Archive for November, 2010

Port Theatre Nanaimo BC

November 14, 2010

Recently, thanks to CHEK TV, we had the opportunity to travel to Nanaimo for Guitar Summit appearing at The Port Theatre.

The concert was phenomenal, combining the talents of the Montréal Guitar Trio and the California Guitar Trio in a magical evening that ranged from re-worked scores of spaghetti westerns, to Pink Floyd’s Echoes, original compositions evoking the northern reaches of the artic, and rollicking tunes replete with Québecois influences.

It was, however, the theatre itself that captured some of my attention. Built in 1998, the Port Theatre is an intimate 800 seat venue with near perfect sight lines and excellent acoustics. Concerts range from family friendly fare to modern dance, jazz standards, comedians and more. Tickets are very reasonably priced, and members benefit from significant discounts and a Spotlight series that allows them to purchase 4 tickets for $100.

We are fortunate in Victoria to have a wide range of theatre and performance options open to us. If, by chance, you find yourself venturing up Island for a get- away, I would highly recommend visiting the Port Theatre’s website, and adding some live performance to your get-away schedule. You won’t be disappointed.

Of note is the Port Theatre Society’s “Theatre Angels” program that will “distribute over 4,000 complimentary tickets, through over fifty social service agencies, to local people on limited incomes, offering access to a wide variety of performances for children and adults alike”.

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Stinking Fish Studio Tour

November 14, 2010

Having started the holiday season with a visit to the 13th Annual Gallery Walk, what better way to continue than following the fish signs to The Stinking Fish Studio Tour.

Now in it’s 10th year, the tour takes you along the quiet roads and paths of rural Metchosin and East Sooke, about 30 minutes from downtown Victoria.

This year’s tour is November 26th – 28th; the artists studios will be open from 10am to 5pm.

What better way to spend a quiet November weekend than to meander from studio to studio, perhaps stopping off at Albert Head, Witty’s Lagoon or Devonian Park for some fresh air and a short walk down to the beach.  In addition, many farms along Metchosin Road are open year round.

When hungry, be sure to check out the legendary My Chosen Café. The food is definitely worth the drive and the wait.

Maps of the tour can be downloaded here.

Why “Stinking Fish”?

“In the 1840’s, when explorer James Douglas asked the First Nations people of this region what they called the area now known as Metchosin, they answered
S-met-sho-sun, which literally means “stinking fish”.”  from the Stinking Fish Studio Tour website.

What a wonderful opportunity to meet with artists, discuss their recent work, and perhaps, take away that perfect Christmas gift.

Some personal favourites are Chiarina Loggia (@chiatweet on twitter) for her evocative explorations blending photography and print making, and Robin Hopper & Judi Dyelle internationally acclaimed potters.

Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day 2010

November 11, 2010

Babes Go Bare Calendar 2011

November 1, 2010

Hermannator Launch at Vancouver Island Brewery Nov 1 2010

November 1, 2010

For the uninitiated, Hermannator is a holiday specialty – an ice bock that ” takes over 3 months to brew and mature from start to finish. Because the brewing process is so intensive and complex, there are few beers like it in Canada”, states Brewmaster Ralf Pittroff. At 9.5% alcohol, it is a heady, complex brew.

Hermannator is crafted in small batches, and released in limited quantities. Chocolate and caramel malts are used in the brewing process to creat a dark chestnut coloured beer with a full body and rich malt flavour.  Rob Ringma, Sales and Marketing Manager, and Jeff Kendrew, Territory Manager/Marketing Coordinator paired it with small dark chocolate truffles and chocolate covered almonds for the tasting in the brewery tap room.

Members of the local CAMRA chapter mingled with media from the Q! and CHEK TV. It was a pleasure to connect and reconnect with other beer enthusiasts, and compare notes.

Earlier in 2010 the brewing team from VIB held back a few cases of the brew and submitted it to the 2010 World Championships in Chicago. Hermannator received a Gold Medal.

Congratulations to the team at Vancouver Island Brewery for their world class recognition, and for crafting local, all natural beers for us to enjoy year round.

Hermannator is available now. Don’t tarry – it sells out quickly.

The Great #Pumpkinoff at the Fairmont Empress Hotel

November 1, 2010