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This event repeats every 3 weeks on Sunday and Saturday until 20/10/19


Opening October 4, 7-9pm @Xchanges Gallery
“F. 5. “ He said, staring at his partner over the battleship boards.

“Hit and sunk.” Said the other, now grimacing, detective. The submarine was destroyed.

Sinking to the depths, a soon to be lost, scrambling crew member screams into his radio “Mayday. Position foxtrot.5.4.3. We’re hit. Descending rapidly. Come in. Come in.  Please hear us.”

In a series of otherworldly paintings, Lomax explores our connection to our subconscious side and the internal struggle between who we are and who we think we are.
"When your head says one thing and your whole life says another, your head always loses.”
- Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) in Key Largo (1948)

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Canadian Club of Victoria Luncheon with Pam Madoff: “Survival by Design”
 
As Victoria experiences growth and modernization, how will the city’s heritage buildings survive? Special guest speaker Pam Madoff is eminently qualified to answer this question. A former Victoria city councillor, she is chair of the Victoria Heritage Advisory Committee, a member of the Civic Trust and the Heritage Foundation and was recently awarded a Heritage BC Lifetime Achievement Award.
Members $30./Guests $35
For reservations please phone (250) 370-1837 or visit Eventbrite
Reservations required by Friday, October 11, 2019

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Vancouver Island hosts a complex and beautiful landscape—a landscape that has meant many things to its residents over time. Join eminent local historian and mapmaker Michael Layland on a trip through the Island’s flora and fauna as seen through the eyes of past generations, whether colonial researchers or Indigenous peoples drawing on ancient knowledge. Combining the author’s expertise with the work of talented botanical artists, In Nature’s Realm is a worthy companion to Layland’s previous titles, The Land of Heart's Delight and A Perfect Eden, and is sure to satisfy nature lovers and history buffs alike.

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Antimatter 2019: 11 Days of International Media Art & Experimental Cinema

Antimatter [media art]
October 16 to 26, 2019
Various Locations, Victoria BC Canada
antimatter.ca
The 22nd annual Antimatter festival offers residents of the Capital Region 11 days and nights of screenings, installations and performances of world-class international media art. Long dismissing the notion of a divide between the art world and experimental film and video, Antimatter has been at the vanguard for more than two decades—presenting the work of over 3,000 artists from around the world.

Dedicated to the exhibition and nurturing of diverse forms of media art, Antimatter is one of the premier showcases of experimentation in film, video, audio and emerging time-based forms. Encompassing screenings, installations, performances and media hybrids, Antimatter offers local, regional and international artists a noncompetitive festival setting committed to diversity and inclusivity, free from commercial and industry agendas. Since 1998, the quality and creativity of its programming, dedication to audience development, resolute internationalism and respect for artists and their work have made Antimatter one of the most important media arts events in Canada.

This year, an expanded public installation component features works at Deluge Contemporary Art, Legacy Art Gallery, Ministry of Casual Living, Empty Gallery and in partnership with Victoria Arts Council at regional public libraries, Victoria International Airport and the VAC Gallery. Deluge will host three installation works including Uruguayan-Belgian filmmaker Isabelle Carbonell’s The Camel Race—a verité-style look into camel racing culture—a world of modern bedouins, robot jockeys and the dark roots of Qatar’s heritage. Visitors to the VAC Gallery can experience Acoustic Turbulence by Victoria’s Colton Hash. The interactive digital application presents visualizations of underwater noise pollution from ocean vessels using ocean data and hydrophone recordings of the passage of ships through the Salish Sea.

Antimatter opens on Wednesday, October 16 with the screening program Algo-Rhythm, featuring the film of the same name. Shot in Dakar with the participation of leading Senegalese musicians, poets and graffiti artists, the film probes the insidious but comprehensive threats to human rights and agency posed by the rise of the quantification and algorithmic management of daily life. On Saturday, October 19, California artists and performers Rob Fatal and DJ Bianca Oblivion remix audio and video into a feature-length experimental film performed live in front of an audience in the Canadian premiere of TechnoTihuacan. Thursday, October 24 sees the world premiere of Barry Doupe’s durational animated opus Distracted Blueberry and Friday, October 25 the expanded cinema and musical performance Le vent sur ton visage doré n’atteindra pas le sommet de ta noirceur by Montreal’s Guillaume Vallée and Hazy Montagne Mystique.

