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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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This event repeats every day until 13/07/19


hapax theatre proudly presents Constellations by Nick Payne.

Can one word alter the course of your life? Through a dizzying fugue of vignettes, audiences watch as Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfolds across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory. Science and romance collide in this unusual love story that’s delighted audiences in New York and London.

Directed by Heather Jarvie

4 performances at the Intrepid Theatre Club 1609 Blanshard Street

July 5, 6, 12, 13 @ 8pm / Doors open @ 7:45

Tickets available to purchase at the door @ 7:30 (cash only)

Note: On Opening Night (July 5) 50% of the house will be held for PAY WHAT YOU CAN tickets. That means that there are 25 tickets that will only be available at the door at 7:30. Whatever your financial situation, whether you can afford a toonie or a twenty, come and celebrate opening night with us!

Content Advisory: Coarse Language

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This event repeats every 3 weeks on Sunday and Saturday until 23/06/19


June 7-23
  The series of sculptures and works on paper and canvas invite the viewer to explore boats as a metaphor for transformation. Kathi Thompson uses kayak and umiak forms to depict adaptation, with vessels that carry us on our journey. Fashioned in thin layers of terracotta, each one reveals the bones of our experiences and the flotsam we gather along the way. The accompanying works on paper and canvas create a landscape of hope: a glimpse into our inner struggles through times of change. 
http://www.kathithompsonfineart.com/
 
Opening Reception 7.June, 7-9pm
Otherwise Sats & Suns 11am-4pm. 
Artist talk 16.June, 3-4pm. 
 
 

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This event repeats every day until 06/07/19


hapax theatre proudly presents Constellations by Nick Payne.

Can one word alter the course of your life? Through a dizzying fugue of vignettes, audiences watch as Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfolds across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory. Science and romance collide in this unusual love story that’s delighted audiences in New York and London.

Directed by Heather Jarvie

4 performances at the Intrepid Theatre Club 1609 Blanshard Street

July 5, 6, 12, 13 @ 8pm / Doors open @ 7:45

Tickets available to purchase at the door @ 7:30 (cash only)

Note: On Opening Night (July 5) 50% of the house will be held for PAY WHAT YOU CAN tickets. That means that there are 25 tickets that will only be available at the door at 7:30. Whatever your financial situation, whether you can afford a toonie or a twenty, come and celebrate opening night with us!

Content Advisory: Coarse Language

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Ho Tam: Cover to Cover
The Victoria Arts Council is excited to present a new iteration of this touring survey exhibition of work by contemporary artist, and former Victoria-resident, Ho Tam.

Cover to Cover offers a selection of photo, video, artist books, and magazines spanning this artist's career. The exhibition deconstructs Tam's recent book works displaying selected pages and images on the gallery walls connecting with earlier works and installed organically so the images exists as a free flowing collage. His long time investigation into place, memory, queerness, and the body is shown through works that blend together to create a larger installation engaging the breadth of Tam’s artistic production. 

Special to this Victoria version of Cover to Cover is a selection of work produced by Ho Tam during his residency with the Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP), an opportunity that allowed him to travel on a Navy ship for ten days, from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to Esquimalt, BC.
For more information: http://www.vicartscouncil.ca

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Friday, June 14 from 7-10pm Open Space celebrates the opening of Neither One Nor the Other / Ni l'un ni l'autre, an exhibition presented in partnership with the National Film Board (NFB). Neither One Nor the Other is a collaborative multimedia installation by Anishnabek artist Dominic Lafontaine and Michif artist Jessie Short.
The installation seeks to find the paranormal in the everyday and render the invisible visible. Consisting of video cameras and projectors arranged to create a feedback loop that is projected against a silver Mylar screen, the work augments and amplifies the unseen energies that move around us. Mesmerizing and ethereal, the light of the feedback loop reflecting on the walls creates an immersive and otherworldly visual space that draws onlookers into its folds.
The artists will also be present for an artist talk Saturday, June 15 from 2-4pm. The exhibition runs June 15-July 13, Tues-Sat, 12-5pm.

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Experience ten hot days and nights of the coolest music in town at this year's 36th Annual TD Victoria International JazzFest, starting June 21, 2019! Buy tickets today to discover world class artists and immerse yourself in the jazz, blues and more that contribute to Victoria's exceptional arts scene! 

Previously announced headliners appearing in the Marquee Series at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse are Raul Midón and Lionel Loueke & Laila Biali, The Suffers, Patricia Barber Trio, Joey Alexander Trio, Jesse Cook, Gregory Porter, and Jacob Collier.

For more information on tickets and other acts, please visit our website at jazzvictoria.ca

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Ballroom Dancing in Centennial Square, every Monday night, 7-9:30
 
