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    Discover an innovative and easy way to regain your balance and remove obstacles preventing you from living the stress-free life you desire! Do you feel there isn’t enough time to get everything done? Are there too many demands in your life? Too many problems? Does it seem like this world is getting more chaotic? Are you ready for change? Sandra Sweetman is back from her Asia tour and will be coming to Victoria.B.C. to introduce an effective method to dissolve stress and remove challenges so you can achieve what you desire. Learn how easy it is to shift an issue or stress in a matter of minutes. This has to be experienced to be believed! For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-regain-your-balance-when-the-shift-is-hitting-the-fan-tickets-67015664657?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing&fbclid=IwAR0IokutmB-RHxZvl9eBA3ZoK7lg_i3HoiYti4KgJm7K3bCgbsAw-Wqup1M About Sandra Itenson Sweetman Sandra is an international seminar leader, intuitive and sound healer. A retired member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (U.K.) and certified hypnotherapist, she trained in several energy healing modalities resulting in a shift from physical to vibrational energy therapy. Her intuitive ability led Sandra to create and develop SWEET: Self Wellness Energy Evaluation Technique. SWEET is an energy clearing protocol that helps identify personal energetic disturbances and resolve them. This is now taught in several countries. Sandra went on further to create Heart Metta, a heart-based modality that connects a person to his or her higher self and intuition. By opening pathways to greater insight and deactivating negative emotions, Heart Metta brings greater inner peace. To date she has trained practitioners in Canada, England, Hong Kong and Japan. Her book 'Heart Metta' was published in Japan in 2018 and plans for English and Chinese versions are underway.
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    Art Gallery of Greater Victoria House Tour 2019 From historic to contemporary architecture, all five of this year’s House Tour homes, four in Fairfield and one in Oak Bay, share a deep connection to their beautifully-curated and uniquely diverse collections of art. Join us for another fabulous event on Sunday, September 22, 11am-4pm. Tickets are $35 per person and are available now ONLINE HERE or at the Gallery. *Please note that if you purchase your tickets online, you must pick them up at the Gallery prior to Sept 21 at 5pm. Tickets will also be available September 1 at GardenWorks (Oak Bay, Saanich, Colwood) Munro’s Books on Government Street, Ivy’s Bookshop on Oak Bay Avenue and Dig this (Broadmead Plaza, Sidney) so keep an eye out! Presented by the Gallery Associates. Funds raised support Gallery programs, acquisitions, and restorations. Thank you to sponsors: Madrona Gallery, Zebra Group, KB Design, Victoria Residential Builders Association, The Agency – Jason Binab and YAM Magazine.
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    Victoria Baroque with Jeanne Lamon, director & violin The legendary violinist and long-time music director of Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon, leads sixteen members of Victoria Baroque in a selection of grand Overture Suites and ravishing Concerti Grossi celebrating the first-ever public concert series in Paris. Formed in 1725, Le Concert Spirituel brought music – previously exclusive to the courts – to the public realm, and became a platform to the finest of the French and touring artists. This concert revels in the splendours of the French Suite, Italian Concerto and Classical Symphony, and the contrast and blending of distinct national styles at what became the most acclaimed and imitated concert series in the 18th century Europe. Music by Telemann, Mondonville, Geminiani, and Haydn. Now in its Ninth Season, Victoria Baroque presents dynamic, personal and engaging performances of music from the Baroque and Classical periods. Playing on instruments of the 18th century, Victoria Baroque brings audiences closer to the sound world of the period, embracing the dance-driven rhythmic vitality, as well as the lyrical and conversational aspects of baroque music. Tickets: $30 / $25 senior/ $5 student & child, available at Royal & McPherson box office (www.rmts.bc.ca) Munro's Books, Ivy's Bookshop, and at the door Contact & info: 250 590 9770, victoria-baroque@shaw.ca victoria-baroque.com
