Victoria’s Weekly Arts Listings April 12-18

Victoria's Weekly Arts Listings April 12-18. Highlights include POV's production of Maria Stuarda, In Transit and Emily Carr.


Thurs. April 12

Maria Stuarda –Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, former Queen of France and claimant to the throne of England, is held prisoner by her cousin Queen Elizabeth I. Will Mary’s attempts to cajole Elizabeth into a reconciliation save her from being beheaded?. April 12, 14, 18, 20 at 8pm. April 22 at 2:30pm. Royal Theatre. Tickets at

FRI. April 13

Amadeus – Join Kaleidoscope for Peter Shaffer’s Tony Award-winning thrilling and wickedly sharp play inspired by the historical circumstances of the artistic and personal rivalry between Viennese court composers Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart FRIDAY and SATURDAY at the McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). 250-386-6121 for tickets. Proceeds of this fundraiser to Kaleidoscope Theatre.

Emily Carr and Victoria – Growing up together—Based on Emily Carr’s book A Little Town and a Little Girl, this play brings to life Emily Carr’s earliest memories of growing up in Victoria.SATURDAY 7:30pm and SUNDAY 2pm Mary Winspear Centre. $15

Sun. April 14

In Transit – inspired by the real life experiences of the 12 newcomer immigrant and refugee youth. This is original theatre piece is an emotion-filled performance depicting the challenges of immigration, cultural adjustment, family dynamics and “fitting-in” to the Canadian school system. Performances will be followed by an interactive discussion 2pm and 7pm at the Belfry Theatre.  $12/8.

The Showdown – Seven solo performers have up to seven minutes each to do their thing. Audience votes for their favourite.  Winner gets $200. Hosted by Wes Lord. 8pm. Victoria Event Centre. $10/8

A Night in Istanbul – St Ann’s Auditorium will light up with dancers from Victoria and beyond including featured performer is world-renowned bellydancer Ruby Beh. 7:30pm at St. Ann’s Auditorium (835 Humboldt). $25.


Improv Class with Dave Morris – Victoria Event Centre (1415  Broad). to SUNDAY Apr. 15.

SIN CITY IMPROV: Carnies – This completely improvised play unfolds in 24 weekly episodes. Every week the cast of characters move the story forward in hilarious and unexpected ways, as they respond to live direction. 8pm. To TUESDAY Apr. 17 at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street). $12/$15. 250-480-3709.


The Foreigner – by Larry Shue at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham) Production Dates: June 13 to June 30, 2012. Roles for five men, two women, some accents required. No audition bookings necessary. Scripts available for sign-out during office hours. Call 250-384-2142 or visit Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 from 1-5 pm.

VICTORIA’S SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA – New Victoria theatre company is starting a professional summer Shakespeare festival.  Performers, designers, technicians send resume and picture to Robert Light MFA. Apt.1002 – 1147 Quadra Street Victoria, BC, V8W 2K5 or

Casting Call for Doc/Reality Series in Development – Do you feel like an outcast in your own neighbourhood?  Need some help to bring a little peace to your life and your neighborhood? 250-217-9006,



Fri. April 13

Planet Earth Poetry – local poet Sheila Martindale and Cornelia Hoogland from Ontario. 7:30pm at The Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3

Navigating The Coming Chaos – with author Carolyn Baker 7pm at the Vic West Community Centre (521 Craigflower). $5-10.

Mon. April 16

Spring into Stories – The Victoria Storytellers’ Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie). Doors at 7:15pm, stories at 7:30pm. $5/3

Pen In Hand Poetry – Presents Chris Hutchinson, Billeh Nickerson and Teresa McWhirter. 7:15pm at Serious Coffee (230 Cook). $3.

Tues. April 17

The Northwest Passage – A Voyage to the Front Line of Climate Change with Canadian Journalist Cameron Dueck. 7pm at Royal Victoria Yacht Club (3485 Ripon). $10.

