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Protecting our Coast: The Shifting Role of BC Lighthouses 
Opens at the Maritime Museum of BC
Lighthouses and their keepers’ original role has been to protect vessels travelling along the coast from crashing into dangerous shoreline. As technology and society continues to change, so too has the role of the lighthouse. Over the years, lighthouses have been put to different roles, depending on the needs of society. In the late 1800’s they served to support colonial development on the coast; in WWII they helped establish a defence system; and now, a new trend has started to rise. As we’ve become increasingly concerned with the state of the natural environment, lighthouses in B.C. are shifting into becoming ecological reserves or are gaining an environmentally-related protected status, with their keepers becoming the guardians of their stations’ landscapes and the surrounding wildlife. 
This exhibit explores this cultural shift through a timeline approach, questioning what is has meant, and what it now means to protect our coast.
“Lighthouses on our coast have such fascinating stories,” said Brittany Vis, Associate Director. “When we started research for this exhibit, it became clear that lighthouses have served additional roles in society than simply as navigational aids. We hope visitors will walk away from this exhibit with a better understanding of the evolving role of lighthouses and how they are being used today.”
Exhibit Dates: October 31 – May 14, 2020
 634 Humboldt Street, Victoria BC
10am-4pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays  

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oneTree 2019
Robert Bateman Foundation Gallery
November 16–February 29, 2020
This biennial event by the Bateman Foundation and Live Edge Design celebrates the life and legacy of a single tree–this year, a 200-year-old Bigleaf maple from the Chemainus Valley. More than 70 artists will take part in the biggest exhibition to date, creating original works–from furniture to musical instruments, wooden creatures to performance-based art and poetry–with a unifying theme of honouring the tree’s remarkable heritage. Visit www.theonetreeproject.ca to find out more about the project. 470 Belleville St, 250-940-3630, www.batemancentre.org.
“Chemainus Water System Coffee Table” by Hector Uriostegui and Kayden Dorma, Cobble Hill

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FLUID, a photographic portrait series by Blake Little
Legacy Gallery, Downtown Gallery
January 11 to April 11
As people who identify as trans, gender fluid, non-binary, Two Spirit, and other gender-diverse identities face complex and challenging societal responses, the act of representing oneself can be a brave act of defiance. FLUID, a new photographic portrait series by LA-based artist Blake Little, sets out to collaborate with local, national and international trans and gender fluid people to reflect some of the concerns and potentials of how they choose to represent themselves. Reception Jan 25, 2-4pm. Regular hours: 10am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Saturday.  Legacy Art Gallery Downtown, 630 Yates St., Victoria. legacy.uvic.ca, 250-721-8298.
Image below: “Brynn Hawker” Blake Little,  PHOTOGRAPH (c)BlakeLittle2019.
 

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Salt Spring National Art Prize
2019 winners + local finalists
January 11–February 22 at Victoria Arts Council Gallery
The Salt Spring National Art Prize is a biennial competition and exhibition of Canadian visual art, presented by the Salt Spring Arts Council. Its intent is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity–resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning. In all, it gives out $39,000 in prizes to 10 artists each year. 1800 Store St. Tues-Sat, 12-5pm. www.vicartscouncil.ca. For images see https://saltspringartprize.ca/finalists-2019/

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Be immersed in warmth and color as Victoria based Artist Jessica Ruth Freedman exhibits new paintings from her 'Modern Botanicals' series.
Solo exhibition of new paintings
January 12, 2020 - February 23, 2020
Northern Quarter Restaurant Venue
1724 Douglas Street
Victoria BC
Fore more information please visit www.jessicaruthfreedman.com

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Omid Afarinzad, Lauren Brinson, Rande Cook, Mona Hedayati, Jordan Hill, Clare Lannan, Leanne Olson, Liam, O’Sullivan, Dani Proteau, Graham Wiebe
Opening Friday, January 17 at 7pm
Exhibition tour directed by Rande Cook: Saturday February 1 at 1:30pm.
Gallery Hours: Wed to Sat, noon to 5pm
Forever & For Never arose out of the possibilities created by the forced proximity and specific focus of graduate research. Ten strangers from near and far convene and overlap for a brief period of time on an island located off the westernmost part of Canada. What do they see from this temporal and conceptual window? And in what language, visual or otherwise, do they choose to make their reportage? The artists who make up this enquiry have committed to a sort of fantastic experiment where addition is naturally seen to create expansion even as outcomes remain uncertain. The work in this exhibition—emanating from so many distinct sources—nonetheless shares concerns, as bodies situated inside material problems and the mutability of human existence. There are ripples of disquietude over resources and their extraction and hope for regeneration in the stories of our separate and recombined histories. Forever & For Never is a transitory record where things come together to break apart and recombine somewhere between the past and future.

