Posts Categorized: Culture

Business (not) as usual in Brussels

Brussels is not the most obvious destination for a traveller in Europe. The air is dirty and thick, and Belgian police seem to get a kick out of sounding their sirens at all hours of the night. On my first morning here, I sat in a café at six in the morning, drinking a miniscule… Read more »

LGTBQ history on display at B.C. Museum

Pride Happy Hour celebrates history and experience of B.C.’s LGBTQ community To celebrate Victoria’s Pride Month, the Royal B.C. Museum (RBCM) will be hosting its first ever Pride Happy Hour event on July 20 at 5:15 p.m. The event is one of the many Happy Hours the RBCM has hosted in the evenings after the… Read more »

Victoria legend celebrates 25 years

Old issues of classic comics in plastic sleeves—Batman, Superman, Spider-Man—are strung across the room on clotheslines, and more are displayed on the upper walls in horizontal slats. The front desk is stacked with new and featured graphic novels, and there are shelves of books organized by author or artist, character, or publisher. It’s impossible to… Read more »

5 must-see acts at Victoria Jazz Fest

With Rock The Shores, Squamish Music Festival, and Pemberton Music Festival all cancelled, live music in B.C. seems a little bare this year compared to past summers. Fortunately, Victoria is one of many Canadian cities boasting the week-long TD International Jazz Festival. Here are 5 up-and-coming artists to check out at this year’s Jazz Fest — no… Read more »

UVic’s most famous dropout

An unauthorized biography of Thomas Middleditch The list of famous UVic alumni is a long and illustrious one, containing some of the most well-known names in Canada. Ryan Cochrane, Andrew Weaver, Rona Ambrose, and Nathan Fielder (to name but a few) have all earned degrees in Victoria. Usually, the names of the students who didn’t… Read more »

What the soul does want: new Lorna Crozier poetry

What the Soul Doesn’t Want is Lorna Crozier’s seventeenth book of poetry, and the mastery that comes with long practice certainly shows. The collection launched with a reading at Munro’s Books on May 30th, where Crozier, a Professor Emeritus at UVic and a legend among Canadian poets, addressed the familiar faces of the Victoria literary… Read more »

Theatre review: two one-of-a-kind shows at UNO Fest

Before this year’s UNO Fest, I’d never felt the need to do stretches — like the kind I’d do to cool down from a good jog — after seeing a play. UNO Fest is Intrepid Theatre’s annual festival of solo shows — launched 20 years ago, it is the longest-running festival of its kind in North America. This year’s iteration, held… Read more »

Curtain opens on UVic Alums’ theatre company

You might wonder what writing and theatre students do after they attend UVic. It’s a fair question, and one that many students themselves grapple with. For a group of recent grads (together with some students still at UVic), the answer was to start their own company. Vino Buono,a small, Victoria-based theatre production company, was established… Read more »

Reverting to a childhood state

Kids cartoon deep cuts from the new millennium Finally, friends, exam time is over. It’s time for us to relax, kick back, and spiral so far out of control from stress that we have to revert back to our childhood state. When I began to unwind for the start of summer, I found that regular… Read more »