Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Quadra Village Day 2011

April 14, 2011

Quadra Village Day Poster 2011 final

I’ve been involved in the Quadra Village Day planning committee since shortly after moving to my new neighbourhood. What a dynamic group of individuals representing the community, business, the city and local not for profits.

In these times of budgetary restraint, it’s wonderful to see a community pull together to produce an entirely FREE family friendly event.

Join us on Kings Road (between Quadra and Dowler) Saturday May 7th from 9:30 am to 1pm for breakfast, community displays, activities for kids and teens, music and dance demonstrations.

More information on our website.

The musicians performing include:

Mike Edel, Paul Black, and Coco Jafro

There will be dance performances by:

Chinese Seniors Dance Troupe, the Sons of Norway Folk Dancers, the UVic Cuban Salsa Club and the Vic City Breakers & Friends.

With grateful thanks to our sponsors and media partners.

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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.

Previews

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”. Snafu.liquidbeat.com

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.  Storytheatre.ca

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.  Fringetastic.com

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. missiepeters.com

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. Randomselectionofchairs.com

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.

International Free Hugs Day July 3 2010 Victoria BC

July 15, 2010

It all started on Twitter, doesn’t it always? Alex Yates @Lunacee tweeted about International Free Hugs Day, and before you could blink we had a Facebook event and people committed to attending in front of the Visitors Information Bureau on the Inner Harbour, Saturday July 3rd 2010.

International Free Hugs Day was the inspiration of Juan Mann (a pseudonym) an Australian, in 2004. The hugs were intended to be random acts of kindess. The day was made popular by a Sick Puppies music video.

At the appointed time, we arrived – most learned about the event via Twitter, but Karen and Carol heard through the grapevine. We spent two hours greeting visitors to the city with hugs. It’s interesting to see who wants to receive a hug, who backs off. In the end we all agreed that we will definitely be there for International Free Hugs Day 2011, perhaps in a spot with more locals.

Thanks to Alex, Janice, Rebecca, Karen, Carol, Kieron.

Summer Fun in the City – Theatre

July 7, 2010

We are truly blessed in Victoria, BC – voted Cutural Capital of Canada in 2008.

This summer theatre season includes:

The Victoria Shakespeare Society performing  Richard the III and Taming of the Shrew at Camosun College, Landsdowne Campus

ASAP Theatre performing A Party Worth Crashing and The Next Five Years at the Canadian College of Performing Arts Hall, 1701 Elgin Ave in Oak Bay.

Belfry Theatre and Billy Bishop Goes to War

Blue Bridge Theatre with Street Car Named Desire and Hank Williams, the Show He Never Gave at the McPherson Theatre.

Then, of course, to finish off the summer – the incomparable Victoria Fringe Festival returns, even bigger and better, August 26th – September 6th.

Do you plan on attending live theatre this summer? If no, what would persuade you to do so?

Quadra Village Day May 8th “Building & Celebrating Our Thriving Community”

April 19, 2010

Poster Quadra Village Day May 8th 2010

I’ve been involved in the Quadra Village Day planning committee since shortly after moving to my new neighbourhood. What a dynamic group of individuals representing the community, business, the city and local not for profits.

In these times of budgetary restraint, it’s wonderful to see a community pull together to produce an entirely FREE family friendly event.

Join us on Kings Road (between Quadra and Dowler) Saturday May 8th from 9:30 am to 1pm for breakfast, community displays, activities for kids and teens, music and dance demonstrations.

More information on our website.

The groups performing include:

9:30 am Ross Rossborough

10:15 am Chinese Seniors Dance Troupe

10:30 am Coco Jafro

11:15 am Sons of Norway Folk Dancers

11:30 am Dj Murge and guests

12:30 pm Acres of Lion

With grateful thanks to our sponsors and media partners.