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Portia White, classical singer 1911 – 1968

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.

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Megan Matheson and Compañía Azul: A passion for Flamenco

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 […]

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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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Laura Kenney: Keeping Rug Hooking Traditions Alive

Laura Kenney creates hooked rugs with whimsical designs, featuring everyday objects. She has an appreciation for the traditions of rug hooking in the past, when people made them with what they had at hand, and incorporates second-hand wool clothing into her designs. “When you see a bolt of new wool, there’s no personality to it. […]

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Melanie LeBlanc: Ethically-sourced and Keeping it Real

As soon as I saw Melanie LeBlanc’s jewellery, I knew I wanted to interview her! Melanie has been creating organic, tactile and utterly unique pieces for the past nine years. Influenced by nature and the environment around her, she incorporates found objects, discarded and ethically-sourced metal and stones. Metal is no longer cold or mechanical […]

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