Malaspina Theatre Lobby

Upcoming Events


VIU's Got Talent 2023

Thursday, January 26
7 pm

VIU’s Got Talent is an annual event held at Vancouver Island University where students and faculty have the opportunity to display their talents.  

Students will audition and selected contestants will be invited to compete on the VIU’s Got Talent stage.  Auditions will be held through individuals sending in video clips of their talents, and selected contestants will be invited to compete in the finals. During the finals, contestants will have 8-10 minutes to perform their talent in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. The judges will then select the top three performances as winners of the top prizes.

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Nanaimo Mountain Biking Club

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF)

Presented by Arc’teryx

Friday, January 27
7 pm

Featuring multiple short films, including an incredible line-up of captivating stories from around the world.

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Romper Room

Kendal Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Saturday, January 28
7:30 pm

The world-famous Kendal Mountain Festival Tour is coming to North America for the first time in its history – reaching Nanaimo, BC on January 28th, 2023. After 42 years – the UK’s leading adventure film and speaker festival finally brings the best cinematic adventure stories to Canadian audiences.

So what’s different about the films you’ll see on the Kendal Mountain Tour? Simple – these are films that have been hand-selected by our team and represent incredible stories from award-winning filmmakers with a uniquely British and European slant. It’s your chance to discover new people and places, characters you’ll instantly warm to, and amazing locations that will instantly make the top of your bucket list.

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Theatre One: Just Kidding Series

Peter Pan

Saturday, February 4
2:00 pm

Wendy Darling is sad to learn that she’s growing too old to stay in the nursery any longer and must move to the adult wing of the house. When an adventurous young boy offers to fly her to Neverland where she can stay young forever, Wendy is catapulted into an adventure filled with magic pixies, charming pirates, and talking trees! As Peter Pan battles his arch-nemesis Captain Hook in DuffleBag Theatre’s fun version of J.M. Barrie’s beloved classic, even grown-ups will feel like kids again!

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VIU Global Engagement

Global Citizen Conference

Monday, February 6
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

An international panel event.

Contact: Darrell Harvey, Darrell.Harvey@viu.ca or Tracy Vandermolen, Tracy.Vandermolen@viu.ca


VIU Engaged Citizens Speaker Series

Monday, February 6
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A forum designed to provoke intellectual, engaging and meaningful dialogue about social challenges, opportunities and the community around us while advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Talks take place at least twice a year on timely, relevant and thought-provoking topics aimed at engaging community members in a wider discussion around understanding the responsibilities of good citizenship.

Contact: Kara Walsh, Kara.Walsh@viu.ca


MBA Student Showcase

Tuesday, February 7
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A community networking event showcasing VIU MBA talent and work-integrated learning success stories.

Contact: MBA Community Engagement Coordinator Crystal Lee, Crystal.Lee@viu.ca


Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series

On Bach’s Chaconne for Solo Violin

Friday, February 10
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Presented by James Mark, Music Dept.

The famous Bach Chaconne for solo violin is a monumental piece of music. This presentation will give some background about the piece and the various nuances, interpretations, and performance practices that musicians consider when playing/performing the piece. It will also discuss some of the difficulties and intrinsic technical details that make this piece particularly difficult to pull off, as well as how to overcome some of those difficulties. The presentation will culminate with a performance of the piece. 

Contact: Theo Finigan, Theo.Finigan@viu.ca


VIU Discovery Days

Arts and Humanities Open House

Wednesday, February 22
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Contact: Eliza Gardiner, Eliza.Gardiner@viu.ca


Theatre Department Spring Production

She Kills Monsters

Thursday, March 2
thru
Saturday, March 11

A dramatic comedy into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she comes to terms with the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When she finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she embarks on an adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge.

A high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture. Acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Tickets on Eventbrite

Performance Schedule

Thurs, Mar 2

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Fri, Mar 3

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Sat, Mar 4

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Wed, Mar 8

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Thurs, Mar 9

Matinée  10: 00 am – 12:00 pm

Thurs, Mar 9

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Fri, Mar 10

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Sat, Mar 11

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 


Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series

Holding Space for Queerness in the Classroom

Friday, March 10
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Presented by Marni Stanley, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

What does it mean to hold some space for queerness in the classroom? Join Marni for a very personal journey through her life in education from queer student to queer teacher. Lots of lessons learned; happily, imperfectly. 

Marni Stanley has taught both English and Women’s Studies at three universities and has been at Vancouver Island University since 1994.

Contact: Theo Finigan, Theo.Finigan@viu.ca


Theatre One: Just Kidding Series

Beauty and the Beast

Sunday, March 12
2:00 pm

When a handsome but arrogant prince insults a mysterious old woman who appears at his door one rainy night, he finds himself magically transformed into a “horrible, nasty Beast”! The spell can only be broken when he learns to love another more than he loves himself. Fortunately, fate sends a bright and beautiful village girl, searching for her missing father in the forest, towards the hidden castle. Can the Beast learn his lesson and redeem himself before it’s too late? DuffleBag’s adaptation of this timeless classic is guaranteed to ring a Belle!

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VIU Mariners Spirit

Mariners Dance Team

Thursday, March 16
thru
Friday, March 17
Details TBD

Contact: Elissa Miranda, Elissa.Miranda@viu.ca


Crimson Coast

Body Talk HiP HoP PoW WoW

Saturday, March 18
7:30 pm

Participants put on a combination of group and solo pieces created during spring break workshops, culminating in a rousing night full of spirit, heart, talent, and awesome performances!

Information/Tickets

Contact: Crimson Coast Artistic Director Holly Bright, HollyBright@CrimsonCoast.org


Theatre One: Mainstage Theatre

Driving Me Crazy

Thursday, March 23
thru
Saturday, March 25

Driving Me Crazy is about a family and their relationships with each other as experienced via their vehicles. Inspired by stories from three generations, Driving Me Crazy, follows Liz, a grandmother fighting to keep her driver’s license, her independence and her voice in society. Liz is surrounded by her family: a son and daughter-in-law who are addicted to their cars, a granddaughter who is passionate about the environmental fight against oil guzzling vehicles, and a grandson on his way to learn hard lessons about drinking and driving. Anyone who has driven a car, been driven in a car, or been driven mad by their own family will laugh, cry and gasp.

Performance Schedule

Thursday, March 23

7:30 pm

Friday, March 24

7:30 pm

Saturday, March 25

2:00 pm

Saturday, March 25

7:30 pm

 

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Child of a Hoodlum Productions

The Cult of Brother XII: A Musical Dark Comedy

Wednesday, March 29
thru
Sunday, April 2
Details TBD

This dark and hilarious new musical offers a perfect storm of fascinating characters, show stealing musical numbers, exhilarating choreography, clever dialogue and unexpected plot twists. Come watch Nanaimo’s very own charismatic cult leader and his whip toting mistress cast their seductive spell over his acolytes and the beautiful investigative journalist determined to expose them. Live musical accompaniment by the incredible Marty Steele Quintet.

Contact: Bill Miner, BillMiner@shaw.ca