Friday, January 29, 2010

Village 900 welcomes Ashley McIsaac to Victoria

Village 900 welcomes the return of Ashely McIssac with opening act Qristina & Quinn Bachand

Saturday, Feb 20th

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, corner of Douglas & Broughton

Show 7:30pm / Doors 7pm

Tickets: $25 Adults / $20 Students/Seniors

Advance Tickets available at: Larsen Music, Long & McQuade, Lyle's Place, Ivy's Bookshop or by calling Marie at (250) 472-0999

Sponsored by: Village 900, The Victoria Fiddle Society and Pacific Audio Works.

http://www.ashleymacisaac.com/

WATCH Ashley MacIsaac & Quinn Bachand perform at:

www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/music/Video+Canadian+Icon+Fiddler+Ashely+MacIsaac+Performs/2272953/story.html

LISTEN at: www.truenorthrecords.com/Catalogue.php

“Ashley MacIsaac is the most talented fiddler I’ve ever seen. Absolutely amazing” - Larry Leblanc, Billboard Magazine

“A devilish virtuosity on the fiddle” - MacLean's Magazine

Local music fans will be thrilled to learn that fiddle-phenomena, Ashley MacIsaac, has just announced his first Victoria concert in almost seven years. This is a rare opportunity to see one of Canada's most celebrated roots musicians of all time during his whirlwind visit to BC, just days before his 35th birthday. Fourteen-year-old sensation, Quinn Bachand, will accompany on guitar. The two have enjoyed performing together several times in 2009 (Vancouver Celtic Fest, Edmonton Folk Festival, and Cape Breton's Celtic Colours International Festival) and will present an evening of traditional Cape Breton & Celtic fiddle music. The evening will open with a set by Qristina & Quinn Bachand and their band.

With sales in excess of 500,000 albums, Ashley MacIsaac, has garnered international acclaim by playing the fiddle in that hard-nosed, traditional Cape-Breton style, while adding his own spin, mixing genres and updating Celtic music to appeal to a broader spectrum of fans. Considered something of a local legend and prodigy by the time of his impressive 1992 debut Close To The Floor at 17, Ashley broke through to the mainstream with the double-platinum genre-bending Hi, How Are You Today? in 1995.

International radio play for the single, Sleepy Maggie, and a regular slot on MuchMusic made Ashley an instant Canadian icon. Ashley has toured with the likes of Philip Glass and The Chieftains, and has performed on the Conan O’Brian Show, The Today Show, at Carnegie Hall and the Acropolis in Greece. In November, Ashley was featured on the BRAVO TV series Star Portraits. Watch the episode at: http://www.bravo.ca/television/star-portraits/episodes.asp and see the portrait he chose at his website.

In breaking news, Ashley appears in The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights, a documentary that follows the band during their 2007 Canadian tour. September's Toronto International Film Fest was the Canadian premiere; The U.S. premiere will be at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas this March. Jack White has also invited Ashley to Nashville to record a new country blues single. MacIsaac continues to record and will release his 11th album, Crossover, later this year.

Discography:

(TRAD) Close To The Floor (1992)

A Cape Breton Christmas with Ashley MacIsaac and Friends (1993)

(Modern Trad) Hi, How Are You Today? (1995)

(TRAD) Fine, Thank You Very Much (1998)

Helter's Celtic (1999)

(TRAD) Fiddle Music 101 with guitarist Dave MacIsaac (2000)

(TRAD) Live At The Savoy (reissued 2000) piano accompanist is May Belle Chisholm McQueen

(~3 tracks Modern Trad) Ashley MacIsaac (2003)

Pride (2006)

Live At The Rehearsal Hall DVD (2006)

(some TRAD & Modern Trad) The Best of Ashley MacIsaac (2008)


Independent Releases (i.e. only available at live shows):

Thru The Times DVD

(TRAD) A New Family Tradition (2010), a collaboration with his sister, Lisa MacIsaac (of the band Madison Violet)

Other: James Devine's Tapeire (2007) soundtrack to the stage production featuring Celtic tap dancer, James Devine

To be released later this year:

Crossover (a mix of Celtic rock and traditional music)



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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Economic Rebound for Victoria?

