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Lisa Hebden: Don’t Marry the Fly

A few months ago I came upon Lisa Hebden at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s “Paint in the Square” event in Centennial Square. A large painting of a swimmer, dappled with reflected light on water, caught my eye. On a warm summer day, it conjured the refreshing coolness of being in water. Lisa is […]

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Lucia Frangione: The Play’s the Thing

Born in Calgary and based in Vancouver, Lucia Frangione is an internationally-produced playwright and actor. She studied playwriting at the Rosebud School of the Arts in Alberta, and acting at Langara College in Vancouver. She published her first poem at 17 and produced her first play at 18. One of BC’s most respected writers, she […]

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Maureen Washington: Loving This Life

Singer/songwriter Maureen Washington has been described as having ‘the soul of Etta James’ and ‘the playfulness of Jann Arden.’ (CD Baby) In 2011, having relocated from Prince George to Victoria, BC only a few years earlier, she won the fan-vote based Monday Magazine M Award for Best Jazz and Blues Vocalist or Group. She is […]

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Jamie Hamilton: Paper Thin Portraits

Paper Thin Portraits are personalized works of art that offer a tantalizing glimpse at the lives of those fortunate enough to own them. Jamie Hamilton, based in Vancouver, has turned her love of words, details, and what makes people unique, into beautiful works of art. As her web site states: “Through her paper thin portraits, […]

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Alison MacDonald: “Joseph’s” Friendly Narrator

Alison MacDonald is a Jessie Award-winning performer, currently playing The Narrator in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the renowned Chemainus Theatre Festival. This self-described Alberta girl was born in Newfoundland, has lived in the Northwest Territories and BC, and is currently based in Toronto, but is happily spending the summer performing […]

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Candice Roach: Love your cake!

The Facebook page for Candice Roach’s business, Love Your Cake, explains: “I make cakes, and then you eat them!” But there is cake… and there’s edible art. Whether it’s a sweet teapot, a playful fishbowl or the recreation of a character from the World of Warcraft game, Candice’s details are impeccable. With the Vancouver Canucks […]

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Jennifer Lang: Mezzo Soprano

Jennifer Lang is a mezzo-soprano currently preparing for the role of Zerlina in an upcoming production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Victoria, BC. I was invited to attend a rehearsal at the University of Victoria with the international cast, and what an experience! Sitting just a few feet away from a dozen or so opera […]

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Sidney York: Band Geeks are Cool

Sidney York is a trio of self-described “former band geeks” from Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. Together they create indie pop incorporating oboe, bassoon and horn. If you haven’t heard them yet, you soon will. The talent and hard work of singer Brandi Sidoryk, oboist Sheryl Reinhardt and bassoonist Krista Wodelet have earned them awards such […]

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Leslie Wiegand: Going Against the Grain

I’m a fan of this week’s featured artist, Leslie Wiegand. I first spotted her work hanging in Love’s Gallery, the framing and poster shop owned by her partner Adam and his family in Victoria, BC. A couple of weeks ago I came upon some more of her paintings at Mille Fiori Spa, and it reminded […]

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Bif Naked: Creative Strength

Bif Naked is a multi-platinum selling and Juno Award winning international singer, writer, poet, actress motivational speaker and cancer survivor. In her own words, she is an “advocate and activist, feather-ruffler, troublemaker, dogmommy, nice girl, dishwasher and optimist.” I do not hesitate to add that she is also an inspiration. Recently I had the pleasure […]

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