2018, 28:13) A short essay film about a river and the limits of knowing it. Using Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi as a road map, Brown travels from Memphis, Tennessee to New Orleans and considers ways river pilots, paddlers, historical reenactors and civil engineers attempt to know the river through modelling, measurement and simulation.   Framelines (Gruffat, 2017, 10:14) An abstract scratch film made by laser etching preset patterns onto the film emulsion of negative and positive 35mm film. The strips of film were then re-photographed on top of each other as photograms. The soundtrack is created by filtering and layering the noise made by the laser-etched 35mm optical track.   Amarillo Ramp (Brown + Gruffat, 2017, 24:10) A portrait of sculptor Robert Smithson’s final earthwork. Employing filmmaking strategies that are both responsive to the artwork’s environmental context and informed by Smithson’s own art-making strategies, the filmmakers encounter the Ramp as an observatory where human scales of space and time are set against geological and cosmic scales.    

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Wednesday 15th at 7:00pm at Edward Milne Community School Theater . Doors open at 6:30pm, Tickets by donation.

 Set in the forests of Eastern Siberia at the turn of the century, it is a portrait of the friendship that grows between an aging hunter and a Russian surveyor. A romantic hymn to nature and the human spirit.

Speaking of the film in greater detail, Kurosawa said, "The relationship between human beings and nature is getting worse and worse...I wanted to have people all over the world know about this Soviet Asian character who lived in harmony with nature... I think people should be more humble toward nature because we are a part of it and we must become harmonized with it. If nature is destroyed, human beings will be destroyed too. So, we can learn a lot from Dersu," (quoted in Donald Richie's The Films of Akira Kurosawa).

Or, as the title character himself says in the film, "Man is very small before the face of nature."

94% Audience score in Rotten Tomatoes

Dersu Uzala was the second Kurosawa film to earn an Academy Award. His 1950 film Rashomon won Best Foreign Language Film, and the director was awarded an honorary career-achievement Oscar in 1990.

This story of friendship will fill your heart.


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Victoria Baroque: "Mozart for May"
Victoria Baroque concludes its eighth season with a celebration of chamber works of the Classical Era, including Mozart’s legendary Horn Quintet.
Mozart:
Horn Quintet
Flute Quartet in C
Divertimento for strings in D major
M. Haydn: Divertimento in G
Performers: Andrew Clark, horn; Soile Stratkauskas, flute; Christi Meyers, violin; Paul Luchkow, violin & viola; Mieka Michaux, viola; Caroline Nicolas, cello
“Right from the opening Sinfonia it was clear that we were in for a treat” (Music in Victoria)
Church of St John the Divine, 1611 Quadra, Victoria
Tickets: $28 / $25 senior / $5 student & child
Available at Royal McPherson Box Office (www.rmts.bc.ca), and three weeks prior at Ivy’s Bookshop, Munro’s Books, Long & McQuade (Victoria), and at the door
Info: 250 590 9770; victoria-baroque@shaw.ca; victoria-baroque.com

