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    On May 25th and 26th, 2019, come discover some of South Vancouver Island’s finest artists during the 2019 Hills to Shore studio tour. 15 emerging and well established artists from Gordon Head, Cadboro Bay and Mt Tolmie will be displaying their work in their studios, homes and gardens. This year, Hills to Shore will showcase fibre and fabric artists, jewelers, painters, photographers, potters and sculptors. This is the perfect opportunity to find something special for yourself or your loved ones! The self-guided tour will take place on May 25th and 26th, 2019, from 11 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Free admission. Maps, brochures and further information is available on at https://hillstoshoreartists.ca/ as well as at many local merchants in Cadboro Bay, Gordon Head and Mt. Tolmie areas. We look forward to seeing you there!
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    CineVic presents the 7th annual Short Circuit Film Festival, May 3+4 in Victoria BC!We'll start it all off with local and international shorts and docs, live pitches from our 2019 CINESPARK Top 5 screenwriters, and a party high atop the Chateau Victoria. Get up close and personal with our guest filmmakers from near and far in a round-robin filmmakers panel. Enjoy some shorts from BC's lower mainland, and an entire program dedicated to homegrown Victoria films.Full festival schedule and tickets at:www.shortcircuitfilmfestival.com ~ ~ ~ Many thanks to our event sponsors: Modo The Vic Theatre Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria ArtsVictoria.ca CineVic acknowledges and respects the long history of the Lekwungen people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, on whose traditional and unceded territory we carry out our activities. CineVic gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance and support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, and the CRD Arts Development Service.
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    Victoria Baroque: "Mozart for May" Victoria Baroque concludes its eighth season with a celebration of chamber works of the Classical Era, including Mozart’s legendary Horn Quintet. Mozart: Horn Quintet Flute Quartet in C Divertimento for strings in D major M. Haydn: Divertimento in G Performers: Andrew Clark, horn; Soile Stratkauskas, flute; Christi Meyers, violin; Paul Luchkow, violin & viola; Mieka Michaux, viola; Caroline Nicolas, cello “Right from the opening Sinfonia it was clear that we were in for a treat” (Music in Victoria) Church of St John the Divine, 1611 Quadra, Victoria Tickets: $28 / $25 senior / $5 student & child Available at Royal McPherson Box Office (www.rmts.bc.ca), and three weeks prior at Ivy’s Bookshop, Munro’s Books, Long & McQuade (Victoria), and at the door Info: 250 590 9770; victoria-baroque@shaw.ca; victoria-baroque.com
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    Victoria’s pianist Ashley Wey celebrates the beauty of modern jazz with passion and improvisational joy, bringing the standards freshly back to life. With three critically acclaimed self-produced albums to her credit, the captivating Wey returned to Victoria with her latest ‘Live’: an album filled with inventive ideas and breathtaking artistry. Ashley is a charismatic singer/pianist who lights up the stage with her bright smile and magnificent sounds that open minds and reach hearts. J
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    Toaster broken? Your favourite chair needs a new seat covering? Bicycle gears frozen? Don’t toss! Bring them to Zero Waste Sooke’s fifth Repair Café. Local volunteer repair experts will be there to help you. Bicycle over and learn how you can tune your bike for spring. Bonus: the service is free of charge. This family friendly event welcomes everyone in town to bring items for repair. Anything that is broken is fair game—lamps, hair dryers, clothes, fabrics, electronic appliances, furniture, bikes, toys, teapots and crockery included. No guarantees, but more than likely these items can be repaired. Learn new skills, meet your neighbours, and enjoy some coffee (or tea) and cookies. Nothing to repair? Just drop in and join the fun. “If you can carry it through the door, someone will try to help you repair it!” says Bernie Klassen of Zero Waste Sooke. “We trash mountains of stuff on this planet and it’s got to stop. Repairing items rather than junking them saves money and resources while also minimizing the C02 emissions that result from the manufacturing of their replacements.” The first Repair Café was held in Amsterdam in 2009. Since then, Repair Cafes have been popping up all around the world. Zero Waste Sooke, a working group of Transition Sooke, operates this event under license with Repair Café International. For more information, please contact Bernie Klassen at: ebklassen@gmail.com
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    “My goal is to share with others what my eyes see, my heart feels and my soul yearns to understand” Spirit of Canada is a breathtaking collection of work by John Stuart Pryce, featured at The Maritime Museum of British Columbia. The artist seeks to bring an awareness to the beauty that surrounds us and the environment that we take for granted. This exhibit is open during regular museum hours and is included with admission. For more information, contact the museum at 250-385-4222 or visit www.mmbc.bc.ca.
