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Safety behind the wheel fatal collision between a tour bus and pedestrian in downtown Victoria earlier this month prompted calls to Monday from several readers questioning the distractions bus drivers face in having to be a tour guide and DANIELLE bus operator in one. POPE ICBC announced Tuesday, news@ Aug. 28, that distracted drivmondaymag.com ing is now the third leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C. Despite the new cell laws for motorists, however, Stephanie Melvin, deputy superintendent of the Ministry of Justice, says there are some handheld electronics that have complete exemptions under the distracted driving regulations: these include mobile data terminals and two-way radios licensed through Industry Canada that can used specifically by bus and taxi drivers. “We are monitoring the effectiveness of our legislation and we will look at making changes if needed, as new technologies are introduced,” says Melvin. “People need to think twice about any behaviour they engage in that takes their eyes off the road when they are driving.” According to Melvin, a bus driver may also use a hand-held microphone if the device is within easy reach of the driver’s seat, is not actually held in the hand and is securely fixed to the motor vehicle or worn securely on the driver’s body in a manner that does not obstruct the view — but the device must remain hands-free. Melvin did not comment on the distractions operating this type of electronics could cause, but did say the same safety applies to everyone. “The priority for every motorist, while driving, is to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Cell phones and other electronic devices are only part of the greater problem of distracted driving in general,” says Melvin. Glen Christie, Victoria division manager of Horizon Coach Lines, told Monday that although Horizon’s drivers do perform the commentary of the tour at the same time as driving the bus, the driver at the time of the deadly collision on Aug. 13 was not. Christie said he would not comment at this time on whether or not he believes giving commentary distracts the drivers. Horizon is just one of many bus companies that have been forced to amalgamate drivers’ duties with that of a tour guide due to a strained economy and industry cutbacks. Yet, despite the change in laws, bus drivers are caught in a grey area between distraction and necessity. Big Bus Victoria Sightseeing Tour company uses another approach. While drivers do have audio devices that allow them to offer limited commentary, 99 per cent of the company’s tours are played through pre-recorded tapes. This move, which was instated six years ago when the company began, allows for maximum safe-

s we arrive at the one-year anniversary of the B.C. HST referendum, it’s interesting to hear that small business owners who voted in favour of a return to the PST/GST system are beginning to have second thoughts. Admittedly, most businessesmen and women voted to keep the HST (especially when it was going to be lowered to 10 per cent from its current 12), but according to a recent survey by Sage North America nearly GRANT 20 per cent of respondents who voted to extinguish MCKENZIE the combined tax said that, if the referendum was to take place today, they would change their vote. editor@ Their main concerns are: increased paperwork mondaymag.com thanks to the reversal of policy (75 per cent), expected negative impact on the economy (62.5 per cent) and the amount of personal time needed to make the switch (58.9 per cent). The survey also asked what kind of impact they think their company will experience due to the switch (expected by March 2013), and nearly 58 per cent of respondents believe they will experience a negative impact, while 17 per cent believe there will be a positive impact. Overall, 45 per cent of respondents believe they will be a “loser” after the switch in 2013, compared to the 15 per cent who believe they will be a “winner.” In short, change is a pain in the ass. And when you make a change, adjust to a change, and then revert back to a previous state, it sucks even more. But there is still one very positive outcome to this whole debacle: accountants and bookkeepers will become so busy that they’ll be able to keep our economy afloat by being the only ones able to afford new cars, homes, gold pocket protectors and diamond-encrusted calculators. Pity that I’m a word geek rather than a math whiz. M

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While police wait on charges for the driver of the Horizon tour bus that killed a woman on Aug. 13, Monday looks at the distractions bus drivers face.

PHOTO CONTEST - FINAL WEEK - 20+ PRIZES ty and keeps the drivers’ eyes on the road, according to company director of marketing Colleen Irwin. “It’s far safer for our drivers when they can just concentrate on driving and don’t have to be looking around for bikes and pedestrians, at the same time as memorizing what line to say here and what site to prompt certain facts there,” says Irwin, adding that Big Bus is the only tour bus company in Victoria that uses a recording for tours. “You have to pay such close attention during tourist season, and safety is a main priority for us.” Cruise Victoria Services (CVS) manager Gary Gale says that his bus company has never seen an issue of distraction caused by commentary. However, he states that all drivers are given headsets and mandatory annual training. “Most of our drivers commentate and drive at the same time, but there are an awful lot of things a driver has to be aware of out there, especially in this city where we have so many pedestrians,” says Gale. “Being a bus driver with 56-some-odd passengers is a lot of responsibility … If anyone is not attentive, everyone is put at risk.” Gale says the August accident has already affected the tour bus industry in Victoria and “has set everyone back.” Both Horizon and BC Transit, for example, are no longer allowing buses to make turns at the busy Humboldt-Douglas intersection where 27-year-old Yuka Imaizumi was killed. “Our hearts go out to everyone involved there, including the driver,” says Gale. “It takes a lot for a driver to get behind the wheel again after something like that.” M

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Pine beetle claims refuted Re: Kieran Report, Aug. 23-29 In his attempt to blame the NDP government of the 1990s for the pine beetle epidemic in B.C.'s forests, Brian Kieran claims that the "infestation was ďŹ rst detected in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and could have been contained there if forest companies had been

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permitted to go into the park and selectively log infested areas� — an argument that has been roundly refuted by everyone with the most rudimentary knowledge of the issue. Even the Liberal government acknowledges that while there was a beetle infestation at Tweedsmuir, there were concurrent infestations throughout the Interior, from the Kootenays and the Chilcotin to the Central Interior. The same government scientists point out that the biggest culprit in the spread of the beetle was lack of cold winters. In other words, even clear-cutting the park — which was being advocated by some — would have had no actual impact on the overall pine beetle outbreak. Unfortunately, the ultimate response in the face of the unstoppable outbreak was to allow the forests to degrade. Rather than be up front about the state of the forests, the B.C. Liberals stopped doing forest inventories and drastically reduced the amount of treeplant-

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ing and silviculture work necessary for long-term forest sustainability. Only by investing in the natural infrastructure can we ensure the stability of the industry. Doing so will require us to start from a factual, scientiďŹ c basis — not disproved arguments placing blame where none exists. NORM MACDONALD, NDP MLA, B.C. FORESTRY CRITIC

Where are the heroes? I'm writing to you because I'm afraid and I can't call 9-1-1. Not because I live on Mason Street, so close to all the "crazies" and "junkies" Victorians refer to when I tell them I live here, but because I'm afraid of getting killed by the manic cops that are sup-

posed to protect me from harm. I'm tired of walking home at night, legally crossing a street in a designated cross-walk, white man glowing, and leaping back when a cop rips through, gunning his engine, red and blues turned off. I'm afraid of biking down one of Victoria's many one-way streets and smacking into a police SUV while they drive up the opposite and WRONG WAY without so much as headlights. I'm saddened and angered by all the violence I keep reading and hearing about. Where are the protectors our tax dollars pay to provide? Where are the heroes our hope holds out for? When did policing become power-tripping? MIRANDA HARVEY VICTORIA

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STREET SMARTS What superhero is Victoria in need of?

