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Old elm on the chop after all ome residents’ worst fears were confirmed last week when a public forum alerted neighbours that a beloved old elm tree on city property will be on the chopping block to make way for a new development project slated for DANIELLE Dallas Road. POPE Last week, Monday reported news@ on the 80-year-old tree that has seen locals lace its trunk with yellow ribbons and a “Please Do Not Cut” sign in mind of the oncoming demolition project, which will replace a now-condemned heritage building with a new townhouse development — if developers have their way. Over 20 residents attended the forum held by Don Mann Excavating Ltd., who now has possession of the property, with questions ranging from building and landscaping plans to the old tree’s status. A representative stated that the tree would have to be removed to make way for the driveway and landscaping plans, and said that its root system runs too deep and would be too damaged by the construction to survive. While some residents parroted a desire to see the tree removed due to its encroaching root system and its age, multiple neighbours were visibly upset by the announcement. “From what I heard at the forum, it seems clear that the tree does not have to go, it really doesn’t, and it would take very little effort on the part of the excavating company to save it,” says Susan Enefer, who was one of the first residents to draw awareness to the tree’s dilemma. “It would really take very little for all sides to be happy on this issue.” Yet Jarret Matanowitsch, acting assistant director of the city’s Planning and Development department who has reviewed the application for 408 Dallas Road, says that the city will have the final say on the future of the tree and the development. “Right now, the application still has to go through city council because the applicant has requested a height variance, meaning the proposed building would be taller than the allowed height limits in the area,” says Matanowitsch. “So if council approves that, we could see this all happen within the next six months, but if they don’t then it’s a moot point.” Matanowitsch says review of the tree in ques-


The proposed development plans for 408 Dallas Road.


More than 20 residents showed up to a public forum at 408 Dallas Road last week to discuss the oncoming construction project and the fate of one old heritage tree.

tion is part of the application process, as with any building application, and that, if requested, the company will have to pay for a city surveyor to assess the health and vitality of the tree. If it’s determined that the tree cannot survive the construction, it will be removed and a new tree will replace it, at the applicant’s expense, likely in an alternate location. While there is a city bylaw that protects certain heritage trees, the tree must meet a specific circumference and other measures, which Matanowitsch says the tree on Dallas Road likely does not. Aside from assessing the health of the tree, Matanowitsch says the city will consider removing city trees that impede driveways or other immovable elements of development. “Trees are very important to Victorians, and we try our best to protect all the boulevard trees we can,” says Matanowitsch. “If we can’t, we do replace them.” — With files from Tina Griffith

TENT PEDDLER TRAVELS ON David Arthur Johnston fans will be excited to hear Victoria’s own Tent City advocate is taking his tenting gospel on the road in hopes of blessing cities across Canada with ways of liberating the unhoused — but he would like your help. Starting June 1, Johnston will be heading across Canada to teach the legal process of establishing municipal public tenting zones to all with social justice sympathies. “I am a rare character and expert on the subject,” he says. “Presuming that the outcome is going to be the initiation of public tenting zones in every city in the commonwealth, this is news.” Johnston, known for his Right To Sleep advocacy, was released from jail weeks ago for breaking municipal tenting bylaws. He performed his second 40-day fast this year during his incarceration time. Now a free man, Johnston has decided to move on to other Canadian municipalities in need of a shake up and a hand in learning more about public tenting in his “2012 Municipal Public Tenting Zone Cross-Canada Speaking Tour.” To help promote Johnston’s tour, or help him find speaking venues or a place to crash, contact him through his self-titled Facebook page. M

Sgt. Bunny is just the start t’s interesting how the level to which we’ll break the law is different for everyone. Human nature being what it is, I doubt any of us can claim to be perfect law-abiding citizens. We all fall into those shades of grey where it’s our own morality rather than the law of the land that guides our daily judgments. Fortunately, the vast majority flaunt our rebellious ways in such evil tasks as jaywalking (when no cars are coming and the Don’t Walk sign feels like it’s mocking GRANT us); parking in the loading zone when we need to nip MCKENZIE into the store at five minutes before six to purchase a I-wasn’t-going-to-cave-but-maybe-this-time-I’ll-win loteditor@ tery ticket; smoking a cigar practically anywhere in the city, since we’re not allowed to enjoy one with a pint in a public house anymore; rolling a joint to take the edge off a stressful week; and speeding. Boy can it be hard not to speed — especially when the road is clear and dry and, wait . . . wave to the seven-foot-tall Easter Bunny at the side of the road and, argh, now you’re being pulled over. Yep, the cops are breaking out all the stops to remind us that being stupid behind the wheel can cost you. For their latest stealth undercover mission, Nanaimo RCMP bundled Acting Sgt. Norm Smith in a fuzzy rabbit suit to hop on bad behaviour. Most drivers received tickets for cellphone use (because who needs to pay attention when driving a 4,000-pound, bone-crushing metal box on wheels?) and for not wearing a seat belt. But eating carrots also gave Officer Big Ears the keen eyesight to nab a drunk driver — and this was at 9:30 in the morning, so you know this isn’t the first time this jerk has had no regard for the lives of everyone around him. The success of the RCMP Bunny (and you just know poor Norm was picked because he’s an Acting Sgt. who has to suck up to get the Acting part removed) will likely result in more imaginative undercover work being given the green light. Some ideas could be: ■ Mullet Man. Based on Mike Myers’ character from Wayne’s World, all this officer needs is a good head-bopping mullet wig (and, yes, I rocked a mighty one:, a splash of cologne de poutine, heavy metal rock ‘n’ roll T-shirt and jeans. He’ll need to brush up on the lingo though if he wants to pass muster at Western Speedway where their radar is so keen that some of the drivers are legally blind. ■ Human Statue. You see them posing in the Inner Harbour in summertime, but a successful year-round campaign could result in the police fooling us by putting out actual statues. We’ll become so paranoid every time we see a life-size statue, we’ll immediately pull on our seat belt and watch our speed. ■ Naked Cyclist. This would take a brave officer, but who in their right mind would bother to hide criminal behaviour at the sight of a naked man or woman on a bicycle? Perfect disguise, but where do you hide the radio? M




LOOK COOL: RISE UP AGAINST ENBRIDGE Whether you’re out to be hip, or actually are an enviro fan, thumbs up to those who make it out to the rally and “teach-in” against the Enbridge Pipeline: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 15 at Centennial Square. Central Saanich may not be up with the vote, but you certainly can be.

NOW, WHO DID I LEAVE THAT KEY WITH? We can’t decide if we’re more disgusted with the thieves or the Victoria Fire Department for the loss of a master key believed to be responsible for a rash of commercial break-ins over the last three months.

WHEN CHURCHES ARE FORWARD-THINKING A blessed grade to Christ Church Cathedral for officially dubbing its chapel “multi-faith” in a dedication last week. Thanks for keeping Vic progressive.

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CITYSOMETHING Amadeus, Vox Humana and The Death Ballad Love Tellers reign


MUSIC Grapes of Wrath concert to benefit autism society


OPERA Italian twist on Royal history with duelling divas


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With names like “the milkshake laugh� and “the lion laugh,� laughter yoga aims to cultivate one’s childlike playfulness because “children are the best laughers, and they laugh without jokes,� says Dr. Madan Kataria.

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Re: "Shark fins, oil and pot: oh my" April 5-11 The Mayor's comment about not having heard anyone in Central Saanich ask for a ban on shark fins begs the question, "Would he and council act if they did hear citizens asking for a shark fin ban?" The answer of course is "no" and a good example is the public hearing process where citizens routinely make their case and are ignored. The public hearing process has become a piece of tricksterism as hearings are often called when citizens have made it clear they don't want an issue to go any further. Calling for a hearing is just the thin edge of the wedge to open the door for developers, but it's conveniently disguised as "listening to the public." At a recent public hearing into big box stores in the Keating Industrial area, there were 19 speakers against, 1 for and 2 just giving information. So will council vote against this misuse of our industrial zone as the citizens have clearly requested? We will see. SUE STROUD BRENTWOOD BAY

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A showdown is looming over VicPD's budget with Chief Jamie Graham pushing for more money rather than department-wide cost-cutting measures. Every year, Graham asks for millions in additional funding rather than imposing the standard 20 per cent cut his fellow Canadian 'Top Cops' are making. Other police forces in North America have been able to reduce costs through such measures. Everybody else is making sacrifices, so why do taxpayers continue to see the police unwilling to make any? WILLIAM PERRY, VICTORIA


Liberals aren’t even bailing sinking ship i t h their voter base crumbling and the 2013 general election fast approaching, one might expect the Liberals to be governBRIAN ing with a sense of KIERAN urgency. One might bkieran@ expect them to be flooding the House with a bold legislative agenda that sets them apart from the surging Conservatives and over-confident New Democrats. The legislature will probably not even convene this fall, and we know that the 2013 spring session will last just long enough for the Liberals to drop a rosy budget before adjourning proceedings to head off to the hustings. The current spring session is really the government’s last window of legislative opportunity, its last chance to establish an aggressive policy agenda ahead of an election that could redefine the political landscape. So why is this government giving every indication it is content to mark time? Since the legislature convened on Feb. 14, the Liberals have introduced 11 pieces of legislation. Not one is ground-breaking. Only two have received royal assent — Bill 22, to chill the bitter teachers’ contract dispute, and Bill 27, a budget housekeeping mea-


STREET SMARTS Now heading to its last mint, will you miss the penny?

