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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.
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  5. 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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    A Little Crazy Bema Productions is thrilled to present their fifth Victoria Fringe Festival production, the comedy “A Little Crazy” by Joseph Reed Hayes, Directed by Zelda Dean, Performed by Toshik Bukowiecki and Michael Rodgers. All performances take place at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria V8W 2J3. Thursday August 22, 7 pm Sunday August 25, 2 pm Monday August 26, 7 pm Tuesday August 27, 7 pm Wednesday August 28, 7 pm Thursday August 29, 7 pm Sunday September 1, 2 pm TICKETS $11 are available online from at victoriafringe.com or ticketrocket.co or in person at Ticket Rocket Lounge: 10 am–5 pm Monday to Friday at 1050 Meares Street; Fringe HQ beginning August 20: noon–7 pm daily at 2–1609 Blanshard (at Fisgard across from Romeo’s), or at the door THE STORY “A Little Crazy” is a contemporary play about two men — Avram, an 84-year-old Russian immigrant, and his great-nephew, Harry and their sometimes turbulent relationship. Every family has an Uncle Avram — the holder of the secrets, the storyteller, the heart. We connect with “A Little Crazy” on many levels, whether it’s the memory of a distant relative or the echo of a half-forgotten story. We laugh (a lot), and we cry, renewed in the idea that one generation can connect with another, and that regardless of the accent, words can change lives. “Playwright Joseph Reed Hayes captured the essence of the Jewish spirit in “A Little Crazy,” a beautifully written and acted drama that was among the best of the shows I saw.” – Orlando Weekly “…The dialogue was both native and universal at the same time and what impressed me most of all about the script was the way its message had an appeal to a wide audience crossing age and cultural boundaries with consummate ease.” — Peter McGarry, Artistic Director, Eyewitness Theatre, Manchester, England ABOUT BEMA Born during Congregation Emanu-el’s 2013 Arts Festival, Bema Productions is now in its fifth successful season. Winner of the Best Drama Award at Victoria’s 2016 Fringe Festival, Bema believes in the power of theatre and in helping Victoria’s community by supporting other non-profit organizations. To this purpose, Bema offers productions of its main stage play each year to Victoria non-profit groups in support of their fundraising efforts.
  7. Victoria Film Festival celebrates 20 years of the Free-B Film Festival It’s baaaaaaack! Victoria Film Festival celebrates 20 years of screening free outdoor film with the return of The Free-B Film Festival this August at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park. Free-B is Victoria’s favourite summer film festival, bringing families and film buffs together to relive classic crowd-pleasing films that are sometimes kitschy, but always fun. Kicking off this year’s line-up is the 2001 romantic-comedy Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon, followed by Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Sat Aug 10), Hook (Fri Aug 16), Jurassic Park (Sat Aug 17), Mrs. Doubtfire (Fri Aug 23), and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Sat Aug 24). Festival Director Kathy Kays says 20 years of screening free film for the public has been an achievement. "From the very beginning, Free-B was all about creating a playful line-up,"says Kay. "It's enjoyable picking a slate of films that can range from 1950s Flash Gordon to Harry Potter. We even screened a 3-D film once. For us, it's a favourite event at VFF and one of our longest-running, second only to the Film Fest in February." "It really is the coolest summer tradition in Victoria and we're so pleased to have created an event that appeals to such a broad audience." So, grab your family and some pals and bring chairs, blankies, flashlights and plenty of snacks! Screenings are all 'rain or shine' and start at 9 PM. A full schedule and more on this year’s Free-B Film Festival is available at freebfilmfest.com.