More than 120 artists from 30+ countries will be exhibited and screened during Antimatter 2019, with 60% of the work made by women. The festival offers 19 curated screening programs in addition to performances, public installations, workshops and artists salons. Fully two-thirds of the films showing at the festival are world, North American or Canadian premieres, with all being new to Victoria audiences.

Installations/exhibitions are free and screenings and performances are pay-what-you-can (suggested donation $5–$8). Participating artists from around the world attend Antimatter and audiences are invited to engage and dialogue with them and festival producers at afternoon Media Salons as well as pre- and post-screening artist talks and Q&As. 

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council and CRD Arts Commission through the Arts & Culture Support Service.
 
Deluge Contemporary Art
636 Yates Street Victoria, BC  V8W 1L3
Complete Antimatter 2019 program guide is available now throughout greater Victoria and online at antimatter.ca  

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Youth Night with Kathryn Calder – City’s Artist in Residence

Youth in the Greater Victoria region are invited to meet Kathryn Calder, the City of Victoria’s Artist in Residence at a gathering on Wednesday October 16, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Victoria High School Music Room, 1250 Grant Street.
The community is invited to drop by to meet Calder, hear her perform, and directly share their ideas for youth artists and musicians in Victoria for the next two years. All ages are welcome. 
WHAT:              Youth Night with Kathryn Calder, Victoria’s Artist in Residence 
WHEN:             Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  
WHERE:           Victoria High School Music Room 
An RSVP is not required. Complimentary refreshments will be served. 
Victoria-based musician, songwriter/recording artist and recording studio owner Kathryn Calder, was recently announced as the City’s Artist in Residence in 2019. The Artist in Residence program aims to ‘keep art in mind’, providing the opportunity for a professional artist to work collaboratively with City staff and the community to identify and develop a creative artwork/project to augment one or more capital projects annually over a two-year term.  
Calder’s professional experience in Victoria’s music industry is well-aligned with the City’s Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan, which identifies the need to build on Victoria’s diverse and active music scene by positioning Victoria as a “Music City.”
For more information, visit: www.victoria.ca/publicart  
For more information on Kathryn Calder: www.artistinresidenceyyj.com
 

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Studio Ensemble (Company C) presents The Birds by Yvette Nolan directed by Keith Barker   One of western theatre’s earliest comedies retold for today.   Two humans seeking a better way of life arrive in the fabled land of birds. Soon, they begin to recreate this newfound paradise in their own image, with no regard for the occupants of the land. Nolan’s potent adaptation of Aristophanes’ classic play re-situates it to Turtle Island, examining the Indigenous / settler relationship and respect for the land with an insightful wit and lasting resonance.   “entertaining and intellectually engaging…” - McGill Tribute   Thursday, October 17 7:30pm Friday, October 18 2:00pm Friday, October 18 7:30pm Saturday, October 19 2:00pm (Relaxed Performance) Saturday, October 19 7:30pm  Sunday, October 20 2:00pm Tickets: email boxoffice@ccpacanada.com or give us a call at 250 595 9970 ext 222.

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Don't throw away your extra beads, fabric, yarn, paint or other craft supplies! Bring them to our craft materials swap! Take home only the ones you want to use.  We will even take away leftover craft materials and make sure they find a good home. 

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Dr. Sue Johnson on LOVE: Science & Sense – not Sentiment. What every couple needs to know
The Greater Victoria Citizens' Counselling Centre is pleased to announce that Dr. Sue Johnson will be doing a one-night engagement in honour of the Centre’s 50th anniversary.
 
Oct 17
7:30 pm 
Dave Dunnet Theatre (at Oak Bay High)
Tickets: https://www.citizenscounselling.com/ 
Best-selling author Dr. Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
 
Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment. Johnson was appointed in 2017 as a Member of the Order of Canada and was named Psychologist of the Year by APA in 2016.
 
In Johnson’s powerful two-hour talk, she will explain why it is that our love relationships matter so much, how they go wrong, and how to put them right again.
 
 
The presentation is a fundraiser for Citizens’ Counselling Centre.
 
About the Greater Victoria Citizens' Counselling Centre:
The Greater Victoria Citizens’ Counselling Centre offers affordable, accessible counselling to adult residents of Greater Victoria. All counselling is offered by volunteer counsellors trained and/or supervised by the Centre. We have a sliding fee scale based on family income.
We offer individual counselling, couples counselling, and group counselling. Our groups run three times each year (Fall, Winter and Spring) and include self esteem groups, anger management groups, and groups with a focus on stress, anxiety and depression.
The Centre began in 1969 and since then we have worked with over 25,000 people.
 