WITH ITS RELIABLY TEMPERATE, sunny days and an abundance of talented local performers and creative organizers, Victoria doesn’t have to struggle to earn its place at the top of the list of cities where high-quality, free summer entertainment can be found. The epicentre of the city’s huge array of curated offerings seems to be Centennial Square.
There are free lunchtime concerts Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 1:00pm, every week throughout the summer. There are too many bands and musicians to name, but some highlights include: July 18 with The Aerialists, a contemporary Celtic band; July 30 with “Symphony in the Summer” featuring Victoria Symphony players; and August 20 with Mildly Wild, a Jazz/Pop/R&B band.
If you’re keen to do more than just listen to music, there’s “Ballroom Dancing in the Square” with instructors from the Victoria Ballroom Dance Society every Monday night from 7-9:30pm, July 8-August 19. Each week, you’ll get a one-hour beginners’ ballroom dance lesson in a different style—jive, waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, samba, mambo—followed by a social dance accompanied by a live band or DJ. And if you have a passionate nature, try “Tango Thursdays” from 6-9pm, with a beginner lesson followed by social dancing. There are two Thursday evenings where swing dancing will switch out for tango: July 4 and August 1. All ages, bodies and abilities are welcome at these free dance events, and no partner or previous dance experience is necessary.
“Board Games in the Square” offers more sedentary Victorians two classic diversions—chess and Scrabble— every Sunday afternoon from 1-5pm, through September 29. And if you’re keen to create, you might want to join in on “Crafternoons in the Square,” happening on select Tuesdays from 5:15-6:15pm. On August 6, you’ll find a hands-on workshop for making fresh floral crowns. On July 16 and August 20, hand-lettering on wooden signs will be offered so you can create your own home décor accent piece using carbon-transfer stencils. All supplies for these craft workshops are included, but space is limited, so arrive early to secure a spot.
 
For more information on these and other free events happening in Victoria this summer, see victoria.ca/cityvibe.
—Mollie Kaye

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Art Show and Sale
By
Goward House
PORTRAIT PAINTERS
May 31, 2019 – August 28, 2019
Viewing hours:  Mon. – Fri.   9:00am – 4:00pm
 For a preview of the event, visit www.gowardhouse.com/artshow
 Media Contact:  Heidi Hodgins, Administrator
Goward House Society
gowardhouse@shaw.ca
 

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Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival
On July 4th and 5th, the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival launches their 29th season withJulius Caesar, directed by Tamara McCarthy, and Two Gentlemen of Verona, adapted and directed by Christopher Weddell. The plays will be performed in repertory through July 27 on the Festival’s Camas Stage outdoors at Camosun College’s Lansdowne Campus, with special Bard Across the Bridge performances ofTwo Gentlemen of Verona August 1-3 at Saxe Point in Esquimalt in partnership with the Township Community Arts Council.
The GVSF’s layered acting program includes professional actors, community actors, early-career actors, and a Junior Company of actors aged 13-18. This season, that Junior Company is the largest yet, with a total of seven young actors included in the full cast of thirty. Beginning with just two members in 2014, the GVSF’sJunior Company program was created with the intention of providing mentorship, community, and skill building for youth who are passionate about theatre. As the festival has grown over the past six years, the GVSF has been able to intentionally hire directors with extensive teaching experience, and to cast professional actors in mentorship positions, allowing the Junior Company to expand each year.
Mackenzie Heaney, 14, a Junior Company member performing in Two Gentlemen of Verona, had this to say about the program: “My favourite thing about working with the Festival has been building relationships with all these wonderful Shakespeare fanatics like me. I like to see how people who have been performing a lot longer than me work when they’re reading a new play, and what their techniques are; I really admire the patience and skill that they all put into it.” Asa O’Connor-Jackael, 14, who performs in Julius Caesar, said:“Something that’s really been great for me is to be able to work with a Shakespearean text over such a long period of time, and to learn to really understand it, and see all the beauty in the lines that we are saying. There are such great lines in Julius Caesar, I love it!”
Perhaps the most unique addition to the GVSF’s cast this season is Steve the dog! Steve plays the role of ‘Crab’ in Two Gentlemen of Verona. Often, ‘Crab’ is played by a puppet, a mechanical dog, or even animaginary one, but director Christopher Weddell wanted to take the more challenging yet rewarding route of bringing a live dog on stage with the cast. Taylor Lewis, a returning GVSF cast member, and Crab’s primaryscene partner, reflects: “Acting with an animal on stage means never doing a scene the same way twice.Steve is a pleasure to work with, but he often invents his own lines and blocking, and it’s on us human actorsto adapt! It’s a challenge, but if we allow those moments to breathe, it’s a win for us and for the audience.”
Tickets to the GVSF are available online at www.vicshakespeare.com, or at the door. Children 12 years of age and under are always free!
Julius Caesar
Directed by Tamara McCarthy
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30pm July 4 through July 27
Preview: July 2
Opening: July 4
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Directed by Christopher Weddell Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 1:30pm
July 6 through July 27
Preview: July 3 Opening: July 5
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All plays perform at Camosun College Lansdowne Campus. Performances of Two Gentlemen of Verona at Saxe Point Park Aug 1-3. Tickets are $26, and $21 for students and seniors 65+. Festival season tickets are available. Children 12 and under are free.

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Raven Baroque: Concerts
Raven Baroque Orchestra plays the hits from 1600 to 1730 (Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, etc.) in full costume.  Concert Schedule:
 
Friday, July 5
Beacon Avenue Bandshell, Sidney
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Saturday, July 6
Christ Church Cathedral Lawn
10:00 am – 11:30 am
 
Friday, July 12
Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Saturday, July 13
Market Square
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
 
Saturday, August 3
Nootka Court, 633 Courtenay Street
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
BC Day, Monday, August 5
Mt. Tolmie Reservoir
1:30 – 2:30 pm & 3:00 – 4:00 pm
 
Thursday, August 8
Victoria Central Public Library Atrium
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
 
Friday, August 9
Beacon Avenue Bandshell, Sidney
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
Saturday, August 10
Christ Church Cathedral Lawn
10:00 am – 11:30 am
 
Saturday, August 11
Willows Beach Park Lawn
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
Admission to all concerts is by donation.  Dates subject to change; check website www.ravenbaroque.org to confirm dates.
 