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Vox Humana Choir: The Long Road
On May 18, 2019, Vox Humana Chamber Choir, Victoria’s premier choir, will present The Long Road, featuring a cappella repertoire by Canadian composers, written in the last 40 years. The concert will feature “One Black Spike” by Jocelyn Morlock, a work that explores the theme of immigrant labour used to develop the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway from 1914-1945.
The last concert in Vox Humana’s 2018-2019 season, The Long Road, will feature two commissioned works: “Fire and Ice” and “Canadian Triptych”. “Fire and Ice” by BC composer David Archer is one of the first settings of poetry by Robert Frost since the poet’s work entered the public domain in 2019. David Archer says of the text, “Astronomer Harold Shapley claimed to have inspired “Fire and Ice” when Robert Frost asked him how the world will actually end. By the exploding sun or by freezing in deep space, came the reply.”
“Canadian Triptych”, a three-movement work by BC composer Liova Bueno, includes poetry by Canadian poets Margaret Avison, Lorna Crozier and Jan Zwicky. The work speaks to “Who we are and how we see the world is shaped by our living environments. The history of Canadian literature is full of the exploration of urban/rural contrasts, with poets reflecting, yearning, celebrating, remembering or projecting change, and sharing tales of transformation.”
The choir will present the world premiere performance of “Carpe Diem” by Victoria composer Nicholas alongside works by other BC composers Kathleen Allan, Kristopher Fulton, Rodney Sharman, Chris Sivak, and Tobin Stokes, as well as works by Ontario composers, Leonard Enns and Jeff Enns (no relation).
The choir is proud to give the BC premiere performance of Jeff Enns’ “I Lost My Talk” commissioned by the National Youth Choir of Canada in 2018. With permission from her family, Jeff Enns set the poem “I Lost My Talk” by Rita Joe, a Mi'kmaw elder and poet,who speaks about her experience attending a Residential School in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, and being forced to give up her native language.
Additional information, interviews and photographs can be obtained by contacting Artistic Director, Brian Wismath (info@voxhumanachoir.ca).
Performances:
May 18th, 2019– 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm)
St. Andrew’s Catholic Cathedral (740 View Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1J8)
Tickets: $20, Free (25 and under) Duration: About 1.5 hours
Visit www.voxhumanachoir.ca for more information.

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Behind The Byline: Charla Huber
Indigenous Engagement through Storytelling

Her presentation “Indigenous Relations through Storytelling” illustrates how to engage with First Nations in a respectful, appropriate and meaningful way. Huber, who has Chipewyan and Inuit ancestry, will incorporate creative storytelling to demonstrate protocols and cultural elements that can assist when building relationships and strengthening communities.
The public is invited to attend this luncheon. Members $30/Guests $35.  Please reserve by May 17.   Phone (250) 370-1837 or reserve on Eventbrite

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Things My Mother Taught Me
Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together. They’ve driven halfway across the country to start their new life in Chicago. Can a two bedroom apartment contain all of the love, 
laughs, worry and wisdom when both sets of parents show up to help? A funny and touching generational look at relationships.
3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd
http://www.stlukesplayers.org

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To The Movies and Beyond!
With Meridiem Wind Orchestra
Take advantage of a rare opportunity to hear symphonic wind band music performed by some of Victoria's finest musicians and music educators! Meridiem Wind Orchestra invites you to North Douglas Church on Wednesday, May 22nd for an evening of movie and television music, as well as a new thematic work for symphonic wind band written by acclaimed Canadian composer, Robert Buckley, titled Seas of the Moon.

If you don't think you're familiar with Bob's work, think again - he has has recorded and worked with artists including David Foster, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, The Cult, Bryan Adams, Our Lady Peace, Jack Lemmon, B.T.O., Rita McNeil, Valdy, Randy Travis, The Irish Rovers, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, among many others! In the film and television world, Bob has scored numerous award-winning shows for Disney, Alliance, ABC, FOX, CBS, PBS, CBC and the Cartoon Network. Lucky for us, Bob also composes and arranges an array of music for symphonic wind band that is performed worldwide.
The program on May 22 will also include theme music from favourites like Star Wars, Doctor Who, How To Train Your Dragon, Star Trek, James Bond, and more! And for your viewing pleasure, Stelly's Secondary School Media Class is creating accompanying visuals.

Meridiem hopes to draw music lovers from across the CRD, as well as band and music students from across all local school districts to hear an exemplary performance of wind orchestra works both familiar and new.

The program will be conducted by Meridiem's Artistic Director, Scott MacInnes, as well as two guest conductors - Dr. Steven Capaldo, director of the University of Victoria Wind Symphony; and local school teacher who you'll also find in Meridiem's clarinet section, Andrea Blair.

