J.J. Cale coming to Victoria

February 28, 2009 at 11:20 am (jazz, music, performance) ()

While not yet confirmed on the Alix Goolden Hall website, it appears that J.J. Cale will perform at that venue on April 11, according to Jazz News (“JJ CALE CONFIRMS FIRST SOLO TOUR IN FIVE YEARS IN SUPPORT OF “SUPREMELY CHILL, UTTERLY AGELESS” (ROLLING STONE) NEW ALBUM ROLL ON (ROUNDER RECORDS)”):

JJ Cale has confirmed his first tour in five years, returning to the road with a few weeks of solo shows in intimate west coast venues. The tour is in support of his sublime Rounder Records

debut Roll On, with a portion of the proceeds from each show to be donated to animal shelters and rescue efforts in each city. The album, out February 24, is getting rave reviews, and the title track featuring Eric Clapton on guitar was the #1 Most Added song at AAA radio in its first week.

“The songs are top-shelf… his bubbling guitar – as much a jam band archetype as Jerry Garcia’s – glints across the shadows.” –Rolling Stone

Roll On [is] a showcase for Mr. Cale’s laidback shuffle.” –The Wall Street Journal

Roll On finds Cale back in vintage form. You can practically feel the tour bus hitting the open road in the title track.” –The Boston Globe

JJ CALE TOUR DATES:
3/27 – McCabe’s, Santa Monica, CA
3/28 – McCabe’s, Santa Monica, CA
3/29 – Belly Up, Solona Beach, CA
3/30 – Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA
4/1 – Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA
4/2 – Bimbo’s, San Francisco, CA
4/3 – Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA
4/5 – WOW Hall, Eugene, OR
4/6 – Aladdin Theatre, Portland, OR
4/7 – Triple Door, Seattle, WA
4/8 – Triple Door, Seattle, WA
4/10 – Capilano University, Vancouver, BC
4/11 – Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria, BC

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We’ll keep an eye out for when tickets go on sale… Stay tuned!

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Jennifer Kostuik at VISA tomorrow night

February 25, 2009 at 5:06 pm (art, lecture) ()

via email from John Luna at Vancouver Island School of Art (VISA):
Just a reminder of our free visiting speaker’s talk tomorrow evening…
This is a great opportunity to get a better sense of how a good contemporary art gallery operates, important information for artists who are interested in exhibiting, as well as just those who are curious about how a dealer chooses and represents artists…
Please pass this information on!
Thanks!
John.

Jennifer Kostuik, Thursday February 26 @ 7:30 pm
Jennifer is director/owner of the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery in Vancouver. The Jennifer Kostuik Gallery exhibits painting and photographic-based work.

Vancouver Island School of Art
2549 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC V8T 4E1
Phone: 250.380.3500
Email: info@vancouverislandschoolart.com

From the VISA website:

Jennifer Kosituk has a Bachelor of Art History from Queens University and has worked for the Art Gallery of Ontario and various commercial galleries in Toronto. Jennifer has represented 20 artists from across Canada, USA and Europe.

Jennifer is owner and director of the Jennifer Kostiuk Gallery which was established 1997 in Vancouver, Canada. The gallery represents established and emerging contemporary artists from across Canada and USA. It brings together artists that explore similar themes and aesthetics creating a relevant cross section of topical interests and concerns. The gallery artists’ works address the various ways in which the contemporary mindset has altered nature and our relationship to it. Notably are organic references to nature’s influence, impact or unconscious message its presence plays on the individual artist or collector, or society as a whole. Together the works inform each other and provide a complex context for the reading of their individual perspectives. The Jennifer Kosituk Gallery has recently moved to a great new and spacious location in Yaletown in Vancouver.

Check the Jennifer Kositiuk Gallery website

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Gail Harris and the Lowriders

February 25, 2009 at 4:56 pm (music, performance) (, )

Next weekend at Hermann’s:

GAIL HARRIS & THE LOW RIDERS RIDE AGAIN!

At 8 pm on Friday, March 6th, Gail Harris & The Low Riders
will again bring their “serio comic cow funk groovin poet
posse” to Hermann’s Jazz Club.

Featuring Victoria performance artist Gail Harris’s (Film:
Men: A Passion Playground, 1986, Atom Egoyan) original
tunes, vocals and guitar licks, Hon Chow’s drum sculpting,
“Alley Zed” on percussion and funky vocals, and Sooke’s Gord
Phillips on bass, guitar and back up vocals, this band of
rabble rousers serve up a mix of invigorating, serio comic
original tunes and stratosphere-altering poetry/music
electro acoustic symph-operas that transport the audience to
the coffee houses of the psychedelic 60’s!

Joining The Low Riders will be special guests “Caroline &
Adam Awesome Band, Great Job!” featuring amazing vocalist
Caroline Spence (Crimson Star) and jazz wizard Adam
Basterfield (Crimson Star, PIGS Pink Floyd Tribute Band) in
their Victoria debut as a duo.