sure. The rest are basically routine statute who are excited about a brand new proamendment acts and only two have reached gram that has already been announced and second reading. re-announced several times. In fact, there What’s even more remarkable is what’s is no way to apply for it. The exact rules of missing from the very thin order paper. the program have not been established and A few weeks ago, the enabling legislation Premier Christy Clark has not even been introdragged the media to a duced,” Popham says. The current home out in Saanich That’s right folks; the session is where she proudly Liberals launched the really the announced that effective program with the usual government’s April 1 a new “Seniors’ media fanfare before they Home Renovation Tax had even bothered to get last chance to Credit” would be availthe requisite legislation on establish an able to help with the cost the calendar. The earliest aggressive of permanent home renthat enabling legislation ovations so that British can be introduced is April policy agenda Columbians aged 65 and 16 when our MLAs return ahead of an over will have the flexibilto work after a two-week election that ity to remain in their own break. homes longer. If the legislation had could redefine “Home is where the been introduced right after the political heart is,” she beamed. the budget was presented, landscape. If there was a little déjà then the Opposition might vu happening that day it have been able to debate was probably because the it before April 1 and tax credit had been announced back in question why the government is specifiFebruary as part of Budget 2012/13. cally excluding general maintenance from The refundable credit is worth up to the program. It might have been able to $1,000 and seniors, keen to get started ask why the tax credits will only apply to on their spring renovation projects, have seniors needing accessibility upgrades, a been scrambling to get specifics. Because fraction of potential beneficiaries. the premier’s media event happened in There is an upside. When the Liberals Saanich, NDP MLA Lana Popham (Saanich finally get around to tabling the legislation, South) received a number of inquiries from the NDP can introduce an amendment to excited seniors. change the title of the bill to the “After-the“My community office continues to fact, Applies-to-few, Seniors’ Wheelchair receive calls, emails and visits from seniors Ramp Tax Credit Act.” M

Probably. There’s a lot of children who have collected pennies over the years. DIANA KOZINEK, Victoria

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Absolutely. Are you going to pay an extra two cents on everything? It adds up. DARLENE ENGLAND, Victoria


Bridge’s design is untested, unproven fter a brief hiatus following last year’s referendum, the protracted comedy of errors that is the Johnson Street Bridge replacement project has crept back into the public eye. As arguments from the opposition camp shift their focus from the emotional appeal of heritage to the cold, hard reality of value-for-money, and support for the now $93-million SIMON bridge dwindles in the face of skyrocketNATTRASS ing costs and ever-changing design specs, snattrass@ it seems appropriate to take a look at the history of this project and ask ourselves: Where did it all go wrong? From the start, the city has refused to consider a simple design for the new bridge, opting instead for an “architecturally significant and iconic” design. Presumably meant to appease those members of the public incensed by the loss of local heritage, this commitment to form over function has helped ensure that recent estimated costs far surpass the cheap-and-dirty approach initially outlined in 2009. The aesthetic approach — which has already sacrificed rail



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Foreskin rally calls for ban on infant circumcision VERBAL BATTLE ERUPTS OVER SPECIALIZED PRIVATE CLINIC By Danielle Pope

cedure. In 2009, the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons stated the procedure should be delayed until the child can make his own deciave you hugged your foreskin today? sion, and the Canadian Pediatric Society now A passionate rally this week is call- states on its website the relative risks of the foreing on the government and Victoria skin being left intact alongside the proven risks residents to show the normally shy of removing it. body part a little bold love — or at Since circumcisions are no longer covered proleast protection. vincially or performed in hospitals, private health The “Whole World/Whole Children” rally is clinics are left to pick up the slack from parents set to gather outside one of the newest private and some adults still wanting to perform the health-care offices to start offering circumci- procedure. That privatized bias is exactly what sion, Diversified Health Clinic at 1063 Fort, on concerns Callender, who says clinics are now Friday, April 13, at 11:30 a.m. preying on misinformed parents The group will then march to to push the invasive procedure the legislature lawns and finish onto children who cannot give ‘Criminal law with a protest and speeches. But their consent. protects the while foreskins may not be an “Criminal law protects the foreskin of a girl, issue paramount in the minds of foreskin of a girl, the hood of the hood of her many (save expectant parents), her clitoris, but not of a boy — rally organizers say this affects yet it’s the same translated body clitoris, but not all of us more than we think. part,” says Callender. “So much of a boy — yet “What this really comes down of what we hear about why cirit’s the same to is a human rights issue,” says cumcision is ‘good’ is misinforGlen Callender, speaker at the mation from years ago, or even translated event and founder of the Canadian old wives tales, but the tales body part’ Foreskin Awareness Project. stick. We have to recognize the “When you consider that infant severe and detrimental impacts Glen Callender, female circumcision was banned not only of making a decision Canadian Foreskin in Canada in 1997 and is now for an individual who cannot Awareness Project considered a criminal offence, consent, but that this is a form why is the genital mutilation of of assault, and we need the govan infant male any different?” ernment to say ‘No more.’” Kira Antinuk, a local mother and nursing stuPollock, however, says when it comes to the dent who organized the rally, says that the impe- difference between male and female circumcitus for the protest came when her organization, sion, “You can’t even compare them. One is an Victoria Circumcision Resources, heard about Dr. illegal mutilation of women with no medical or Neil Pollock, a Vancouver-based physician who is disease-prevention benefits, the other is a legal known for being outspoken on the issue of cir- procedure with multiple medical and diseasecumcision, bringing his practice prevention benefits.” to the Island. Wading through the facts on “We were really concerned both sides of the argument can to hear that Dr. Pollock . . . was be a tedious affair, with statisplanning on opening up a gentics ranging from circumcision ital-cutting clinic in Victoria,” impacting the function, pleasure says Antinuk. “This is not and nerve system of the penis, to acceptable on the Island, and it the procedure preventing penile shouldn’t be acceptable in B.C. cancers and reducing the transat all. I don’t think a lot of peomission of HIV in some instances. ple are aware of this yet.” Callender emphasizes that Pollock says he has perthe rally is not an effort to preformed over 35,000 circumcivent circumcision on the whole sions — 10 to 15 a month in the — it’s a plea to halt the proceVictoria clinic — and has taught dures on infants, and get everyhis “virtually painless, 30-secone thinking about the rights ond technique” to doctors all of those who don’t yet have a over the world. voice. ‘Circumcision “Circumcision saves lives, and “Either you have had a cirsaves lives, and if you don’t tell people that, they cumcision, or you know someif you don’t tell don’t know,” says Pollock. “My one who has, and this literally position is the same as that of impacts everyone — it’s somepeople that, they the Canadian Pediatric Society, thing we need to start talking don’t know’ which recognizes the multiple about,” says Callender. “I feel medical and disease preventlike I won the luckiest lottery Dr. Neil Pollock, ing benefits of circumcision because I was born in the ’70s in Pollock Clinics and states that parents should Port Alberni and I still have my be given unbiased information foreskin. It’s my favourite body about the benefits and risks, so part. I actually have a T-shirt they can make an informed decision.” that says ‘I love my foreskin.’” M B.C. was the first province to pull Medicare For more information on the rally or resources, funding from circumcision back in 1984, with all other provinces following suit after research visit Dr. Pollock’s circumshowed it was no longer a necessary medical pro- cision website is

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hey say laughter is the best medicine, but in today’s ever-faster, ever-changing world, sometimes laughing is the last thing you want to do. However, there’s a growing trend across the globe — and in Victoria — that tackles this lack of mirth head on, with seriously healthy results.

The art of laughter yoga was developed in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician practicing medicine in India. Intrigued by the claimed health benefits of laughter, he started a laughter club in a Mumbai park with five people telling jokes. “There is so much JESSICA SKELTON seriousness in this world,” he explains in one of his many YouTube video posts. “Now is the time we should take laughter seriously.” However, Kataria reveals in another post that members wanted to quit because they ran out of good, positive jokes. So, the doctor decided to get them laughing for no reason at all — even if that meant faking it at first. He got the idea from reading that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter, and that the benefits are identical. Kataria, who practices yoga with his wife, also decided to combine the laughter with yogic breathing for even more health and stress relief. Fast forward to 2012 and there are now over 6,000 laughter clubs in 60 different countries. This includes one run by Matti Antilla in Victoria. Antilla, a certified laughter yoga leader since 2008, follows the same laughing method developed by Kataria. Each session starts with a warm-up, which can include stretching, chanting and body movement to help break down inhibitions and develop feelings of childlike playfulness. Then yogic breathing — deep diaphragmatic breaths — is followed by group eye contact and


Students don’t appear to be taking the Victoria Laughter Yoga Club seriously during a class in James Bay.

