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Surfer’s Paradise: Northwest Coast Surfboards
One-of-a-kind red cedar surfboards reimagined by 20 artists, including coast Salish artist Dylan Thomas whose story is in Focus Magazine:
Opening reception August 10 at 4pm.
Alcheringa is at 621 Fort Street, Victoria. 250-383-8224, www.alcheringa-gallery.com
A companion show will run at Brentwood Bay Resort.

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26th annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash
At the Outdoor Stage at Ship Point (in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, 900 block of Wharf St) and at Hermann’s Upstairs (751 View St, above Hermann’s Jazz Club) this Labour Day Weekend!
 
Featured Ticketed Shows at Ship Point (on sale Monday, July 8): 
Mike Farris & The Fortunate Few
Saturday, August 31 – 7:30pm ~ $32 (tax incl.)
 
“There aren’t many current male singers who use their voices to soar, float and deliver material with the spiritual commitment of Mike Farris.” – Hal Horowitz, American Songwriter Magazine
From Nashville, Tennessee, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Mike Farris blends blues, gospel and Stax-style soul. A musical renaissance man, Farris toured as lead singer for rock band Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies and, for a time, fronted blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble. After his 2015 Grammy win, “Best Roots Gospel Album” for Shine For All The People, Farris maintains a distinct blues-rock, soul-tinged flavour with his 2018 record Silver & Stone. Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for “Best New Emerging Artist”, a Dove Award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year”, and was featured with Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Cissy Houston, and Ronald Isley at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 16th Annual American Masters concert honoring Aretha Franklin. Mike Farris and the Fortunate Few played Victoria in September 2018 and now return to rock the Blues Bash outdoor stage.
 
Kevin Burt and Big Medicine
Sunday, September 1 – 7:30pm ~ $32 (tax incl.)
“Burt is a serious songwriter who knows how to craft music to fit his personality, and no one delivers this brand of music better than he does…this guy is a real winner.”– Living Blues
For more than 25 years, the harmonica wizard from Coralville, Iowa, Kevin “B.F.” Burt, has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest. His soul-inspired stage presence and ability to build an audience rapport consistently gets him likened to artists such as Bill Withers, Aaron Neville, and B.B. King. This self-taught master of vocals, harmonica, and guitar provides smooth, blues-rich vocals to an audience that always cheers for more. Burt was named one of the top 25 unsigned blues bands in the world by the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, which he won for “Best Solo/Duo,” “Solo/Duo Guitar,” and “Harmonica” in 2018. His 2018 album Heartland And Soul was nominated for a 2019 Blues Music Award for “Best Emerging Artist Album.” Don’t miss the Victoria debut of this rising star, whose sheer feel for the blues guarantees to captivate crowds from all walks of life.
Ticket Combo:
*Save big on ticketed evening performances with a Ticket Combo for only $49! Includes one ticket to Mike Farris & The Fortunate Few and one ticket to Kevin Burt and Big Medicine. 
 
Featured Ticketed Show at Hermann’s Upstairs (on sale Monday, July 😎:
Lindsay Beaver
plus Blue Moon Marquee
Saturday, August 31 – 10:00pm ~ $18 (tax incl.)
Former co-leader of the 24th St. Wailers blues-rocking, soul-singing stand-up drummer Lindsay Beaver ascends to staggering heights with her first CD under her own name, Tough As Love, with the prestigious blues record label, Alligator Records. This 2018 album was nominated for the 2019 Blues Music Award “Best Emerging Artist Album.” Beaver has exceeded the expectations of the blues world by melding both striking originals with impeccably selected covers. Though drawing inspiration from Amy Winehouse to Little Richard to The Ramones, from Billie Holiday to Nick Curran, her style is solely limited by her boundless confidence and originality. She last played Victoria in October 2018. Opening for this blues-infused evening is the Blue Moon Marquee duo.
 
Ticket Outlets:
Victoria Jazz Society (250-388-4423 or 977 Alston St) and the Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at rmts.bc.ca). No service charges at the VJS office!
Free Afternoon Performance Series (Noon to 5PM): 
The following bands will perform at Ship Point starting at noon each day during the Vancouver Island Blues Bash:
Saturday, August 31:
Mark Crissinger • Blue Moon Marquee Band • Mystery Train w. Wayne Berezan • Bill Johnson Blues Band
Sunday, September 1:
Checo & The Sweet Soul Choir • Kelly Fawcett & The Maladies • Little Marty & The Juke Joint • David Vest
Monday, September 2:
Blue Dog Ramble • The Kingpins • Brett Smith-Daniels • Soul Shakers
                                                                                                                           
 
 
www.jazzvictoria.ca

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Art Exhibit Opening: 'Eyes Of Society - A Regionalist Perspective'
 
The Maritime Museum of BC is pleased to announce the opening of a new art show titled 'Eyes Of Society - A Regionalist Perspective' by a series of Canadian artists, on from September 5th to November 30th, 2019.
 
   
Paintings by the Eyes of Society
 
 
About the Exhibit
 
 
This exhibition presents a series of new 'perspectives' in an on-going, cross-cultural collaboration.
 