More about Dr. Sue Johnson: http://www.drsuejohnson.com/about  

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The Peninsula Players: Mama Mia! October 18, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm. 
October 20, 26 & 27 at 2:00 pm. 
Adults $44.63   Senior/Student $39.90 Want to go to a party?  Well, have we got a party for you!  Mamma Mia!, opening October 18th at the Charlie White Theatre, is just that.  A glitzy, glamourous, rollicking, joyful party!  Mamma Mia! features twenty-two of Abba’s greatest hits, tied together with a story that is full of fun, pathos, passion and lots of laughs.  Audiences throughout the world have shown their enthusiasm for Mamma Mia! with wild, excited applause and instant standing ovations.  You can’t help but clap along and tap your feet to dynamic versions of Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Waterloo and, of course, Mamma Mia.  It’s Abba!  The true test of a successful musical is when you leave the theatre humming one of the songs you’ve just heard.  With Mamma Mia!, audiences are humming the songs even before the show starts.  When Mamma Mia! first opened in London’s West End it was an immediate hit.  It became the seventh longest running show in London and continues to delight audiences to this day.  It ran for fourteen years on Broadway making it one of the top ten longest running musicals ever.  There was the successful film, and its sequel, but neither can hold a candle to seeing Mamma Mia! live onstage.  And now the Mary Winspear Centre, in collaboration with the Peninsula Players, is presenting Mamma Mia! live on the stage of the Charlie White Theatre.  Directed by Steve Ivings, with choreography and music direction by Lena Palermo, this production of Mamma Mia! is a true musical party from the opening bars of the overture to the closing bows.  You’ll be instantly drawn into the delightful story.  On a small Greek island we meet Sophie, raised by her single mom, Donna.  Sophie is about to be married.  Donna has never revealed who Sophie’s father is but Sophie has discovered it is one of three men.  So she invites them all to her wedding!  She doesn’t tell Donna, whose reaction, when she first encounters her three former beaus, is priceless. (The fact that she’s wielding a live power tool at the time makes for a scarily hilarious moment).  While the story is very funny, there are moments of great tenderness too.  Donna trying to hide her heartache when she realizes her little girl has grown up and will soon leave the island.  We see Donna fighting to control her anger and frustration when she finally has the chance to tell off one of the Dads for leaving her those twenty years ago.  And there’s the fun, goofy, good feelings when Donna’s former bandmates, Rosie and Tanya, arrive to help her handle all the craziness (or add to it) along with the island’s population of delightfully ditzy Greek characters. The story has many layers, all brilliantly backed by Abba’s wonderful songs.  Mamma Mia! is a sparkling, joyful celebration.  Two hours of fabulous music and a great story overflowing with fun, laughter and love.  You don’t want to miss this party! O   Mary Winspear Centre
2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC
250-656-0275 | marywinspear.ca

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CineVic presents... A Double-Bill Horror-Comedy Screening Event!
WolfCop
2014, 1h19m
It's not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar. Lou's senses are heightened. And when the full moon comes out, he's a badge-wearing rage-fueled werewolf. 
Another WolfCop
2017, 1h22m
WolfCop springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team, in this outrageous sequel.
 * Each film followed by short Q&A with Writer/Director Lowell Dean in attendance *
WolfCop was the first project chosen for the CineCoup Film Accelerator program, and was named "movie of the year" in 2014 by the National Post. The film quickly achieved cult status, and its sequel Another WolfCop was released in 2017. CineVic is pleased to present the Vancouver Island premiere of these two back-to-back B-movies from the Canadian prairies!
Friday 18 October 2019
The Vic Theatre - 808 Douglas Street
WolfCop - 7pm
Another WolfCop - 9pm
$15 Advance tickets on Eventbrite
* Limited number of $10 earlybird tickets available! *
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Syrian Encounter - an evening with Orontes Quartet   The Victoria Guitar Society is proud to present the first concert of the its 2019-2020 International Concert Series! For our first concert, "Syrian Encounter - an evening with Orontes Quartet", the Orontes Quartet, hailing from Syria, will be joined by guest artists BC writer Deborah Campbell, guitar and rythm master Celso Machado and oud stylist Bèro Saker for a multimedia stage show featuring Syrian poetry, prose, solo and ensemble guitar, percussion and oud. Orontes Quartet has been performing together since 2015 when they were brought together in Beirut by US guitarist Susan McDonald. They have performed several times in Damascus at the Opera House in concerts with the singing and guitar divisions of the Higher Institute of Music as well as with the Syrian State National Orchestra. They have taught and performed at several festivals in Lebanon and Syria and released their first CD "The Clock" in 2016. Since coming to Canada to do a fellowship with Dr. Alexander Dunn at the University of Victoria, the quartet has performed in several major Canadian cities. In Canada under the auspices of the Institute for International Education - Artist Protection Fund, Orontes is excited to play at Victoria's venerated Alix Goolden Hall on October 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15-30 and available at Ivy’s Books, Long & McQuade, Good Earth Coffee House Oak Bay, Tanners and www.victoriaguitarsociety.ca   