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    Elements of Nature Photography by David Ellingsen and Kevin Boyle Elements of Nature includes photography by David Ellingsen and Kevin Boyle. Both artists are representing environmental issues through the lens of the camera. Observing and recognizing the effects of human actions in nature is crucial in its conservation. Winchester Galleries is delighted to represent photographs of natural elements and installation works that acknowledge environmental concerns. DAVID ELLINGSEN, Photographer and Environmental Artist DAVID ELLINGSEN, Four Point Four Acres, Last Stand Series Archival Pigment Ink on Cotton Rag, 36 x 52 inches KEVIN BOYLE, Fine Art Photographer Racing Stripe, Franklin Glacier Volcano, 2018, Icefield Study 27, Elemental Ice Series Archival inkjet photograph on metallic paper, 30 x 30 inches
  9. Hermann’s re-opens with Summer Funk Series Tuesday, July 16, starting at 7:30 pm, the Phatfunks offer the first live performance at Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street, under the management of Arts On View. The Phatfunks a dynamic young band of emerging musicians, are kicking off a new, bi-weekly summer funk series every other Tuesday night at Hermann’s all-ages venue. The Phatfunks are a collective of funky musicians Victoria. The band can be seen in multiple forms, such as a 4 piece busking group in the summers performing downtown, or the full band, a 6 piece with 2 horns and rhythm section. They play funk, soul and R&B, with rock, jazz, and fusion influences. “We are delighted to take this essential step in our journey,” said interim executive director Nichola Walkden. “Hermann’s Jazz Club is the longest continuously-operating jazz club in Canada and we are thankful that the community’s generosity has kept Hermann’s alive, vibrant and growing.” Hermann’s was voted “Best Nightclub” by Times Colonist readers earlier this year. In addition to making improvements to the two clubs, Arts On View is working to open the upstairs venues for its vision of a non-profit owned performing and visual arts centre. The Arts On View Society (AOV) was founded to save Hermann’s Jazz Club and open up the whole, purpose-built, downtown building for live performances and rehearsals, performer and student workshops, visual arts displays, arts incubation and office space for smaller arts groups that can’t afford Victoria’s steep rents. Information: hermannsjazz.com artsonview.ca
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    Opening Friday July 26th 7:00 - 9:00pm errant art space 975 Alston Street, Victoria BC errantartspace.com, 250-415-5480
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    Opening Friday July 26th 7:00 - 9:00pm errant art space 975 Alston Street Victoria BC errantartspace.com 250-415-5480
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  13. Leslie Campbell's article An airport in our midst in the July/August issue was very informative. I live overlooking Victoria's middle and outer harbours, and have clear views of both Middle Harbour's Alpha Runway (East-West) and Outer Harbour's Bravo Runway (NE-SW). Leslie Campbell’s article quotes Transport Canada's Simon Rivet on the subject of “noise mitigation strategies” implemented by Transport Canada for Victoria Harbour air traffic: “We only allow three-bladed turbo-prop aircraft, which is the quietest version of a floatplane in existence.” It is true that turbo-prop aircraft make up most of the traffic in Victoria Inner Harbour Airport, but there are also a number of smaller piston-engined aircraft that take off. Hence, I challenge Rivet’s statement “we only allow”. One's attention is certainly attracted to the piston-engined aircraft; one's hearing suffers when these noisy beasts take off. It is time to enforce the ban on aircraft that do not meet the three-bladed turbo-prop rule. Rivet is also quoted as saying: “Best practices include the reduction of reverse thrust when landing, with sufficient room to allow for a natural slowdown, rather than have to put it in 'reverse', which is quite noisy.” According to Rivet, “the preferred runway for landings is eastbound on Alpha Runway” – that's the runway right through where people live. But an important percentage of landings are westbound on Alpha Runway, taking advantage of the wind from the south. This means that aircraft are now heading west, away from town. There is then every incentive for pilots to stop as quickly as possible on landing, because they're going the wrong way – away from their destination. I would estimate that eight out of ten landings from the east involve pilots reversing engines to stop as quickly as they can, creating completely unnecessary, high-decibel noise, to the annoyance of all who live on both sides of Middle Harbour. Pilots and airlines are their own worst enemy. If they keep on behaving this way, they're going to get themselves kicked out of the harbour because of the noise they create. The use of reverse thrust should be prohibited except in the case of an emergency. Leslie Campbell interviewed a few of the thousands of people who live and work on both sides of Middle Harbour. Many are concerned about the safety of mingling aircraft with boats, canoes, the Coho and other harbour users. We are told that aircraft fly within 50 meters of buildings on the Songhees side. This means that airplanes are passing within only a few meters of the boats tied up in the Victoria International Marina at the foot of Cooperage Place in Middle Harbour. The alarm clock for the occupants of those boats will be the 7AM flight out of Victoria – the first in the day. In my mind's eye, the thousands of inhabitants on both sides of Middle Harbour will one day rise up and shout, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"* They will take to small boats and fill the harbour, preventing all aircraft movement. The problem is, where are they going to go, these airplanes, if they get chased away? To solve the problem of the safety and noise in Middle Harbour, Alpha Runway should be closed. The aircraft will simply have to use Bravo Runway. -- Donald Shields * from the movie Network
  14. 330-336 Michigan Street The Capital Region Housing Corporation has submitted an application for a development permit that would allow redevelopment of the existing 62-unit structure into a 106-unit affordable housing development. For more information see here.
