David Ferguson is a writer, painter, and producer of dance and film. As a Founding Artistic co-Director of Suddenly Dance Theatre (1992-present) in Victoria, B.C. he has been a producer/curator of numerous collaborative, multi-media projects and dance productions, including the annual Romp!

David Gifford makes work in drawing, sculpture, and performance. His interpretations of the peripheral landscape through stone carving are made in their relation to the artist’s study of Agriculture, Magic, and Canadian Regionalism as applied to craft processes.

SALT New Music Festival and Symposium

Saturday, May 25, 2013, 8:00 pm

Genre New Music
Concert Locations Open Space, 510 Fort Street; additional events at the University of Victoria
Concert Dates
Saturday, May 25, 2013, 8:00 p.m. Quasar
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 8:00 p.m. Ensemble Dal Niente and Experimental Studio
Sunday, June 2, 2013, 8:00 p.m. Tsilumos Ensemble and Max Murray
Concert Admission Each: $15 general/$10 student, senior, or member. For all three: $30. All tickets were available at the door or at
The SALT New Music Festival and Symposium was a one-week event occurring from May 25 to June 2, taking place at Open Space and the University of Victoria School of Music.

Naomi Sato & Farshid Samandari

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 2:00 pm

Event Naomi Sato & Farshid Samandari
Genre New Music — Lecture/Recital
Place Open Space, 510 Fort Street
Admission by donation
Virtuoso shõ (Japanese mouth organ) player Naomi Sato presented a lecture/recital on this traditional Japanese instrument. The shõ consists of reeds in bamboo pipes and is one of the three primary woodwind instruments in Japan’s imperial court music. This informative recital appealed to people interested in traditional instruments, professional musicians, and composers. As part of this event, composer Farshid Samandari offered insights into his experience writing a new work for shõ and electronics.
Through performance and discussion, Naomi illustrated contemporary uses of this traditional instrument and brought insight to the instrument that is rumoured to imitate the call of a phoenix.

Wendy Hough Residency

Friday, May 17, 2013, 7:30 pm

Public InstallationSaturday, April 20, to Thursday, May 16, 2013
Introductory Reception: Friday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. 
Opening Reception: Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. 
Exhibition: Saturday, May 18, to Saturday, June 8 
Admission by donation 
Large-scale wall drawings explore the possibilities of the contemporary practice, performance, and the idea of drawing. 
Over two months, Wendy Hough (Vancouver, BC) participated in a public installation and gallery exhibition creating a new work in an ongoing series of large-scale Wall Drawings. From April 23 to May 16, Hough was on site developing the work for presentation at a public reception on Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m

The Krells

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 12:30 pm

Event The Krells
Place Open Space, 510 Fort St
Artists Daniel Godlovitch, Kirk McNally, John Celona
Concert Friday, April 19, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.
Admission General $15; members and students $10
Tickets available at the door (cash only)
Or in advance at
Read about The Krells in the Times Colonist here.

Voice++ 2013, Christian Zehnder, Helen Pridmore, Ray Hsu

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 7:00 pm

Place Open Space, 510 Fort Street, Victoria, BC
Workshop Christian Zehnder, Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.
Concert 1 Christian Zehnder, Friday, February 8, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.
Concert 2 Helen Pridmore, Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.
Reading Ray Hsu, Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.
Hsu also presented a second reading on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Building foyer at the University of Victoria.
Admission Festival Pass $20 for everything, or Workshop $10, Concerts $15 general, $10 students and members. Reading sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts and the University of Victoria.

Open Word: Readings and Ideas, Dionne Brand

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 7:30 pm

Reading 1 Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at 10:30 a.m.University of Victoria, Fine Arts Building, Room 203
Reading 2 Thursday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m.Followed by an interview with Tim LilburnOpen Space, 510 Fort Street, Victoria, BC
Artist Dionne Brand
Genre Reading
Open Space and the University of Victoria Department of Writing continued Open Word: Readings and Ideas literary series with two public readings by award-winning poet and essayist Dionne Brand. She read at the University of Victoria, Fine Arts Building, Room 203, on Wednesday, January 30, at 10:30 a.m. A second public reading was scheduled at Open Space, Thursday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m., followed by an interview by Victoria poet Tim Lilburn


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