Get A Life: April 29 – May 5

29 04 2010


Soca electronic dancehall from Montreal.

With MC Zulu, Kitimat, Frame & Rhythmicon.

FRIDAY 9pm at Sugar. $10.

Read Monday‘s interview with Poirier here.


Juno-nominated songstress.
With Rose Cousins.

FRIDAY 7pm at Orange Hall (1620 Fernwood). $15. RSVP: 250-858-1830.


Vancouver indie rock.
With Montreal’s Plants and Animals.

TUESDAY 9pm at Sugar. $18.

To get a copy of Poirier’s Running High, Amelia Curran’s Hunter Hunter, and Said the Whale’s Islands Disappear, email me (Subject: Running) and tell me what you love most about sunny Victoria days.

Congratulations to our reader Lesya Williams, who says, “I love being able to walk along Dallas road to the breakwater and enjoy the sea, sky, mountains and fresh air!”

REVIEW: Adventures of the sad-sack.

23 04 2010

Most of you are probably aware that there are a few different kinds of comic books. There are mainstream comics — superheroes and villains, duking it out in dark and bloody semi-alternate universes. There are also graphic novels, a term generally referring to more serious long-form narratives told in illustrated form. Think: Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Chester Brown’s Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography, and Marjane Satrapi’s recently adapted tale of her childhood in Iran, Persepolis.

There is also another category: alternative comic books. Daniel Clowes’ Wilson and Gabrielle Bell’s Cecil and Jordan in New York [both published by Montreal’s Drawn & Quarterly] fall into a subset of that which I can only describe as sad-sack comics. Fittingly, the term sad-sack (“an inept or blundering person”) actually originates from a World War II-era comic book about a lowly private experiencing some of the absurdities and humiliations of military life. I couldn’t have put it better.
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Concerts: YES BU CAN!

20 04 2010


With M Award nominated 14-piece gypsy marching band Bučan Bučan, The Balkan Babes and Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra.

SATURDAY 8-11:30pm at James Bay’s White Eagle Hall.
$16/$13. All-ages.

Want two tickets?
Email me (Subject: Folk) and tell me how you pronounce Bučan Bučan .

From Here: John Greaves

15 04 2010

John Greaves is an aquatics instructor at the Victoria Y.

How long have you lived in Victoria?
Since 1995. I was in Courtenay before then, and before that in Grand Forks.

How long have you been teaching aquafit?
I was a lifeguard in Grand Forks, and I used to watch the ladies teach the aquafit, and sometimes sub for them. That was kind of my first introduction. I took the course to be certified to teach at the Crystal Pool in the late ’90s.

How many hours of the week do you spend inside a swimming pool?
Right now, 18 hours. I teach aquafit at the Y, the Crystal Pool, and the Grand Pacific Hotel. I do the masters’ swim club here at the Y, and coach kids at Crystal with the Tyee Swim Club, to get my kid fix. I also do a water movement class for people with arthritis at Crystal, and I do water massage, which is called Watsu. I also do shiatsu massage, but that’s kind of my dry land thing.

You must always smell like chlorine.
It actually doesn’t bug me anymore. A lot of pools are ozone now. The newest pools are all salt water.

Are there different kinds of aquafit?
There are two types of deep water fit; there’s a running class, when you’re tethered by your belt, and then the other one is more like aerobics underwater, with more of a sequence. The shallow water is the same, but there’s a bit more impact because you’re running on the ground. It’s low impact compared to running out of the water, but people still have to guide themselves, depending on their hips and knees, especially in the seniors’ classes.

Younger people usually like the deep water, as well as runners and triathelete types, because it’s a bit more intense.

People have this sense of aquafit being something old ladies do, but some of your classes have up to 40 people in them, many of them under 30. Is that perception changing?

It’s getting more popular at all the rec centres as people realize it’s a good workout. A lot of people do it as a secondary workout. If they’re regularly doing harder gym sessions, they can do more working out without getting injured by coming in the water.

Aquafit has changed over the years. It started just as aerobics in the water. Then people added swimming skills to it and different equipment like the AquaJogger belts. It sort of started more with the seniors doing it. I think that’s why people think, “Oh aquafit, that’s a seniors’ class.” But those seniors are in good shape! They’re working hard.

It is usually more women, especially in the 60 plus age groups. The men sit in the hot tub. But there have been more and more men. Some days I have as many men as women. Here at the Y there are a lot of girls who bring their boyfriends. You see the husbands—their wives drag them out, then they like it.

How old were you when you learned to swim?
I don’t remember, I was probably two. I’ve swam all my life. I have four kids and they’re all swimmers. The baby’s only one, so she’s just starting. But she likes the pool.

