Andrea Routley

Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride Directed by Bob Christie Reel Queer Film Festival, Vic Theatre, Victoria June 30, 2013 Reviewed by Andrea Routley It was a quiet evening at the Vic Theatre, not surprising for a Sunday night in Victoria. Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride was the final screening at the first Reel […]


Tosca Pacific Opera Victoria The Royal Theatre April 4, 6, 10 & 12 at 8 pm Sunday Matinee April 14 at 2:30 pm Reviewed by Andrea Routley What comes to mind when you hear the word, “opera”? Viking horns and yellow braids? How about “Italian opera”? Sopranos in velvety robes, collapsing under the weight of […]

Escape to Gold Mountain By David H.T. Wong Arsenal Pulp Press, 239 pages, $19.95 Reviewed by Andrea Routley Many readers are probably familiar with some of the history of Chinese settlers in North America. Maybe they think of racist policies like the Chinese Head Tax, or the Chinese Immigration Act in Canada, which effectively banned […]

The Vancouver Island Music Awards (VIMA) is gearing up for the 9th Annual Awards show on April 28th. Some of this year’s nominees include the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Steph MacPherson, Woodsmen, Man Made Lake, and Carli and Julie Kennedy.  Andrea Routley recently talked with James Kasper, the founder and producer of VIMA, about what to […]

Life Underwater Laurelle & Alexander (2012) Boom Ting Recordings Reviewed by Andrea Routley Laurelle & Alexander’s debut-EP lives up to its name, with wet sounds of electric guitar and piano, and a synthesized wash to flood the remaining space, from gurgling, and in utero-like heart beats, to gulping bass details. Self-described as “Hippies with Computers,” […]

May The Sweet Lowdown The Sweet Lowdown 2012 Produced by Adrian Dolan Reviewed by Andrea Routley If you’re a Sweet Lowdown fan, you probably fell in love with them for their rich bluegrass harmonies, formidable musicianship, and old-time folk sound. You’ll be thrilled with their third album (with 12 tracks), May. As always, Sweet Lowdown […]