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Kylee Turunen
January 27–February 23 at Gallery at Mattick’s Farm
Kylee is a Canadian artist, currently living in Port Alberni, BC. Growing up with the constant exposure to her artist father, she picked up an appreciation and excitement for creating art. Since completing the Fine Art program at Toronto’s Centennial College in 2009, she has continued to develop her skills as a fine artist, working primarily in acrylic and oil paint. She works with colour and form, often playing with opposites like curves and straight edges, or light and dark tones to create contrast. 109-5325 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-658-8333, www.thegalleryatmatticksfarm.com.
Image: “Vibrant Shore”  kylee turunen, 36 x 36 inches, oil on canvas

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Corrinne Wolcoski
February 1–15: Madrona Gallery
The new works in this solo exhibition largely focus on Wolcoski’s recent travels up the west coast to Haida Gwaii. This collection further explores the play of light on water and the incredible drama of the sky on the west coast. She is a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is heavily involved in the Vancouver arts community. This is her fifth solo exhibition with Madrona Gallery. Opening reception with artist in attendance, Saturday, February 1, 1-4 pm. 606 View St, 250-380-4660, www.madronagallery.com.
Image: “Coastal Beauty” Corrinne Wolcoski, 36 x 72 Inches, Oil on Canvas
 

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Join us for the world premiere of Tara Beagan's play, The Ministry of Grace (from February 4—March 1, 2020).

“There’s a flood of human warmth and compassion in anything Tara Beagan creates.” —NOW MAGAZINE

A grand, sweeping story of friendship and redemption.

It’s 1950 in the deserts of Southern California. Evangelist Brother Cain has a booming trade; his tent revival show moves from town to town, fleecing crowds desperate for something to believe in. When he discovers Mary, a Ntlaka’pamux woman from the Nicola Valley, reading the bible, he puts her onstage, renames her Grace, and displays her as a miracle: an Indian who can read.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PLAY
It’s like a sprawling Steinbeck novel – a real saga – of encountering hypocrisy and evil, while clinging to the beliefs that guide you. Produced by the Belfry and created by an all-Indigenous team, including designer Andy Moro and writer/director Tara Beagan, one of our leading playwrights. —Michael Shamata
 
https://www.belfry.bc.ca/the-ministry-of-grace/
Performance Schedule (February 4 - March 1)
Tuesdays - Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm 
Wednesday Matinees at 1 pm (February 12, 19, 26)
Saturday Matinees at 4 pm (Free Childcare offered on February 29)
Sunday Matinees at 2 pm (Free Childcare offered on February 16 / VocalEye offered on February 23)

ENHANCED PERFORMANCES
Free Childcare Matinees: February 16 at 2pm | February 29 at 4pm
VocalEye Described Performance: February 23 at 2pm

Starring PJ Prudat (Grace), Stafford Perry (Brother Cain), Sheldon Elter (Clem), and Lara Schmitz (Lizzie Mae).

Tara Beagan - Playwright / Director
Andy Moro - Set & Lighting Designer
Jeff Chief - Costume Designer
Allison Lynch - Composer & Sound Designer
Morgan Yamada - Fight Director
Meghan Speakman - Stage Manager
Becca Jorgensen - Assistant Stage Manger

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Focus on Four
New works from four gallery artists, Terry Fenton, Greg Murdock,
Brad Pasutti, and Jason Stovall
February 6 - 27, 2020, at Winchester Galleries
Opening reception: Saturday, February 8, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Artists will be in attendance.
Winchester Galleries is pleased to announce the new group exhibition of four Canadian artists: Terry Fenton, Greg Murdock, Brad Pasutti, and Jason Stovall. In this exhibition, a collection of new artworks from these four artists have been selected to present a variety of artistic representations. From realistic landscape to figurative narrations and abstract.
TERRY FENTON a gallery director, author, workshop organizer, arts advocate... during a half-century of contribution to the arts he has always made the art of his own. Although recognized as a champion of Canadian and international abstraction, Fenton himself has devotedly painted from nature: mountains and foothills during a long sojourn in Alberta, and prairies reflecting his upbringing in Regina and more recent residence in Saskatoon. During the past decade he often painted seascapes from winter visits to the West Coast, but that practice has intensified since he and his wife moved to Victoria.
GREGORY MURDOCK was born in 1954 in Saskatoon. He credits a trip to Europe following high school for kindling his passion to become an artist. When he returned from Europe, he enrolled in the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan. studying ceramics, sculpture, and drawing. He then travelled to Mexico to study bronze at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel Allende. In 1979 he moved to Vancouver to study at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. There, he expanded his architectural vision and imagery, created installations and discovered the potential of “spackle” as a medium and surface to explore in both his two- and three-dimensional works. He is known for his fresco-like mixed-media works that elegantly explore surface, space and form with references to both external and internal worlds.
BRAD PASUTTI was born in 1957, Trail, British Columbia. On completion of a diploma in sculpture from the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson and a BFA from the University of Victoria, Pasutti launched his artistic career in 1984 with an exhibition at Victoria's Open Space Gallery. He has continued to show his work at commercial and public galleries including at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Surrey Art Gallery. Pasutti's recent work suggests a sense of unfolding narrative structure. There is no clear set story being told, rather the work is open to narrative possibilities.  Characters and possible situations, including the internal mental states of the characters, carry over from one piece into another, so that the series of larger works become interconnected like chapters in a non-linear narrative or are alternative parallel narratives.
JASON STOVALL was born in 1989 in Edmonton, Alberta, but raised in Fort McMurray. The mixed suburban and industrial setting of Fort McMurray is a starting point for Stovall's work. Stovall’s upbringing, heavily influenced by the conservative and religious values of Alberta, and by the transient workforce constantly coming and going from the oil sands, combines to form a basis of subject matter for his work.
https://www.winchestergalleriesltd.com
   

