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June 10, 2015

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New Music Revue: Ex-local boy Leeroy Stagger still delivering the goods 10 albums in

June 30, 2015 by Greg Pratt, managing editor  
Filed under June 10, 2015, Arts

Leeroy Stagger Dream It All Away (Rebeltone Records) 4/5 Victoria’s Leeroy Stagger is now on his tenth album, a landmark achievement for any singer/songwriter, so it’s pretty cool that Stagger, now based one province over in Alberta, has managed to make it this far. And it’s not without reason: Stagger’s take on foot-stomping roots rock […]

New Music Revue: Fans & Motor Supply Co. bring lazy ’70s rock to Victoria with much success

June 29, 2015 by Greg Pratt, managing editor  
Filed under June 10, 2015, Arts

Fans & Motor Supply Co. Quiet Dream (Independent) 3.5/5 These Victoria locals have been spending time with some classic ’70s rock albums. By the sounds of it, Fans & Motor Supply Co., whose name even evokes homage to bands from that great decade of music, reached even deeper beyond the classics to get inspired for […]

New Music Revue: Seafair show promise with The Querencia

June 26, 2015 by Sera Down, contributing writer  
Filed under June 10, 2015, Arts

Seafair The Querencia (Independent) 3.5/5 Cleveland-based six-member indie-rock ensemble Seafair show promise with their sprawling 13-track album The Querencia. Developing a sound similar to early Paramore, Seafair lend an extensive classical background to fill out tracks, creating a cinematic soundtrack to rural life in Ohio. The album’s production is clean, with each melody easily isolated […]

New Music Revue: Husky use Australian suburbs for powerful inspiration on Rucker’s Hill

June 25, 2015 by Sera Down, contributing writer  
Filed under June 10, 2015, Arts

Husky Rucker’s Hill (Nevado Music) 4/5 Inspired by Australian suburbia, Rucker’s Hill is a tempestuous indie-rock EP that will tug your heartstrings. Upbeat vocals with a hint of melancholy drive abstract chord progressions, reminding one immediately of The Shins, with nostalgic and bittersweet lyrics similar to Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. The album is refreshingly honest […]

New Music Revue: Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten explores the lost rock and roll of Cambodia

June 24, 2015 by Greg Pratt, managing editor  
Filed under June 10, 2015, Arts, Uncategorized

Various Artists Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll (Dust-to-Digital) 3.5/5 This soundtrack to the film of the same name documents the history of rock and roll in Cambodia: it ain’t pretty. Cambodian rock musicians have been killed for being rock musicians, making both this album and the documentary fascinating and important looks […]

Lit Matters: Umberto Eco and the power of learning

June 23, 2015 by Keagan Hawthorne, contributing writer  
Filed under June 10, 2015, Columns

“To survive, you must tell stories,” wrote Umberto Eco, an Italian scholar and novelist best known for mind-bending intellectual thrillers like The Name of the Rose. Eco, born in 1932, is a titan of 20th-century intellectual history and continues to make scholarly contributions to a boggling array of disciplines; his personal library includes some 50,000 […]

Langford-based film studio aims big with new production

June 22, 2015 by Tori Dmytar, contributing writer  
Filed under June 10, 2015, Arts

Just over a year ago, a dream was put into production. Alexander Panagopoulos and his team over at Langford’s Ragnarock Studios wanted to create a film project to get their company up and running. They had developed a story set in ancient Greece, and, as a fan of action movies like 300 and having Greek […]

A look at two perspectives on Victoria’s sewage controversy

June 19, 2015 by Keagan Hawthorne, contributing writer  
Filed under June 10, 2015, Life

On Tuesday, May 12, a formal debate on the subject of sewage was held at Camosun’s Lansdowne campus. But it’s nothing new: Victoria’s sewage controversy has been stewing for nearly two decades. The last few years have seen things intensify, with plans, counter-plans, and failed proposals stacking up at the Capital Regional District (CRD) to […]

Know Your Profs: Camosun Visual Arts instructional technologist Mike McLean knows the power of knowledge

June 18, 2015 by Greg Pratt, managing editor  
Filed under June 10, 2015, Campus

Know Your Profs is an ongoing series of profiles on the instructors at Camosun College. Every issue we ask a different instructor at Camosun the same 10 questions in an attempt to get to know them a little better. This time around, we talked to Visual Arts instructional technologist Mike McLean about knowledge being power, […]

Open Space: Never neglect the written word

June 17, 2015 by Jayden Grieve, contributing writer  
Filed under June 10, 2015, Views

“Readership is at an all-time low.” These aren’t just words that editors and writers see in their nightmares: if we’re not careful, they could become the fate of our society. So what’s going on with reading these days? A huge problem seems to be what people are reading. Different demographics are given different things to […]

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