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Syncopators join the dance party series in the lounge at Oak Bay rec. First Monday of each month.

A TENDER THING - Imagine a remix of the greatest love story ever told: a Romeo and Juliet where the young lovers grow old together. Until Dec. 8.





Ceremonies across the region at 11 a.m., including at the Cenotaph at the B.C. legislature.




improvised serial soap opera gets medieval up in the Victoria Event Centre for Season 4.

foundations of buildings. At Open Space (510 Fort).




- Cinematic stories of adventure are told on sceen at UVic. Tickets at 250-7218480.

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capture your life stories during a free workshop at the Nellie McClung library branch.

- Thorton Wilder’s tour through the ages with a pet dinosaur. Until Nov. 23 at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre. 250721-8000.


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Debater himself brings a night of spicier stand up comedy, his This is Not Debatable! solo show to the McPherson.


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world’s greatest players. The tour takes Nanaimo Nov. 1, Duncan Nov. 2 and UVic Nov. 3. internationalguitarnight. com.

- Celebrate the Festival of Lights with classical Indian dances and Hindi and Punjab music at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium. Tickets at 250721-8480.

MATTHEW GOOD - The multi-platinum and outspoken singer-songwriter returns to Victoria when his “Arrows of Desire” tour hits The Royal.




Fumbling Towards Ecstasy – The songs of Sarah McLachlan. Created with the Lilith legend herself. Until No. 9.

up a long-in-the-works collaboration to a sold-out crowd at Alix Goolden. With Richard Thompson.








guest curates Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s show on the early Canadian art photographer.

- Experience a day of inspiration around Victoria’s free thinkers and their “ideas worth spreading” at the McPherson.



on the best dressed trees at Mary Winspeare Centre (2243 Beacon). Until Jan. 2 in support of the Sidney Lions Food Bank.

Rat Pack” tour with Tom Papa, Orny Adams, Darrn Rose and Alonzo Bodden, hits UVic. Tickets at 250-721-8480. auditorium.


time Juno-Award winning crooner has “A Christmas Gift for You” at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre.

- The capital city hosts the nation’s best young improvisers for just $5 at Spectrum Community School. 250-217-2669.




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Nov. 2 Celebrate the Festival of Lights with Indian classical and semiclassical dances, Hindi and Punjabi songs at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium. The annual dance program has been running since 1998 to bring cultural awareness to the population of Greater Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island and to raise funds for the Victoria Hindu temple. 6:30pm. Tickets, $18 at 250-721-8480.


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Until Nov. 3 A non-competitive round-up of film art, with 150 films and six installations from 20 countries at venues across victoria. BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR

Nov. 24 Cinematic stories of adventure are told on sceen at UVic. 7pm. OPEN CINEMA

Nov. 27 The Doc Bus is back in town with the 11th season of documentaries worth drinking and thinking to at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad).

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Nov. 2 The Bridges for Women Society is marking their 25th anniversary of helping women triumph over trauma with a free event at The Hudson public market. All volunteers and supporters past and present are welcomed to enjoy fresh food from local chefs and live tunes from The Sweet Lowdown. From 7:30pm at 1701 Douglas. Event is free, but a ticket is required.

Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9 The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare in Film, screening events, to fundraise for the 2014 season. Costume contests and debates at SilverCity Victoria accompany Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare in Love and the 1956 classic Forbidden Planet. Tickets $10,

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shopping for new things in the name of the Victoria Eldercare Foundation.Prep for the holiday season with a day devoted to looking and feeling good with pamper stations, good eats and a roving fashion show. “Sparkle brunch” from noon until 2 pm. and the main event from 2 to 6pm at Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Tickets $35 to $65. Call 250-370-5664. BIZARRE BAZARRE

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Nov. 16 The YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria stages the third iteration of their street-side spin-off for Y’s Strong Kids Campaign. Open to anyone of any ability or age. Teams face-off on stationary bikes at Quadra and Broughton streets to raise cash for youth programs.


Nov. 23 - Dec. 22 The holidays descend on the city with free events from the Downtown Victoria Business Association and the City of Victoria. The Centennial Square light up (music, parade, sequoia plugged in) runs from 4 - 5:30pm Nov. 23, $2 weekend Ferris wheel rides begin at noon the same day and free downtown horse-drawn trolley tours begin Nov. 24.

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Nov. 23 The Boxers are Brief Boylesque boys are back, growing ‘staches and dropping drawers for charity, Movember fundraiser. It all goes down at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad) at 7pm. Tickets, $20 in advance, $25 at the door. lessismo.eventbrite. ca.


Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 Conductor, composer, instrumentalist and raconteur Matt Catingub presents an exciting evening of high-energy music from around the world. Thursday at 2pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton), Friday at 8pm at UVic’s Phillip T Young Recital Hall and Saturday at 8pm at the Royal Theatre. Tickets at or 250-386.6121. GRAPES OF WRATH

Nov. 1 The brothers Hooper are still at it with Kevin Kane. See what’s changed – or not – since ‘77. 7pm Upstairs cabaret (15 Bastion). Tickets, $22, ticketzone. com/thegrapesofwrath.

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Nov. 1 The second-annual postHalloween show features Hawk and Steel, Leisure Suit, San Felix (formerly Dogwood Line) and Bonfire Blondes (Ethan Caleb of the Archers). AT Alix Goolden (907 Pandora). Tickets, $15/10 through Ditch (784 Fort). Shake!aween

Nov. 2 Punk party at Logan’s (1821 Cook) with Durban Poison, The Living Deadbeats, The Poor Choices, The Line Traps, Weekend Mattress and Sciencetits. 9pm sharp. $10 at the door. ¡SAcabuche! Nov. 2 Early Music Society of the Islands presents

¡Sacabuche! Polish Baroque. Singers, sackbuts, violins and organs illuminate the works of Jarzçbski, Mielczewski, Szarzyñski and Zieleñski, Polish composers who, in the seventeenth century, adopted the emerging idiom of the Italian baroque. 8pm at Alix Goolden (907 Pandora) Tickets. $27, International guitar night

Nov. 3 Showcasing some of the world’s greatest players, the tour takes Nanaimo Nov. 1, Duncan Nov. 2 and UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium at 8pm Nov. 3. 2013 features IGN founder Brian Gore, with Italy’s Pino Forastiere, Mike Dawes from England, and Quique Sinesi from Argentinina. Tickets, $25.

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Nov. 3 The hip-hop duo come on the scene in ‘91 blending CL smooth’s vocals with Pete Rock’s obscure soul and jazz record samples. Their reunion show features CAMP LO And DJ Jetts. At 9ONE9 (919 Douglas). Tickets, $17.80, Mae Moore & dave gunning

Nov. 7 East meets west coast when Nova Scotia-bred Gunning teams up with Gulf Islandsbased Moore. An evening of genre-transcending song-writing ensues at Hermann’s (753 View) at 7:30pm. Tickets $20/15. Danton Jay and LOLA PARKS

Nov. 8 Danton Jay tours his sustainability concept album at Hermann’s (753 View) with singersongwriter Lola Parks. The genre-blending show is slated for 8pm. Tickets, $15 at Lyles Place (770 Yates). approved

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Nov. 12 The Swiftsure Big Band, The Commodores and Island Big Band offer up a night of swing, jazz, and dixieland at the Leonardo Da Vinci Centre (195 Bay) in support of The Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre. 7pm. Tickets, $40/30, 250-592-8144.

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Nov. 15 - 17 Bentall blends humour, sentiment and monologues with a heartfelt set of roots and folk favourites during the annual fundraisers in Central Saanich, Victoria and Sooke. Guests include Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, Wendy Bird, Kendel Carson and Matt Masters. Proceeds stay at food banks in each community. At the Friendship Community Church (7820 Central Saanich) Nov. 15, First Metropolitan Church, (932 Balmoral) Nov. 16 and Edward Milne Community Theatre (6218 Sooke) Nov. 17.Tickets, $32,



JOHN MCDERMOTT - The tenor makes a 20th anniversary tour stop at the McPherson Playhouse Nov. 3.


Nov. 16 At St. Ann’s Academy auditorium joined by Justin Rutledge, Aidan Knight let’s us in on his latest album, Small Reveal. Tickets, $20, HOLLERADO

Nov. 16 With The Zolas and Pup for an early show, 7pm, at Sugar (858 Yates). Tickets, $18,


Nov. 12 A tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, direct from Las Vegas with the music of yesteryear. 7pm at the McPherson. Tickets, $59.50, ROYAL WOOD

Nov. 14 Presented by Community Living Victoria, all proceeds from the Hope, Help, Home show go toward supporting people with developmental disabilities. 8pm at the McPherson Playhouse. Tickets, $47,

Nov. 17 -18 The 65-year-old godfather of shock rock brings his pyrotechnics and props to Nanaimo for two nights at The Port Theatre (125 Front, NANAIMO). Tickets, $121-141.50 at DELTRON 3030

Nov. 19 Alt-rap all-stars Del The Funky Homosapien, DJ Kid Koala and Dan “The Automator” Nakamura come to Alix Goolden for their first performance in the capital city. Tickets, $28.50. ticketweb. ca. JOHNNY REID

Nov. 20 Three-time Juno-Award winning crooner has “A Christmas Gift for You” at the Save on Foods

Memorial Centre. Doors at 6:30pm. Tickets, $42.50-85.50 at SHAGGY

Nov. 23 Dancehall reggae superstar Shaggy makes his first ever Island appearance to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Victoria BC Ska Society. 7:30pm, Club 9One9 (919 Douglas). Tickets, $35, ticketweb. ca. PALLADE MUSICA: TERRENO E VAGO

Nov. 23 The works of Castello, Stradella, Marini and Scarlatt take centre stage during the selection which won the Grand Prize, 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition. 8pm at Alix Goolden (907 Pandora). Tickets, $27, ESTEBAN LA ROTTA

Nov. 24 In Birth of the Lute Soloist, one of Canada’s leading lutists will perform music from the Codex Faenza, the Buxheimer Organ Book and the newly discovered Wolfenbüttel Manuscript, the earliest known music written specifically for the lute. 2:30pm at Oak Bay United Church (1355 Mitchell). Tickets, $27, rmts. 150TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CONGREGATION EMANU-EL NOV. 24

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at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue (1461 Blanshard). Tickets, $30. 250-382-0615 Doors at 1:45 pm. TWIN FORKS

Nov. 24 Former frontman of Dashboard Confessional, Chris Carrabba offers a night of folk rock with Twin Forks. With guests The Treasures at 9ONE9 (919 Douglas). Tickets, $15.50, MATTHEW GOOD