  7. One summer bucket list. Two best friends. A celebration of summer, girlhood, and female rage. From the award-winning creatives who brought you last year's OVERALL FAVOURITE and BRAVEST SHOW ("The Fitting Room") at Victoria's Pick of the Fringe. Zoey and Grace find a discarded summer bucket list during two weeks of summer detention. “Lemonade stand.” “Have sex.” As they check off each item they uncover difficult truths about themselves and the women in their lives. THURSDAY AUGUST 22 6:45 - 8:15 FRIDAY AUG 23 5:15 - 6:45 SATURDAY AUG 24 8:00 - 9:30 SUNDAY AUG 25 5:15 - 6:45 SATURDAY AUG 31 10:15 - 11:45 SUNDAY SEPT 1 2:15 - 3:45 *CW: Please be advised this show includes discussions of sexual assault as well as conversations surrounding mental health and suicidal thoughts* 90 min. Tickets $11 with Fringe button. Suitable for ages 13+
  8. BMK Studio Residency Application deadline for 2020 residencies is Sept 15, 2019 The BMK Studio Residency was established in 2016 by the Kreye family in memory of Bonnie McComb Kreye, artist and educator. Each year, up to 7 local and international artists are selected to work in the garden studio. In May and June, accommodation is provided on site. Self-funded and focussed on supporting the artist’s creative process, the BMKResidency has partnered with the Vancouver Island School of Art and is supported by the Victoria Arts Council Gallery, Fifty-Fifty Arts Collective and the Ministry of Casual Living. For more information: bmkresidency.com - IG bmkresidency
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    Celebrate summer’s end on a high note by grooving to live blues, R&B, and more at the 26th Edition of Vancouver Island Blues Bash at the Outdoor Stage at Ship Point (in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, 900 block of Wharf St) and at Hermann’s Upstairs (751 View St, above Hermann’s Jazz Club) this Labour Day Weekend!Free Afternoon Performance Series (Noon to 5PM): The following bands will perform at Ship Point starting at noon each day during the Vancouver Island Blues Bash: Saturday, August 31: Mark Crissinger • Blue Moon Marquee Band • Mystery Train w. Wayne Berezan • Bill Johnson Blues Band Sunday, September 1: Checo & The Sweet Soul Choir • Kelly Fawcett & The Maladies • Little Marty & The Juke Joint • David Vest Monday, September 2: Blue Dog Ramble • The R&B Kingpins • Brett Smith-Daniels • Soul ShakersFeatured Ticketed Shows at Ship Point (on sale now!):1. Mike Farris & The Fortunate Few Saturday, August 31 – 7:30pm ~ $32 (tax incl.) “There aren’t many current male singers who use their voices to soar, float and deliver material with the spiritual commitment of Mike Farris.” – Hal Horowitz, American Songwriter Magazine From Nashville, Tennessee, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Mike Farris blends blues, gospel and Stax-style soul. A musical renaissance man, Farris toured as lead singer for rock band Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies and, for a time, fronted blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble. After his 2015 Grammy win, “Best Roots Gospel Album” for Shine For All The People, Farris maintains a distinct blues-rock, soul-tinged flavour with his 2018 record Silver & Stone. Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for “Best New Emerging Artist”, a Dove Award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year”, and was featured with Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Cissy Houston, and Ronald Isley at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 16th Annual American Masters concert honoring Aretha Franklin. Mike Farris and the Fortunate Few played Victoria in September 2018 and now return to rock the Blues Bash outdoor stage. 2. Kevin Burt and Big Medicine Sunday, September 1 – 7:30pm ~ $32 (tax incl.) “Burt is a serious songwriter who knows how to craft music to fit his personality, and no one delivers this brand of music better than he does…this guy is a real winner.”– Living Blues For more than 25 years, the harmonica wizard from Coralville, Iowa, Kevin “B.F.” Burt, has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest. His soul-inspired stage presence and ability to build an audience rapport consistently gets him likened to artists such as Bill Withers, Aaron Neville, and B.B. King. This self-taught master of vocals, harmonica, and guitar provides smooth, blues-rich vocals to an audience that always cheers for more. Burt was named one of the top 25 unsigned blues bands in the world by the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, which he won for “Best Solo/Duo,” “Solo/Duo Guitar,” and “Harmonica” in 2018. His 2018 album Heartland And Soul was nominated for a 2019 Blues Music Award for “Best Emerging Artist Album.” Don’t miss the Victoria debut of this rising star, whose sheer feel for the blues guarantees to captivate crowds from all walks of life.Ticket Combo:*Save big on ticketed evening performances with a Ticket Combo for only $49! Includes one ticket to Mike Farris & The Fortunate Few and one ticket to Kevin Burt and Big Medicine.