21 03 2012

Get funky with it this weekend and support local DJ’s at the Sunset Room, take in Aussie hip hop group Bliss N Eso or check out the Island’s best musicians, SATURDAY at the Fort Cafe. There’s also a variety show for the kids to finish Spring Break strong, and an important breast cancer awareness event. Plus, once again…

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win four tickets to Grease on Ice, or tickets to Celebrate Kids: A Variety Show for this weekend! Email (subject WIN) or comment below and tell us why you should win.

BASSLINE WARFARE: ROUND 2 – DJ battle with Whoa Grenade. FRIDAY 10pm at Sunset Room. $10/$15.

GREASE ON ICE – Take a classic movie, throw in incredible talent, choreography and music and you have an amazing  show that is sure to delight and entertain the whole family. SATURDAY 2pm and 7pm. Also SUNDAY 1pm at Archie Browning Sports Centre (1151 Esquimalt). $15. 250-412-8510, 250-412-8500,

VANCOUVER ISLAND MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE SHOWCASE – With Ryan McMahon, Michael Tension, Spaceport Union and more. SATURDAY 8pm at the Fort Cafe. $7.

CELEBRATE KIDS: A VARIETY SHOW – A variety show for children with dancers, singers, martial arts and much more. Refreshments for sale. SUNDAY 2pm at the Centennial United Church (612 David). $2/$5. 250-384-6424,

BLISS N ESO – With Rich Bros and guests. Hip hop. MONDAY 9pm at Upstairs. $20.

CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION: ASK AN EXPERT – Researcher Dr. Peter Watson and Dorothy Yada, Breast Health Patient Navigator from Vic General Hospital present the latest info on breast cancer research and breast health. Jules Sesia, a breast cancer survivor and comic shares her story. TUESDAY 7pm at Saanich Commonwealth Pool (4636 Elk Lake). Free. 250-384-3328,


15 03 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend and there are tons of events around town to help you celebrate. The Maritime Museum is hosting a fun night with Cookeilidh and Battle of the Bridge is Victoria’s own MC competition supporing a local charity. For you festival fans, check out Josephina as part of the Spark Fest or the World Storytelling Festival events. Plus:

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win tickets to at the Maritime Museum’s event! Email (subject WIN) or comment below and tell us why you deserve the luck o’ the Irish this weekend.

MUSIC FROM THE SHAMROCK SHORE: A ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION WITH COOKEILIDH – Set in our beautifully restored 19th century Courtroom, enjoy traditional jigs and sing-alongs to bring out the Irish in all of us! Also get your feet tapping with  special guests the O’Connor O’Brien Irish Dancers. It will be a night to truly remember. FRIDAY 7:30at the Maritime Museum (28 Bastion Square). $12.

BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE 7: HUNGRY FOR BEEF: Sixteen emcees, and only one can be left standing as the new Battle Of The Bridge Freestyle Champ. Food drive and MC battle benefitting the Mustard Seed. SATURDAY 2pm at Incite Screen Printing (2514 Douglas). $3/$5.

JOSEPHINA: A shockingly beautiful, sexy, funny, and mysterious piece of physical theatre about a man and a woman: is it the story of a perfect, passionate couple, or a shattered one? TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY 8pm at Metro Studio (1411 Quadra). $17-$23.



7 03 2012

This weekend support local skaters in memory of  James Lindsay and have the chance to win prizes at a a silent auction all while rockin’ out to DJ Squantos at Lucky Bar. Or get some tips on ecologically-friendly wine practices at Flights and Light Bites. Plus…

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win tickets to Flights and Light Bites OR weekend passes to the Small Change Expo! Comment below or email (subject WIN).

FLIGHTS AND LIGHT BITES: Sustainable Wines – Sommelier Stuart Brown of Trialto Wine Group will take you through the rising trend and practices of making sustainable wines around the world. SATURDAY 4pm at Hotel Grand Pacific (463 Belleville). $20 plus tax. 250-380-4478.

JAMES LINDSAY MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER – Fundrasing gala and silent auction. With DJ Squantos and Rennie ‘Dubnut’ Foster. Supporting an addition to the Vic West skatepark. Auction MC Ken Gordon. SUNDAY 9pm at Lucky. By donation.

5th ANNUAL LIFEMARK HEALTH ESQUIMALT 5K RUN AND WALK – 7:45am kids run and 8:30am 5K race at Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). $2 for the kids run $22 for the 5K. 250-412-8502,

SMALL CHANGE EXPO – Lectures, prizes and more. FRIDAY 12pm at the Victoria Conference Centre. Also SATURDAY 10am. $6-$10.


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.

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