Nov. 26 The multi-platinum singersongwriter returns to Victoria on his “Arrows of Desire” tour. 8pm at the Royal. Tickets, $39.5067.75,


Nov. 29 Blues musician/actor, Jim Byrnes stops by The Charlie White Theatre (2243 Beacon) in Sidney. 7:30pm. Tickets, $37.50, 250-656-0275. BRENDAN CANNING

Nov. 30 Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, touring with his second solo album, You Gots 2 Chill, plays Lucky (517 Yates) with guests Dinosaur Bones. Tickets, $15, SHAD

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music ongoing open mic - Hosted by Steve Barrie. MONDAYS 9pm-12:30am at Logan’s (1821 Cook). Free. Karaoke - With your hosts Stacey and Thor. MONDAYS 10pm at Paparazzi (642 Johnson). Free. 90210 Mondays - DJs Jay Somethin’ and Levi Somethin’ Else spin all your favourite pre-millenium classics. MONDAYS 10pm at Lucky (517 Yates). Jam Session - Play till you can’t play no more! All ages. TUESDAYS 9pm at Ocean Island Café Lounge (791 Pandora). Free. Muddman Showcase - Open mic and jam with Muddman DaBlues. Bring your band or play solo. Full drum kit, mics and bass amp supplied. 7:3011pm TUESDAYS at the Cambie (856 Esquimalt). Free. drinko bingo - Hosted by Grayson Walker. One free bingo card every game. TUESDAYS 9pm-12:30am at Logan’s (1821 Cook). Free. wednesday Roulette - Games Night (old school video games, board games and more) first WEDNESDAY of the month, Metal Night second WEDNESDAY of the month, Skaters Night every third WEDNESDAY. 9pmclose at Logan’s (1821 Cook). Free. Open Mic Night - Musical madness! Sign up with host Paul. WEDNESDAYS 9pm at Ocean Island Café (791 Pandora). Free. Karaoke - With host Stacey. Every Wednesday at Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans Unit 12 (753 View). 8pm. Free. Jam Night - With the Front Porch String Pickin’ Band. 9pm at My Bar and Grill (310 Gorge).Free. Open Mic - Scott Longworth hosts an open forum for original tunes. All ages. THURSDAYS 8pm at the

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Fernwood Inn (1300 Gladstone). Free. Karaoke - Hosted by Kelsey. THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS 8pm at Upper Deck (229 Gorge East). Free. Liquid therapy THURSDAYS - With DJ Bobbaganoosh. THURSDAYS 10pm at Paparazzi. Free. Friday night open mic - Local talent and new guests every week. 8pm FRIDAYS at James Bay Coffee and Books (143 Menzies). Free. Open Jam - FRIDAYS 8pm at the Langford Legion (761 Station). Free. T.G.I. FRIDAYS - Featuring DJ Dee, and all the modern hip-hop and dance beats to end the week. FRIDAYS 10pm at Carlton Club (900 Carlton). Free. Jazz in the Pacific - Hosted by the Victoria Jazz Society. FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS 8-11pm at The Pacific Lounge at the Hotel Grand Pacific (463 Belleville). Free. Saturday Afternoon Jam Hosted by Ian & Carolynn McDowell. SATURDAYS 2pm at V-Lounge (3366

Douglas). Free. BLUEGRASS BRUNCH - Hosted by Banjo Pete and his revolving gang of bluegrassers. SATURDAYS 1:304:30pm at Logan’s (1821 Cook). Free. Blues Jam - Hosted by Summer and the Sinners. SATURDAYS 3-7pm at My Bar and Grill (310 Gorge E). Free. Karaoke - Hosted by Stacy. SATURDAYS 8pm at My Bar and Grill (310 Gorge E). Free.

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Nov. 1 Salsa Caliente’s fourth annual showcase features a two-act theatre show of salsa, cha cha, bachata and merengue performances, followed by a dance party. DJ Christina (host of Salsa Del Barrio Radio and DJ at the Puerto Rico & DC Congresses) sets the beat until mindnight at the Metro (1411 Quadra). Tickets, $15/12, Atomic Vaudeville’s fall cabaret

Until Nov. 2 Victoria’s favourite Vaudevillian sketch comedy troupe presents its annual Fall cabaret at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). Oct. 2526, 31 and Nov. 2. Doors at 7:30pm, show at 8pm. Tickets are $18/22/35 at or 250-590-6291.

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Nov. 5 - Dec. 8 Imagine a remix of the greatest love story ever told: a Romeo and Juliet where the young lovers grow old together. Ben Power’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s masterpiece does just that. Tickets, $25 - $40 at 250-385-6815 or tickets.belfry. It’s Christmas

Nov. 8 - Dec. 24 Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s dinner theatre gets ready for the holidays with It’s Christmas, a musical revue featuring historic stories and music aimed at spreading the spirit of the season. Written and produced by Matthew Howe. In the David Foster Foundation Theatre (1175 Beach). Tickets, $85 (each, including a three-course meal) at the skin of our teeth

Nov. 7 - 23 Thorton Wilder’s 1943 PulitzerPrize-winning satire tours the ages with a pet dinosaur. Linda hardy directs the absurdly funny and profound work. Until Nov. 23 at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre. Tickets, $14-22. 250-721-8000. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

Nov. 8 Alberta Ballet’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy was inspired by the songs and stories of Sarah McLachlan and choreographed in collaboration with the Lilith Fair legend. Until Nov. 9. 7:30pm. Tickets, $29,

Twelfth Night

Nov. 8 - 10 Canadian College of Performing Arts Company C presents their take of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will at the Metro (1411 Quadra). Tickets range from $15. Heroes

Nov. 14 - 30 Three First World War Heroes are under siege he overbearing nuns and relentless repetition of days have them plotting one more escape. Langham Court Theatre present the character study of camaraderie and hope. Shows nightly at 8pm, except for Sundays and Mondays. Tickets, $16-21, at sin city: kingdom of thrones

Nov. 12 The live improvised serial soap opera gets medieval up in the Victoria Event Centre with the start of Season 4. Expect the likes of Kirsten Van Ritzen, Wes Borg, Morgan Cranny, Karen Brelsford and more, including special guests Mike Delamont and Amanda Lisman. Directed live by Ian Ferguson. Tickets $15/12. Fear No Opera: Bamboozled!

Nov. 16 The 2012-founded company of emerging artists presents a pastiche of staged scenes with a common surprise, mistaken identity or confusion – in a word, the characters are bamboozled. At 7:30pm at Spectrum Community School (957 Burnside W.) Tickets are $25/10.

Steve Patterson: This is Not Debatable!

Nov. 17 Moderator of CBC’s The Debaters brings all the opinions his isn’t able to express on national public radio to his solo show to the McPherson. He’ll probably throw in some original songs, too. Tickets, $47, rmts. TRUE WEST

Nov. 19 - Dec. 8 Sam Sheperd’s s searing black comedy about sibling rivalry kicks off Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s season in it’s new home at The Roxy Theatre (2657 Quadra). Tickets, $26.25-42 250385-4462. the collected works of Billy the kid

Nov. 22- Dec. 14 The most notorious and mythical ghost from the American Midwest frontier is brought to life through the words of Michael Ondaatje at Theatre Inconnu (1923 Fernwood). Tickets, $14/9 at Just For Laughs Tour

Nov. 23 “The Comedy Rat Pack” edition features Tom Papa, Orny Adams, Darrin Rose and Alonzo Bodden, hits UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium at 7pm. Tickets, $42.50-47.50, at 250-721-8480. South Pacific in concert

Nov. 23 - 24 Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony join forces for a semi-staged production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, South Pacific. This is

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SIN CITY SEASON 4 - Morgan Cranny and Kirsten Van Ritzen are among the live improvised soap opera cast members who travel back to the middle ages for the fourth iteration of their weekly improv romp at the Victoria Event Centre. DAVID BRUCE PHOTO

a first for Victoria: a Broadway musical presented with a full orchestra and operatic voices. At the Royal Theatre. Tickets, $40-85, THEATRE UNDER THE GUN

Nov. 24 See six new short plays, created in 48 hours. Victoria theatre makers race against the clock to create brand new 10-minute plays using only their raw talent, quick wits, and a mysterious giftwrapped box of inspiration. At the Metro Theatre (1411 Quadra). Tickets, $18/15, STUART MCLEAN

Nov. 27 - 28 Canada’s ultimate storyteller and creator of The Vinyl Cafe, rolls into town for two annual Christmas shows at the Royal Theatre. This year he brings the Juno-Award-winning harmonies of The Good Lovelies. GREASE

Nov. 27 - 30 Victoria High school student musical theatre jumps aboard the grease lightning for four nights. Runs 7:30pm nightly, with a 2pm matinee Nov. 30. Tickets, $10/8 at the door (1260 Grant). 2 FOR TEA

Nov. 28 - 30 The sold out 2013 Victoria Fringe hit returns as James and Jamesy lure audiences into their delightfully bizarre world of innocence and endearing chemistry. Tickets, $20 at the door or 250-590-6291. At the Metro (1411 Quadra).


Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 Kaleidoscope Theatre celebrates the 40th anniverary of the world’s most beloved rock n’ roll musical. Starring Pat Rundell, Sarah Anne Murphy, Griffin Lea and Kelly Hudson. Three shows only at McPherson Playhouse. Tickets at the Royal and McPherson box offices, 250-3866121 and online at


Nov. 1 - Dec. 14 Open Space (510 Fort) The Victoria artist went underground to study the invisible foundations of buildings: basements and crawl spaces. She found the overlooked, catch-all spaces surprisingly intimate and exploits that quality in her large-scale work. Opening reception Nov. 1 at 7:30pm. #STRANGLINGS: PAINTINGS BY PIXEL WIZARDS

Until Nov. 10 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss) Art and tech communities collide in a show of paintings by three artists who have made professional careers as art directors in the technology industry. At The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Massey Gallery.


Nov. 15 - Feb. 23 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss) Robert Amos guest curates the exhibition on the early Canadian art photographer. CROSSING CHANNELS

Until Nov. 10 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss) Co-curated by Catlin Lewis and Nicole Stanbridge, in collaboration with MediaNet, the LAB Gallery focuses on media art from across the province, featuring Marina Roy (Sept. 3-22). Artist talk Sept. 14 at 2pm. NURTURING THE CREATIVE SPIRIT

Until Dec. 8 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss) Learn about the creative history of the Sisters of St. Ann in this exhibition guest curated by Carey Pallister, archivist of Sisters of St. Ann Archives and Michelle Jacques of Drury Gallery. URBAN THUNDERBIRDS

Until Jan.12 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss) Artists and co-curators lessLie and Rande Cook realize this exhibition as a two-part installation exploring issues


Nov. 29 - 30 See the guy John Cleese calls the funniest man in England on his world tour, Force Majeure. 8pm at the Royal theatre. Tickets, $71.25.