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    Hit your stride at Jam Camp! Jam and learn in the beautiful setting of St. Margaret’s School campus in Saanich. This memorable experience of musicianship and camaraderie features classes in theory, arranging, songwriting, chording, vocalizing, historical perspectives, technology, group programs for piano and guitar, plus performances and jam sessions. Play or sing in a band, meet other musicians, make music, and generally have fun! Jam Camp is designed to help students of all ages and skill levels gain instrumental/vocal experience in an encouraging, fun environment amongst peers and professionals. Vocalists and students of ALL instruments can apply -- in particular, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone, trumpet, piano, strings, guitar, bass (electric and/or acoustic), and drums. The goal of the camp is to give students of all abilities opportunities to make music together in small and large ensembles and improve their musical skills, including improvising and jamming. Camp cost is $499 for the week. See you there! Room and board is also available, for $350. Featured distinguished faculty include Chris Millington, Damian Graham, Dave Paulson, David Flello, Ian McDougall, Joe Hatherill, Joey Smith, John Lee, Linda Gould, Louise Rose, Maria Manna, Monik Nordine, Nick LaRiviere, Rob Cheramy.... Photo album of last year's camp here. Additional information here.
  10. The Maritime Museum of BC Summer 2019 Featured Art Exhibit: SPIRIT OF CANADA:AN ARTIST’S JOURNAL OF THE CANADIAN LANDSCAPEJOHN STUART PRYCE.O.S.A. HON. I.P.A.P. A.F.C.A. ARTIST’S STATEMENT:There is value in all forms of art whether decorative, non-objective orrepresentational but I prefer to use my artistic skills to bring anawareness of the beauty that surrounds us and the environment that wetake for granted.A painting should have a soul, make a statement or give rise to thoughtand conversation.I paint only subjects or experiences that are personally connected andstrive to share the emotions that I feel as eloquently and creatively aspossible.“My goal is to share with others what my eyes see, my heartfeels and my soul yearns to understand”
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    hapax theatre presents In On It by Daniel MacIvorIn On It explores a spiraling narrative about a dying man trying to make plans for the end, a pair of lovers trying to make it work, and two men trying to make a play. A world where accidents happen. A story about control. A play that keeps its options open.Tickets: $15 - all seatsDirector: Heather Jarvie-LaidlawFeaturing: Vaughn Naylor and Jared GowenStage Manager: Leah AnthonyDesign: Chad Jarvie-Laidlaw
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    This spring, Open Space artist-run centre presents Field Guides For Listeners, a collaboration between sound artist Jenni Schine and visual artist Jay White, which examines the relationship between art and science through studying the effects of salmon farming on the Pacific Coast of B.C. The opening reception will be held at Open Space Friday, April 12 from 7-10pm. Saturday, April 13 Jenni Schine will lead a soundwalk through downtown Victoria from 1-3pm. In the evening of Saturday the 13th, Jenni, Jay and Field Coast scientists will participate in Art, Science, and Salmon: Open Discussion from 7-9pm. The gallery exhibition will run from April 12 through May 31, 2019, Tues-Sat, 12-5pm. Admission is free / by donation.
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    Take the opportunity to see a working studio space where handmade ceramic tiles, garden ceramic and mosaics are designed and made. Help create this year's open studio mosaic. Meet guest artist Teri Bennett and see her current works in pastels. There will be music, sketching and inspiration.
