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  2. Deluge Contemporary Art and the Victoria Arts Council are proud to partner with Visual AIDS for the thirtieth annual Day With(out) Art by presenting STILL BEGINNING, a program of seven newly commissioned videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow. The seven short videos range in subject from anti-stigma work in New Orleans to public sex culture in Chicago, highlighting pioneering AIDS activism and staging intergenerational conversations. Recalling Gregg Bordowitz’s reminder that “THE AIDS CRISIS IS STILL BEGINNING,” the video program resists narratives of resolution or conclusion, considering the continued urgency of HIV/AIDS in the contemporary moment while revisiting resonant cultural histories from the past three decades. Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. In 1989, Visual AIDS organized the first Day Without Art, a call to the art world for mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis. For Day With(out) Art’s thirtieth year, over 100 institutions worldwide will screen STILL BEGINNING, recognizing the important and necessary work of artists, activists, and cultural workers who have responded to AIDS while emphasizing the persistent presence of the epidemic.
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  4. Victoria Baroque with Kati Debretzeni, violin (UK) “Forces of Nature” A Tour-de-Force through the transformations of Nature, led by the dynamic violinist, Kati Debretzeni. Vivaldi's celebrated Four Seasons paired with Rebel's eccentric orchestral suite about the creation of the Earth, Les Élémens. Playing on instruments of the 18th century, Victoria Baroque brings listeners closer to the sound world of the Baroque period. Tickets: $30 / $25 senior/ $5 student & child, available at Royal & McPherson box office (www.rmts.bc.ca) (direct link: https://www.rmts.bc.ca/events/forces-of-nature-2020-st-john) from Dec 20 at Munro's Books, Ivy's Bookshop and at the door Contact & info: 250 590 9770, victoria-baroque@shaw.ca, victoria-baroque.com
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    Capture the spirit of the season in the Crystal Ballroom at the Fairmont Empress as you enjoy the legendary, sumptuous afternoon tea and experience heart-warming entertainment. The Christmas Tea is held in support of the Camosun College Foundation. Lena Palermo will once again bring her children’s choir to perform festive favorites. As the young members of Marigold Choir share their joy, be prepared to be swept away! The public is warmly invited to attend this very special event: Tickets: $55.00, available by calling (250) 370-1837. Please reserve by Friday November 29
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    More than 250 voices from the University of Victoria choirs join in harmony for this popular seasonal concert. Get into the holiday spirit with the UVic Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Adam Con, Susan Young, and Wendell Clanton, plus UVic brass players directed by Merrie Klazek. A cappella ensemble Fifth Street, featuring all UVic alumni, will make a guest appearance. Arrive early to get a seat! Admission by donation
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    UVic’s Orion Series in Fine Arts presents pianist Carl Petersson. He will perform solo works by Frédéric Chopin, Niccolò Paganini/Franz Liszt, Einar Englund, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Isaac Albéniz. Born in 1981 in Lund, Sweden, Petersson began playing the piano at age 15. With an international performance career, he has appeared at venues such as Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio, the Shanghai Oriental Art Center and the Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, New York and has collaborated with orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kraków Philharmonic and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Recordings include von Flotow piano concertos with the Pilsen Philharmonic on Sterling Records (2008), Godowsky’s Java Suite (2011), cello and piano duets of Offenbach and von Flotow (2012), a live recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto at CBC Radio, and world premiere recordings by Per Nørgård (2016). In 2013 Petersson received his PhD from the Academy of Music in Kraków. As a lecturer, he has been invited as a guest speaker to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the University of Ottawa and the New England Conservatory, among others. Free admission
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    Expect a fun-filled evening featuring original arrangements and timeless classics performed by Vocal Jazz studio groups and combos directed by Wendell Clanton. Admission by donation
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    Sonic Lab

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    UVic’s contemporary music ensemble, directed by Ajtony Csaba, is dedicated to performing Canadian and international music of our time. Admission by donation