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Look north for true cost of pipeline ere in Greater Victoria, the Enbridge pipeline and oil tanker drama is unfolding on the six o’clock news as a battle between the Liberal government desperate for a whiff of voter traction and the opportunist New Democrats spoiling for a constitutional

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dust up. That’s a shame because the real story about Enbridge and its companion oil tankers brimming with gooey bitumen is unfolding in very human terms in remote settlements like Hartley Bay, 700 kilometres north of here. This past week I got a glimpse at that reality from the most unlikely source, a 23-year-old mechanical engineer, Chris Hinkley, who has just kayaked from his home in Juneau, Alaska to Chemainus. Hinkley is one of 12 Juneau adventurers who have embarked on a 14,000 kilometre expedition to Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina. In Chemainus this week, they will trade their kayaks for bicycles and start stage two of their odyssey.

ists out to document the pipeline fight, but we encountered so much passion ... we realized this is an issue we have to talk about.” “Hartley Bay is a place where stories matter, where children know how to smoke fish and love the taste of oolichan oil. This is a place where roads are made from wooden planks and grocery stores do not exist. Whether time here is spent filleting fish or harvesting seaweed, an appreciation is born in the process,” the kayaker said. “I believe that somewhere deep in every human lies a craving to connect to the natural world. Hartley Bay embodies this connection. Its residents respect the resources that sustain their lives.” Back here, the urban debate unfolds in a political context. Premier Christy Clark wants B.C. to secure its entitled share of the oil spoils to compensate for our ecoinconvenience. NDP Leader Adrian Dix wants to one up Clark and arm wrestle with Prime Minister Stephen Harper over environmental sovereignty. As Chris cycles off to Argentina, he leaves us with this: “As we continue our journey south, Cameron’s thoughts will continue to resonate with me. He told us: ‘There is no other way to say it — if the pipeline goes through, our way of life is dead.’” M

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Prideman, all covered in rainbows. Yeah — I could get behind Prideman. GREG MEDHURST, Victoria

I think we really need Aquaman, to protect our oceans! AMANDA CROSBIE, Victoria

Batman. Always go with Batman. JARED ROBERTS, Victoria If you have a question for Street Smarts, contact editor@mondaymag.com

City always in a rush to go nowhere nyone who pays the least bit of attention to news here in the City of Gardens is painfully aware that the Johnson Street Bridge replacement has had its fair share of problems. Almost nothing the City of Victoria has gambled on has come out in its favour — opposition has been fierce, we’ve lost and gained the capacSIMON ity for rail access more times than anyone NATTRASS cares to keep track of, and the project’s snattrass@ nebulous budget has continued to rise demondaymag.com spite both scope and design being significantly scaled back. Worst of all, no matter what the city has done, it just can’t seem to keep up with the breakneck pace required to keep the Blue Bridge replacement from descending into chaos. When the replacement was first proposed, we just didn’t have enough time for anything but an Alternative Approval Process. After the public wasted all that time forcing a referendum, we had to make up for lost ground and jump on a design decision before it was too late. Every

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wasted minute is a wasted dollar, and every doubt we indulge is bound to take up valuable time. “It always seems to be that staff say we have no time when they’re trying to jam council to do something,” says long-time opponent Ross Crockford. “Staff can take as much time as they want, it’s when staff want to put council on the spot to make a decision, that’s when they say we have no time.” “This has been the pattern,” says Crockford, pointing to the recent approval of a staggering $15.8-million budget, when council was given only three days between receiving the budget report and approving the increase. “How are they supposed to get any kind of information in three days?” Doing our best to avoid vicious speculation, with time clearly a precious commodity, we are forced to wonder why — after $11.33 million spent and nearly a year past the project’s original completion date — the city is still sitting on half of the original bridge. As the more time-sensitive elements of the Johnson Street Bridge replacement become increasingly irrelevant in the face of secure funding and grudging public acceptance, perhaps the city can pause in its blind rush to keep up while there’s still time to change course. M

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Chris and I met up in Oyster River where he told me that his visit to Hartley Bay galvanized his thinking about pipelines and oil tankers. The village of 200 souls is located at the mouth of Douglas Channel about 80 kilometres southwest of Kitimat. It is home to the Gitga’at, “the People of the Cane.” When Chris and his kayaking compatriots arrived in Hartley Bay, they were met at the dock by children wearing “Say No To Tankers” sweatshirts that portrayed oil spilling from the hull of a super tanker and transforming into tears flowing over a broad native face. The Juneau adventurers were welcomed with a feast of halibut, herring eggs, and Dungeness crab. They picked blueberries with the kids and met Gitga’at councillor Cameron Hill while he was preparing a fresh sockeye salmon for the smoke house. Hill was eager to share his thoughts. “We are not going to sit back and watch our territories be mismanaged anymore, we are going to fight for what we have left,” he told the expedition camera crew. Chris said the underlying focus of the trip is documenting the rich connections between people and their places all down the Pacific Coast. “We are not a group of environmental-

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An edible guide to hiking OFF THE FRONT > FEATURE reat news for nature lovers: now you can eat your surroundings with confidence. An edible guide to the indigenous plants of our area has just been released, compliments of Victoria’s Feasting for Change group. The collective has created 65 easy-to-read index cards which detail edible and medicinal native plants familiar to the Indigenous Nations of Southern Vancouver Island. From Camas to Grand Fir, each card features photos of the plant, along with details for identification, various uses for the flora and a highlight of three Indigenous languages surrounding it. A legend also defines seasons the plant can be harvested, and uses for specific parts. “It’s powerful when going on a hike to know what the plants are around

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he first time Mark Ashfield entered BC Children’s Hospital, one thing stood out: none of the kids were sad — even the ones with terminal illnesses. Yes, some were upset by how weary their parents looked, but the tiniest thing (someone to play Xbox with or an extra cup of lime Jell-O) would bring the biggest smiles. The first time Ashfield entered a children’s hospital, however, wasn’t as the adult who is now orchestrating a heroic operation guaranteed to bring some of the biggest grins yet — it was when he was a patient himself. “I was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, which, for me, basically meant being brought into this world with a constant migraine headache,” he says. “I was in the hospital a lot, from the time I was born. And I learned a lot about what makes kids happy in there.” Looking at a tall, muscled and cheerful Ashfield today, many might not guess that the 32-year-old still lives with sustained pain — he’s just learned to put up with it. But anyone who does know him also gets his super-geek obsession with comic books and superheroes, and they know DANIELLE POPE that’s what gives Ashfield news@mondaymag.com his child-like passion for making kids happy. It’s no surprise, then, that Batman will be appearing in Victoria on Sat., Sept. 1, along with Superman, Catwoman, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Poison Ivy, Aquaman and 30-or-so more of everyone’s favourite superheroes. After all, Ashfield sent out the batwing, spiderweb, aquafin and rallied as many of his favourite heroes as he could to show up at Market Square so that eager kids of all ages can pose with these famed ones in the “Superhero Photo Shoot,” to benefit the BC Children’s Hospital.

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The Superheroes of Victoria don’t just live in fanciful comic books — the entire league, all 36 members, has a secret headquarters in Ashfield’s apartment. For the last three years, Ashfield and his fiancé Ru Takemoto have turned their kitschy, downtown living space into a “justice cave” of superheroic proportions. Framed, special-edition comic books line the brick walls. Costumes hang in every angled corner. A giant Superman S-flag is draped over the hearth, while a classic Batman Returns rubber cowl and Hawkgirl’s head shield are stoic statues on the kitchen mantel. Any space that isn’t taken up by Lycra fabric and heroesin-the making is instilled with photos of events labeled “Superhero Kids Day,” “Justice League Photo Shoot,” “My Mom, My Hero” and “Salmon Kings Hero Night.” Yet, Ashfield rarely wears the costumes. That’s saved for the real actors, he says. It’s easy to picture Ashfield as Batman’s Alfred, with every bit as much dedication to a cause he can’t stop loving. At the same time as pulling a full-time job as a security dispatch officer out of