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Thursday, November 28, 7:30PM – Tickets $5 Inspector Rebus is back! Saints of the Shadow Bible is the latest installment in the series, and Ian Rankin himself will be discussing the new book!

FREE Events at Bolen Books Chris Hadfield

Saturday, November 16, 2:00PM, at Bolen Books Astronaut and Canadian icon Chris Hadfield will be signing copies of his new book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life. Please see our website for details and restrictions.

Patrick Taylor

Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 PM, at Bolen Books One of Bolen Books’ favourite writers, Patrick Taylor is bringing us a new Irish Country novel. He’ll be stopping by to read from his latest, Fingal O’Reilly, Irish Doctor.

Roberta Rich & Mary Novik

Wednesday, November 13, 7:00PM, at Bolen Books Roberta Rich is back with The Harem Midwife, the follow-up to her Midwife of Venice. Mary Novik brings us a sweeping historical epic that evokes the beginnings of the Renaissance with her novel Muse.

Lawrence Hill

Monday, November 18, 7:00PM, at Bolen Books The award-winning author of Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill is back with a fascinating scientific and social history of blood, with Blood: The Stuff of Life, part of this year’s CBC Massey Lectures.

Robin Esrock

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00PM, at Bolen Books Having visited over 100 countries, TV host and travel writer Robin Esrock stays closer to home with his new book, The Canadian Bucket List, and excellent primer on what our own country has to offer!


Nov. 29 - 30 Lightning Theatre presents improvised theatre inspired by Commedia Dell’Arte, Italian masked theatre. At Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard). Tickets, $13,



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Canadian pop/rock singer, favourite of Bono’s and former singer for Bowie, comes to Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre for one night only, Nov. 1. THE WIZARD OF OZ - Andrew Lloyd Webber’s at it again with the new production, an adaptation of the MGM classic, totally reimagined for the stage. Opening Nov. 5 to Nov. 10 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. EMMYLOU HARRIS AND RODNEY CROWELL- If you missed tickets to their sold out Victoria stop, they hit The Orpheum Nov. 6 with Richard Thompson. Tickets start at $35. MATT MAYS - The Canadian rocker takes heads off on a 2013 solo tour. With Adam Baldwin. Nov. 12 at the Imperial. NINE INCH NAILS - Explosions in the Sky join “The Tension Tour,” Nov. 21 at Rogers Arena. JOHN LEGEND - Tamar Braxton joins the smooth sounds of the Legend himself Nov. 24 at the Orpheum. BEYONCÉ PLAYS ROGERS ARENA NOV. 30.



DISNEY ON ICE: ROCKIN EVER AFTER Turns out mice and mermaids can figure skate after all. Mickey and Minnie encounter characters from Little Mermaid, Tangled and Beauty and the Beast Nov 27 - Dec. 1 at Pacific Coliseum. DRAKE - Miguel joins the rapper, songwriter and actor’s “Would You Like a Tour?” tour. If so, it’s Nov. 28 at Rogers Arena. BEYONCÉ- Whether or not you’re ready for this jelly, the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour shows up at Rogers Arena Nov. 30.

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Nov. 2 - 3 More than 80 juried artisans fill the Mary Winspear Centre (2243 Beacon). Expect live music, hourly door prizes and food.



ANYTHING GOES - Sometimes destiny

needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail, as in the Cole Porter classic. The vintage Broadway music is onstage at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre until Nov. 3. PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER - A dozen actors play more than 100 characters in the retelling of how a miserable orphan came to be The Boy Who Never Grew Up, upending the century-old legend of Peter Pan. At Seattle’s Moore Theatre until Nov. 3. SELENA GOMEZ - The pop princess/ Disney darling/Beiber bud will let her show do the defining Nov. 12 at Key Arena, Seattle Center. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Based on the Oscar-winning film, with outrageous costumes and a score of dance-floor classics. At Seattle’s Paramount Theatre Nov. 12 to 17.


MICHAEL BUBLE - The charismatic crooner

lays his charms on Seattle Nov. 15. At Key Area, Seattle Center. CHEECH & CHONG - The stoners are still at it, planning to send Tacoma’s Emerald Queen Casino up in smoke Nov. 16. EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL -The 25th iteration of the festival continues until Nov. 17, with more than 60 distinctive concert events in venues all around the city. ZAC BROWN BAND - Get laid back and Chicken Fried with Zac Brown Nov. 24 at the Spokane Arena (Spokane, WA). OLIVER! - Mark the 50th anniversary of Oliver!’s first appearance on Broadway. At Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre Nov. 29.


Nov. 9 - 11 Professional exhibitors from across the province offer their wares at Pearkes Arena (3100 Tillicum). UVIC HEARTS AND HANDS

Nov. 19 The one-day juried event in the University Centre lobby features creations from staff and students. Proceeds from table fees to the United Way. 10am 4:30pm. ALL SOOKE ARTS & CRAFTS CHRISTMAS FAIR

Nov. 15 - 17 Two floors of Sooke vendors, entertainment and photos with Santa at Sooke Community Hall (2037 Shields). Free. allsookeartsandcrafts.


Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 The 25-year-old craft fair returns! Artisan craft, food and fashions up for grabs at Crystal Garden (713 Douglas). outofhand. ca.


Nov. 6 Thanh will read from her sharply observed and erotically charged collection Floating Like the Dead and reveal why she is drawn to the underrepresented and matters whose current portrayals suppress uncomfortable truths. 6pm at Oaklands Community Centre (2827 Belmont). victoriawriters. ca. CHRIS HADFIELD

Nov. 16 Astronaut, scientist, spacemusician and author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield lands in Bolen Books. The former commander of the International Space Station arrives at Bolen’s (111-1644 Hillside) at 2pm. WEST COAST WRITERS

Nov. 26 Bill Gaston, Dede Crane, Jan Zwicky and George Szantos form the all-star line up of West Coast wordies reading from their latest works at Russell Books (734 Fort) 7:30pm. Free.

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Nov. 9, 20, 30 The Grizzlies take on Cowichan Valley at 7:15pm Nov. 9 and Nov. 20. They’ll face off with Nanaimo on Nov. 30 at Bear Mountain Arena (1767 Island Hwy). VICTORIA COUGARS

Thursdays The Victoria Cougars play most Thursdays at 7pm at Archie Browning Sports Centre (1151 Esquimalt). SAANICH BRAVES

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Guitar god is seriously down to earth NATALIE NORTH


n the beginning, Colin James’ show consisted of a guy with a guitar. The Saskatchewan boy busked the streets of Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and eventually settled in Vancouver, but not before paying his dues in the Capital City. “I’d set up in front of a liquor store, or I’d go right down in front of the wharf,” says James. “I met some other people doing the same thing. It was never my favourite, but it was a necessity.” Thirty years and six Junos later, the guitar star is going back to the basics. He’s turning down the volume on his electric live show and entering what he calls a quieter, more song-oriented acoustic phase. This is what he’ll be showcasing in the soldout theatre at the Mary Winspear Centre on Nov. 14. “I love the electric thing and I’ve been doing it forever, but the acoustic shows gives a chance for the music to breathe a little bit,” James says. “The songs become the focus, as opposed to an hourand-a-half show where you’re rocking out. I can do some of my quieter songs that, in the context of a rock show, you just wouldn’t get a chance to do.” The shift is in contrast to James’ latest release, 25 Live, recorded at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on the 25th anniversary of his first sold out run in the historic venue. When the idea to make the album arose casually over dinner with his band one night, James got behind it, because a live



album is a bit like a Christmas album: something all kid trying to sing.” artists are required to do eventually, he quips. But James, who has played regular gigs from the age not every artist is afforded such musical serendipof 17 and recorded 15 studio albums before 25 ity. As James stepped out on the same stage last Live, embraces that side of his well-documented November, he glimpsed back to the thrill of first career. The path was paved with mistakes every making it in his new hometown. step of the way, he says, including weak vocals on “It was bizarre. I remember so many nights, drivthe hit Why’d You Lie. ing down for a show at the Commodore. Twenty“At the end of the day, it’s about continuing to five years later, here we are back do what you love to do come hell or again.” high water. You’re not going to love Though his career in an unpreeverything you did. You’re going to Mentored by dictable industry has seen many look back at some of the stuff and the great Stevie changes, the young rocker, say: ‘What was I thinking?’ But that’s Ray Vaughan, famously mentored by Stevie Ray cool. That’s life.” Vaughan back then, and the vetJames is a musical chameleon, James continues eran of the music industry he has shifting from rock to pop to blues to share his become today, maintains the same and back again. After receiving 16 passion for approach. He channels his energies Maple Blues Awards and credit for music by into playing live music and would leading the swing revival with his never turn down an opportunity to Little Big Band, he still holds the mentoring try something new. record for the fastest-selling album in emerging “You have to stay open,” James Canadian history for his 1988 debut. musicians. says. “To do one thing over and It stands to reason then that his over again is the easy way, because personal taste is as diverse, ranging everybody knows what you’re doing. You’ve got to from Lucinda Williams to Oasis, with an emphasis keep on doing things to challenge yourself.” on those who convey a certain loneliness in their Part of the challenge has come in the form of writing. developing his vocals like never before, a joy that’s “Whether it’s my song or someone else’s, I look taken the 49 year old by surprise, despite having for songs that you can emotionally connect to. picked up two Junos for Male Vocalist of the Year. Some are stories, some just sound cool.” “I love singing so much. I always sang and I’ve The father of two teenaged sons – both more been singing in my own band since I was 16, but I sporty than musical, he says – balks at the label listen to some of my early recordings and I hear a of quiet superstar, hoping instead to go down in

the rock history books as someone considered a “very hilarious, handsome man.” He delights in how his shows now draw a new generation of fans who find their way to his music via their parents, and that he’s found mentoring relationships with emerging musicians his own work has influenced, not unlike the one he shared with Vaughan. “He really took the time and it was crazy-exciting,” he says of the blues guitar legend, who died in 1990. “I think about him often. He’d make sure I was OK backstage. He bought me a hotel room when I was on the road because he knew that I had no money. Beyond the call. It was amazing.” And though one of the handful of musicians James has been able to help guide, band member Chris Caddell, happened to recently divulge he played a Colin James tune in his high school talent show – when the two are out on stage together, there is no ego. “He’s a great harmonizer and we both have similar tastes in music, so it’s a riot,” James says. “That’s been my drive all the way along and I’m so glad I’ve been able to keep it going and keep playing because that’s what got me into it in the first place, more so

than the other things that come along with the joy of making music. I love it.” While best-of and live discs may conjure connotations of petering-out or career-dwindling, James bucks any such trend with a trip to the recording studio planned for the spring. The next record, he says, should capture his current affection for a more vocally-driven acoustic sound. “There’s always a search for the record with more continuity and a better overall vibe, or better singing. You’re always looking for that thing. That’s why it’s important to change it up because it could take shape in so many different ways.” James will continue to make music, but guarantees little else: which direction he’ll turn in the studio, which projects he’ll agree to over dinner, or when his Christmas album drops.