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Barefoot in the Park
by Neil Simon
Directed by Fran Gebhard
starring Laura-Jane Tresidder and Jonathan Mason
with Gwynyth Walsh and Chris Britton
featuring Jacob Richmond as the Delivery Man
For tickets 
bluebridgetheatre

Or call the box office at 250-382-3370

Box Office Hours - 12-4 Tuesday-Saturday
2657 Quadra St.  

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Women Artists Changing Collections: Recent Acquisitions
Legacy Gallery, Continuing to July 20
Art by women is egregiously under-represented in most public collections. Get acquainted with emerging and well-known women artists who are changing the Legacy collection; come to question what more can be done.
Upcoming events: July 11, 7pm, “From Self Portraits to Selfies: the Psychology of Representing the Self” with Jim Tanaka (Psychology, UVic). July 25, 7pm, Patricia Bovey on“Myfanwy Pavelic in the Context of Canadian Art.” Both free; seating is limited. 630 Yates St, 250-721-6562, www.legacy.uvic.ca
 

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Colours of Summer X
Madrona Gallery
July 6–August 17,
Every two weeks new work is rotated in from Madrona’s large stable of leading artists from across Canada. Included are new works by Rick Bond, Nicholas Bott, Karel Doruyter, Meghan Hildebrand, April Mackey, John Lennard, and more. These works are complemented by historic works by the Group of 7, Emily Carr, E.J. Hughes, Takao Tanabe, Ted Harrison, Robert Genn, and David Blackwood, as well as Inuit drawings, prints and carvings. Opening reception: Saturday, July 6, 1-4 pm, 606 View St, 250-380-4660, www.madronagallery.com.
Show here is: “Passage” Karel Doruyter, 36 x 60 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

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OFFSITE | INSIGHT 
WHAT ARTISTS BRING TO THE TABLE: AMANDA HUYNH
JULY 06  |  2:30pm - 5pm

We are pleased to kick off a new flavourful installment of OFFSIGHT | INSIGHT with an exciting food series Running from July to November. Starting off this series, join us for a day of delicious food-making.  Enjoy engaging conversations as Vancouver-based artist Amanda Huynh presents Diasporic Dumplings, an on-going project that explores a sense of territory and resilience through bite-sized tastings of ingredients harvested from the immediate surroundings. 

Free, registration required.

LOCATION: 
Oaklands Community Centre
2827 Belmont Ave #1, Victoria, BC V8R 4B2

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Join us for a day of delicious food-making and engaging conversations as Vancouver-based artist Amanda Huynh presents Diasporic Dumplings, an on-going project that explores a sense of territory and resilience through bite-sized tastings of ingredients harvested from the immediate surroundings. The project considers indigenous plants, as well as the invasive species that have adapted to a new life, far away from home. In the future, as we cope with climate change and increased migration, we will have to deeply reconsider the food that can nourish us, physically, and emotionally. 

Every culture has its dumpling. During the workshop, participants will be making Chinese-style dumplings. Participants will learn a variety of dumpling folds, hear stories of migration, and leave with an adaptable recipe card for vegetarian fillings. During the discussion, participants will dialogue around food and race while enjoying dumplings.
The workshop is free, but registration is required as attendance is limited. If Eventbrite is not an accessible way of registration for you, please phone Regan Shrumm at 250-384-4171 x 220, or email at rshrumm@aggv.ca to register.

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Behind Closed Doors is a 40 minute short film about relationships and how things aren’t always as they seem. The film follows two couples and the ups and downs and what it really takes to make a relationship work. (Viewer Discretion Advised - Course Language)

The first short film of writers and directors Maegan Elena and Abby Hodges. The film stars Tyler Rozendal, Daniel Gallant, Abby Hodges and Maegan Elena.

The short film is premiering July 7th 2019 at 3:30pm (Tickets will be on sale starting 40 minutes prior to the show)

Tickets are $5 each and can be bought at the door.

FREE PARKING ON THE CAMPUS ON SUNDAY.

Come support local talent!

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MOLTEN

Featuring Encaustic works by

Alanna Sparanese, Shelley Wuitchik and Lynn Harnish

June 24th - July 27th

Gallery at Mattick's Farm
109-5325 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-658-8333

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Leonard Butt's sculptures and Anina Kunstler's paintings are showing at Cedar Hill Gallery from July 10-July 28.
The show, entitled "Dialogue" is inspired by curiosity, questions and answers, archetypes, iconography and everyday ephemera.
Opening reception is on Friday July 12 from 6:00 to 8:30.

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Raven Baroque: Concerts
Raven Baroque Orchestra plays the hits from 1600 to 1730 (Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, etc.) in full costume.  Concert Schedule:
 
Friday, July 5
Beacon Avenue Bandshell, Sidney
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Saturday, July 6
Christ Church Cathedral Lawn
10:00 am – 11:30 am
 
Friday, July 12
Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Saturday, July 13
Market Square
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
 
Saturday, August 3
Nootka Court, 633 Courtenay Street
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
BC Day, Monday, August 5
Mt. Tolmie Reservoir
1:30 – 2:30 pm & 3:00 – 4:00 pm
 
Thursday, August 8
Victoria Central Public Library Atrium
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
 
Friday, August 9
Beacon Avenue Bandshell, Sidney
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
Saturday, August 10
Christ Church Cathedral Lawn
10:00 am – 11:30 am
 
Saturday, August 11
Willows Beach Park Lawn
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
Admission to all concerts is by donation.  Dates subject to change; check website www.ravenbaroque.org to confirm dates.