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Royal Jubilee Hospital, Ashfield is applying to become a police officer, in the hopes of entering the financial crimes division. The former military corporal served five years in the Canadian Forces infantry after getting his accounting degree. He’s spent a lifetime helping others, from the first time he organized a battleof-the-bands competition at age 16 to raise money for repairing a church roof. Then, three years ago, a friend who knew of Ashfield’s charming geekiness approached him about the BC Children’s Hospital “Be A Superhero” campaign. The program was struggling with no one to take the reins or find a physical way to breathe life into it. It was Ashfield’s bat signal. “Kids don’t give up on life because they are sick — and it takes so little to make them thrilled,” says Ashfield. “I knew I could do something that would mean a lot to them.” With a plan in hand, Ashfield created the official Superheroes of Victoria registered charity and recruited as many volunteer models as he could, sticking loosely to body-type guidelines. While the Superheroes of Victoria’s Superman may not actually have super-human strength, he won’t have a beer gut, either. Ashfield’s vision was to make the characters as believable as possible, which is why he invested his own money (more than he’d like to disclose) into hand-making and special-ordering all the costumes to give kids as real-life an experience as possible. Throw out the vinyl and plastic make-believe: Captain America’s shield and Wolverine’s claws are forged from real steel, as are Wonder Woman’s gauntlets. Batman’s cowl is polyurethane rubber, Green Arrow’s bow set is genuine, all boots are tailor-made with leather or skin-tight PVC,


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COMIC BOOK IDOLS TO SWOOP DOWN ON THE CITY WITH SMILES all fabrics are a stretchable blend of Lycra and Spandex, and imagination fills in the rest. rest For events like the upcoming “Superhero Photo Shoot,” Ashfield even has the Aveda Institute of Victoria on hand to perfect makeup, and Danger By Design is providing special effects. “There’s always this sense of innocence kids have, a different way they see things,” says Ashfield. “For me, walking home from work now feels like ‘I’ve had a long day’ but, back then, it would have been like a scene from a movie — a real adventure. I wish I could still see the world the way I did when I was five.”

THE REAL SUPERHEROES “Heroes save the world, but it takes people to change it.” That’s the slogan the Superheroes of Victoria promote online. When it comes to those people, Ashfield can’t think of a better time than when children are ogling over superheroes to teach them about our real heroes. “I love asking kids what they want to be when they grow up, and inevitably they say they want to be Superman, or Spider-Man, and when I ask why, they say ‘Because he can lift buildings and blow out fires, and save people!’” says Ashfield. “And I tell them, ‘Do you know there are supermen out there right now, doing just that?’ And their eyes go

wide, and I say, ‘Yup — they aren’t bullet-proof, and they don’t even have super-human strength strength, but firemen firemen, police and paramedics risk their lives every day to save people.’” Ashfield also has a special guest coming to this year’s photo shoot: Saanich Police civilian officer Kevin Nunn. Nunn, who is known around the community for his fundraising and charity work, made an appropriate look-alike name for himself as “Billy Idol” two years ago by dying his hair bleach blonde, then by running 60 kilometres over the Malahat from Cowichan to the Saanich Police station. This year, on Sept. 9, Nunn intends to harness himself to a 2,530-pound BMW Mini and pull it around UVic’s Ring Road 12 times (equaling 21 kilometres) to raise money for the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. But taking a pause from his heroic work on and off duty, a modest Nunn has agreed to guest star as Aquaman for Ashfield’s shoot. “I don’t see myself as being a real superhero, I don’t really even have a favourite character. I just like to be helpful, and I’m willing to do whatever is needed for the day,” says Nunn. That attitude is what makes the “make-believe” believable, and what makes the actors become true heroes, says Ashfield. “Putting on a suit doesn’t really give you any superpow-

ers, but it can feel like you have this alter-ego,” he says. one it’s really easy to just become this “Once you get into one, confident, powerful character and get into the role.” Ashfield’s fiancé shares that feeling. Takemoto, who acts as volunteer coordinator, wasn’t particularly interested in comics before she met Ashfield four years ago, but his passion for helping people was as alluring as the alter egos themselves. “I’m a very shy person, so it’s been a new experience for me to be around so many people, and organize donations and create the costumes,” she says. “But when I have tried on Wonder Woman, for example, she makes me feel like I can really be that person. It’s a lot of fun.” When it comes to everyone’s favourites, Ashfield says his all-time hero is Superman. Nunn says, for him, it’s his father. Takemoto says her hero is Ashfield. “I know it sounds cheesy, but he protects me, emotionally, and he’s there to support me,” she says. “His devotion to others amazes me, and I respect what he does so much. I want to be more like him.” M See all your favourite heroes and villains at the “Superhero Photo Shoot,” Sat., Sept. 1, noon to 3pm, at the Market Square courtyard. Suggested donation $10 per photo. Learn more, or meet all the heroes at SuperHeroesOfVictoria.org. PHOTO BY BRÄNKO - BRANKO.CA

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any Fringe shows capture attention by being LOUD, but The Abyss Burrow does the opposite with a lovely, intimate lo-fi piece. In her one-woman show, Vanessa Quesnelle is charismatic and engaging, effortlessly playing her inner notes. The piece is addressed to a lover — we don’t know where he is, and neither does she — and the tone is as if she sits next to us and whispers her anxieties. A performer requires courage to be this open to an audience. Downtown Activity Quesnelle’s script is filled Centre (755 Pandora) with detailed memories, Sat., Sept. 1 at 3:30pm set in very specific times Sun., Sept. 2 at 5:30pm and places. The dimensions of a room, smells and sounds are invoked so that, through a kind of double-vision, we are there. Meanwhile, movement punctuates in psychedelic liturgical dance. As the memories continue, small details force the character to acknowledge, “This isn’t right; this didn’t happen.” Because Quesnelle is so intimate during her recollections, we share her anxieties as these errant details intrude. Elegant, warm and very, very human, Quesnelle captivates with The Abyss Burrow, leading us to a sad, but satisfying conclusion.

elive uncomfortable moments between famous characters as this historical tragi-farce explores intimate connections between two fascist dictators and two of the world’s most cherished storytellers. Join Mussolini (Graham Roebuck) pilots a German plane over Russia with Fairfield Hall Hitler (John Dem(1303 Fairfield) mery Green) at his Fri., Aug. 31, 7:30pm side, puffing his chest Sat., Sept. 1, noon and recounting grand Sun., Sept. 2, 7:45pm tales of battle scars and past victories. The only thing that stops the Fuhrer from rolling his eyes is fear and holding on for his life. Then join a boisterous Hans Christian Andersen (Brian

when those tensions surround a young Ukrainian feminist trying to stimulate women’s liberation in her country. But for all the comedic effort of Beautiful Obedient Wife, the production feels closer to something St Andrew’s School Gym you might have seen (1002 Pandora) as a high school play, Fri., Aug. 31, 10:45pm complete with overSat., Sept. 1, 7:45pm used clichés, tired plot Sun., Sept. 2, 5:45pm twists and themes in need of a vodka shot. Without her knowledge, Masha’s Ukrainian mother and wannabe-rockstar boyfriend sign her up to be a mail-order bride. But when a Canadian suitor shows up to collect, a predictable battle of the hearts ensues. The play makes clever use of language, exposing the difficulties of translation in a way the audience can laugh about, and an unexpectedly dorky Canadian brings home the reality of what these unlikely business partners have got themselves into. Viewers need not be beautiful or obedient, but patience could be a virtue.