VICTORIA, BC — The Conference Board of Canada released its Winter 2010 forecast today, outlining their expectations for Greater Victoria and 26 other Canadian municipalities. The report forecasts that our regional economy performed much better than most of Western Canada in 2009, and is predicting growth of 2.8% in 2010.

“Led by stronger wholesale and retail trade and a rebound in the “FIRE” (Financial, Insurance and Real Estate) sector the conference board is anticipating an average growth rate of 2.6% over the next three years,” said Sasha Angus, Economic Development Officer. “This bodes well for our economy going forward. The region’s economic challenges over the past year highlight the ongoing need to invest in diversifying our economy and marketing our advantages to the rest of the world to maintain household-sustaining jobs for our citizens.”

The Greater Victoria Development Agency is an industry led organization representing the major industries and academic stakeholders of the region. The GVDA seeks to ensure that Greater Victoria remains a vibrant place to live, work and invest. An important mandate of the Greater Victoria Development Agency is to further strengthen economic conditions throughout our region by encouraging new investment and business from across North America and the world.


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Monday, January 25, 2010

Haitian Earthquake Relief Fundraiser with Reggae Legend Clinton Fearon


Victorians are invited to attend and support the "Help for Haiti Fundraiser Dance" to take place on Saturday January 30th from 7pm-11:30pm at the Victoria Conference Centre.

The main show will be featuring Roots-Reggae legend Clinton Fearon and his band (www.clintonfearon.com). The opening act will be a presentation from Wontanara- a local high energy West African Drum and Dance Group (www.wontanaradrumdance.com).

A silent auction will also be part of the evening’s fundraising event.
All proceeds raised will be donated directly to the Red Cross fund for Haitian Earthquake Relief and will be matched by funds from the Canadian government.

Tickets are on pre-sale for $25.00 and are available at the offices of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria ICA (930 Balmoral Road) and at La Société Francophone de Victoria SFV (200-535 Yates Street).

Tickets will be also available at the event for a suggested donation of $25. A poster for the event is attached.

For more information please contact Hinga Gatari, ICA 250-388-4728 ext 108 or Christian Francey, SFV 250-388-7350

A huge thank you to Hinga Gatari of ICA as well as the Red Cross, Fairmont Empress Hotel, ICA, the SFV, the Victoria Conference Centre, Sharp's Audio Visual, The Good Seed, Simba Music Productions, 1st Choice Shuttle and many others for generously helping out with this event.


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

How to speak Canadian on your vist to the Olympics!

Useful Canadian terms


By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press Writer

Have a sit-down on the chesterfield with your double-double and learn ya some Canadian.

In preparation of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C., the Associated Press has developed a list of terms all visitors to Canada should know.

With the caveat that not all Canadians may agree on the language, definitions and spellings below, and not all may use all expressions listed here all the time in all contexts in an all-joking or an all-earnest manner, let's begin:

LOONIE: One-dollar coin bearing the image on one side of a diving bird known in North America as the Common Loon.

TOONIE or TWOONIE: Two-dollar coin bearing the image on one side of a polar bear. Named as a play on Loonie and for its double-dollar denomination.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE: A coffee with two creams and two sugars.

TRIPLE-TRIPLE: You guessed it, same as above plus one each.

CHESTERFIELD: Generic term for couch. Refers elsewhere to a specific leather style.

TIMMIES: Shorthand for Tim Hortons, Canada's answer to Starbucks and making its first foray into the United States.

TIMBITS: Doughnut holes at Tim Hortons.

TWO-FOUR OR TWOFER: A case of beer that contains 24 bottles.

TOQUE or TUQUE: Pronounced TOOK, a knit cap called a ski cap in the United States.

THAT'LL LEARN YA: Meaning, "That will teach you," said in response to a stupid or non-fatal avoidable bad outcome.

HYDRO: In some areas, refers generically to electrical power and power bills.

