Posts Categorized: Culture

Definitively West Coast: The Martlet’s chat with Carmanah

From songwriting on Denman Island to advocating for environmental sustainability, Victoria’s Carmanah embrace the ruggedness of their music. Their name comes from the ancient rainforest on Vancouver Island, and their sound is true to that —  an effortless fusion of folk, rock, reggae, and funk, coming together to produce raw sonority that celebrates West Coast living… Read more »

Rifflandia to celebrate its 10th birthday

B.C.’s live music scene has undoubtedly taken several hits in 2017, with Pemberton, Squamish, and Rock The Shores festivals cancelled this past summer season. Regardless, Rifflandia Music Festival looks to continue a decade-long tradition of providing Victoria with new music and undeniable relevance, saturated in west coast culture. Set to take place from Sept. 14-17,… Read more »

Your soundtrack for September

September is a great time to discover new music. The start of a new (or first) year of university means the creation of new memories, and you’re going to need some new playlists to accompany them. Here are a few albums I recommend delving into before you get sucked into balancing school with anything else…. Read more »

Victoria Festival of Authors returns for second year

The Victoria Festival of Authors will bring together writers and readers together during its second annual festival. The festival, celebrating local and national authors, runs for five days from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, and will be hosted at various locations in the downtown area — including the Victoria Public Library and the gallery of the Vancouver Island… Read more »

The second coming of Mike Delamont’s Scottish Drag Queen deity

God is coming to the University of Victoria . . . kind of. On September 16, the Farquhar Auditorium will host the world premiere of Mike Delamont’s God Is A Scottish Drag Queen: The Second Coming. The two-act production is the latest in the the GIASDQ series, which debuted in 2012 and has gone on to earn critical acclaim… Read more »

Fringe 2017: What to Take Up With Daddy Issues

In the spirit of honestly reviewing Daddy Issues, I should get one thing off my chest: I’m not a Fringe-ie. I would probably squint in confusion if someone asked me if I’d seen a Fringe show yet, were it not for the combination of my persistently critical and curious eyeballs and the often bizarre and… Read more »

Fringe 2017: UVic alumni and students bring the internet to life

“Lolcow: (lol-kaʊ), n. person whose foolish behavior can be ‘milked’ for amusement.” So starts lolcow, a multimedia cross-genre play featuring Pascal Lamothe-Kipnes as Sheena, a young woman navigating strained relationships with her video game-reviewer boyfriend and online bullies, or trolls, obsessed with picking apart her digital behaviour and identity. Written by Robbie Huebner, directed by… Read more »

Getting red, hot at the Roxy

Red, Hot Cole! breathes new life into old tunes It’s 25 degrees inside the Roxy Theatre, and nearly every patron is batting at the air around them with their playbills. Some audience members are carrying bubbly pink cocktails purchased at the live bar set up on centre stage, and others are seated at cabaret tables circling… Read more »