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SKAM.CA / 250-386-7526 SKAMpede's coming up!
Now with a new location, free, and going zero-waste!
  Our outdoor performance festival is back on July 12-14, and it is free!

SKAMpede features short shows of dance, theatre, spoken word, and more that are suitable for the whole family. You can travel from show to show by foot, bicycle, rollerblade, electric mobility scooter, skateboard, or .anything that's legal on the Goose.

Note: our Hub has moved! We're now at a prime location on the Bridge West Plaza - right next to the Johnson Street bridge. Check out the map below - it's much closer to downtown. Artist Line Up

Downtown Tour
Over the Moon Puppet Company, Pieces of the Moon
Theater on Earth, The Beauty Buskers
Salty Broad Productions, Saltines Mystery Party!

Songhees Trail Tour
Lekwungen Traditional Dancers
Tea Time Creation Co, The Arborists
Nebula Company, Earth Camp
Embrace Arts Foundation, Sylvia and The Cephalopod

Galloping Goose Tour
Christine Tootoo and Rico Manatak
Harold Hejazi, Float: An animated podcast with Godfrey Stephens
Macromatter, Alien Forms
Tricoz Productions, Reminiscences of Reconciliation
12. SpiderWebShow Performance, Crowd Source

Other
Alex Bulmer with Jennifer Brewin, Encounter
Stand Up Dance, dance like no one is watching
Pop-Up Theatre LEARN MORE ABOUT SKAMPEDE Check out our video on SKAMpede above.  SKAMPEDE'S GOING ZERO WASTE!
We've made every effort to eliminate single use items, source locally, and create a community space where the sustainable choice is the easiest choice.
If you have any questions about our zero waste journey, or about how to start/continue your own, you can get answers and resources from our Sustainable Society Consultant at The Sustainable Fox tent located in the HUB at SKAMpede.
ASL and Described Tours
Theatre SKAM will offer two ASL Interpreted Tours and two Described Tours for those with vision loss. You must register for these tours in advance. Call 250 386 7526 or click the links below to register. 

Sign Up for the ASL Tour 

Sign Up for the Described Tour

    Theatre SKAM’s fanciest event of the year returns! The Friday Night Feast is an evening full of outdoor performances, fine dining, and delicious drinks. Enjoy first access to SKAMpede shows along with an amazing three-course meal created by Fantastico Bar-Deli. 

You’ll arrive at the Bridge West Plaza (close to 11 Esquimalt Road - you won’t miss us) at 5:30pm for a reception with charcuterie and a glass of Prosecco. At 6pm, take you through seven of the performances, then bring you to Fantastico Bar-Deli to enjoy a three course meal while you watch the other three shows. 

This is the deluxe SKAMpede experience: no lineups, exclusive first access to all the SKAMpede shows, and delicious food and drinks generously hosted by Fantastico Bar-Deli.  BUY TICKETS   SUMMER CAMPS Summer Camps start next week! More info on each unique class can be found HERE!   Featured Classes
Drama Time - July 2 to 5 (Ages 5 - 9)
Working with story making, playing with music, movement, artwork and creative drama exercises, students will be warmly encouraged to develop their expressive skills, and confidence. Collaborative group work, dramatic expression in movement and voice, creating simple costumes and props will all be part of this wonderful creative week.

Instructor: Tony Adams and Carey Wass
Half Day and Full Day Options Available
  Character Study - July 8-12 (Ages 9+)
Learn how to harness the creative spark of an idea and build a fully-formed, multi-dimensional character. Don’t have an idea yet? Don’t worry! Through engaging prompts and activities, we will invent, explore, discover and design the most fascinating and fun characters – all of your making! Already have an idea? Let’s make it a reality! 
Instructor: Carey Wass
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Photos by Andrew Barrett.

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For the Love of Africa's Annual Water Garden Tour
Tickets are $25 each. You can discuss your water garden designs with our designers.  All proceeds of the tour will support our projects in Tanzania, East Africa.
See www.watergardentour.ca for information on tickets, or call (250) 891-0762 for details.
See also www.fortheloveofafrica.ca (for past projects).
A ticket holder will see master gardeners, musicians and artists at many of the homes, as well  as one location serving delicious desserts.

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This event repeats every week on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 29/08/19


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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Frances Beckow: Draw a Breath
Gage Gallery,  July 16 - August 3
“Draw A Breath” connects the focus of drawing with the breath work used for calming the mind and body in meditation. The drawings in this show represent the artist’s exploration of the theme that drawing is a calming and harmonious practice. Quiet, peaceful and solitary, the act of implement on surface has the power to take down stress and power up creativity. ReceptionSunday, August 21, 1-4pm. Daily Tues-Sat 11am-5pm. 2031 Oak Bay Ave, 250-592-2760, wwwgagegallery.ca.
 