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Mozart: Victoria Chamber Orchestra
Victoria Chamber Orchestra directed by Yariv Aloni opens their 25th Season with an all-Mozart program on Friday, October 18, 7:30 pm at First Metropolitan Church, 932 Balmoral Road (at Quadra Street), Victoria V8T 1A8.  Tickets $20 Adults; $15 Seniors (over 65) and Students; free admission for Music Students.  Buy tickets at Long & McQuade, Ivy’s Bookshop, www.VictoriaChamberOrchestra.com, by telephone at 250-598-1966 or at the door.
All Mozart Program:
Divertimento in D, K. 136
Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546
Serenade in G, K. 525 “Eine Kleine Nachtmusic”
Divertimento in D flat, K. 137
Serenata Notturna in D, K. 239

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BUS TOUR: Sacred Cedar: History, Art & the Land
Land-based Workshop with Sarah Jim & Tiffany Joseph
Sat. Oct. 19, 2019 | 9:15am - 2:30pm - *return time is approximate
REQUIRES REGISTRATION
To register, please email legacy@uvic.ca - *Space is limited

COST - $20 Students / $30 General Public / UVic Staff & Faculty - *Please bring cash 

***Please arrive at 9:15 at Legacy Art Gallery Downtown, 630 Yates Street. Curator Lorilee Wastasecoot will give a short introduction and tour of the exhibition We Carry Our Ancestors: Cedar, Baskets, and Our Relationships to the Land. 
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10 am - The bus will travel from Legacy Art Gallery Downtown to Todd Inlet or SṈIDȻEȽ to support the SṈIDȻEȽ Resiliency Project by contributing to the land restoration and cultural revitalization work of Tiffany Joseph and Sarah Jim. We will gather and spend time on the land to talk about how XPȺ, which is SENĆOŦEN for cedar, is sacred and has been central to the way of life to the W̱SÁNEĆ people. Our co-hosts, Sarah Jim and Tiffany Joseph will talk about the significance of cedar through history, art, and contemporary relationships with cedar and explore the restoration strategies they contemplate in their work at SṈIDȻEȽ.

Tiffany Joseph is of ancestry is of Sḵx̱wu7mesh (Fresh Water people) and W̱SÁNEĆ (Saltwater people, Emerging people) peoples and she is a SENĆOŦEN Language & Culture Revitalization apprentice. 

Sarah Jim is an emerging artist from Southern Vancouver Island. Her ancestry is mixed but her roots are in Tseycum First Nation on the Saanich Peninsula. 

***Please dress for the weather. We will be working outside so please be prepared for some physical activity with proper footwear, rain jacket and water bottle. 

***We will have lunch together on the land so please bring yourself a bagged lunch and any snacks that you may need.
  Contact us
e-mail | 250.721.6562 | legacy.uvic.ca

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Stravinsky & Walton
Diemahler Ensemble
George Corwin, guest conductor
McPherson Box Office: 1-888-717-6121
Also at Ivy’s Books , 250-598-2713
$25, seniors $22.50; students by donation
info: diemahler4@gmail.com or 250-658-1167

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Art of the Cocktail
fundraiser for Victoria Film Festival
Join us for a night of cocktail sampling featuring unique and familiar spirits from the finest artisan and regional distillers. While on your cocktail journey, savour delicious complimentary appetizers from some of the most innovative chefs in Victoria. Over 40 exhibitors. Theme: A Trip to Paris
General Entry: $70 each (6-8:30 pm)
VIP Tickets: $95 each (5-8:30pm)
VIP access allows you to beat the crowds and enter the Grand Tasting an hour before the general public, giving you more one-on-one time with distillers and brand ambassadors. 
https://www.victoriafilmfestival.com/art-of-the-cocktail/
The number of tickets is limited. The event is usually sold out well in advance. 


