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  1. Victoria Event Explores life of Early Bute Inlet Pioneers Victoria’s Bolen Books is pleased to present an event with Judith Williams, who will be giving a talk and slide show based on her new book, Raincoast Chronicles 24: Cougar Companions, Bute Inlet Country and the Legendary Schnarrs ($26.95, Harbour Publishing), which explores the history of Bute Inlet and traces the remarkable story of the Schnarr family. Williams’s presentation, which will be followed by a book signing, takes place on Tuesday, May 28 at 7pm. Raincoast Chronicles 24 is an impeccably researched and richly illustrated history of Bute Inlet’s pioneering residents, including August Schnarr and his family. Schnarr, a trapper and a logger in the region from 1910 until the 1960s, was also an amateur photographer who faithfully took a Kodak camera on his many expeditions and used it to capture experiences on the family homestead. To create this fascinating history of these pivotal pioneers, Williams went on research trips to Bute Inlet and the Homathko Valley, conducted interviews and delved into oral history and old diaries. She also used Schnarr’s impressive collection of photos showing life on the remote BC coast—including those of floathouses, log booms, steam donkeys, residents with giant fish catches, boats and pictures documenting August’s daughters with their pet cougars. Judith Williams is an assistant professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and is also the author of Clam Gardens (New Star Books, 2006) and Dynamite Stories (New Star Books, 2003). She lives on Cortes Island, BC. Bolen Books is located at Hillside Centre (1644 Hillside Avenue). Admission is free and books will be for sale at the event. For more information, please phone 250-595-4232 or visit www.bolen.bc.ca. www.harbourpublishing.com
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    JOSEPH PLASKETT: Still Life in a Hectic World Everyone is welcome. Please join us for our official opening reception Thursday, May 9th from 3 pm to 5 pm. Renaissance Lounge, The Union Club of British Columbia 805 Gordon Street, Victoria Dress code: Business Dress for Ladies and Gentleman For more information on the Club's dress code, please call 250-384-1151 Exhibition continues to July 2019 The still lifes of Joseph Plaskett always bring joy into a room and somehow quietens the hectic world beyond that room. And so we are delighted to fill the Club’s Renaissance Room with the joy of Plaskett’s iconic still lifes and tablescapes. Here is a table vacated after breakfast, the serviette laid purposefully, the café presse drained, the butter dish left uncovered. And here is a generous bowl of oranges, an hospitable pineapple, an amaryllis in vibrant red bud; and then we encounter the artist himself – a self portrait, looking directly at the viewer, but nestled into his own still life with antique surrounds and a vase of wispy flowers. Each time Plaskett documented the mundane, everyday life, he extended himself and somehow made the subject sing and made the objects significant. Joseph Plaskett: Remains of a Breakfast 1, 2005, oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches Joseph Plaskett received a BA in history and a teaching certificate from the University of British Columbia in 1939. He went on to study with Jack Shadbolt and B.C. Binning at the Vancouver School of Art and with A.Y. Jackson at the Banff Summer School. In 1946 he was awarded the first Emily Carr Scholarship which he used to study at the California School of Fine Art, San Francisco. Canada’s most beloved painter later established his own foundation which continues to award similar scholarships to emerging artists. Known for his figurative and still life paintings, Plaskett has long been highly collectable. Prior to the artist’s death in 2014, he was still painting, exhibiting on two continents, and collecting awards including Officer of the Order of Canada and several honourary doctorates. Plaskett exhibited extensively in Canada as well as in London and Paris. His work is included in every major museum collection in Canada from Victoria to Charlottetown. View Exhibition winchestergalleriesltd.com
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    The Public

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    Victoria Film Fest & Vic Theatre support Youth Empowerment The Vic Theatre is screening The Public from May 10 - 16 and donating 10% of ticket sales to the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society. Based on a real event, The Public, a star-studded film directed by Emilio Estevez, tells the tale of homeless patrons who occupy the library during an Arctic blast. The Public stars Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater, Jena Malone (Donnie Darko) and Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years a Slave). The film's official premiere took place at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018. The decision to once again pair with a local charity comes after achieving such positive results with the CatVideoFest in March. The Vic Theatre supported the local charity Cat's Cradle Animal Rescue for its rescue and rehabilitation efforts with felines. Director of the Victoria Film Festival, Kathy Kay, says the decision to work with another organization was an easy one. "When The Vic has films with themes that lend themselves to our local charities, we see an opportunity to better our community. We loved being able to donate over $900 to Cat's Cradle's good work so we decided to do it again with another charity" says Kay. The Greater Victoria Public Library is also getting involved with The Vic Theatre and will be hosting the screening of The Public on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:45 PM. Attendees are welcome to share their thoughts on the subject matter with GVPL staff members in the lobby after the film. Tickets and showtimes available online at victoriafilmfestival.com/thevic/films.
