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Three Bills and a Brooke perform for residents at the Swallows Landing. (Images by Peter Reid).

COLUMN: Carefully conducted COVID concerts feature local talent

Allan Reid - Contributor We’ve all felt the urge to break free…

  • Oct 3, 2020
BEHIND BARS: Relaxed and refreshed at The Palms

BEHIND BARS: Relaxed and refreshed at The Palms

Sneak peek at Victoria’s freshest new bar

  • Aug 7, 2020
APRIL HOROSCOPES: Aries gains an edge, Taurus should expand horizons

APRIL HOROSCOPES: Aries gains an edge, Taurus should expand horizons

Georgia Nicols offers her take on what the coming month may have in store

Pacific Lounge bartenders Cory Burden, left, and Patrick Woo at their post in the Hotel Grand Pacific’s Pacific Restaurant. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine

BEHIND BARS: Culinary arts meets cocktails

Hotel Grand Pacific bartenders enjoy creatively combining elements into a winning flavour

Pacific Lounge bartenders Cory Burden, left, and Patrick Woo at their post in the Hotel Grand Pacific’s Pacific Restaurant. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine
WINE NOTES: From offshore stars to Okanagan class

WINE NOTES: From offshore stars to Okanagan class

Robert Moyes dishes on reds from Italy, Spain and Argentina, and a solid-value B.C. chardonnay

WINE NOTES: From offshore stars to Okanagan class
Phillips Brewery is among the local craft brewers offering enhanced pickup service in the era of COVID-19. Courtesy Phillips Brewery

MATHIEU POIRIER: Local breweries pitch in with drive-up and delivery services

With taprooms closed and social contact limited, thirsty patrons have new ways to stock up

Phillips Brewery is among the local craft brewers offering enhanced pickup service in the era of COVID-19. Courtesy Phillips Brewery
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TESS VAN STRAATEN: Sipping and savouring Sooke

TESS VAN STRAATEN: Sipping and savouring Sooke

From Sheringham Distillery to Shirley Delicious, the area has plenty to tempt your taste buds

TESS VAN STRAATEN: Sipping and savouring Sooke
Arnold Lim/Black Press Allan Reid, for Monday Magazine. B.C. August 5, 2016.

Restaurant Review: Lot 1 Pasta Bar – quality inside belies average exterior

Owners of Bin 4 Burger Lounge focus on Italian cuisine, create upscale atmosphere for Saanich eatery

Arnold Lim/Black Press Allan Reid, for Monday Magazine. B.C. August 5, 2016.
The Victoria Symphony Orchestra is in the midst of performing all of Beethoven’s symphonies in March during its Beethoven 250 celebrations at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium, marking the birth of the great composer. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine

REVIEW: Beethoven’s Fifth a masterpiece to begin March

Victoria Symphony’s Beethoven 250 celebrations open with a bang at the Farquhar Auditorium

The Victoria Symphony Orchestra is in the midst of performing all of Beethoven’s symphonies in March during its Beethoven 250 celebrations at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium, marking the birth of the great composer. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine
Justin Francis Lee as Anthony, and Jesse Deutscher as Caroline keep the audience captivated as their characters slowly build a common bond through the literature of Walt Whitman, in Langham Court Theatre’s production of I and You. Photo by Jason King

REVIEW: Langham’s ‘I and You’ will command your attention

Two-actor play about the development of an unlikely friendship one of Langham Court’s best

Justin Francis Lee as Anthony, and Jesse Deutscher as Caroline keep the audience captivated as their characters slowly build a common bond through the literature of Walt Whitman, in Langham Court Theatre’s production of I and You. Photo by Jason King
REVIEW: Victoria audience experiences ‘The Four Seasons’ at its best

REVIEW: Victoria audience experiences ‘The Four Seasons’ at its best

Germany-based Concerto Köln musicians light up the stage at Alix Goolden Hall

REVIEW: Victoria audience experiences ‘The Four Seasons’ at its best
TESS VAN STRAATEN: Enjoy March Madness, Nanaimo style