Prepare your most effortlessly chic ensemble and make your way to Crystal Garden for an evening of sophistication and fun. 
This year, the Best Dressed at the Grand Tasting will win 4 tickets to another exclusive event where you can meet real Hollywood stars: the Opening Film & Gala of the 26th Victoria Film Festival taking place on February 7, 2020.
GET YOUR GLAM ON   ART OF THE COCKTAIL LOCATION: CRYSTAL GARDEN, VICTORIA SEE WHO IS COMING!      

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Short Indie Creepy Campy Horror Films From Around The World!

After an incredibly successful debut in 2018, we're back for another round of fun in 2019 😈 Our programming team has selected this year's best genre-mashing and mind-bending short films, with a focus on the smart, creative, moody, and psychological 😱 We are pleased to bring 16 films to Vancouver Island in two programs from all around the world!

Saturday October 19th, 2019
The Vic Theatre
7pm & 9pm
Full program and film descriptions at
www.cinevic.ca/shock-therapy-returns-2019
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SCREENING ONE - 7pm
Through a glass darkly ...
First BIte (Vancouver, Canada)
Dillon (London, UK)
Cut Off (Sydney, Australia)
Hot Anger (Winnipeg, Canada)
Guest House (Dublin, Ireland)
Litla Hraun / Little Rock (Snæfellsjökull, Iceland)
Blossom (Paris, France)
Non è vero / It is not true (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Lay Them Straight (Toronto, Canada)
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SCREENING TWO - 9pm
How do we know the things we know are real, and what is real anyway ...
Noche de Suerte / A Stroke of Luck (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Chateau Sauvignon: terroir (Brooklyn, USA)
Twig (Sydney, Australia)
A Triste Figura / A Sad Figure (Salvador, Brazil)
Souvenir (Valencia, Spain)
Noctámbulos / Night Owls (Canary Islands, Spain)
Giltrude's Dwelling (Victoria, Canada)
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CineVic acknowledges and respects the long history of the Lekwungen speaking people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, on whose traditional and unceded territory we carry out our activities.

CineVic gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance and support of Canada Council for the Arts, Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, and the CRD Arts Commission.


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Comedienne Kirsten Van Ritzen presents her adult comedy students as they make their  Stand Up Comedy debuts. Always a triumphant and hilarious event! With special guest comic Rosa Graham.

 $12 Advance at Eventbrite or $15 cash only at the door. Doors open 7pm

Arrive early for best seats and to order food from the Pub Menu. Advance ticket holders in groups of 6 or more RSVP 778-440-0408.
Licensed. Adult content 19+

Tickets at Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/laugh-tober-comedy-show-tickets-72430301983
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If you can carry it through the door, someone will try to help you fix it: appliances, electronics, fabric, furniture, or anything else you may bring!  Enjoy coffee or tea and cookies while you meet your neighbours and learn new skills.  

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Delight in music by composers from Mexico, Spain, Brazil and Chile by Mexico’s award-winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet.
 
Founded in Mexico in 1982, Cuarteto Latinoamericano has toured extensively and premiered more than a hundred works written for them. Winners of the 2012 and 2016 Latin Grammys for Best Classical Recording, they have been recognized with the Mexican Music Critics Association Award and three times has received Chamber Music America/ASCAP's "Most Adventurous Programming" Award.
 
This concert is part of the 35th Annual Colloquium of the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies. 
 
Regular $20 / Students $12

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The 39 Steps
October 22- November 3, 2019
The Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre presents The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan. A fast paced whoodunnit for any one who loves the magic of theatre. Clive Barnes of the NY Post said; "The play's creators have affectionately pushed Hitchcock's brilliance...into some riotous realm of satire, without losing its essentially Hitchcockian flavor."
call 250-382-3370 Tuesday - Saturday 12-4pm

Packages start at just $88.20!
http://bluebridgetheatre.ca 
Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre · 2657 Quadra St · Victoria, BC V5T 3E4