It will be an evening of music to delight the senses!
Meridiem Wind Orchestra presents
TO THE MOVIES AND BEYOND!
Wednesday, May 22  |  7:00 PM
North Douglas Church, 675 Jolly Place, Victoria
Scott MacInnes, Artist Director
Andrea Blair, Guest Conductor
Dr. Steven Capaldo, Guest Conductor

Visuals by Stelly's Secondary School Media Class

Admission by donation

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IT SEEMS TO BE A SPRING FULL OF MAJOR ANNIVERSARIES; several Victoria arts groups are celebrating the passion—and tenacity—that has kept them convening and creating together for decades. Fired Up! is one such enterprise; the ceramic artists’ annual spring collective show is now 35 years old and thriving. Samantha Dickie, one of eight “core members” exhibiting work at Fired Up! this year, says the theme, MONUMENTAL, is in reference to “the nature of the collective, the calibre over the years. The whole group is proud that it’s such a long-standing exhibition and show.”
Dickie’s contemporary approach to ceramics, which includes “abstract expressionism and minimalist sculpture within an installation practice,” will be flanked by Vin Arora, Gordon Hutchens, Cathi Jefferson, Meira Mathison, Beth McMillan, Kinichi Shigeno, and Pat Webber. This year’s special guest artists are Elaine Brewer-White, Peter Flanagan, Bob Kingsmill, Alwyn O’Brien, and Clive Tucker.
 

Untitled by Vin Arora, 20 x 6 inches
 
When you google “Fired Up,” you could end up finding a paint-your-own pottery shop—not to be confused with this Fired Up! which convenes the region’s top-notch, professional ceramic artists. “Each member, individually, is teaching and exhibiting across North America,” Dickie explains. The collective, as an entity, is focused solely around the annual three-day, themed show in Metchosin; some years, the members take it on the road to Seattle, Vancouver, or Ontario.
As new members replace or join original members, Fired Up! has morphed into a wonderful confluence of styles and approaches, Dickie observes. “It’s amazing to have this cross-generational camaraderie and influence; the diversity for exhibition; the different kinds of work people are doing. There’s a respect for tradition, mastery, and craft producers that is multigenerational; there’s also an approach to pushing new ways…through the younger generation and the guest artists.”
And it’s definitely not all coffee mugs and salad bowls. “You’ll find practical items, and also things that are pushing the new frontiers of ceramics,” she says. You’ll learn a lot, too. “All artists are there to engage about their work and their craft…it’s a clearing house to find out what people are doing and where.” She says it’s not just a show to sell things, “but to be part of the conversation around ceramics and craft in Canada.”
 
Fired Up! Ceramic Artists: Contemporary Works in Clay presents MONUMENTAL, Celebrating 35 Years, May 24-26, Metchosin Community Hall, 4401 William Head Road. Opening Gala May 24, 6-9pm; continues May 25 & 26, 10am-5pm. www.firedup.ca.
—Mollie Kaye

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“Who Wins?: The Battle for California’s Energy Market between Vancouver Island and Puget Sound Coal Mines, 1880 -1914” with Jack Bryden
Presented by the Victoria Historical Society
Thursday, May 23, 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, Jack Bryden.  Admission is free for members, $5 for guests.  See website www.victoriahistoricalsociety.bc.ca.
How did Vancouver Island energize California?  Between 1880 and 1914, the rapidly growing state of California relied on imported coal to power everything from locomotives and warships to stoves and heaters in private homes.  Yet, despite tariff barriers and competition from Washington State, Vancouver Island coal producers became the major suppliers of coal to the Golden State.
Jack Bryden, a former employee of the BC Ministry of Environment, is a past-president of the BC Water and Waste Association and the current President of the Victoria Historical Society.  Jack and wife Britta presently divide their time between residences in Victoria and Quebec City where Jack is on the Board of the 195 year old Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

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Burlesque Fundraiser for Peers Victoria

HOT PINK! Burlesque Fundraiser for Peers Victoria raises funds for their important programs and services with an evening of dazzling entertainment, a fabulous silent auction, and super fun photo booth. The show features The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue and special guest Gala Vega!!!