The 2016 Regional art project 'ReEncounter', a fourteen-day kayak expedition in Gwaii Haanas, spun off a series of related endeavours inspired by the Watchmen of Haida Gwaii. The journey itself was documented in Braid Film's 2017 short film 'Eyes of Society', and its basic tenets, outlined in a series of interviews, now live on in the form of a Social Commentary Award at Canada's largest outdoor art festival, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.
 
   
In 2018, the project evolved into a summer exhibition at the Robert Bateman Centre, exploring the relationship between art and traditional knowledge, and the belief 'that nature and culture are intrinsically connected', to quote the Coastal Guardian Watchmen. These ideas of interconnectedness and co-dependence, on all levels, are reoccurring themes in the works of this collective of realist painters from across Canada. 
 
Born of the Age of Reason and Enlightenment, and following the spirit of the Romantic painters of the nineteenth century, Regionalism in art is an age-old tradition that embodies the highest ideals and aspirations of Western society. These ideas, paradoxically, find their origins in direct observation of the natural world, and a parallel in the response by the Romantics to a newly industrialized world. Regional art, therefore, strives to understand the nature of perception and the nature of objective reality ('culture' itself, that is); resisting the postmodern perspective of the day. Perhaps no one (in this world) can claim to have a closer relationship to what is real than those who live closest to the earth and ocean.
 
   
‘Tluu Jaad – Canoe Woman’ by April SGaana Jaad White
 
 
Our goal here is to bring together the views of very different cultures, remember our respective histories, and find the common ground that will enable us to move forward together, successfully, into an uncertain future
 
Participating artists: April SGaana Jaad White, Anja Karisik, Andrew Cheddie Sookrah, Sophie Lavoie, Gary Landon and W. David Ward
 
 
 
Information for the Public
 
 
Exhibit Dates: September 5th to November 30th, 2019 
Location: 634 Humboldt Street, Victoria BC
Hours of Operation: 
·  Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
·  Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: regular Museum admission applies
 
The majority of artwork is for sale.

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Land, Sea & Sky
Dorothy Knowles, Greg Hardy,
Nathan Birch and Terry Fenton
September 5 - 25, 2019
Winchester Galleries
Please join us for our opening reception
Saturday, September 7, 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Nathan Birch and Terry Fenton will be in attendance.
Brent Jarvis, piano; Ross Mcdonald, bass
Refreshments will be served
  DOROTHY KNOWLES, Bow Valley Series, 1991, oil on linen, 12 x 16 inches
  GREG HARDY, Evening Hum, acrylic on linen, 36 x 48 inches
  NATHAN BIRCH, Driftwood Hiding in Tall Grass, acrylic on canvas, diptych, 
21.5 x 38 inches
  TERRY FENTON, Resolve, James Bay, oil on panel, 24 x 39 inches
  View Exhibition       winchestergalleriesltd.com

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Nicole Sleeth - ALL EYES ON YOU
åfortune gallery is proud to present Nicole Sleeth - ALL EYES ON YOU

Nicole’s work centers the female figure as an exploration of power, connection, and lived experience.The works in All Eyes On You are, at their core, about giving agency to the female subject. This body of work confronts and challenges societal constructs including this age old pearl: the passive and decorative object – a.k.a the female nude. In painting history these ‘objects’ are traditionally called models.  In this show, these models have transformed, shedding this label and many of its objective associations. Each model is a confident individual, simultaneously strong and unapologetic. These women intentionally fix their gaze on YOU, the viewer. In turn, you no longer see just a body. You connect directly with a sentient being. 
September 4-29; opening reception, September 12, 7-9pm
Please review the exhibit at www.fortunegallery.ca

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waterfalling   Shelley Penfold | Daniel Laskarin   September 6 to October 5, 2019 Opening Friday, September 6, 7pm   Artist Talks: Saturday, September 7 at 12pm (Penfold) | Saturday, September 28 at 2pm (Laskarin)   Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca Gallery Hours: Wed–Sat, 12–5pm   Featuring painted diptychs by Vancouver-based Shelley Penfold and sculpture by Victoria’s Daniel Laskarin, waterfalling explores the nature and breadth of our human interactions. Employing an abstracted visual language arising from attraction and aversion, question and response, the work in this exhibition considers how our thoughts and conversations can break apart to reform and coalesce.     Shelley Penfold

My paintings are based on chance encounters, the way materials interact with surfaces and how they come together and settle, interact, and speak to each other. 

I work en plein air at times to find the language of nature. The ways that the materials mix and materialize on the surface of the paintings is not unlike the disparate synching that happens in a forest, meadow, or other landscape. 

There are a multitude of narratives that exist in each work and abstraction drives some of these conversations. There are interjections of cultural symbols, personal experience, icons, architecture, and a dictionary of marks that can appear at any time on the surface. When the inner dialogue that exists while in the process of making shifts, sometimes those marks etc are removed. This removal, build up and taking away is part of the overall history of each painting and is typically allowed to show through. But, at times, the marks are laid onto the surface as deliberate moves. These moves happen after a period of thought, experimentation (will the material hold up as I think it will) and a willingness to tell a story and to express an emotion or thought of something that has been observed in my life. These are personal narratives or portraits that utilize universal markers to make the paintings relational. 