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    1475 Fort Street The City is considering a Development Permit with Variances application to construct a 4-storey residential building. The proposal has been made by Lantern Properties with design created by Cascade Architects Inc. For more information, see here.
  16. Curator’s Talk: Myfanwy in Context Thursday July 25 | 7 p.m.Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. Lekwungen territory We invite you to join us and guest curator Patricia Bovey for a talk on our current exhibition Myfanwy Pavelic: Mirrored Selves Within and Without! This illustrated talk will address the significance of Myfanwy Pavelic’s art and situate her visual acumen and accomplishments with portraits within the context of several major Canadian artists including Emily Carr, Paraskeva Clark, Vera Weatherbie and Molly Lamb Bobak. No registration required. Learn more about the exhibition here. Image: Myfanwy Pavelic, Raincoat (Self-Portrait), 1987, Gift of Dr. Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic.
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    Baroque Meets ABBA The Victoria Summer Choir presents “Baroque Meets ABBA” directed by Maestro Simon Leung with guests, Die Mahler Quartet. Tickets: $20 each available at Russell Books, Victoria, Ivy’s Bookshop, Oak Bay, Tanner’s Books, S.H.O.A.L Centre in Sidney and at the door. Saturday, August 17 @ 3:00 pm St. John the Divine Church 1161 Quadra Street, Victoria and Sunday, August 18 @ 3:00 pm The S.H.O.A.L Centre 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney During the first half of the concert you will hear music by Handel and Vivaldi, accompanied by ‘Die Mahler String Quartet’. After an intermission, we will present a medley of popular music written and performed by the very successful Swedish group ABBA, and heard more recently in the film and musical ‘Mamma Mia’. The Victoria Summer Choir is sponsored by the Victoria Mendelssohn Choir Society.
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    Jam Camp Summer Festival 2019 A week of great jazz performances at St. Margaret’s School and Hermann’s Jazz Club, July 21st – 26th, 2019 Tickets for all events are $20.00 for adults (U-JAM members; $15/Students - Free) and available at our website at www.u-jam.caor at the door. A Series Pass is available for $60.00. Details: U-JAM’s Summer Jazz Festival 2019 will feature a number of special performances, featuring the faculty and special musicians taking part in our Summer Jam Camp. Our theme “West Coast Influences” will reflect on the many contributions to jazz from the left coast of North America, including those that helped create the westcoast cool jazz tradition, including Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck to name a few. Sunday, July 21st – Faculty Performance – Hermann’s Jazz Club - drawing on the tremendous wealth of talent from our faculty including Louise Rose, David Flello, Joey Smith, Rob Cheramy and many others. Tuesday, July 23rd – trumpeter Bruce Hurn & Friends - Hermann’s Jazz Club (upstairs) Joining Bruce are Ashley Wey, piano, Louis Rudner, bass, Larry Wheeler, tenor sax, and John Lee, percussion Wednesday, July 24th – vocalist Susannah Adams – Hermann’s Jazz Club (downstairs) with Joey Smith on bass, Damian Graham on drums, and John Lee, piano. Thursday, July 25th - saxophonist Ryan Oliver – St. Margaret’s School Friday, July 26th - Nick LaRiviere – CD Release party at Hermann’s Jazz Club Our Faculty includes well-known musicians and educators including Louise Rose, John Lee, Joe Hatherill, Chris Millington, Monik Nordine, Dave Flello, Linda Gould, Rob Cheramy, Joey Smith, Ian McDougall, Kim Greenwood, Maria Manna, and others. Our theme “West Coast Influences” celebrates the many musicians who collectively created the westcoast cool jazz style, including Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, Shorty Rogers, Chet Baker, and Stan Getz, to mention a few. This series is made possible through the generous support of the CRD Arts Commission
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    The Gardens at HCP is excited to host the 25th Annual Arts & Music in the Gardens, this August 10th and 11th, 2019. This weekend showcases 3 stages of live music and over 50 local artists, vendors, and exhibitors. The full event program will be available August 1st at www.hcp.ca/artsandmusic Arts & Music in the Gardens is our marquee fundraiser and all proceeds are dedicated to the development of The Gardens at HCP -- named 'Canadian Garden of the Year' at the 2017 Garden Tourism Awards! 2019 also marks the 40th anniversary of the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific and 40 years of connecting people to plants. As always, admission is free for HCP Members. Check that little green card in your wallet to see if your membership has expired, and if so, renew before August 10th to save time at the gate. (Those who renew or purchase new memberships at the event will have their $10 admission reimbursed.)
