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Carmen Aguirre’s memoir titled Mexican Hooker #1: Art Love and Forgiveness After Trauma is a sequel to her award-winning memoir, Something Fierce. She gives a free writing seminar at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre on Feb. 17. (carmenaguirre.ca)

Award-winning playwright hosts free memoir, satire writing lecture at UVic

Carmen Aguirre will present in person and remotely from Phoenix Theatre on Feb. 17

Carmen Aguirre’s memoir titled Mexican Hooker #1: Art Love and Forgiveness After Trauma is a sequel to her award-winning memoir, Something Fierce. She gives a free writing seminar at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre on Feb. 17. (carmenaguirre.ca)
Musician, songwriter and recording studio owner Kathryn Calder has had a busy two years of doing everything from hosting online concerts to collaborating with community members from youth to seniors. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

Victoria celebrates achievements of outgoing artist in residence Kathryn Calder

Musician, songwriter and recording studio owner developed arts resources across various mediums

Musician, songwriter and recording studio owner Kathryn Calder has had a busy two years of doing everything from hosting online concerts to collaborating with community members from youth to seniors. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
Eli Mushumanski is the City of Victoria’s 2022 youth poet laureate. (Courtesy of Eli Mushumanski)

Victoria’s new youth poet laureate taking aim at climate change

Poetry can create moments of clarity and understanding, Eli Mushumanski says

Eli Mushumanski is the City of Victoria’s 2022 youth poet laureate. (Courtesy of Eli Mushumanski)
Moses Point watercolour on paper by Ken Faulks at West End Gallery.
Moses Point watercolour on paper by Ken Faulks at West End Gallery.
The Victoria Symphony presents Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 and other compositions this Sunday (Feb. 6) at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Symphony presents the mastery of Schumann at UVic

Feb. 6 concert also features companion piece by Victoria composer Linda Caitlin Smith

The Victoria Symphony presents Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 and other compositions this Sunday (Feb. 6) at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium. (Black Press Media file photo)
Opening the Victoria Film Festival is Wild Man, where middle-aged Martin leaves civilization to live as a Viking in the woods. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Film Festival)

Victoria Film Festival brings magical escape through cinema

10-day festival kicks off on Friday and includes 86 features, about 20 shorts

Opening the Victoria Film Festival is Wild Man, where middle-aged Martin leaves civilization to live as a Viking in the woods. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Film Festival)
Jesse Roper in his new music video Hold On Me. (Youtube/Jesse Roper)

Metchosin’s Jesse Roper hopes new music video launches him from pandemic pause

Bluesman itching to perform his new tunes; Feb. 5 show coming up at the Royal Theatre

Jesse Roper in his new music video Hold On Me. (Youtube/Jesse Roper)
The Lafayette String Quartet, Joanna Hood, Sharon Stanis, Pam Highbaugh Aloni and Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, gather for a group photo at the University of Victoria, where the musicians have taught for more than three decades. (Courtesy UVic Photo Services)
The Lafayette String Quartet, Joanna Hood, Sharon Stanis, Pam Highbaugh Aloni and Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, gather for a group photo at the University of Victoria, where the musicians have taught for more than three decades. (Courtesy UVic Photo Services)
Someone Like Me co-directors and partners Sean Horlor, left, and Steve J. Adams. (Photo courtesy of Grady Mitchell/National Film Board of Canada)

Saanich-raised filmmaker’s doc melds struggles of gay asylum seeker, his sponsors

Sean Horlor’s Someone Like Me plays at the Victoria Film Festival on Feb. 5

Someone Like Me co-directors and partners Sean Horlor, left, and Steve J. Adams. (Photo courtesy of Grady Mitchell/National Film Board of Canada)
Margot Wehrle, 14, first found her voice with music, now she’s embarked on slam poetry. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Margot Wehrle, 14, first found her voice with music, now she’s embarked on slam poetry. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Gabriela Hirt, a local artist and member of Gage Gallery, checks out several submissions to their new exhibit of postcards offering personal solutions to the climate crisis. (Photos courtesy of Gabriela Hirt)

Victoria gallery exhibit offers over 300 solutions to the climate crisis

Personally created art postcards to be suspended from Gage Gallery ceiling until spring