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Learn to “awaken the unheard sounds that sleep deep in the throat” with UVic Orion Series in Fine Arts guest artist Gabriel Dharmoo. In this unique vocal improvisation workshop, participants will be led through a series of vocal exploration exercises linked to breathing, the body and movement. In the second half of the workshop, Dharmoo will introduce “soundpainting,” a conducting method using hand signals to draw different sounds and behaviours from participants, using their voices or instrument of choice.
Dharmoo is an award-winning artist with a musical practice that encompasses composition, vocal improvisation and research. Awards for his music include the Canada Council for the Arts Jules Léger (2017) and Robert Fleming Prize (2011), the MusCan Student Composer Competition (2017), the SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek Award (2016), the Fernand-Lindsay Prix d'Europe composition prize (2011) as well as 6 prizes from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers. He has worked with symphony orchestras, chamber music ensembles and soloists and his music has been performed in Canada, the USA, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Australia, Singapore and South Africa.
Free admission

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Wood and Water: Tranquil Moments at Cedar Hill Arts Centre Main Gallery 
October 22 - November 10, 2019.
Wood and Water: Tranquil Moments will include guest artists, students from Joanne’s classes.
Opening Reception: Saturday Nov 2, 1-5pm with demonstrations.
 
Preview with photos and story here:
http://www.artopenings.ca/joanne-thomson.html

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Spot On: Peter Flanagan & Roberta Pyx Sutherland 
October 24–November 17 at Fortune Gallery
The circle is a symbol of completion, perfection and the inclusivity of the universe. Ceramic artist Peter Flanagan and painterRoberta Pyx Sutherland explore these meanings through the joyous repetition of the concentric circular form. Flanagan says, “Early Asian ceramic glaze origins inform my exploration of wild BC clays combined with wood ash.” Sutherland is inspired by the relationships of cosmic patterning and divine intelligence.Openingreception Oct 24, 5-9pm. 537 Fisgard St. RobertaPyxSutherland.com; OkanaganPottery.com; FortuneGallery.ca.
 


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Ian Ferguson, one of Canada’s greatest satirists, looks west for his latest send-up, a survival guide full of snark, wit, and a pinch of practical know-how. Eager to learn just how different beautiful BC is from the rest of the country? Confused as to the precise taxonomy of beards one might encounter on this side of the Rockies? Whether you’re a seasoned west coaster or a wide-eyed new arrival, you’re sure to gain something at the launch of The Survival Guide to British Columbia—even if it’s just a new (bearded) friend or two. 

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The Radical Influence of Buddhism on Art: Artists Convene in Victoria
The public is invited to attend two special presentations, as part of In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice. A Research Convening. These events are organized by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in partnership with the University of Victoria, Faculty of Fine Arts, Multifaith Chapel and Centre for the Study of Religion in Society.
On Friday Oct. 25 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. the public is invited to The Orion Opening Keynote Lecture, Lecture on Nothing by Kay Larson. Larson is an acclaimed art critic, columnist, and author who wrote feature articles and art criticism for New York magazine for fourteen years. When that job ended, she began Zen Buddhist practice at Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York. Larson will discuss John Cage’s seminal text, Lecture on Nothing, first performed at the 8th Street Artists’ Club in New York in 1949. The lecture is written as a piece of music organized around a series of “empty” time intervals or durations. The central statement of the lecture, ‘I have nothing to say and I’m saying it’ reads as an oxymoron at first, but when considered further, reveals Cage’s inquiry into Buddhism. 
This lecture takes place at the University of Victoria, Phillip T Young Recital Hall, and will be followed by a performance of Cage’s text, scored by Kay Larson, directed by Christopher Butterfield, (Director, School of Music), and featuring local artists and performers.
On Sunday Oct. 27 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., the public is invited to attend The Orion Keynote Conversation, Beautiful Trouble: A Conversation on Activism, Art and Buddhism with Suzanne Lacy, artist and Professor¸ Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California (Los Angeles) and Jodie Evans, author, activist, co-director, CODEPINK (Los Angeles), taking place at the University of Victoria, Hickman Building, 105 Lecture Theatre. Suzanne Lacy is a pioneering artist in social art practice who was introduced to Buddhism in the mid-1980s. Earlier this year, Lacy was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), titled Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here. Jodie Evans is a cultural producer and global activist who has worked with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and the Zen master, Thich Naht Hahn, who advocated for a notion of engaged Buddhism during the Vietnam War. Join in a conversation between these two long-time friends, exploring the relationship between art and activism, activism and Buddhism, and the spaces in between.
“UVic’s Visual Arts Department is very pleased to be hosting this AGGV-organised event in conjunction with the Faculty of Fine Arts. The world-class calibre of the invited artists and scholars makes this a key event in the study of the immense impact of Buddhist teachings on modern and contemporary art,” said UVic Visual Arts Chair Paul Walde
In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice is a multi-phase research and exhibition project led by AGGV Curator, Haema Sivanesan. The project takes a chronological and thematic approach towards examining the impact of Buddhism on art in North America from the post-war period (c1950) to the present.
Jon Tupper, Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria added, "the AGGV's collaboration with UVic to present this research convening is of great value, enhancing our community outreach and engaging students and faculty with the Gallery's mission. These two Orion lectures are free and open to all and promise to entertain, provoke and challenge preconceived ideas of both art and Buddhism."
 