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hen Hayna Gutierrez moved to Canada for a career in the ballet, the classically trained dancer was looking for a different approach to the art. Alongside choreographer Jean Grand-Maître and Canadian musician, singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan, Gutierrez reached that goal and became one of the key dancers in Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, a show inspired by McLachlan’s music. “I had to start breaking my body,” says Cubanborn Gutierrez. “I had to change my mind. That was my idea when I left Cuba; I had to start learning a new movement, a new style.” She is the third of five key dancers who represent different stages in a woman’s life, from first romantic love to deep, mature love, created by a collaboration between the Lilith Fair founder and Grand-Maître, choreographer of the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Whistler Olympics “Of course, there was pressure at the beginning, because you’re working with an important person, but she came and she was so relaxed and so natural that it helped,” Gutierrez says. “It was very easy to talk to her, to listen to her and to put into the choreography. Even if you don’t know about ballet, it doesn’t matter, as long as you understand movement and art – everything works together.” Gutierrez’s character takes the lead on Into the Fire, one of the 16 songs in the ballet that epitomiz-

es the themes of strength and femininity. “As much as it’s representing her, it represents her music,” Gutierrez says. “Those songs are about the power of the woman.” The dance is accentuated by sheer, ethereal costumes. “It’s very free and light. Jean wanted to show the body of the woman, the feminine curves.” Now tackling Fumbling Towards Ecstasy for the second time since her 2010-11 debut, Gutierrez has grown far more Alberta Ballet artists Mark Biocca and Victoria Lane Green. comfortable with the style and her powerful character. company produces their second Joni Mitchell show, “During my first season, I was currently in the works. a little shy. When I came from Cuba, everything was “It’s completely different, but people really like with pink ties, tutus – still covering your body – then it,” she says. “Now it’s easy. Now I’ve been with the I came here and I had to wear underwear,” she says company for four seasons and it’s in my body, so I with a laugh. “It was a little uncomfortable. Now, can enjoy it more.” nothing is uncomfortable. I’m very free like (GrandDance Victoria presents Alberta Ballet’s Fumbling Maître) and the rest of the dancers.” Towards Ecstasy Friday and Saturday Nov. 8 and 9 at Alberta Ballet’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, as well the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). Tickets start at as productions inspired by Joni Mitchell, Elton John $29 and are available at the McPherson box office and k.d. lang’s music have all played to sold-out and audiences. Gutierrez expects the same when the



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Nov. 28 Three men. Three drinks. A million stories. Local wordsmiths Ian Case, David Radford and Dave Morris spend an evening drinking and telling stories off the cuff. The fundraiser for the Victoria Spoken Word Festival takes place at Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard) at 8pm. Tickets, $25 at

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Nov. 9-10 Rising teen stars from Saltwater Inc. show off what it means to fit in and stand out. An exploration of the labels and stereotypes that all teenagers face in a story for teens and adults. 7:30pm Nov. 9 and 2:30pm Nov. 10 at the Hall at Glenlyon Norfolk (800 Richmond). Tickets, $22.25-28.50.,

Apparently this column is making my “brand” confusing. At least that’s the opinion of a marketing person I ran into the other day. He said my persona at the different places I work is a “mishmash,” ranging from thoughtful to silly. He offered to make my “product” consistent so my “consumers” know what to expect. Bif Naked has received similar advice. The rocker’s manager once told her, “never talk on stage; it will betray your agro persona.”   She ignored the suggestion and now the Juno-winner proudly expresses her “touchyfeely” side too, striving to, “keep the lips flapping; never shut-up and never give-up.”  Bif says it’s our responsibility to “live honestly.” The 42-year-old really learned the lesson while successfully battling breast cancer. Before she was sick, the singer wouldn’t say how she felt or what she needed, and would be disappointed when others couldn’t read her mind. And now? “(Now I know) you will not die from somebody rejecting you. If you can be willing to be emotionally uncomfortable in the short term, you will sail through life. You will have a very good time.” The creator of TV’s Corner Gas advises vulnerability and “authenticity” too. Brent Butt says it’s the key to being hilarious. He says successful stand-up comics “come at something from their own unique perspective.” In order to write that way, you need to tune-

out what others are doing and be aware of “whatever you think is truly funny. There’s a much greater chance others will find it funny too. Authenticity and truth go a long way.” Butt says you don’t want to analyze comedy too much “because it’s mercurial. And you don’t want the magic to wonder off.” So listen to your gut, say what you feel and practice. Unlike a “brand,” the creative spirit is not expressed in a consistent way; it includes the significant, the superficial and everything in between. Brands strive to manage their consumer’s expectations by being predictable; great artists aim to surprise us with a different perspective on our world. My job is to be a bridge between creative people and their audience. Instead of worrying about my “brand” – or even having a “brand,” I’m trying to do what feels right. Adam Sawatsky reports on arts & lifestyle weekdays on CTV News Vancouver Island with Hudson Mack. On weekends he hosts Eye on the Arts on CFAX 1070.

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Theatre takes us from Camelot to Cabaret November, traditionally a time for hunkering down, reveals an array of arts-related events. I’ve unearthed the following treasures: William Head On Stage presents, Fractured Fables: The Prison Project – a creation unlike any you have seen before, featuring large-scale shadow puppetry, live blue-grass music, 13 original fables and more than 50 hand-built puppets. WHoS, now in its 32nd year, is the only inmate-initiated and inmate-run theatre program inside a federal institution. Ongoing until Nov. 9. Tickets at Must be 19+. I’m always searching for ways to stretch my listening repertoire, and was intrigued to learn that the works of computer music innovator David A. Jaffe will be the focus of a festival Nov. 3-10. Events include a free lecture by Jaffe, and a 30th anniversary performance of his iconic work Silicon Valley Breakdown at UVic Nov. 6, followed by a concert Nov. 8 at Open Space, and a UVic Faculty concert Nov. 9. This series features many Canadian

premieres of Jaffe’s work. More information at Sin City The Live Improvised Serial returns for its fourth season with Kingdom of Thrones, set in the late Middle Ages – the era of Canterbury Tales, Camelot and Robin Hood. This season promises to be the most audacious yet – a medieval castle in a small village populated by peasants. Each week it’s theatre without a safety net. Come once and you’ll be hooked, like so many of us already are. Preview Nov. 5, season opens Nov. 12. Langham Court Theatre celebrates 85 years with a season that includes beloved classics Harvey and Cabaret, alongside more recent works like Heroes (Nov. 14-30) by Gérald Sibleyras, winner of the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award-winner for Best New Comedy. Take advantage of ticket specials for previews. Student rush tickets have recently been added too. The elegant dinner theatre experience returned to Victoria with the opening of the David Foster Foundation Theatre at the new Oak Bay Beach Hotel. In November and December celebrate the holiday season with It’s Christmas written and produced by Matthew Howe, who has a long history of musical theatre excellence in Victoria. It’s been more than 40 years since Michael Ondaatje wrote The Collected Works of Billy


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the Kid, and more than 20 since I first saw it performed. Originally a series of poems, it was adapted for the stage. Join Victoria’s longest running alternative theatre company, Theatre Inconnu, for this lyrical exploration of a Western legend, Nov. 26-Dec. 14. Tickets through TicketRocket. Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre moves to the Roxy Theatre in Quadra Village for its 2013/2014 season which opens with True West by Sam Shepard (Nov. 19-Dec. 8). Evening shows (due to the liquor license) are 19+. Local musical theatre troupe Gotta Getta Gimmick present chorus|line|cabaret 9: Marvin Hamlisch Nov. 25 in the Belfry Theatre Studio. Featuring jump-ups and diva tag, it’s a who’s who of people dedicated to the art form, and serious fans. Tickets sell out regularly and are available through the Belfry. I first experienced the work of Carmen Aguirre, winner of CBC’s Canada Reads for Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, when she presented her play Blue Box as part of Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Fest in 2012. Join the author for a reading at Open Word, Nov. 20 at Open Space. Janis La Couvée is a community builder, writer and arts advocate. She is incredibly grateful to be the audience. In 2013 Janis was recognized with an M Award as Biggest Supporter of Local Theatre.





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TEDx: Talk of the town

Roberta Glennon is surrounded by her passion at Roberta’s Hats.

A full house reacts to the speaker at last year’s TEDxVictoria.


There’s no denying the enthusiasm organizers ooze for TEDxVictoria. Grandiose, sanguine, optimistic – who cares? They’re tapped into big ideas and a city full of people is lined up to spread them. “It’s almost exactly like the Long Beach TED,” says Ari Hershberg, comparing the third-annual independently-organized Victoria event to its early-’80s predecessor. “I mean, Bill Gates won’t be there. Warren Buffett won’t be there, but that feeling of strong community and such a buzz over the talks will be. The groups of people sharing their thoughts on the talk creates a strong dialogue that emerges out of the room. It washes over their friends and their city afterward.” Seventy-two people applied to present at TEDxVictoria 2013: Emergence. Of those, 15 were chosen to talk, or perform in the case of Kathryn Calder. Nearly 800 spectators are expected at the McPherson Playhouse Nov. 16 to take part in the event. Named for its aim of connecting people from the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design, TED has grown over the last 26 years to encompass a broader range of ideas, including the kind of talk Tiffany Poirer will give at the Mac. The elementary school philosophy teacher helps children become more creative adults with more empowered thinking – children who grow up and find their way into TED events. “Why isn’t it that everyone emerges to create the


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whole – creating something stronger. Everyone has these great skills that they’re born with and if they get to speak, they can create a stronger impact than just one person speaking,” he says. The day’s talks move across a range of fields, with ideas from filmmaker and activist Ian MacKenzie, to tennis pro Rebecca Marino and science journalist Bob McDonald. The through line: emergence. “Emergence is exciting because we have so many people together talking about these talks that we’re sharing and taking it so much farther as a group and creating a stronger community,” Hershberg says. To describe the vibe inside a day-long TED event, Hershberg looks to the first one he attended, and a talk given by author/educator Ken Robinson. “Teachers were crying in the audience,” he says. “They were laughing and the whole room had emotion. There’s something about watching something alone, or with your partner at home, which is lovely, but there’s also something about being in that emotion. That’s why people are drawn to concerts. They get to feel the vibe in this case, something that resonates with them, or they can see something that didn’t interest them resonating with other people and now it interests them. It’s mind-opening, breaking guards down.” Details at, with tickets at


The sixth annual Centennial Square Light Up is on Nov. 23, 4pm-5:30pm. Enjoy the lightup of the giant sequoia tree, including music, Ferris wheel and free treats before the Island Farms Santa Light Parade.