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When the Roads Were Straight: Michelle Miller and Irma Soltonovich
Recent Paintings by Michelle Miller and Irma Soltonovich.  Two Saskatchewan born artists living on the West Coast.  Opening evening Thursday Feb 6, 2020,  6-8 pm   Fortune Gallery 537 Fisgard st. Victoria BC   Exhibit continues until end of Feb.  www.fortunegallery.ca/current-exhibition/
 

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Woven, Embroidered and Stitched in Tradition:
Women’s Textile Labour in 20th Century Asia
February 8–May 24
Legacy Maltwood Gallery, UVic campus
This exhibition showcases a dazzling array of luxury textiles, exquisitely crafted in China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and Bangladesh. They shed light on women’s roles as makers, consumers, and connoisseurs between the late 19th century to today, an era of monumental shifts in the production, accessibility, and commodification of garments. At the McPherson Library, Mearns Centre, and at UVic Libraries Special Collections & University Archives Rm A005. Www. Legacy.uvic.ca, 250-721-6562.

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Pierre Giroux: New Paintings
February 8–20, West End Gallery
Giroux paints ghostly interiors and exteriors filled with gesture and light. Drawing inspiration from houses in his local area of Southern Ontario, as well as grander rooms in Europe, his abandoned spaces evoke memories and nostalgia. Says the artist,“The paintings play upon the fine line between reality and slight surrealism, always drawing upon the viewer to move within the rooms…My hope is to evoke the memories of the many spaces we’ve visited, lived in and the role they’ve played upon our senses.” 1203 Broad St, 250-388-0009, www.westendgalleryltd.com.
image: “Allegro”  Pierre Giroux, 36 x 60 inches, Oil on Canvas

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EVENTUALLY, I’d like to see a day where inclusion and respect are simply second nature to us all, and we cease sorting or labelling with prefixes like “gay” or “queer.” For now, though, these self-affixed identifiers seem a required part of an evolutionary process by which previously marginalized artists can claim their rightful place at the table. Hence, Intrepid Theatre is presenting its sixth-annual OUTstages, “a decidedly queer theatre festival,” founded by curator Sean Guist, who was recently appointed Intrepid’s co-artistic and marketing director.
Guist notes that when OUTstages began, there was a void of professional queer art and professional queer theatre in Victoria. “We recognized that, and created this festival to fill that void in that community…because there’s a hunger for it.”
Heather Lindsay, Intrepid’s artistic and executive director, says she is “so honoured to work alongside” Guist, and that OUTstages “is now recognized across Canada as a dedicated home for underrepresented and queer artists and community.” Intrepid’s website promises a festival “packed with theatre, music, drag, cabaret, soundscapes and a new local work in development!” Offerings will include:
Where the Two-Spirit Lives: One part confessional, one part drag extravaganza, and all parts celebration that explores what it means to be Two-Spirit in contemporary society.
eat your heART out Cabaret: Raucous cabaret numbers. Fabulous performance art. High camp. A queerly Valentines/Anti-Valentines Day featuring Salty Broad Productions.
Like Orpheus: A candid dive into queer club culture and the trauma of sexual assault. Winner of Best Aspect of a Production for “Technical Presentation and Direction” at the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival.
Play Reading: How To Build a Home: A new solo show from local performer/creator Emilee Nimetz that explores how to create a life for yourself when you’ve come from a broken home, and how broken stories move within our bodies.
Guist insists that exchewing the prefixes is an important translation for some. “Audiences who are looking at this and thinking: ‘The queer festival isn’t for me’—they are wrong. More than anything, it’s just really powerful, thrilling theatre.”
For information, tickets for all shows, and festival passes, go to Ticket Rocket’s new location, 1050 Meares Street (Mon - Fri, 10am-5pm), or intrepidtheatre.com.
—Mollie Kaye