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    Fine Art Auction & Jewellery Sale for Refugees A fundraising Fine Art Silent Auction and Jewellery Sale Monday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 28 at Chapel Gallery, St. Matthias Church, 600 Richmond Road, Victoria V8S 3Y7 takes place from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Silent Auction closes at 7:00 pm on May 28. Music and refreshments will be available both days. For more information please call: 250-598-2302. A sponsorship group “Spirited Hands” has been formed to sponsor an Eritrean Refugee Family of six. All proceeds from the Silent Auction and Jewellery Sale go towards supporting this family during their first year in Canada.
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    JazzFest

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    36th Annual TD Victoria International JazzFest This year’s lineup includes Jesse Cook, Jacob Collier, the Suffers, Gregory Porter, Laila Biali, Patricia Barber Trio.... See complete lineup at https://jazzvictoria.ca/jazz-fest
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    Pockets in the House of Carr
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    Eine Kleine Music Festival continues, with Timothy Chooi, violin – Lorraine Min, piano Sunday June 23rd, 2.30 pm First Unitarian Church of Victoria; & Monday June 24th, 7.00 pm Deep Cove Winery Beethoven – Sonata No. 7 in C Minor for Piano and Violin Saint-Saëns – Havanaise Paganini -Caprice No. 24 Mozart – String Quintet in G Minor K. 516 With Simon MacDonald, violin; Kenji Fuse, Felix Alanis, violas; Laura Backstrom, cello http://eksm.ca/2019-concerts/
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    Eine Kleine Summer Music (EKSM) Festival continues, with Calidore String Quartet Saturday June 29th, 2.30 pm Deep Cove Winery; Sunday June 30th, 2.30 pm First Unitarian Church of Victoria Of the 170 groups from 34 countries who applied and final 29 who performed, the Calidore String Quartet was declared the overall winner in a PBS televised event and awarded a $100,000 prize – the largest ever in chamber music! “The Calidore String Quartet just keeps winning…and winning: an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the inaugural $100,000 M-Prize competition, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, a residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program, the honor of being named a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. And that’s not to mention triumphs at so many competitions, including the Fischoff.” – Strings Magazine EKSM is proud to present the Calidore String Quintet for their Victoria debut with performances at Deep Cove Winery on 29thJune and the First Unitarian Church of Victoria on 30thJune. Tickets range in price from $30-$40. Calidore String Quartet: Jeffrey Myers, violin; Ryan Meehan, violin; Jeremy Berry, viola; Estelle Choi, cello Caroline Shaw – Three Essays Beethoven – Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 127 Mendelssohn – Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80 http://eksm.ca/2019-concerts/
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    Eine Kleine Summer Music (EKSM) Festival continues, with Muse Ensemble Sunday June 16th 2.30 pm First Unitarian Church of Victoria Monday June 17th 7.00 pm Deep Cove Winery Muse Ensemble Terence Tam and Julian Vitek, violin; Lorraine Min, piano; Kenji Fuse, viola; Laura Backstrom, cello Dvořák – Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat Major, Op. 87 Schubert – Adagio and Rondo Concertante in F Major, D487 Stephen Brown – White Light White Heat Elinor Dunsmuir – Two Fantasies for Piano Quintet See all concerts at http://eksm.ca/2019-concerts/
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    Eine Kleine Summer Music Festival Chamber Music’s Biggest Winners to Perform at 2019 Eine Kleine Summer Music (EKSM) Festival Chamber music is generally not known as a competitive sport and competitions are not known for their large prize money. That all changed when the M-Prize was established in 2016. Of the 170 groups from 34 countries who applied and final 29 who performed, the Calidore String Quartet was declared the overall winner in a PBS televised event and awarded a $100,000 prize – the largest ever in chamber music! “The Calidore String Quartet just keeps winning…and winning: an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the inaugural $100,000 M-Prize competition, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, a residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program, the honor of being named a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. And that’s not to mention triumphs at so many competitions, including the Fischoff.” – Strings Magazine Alana Despins, horn Sunday June 9th 2.30 pm First Unitarian Church of Victoria Monday June 10th 7.00 pm Deep Cove Winery Brahms – Horn Trio, Op. 40 Gounod – Mélodies for Horn and Piano Beethoven – Archduke Trio, Op. 97 With Terence Tam, violin; Lorraine Min, piano; Laura Backstrom, cello EKSM is proud to present the Calidore String Quintet for their Victoria debut with performances at Deep Cove Winery on 29thJune and the First Unitarian Church of Victoria on 30thJune. Tickets range in price from $30-$40. Featured guest artists this season include returning favourite, Alana Despins, Principal Horn with the Victoria Symphony, Victoria’s own rising star, violinist Timothy Chooi in his EKSM debut, and the Muse Ensemble. The Muse Ensemble’s performances will include compositions from Elinor Dunsmuir, the granddaughter of the builder of Craigdarroch castle, music only recently discovered by chance in England. Eine Kleine Summer Music (EKSM) is the longest-running summer classical music event in greater Victoria.EKSM is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to present intimate world class chamber music concerts at affordable prices. Performances are by artists among the finest in BC as well as distinguished guests from around the world. This popular series takes place in June at two superb venues surrounded by the natural beauty of the Saanich Peninsula.