laughter exercises. With names like “the milkshake laugh” and “the lion laugh,” it comes as no surprise that these exercises are quite childlike. Indeed, Kataria says that laughter yoga aims to cultivate one’s childlike playfulness because “children are the best laughers, and they laugh without jokes.” Still, even if members of laughing clubs don’t find the games amusing, they’re asked to “fake it ’til [they] make it,” says Antilla. Certified laughter yoga leader Kate Roxborough does things a little differently. While she often uses Kataria’s concept of laughter for no reason, Roxborough also draws on her background in theatre to evoke laughter. Laughter is not about rules, she says, it’s about being in the moment. While laughter yoga — by Kataria’s definition — is nonprofit, Roxborough also hopes one day to incorporate it into theatre and self-esteem workshops. Whether a class is free or not, however, Roxborough believes that the instructor matters to the success of any class. A person can laugh alone, but the energy is better in a group, she explains; and the leader needs to bring positive energy to help their students laugh. Nonetheless, no matter how good a teacher is, laughter yoga doesn’t work for everyone. Like hypnosis, this practice only works on the willing, Antilla says. Kataria claims on his website that laughter results in good mood, a higher quality of life and relationships, and better ability to cope during challenging times. He also

says that yogic breathing is like an aerobic exercise, which re oxygen to the body and brain to make one feel brings more lthy and energetic, and strengthens the immune more healthy system. For thee most part, these claimed health benefits are backed byy medical research. For example, Lee Burke at da University has found laughing decreases stress Loma-Linda hormones,, improves the immune system and boosts endorh University off Maryland’s l d phins. In 2005, a team at the School of Medicine found that laughter is linked to healthy function of blood vessels. While mental stress is known to cause inflammation of the blood vessels — which can lead to fat and cholesterol build-up — laughter appears to cause the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels to dilate. “The ability to laugh — either naturally or as learned behaviour — may have important implications in societies … where heart disease remains the number one killer,” says Michael Miller, M.D., a member of the study. “We know that exercising, not smoking and eating foods low in saturated fat will reduce the risk of heart disease. Perhaps regular, hearty laughter should be added to the list.” Neuroscientist Robert Provine also observed in his book Laughter: A Scientific Investigation that, “Laughter is not primarily about humor, but about social relationships.” Provine says that laughter establishes — or restores — a

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here’s lots of leg room on the spring resolution bandwagon these days. Yes, most of us have, indeed, fallen off. That’s because self-denial blows. Yet even while spitting gravel from our tumble, we berate ourselves: “I didn’t try hard enough.” Interesting logic — do more of what didn’t work. We live in a society of disconnection. I see folks at parties texting friends instead of enjoying themselves in the present. We live far away from our roots, rarely checking in with family, only to feel deep regret with the inevitable arrival of a parent’s death. We eat packaged food, virtual representations of the real thing, and wonder why we are fat and feel sluggish. You get the point. In an attempt to get more done and feel better about ourselves, we’ve forgotten how to listen to our authentic voice. So when we finally decide to get healthy, we do what others tell us to do: quit smoking, do this new diet, follow that fitness program. In the words of Mark Twain, “Be careful about reading health books. You might die of a misprint.” To all those climbing out of the ditch of low opac-


ity will power, I present this mind bender: eat what you want! Suck on as many cigarettes as you like! Revel in self-indulgence! But do so mindfully. Pay attention to the quickening sense of anticipation in your body as you light up. Witness your inhale, the pause at the top of your breath, and the release, the offering back of your exhale. Take each drag with deep attention, experiencing the sensations and emotions within. I dare you. I double dare you to keep smoking this way. Yoga is a practice of connection and union. The practice isn’t just poses on a mat. When you recognize the connection between your anger toward your husband and your feelings of unworthiness, you are practicing yoga. When you make the connection between your mother’s phone calls and the ice cream binges, you are practicing yoga. Each time you receive a breath with complete mindfulness, this is yoga. Charles Eisenstein in The Yoga of Eating says it perfectly, “…the appropriate use of will power is to remember ourselves, to bring the light of awareness into situations where we feel out of touch with ourselves.” So I say to you, oh nicotine yogi, everything, even that so called bad habit, is a window into your authentic self. M

HA HA HA: The healing art of laughter Continued from Page 9 positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between two people. In fact, he claims that the much vaunted health benefits of laughter are probably simply a result from the social support it stimulates. Excessive laughter, however, is a recognized medical symptom of neurological conditions such as manic-depressive disorder. According to W.F. Fry’s book Sweet Madness: A Study of Humor, some also believe that fits of laughter represent a form of epilepsy. Antilla agrees to a point. “Like anything else, you don’t want to overdo it,” he says, “[but laughter] is a normal human function.” As with all forms of exercise, laughter yoga participants must go in aware, and those with conditions like epilepsy should consult their doctor first. He adds, however, the reason laughter clubs are led by certified instructors is safety. Leaders are there to help ground participants so they can stop laughing and go about their day “normally.” Still, the biggest concern of laughter yoga instruc-

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Ex-social workers bring yoga to trauma survivors OUTREACH PROGRAM ALLOWS COMMUNITY TO HELP OTHERS IN NEED By Tina Griffith

new kind of yoga is in town and it’s good karma, downward dog and community giving all rolled into one. Lola Storry and her business partner, Rachel Sadava, have recently opened a new yoga studio where a portion of the proceeds from regular classes goes toward offering affordable yoga to people who face barriers. But it’s not only about affordability — the Fernwood Yoga Den also has a unique line-up of classes that include trauma-sensitive yoga and pre-natal yoga classes for low-income or single moms, and an outreach program that offers yoga offsite for people who have addictions or mental health issues and are living in supported housing. “When it comes to philanthropy, I really believe people want to help and be able to give, but a lot of times they just don’t know where to start,” says Storry. “I think by coming to do yoga and taking care of themselves, which is super important, they are also taking care of someone else in the community — that’s just really special to us.” Long-time yogis and university friends, Sadava and Storry came up with the idea after they reconnected last spring at a course for teaching yoga to trauma survivors. At the time, both were working as social workers — Storry with Bridges for Women as an employment mentor for trauma survivors, and Sadava at Pacifica Housing as an advocate and landlord liaison with multibarriered and homeless people. They started talking about what a great idea it would be to offer something like this in Victoria. Their idea grew, and before they knew it they had a business plan and were opening a studio. “We’re just so excited to have the studio,” says Storry. “We’re both dedicated yogis, so having the opportunity to blend both those aspects of our lives, it just feels like heaven — getting to come in and teach, but also make a difference in the community.”



Rachel Sadava (left), and Lola Storry went from social work to yoga instructors, but the two careers are now blending together.

At age 34, Storry admits that her first leap to entrepreneurship has also been a little nerve-wracking. She has had her moments of worrying about the business clicking with the neighbourhood, and about the fact that there are already so many successful yoga studios in town. “It was important to us that we not be replicating someone else’s already excellent job, but to create our own little niche. We’re hoping for integrated community programming — there’s not really anything like this in Victoria as far as we know.” The Fernwood community has been very encouraging and supportive so far, and it has been an exciting opportunity to connect with other women in the business commu-


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DARK, FUNNY AND DANGEROUS: AMADEUS TV’s Stephen Andrew steps from in front of a news camera to direct Peter Shaffer’s multiple award-winning Amadeus. Raising funds for Kaleidoscope Theatre’s youth program, a cast of 35 tells of the alleged rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Viennese court composers, Salieri wrestles with God as he recoils from the obscene, but brilliant, Mozart. Andrew describes the play as “darker, funnier and more dangerous” than the film. Period costumes and the music of Mozart will fill the stage. Cast includes Roderick Glanville as Salieri, Pat Rundell as Mozart and Candace Woodland as Constanze. Friday and Saturday April 13 and 14 at The McPherson Playhouse By Brent Schaus (1411 Quadra Street). Show at 7 p.m. $65. M



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or the past decade, David P. Smith has qui- another; it makes for an interesting show.” etly gone about establishing himself as one Indeed, while the songwriters share a seemingof Victoria’s most captivating and original ly preternatural skill for the craft, their respective songwriters. His songs, vividly surreal approaches to it couldn’t be more varied. Uno’s spaces in which the opposing notions of hu- strange breed of songs, which create a richly commour and despair manage to mingle, plex world comprised of zombies, are as confounding as they are beaurobots and resurrected serial killers, tiful; they challenge us to weep while stand in stark contrast to Ben Sures’ DEATH BALLAD we laugh and vice versa. comparatively conventional, though LOVE TELLERS For the first time in three years equally idiosyncratic songs which TOUR Smith is taking his ever-growing catahave earned him a spot on CBC’s The Sat. April 14 logue of songs to the road as part of a Irrelevant Show. Discovery Coffee tour, aptly called The Death Ballad Love The shows on this tour will James Bay Tellers Tour, which sees him flanked be done “in the round,” meaning (281 Menzies) by two equally gifted songwriters Ben Smith, Uno and Sures sing just one Doors at 7:30 pm, Sures and Bubba Uno. song at a time before passing the mic Show at 8 pm. $10 Just as Smith’s songs merge vastly to the next. Smith has been playing different emotions into a polished an assortment of material, both new alloy of song, The Death Ballad Love and old, responding to both the feel Tellers Tour brings together three radically differ- of the crowd and the songs Uno and Sures choose to ent approaches to songwriting: not surprisingly, the play on any given night. results have been compelling. Victorians are fortunate to be able to catch the “The shows have been really entertaining so far,” tail end of the tour this Saturday night at Discovery Smith explains. “It’s billed as a songwriters tour, so Coffee in James Bay. Already, the songwriters have a lot of people get the mistaken impression that it been learning one another’s material well enough to will be a bunch of guys with acoustic guitars trying back each other up, and there’s even been some talk to sound like Neil Young: it’s not like that at all. Each about collaborating on an album in the near future. of us is very different from a lot of stuff people are Be sure to stop by Discovery on Saturday night to get used to hearing, and yet we are all different from one a taste of what this record might sound like. M





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PASSION AND RESURRECTION ox Humana presents the B.C. premiere of Passion and Resurrection by British composer Ivan Moody — a profound and inspirational work for choir, soloist, string quintet and bells. Sung in English, Greek and Slavonic Latin, the text is taken from the Gospels and Orthodox Holy Week services. April 13 at 7:30 pm (pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm) at St. Andrew’s Cathedral (704 View), and April 15 at 3 pm (pre-concert talk at 2 pm) at St. John the Divine Church (1611 Quadra). Tickets $15/$10 (+65), 25 and under FREE. M




