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VSMC – Whisky Tasting Notes

1) Linkwood 1990 Cask Strength, 55.5%
Colour: dark gold
Nose: shoe leather, spice, cedar, butter, woody orange, plums, cherry, fruity, xmas cake, toffee,
Undiluted Nose: bubblegum
Flavour: soad, malt, licorise, salty, bitterness, tobacco
Finish: dry sherry oak, salty, dry aspartane, pepper ending, oily development, spice, fruity, malty, oily dry, lavender

2) Laphroaig (Dewer Rattray), 18 Bourbon Cask
Colour: light gold, pee
Nose: Peat, Peat, Peat,  mint, cinnamon love hearts, iodine, kelp, banana, plasticine (diluted)
Flavour: sweet, alt, coal tar, brazil nutes, licorise, anise spice
Finish: salty, pepper hot
Development: The epitome of a fish mongers posing as a nurse about to give Nigel a tetnus shot after falling down in a peat blog on Islay (and I beared witness).

Waterworks Etcetera – new works by Sharon Stone




Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria – G-6 1001 Douglas St, Victoria, B.C.  V8W 2C5 Ph (250) 381-2787 | F (250) 383-9155 |  
July 2-8
Waterworks Etcetera – new works by Sharon Stone
Opening Reception: Thurs July 2, 5-7
Mon-Fri: 10-6        Sat/Sun Hours: noon-5
Sharon is an award winning Vancouver Island artist and has displayed her work in many venues on Vancouver Island, in Vancouver, in Kamloops and in Toronto. Water, with its varying movement, temperature and reflective qualities is a predominant theme in her colourful waterscapes and landscapes. Sharon was born in Nova Scotia, has lived on three coasts in Canada, with sailing for a hobby. She has sailed across the South Atlantic on a 52 foot sailboat with three others.




Tribute to Michael Jackson, dead at 50 years old

Rest in peace Michael Jackson.

Here’s my music tribute, I love this one. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.

Music Video:

Plus a tribute to Farrah Fawcett, dead at 62.


Video Tribute:

Victoria, BC Arts Calendar – Summer 2009

Please note this is not an exhaustive list. If you’d like to be added to the Arts Calendar for Summer 2009, please send me your information. Opportunity extended to Galleries and Artists.

Community Arts Centre, Tulista Park
Sidney ~ July 11 – August 27
9565 Fifth Street, Sidney
Artisans 2009 – Opening Fri July 10, 6-8 pm.
Info: 250-656-7400

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
~ Sat June 27-Sun Aug 30
1040 Moss St
Small Works for All Budgets – 3rd Annual Summer Small Works Exhibition/Sale; $200-$400. Over 80 artists & 200+ original works. 

Giant Landscape: BC Landscapes
~ to Sept 7.  LAB 9.0: Maria Adzich, A Magic Particular 
Collective Works Gallery ~ June 19-July 2
1311 Gladstone Ave
It’s a Wonderful Life in Fernwood – group show by Collective Works artists; painting/sculpture/photography/prints. This show runs concurrent 
with A Chair Affair – Camosun College Fine Furniture – furniture exhibit, students in Camosun College fine furniture program.
Opening reception: Fri June 19, 7 pm. Closed Mon; Tues-Thurs 11-6; Fri-Sat 11-8; Sun 1-5. Info: 250-590-1345

Gallery at the Mac
~ June 29-Aug 17
During performances or appointment: 250-361-0800
Upper Space – Chrome and Brass by Manon Elder (Oils); and Tea and the Table by Claire Christinel (Acrylics)

View Art Gallery
~ June 26-Aug 1
104-860 View St
Hornby Island –  Group Show, Hornby artists Susan Cain/Alastair Heseltine/Vaughn Neville/Wagne Ngan/Marc Roder/Elaine Savoie/Ann Zielinski.
Opening Reception: Fri June 26, 6-9pm.    Info: 250-213-1162

Open Space
~ July 3-Aug 1
510 Fort St
Us Ones In Between – group show, local emerging talent: Ty Danylchuck/Caitlin Gallupe/Cody Haight/Liam Hannah-Lloyd/Cameron Kidd/
Brooke Semple-Haight/Eden Veaudry & Eric Volet. Opening Reception: Fri July 3, 8 pm. Info:

