Archive for August, 2010

Victoria Fringe Festival – my picks – local

August 20, 2010

Victoria Fringe Festival picks – local companies or actors I know

Disclaimers first:

I am not a reviewer, but I do see a lot of theatre – almost 30 shows at last year’s Victoria Fringe Festival. During the year I volunteer regularly with Atomic Vaudeville, Intrepid Theatre, The Canadian College of Performing Arts, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, and Theatre SKAM. I attend the Belfry, Theatre Inconnu and the Phoenix Theatre at Uvic too. My son is a performer.

I have seen these performers in previous shows, or volunteered with them. Based on this, I’m planning to attend their shows at this year’s Fringe.

My picks are listed as listed on the Victoria Fringe Festival website. I have not attended previews or rehearsals. Caveat emptor. Happy fringing!!

VENUE 1: Downtown Activity Centre 755 Pandora Ave

Reckless Daughters features UVic graduate Laura Harris, star of the Fringe festival circuit hit “Pitch Blond”.  There’s been lots of attention for Reckless Daughters, too.


Ginger Ninjas by Elliott Loran and Ingrid Hansen. Elliott is #2 son., home from a phenomenal 2 week  run of Atomic Vaudeville’s “Ride the Cyclone” at Summerworks in Toronto. Ingrid founded Snafu Dance Theatre, producers of last year’s Fringe hit “Pretty Little Instincts”.

VENUE 2: Metro Studio Theatre (corner Quadra & Johnson)

Magical Stone Soup and Pinocchio by Story Theatre. Story Theatre is the grand daddy of them all – 30 years young this year. Take your kids (or borrow some) to one of these shows, and release your inner child in the process.

Thank You My Love, Goodbye a memory play by Jim Leard (founder of Story Theatre) featuring theatre veterans, with graduates and students of the Canadian College of Performing Arts.

Z-Day: The Anthem for Post-Zombie Apocalypse by Jay Mitchell. Undeterred when his gig performing at the provincial legislature was cut this year, Jay penned a zombie musical. Jay is familiar to Atomic Vaudeville and Phoenix Theatre audiences. And who doesn’t love a good zombie show! Zombie episodes

VENUE 3: Wood Hall 907 Pandora Ave

The Big Smoke with Jer Banks.  I first met Jeremy when he was front of house manager of the Metro Studio. Since then he’s worked his way across Canada at other fringe festivals; I can’t wait to see him perform.

Gonads & Gametes by Jeff Leard. The apple did not fall far from the tree. Jeff is son of Jim (Story Theatre) and a UVic theatre student. You may have seen him at the Phoenix Theatre or starring in the movie by the Crystal Meth Society.

VENUE 4: St Andrew’s School Gym, 1002 Pandora Ave

Pretty Monster by Milly Mumford.  If you’ve been to Atomic Vaudeville productions, chances are good you’ve seen Millie, an Atomic regular. Here’s to her solo début.

VENUE 5: The Victoria Event Centre 1415 Broad Street

The Peter n’ Chris Show presents: Pete n’ Chris Save the World.  Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson have performed with Atomic Vaudeville, Itsazoo Productions, the Phoenix Theatre and at last year’s Victoria fringe.  They were recently awarded “Outstanding Duo Performance” at the Ottawa Fringe Peer Awards.

Confessions of a Public Servant by Missie Peters.  Missie recently organized Iconocraft with Sammie Gough at the Victoria Event Centre. A performance poet and founder of Poetry in the Raw, Missie is planning a Spoken Word Festival in Victoria in early 2011.

VENUE 11: St Ann’s Auditorium, 835 Humboldt Street

The Money Fast by Wes Borg, Morgan Cranny and Jacqueline McLaughlin.  Atomic Vaudeville regulars, Wes and Morgan starred in The War of 1812 at last year’s fringe. Jacqueline performs at Logan’s Hootenanny. Arguably some of Victoria’s better known theatre and performing personalities.

