29 02 2012

As the weather gets warmer (or at least sunnier!) the Garden City starts to live up to its name. Check out  rare flowers at the Orchid Show and Sale and tally up the ones around your neighbourhood for the 36th annual Flower Count. Or, chop your locks for charity and start next week with a new ‘do. Plus, one of the biggest Canadian rock groups is kicking off their cross-country tour here – plenty of reasons to look forward to this weekend.

Giveaway Alert! Win coveted tickets to the Orchid Show and Sale! Email (Subject WIN) or comment below and tell us why you should win.

THE TREWS – With Poor Young Things. Rock. FRIDAY 10pm at 9one9. $28. Who doesn’t remember “So She’s Leaving”?

VICTORIA ORCHID SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE – Purchase a rare specimen unavailable elsewhere. A portion of the proceeds to the Victoria General and Royal Jubilee Hospitals. SATURDAY 9am and 10am SUNDAY at the Student Union Building (UVic). $6/$7. 250-217-4390,

VICTORIA FLOWER COUNT – Each municipality across the capital region is encouraged to take up the challenge to be the “Bloomingest Community” in Victoria. 250-360-2837,

LOOK GOOD: DO GOOD CUT-A-THON –  Refreshments and door prizes. SUNDAY 12pm at Head Start Salon (1315 Cook). Benefiting the Cridge Respitality Service. $15 suggested donation. 250-995-6419,

CALENDAR: Peace and Pink Shirts

22 02 2012

Whether you represent the West or East Coast, take in some good music this week. Down With Webster is repping T.O. and the Folk West show brags many local musicians. Or start the day with health at the Holistic Wellness Fair and move on to the Beer Fest – there really is something for everyone! Of course remember to wear pink this Wednesday to take a stand against bullying.

Plus, we have tickets to the Beer Fest, Wellness Fair and the Spoken Word Fest to get you started this weekend! Just email (Subject WIN) , or comment below and tell us why you should win!

DOWN WITH WEBSTER – Not easily classifiable, DWW employs elements of rock, hip-hop, funk music and just about everything in between in their recordings and high-energy live shows. THURSDAY 7:30pm at the McPherson (3 Centennial Square). $45. See article in this week’s issue of Monday.

THE VICTORIA SPOKEN WORD FEST – The most exciting, entertaining, out-there poetry you’ve ever heard at the second annual Victoria Spoken Word Festival. To SUNDAY at Intrepid Theatre and Solstice Cafe. $5-25.

INSPIRED WELLNESS HOLISTIC FAIR – Psychic readings, massage, energy healing, holistic services and more. SATURDAY 11am at 111 Superior. $5. 778-433-7334,

THE ISLAND BEER FESTIVAL – Hosted by DJ Pat Shade. All your favourite local breweries. Live acoustic duo Mike Hann & Tyler Harvey. SATURDAY 1pm at 9one9. $20. 250-383-7137,

FOLK WEST FUNDRAISER – Mae Moore, Lola Parks, Crikey, Paul O’Brien and more. SATURDAY 7pm at Upstairs. $10/$12.

5th ANNUAL PINK SHIRT DAY – Anti-bullying campaign. Proceeds from t-shirts sold at London Drugs go to Boys and Girls Clubs. WEDNESDAY.

Ubiquitous Synergy Seekers Are Swimming in a Giant Bowl of Jelly Beans

20 02 2012

If the name of this Toronto-based band doesn’t give you a hint about Ash Boo-Schultz’s intellectual mindspace, these answers will. A glimpse into the thoughts of the USS vocalist/producer when he had a day off from touring the country with Down With Webster. Plus, an unexpected cooking tip!

On Rifflandia 2011:

When we were walking from our hotel to the show it was really cool because there were all these fans with signs for USS.

On touring vs. recording:

I’m more productive on the road, so there’s really no separation of the two.

On his biggest accomplishment:

It’s less of one specific isolated event and more of the realization, especially in the last three months, that I’ve just written hundreds and hundreds of songs and pieces of music and I’ve always been shackled by not totally having the confidence to venture outside of a band. Almost needing the confidence of working with other people. So in that three months my entire psychological equilibrium has taken this quantum leap and I’ve been putting together all kinds of these projects and bands that are going to be able to channel all this creativity. One thing I’ve learned is that if you don’t use your mind it drives you insane. So I have to especially keep concentrated and focused. I’m feeling really successful about finally hitting my stride; it just clicked finally and I’m just loving the click!

On their new sound and new drummer:

Our music as a band is also taking a quantum leap because we’ve added a drummer into our band. Also, Human Kebab, over the course of our evolution as a band, evolving and improving, he started singing more, and he has a really low voice.  So you’ll hear me and him doing harmonies more. We got to know [our drummer] more when his band would open for us in Ontario. So when the time was right, and we knew we wanted to add that final dimension to our live sound, he was the first person we thought of. Because when you’re on the road with people 24 hours a day, in the hotel room, in the van, at the library, at the bowling alley, it’s gotta be about the person first and then their ability

On life outside of music:

I go home and I work as a carpenter and I have to use the logical side of my brain. Cause I can live in the total emotional whirlwind of life, and you can lose touch with that logic that’s especially important for decision-making. I love it, so I’m doing both at the same time. And all of the houses that we work at are in my neighbourhood so I can always go home and have grilled cheese for lunch – with really cold ketchup. Put the ketchup in the freezer while you’re making it. And you use one piece of white bread and one piece of brown bread. So, it’s like, grilled cheese on white bread is like the best thing ever but you wanna still get your whole grains in there. It’s all about balance. Life is a grilled cheese with one piece of white bread and one piece of brown bread.