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Comic Potential
Written by Alan Ayckbourn
February 13 – 22, 2019
Director Conrad Alexandrowicz
Set Designer Leah Anthony
Costume Designer Misty Buxton
Lighting Designer Harry Zhe Lin
Sound Designer Glen Shafer
Stage Manager Devon Vecchio
Love, robots and daytime TV: A wickedly satire about the art of comedy and the rise of artificial intelligence
Considered one of the funniest and most inventive plays by Britain’s grandmaster of comedy, this romantic sci-fi satire is set in the foreseeable future, when actors are replaced with convincingly lifelike robots known as “actoids.” Adam, an aspiring young writer, visits a TV studio to meet his idol, Chandler, the director of a never-ending hospital soap opera who was once a great movie director. On the set, Adam discovers the charming android Jacie Tripplethree (serial number JCF 31333) and realizes that the programming glitch that makes her laugh hysterically also makes her more human. Adam and Chandler start developing a new TV show for Jacie to star in, but the studio executives aren’t convinced. Will Adam lose his heart to a robot? Will his show get the green light? Will love prevail? Tune in to find out! 
In the age of today’s virtual online assistants, this wickedly funny satire from 1998 reads like a cautionary tale of the rise of artificial intelligence.
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NOTE: Includes some coarse language. Suitable for ages 14+.


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Victoria Film Festival (February 7 - 16, 2020)
The Victoria Film Festival is Vancouver Island’s largest and longest-running film festival currently celebrating 26 years, the Victoria Film Festival screens more than 100 films over 10 days. Creating unique events year-round the Festival is responsible for Feast: Food + Film, Free-B Film Festival, Art of the Cocktail, Movie Under the Maltworks and The Vic Theatre.
See https://www.victoriafilmfestival.com
 

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Peter Dorrius at Xchanges Gallery
“Indexing”

Opening Friday 7th Feb from 7-9pm Artist Talk: Saturday 15th Feb at 2pm

Presented with predominantly black and white photography and abstract imagery, viewers are asked to wonder and interpret. Photography is based in the real world: everything within the image is palpable. Selfies, landscapes, portraits, etc. are all tangible representations of people and objects that can be seen and touched on a daily basis.

When viewing photographs observers immediately wonder: “What is it?” Once a conclusion is made viewers investigate the piece for meaning and enjoyment. But what happens when information is missing in the photograph and the image cannot be indexed by the viewer? Perhaps there is a period of letting go of the expectation to label in a literal sense and instead find meaning based on the abstract image alone.   Artist's Bio Peter Dorrius is an actor, writer, photographer, and accountant. He has appeared in TV shows including Fargo and Young Drunk Punk, written and produced a play (Contentment Cafe) and is an accountant with 20 years experience. His first foray into photography was Minimal Contact. He holds a Bachelor of Science, is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta, and is currently in his second year at UVic majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Visual Arts.  
Exhibition continues through Feb 23rd
Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-4pm http://www.xchangesgallery.org

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Victoria Seedy Saturday
Saturday February 15, 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm 
Victoria Seedy Saturday is the official start to the gardening season in Victoria and the number one place to find the LOCAL seeds, plants, tools and information to make 2020 your best growing season yet. Seedy Saturday’s focus is on LOCAL, organic, sustainable gardening and food security.  Presentations and workshops are presented throughout the day with topics for beginners and experts. The exhibitor gallery features over 60 vendors and exhibitors, seed and book exchanges, café, children’s area, door prizes and much more.
Admission is $8 (free for under 16)
Location: Victoria Conference Centre  720 Douglas Street Victoria, BC V8W 3M7 Website    

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Love & Chocolate
Join City of Victoria Poet Laureate, John Barton, and other local writers for a delicious afternoon of readings about love and chocolate.
Tea and chocolates will be served.
Greater Victoria Public Library  735 Broughton Street Victoria, BC V8W 3H2 Links Website Cost Free  
   

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Born and raised here on Vancouver Island, Michael Melgaard chronicles the struggles of small-town Canadians in his debut collection. The stories in Pallbearing cover topics as timely and universal as gambling addiction, widowhood, and love after grief with spare, unsentimental prose that pierces to the bone. And Victoria poet Kyeren Regehr follows a young mother through a metaphysical journey unlike anything you’ve read before in her debut collection, Cult Life.

Join us as we kick off our events season with this dual launch from two groundbreaking voices in Canadian literature celebrating their debut collections.
Free to attend. Doors open at 6:30pm.