HOMO MILK: Non-homogenized milk.


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Paul Mowbray & Tracy Mills (Mowbray and Mills) Live show.

Local songwriting/performing duo Paul Mowbray & Tracy Mills (Mowbray and Mills) perform:

Heron Rock Bistro (James Bay)
7-9:30pm
Friday, Jan 22/10
Joining them: Stephen Ogden on Bass, Kelby MacNayr on Drums.
Free with drinks or dinner or dessert.
or the Oyster special (?)

More at website: www.mowbrayandmills.com

sytlee: Funky rootsy Jazzy stuff!


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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Village 900 Transmitter Issues

As you may be aware, we have been experiencing some signal difficulties of late. Our engineers are working on identifying the source of the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to restore the signal to its former glory soon.

We also invite you to listen on line to our crystal clear stream at the address link below.

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Camosun student-athlete earns CCAA kudos

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 20, 2010

Camosun College is proud to announce that second-year power hitter for the Chargers women’s volleyball team Tanisha Marcelle, earned the Canadian Colleges’ Athletic Association Athlete of the Week award for her outstanding performance against the Douglas College Royals on January 8-9.

Chargers Athletics Coordinator Graham Matthews commended Ms. Marcelle on her recent honors. “We are all very proud of Tanisha’s accomplishments. She has really proved herself in her second year at Camosun, excelling both on the court and the classroom. Over the past two weeks, Tanisha has earned the Provincial Athlete of the Week award, followed by a National Athlete of the Week recognition … and all while achieving top grades in the Camosun Nursing Program.”

Check the CCAA website for Tanisha’s award profile.


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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Winning continues on Village 900.

Village 900 is excited to team up Atomique Productions, High Tide Entertainment, The Victoria Ska Society and Off the Wall to welcome these great shows to town.  To make things even better yet, we have tickets too.  Keep listening to Village 900 to win, win, win!

Steve Earle 4 Jan 24/10 High Tide Jan 20-21 Uvic Farquhar
Children of Celebrities 4 Jan 30/10 Off The Wall Jan 27-28 Sugar Night Club

Don Ross 2 Feb 2/10 High Tide Jan 29/10 Hermans Jazz Club

CR Avery 2 Feb 5/10 High Tide Feb 1/10 Hermans Jazz Club

Bob Marley Anniversary 6 Feb 5/10 Vic Ska Feb 2-4/10 Sugar Night Club

David Francey 4 Feb 12/10 High Tide Feb 9-10/10 Alex Gooldin Hall

Corb Lund 14 Feb 15/10 Atomique Feb 4-12/10 McPherson

Pavlo/Rik Emmett/Oscar Lopez 18 Mar 13/10 Atomique Mar 1-11/10 McPherson



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Winter Weather Continues in the East, While Western Canada Warms Up

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2010) - With winter at the half-way point, Canadians, particularly in Western Canada, are wondering what happened to the expected El Nino winter. The new updated outlook sees a trend towards above normal temperatures to round out the season in Western Canada, while conditions are expected to remain near normal for Eastern Canada.

In December, temperatures west of the Red River had fallen to bone chilling levels at times. In Edmonton on December 13th, the temperature at one point dropped to below -46 degrees C at the international airport, with an even colder wind chill.

The pattern of the jet stream - a river of air 10 km above the earth, which generally separates mild air to the south and colder arctic air to the north - in the early part of the winter formed a large dip or trough. This kept the warmer Pacific air further south and allowed cold Arctic air to flow into Western Canada. The pattern of the jet stream has now shifted to allow for warmer Pacific air to reach into Western Canada and at times into Ontario and Quebec.

El Nino: Not Always Typical Weather Patterns

El Nino, which is a warming of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific waters, is still a factor in our weather patterns. It will be peaking this month, with the greatest impact felt across Western Canada, particularly west of the Red River. For the remainder of the winter a more typical El Nino-influenced pattern is forecast to persist.

