Posts Categorized: Culture

Facing closure, Hermann’s Jazz Club hopes to keep the music playing

With the 100th anniversary of the first jazz record ever produced just weeks behind us, Victoria is pushing to resurrect Hermann’s Jazz Club — a local hub for jazz music that has served the city for 35 years. Hermann’s is Canada’s longest-running jazz club, with live music played seven days a week, year-round. Nichola Walkden, manager of… Read more »

‘Logan’ shreds the March box office

The X-Men film series has been ongoing for 17 years, with an inconsistent range of quality. Finally, with James Mangold’s Logan, we see the best aspects of the past combined into one cohesive narrative. The film is not for the weak of heart: unlike its predecessors, Logan is rated R — and for good reason. Wolverine’s trademark… Read more »

Chris Hadfield takes Victoria on odyssey through sound and space

There are few questions Chris Hadfield hasn’t been asked. It’s been twenty-five years since Commander Hadfield was accepted into the astronaut program by the Canadian Space Agency, and his work — on the ground and in space — is embedded into Canada’s national consciousness, to the point when sharing that I was researching for this interview, not one person… Read more »

Shams, satire, and poop: ‘The Inspector’ is a comedic masterpiece

As the cast returned from intermission, the audience gasped as they set their eyes upon a scene featuring two characters eerily resembling the notorious “Mr. Floatie” mascot — poop. The Mr. Floatie characters sang and danced as police officers attempted to chase them, making light of the Victoria sewage dumping problem. Tent City, human waste, Donald Trump…. Read more »

From IT guy to funny guy: Ali Hassan on comedy, being Muslim, and his love of food

This Saturday, comedian Ali Hassan is bringing his one man show, Muslim, Interrupted, to Sugar Nightclub. The former George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight comedy panelist and current host of CBC’s Laugh Out Loud spoke to the Martlet about Interrupted’s conception, its increasing relevance in the current political climate, and his twenty-year journey from unemployed IT guy to… Read more »

Victoria punk band Collagen returns after two-year hiatus

Their debut EP was named one of the 20 best Canadian punk demos of 2015 by Aux Magazine. Now, after 22 months of silence, Victoria-based Collagen finally released their sophomore self-titled EP on Jan. 28 of this year. “We are all so busy,” says guitarist Tyler Akis on the long wait for the EP. This… Read more »

‘The Lego Batman Movie’ builds on character’s Lego-cy

The Lego Batman Movie may be the best crusader movie since the Christian Bale trilogy. With countless gags and cinematic references to everything from Adam West to Suicide Squad, Lego Batman has a unique and refreshing self-awareness that will appeal to all ages. A lonely Batman, the ideal crime fighter, is now forced to work… Read more »

In memory of Stuart McLean: The best of ‘The Vinyl Cafe’

Canada has lost one of its most beloved storytellers: Stuart McLean, longtime host of The Vinyl Cafe, passed away from melanoma on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Generations of Canadians have grown up listening to McLean’s distinctive drawl. His radio show, which debuted in the summer of 1994, featured music, essays, and stories, but the focal point… Read more »

Seven albums for the seven stages of heartbreak

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, love is in the air whether our response is infatuation or nauseation. For those of you experiencing adverse reactions, here’s seven albums for even the worst of situations. After all, what better way to deal with heartbreak or emotional turmoil than self-torture in a dimly lit room with a fitting… Read more »