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    Mama Mia!

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    The Peninsula Players: Mama Mia! October 18, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm. October 20, 26 & 27 at 2:00 pm. Adults $44.63 Senior/Student $39.90 Want to go to a party? Well, have we got a party for you! Mamma Mia!, opening October 18th at the Charlie White Theatre, is just that. A glitzy, glamourous, rollicking, joyful party! Mamma Mia! features twenty-two of Abba’s greatest hits, tied together with a story that is full of fun, pathos, passion and lots of laughs. Audiences throughout the world have shown their enthusiasm for Mamma Mia! with wild, excited applause and instant standing ovations. You can’t help but clap along and tap your feet to dynamic versions of Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Waterloo and, of course, Mamma Mia. It’s Abba! The true test of a successful musical is when you leave the theatre humming one of the songs you’ve just heard. With Mamma Mia!, audiences are humming the songs even before the show starts. When Mamma Mia! first opened in London’s West End it was an immediate hit. It became the seventh longest running show in London and continues to delight audiences to this day. It ran for fourteen years on Broadway making it one of the top ten longest running musicals ever. There was the successful film, and its sequel, but neither can hold a candle to seeing Mamma Mia! live onstage. And now the Mary Winspear Centre, in collaboration with the Peninsula Players, is presenting Mamma Mia! live on the stage of the Charlie White Theatre. Directed by Steve Ivings, with choreography and music direction by Lena Palermo, this production of Mamma Mia! is a true musical party from the opening bars of the overture to the closing bows. You’ll be instantly drawn into the delightful story. On a small Greek island we meet Sophie, raised by her single mom, Donna. Sophie is about to be married. Donna has never revealed who Sophie’s father is but Sophie has discovered it is one of three men. So she invites them all to her wedding! She doesn’t tell Donna, whose reaction, when she first encounters her three former beaus, is priceless. (The fact that she’s wielding a live power tool at the time makes for a scarily hilarious moment). While the story is very funny, there are moments of great tenderness too. Donna trying to hide her heartache when she realizes her little girl has grown up and will soon leave the island. We see Donna fighting to control her anger and frustration when she finally has the chance to tell off one of the Dads for leaving her those twenty years ago. And there’s the fun, goofy, good feelings when Donna’s former bandmates, Rosie and Tanya, arrive to help her handle all the craziness (or add to it) along with the island’s population of delightfully ditzy Greek characters. The story has many layers, all brilliantly backed by Abba’s wonderful songs. Mamma Mia! is a sparkling, joyful celebration. Two hours of fabulous music and a great story overflowing with fun, laughter and love. You don’t want to miss this party! O Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC 250-656-0275 | marywinspear.ca
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    Antimatter [media art]

