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    June 12 | Sisters from Other Mothers

    Tuesday, June 12 Sisters from Other Mothers Martin Batchelor Gallery Visual artworks by Linda Darby, Virginia SmallFry and Jane Storrie runs through June 27. These friends and colleagues have exhibited together for the past 17 years. This is their third show at the Martin Batchelor Gallery. The three women share the same goals: to explore and celebrate the creative life. The artists seek authenticity in their individual styles, offer critiques of completed artworks, and work together to promote shows and sales. This exhibit will be Martin Batchelor’s last show in the Cormorant Street gallery location. After operating for 22 years, his tenancy ends as the present building is being refurbished. On June 16 at 8 p.m. the jazz quintet Chafafa presents an upbeat evening at Martin Batchelor Gallery. 712 Cormorant St, 250-385-7919, Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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    June 13 | Water Warriors

    Wednesday, June 13 Water Warriors Edward Milne Community School Awareness Film Night Season Finale: Water Warriors is a 22-minute film about a New Brunswick community's successful fight to protect their water and way of life from a large corporation’s plans to set up a fracking site in their midst. A familiar scenario: it sure looks hopeless at times, but they persevere. All over the world people are standing up and saying no more eco-destruction and no more corporate takeover of The Commons. The film will be followed by an Open Mic where people are invited to share with moviegoers the community-building and activist endeavors they are involved with that are working towards a more just, sane, beautiful, ecologically viable, connected world. By donation. Edward Milne Community School Theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd, Sooke. 7-9 p.m.
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    June 13 | Orca's Spring Book Launch

    Wednesday, June 13 Orca’s Spring Book Launch Munro’s Books Join Orca Book Publishers for the spring launch of six of their wonderful new kids books. Meet the authors and illustrators, enjoy some refreshments and get a book signed. Authors are Laurie Elmquist, Shantala Robinson, Maggie de Vries, Mike Deas, Michelle Mulder, and Regan McDonell. Free. Doors will open at 7, 7:30-9 p.m. Munro’s Books at 1108 Government Street.
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    June 14 | FEAST: Food & Film Festival

    Shown here is chef and author Michel Richard Thursday, June 14 FEAST: Food & Film Festival Vic Theatre FEAST, presented by the Victoria Film Festival, will host six mouthwatering screenings over three days: June 14, 15, and 16. Kicking it off on Thursday, June 14 at The Vic Theatre is the film Fermented, a documentary about the revival of the ancient process that has become the latest food trend. Mother Nature’s Market & Deli will be serving fermented themed snacks including delicious local kombucha brewed by Cultured Kombucha and vegan based cheeses by The Cultured Nut. Followed by Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen, a film that offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the mythical Michelin Guide of fine dining. With grand chefs such as Alain Ducasse, Daniel Humm, René Redzepi, Andoni Aduriz, Yoshimi Narisawa, Victor Arquinzoniz, Guy Savoy, Michel Richard and many more, Michelin Stars sets the gastronomy bar at the highest level possible. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Toque Catering paired with cocktails presented by Sheringham Distillery. On Friday, June 15, two films will screen starting with The Goddesses of Food. This documentary investigates what holds women chefs back in the modern world of cuisine and will be accompanied by Sea Cider tastings and food bites by Kitchens of Distinction. Following Goddesses of Food, The Strath Liquor Store and Victoria Caledonian Distillery are partnering to take the viewers on a trip around Scotland from the comfort of The Vic Theatre seats with a screening of Scotch—A Golden Dream, a beautiful film which honours the history and the art behind the golden elixir. On Saturday, June 16, the final two films are Chef Flynn and New Chefs on the Block which will close out the Food & Film Festival. Chef Flynn is a documentary about a 10-year-old boy starting a supper club in his living room who quickly outgrows his bedroom kitchen and sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world. New Chefs on The Block is an intimate multi-year portrait of two chefs who struggle to open and maintain their first restaurants. As usual, food will be on site along with real-life industry stories provided by the chefs and owners from Accio and Top Soil. Ticket prices are $20-$25. All events are 19 and older. Full details are available at www.feastfoodfilm.ca. FEAST: Food & Film is an annual food-focused Festival brought to you by the Victoria Film Festival to highlight local and regional food and drink paired with great films.
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    June 15 | Moving Change