Bring back that old Harpo’s magic GRAPES OF WRATH CONCERT TO BENEFIT AUTISM SOCIETY By Mary Ellen Green

ight-year-old Nathaniel Pollard is the strong silent type. He was diagnosed with autism on his second birthday and although he hasn’t developed the ability to speak, it’s more than evident that he has an awareness of the people around him and what they are saying. You can see it in his captivating blue eyes as he communicates with his father, concert promoter MARCUS POLLARD Marcus Pollard, mostly through body language Nathaniel Pollard by the main stage at Rifflandia. and simple hand gestures over sweet potato chips and a beverage at a local Starbucks on their way home from school. concert, Vancouver Island’s largest annual comNathaniel is a Grade 3 student at Frank Hobbs munity autism event — the Autism Walk — takes Elementary. He loves music, especially live, which proves place at UVic. For more information and to pledge the old adage the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. funds, please go to His father Marcus booked some of the top The Grapes of Wrath were recently signed musical acts of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s at some by Aporia Records and this will be the last show of Victoria’s top venues; Sarah McLachlan, Pearl before they head into the studio to record their Jam, John Lee Hooker, Green Day, The Neville first album in 20 years. Brothers, No Doubt, Alice in Chains, Crash Test “Weekly people talk to me about Harpo’s and I Dummies, Buddy Guy and the Grapes of Wrath haven’t worked there since ’95,” says Pollard. “They are among the bands who graced the stage at say they wish it was back, but what they really mean Harpo’s (now Upstairs Cabaret) and other bars he is they wish they could be young again.” worked at around town. In that vein, doors are at 8 p.m.. It’s an early show. M “I was pretty relentless asking people to play,” says Pollard. “My phone bills were huge because that was before the days of email and Internet. The special thing about Harpo’s was that you could see a bar band one day and a top-ranked punk rock or top-ranked blues musician, or multi-instrumentalist. It went from noise hardcore to folk and everywhere in CINECENTA • 3800 FINNERTY ROAD, UVIC between.” TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR Now Pollard is bringing back some of that old magic with a concert series featuring bands from that era on the old Harpo’s stage, with proceeds going to non-profits around town. DVD presales First up is The Grapes available now of Wrath benefit concert, Sun., April 15 for Get 10% off all the Victoria Society for 65_RedRoses stuff Children with Autism, a cause close to Pollard’s Enter COUPON CODE heart. MM412 with your “The VSCA supplies info and respite funds online order for people with autistic children and that’s really important because it can be pretty intense. It’s 24-hours-a-day, so if we get the chance to go out and see a movie it’s pretty big,” says Pollard. “I’ve always wanted to do something like this and I thought it would be a great way to keep the Harpo’s heritage important, get some of that old crowd together and put some WATCH THE FILM. JOIN THE MOVEMENT. money in the hands of good people.” The morning of the



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WED. APRIL 18 POET VS. POET – The Malahat Review presents Spoken Word Takes on the Printed Page. Yvonne Blomer moderates a debate about spoken and written word poetry. Local poets Kyeren Regehr and Jeremy Loveday take on Missie Peters and Iain Higgins. 7pm at The Well (821 Fort). $7.50/5.


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acific Opera Victoria is treating audi- pany that takes risks. ences to an epic tale of duelling divas in “I’ve never worked at POV but I’ve wanted to Maria Stuarda, a rarely produced opera for a long time. It’s one of the only companies in in the bel canto style making its Cana- Canada that makes new productions and that’s dian West Coast premiere at the Royal very exciting for a director. It’s very gratifying,” Theatre April 12. says Lamont, who lives in Belgium. “I’m very Gaetano Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda is an Italian happy to be here.” twist on old English history, pitting Mary Stuart, That’s a feeling echoed by Dahl as well. former queen of Scotland and France and true “Timothy Vernon is such a delightful man and I’ve heir to the British throne, against her formidable always been intrigued by this opera company and cousin Elizabeth. Stir in a love triangle and a fight their success. They’re able to do things that are so to the death and you have both off the beaten track and people dramatic and vocal fireworks. still come. They’ve really built MARIA STUARDA Directed by Maria Lamont in up something unique here, and Pacific Opera Victoria her POV debut, Maria Stuarda is the community is quite unique April 12, 14, 18, 20 at sure to impress with its bel canto to support such a wide spec8 p.m., matinee April 22 lines, something Victoria audienctrum of opera experience,” at 2:30 p.m. at the Royal es haven’t often had the pleasure says Dahl. Theatre. to hear. Dahl was in talks with Italian with English “Bel canto means beautiful Vernon for quite some time, surtitles. singing,” says Lamont. “You can’t trying to find the perfect role Tickets at do this opera if you don’t have for her highly-coveted colorafantastic singers. And we do in tura soprano voice. this case. It makes a huge differ“I said yes knowing that ence and carries the drama so Beverly Sills had done it and well. Fans of singing will be quite happy with this Joan Sutherland had done it, so it was going to be production ... It’s like the Olympics of singing.” fine. And then I got the score and realized that it’s Luckily, POV is on the ball in the planning so low, the range is so extreme. But with the tradepartment and booked two of Canada’s leading dition of bel canto opera being given ornaments, sopranos almost two years ago; Tracy Dahl as you can go high or low or do what you want.” Maria (in her first appearance with the company), “You can almost throw traditions out the winand Sally Dibblee (POV’s Madama Butterfly) as dow,” says Dibblee. “It’s almost anything goes. Elisabetta. There’s the notes on the page and then there’s the “I’ve been very impressed by the preparations. notes you make up.” I’ve had the contract for two years,” says Lamont. And although parts of the story of Donizetti’s “Good singers book very far in advance and on the Maria Stuarda are made up, the characters are technical side, you need almost a year’s notice to very real. cost things, make your budget, and prepare the “The wonderful part of putting a role on the work and do the work. In terms of dealing with stage is knowing someone lived this life, that there the preparation, I’ve been very impressed by POV is a long history involved,” says Dibblee. “And in and the quality and professionalism in the shop. this case it works, a love story always helps propel All the departments are well organized and there an opera along. The two never met.” are serious professionals in charge. It’s not the But the two queens do meet in Donizetti’s verbiggest company I’ve worked for in my life, but sion and, when they do, fireworks begin to flare. certainly one of the most organized.” “It’s well documented that they each had exploLamont says she was drawn to work with POV sive energy within them,” says Dibblee. “And it and conductor Timothy Vernon because it’s a com- makes for a very exciting scene.” M







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t is possible to tell a lot about The Raid: Redemption just from the end credits, which scroll on for minutes with “Machete Gang #11,” “Junkie Man #2,” “AK-47 Attacker #6” etc. (there are, of course, a few characters with actual names). But the kicker comes towards the end of the credit crawl when a half-dozen doctors and three massage therapists are also listed. In short, this is a seriously brutal fight film where the “body count” on the set mimicked the body count in the movie itself. Acclaimed as one of the best such flicks in recent years, Indonesia’s Raid is a hyper-violent slaughterfest that combines gun battles with bone-crunching handto-hand combat and incredibly vicious knife work. In short, fun for the whole (Manson) family! The movie’s protagonist is Rama, a rookie on a SWAT team whose 18 members are conducting a raid on one of the city’s most notorious gangsters. Secure in a fortress-like tenement populated with loyal thugs, the boss baddie thinks he is immune from police intervention. As it turns out, he should feel smug: snipers, machine-gunners and a swarm of machete-wielding goons kill most of the cops in the first five minutes. But brave Rama is crazygood when it comes to a fight, and this certified hero proceeds to take out the trash with a vigour that had a preview audience hooting and gasping at all the inventive ways a human body could be pummeled, pounded, perforated and otherwise broken beyond repair. As you’d expect with a genre that has much in common with pornography, the dialogue sounds like a first draft and the wisp of a plot relies on absurd coincidences. But you rarely have time to ponder these shortcomings, as there is always some 10-against-one battle royale or a one-onone duel with fists and feet of fury. If you admire

e segue from chop socky to sublime sushi with Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a marvelous documentary profiling 85-year-old Jiro Ono, Japan’s most revered master of raw-fish-as-art. Abandoned as a young child, Jiro had no choice but to look after himself. In doing so, he developed an intimidating level of self-discipline. For seven decades he has dedicated his life to making sushi, and a combination of fierce commitment and rare talent has earned him a three-star Michelin rating (meaning that a Jiro meal is all the justification you need to fly to Japan). It gets better. His restaurant serves only sushi, has a scant 10 seats, and it costs a minimum of 30,000 yen (close to $400) for a meal of 20 pieces of sushi that might be gobbled up in less than half an hour. And that’s if you can get a reservation. Jiro looks like a wizened kung fu sensei and proves to be a fascinating character as little bits of personal history and a quirky sense of humour emerge from beneath his ascetic façade. The details of how he runs his restaurant, what it means to be a sushi apprentice, and the relationship with his two sons — both chefs — are all compelling. A Japanese food writer adds useful perspective, while a visit to the fish market, especially the tuna auction, makes for a wonderfully weird cultural experience. Whether you’re a hardcore foodie or just want to be immersed in the life of this intense and incredible man, Sushi is a must-see. M

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OPENING THE CABIN IN THE WOODS -(Capitol/SilverCity) Noted screenwriter Joss Weedon (Toy Story) went over to the dark side for an over-the-top horror flick about five kids who go to party at a remote cabin and get way more than they bargained for. Starts Fri. THE THREE STOOGES -(Capitol/ Uni 4/SilverCity/Westshore) The Farrelly Brothers helm this spirited tribute to the original icons of lowbrow physical comedy. Starts Fri. LOCKOUT -(Westshore) Guy Pearce (who should have known better) stars in a sci-fi thriller about a guy who has to rescue the American President's daughter from an outer space prison that has been taken over by inmates. The clichés start Fri.



