OUTstages makes a spectacular debut

The poster for OUTstages draws the eye with a gorgeous headshot of a drag queen in pink lipstick and pearls. I was intrigued by the festival’s tagline, “Victoria’s first queer theatre festival,” because the series of shows is just that — the first of its kind. OUTstages kicked off from Pride Week and ran July 5–12, pulling… Read more »

Ska Fest Recap: My weekend at Ska Fest

To say I that was impressed by Victoria’s 2015 Reggae & Ska Festival would be an understatement. In my first experience of this event I was fortunate enough to attend three nights of incredible performances from numerous artists and had my eyes opened to a thriving niche in the Victoria music scene. Each night I… Read more »

UVEC brings out the best in student engineering

This past Saturday, UVic engineers gathered in ECS to compete in UVEC, the University of Victoria Engineering Competition. The one-day event, consisting of team competitions in various disciplines, was a qualifying event for regional and national engineering competitions. This summer, competitions included re-engineering (transforming an object), debate, senior design (creating an object from provided parts), and… Read more »

Dâm-Funk speaks ‘from the gut’

Editor’s note: Parts of this interview have been edited for clarity. Think of all the times you’ve asked someone what their favourite kind of music is. How many of those people said “funk?” Why don’t more people give that answer? It’s how many of us describe the songs that make us dance. Funk is at… Read more »

Letter to the editor: Rainbow crosswalk vandalized

Editor’s note: This letter was previously published on July 2 on the author’s Facebook page as a public note. It has been edited from its original source for publication here.   Earlier this week one of UVIC’s busiest crosswalks was repainted as a rainbow in celebration of the upcoming Pride week, and, from their website,… Read more »

Rainbow crosswalk met with celebration, condemnation

The weather on July 2 may have been pleasant, but it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-painted rainbow crosswalk on UVic’s ring road. Speeches by UVic staff— including President Jamie Cassels, Vice-President Academic and Provost Valerie Kuehne, and Student Recruitment Communications Assistant Gillian Cornwall — were followed by queer/trans activists Kat Palmateer… Read more »

Photography by Michelle Rachel

Local photographer Michelle Rachel captures life on the island in all its majesty with this dazzling selection of photos. To see more of Michelle’s work, go to her website at: www.michellerachelphoto.com.

Agalloch brings eclectic energy to Victoria June 19

Although a cellist may seem like a peculiar choice for a metal bill, the evening’s opening duties were given to the L.A.-based Alison Chesley, who goes by the stage name Helen Money. However, Chesley is not your average cello player. Her heavy musical pedigree is strong, as she is a session player at the legendary… Read more »

Events: July 2–August 5

ART Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form I wouldn’t consider myself the artsy type, but I know what I like. And I like what I’ve seen of Jock Macdonald. He’s considered a pioneer of postwar abstraction in Canada, and wouldn’t you know it, the AGGV has an entire exhibit showing off his work! There are drop-in tours… Read more »