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  • operalover939
    Toronto, Canada2,923 contributions
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    The performance of Osvaldo Golijov's opera Ainadamar is the reason for the excellent rating. Fine performances throughout of a notable modern work. The Royal Theatre itself rates a very good rating. It's a classic movie palace of a century ago and never really meant for opera. The pit is too small and shallow, for example. Still, it serves quite nicely.
    Written February 24, 2024
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada14,357 contributions
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    It had been well over 7 years since I last ambled about Ross Bay Cemetery. As such, I felt it was high time I re-visited one of the province’s most important heritage cemeteries. These grounds have much to teach us if we have but the eyes to see and the ears to listen.

    When most attend Ross Bay Cemetery, it’s usually just to partake in a peaceful and serene walk along the old carriage pathways or admire the intricate monuments to the dead. Indeed, that’s all well and fine, but there’s so much more to this place than a calming stroll. With over 20,000 graves, this 150 year old site is, in many ways, a physical record of British Columbia’s political, social, cultural and economic history. Think about it. There are a number of notable individuals buried here: James Douglas, BC’s first governor, founder of Victoria and “Father of BC;” Amor De Cosmos, BC’s second Premier and a rather curious individual; Billy Barker, a key player in the Cariboo Gold Rush who subsequently had a town named after him (Barkerville); and, Emily Carr, an artist who needs no introduction. There are, of course, many other “worthies” at Ross Bay, but these few illustrate the larger point: The cemetery provides a clear history and record of the province on numerous fronts. For that reason alone it should be on any history buff’s “must do” list when visiting Victoria.

    When we attended, I’d hoped to scope out a few notable graves, but the weather deteriorated rapidly into a torrential downpour. A leisurely stroll quickly turned into a fast-paced walk (with many a quizzical deer looking our way). As a result, we limited ourselves to locating Emily Carr’s resting place and called it a day.

    Despite the quick turn in weather, it was nice to re-visit this site after so many years. The site is peaceful and calming, yes, but it’s also rich in culture, history and Victorian-era tradition.
    Written December 29, 2022
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada14,357 contributions
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    The McPherson Playhouse is a treasure of Victoria. First opened in 1914, this historic social and cultural hub has had a storied history, having changed ownership numerous times over its 105 year existence. Today, it stands as an important beacon and testament to the evolving role of art and architecture in our fair city. Originally built for Vaudeville performances, the theatre has evolved to that of a contemporary playhouse while still managing to maintain its important Neo-Baroque auditorium and other historic characteristics. An illustration of how this magnificent theatre has evolved with time is evidenced by the performance M and I attended at the tail end of 2019: “A Wonderheads Christmas Carol.”

    A Wonderheads Christmas Carol is a whimsical, imaginative retelling of Dickens’ classic story in 70 minutes (no intermission). Giant masks, puppets and music are used to convey the tale while the actors play out each scene mime-like; that is to say, without uttering a single word. The end result is one of pure magic and wonder. Between the performances and the music, one feels as though they’re being transported into another world – another dimension. The ghosts of Ebenezer’s Christmas dream haunt the souls of those watching from the stage. It’s a powerful scene and one the Campbell River Mirror aptly described as “Pixar meets Jim Henson.”

    We watched the show from the theatre’s upper balcony. The views were good, but I found the seating to be a little tight. As well, the climb up the upper balcony stairs seemed a little steep to me, but that’s more of a personal thing. Those minor issues notwithstanding, the venue was a treat as was the Wonderheads performance. If you get a chance to take in a show at this beautiful venue, I highly recommend taking one in!
    Written March 11, 2020
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