There is intention involved as much as there are deliberate movements. At times, I can think about what is next for weeks or months. But once I get going those marks, moves, are laid down and left to settle to be contemplated upon, not unlike words on a page or of dark energy that exists but is not yet fully understood but has the ability to pull a universe apart.      Daniel Laskarin

After a career as a helicopter pilot/engineer I turned to the visual arts as a field of equal, if dissimilar, danger.

My practice is one of restless contemplation. It is object based, materially and philosophically rooted. It is an investigation of our experience of objects as other bodies and of the ways in which art may give sensory experience to consciousness, creating a bridge between substance and ineffability.

Understanding that the “expanded field” is utterly blown apart, my work makes things that stay together, that find their own order in a condition of disorder, and that at the same time remain unsettled. This work uses diverse media, drawn from industrial materials and processes, sometimes incorporating photography and video, optics, robotics systems, installation and sound. I have been involved with set design, public image projections, and large scale public commissions in the Pacific Northwest.

I have exhibited across Canada and internationally and currently teach at the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria in western Canada.     Contact: Deborah de Boer, delugeart@shaw.ca Images: Shelley Penfold: it looks like it should be rubble, right B?, mixed media on canvas, 2019, 122x183cm
Daniel Laskarin: tether, steel, aluminum, rope, 2018, 224x62x180cm; to extend and shift, aluminum, fabric, various props, 2016/19, 104x81x84cm        

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Aura Arindam: Paintings The artist’s acrylic seascape, landscape and skyscape paintings will be displayed and for sale at the Fernwood Inn from September 7 to October 31, 2019:    1302 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria BC www.fernwoodinn.com www.auraart.net  

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THE FALL LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES at Christ Church Cathedral (CCC) is promising to be a compelling opportunity for those interested in building community, grappling with controversial subjects, and receiving edification through thoughtful dialogue.
CCC’s new-Vicar-on-the-block Reverend Ross Bliss says that the five-week series, entitled “Science, Religion and Mistrust of Institutions,” will bring in scientists and other experts to offer facts and information about hot topics like genetic engineering and medically assisted suicide. “Churches are viewed as the antithesis of intellectual activity,” Reverend Bliss remarks. “There is this idea of ‘blind faith’…that religion is some kind of primitive, fear-based response to the unknown.” He says this ignores the genesis of higher education in the West. “Universities’ first establishment was in the institutional church.”
My refreshingly lively conversation with Reverend Bliss covers many vexing and complex aspects of modern life, revealing a man enormously dedicated to intellectual discourse and thoughtful research. No surprise, then, when he says he had a long career as a secular librarian before undertaking his path to become a vicar. Both the religious and academic aspects of his experience clearly inform this series, which is being curated and organized by retired CCC parishioner Alan Batten, formerly of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, National Research Council of Canada (Batten is also presenting the fifth and final lecture, “Whom can we believe and what can we believe?” on October 10).
Each scientific discovery about the mundane workings of our physical world seems to point toward more and more interconnection, yet ideological discord burns hot throughout the world. With so many new findings taking us into “areas that people haven’t understood,” the vicar says, “the scientists [in the series] are doing the research, and will have the opportunity to have their say, so people can understand. We’re not taking a position on these things, that’s not our role. Offering information is the philosophical impetus for pulling the series together.”
The comfortable “chapter room” at CCC, which seats about 80, is where the lunch-hour lectures will convene at noon each week, and bringing your own food and drinks is not just allowed, it’s encouraged. First up, on September 12, is speaker Paul Bramadat, director of UVic’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, speaking on Conscience, Compassion, and Community in a Post-truth, Post-trust World.
 
“Science, Religion and Mistrust of Institutions,” free admission, Thursdays Sept 12-Oct 10, noon-1pm, Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett. https://www.christchurchcathedral.bc.ca.
—Mollie Kaye

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Doing Things ‘n Stuff: An accumulation of actions, relics, recent work, and more from John G. Boehme
Open Space presents Doing Things ‘n Stuff: An accumulation of actions, relics, recent work, and more from John G. Boehme. Opening on September 13 with a reception on September 20, the month-long exhibition will highlight the international practice of Victoria-based performance artist John G. Boehme and cast a light on the vibrant performance art community within the city.

Over the past twenty-five years Boehme has created a body of work that explores his own physicality in relation to materials and processes. Often situating his work in critical response to current issues and concerns of contemporary performance art, Boehme works with sculpture, video, and live action, at times simultaneously, integrating materials, media, and processes into installations and time-based events.

For Boehme, “physical involvement is the most thorough and embodied way in which to create meaning.” In his durational works, “both the artist and the audience become privy to knowledge available only through this kind of commitment.”

Boehme is an undeniable presence in the Victoria performance art community, and the Open Space exhibition will offer the opportunity for the public to witness a series of past and current works, including installations, sculptures, videos, and printed matter.
 