 

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Art Show and Sale
By
 MARG WENGER
 
June 28, 2019 – August 28, 2019
Viewing hours:  Mon. – Fri.  9:00am – 4:00pm
For a preview of the event, visit www.gowardhouse.com/artshow
 
Media Contact:  Elaine Leonard, Administrator
Goward House Society
gowardhouse@shaw.ca

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This event repeats every week on Thursday until 29/08/19


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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Summer Baroque Feast
10 leading West Coast early music specialists come together in this grand musical tour of 18th century Europe. Come let the enticing sounds of baroque instruments lead you through France, Italy, Austria, and Germany, with a cooling finish by the river Thames with Handel’s Watermusic Suite in G. Music by Chauvon, Biber, Buxtehude, Telemann, Stradella, and Handel, performed by members of Victoria Baroque and Pacific Baroque Orchestra:
Soile Stratkauskas, flute;
Curtis Foster, oboe;
Katrina Russell, bassoon;
Chloe Meyers, violin;
Christi Meyers, violin;
Elyssa Lefrurgey-Smith, violin;
Mieka Michaux violin & viola;
Nathan Whitaker, cello;
Martin Bonham, cello;
Christina Hutten, harpsichord
 
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
Victoria Conservatory of Music
Presented by Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Academies 
Tickets: $24.50 regular / $7 students
 available at the door, and in advance from:
https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1872689-vcm-summer-baroque-academy-victoria/
 

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July 15th - 30th, Montreal-based new media artist Allison Moore returns to her West Coast roots to develop a new media arts project based on the Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site. Based out of Open Space artist-run centre, Moore’s production residency in Victoria will see her develop a new work that will culminate in a video projection mapping event at the historic lighthouse during proposed for the summer of 2020.
Find more information here!

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32nd TD Art Gallery Paint-In
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is welcoming the community for the biggest art party of the year on July 20.  Now in its thirty-second year, TD Art Gallery Paint-In on Moss Street, from Fort Street to Dallas Road, has grown to include over 190 artists.
On TD Art Gallery Paint In day, the AGGV opens at 10:00 a.m., the street will be hopping from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,  and the fun will continue in the family (and dog!) friendly Beer Garden from 11 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
“For the past 13 years we have been proud to support the TD Art Gallery Paint-In, which is now considered Victoria’s pre-eminent event to showcase local artists and their work,” said Jamie McIntyre, District Vice President TD Bank Group, Vancouver Island. 
The TD Art Gallery Paint In is one of the most important fundraisers of the year for the AGGV.  Donations received at the Gallery and on Moss Street throughout the day go towards the costs of the event as well as supporting the AGGV’s incredible educational programs.  
The free event draws more that 30,000 people and has something for everyone, including eight hands-on Imagination Stations. Even the pets are well looked after with doggy drink stations—and once again this year there is a chance for them to unleash their inner artist at the Creative Pet Station.
“The TD Art Gallery Paint In is a day-long celebration of Vancouver Island art and artists,” says AGGV director Jon Tupper. “We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of people from across the region to our neighbourhood, where we plan to bring art to the community for decades to come.”
During the day, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, at 1040 Moss St., is open by donation from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The public is invited to enjoy current exhibitions, Unformable Things: Emily Carr and Some Canadian Modernists; Throw, Slip, Spin: Studio Ceramics from the AGGV Collection; Blue Skies: Megan Dickie; Daniel Young & Christian Giroux:
Film Path, Camera Path, with Under-titles; Matriarchs: Prints by First Nations Women and Imagining Fusang: Exploring Chinese and Indigenous Encounters.
In the Massey Sales Gallery is the Summer Small Works Show & Sale offering affordable original art for sale from local artists.
The Family-friendly Beer Garden will be set up out front of the AGGV from 11 a.m.  to 6:00 p.m. On-stage performances, beginning at Noon, include;  Oscar & Arlene Steel Pan, original Canadiana with a tropical flair, indie-folk artist Steph MacPherson, dream pop performer Corduroy, Pastel Blank playing funky post-punk, and jangly indie pop performers, Bridal Party.   Beverages will be offered from returning sponsors Lighthouse Brewing Company, Mission Hill Winery, Sea Cider Farm and Cider house and Victoria Soda Works.
There is also the promise of delicious food and drink along the street, including Ali Baba Pizza, Greek on the Street, Rogers’ Chocolates, Shatterbox Coffee Bar, Wannawafel, Victoria Oven and Lemon Heaven. New food vendors this year include Uni-corn Treats (gourmet popcorn) and Kattia’s Kitchen.
The TD Art Gallery Paint-In  wouldn’t be possible without the support of sponsors, they are: TD Bank Group, Shampoo Hair Bar, Duttons & Co., Opus Art Supplies, Parkside Hotel and Spa, Pedersen’s Event Rentals, Prestige Picture Framing, Thrifty Foods Fairfield, Keith Baker Designs, Hemma Yoga, Bosley’s on Yates, 10 Acres Bistro, the City of Victoria, the Capital Regional District, Cycling Without Age, Kool Aid Society, Circles of Space, Fairfield Bicycles, Open Space Arts Society, The Ministry of Casual Living, Our Place, Pandora Arts Collective, Victoria Bonsai Society, reFUSE Resource Recovery, Used.ca, Ocean/Kiss FM and Trapeze Communications.
Please note Moss St. will be closed to traffic from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and there is no parking on the street during the event. Event organizers encourage visitors to bus, walk or bike—bike parking is available at Central Middle School on Fort Street.
If you’d like to be a part of the "behind-the-scenes" action, you can sign up to volunteer at aggv.ca.
For more information, visit www.aggv.ca or call 250-384-4171.