  14. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT THE GOWARD HOUSE SOCIETY 2495 Arbutus Road Victoria BC V8N 1V9 (250) 477-4401 gowardhouse@shaw.ca Art Show and Sale By Goward House Artists April 26, 2019 – May 29, 2019 Viewing hours: Mon. – Fri. 9:00am - 4:00pm Artists’ Reception Sunday May 5, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm For a preview of the event, visit www.gowardhouse.com/artshow Media Contact: Elaine Leonard, Administrator Goward House Society gowardhouse@shaw.ca
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    The Mabinogion is a pinnacle of Celtic storytelling and like all great epics it continues to resonate with us today. In his telling of White Raven and the Goddess accomplished storyteller Hugh Cotton will guide us through a world of magic, seduction and violence; a place where the boundary between our world and the Otherworld is fluid and permeable, and little is what it seems. Hosted by Victoria Storyteller's Guild
  16. What: One Man Star Wars Trilogy When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre, UVic Tickets: General $32.75, Student/Alumni $22.75, Children $12.75 or Family 4 Pack $93.00 INFO: The Farquhar at UVic is going interstellar, travelling to a galaxy far, far away on May the Fourth be with you when Charles Ross and his One Man Star Wars Trilogy hits the Farquhar Stage. Victoria’s own Charles Ross will amaze you with his fun and extremely entertaining performance in One Man Star Wars Trilogy! Frenetic and hyper-space-energetic, Ross condenses 12 hours of cinematic magic into a 75 minute intermission-less marathon. Your imagination will run wild as Charles single-handedly re-enacts the plots of three Star Wars films (Star Wars IV, V and VI), producing vivid characters, sound effects, the iconic musical soundtrack and opening scrolls that will have you envisioning the Movies with Ross’s words. Ross crafts a shared experience with his successful blend of physical comedy and quick wit, which will have audiences cheering and laughing along. An UVic Phoenix Theatre alum, Ross started performing his One Man Star Wars Trilogy in 2001 and has since toured around the globe, performing to more than 1 million fans in London’s West End, at the Sydney Opera House, off-Broadway in New York and even in Dubai. The show also had a month-long sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. To mark the release of “Star Wars: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith” in 2005, Lucasfilm invited Ross to perform at the official movie release convention, Celebration 3. Ross has also appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS’s Late Late Show and performed for the likes of Sir Ian McKellen, Vin Diesel and many other celebrities. One Man Star Wars Trilogy is performed with permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. This show is fast paced, very funny, and suitable for ages 6 to Yoda! As part of the event, the Farquhar at UVic will host a pre-show comic-con style panel discussing Star Wars and its cultural impacts. There will also be a costume contest with prizes so audience members are encouraged to dress up! For ticket information please contact: University Centre Ticket Centre 250-721-8480 | ticket@uvic.ca Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm http://tickets.uvic.ca More info: http://www.uvic.ca/farquhar All university buildings are accessible to people with differing mobility issues and mobility aids. Those with a disability requiring individual accommodation should call the event's organizer at least 48 hours in advance. UVic is also accessible by various modes of sustainable transportation including regional transit and cycling. For those arriving by car, pay parking is in effect. Maps and info are available at www.uvic.ca/maps.
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    I Walked the Line

    I Walked the Line Theatre Skam Acclaimed performer Allan Morgan is back on the Victoria stage with his brand new show I Walked the Line, produced by The Other Guys Theatre Company. This is Allan's personal story of a lockout and strike, and of keeping spirits up while soles, and souls, are fraying. You might recognize Allan from his many roles at the Belfry Theatre and Bard on the Beach. All proceeds from the Saturday, March 30, 8pm performance will be donated to Theatre SKAM. Intrepid Theatre Club (2-1609 Blanshard Street) Regular tickets: $20* Students & Seniors tickets: $15 READ MORE ABOUT THE SHOW Tickets available at Ticket Rocket,1050 Meares Street, 1-855-842-7575. *All tickets may incur a service fee.