The Town of Sidney shines with the Sidney Sparkles Santa Parade and Sailpast of Lighted Boats on Nov. 30. At 5pm watch the parade down Beacon Ave., then head to the waterfront at 6:15 to see the decorated boats sail by.

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reek fisherman, bowlers and Heisenbergs. They are not invitees to Grandpa’s birthday party, but timeless hat styles hitting Victoria streets. For those sporting the styles, it’s not about being born a “hat person,” but having a sense of confidence or the desire for a little drama. “A hat person isn’t afraid to stand out in a crowd and grab a little attention,” says Roberta Glennon, owner of Roberta’s Hats, the only place in the city where thousands of hats in all varieties are waiting to be discovered by bold fashionistas. With the November drizzle coming and hats moving from the periphery to mainstream fashion, the time is now to experiment with headwear. Popular at the moment are floppy boho styles and the pork pie, also known as the Heisenberg for the Breaking Bad character of the same name. Steampunk is still around, slouchy toques are in demand and men’s caps along with fedora sales have yet to wane, says Glennon, clad in a sleek men’s cap herself. As long as the wearer puts on the matching level of confidence, it doesn’t matter if they leave Roberta’s Hats in a simple knit or ostentatious pirate hat, which, by the way, is not considered a costume piece by some. “I think it’s more fun now that people wear hats because they want to, not just because it’s the societal norm,” says Glennon, who started her business 21 years ago after first having sewn her own dramatic styles. “Back in the day, ladies got their hats and gloves and all that, but now people have a little more fun with their fashion and I like that better.” When customers walk into 1318 Government St., declare they look terrible in hats and request a piece that will change their mind, unfortunately, she says, it’s too late. “They’re setting them self up for failure. You’ve got to put yourself out there. Feel good to look good.”

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THE STANFIELDS -Nov. 28-29. The Stanfields bring their blend of approved

hard rock and traditional roots for two Victoria shows, an unplugged evening in support of Movember and full electric set. The acoustic show, 9pm Nov. 28 in The Games Room is by donation. Tickets to the Nov. 29 show at 9One9, $18, at Doors at 7pm.

Teagan Johnston CD Release Nov. 2, 8pm at Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield) Twice nominated Vancouver Island Youth Artist of the year, 18-year-old Teagan Johnston releases her debut EP, recorded during her last year of high school with the help of local talents Aidan Knight and Steph MacPherson. Fintan O’Brian and Leisure Suit join the evening showcasing Johnston’s piano-driven original songs. Tickets, $14 at Ditch Records.

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Nov. 28 – 29, 8pm at Hermann’s Jazz Club (753 View) Two incendiary nights of jazz featuring Phil Dwyer, Daniel Lapp, Miles Black, Tom Wakeling and Kelby MacNayr. Last February, five of the West Coast’s leading jazz musicians came together for a two night, live-concert recording session before capacity audiences at Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria. Now, after a post-production collaboration pop music legend and mixing engineer Gino Vannelli, the record is ready to be revealed. Tickets, $20/18/15 at Hermann’s.

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Back in the early days of my band the Grapes of Wrath, whenever we played shows across the border we never went through the proper legal procedures. Once we had a mini-tour booked that took us from Vancouver to Spokane and then Kelowna. Our manager decided to make up a fake contract that showed that on this certain night we were playing in Kelowna and not Spokane (where we really were). So we drove to the border that afternoon and presented the guard with our fake contract and told him we were just going across the line to go to the mall in Oroville to buy jeans and we were coming back to play in Kelowna that night. He told us to go inside while they searched our van. As we waited inside the border building, the officer came in from searching our van. He was holding a document in his hand and said: “Well look what I found here.” It was the real contract for our show that night in Spokane. Being the geniuses that we were, we left it in the glove compartment. So the border guard points to me and my brother and orders us to go into separate offices. I was 18 and thought I was going to jail. See the An officer soon came in and sat in front of a typeGrapes of Wrath writer, a portrait of the president above him, eagle Nov. 2 at statues and flags everywhere. He asked me to raise my right hand and swear to tell the truth etc. So I did. Upstairs Cabaret Since the evidence was so damning, I thought maybe it would spare me a lengthy sentence. After he wrote down my admission of guilt he asked me if I wanted to make a statement and I said yes and went on about how all bands do this sort of thing and we were young and poor. So he let me go out to the waiting room and I saw my brother had been released as well. The officer asked for the keys to the van and said: “We are confiscating your vehicle. You can take out your instruments and belongings.” So we pulled everything out of the van, including my brother’s full drum kit and carried it back over to the Canadian side, where we were then interrogated some more, by Canadian border officers. They even went so far as thinking my brother’s passport was fake! Finally they let us go, and after being told we couldn’t hitch hike at the border crossing, we called our grandpa in Kelowna and he drove down to pick us and our gear up in his camper. He stopped at McDonald’s in Penticton to cheer us up. We never did get the van back … bastards.

Music of David A. Jaffe: Lafayette String Quartet

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crosses the line Some musicians lie low and rest their vocal chords in the days leading up to a cross-continent tour, and others, just can’t resist a night of killer karaoke. Lindi Ortega, recovering from stop at a Christmas-themed karaoke pub before she tours from Nashville to Victoria and back, clearly falls into the latter category. “Singing is too much fun,” she says, the gravelly tone in her voice accentuated with a laugh. “Maybe I should be (preserving), but it’s too much fun. I’m such a nerd for it.” Between all-nighters at Santa’s Pub, recording critically acclaimed albums and shooting music videos in downtown Nashville, music city has been good to the Canadian songstress. Ortega – known best for the 2011 Juno nominated Little Red Boots and last year’s Polaris Music Prize long-listed Cigarettes & Truckstops – had etched Hear Ortega’s out a place strange brew of for herself country Nov. 14 at home in the Toronto at Lucky Bar music scene

before she made the southern leap two years ago. At the time, packing up her signature red boots seemed crazy, but also a necessity for an aspiring country singer-songwriter in Canada. “My mom was shocked,” Ortega says. “‘What are you doing? You’re giving up your apartment and your friends – and you’re leaving me here?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’ve gotta do this.’ I’ve gotta go because it felt right.” Ortega’s mother only had herself to blame after instilling in her young daughter a love for the classic country sounds of Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. “I remember being a kid and watching the Dolly Parton Variety Show, then I kind of forgot about it for a bit. I got into Guns ‘n’ Roses and I was a little grunge girl in high school. When I started making music, I found that hints of country started coming through. It was a natural progression and an inevitable step for me to move to Nashville.” Despite songs clearly marked by those early influences, Ortega says her music isn’t accepted as country by those who let Top 40 radio define the genre. “The main thread of my influence comes from old, outlaw, classic country, but I listen to a lot of blues, and I




love soul and Motown – all that culminates in my music.” A performer since the age of 16 – when she lied about her age to play the El Mocambo Tavern in Toronto – Ortega, now 35, has long since established her style and stays true to her sound, regardless of any labels from the industry. Often around the recurring theme of loneliness, Ortega finds herself continually drawn to blending sweet melodies with shadowy storylines. “I do that a lot. Dark, lyrical content set to a happy beat – a lesson learned from Johnny Cash.” Being a touring musician creates a

prime environment for those sentiments to flourish, as they do on Tin Star, the title track from her latest record, written for the plight of the struggling musician. “There’s a lot of sacrifice. … I devote my life to music.” Yet Ortega’s lifestyle, as the Canadian in Nashville, is nothing extraordinary, she says. “I do think the strange brew of country that I make is a rarity. The content of my songs and the way I dress is very different and alternative to how a lot of country female artists dress in this city. That, I think, makes me stand out.”

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nne Hudec is all artist, part historian. She began painting as a child, but lost interest after she left school and “life took over.” When her mother-in-law Hella Hudec gave her a nudge in the late 90s, Hudec again picked up a brush, but it wasn’t until she asked her husband Alvin, to teach her photography that her life as an artist began to take shape. “It’s like when you’re eating a really good ice cream cone and you’ve taken the first few licks and it suddenly falls on the ground. You just started enjoying it and suddenly it’s gone,” she says. “Photography is like that to me, it’s instant gratification. But I wanted to take apart the photo and be able to enjoy it longer.” She and her husband travel extensively, visiting Europe and Asia on a regular basis. It was in Germany and Austria where she first became enamored with statuary, taking numerous photographs and recreating them at home in her studio with water colour. “I became fascinated. … They are part of the urban landscape in parts of Europe and people just walk by them with no recognition or thought of their beauty,” she says. The statues she paints are Anne Hudec’s In the Hands between 100 and 150 years old, of Another. and she will occasionally revisit one



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Artist Anne Hudec is currently at work on a piece inspired by Daibutsu, or giant Buddha, found on a 2009 trip to Kamakura, Japan.

just to find it no longer exists. “They’re stolen for their metal content. Statues worth millions are melted down for 20,000 Euros.” The statues show human emotions as well as the wear of time. “Their age is part of their beauty,” Hudec says. She works from her photographs until she achieves a certain point, then puts the photos away and works more intuitively. She takes as much as 150 hours to create the lifelike water colour images, capturing the patina of time and the nuances of shadow and light. “It’s a constant rollercoaster ride all through the painting. It’s like raising a child. The teen years, you are struggling and are out of sync

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and some days you’re ready to throw in the towel. Then everything begins to come together,” she says. “With water colour it’s a difficult thing to push and pull paint because what you’re doing is having to lift paint off and smooth edges, or use cool and warm colours to cause parts of the face to recede. But that’s the joy of it, the process, that’s the enjoyable part. That’s maybe why I spend so much time on them,” she says with a laugh. Learn more about Anne Hudec’s work at