VENUE 14: King’s Park, 1150 Caledonia between Cook and Chambers

Smalltown: A Pickup Musical by Theatre SKAM. Theatre SKAM celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. You may have seen their Home Grown Collective shows: School House Rocks and Bike Ride. Specialists in site specific theatre. I have haunting memories of the boat sailing in to shore at Fleming Beach for Lieutenant Nun.  “Are you in?”

VENUE 16: University Canada West, 950 Kings Rd

Dave Morris is an a**h*** (and you can be one too!) Dave organizesthe Big Rock Showdown for stand up comics on the 3rd Sunday of the month at the Victoria Event Centre. A performance/slam poet, stand up comic and improviser of note. One intriguing title, sure to grab people’s attention.

Official Launch of The Road to Port Hardy #RTPH

August 16, 2010

Today was the day! After 18 months of training which included 7500kms of riding, 14 centuries, and 25 trips up to the Observatory, Frans Jonker @fransjonker left on his solo unsupported 4 day,  525 km ride from Victoria to Port Hardy. The Road to Port Hardy is a fund raiser for the BC Cancer Foundation.

Before he’d even left the house Frans had a message from CHEK News that they would be at the launch of the ride at 7:30am Mile Zero, Victoria, BC.

Photo by John Roberts, @jrphotographybc

Imagine his surprise to find not only his family (his 2 year old nephew definitely stole the show), but also work mates, a friend from high school (home on vacation from England where he now lives), sponsors Power for Life Coaching and Rocky Mountain Soap, and many members of the Victoria Twitter community.

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There were cameras a-plenty; Greg Aspa and John Roberts  are professional photographers, Frans’ brother is a very talented amateur, and Chris Loran  brought his video equipment too.

Thanks to Twitterers Yukari Peerless @yukarip, Scott McDonald @footbutterguy, Scott Garman @ScottGarman, Greg Aspa @AspaPhoto, John Roberts @jrphotographybc, Kirsten Loran @FrogStarWorldB, Chris Loran @ChrisTheRoadie, and CHEK News @CHEK_News for joining Frans at the beginning of his epic journey.

Thanks to family, friends, sponsors and media for their support!

Frans starts his ride having raised $5000, half of his $10,000 goal. All monies raised stay on Vancouver Island for the care of cancer patients and their families, and to support research by the BC Cancer Agency.

If cancer has touched your life, please consider a donation.

Follow Frans on The Road to Port Hardy website, Twitter and Facebook and share his updates widely.

Clean Safe Community Picnic – Harris Green (1100 Block Pandora) Saturday August 21st

August 3, 2010

A few days ago I received information about a community picnic being organized by two “ordinary” women in the 1100 block Pandora, Victoria BC, on Saturday August 21st.

Please support this initiative if you believe, as I do, that we benefit from creating the community we want to see.  Kudos to the women involved (who at this time are anonymous).


Clean Safe Community Picnic

Dear Neighbour:

We hope this letter finds you well and enjoying your summer. This season is
a great time for socializing and for getting outside to meet the people in your
neighbourhood. It’s a time for picnics and enjoying all of the green spaces
Victoria has to offer.

Please accept this invitation to enjoy the beautifully treed space of Harris
Green, in the 1100 block of Pandora Street, and join us for a community
picnic from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, August 21st. Bring your blankets,
bocce balls (or other picnic-friendly games) and your favourite snacks. There
will be a table for potluck items if you would like to bring food to share. We
plan to have an art table so that kids can create pictures depicting some of
the great things about our neighbourhoods.

Why Harris Green?

Much attention and debate is going on around this area
that is made up of a diverse population of home and business owners,
renters, families, retirees and young people, as well as those without a home,
yet few of us know each other’s names. We’re all trying to find space to live
our lives as best we can. We need to respect each other and figure out how
to make this work, in a clean, safe and effective way. What better remedy
than a neighbourhood picnic? Let’s get together and celebrate community
and neighbours.

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer or donate supplies, please

Warm regards,
A couple of women who want a neighbourhood to be proud of.
Please note that this event is has no affiliation with any charity, business organizations
or special interest groups.