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This event repeats every week on Saturday until 05/10/19


Matriarchs: Prints by First Nations Women
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Continuing to October 6
Research for an earlier exhibit made clear there was a lack of women artists represented in the AGGV collection of First Nations prints. This project,curated by Coast Salish artist Margaret August, offers a way to build the collection and also stronger relationships with the artists. August visitedwith theartists and shares how her own evolution as an artist is guided bythese iconic Matriarchs—includingKelly Cannell, Francis Dick, Lou-ann Neel, Sage Paul, Susan Point, Marika Echachis Swan, and Carrielynn Victor. 1040 Moss St, www.aggv.ca.
 

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This event repeats every week on Sunday and Saturday until 28/07/19


EXPLORE at the Greater Victoria Art Gallery
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS | 2pm - 3pm

Interactions with exhibition facilitators present opportunities for exploration and inquiry for a unique and memorable encounter with art!

July 6: Unformable Things: Emily Carr and Some Canadian Modernists
July 7: Throw, Slip, Spin Studio Ceramics from the AGGV Collection
July 13: Blue Skies: Megan Dickie
July 14: Daniel Young + Christian Giroux: Camera Path /Film Path , with Under-titles
July 21: Imagining: Fusang: Exploring Chinese and Indigenous Encounters
July 27: Imagining: Fusang: Exploring Chinese and Indigenous Encounters
July 28: Matriarchs: Prints By First Nations Women   More info at www.aggv.ca Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St, Victoria, BC V8V 4P
   

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Jam Camp Summer Festival 2019
A week of great jazz performances 
 at St. Margaret’s School and Hermann’s Jazz Club, July 21st – 26th, 2019
Tickets for all events are $20.00 for adults (U-JAM members; $15/Students - Free) and available at our website at www.u-jam.caor at the door.  A Series Pass is available for $60.00.
Details:  U-JAM’s  Summer Jazz Festival 2019 will feature a number of special performances, featuring the faculty and special musicians taking part in our Summer Jam Camp.  Our theme “West Coast Influences” will reflect on the many contributions to jazz from the left coast of North America, including those that helped create the westcoast cool jazz tradition, including Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck to name a few.
Sunday, July 21st – Faculty Performance – Hermann’s Jazz Club - drawing on the tremendous wealth of talent from our faculty including Louise Rose, David Flello, Joey Smith, Rob Cheramy and many others.
Tuesday, July 23rd – trumpeter Bruce Hurn & Friends - Hermann’s Jazz Club (upstairs)
            Joining Bruce are Ashley Wey, piano, Louis Rudner, bass, Larry Wheeler, tenor sax, and   John Lee, percussion
Wednesday, July 24th – vocalist Susannah Adams – Hermann’s Jazz Club (downstairs) with                        Joey Smith on bass, Damian Graham on drums, and John Lee, piano.
Thursday, July 25th - saxophonist Ryan Oliver – St. Margaret’s School 
Friday, July 26th - Nick LaRiviere – CD Release party at Hermann’s Jazz Club
Our Faculty includes well-known musicians and educators including Louise Rose, John Lee, Joe Hatherill, Chris Millington, Monik Nordine, Dave Flello, Linda Gould, Rob Cheramy, Joey Smith, Ian McDougall, Kim Greenwood, Maria Manna, and others.  Our theme “West Coast Influences” celebrates the many musicians who collectively created the westcoast cool jazz style, including Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, Shorty Rogers, Chet Baker, and Stan Getz, to mention a few.
This series is made possible through the generous support of the CRD Arts Commission

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I AM MOVED as I watch an online video of last year’s Victoria Bicycle Music Festival (VBMF). The combination of elements—a lovely summer’s day; an ebullient pack of all-ages cyclists creating a colourful parade through neighbourhood streets; the sweet, intimate, relaxed performances of live music; audience-pedalled bike generators powering the musicians’ sound equipment—well, it turns my crank.
James Davis is a co-founder and director of this third-annual, mini-music-fest-on-wheels. He’s hopped off his bike, commuting home from work, to speak to me on the phone. He tells me he was so inspired by a similar event in San Francisco that he founded a Toronto version of the fest in 2007. When he relocated to Victoria, “a group of friends— people I just met— the five of us organized the first Victoria Bicycle Music Festival in July of 2017.”
The inaugural year of the mobile musical event went really well. “We started in Central Park, beside Crystal Pool, with a great couple of sets…rode over to Banfield Park in Vic West, had a couple of sets of music there, a dance party on that side of town—that was really great.” These outdoor concerts are free, accessible to anyone; you don’t have to be on a bike. Riders this year will start at Pioneer Square Downtown and tour through the city to Porter Park in Fairfield.
It’s a compact festival. “We’ve got a very small footprint; we don’t have staging, we don’t set up tents, we set up everything we can fit on our cargo bikes,” Davis explains.
For Davis, “Bicycling has always been my mode of transportation; I’ve never owned a car…I just love bikes—such an elegant, efficient, and intelligent machine.”
VBMF’s headliner this year will be Rae Spoon, an award-winning non-binary musician and author who has released nine solo albums spanning folk, indie rock and electronic genres. Local singer/songwriter Elder Sister Plum and the Resistance Rising Choir will also appear.
 