Research support is generously provided by The Robert H N Ho Family Foundation, Hong Kong and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York.
 
 

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The Island Artisans Association Announces
Art “Fall” ness
 
This Island Artisan's event is being held at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel in the beautiful David Foster Auditorium and Conservatory on October 25, 1-9 pm, and on the 26 and 27th from 10-4. The official opening reception is Friday, October 25th, 6:30 - 9 pm.
The event will show case the best work made by island artisans from Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands.
Art “Fall”ness has three juried parts to it: a feature of 23 artisans at tables in the David Foster theatre where you can meet and purchase a selection of their works; A small Gift Shop showcasing artisans work in the Conservatory and an Exhibition in the Conservatory. The event offers a variety of opportun ities for members of the Island Artisans’ Association as well as other outstanding artisans in the Islands’ community.
The Island Artisans Association (IAA) formed 17 years ago as a way of supporting and creating opportunity for local artisans. They have had a varying number of members over the years and as many as 70 at one time. IAA was the organizing group of the Christmas event “Gifts for Myself and Others” that ran at the DaVinci Centre in Esquimalt for 10 plus Years. With this new show, Island Artisans’ is moving into a new era, in a venue that makes international exposure possible.
The jury has already selected 34 artisans for the tables and shop. There is a wide selection of mediums that will be represented: ceramics, polymer clay, fabrics, up-recycled materials, quilling, jewelry made from precious metals, as well as wearable art, wood and glass.
If you want any further information please check out the website: http://islandartisans.ca . Organizers: Linda Rajotte at lrajotte@shaw.ca or call her at 250 727-1232 and Flo-Elle Watson at floelle.artist@gmail.com or call her at 250-592-0832.

 

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If “Cherish,” Dance Victoria’s annual fundraiser, were a young ballet student, it has now gotten up en pointe. After launching in 2015 at the studios on Quadra Street, which seat about 100, this year’s event will be Downtown at the historic Crystal Garden. Built in 1925, it seats 400 and offers much more space and accessibility, something all dancers—and dance supporters—can appreciate.
The entertainment at Cherish showcases both fashion and dance, with a team of local performers moving and grooving down the runway (choreography by Victoria’s own Lynda Raino) while modelling clothing from local retailers (this year’s lineup features Tulipe Noir Clothing, Hughes Clothing, and Outlooks for Men). There are light appetizers, a silent and live auction, and a complimentary beverage for each guest.
That first year of “Cherish,” Dance Victoria’s staff of four (plus volunteers) were run off their feet, handling myriad details for two annual fundraisers—spring and fall. Bernard Sauvé, DV’s general manager, says, “It was a lot of work. We decided to do one event a year, and really concentrate on that event.” Further post-mortem discussions among DV staff yielded exciting partnership ideas. “We think this event is really fantastic because it combines Women’s Transition House, a social cause, and Dance Victoria, an art cause,” Sauvé enthuses. “We know the arts make people feel better in general, and Women’s Transition House is helping the public with social issues.”
Cherish has sought out venues with greater and greater capacity, moving from DV’s studios to the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, then the Fairmont. And now the Crystal Garden, part of the Victoria Conference Centre. Designed by Victoria architects Francis Rattenbury and Percy L. James, who were inspired by London’s Crystal Palace, it originally housed exotic gardens, dance floors and a saltwater pool. Sauvé feels that Crystal Garden is the ultimate venue for this fun, fashion-show-in-motion event, and that the accessible ticket price offers more opportunities for participation. “There’s more capacity for the audience, the runway will be longer…we feel that this time around, there is going to be space for people to mingle, to look at the silent auction…what we’re looking for is being comfortable, with the entire event allowing space for all of the activities.”
 