Deluge Contemporary Art
~ July 3 to Aug 1 Wed to Sat, 12 to 5 pm
636 Yates St
Last Drop First Flame – Jessica Wozny: series of site-specific drawings & sculptural installations which reference the gallery’s history as 
Victoria’s first firehall. Opening Reception: Fri July 3, 7pm. Info: 250-385-3327

Sooke Harbour House
~ July 5-31 1528 Whiffen Spit Rd
The Grains of Wood
Loretta Joseph, Phoebe Dunbar, Randy Kerr. Info: 250-642-3421, ext 305

Dales Gallery ~ to June 30. Playground – Lisa Hebden. 537 Fisgard St. Info: 250-383-1552    email:

eclectic gallery ~  to July 18   2170 Oak Bay Ave Ron Wilson paintings    Info: 250-590-8095

Mercurio Gallery ~ June 602 Courtney St Info: 250-388-5158  
Local Scene: Phyllis Serota/ The Limners/Jack Wise & more.

New Art Gallery! Polychrome Fine Arts, Victoria, BC

New Art Gallery! Polychrome Fine Arts

~ Wed-Sun, 10-6; Sun, 12-6 1113 Fort St 

HOBNOB – June 14 – Aug 30. Shawn Shepherd & Mary Patterson have opened this new gallery;

HOBNOB showcases Levi Amidlak, Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith, Lissa Calvert, Charles Campbell, DRFR, Miles Eldredge, David Gifford, Roy Green, Doug Jarvis, Flemming Jorgensen, Michael Lewis, James Lindsay, Jeff Maltby, Brian MacDonald, J McLaughlin, Nadine Ozubko, Brock Radelet, Philip Robinson, Phyllis Serota, Shawn Shepherd, Isa Smiler, Adrienne Traviss, Douglas Wilson, Sarah Qittusuk.

Telephone: 250-382-2787  


Bagpiper Squirrel – in progress

Bagpiper Squirrel - in progress

Bagpiper Squirrel - in progress

A little more work on this one after almost a month (!!) hiatus. (9). Still in progress.

New fun summertime photo – Jen Steele Photography

Have Jen Steele Photography capture your moments at a party this summer. Visit her website:

or visit her blog which has most recent photo shoots.

Carollyne at Greek Day 2009

Carollyne at Greek Day 2009 photo by Jen Steele Photography

Wanda Shum at the Side Street Studio

Side Street Studio in Oak Bay Village and now Humboldt Street, Victoria, has been selling the work of British Columbia artists for over 25 years. They are commited to providing a showcase for the best pottery, jewellery, wood, glass art, textiles, cards & books, carvings, West Coast photography & art prints and special Gifts that B.C. can offer.

Currently they are offering the bright and whimsical work of Wanda Shum. She’s been getting some attention in relation to her teapots. But check out her work which is showcased from Side Streets blog or with an onsite visit.

Wanda Shum's artwork at the Side Street Studio

Wanda Shum's artwork at the Side Street Studio

Click here to read another article about Wanda Shum

Whisky Dinner, Companions of the Quaich

For information about a dinner near you visit:

A Slice of Jim Murray Dinner
1) Ballantynes
sweet, floral, nice mouth feel
2) Alberta Premium
BBQ, Mint, Steak, Mesquite, Manhattan Rum Taste
3) Connemara

Treasures: The World’s Cultures from the British Museum @ The Royal BC Museum

I’ve been the the British Museum in London, England and it’s a lengthy visit. I imagine a trip to the Royal BC Museum, Victoria, British Columbia to see their exhibition, Treasures: The World’s Cultures from the British Museum, will be a nice, consolidated experience by comparison.

Treasures brings to the viewing public more than 300 distinctive artifacts from the collection of the British Museum. From million-year-old hand axes found in Africa’s Olduvai Gorge, to a 3,000-year-old mummy, to a throne built of decommissioned weapons from Mozambique’s late-20th century civil war. It will be worth a visit for the kids just to see the mummy!

Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville Street
Victoria, BC Canada
V8W 9W2

Tel: (250) 356-RBCM (7226)
Toll Free: 1-888-447-7977
Fax: (250) 387-5674