SATURDAY, MAY 25
HOT PINK! Burlesque Fundraiser for Peers Victoria
Belfry Theatre
1291 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria, BC
Doors at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm
*Under 19 with an an adult

Tickets: $35
At the Belfry Box Office - in person, by phone 250-385-6815 or online at:
https://tickets.belfry.bc.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent1099.html

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The Cheesecakes are multiple award-winners who have dazzled and delighted in Las Vegas, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, Helsinki, Paris, Stockholm, Rome, and Berlin, as well as all across Canada! Armed with a sassy-silliness and a g-force of glitter, these girls pack a sparkly punch that will make your heart happy and leave you loving the skin you’re in! With influences from cult classics like Priscilla Queen of the Desert to Broadway favorites like Guys and Dolls to imaginative roller coasters like their original Cheesecakes In Space, these girls know how to put on the modern day show-stopper! The Cheesecakes are known for their high-energy acts, standout performers, comedic timing, steamy seductiveness and girl-next-door accessibility.

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Spring Booksale
St. Aidan’s United Church Annual Spring Booksale, Saturday, May 25, 10-2pm, 3703 St.
Aidan’s Street, Victoria  Thrift Shop also open. Coffee/Tea and muffins available  Hundreds of books...
Contact Marilyn Smith 250-479-5676

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On May 25th and 26th, 2019, come discover some of South Vancouver Island’s finest artists during the 2019 Hills to Shore studio tour. 15 emerging and well established artists from Gordon Head, Cadboro Bay and Mt Tolmie will be displaying their work in their studios, homes and gardens. This year, Hills to Shore will showcase fibre and fabric artists, jewelers, painters, photographers, potters and sculptors.  This is the perfect opportunity to find something special for yourself or your loved ones!
The self-guided tour will take place on May 25th and 26th, 2019, from 11 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Free admission. Maps, brochures and further information is available on at  https://hillstoshoreartists.ca/ as well as at many local merchants in Cadboro Bay, Gordon Head and Mt. Tolmie areas.

We look forward to seeing you there!
 

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Baroque from Bach to Vivaldi
The Victoria Mendelssohn Choir directed by Maestro Simon Leung presents “Baroque from Bach to Vivaldi” with guests, Die Mahler String Quartet.  Two performances only:
Saturday, May 25 @ 3:00 pm, Church of St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria  
Sunday, May 26 @ 3:00 pm, The S.H.O.A.L Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney  
Tickets: $20 each available from Russell Books in Victoria; Ivy’s Bookshop in Oak Bay; Tanner’s Books and S.H.O.A.L Centre in Sidney, and at the door.
Program includes:
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 4, "Christ lag in Todes Banden" (Christ lay in death’s bonds)
G.F. Handel: Selections from oratorios "Samson", "Solomon" and "Acis & Galatea"
A. Vivaldi: “Magnificat”
Die Mahler String Quartet will accompany the choir and play additional selections on their own.
For more information please contact Katie at katie@newfoundfiddle.com or 250-478-8843.

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The Maritime Museum of BC Summer 2019 Featured Art Exhibit:
SPIRIT OF CANADA:
AN ARTIST’S JOURNAL OF THE CANADIAN LANDSCAPE
JOHN STUART PRYCE.
O.S.A. HON. I.P.A.P. A.F.C.A.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
There is value in all forms of art whether decorative, non-objective or
representational but I prefer to use my artistic skills to bring an
awareness of the beauty that surrounds us and the environment that we
take for granted.

A painting should have a soul, make a statement or give rise to thought
and conversation.

I paint only subjects or experiences that are personally connected and
strive to share the emotions that I feel as eloquently and creatively as
possible.