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eople who like their local history presented with tuneful, homespun charm should check out this portrait of Vancouver Island’s “Cougar Annie,” — Brent Schaus REGISTER NOW the indomitable pioneer who somehow eeked a livFOR CLASSES MY AIM IS TRUE ing homesteading on an isolated patch of Clayoquot Sound. Written and performed by Katrina Kadoski, his musical drama inspired by the moody Elvis these tales are presented as either songs or brief Costello song "Alison" takes a look at how much monologues, a person will sacrifice for love. Alison's mother, Olsupplemented St. Andrew's School ivia, has just been diagnosed with a terminal disby a slide show Gym (1002 Pandora) ease and the 18-year-old wants nothing more than displaying a slow Constance Cooke Sat., Sept. 1 at 4pm for her mom to fight for her life. Much to Alison's crawl of archival Artistic Director Sun., Sept. 2 at 9:15pm dismay, Olivia has resigned from life and is perfectphotos, docuFaculty: Kelly Hobson, Stacy ly happy wasting away on the couch all day, drinking ments and copies Sanderson, Jung-Ah Chung, scotch and smoking cigarettes. Alison isn't ready to of personal corBrandy Baybutt and accept the fact that she's about to be orphaned and respondence. Despite being an urban girl who had Constance Cooke tries to convince her mother to seek medical aslived in England, Winnipeg and Vancouver, Annie sistance. The stress consumes her life and wrecks ended up in a rainforest in the middle of nowhere havoc on her budding romance with her boyfriend, and somehow made the best of it for nearly 70 years. Jack. buried several husbands along the way — and, VICTORIA SCHOOL OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE 250.383.7183 She As relationships deteriorate under the weight more tragically, a few children — but never wanted of looming fate, each character decides how much to leave her damp paradise. Between bagging couthey are willing to give of themselves for love and where Wrigley) as he overstays his welcome at Charles Dickens' gars for the government bounty, running a hole-in-the-wall to draw the line. The (Roebuck) summer estate. Wrigley’s Andersen is animated post office, and selling preserves to neighbouring First Nathree-person cast and boisterous, with a touch of Borat and a pinch of Jim Car- tions and loggers, Annie made do ... barely. She persevered Victoria Event Centre does well with both rey. Both acts are filled with sharp wit and slapstick humour. well into her 90s, and by the time she passed away in 1985 (1415 Broad) the acting and music Awkward situations, awkward silences and awkward hand- she had long since become legend. As theatre, this has a Thurs., Aug. 31 at 6:30pm with the highlight shakes abound in this show that should be of special interest “homemade” feel — absolutely appropriate for telling the Sat., Sept. 1 at 3pm being the moment for history buffs and those looking for a good laugh. tale of a woman who lived such a remote, hardscrabble life. Sun., Sept. 2 at 4pm Olivia finally gets off — Mary Ellen Green In some songs the rhymes are bent rather roughly to serve the couch to deliver a the narrative, but Kadoski, with adequate guitar skills and a swanky lounge singer BEAUTIFUL OBEDIENT WIFE pretty voice reminiscent of Lucy Kaplansky, has no trouble number about her dream-lover Harrison Ford, complete winning over the audience. It’s great to see our unique B.C. Mail-order brides, eager Canadian suitors and get-rich- history being kept alive in so appealing a fashion. with horns and piano by a fellow dressed as Elvis Costello. — Mary Ellen Green quick schemes fill buckets of potential in a play — especially —Robert Moyes

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et in Belfast during the period of intense violence and terrorism between Protestants and Catholics, The Celtic Cross revolves around the unlikely friendship that develops between Jacob and Thomas. Jacob being a Protestant loyalist and Thomas a member of the IRA. With some Fairfield Hall amazing performances (1303 Fairfield) by Bryan Sullivan and Sat., Sept. 1 at 5:30pm Matthew Jackson, whose Sun. , Sept. 2 at noon chemistry and physicality blew me away, this is a piece that is at times intelligent and engaging. However, it’s also a piece that feels like it was still at the workshop level rather than a finished product. If I had to put my finger on the play’s biggest flaw it would be that it doesn’t yet have a good handle on time or place. Frequently, especially near the beginning, the play jumps ahead in time, which feels like an excuse to get the formative period of their friendship out of the way. Despite these shortcomings, it’s a piece worth looking into for the acting alone.

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the fluorspar mines in St. Lawrence, NL. Hundreds of miners became sick and died of silicosis and cancer from working without adequate protection from silica dust. In a series of six monologues, Dyke conjures up four former miners of various ages and degrees of physical wellSt. Ann's Academy ness, and two heartbro(835 Humboldt) ken women left to live Fri., Aug. 31 at 6pm with the consequences Sat., Sept. 1 at 7:30pm of life without their husSun., Sept. 2 at 4:45pm bands, fathers, brothers and children. And while the stereotype of Newfies being difficult to understand rings true here to some degree, they become easier to understand as you settle in and the show goes on. And while the Sullivan character was the hardest to understand, he was one of the most interesting to watch. It's not only the words this rugged old man speaks, but also the physical idiosyncrasies Dyke assigns him that deliver his authenticity. In the end, through all the pain and suffering, the reallife characters in this story share a degree of dignity in an honest life’s work. Cudos to Dyke for seeing that their stories aren't forgotten.

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hen taking a gander through the Fringe guide prior to seeing Dirk Darrow, I noticed it had been labeled “Noir Comedy Magic.” My reaction was, “What the hell does that mean?” As it turns out, just what it says. Dirk DarDowntown Activity row is a mutant Centre (755 Pandora) hybrid of standSat., Sept. 1 at 7pm up comedy, magic show, drug inspired interpretive dance piece and a sublime farce of film noir. Smug is too small a word for private dick Dirk Darrow who growls out his monologues in a voice that would do Humphrey Bogart and all the old pulpy gumshoes proud. Half of the fun is the games Dirk plays with several audience members spontaneously selected as “suspects” in this increasingly convoluted mystery. Be warned: the fourth wall is not even given lip-service here and if you come you’re likely to get involved in the action. Somewhere in all this there is a kind narrative, but that hardly matters. What sells the show is Tim Motley’s charisma and how he manages to fully engage the audience.

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hen 26-year-old Mikaela Dyke introduces her onewoman show Dying Hard, the young actress and playwright from Newfoundland weaves a remarkably neutral preface to an agonizing account of the life of miners on the Burin Peninsula. Then, with nothing more than a pair of old reading glasses, she ages 60 years and transforms into sickly old Pat Sullivan, gasping for air as he recounts his experience working underground. Dying Hard is a selection of interviews collected by anthropologist Elliott Leyton and adapted for the stage by Dyke, delivered in their own language. This powerful piece of verbatim theatre delivers an honest and expertly performed look at the aftermath of

some storytelling, check, and perhaps an enlightened end to something? In this show Rich Gauthier is an alien, musician, stand-up comic, Freudian doctor, spawn of Satan, frog that eats a special kind of fly, and just himself — a guy looking for a way to find light amidst the darkness. I found myself pleasantly engaged in this charming performance and walked out feeling just a little bit lighter.

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rom the moment John Grady takes the stage in his one- man show, you can relax because you're in great and capable hands. Everything about his VCM Wood Hall performance has an (907 Pandora) elegant sparseness — Wed., Aug. 29 at 6pm from his simple grey Thurs., Aug. 30 at 9:15pm suit to his non superSat., Sept. 1 at 5:30pm fluous dialogue and movement. Grady’s pacing allows for potent pauses, which he uses masterfully. It’s refreshing to see someone take command of their space so seamlessly and effortlessly. His gentle humour weaves in and out of a deeply touching story and as soon as you are comfortable, he surprises you with full out hilarity. His timing is impeccable as is his entire performance. This is a true story of love and loss and what it really means to not only be devoted to, but to admire an animal. It is impossible not to be moved. This is one of those rare shows that come along every now and again that should not be missed.