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    Vic Chamber Orchestra

    The Victoria Chamber Orchestra The Victoria Chamber Orchestra directed by Yariv Aloni presents a concert on Friday, April 12, 7:30 pm at First Metropolitan Church, 932 Balmoral Road, Victoria V8T 1A8. Tickets: $20 (adult) & $15 (student/senior over 65), (free admission for music students - elementary, high school or university), available online at www.victoriachamberorchestra.org, Ivy’s Bookshop, Long & McQuade and at the door. Program includes: Gade: Aquarelles Concerto, featuring the Louis Sherman Concerto Competition winner GLIÈRE: String Octet
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    Lunchtime Concerts Celebrating Lent at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church “On the Journey” - Lunchtime Concerts Celebrating Lent take place at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, 1701 Elgin Road, Oak Bay from 12:10 pm to 12:50 pm. Admission is by donation in support of Victoria Hospice Bereavement Fund. Bring your lunch; coffee and tea provided. For more information call 250-598-1212 or www.stmarysoakbay.ca/concerts April 10 Stabat Mater (Pergolesi) Marnie Setka Mooney, soprano Sara Partridge, mezzo-soprano Sing Victoria-Encore, chorus and The Confession Stone (Fleming) Kim Greenwood, mezzo-soprano Jim Hill, accompanist
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    Lunchtime Concerts Celebrating Lent at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church “On the Journey” - Lunchtime Concerts Celebrating Lent take place at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, 1701 Elgin Road, Oak Bay from 12:10 pm to 12:50 pm. Admission is by donation in support of Victoria Hospice Bereavement Fund. Bring your lunch; coffee and tea provided. For more information call 250-598-1212 or www.stmarysoakbay.ca/concerts April 3 Women of the Commonwealth Platypus Clarinet Orchestra from Eugene, Oregon April 10 Stabat Mater (Pergolesi) Marnie Setka Mooney, soprano Sara Partridge, mezzo-soprano Sing Victoria-Encore, chorus and The Confession Stone (Fleming) Kim Greenwood, mezzo-soprano Jim Hill, accompanist
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    Lunchtime Concerts Celebrating Lent at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church “On the Journey” - Lunchtime Concerts Celebrating Lent take place at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, 1701 Elgin Road, Oak Bay from 12:10 pm to 12:50 pm. Admission is by donation in support of Victoria Hospice Bereavement Fund. Bring your lunch; coffee and tea provided. For more information call 250-598-1212 or www.stmarysoakbay.ca/concerts March 27 Violin Students from the University of Victoria April 3 Women of the Commonwealth Platypus Clarinet Orchestra from Eugene, Oregon April 10 Stabat Mater (Pergolesi) Marnie Setka Mooney, soprano Sara Partridge, mezzo-soprano Sing Victoria-Encore, chorus and The Confession Stone (Fleming) Kim Greenwood, mezzo-soprano Jim Hill, accompanist
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    Connect in Nature. Inspire our World. An Exclusive Evening with Robert Bateman Join us for an intimate evening in celebration of nature, with one of its most dynamic animal groups. Enjoy a relaxed cocktail reception with canapés in the waterfront Gallery overlooking Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour before taking a seat with world-renowned artist and naturalist, Robert Bateman. Robert will introduce the Gallery’s newest exhibition: Plumage – The Majestic Art of Birds – while also sharing some of the exciting changes coming to the Bateman Foundation and Gallery. This unique exhibit, which features a collection of paintings, photography and sculpture, spans more than 150 years, and focuses on the ability for birds to reflect nature’s expression of colour, beauty and creativity. It features historically significant artworks by major North American naturalists and artists, as well as contemporary images by local wildlife photographers. All proceeds support the gallery and educational programming of the Bateman Foundation, with the mission of reconnecting people to nature and conserving the natural world for future generations. Event Details: Thursday March 28, 2019 470 Belleville Street, Victoria 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $75.00 and include canapés by Truffles Catering, cocktails, admission to the Gallery and an exclusive presentation with Robert Bateman. All proceeds support the Foundation's education programs. Click to Purchase Your Ticket
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    Acclaimed Toronto based Saxophonist/Composer Kirk MacDonald will be touring Western Canada with the legendary American pianist Harold Mabern joined by bassist Kieran Overs and Vancouver drummer Jesse Cahill.The Quartet will be presenting music from both MacDonald and Mabern along with music from MacDonald’s two CD’s featuring Mabern . “Vista Obscura” received the 2015 Juno Award for best Solo Recording in the jazz category and his latest release “Generations” which features Mabern along with his daughter clarinetist Virginia MacDonald, bassist Neil Swainson and Drummer Andre White.A powerful and unique band that has wowed sold out audiences throughout Canada and at Jazz at Lincoln Centre's “Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola”. Not to be missed!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU5AHm5Qy6Uhttps://kirkmacdonald.comhttps://haroldmabern.jazzgiants.net/https://kieranovers.com/http://jessecahill.com/
