One of the plays featured at this year’s Edmonton International Fringe Festival is a new work by Linda Wood Edwards, Never Let the Crew See You Cry. The play focuses ...
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If you’ve never attended an opera but are thinking of giving it a try, a new company in Victoria, BC could make you a believer. Fear No Opera is a platform for emerging artists and professional mentors that provides a non-threatening introduction for new audiences. Their upcoming production of the comic opera Don Pasquale promises [...]
Portia White was a Canadian contralto singer who overcame the obstacles of gender, race and the exclusive nature of the classical music world to gain international renown, and recognition as one of the greatest voices in Canadian history.
Victoria, BC artist Deborah Leigh is completely self-taught, with the exception of one course (to learn how to apply paint). She didn’t begin drawing until age 55, with no previous creative outlets. She began by drawing playful, detailed images and within just a few years she was exhibiting and selling her work. Now represented by [...]
Flamenco. The word conjurs up images of swirling skirts, clapping hands and stirring music. Today, this energetic Spanish style of music, song and dance is popular worldwide, and is performed by flamenco companies in many countries. One such company is Compañía Azul, based in Halifax. Megan Matheson, nicknamed Azulita for her blue eyes, is the [...]
Canada lost a national icon this week, with the death of Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak on January 7. Many Canadians are familiar with her image “The Enchanted Owl,” which appeared on a Canada Post stamp in 1970, but few know the name of the artist – a pioneer of Inuit art whose drawings, prints and [...]
Multi-talented. It’s definitely a word you could use to describe Julie McIsaac. Currently directing Relephant Theatre’s Ordinary Days in Vancouver, she also shares musical direction credit and joins the cast on stage each night, playing the show’s piano accompaniment. In addition, her talents include playwriting, song writing, singing, and she also plays oboe and violin. [...]
What a fun year it’s been at Pennello Lane! I’ve had such a great time talking to so many talented, inspiring women and learning a little about each artist’s individual personality through their words and images. I get such a kick out of it, and I hope you enjoy them, too! I’m often asked how [...]
Elle Strauss writes time travel, chic-lit, science fiction and historical fiction for middle grade and lower Young Adults. She also writes mature YA historical and science fiction as Lee Strauss. She calls herself a late bloomer, who started writing after marrying and having four children. Her first book was published in Germany while she lived [...]
Born in Montreal, the sixth of eight children, Prudence Heward developed an early interest in art. She was schooled at home due to her severe asthma, but in spite of her delicate health her ambition was to become a painter. Her formal training came at the Art Association of Montreal (AAM) where she received instruction [...]
Deborah Danelley’s art combines rough, organic textures with minimalist elegance. Based in Winnipeg, she was a Gold Medalist at the University of Manitoba School of Art, where she studied printmaking. She progressed towards mixed media, applying the Japanese principles of ‘wabi sabi’ which roughly translates as the art of finding beauty in imperfection and the [...]