  11. A very thorough and interesting article on a very important issue with huge implications to the Salish Sea and beyond eg: migrating water fowl that rely on herring and their roe to nourish them for their long journeys to nesting sites in the north. Herring are vital to the web of life in the marine ecosystem and the traditional diet of coastal indigenous peoples for millennia as shown in archeologic studies of fish bones in middens. Good science indicate a serious decline in spawning populations of herring which are crucial to salmon including chinook which are vital to resident orcas. The DFO "Integrated Management Plan"serves the interests of the commercial fishing industry but has led to the decimation of all of the herring populations of the BC coast except for one ie: near Hornby and Denman islands and between Comox and Parksville. The logical plan would be to suspend this fishery to allow a recovery to recur before it is too late. David Wiseman Board member Conservancy Hornby Island
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    Our backyard is bigger than you think. 75% of B.C. is composed of mountain terrain that almost nobody will ever see. Living amongst us is a special breed of people. They are undefined by age, gender, profession and background; the draw of the mountains is so strong that their lives must revolve around it. After months of preparation, Martina and her 60 year-old mother, Tania embark on a 6 month, 2300 km. trek from Squamish B.C. through a relentless winter mountain wilderness to Alaska. And we meet others who share a passion for mountain life: a group of nuns inhabiting a mountain retreat; a photographer who is buried in an avalanche; an impassioned alpinist; a couple who has been living off grid for nearly 50 years; a focused snow artist. Shot in cinematic detail by filmmaker Grant Baldwin ("Just Eat It"; The Clean Bin Project") and with a GoPro (charged by a solar panel) by Martina and Tania, this film is a reminder of the scope of the natural world that we often take for granted or even ignore. We can understand why it is that First Nations people consider mountains to be alive and sacred. By donation. https://awarenessfilmnight.ca
  13. I take issue with the notion that tourism will sustain us into the future. If the science is to be believed then the shit will hit the fan in 10 years transforming the world as we know it. Tourism with passenger jets will be one of the first things to go by the wayside because air travel is a non essential service for most people, so say goodbye to the tourism dollars. Then all those good trees will eventually burn as the heating planet really reaches our shores. Whenever the subject of BC's trees comes up the fact of our bleak future are glossed over in favour of saving the past with wonderful anecdotes that pull at the heartstrings but really have no bearing on the impending future.
  14. Ecosystems are going to disappear because of the impending climate disaster. Better get your tears ready. Stephen Hume sure knows how to pull on your emotional heartstring as he tries to save the past, but he won't be able to since we are doing diddlysquat about our insatiable appetite for fossil fuels.
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    Garth Homer Society presents "Mishmash - from Klimt to Pop Art and beyond", a group exhibition featuring the work of participants of the ArtWorks program. November 21 2019 to January 10 2020. Opening reception November 21, 6:00 - 8:00pm in the Karin Koerner Gallery, 813 Darwin Avenue, Victoria BC. 250-475-2270
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  17. This Shining Night is the title for The Sooke Community Choir’s 2019 winter concert series. The concert is a stunning collection of beautiful and inspirational music that spans the ages from Mozart to Pentatonix. This winter will feature Silvina Samuels on Cello, Jeff Poynter on soprano sax and Kathy Russell on the piano. If you’re looking for a musical experience in December then please attend our concert. You will leave This Shining Night restored.
  18. This Shining Night is the title for The Sooke Community Choir’s 2019 winter concert series. The concert is a stunning collection of beautiful and inspirational music that spans the ages from Mozart to Pentatonix. This winter will feature Silvina Samuels on Cello, Jeff Poynter on soprano sax and Kathy Russell on the piano. If you’re looking for a musical experience in December then please attend our concert. You will leave This Shining Night restored.
  19. This Shining Night is the title for The Sooke Community Choir’s 2019 winter concert series. The concert is a stunning collection of beautiful and inspirational music that spans the ages from Mozart to Pentatonix. This winter will feature Silvina Samuels on Cello, Jeff Poynter on soprano sax and Kathy Russell on the piano. If you’re looking for a musical experience in December then please attend our concert. You will leave This Shining Night restored.