CONTINUING ★★ AMERICAN REUNION -(Odeon/SilverCity/Westshore/Uni 4) The original American Pie was a raunchy but sweet-natured comedy classic. The sequel is like week-old pastry: crude, crumbly and tasteless. ★★ DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX(SilverCity/Caprice) This is an over-stuffed, garishly coloured eco-parable that is preachy and only fitfully engaging. Featuring the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift. GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE -(Caprice) Nicholas Cage once again reprises his role as an avenger from beyond the grave in a third-tier Marvel Comic adaptation that has staggered from bad to worse. ★★½ THE HUNGER GAMES -(Capitol/SilverCity/Uni 4/Westshore) With Twilight fading fast, the latest teen sensation is undoubtedly this fantasy account of a future world where every year 24 young people are selected to fight to the death on live TV. Everyone else seems to love this movie, but other than for the great lead performance by Jennifer Lawrence I found this derivative and a bit on the cheesy side. ★★★ THE IRON LADY -(Caprice) Meryl Streep finally got a date with Oscar for her amazing turn as Margaret Thatcher in a biopic of England's first female prime minister that explores her polarizing politics and the price she paid for power. Smoothly directed, although a bit of a standard "greatest hits" kind of biography. ★★★½ JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI -(Odeon) Sushi fans should swoon thanks to this delightful portrait of Japan's 85-year-old master of sushi, the Yoda of raw fish. See review.

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JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND -(Caprice) There's lots of action and adventure in this fantasy tale of a rescue mission to a mysterious island that is home to lots of strange — and dangerous — critters. With Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine. ★★½ MIRROR MIRROR -(Odeon/ SilverCity/Westshore/Uni 4) Here's an over-the-top but still entertaining retelling of the Snow White fairy tale starring Julia Roberts, Nathan Lane, and Armie Hammer. Directed by noted visual stylist Tarsem Singh (The Cell). ★★★½ THE RAID: REDEMPTION -(Odeon) Fight fans won't believe the brutal perfection achieved by the Indonesian martial artists performing in this blood-soaked tale about a SWAT team that gets into trouble raiding a tenement building ruled by a ruthless mobster with an army of thugs. See review. ★★★ SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN -(Odeon) Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) directs Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt in a whimsical tale, part satire and part romantic comedy — about a fisheries expert who becomes a consultant to a sheik who wants to bring the sport of fly fishing to the desert. ★★★½ THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY -(Caprice) This Japaneseinfluenced animated tale features a family of four-inch-tall people who live secretly amongst normal humans — until their daughter gets discovered. Although aimed at younger kids, this is a delight for all fans of great animation. ★★★½ TITANIC -(Capitol/ SilverCity/Westshore) James Cameron celebrates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the supposedly unsinkable Titanic by re-releasing his epic version of the story, the second-highest grossing film of all time. ★★★ 21 JUMP STREET -(Capitol/ SilverCity/Westshore) The TV show about undercover cops in high school jumps to the silver screen, getting a spoofy and raunchy makeover in the process. As guilty pleasures go, this one is pretty darned funny. Starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. ★★ WANDERLUST -(Caprice) Two impoverished yuppies explore the world of a hippie commune in a hitand-miss comedy starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston. ★½ WRATH OF THE TITANS -(Odeon/SilverCity/Westshore) Wrath of the classics scholars will be more like it, as Hollywood delivers a particularly cheesy tale about how half-mortal Perseus braves the underworld to rescue his father (a.k.a. Zeus) as Ares and Hades unleash the brutal Titans upon the world. This fantasy epic stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, and Rosamund Pike.

LE BONHEUR DES AUTRES -(Wed., April 11: 7:00 only) The director and lead actress will be present for the screening of this ambitious, Denys Arcand-style drama that tackles a dysfunctional family plus larger social themes. ★★★ THE DESCENDANTS -(Thurs., April 12: 7:00, 9:15 & Fri., April 13: 3:00, 7:00 only & Sat., April 14: 3:00, 7:00, 9:15) The newest film from Alexander Payne (About Schmidt, Sideways) stars George Clooney as a wealthy man who has to rebuild relationships with his daughters after his wife has a terrible accident. Although episodic and digressive, this is an affecting drama. ★★★★ HUGO -(Sat., April 14: 1:00 matinee & Sun., April 15: 1:00, 3:25, 7:00 & Mon., April 16: 7:00 only) A beguiling tale of a 1930s Paris orphan who lives in the walls of a train station and gets involved with a legendary filmmaker from the earliest days of cinema. The great cast includes Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Christopher Lee. 65 REDROSES -(Tues., April 17: 7:15, 8:45) Here's a truly affecting documentary exploring the exceptional, all-too-short life of UVic theatre student Eva Markvoort, who conducted a remarkable battle against cystic fibrosis.





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APRIL 12 - 18, 2012

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be self-centred and conll Signs: cerned with yourself. It’s This week, not selfishness. It simply the Sun means it’s time to focus moves into on you. Furthermore, Ta u r u s you have a strong need to bringing a gentle shift express yourself to othof energy. We’ll notice ers and this is valid. It’s nature blossoming one time of year when around us. (Taurus your first duty is loves verdant beauty.) GEORGIA yourself. (Yes, In addition, we’ll have NICOLS you can have a heightened interest seconds on in delicious food and drink. However, because Taurus dessert.). (the sign of banking) hates to be in debt, many will focus on reducing GEMINI MAY 21-JUNE 20 debt with credit cards or lines of Observe your behaviour in the credit. These sayings will spring to next month to identify self-defeatmind: “A man in debt is caught in a ing acts. We all send out two signals net,” or “Out of debt, out of danger.” to the world: one is what we conWill this help? Hard to say. Thomas sciously say and do and the other Jefferson said, “Never spend money one is what unconsciously propels before you have it,” but he died us. Although we might not be aware deeply in debt. Let’s face it, nowa- of it, others see both. (Yikes!) But days everyone’s motto is Veni Vidi in the month ahead, your unconVisa. “I came, I saw, I went shop- scious self can really grab you by ping.” Oy vey. the throat. Childhood behaviour

ARIES MARCH 21-APRIL 19 In the month ahead, you’ll be focused on money, earnings and cash flow. You’ll think about how to boost your earnings, get a better job or make money on the side. Plus, you might make a major purchase. (Heavy focus on money!) You’ll also be concerned with possessions and the things you own. Specifically, you’ll want to feel that what you own helps you in your life, not hinders you. (In other words, do you own your stuff or does it own you?) Naturally, if you do buy something, you’ll want to show it off! And at the most subtle level, the month ahead will prompt you to think more deeply about your value system: What really matters in life? Hmmm.

TAURUS APRIL 20-MAY 20 This week the Sun returns to your sign for the first time in a year, which means it’s all about you and it’s your chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. Take note: While this is a good thing, it can make you a tad overbearing when dealing with others. Nevertheless, it’s totally appropriate in the month ahead to

patterns that are no longer appropriate might manifest in an embarrassing way. Grab this chance to identify them and let them go! (“Be gone!”) Because your personal year is ending, the next four-tosix weeks is a good time to look back and see how well you’re doing at the art of living.

CANCER JUNE 21-JULY 22 Many of you love to garden, which is why the pastoral influence of the Taurus Sun excites you. This excitement translates into energy in your personality, which is why you’re going to be much more popular during the next six weeks. Not only will you enjoy involvement with groups and friends, others will love to see you as well. Get out and schmooze! Team efforts will be productive. (In fact, it’s a good time to form working relationships.) Speak freely about your hopes and dreams for the future because others might be able to help you (almost a certainty). Plus you’re excited about your ideals.

LEO JULY 23-AUG 22 The Sun is now slowly moving

across the top of your chart acting like a spotlight and drawing attention to you, especially from bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs. And this lighting is flattering! Everyone think you’re hot! Naturally, you can use this to your advantage. Go after what you want. Make your pitch. Demand the advantage. You’ll be surprised how easily doors will open for you. This is also the perfect time to think about your life direction in general. Where are you headed? Where do you want to go? Meanwhile, back at the ranch, many of you are involved with parents more than usual. (My parents turned out pretty well.)

VIRGO AUG 23-SEPT 22 Mars in your sign is moving forward again, so you’re charged up and raring to go! In part, this is why you’re so keen to grab more of life in the next six weeks. You want to travel, see new places, meet new faces and learn new facts. You want adventure, fresh knowledge and the feeling that life is stimulating! You’re Gene Kelly strutting across the stage singing “Got-ta dance!” This is a fabulous time to take a course or enroll in any kind of study or take up a new hobby. By all means, travel anywhere if you can! You’ll love discussions that are metaphysical, philosophical, spiritual, religious and political because you’re drawn to big ideas.

LIBRA SEPT 23-OCT 22 Your love of restaurants, social fun, chic clothes and a beautiful home is tough on your pocketbook. (“Laugh now, pay later” can land you in debt.) Because you’ve enjoyed recent travels and splurges, now your financial reality is coming home to roost. This is why you’ll be focused on debt, taxes, inheritances, insurance matters and shared property in the next month. You want to reduce your debt so you can have more fun in the future! Along with this desire, you want to improve your life at many levels. You’ll be making lists of daily habits you wish you


could cultivate to become a better person or live a richer life. Nothing wrong with that. Focus on what you want to achieve.