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Black History Month: ISSAMBA
On behalf of the African Arts and Cultural Community Contributor Society (AACCS) Pulchérie Mboussi is pleased to announce the fourth edition of ISSAMBA.
 ISSAMBA is an interactive musical spectacle that showcases African Roots, Rhythms & Music, and featuring world-renowned African-born artists. Issamba means "come together" in Béti  one of the 285 Cameroonian dialects.
 ISSAMBA promotes and brings together music from across African cultures to present a unified African groove. Immerse yourself in a mix of African instruments, traditional rhythms, and dancing styles. These artists will travel from abroad, gracing BC with their special talents and sharing aspects of their culture with you. ISSAMBA, a 90-minute show that gives you a glimpse into the rich and diverse musical culture of Africa, an invaluable experience you won't want to miss!
 This year again, directly from Paris, our Chouchou, the world renowned choreographer and dancer Merlin “The Enchanter” Nyakam will be with us. Born in Cameroon, Merlin has reached an international status for his interpretations and teachings of African and Afro-Contemporary dance. Merlin has and continues to enchant audiences around the world.
 Special guests will include the Montreal-based African flutist Salif Sanou, legendary multi instrumentalist Adama Dembele Bilorou, Emmanuel Mbala: Sherbrook, Quebec-based  percussionist - balafonist, Assouma Long: Montreal-based Mvett (Cameroonian harp)-Nkull player  among other artists guests...
 ISSAMBA promotes the International Decade for People of African Descent through Arts & Cultures.

Feb 15 at Victoria: The David Dunnet Community Theater (Oak Bay) https://issambafebruary2020.eventbrite.ca
Feb 21 at Victoria Event Center: https://issambafeb2020-vec.eventbrite.ca
Gabriola Island: https://issambafeb2020-gabriola-island.eventbrite.ca
Nanaimo: https://www.porttheatre.com/events/issamba
 
 

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Emilie-Claire Barlow   “Her devastating chops let her zip through the changes like a trumpeter, hitting all the high notes with the clarity and accuracy of Dizzy Gillespie in full, glorious flight… and she can swing like a raging storm.” – Hamilton Spectator    Saturday, February 15, 2020
Doors 5:30PM | Show starts 7:30PM 
Hermann’s Jazz Club 753 View St
TIX:$32 advance/VJS members/students | $35 at the door (service charges apply at the Royal & McPherson Box Office)
On sale Friday, November 15!
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)
                                                  
The award winning, illustrious Emilie-Claire Barlow maintains a youthful energy and appearance that contradicts her 20 year career as a Canadian jazz singer, arranger, record producer and voice actress. A two time Juno Award winner and six time nominee, she has 12 self-produced albums to her credit on her own label, Empress Music Group, including her latest 2017 holiday album, Lumières d'hiver.

Even with numerous past accomplishments, Barlow is not one to stand on ceremony. Ever-growing as an artist, Barlow continues to tour across the globe, leading a group of some of the finest musicians in Canada. Known for her inspired re-imaginings and affectionate treatment of both classic pop and jazz songs, she has honed her stage presence and voice to its highest tier, hitting up venues such as Toronto’s Montreal Bistro, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, and Montreal Jazz Festival’s Main Stage, alongside a band that consistently makes musical brilliance look easy. Barlow’s work as a band leader and producer has been recognized with a Juno Award nomination for “Producer of Year” for her recording “Clear Day” — notable for being only the 2nd Jazz recording nominated in this category.

Featuring a few forgotten gems and her most popular hits, Barlow will be presenting some of her favourite  repertoire in an intimate trio format, captivating her audience through the songs and stories behind her recordings, music and life.   RSVP TO THE FACEBOOK EVENT HERE    

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The Contemporary Botanical (DRWGw239-3)
The inspiration for this workshop comes from the fantastical and intricate botanical drawings from the 16th through to the 19th century. The workshop begins by drawing a series of plant studies from observation that will be used later as a source for design development and transformation to create an imaginative watercolour painting. Suitable for beginners.
Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Wendy Welch
Tuition: $85.00 (3 hrs) (materials included)
For more information and to register:
call 250-380-3500
or online http://vancouverislandschoolart.com/workshops.html

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Victoria Storytellers' Guild (since 1989) presents: Try a Little Love... Love, Life, Friendship
Stories, myth and legends, tales so tall and true
Confabulations such as these this eve we bring to you
"Long ago and far away..." is a living breathing art
Tales of love and longing are told LIVE, straight from the heart. 
Refreshments served.            
$5 / $3   At the door 

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Pearson College: Unique in the World

Luncheon with guest speaker Tyrone (Ty) Pile, Interim President & Head of College

For a rare international “good news” story to brighten your February, come learn how a small college in Metchosin is making a huge difference to the world. 