*Featured Ticketed Show at Hermann’s Upstairs (on sale now!): Lindsay Beaver plus Blue Moon Marquee Saturday, August 31 – 10:00pm ~ $18 (tax incl.) Former co-leader of the 24th St. Wailers blues-rocking, soul-singing stand-up drummer Lindsay Beaver ascends to staggering heights with her first CD under her own name, Tough As Love, with the prestigious blues record label, Alligator Records. This 2018 album was nominated for the 2019 Blues Music Award “Best Emerging Artist Album.” Beaver has exceeded the expectations of the blues world by melding both striking originals with impeccably selected covers. Though drawing inspiration from Amy Winehouse to Little Richard to The Ramones, from Billie Holiday to Nick Curran, her style is solely limited by her boundless confidence and originality. She last played Victoria in October 2018. Opening for this blues-infused evening is the Blue Moon Marquee duo.Ticket Outlets: Victoria Jazz Society (250-388-4423 or 977 Alston St) and the Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at rmts.bc.ca). No service charges at the VJS office!The Victoria Jazz Society respectfully acknowledges the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples and their ancestors on whose traditional unceded territory this festival has occurred for the past 26 years. We give thanks for the opportunity to gather on these historical lands during this weekend to share live blues, R&B and soul.Food Vendors and Beverage Garden Open during Festival Hours!Blues Bash Sponsors: https://jazzvictoria.ca/blues-bash/page/2019-sponsors
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    Explore Blue Skies: Megan Dickie through the topics of adornment and embellishment with this season’s Encounter. Facilitator Regan Shrumm will be teaching some basic hand embroidery stitches while investigating the minimal versus the monumental through Dickie’s exhibition. All material supplied, just bring your sense of play!
  12. Margaret Atwood in conversation with CBC's Shelagh Rogers Friday, September 27 at 8:00 pm University Centre Farquhar Auditorium 3800 Finnerty Rd., University of Victoria Tickets: $45* *Includes a copy of The Testaments to be received at the event Buy in person at the UVic Ticket Centre, over the phone at (250) 721-8480, or online at tickets.uvic.ca Season three of The Handmaid's Tale drops this Wednesday, but TV can only satisfy for so long. This fall, join Atwood herself as she discusses the decade's most anticipated sequel. Set 15 years after the events of the original novel, The Testamentsfollows three new handmaids as they navigate life in a dystopia that looks ever more familiar... Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don't let the bastards grind you down. 1108 Government Street Victoria, BC V8W 1Y2 250-382-2464 Toll-free: 888-243-2464
  13. I have great respect for Stephen Hume's reporting. Urban wildfires are certainly a horrifying possibility, and I appreciate the information he shares with us about it. However, I feel he has left an impression that urban trees are nice and all, but we might be better off without them due to the possibility of wildfires. It's important to know that California's Sierra Club says a home itself is often “more ignitable than the vegetation surrounding it.” It mentions a common sight after wildfires in urban areas: smoking holes in the ground, where houses once stood -- still surrounded by living, green trees. They note that well-spaced plant life can actually block wind-blown embers from reaching your home, while a yard completely devoid of vegetation can create a “bowling alley” for embers. Burning embers can float in on the wind from as far as a mile away. If people are considering cutting down urban trees after reading this article, please first read the Sierra Club's "5 Ways to Protect Your Home from Wildfires". (Link below) There may also be more to the issue of whether or not urban trees cause drying of other vegetation. Yes, they need water to grow. But they are also known to help retain soil, and water in the soil. Trees also have an effect on regional micro-climates. Well-treed areas may be moister and can have more rainfall. Let's make well-thought-out decisions about trees. Mature trees are not easily replaced. They take decades to grow. And most importantly, they may well be the key to reducing climate change. A recent study found that planting trees, and preventing further deforestation, are by far the best climate mitigation tools we have. A lead researcher said, "I thought restoration would be in the top 10, but it is overwhelmingly more powerful than all of the other climate change solutions proposed.