Photos by Katrina Tran, Interview by Mayana C. Slobodian

Get a Life: April 15 – 21

15 04 2010


With Dad’s Juice and Ford Pier. FRIDAY 8pm at Discovery Coffee (664 Discovery). $15.

Read David’s bio here.


Experimental pop from Vancouver.With guests. FRIDAY 9pm at Sugar. $10.

Watch Brasstronaut’s nautical music video for “Old World Lies” here.


Classic Canadian troubadour, CD release. With James Lamb. THURSDAY 7pm at Solstice Café. $10.

Read David Francey’s glowing review of David’s music here.

To get David P Smith’s Mantennae, Brasstronaut’s Mt. Chimera, and David Newberry’s When we learn the things we need to learn, email me (Subject: Davidtronaut) and tell me which show you’re planning on going to.

Gigs: Ghostkeeper

9 04 2010

Flemish Eye Records’ raw, noisy rock from Calgary.
With local reggae rockers Buena Buya.
FRIDAY 9pm at Logan’s. $8.

Want a copy of their new self-titled release?
Email me (Subject: Ghostkeeper).

Kids Like Music, too!

7 04 2010

I once saw Kimya Dawson perform in Anacortes, Washington on the day she was due to deliver her first child. She gestured to her medicine-ball-sized belly and warned the audience that it might be a short set. She played her jangly anti-folk with as much fire and raunch as ever, and gave birth to her daughter Panda Delilah a week later.

You may  know Kimya Dawson from her Billboard-topping work on the Juno soundtrack (Remember this? Aww. I wish I was a pregnant teenager). However, she has been around in the Pacific Northwest music scene pretty much forever, starting with her band The Moldy Peaces. Along with weird folk harpist Joanna Newsom (who more just sounds like a child), Dawson’s music tends to fall into a love-her-or-hate-her dynamic. If you think it sounds a little like children’s music, you may now feel vindicated. Dawson has released a CD of children’s music on K Records, called Alphabutt.

The album is catchy and filled with jokes, without being too cutesy. It’s a hard line to straddle with kids’ music. Dawson does great, maintaining her trademark straight-talk approach with lyrics like “I is for eyeball / J is for jammies /K is for kid fart /L is for loud and long farts.” Another highlight is “We’re All Animals” about body hair.

On the other end of the indie spectrum, Sandra Boynton, author of over forty kids books, has put out a CD of childen’s versions of songs from the ’50s. Highlights: title track, sung by Steve Lawrence (side note: does his hit song “Go Away Little Girl” creep anyone else out?), a pretty bizarre “Speed Turtle” by Brian Wilson, and songs by Neil Sedaka, Gerry & The Pacemakers, and B.B. King. If you’re a fan of doo-wop, clap-alongs and harmonies, this could be your go-to sing-along CD for those long drives.

Finally, Putumayo presents Rhythm & Blues. Because parents are people too. And when you’ve listened to so many songs about animals and the alphabet that you find yourself singing “roll ovvvver, roll ovvvvver” to yourself in the grocery line-up, it’s time to get some new music.

– Mayana C. Slobodian

To get Kimya Dawson & Friends’ Alphabutt, Sandra Boynton’s Blue Moo, Putumayo presents Rhythm & Blues and the Kerplunks’ Walk On, email me (Subject: Kids music) and tell me your toddler’s favourite song.
Congratulations to reader Kate, who writes:
My daughter says, “Mary Poppins songs.” And my son’s favorite song is “Chim Chiminey.” At least that’s what my daughter says…

From Here: Melissa Broughton

1 04 2010

Melissa Broughton works at Value Village, on Store Street.

How long have you lived in Victoria?
I moved down from Shawnigan Lake last September, to go to school.

What’s it like working at Value Village?
It’s pretty good. You get the odd customer who’s a little finicky. My favourite one is “I could get this cheaper at The Bay.” And I think, “Well, go to The Bay.” My coworkers are really good, though.

Do you get employee discounts?
We get 50% off on most of the stuff, and 30% off on, like, jewelry and furniture.

Do you take advantage of that?
When I have money, yeah. The one problem with only being able to work part-time is that a lot of that money just goes to food. I’m thinking I might get a second job in the summer. My parents pay my rent while I’m going to school, but once I’m out that’s 500 bucks I’m going to have to find somewhere.

What are you studying?
I’m doing the university transfer program, just taking random courses. I don’t really know what I want to do yet.

I have full-time classes at Camosun and I work weekends, but I really enjoy living down here. It’s hard sometimes, on the nights that I have off to go, “Okay, I’m going to do homework” and not “Okay, I’m going to go out somewhere.” I’m hopefully going to get all my stuff done before the term ends—

Oh, I have to go. I think I was just paged at the till.

– Mayana C. Slobodian

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