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100 Years of Broadway takes centre stage

100 Years of Broadway takes centre stage

For their second mainstage show of the 2023/24 season, UVic's Phoenix Theatre offers an epic journey through the most iconic and beloved musicals of our time as 100 Years of Broadway dances into the spotlight. Whether you're a seasoned theatregoer or new to the magic...

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Fine Arts in the news: media roundup

Fine Arts in the news: media roundup

When it comes to announcements, publications and media appearances, there's never really a slow time for Fine Arts faculty, alumni and students — and the past couple of months have been no exception. Here's a quick roundup of who's been speaking with the media lately....

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Dracula bites into 2024

Dracula bites into 2024

Take a bite out of 2024 with a staged public reading of Dracula: A Trilogy of Terror. Split into three separate performances (January 3, 5 & 7), this original seven-part adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel is being adapted and directed by Theatre professor...

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’Tis the season for choral celebration

’Tis the season for choral celebration

Downtown's Christ Church Cathedral was filled beyond capacity for the School of Music's annual winter choral concert on December 2. But you can still experience the harmonious sound of 150+ voices resonating in the cathedral’s beautiful acoustics in this video of the...

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2023 Student Impact Award winners

2023 Student Impact Award winners

For the third year in a row, Fine Arts honoured the winners of our annual Student Community Impact Awards as part of the Greater Victoria Regional Arts Awards. Held on November 24 at Victoria City Hall, Fine Arts Dean Allana Lindgren presented three separate awards of...

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Giving Tuesday in Fine Arts: Climate Disaster Project

Giving Tuesday in Fine Arts: Climate Disaster Project

November 28 is Giving Tuesday, a day when the entire UVic community will unite around a common cause — supporting the students and programs that make this university the very special place it is. This year, UVic's Faculty of Fine Arts is raising funds to help create...

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Upcoming Music concerts

Upcoming Music concerts

It's a busy month for concerts and recitals in the School of Music! Here's a quick roundup of what's coming up. UVic Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Into the Twilight Directed by Music instructor Wendell Clanton, the UVic Vocal Jazz Ensemble has established a reputation for...

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Linda Catlin Smith named Honorary Degree recipient

Linda Catlin Smith named Honorary Degree recipient

Honorary degrees have been awarded at UVic since its inaugural convocation in 1964. An honorary degree is the highest honour the university can bestow for distinguished achievement in scholarship, research, teaching, the creative arts and public service. As part of...

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Feeling Earnest at the Phoenix

Feeling Earnest at the Phoenix

Eric Barnes in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Phoenix Theatre (photo: Dean Kalyan)The Importance of Being Earnest — Oscar Wilde's timeless comic masterpiece — has long been celebrated for its sharp humour and daring social commentary. But despite being over a...

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Annual Reading Night Returns

Annual Reading Night Returns

Hear new work by some of Canada's top writers at the annual Writing Faculty Reading Night! Back for the first time since pre-pandemic days, this event features acclaimed Department of Writing professors Shane Book, Mo Bradley, Danielle Geller, Lee Henderson, Kevin...

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Phoenix subscribers play a vital role as patrons & donors

Phoenix subscribers play a vital role as patrons & donors

Student Ximena Garduño Rodríguez in 2023’s Phoenix production of Mojada (photo: Megan Farrell)As anyone who has ever been to the Phoenix Theatre well knows, our students learn by doing. They’re involved in every aspect of our productions—from running the box office...

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Awi’nakola as a way of being

Awi’nakola as a way of being

Paul Walde, Rande Cook & Kelly Richardson on stage at the Rifflandia Festival in Sept ’22It would be difficult to imagine two more different audiences than those at Montreal’s COP 15 UN Biodiversity Conference and Victoria’s Rifflandia Music Festival, but both...

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Legacy gifts transform student experiences

Legacy gifts transform student experiences

Performance infrastructure may not be top of mind when it comes to supporting the student experience, but it’s always a primary concern in the Faculty of Fine Arts. Such is the case with the School of Music’s Phillip T. Young Recital Hall: named for the former...