Exhibition: September 13-October 12, Tues-Sat, 12-5pm
Opening reception: Friday, September 20, 7-9pm
Performance: Thursday, October 10, 7:00pm
See www.openspace.ca

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BMK Studio Residency
Application deadline for 2020 residencies is Sept 15, 2019
The BMK Studio Residency was established in 2016 by the Kreye family in memory of Bonnie McComb Kreye, artist and educator. Each year, up to 7 local and international artists are selected to work in the garden studio. In May and June, accommodation is provided on site. Self-funded and focussed on supporting the artist’s creative process, the BMKResidency has partnered with the Vancouver Island School of Art and is supported by the Victoria Arts Council Gallery, Fifty-Fifty Arts Collective and the Ministry of Casual Living.
For more information:  bmkresidency.com - IG bmkresidency

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Opening: September 6, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: September 14

Curious Constructions exhibits a series of paintings and sculptural works which explore formal possibilities as they relate to their own construction. The visual rhetoric of the paintings is reflected in the sculptures, opening up a dialogue between the two disciplines and expressing a creative exploration of colour, form and material.
 

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Mark your calendars!
SingYourJoy starts again on MONDAY, September 9th!
SingYourJoy, Victoria's young adult chorus, is a NON-AUDITIONED group of people (ages 16 - 29 ) who love to sing.
NO fees to participate - just your commitment to spend your Monday evenings learning, laughing and SINGING!
Register online TODAY and reserve your space in our chorus: 
http://singyourjoy.ca/join-now/  
This is your opportunity to make new friends and be part of a great community.  We welcome new and returning singers on TWO evenings ONLY - September 9 & 16. Our 13 week season ends in concert on Friday, December 6th.

SingYourJoy Young Adult Chorus - we are a non-auditioned chorus for young adults (16-29) from all walks of life, joining our voices together in an exuberant expression of joy, building friendships, and growing community. Co-directed by Christine Chepyha & Gordon Miller.

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The Children by Lucy Kirkwood
★ ★ ★ ★ "The Children should be seen for its simple take on powerful questions" Chicago Sun-Times
From September 17 to October 13, 2019, the Belfry Theatre will present The Children by British playwright Lucy Kirkwood. Directed by Michael Shamata, The Children stars Nancy Palk (Hazel), Brenda Robins (Rose), and Joseph Ziegler (Robin).
Brenda Robins starred (as the delightful 90-year old Vera) in our production of 4000 Miles earlier this year. Nancy Palk and Joseph Ziegler (who are married in real life) are returning after making their Belfry debuts in Da (in 1979). The three actors are longtime friends.
Robin and Hazel are two retired nuclear scientists, living in a seaside cottage on the east coast of England. But all is not as it seems. Their electricity is restricted to evenings, and they have a Geiger counter in the kitchen. On a warm summer’s evening, Rose, an old friend and colleague, arrives from America with a startling request.
Inspired by the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Japan, The Children is a pressure cooker that asks powerful questions of us all. Playing out in real time, by turns it is a mystery, comedy and drama.
The play opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London in November 2016 and transferred to Broadway a year later. In New York the play was nominated for the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding New Broadway Play and the 2018 Tony Award for Best Play.
Last year, Kirkwood was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in its "40 Under 40" initiative. Her 2013 play Chimerica examined the relationship between the US and China. It won the 2014 Olivier Award for best new play and was subsequently adapted as a TV miniseries, airing on the UK’s Channel 4 this past April.
WHY I CHOSE THIS PLAY
Award-winning playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s brilliant play asks big questions about the responsibility we face to leave a better world for the next generation. How do we reconcile our mistakes with their impact on the future, and who is meant to clean up after us? -- Michael Shamata
Creative Team
Lucy Kirkwood - Playwright
Michael Shamata - Director
Christina Poddubiuk - Designer
Alan Brodie - Lighting Designer
Tobin Stokes - Composer / Sound Designer
Jennifer Swan - Stage Manager
Carissa Sams - Assistant Stage Manager
Jacques Lemay - Choreographer
Adrienne Smook - Dialect Coach
Molly McDowell-Powlowski - Assistant Director*
*Molly McDowell-Powlowski’s participation made possible through the Belfry’s Emerging Artist Enhancement Program, funded by the RBC Emerging Artists Project.
Ticket Information
Tickets for The Children range from $20 to $55 (plus GST). Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at tickets.belfry.bc.ca. Prices are subject to change.
Tickets for The Children - https://tickets.belfry.bc.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent1085.html

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Canadian Club of Victoria Luncheon with Jonathan Manthorpe, author of “Claws of the Panther: Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada”
Jonathan Manthorpe, highly acclaimed foreign correspondent and author, presents his insights on the escalating diplomatic tensions between Canada and China, and the opportunities this crisis may create. 
For reservations please phone (250) 370-1837 Reservations required by Friday, September 13, 2019






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Object Biographies: Artists’ Lives through their Archives
Legacy Maltwood Gallery, UVic campus: September 19–January 12, 2020
A printing block. Glaze samples. Pouches of pigments. What can they tell us about the lives, relationships, artworks and practices of the artists who owned them? Bringing together materials from UVic’s Special Collections and University Archives in partnership with the Legacy Art Galleries, Object Biographies is a glimpse into the lives of artists. Curated by Bradley Clements with Caroline Riedel. Opening reception Sept 26, 4:30-6:30 lower level, Mearns Centre for Learning, McPherson Library, RSVP to libraryevents@uvic.ca.250-721-6562.
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“The Somerset Zodiac” Katharine Maltwood, painted wood bas-relief sculpture, c. 1930-1940. Image courtesy University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries

