Posts Categorized: Culture

A look behind adventure cats Bolt and Keel

  Imagine if your pet cats were more famous and successful than you — that’s the reality for Kayleen VanderRee and Danielle Gumbley thanks to their two Instagram famous rescue cats, Bolt and Keel. The two cats are brothers, found by VanderRee and Gumbley abandoned behind a garbage bin one summer day in 2015. As timing would… Read more »

Brianna’s books: Dazzle Patterns by Alison Watt

How do you recover from a traumatic event? Can you ever go back to whom you once were? The main characters of Dazzle Patterns by Alison Watt all have to face this question in their own different ways. Set against the Halifax Explosion in 1917 and the final years of World War One, Watt paints… Read more »

Taylor Swift lives up to her Reputation

Taylor Swift’s Reputation is an ostentatious display of who she’s become as a person, an artist, and, subsequently, an icon. For anybody out of the loop, long gone are Swift’s white linen dresses and Tim McGraw roots. On her sixth studio album, she has taken it upon herself to pick up the shovel and bury… Read more »

Qiksaaktuq

Tanya Tagaq throat sings to a sold-out audience At her recent concert with the Victoria Symphony, Polaris Prize-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq bridged a centuries-old segregation between popular and art music by addressing societal injustices through orchestral music. In lieu of her more traditional gowns, she wore a simple black dress to perform Qiksaaktuq… Read more »

Review: The Madwoman of Chaillot

Colourful acting can’t compensate for grey script The audience stares at the red curtain for several long minutes waiting for the lights to rise, the sound to fade, and the actors to appear. There’s a low muttering from the other patrons, a nervous laugh at the awkward limbo between announcement and performance. Finally, the curtains… Read more »

Avatar: James Cameron’s Too-Long Odyssey

James Cameron’s Avatar was a technological accomplishment and became a worldwide box office legend, so you may think that more Avatar is a good thing. James Cameron thinks it is — the director has announced an astounding four sequels to the 2009 hit, set to be released in 2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025. When the second film… Read more »

Fer Gord: A celebration of Canada’s musician

On Oct. 18, Canada woke up to news that it long knew was coming but didn’t want to ever hear: the incomparable Gord Downie had passed away the previous day. Succumbing to brain cancer at the age of 53, Downie left behind a heart-broken but inspired nation. It wasn’t his incredible career with The Tragically… Read more »

Will, determination, and grace, too

Saying goodbye to Gord Downie I don’t profess to having any new insight or unique experience with Gord Downie or the Tragically Hip. I grew up in rural Ontario, with ready access to Fully Completely on CD and enough replay on rock radio stations to leave the Hip’s discography permanently etched into my memory. I’ve… Read more »

UVic Lampoon gives UVic something to laugh about

The UVic Lampoon, the University’s new comedy club, isn’t just giving students a night off to laugh; according to its co-founder Alistair Ogden, the club is filling a void. “Obviously we have a range of perspectives at UVic, and you can bring in speakers and do projects, but with comedy . . . the fact that things are funny… Read more »