“My goal is to share with others what my eyes see, my heart
feels and my soul yearns to understand”

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Café Suite
The Westshore Community Concert Band, based in Langford, is a group of about
40 amateur band musicians under the direction of Mike Dominy, who rehearse
once a week and perform about 10 times a year in various venues around the
greater Victoria area.

On Saturday, May 25th, 2019 we will be holding our 12th annual Café Suite
event, which is our major annual concert and fundraiser. The evening
features a variety of concert band music, with lots of delicious snacks,
desserts, and many door prizes, all included in the ticket price, and a
silent auction featuring a wide variety of items donated by local merchants
all around the Victoria area.

Café Suite will be held at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Hall, 798
Goldstream Avenue, Langford, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on May 25th.

Tickets are $15. each, and can be obtained at the door (if still available)
or in advance by calling Pauline Barnes at 250-477-0117.

Westshore Community Concert Band    (http://www.westshoreband.org)

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This spring, Open Space artist-run centre presents Field Guides For Listeners, a collaboration between sound artist Jenni Schine and visual artist Jay White, which examines the relationship between art and science through studying the effects of salmon farming on the Pacific Coast of B.C.
 
The opening reception will be held at Open Space Friday, April 12 from 7-10pm.
Saturday, April 13 Jenni Schine will lead a soundwalk through downtown Victoria from 1-3pm.
In the evening of Saturday the 13th, Jenni, Jay and Field Coast scientists will participate in Art, Science, and Salmon: Open Discussion from 7-9pm.
 
The gallery exhibition will run from April 12 through May 31, 2019, Tues-Sat, 12-5pm. Admission is free / by donation.

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Sidney Concert Band Features Local Musicians for its Spring Concert
At 2 pm on Sunday May 26, the Sidney Concert Band presents its annual Spring concert entitled “Broadway Meets the Movies” at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. Featured performers include vocalists Stephanie Benbow, Jim Kingham and Nicola Hestnes; the Killer Wails a cappella quartet and dancers from the Allegro Performing Arts Centre in North Saanich. Come and enjoy a great afternoon of melodies from Broadway musicals and movie themes! Tickets are $20 and available through the Mary Winspear Box Office at marywinspear.ca or by calling (250) 656-0275.

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Fine Art Auction & Jewellery Sale for Refugees
A fundraising Fine Art Silent Auction and Jewellery Sale Monday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 28 at Chapel Gallery, St. Matthias Church, 600 Richmond Road, Victoria V8S 3Y7 takes place from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Silent Auction closes at 7:00 pm on May 28. Music and refreshments will be available both days.  For more information please call: 250-598-2302.  
A sponsorship group “Spirited Hands” has been formed to sponsor an Eritrean Refugee Family of six.  All proceeds from the Silent Auction and Jewellery Sale go towards supporting this family during their first year in Canada.  

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Linden Traditions: Choral Classics
The Linden Singers of Victoria is pleased to present a selection of choral classics, old and new, with Emily Carr String Quartet and guest soloists Adam Dyjach, tenor, Kyron Basu, baritone, and Jessica Wagner, soprano.  
This concert presents the familiar, rich harmonies of Schubert's Mass in G, Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus and Brahms' Zigeunerlieder, along with the equally beautiful and lush haunting melodies of Ola Gjeilo.
Tickets $20.00,  under 25 years free. 
Saturday May 25th at 7:30 PM 
Lutheran Church of the Cross
3787 Cedar Hill Road
www.lindensingers.ca/concerts-tickets
https://www.facebook.com/LindenSingers
 