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/04/planting-billions-trees-best-tackle-climate-crisis-scientists-canopy-emissions Last year, the UN's International Panel on Climate Change warned that we have only 10 to 12 years (now 9 to 11) to make drastic changes, in order to prevent catastrophe. Wildfires are a possibility, and we should do all we can to protect ourselves. But the climate crisis is here now. It is more important than ever before to preserve and protect every tree we can, and to plant many more. Sincerely, Grace Golightly The Sierra Club's '5 Ways to Protect Your Home From Wildfires' https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/5-ways-protect-your-home-wildfires The California Chaparral Institute similarly makes a number of suggestions:: http://www.californiachaparral.com/bprotectingyourhome.html In this article, a farmer says, "We can grow water," referring to planting trees with deep roots. (If clicking on the link just shows photos, use your back button to find the article): https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/13/pigs-radical-farming-system-trees-climate-crisis?CMP=share_btn_fb&page=with%3Aimg-3&fbclid=IwAR1vEbRstj95XSeEwT7ZNENWrORIwxKu5yl_Sohhou0ZcqoWKcG31MP-YYg#img-3
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    All the People I Know Portrait Puppets An Art-making Workshop with Connie Michele Morey Thursday August 22 | 6 to 9 p.m.Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. Lekwungen territory Join Victoria-based artist Connie Michele Morey in the gallery to create soft sculpture portrait puppets of All the People You Know. In conjunction with Myfanwy Pavelic’s portrait exhibition, Mirrored Selves Within and Without, this workshop will use playful techniques to create narrative art that reflects your community within a single portrait puppet. Using storytelling, coloured wool felt, contemporary stitch work and beading, the workshop will innovate traditional portraiture to blur the boundaries between fine art, craft and storytelling. No experience necessary. All materials provided. Material fee per person $40. Call/email to register: 250.721.6562 | legacy@uvic.ca Learn more about our current exhibitions here. Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street | 250.721.6562 | legacy.uvic.ca
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    Art Show and Sale Paintings by Robert and Sarah Amos August 30, 2019 – November 27th, 2019 Viewing hours: Mon. – Fri. 9:00am – 4:00pm Artists' Reception: Sunday October 27, 2019 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 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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    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.
  18. Tea & Talks: Indigenous Waterways of Haida Gwaii Thursday August 1, 2019; 2:30pm On August 1, join Tiffany Storrey at the Maritime Museum of BC as she explores the Indigenous Waterways of Haida Gwaii: The waters around Haida Gwaii have been used by Haida people since as long as we know. The water and land have become intertwined with our culture and our traditional ways of life. This talk is a short exploration into my own culture and connection with the waters of Haida Gwaii. Come on down to the Maritime Museum every other Thursday for Tea & Talks! Museum volunteers, archival staff, and educators present unique artefacts from our collection, surrounded by discussions of maritime history and other seaworthy topics – all over a cup of tea and refreshments! This program FREE with museum admission or membership! Location: The Maritime Museum of BC 634 Humboldt Street Victoria, BC V8W 1A6 Website
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    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Directed by Kevin McKendrick Starring Britt Small and Damon Calderwood Musical Direction - Dan Belland Choreography - Sarah Murphy All tickets 10% off until July 30! plus $2.00 surcharge and GST click here to purchase on line or call 250-382-3370 Tuesday to Saturday 12-4 Now on Sale! Call 250-382-3370 to order your 2019/2- Season Tickets!
