Events and scenes

April 29, 2014 Open Space, 510 Fort St, Victoria, B.C. Review by Julian Gunn  There was smoke in the streets of downtown Victoria the night of the Brick Books launch. A derelict garage a few blocks over had caught fire in the afternoon. Poets and their fans drifted towards Open Space through a hazy sunset, […]

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Reviewed by Blake Jacob Isobel Trigger’s April 3rd, 2014 show at the Strathcona Clubhouse was a high-caliber performance. The group’s polished act is characterized by ethereal vocals, heavy rhythm, energy and gorgeous melody. Isobel Trigger undoubtedly belongs in a large performance hall and deserves much recognition. The set began with “Champion,” showing off the band’s […]

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By Joy Fisher Undaunted by winter weather, a small contingent of intrepid writers from Victoria boarded the Clipper for its morning run to Seattle recently to attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference. Joined by a smattering of Canadian writers who rolled in from Vancouver and flew in from points east, […]

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By Liz Snell It’s not often that invasive ivy, clumsy penguins, and cheap reproductions of famous paintings get to hang out together. At “CNF Night in Canada”, a precursor to WordsThaw, The Malahat Review’s annual literary symposium, the three non-fiction readers (Malea Acker, Jay Ruzesky, and Madeline Sonik) respectively covered each topic. In the basement […]

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Hearing Voices at The Belfry

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December 5, 2013

By Hanna Leavitt Earlier this fall, Belfry Theatre patrons may have wondered at the contingent of blind and visually impaired patrons and guide dogs in attendance at a particular performance of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet).   Like the other blind people, I was there to experience the Belfry’s first-ever described theatre-arts event, a service provided […]

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Photo credit: Kevin Doyle Review by Liz Snell “They say real men don’t cry – that’s crap.” Photographer Ted Grant, 84, wasn’t afraid to get emotional in front of a packed auditorium during the launch of his life’s biography. Grant’s biographer, UVic graduate Thelma Fayle, met Grant as his student at Camosun College. Years later, […]

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Poetry and Meaninglessness At Gibson Auditorium, Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus The Carol Shields Lecture Delivered by Jan Zwicky October 19th, 2013 Reviewed by Senica Maltese As a writing student focusing on fiction and poetry, I had high expectations going into Jan Zwicky’s Carol Shields Lecture entitled “Poetry and Meaninglessness.” The lecture did not disappoint; however, […]

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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 […]

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Running March 4-15 in every corner of UVic campus, this free festival connects you to experts working on the kind of ideas that really can “make a difference.” Here’s a quick breakdown of  Fine Arts events: •Enacting the Artist / Researcher / Educator: Six UVic applied theatre graduate students engaged in a theatre-based PhD research […]

Antimatter Film Festival October 12 to 20, 2012 Antimatter is celebrating 15 years of subversive cinema with a new venue, more democratic price structure, and the great programming audiences have come to expect from this long-running festival. From October 12 to 20, festival-goers will be treated to performances, installations and screenings of feature-length and short films from as […]

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