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Beyond Van Gogh, The Immersive Experience is Coming to Victoria!

23 Jun

Beyond Van Gogh The Immersive Experience,Begins Oct 14th, 2022

Anyone who wants to see Van Gogh’s works come alive has another chance as Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience isn’t leaving this province just yet! After a very successful run in Vancouver It’s next stop is Victoria, BC and it’s setting up shop in the heart of Oak Bay! Here, art lovers can become completely immersed in more than 300 of the greatest works of post-Impressionist artist. They can see all of his art liberated from its two-dimensional limitations into a three-dimensional experience that exhilarates every sense and brings to life one of the most influential artists the world has known.

From the Press Release:

The sensory extravaganza is produced by Paquin Entertainment Group and will open in Victoria at the Starry Night Pavilion at Bayview Place on October 14. Open for a limited engagement, Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience was created by French-Canadian Creative Director Mathieu St-Arnaud and his team at Montreal’s world-renowned Normal Studio.

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WARPS Up HERO_sei with This New Single and Music Video Debut

11 Jun

HERO_seiJapanese-Chinese boys’ collective WARPs UP‘s new single HERO_sei is now out. It’s a mid-tempo ballad about living life your own way and is performed by a group who refuse to be confined by their own boundaries. The bold use of colours–of red, white and blue–contrasted against varied backdrops shows how they’re breaking free. Each tone is meaning, as red represents anger, white with sadness and blue with freedom. The progression is very telling.

This second original single released by the group’s two Chinese members LANGYI and MINGJUN, follows January’s single POWER_Shin. Previous songs by WARPs UP feature lyrics in English, Chinese and Japanese. This approach to reach a global market is an impressive achievement and helps make this group stand out.

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[Victoria, BC] Quick Takes on Victoria’s Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair Return!

14 May

[Victoria, BC] Quick Takes at Victoria's Ultimate Hobby & Toy Fair

Day one at Victoria’s Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair shows this city was certainly anxious for its return. I saw a small lineup at the door when I arrived around 10:30am. I’m sure everyone wanted to find something cool to take home. I saw happy youths with nerf guns and adults with other nifty goods leaving as I was waiting to get inside.

I had only two goals in mind: see if I can pick up any LEGO Ninjago product (the selection was super slim) and if I can find that one elusive comic book to finish my Marvel’s ROM (Sorry, IDW) collection. I wondered if I could nail the Doctor Fate Series Three and Four. Mail order makes it too easy, but the thrill of the hunt is what makes attending shows like this fun. And quite often, I end up buying something else instead….

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Victoria, BC’s Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair is Back for 2022!

10 May

Victoria's Ultimate Hobby and Toy FairMarch 15 & 16 From 9 to 3pm
Pearkes Recreation Centre
Victoria, BC

Victoria‘s Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair is finally back! After nearly two long years of being on hiatus because of the pandemic, this event now has the go-ahead to resume. The organisers are recommending that people still wear masks because of the concentrated space, but otherwise those who opt not to won’t be turned away.

This event is run by the staff of Cherry Bomb toys is a mini festival of all things pop culture one could buy or admire. Local clubs (VicLUG will be in attendance and unconfirmed is the 501st Legion), vendors and private sellers are rotating each day. Whether people are visiting to browse or pick up something for their collection, it’s a show many locals are anxious to see. Some folks even like attending while in cosplay!

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Kent Donguines’ Kalinga Digs into a Strange Social Problem

8 May

KalingaPlaying at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival at the 2220 Arts + Archive venue on May 10, 2022, 7:00 pm (BUY TICKETS)

Kalinga (Care) is a very emotional documentary with a local connection. It examines a group of Filipino women who left their families to become nannies abroad. Some arrived in the ironically named Terminal City (Vancouver, BC) to help non-Asian parents who don’t fully have the time to always spend with their children when managing a successful business. They’re going to need help. These people pay well, and those hires tend to mail those funds home to help their families.

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