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    Antimatter 2019: 11 Days of International Media Art & Experimental Cinema Antimatter [media art] October 16 to 26, 2019 Various Locations, Victoria BC Canada antimatter.ca The 22nd annual Antimatter festival offers residents of the Capital Region 11 days and nights of screenings, installations and performances of world-class international media art. Long dismissing the notion of a divide between the art world and experimental film and video, Antimatter has been at the vanguard for more than two decades—presenting the work of over 3,000 artists from around the world. Dedicated to the exhibition and nurturing of diverse forms of media art, Antimatter is one of the premier showcases of experimentation in film, video, audio and emerging time-based forms. Encompassing screenings, installations, performances and media hybrids, Antimatter offers local, regional and international artists a noncompetitive festival setting committed to diversity and inclusivity, free from commercial and industry agendas. Since 1998, the quality and creativity of its programming, dedication to audience development, resolute internationalism and respect for artists and their work have made Antimatter one of the most important media arts events in Canada. This year, an expanded public installation component features works at Deluge Contemporary Art, Legacy Art Gallery, Ministry of Casual Living, Empty Gallery and in partnership with Victoria Arts Council at regional public libraries, Victoria International Airport and the VAC Gallery. Deluge will host three installation works including Uruguayan-Belgian filmmaker Isabelle Carbonell’s The Camel Race—a verité-style look into camel racing culture—a world of modern bedouins, robot jockeys and the dark roots of Qatar’s heritage. Visitors to the VAC Gallery can experience Acoustic Turbulence by Victoria’s Colton Hash. The interactive digital application presents visualizations of underwater noise pollution from ocean vessels using ocean data and hydrophone recordings of the passage of ships through the Salish Sea. Antimatter opens on Wednesday, October 16 with the screening program Algo-Rhythm, featuring the film of the same name. Shot in Dakar with the participation of leading Senegalese musicians, poets and graffiti artists, the film probes the insidious but comprehensive threats to human rights and agency posed by the rise of the quantification and algorithmic management of daily life. On Saturday, October 19, California artists and performers Rob Fatal and DJ Bianca Oblivion remix audio and video into a feature-length experimental film performed live in front of an audience in the Canadian premiere of TechnoTihuacan. Thursday, October 24 sees the world premiere of Barry Doupe’s durational animated opus Distracted Blueberry and Friday, October 25 the expanded cinema and musical performance Le vent sur ton visage doré n’atteindra pas le sommet de ta noirceur by Montreal’s Guillaume Vallée and Hazy Montagne Mystique. More than 120 artists from 30+ countries will be exhibited and screened during Antimatter 2019, with 60% of the work made by women. The festival offers 19 curated screening programs in addition to performances, public installations, workshops and artists salons. Fully two-thirds of the films showing at the festival are world, North American or Canadian premieres, with all being new to Victoria audiences. Installations/exhibitions are free and screenings and performances are pay-what-you-can (suggested donation $5–$8). Participating artists from around the world attend Antimatter and audiences are invited to engage and dialogue with them and festival producers at afternoon Media Salons as well as pre- and post-screening artist talks and Q&As. We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council and CRD Arts Commission through the Arts & Culture Support Service. Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street Victoria, BC V8W 1L3 Complete Antimatter 2019 program guide is available now throughout greater Victoria and online at antimatter.ca
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    Vancouver Island’s First International Burlesque Festival! Isle of Tease Burlesque Festival, held on November 15 and 16, is the first festival of its kind on Vancouver Island. It will be a theatrical extravaganza of storytelling, dancing, singing, and comedy centred around the art form of BURLESQUE! The festival will host three headliners, Canadian Burlesque Legend, The Lady Divine, Ms. Judith Stein, Seattle’s interdisciplinary cabaret performance artist, The Luminous Pariah, and Ruthe Ordare, founding member of the all-Aboriginal troupe Virago Nation from Vancouver. Performers are coming from across North America to shimmy, shake, bump, and grind on the stage! You’ll see burlesque artists from Puerto Vallarta, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, Tacoma, Yellowknife, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, Cawston, Quesnel, Vancouver, and Victoria! Conceptualized by local burlesque producers Misty Moss, Champagne Sparkles, and Gala Vega from Wet Coast Burlesque, The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue, and The Bump ‘n Grind House, this entirely volunteer run production showcases the finest local and international talent. This community driven festival brings its audience award winning global performers, and local dynamos alike. The festival celebrates indigenous artists, performers of colour, artists of all sizes and body types, LGBTQ+ artists and many more artists from a wide range of backgrounds. Join us on November 15 and 16 at the, Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria B.C, for two nights of electrifying burlesque showcases. Tickets are available now. Click here for ticket information! Single show tickets start at $40 Weekend passes start at $75 Fabulous VIP packages are also available! he Victoria Conference Centre is an accessible venue, including lifts, elevators, ramps, automatic doors, accessible parking, and wheel chair seating, for details, please see the interactive accessibility map. Isle of Tease respectfully acknowledges that these events take place on the stolen and unceded lands of the Lekwungen People of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations. Isle of Tease Website
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    Youth Night with Kathryn Calder – City’s Artist in Residence Youth in the Greater Victoria region are invited to meet Kathryn Calder, the City of Victoria’s Artist in Residence at a gathering on Wednesday October 16, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Victoria High School Music Room, 1250 Grant Street. The community is invited to drop by to meet Calder, hear her perform, and directly share their ideas for youth artists and musicians in Victoria for the next two years. All ages are welcome. WHAT: Youth Night with Kathryn Calder, Victoria’s Artist in Residence WHEN: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Victoria High School Music Room An RSVP is not required. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Victoria-based musician, songwriter/recording artist and recording studio owner Kathryn Calder, was recently announced as the City’s Artist in Residence in 2019. The Artist in Residence program aims to ‘keep art in mind’, providing the opportunity for a professional artist to work collaboratively with City staff and the community to identify and develop a creative artwork/project to augment one or more capital projects annually over a two-year term. Calder’s professional experience in Victoria’s music industry is well-aligned with the City’s Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan, which identifies the need to build on Victoria’s diverse and active music scene by positioning Victoria as a “Music City.” For more information, visit: www.victoria.ca/publicart For more information on Kathryn Calder: www.artistinresidenceyyj.com
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    Sacred Cedar Bus Tour