Wed. April 18

Poet vs. Poet – The Malahat Review presents Spoken Word Takes on the Printed Page. Yvonne Blomer moderates a debate about spoken and written word poetry. Local poets Kyeren Regehr and Jeremy Loveday take on Missie Peters and Iain Higgins. 7pm at The Well (821 Fort). $7.50/5.


Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle – Discuss the latest in anarchist reading. TUESDAYS 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.

trivia night – With Mosquoy. Free. TUESDAYS 8pm at Felicita’s (UVic). 250-721-8626.

Open mic – Poetry night. WEDNESDAYS 7-9pm at The Well (821 Fort). Free.


The Victoria Writers’ Society 11th Annual Writing Competition – 1st prize, $100. $15/$20 entry fee. Categories are Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and Poetry. Deadline May 1.



THURS. April 12

Collecting Contemporary Photography – Join this intimate talk with influential gallerists and prolific collectors, 7pm. at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss).

FRI. April 13

Slide Room Gallery – Never Odd or Even graduation exhibition of students in our Independent Studio Program: Taryn Coulson, Sarah Cowan, Tanta Pennington, Bonnie Tomlinson. Opening reception 7:30pm. To April 30 at2549 Quadra.

SAT. April 14

West End Gallery – Colourful Bloom— Premier exhibition of new works in Victoria by Annabelle Marquis. To April 19.

Open Space – Trimpin: (CanonX+4:33=100) an exploration of sound, vision, and movement in this newly commissioned interactive installation. Featuring a workshop by Steeve A. Bjorson: Micro-controllers and Their Use in (CanonX+4:33=100). 2 pm.

Oak Bay Artists’ Spring Studio Tour – Take a walk through beautiful Oak Bay to visit the studios and enjoy the works of the talented artists without charge.  Expect painting, pottery, fibre art, jewelry, photography and more. SAT and SUN noon to 4:30pm.

PACIFIC BRANT CARVING AND ART SHOW – Featuring many of the island’s best wildlife woodcarvers, artists, photographers  and sculptors. SAT and SUN 10am to 5pm, live auction 7 pm  at Mary Winspear Centre. $7.

Vancouver Island School of Art – Open House— The walls will be filled with drawings, paintings, photographs and prints. Also on view will be videos and sculptures. Noon to 4 pm at 2549 Quadra.

SUN. APRil 15

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria family Day – Victoria Collects  a chance for children and families to explore works from local collectors,  from the Group of Seven to Rembrandt, contemporary BC photography, collage & more with innovative hands on art making activities. 2pm at 1040 Moss.

TUES. APRil 17

GALLERY 1580 – GORDONSHUKIN Paintings 2003-2009  1-6pm. TUes, Thurs, Fri, Sat. at 1580 Cook.


CACGV Gallery – Contra by Western Academy of Photography Opening Reception: April 9th 1pm – 4pm. To April 14.

Eclectic Gallery – Victoria Visionaries Works by Pat Martin Bates, Herbert Siebner, Jack Wise and Walter Dexter, one of Canada’s most accomplished ceramic artists Lecture series: April 12- Herbert Siebner: Modern Comes to Victoria; April 17- Jack Wisel: Cosmic Calligraphy; April 19- Pat Martin Bates and Walter Dexter: Living Lemners. 7 pm at 2170 Oak Bay. $20. To May 12.

GALLERY 1580 – Eight Studio Artists’ Show, featuring  Marjorie Allen, Jeanne Cannizzo Opening reception 7pm. To April 14.

Emerging Art GALLERY – Field Notes Group Exhibition,  a study of the natural landscape and the wild that inhabits it Caitlin Ambery, Logan Ford, Jen Wright, Samuel Jan, Curt Bilson, Liam Hanna – Lloyd, Marilyn Peeters and guest artist Dan Deschamps. Opening reception 7pm. To Apr. 20at 1610 Fort.

