“The sell-out crowd clearly and audibly enjoyed the show and was hugely appreciative. After the performance, I walked past little groups of theatre-goers happily strolling through the streets of Victoria. Conversations I eavesdropped on were all positive.”
“The Melville Boys is already looking like a hit.”
Ivy Wigmore for The Buzz
The Melville Boys by Norm Foster plays at the Victoria Playhouse through July 30.
Audience Favourite Laura Smith Returns to Victoria Playhouse
Laura Smith will bring her spellbinding vocals and direct honest performance to the Victoria Playhouse on July 18. Smith has been winning lifelong fans as a singer/songwriter for over twenty years. She has been the recipient of two East Coast Music Awards, two Juno nominations, and a Gemini Award.
Smith has taken the stage in Victoria numerous times and says she is, “thrilled to be playing one of my all-time favourite venues with Kim Dunn”.
Nova Scotia musician Kim Dunn will accompany Smith on keyboards. Dunn was the recipient of the first ever Musician Special Achievement East Coast Music Award in 2003.
“It would be a challenge to find a favourite Smith song, given her catalogue”, said a recent Calgary Herald performance review. “Add in her rapier wit, and she is a force to be reckoned with on stage.”
Lynn Miles, one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters, will take the stage at the Victoria Playhouse on July 11th. The Ottawa musician has twelve albums to her credit and is the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards and a 2003 Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year.
Throughout a career that has seen her move from Ottawa to Los Angeles and back again, with stops in Nashville and Austin, and a healthy touring schedule that regularly takes her through the US, Europe, and across Canada, she has always created and performed music with unbridled feeling and vulnerability.
Dave Siglin, long-time director of the Ark, a nationally known acoustic music venue in Ann Arbor, Michigan wrote, “I presented literally thousands of performers, including many wonderful singer-songwriters whose music I now cherish. Of all of these, I find myself listening to the music of Lynn Miles more than that of any other performer who played the club.
“Her melodies are stunning and I think many of her lyrics are absolute poetry capable of standing alone. If you love good music and you’re never really listened to her, you owe it to yourself to do so soon”.
Vancouver’s Lion Bear Fox will open the Victoria Playhouse Musical Mondays on July 4. Originally known for their respective solo careers, Christopher Arruda, Ryan McMahon and Cory Woodward joined forces as Lion Bear Fox in 2012 and were immediately selected as one of the top 20 unsigned bands British Columbia (Peak Performance Project).
The fall of 2013 saw the band release their self-produced breakthrough EP “We’d Be Good Men” and take Western Canada by storm, touring 15 times over the next two years including stops at Canadian Music Week (Toronto), Contact East (PEI), OSAC (Regina) Mission Folk Festival and The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC. Terry David Mulligan with The Nanaimo Daily News called the group “a musical force of nature” and “emotional awakening”.
With the help of friend and producer Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run), the trio spent ten days in the Vancouver Island wilderness crafting “the record of their lives” – a collection of songs steeped in character and full of warmth. One part folk, one part rock – a pinch of gospel and a dash of growl, the self-titled LP is a testament to the trio’s strength as songwriters.
“All three artists are known for the passion they bring to their performances and the honest songs they write,” writes the Ladysmith Chronicle, “and they have succeeded in creating gripping, dynamic songs while capturing a sincerity rarely heard this side of the 2000’s.
For tickets call the Playhouse box office at 1.800.925.2025 or visit the Victoria website at http://www.victoriaplayhouse.com.
Luke Ignace is the inaugural recipient of the Erskine Smith Memorial Award for the Performing Arts at Holland College.
Despite clearly possessing a talent for theatre, Luke had never considered a career in the performing arts before age fifteen. He was a member of a dance troupe in his native Bahamas, but his plan for post-secondary education was to study marine engineering at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute. Those plans were forever changed when he was spotted dancing by Gloria McGlone, the woman who would become his mentor and benefactor. Ms. McGlone encouraged him to audition for a production of Fame at the Regency Theatre in Freeport. He did and was cast in the role of Tyrone.
Over the next three years, Luke performed parts in several Bahamian plays, as well as the playing Scar in The Lion King.
Eager to develop his talents, Luke applied to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City for a five-week intensive summer course. Shortly thereafter, he applied and was accepted to Holland College’s School of Performing Arts.
International living and student expenses can be daunting and Luke is very grateful to all those who made gifts in support of the Erskine Smith Memorial Award which has helped to make it possible for him to pursue his career in theatre.
Luke’s future plans may include further study of the dramatic arts at the National Theatre School in Montreal. He recently auditioned for a place there. But wherever he ends up next year, he ultimately wants to build on his education and experience before returning to the Bahamas with a view to making a significant contribution to the performing arts in his native country.
The fundraising dinner on June 9th for the Victoria Theatre at the Landmark Cafe has been sold out. Many thanks to everyone.
The Victoria Playhouse Inc., located in the beautiful village of Victoria by the Sea, Prince Edward Island, was formed in 1981, when residents voted to encourage the production of live theatre in their community hall. It was recognized the presence of the theatre contributed to the quality of life and the social and economic vitality of the community.
The Victoria Playhouse Inc. is a registered not-for-profit organization and is managed by a five-member Board of Directors, an Artistic Programming Committee and a Managing Director. The company has produced thirty-four seasons of live theatre and performance events emphasizing contemporary Canadian plays and music. On average the Playhouse presents over eighty performances a year and during the peak season (July through September) operates seven days a week.
The historic Victoria Hall, located at the exact centre of the village is home to the Victoria Playhouse Inc. The building was constructed between 1912-1915 and is widely known for its intimate interior, excellent acoustics and air conditioning! In 2007 the Hall was designated a ‘Historic Place’ on the Canadian Register of Historic Places. The Hall has been the heart of the community for nearly one hundred years and continues to bring people together, from near and far, to share in the magic of live performance.