"We usually associate El Nino with above normal temperatures in Western Canada, but it's not that unusual to see intense cold snaps during an El Nino year," said Chris Scott, Forecast Operations Manager with The Weather Network. "In some areas of the world, cooler temperatures are more likely during an El Nino year. We saw that in the Southeast United States with freezing temperatures and even flurries well south into Florida."

Western Canada Outlook

The above normal temperatures often associated with El Nino in Western Canada are more likely during the second half of the winter. Below normal precipitation is expected across parts of British Columbia and near normal precipitation across most of the Prairie Provinces.

Eastern Canada Outlook

Eastern Canada is shaping up to round out the remainder of the winter with typical weather for January and February, meaning that residents shouldn't put away their hats and scarves just yet. Mild Pacific air may extend into Ontario and Quebec from time to time; however, the possibility still exists for significant winter storms to affect regions from Ontario to Newfoundland.

For a more information about The Weather Network's winter outlook, visit www.theweathernetwork.com or tune in on television or satellite.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Corb Lund in concert February 15 at the McPherson Playhouse

Village 900 welcomes Corb Lund and The Hurtin' Albertans to the McPherson Theatre, Feb 15th, for an all ages performance showcasing his 6th CD release "Losin' Lately Gambler."

Doors open at 7:30, show at 8:00

Presented by Atomique Productions

Tickets on sale now at the McPherson Box Office,
or on-line at http://www.rmts.bc.ca/


Listen to Village 900 to win tickets!



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PAVLO, RIK EMMETT and OSCAR LOPEZ


Mediterranean Magic, Triumphant Fusion, and Hot Latin Fire

For the first time ever, Pavlo, Rik Emmett and Oscar Lopez collaborate to form an acoustic trio of passionate, fiery guitars. These gentlemen have forged brilliant independent careers, garnering awards and winning the hearts of their respective fans, as well as international accolades and critical praise for their individual work.

They will now join in a brotherhood, born in the heart and soul and spirit, in the love, romance and heat of the guitars: Mediterranean Magic, Triumphant Fusion, and Hot Latin Fire: a thrilling alchemy of style and culture that will be a unique concert experience for any music lover.

Their musical journey will go from tender, intimate melodies to solos that turn supernova, touching on, and lighting up, everything in between.

Listen to Village 900 radio to win your tickets.

Saturday March 13, 2010

The McPherson Playhouse
Doors: 7:30 pm, Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $38.50 Available at The McPherson Box Office, By Phone 1.888.717.6121 or Online www.rmts.bc.ca/

http://www.pavlo.net/
http://www.rikemmett.com/
http://www.oscarlopez.com/


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Victoria's 17th Annual Seed & Garden Show

Hosted by the James Bay Market Society, celebrate SEEDS - open-pollinated, speciality & heritage varieties. Love of gardening, food security & sustainable growing practises bring together the public & vendors of seeds, plants, shrubs, bulbs, small fruits, garden products, mushroom kits, worms & more. Master Gardeners are present, along with garden club & environmental group displays. Bring your saved seeds to share at the seed exchange & take in one of the free educational sessions. For the novice to the expert! Check our website for more details.


Victoria Conference Centre Level 2, 720 Douglas St

Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 3M7


Contact Information:

250-381-5323 Phone


http://www.jamesbaymarket.com/

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Camosun College presents special screening of Cinema Politica



Camosun College and the School of Arts and Science presents CINEMA POLITICA VICTORIA - non-fiction for new times. It's a fundraiser for Haiti with a speical screening - "Aristide and the Endless Revolution. Thursday January 21. 4PM in the Young Building Room 216. Admission is by donation with all proceeds going towards rebuilding a school in Haiti.


Co-sponsored by African Awareness Committee.