TESS VAN STRAATEN: Enjoy March Madness, Nanaimo style

Festival Nanaimo and other events bring cultural elements together in the Harbour City

TESS VAN STRAATEN: Enjoy March Madness, Nanaimo style
MONIQUE SALEZ: Ballet BC’s Romeo + Juliet sure to feature stunning choreography

MONIQUE SALEZ: Ballet BC’s Romeo + Juliet sure to feature stunning choreography

But company missed an opportunity to feature diverse retelling of this classic tale

MONIQUE SALEZ: Ballet BC’s Romeo + Juliet sure to feature stunning choreography
Mathieu Poirier: Beer School a key element of Victoria Beer Week

Mathieu Poirier: Beer School a key element of Victoria Beer Week

Aficianados and novices alike can learn much about their favourite brews, March 6-14

Mathieu Poirier: Beer School a key element of Victoria Beer Week
BEHIND BARS: Creating a cocktail culture in Oak Bay

BEHIND BARS: Creating a cocktail culture in Oak Bay

Vis-à-Vis head bartender Josh Boudreau brings a wealth of experience to this wine-centric eatery

BEHIND BARS: Creating a cocktail culture in Oak Bay
Fairview Winery’s Goats Do Roam red blend: a clever play on Cotes du Rhone, the southern France region that inspired this wine’s style, or a shout out to the herd of goats that produce cheese for the winery? Maybe both, writes Robert Moyes. Photo fairview.co.za

WINE NOTES: This blended red won’t get your goat

Robert Moyes takes us from South Africa to Spain, Chile to the Okanagan for his latest wine musings

Fairview Winery’s Goats Do Roam red blend: a clever play on Cotes du Rhone, the southern France region that inspired this wine’s style, or a shout out to the herd of goats that produce cheese for the winery? Maybe both, writes Robert Moyes. Photo fairview.co.za
Adam Trainsmith (Ciaran Volke), who discovers that although android Jacie Triplethree (Una Rekic) can use language she never learned to read, teaches her the Bible in a hotel room. Comic Potential, Alan Ayckbourn’s wickedly funny satire on the rise of artificial intelligence runs until Feb. 22 at the Phoenix Theatre. Photo by Dean Kalyan

REVIEW: UVic drama department shows a flair for comedy

Student actors have fun with artificial intelligence in Alan Ayckbourn’s Comic Potential

Adam Trainsmith (Ciaran Volke), who discovers that although android Jacie Triplethree (Una Rekic) can use language she never learned to read, teaches her the Bible in a hotel room. Comic Potential, Alan Ayckbourn’s wickedly funny satire on the rise of artificial intelligence runs until Feb. 22 at the Phoenix Theatre. Photo by Dean Kalyan
ALLAN REID: Chicken bonanza, Korean style

ALLAN REID: Chicken bonanza, Korean style

Simple Victoria restaurant knows how to please if your go-tos are chicken and fries

ALLAN REID: Chicken bonanza, Korean style
Sheldon Elter, as Clem, and PJ Prudat as Mary, in a scene from The Ministry of Grace, by Tara Beagan, which runs March 1 at the Belfry Theatre. Photo by Angela Funk

REVIEW: A redemption story at the Belfry

Playwright-director Tara Beagan draws on grandmother’s personal journey in The Ministry of Grace

Sheldon Elter, as Clem, and PJ Prudat as Mary, in a scene from The Ministry of Grace, by Tara Beagan, which runs March 1 at the Belfry Theatre. Photo by Angela Funk
YOUR HOROSCOPE: Find out what the stars have in store for February

YOUR HOROSCOPE: Find out what the stars have in store for February

Monday astrologer offers her take on the coming month

YOUR HOROSCOPE: Find out what the stars have in store for February