    Brendan Fernandes, Steady Pulse, Recess, New York, 2017. Performers: John Alix, Khadija Griffith & Oisín Monaghan. Friday, June 15 AGGV Offsite / Insight Surprise Locations! Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA from the University of Western Ontario (2005) and his BFA from York University in Canada (2002). Says the artist: “My unique cultural background as a Kenyan-Indian-Canadian has confronted me with the hybrid and transitional nature of identity. This compels the aspects of my artistic practice, in which I question my own authenticity, all the while articulating issues that surround and debate a cultural and political agenda. In sum, my work explores the thesis that identity is not static, but enacted, challenging accepted ways of thinking about what it is to have an ‘authentic’ self.” Fernandes has exhibited widely domestically and abroad, including exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal; The National Gallery of Canada, Ontario; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Sculpture Centre, New York; The Quebec City Biennial; and the Third Guangzhou Triennial in China. On June 15, 16 and 17, the performance Moving Change, by Brendan Fernandes consists of three performance interventions at sites across the city. Fernandes will text the exact time and locations so keep checking aggv.ca/offsite-insight/ for more information. You can have a sneak peek of the performance on June 13 at an open rehearsal of Brendan Fernandes’ performance of Moving Change from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dance Victoria, 2750 Quadra Street. The very next day there will be a chance to ask questions of the artist at the AGGV between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. when there will be a conversation with the internationally renowned Fernandes, and Amanda Jane Graham, Director of Engagement from Carolina Performing Arts. See aggv.ca/offsite-insight/.
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    June 15 | Eyes of Society

    June 15 Eyes of Society Robert Bateman Centre Eyes of Society: Art, Traditional Knowledge, and the Watchmen of Haida Gwaii, is a collection of over thirty works of art by ten Haida and non-indigenous artists. Coming from different regional and cultural backgrounds in Canada, all the artists explore the meaning of “sense of place” on the islands of Haida Gwaii through their own artistic traditions. Through their art, language and beliefs, they investigate the notion that artists, traditionally, have been the “eyes of society.” For indigenous communities like Haida Gwaii, art has long been a vehicle for the transmission of traditional knowledge and values from one generation to the next. Traditional forms and representational imagery convey the stories of the people, enabling the continuity of a shared identity, which defines the group and provides social cohesion. What can the “Watchmen of Haida Gwaii” teach the rest of us about our relationship with our own land, the place we identify as home? What suitable context can we adopt to define the relationship between First Nations and the non-indigenous peoples, who jointly inhabit this land and rely on artists from all backgrounds to be the “eyes of society?” The exhibit conversation starts with the 2016 short documentary Eyes of Society, which documents the kayak trip of 6 artists travelling from the Haida village sites of T’aanuu to SG̱ang Gwaay Llanagaay. It is an opportunity to present together First Nations and non-indigenous artists from different backgrounds an exploration of the meaning of “place” through difference artistic ways of seeing. What results is a diverse collection of work representing a cross-section of Canada’s diverse population. Each of the artists reflects his or her own experience of Haida Gwaii and, through an examination of core Haida traditional knowledge and values, establishes a common ground towards a shared future. Eyes of Societyfeatures the artwork of April White, Anja Karisik, Sophie Lavoie, Jim Hart, Gwaai Edenshaw, Jaalen Edenshaw, Gary Landon, Andrew Sookrah, W. David Ward, and Robert Bateman. The exhibit will also feature the documentary Eyes of Societyby Joe Crawford and Allison Smith of Braid Films. The Eyes of Society opening will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. on June 15 including a special presentation as the artists talk about the vision behind their work. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 for non-members, free for members. Reserve your ticket at www.batemancentre.org/events. Space is limited.
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    June 16 | Annabelle Marquis: Spread Your Wings

    Untitled by Annabelle Marquis, 40 x 40 inches, mixed media Saturday, June 16 Annabelle Marquis: Spread Your Wings West End Gallery June 16 - 28, artist Quebec Annabelle Marquis’s stunning work will be on display at West End Gallery. Her large canvases explore beyond collage’s usual settings of abstraction and surrealism, bringing together a wild amalgam of textures and prints, creating kaleidoscopic compositions that test our perception. Marquis turns the canvas into a detailed story, where the viewer is simultaneously sucked-in and blown-away while contemplating her artwork. The subject of a new piece often comes to her through the decoupages she’s gathered; at other times the mixture of paper on canvas dictates the subject. Marquis revels in the benefits of accidental occurrences, constantly striving to push herself out of her comfort zone. Each piece is created with authenticity and integrity, fresh and spontaneous, full of joie de vivre. Says the artist:“My works are like children; each has their own individuality. You have wishes and expectations on what they will become, but things never turn out as you first thought and that’s fine as it is!” Marquis won First Jury Grand Prize at the Annual Concours-Gala Internationnal des Arts Visuels in 2009 for Mixed Media, and again in 2011 for Technique. In 2014 at the 30th Annual Concours-Gala Internationnal des Arts Visuels, Marquis was presented with the Grand Prize in Painting for her piece “Proie Convoitée.” This great honor of Grande Lauréate des Lauréats is awarded only once every 10 years by the Québec Society of Painters and Sculptors. 1203 Broad Street. Open daily, 250-388-0009. See more at www.westendgalleryltd.com.