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e drops into thousands of homes every Sunday. When his soft, slow cadence flows from public radio airwaves, families listen together. Sitting next to each other in a Toronto living room, or on opposite sides of the country, Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe offers a conduit through which listeners connect. It’s a place where laughter sometimes meets tears and this month – like every year – the author, journalist and storyteller, climbs aboard a Victoria-bound tour bus and brings that experience to The Royal Theatre. “We go to the same places every year at Christmas, so it feels like we’re coming home, which is what Christmas is all about,” says McLean, during a trip to his home in the Laurentian Mountains of southern Quebec. “It’s like I’m getting together with family across the country every year for Christmas and I’m the one responsible for dinner.” Twenty years ago McLean, well into his career as a radio journalist and columnist with CBC, launched a little summer fill-in program known as the Vinyl Cafe. The show, recorded in-studio, remained that way for a couple of years, made a one-year move to a live broadcast with a studio audience and by the fourth year, took its current form as a weekly staple on national radio. The stories, essays and music of Vinyl Cafe, some live and some pre-recorded, are sewn together by one host and writer, a man who, two decades into the gig, still struggles with the creative process. “As a writer, I’m always looking for challenges,” McLean says. “You always want to be working on thin ice, where you’re not completely comfortable or confident that you’re going to make it across the frozen lake. That’s what keeps you engaged and challenged: if you’re engaged and challenged. Then you’re doing your best work.” McLean began penning Vinyl Cafe’s stories of second-hand record store owner Dave, his family and friends, just to see if he could, to ignite the spark of an unknown challenge. He continues because, unlike his previous nonfiction work, he hasn’t yet discovered the failsafe bag of tricks to write through the problems of a world he has created. At 65, he feels his best is still yet to come. To stop fanning the flames of his fiction would result in too great a loss. “When you create something that’s snuck up on


you, you create characters who become a part of your life. If I stopped writing it right now, I would lose touch with this family who feel very, very much like my family to me,” he says. “The only real way I have of engaging them and learning about their lives is to write it down, to struggle with the writing and to wrestle with what’s going on in their lives. That’s the gift the show gives me.” McLean constructs a world of his own within the lives of the Vinyl Cafe characters and listeners have long since seized the reins for a segment of their own. The Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange has seen droves of stories sent in over the years – from an elementary school teacher who launched into a section on the Holocaust by delivering an interactive fascist lesson to unsuspecting children, to a truck driver who duped a hitchhiker into scaling the side of his moving truck and dropped trou to pee in the dead of a northern Ontario winter. Read every week on the program, and recently compiled in the latest Vinyl Cafe book, the poignant, peculiar, humorous and heartfelt stories shared on the exchange, have grown in popularity since its inception and brought listeners closer to the shared experience at the core of the show’s longevity. “E.B. White says humour, which is kind of the field I’m ploughing, can have, like poetry, an added dimension,” McLean says. “When it does, it can take the reader to this land where tears and laughter meet, where you can’t trust your emotions, where you’re laughing one moment and crying the next. When you go to that strange land, writes White, you’re close to the big, hot fire that is truth. Sometimes you feel the heat. When I do my best work, I’m trying to take people close to the big, hot fire that is truth. I’m trying to take them to the country where tears meet laughter and they can’t trust their emotions.” On Nov. 27 and 28, McLean brings with him Juno Award-winners, The Good Lovelies for his annual holiday show at The Royal Theatre – an opportunity the wordsmith still relishes. “I get to be there at the moment of giving and receiving. Most writers have to guess how their work is being received. ... I’m there. I get to go in everyone’s home and read them a bedtime story.”

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o whom it may concern, Consider this the last will and testament of comedian Mike Delamont. I am writing this on the tray table of what I can only assume is the world’s smallest plane and what I am sure will deliver me to my untimely demise. This Lilliputian-sized chariot of death will take me from Saskatoon to Regina. If you don’t own a map, that ain’t a long drive folks. We should have just got in a car. If I was in a car right now I would likely be asleep rather than nauseated from the violent winds hurling me around in the last moments of my life like some fat, diabetic Buddy Holly. I am on the road with an overweight Greek comedian and a bald neurotic Jew. I didn’t know that my obituary would read like a corny joke from the 50s. A funny Greek, a Jew and a fat Italian get on a plane … To give you an

@mikedelamont idea of how small this plane is, we didn’t even have to go through security! It left from a hangar. To be fair, the staff have been very nice to us and even gave us free snacks and beer. I assumed my last meal would be steak but I suppose Ritz Bits and a local lager will have to do. I never thought I would be a comedian. I went to post secondary school for opera and business (different times and schools for both … that would be a very specific niche market school otherwise.) I never thought I would ever be able to make a living at this. Last night I played in a theatre with 2,500 people. That’s a big chunk of people facing you. Lots of folks ask how we can do it, how a comedian can walk out in front of that many people and talk for an hour. I’ll be honest and say it’s the easiest thing in the world. The more people, the better. A full 3,000 seat auditorium is easier to to play than the 160 seat auditorium in Edmonton where you have 20 people who came to see the noon show on a Thursday. We have a vast array of gigs on the road but it’s those full ones where the laughter never stops that keep your

batteries charged. When you have that perfect storm of jokes and laughter, nothing feels better. It feels like home. The plane just did that thing where it dropped in the air and my stomach shot into my throat. Bring on local lager number three. I wish I had done more with my life. I wish I had been less afraid of everything. I’m too afraid to dance, can you believe that? I hate the idea of feeling foolish. If I survive this 45-minute flight of death, then I shall take dancing lessons. You heard it here folks. Of course, all of this is written on cocktail napkins on the plane that I die in ... I don’t know if anybody will ever know this. So how do you know if I am alive or not? Well, the likelihood is that from wreckage of this fiery crash, somebody found the napkin and thought it was so delightful they sent it to Monday Magazine. What’s more likely is that the day before my column was due, I found the napkins I wrote this on while cleaning up my hotel room in Sudbury and thought I should just send them this. It will have to remain a mystery I suppose.

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expert Kyle Slavin tries his hand at field hockey under the watchful eyes of a member of the Wildcats field hockey team on UVic’s artificial turf.


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t’s 5:20 on a cool Wednesday evening in October and I’m inside frantically searching for comprehensive “how to play field hockey” videos on YouTube. Forty minutes from now I’m expected to hit the turf at UVic with the Island Wildcats, Victoria’s premier women’s field hockey team, to play a sport I’ve never watched, let alone attempted. Apparently no such video exists – not that it really would have made any difference. I run through a series of drills with defenceman Chelsey Cleemoff, who patiently holds my hand through it all: my fumbling through dribbles, my passes veering way off course, the ball repeatedly bouncing over my foot when I fail to stop it with my stick. “You did very well. You honestly did pretty good,” Cleemoff says. She strokes my bruised ego like a coach who knows how to motivate a despondent athlete. Cleemoff can’t help but compare my skill level to the athletes she typically coaches: kids 12 and under. “I’ve been coaching for a few years now, and for starting out at the level that you’re at, you

picked up the skills pretty fast. It’s hard trying a new sport. It takes a lot of time and hard work to get to this level. You weren’t bad,” she says. Watching (comfortably from the bench) the Wildcats play a friendly against the UVic Vikes, I can see how bad I actually am in comparison. The speed at which the game is played and the rock-hard ball is passed is intimidating and slightly terrifying – even from the sidelines. Despite not being able to master this technically complex sport in my first go-around, I did learn one thing: field hockey is really fun. It takes a lot to grasp even the basics of playing the game – I’m not there yet – but with each minute of practice it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular sports in the world. And that’s something no YouTube video can ever convey.

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urling has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. From playing behind the glass while my parents curled, to trying to hide my curling broom (it was not the coolest sport) on the way to catch the bus after school to head down to the rink for junior curling league. It has not only kept me active and healthy, but also socially and mentally engaged for decades. Naturally, I met my life partner and husband of 28 years at the curling rink. So when we decided to relocate from Kelowna to Victoria with our young family in search of ‘grown up’ jobs in 1986, our first stop was the local curling club, where we knew we would find familiarity in a new city and a great place to meet new friends. As it goes in the sport, we were quickly embraced into the community. That’s just the way it is at the curling rink. I never expected that curling would play such a significant role in my life. It is my heritage, my passion, and now my career. I realize that curling has not always been the easiest sport for non-curlers to take up. But things have definitely changed recently. In the face of a very crowded leisure and recreation marketplace, curling clubs are now called curling centres, in a genuine effort to be a viable choice for newcomers. There are many new options for folks of any age who want to give it a try. Simply call, or walk into any local curling centre to inquire about the many Learn to Curl options. Naturally people are in search of a way to be physically active, stay healthy and have fun, and curling is more than an avenue to achieve those results. Before you know it, curling will captivate you, it will get under your skin, you will find yourself reliving those shots and situations, and then – you will be a curler! Elaine Dagg-Jackson is a 27 year resident of Victoria, 27 year member of the Victoria Curling Centre, the daughter of a world champion curler, wife a world champion curler and mother of two adult children who have competed at many national championships. She has coached at more than 20 world championships and will coach the Canadian Women’s team in her fifth Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in February 2014.





& Humpback Whales NATALIE NORTH One recent morning I awoke a feeble landlubber more accustomed to the sound of emails taking flight from my inbox than the chirping of a depth sounder. I would go to bed that night irrevocably transformed. To anyone who knows the sanitized vegetarian I purport to be, listen up: I am fisherwoman, hear me roar!


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t 8 a.m. the sun warms the glassy surface of the Sooke basin and melts away the fog. At the end of the dock sits Fish Tank, West Isle Fishing Experience’s 23-foot Hourston glasscraft that I think deserves a less militant moniker. She skips across the ocean with ease – but not so much that you can’t feel the waves splash beneath your feet. Aboard Fish Tank, we glide past the mouth of Sooke River, where gulls flock for a chance at the salmon now making their way upstream. Whiffin Spit stretches out to our starboard side – wink, sailors – and the shimmering bits of first light soon swell into an all out symphony of sea salt and sunshine. “Looks like we’re not the only ones,” says Ryan Chamberland, West Isle’s owner and my guide for the day. Through condensation-covered windows, I see a handful of fishing boats in the distance. It won’t be until we arrive about a kilometre offshore that his comment will take on a new meaning. The 300 horsepower outboard suddenly kicks in. My hiking boots slide across the deck. I grip the base of the down-rigger to steady myself. When I ask how fast his chariot moves, Chamberland is quick to note both 80 kilometres and the fact that I won’t be going overboard. Good to know. Cozy in my vinyl seat, the wind all through my hair and the smell of the ocean in my face, I lean back and watch the fishing rods glint in the sun above my head. As we slow, Chamberland pulls them from their mounts and fastens flashers, spoon lures to each. Weighted with something he calls cannonballs – prerequisites for Fish Tank life, I suppose – my captain lowers the lines to four-


and-a-half metres and doles out commands: “When you see the rod start moving, say ‘fish on.’” I continue to gaze at the coastal birds, fellow charter boats, and the soft wake of trolling speed. The rod jerks wildly. I’m not one to disobey, but I didn’t expect this kind of instant turnaround. Chamberland unclips the rod and hands it over, along with some key advice: when the fish wants to run, let him, or the reel will hurt your fingers. Here’s where I need to confess: I’m more concerned about hurting the fish than my fingers. The woman holding the rod has harboured a near lifelong inner conflict about eating seafood, but feels if you eat it, you should be comfortable with knowing where it came from and right now a fresh salmon dinner is on the menu. So the fish and I play a game of give and go. He runs. I let him. I reel. He runs. The thrill of the chase bubbles up inside me and I find myself laughing, cackling, like a Disney villain. The flasher emerges first, next the shimmery back of my little coho. With ease, Chamberland leans over the side of Fish Tank and sweeps him up in a net. The nine-pound salmon hangs suspended on the line as Chamberland grabs for his fish bonker. I hear myself squeal a little. “You’re not vegetarian are you?” he says. “Nope.” My response punctuated by the hollow sound of a single blow. “Wanna pick him up?” Chamberland asks and now I’m on a mission. I slip two fingers beneath his gills and own what just went down. I love it. We high five and continue on our adventure. Before the adrenaline peters out, I see who else has joined us for the day. Mist bursts from the water ahead and an otherworldly humpback tail rises and falls behind it. The rod lurches. “Fish on!” Chamberland passes me the rod and I reel in another salmon, a coho, this one larger than the last. I’ve got it down now and I think he agrees. “Women are better at reeling them in – ” he says. Why, thank you. “– because they don’t want to break their nails.” Never mind.