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Friday, January 15, 2010

Village 900 supports Louise Mosrie's latest release "HOME"

LOUISE MOSRIE:

…thrilled with the quality of the production, songwriting and content of Louise Mosrie. This was a nice refreshing and uplifting surprise. - Brad Edwards, CKMO, Victoria, BC - CANADA

…noteworthy 2009 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Winner Louise Mosrie offers up a tasty slice of Americana on her new CD – Ron Olesko, WFDU, Teaneck, NJ

Had to write a quick note and let you know how much I love Louise Mosrie's release.... just fabulous! – Mike Michaelis, WDGR, Plainfield, VT

LOUISE MOSRIE:

Track 1 – Home - (3:16) HOME – self release – co-written with Donna Ulisse

I thought that this is the perfect comfort song for a cold January – cosy images of as the Welsh say, “cutching” in, just tucking in away from the world and the safety and peace of one’s own castle/cottage, as the case may be. Simple and refreshing… Interestingly though, Louise was inspired to write it out of compassion after being on the “receiving side of road rage.” Instead of reacting, Louise imagined that the driver just really wanted to get home and relax and be themselves, and decided to finish it with Donna with that in mind. Thanks, Louise, for making the world a better place with “Home.”



"Home, maybe his wife has dinner ready


Home, mashed potatoes and brown gravy


Home put a little dirt and concrete under his feet


To call his own


And the world falls off his shoulders like a heavy coat


And he’s home"


|THANK YOU FOR AIRPLAY!


Ken Batista, WYEP, Pittsburgh, PA

Tom & Ray Bohan/ Baumler, WRUR/WXXI, Rochester, NY

Taylor Caffery, WRKF, Baton Rouge, LA

Diane Crowe, WMCB, Greenfield, MA

Laurie DesJardins, KVMR, Nevada City, CA

Brad Edwards, CKMO, Victoria, BC Canada

Jenny Flux, 2AIR FM, Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia

Clytia Fuller, KZSC, Santa Cruz, CA

Tom Funk, KGLP, Gallup, NM

Judith Gennett, KPSU, Portland, OR

Joe Gierlach, WRFL-FM, Lexington, KY

Richard Gillman, KBCS, Bellevue, WA

Gerry Goodfriend, CKUT, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Wayne Greene, LIVE 365, Dallas, TX

Bill Hahn, WFDU, Teaneck, NJ

Henry Hallett, KXCI, Tucson, AZ

Steve Harris, KRCC, Colorado Springs, CO

Dick Hermans, WHDD, Sharon, CT

Craig Huegel, WSLR, Sarasota, FL

Steve Jerrett, KOPN, Columbia, MO

Roz Larman, KPFK/ WUMB, Woodland Hills, CA

Chris Mc Gill, WSPN, Saratoga Springs, NY

Bob Mc Williams, KPR/KANU, Lawrence, KS

Mark Michaelis, WGDR, Plainfield, VT

Terry Moses, Naomi Soule, KCLC, St. Louis, MO

Ron Olesko, WFDU, Teaneck, NJ

Eddie O'Strange, New Zealand

Greg Schatzmann, CJLX/CKHA, Belleville, ON, Canada

David Sears, WBGU, Bowling Green, OH

Gene Shay, WXPN, Philadelphia, PA

Jon Stein, WTBQ-AM, Warwick, NY

Danny Watson, 2MAX FM, Narrabi, NSW Australia

Norman Whitman, WYSO, Yellow Springs, OH



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The Canadian Red Cross is looking for your help in assisting Haiti.

OTTAWA, Jan. 13, 2010) – The Red Cross is responding to a powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. The earthquake has caused buildings to collapse and wide-spread damage throughout Port au Prince.

Red Cross response was immediate. Local volunteers continue to support evacuation activities and provide much needed shelter, clean water and medical support. The Canadian Red Cross has contributed $200,000 from its International Disaster Relief Fund and Canadian aid workers are on standby to be deployed to Haiti if needed.

Canadians are encouraged to support Red Cross relief efforts by making a financial donation to the Canadian Red Cross Haiti Earthquake fund. Donations can be made online at www.redcross.ca/helpnow , by calling toll free 1-800-418-1111 or at any Red Cross office.

For general information contact your local Red Cross office.



For media enquiries: 613-740-1994.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Monopoly. Victoria looking for votes.