So as Edna Boyle would say, “Come on Down”! As Hermann’s is
a restaurant offering a fine selection of fare, children are
most welcome too!  Hope to see you there!

$8 in advance (Lyle’s / Alloy Music) $10 at the door.

INFO: 250-891-0835 or 250-642-2809.

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“Haircuts by Children”

February 25, 2009 at 4:43 pm (performance)

The Belfry Theatre presents…

Event: Haircuts by Children
Would you trust a ten-year old to give you a haircut?
What: Performance
Host: The Belfry Theatre
Start Time: Saturday, March 14 at 10:00am
End Time: Sunday, March 15 at 2:00pm
Where: Fish Hair Salon (go to map)

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Local arts organization protest funding cuts

February 25, 2009 at 4:32 pm (Community) ()

Just received this emailed newsletter via Victoria Film Festival:

Arts Organizations Warn Against Provincial Budget Cuts

Victoria – Arts organizations are calling on the provincial government to reverse its decision to dramatically reduce support to the BC Arts Council.  Despite repeated recommendations from industry leaders and the Standing Committee on Finance, the government announced severe cuts in funding to the Council in the 2009 budget.

Finance Minister Colin Hansen referenced the importance of the Arts in his budget speech when he announced an immediate one-time investment of $15-million dollars, the details of which are still not entirely clear.

While it appears that this one time investment may maintain the 2009/10 BC Arts Council budget at the current level, the budget projections for the following years reduce funding for the Arts to less than 50% of the current level.

The concern in the arts sector is palpable”, notes David Shefsiek, President of ProArt Alliance of Greater Victoria.  “The long range projections suggest that despite a strong service plan from the Ministry, the Government still does not fully recognize the role the sector plays in the cultural and economic vitality of our region.  The funding levels simply do not match the plan. With this lack of investment, the stability of our Arts infrastructure will be threatened in communities large and small, and the province’s creative potential will not be realized.”

Funding the Arts is an investment. The Arts have proven to be a growth industry in British Columbia, growing at a faster pace than provincial GDP, contributing $5.2-billion to the provincial economy, and accounting for 117,000 jobs, according to Statistics Canada.  Arts organizations have proven themselves to be experts at leveraging provincial support into funding from other levels of government, private and corporate sources, and admission fees.  Funding to the Arts has proven to be a wise return on investment for the province over the years, producing tax revenue far greater than government investment; even if that $5.2-billion industry returns a conservative 7% in tax revenue, the province is receiving hundreds of millions of dollars for a small, but vital, outlay – amounting to one-twentieth of a cent for every dollar in the provincial budget.  A reduction in funding will ultimately contract Provincial tax revenues in far larger amounts than any immediate saving.

BC has the highest concentration of artists in the country.  Many of those artists live close to the poverty line: the average income for an artist in Canada is $22,700 – less than two-thirds the Canadian average.  A reduction in funding – especially in a recessionary period when other sources of revenue are in flux – will mean fewer performances, fewer concerts, fewer showings – and increased unemployment. “We hope that the government’s concern for families extends to the families of BC artists as well” comments Mary Desprez, General Manager of the Belfry Theatre.

And these artists do not live exclusively in the large urban centres.  Funding from the BC Arts Council supports artistic initiatives throughout the province, in centres large and small, and – as a recent study from the University of Northern BC proved – the Arts are just as important to people in rural areas as they are in the big cities.  In fact, stable funding is more vital in smaller areas that lack access to other sources found in large centres.

In this current economic climate, where other sources of income – from foundations, corporate and private giving – are eroding, this is not the time for the provincial government to be cutting back as well.  Arts organizations call on the government to live up to Minister Hansen’s own words in his budget speech: “The arts help to shape our vision of who we are. They bring to life the concept of culture, and — just as important — bring us together, entertain us, intrigue us, and challenge us intellectually.”

ProArt will continue to lead the discussion as the debate on this decision continues, and will encourage the public to take this opportunity to speak out in favour of a reversal of this decision.

For more information, contact:

Scott Walker
Coordinator, ProArt
250-896-0860
proart1@shaw.ca

The Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria represents:

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria ♦ The Belfry Theatre ♦ Dance Victoria ♦ Intrepid Theatre ♦ Kaleidoscope Theatre ♦ Open Space ♦ Pacific Opera Victoria ♦ Story Theatre ♦ Theatre SKAM ♦ The Victoria Conservatory of Music ♦ The Victoria Film Festival ♦ The Victoria Jazz Society ♦ The Victoria Symphony

Some Facts About the Arts

Arts and culture make up an important sector in Canada’s economy, creating $84 billion dollars a year in direct and indirect output – 7.4% of this country’s GDP. – Valuing Culture: Measuring and Understanding Canada’s Creative Economy [The Conference Board of Canada, 2008]

British Columbia residents’ spending on culture is four times the amount spent by all levels of government.    – Hill Strategies 2005