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    Just a Moment: Jeremy Borsos July 26 to August 24, 2019 Opening: Friday, July 26, 7 to 10pm Wednesday to Saturday, 12 to 5pm Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca Testing the unreliability of memory through the context of prosaic actions, Borsos has created a series of painted aluminum and plastic sculptures, each work titled by the year of the source material and a visual referent. “Even in our dream state, for better or worse, our hands are not necessarily idle. It may be the act of disregarding the detritus of life, or sitting in a fog while making miniature assemblages of available wastepaper.” It is our preoccupation with the importance of living, he says, that allows these muddled drifting acts to recall and transcend our past. Jeremy Borsos attended Emily Carr School of Art and the Art Students League in New York. His practice is multidisciplinary and includes writing, photography, installation, painting, and video. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Together with his partner, Sus, the Borsos have developed a meta-historical use of salvaged architecture, constructing multiple dwellings and ancillary structures, most recently in the restoration of the Blue Cabin in North Vancouver. 1960: Honeyboy, silkscreen monoprint on polyethylene terephthalate and aluminum, 10" x 36" x 10.5”, 2019 1941: A home movie, of a man, cleaning car parts with steel wool, oil silkscreen on aluminum 15" x15" x12”, 2019
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    Cool Aid Joins Island Chef’s Collaborative at Market Square Saturday Thirsty Chef #5, a unique west coast food & craft beer experience, is happening Saturday July 27, 2019 from 12-4 pm in the Market Square courtyard. Hand-picked breweries match their beer with food creations from some of the city's best chefs. While the event has already sold out the media is welcome to join us. Thirsty Chef #5 celebrates The Drake Eatery's 5th anniversary and raises funds for the Islands' Chef Collaborative to build a sustainable food culture on Vancouver Island and support microloans to area farmers to grow more food and connect with local merchants. For the first time, two non-profit organizations will join in the collaboration. Cool Aid’s head chef and Manager of Food Services, Paul Stewart, will prepare some mouth-watering delights, served together with our partner The Mustard Seed. “For me personally, and also for Cool Aid, food security is a very important issue,” said Paul Stewart. “We want to support local farmers to the extent possible and are excited to have joined the Island Chef’s Collaborative.” Information: CoolAid.org/food iccbc.ca
  22. New Proof of Use of DEWs in California Fires | HPM – High Power Microwaves | Continuous Wave New Proof of Use of DEWs in California Fires | HPM - High Power Microwaves | Continuous Wave | Take The RedPill!
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    Join us for a day of delicious food-making and engaging conversations with Vancouver-based artists Derya Akay, Vivienne Bessette, and Kurtis Wilson as they explore the table as a practice. During their workshop and discussion, the three artists will investigate ideas of (semi)permaculture, (self)sustainability and unconventionally sourced materials, implemented in alternative means of production of food. The workshop is free, but registration is required as attendance is limited. If Eventbrite is not an accessible way of registration for you, please phone Regan Shrumm at 250-384-4171 x 220, or email at rshrumm@aggv.ca to register. -- Running from July to November, What Artists Bring to the Table is a food series exploring the artistic practices of cultivating and cooking food. The series central theme is how food is both a political act, as through eating we are supporting different systems, and a cultural act, which can both reaffirm one’s own identity, but also assist us to see other’s worldviews. Each event will feature two components: a hands-on workshop, where participants will work with the artist to make a food product, and a discussion, where participants will have a larger conversation about food while sampling the food from the workshop. -- Oaklands Community Centre is on a ground-level floor, with no stairs throughout the building. There are four single-stall gender-neutral bathrooms, two of which are wheelchair accessible and one offering a baby change table. The Centre offers ample free street parking and is on the #4 bus route, with the closest stop being at Hillside and Gosworth. Bus tickets are available. The Oaklands Community Centre sits on the unceded and traditional territory of the Lkwungen-speaking peoples, today known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and WSÁNEĆ Nation. Visual description of image: A person crouching outside looks directly at the camera, while a boiling pot to the right of the individual, sits on a stack of bricks.