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    BUS TOUR: Sacred Cedar: History, Art & the Land Land-based Workshop with Sarah Jim & Tiffany Joseph Sat. Oct. 19, 2019 | 9:15am - 2:30pm - *return time is approximate REQUIRES REGISTRATION To register, please email legacy@uvic.ca - *Space is limitedCOST - $20 Students / $30 General Public / UVic Staff & Faculty - *Please bring cash ***Please arrive at 9:15 at Legacy Art Gallery Downtown, 630 Yates Street. Curator Lorilee Wastasecoot will give a short introduction and tour of the exhibition We Carry Our Ancestors: Cedar, Baskets, and Our Relationships to the Land. __________________10 am - The bus will travel from Legacy Art Gallery Downtown to Todd Inlet or SṈIDȻEȽ to support the SṈIDȻEȽ Resiliency Project by contributing to the land restoration and cultural revitalization work of Tiffany Joseph and Sarah Jim. We will gather and spend time on the land to talk about how XPȺ, which is SENĆOŦEN for cedar, is sacred and has been central to the way of life to the W̱SÁNEĆ people. Our co-hosts, Sarah Jim and Tiffany Joseph will talk about the significance of cedar through history, art, and contemporary relationships with cedar and explore the restoration strategies they contemplate in their work at SṈIDȻEȽ.Tiffany Joseph is of ancestry is of Sḵx̱wu7mesh (Fresh Water people) and W̱SÁNEĆ (Saltwater people, Emerging people) peoples and she is a SENĆOŦEN Language & Culture Revitalization apprentice. Sarah Jim is an emerging artist from Southern Vancouver Island. Her ancestry is mixed but her roots are in Tseycum First Nation on the Saanich Peninsula. ***Please dress for the weather. We will be working outside so please be prepared for some physical activity with proper footwear, rain jacket and water bottle. ***We will have lunch together on the land so please bring yourself a bagged lunch and any snacks that you may need. Contact us e-mail | 250.721.6562 | legacy.uvic.ca
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    Orontes Quartet