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MONDAY GUIDE > FRINGE FESTIVAL - 4 PAGES OF REVIEWS FRINGE-PROVISE ME uch like the aesthetic used on its poster, Fringe-provise Me! is the theatrical equivalent of comfort food. It’s fast, uncomplicated and does a nice job of satisfying those entertainment munchies. Headed by Ian Ferguson and quite a few of the minds and actors behind the Victoria improvisation soap, Sin City, Fringeprovise Me! sets out to Victoria Event Centre recreate other shows (1415 Broad) in the Fringe Festival Thurs., Aug. 31 at 8:15pm based entirely on key Sat., Sept. 1 at 6:30pm points from their blurb Sun., Sept. 2 at 7:30pm in the guide. The show I saw admittedly turned out a bit shaky with one improviser seemingly at a loss for words, while the team seemed to spread itself thin with too many competing sketch ideas. However, that’s to be expected with this kind of show. Some nights are inevitably going to be stronger than others and part of the thrill has to be the knowledge that it could go either way. So while it may not always hit its mark, Fringeprovise Me! is the one I will absolutely see again. — Matt McLaren

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particular, are apt and unobtrusive. Ryan Levis is charismatic as the coming-of-age King, ably illustrating much of Henry’s self-doubts as they give way to growing confidence. Some of Shakespeare’s most famous passages (“Once again unto the breach” and Crispin’s Day) are here, and Metro Studio Levis gives them ser(1411 Quadra) viceable attention. AnSat., Sept. 1 at noon drew Axhorn as a virile Sun., Sept. 2 at 4pm Exeter exhibits serious martial power, Chris Harris inhabits three distinct and enjoyable personae and Corin Wrigley as Montjoy is elegant, fey and aloof. The only misstep stems from the show’s description: “A great, ol’ Canadianized Shakespearean historical romp.” Other than a character in the French court that speaks with a Quebecois accent, this description is a bit misleading. Christopher’s production is, by and large, a traditional treatment of the play. During one regrettable moment, the Quebecois character rants using slang (“tabernak! Hosti! Chriss!”). The result is not offensive but, to my Montrealer ears, comes across as a bout of Tourette’s. A final note: the play has been edited for length, so Falstaff fans may be disappointed.

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leis Bowering. While I appreciate the difficulty in being the only actor on stage, Bowering comes across as awkward and stilted, which kills the sprinkling of humour in the play. There were times I literally thought, “Well that could have been funny” but Bowering’s delivery was just off. To be fair, Bowering did improve as the play went along, suggesting a certain amount of opening night jitters were to blame, but not enough to make up for her rather impassive facial expressions and lacklustre energy during the first half of the play. Ambitious, not without its merits, but Honesty honestly misses its mark.

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ameryn Moore isn’t afraid to tackle hard questions — questions like, how quickly can you orgasm with a carrot and a romance novel? The award-winning Victoria Event Centre creator of Phone Whore (755 Pandora) returns to Fringe with Wed., Aug. 29 at 8:15 a show that pulls the Fri., Aug. 31 at 8:15 straps off the dress Sat., Sept. 1 at 1:15 of stigma, and lifts up modesty’s shy skirt to bare all. Moore uses her courageous monologue to wrestle oft-unsaid topics to the floor, from teenage Mormon rebellion to sex with trannies, to BDSM kinks, lesbian bed-death, cheating and casual sex dates gone wrong: becoming long-term lovers instead. With her confident brand of sexy, Moore’s performance will stroke even the most inhibited sensibilities to a climactic end — at least those brave enough to watch.

ictoria’s Matthew Payne, of Theatre SKAM fame, is one of the most interesting creators on the local theatre scene. Although he may take some joshing for naming a show after himself, Hello isn’t an ego trip so much as an exploration into the meaning of identity (with a few ego issues thrown in). The project consisted of Payne using Google to track down as many other Matthew Paynes as he could find — Danielle Pope — all so that he could briefly interview them about LIES! what it meant to be “Matthew here are lots of nimble-fingered magicians out Payne.” In cerSt. Andrew's School Gym there — the, uhm, trick is to be entertaining, tain respects, (1002 pandora) funny and to carry a big shtick. Vancouver’s Trathis turned Sat., Sept. 1 at 11am www.cinevic.ca vis Bernhardt delivers on all accounts with his new into a project Sun, Sept. 2 at 4pm show, Lies! He started out deliberately small while in search of a Sept. 6th $10 Doors 7pm warming up — and sizing up — the audience, then project, insoproceeded to make everything from wedding rings, far as very few Victoria Event Center (1415 Broad) limes, and toasters appear and disappear ... or maybe of the 500 or so target Paynes responded to emails show up in the or phone messages. Happily, our Payne not only reReel-to-Reel is CineVic Society of Independent oddest places. corded all his strange experiences of being left “on Filmmakers’ annual collaborative challenge, a Fairfield Hall He also played hold” or being told “he doesn’t live here any more.” (1303 Fairfield) mixtape of Victoria’s innovative Àlmmakers and a with cards, did he also recorded many YouTube postings of different Sat., Sept. 1 at 9:45pm a slick mindPaynes who, however evasive, nonetheless wanted diverse selection of independent music. Sun., Sept. 2 at 4:15pm reading routine, to share their singing or drumming skills with the For more info see www.cinevic.ca and ended the world. He also got a long, weird interview with a felshow with a collow Payne in Australia who gives online prophecies. lective magic trick that cleverly involved every perAll of these encounters, near-encounters and nonson in the room. It was all fine stuff and the audience encounters are presented either aurally or visually, happily ate it up, but a lot of the fun came from his faux-philwith Payne — that’s our Payne — doing a great job of turning osophical patter explaining why magicians are, in essence, his presentation into a sly and often amusing performance. HONESTY HOUR liars. After quoting the dictum from famed illusionists Penn Oh, and Lyle Lovett has a surprising amount to contribute to onesty Hour is playwright Kayla Hart’s first Fringe play & Teller that “magic is the unwilling suspension of disbelief,” the show. If you like your theatre on the meta-media side, and, unfortunately, it shows. Many of the stories behind the dapper and personable Bernhardt went on to talk about this is a unique and engaging work in progress. the series of mono- how his performance was, for the audience, an acceptable — Robert Moyes logues are unrelatable lie and they were complicit in it. “If I tell you I’m cheating Langham Court Theatre HENRY V to the twenty-some- then it’s like we’re in an open relationship,” he quipped. The (805 Langham Court) ans of Shakespeare will enjoy KeepItSimple’s strong and, thing woman that I am, sight lines in the venue weren’t great for presenting magic, Sat., Sept. 1 at 9;15pm in many ways, traditional production of Henry V. Shakebut Hart also takes but Bernhardt’s charm effortlessly carried the day. I’d be lySun. , Sept. 2 at 1:45pm speare’s plays are about the language and director David a missstep in trust- ing if I didn’t say I loved this show. Christopher has a knack for staging so that the dialogue is ing her material to the — Robert Moyes central and clear. The lighting design and music choices, in hands of actress Mar-

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trangely good.” This is what I heard one audience member say immediately following the show, and I’d have to agree. From the Beastie Boys to patron saints, sexy nurses to clapperboard girls, and commercial auditions that are “painful, St. Ann's Academy humiliating (835 Humboldt) experiences Fri., Aug. 31 at 9:30pm that usually Sun., Sept. 2 at 8:15pm lead to nothing”, this show leads to laugh out-loud fun. I found myself laughing out loud more than a few times at this combination of stand-up, storytelling and spoken word poetry combined with improvisational moments that found one audience member shouting out the punch line. Recent Canadian Comedy Award winner James Gangl gives an animated and energized performance in a show that takes you on a personal journey with more than a few uncomfortable situations and awkward moments, ultimately leading you to the answer of whether or not he will “have sex despite his religion.” Strangely good, indeed.

sister. The story loses focus a little when it broadens out into a discussion of her difficult relationship with her alcoholic father and passive but loving mother. But even when Selfridge seems to lose her way, it’s still riveting. Honest, in-your-face viewing with a particular resonance for those of us with disabled family members.