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The afterglow of the catch is once again interrupted by the humpbacks, this time closer. The mammoth creatures appear slow and powerful, but vanish in an instant. Our guide plugs the surfy West Coast tunes of Quoia into his stereo and opens up the throttle. Fish Tank thunders toward a cluster of seagulls on Secretary Island. High above the rocks, two eagles watch, unimpressed, as Chamberland attempts to entice them down with a fish head. He concedes. The predators will not be hand fed on this day. And we move on, past Possession Point and a smattering of figures donning hip waders and armed with fly rods along Billings Spit. “It’s not about getting your limit in fish,” Chamberland says. “It’s about the experience.” For those who join him on the boat, who aren’t from the coast, a day on the water is more of an opportunity to see wildlife they otherwise only see in magazines. “We’re so lucky to be able to do this,” he says. Though we’re out in the dying days of salmon season, halibut fishing is a year-round endeavour for anyone up to braving the unpredictable fall weather on the West Coast. Back at my computer, I’m suddenly in the third act of an ‘80s adventure comedy: the time when the protagonist questions if the ride they just experienced was all in their head, until a memento resurfaces and proves its veracity. The aroma of salmon and victory seeps from my treads and I share a grin with the blink of my cursor.

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hen Takashi Ito stands before a two-metre tall ice canvas, the Victoria chef already has a vision in mind. While most working stiffs look forward to a sun-drenched beach during a B.C. winter getaway, Ito heads to places like Saskatoon in search of solid ice. His carving is inspired by little things: boats in the Inner Harbour, cyclists pedalling by during the Tour de Victoria. Then the creative design process – his favourite part – begins. Once, for a fairy-themed ice carving competition, he created a wine fairy – gracefully splayed on a chair with a half-empty wine glass in hand. “Always some action is happening, movement is important. What makes a difference (in competition) is the design,” he says. “If I do a horse standing, it’s a statue. If it’s ready to jump, it comes alive.” Carving takes two or three days of 12-plus-hours even with power tools.




t’s funny that in this age of ‘knowing everything’ that we can still find people who fly under the radar. In the local cocktail world this comes in the form of über delight Brooke Levie from the Marina Restaurant. I first stumbled across this Victoria gem at an Art of the Cocktail event and over the years I’ve seen a cocktail served from a smoking pumpkin and one that contained parmigiano-infused Irish Whisky. I can be sure his concoctions will be delicious, nicely balanced and a show-stopper. I can’t wait to see what delights will spring from his creative mind this year, as I’m sure Brooke will make magic again. What brought up the topic of Brooke was a stop at the Marina to have sushi, and lo and behold there are Japanese style cocktails to complement the nosh to come. They have a very spicy Seven Samurai Caesar that included pickled burdock, and a Japa 75 that riffs on a French 75, combining plum wine, yuzu and green tea syrup to good effect. We also had the pleasure of trying our enthusiastic bartender’s new cocktail ‘pop’ that included sake, yuzu and cucumber. So light and refreshing it set the palate up for the meal ahead rather than stomping on it. A very Italian take on pre-dinner cocktails.

“Ice carving is my hobby. I’m getting studying law in university, and travelled old now, I do much less,” he says with cross-country from Vancouver to P.E.I. a grin. “I still go to one or two compe“I fell in love with (Canada). I titions a year.” thought ‘how can I stay here?’” he His creations built outdoors can be as says, his Japanese heritage still flalarge as two-by-four-mevouring his words “They tres and don’t melt during weren’t looking for lawA horse the process so detail is preyers.” standing is a served. The hobby draws Ito polished off univerhim around the world to sity and cooking school statue. If it’s places like Alaska, Russia concurrently and comready to jump, and Switzerland, but the pleted an apprenticeship it comes alive. highlight for Ito is reprewhile working through senting Canada twice at months of immigration the Olympics, in Nagano hoops. (1998) and Salt Lake City (2002). He made his way into Canadian Alongside the traditional winter kitchens in the early 1980s and started sports event, cultures are celebrated, carving a niche in ice with the buffet which includes an “intense” Olympic table-sized creations that he rarely ice carving competition. builds now. The choice of holiday location for the At that time Japan had the best ice executive chef of Aura restaurant at the carvers in the world and a team was Laurel Point Inn, is as unusual as his visiting Winterlude in Ottawa while Ito early career options. also explored the festival. Japanese born, Ito visited Canada “It’s all coincidence and timing,” between his first and second year he says.



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a month before you plan to serve it. Even making a fruit cake usually spans several days, what with soaking fruit in liquor and so on. Then there are the chocolate letters. I have a tradition of buying Dutchmade chocolate initials for everyone on my list. If you wait too long, you can’t find all the letters you need in the few stores that stock these treats. Luckily, the European-style bakeries in Victoria have been keeping busy in November as well, not only bringing in the imported treats I love, but producing their own goodies for the holiday, including my favourite Italian holiday bread, panettone, the dried fruit-studded brioche-like bread with the big domed top. Start checking bakeries like Fol Epi, The Italian Bakery and Ottavio’s as we get closer to the holidays for homemade panettone goodness. Don Genova is a Vancouver Island-based award-winning freelance journalist specializing in food and travel. Find him online at MONDAY MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2013


Hockey fans can relive the heydays of the NHL through Grant Lawrence’s new book The Lonely End of the Rink; Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie which launches at the Copper Owl Oct. 25 from 7 to 9pm. A wellknown author, Vancouver rocker, with the Smugglers, and CBC radio personality, Lawrence delves into his own past as a bullied geek and his love/hate relationship with Canada’s national sport. From a close encounter with famed player Bobby Orr as an infant in 1972, to his decision to step between the pipes as goalie for his “nerd herd” elementary school ball hockey team to a tour with punk band the Hanson Brothers – named after the fictitious Slapshot goons – that culminated in a hockey-flavoured tune that hit the radio during the Canucks 1992 Stanley Cup run, Lonely End of the Rink is a nostalgic blend of high school David versus Goliathcontinuing with a whole lotta great hockey memstudies continuing ories tossed in.

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Few films have generated the pre-release buzz of this portrait of Julian Assange, whose leaking of hundred of thousands of secret government documents created a storm of controversy that still continues. Starring the suddenly ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch, with a little help from Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney, and David Thewlis.


The great director Alexander Payne (About Schmidt) is back on the road with a drama about an alcoholic sliding towards senility (Bruce Dern, who won Best Actor at Cannes this year) who is travelling with his estranged son (Will Forte) to collect a $1 million sweepstakes prize.


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The Vancouver International Film Festival was a great success as always. In the early days of the Victoria Film Festival I met with the director of VIFF, Alan Franey, to get advice and found a great generosity of spirit. Now I cross the pond to look for films to screen in Victoria. This year I found a surprise that I can’t wait to share. Particle Fever reminded me that great films still go unnoticed. The film follows physicists at the large hadron collider in Cern,

Switzerland as they get the machine up and running and begin testing. Yawn? No! I haven’t been as engaged in such a long time. The drama, the disappointments, the sheer drive of these people lifts you up and carries you along on their world-altering journey. Keep your fingers crossed that the mojo is with our programmer when he tries to bring Particle Fever to Victoria.

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small SCREEN KYLE WELLS What’s y’all’s new favourite show? While I certainly haven’t seen them all yet I would have to say so far, there’s a few diamonds in the sky, er, rough. As far as dramas go the best of the bunch is Masters of Sex (Movie Central, Sundays, 9pm.) which you heard here first, folks. It’s funny, a little sexy, pretty compelling and I’m still interested in seeing where it ends up going. That’s a good sign. In the world of comedy my new favourite, much to my surprise, is Brooklyn Nine-Nine (CityTV, Tuesdays, 8:30pm). I thought I was sick of Andy Samberg, but apparently I’m not, as this has been the comedy I’ve been quick to look for new episodes of. We’re four in and so far I’m enjoying it as a light, easy laugh. (Unlike Samberg’s old stomping ground, Saturday Night Live, which is suffering from a severe lack of veterans. I’m off track, but I simply hope it finds its way.) In terms of what’s not working for me, I don’t think I’m going to be able to stand watching Stephen Merchant’s new HBO comedy Hello Ladies (Sundays, 10:30pm) simply because I am no fan of squirm comedy, and it doesn’t get much more awkward than watching nerdy Merchant hit on beautiful women, which is the show’s only schtick. And despite its popularity, I also didn’t care much for The Crazy Ones (CityTV, Thursdays, 9pm). But I keep forgetting I don’t care much for Robin Williams, so it’s sort of a write off. It’s not over yet for premieres though folks. Just in time for Halloween is a new Dracula series, premiering on Global on Oct. 25 at 9pm. The American-UK co-production is co-created by Daniel Knauf, the man behind Carnivale, the best show HBO ever cancelled, and is a take on the original Bram Stoker novel. You know, the one about horrific vampires with heavy erotic overtones where no one sparkles. For the sci-fi fans out there, Almost Human is premiering on Fox on Nov. 4. From the producers of Lost, Almost Human is set in the year 2048 and follows human LAPD cops who are paired up with androids. I’m not a huge sci-fi fan, but this one actually looks not bad, with a bit of a Blade Runner meets The Terminator thing going on. Happy trails.


