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The Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Podcast

The Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Podcast

By Cowichan Performing Arts Ctr.
Dig into behind-the-scenes stores and chat with artists and more who will be gracing the stage at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, a gorgeous 731 seat theatre located in the heart of the Cowichan region.
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Eugene Smith

The Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Podcast

Bonus Episode: Discovering Virtual Humanity
We dig into the fascinating project that is Zee Zee Theatre's Virtual Humanity. Details are here Contributions from  Lama Mugabo  Kevin Scow Rudy Krause  Zee Zee Theatre presents the world premiere of Virtual Humanity, streaming online from March 6 to 28, 2021. The deeply personal, one-on-one experience adapts the company’s annual Human Library project into the digital space, where participants can ‘check out’ a human for a candid conversation about their life experiences, culture and beliefs—including such titles as Perspective of a Mixed Man;  Indigi-Queer Identities, Two Spirit and Beyond; I am not a scammer, and more. Co-curated by Sam Chimes and Bunny (Daisy Joe), the online edition will feature an array of new and returning ‘Virtual Humans’—with a particular emphasis on representation from BIPOC individuals—available for 20-minute loans over the course of four weekends. Day Passes are now available at Reservations are $5 with a subsequent request to ‘Pay What It’s Worth’ after the show. The full roster of titles available each day for bookings will be announced the morning of through a secret portal at Virtual Humanity is inspired  by the Human Library—created by Stop The Violence (Copenhagen)—and presented with support from community partner Vancouver Public Library.
March 17, 2021
Eugene Smith
We are thrilled to welcome Cowichan performing legend Eugene Smith to the pod and he chats about his unique family history, his experience of racism in Canada, Black Lives Matter and the impact of COVID-19 on the live performance industry.  He also performs two songs live using Kalimba.  Do it up. Find out more about Eugene here: Eugene Smith is a venerable icon of the Canadian music industry. With over 50 years in the business and over 200 original tunes to his credit, Eugene brings warmth and generosity to his performances that entertain and captivates audiences wherever he goes. His prodigious vocal talents are supported by solid rhythms from his unusual 4 string tenor guitar, and he holds as well in his bag of tricks a variety of musical instruments including the harmonica, kalimba, jaw harp and djembe. Each show is delivered in his own unique, humorous and entertaining style, bringing to each performance a sense of harmony and the magical power of music! Eugene comes by his many musical talents honestly. His father was the amazing Al Lucas, who played stand-up bass for such greats as Duke Ellington and James Brown. His mother, Valeire Abbot, was a well-known Toronto jazz pianist and vocalist who was invited by Louis Armstrong to tour as a jazz singer with his orchestra. Over the past 4 decades Eugene has shared the stage with such great artists of the music world as Gordon Lightfoot, k.d. Lang, David Clayton Thomas, King Curtis, Willie Dixon, Lenny Breau, Peter Tosh, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, The Beach Boys and The Dave Clark Five. In the wild and wonderful 60’s he played Toronto and toured the United States as a singer with Ronnie Hawkins and the infamous Hawks. Eugen’s latest CD, “Now and Forever”, features many of his most loved classic tunes, as well as his new single, “Thank You Mother”. Eugene lives on Vancouver Island, where he has a large following, and tours Ontario in the summer months, sharing his love and passion for music wherever he goes! “Sometimes just the feel of a song says a lot about where it’s coming from and the Spirit in which it was written… There’s a real delightful feel about ‘Eugene’s music’ that only the performance carries.” Murray McLaughlin
February 24, 2021
Blue Moon Marquee
An insightful chat with Jazz Colette of the gypsy blues duo Blue Moon Marquee, who recently filmed a pre-recorded concert for the Cold Snap Festival at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, about the challenges of COVID-19, some hair-raising touring stories, and how the band got their unique sound.  Catch Blue Moon Marquee's live stream at
January 29, 2021
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor
We are delighted to have Cowichan-Malahat-Langford Member of Parliament, Alistair MacGregor, on the pod to share his insights into the ongoing struggle for arts workers during COVID-19, the importance of culture in his own life, and his early memories of visiting the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre.  Once again, Kirsten Schrader, the Manager of the Arts and Culture Division of the CVRD and Cowichan Performing Arts Centre leads the discussion with our MP and asks great questions about what it's like to conduct parliamentary business over Zoom and the role of the federal government in supporting cultural institutions like ours. 
November 6, 2020
Mayor Al Siebring
We are honoured to welcome North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring, to share his insights into what it means to be a leader during a time of crisis, the importance of the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, and the incredible value the arts has in our civic lives. It's a great and very optimistic conversation. Once again, Kirsten Schrader, the Manager of the Arts and Culture Division of the CVRD and Cowichan Performing Arts Centre leads the discussion with the Mayor and asks great questions about the future of the arts, the impact  the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre has on the economy as a whole and much more.
June 26, 2020
Margaret Grenier (Dancers of Damelahamid)
We are honoured to welcome Margaret Grenier, the Artistic and Executive Director of the Dancers of Damelahamid to our podcast on National Indigenous People’s Day 2020. Margaret has toured the world with the Dancers of Damelahamid’s innovative productions. The company’s production, Flicker has also toured to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre’s stage. In this special episode, Kirsten Schrader, the Manager of the Arts and Culture Division of the CVRD and Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, talks with Margaret about the challenge of creating work in these times, the origin of the company, and the unique way the company blends traditional dance with modern day technology. Visit Dancers of Damelahamid's website. 
June 21, 2020
Mike Delamont
We chat with beloved Victoria-based comedian Mike Delamont about his unique career, his award-winning show God is a Scottish Drag Queen, and what he's doing to keep busy during the pandemic.  There's also special preview of God is a Scottish Drag Queen: The Podcast included!  Check out what Mike is up to by visiting his website, and donating to his Patreon account.  Produced, hosted, and edited by Ashley Daniel Foot.  Share your feedback with us at 
June 5, 2020
Veda Hille
We chat with Veda Hille,  a Vancouver musician, composer, theatre maker, and performer. She writes songs, makes records, co-writes musicals, collaborates in devised theatre, and fulfills other interesting assignments as they arise. Veda performs in a wide array of places, alone or with bands, ensembles, symphonies, and casts. Her career spans 30 years of working in Canada and abroad, and shows no sign of flagging. Ashley talks with Veda about her career, the challenges of this moment in history, and making it as a singer-songwriter. Check out Veda’s upcoming online performance from the Cultch on Sunday, May 24 at 12pm. Details are here. more info at 
May 14, 2020
Chris McGregor
We talk with Chris McGregor,  the artistic director of Axis Theatre about the work the company does, his history with the company, and what he and Axis Theatre our doing during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue their creativity. 
May 7, 2020
Dave Barton + Brodie Lee Dawson
We spoke with Cowichan Performing Arts Centre's  Assistant Technical Director Dave Barton about his illustrious career and then talked with one of Vancouver Island's most beloved songwriter's Brodie Lee Dawson about her music, her trip to Nashville and the importance of the arts during these strange days.  Find out more about Brodie here
April 21, 2020
Natalie MacMaster
We chat with Natalie about her new album and her upcoming performance on March 12 at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, plus a special performance of "I Can't Make You Love Me" from her brand new album, Sketches Listen to her new album here GET TICKETS TO THE SHOW Buy your tickets at the cowichanpac website here
March 5, 2020
Laila Biali
In the first episode of the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre podcast we chat with JUNO-winning Canadian jazz artist and singer-songwriter Laila Biali. 
January 29, 2020
January 28, 2020
January 28, 2020