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uman trafficking and prostitution are never easy topics to tackle, but at least She Has A Name attempts to bring light to these atrocities. Written by Andrew Kooman and directed by Stephen Waldschmidt, VCM Wood Hall the play tells a tale (907 Pandora) of injustice against a Sun., Sept. 2 at 8pm prostitute and a human rights lawyer trying to save her. The two characters played by Carl Kennedy (Jason the lawyer and doubling as a Thai pimp) are weighted down by clichéd dialogue and awkward changeovers that make the performance overdrawn and predictable. The same can be said about Evelyn Chew’s portrayal of prostitute No. 18, as she does her best at a flimsy, wavering Asian accent and an over dramatization of her character. Noteworthy

Damned Girl] out... there is no right interpretation. Let go of figuring out what is correct.” Sage advice, as it helps to prepare the audience for an other-worldly experience. Have no fear, though, as BarLangham Court Theatre rett provides a num(805 langham Court) ber of visual (cords, Sat., Sept. 1 at 4:15pm jewellery), physical Sun., Sept. 2 at 3:30pm (gestures) and musical cues to guide our eyes and ears. Every movement, gesture and look is infused with emotional vitality. As a result, simple gestures hold great impact. Indeed, The Damned Girl can best be described as a feast of shifting moods, as if a Jackson Pollock painting has come to life. The show is presented by an ensemble in the truest sense, they work as a single organism. However, a few names deserve special mention: Hayley McCurdy communicates some moments of heartbreaking vulnerability, Hayley Feigs has an astonishing emotional range, and vocal music composer Aulden MacQueen-Denz provides a brilliant a capella score. A final note: it is refreshing to see so many different body types on stage. — Brent Schaus

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inning the “pick of Victoria Fringe” last year and coming back for another run as one of the most anticipated plays this year, Wyf of Bathe is a must see even if the language can be difficult to understand. A very crude and vulgar tale written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Wyf VCM Wood Hall of Bathe tells (907 Pandora) the story of AlFri., Aug. 31 at 6pm yson, a houseSat., Sept. 1 at 7:15pm wife who keeps husbands like a dog keeps its bones. Chaucer’s tale gives insight to not only the Victoria’s own Roots Music Sensations role of women in the late middle ages, but serves as a reference to the development of Middle English. Dressed in periodic garments, actor Julian Cervello plays the role of Alyson and does a great job of sticking to the authenticity of the language. The prologue is played with comical flair and — Pippa Hirst Cervello’s movements conjure up British actor – the brand new CD. ZERO TOLERANCE – SEX, MATH David Walliam and would certainly be a perfect fit CD Release concert Thursday, September 6th • 7:30, Alix Goolden Hall in a Little Britain sketch. Even more comical is the AND SEIZURES Tix at Macpherson Box Office, Lyles, Ivy’s Books $20 adv/$24 door follow-up story of a knight where Cervello uses Kids 12 and under Free! n unusual, heartfelt performance that is puppets. Lighting was appropriate during scene part confessional and part public therapy, changes, however sound and musical interludes www.thebills.ca this 70-minute monologue is compelling and, were a bit too loud, marring the already very difat times, uncomfortable viewing. Barbara Selficult task of understanding the language. So polfridge’s muse for this piece is her sister, Margaish off ye olde English and be entertained as Wyf of ret, who suffered brain are performances by Glenda Warkentin as Marta, Jason’s Bathe is sure to bring many laughs. damage shortly after boss; Sienna Howell-Holden as the Mamasan; and Alysa — Eugene Lee Fairfield Hall birth due to a lack of van Haastert as Jason’s wife. Kudos, however, to the play(1303 Fairfield) oxygen and who also wright for bringing this very difficult subject to the stage. Fri., Aug. 31 at 5:30pm has epilepsy. Barbara You can read even more Fringe — Eugene Lee Sat., Sept. 1 at 7:45pm walks us through her reviews online at MondayMag.com. Sun., Sept. 2 at 6pm life of caring for her THE DAMNED GIRL sister, from the manRead Fringe FamilyFest reviews n utterly enchanting hour of dance and theatre that agement of seizures on Page 19 is over too soon. In his notes, director and choreogto arguments with her group home, powerfully evoking the love and admiration she has for her unusual older rapher Andrew Barrett writes “don’t try to figure [The

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MONDAY GUIDE > FRINGE FAMILYFEST THE NIGHT THAT THE KNIGHT LEARNED WRONG FROM RIGHT ’Twas a valiant effort, but alas, the merry crew could have used a few microphones. The Langham Court Theatre was a trifle too cavernous for these eager young thespians. Nevermind, the show has heart and puppets and plasma cars — what could be better family fare?

a polished, tightly scripted version of Aladdin’s tale, written by Story Theatre’s founder Jim Leard. The three actors tell the story of the boy and the genie with cracking pace — enough to hold the attention of youngsters of all ages. Check this out! You’ll be floored. Wed., Aug. 29 at 2:30pm Thurs., Aug. 30 at 6pm

through a large black pipeline. Never fear! Marvelous Moo (Izad Etemadi) and the Green Grabber (Erin Mitchell), capes a-whirling, shall save the day! Beanstalk Conspiracy doesn’t have the whimsy of Aladdin’s Secret Voyage, Story Theatre’s other fringe offering, but it’s a vastly entertaining method of delivering a rather sobering message.

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grin, Arterberry brings the character of a wildly imaginative little boy to vivid life. Walter, who lives with his grandmother for reasons that are left unsaid, dwells in a hypercolour world where he is a pilot, fireman, dancer, spy and naturally, Luke Skywalker. Arterberry’s genius is that he not only keeps the junior crowd thoroughly entertained sans props

of any kind for 45 minutes, but he also leaves room for a wonderfully heartfelt lesson about playground politics. Wed., Aug. 29 at 11am Thurs., Aug. 30 at 12:45pm Fri., Aug. 31 at 2:30pm

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material. “We were so happy with the last album and we just thought with this one, we wanted to change direction a little. I really want to connect with people all over the world with our music, like Otto Rot. Bono from U2 or Chris Martin from Coldplay ...” A year after they brought their hit show Kunst says Otto. Rock (Art Rock) to the Metro Studio, these two But before he could finish, Astrid interrupts: squabbling German siblings are back with all-new “It’s not like that at all. No, we wanted to make really popular music that people could dance to and groove to. The music in the new show is really dancy, it’s really pop. We worked with a famous choreographer and she gave us all new dance moves.” And that’s pretty much what you can expect: Catchy punkrock and electro-pop complimented by hilarious sibling discord. And bananas — lots and lots THURSDAY AUG 30 FRIDAY AUG 31 of bananas. “I’ve been eating a lot Lester Quitzau & Chris Millington of fruit in my diet,” says Billy Hicks & Dancin’ Otto. “I eat 30 bananas Original Folk Roots, Dancing on stage a day but my record is Blues 44 bananas.” 7:30pm 7:30pm The Rots say that if the audience is havSATURDAY SEPT 1 ing a good time, they LAST FIREWORKS might also break out Rukus Firework Saturdays some of their hits from Golden Age of previous albums, like Gourmet Picnics Rock & Roll “Bananenhaus” (Banana 5:45pm Available House) or “Burger Store Reservations 250.652.8222 Fireworks 8:45pm Dinosaur.” Catch Die Roten Punkte at the Metro Night Illuminations every Studio (1441 Quadra) butchartgardens.com night at dusk until Sept. 5 and 6 at 8pm. Tel 250.652.5256 $20 at ticketrocket.org. September 15th M