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    Harris Gilmore & The Mojos - The smokin; blues harmonica of Harris Gilmore, incendiary guitar of Al Sabourin, funkified bass of Steve Duben and monster drumming of Andy Graffiti burn up the stage with fiery james and hard-driving blues. One of four concerts on Saturdays in August from 1:00 to 3:00 presented by the Broadmead Area Residents' Association in the intimate setting of the open-air gazebo at Broadmead Village, surrounded by sidewalk cafes.
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    Knacker's Yard - This accomplished young Celtic band will delight you with finely crafted arrangements of Irish, Scottish, and English songs. Do you remember The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem? One of four concerts on Saturdays in August from 1:00 to 3:00 presented by the Broadmead Area Residents' Association in the intimate setting of the open-air gazebo at Broadmead Village, surrounded by sidewalk cafes.
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    Bijoux du Bayou - Zydeco/Cajun/New Orleans tunes and familiar songs "Zydefried" to perfection by this hot quintet of fiddle, accordion, guitar, bass and drums. One of four concerts on Saturdays in August from 1:00 to 3:00 presented by the Broadmead Area Residents' Association in the intimate setting of the open-air gazebo at Broadmead Village, surrounded by sidewalk cafes.
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    Mark your calendars! SingYourJoy starts again on MONDAY, September 9th! SingYourJoy, Victoria's young adult chorus, is a NON-AUDITIONED group of people (ages 16 - 29 ) who love to sing. NO fees to participate - just your commitment to spend your Monday evenings learning, laughing and SINGING! Register online TODAY and reserve your space in our chorus: http://singyourjoy.ca/join-now/ This is your opportunity to make new friends and be part of a great community. We welcome new and returning singers on TWO evenings ONLY - September 9 & 16. Our 13 week season ends in concert on Friday, December 6th. SingYourJoy Young Adult Chorus - we are a non-auditioned chorus for young adults (16-29) from all walks of life, joining our voices together in an exuberant expression of joy, building friendships, and growing community. Co-directed by Christine Chepyha & Gordon Miller.
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    The Flying Saucers - Stellar and stalwart jazz musicians Clark Branden, Al Pease, Joe Smith and Mat Pease have enlivened the Victoria jazz scene for years, bring their talents to the classics of swing, jazz and the Great American Songbook. One of four concerts on Saturdays in August from 1:00 to 3:00 presented by the Broadmead Area Residents' Association in the intimate setting of the open-air gazebo at Broadmead Village, surrounded by sidewalk cafes.
  29. My congratulations and sincere appreciation to Leslie Campbell for an exceedingly-well-written article, which presents for public viewing many of the safety and health concerns related to the design and operation of Victoria Harbour Water Airport. In 2017 Transport Canada (TC) advised that, by the end of that year, there would be an amendment “to raise the current certified water aerodromes safety level to one comparable to that found at certified land airports.” This was yet another in almost 20 years’ worth of unfulfilled promises, but this was the first time that TC actually admitted to applying a lesser level of safety when certifying water aerodromes, which, to me, was and is reprehensible, especially when the water aerodrome/airport is located in the heart of a city with planes approaching at greater than 100mph within 50m or less from a popular walkway and multi-storey residences, a distance that could be closed in less than a second! I've seen and reported to TC on too many close-call incidents to think anything other than it's a case of "when", not "if", a crash will occur here. I firmly believe that TC’s recently-released notice is no coincidence. TC media relations staff were approached by Focus in early May, so TC was well aware that the article would soon be made public. TC’s had more than 19 years to prepare the text of such an amendment and, I believe, had it ready just in case. I think “just in case” arrived in the form of the Focus article, which now has made TC take the first step to right the wrong I believe they’ve perpetrated here since 2000 when TC certified Victoria Harbour Water Airport. Thank you Leslie Campbell and Focus magazine for this achievement!! I urge all those who have similar concerns about our water airport to visit https://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/Saf-Sec-Sur/2/NPA-APM/actr.aspx?id=57&aType=1&lang=eng and respond to TC CARAC’s invitation. Susan M. Woods
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