Victoria has passed Go and landed among the top 22 Canadian cities vying for a piece of property on an anniversary edition of the board game Monopoly — at least for now.

As the world’s most popular board game turns 75, Hasbro Canada is planning a first-ever edition using Canadian city names in place of streets.

Cities’ locations on the board are determined by the number of votes they get, with higher-scoring communities earning highrent squares. Victoria is competing with 64 cities for one of the 22 spots.

Before a call for help went out from Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin and business leaders Tuesday, Victoria was halfway down the list, sitting not-so-pretty at No. 33 — behind Brandon, Man., and Sarnia, Ont.

Yesterday, Victoria was No. 16, behind Toronto. “Sixteen! We’re moving baby,” said Fortin, adding, however, “This is not a time to feel secure; it’s time to continue the good work.” Fortin called the contest an opportunity to put Victoria on the national map. “If you have the opportunity to have almost every kid in Canada trying to buy a house or a hotel in Victoria [in the game], we recognize when they become an adult they might turn that into a reality.”

The first 20 winners will be determined by a vote. Two more cities will be picked from among wildcard selections by voters.

To vote, visit: http://www.monopolyvote.ca/ now through Feb. 7. You can vote as many times as you like, but only for three cities a day.

Bob Marley's 65th Jubilee Celebration!


Bob Marley's 65th Jubilee Celebration with the Canadian debut of Rootz Underground from Kingston, Jamaica. Presented by the Victoria BC Ska Society. February 5, 2010 at Sugar Night Club. Doors open at Nine. For more information, go to http://www.victoriaskafest.ca/ Tickets at Lyle's, The Reef, Ditch, Platinum Lunge and Ticketweb.ca.

Report Confirms Victoria Needs to Focus on Crime Reduction

January 14, 2010 – Victoria, BC – A third party report on the high crime rate in Victoria supports the chamber’s position that there needs to be more focus on crime reduction in the Capital.

“There is a malaise in our downtown and the City has to allocate resources to supporting our police department,” says Bruce Carter, CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber.

The Conference Board of Canada report gave Victoria a “D” rating in areas of drug and violent crime per 100,000. It also gave the same rating for housing affordability.

“While we can’t do a lot about the market conditions that affect housing prices,” says Carter, “we certainly can expect a more assertive approach to dealing with crime reduction. This issue needs to be addressed from all fronts – policing, court processes, and treatment facilities for those who are driven to criminal behaviour because of drug addictions.”

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has approximately 1500 members and is the voice of business for the Greater Victoria region. The Greater Victoria Chamber has received Accreditation with Distinction from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

SLUGS Ready to Empower Youth!

Victoria, BC, January 6, 2010 – How can a common gastropod possibly empower youth in this city? When the youth are being empowered not by a simple slimy garden visitor but by a new program being launched by the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre. SLUGS, which stands for Sustainable Living and Urban Gardening Skills, is designed for youth ages 15-18 and will begin in February with weekly topics running through the entire growing season.

Participants will learn important permaculture skills such as soil building, water conservation, planting, harvesting, and preserving foods the students grow in their own garden plots. Youth will learn from a variety of local experts and even go on field trips to local farms. Kim Watt, the Coordinator of SLUGS says “There is no other program like this offered in Victoria, and we worked really hard to design a program that has lots of interesting, fun, and hands-on learning experiences for youth.”

One of the primary goals of the program is to empower youth. Nadine Brodeur, Executive Director states “Many youth feel that there are so many environmental problems in the world today and feel paralyzed by them. We want to teach youth how to grow their own food organically and sustainably as well as teaching them leadership skills they will benefit from throughout their lives.” The program isn’t just about growing food either – it’s also about giving back! Youth will be encouraged to plant an extra row of food to be donated to local food banks, they will also participate in teaching their peers in a day of “free-school”, and there will also be a variety of community projects designed and planned by students and community members together. Watt continues “It’s hard for youth today to find ways to have an impact – SLUGS is meant to offer skills not offered in schools and give them an opportunity to make real change”.