Festival headliner Rae Spoon
 
Pioneer Square (1-3pm) and Porter Park (4-6:30pm). Free to all, but helmet will be passed for the musicians during each set. vicbikemusicfest.ca for more info.
—Mollie Kaye

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Dr. Ruth Simkin, Launches
Dear Sophie
Life Lessons in Feminism & Medicine
Sunday, July 21 @ 2:00 pm
Join Dr. Ruth Simkin as she launches her latest book Dear Sophie on Sunday, July 21 at 2:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria V8W 2J3.
Dear Sophie is the continuing memoir as Ruth succeeds in being accepted to medical school only to face sexual harassment and discrimination during her training. Told in letters to her niece Sophie, Ruth weaves a feminist story of perseverance and determination for equality. The book demonstrates to Sophie how to live a happy, productive, feminist life.
In 2010, The Jagged Years of Ruthie J met with critical acclaim; Dr. Simkin has written countless medical papers and contributed to medical textbooks. Dear Sophie: Life Lessons in Feminism and Medicine is her fifth book.
Dr. Simkin worked as a family physician, and later on became a specialist in hospice and palliative care, working at the Victoria Hospice. She is currently retired and resides in Victoria. She happily lives with her Golden Doodle, Kelly, enjoying the fauna and flora from her home.

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Hit your stride at Jam Camp!  Jam and learn in the beautiful setting of St. Margaret’s School campus in Saanich.  This memorable experience of musicianship and camaraderie features classes in theory, arranging, songwriting, chording, vocalizing, historical perspectives, technology, group programs for piano and guitar, plus performances and jam sessions.  Play or sing in a band, meet other musicians, make music, and generally have fun!
Jam Camp is designed to help students of all ages and skill levels gain instrumental/vocal experience in an encouraging, fun environment amongst peers and professionals. Vocalists and students of ALL instruments can apply -- in particular, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone, trumpet, piano, strings, guitar, bass (electric and/or acoustic), and drums.  The goal of the camp is to give students of all abilities opportunities to make music together in small and large ensembles and improve their musical skills, including improvising and jamming.  
Camp cost is $499 for the week. See you there!
Room and board is also available, for $350.
Featured distinguished faculty include Chris Millington, Damian Graham, Dave Paulson, David Flello, Ian McDougall, Joe Hatherill, Joey Smith, John Lee, Linda Gould,  Louise Rose, Maria Manna, Monik Nordine, Nick LaRiviere, Rob Cheramy....
Photo album of last year's camp here.  Additional information here.
 



























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EVERY MIDSUMMER SINCE 1996, the Victoria Summer Music Festival has treated its audiences to distinctive, high-calibre, evening chamber music concerts—that’s 129 in 24 years—often to sold-out houses. Performers are chosen not only for their purely musical strengths but also for their ability to communicate with each other and the audience.
This season of the Victoria Summer Music Festival, artistic director Arthur Rowe is bringing several performers and groups to the festival for the first time, presenting five concerts in all.
Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester, a recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and the new clarinet professor at the University of British Columbia, will open the festival on July 23 and 25 with two concerts.
He joins the multi-award-winning Pacifica Quartet in the first performance, and for the second will be in recital with Victoria Symphony musicians Terence Tam, violin, and Brian Yoon, cello, and VSMF artistic director Arthur Rowe.
Next up, are two concerts by the Rolston String Quartet, winners of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition on July 30 and August 1 (the latter with Arthur Rowe).
 

The Ensemble Made In Canada: (l-r) Elissa Lee, Angela Park, Sharon Wei, Rachel Mercer
 
The final concert of the festival is Ensemble Made In Canada, which is regarded as one of Canada’s premier piano quartets. Awarded the 2006 CBC Galaxie Stars Award from the Banff Centre for the Arts, EMIC was featured in 2008 Chatelaine Magazine’s 80th anniversary issue as “Women to Watch” and an ensemble that is leading the next generation of classical musicians. Featuring Elissa Lee, violin; Sharon Wei, viola; Rachel Mercer, cello; and Angela Park, piano, these highly acclaimed musicians will perform Mosaïque Project—a suite of newly commissioned piano quartets by Canadian composers, each inspired by a particular region of Canada.
Get to concerts by 6:40pm to hear the informative pre-concert talks by the performers.
 
All concerts are at the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall at the University of Victoria at 7:30pm, preceded at 6:40pm talk. Tickets ($35 each with 10% off for 4 or more concerts) available online. www.vsmf.org, 250-294-7778.

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The Flamenco de la Isla Society presents
The Victoria Flamenco Festival
Victoria — Victoria comes alive with the passion and rhythm of Flamenco music and dance! The 7th annual Victoria Flamenco Festival runs from July 25 to 28 and showcases local and national dancers, singers, and guitarists collaborating to bring their love of this fiery art form to the stage. Be inspired by free ‘por fiesta’performances at Cameron Bandshell on Friday afternoon and invigorated at Centennial Square on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday afternoons with the powerful line-up of local, regional, aspiring, and professional flamenco artists. Enjoy our ticketed events: Flamenco Music Night at Hermann’s Jazz Club on Thursday evening and our showcase La Otra Orilla from Montreal on Saturday night at the McPherson Playhouse.
FREE PERFORMANCES
Flamenco in Centennial Square
Friday, July 26: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27: 12:00-5:40 p.m. Sunday, July 28: 12:30-5:00 p.m.
TICKETED PERFORMANCES
Flamenco Music Night
Flamenco in the Park (Cameron Bandshell)
Friday, July 26: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Date: Thu, July 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Doors at 6:00 pm)
Venue: Hermann's Jazz Club
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/flamenco-music-night-tickets-63168860763
Enjoy the passion and rhythm of flamenco featuring guitarists Juan de Marias, Nazir Salameh, and Meer Mahmoud, with pianist Jo Ann C. Dalisay in an evening of traditional and innovative flamenco music.
La Otra Orilla’s RITE
Date: Sat, July 27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: The McPherson Playhouse
Tickets: http://www.victoriaflamencofestival.com/events/event/la-otra-orilla-rite/
RITE exposes the relationship between body, rhythm, voice, and guitar. At the heart of this artistic proposition lies an intimate conversation where each element reveals itself while defining the other. This initiatory journey will engage both aficionado and newcomer to the art of flamenco. Energetic, poetic, and powerful. La Otra Orillafeatures acclaimed Montreal flamenco artists Myriam Allard, Caroline Planté, Hedi Graja, and Miguel Medina.
Victoria Flamenco Festival: Zoey Wells, Festival CoordinatorEmail: flamencoisla@gmail.com Tel: +1 250.514.9222
Website: http://www.victoriaflamencofestival.com/