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    July 15th - 30th, Montreal-based new media artist Allison Moore returns to her West Coast roots to develop a new media arts project based on the Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site. Based out of Open Space artist-run centre, Moore’s production residency in Victoria will see her develop a new work that will culminate in a video projection mapping event at the historic lighthouse during proposed for the summer of 2020. Find more information here.
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    July 15th - 30th, Montreal-based new media artist Allison Moore returns to her West Coast roots to develop a new media arts project based on the Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site. Based out of Open Space artist-run centre, Moore’s production residency in Victoria will see her develop a new work that will culminate in a video projection mapping event at the historic lighthouse during proposed for the summer of 2020. Find more information here!
  22. You're welcome, and thank you for being publicly engaged! The RMTS's report to its April 30 AGM said that in 2018 capital funds were spent on lobby-area roof repairs, replacing balcony carpets and drapes, a modern fire curtain, new usher jump-seats, more washers and dryers, a video projector and screen, hearing assist upgrades, and improved signage. The survey has been controversial — notably, the RMTS commissioned it only after getting pushback on the changes to the booking policy — but I do agree with the respondents who said that the theatres are well-maintained.
  23. Thanks for the clarification - I wonder what capital assets they purchase each year with that $480,000? That presentation to Victoria Council is pretty bleak, especially the "survey" - I don't consider a survey of 500 random people with a bunch of obviously leading questions to be very indicative of anything (and I am a firm believer in democracy, too - go figure). Full disclosure: I am a 29-year veteran musician of the Victoria Symphony and president of a national organization of symphonic musicians, and I have seen this scenario play out in similar fashion across the country. We all pay lip service to how much our communities value resident arts companies, but we provide terrible infrastructure for them to serve the community from. This whole situation feels like a "renoviction" except that we have only one choice of where to move to next, and the opera and dance companies have no choice. Thanks again for writing this, and bringing the issue back into the public eye.
  24. Thank you for the kind comments. I'm not an accountant, so I can't speak to how the RMTS breaks down its financial statements, but it did state in its presentations to the three owner municipalities that it receives $580,000 annually from them, via the CRD — $480,000 for capital expenses, and $100,000 for its operating budget. See, for example, the second slide in its April 25 presentation to Victoria councillors, at https://pub-victoria.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=36544 A part of the problem may be that this amount of funding has not increased since 1998, when it was established by a bylaw, posted at http://crd.ca.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=F&ID=05050a93-239c-43c6-ba73-4a584b165700.pdf. The RMTS is proud that it has not asked for an increase in this funding. Maybe it needs to be increased anyway ... and more municipalities need to pay for the services the theatres provide.
  25. Great article; a really great summary of the situation as it has unfolded. I have one question though: where do you get the figure of $580,000 for the municipal support of the theatre? According to the RMTS's own on-line annual reports, the amount the three municipalities (Victoria, Oak Bay, Saanich) contribute to the Royal is only $100,000, and Victoria alone contributes $350,000 annually to the McPherson Playhouse. Is there another $480,000 coming in some form that doesn't appear on their financial statements?
  26. Thank you for keeping this dreadful waste of money and deceitful behaviour in the public awareness. Our current police force could have had the benefit of the funds instead of keeping an arrogant lout on the payroll.
  27. It’s probably just a coincidence but on July 8, Transport Canada announced its Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) - Water Airports. It’s only been 19 years in coming. Citizens and community bodies have until August 22 to provide feedback to the proposed amendment: see https://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/Saf-Sec-Sur/2/NPA-APM/actr.aspx?id=57&aType=1&lang=eng
  28. Thank you Leslie Campbell and the Focus team for your insightful and informative coverage of issues that affect us all. I appreciate your courage to dig deep and shed light on stories that need to be heard. I'm grateful for people like you and Mariann Burka.
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