    Syrian Encounter - an evening with Orontes Quartet The Victoria Guitar Society is proud to present the first concert of the its 2019-2020 International Concert Series! For our first concert, "Syrian Encounter - an evening with Orontes Quartet", the Orontes Quartet, hailing from Syria, will be joined by guest artists BC writer Deborah Campbell, guitar and rythm master Celso Machado and oud stylist Bèro Saker for a multimedia stage show featuring Syrian poetry, prose, solo and ensemble guitar, percussion and oud. Orontes Quartet has been performing together since 2015 when they were brought together in Beirut by US guitarist Susan McDonald. They have performed several times in Damascus at the Opera House in concerts with the singing and guitar divisions of the Higher Institute of Music as well as with the Syrian State National Orchestra. They have taught and performed at several festivals in Lebanon and Syria and released their first CD "The Clock" in 2016. Since coming to Canada to do a fellowship with Dr. Alexander Dunn at the University of Victoria, the quartet has performed in several major Canadian cities. In Canada under the auspices of the Institute for International Education - Artist Protection Fund, Orontes is excited to play at Victoria's venerated Alix Goolden Hall on October 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15-30 and available at Ivy’s Books, Long & McQuade, Good Earth Coffee House Oak Bay, Tanners and www.victoriaguitarsociety.ca
  7. Sept-Oct 2019 Focus.pdf 4 STRONG SANCTIONS NEEDED FOR DESTROYING PUBLIC RECORDS The “duty to document” may sound like boring bureaucratese, but it’s crucial to a functioning democracy. Leslie Campbell 12 BEHIND THE EMERGENCY WARD CURTAIN A plea for a better, more compassionate health care system. Monika Ullmann 14 Who, me? Canadians increasingly hate each other over politics. To reverse that trend we need to think beyond our natural tribe. David Broadland 16 ARE LOCAL VOTERS SHIFTING TO THE GREENS? Disillusionment with politics-as-usual could signal a new election landscape on Southern Vancouver Island. Judith Lavoie 20 THE COWICHAN RIVER: LOVING AND LOGGING IT TO DEATH The logic of a watershed, including development and forestry’s role in its demise, is playing out sadly in the Cowichan Valley. Stephen Hume 26 IS THERE ANY DEMAND FOR ALBERTA BITUMEN IN ASIA? A retired physics professor ground-truths the tanker traffic at Burnaby’s Westridge Terminal. Briony Penn 28 FABRICATING JOBS AND HASTENING CLIMATE CATASTROPHE Your tax dollars at work: LNG Canada is creating much-needed employment in Zhuhai, China. Russ Francis 30 ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND THE MYTH OF THE “CHEMICAL IMBALANCE” Psychiatrist Dr Joanna Moncrieff says “often there are better ways to deal with things” than taking drugs. Alan Cassels 32 IN VICTORIA, NO ONE IS WATCHING THE WATCHERS Can the rise of surveillance in our culture and city coexist with a right to privacy? Barbara Julian 34 HUGGETT’S GREATEST HITS The new bridge broke down after little more than a year of service. What else did the project’s leadership bequeath future taxpayers? David Broadland 36 DRAMA, PASSION AND CONTROL AT THE END OF HER FINGERTIPS Eunmi Conacher strives to communicate the feelings of a place with energetic brushstrokes and saturated colour. Kate Cino 50 JAMES AND HIS GIANT PEACH ADD SPARKLE TO VICTORIA Jimbo Insell is grateful for everything, especially his creative life. Mollie Kaye 54 2019 REPORT CARD How well do Victoria theatre companies incorporate gender equity and diversity? Monica Prendergast 58 ECOCIDE COMETH Mahler, artificial intelligence, and Victoria’s genius for safety. Gene Miller 60 HARRY DRAGE’S MISSION Saving forests and removing invasives in Saanich. Maleea Acker 62 OUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS US TO SHOW RESOLVE Tired of being used by the corporate world? Revolt by exercising the common-sense muscle. Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic
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    2558 Quadra

    2558 Quadra Street The City is considering a Rezoning Application to permit a five-storey affordable rental building with commercial on the ground level. The application was made by the Greater Victoria Housing Society. Letter of application:2558 Quadra letter of application.pdf Plans submitted: 2558 Quadra.pdf
  9. 1114 Rockland Avenue The City is considering a Rezoning Application for a 6 storey multiple dwelling building. The application to the City was made by Praxis Architects Inc on behalf of Conrad Nyren. Application letter:1114 Rockland application letter.pdf Submitted plans:1114 Rockland.pdf
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    Margaret Atwood

    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
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    Puppet Workshop

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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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    Buffy Sainte-Marie

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    Art “Fall” ness

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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.
  14. 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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