Non-fiction contest winner: Tyler Lynch

“’All Alone, In The Zone’ is a sympathetically observed, precisely detailed piece about a momentary but profound human connection. The journey it takes us on, from the usual assumptions about the homeless, hastily made, to a fuller appreciation of its subject, is impressive.” — Non-Fiction Judge: Frank Moher All Alone, In The Zone Alex has dreadlocks. … Continued

Fiction contest winner: Braedan Zimmer

“This narrative has been compressed and pared down to its essentials; the result is an original and distinctive flash fiction in many ways akin to a poem. It’s a story that has a powerful emotional effect. I admire the way the writer has taken our current terrifying situation—­­inaction on climate change—and made it into a … Continued

Poetry contest winner: Conar Rae Harris

“The poem has a very clever title and is delightfully inventive from there on. The word choices are stunningly original throughout. This poem does what all good poems do: surprise and delight. The poem uses vivid details in lush and original ways. From the opening line: ‘The morning ripens,’ through to the end, it remains … Continued

Student art shows: Progressions & Spectrum

This semester VIU visual arts students end the year by showcasing their eye-popping artwork in two shows at The View Gallery and building 325. Both shows begin on April 18. Progressions, an exhibit hosted in building 325, showcases work from first, second, third, and fourth-year students. Before the exhibit starts, there will be an awards ceremony … Continued

Western Edge presents Sequence

Western Edge Theatre’s upcoming play weaves audience members into two high-stake storylines that intertwine like a fragment of DNA. From March 29 to April 7, the local theatre company presents Sequence, a multi-award-winning play by Calgary playwright Arun Laka, at Harbour City Theatre. Sequence, a comedic science thriller, is the last play in Western Edge … Continued

Captain Marvel review: timing and secrecy is everything

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), timing and secrecy is everything. The release of Black Panther in 2018, just before Avengers: Infinity War, introduced MCU fans to the kingdom of Wakanda and T’Challa (Black Panther). This increased the emotional blow when the audience saw him disintegrate into dust from the snap of Thanos’ fingers in … Continued

WIG brings Dante’s Inferno to the stage

On Saturday, March 23, Evolve Nightclub will be hosting Seven Deadly Sins, presented by Nanaimo’s only drag entertainment collective: WIG. Thematically, the show will be a unique interpretation of Dante’s Inferno, paying homage to the 14th century literary classic with WIG’s distinctive brand of dance, theatre, musical narrative, and of course—divine comedy. The audience will … Continued

Smash Bros Ultimate review

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the best game for the Nintendo Switch period. Matter of fact: Smash Ultimate is the greatest Smash game of all time. Smash Bros Ultimate is the most recent installment in the Smash Bros franchise. It launched for the Nintendo Switch on December 9, 2018, and has since become the fastest … Continued

Choosing courage over comfort

The comfort zone can easily be mistaken as a place of safety, but the greatest rewards await just beyond internalized walls. The natural tendency to cling to familiarity isn’t a reputable safety net. In fact, it holds people back. Pushing against the barriers of the comfort zone is uncomfortable, but the ability to lean into … Continued

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