Applications are due January 21st and classes begin February 4th and will end the beginning of September. The fee for the course is $300 and bursaries are available for those with financial need. Please contact Kim Watt at the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre for more information at (250) 386- 9676, check out their website at www.compost.bc.ca, or join their Facebook group under “SLUGS”.

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VICTORIA CHEFS DOMINATE CANADIAN CULINARY OLYMPIC TEAM

VICTORIA, BC—Following this past weekend's Culinary Team Canada Trials in Edmonton, two members of the Inn at Laurel Point’s culinary team have earned spots on the team, Executive Chef Brad Horen and Sous Chef Patrick Gayler.

Chef Horen will be the Team Captain for the next four years as they compete this year at the World Cup in Luxembourg, the 2011 World Cup in Chicago and the 2012 World Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany.

“Since undergoing a major renovation and hiring Chefs Horen and Gayler, Inn at Laurel Point has been working very hard to be recognized as The "Culinary Hotel" here in Victoria, even B.C.” says hotel manager Scott Hoadley. “These appointments are one more step towards meeting that vision”.

In 2007, the Canadian Culinary Federation awarded Horen the prestigious Canadian Chef of the Year title. He has competed with the Canadian National Culinary Team, placing as 2005’s World Culinary grand prix champions and 2006 gold medalists in Luxembourg.

AURA waterfront restaurant + patio

680 Montreal St., Victoria, B.C.
 (Inn at Laurel Point)

250-414-6739

www.aurarestaurant.ca



The Inn at Laurel Point is an elegant, Pacific Rim-inspired waterfront hotel located downtown on Victoria's Inner Harbour. Condé Nast Traveler (2007) rated the Inn as One of Canada's Top 25 Hotels. www.laurelpoint.com .

A Louisiana party this weekend!

Because were big fans of music from the deep south, we are also big fans of The New Orleans Saints. This weekend they battle the Arizona Cardinals in the fight for NFC superiority. Get out the mud bugs, gumbo and zydeco it's party time! 

Camosun volleyball players named Athlete of the Week

Two Camosun College Chargers were named BCCAA Athlete of the Week for their outstanding performances against the Douglas College Royals this past weekend.

Garrett Marcellus is in his second year at Camosun. This Victoria native started his Chargers career in the 2007-08 season. Following a year and a half hiatus, Marcellus has returned to the line-up.


On Friday night, Garrett scored 13 points to go along with 13 digs as the Chargers fell to the Royals in a hard fought four-set match. On Saturday, determined to make his presence felt, Marcellus led the Chargers with 15 kills, 1 block and an ace as well as 10 digs, and helped the Chargers return the favour as they took the Royals 3-1.

Camosun head coach Parkinson was very pleased with the Camosun returnee’s performance and commented that, “Garrett had an exceptional weekend. Although away from BCCAA league play for a year and a half, he has added a new dimension to the Chargers line-up that will surely have the teams in the league modifying their game plans from here on in. He was steady throughout both matches, made some very difficult digs on defence and had a good conversion ratio for points in transition.”

The Chargers stay idle this coming weekend but return to action on January 23rd and 24th as they travel to Abbotsford to take on the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades.

Second-year power hitter Tanisha Marcelle put on an exceptional show of talent this past weekend, helping the Chargers roll into the second half of the 09-10 season with a double-header win. Camosun travelled to the Royal City to take on the Douglas College Royals Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, January 8th, Camosun took it to the hosts in a five set thriller, (25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-12). Marcelle ended the evening with 19 kills, 3 aces and 11 digs.

On Saturday, Camosun blew past Douglas 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) to take the weekend series 2-0. Marcelle added 17 kills, 1 block, 3 aces and 10 digs.

This offensive standout from Spectrum had a weekend kill percentage of over 40% and averaged 4.5 kills per game.

“Although every player displayed a high degree of execution this weekend, Tanisha’s performance was phenomenal,” commented Head Coach Hitesman. “We are playing incredibly well as a team and set to take on UFV on the January 23-24 weekend.”

More information on-line at http://www.camosunchargers.blogspot.com/

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