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Kimberly Kiel: Mark Making
The Avenue Gallery, September 19–29
KimberlyKielexpresses herself through a wide variety of subject matter: landscapes andtreescapes; figure pieces andflorals. She loves the creaminess of oil, the opportunity to blend, the fact that it doesn’t dry too quickly. Looking at her work, it’s obvious that colour is a major source of inspiration. She greatly enjoys playing around with the surface on the canvas, getting different layers and textures. 2184 Oak Bay Ave, 250-598-2184,www.theavenuegallery.com.
Shown here: “Playin’ it so Cool” Kimberly Kiel, 24 x 18 inches, Oil on canvas

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The Latest on Israel Today
Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education Team invites you to join them on Wednesday, September 18, 7 pm at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria V8W 2J3 for a presentation by Dr. Francis Landy on “The Latest on Israel Today”. Admission is by donation; refreshments will be served.
In May 2019, Emanu-El member and Torah reader Francis Landy, took part in a study tour in Israel organized by the New Israel Fund, which gives grants to about 70 Israeli human rights and civil society organizations. Francis’ group had the opportunity to speak to and go on tours with representatives of 11 or 12 of the sponsored agencies. The overwhelming impression was of the urgency and intensity of the problems facing Israel, and the many wonderful people and groups who are working together to make Israel a more hopeful and more sustainable society, across its many political and cultural divisions.
Highlights included a visit to Givat Haviva which has an arts centre and a centre for Arab-Jewish education, an afternoon spent with Segal from the African Migrants’ hotline centre, wandering around South Tel Aviv, and a day in Jaffa with Re’ut, an Arab-Jewish youth cooperation network. And, of course, the food!
Entry by donation
Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue
 

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Victoria’s Steven Price catapulted to fame with his sprawling novel By Gaslight, which remains one of our bestselling titles. Now, with Lampedusa, he sets his sights even higher, bringing to life a glittering 1950s Sicily through the eyes of Prince Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa, author of The Leopard. In the tradition of Michael Cunningham’s The Hours, Lampedusa explores the nature of art through the struggles of a real artist, fleshing out fact with exquisite fiction as moving as it is ambitious.
 
Don’t miss one of the season’s most-anticipated book launches!

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Rick Bond
Madrona Gallery: September 21–October 5
BC artist Rick Bond presents a new collection of vibrant and expressive paintings. For the past 30 years, he has been exploring the WestCoast while taking notes and making sketches along the way. During this time, Bond has successfully created a new and unique lens through which to view the WestCoast. In 1999, Rick achieved AFCA Signature Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists. His work is collected internationally. Opening reception Sept 21, 1-4 pm. 606 View St, 250-380-4660,www.madronalgallery.com.
Shown here:  “Islands in the Sky” Rick Bond, 40 x 60 Inches, Acrylic on Canvas

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How better to spend a Sunday in September than wandering the Fairfield and Oak Bay neighbourhoods to peek into beautiful art-filled houses? This year’s House Tour is, as usual, an important fundraiser for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Presented by the gallery and its volunteer Gallery Associates for 66 years, Bev Kallstrom, House Tour 2019 co-chair, says, “Once again, we are fortunate to have homeowners willing to open their wonderful homes to the public. The distinctive architecture and the exquisite variety of art ensure that visitors will enjoy a fabulous event.”
For the first time, the tour includes Government House, the extraordinary home of BC’s Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable Janet Austin OBC, and the ceremonial home of all British Columbians.
Four other outstanding properties—all in Fairfield and Oak Bay—are included on the self-guided tour which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Besides their close proximity to one another, this year’s featured homes share “impeccably curated art collections,” often involving local artists. The diverse collections include work by Pat Martin Bates, Luke Marston, Nita Forest, Karl Spreitz and Louise Bourgeois.
 

1370 Dallas
 

1025 Monterey
 

1034 Sutlej
 

1648 Rockland
 
Visitors will have the opportunity to chat with local artists working at each location, including six artists who will be working at Government House: Arthur Vickers, Deon Venter, Kathy Venter, Robert Amos, Lou-ann Neel and Judy McLean. Artists also featured at tour homes include: Kylee Turunen, Nancy Ruhl, Taryn Brown and Maryan Meek. Each stop on the tour also features imaginative floral creations from members of the Victoria Floral Artists’ Guild.
Co-chair Bill Huzar says, “This year the funds raised from the tour will support Gallery exhibitions and educational programming for families and children.”
Tickets for the self-directed tour cost $35 and are available at the AGGV, 1040 Moss Street and online at aggv.ca/house-tour or at GardenWorks (Oak Bay, Saanich, and Colwood), DigThis (Broadmead Plaza, Sidney), Munro’s Books and Ivy’s Bookshop. aggv.ca, 250-384-4171.