SCORPIO OCT 23-NOV 21 The Sun is your source of energy and this is the only time all year when the Sun is opposite your sign. This means you need to get more rest. Factoid. Do yourself a favour and acknowledge this. Furthermore, the Sun opposite your sign makes you focus keenly on partnerships and close friendships. Good! Clean up messy situations and examine your relationships with others. Do these relationships benefit you? After all, it’s a two-way street. You must be as good for your partner as he or she is for you for both parties to be happy, right? This is also the best month of the year to consult experts — lawyers, counselors, accountants and astrologers. Do it.

SAGITTARIUS NOV 22-DEC 21 You’re making To Do lists because you’re so keen to get better organized. You want your life to run efficiently and effectively. You want to finish tasks you’ve already begun. You want to establish a better sense of order. In part, this is because you’re also keen to improve your health and you know that cluttered surroundings contribute to a cluttered mind, and your mind is everything. Vigorous, daily outdoor exercise is probably on your list along with getting rid of whatever you don’t need. You love to lighten your load because it means greater freedom in the future, which of course means freedom to travel. Yes!

CAPRICORN DEC 22-JAN 19 Oh joy! You’re entering one of the most fun-filled months of the year! In fact, all this fun stuff will continue for six-to-eight weeks, depending on whether you’re an early or late Capricorn. Because it’s your turn to party, you’re motivated to get out and have a good time. You also want the freedom to be able to express who you are. (Good.) Everything

around you feels lighter, prankish and social. Your involvement in sports, the Arts and children will be increasingly rewarding. Your passion to have a good time encourages love affairs and romance to flourish. Needless to say, this is the perfect time of year to take a vacation! (Ya think?) Enjoy these good times.

AQUARIUS JAN 20-FEB 18 This month your attention swings to home, family and domestic matters. Some will cocoon at home to relax or tackle special projects. Others will be involved with family members, especially a parent. Because you’re doing lots of personal self-evaluation and evaluating your surroundings, you’ll think a lot about your personal lifestyle. This focus will manifest externally (as you check out where you live and your relations with family members) and internally (as you acquire a deeper, psychological selfawareness). “So Crates” (as he was called in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) espoused “Know thyself.” And Lao Tzu said, “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” I always say, “Who is picking up this tab?”

PISCES FEB 19-MARCH 20 Strap on your sneakers because you hit the pavement running this month! You’re busy. You’ve got places to go, things to do, people to see. You’ll love the pace because you feel excited and “up” about life. Furthermore, you’re stimulated by talking to everyone, running around doing errands and taking short trips. As the tempo of your life accelerates, you’ll be increasingly aware of the need for clear communications with others. In fact, the next six weeks are the perfect time to tell others exactly what you think. Don’t leave them in the dark. Spell it out for them. Many of you will read, write and study more as well. Life takes on a thrilling quality because you are so stoked about being alive!


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EVENTS CALENDAR ✓ EVENTS THURS. APRIL 12 SUNSCREEN STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL - Get a sneak peak at future hit filmmakers and see what the stars have been making on campus this year at the eighth-annual UVic Sunscreen Student Film Festival, presented by the Department of Writing and Faculty of Fine Arts. 7pm at UVic's David Lam Auditorium (MacLaurin Building, room A144). Free. 250-721-7305. achievements.

MARKETS VICTORIA FLEA MARKET - Offering a huge assortment of interesting things. SUNDAYS 9am-2pm at the DaVinci Centre. $2/free after 1pm. 250-381-5033. WEEKLY WINTER MARKET Featuring vendors with handcrafted funky accessories and hair accent pieces, one-of-a-kind festival style apparel, vintage clothing, storytelling, live entertainment, a kids zone and more. SUNDAYS noon-5pm at The Well (821 Fort). Free.

SAT. APRIL 14 BREATHE NOW CONFERENCE Join the conference for women by women in a weekend affair featuring keynote speakers Rona Maynard, past editor-in-chief of Chatelaine, musician and breast cancer survivor Bif Naked along with other great women. 8am9pm and SUNDAY 8:30am-12:30pm. $225/weekend. angela@breathenow. ca, PRINTMAKING WORKSHOPS Join the Ground Zero Printmakers Society to learn how you can craft your own individualized prints. All materials provided. 10am-5pm, and SUNDAY at Studio 401 (549 1/2 Fisgard). $240/weekend. 250-383-3689, 250-382-2186.

WEST COAST SWING CLASSES - First class free. Partner dance to blues, country, R&B and top 40s. No partner or experience required. Dropin SUNDAYS 5:15pm at Sacred Centre Dance (1011 Meares). 250-382-4500. CONTEMPORARY DANCE MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 6pm at the The Victoria School of Contemporary Dance (649 Gorge East). $15/$8. 250-383-7183. CUBAN SALSA - Classes with Salsa Moderna. Beginner and intermediate MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 7:30pm at Café Casablanca (2523 Bridge). 250-891-2310, SALSA - TUESDAYS Beginner's lesson 7pm & intermediate lesson 8:15pm at Studio 4 Athletics (715 Yates). $15.


SIt’s market time! VICTORIA DOWNTOWN PUBLIC MARKET - Visit Victoria's one-stop shop for all of your local grocery and farmers market needs. WEDNESDAYS noon-5pm until October at Market Square (Inner Courtyard). Free.


DUPLICATE BRIDGE SPRING SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT - Be part of the fun, or just go to watch for the weekend. 1pm start (SATURDAY noon start, SUNDAY 9:30am start), at Pearkes Rec Centre Field House (3100 Tillicum). $10 per session. egibson@

SAT. APRIL 14 DISCOVERING OUR NATIVE BEES - Join the CRD team and learn about bees. Participants will make a Mason Bee condo. 18+. 11am-3pm at Francis/ King Regional Park (nature center off Munn Road). Pre-register before April 13. $17 + HST., 250-478-3344.


SLearn printmaking TITANIC: FACTS, FALSEHOODS, FANTASIES - As the century day of the ultra-famous ship and its iceberg nemesis draws near, join Titanic historian Arne Sahlen to see how this story floats again with great relevance to our lives today. 7:30pm at Knox Presbyterian Church (2964 Richmond). By donation to the BC-based Cambodia Support Group. titanic100@, 778-425-4271. HOME RENOVATION AND DESIGN BENEFIT TOUR - Young Life Victoria presents the 22nd-annual tour which showcases 10 homes with a variety of projects to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets. Proceeds benefit the international, Christian-based youth organization. 11-4pm self-guided tours SATURDAY and SUNDAY. $25. 250-634-3223, 250-883-0565. younglife. ca/victoriahometour.

SUN. APRIL 15 ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR - Visit the 51st event of the annual Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair, and see junior scientists from Grades 4 through 12 converge to show off more than 150 projects of fascinating discoveries and scientific surprises. 1-5:30pm (MONDAY 10am-12:30pm) at UVic Elliott Lecture Wing (both floors, some classrooms). Free. rmmarx@uvic. ca, 250-721-7089. index.html. FAMILY ART SUNDAY - Join the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in a day of hands-on art-making for the whole family, inspired by the region’s art and collectors. 2-4pm at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss). Free with gallery admission. jcook@aggv. ca, 250-384-4171 ex 238.

MON. APRIL 16 COCKTAIL MASTER CLASS - Want to learn how to add flare to your party? This bartending lab will teach you about the history of cocktails, ingredients, how to do dazzling garnishes and more. 19+. 7-9:30pm at Monterey Rec Centre (1442 Monterey). $42. micheline@therestaurantcoach. ca, 250-370-7300.

ONGOING THE VERSATILE GROUP - All artists of any genre are invited to share their ideas, work and successes. FRIDAYS 2-4pm at The Moka House, Shoal Point (16 Dallas). Free. 778-433-0537. BOARD GAMES NIGHT - Scrabble and more. SUNDAYS 5:30pm at the Superior (106 Superior). Free. 250380-9515. SCRABBLE NIGHT - Bring a board game and a friend, or play on the in-house boards and find an opponent there. TUESDAYS 6:30-9pm at James Bay Coffee & Books. Free. 250-3864700.


YOMADA'S SPRINGTIME SQUARE DANCE - Enjoy the music of The Sweet Lowdown, YOMADA's House Stringband, Craig Marcuk (calling), Dan Weisenburger, plus talented guests, complete with meat draw, 50/50, 3-buck Bluebuck and our old-time dance off. All ages, no experience needed, all dances taught on the spot. 7-11:30pm at Kirk Hall (680 Courtney). $10 adv, $15 door. damian@, 250-317-8217.