  20. This Shining Night is the title for The Sooke Community Choir’s 2019 winter concert series. The concert is a stunning collection of beautiful and inspirational music that spans the ages from Mozart to Pentatonix. This winter will feature Silvina Samuels on Cello, Jeff Poynter on soprano sax and Kathy Russell on the piano. If you’re looking for a musical experience in December then please attend our concert. You will leave This Shining Night restored.
  21. This Shining Night is the title for The Sooke Community Choir’s 2019 winter concert series. The concert is a stunning collection of beautiful and inspirational music that spans the ages from Mozart to Pentatonix. This winter will feature Silvina Samuels on Cello, Jeff Poynter on soprano sax and Kathy Russell on the piano. If you’re looking for a musical experience in December then please attend our concert. You will leave This Shining Night restored.
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    Zebra Art Collective at the Chapel Gallery. November 22 - December 14, 2019 In Light of Winter: nine artists paint midwinter. Opening is Friday Nov 22, 6-8pm Artist’s Talk at 6:15pm The Chapel Gallery at St Matthias Church, 600 Richmond Ave, Victoria. Gallery Hours: Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am-2pm. Artists in Attendance View preview and photos here: http://www.artopenings.ca/zebrachapel.html
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    Join the UVic Wind Symphony, conducted by Steven Capaldo, in a program that explores the concepts of time and space, from early works written for wind band to innovative and modern pieces that push the boundaries of our expectations. The program will include works by Gordon Jacob, Julie Giroux, Peter Meechan and Katherine Bergman. The UVic Wind Symphony is recognized as one of the premier performing wind ensembles in the Pacific Northwest. The Wind Symphony regularly features student, faculty and guest solo artists, collaborates annually with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, and has given numerous Canadian and world premieres of contemporary works. Regular $20 / Seniors $15 / Students & UVic Alumni $10
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    Kudluajuk AshoonaNovember 2–15Madrona GalleryMadrona is pleased to announce the first-ever major solo exhibition of works from Kudluajuk Ashoona. Coming from a family of well-known artists, Kudluajuk Ashoona only began to seriously pursue art in 2011, taking inspiration from her daughter, Nicotye Samayualie. Focusing largely on scenes depicting contemporary family life, her works are very narrative and literal. The drawings that Kudluajuk creates provide an intimate snapshot of her life, family, and community. 606 View St, 250-380-4660, www.madronagallery.com. “Untitled (Girl with Record Player)” Kudluajuk Ashoona, 23 x 30 Inches, Coloured Pencil and Ink
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    Illumination of love: 5th annual Holiday Group show in support of BC Children’s HospitalGallery at Mattick’s FarmNovember–December 31Participating artists include Allison Brodie, Janet Anderson, Jennifer McIntyre, Kim Hollingsworth, Irma Soltonovich, Lisa Hebden, Natasha Miller, Kylee Turunen, Rose Cowles, Vikki Fuller, Brenda Walker, Alanna Sparanese, Sandra Froher, Wendy Oppelt, Bev Robertson, Maureen Ness, Iola Scott, Everest Prokofiev, and more. Artists Meet & Greet, Nov 16, 1-4pm. 109-5325 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-658-8333, www.thegalleryatmatticksfarm.com.
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    oneTree 2019Robert Bateman Foundation Gallery November 16–February 29, 2020This 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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    Joanne Hewko: Water Under the bridgeXchanges GalleryNovember 15–December 1 Attracted to the bridge over the reversing falls at Tillicum Narrows, Joanne Hewko spent time making observations and collecting images. As a place for self-reflection, the bridge and the changing flow of water became metaphors for transitions in her life, shifting relationships and the passage of time. A graduate from Vancouver Island School of Art with a degree in Interior Design, Hewko focuses on mark-making and personal expression, emphasizing mood and gesture. Reception, Fri, Nov 15, 7-9pm; Sat, Sun, 11am-4pm. 2333 Government St, 250-382-0442, www.xchangesgallery.org. “Run the Gamut” Joanne Hewko, 22”x 30” inches, charcoal on paper
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