Eighteen United World Colleges around the world share a mission to “make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”  For nearly five decades, thousands of Pearson graduates have carried this message from Metchosin to every corner of the globe, inspiring change in their communities.

The public is warmly invited to attend - reservations are required by February 13

Tickets:  Members $30, Guests $35
Reservations:  Phone (250) 370-1837 or reserve on Eventbrite


 

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STARTING February 20, 2020! The Western Communities’ only non-auditioned Young Adult Chorus for people ages 16 to 29.

SingYourJoy is a diverse community of young adults – a welcoming place that strives to remove all barriers to belonging and participation. NOW after 9 successful years of sharing music and fun together, we are expanding to serve the Western Communities and YOU are invited to join.

NO fees to participate -
just your commitment to spend your Thursday evenings learning, laughing and SINGING! This is your opportunity to make new friends and be part of a great community.
Register using our online link: http://singyourjoy.ca/westshore/

SingYourJoy is lead by its co-founders and co-directors, Christine Chepyha and Gordon Miller. They bring a passion for working with all ages to create great music with joy, laughter and tears, along with many years of experience in an eclectic range of choral and instrumental music.

SingYourJoy WestShore is grateful for the generous support of the Woodsome Fund, the Anonymous Fund and the Larch Fund, all through the Victoria Foundation Community Grant Program.

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A Grammar of Loss: Studies in Erasure
Chantal Gibson
Open Space, February 22 - March 28, 2020
This February, Vancouver-based artist-educator Chantal Gibson returns to Open Space
with A Grammar of Loss: Studies in Erasure, a show of new and recent work building on her 2019
exhibition, How She Read: Confronting the Romance of Empire.
Wielding black ink, black paint, and black liquid rubber, the exhibition explores the dis/comfort—the
ideological stickiness—of engaging in this de/colonial moment. It off ers a visually poetic response
to the questions “What does it mean to decolonize a text? And what does it really mean to confront
Empire?”
The exhibition features new digital works and altered texts, and includes Souvenir, the collection of
2000 blackened souvenir spoons that debuted at the Royal Ontario Museum in 2018, and featured
in Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art. Gibson will also transform part of the gallery
into a public art studio, bringing with her The Other James Baldwin, an ongoing altered book project
that invites visitors to engage with colonial texts of the past to reimagine the future.
Gibson will be on hand for a week-long community residency from March 21-28 which will include
workshops with educators and gallery visitors, inviting them to participate in activity and discussion
around the historical and ongoing erasure of Black, Indigenous, and racialized bodies in the Canadian
education system. Exploring methods of decentering colonial thought in the classroom, this workshop/
studio time will open space to collaborate and co-create with other artists, educators, communities,
and institutions.
An opening reception will be held Friday, Feb. 21 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
www.openspace.ca
 

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Modern City: The Legacy of Architectural Modernism in Victoria 
- Exhibition on view until April 25th Please join us at Wentworth Villa Architectural Heritage Museum for the visiting exhibition Modern City: The Legacy of Architectural Modernism in Victoria. The architectural layers in Victoria include a remarkable set of buildings with Modernist design features, such as exposed concrete and façades of steel and glass. Victoria architects embraced the Modernist movement to create new spaces for the city in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s through which their ideals and hopes for a better society shaped the buildings of the UVic campus, Centennial Square, and in the downtown core.

This exhibition, curated by architectural historian Martin Segger, designed by D’Amrosio Architecture + Urbanism, photographed by John Taylor, and sponsored by Jawl Properties, is visiting Wentworth Villa from now until April 25. Learn what gives Victoria’s Modernist architecture a regional flavour and view images of these twentieth century structures alongside the heritage homes featured in our other museum exhibitions. 

Wentworth Villa is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11:00-4:00   Please contact the museum for more information by emailing info@wentworthvilla.com or by telephone: 250-598-0760.

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This event repeats every week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 25/04/20


Modern City: The Legacy of Architectural Modernism in Victoria 
- Exhibition on view until April 25th Dear Subscriber,

Please join us at Wentworth Villa Architectural Heritage Museum for the visiting exhibition Modern City: The Legacy of Architectural Modernism in Victoria. The architectural layers in Victoria include a remarkable set of buildings with Modernist design features, such as exposed concrete and façades of steel and glass. Victoria architects embraced the Modernist movement to create new spaces for the city in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s through which their ideals and hopes for a better society shaped the buildings of the UVic campus, Centennial Square, and in the downtown core.

This exhibition, curated by architectural historian Martin Segger, designed by D’Amrosio Architecture + Urbanism, photographed by John Taylor, and sponsored by Jawl Properties, is visiting Wentworth Villa from now until April 25. Learn what gives Victoria’s Modernist architecture a regional flavour and view images of these twentieth century structures alongside the heritage homes featured in our other museum exhibitions. 