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Island all-star rocks Blues Bash BLUES GUITARIST DAVID GOGO AND THE EXPANDED BAND COME HOME on’t let the end of summer give you the blues — bash them away at the 18th-annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash, taking over Victoria’s Inner Harbour from Sept. 1 to 3. This year’s lineup features contemporary blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker (Sun., Sept. 2, 7:30pm at Ship Point, $30) and Island all-star David Gogo (Sat., Sept. 1, 7:30pm at Ship Point, $25). Playing with The Expanded Band — a six-piece complete with female backup vocalists — Gogo is getting the rare opportunity to play some of the hits from his latest, critically acclaimed, Junonominated album Soul Bender (incidentally named after a Fulltone distortion pedal in the studio at the time of recording). “We’re going to be flushing it out,� says Gogo. “Back home I’ve been running a trio lately, but we’re going to add Rick Hopkins on keyboards and we’re going to have two hot female backup singers, so that allows us to do some songs off the album that I haven’t normally been able to do live ... and just offer people something a little different because Blues Bash is special.� Soul Bender is Gogo’s 11th album and some of his strongest work to date. The album features four Gogo originals and some fresh takes on classics by Elmore James (“Please Find my Baby�), The Doors (“The Changeling�) and Michael Jackson (“The Way You Make Me Feel�). “I’ve been touring a lot and when we went to make this record I didn’t have a lot of time to write, so rather than put a mediocre original song on, I’d rather put on a bitchin’ cover song. That being said, I think the originals on the album are some of the best I’ve written, but I didn’t have as many as I normally would.� “I’m always listening to music and I try to get to the root of the song and figure out where it’s coming from and a lot of these songs have a blues root to them.� Gogo was at a Serious Coffee location south of Nanaimo when Jackson’s hit song caught his attention. “The beat struck me. It’s a blues shuffle beat,� says Gogo. “When we went into the studio, I said to the band, ‘get it out of your mind that you ever heard this song before’ ... It was difficult because people couldn’t get that original out of their mind ... but we all finally figured out what it needed and I think we pulled it off.� The album has a predominately live feel with expanded solos and instrumentals that make it sound more like a concert than a recording, and Gogo says that happened on purpose. His team

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Angel With A Bullet PART 3 OF 4: LOCAL AUTHOR M.C. GRANT'S NEW NOVEL BEING RELEASED ON SEPT. 8 Monday’s Editor-in-Chief, under the pen name M.C. Grant, will be releasing his latest mystery novel across North America and the UK on Sept. 8. Through a special arrangement with his publisher, Midnight Ink, Monday is giving readers a special sneak peek at the opening chapters over four weeks. Today is Part 3 of 4. Grant will be signing Angel With A Bullet at a special book launch at Chapters on Douglas St., on Sat., Sept. 8 at 2 p.m.

CHAPTER 1 CONT'D “What aren’t you telling me?” I ask. “Ahh, it’ll be nothing. Just the doc did a biopsy. Left my throat sore, you know?” “A biopsy? For cancer?” Mo snorts. “Nah, because of my fabulous singing voice, he wants to see what carat gold my tonsils are made of.” I don’t laugh. “Geesus, Mo. Cancer.” “It ain’t for certain,” he says gruffly. “We’re waiting on results.” I exhale noisily. “You need anything you call, OK?” Mo chuckles. “What you gonna do, hire a cab to drive me somewhere?” “No, but I’m a good listener.” “Don’t be sweet, you’ll ruin both our reputations.” He sniffs, sucking in a lungful of air through his nose. “Now what you got?” Back to business. “Dead body.” “Juicy?” I wince, but try not to let it show in my voice. “An artist. High profile.” “Ooh! How did he snuff it? Paint up the nostrils, a brush down his—” “Don’t know yet,” I interrupt, sharper than intended. “That’s why I need a cab.” “Relax. Dispatched one as soon as I saw your number. He’ll be there in two.” “You’re a doll, Mo.” I try to insert a little levity. “We should run away together.” “Forget it. Non-smokers make lousy lovers. After sex, they want to talk, talk, talk.” “I’m hurt.” Mo laughs the throaty cackle of a Shakespearean witch. “Go get your cab, Dix. My boys hate to wait.” THE TAXI PULLS UP as I exit the front door of the postcard-pretty, three-story Painted Lady where I lease one of six apartments. King William of Orange — who along with his human, Mrs. Pennell, owns the building — stretches full out on the kitchen windowsill of his mainfloor domain like an African lion spied through the wrong end of binoculars. When he hears me leaving, he opens one eye and winks approval. I am dressed for battle: notepad and pen tucked in the back pocket of slim-fitting jeans; a point-and-shoot camera and a digital voice recorder neatly stowed in the pockets of a vintage tea-brown leather bomber. For emergencies, I also carry Lily: a small, pearl-handled switchblade that slips into a moleskin pocket sewn inside a pair of russet biker boots. The scuffed and scarred leather boots are second-hand, the knife a don’t-tell-your-mother present from an over-protective though rarely present father. My one concession to the chilly San Francisco night is the addition of a gray lamb’s wool scarf that curls around my neck with the warmth and comfort of a purring kitten. I give the driver the address where I expect to find the dead body of my former lover. “You’re Dixie Flynn of the NOW, right?” he asks once I’m ensconced in the back seat. I nod and glance at his registration: Charlie Parker. “Cool name, Charlie. You play?” “Nah! No lungs, no talent. Only one Yardbird in this world and he already made his mark.” He grins. “I read your stuff though. How come it only lands once a week?” [22]

ly news magaI grin. “That’s the trouble with weekly zines.” o the Chronicle Charlie nods. “You ever think of moving to or Examiner?” “Tried that once, but they wanted to payy me too much. Plus, they have a dress code: No shirt, no shoes, no paycheck.” ou to Charlie laughs. “Man, I never expected you ark be funny. I mean, you write about all the dark ne stuff in this town. Sometimes after I read one of your columns, I need to go for a drink. Mo ou loves it, says you’re the best. But, man, you depress me sometimes. No offense.” “None taken,” I lie. CHARLIE DROPS ME in front of the on restored, 700-seat Metro Theater on Union he Street with a cheery, “catch you on the remix.” w The street is lit by moonlight and yellow sodium-vapor fireflies trapped under glass. The theater’s neon 1920s-era marquee is g dark, while heavy shutters hide the enticing window displays of neighboring boutiques, art galleries and gem merchants from the great unwashed. This is a street that prides itself on iron bars and quick response from private armed security — unattractive qualities to those who hunt at night. The payoff for its vigilance is an eerie silence. San Francisco isn’t a town thatt sleeps, and it’s unusual to find a pocket thatt has learned how to catch a few Zzzs. n Some inner-city dwellers panic when shut off from the constant rumble of cars, buses, junkies and sirens, but I haven’t spent all my life cocooned in concrete. There was a time when I also sought silence as a refuge. Diego’s place is easy to spot: a thirdfloor penthouse with curtains pulled back, its interior ablaze in cool white light. Two officers in inky blue uniforms pace restlessly inside. Thankfully, there isn’t he enough manpower on scene yet to keep the curious away with crime scene tape and an extra body on the door. I cross the street and stroll into the open lobby like I belong. Inside, thick carpet the color of a frothy cappuccino and a smooth oak handsh my rail lead the way upstairs. As I climb, I brush hand along the light-mocha wall, drawn by its unusual texture. Instead of paint, the walls are covered in a soft fabric that probably cost more than my best cotton sheets. Diego has moved up in the world sincee the last time we made art together. er moon On the first landing, a lazy three-quarter is framed by a large half-circle of leaded glass, the clarity of which would make that bald Mr. Clean beam with pride. I feel at the neck of my charcoal ve worn a blouse, suddenly wondering if I should have dress and heels — or at least a bra. ach of the There are three apartment condos on each re behind first and second levels; the occupants secure heavy, solid-core doors and tamper-proof hardware. On the top floor, the door to Diego’s penthouse stands open, exposing the scene within. Messy doesn’t do it justice.

I am dressed for battle: notepad and pen tucked in the back pocket of slim-fitting jeans; a pointand-shoot camera and a digital voice recorder neatly stowed in the pockets of a vintage tea-brown leather bomber. For emergencies, I also carry Lily: a small, pearl-handled switchblade that slips into a moleskin pocket sewn inside a pair of russet biker boots.

