Poets on Campus

On Oct. 1, author and poet Maleea Acker read at VIU for the semester’s first installment of Poets on Campus. VIU Creative Writing instructor and Poets on Campus organizer, Marilyn Bowering, says Acker writes about the environment in both her poetry and her first non-fiction book, Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of BC’s South Coast. … Continued

Student Profile: Jana Weir

Music is everything to Jana Weir, which isn’t surprising considering she has been playing since she was only six months old, after her parents put a little toy saxophone in her crib. “I started playing before I could walk or talk,” Weir says, and she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. In addition to the … Continued

State of the Hollywood Rom-Com

Did you see The Back-Up Plan? How about The Five-Year Engagement? The Bounty Hunter? Anything Katherine Heigl did after Knocked Up? You have? Then let me ask, are you ever going to watch any of them again? In any film genre I can usually find enough solace in the five-star classics to make up for … Continued

Premium Rush

(3 out of 5 stars) Premium Rush is an urban action thriller about Wilee (like the Coyote), a Manhattan bike messenger who picks up an envelope that a corrupt cop is desperate to get his hands on. It uses old-fashioned stunt work in combination with digital maps and a non-chronological plot to keep its 91 … Continued

Henderson Scores For Canada! – Lecture by Timothy Lewis

Where were you when Henderson scored? In his public lecture for the VIU Arts and Humanities colloquium series on Sept. 21, Dr. Timothy Lewis will divulge how the simple question is one that defines Canadian history. The 1972 Canada—Soviet Union Summit Series was an event that represented more than national athletic achievement, says Dr. Lewis. … Continued

Jazz at VIU – The VIU Music program: faculty and students

Vancouver Island University is home to an accomplished and vibrant music program, complete with some of the best instructors Canada has to offer. Students come from across Canada to study music at VIU and to major in either Jazz or Classical Performance. I was personally attracted to VIU for two main reasons: I could live … Continued

Art Bites

Submissions Now Open: 2013 Vancouver Island Short Film Festival  The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF) would like to invite local filmmakers of all levels of experience to submit original short films of any genre for the 2013 show. Sponsored by the Nanaimo Art’s Council, VISFF is Vancouver Island’s only film festival dedicated to showcasing … Continued

Student art exhibition: Egypt and Jordan

Despite the fact that there was a political revolution going on, VIU art students Angela Marston and Robin Erickson had no hesitations when they decided to go on the Egypt Art and Culture Field Study to Egypt and Jordan as a part of their Arts 355 Painting IV course during the summer semester. Marston says … Continued

The Amazing Spider Man – Review

When considering the numerous comic books that have been made into successful films recently it is evident that we, as average civilians, are drawn to the supernatural crime-fighting theme. In just a few years we have seen two Iron Man blockbuster hits,  Thor, a taste of Captain America, an appearance from The Avengers and finally, … Continued

Henderson Scores for Canada!

A Public Lecture on the Memories and Meanings of the 1972 Canada—Soviet Union Summit Series Forty years after Paul Henderson scored for Team Canada, his winning goal represents one of the most significant events in Canadian Sports History and a landmark cultural moment. How the 1972 Summit Series has come to acquire almost mythical status will … Continued

Kim Churchill Detail of Distance

Kim Churchill sounds like a musician who has almost figured it out. The Australian artist’s second studio album Detail of Distance, which was recorded in Vancouver, was released on May 15. Churchill, who is currently signed to Montréal-based label Indica Records, has made a name for himself on the Canadian folk scene (his music video … Continued

Mother Mother

If we look at indie music not as a means of independent production but as a distinct genre, there are certain components of the style that become expected. To call themselves “indie” bands, artists need a truly unique sound, very original lyrics and a spritz of oddball to help them stand out. At one time … Continued

Check It Out

International Band If you like Mumford & Sons, check out indie-rock band Admiral Fallow. Though less folky than the English boys, and without the banjo, the same home-grown, slightly gritty, commonwealth country roots sound consistently runs through the Scottish band’s two albums, Boots in my Face (2010) and Tree Bursts in Snow, released in May … Continued

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