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Victoria Event Explores life of Early Bute Inlet Pioneers
Victoria’s Bolen Books is pleased to present an event with Judith Williams, who will be giving a talk and slide show based on her new book, Raincoast Chronicles 24: Cougar Companions, Bute Inlet Country and the Legendary Schnarrs ($26.95, Harbour Publishing), which explores the history of Bute Inlet and traces the remarkable story of the Schnarr family.
Williams’s presentation, which will be followed by a book signing, takes place on Tuesday, May 28 at 7pm.
Raincoast Chronicles 24 is an impeccably researched and richly illustrated history of Bute Inlet’s pioneering residents, including August Schnarr and his family. Schnarr, a trapper and a logger in the region from 1910 until the 1960s, was also an amateur photographer who faithfully took a Kodak camera on his many expeditions and used it to capture experiences on the family homestead.  
To create this fascinating history of these pivotal pioneers, Williams went on research trips to Bute Inlet and the Homathko Valley, conducted interviews and delved into oral history and old diaries. She also used Schnarr’s impressive collection of photos showing life on the remote BC coast—including those of floathouses, log booms, steam donkeys, residents with giant fish catches, boats and pictures documenting August’s daughters with their pet cougars.
Judith Williams is an assistant professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and is also the author of Clam Gardens (New Star Books, 2006) and Dynamite Stories (New Star Books, 2003). She lives on Cortes Island, BC.
Bolen Books is located at Hillside Centre (1644 Hillside Avenue). Admission is free and books will be for sale at the event. For more information, please phone 250-595-4232 or visit www.bolen.bc.ca. 
www.harbourpublishing.com

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Kinesthesia Shon Kim | Kristin Reeves | Kelly Sears | Wenhua Shi   April 13 to May 11, 2019   Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca Gallery Hours: Wed–Sat, 12–5pm   The video works in Kinesthesia explore ritualized movement and idealized/abstracted bodies through appropriated imagery and experimental animation techniques. Within the exhibition setting a haptic feedback loop is created. Through image and sound, osmosis and suggestion, the installation creates a space where observers consider firsthand how we receive and experience information on somatic and conscious levels.    Experimenting with locomotion based on chronophotography in homage to Muybridge and Jules-Maray, Kim traverses the thin line between mastery and control, posturing and threat. Using various source material including old martial arts books, magazines and audio recordings, BOOKANIMA dissects the idea of movements in a sociopolitical sense—a corps of bodies and minds in thrall to larger ideals situated on the continuum between defence and aggression.    Through Reeve’s reanimation of 16mm media cadavers Body Contours takes a deep dive into the realms of focused dreaming and visualization: the creation of these “mind movies” standing in for filmmaking itself. Harder than it seems, with all the background distortion we create for ourselves; control can be elusive and fragmentary. Risk is inherent in the search for peak performance. Inner worlds can collide too.   Sears animates hundreds of images from massage instruction manuals to explore the transmission of language itself, with the body as receptacle for this knowledge. While Applied Pressure envelopes us in the therapeutic mood of healing touch, it also suggests the proximal distress of our surrounding lives—the double meaning of the work’s title—and the memories of trauma our bodies retain.    In Walking Cycle, Shi propels the body through other dimensions. Motions yield to ectoplasmic ripples as actions displace space. Extra-dimensional activity breaks down the corporeal in order to reform it. Abstraction leads to coalescence via the power of suggestion—a mesmeric conjuring that is also a tribute to abstract animation pioneers Len Lye and Hans Richter.     Shon Kim completed a BFA in Film and Video at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA in Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts and a Ph.D. in Animation Theory at Chung-Ang University, Seoul. He lives and works in Los Angeles.   Kristin Reeves has shown her interdisciplinary work internationally in museums, galleries, theatres, art events and festivals such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Crossroads Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Antimatter [Media Art], European Media Arts Festival, Revelation Perth and Microscope Gallery. She was awarded the 2016 Indie Grits Film Festival Helen Hill Memorial Award for Body Contours and is a Signal Culture Artist in Residence. Reeves has also collaborated in over 20 live multimedia projects staged in performance venues such as Steppenwolf Theatre, The Boiler and Granoff Centre. She is Programming Director for That One Film Festival in Muncie, Indiana and Assistant Professor of Art at Murray State University in western Kentucky.   Kelly Sears is an experimental animator who recasts and reframes American archetypes and institutions to reimagine our own social and political legacy. She views animation as a critical practice, cutting out and collaging as a way to intervene and expand context to appropriated source materials while reworking recognizable social or political narratives. Sears has screened retrospective programs of her short work at Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archives, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Portland Art Museum and the San Francisco Cinematheque. She is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she teaches advanced filmmaking, animation, experimental documentary and media archeology.   Wenhua Shi pursues a poetic approach to moving image making, and investigates conceptual depth in film, video, interactive installations and sound sculptures. His work has been presented at museums, galleries and film festivals, including International Film Festival Rotterdam, European Media Art Festival, Athens Film and Video Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, West Bund 2013: a Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Shanghai, Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and the Arsenale of Venice in Italy. Shi has received awards from New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and Black Maria Film and Video Festival.  