 
Dance Victoria’s mandate is to enrich Victoria’s cultural landscape by bringing an annual program of internationally acclaimed dance to the Royal Theatre, and supporting the development of new dance at its studios in Quadra Village.
Cherish is presented by Kirsty Thomson of Willow Wealth Management of Raymond James Ltd. Tickets, $85. Call 250-386-6121 or visit www.rmts.bc.ca.
—Mollie Kaye

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The Victoria Historical Society presents a talk, Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ Nohow: The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running by Rick James, Thursday, October 24, 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.
Using extensive research, this presentation will explain that rum running in BC was generally carried out in a relatively civilized manner: but still, the business was associated with the odd shootout, hijacking and even a particularly gruesome murder.
 Rick James is a maritime historian and author of several books and periodical articles. His latest book on West Coast rum running was recently shortlisted for the annual U.B.C.s Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for an Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia history. 
 

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ASTROCOLOR 
“Ethereal joy...Straddling relaxed jazz, funky electronics, vaguely psychedelic rock and spatial dub.” Clash (UK)
Date:                       Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 9:00pm (doors open 8:00pm)
Venue:                    Hermann’s Upstairs 751 View St. (No Minors)
Tickets:                $15 advance/VJS members/students | $18 at the door (service charges apply
at the Royal & McPherson Box Office). 
Available:               Victoria Jazz Society Office no service charges (977 Alston St. or 250-388-4423), and the Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at www.rmts.bc.ca)
Victoria-based Astrocolor formed in 2015 to perform and record live electronic music, recalling the sounds of Air, Massive Attack, and St. Germain. The band plays on the edges of funky house, breakbeat, jazz and ambient. Astrocolor III, their final in a trilogy of EPs that released in spring 2018, sees the band’s instrumental/electronic roots expand into traditional song formats that provide smooth yet catchy beats, built equally for a night of dancing at the club or chill party vibes at home. In 2017, they grooved their way through festivals such as Rifflandia, Song & Surf, Tall Tree, and Atmosphere Gathering, as well as performances in Toronto (Canadian Music Week) and Seattle (Upstream Music Festival). Most recently, they performed to a packed audience at the Centennial Square outdoor stage for TD Victoria International JazzFest 2019.
Look no further for a mood booster, as Astrocolor’s debut at Hermann’s Upstairs will transport listeners to dream-like, funk-laden atmospheres that blissfully inspire mental repose, dancing, and pure, downright fun. Neil Cooke-Dallin DJ, Anand Greenwell saxophone,Andrew Poirier guitar, William Farrant bass, Piers Henswood guitar, Chris Mackenzie drums

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“Ethereal joy…Straddling relaxed jazz, funky electronics, vaguely psychedelic rock and spatial dub.” CLASH (UK)

Victoria-based ASTROCOLOR formed in 2015 to perform and record live electronic music, recalling the sounds of Air, Massive Attack, and St. Germain. The band plays on the edges of funky house, breakbeat, jazz and ambient. Astrocolor III, their final in a trilogy of EPs that released in spring 2018, sees the band’s instrumental/electronic roots expand into traditional song formats that provide smooth yet catchy beats, built equally for a night of dancing at the club or chill party vibes at home. In 2017, they grooved their way through festivals such as Rifflandia, Song & Surf, Tall Tree, and Atmosphere Gathering, as well as performances in Toronto (Canadian Music Week) and Seattle (Upstream Music Festival). Most recently, they performed to a packed audience at the Centennial Square outdoor stage for TD Victoria International JazzFest 2019.

Look no further for a mood booster, as Astrocolor’s debut at Hermann’s Upstairs will transport listeners to dream-like, funk-laden atmospheres that blissfully inspire mental repose, dancing, and pure, downright fun. NEIL COOKE-DALLIN DJ, ANAND GREENWELL saxophone, ANDREW POIRIER guitar, WILLIAM FARRANT bass, PIERS HENSWOOD guitar, CHRIS MACKENZIE drums.

More info: https://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/astrocolor
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/613682085704565/
 

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Heather Midori Yamada presents “Found" 
The “art of becoming” is a central theme in the creative outpourings of Heather Midori Yamada. “Nothing is certain in my art practice,” says the artist,
“not knowing and understanding is part of my process and ongoing journey.”
If Yamada is unsure about the artwork’s meaning and direction, she will let it sit. Often for decades. Each segment has a history which stays hidden until called up. The unfolding piece involves a relationship, between her, the maker, and the artwork coming into existence. By recombining and rearranging elements new meanings come forward. They become “found” moments in time. 
Preview with photos and story here
http://www.artopenings.ca/yamada19.html

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