On an upcoming solo project:

I have this whole series of four-song EPs and I’ll be partnering up with people that I feel is appropriate. I’m this abnormal psychologist, I basically study all these cases of music savants and all these abnormal music cases all over the world. So each cover song is a back-story of the patients; it revolves around the songs that the musicians in the psych ward wrote. It’s called Lab Rats.

Most surprising thing about the music industry:

How much love there is out there, it’s incredible. We have our love magnet turned on full blast all the time.

On Down With Webster:

I was having this huge conversation with Pat (Down With Webster vocalist/guitarist) last night because Pat is a huge documentary freak and so am I. It [touring together] just has this natural ease to it. I played with those guys when they were still in high school. I was between bands playing mid-90s hip hop covers on my acoustic guitar, and I’d open for them at some little chicken-wing restaurant outside of Toronto. I said to Bucky (Down With Webster vocalist) the other night, ‘We’re not flowers we’re roots.’ We’re not something that comes and goes with the seasons, it’s a solid foundation.

On the future of USS?

We have a couple of shoeboxes full of songs, I’m not even sure at this point how we’re gonna choose what songs we’re gonna put out, and we just keep adding more. Tons of songs are in various stages of production that will become our next album…We’re just swimming around in a giant bowl of jelly beans!

USS opens for Down With Webster, THURSDAY 7:30pm at the McPherson. Tickets at

– Reyhana Heatherington

CALENDAR: Teabags and Tsukino

15 02 2012

For Victorians of diverse tastes, this week boasts some unique events around the city. From the Northwest’s biggest anime convention hosted by UVic to a weekend of tea-tasting, explore the finer things in life. The music scene is roaring as usual, so check out local rock band KHBR or  Louise Rose.

Victoria Tea Festival – Over 40 exhibitors will showcase the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of the global tea culture. SATURDAY and SUNDAY at various locations. $20/$25., 250-370-4880.

KHBRWith The Dyeing MerchantsBells & Cannons and Newport Beach. Support our local rock bands. SATURDAY 9:30pm at the Cambie at the Esquimalt Inn (856 Esquimalt). $7.

Louise Rose – Celebrate Black History Month through song and word with this dynamic, inspirational multi-talented musician.  She will lead choirs and congregation from the piano in a moving program of stories and song, exploring the lives and legacies of people of African descent in Canada. SUNDAY 11am at First Metropolitan United Church (932 Balmoral). 250-388-5188.

Tsukino Con 2012 – Anime convention. FRIDAY to SUNDAY at the ECS Building (UVic). $25 weekend pass.

CALENDAR: Playing to the Crowd

8 02 2012

This week is all about welcoming performers to Victoria; from a classic horror film star to the energetic Hedley front-man Jacob Hoggard who got his start on Canadian Idol. Who can forget that classic head-turning scene in The Exorcist? Little Regan herself will be here to talk details as part of the Vic Film Fest. And for early Valentine shoppers, the craft fair in Fernwood is a good start – otherwise surprise your sweetheart Modern Family-style and join in the flashmob fun!

Vic Film Festival: Linda Blair and The Exorcist – An in-person interview with Linda Blair followed by a screening of horror classic “The Exorcist” on the big screen.7pm FRIDAY at Capitol 6 (805 Yates). $30., 250-389-0444.

February Fox Fair – A craft fair featuring local, handmade clothing, jewellery and more to help you shop for your sweet Valentine. Bring cash and a reusable bag to this second annual community market. SATURDAY 10am at the Fernwood Community Centre (1240 Gladstone).

Flashmob: Are You My Type? – Help promote the need for blood donation by taking part in a flash mob-style dance in support of Canadian Blood Services.TUESDAY 12:30pm at the Bay Centre (1150 Douglas).,

Hedley – With Classified, Karl Wolf and My Name is Kay. SATURDAY 7pm at Save on Foods Memorial (1925 Blanshard). $29.50-$45.

CALENDAR: Girls and Gamers

1 02 2012

No, those two words are not mutually exclusive. Whether you’re ready to start the weekend early with the girls, or raring to relax with complimentary yoga, we’ve got you covered. For those gamers who yearned for the glory of Comic-Con, we’ve got our own version this weekend at Pearkes Arena.  And of course, you’ve seen the pink posters around town – it’s the Victoria Film Fest! Win tickets to an upcoming event or film screening by commenting below or sending an email to (Subject WIN).

Girl’s Night Out – Grab your ladies and come out on the town for deals, promotions, giveaways & entertainment at some of your favourite shops, restaurants, and studios. THURSDAY.

The 18th Annual Victoria Film Festival – Check out the stellar lineup of films, galas, and events. Program guides available at Cineplex Odeon Victoria Cinemas, Serious Coffee, Empire Theatres, and the Film Festival office (1215 Blanshard). Starting FRIDAY. 250-389-0444.

 GottaCon 2012  – The fourth annual gaming convention will run 24 hours a day with contests, tournaments, vendors, demonstrations, food, drinks, entertainment and games. 5pm at Pearkes Arena (3100 Tillicum). FRIDAY to SUNDAY. $17-$60. Kids free with adult.

FREE Acupuncture Day + Documentary Screening – Try Heart & Hands yoga. Donations accepted in support of AIDS Vancouver Island and Victoria Youth Homelessness Summit. Donations for cold weather items also accepted. SUNDAY 9am at Heart & Hands Health Collective (851 Cormorant). Free. Reserve at  250-893-2426.

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