Much of British Columbia was built on logging and the Royal BC Museum is celebrating this history in August with Good Timber: Songs and Stories of the Western Logger, “a rollicking musical revue celebrating the time when loggers climbed trees.”
The ensemble performance of stellar local artists plays against a multi-media backdrop of outstanding archival imagery, August 8 to 27. Inspired by a dog-eared copy of Rhymes of the Western Logger, a compilation of logging camp poetry by Robert E. Swanson, creators Ross Desprez and creative partner Tobin Stokes have gathered a stellar cast for this entertaining romp through the past. Set against a multi-media backdrop of rarely seen images from the BC Archives, John Gogo, Mark Hellman, Kelt and Colleen Eccleston, Sarah Donald and Desprez act, sing and play everything from guitar to handsaw. Original music ranges from Celtic and country to folk and blues, to accompany the loggers’ poetry.
Five Summer Must-See Events
1. Take in the TD Art Gallery Paint-In, along Moss Street from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria to Dallas Road July 16. See many of the city’s finest artists at work, relax in the food and beverage garden and enjoy evening music and dancing with Kumbia.
2. Head to the Inner Harbour early July 30 for Symphony Splash, the musical event of summer with the Victoria Symphony and special guests performing from a
floating stage in the harbour.
3. The Organic Islands & Sustainability Festival, July 9 and 10, brings together an amazing array of green-themed products, services and ideas, paired with food, entertainment and kids’ activities in the lovely setting of Glendale Gardens.
4. August 12 to 14 brings the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival to the Inner Harbour. Cheer on the remarkable athletes and enjoy cultural foods and entertainment in a weekend of exciting competition, camaraderie and community.
5. Take in a local farmer’s market. Favourites include Moss Street, the Peninsula Country Market, the Thursday night market in Sidney and the Oak Bay Night Market.
Sensational Summer Theatre
Summer has become synonymous with Shakespeare for many theatre buffs.
Here in the capital city, the Victoria Shakespeare Society continues the tradition with its annual Shakespeare Summer Festival at Camosun College’s Lansdowne Campus, July 4 to August 13.
This season, take in a female Hamlet, directed by David MacPherson, and Comedy of Errors, directed by Clayton Jevne, with the plays performed on alternating nights.
At the Belfry Theatre July 5 to 17, join Atomic Vaudeville and the teenage chamber choir from Uranium, Saskatchewan in the comedy/tragedy/musical Ride the Cyclone.
When the students die in a roller coaster accident at a travelling fair, “Karnack, a mechanized fortune-telling machine, feels responsible for the young choir’s demise, and gives the teens a chance to express themselves to the world after death. Ride the Cyclone is their final recital, where they celebrate their individuality while coming to terms with their untimely demise.”