Wentworth Villa is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11:00-4:00   Please contact the museum for more information by emailing info@wentworthvilla.com or by telephone: 250-598-0760.

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Black History Month: ISSAMBA
On behalf of the African Arts and Cultural Community Contributor Society (AACCS) Pulchérie Mboussi is pleased to announce the fourth edition of ISSAMBA.
 ISSAMBA is an interactive musical spectacle that showcases African Roots, Rhythms & Music, and featuring world-renowned African-born artists. Issamba means "come together" in Béti  one of the 285 Cameroonian dialects.
 ISSAMBA promotes and brings together music from across African cultures to present a unified African groove. Immerse yourself in a mix of African instruments, traditional rhythms, and dancing styles. These artists will travel from abroad, gracing BC with their special talents and sharing aspects of their culture with you. ISSAMBA, a 90-minute show that gives you a glimpse into the rich and diverse musical culture of Africa, an invaluable experience you won't want to miss!
 This year again, directly from Paris, our Chouchou, the world renowned choreographer and dancer Merlin “The Enchanter” Nyakam will be with us. Born in Cameroon, Merlin has reached an international status for his interpretations and teachings of African and Afro-Contemporary dance. Merlin has and continues to enchant audiences around the world.
 Special guests will include the Montreal-based African flutist Salif Sanou, legendary multi instrumentalist Adama Dembele Bilorou, Emmanuel Mbala: Sherbrook, Quebec-based  percussionist - balafonist, Assouma Long: Montreal-based Mvett (Cameroonian harp)-Nkull player  among other artists guests...
 ISSAMBA promotes the International Decade for People of African Descent through Arts & Cultures.

Feb 15 at Victoria: The David Dunnet Community Theater (Oak Bay) https://issambafebruary2020.eventbrite.ca
Feb 21 at Victoria Event Center: https://issambafeb2020-vec.eventbrite.ca
Gabriola Island: https://issambafeb2020-gabriola-island.eventbrite.ca
Nanaimo: https://www.porttheatre.com/events/issamba
 

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SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR
  “A powerhouse band and vocals that shake the foundations.” — New Blues News   Friday, February 21, 2020
Doors 5:30PM | Show starts 7:30PM
Hermann’s Jazz Club 753 View St 
TIX:$32 advance/VJS members/students | $35 at the door (service charges apply at the Royal & McPherson Box Office)
On sale Friday, November 15!

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) 

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar have been raking in rave reviews, having performed over 500 times within the last four years. The Canadian Independent Music Association awarded Martin and Delta Sugar with the certification of “Road Gold,” having sold over 25 thousand tickets to Canadian fans over a twelve month period.

This remarkable 6-member band recalls the best of the soul and blues sounds of Stax Records and such contemporary artists as Leon Bridges, Sharon Jones, and Lee Fields. Their latest album, Run To Me, released in April 2018 and reached #2 on Earshot, #1 on Roots Music Report, and #1 on Stingray’s Blues channel radio charts. This album was nominated for “Blues Album of the Year” at the 2019 Juno Awards, and received four nominations at 2019 Maple Blues Awards. Their 2015 album, Send the Nightingale, was a stunning achievement which also garnered four Maple Blues nominations in 2016 and was regularly featured on the CBC. Subsequent to the album’s release, Martin has been nominated three years in a row as “Female Vocalist of the Year” at the Maple Blues Awards.

A dynamic front woman, Martin possesses a exquisite voice that is rich with emotion and brings out the nuances of her gut-wrenching lyrics. A torrid force of nature, she takes audiences to emotional peaks while leaving them stunned. The chemistry of Delta Sugar, however, is not the work of a single talent. In combination with what she likes to term her “co-vocalists,” Sherie Marshall and Mwansa Mwansa, and a powerhouse band, the blend Delta Sugar produces is pure, unadulterated gospel-tinged, neuron-tingling magic where the sum is even richer than the already soul-melting parts.
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Beethoven and Beyond
- Rosanna Butterfield (cello) and Jannie Burdeti (piano) 
- Saturday, February 22, at 7:30 pm Dear Subscriber,

We hope you will come to our next performance in the Music At Wentworth Villa concert series, to hear Rosanna Butterfield (cello) and Jannie Burdeti (piano). They will offer an exciting and varied program of music for cello and piano entitled Beethoven and Beyond on Saturday, February 22, at 7:30 pm. For full program details and information about all our concerts, please see our website wentworthvilla.com/music.
  Concert Tickets You may buy your tickets using the button above, online at wentworthvilla.com, by contacting us at info@wentworthvilla.com or by telephone: 250-598-0760. 