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    Ocean Day

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    IN-SEINE SAILFINS, SHRIMPS and SEA SLUGS - Celebrate Ocean Day! Join researchers from the Royal BC Museum as they conduct an afternoon beach seine net at Willows Beach. As many as 20 species of fish, crabs, shrimp and other invertebrates will be brought in using a large net, so everyone can have a close-up look at what lives beneath the waves. Friends of Uplands Park will have small nets and containers to help you collect creatures. Dress appropriately with water shoes or rubber boots. Donations to the Royal BC Museum are appreciated. DATE: Saturday June 8, 2019 TIME: 1:30 to 3:30pm PLACE: North end of Willows Beach, Oak Bay CONTACT: Margaret Lidkea, President of Friends of Upland Park 250-595-8084 https://www/royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/events/ ../fieldtrippers-seine-sailfins-shrimps-and-sea-slugs https://www/friendsofuplandspark.org
  12. Sidney Concert Band Features Local Musicians for its Spring Concert At 2 pm on Sunday May 26, the Sidney Concert Band presents its annual Spring concert entitled “Broadway Meets the Movies” at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. Featured performers include vocalists Stephanie Benbow, Jim Kingham and Nicola Hestnes; the Killer Wails a cappella quartet and dancers from the Allegro Performing Arts Centre in North Saanich. Come and enjoy a great afternoon of melodies from Broadway musicals and movie themes! Tickets are $20 and available through the Mary Winspear Box Office at marywinspear.ca or by calling (250) 656-0275.
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    THE 2019 FERNWOOD ART STROLL The 12th annual Fernwood Art Stroll will take place on Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th from 11 am to 4 pm. Fernwood makers and artists will be opening their studios to exhibit and sell their art. Visitors will enjoy this opportunity to see artwork in artists’ gardens, studios and workshops, making the event an enjoyable multi-faceted experience. This year’s stroll will feature painters, sculptors, photographers, calligraphers, illustrators, carvers of wood and stone and makers of furniture and baskets. The Pandora Arts Collective, at 1923 Fernwood, will host an interactive site for children and families. There will be something unique and handmade for everyone. This event is an opportunity to meet and support local artists. Please invite your friends, family and colleagues to join in. While touring the neighbourhood you can also enjoy the hospitality of the local businesses in the Fernwood square and Haultain corners: cafes, pubs and bistros, and the many unique shops. The event carries on rain or shine. This is a chance for Victorians to meet local artists and designers. It is also an opportunity to walk or cycle around one of Victoria’s wonderful heritage neighborhoods when the gardens and streets are at their best. For more information about this year’s featured artists and the map to find out where to find them go to: fernwoodartstroll.ca. Mark your calendars…we hope to see you there!
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    Baroque from Bach to Vivaldi The Victoria Mendelssohn Choir directed by Maestro Simon Leung presents “Baroque from Bach to Vivaldi” with guests, Die Mahler String Quartet. Two performances only: Saturday, May 25 @ 3:00 pm, Church of St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria Sunday, May 26 @ 3:00 pm, The S.H.O.A.L Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney Tickets: $20 each available from Russell Books in Victoria; Ivy’s Bookshop in Oak Bay; Tanner’s Books and S.H.O.A.L Centre in Sidney, and at the door. Program includes: J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 4, "Christ lag in Todes Banden" (Christ lay in death’s bonds) G.F. Handel: Selections from oratorios "Samson", "Solomon" and "Acis & Galatea" A. Vivaldi: “Magnificat” Die Mahler String Quartet will accompany the choir and play additional selections on their own. For more information please contact Katie at katie@newfoundfiddle.com or 250-478-8843.
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    We are the Levinsons Bema Productions is proud to present our 2019 Mainstage production, the Canadian Premiere of “We Are The Levinsons” by Wendy Kout. All performances take place at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, Black Box Theatre, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2J3. Tickets are $23.00 each, available now online at www.ticketrocket.co or at the Ticket Rocket office, 1050 Meares Street, Victoria. Performance Dates and Times: Thursday May 9 7:30 pm Sunday May 12 3:00 pm Tuesday May 14 7:30 pm Wednesday May 15 7:30 pm Thursday May 16 7:30 pm Sunday May 19 3:00 pm Tuesday May 21 7:30 pm Thursday May 23 7:30 pm The story details the phenomenon of the “sandwich generation” — adults caring for both children and aging parents — through the lens of one family’s momentous year. Rosie, a daughter with mother issues, surprises her parents with a trip home. And life surprises Rosie. Sanity, survival and humor are tested and love is deepened in this three-generation family, and chosen family comedy/drama. Zelda Dean directs. “. . . if there is anything I hope everyone feels after this play, it’s the celebration and preciousness of life . . . and laughter.” -WENDY KOUT (PLAYWRIGHT) Wendy Kout is an award-winning writer/producer of theater, film, television and prose. Wendy’s latest play, We Are the Levinsons, a contemporary family comedy/drama, had its acclaimed world premiere at Minnesota Jewish Theater Company (spring 2017) and won the 2017 Broadway World Regional Awards for Best Play and Best Ensemble in a Play.
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