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Diamond in the rough

Diamond in the rough

As anyone who has suffered the slings and arrows of a theatrical life knows, working on stage can be a risky business. But Theatre grad Emily Bailey (née Lindstrom, BFA ’19) has taken her production-management experience in a new direction by putting herself into...

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Alumni lead 23/34 Phoenix season

Alumni lead 23/34 Phoenix season

It’s an all-alumni season coming up at Phoenix Theatre this year, with three alumni directors returning to lead the mainstage productions! First up is Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, running November 9-25. Although it debuted in 1895,...

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QFW performances & new LSQ video

QFW performances & new LSQ video

Over 20 brilliant young musicians from across the world will descend on our beautiful campus for the return of Quartet Fest West chamber music festival and concert series. Running from June 26 to July 8, students will undertake two weeks of intensive chamber music...

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Climate Disaster Project a finalist in global journalism awards

Climate Disaster Project a finalist in global journalism awards

CDP founder Sean Holman with student Sandra Ibrahim (UVic Photo Services) We're thrilled that the Climate Disaster Project (CDP) has been announced as a finalist in the global Covering Climate Now 2023 Journalism Awards, which honour the best coverage of the climate...

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Zainub Verjee awarded Honorary Doctorate

Zainub Verjee awarded Honorary Doctorate

The Faculty of Fine Arts is thrilled to announce that Zainub Verjee will be awarded the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA) at the 2023 Fine Arts convocation ceremony. You can watch Zainub Verjee’s address to graduating Fine Arts students as part of the UVic...

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Sound Genres explore sound as foundational practice

Sound Genres explore sound as foundational practice

Paul Walde's Glacial The School of Music will be exploring sound as a foundational practice with Sound Genres, a special multimedia symposium running May 26-28 and funded in part by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. More than just an academic...

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Summer Arts Series showcases arts technology

Summer Arts Series showcases arts technology

Looking to expand your artistic repertoire with new skills and practices? Fine Arts is once again partnering with UVic’s Division of Continuing Studies and Alumni Relations for our second annual Summer Arts Series. This year’s series, running in July 2023, will focus...

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Christopher Butterfield marks retirement with new album

Christopher Butterfield marks retirement with new album

Forget the gold watch: noted composer and longtime School of Music professor Christopher Butterfield is marking his UVic retirement with the March 31 release of his latest album, Souvenir. Performed by longtime musical collaborators Aventa Ensemble, the 70-minute...

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Four Fine Arts recipients in Distinguished Alumni Awards

Four Fine Arts recipients in Distinguished Alumni Awards

The annual Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrate the remarkable achievements of UVic graduates in three different categories: the Presidents' Alumni Awards, the Emerging Alumni Awards and the Indigenous Community Alumni Awards. This year, Fine Arts has four recipients...

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The freelance life of Jenessa Joy Klukas

The freelance life of Jenessa Joy Klukas

Given the 24-hour global news cycle, we’re living in a time of rapid media consumption, but freelance writer Jenessa Joy Klukas is finding success by keeping her focus tight and building relationships one story at a time. A recent Department of Writing graduate,...

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Fine Arts makes 2022 UVic News top 10 list — twice!

Fine Arts makes 2022 UVic News top 10 list — twice!

Fine Arts was excited to see the continuing research and creative activity of our faculty members make it into two separate "UVic Top 10 of 2022" lists!  Compiled by UVic News out of the many stories released across campus throughout the year, we congratulate the...

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Theatre grad Markus Spodzieja’s kosher journey

Theatre grad Markus Spodzieja’s kosher journey

While Stephen Sondheim made the Baker a central character in his musical Into The Woods, theatre isn't exactly filled with plum roles for those who love to bake. But in the case of Department of Theatre grad Markus Spodzieja, he went from the stage to starting a...

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Trans queer UVic alumna named Rhodes Scholar

Trans queer UVic alumna named Rhodes Scholar

There’s getting a great education, and then there’s what you do with it. Canada’s first trans woman Rhodes scholar has big plans for both. University of Victoria graduate Julia Levy is one of 11 young Canadians—the only one in BC—chosen for the prestigious...

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