Gabriela Hirt, a local artist and member of Gage Gallery, checks out several submissions to their new exhibit of postcards offering personal solutions to the climate crisis. (Photos courtesy of Gabriela Hirt)
Ashley Wey, Hermann’s Jazz Club’s booking manager and longtime performer at the Victoria venue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria’s Hermann’s Jazz Club makes first and only pandemic plea amid struggles

Recent capacity restrictions have been the hardest yet on local music institution

Ashley Wey, Hermann’s Jazz Club’s booking manager and longtime performer at the Victoria venue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Victoria artist Chrystal Phan poses with her painting Pool Party at the Chapel Gallery ahead of her exhibit opening Jan. 21. (Courtesy of Chrystal Phan)

Victoria artist’s new exhibit explores Canadian identity through immigrant family’s eyes

Chrystal Phan depicts scenes from her childhood growing up Vietnamese-Canadian

Victoria artist Chrystal Phan poses with her painting Pool Party at the Chapel Gallery ahead of her exhibit opening Jan. 21. (Courtesy of Chrystal Phan)
A stay in the penthouse at the Hotel Grand Pacific is among the prizes for the raffle attached to the Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria festival. (Black Press Media file photo)

Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria adds raffle to meal appeal

Prize packages feature hotel stays, restaurant gift cards; hospitality workers to benefit

A stay in the penthouse at the Hotel Grand Pacific is among the prizes for the raffle attached to the Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria festival. (Black Press Media file photo)
Missing Michael is a 10-part podcast series by Laura Palmer that explores the notorious 1991 missing person case of a four-year-old Victoria boy. (Courtesy Laura Palmer)
Missing Michael is a 10-part podcast series by Laura Palmer that explores the notorious 1991 missing person case of a four-year-old Victoria boy. (Courtesy Laura Palmer)

New podcast investigates disappearance of Michael Dunahee from Victoria playground

Series promises previously unheard stories, details from notorious 1991 case, podcaster says

Missing Michael is a 10-part podcast series by Laura Palmer that explores the notorious 1991 missing person case of a four-year-old Victoria boy. (Courtesy Laura Palmer)
Missing Michael is a 10-part podcast series by Laura Palmer that explores the notorious 1991 missing person case of a four-year-old Victoria boy. (Courtesy Laura Palmer)
Canada’s Drag Race comes to Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for a July 16 performance winding up its nationwide tour. (Facebook/Canada’s Drag Race)

Second season of Canada’s Drag Race ending tour in Victoria

Fans can attend the finale July 16 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Canada’s Drag Race comes to Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for a July 16 performance winding up its nationwide tour. (Facebook/Canada’s Drag Race)
Chrystal Phan’s Camping at the Chapel Gallery.

At The Galleries: Multi-media marks start of 2022 at galleries in Greater Victoria

Chapel showcases bittersweet story of challenges of assimilation into Canadian culture

Chrystal Phan’s Camping at the Chapel Gallery.
Jesse Roper is a popular Victoria-based musician whose performances in Greater Victoria were widely attended prior to the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Roper/Facebook)

COVID shifts perspective for Greater Victoria performing artists

Studio owner/performer wants more clarity; guitarist/songwriter enjoys slower pace

Jesse Roper is a popular Victoria-based musician whose performances in Greater Victoria were widely attended prior to the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Roper/Facebook)
Johnny Vallis worked with the late Ronnie Spector during an 80-show house tour of the Legends of Rock and Roll in 1993. He said her loss on Jan. 12 is significant both for him personally, and for the music industry as a whole. (Photo courtesy of Johnny Vallis)

’Quite something:’ Langford singer reflects on performing with late rock legend Ronnie Spector

Johnny Vallis worked on 80 shows with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, who died Jan. 12

Johnny Vallis worked with the late Ronnie Spector during an 80-show house tour of the Legends of Rock and Roll in 1993. He said her loss on Jan. 12 is significant both for him personally, and for the music industry as a whole. (Photo courtesy of Johnny Vallis)
Saanich residents Reb Stevenson (left) and Billy Reid are the duo behind Pancake Manor, a successful children’s YouTube channel. (Photo courtesy of Reb Stevenson)

Saanich couple continue to build YouTube presence with kid’s music channel

Duo behind Pancake Manor releasing their eighth children’s album this week

Saanich residents Reb Stevenson (left) and Billy Reid are the duo behind Pancake Manor, a successful children’s YouTube channel. (Photo courtesy of Reb Stevenson)