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Draw by Drawing returns! These are weekly drawing drop-in sessions facilitated by VISA Director, Instructor and Artist, Wendy Welch. A unique fun and imaginative project will be presented each week.
$15/session.
All materials supplied.
Lots of parking! Sessions start next week, Thursday, May 23. This is a great way to put some art in your life without committing to a full course.

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Vancouver Island. It’s easy to romanticize our lush, idyllic home—but there’s more to life here than hiking, whale watching, and wine. In Island Home, local chronicler Anny Scoones gives voice to the quirkier side of Island life, from overenthusiastic foodies, to chainsaw carving festivals and the giant gnome just north of Nanoose Bay. No matter what prompts her latest “little think,” Scoones proves an essential literary tour guide for anyone intrigued by our eclectic corner of Canada.
 
Round up your neighbours and enjoy this local launch!
 

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“WE TELL OURSELVES STORIES in order to live.” Joan Didion said this, and it’s not hyperbole. Brain scientists, behavioural psychologists, and spiritual gurus all concur that storytelling is a fundamental aspect of our human experience. It’s the way we make meaning and sense of our experiences, how we learn and teach. There is both huge value and darkness inherent in the way we frame and tell our stories. Depression, at its root, is directly connected to stories we tell ourselves—as is every peak experience we celebrate.
The fact that there’s a local organization dedicated to the conscious art of telling stories shouldn’t be a surprise, then, but perhaps you didn’t know about the Victoria Storyteller’s Guild (VSG), or that they are now celebrating 30 years. Victoria Cownden, a member for two decades, says the group holds a meeting at the Quaker Hall on Fern Street on the third Friday evening of each month. “People can come and try it,” she encourages, saying the group is welcoming and supportive. “A story is a story. You can make doing the laundry a story. Everybody has a story,” she says. “We serve a nice tea party during the break.”
The group sponsors workshops and concerts where professional storytellers offer their craft and inspire others. This year’s VSG-sponsored concert, featuring award-winning Vancouver transgender author and storyteller Ivan Coyote, has particular cultural relevance.
 

Ivan Coyote
 
Coyote’s most famous book, Tomboy Survival Guide, got long-listed for Canada Reads. “Ivan is well known, and the press is quite positive,” says Cownden. “Ivan is a storyteller first, [with] the ability for their stories to transform the world and make it a better place. When you know a person’s story, it’s pretty hard to judge them.”
 
7:30pm, The Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Avenue. Call 250-385-6815 or see tickets.belfry.bc.ca
—Mollie Kaye

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Art Show and Sale
By Goward House PORTRAIT PAINTERS
May 31, 2019 – June 26, 2019
Viewing hours:  Mon. – Fri.  9:00am – 4:00pm
For a preview of the event, visit www.gowardhouse.com/artshow
THE GOWARD HOUSE SOCIETY
2495 Arbutus Road    Victoria BC  V8N 1V9
(250) 477-4401 gowardhouse@shaw.ca
gowardhouse@shaw.ca

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