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Arden Rose: Artwork
The work of Arden Rose will be on display in the Langham Court Theatre Lounge during the run of Over the River and Through the Woods, Sept 25-Oct 12. The pieces will be available for viewing and purchase at the reception, pre-show, during intermission or post-show during the show run and during Box Office hours.
Artist Statement
My paintings celebrate our human spirit.
As humans we often forget to take the time to find our joy, yet it surrounds us. We can find it in the colours of spring, along a forest path, or in the face of another. It’s in child’s play, laughter, and love.
I want my images to stir your soul; is there a trace of you in a brush stroke? If it whispers to you, then you will find your joy.
 
Arden is a Victoria based artist and member of VAC, Zebra Arts Collective, and SPAC. She has been painting for 10+ years and has taken part in the Fairfield Artist Studio Tour, Bowker Creek Brush Up and was the Artist is Residence at the Parkside Hotel & Spa. She has also participated in several Live Painting shows including Art Battle. 
 
Art Show and Reception
Sunday, September 29, 1–3 p.m. in the Lounge. 

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Inspirational Explorations: Garry Oak Trees & Habitat
 
Wednesday, September 25, 7 pm
 
Church of Truth Community of Conscious Living, 111 Superior St.
Garry Oak Trees and Their Habitat: How We Can Help Endangered Ecosystems Transition to Recovery
Patricia Johnston, retired Native Plant Gardening Consultant and Community
Trees Matter Network member, will speak on Garry oak trees and the native
plants that are part of the ecosystems. By learning about Garry oak ecosystems
and their plants, as well as how to grow them in our gardens, we contribute to the
recovery of fragmented ecosystems. Facilitated by Frances Litman as part of the community Inspirational Explorations Wednesday night series presented by the Church of Truth, Community of Conscious Living.
See Community Trees Matter Network 
  National Tree Day
September 25
 
September 25th is National Tree Day! We encourage our supporters to plant a seedling or tree and encourage your local municipal and regional governments to protect and preserve trees.
 
Local events will be announced soon by The Community Trees Matter Network. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.
 

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In Search of Woo: Monkey, Muse, Mystery
The Victoria Historical Society presents a talk, “In Search of Woo: Monkey, Muse, Mystery” by Grant Hayter-Menzies, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at James Bay New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria V8V 2G7.  Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for refreshments and conversation.  A short business meeting beginning at 7:45 will be followed immediately by the speaker.

In 1923 Emily Carr went to a Victoria Pet Store and traded one of her dogs and $35 cash for a young Javanese macaque. For the next fifteen years, the monkey, named Woo, formed a bond with Carr that proved crucial to her artistic legacy. Using Carr's own writings, newspaper accounts, memoirs and archives, the author will reconstruct the fascinating story of Woo. 

For over a decade, Grant has specialized in biographies of extraordinary people. His recent biography of Woo was published by Douglas & McIntyre; Grant live

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North American Premiere of NRITYA by La Caramelita Flamenco Company
One Night Only: September 26, 2019, 8 pm
Denford Hall, Glenlyon Norfolk School, The 800 Block of Richmond Ave., Victoria
 


Deborah Dawson-Mourocq (flamenco dancer “La Caramelita”) believes that cross-cultural music and dance can bring people together in unexpected ways and connect them to their ancestral roots. Her new flamenco solo show, NRITYA, is the result of 10 years of introspection of how her Indian background influences her life as a flamenco dancer.
At 14, she was drawn to the fiery, “gypsy” energy of flamenco, only later discovering that flamenco’s roots could be traced to the Romani people from India who settled in Spain.
"As a first generation Canadian, born to Malaysian parents of Indian descent, I struggled to find my way with my multicultural background,” explains Dawson-Mourocq. “It’s the story of many Canadians. I stumbled upon flamenco in my early teens, which initially felt foreign and distant. When I discovered flamenco has roots in India, it was like I had come full circle with my own familial ancestry.”
NRITYArefers to “storytelling” and “emotions created by movement” in Sanskrit while the literal Hindi translation is “dance.” Taking inspiration from the sensuality in flamenco, Latin passion and her Indian heritage, Dawson-Mourocqexplores a journey in search of her origins. At the same time, she reconstructs bridges that disappeared between flamenco and Indian dance years ago.
The result is a flamenco show unlike anything experienced before. Familiar Indian songs are intermingled with traditional flamenco rhythms. In one section, the traditional Indian chant (Konnakol) matches the percussive staccato of flamenco footwork.
“This is not a traditional flamenco show. We've created a new language - a new algorithm - mixing various Indian influences with flamenco,” explains singer Alejandro Mendía.
Dawson-Mourocq began with a structure of three flamenco styles: tarantos, martinete and alegrías.
Award-winning flamenco guitarist Guillermo Guillén, percussionist Alex Carrasco and flautist Lara Wong composed original music and rhythms, using their own interpretations of the historical Indian and flamenco art forms. Mendía’s verses speak of distance, travel, the connectedness of music across cultures, and how being apart can bring you closer together. 
“Through the creation process, we’ve realized that the possibilities are endless. The art form has potential for so much growth,” explains Mendía.
NRITYAwas presented at the 31stArte Flamenco show in south France in July to great acclaim for its originality while Dawson-Mourocq “has mesmerized people worldwide with her graceful and passionate performances" (Petrina D'Souza, Darpan Magazine).
As a Vancouver native and Flamenco Rosario alumni, Dawson-Mourocq is excited to return to her roots, with Victoria and Vancouver holding special places inher heart.
“I’m so proud to perform NRITYAin Canada,” she says. “Canadians have a beautiful capacity to embrace multiculturalism. It means so much to perform this new creation at home.”
TICKET OPTIONS:
Advance tickets: $30 & $35 | At the door: $35 & $40 | Students: $5 discount 
Online: www.caravanbc.com | Phone: 604-241-7292
In Person: Munro’s Books, 1108 Government St. & Ivy’s Book Shop, 2188 Oak Bay Ave. 
 