On a per capita basis, British Columbia’s expenditure on culture ranks second-last among the provinces and territories. – Statistics Canada, Government Expenditures on Culture 2005-06

British Columbia has the highest concentration of artists of any province. – Hill Strategies 2007

The Arts have proven to have a positive impact on individual and community health, marginalized groups, youth at risk, and the elderly. – Arts and Culture in Medicine and Health [Cooley & Associates, Victoria, 2003]

Youth with high involvement in the Arts had significantly higher marks, lower drop out rates and lower reported boredom rates than those with low involvement in the arts. – Involvement in the Arts and Human Development: General Involvement and Intensive Involvement In Music and Theatre Arts [James S. Catterall et al, UCLA, 1999]

The tourism industry will need to attract 84,000 workers to meet the government’s goal of doubling tourism by 2015.  Attracting workers will have a significant impact on provincial GDP .  Culturally rich communities attract creative people; a highly creative workforce attracts business . – A Case For Investing in Arts, Culture and Heritage Infrastructure [Vis-à-vis Management Resources Inc., 2007] & The Rise of the Creative Class [Richard Florida, New York, 2002]

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UVic Dept of Computer Science Colloquium on Mon March 2 at 10 am

February 23, 2009 at 3:18 pm (lecture)

Topic: Succinct Data Structures: an Approach to Controlling Space Requirements

Presented By: Professor J. I. Munro, Professor and Canada Research Chair
From: D.R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo

Date: Monday, March 02, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS), Room # 660

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LandMarks Public Art – dot CA

February 10, 2009 at 5:07 pm (art, public_art) ()

Three municipalities in the Capital Regional District (Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt) have created a new online resource called Landmarks: Public Art in the Capital Region, which Grania Litwin reviews in today’s Times-Colonist: Street art gets online home.

From the site:

The artworks contained in this website are the result of the public art programs of municipal councils in the capital region of greater Victoria that have adopted public art policies. It is the first time that all the municipally-owned works of public art are (virtually) accessible in one place. Public art in Oak Bay will be added in the near future. (source)

According to Litwin’s review, Oak Bay only has one piece to add, so it shouldn’t take long to augment the site…

Litwin quotes James Lam, the CRD Arts Development Office‘s Arts Manager, who points out that Victoria has 50 of the 80 works inventoried so far. Why the head-start? Victoria has a long-established arts policy and has many public buildings. But it also has a number of new developments, and many developers of these buildings contributed art as part of a public amenity package.

While launching the LandMarks website is not an event, strictly speaking, it’s entirely possible to use the site to construct walking tours of the public art in our municipalities, which is apparently also a long-term goal of this venture.

– Yule Heibel

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Music Corner Ensemble presents…!

February 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm (children, performance) ()

Music Corner‘s mission is to “combines orchestral musical instruments and storytelling to create a concert experience for young children that is fun, engaging and interactive,” and Victoria area families can see them in action on February 14 when they present Mozart’s The Magic Flute (for kids!) at Fernwood’s Orange Hall, 10am:

A special kids adaptation of Mozart’s famous opera; a concert to share with your family on Valentines Day. Two friends set out on an exciting quest to the Temple of Wisdom where they brave fire and water to rescue a princess. Children participate every step of the way through movement, song, riddles and games.

Shows are at the Orange Hall in Fernwood (1620 Fernwood) with plenty of parking outside. This venue is bright, inviting and takes away the ‘scare factor’ of dark theatres and far away stages. Audiences will be up close and part of the action. Just the way we like it!

Tickets for these concerts are $6 for kids (babes in arms are free), $9 for adults. Family of four $25 (any combination of adults and kids).

Visit the Music Corner calendar page for complete info on tickets and location.

Google map for Orange Hall, 1620 Fernwood Rd.:

– Yule Heibel

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Seedy Saturday Victoria

February 9, 2009 at 11:30 am (Community) (, )

Victoria’s 16th Annual Seedy Saturday takes place at the Victoria Conference Centre (720 Douglas St.) on February 21, from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $7 for adults, kids free.

Keynote presenters are: Frank Morton, early seed developer of salad greens, seed activist, and owner of Wild Garden Seeds in Oregon; and Thomas Hobbs, prestigious Vancouver florist and provocative plantsman.

There’ll be lots of local talent on hand as well – for example, be sure to look for Dayle Elizabeth Cosway and Tina Fraser-Baynes, who recently opened Terralicious Gardening and Cooking School at the Haliburton Organic Community Farm just off the Patricia Bay (“Pat Bay” for locals) Highway.

See the Seedy Saturday website (scroll down to Victoria) for more information.

– Yule Heibel

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New show at the Slide Room Art Gallery

February 7, 2009 at 6:30 pm (art) (, , )

The Slide Room Gallery, located at VISA (Vancouver Island School of Art), opened a new show last night, Representations of Desire: Photographs by Sabrina Ovesen and Christine Clark. Check out more details here. The gallery is located at 2549 Quadra St. Phone 250-380-3500 for information.

– Yule Heibel

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