Posts Categorized: Culture

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 »

Pretty Good Not Bad festival raises all and no expectations

Summer’s here, and that means one thing: it’s music fest season, my dudes. With the arrival of good weather comes the usual suspects, including such favourites as Victoria Ska Fest, the Philips Backyard Weekender, Rock the Shores (though it’ll be taking a notable absence this year), and, of course, Rifflandia. But before all of that… Read more »

Camper van art project stands on its own legs

Sitting in the Fine Arts quad, waiting for my interviewee to arrive, I watched the confused faces of onlookers walking past the camper van seemingly dropped from the sky out of nowhere in front of the Visual Arts building. I didn’t blame them — not many of us are used to seeing vehicles in the middle of… Read more »

The personal becomes ‘Colossal’ in genre-bending monster film

  Colossal, directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo (Extraterrestrial, Timecrimes), is the story of Gloria (Anne Hathaway), an unemployed writer who is kicked out of the New York apartment she shares with her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) when her struggles with alcoholism become too much to handle. Gloria returns to the town where she grew up… Read more »

John Mayer leaves listeners searching with his latest album

Four years since the release of his last studio album Paradise Valley, John Mayer had two potential routes to success with his latest full-length album, The Search For Everything. The first would have been to continue cultivating the elements he’s long mastered: up-front, reflective lyrics, undeniable virtuosity on the guitar, and the blending of multiple… Read more »