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From Angel with a Bullet: A Dixie Flynn Mystery by M. C. Grant. © 2012 by M. C. Grant. Used by permission from Midnight Ink Books, www.midnightinkbooks.com.

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strong this week! (Hey, editing is a rewording activity.) LEO JULY 23-AUG 22 Holy bankroll! This week you can dream up new ways to earn a buck or make money on the side. Some will successfully boost their income but all of you will be focused on cash-flow issues because you’re spending big and at the same time (ironically), you’re trying to shut down hemorrhaging cash by cutting costs and paying your bills. You want it all! You want to get out of debt. (You’re not going to jail. You’re not passing go. And you will collect $200.) Much of this will happen because you’ll make it happen. You can be very resourceful when it comes to money (both earning it and spending it). Act on your ideas. Put some muscle behind your dreams. VIRGO AUG 23-SEPT 22 This is a powerful week. You feel energized and stoked about something. My advice is to use this energy. Even though you might feel generous or extravagant (and, admittedly, you might feel a bit undisciplined) nevertheless you will be spurred on to try to do more than even you can handle! Jump into projects with both feet, especially ones that require lots of energy. Your optimism and enthusiasm will make you get a lot done plus convince others to join forces with you. And hey, you can do something to improve your health, improve your appearance and even improve your style of relating with others. Yeah, yeah, it sounds like a reality makeover, doesn’t it? (And perhaps it is.) LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) Influences from other sources, other countries and other belief systems (yes, it does sound rather exotic) might be part of a new influence causing you to grow in a new direction. You’re thinking of new places, new ways of living and new goals. Perhaps through your travels or study or encounters with others you see new possibilities for yourself? Or

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THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN -(Uni 4/SilverCity) Disney Studios produced this rather fantastical family-friendly tale about a childless couple who end up with a young boy under distinctly magical circumstances. Starring Jennifer Garner. ★★½ PARANORMAN -(Capitol/ SilverCity/Westshore) In an amusingly morbid slice of family animation, a misunderstood boy who can talk to the dead is the only hope to save his town from an army of zombies and ghosts activated by a centuries-old curse. ★★★ PREMIUM RUSH -(Capitol/ SilverCity/Westshore) The always interesing Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, 500 Days of Summer) stars in a zippy, low-tech thriller about a bike courier in NYC who picks up a mysterious package and starts getting chased all over the city by a dirty cop. This is a kinetic and fun night at the movies. See review. ★★★ RUBY SPARKS -(Odeon) This charming and offbeat romcom features a nerdy, lovelorn novelist who writes about the girl of his dreams -- only to find her happily living with him one day. ★ SPARKLE -(Odeon) The late Whitney Houston is one of the stars of this dreadful musical melodrama about three sisters who form a Motown girl group, only to see fame begin to erode their close-knit family. ★★½ TED -(Caprice) Mark Wahlberg stars in a twisted -- and sometimes laboured -- comedy about a young man whose best friend is a foul-mouthed teddy bear that is a very bad influence on him. Written and directed by Seth MacFarlane, most famous for the TV satires Family Guy and American Dad!

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SINGE FESTIVAL- Where's My Flying Car?!, space-age spoken word monologue with Missie Peters (7pm) and The Life and Death of Dave Morris (9pm) and God is a Scottish Drag Queen: The Second Coming with Mike Delamont at the Fort Cafe. $11/$20 double-header. Through Sept. 2. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMThe brand-new Victoria Shakespeare by the Sea and Discovery Dance present the bard's magical comedy on the shores of the Inner Harbour. WEDSUN at 7pm and SUN at 2pm. Just off the Government Street Waterfront Path (Dallas at Govt) in Holland Point Park. $15/25 at 250-213-8088.

TUES. SEPT. 4 SCOTTISH CEILIDH DANCE- Learn jogs, reels and strathspeys as dancers lead you through easy Scottish country dances. 7:30pm at VFGF Church Hall (550 Obed). Free. viscds.ca.

MUSIC THURS. AUG. 30 GREETINGS FROM AUSTRIAThe Carinthia Double Sextet will sing Austrian and international folk music as well as sacred and secular classical music. 7:30pm at Grace Lutheran Church (1273 Fort). By donation.

RED DONS- With The Estranged, No Problem, Spectres. 10pm at Logan's Pub (1821 Cook). $10. THE ADULTS- Geoff Lundstrom and Jason Cook play high-energy covers at the Canoe Brewpub (450 Swift). $5 after 9pm.

FRI. AUG. 31 ON CALL HEROES - With Sharks! On Fire!, High Hopes, helloseptember and Hawk & Steel. 6pm at Fernwood Community Centre (1240 Gladstone). $10/12. THE BROKEN STRINGS - Victoria's most diverse cover band. 9pm at Canoe Brewpub (450 Swift). $5 after 9pm. ALCOHOLIC WHITE TRASH-With Car 87, Kroovy Rookers and Knife Dogs. 9pm at Logan's Pub (1821 Cook). $10. SUNHAWK -With AFK. 10pm at Lucky Bar. $10.

SAT. SEPT. 1 ANNIVERSARY PARTY - The Castle Video Bar and Nightclub is celebrating a milestone and is inviting you to join the fun. After 4pm. Free. VANCOUVER ISLAND BLUES BASH -With free music from noon until 5pm before a ticketed concert with David Gogo at 7:30pm at Ship Point. $25 at rmts.bc.ca. Through Monday. JazzVictoria.ca.

AFTERNOON RECITALS - 4pm through July and August at Christ Church Cathedral (930 Burdett). By donation. DURBAN POISON - With The Poor Choices and Fableway. 9pm at Logan's Pub (1821 Cook). $10. THE TEMPS - Get your dose of classic hits at the Canoe Brewpub (451 Swift). $5 after 9pm.

SUN. SEPT. 2 VANCOUVER ISLAND BLUES BASH -With free music from noon until 5pm before a ticketed concert with Joe Louis Walker at 7:30pm at Ship Point. $30 at rmts.bc.ca. Through Monday. JazzVictoria.ca. OLIVER SWAIN & FRIENDS Enjoy traditional folk tunes with one of Canada's quintessential folk musicians. After open stage, 7:30pm at Norway House (111 Hillside). $5. Victoriafolkmusic.ca. THE MOONSHINERS - Bluegrass with dobro, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, bass and three-part harmonies. 8:30pm at Swan's Pub. Free. GANGA GIRI - Traditional Australian didjeridu. 10:30pm at The Upstairs Cabaret.$20/25.

MON. SEPT. 3 VANCOUVER ISLAND BLUES BASH -With free music from noon until 5pm at Ship Point. JazzVictoria.ca.

NEW MEMBER NIGHT - The Arion Male Voice Choir invites potential singers to attend the meet and greet/new members night. 7pm, at Centennial United Church (612 David). www.arionchoir.ca or arionmvc@ gmail.com for more info.

WEDS. SEPT. 5 THE HIVES - Swedish garage rock makes a rare appearance at Club 9ONE9. With special guests FIDLAR> 9pm. $35at Ditch Records, Lyle's Place and ticketweb.com.

COMMUNITY BORDERLINE PERSONALITY SOCIETY OF BC - Weekly support group. Friends, partners and family also welcome. Starts WED, 7pm at Capital Mental Health Association (125 Skinner). Free. 250-383-5144 ext 2127, bpdsocietyofbc@gmail.com. LIFERING - Addiction support program. THURSDAYS 7:30pm at Victoria Native Friendship Center (231 Regina). FRIDAYS 6:30pm at Pearkes Rec Centre (3100 Tillicum). TUESDAYS 7:30pm at the Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). 250-920-2095, michael@ LifeRingCanada.org. MORE LISTINGS AT MONDAYMAG.COM/CALENDAR

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Monday Magazine, August 30, 2012  

August 30, 2012 edition of the Monday Magazine

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