Home is a Beautiful Word A play collected and edited by Joel Bernbaum Directed by Michael Shamata The Belfry Theatre, Victoria January 7-19, 2014 Reviewed by Joy Fisher The complexity of homelessness in Victoria B.C. shines like a multifaceted gemstone catching the sun one facet at a time in the world premiere production of Home […]


Cleese kept crowd engaged

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October 21, 2013

By Curran Dobbs A master of black humour and vocal critic of “mindless good taste,” British actor John Cleese was nonetheless a class act in his one-man show, “Last Time to See Before I Die” at the McPherson Playhouse recently. The show, while continuously infused with Cleesian wit, wasn’t strictly comedic. Regaling the audience with […]


By Liz Snell Emily McGiffin’s bright-eyed, earnest face contained no pretension. She spoke her poems with confident resonance, but also vulnerability, as if they were letters written to a close friend, not intended for everyone else in the room. She seems like the kind of person you’d meet in a small town or on a […]


First reading: Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 12:30 p.m., University of Victoria, Fine Arts Building, Room 209 Second reading followed by interview with Carla Funk: Wednesday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m., Open Space Admission by donation, books available for purchase, cash bar. Toronto writer Emily McGiffin will read from her new book Between Dusk and Night as part of […]


Awna Teixeira and Jennifer Louise Taylor Sunday, June 2, 2-4 pm Spiral Cafe, 418 Craigflower RD, Victoria $10 at the door Awna Teixeira has toured the world from Africa to Spain and back again with internationally renowned roots band Po’ Girl. She is currently doing a tour in support of her first solo album, Where […]


SALT New Music Festival and Symposium May 25-June 2 Open Space, 510 Fort Street, and UVic School of Music The SALT New Music Festival and Symposium is a one–week event, occurring from May 25 to June 2, taking place at Open Space and the University of Victoria School of Music. At the University of Victoria […]

Kasper & Howe with Auto Jansz Saturday, May 25, 7:30 pm Gorge-ous Coffee, Gorge and Tillicum, Victoria All ages. Tickets by donation at the door. Music veterans James Kasper, Geoff Howe and Auto Jansz perform this Saturday. Some memorable songs are on the menu, along with Kasper’s sultry noir-folk vocals, soulful harmonica and shimmering guitar […]

Rococode with River Saturday, May 18, Doors at 7 pm Lucky Bar, 517 Yates ST, Victoria Tickets $12.50, available at Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records, and TicketWeb.ca Sponsored by the Zone 91.3 FM Rococode is an ever evolving indie rock band from Vancouver, BC. They “May appear to be a spunky indie-collective, but beneath the rag-tag […]

Book Lovers Unite!

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May 4, 2013

Group Book Launch from Orca Book Publishers authors 7 pm, Wednesday, May 15 Union Pacific Coffee, 537 Herald St, Victoria Join local authors Sylvia Olsen, Nikki Tate, Michelle Mulder, Robin Stevenson, Kristin Butcher, John Wilson, Sarah N. Harvey, and Sean Rodman as they launch their new books for this spring. Meet the authors, enjoy some […]

Jennifer Louise Taylor & Born in Cities (formerly called Auto Jansz & Andrea June) 7:30 pm, Saturday, May 4 Spiral Cafe, Victoria, 418 Craigflower Road Suggested $7-12 Join us for an evening of folk, jazz and indie-pop originals–and your old favourites to sing to! Jennifer Louise Taylor has toured Canada and the US, and been […]