Doors open one hour before the concerts begin, so please arrive early to reserve your ideal seat using our re-usable name cards, before exploring the ground floor of Wentworth Villa and the museum exhibits.

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Renewing Jewish Spirituality
Rabbi Daniel Siegel presents a talk “Renewing Jewish Spirituality” Sunday, February 23, 4:00 pm at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria V8W 2J3.  Admission by donation; light refreshments served.  Information: heshi@me.com.
There is little doubt that the combination of the European tragedy, the creation of the State of Israel, and the growing awareness of the need to transcend tribalism have combined to mount a strong challenge to traditional forms of Jewish identity. 
In this session, Rabbi Daniel Siegel will guide us as we look at ways to renew our Judaism with a particular emphasis on Ḥasidism and neo-Ḥasidism. 
Rabbi Daniel was the Rabbinic Director of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and is currently the Rabbinic Director of ALEPH Canada. As the founding director of the Integral Halachah Institute, he organizes teleconferencing classes, edits and publishes the teachings of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and others, is the editor of Siddur Kol Koreh and other resources for prayer. As the first Dayan in ALEPH, he responds to questions and has written extensively on halachic issues. His writings can be found in his blog and in the ALEPH ReSources Catalogue (alephcanada.ca). He has served the ALEPH Rabbinic Program as Associate Dean, teacher, and director of studies. He is a trained mediator and is deeply involved in his local, Hornby Island community.  He is married to Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel, the father of Noah, Shefa, and Elisha, and grandfather to Eden and Avna.
This is the fifth presentation in the Alternative Realities in Judaism series sponsored by Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education Team.
 

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Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, the Viano String Quartet has already proved itself one of North America's most exciting young groups. Guest artists at the UVic School of Music, they are top prize winners in several international competitions, including the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Viano Quartet are now the quartet-in-residence at the Colburn School and are performing extensively all over the globe. 
 
This program will include Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 74, No. 1 and Antonín Dvořák’s Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105.
 
Admission by donation

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DOUG AND THE SLUGS
Wednesday, February 26 • 7:30 PM
Doug & the Slugs are unquestionably one of the most distinctive and entertaining Canadian bands of the past 40 years. Their upbeat songs, musicianship & offbeat stage antics have made them a staple of the national music scene for decades. From 1980 – 1991 they released 6 albums (3 certified gold) and toured relentlessly '...from New York to the North Pole'. The band's quirky videos garnered them heavy rotation in the early years of MTV and Much Music. From their first indie single 'Too Bad' in 1979 their hits received substantial airplay across Canada – airplay which continues to the present day.
Tickets $52.50    Mary Winspear Centre 
2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC
250-656-0275 | marywinspear.ca 

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Anything But Peaceful: Victoria and Esquimalt In The Aftermath Of V-J Day
The Victoria Historical Society presents “Anything But Peaceful: Victoria and Esquimalt In The Aftermath Of V-J Day” with David Zimmerman on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria V8V 2G7.
The Second World War dramatically affected Canadian port cities. The months after V-J day, in 1945, were not peaceful and orderly in Victoria and Esquimalt. In a short time demobilization reduced the Canadian Navy from 100,000 personnel to just 7,500. Both cities were flooded with restless young sailors waiting to be demobilized. Near chaos prevailed. This presentation will explore this tumultuous time on Canada’s west coast.
David Zimmerman is a Professor of History at the University of Victoria. He has written several books and over twenty articles on various aspects of naval and military history.
Doors open at 7:15 pm for refreshments and conversation.  A short business meeting at 7:45 pm will be followed immediately by the guest speaker.  Talk is free for members; $5 for guests.  For more information visit www.victoriahistoricalsociety.bc.ca

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This event repeats every day until 25/03/20


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
                                                                            
THE GOWARD HOUSE SOCIETY
2495 Arbutus Road            Victoria BC  V8N 1V9
(250) 477-4401 gowardhouse@shaw.ca
 
Art Show and Sale
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A PERSON BY ANY OTHER NAME
 
January 24, 2020– March 25, 2020
Viewing hours:  Mon. – Fri.  9:30am – 3:30pm
 
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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This event repeats every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 28/03/20


From February 21 to March 28, Vancouver-based artist-educator Chantal Gibson returns to Open Space with A Grammar of Loss: Studies in Erasure, a show of new and recent work building on her 2019 exhibition, How She Read: Confronting the Romance of Empire. Turning towards contested objects to edit, redact, and transform them, the exhibition explores the dis/comfort of engaging in this de/colonial moment, offering a visually poetic response to the question “What does it mean to decolonize a text? And what does it really mean to confront Empire?” The artist will participate in a community residency March 20-27. There will be an opening reception for the work Friday, Feb 21, 7-9pm.

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