Xchanges Gallery – In Real Life social commentary on the ways in which women are received in the world by Christine Redmond. Opening reception 7pm. To April 29 at 2333 Government.

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Dales Gallery – The Floating World: New Photographic Works by Victoria artist and photographer, Matt Politano. . To May 1 at 537 Fisgard.

The Maritime Museum of BC – Ready, Aye, Ready: The Naval Art of Robert McVittie. Opening reception 1pm. To August at 28 Bastion Square

Gallery Café – Mixed Messages by Pagone Praparattanapan. Opening reception 7pm. To April 15 at 3220 Cedar Hill.

Serious Coffee View Royal – Carron Berkes, an exhibition in acrylics, watercolours, mixed media, recycled and found objects. To Apr. 29 at 1701 Island Highway.

THE GALLERY AT THE MAC-– Attachments, an exhibition from a group of local fine art photographers that is sure to intrigue and enlighten. Artist’s opening 7pm. To May 28 at 3 Centennial Square.

THE GOWARD HOUSE SOCIETY – My World As I See It, art show and sale by Sandra Didrikson Locke. Artist’s reception 1:30pm. To Apr. 25 at 2495 Arbutus.

MARTIN BATCHELOR GALLERY – Watermark Printmakers: Discovery, an exhibition by M.Catherine Lee, Carolyn Goresky, Wendy Pierrot, Chiarina Loggia and more. Opening reception 7pm. To Apr. 26 at 712 Cormorant.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – An exhibition by Jeffrey J. Boron & Linny D. Vine. Reception with artists in the Massey Gallery at 2pm. To Apr. 15 at 1040 Moss

LITTLE FERNWOOD GALLERY – Bill Goers: Painting and Drawings 2007-2012, an exhibition of calligraphic seed- syllable prayers and non-literal scribbling. Opening reception 5pm. To Apr. 17 at 1923 Fernwood.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Throw Down, an exhibition using sculpture, video, photography, drawing and public intervention. Featuring Sonny Assu, Gregory Ball, Megan Dickie, Tyler Hodgins, Alison MacTaggart. To May 6 at 1040 Moss St.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Victoria Collects: The Salish Weave Collection, an exhibition focusing exclusively on works by contemporary Coast Salish artists, George and Christiane Smyth. To May 6 at 1040 Moss.

Deluge Contemporary Art – Robert Youds, an exhibition including work with aluminum, Plexiglas, LED and fluorescent lights and digital signs. To Apr. 15 at 636 Yates.



FIFTY FIFTY ARTS COLLECTIVE – Witzel Schau, an exhibition of whimsical drawings, comics and paintings by artist Tyler Witzel. To April 15 at 2516 Douglas.

Heron Rock Bistro – Images at the Rock. The Victoria Camera Club presents an exhibition and sale of club members’ work. To Apr. 30 at 435 Simcoe.

Maritime Museum- What Lies Beneath, an exhibit of the past, present and future of underwater exploration. With guest speaker Verena Tunicliffe.  $5-$30. Through August at 28 Bastion Square.

POLYCHROME FINE ARTS – Surface n’ Substance, an exhibition by Donna Eichel. To Apr. 19 at 1113 Fort.

She Said Gallery – Illustrations by Saanich artist Kristi Bridgeman from the children’s book “Uirapuru’” written by P.K. Page. To April 28 at 2000 Fernwood.

The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm – Taryn Brown, paintings in acrylic. To Mar. 31 at 109 – 5325 Cordova Bay.



CALL FOR BICYCLE ART- Part of the Victoria International Bicycle Fest. Deadline May 1. Submit images of work to

Call To Artists: LOOK Show 2012 -Artist in take SUNDAY April 15 11-4pm at the Bay Centre (1150 Douglas lower level near escalator).The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria annual LOOK Show is a celebration of local visual art, of all levels. 250-475-7123,