ONGOING SALSA CALIENTE - Beginner and advanced salsa, THURSDAYS 8pm. Intermediate mambo, MONDAYS 6:30pm. Fundamentals of mambo TUESDAYS 6pm. Latin workout WEDNESDAYS 6:30pm. All at Café Casablanca (2524 Bridge). $10. 250389-0222. SAANICH INTERNATIONAL FOLKDANCERS - No partner or experience needed. Please wear soft-soled shoes. FRIDAYS 7pm at the Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). $5/$4 students. Free for children under 12. 250-384-0592, balkanbarb@ VIC BALLROOM DANCE SOCIETY - Practice. FRIDAYS 7-9:30pm at Les Passmore Centre (286 Hampton). WEDNESDAYS 7:45pm at Cedar Hill Rec Centre (3220 Cedar Hill). Free for first-timers. 250-721-5483, SWING CITY - Take a lesson in Cha Cha with John, then practice the night away. FRIDAYS lesson 8pm, dance 9-11:30pm at Edelweiss Hall (108 Niagara). $10/$8 students. 250-744-3666. VBDS BALLROOM DANCE WORKSHOPS - Pre-Bronze/Bronze Waltz 1pm, $5/$8/$10 per person, per workshop. Intro to Social Foxtrot and Rumba 2pm, $5 per person, per workshop. Singles & couples welcome. SATURDAYS 1pm at the Les Passmore Centre (286 Hampton). 250-721-5483, TANGO VITA - Beginner classes with Hilda-René SATURDAYS 7pm, intermediate 8pm, milonga 9pm at 306-1221 Broad. 250-477-6360. Beginner and intermediate classes with Jorge-Liliana WEDNESDAYS 8pm, milonga 9pm at St. Matthias Hall (600 Richmond). 250-858-1234, ARGENTINE TANGO MILONGA - With Tango Vita. Beg-Int class with Rene & Hilda 8pm SATURDAYS 9:15-midnight at the Barefoot Wellness Studio (1303 Broad). Upstairs corner Yates and Broad. 778-433-4868. WEST COAST SWING DANCE - Dance to nightclub music and blues. SATURDAYS 9pm at Sacred Centre Dance (1011 Meares). $5-$7. ARGENTINE AND NUEVO TANGO - Six weeks; $60 regular/$45 student or $12 drop-in. Classes are inclusive to seniors, singles and LGBT. SUNDAYS beginners 2pm, intermediates 3:15pm at the Martin Batchelor Art Gallery (712 Cormorant). 778-432-0112,


PARK TO PARK - Snag a two-in-one hiking adventure with a CRD guided adult hike for 18+. Follow the Pan Handle Fire Trail to Thetis Lake. 11am3pm at Francis/King Regional Park (nature centre off Munn Road). Free., 250-478-3344. UGH! A SLUG! - Attend a CRD all-ages guided walk. Peek under fallen logs and leaves in search of these giant gastropods that are one of nature’s best recyclers. 1-2:30pm at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Beaver Lake nature centre). Free., 250-478-3344.

ONGOING WEEKLY BIRD WALK WEDNESDAYS and SUNDAYS 9am at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary (3873 Swan Lake). Free., 250479-0211. MOKSHA YOGA - Find out what hot yoga is all about. THURSDAYS 2pm, SATURDAYS 1:30pm & MONDAYS 3:15pm at Moksha Yoga (1088 Fort). $7. 250-385-9642. AXE CAPOEIRA - Learn the Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, sports and music. Kids classes THURSDAYS & TUESDAYS 3:45pm. Adults classes SUNDAYS 11:45am-1:45pm. All at Burnside Gym (3130 Jutland). $65 per month for children/$50 per month for adults. 250-884-7998. KARMA CLASS - The regular Moksha series practiced in one hour. All proceeds go to a different charity each month. See what this "hot yoga thing" is all about. Bring your friends and family." FRIDAYS 8pm at Moksha Yoga (1088 Fort). $7. GHOSTLY WALKS - We’re living in BC's most haunted city. Find out why and where on this 90-minute walk. No registration required. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 7:30pm outside the Visitor Info Centre (Government at Wharf). $11/$13. 250-384-6698. VOLKSSPORT WALKS - Walk your heart out at annual WALKfest, hosted by Garden City Wanderers. SUNDAY register for 5/10 km walks (rated 2B) starting at 10am; stay for potluck lunch and draw prizes at noon. Register for 5/10 km walks (rated 2B) starting at 1:30pm. Meet at the Recreation Centre (4318 Emily Carr Drive). Contact Kaye at 250-721-3065. LAUGHTER YOGA - Exercises which stimulate laughter. Wear loose clothing, bring water if desired and a willingness to have fun and explore your childlike nature. THURSDAYS until May 31, 7:30-8:30pm at James Bay Community Centre (140 Oswego). SATURDAYS 1pm at Metta in Motion (1314A Esquimalt). MONDAYS 10:30am at 3200 Linwood Ave. 250-477-8608, victorialaughteryogaclub@gmail. com. Suggested donation $5-$15. victorialaughteryogaclub.wordpress. com/laughter-schedule/ WALKSMART VICTORIA - MONDAY-FRIDAY. Registration 8:50am. 9am at the Royal Oak McDonalds (4410 West Saanich). 250-479-4087 or walksmartvictoria@

PICKLEBALL SPORT-FIT- This funny but unique program combines sport and fitness in a fun way. $34. MONDAYS, TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS 1:15pm at the Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). 250-412-8500.

SPIRITUAL SUN. APRIL 15 KIRKIN' O' THE TARTAN - The Victoria Joint Scottish Council invites you to wear your tartan and join us for a blessing of the tartan and a celebration of Scottish culture within the church service. Tea and coffee will be served after church. 10-11:30am at St. Aidans United Church (3703 St Aidan's). By donation., 250-652-5773. ENLIGHTENMENT: THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI - Join the free book reading and learn about Patanjali, an Enlightened Master who taught the practice of yoga some 5,000 years ago and passed on so much more than the physical stretches done in a yoga class. 1-2pm at Yoga Shala (1322 Broad). Free. surya.ishaya@, 250-733-0610.

ONGOING ASTROLOGY AND TAROT IN MAGICAL TIME ZONES - Small groups, applied to participants' charts and lives. Mars Retro Turnaround in April: From Nowhere Man to New Man? THURSDAY 3:33-6:06pm and 7:3710:10pm. Voyager Tarot & Astrology MONDAY 6:46-9:19pm. AstroAlchemy of Elements Earth: Matter/Sensing (just in time for Earth Day!), with Agencies Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, and Agents Venus, Mercury and Saturn WEDNESDAY 7:07-9:39pm at 429 Vancouver. $20 first timers. Details and RSVP 250-381-4299. FOLLOW YOUR JOY- Each evening is honoured as a peaceful time for reflection or meditation in order to nurture the self and the whole of our global village. WEDNESDAYS 7pm at the Church of Truth. (111 Superior). Free or by donation. cotvictoria@, 250-380-6383. WAY OF MASTERY - Taking you from sleep to wakefulness, from illusion to reality. Reminding you of who you are. WEDNESDAYS 7pm at 415-200 Dallas. By donation. 250920-0948. LEARN TO MEDITATE - Learn mantra meditation. THURSDAYS 4:30pm in the Interfaith Chapel (UVic). Free. 250-721-8338. DHARMA TEACHINGS - With Resident Lama Jhampa Tenzin. THURSDAYS 7pm at the Victoria Dharma Centre (3371 Maplewood). By donation. 250-385-4828. MEDITATION - Emotional freedom technique and insight meditation. THURSDAYS 7pm at Unity Church of Victoria (838 Pandora). By donation. 250-382-1613. COMMUNITY STUDY GATHERING - Meditation followed by dharma talk or reading and discussion time. Third THURSDAY of each month. 6:30pm at Moksha Yoga Victoria (1088 Fort). Free. SAHAJ MARG MEDITATION INTRODUCTORY TALKS - A heart-centred meditation practiced worldwide for real change from the inside out. Call for details. SATURDAYS 11am. Free. 250-595-4732. BUDDHIST COMMUNITY SITS Silent meditation followed by taped Dharma talks and discussion. SUNDAYS 7pm at Lynn Wylie Yoga Studio (202-1600 Bay). By donation. 250-380-6383. A COURSE IN MIRACLES - Unite the light in you. In-depth study group. MONDAYS 7pm at James Bay New Horizons (234 Menzies). $2. 250-2209797. DROP-IN MEDITATION - Includes guided meditation, practical instruction and discussion. MONDAYS 7pm and WEDNESDAYS 10am at Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre (2020A Douglas). WEDNESDAYS 7pm at Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). THURSDAYS 7pm James Bay United Church (511 Michigan). 250-592-7164, ZEN MEDITATION - Learn Rinzai Zen mediation. TUESDAYS 7pm in the Interfaith Chapel (UVic). Free. 250-721-8338.

COMMUNITY NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION: A LANGUAGE FOR SHIFTING A PLANET INTO PEACE - Participate in an awareness campaign in April at Oneness Wednesdays. WEDNESDAYS 7pm at the Church of Truth (111 Superior). By donation. 250- 592-0938,

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BOTANY NIGHT - Join the Victoria Natural History Society in a talk on "Mushrooms and Other Fungi of Observatory Hill" and see what Oluna Ceska has been documenting for the last seven years: some species bizarre, some extremely rare. TUESDAY 7:30pm at Swan Lake Nature House (Chrismas Hill). Free., 250 477-5922.


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WITHOUT A NET - With Jim Moffatt 7:30pm at Caffe Fantastico (965 Kings). By donation. TAYLOR CARSON - With Nick Drummond presented by the Victoria Fiddle Society at Oak Bay Bistro (2250 oak Bay) Doors at 6:30 pm, Open Mic 7pm, feature act 8pm). $15/10. ADULTS - Featuring Geoff Lundstrom and Jason Cook Canoe Brewpub. 9pm. $5. KELLY JOE PHELPS- Singer, songwriter, guitarist. 9pm at Logan's $TBA. THE BEST OF MARIE - Amazing local singer Marie 8pm. The Castle Video Bar. $3.