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Sooke Fine Arts Show
SEAParc Leisure Complex, July 26–August 5
Celebrating it’s 33rd anniversary in 2019, the Sooke Fine Arts Show is Vancouver Island’s longest-running juried fine art show, and one of the region’s premier summer arts event. The show provides the opportunity for the finest artists from Vancouver Island and BC’s coastal islands to showcase and sell their work. More than 380 works of original island art will be on display in the 17,000-square-foot gallery.
Daily artist demonstrations, talks, guided tours, live music, and gift shop. http://sookefinearts.com.
 

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Curator’s Talk: Myfanwy in Context
Thursday July 25 | 7 p.m.
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. 
Lekwungen territory
We invite you to join us and guest curator Patricia Bovey for a talk on our current exhibition Myfanwy Pavelic: Mirrored Selves Within and Without!
This illustrated talk will address the significance of Myfanwy Pavelic’s art and situate her visual acumen and accomplishments with portraits within the context of several major Canadian artists including Emily Carr, Paraskeva Clark, Vera Weatherbie and Molly Lamb Bobak.
No registration required. Learn more about the exhibition here. 
Image: Myfanwy Pavelic, Raincoat (Self-Portrait), 1987, Gift of Dr. Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic.

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July 15th - 30th, Montreal-based new media artist Allison Moore returns to her West Coast roots to develop a new media arts project based on the Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site. Based out of Open Space artist-run centre, Moore’s production residency in Victoria will see her develop a new work that will culminate in a video projection mapping event at the historic lighthouse during proposed for the summer of 2020.
 
Find more information here. 

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The Ground Above Us: Charles Campbell and Farheen HaQ
Legacy Downtown, Lekwungen territory
July 26–September 14
This collaborative project intersects the practices of Farheen HaQ and Charles Campbell as visual artists, racialized bodies and guests on Lekwungen territories. They ask the question: How does our creative work of making space for our voices and experience meet the ground and history here?
Opening reception Friday, July 26, 7-9pm. Wed to Sat 10am-4pm; Thurs 10am-8pm until August 29. 630 Yates St, 250-721-6562, www.legacy.uvic.ca.
 

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HORIZON LINES are elemental to us; humans have always had to orient to the landscape as a fundamental aspect of our survival. I look at Irma Soltonovich’s paintings of abstracted horizons and see things that may or may not be there; it’s a mirage, a mystery, and a map all at once. She applies paint to the canvas in calculations of sparse but effective visual cues—colours, contrasts, and geometry—so the viewer can, in a fraction of a second, place themselves into their own familiar landscape. I see specific and known places in Soltonovich’s paintings the way I sometimes discover a heart in a rock on the beach, or a face in the surface of a rusting metal door.
 

Irma Soltonovich
 
Scale, style, and subject matter all must convene in harmony in order for someone’s visual expression to land with viewers. Soltonovich’s large, horizontal, abstract landscapes have struck such a solid chord with so many that gallery owner Dawn Casson hosts an annual solo show for the artist, regular as clockwork. “If it’s August, it’s Irma,” Casson says, and that’s all collectors need to hear in order to plan their summer holidays around the Gallery at Mattick’s Farm and these shape-shifting, evocative works.
In actual fact, Soltonovich’s subject matter is often drawn from the prairies of Alberta and Saskatchewan, Casson says. “She grew up in Saskatchewan; that’s usually her inspiration. Warm yellows, ochres, bits of greens and reds in them…they’re not super-defined…people see what they want to see. A lot of times people look at one and say, ‘It’s a water scene,’ and another person says, ‘That looks like the prairies to me.’ It’s in the eye of the beholder, I guess.”
Soltonovich made the commitment to practicing her art full-time in 2013, after years spent painting part-time while working in the development and delivery of programs in the criminal justice field.
 
“Of Self, Place, and Belonging,” new works by Irma Soltonovich, runs July 28 to August 25 at the Gallery at Mattick’s Farm, 109-5325 Cordova Bay Rd. Artist's reception August 11, 1-4pm, 250-658-8333, www.thegalleryatmatticksfarm.com.
—Mollie Kaye

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BOOM X
Belfry Theatre, July 30-August 18
Rick Miller’s multimedia masterpiece BOOM struck a chord with Belfry audiences in the summer of 2015. Picking up where BOOM left off – at Woodstock in 1969 – BOOM X tackles the music, culture and politics of Generation X. Surrounded by stunning visuals, Rick plays more than 100 famous people – musicians, celebrities, politicians – in his own story of growing up and trying to navigate the tangled legacy of the Baby Boom.
Presented by: KIDOONS AND WYRD PRODUCTIONS, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THEATRE CALGARY AND THE 20K COLLECTIVE PRESENTS
Tickets and information at www. belfry.bc.ca

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