Posts Categorized: Culture

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 »

‘A Queer Trial’ takes UVic theatre on location

Tucked in a corner of Bastion Square, just outside the former B.C. Maritime Museum, a troupe of theatre students are singing. Their voices echo throughout the square, drawing curious looks from passers-by. As they run lines, the students stand on the very spot where convicts were once hanged. For months, the class of nearly thirty… Read more »

‘We Know Nothing About Art’ comedy show totally unpretentious, totally hilarious

Abdul Aziz has never considered himself an ‘art person.’ The Vancouver-based comedian is the creator and host of We Know Nothing About Art (WKNAA), an ongoing two-hour comedy show built around iconic — and often bizarre — works of art. The show is helmed by a group of amateur Vancouver comedians, whose collective talent and enthusiasm reflects the vibrant… Read more »

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 »