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ictoria is blessed with many things: clean air, mild temperatures and stunning views. But one of its greatest resources is man made; it’s the talented craftspeople who call this cool coastal city home. One of the best ways to appreciate these hardworking artisans en masse is to visit one (or a dozen) of the Christmas craft fairs hosted in and around the city throughout November and into December (check out To pay homage to the handmade, this month’s outfit features a couple of homespun styles that will have you looking right at home browsing ceramic Christmas tree ornaments at the Sooke Craft Fair or window shopping downtown (versatility is a virtue when it comes to clothes, after all). Inspired by the traditional Cowichan sweater, this 100-per-cent wool Hudson’s Bay sweater (Hudson Bay Co. Hand-knit Sweater, $375, The Bay) is a wearable masterpiece. The HBC stripes progress in a brown-to-black ombre design giving a modern twist to a classic motif. Handknit by First Nations craftspeople from Vancouver Island, this sweater is a very stylish example of the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Pairing this handcrafted sweater with the slim silhouette of velvet Ashtanga Prenatal Nidra Restorative skinny jeans (Gap Velvet Always Skinny Skimmer Jeans, $80, Gap) balances out the bulk of the thick knit, while still keeping the overall look cosy and autumnal. Velvet is a huge trend this fall – the zipper-embellished front pockets on these jeans work to toughen up this potentially foppish fabric. While cruising around the Out of Hand Christmas Craft Fair at Crystal Gardens,

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t’s the time of year when we all want to cozy up by the fireplace and settle in for the coming wet, cold fall and winter evenings. Nothing can help create this cozy feeling more than the right area carpet in your main living space. As more of us now have hard flooring surfaces (wood, tile, cork, bamboo, laminate etc.) area carpets are vital to warm up the space.

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They also ground the furniture, define the area, give us comfort on our feet, as well as absorb sound waves. I am always on the hunt for area carpets and think of them like artwork. There are inexpensive polypropylene carpets – good for kids, pets, and your wallet. Think of these as temporary, they don’t last forever. Then you can find decent European machine-made wools, which are great if you want a nicer carpet but can’t afford hand tufted. Then you can move up to hand tufted beautiful wools or silks, some of which are truly masterpieces. Carpets like these are often lifetime investments. Area carpets come in every possible design, pattern, colour, and texture. To get started finding the right carpet, it is important to figure out the feel you want to achieve, the size

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When I was 19, I invested in a very good set of pots and pans. When they were delivered to the house, my brother – always the joker in our family – asked, “What are you going to do with those? Start a rhythm band?” That should tell you something about my domestic inclinations growing up. I didn’t spend much time in the kitchen. My sister liked to cook and I liked to read. She was crafty and I was clever. I come from a family of great cooks on my mother’s side but I didn’t share the fun of working side by side in the kitchen when I was a girl. An event this month made me realize that I had missed out on more than learning how to make my mother’s chocolate chip cake or her meatloaf. It wasn’t that I didn’t learn how to cook. We ate dinner together every night when I was growing up and meals, especially meals like


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Thanksgiving or Christmas, were glorious. I’m pleased to say that my desire to recreate all the wonderful memories I have of sitting around our dining room table with extended family and friends motivated me to learn how to cook. (That, four kids and a husband with a limited repertoire in the kitchen!) But last month, I was invited to join a group of women about my age, and in my field, to make antipasto. There were only six of us, but one of the women brought her daughter for part of the adventure and a younger colleague joined in until she had somewhere more exciting to be. We had a wonderful afternoon chopping and chatting, solving all the problems of the world and feeling affirmed and connected. It was therapy. I reflected later on how lucky my friend’s daughter was to have spent a couple hours listening to us talk. You learn so much

eavesdropping on the previous generation. Even our young colleague, before she headed out to her more exciting life, was prompted to phone her grandma to let her know she was gathered in a sweet smelling kitchen with a group of wonderful women. Six hours of stirring and boiling and we all proudly went home with our half-dozen jars of mouth-watering antipasto. But for me, the end product was just a bonus. The time spent in the kitchen enjoying the company of women was what really fed my soul. I wish I had realized that when I was younger. Jo-Ann Roberts is an award-winning, veteran journalist who is host of CBC Radio’s All Points West, 3-6 pm weekday afternoons, 90.5 fm. Married to Ken Kelly, they have four children.













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OPEN LETTER TO THE CITIZENS OF VICTORIA: YOU ARE BEING MISLED ABOUT SEWAGE TREATMENT The October 3rd media release by Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA), TBuck Suzuki Foundation (TSF), and David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) presented misinformation suggesting that Victoria’s current system of natural marine treatment needs to be replaced.

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In a subsequent October 4th CHEK TV news-cast, retired UVic microbiologist Dr. Ed Ishiguro presented informal test results that were neither scientifically peer-reviewed nor published. On the same news-cast, CRD director Judy Brownoff cited his tests to support her promotion of the CRD’s sewage plan.

This is the only time of year when the Sun is opposite your sign, which is as far away from you as it gets all year. Since the Sun is your source of energy, you’re going to be more tired and you will need more sleep. Plus the opposition of the Sun to your sign makes you more aware of your closest relationships. You’ll start to think about what you want from a relationship. What needs must it fill? What needs of someone else must you fill? Relationships are a two-way street. (Or a roundabout if you’re kinky.)

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Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Now you enter a month packed with vacations, parties, fun leisure and flirtations. Enjoy sports events, playful activities with children and romantic getaways. This is a strong time for writers, actors, teachers and salespeople because fiery Mars fires your desire to express your opinions and beliefs. Therefore, if you have to sell an idea, you’re in the zone. However, you might come on too strong for some because you identify so strongly with your beliefs. (Little girl with forked tongue should not kiss balloon.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This month is about family get-togethers, domestic repairs and changes to your home. Leos need to be in charge of their castle. Another thing you’re juggling in your head (and your pocket) is money. That’s because you’re hemorrhaging cash right now. Well, good times, love affairs, children, gifts, vacations and romantic rendezvous do drain the bank. And it’s inevitable because you like to have fun, you’re generous, and you do things with flair! A busy month! Short trips, conversations with others, increased reading and writing plus errands and busy diversions will accelerate your daily routine. Zoom, zoom. Plus, Mercury retrograde will create snafus, transportation delays, silly errors and misunderstandings. Don’t worry, you’re not losing it. It’s Mercury retrograde being the trickster. Enjoy entertaining at home and redecorating projects. Join a gym or exercise class because you’ve got energy to burn. You want to enlighten others and you will!

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You’re wrapped up with financial matters – how you earn your money, how you Georgia Nicols spend it and how you handle your possessions. Yet, at a deeper level, you’re giving thought to your values in life. But hey, this means you have to know what really matters. Only by knowing what matters can you make sensible decisions. Secret activities behind the scenes (perhaps love affairs) will take place. Venus will soften your words and attract opportunities to earn money through talking, writing, selling, acting and teaching.

Chaos, renovations or visiting guests might create tension at home. Fortunately, fair Venus paves the way for smooth relationships. In fact, partnerships will become cozy. Meanwhile, Mercury retrograde creates delays, confusion, errors and mixed-up communications at work. Just accept this and be on the lookout for it. Double-check everything. Assume nothing. The good news is opportunities to boost your income still exist and will continue for months ahead. (Get on this.)

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It’s time to get in touch with your inner self. (And without elective surgery.) In November, you’ll be more aware of doing or saying things that surprise even you. Or you might be aware of a compulsion you hadn’t noticed before. Your opportunity is not so much to spot your feelings but rather to strengthen your sense of who you are by helping you to see who you are. It’s that simple. This might relate to your sex life or how you fit into your family or how you disagree with someone else’s value system.



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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) With the Sun in your sign for the first time in 11 months, you can replenish your energy for the next year. Since it’s all about you, dear Scorpio, it’s totally appropriate to put yourself first. Do what you want. Demand the biggest piece and the best seat. You’ll be aggressive with others, especially in group situations. In fact, you’ll enjoy competitions and physical sports. You’re making money now, which allows you to buy goodies and treasures for yourself and loved ones. Ka-ching!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) With your birthday a month away, your year is ending. Use this month to strategize what you want your new year to be all about. Now is the time to make plans, even though you’re dealing with the past. Continue to get rid of what you no longer need — possessions, relationships, people, jobs and residences. Fair Venus in your sign makes you charming, sociable and attractive to others. Shop for wardrobe goodies – ya think? (It’s hard for naked people to get ahead in the world.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This month friendships plus your relationship to groups will be something you start to examine. (Your friends are a reflection of you.) Naturally, this includes partying, schmoozing and socializing. Now is the time to share hopes and dreams for the future with others to get their feedback. Expect to see friends from your past. Meanwhile, you want a change of scenery and since things are so cozy with partners and close friends – you have your travelling companion, hopefully with Visa or Mastercard.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

The Sun moves across the top of your chart now casting a spotlight on you. And this light is flattering. Everyone thinks you walk on water. Whatever people want, say yes because you won’t have to do anything special to dazzle them. You might get an offer from someone from your past because Mercury retrograde will attract old bosses and authority figures you knew before. It’s all good. Disputes about shared property might arise, but you don’t care because your sex drive is amped and it’s easy to get along with others.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You want to learn more and meet new people, so travel it you can. This month is also perfect to finish writing projects, thesis papers, books and anything involved with medicine and the law. Personally, you’ll have a wonderful opportunity to practice patience because fiery Mars is opposite your sign now, and this tends to make you easily annoyed with others. Just remember – patience is the antidote to anger. (People who think they know everything are very annoying for those of us who do.)

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For fast, effective relief from joint pain and inflammation – naturally. Introducing fast joint care+, made with the patented and proven ingredient NEM®, its formula provides the fastest, most effective way to improve mobility and range of motion due to osteoarthritis joint pain and joint stiffness.

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A three-year fermentation process supplies a complete probiotic system including prebiotics, enzymes, micro-nutrients, and organic acids. Helps restore the balance of intestinal microflora so important to a healthy immune system and overall good health.

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Harmony® Menopause

Resveratrol-forte® is strong - it contains up to 8 For the relief of symptoms of menopause and times more trans-resveratrol than other products perimenopause Harmony® Menopause may help on the market! This high-potency rejuvenation with more than just hot flushes: formula activates the longevity • Night sweats enzyme, boosts antioxidants • Irritability and enhances heart health. • Sleeplessness ® Resveratrol-forte contains • Mood swings 100% pure trans-resveratrol, • Fluid retention the most absorbable form of • Headache resveratrol. Better absorption • Mild anxiety means optimal anti-aging • Joint aches benefits! $ 99

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October 24, 2013 edition of the Monday Magazine