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    Acclaimed Toronto based Saxophonist/Composer Kirk MacDonald will be touring Western Canada with the legendary American pianist Harold Mabern joined by bassist Kieran Overs and Vancouver drummer Jesse Cahill. The Quartet will be presenting music from both MacDonald and Mabern along with music from MacDonald’s two CD’s featuring Mabern . “Vista Obscura” received the 2015 Juno Award for best Solo Recording in the jazz category and his latest release “Generations” which features Mabern along with his daughter clarinetist Virginia MacDonald, bassist Neil Swainson and Drummer Andre White. A powerful and unique band that has wowed sold out audiences throughout Canada and at Jazz at Lincoln Centre's “Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola”. Not to be missed! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU5AHm5Qy6U https://kirkmacdonald.com https://haroldmabern.jazzgiants.net/ https://kieranovers.com/ http://jessecahill.com/
  25. Dear Editor, I am glad that Focus will be focusing on reducing traffic volumes. A recent California Air Resources Board climate report says California needs to reduce per capita car travel by 25 percent in just 11 years to meet their climate targets, even with a 10-fold increase in electric car sales. We need to achieve at least as great a reduction, just to meet BC’s inadequate targets. However, it is important to understand how the carbon footprint of transportation can be reduced in cities. Automobile traffic, and the resulting greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution expands and contracts with the amount of available road capacity and parking. Therefore projects like the McKenzie Interchange make congestion and the climate emergency worse. Conversely, anything that reduces road capacity for cars makes traffic disappear – and the climate pollution disappears with the traffic. This does not depend on generosity, just common sense decisions by people. Numerous experiences of disappearing traffic have been documented. In the latest installment the Seattle Times reported “The cars just disappeared” after Seattle’s Alaska Way elevated freeway, which carried 90,000 cars per day, was closed in January and the predicted traffic chaos didn’t happen. Making Government Street a pedestrian priority zone would be an effective climate action, as would replacing parking with trees. Measures like bus lanes and protected bicycle lanes both make traffic disappear, and provide low-carbon mobility. The carbon footprint of construction is also an important issue. Reducing the amount of concrete and steel used to build underground parking garages, by replacing parking minimums with parking maximums as Mexico City recently did, is one way our municipal governments can make a big difference. Cities cooperate globally on climate action. If we stand out from the crowd (as Mexico City just did in parking policy) the power of Greater Victoria’s good example will be felt around the world. Eric Doherty, Registered Professional Planner, Victoria
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    Sooke Region Food CHI and Awareness Film Night present their 12th annual Farm and Film Gala From 6:30-7:45 in the theatre foyer: vendors of all things from and for the farm and garden, information tables from community organizations and tea, coffee and goodies made by the EMCS Culinary Arts students (by donation). From 7:45-9:00 film and gift baskets: "After Winter, Spring" is a film set in a small rural community in the Perigord region of southwest France, cultivated for over 6000 years, caught between their traditional ways of farming and an uncertain future. Their stories are beautifully and lovingly filmed and recorded by their neighbor, filmmaker (and farmer) Judith Lit. Through the compelling stories of these hard-working farmers inextricably connected to their land and their animals the film explores the nature of small farms and the rapid changes of the last 2 decades. "The film is never less than a pleasure to watch" Brian Miller, Seattle Weekly By donation. awarenessfilmnight.ca
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    Exhibition Dates: May 4 - June 8, 2019 Opening: May 4th at 4:00 pm Exhibition Talk: June 8th at 4:00 pm This ground-breaking exhibition looks at some of the boldest contemporary image-makers on the Northwest Coast. ŚXEL,ES - New Painting (ŚXEL,ES, in the Coast Salish Indigenous language of SENĆOŦEN, means ‘any image or graphic such as markings, drawing, paintings, etc.’) brings together a collection of Coast Salish and Northwest Coast artists who are pushing the boundary of expected themes and characters with bold and emphatic works. These artists – informally part of the New School of Northwest Coast Painting – are bringing an excitingly different perspective to contemporary indigenous art. This hallmark group exhibition at Alcheringa Gallery showcases the vivid interpretation of traditional motifs through new ideas of abstraction, colour, political commentary, form line, and adaptation of symbols. The sense of painterly rhythm and movement creates an individual energy that is totally unique to the personality of the artist, while still referencing cultural traditions. The exhibition will feature some of Canada’s top artists including a series of four rare and new Susan Point paintings, a Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun painting (who is internationally renowned and rarely exhibited in Victoria), and a new lessLIE painting (whose work has been collected by the National Gallery of Canada). Going far beyond subject matter or theme alone, this exhibition hopes to attune ourselves to the individual artists’ approach, technique, conception, application and execution. Finally, these New School of Northwest Coast Painting artists continue to showcase the resurgence of Canadian contemporary indigenous art. Artists include Susan Point, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, lessLIE, Maynard Johnny Jr, Dylan Thomas, Angela Marston, KC Hall, Andrew Dexel, and Trevor Hunt
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