About La Caramelita Flamenco Company
The versatility ofDeborah Dawson-Mourocq(“La Caramelita”) and La Caramelita Flamenco Company has taken them worldwide, performing in Ecuador, Portugal, Canada, Spain, Malaysia, Russia, Morocco, France and Switzerland. The Company introduced new audiences to flamenco at the 2016Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver folk festivals where their shows reached over 15 000 spectators.La Caramelita performed at the Rolex Trophy in Geneva,Pacha Uchukin Ecuador, the Western Canadian tour of Mis Hermanas,at international flamenco festivals in Europe and North America, and is the winner of the 2009 Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography. Dawson and her husband, flamenco singer Alejandro Mendía, are from Bordeaux, France. Together, with a group of award-winning musicians from France and Spain, they are creating a new language and artistic expression joining various Indian influences with flamenco. Performers includeLa Caramelita;Alejandro Mendía (singer); award-winning guitarist Guillermo Guillén(Lámpara Minera Award); multi-instrumentalist Alex Carrasco(cajón drum/percussion) andLara Wong(flute).
Additional resource links:
Video Teaser 1:https://youtu.be/2YDgzIlpAF4
Video Teaser 2: https://youtu.be/cUXQOaifLyA
Artist Website:  https://www.lacaramelita-flamenco.com
Artist Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/deborahlacaramelita
Caravan Event Page:http://caravanbc.com/2019/06/la-caramelita-flamenco-company-nritya
NRITYAWestern Canadian Tour - Fall 2019 with support from Spedidam
September 26 - Victoria - Denford Hall, Glenlyon Norfolk School
September 27 - Vancouver - Waterfront Theatre, Vancouver International Flamenco Festival
September 28 - Gibsons - Heritage Playhouse
October 2 - Kelowna - Rotary Arts Centre
October 3 - Oliver - Frank Venables Theatre
October 5 - Canmore - artsPlace

About Caravan World Rhythms
Caravan World Rhythms is a B.C. non-profit presenter of world music and dance events, featuring artists from diverse cultural backgrounds from across Canada and around the globe. We would like to thank our funders, the Canada Council, the City of Vancouver and Canadian Heritage.
Upcoming Events:Sept 2- Huun Huur Tu (Tuvan music), First Church of Christ Scientist, 1205 Pandora Ave., Victoria Tickets: www.caravanbc.com
 

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We Carry Our Ancestors:
Cedar, Baskets and Our Relationships with the Land
Legacy Downtown: September 28–December 21
This exhibition weaves together generations of Indigenous women through cedar basketry. For the first time ever, Legacy Art Galleries will exhibit Nuu-chah-nulth and Salish historical baskets from the collection, alongside portraits of theweavers including Alice Paul, Rosie Ross, Mary Jane Jackson, Mathilda Jim, Julianna Williams, Liz Happynook, Lena Jumbo and Ellen Jumbo. The photographic portraits are bydocumentary photographer Ulli Steltzer from Germany, who lived in Vancouver from 1972 until her death in 2018 at age 94. She used an unobtrusive hand-held Rolleiflexcamera while photographing many First Nationsartists at their work inBC.
Contemporary baskets by Salish artists Angela Marston and Brenda Crabtree, among others, will also be exhibited. Through new and intensive community research, this exhibition honours the resilience of women who have carried their cultures forward by passing down the art of cedar basketry to future generations. The exhibit is curated by Lorilee Wastasecoot, BC Arts Council Curatorial Intern.
Opening Celebration:Saturday, September 28, 3-5pm. Legacy Downtown, 630 Yates St, Lekwungen territory, www.legacy.uvic.ca, 250-721-6562.
Show here:  Alice Paul, 1975, photograph by Ulli Steltzer. Image courtesy of University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries
 

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PoleCraft: Aerial Artistry & Other Spells
A professional aerial and pole show is coming to the Metro Studio Theatre featuring performers from Cirque de Soleil and iconic pole dance studios on September 27 and September 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
PoleCraft: Aerial Artistry & Other Spells (“PoleCraft”) is a celebration of aerial artists who defy gravity, leaving audiences captivated, curious and spellbound. Using hanging equipment like hoops, silks and stationary poles, and incorporating high energetic acrobatics, complex choreography unfolds in an abstract narrative otherworldliness, illusion and transformation. 
This is the Island’s only professional pole dance production. Canadian ballerina Tara Meyer will perform as well as other award-winning performers representing studios from across Vancouver Island and Canada. They will offer workshops in Victoria while here.