SOUL GOSPEL IN VICTORIA - The high-energy Victoria Sweet Soul Gospel Choir welcomes new singers of all levels to join us. Directed by a Motown veteran, we not only sing, we move. TUESDAY 5:45pm-8pm at Selkirk Montessori School (2970 Jutland). First time free., 250 388-6687. VICTORIA WOMEN’S NEWCOMERS’ CLUB - New to the city? Join us for lunch WEDNESDAY 11:30am at the Cedar Hill Golf Club (1400 Derby). Free., 778-430-1892. COMMUNITY DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP - Join the Westshore Community Diabetes Support Group to learn in a discussion on Type 2 Diabetes, a guest speaker and a diabetic coffee break and snacks. THURSDAY 7pm at the Juan de Fuca Library (1759 Island Hwy). Free. ken. ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF B.C. Family Caregiver Series THURSDAYS to May 3, 9:30am-noon at Hillside Seniors Health Centre (1454 Hillside). Pre-registration required. 250-3822052, VICTORIA BOOK PRIZE Submissions wanted, all ages. Contact Lorna MacDonald at 250-382-1058, MALE SINGERS WANTED - The Greater Victoria Police Chorus, a four part harmony male voice choir, is now welcoming new members, (Police and non-police), WEDNESDAYS 7:30pm. Great crowd, great sound, guaranteed fun. 250-383-7408. SEEKING SINGERS - Newcombe Singers Choir welcomes new members, especially in the Tenor/Bass range. Attend the first two rehearsals commitment-free. TUESDAYS 7:30pm at St. Mary’s Church (1701 Elgin). 250480-5087 or SAANICH SONGMEN - Welcoming all men who can carry a tune. Come and enjoy singing popular standards and comic songs with our unauditioned chorus. SATURDAYS 9:30am at the Passmore Centre (286 Hampton). 250-389-1059, 250-361-9878.

DAVID GOGO TRIO - Blues guitar 8pm. Hermann's. $23.50. PAUL O’BRIEN -Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist after open stage at 8pm. James Bat Coffee and Books. $By donation. HARRIS GILMORE AND THE MOJOS - Hard-Drivin' Blues, Funky Reggae, April Fools. 9pm. Swan's. Free. THE MAKE UPS- Playing a mix of 90's rock, modern pop, and some classic oldies too. 9pm at the Canoe Brewpub. $5. AUROCH- Progressive death metal with BURIALKULT, GALDRA, TRAITORR. 9:30pm at Logan's. $10. VERSA- Performing their powerful, emotionally-charged instrumental rock music with Towers and Trees, Genevieve Rainey. 7pm at the Metro Studio. $10.



THE PHARMACY OF FLOWERS Internationally recognized teacher David Crow will provide information about the therapeutic benefits and uses of medicinal plants. FRIDAYSUNDAY 7pm at Sapphire Day Spa (714 View). $35 FRIDAY, $125 SATURDAY or SUNDAY, or $225 for weekend., 250-385-6676. CAN PUNISHMENT REDUCE CRIME? - Victoria Secular Humanist Association presents Dr. Jim Hackler. SUNDAY 1pm at Cedar Hill Rec Centre (3220 Cedar Hill). Free. 250-744-3652. DIET THERAPY - Learn and ask your questions to Chinese Medicine Food Energetics experts at Camas Books' Freeskool event. SUNDAY, 2-3:30pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585. SAANICH SONGMEN - Welcoming all men who can carry a tune. Come and enjoy singing popular standards and comic songs with our unauditioned chorus. SATURDAYS 9:30am at the Passmore Centre (286 Hampton). 250-389-1059, 250-361-9878. GROWING FOOD ON A BUDGET - Learn how to start your own seeds during Camas Books Freeskool class. WEDNESDAY 4-6pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.

FRI. APRIL 13 ROCK OF AGES - Classic Rock FRIDAY and SATURDAY 9pm Bartholomew's. $TBA. PABLO CARDENAS PROJECT - Jazz fusion, 8pm at Hermann's. $15/13. MIKE EDEL - Pop-influenced folk-rock from the local singer and amazing songwriter. 9pm at the Canoe Brewpub. $5. AS THE CROW FLIES - Poetic lyrics, swelling harmonies, tight arrangements and skilled improvisational jams 9pm at Logan's. $10. FIVE PIECE BOWKER CREEK Guitars, banjo, mandolin, and fine vocal harmonies to folk, rock, old time, swing and jazz after open stage at 8pm. James Bat Coffee and Books. $By donation. SYN{A}PSE - First Victoria show of 2012 with their new bassist Jordan Abrosi. They will be joined by the amazing talent found in The Body Politic, Atlas Collapses and The Harbour Sound. 9pm at The Cambie. $10


CANUS HOT JAZZ BAND - 4pm at Hermann's. $12. THE GRAPES OF WRATH - Autism benefit concert at the former Harpo's Cabaret (now known as the Upstairs Cabaret). 8pm. $20. See story Pg. 15

MON. APRIL 16 LYNN MILES- Singer- songwriter, Juno Award winner. 7:30pm at The Well. $20.

TUES. APRIL 17 LAMBRICK PARK SCHOOL JAZZ BAND- Hermann's. 7pm. FREE THE DAMNED SEXTETWith Brahms Sextet in B Flat, Shostokovich,Scherzo,, from String Quartet No.10. 6pm at Logan's. FREE.

WEDS. APRIL 18 PRESTON & BONKOWSKI - Blues and roots music, 7:30pm at My Bar and Grill (310 Gorge). Free. RONDA ROZON - Playing a mix of classics and her own music at Basilico Ristorante (832 Goldstream). 6:30pm. $TBA. DJ PRIMITIVE - Deep jazz + Latin influenced set 8pm at the Canoe Brewpub. $TBA.

ONGOING ACOUSTIC JAM - With Dylan Stone. 6pm SATURDAYS at The Cambie. Free.

OPEN MIC - Open to all musicians. THURSDAYS 6pm at Paradiso Di Stelle. Free. THURSDAY BLEND JAM - Any and all string players welcome. Hosted by Rick Van Krugel. THURSDAYS 7pm at the Well. Free. OPEN MIC - Scott Longworth hosts an open forum for original tunes. All ages. THURSDAYS 8pm at the Fernwood Inn. Free. KARAOKE - Hosted by Brandon. THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS 8pm at Upper Deck. Free. THEORY - Dubstep. THURSDAYS 10pm at Hush. THIRSTY THURSDAYS - With DJ $RITCH$. THURSDAYS 10pm at Paparazzi. Free. KARAOKE - With Stacey and Fran. THURSDAYS 9pm at Felicita's. Free. OPEN JAM - FRIDAYS 8pm at the Langford Legion (761 Station). $TBA JAZZ IN THE PACIFIC - Hosted by the Victoria Jazz Society. FRIDAY and SATURDAYS 8pm at The Pacific Lounge at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Free.. SATURDAY AFTERNOON JAM Hosted by Ian & Carolynn McDowell. SATURDAYS 2pm at V-Lounge. Free. BLUEGRASS BRUNCH - Hosted by the Stowaways. SATURDAYS 2pm at Logan’s. Free. BLUES JAM - Hosted by Summer and the Sinners. SATURDAYS 3pm at My Bar and Grill. Free.

CONCERTS THURS. APRIL 12 THE CAT EMPIRE - Six-piece fusion band that mixes reggae, jazz, AfroCuban, funk and pop with straight-up hip hop and rock vocals.7pm at Alix Goolden Hall. $25

FRI. APRIL 13 VOCAL MUSICAL THEATRE CONCERT - Enjoy the fun and musical highlights from the adjudicated sessions at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. 7:30pm at Victoria Salvation Army Citadel (4030 Douglas). $12. RED HOT BLUES - Maple Blues award winners Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite bring their authentic jazz/blues sounds of the 20s, 30s and 40s Orange Hall (1620 Fernwood). 8pm. $17. THE ROCK N' ROLL SHAKEDOWN - The Manny Modesto Quintet, The Cavaleros and The Jukebox Jezebels with Burlesque by River Wilde at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Braod). Doors at 8pm. $15. PASSION AND RESURRECTION Vox Humana presents the BC premiere of Passion and Resurrection by British composer Ivan Moody April 13 at 7:30pm (pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm) at St. Andrew’s Cathedral (704 View) and April 15 at 3pm (pre-concert talk at 2pm) at St. John the Divine Church (1611 Quadra) $15 (regular), $10 (senior 65+), free (25 and under!). JOEL PLASKETT EMERGENCY melodic East Coast indie rock. With David Vertesi. 7:30 pm Alix Goolden Hall. $25. See story by Kyle Mullin at

SAT. APRIL 14 APOLLO ENSEMBLE - Performing on two violins, dulcian (an ancestor of the bassoon) and harpsichord, the Apollo Ensemble explores the influence of Fontana, Rossi, Bertoli and Frescobaldi on seventeenth-century German composers such as Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Johann Fux and Johann Rosenmüller. 8pm at Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora). $27/24/20/10. AN AFTERNOON IN RUSSIA Pablo Diemecke, one of the world's extraordinary virtuoso violinists will perform with The DieMahler String Quartet. 2:30pm at St. Mary's the Virgin Church (1701 Elgin). $25. THE DEATH BALLAD LOVE TELLERS TOUR - David P. Smith, Ben Sures, and Bubba Uno. 8pm at Discovery Coffee James Bay (281 Menzies). $10. OPEN REHEARSAL -Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor Yariv Aloni invite you to attend an open rehearsal 9:15 am at St. John’s Church hall (925 Balmoral). $10. ROBOT VARIETY SHOW -A night of robo-lesque comedy and music. Hosted by J McLaughlin. Music by Duke and the Robobabes. At the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Braod). Doors at 8pm .$20.

ONGOING VICTORIA FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY: SKELLIG - After open stage. 7:30pm at Norway House (1110 Hillside). $5.

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