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Victoria Baroque
with Jeanne Lamon, director & violin
The legendary violinist and long-time music director of Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon, leads sixteen members of Victoria Baroque in a selection of grand Overture Suites and ravishing Concerti Grossi celebrating the first-ever public concert series in Paris. Formed in 1725, Le Concert Spirituel brought music – previously exclusive to the courts – to the public realm, and became a platform to the finest of the French and touring artists. This concert revels in the splendours of the French Suite, Italian Concerto and Classical Symphony, and the contrast and blending of distinct national styles at what became the most acclaimed and imitated concert series in the 18th century Europe.
Music by Telemann, Mondonville, Geminiani, and Haydn.
Now in its Ninth Season, Victoria Baroque presents dynamic, personal and engaging performances of music from the Baroque and Classical periods. Playing on instruments of the 18th century, Victoria Baroque brings audiences closer to the sound world of the period, embracing the dance-driven rhythmic vitality, as well as the lyrical and conversational aspects of baroque music.
 
Tickets: $30 / $25 senior/ $5 student & child,
available at Royal & McPherson box office (www.rmts.bc.ca)
Munro's Books, Ivy's Bookshop, and at the door
  Contact & info: 250 590 9770, victoria-baroque@shaw.ca
victoria-baroque.com    

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Margaret Atwood
in conversation with CBC's 
Shelagh Rogers




Friday, September 27 at 8:00 pm

University Centre Farquhar Auditorium
3800 Finnerty Rd., University of Victoria

Tickets: $45* 
*Includes a copy of The Testaments to be received at the event
Buy in person at the UVic Ticket Centre,
over the phone at (250) 721-8480, or online at tickets.uvic.ca Season three of The Handmaid's Tale drops this Wednesday, but TV can only satisfy for so long. This fall, join Atwood herself as she discusses the decade's most anticipated sequel. Set 15 years after the events of the original novel, The Testamentsfollows three new handmaids as they navigate life in a dystopia that looks ever more familiar...
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I'D HEARD RUMOURS about a new museum of architectural history on Fort Street, but I’d never been inside it until I investigated Wentworth Villa’s fourth-annual music series, curated by artistic director Sarah Fryer. “The museum is still establishing itself,” she explains. The Villa, which in 1863 was one of the first homes built in the young city, has recently appointed a director to help them develop more exhibits highlighting the significant architecture of Victoria and early life of English settlers in the post-Fort-Victoria era.
As soon as the exhaustive and beautiful renovation of the heritage building was completed a few years ago, Wentworth Villa developed a music series to invite the public in to enjoy the space and connect to the meticulously restored property.
Fryer, herself an opera singer, has a long history in the music business, with connections to wonderful performers and artists in various parts of the world. The intimate series of concerts in the charming 108-seat cathedral-ceiling performance space (added in the 1950s), “brings in people who otherwise might not have a chance to perform in Victoria.”
“The acoustics are excellent for chamber music,” she enthuses. “The audience sits quite close, and the chairs are comfortable. Everyone in the room has a good view of what’s going on; people who like to see what a keyboard player is doing can sit behind them and look at their hands.” Pianist Irwin Shung performs on September 8, playing Bach’s Golberg Variations. On September 29, The Vetta Quartet will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, and selections from Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. November 2 and 3 the Villa welcomes tenor Isaiah Bell and collaborative pianist Anna Cal, performing Schubert’s powerful, 1828 song cycle. All concerts end with a Q&A session with the artists. In all there are seven concerts in the season, which runs through May 2020.
 

The Vetta String Quartet
 
Wentworth Villa is open to the public every Thursday-Saturday, 11-4, and guide Michael Opalski is delighted to tour visitors through the Villa’s fascinating details and archival collections. “The goal is to slowly build awareness for the museum…[this] comes from the music program, rather than architectural angle; it’s a tough battle to get ourselves more known locally,” he says. After enjoying my tour, I can say the Villa is definitely worth a visit—with or without music.
Wentworth Villa Architecture Heritage Museum is at 1156 Fort St. 7-concert pass is $240 ($150 students), or $40 per concert ($25 students). Call 250-598-0760 or see wentworthvilla.com for more information.
—Mollie Kaye

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Sandra Froher & Allison Brodie: Two Artists with a CollaborativeSpirit
Gallery at Mattick’ s Farm: September 30–October 27
In this exhibit, Sandra Froher and Allison Brodie will show one piece ofcollaborative art, but the whole show is a collaboration. The artists state that a collaboration is the ultimate test of placing your ego aside; there is no room for hierarchy, just trust and mutual respect for each other’s process. Froher’s work (shownhere) is heavily influenced by the unknown celestial world and the unseen waters of the ocean.Opening reception Oct 5,1-4pm. 109-5325 Cordova Bay, 250-658-8333, thegalleryatmatticksfarm.com.
Shown here:
“Deep” Sandra Froher, 24 x 48 inches,ink, alcohol on yupo paper 

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