Julian Cervello on why he hired David Burke to direct Canterbury Cocktails

I decided to premiere Canterbury Cocktails in Victoria so I moved out here after graduating and hired veteran artist David Burke, whose linguistic aptitude and sense of comic timing recommended him as director.

Canterbury Cocktails

Julian Cervello as a Knight, a Squyre, a Yemen, two Prioresses, a Monk, a Frere, a Marchaunt, a Clerk, a Seargaunt o’ ye Lawe, a Frankelyn, a Haberdasherer, a Carpenter, a Webbe, a Dyer, a Tapicer, a Cook, a Shipman, a Doctour o’ Phisik, a Wife o’ biside Bath, a Persoun, a Ploughman, a Reeve, a Miller, a Somnour, a Pardonour & a Maunciple.

Written by Geoffrey Chaucer

Starring Julian Cervello

Directed by David Burke

Costume design by Carol Lewis

Dramaturgy by Bremner Duthie

Premiering at the 2011 Victoria Fringe Festival

Wood Hall (907 Pandora)

 Tue Aug 30, 7:45

Wed Aug 31, 6:00

Fri Sept 2, 4:15

Sun Sept 4, 8:30

 Imagine a game of charades at a cocktail party. There’s only one performer. He speaks, but only in Middle English. Your job is to figure out what’s going on.

 I first performed Chaucer at the University of Toronto for a voice assignment. I generally felt uncomfortable and constrained during our voice presentations, and they were a pretty somber affair for all. We were being evaluated and the tension in the room was high. I performed Chaucer’s description and impersonation of a Nun, releasing that tension and sending the class into a fit of laughter.

Encouraged, I began reading The Canterbury Tales and committing more and more of the general prologue to memory. I got feedback on the material was learning at a monthly workshop I was running through the drama program. This culminated in a final showcase of the first half hour of what is nowCanterbury Cocktails.

The audience wasn’t wound  as tight  as my voice class had been. I had the undivided attention of over sixty people, but they were eerily quiet. I remember thinking, “Wow, they must really hate it.” I was shocked by the disconnect between the looks on their faces while I was performing, and the enthusiastic feedback afterwards. Someone commented, “That’s the closest thing to a time machine you’ll ever get.” I realized then that he had just told me the essential intention of the piece.

The physical language of this show is more important than the text itself, because without it a lot of the text would be incomprehensible. With so many words lost to modern English, hundreds of intricate gestures are needed to get ideas across.  Therefore the most archaic words yield the richest creative opportunities.

I decided to premiere Canterbury Cocktails in Victoria so I moved out here after graduating and hired veteran artist David Burke, whose linguistic aptitude and sense of comic timing recommended him as director.

I met an impressive woman named Erin Hoyt who was organizing an adjudicated showcase of works in development at the Langham Court Theatre. The Activate Festival  was where I first  performed the second half of Canterbury Cocktails. It was one of many firsts. It was my first ever three-show day, given between two performances of Pornography at Theatre Inconnu. It was my first time performingCanterbury Cocktails on a proper stage, with theatrical lighting and the houselights down. It was also the first time I’d performed it in costume. It went very well, and was every bit as helpful as those first workshops in Toronto.

This show is many people’s first encounter with Chaucer’s poetry. Chaucer is much easier to listen to than read. This show was written over six hundred years ago and is being performed more or less as originally intended. The main difference is the six century gap between performer and audience. This mirrors the cultural gap between Chaucer’s aristocratic audience and common stock characters. The audience can’t help but see itself reflected in a remote and alien culture.

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CANADIAN MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX IN SIDNEY, B. C.: Knappett Projects’ $104,000,000 bid for helicopter hangar at Victoria International Airport is dangerous, wasteful, unneeded

Victoria firm low bidder on multi-million-dollar helicopter hangar

A Victoria company is the lowest of eight bidders recently vying for a multimillion-dollar contract to build the new 215,000-square-foot home of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron at the Victoria International Airport.

Knappett Projects Inc. learned it had the lowest bid at just under $104-million.

A 30-day contract approval process will conclude in September, before construction is expected to begin in October.

The state-of-the-art hangar will open in spring 2014, the same year the squadron’s nine new Cyclone helicopters will begin arriving to replace six aging Sea Kings.

“A $5-million job is a great job nowadays on the Island, so to have a $100-million job is really great,” said Greg Baynton, president of he Vancouver Island Construction Association.

Why Gregory Hartnell did not sign Green leader Jane Sterk’s candidate’s nomination papers for a future election




(I am leaving the original posting below as is, with apparently incorrect information, in the public interest of full disclosure. Please refer to Jane Sterk’s one sentence clarification in the comments… Gregory Hartnell, CCC Blog Editor).


Yesterday, while putting up some posters for our annual CCC used book, cd, lp, mag and art sale (TEN YEARS AFTER 911: 1357 Rockland, Sept. 10, 2011, 10-4)), I was approached near the Fernwood Square kiosk by a man from the Greens wondering if I would sign Jane Sterk’s nomination papers for the civic election this November in Victoria.

“Sorry,” I said, “can’t do that.”

‘Why not?” asked the volunteer, seeming startled.

‘Why would I want to nominate Jane Sterk for Council?” I asked him rhetorically.

“To support democracy?”

I then gave him all sorts of good reasons why it would actually be bad for local democracy should Jane Sterk even manage to get her 25 nomination signatures, starting with the fact that the Greens are a dangerous globalist party, obsessed with co-called climate change, and therefor, out of touch with reality.

I mentioned Alex Jones and Dr. Ron Paul, neither of whom were familiar to the poor fellow.

But what really slammed me was that after I asserted that the real problem on the planet was not ‘global warming’ of 2 degrees Celsius over 100 years, but rather it is nuclear power that is the real danger, he would not agree with me, and that did it.

I was so stunned by his ignorance of  Ron Paul and Alex Jones, two of the best-known anti-globalist peace advocates, and the Greens’ only real opposition in the real world, and his denial of the very obvious nuclear danger, I couldn’t help mocking him, which I now regret.

Alas, another lost opportunity to spread a more Christian message of peace, I suppose.

Forgive me, Lord, for I know not what I do.

Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell, Historian

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition


VANDER ZALM’S PRESCRIPTION FOR AN AILING ECONOMY: “Liberal provincial government and federal Conservative government must repeal HST as fast as possible because it is hurting the BC economy.”

“British Columbians are cancelling major purchases because the HST added costs of tens of thousands of dollars – to items like home repairs and renovations and new homes.

“The BC Liberal provincial government and federal Conservative government must repeal the HST as fast as possible because it is hurting the BC economy,” victorious FIGHT HST leader William Vander Zalm said.

Mr. Vander Zalm said he expects the BC government to refuse to take responsibility for its own actions when it imposed the HST after the May 2009 election and instead paint a picture of economic doom and gloom.

“The reality is that the BC Liberals looked for a quick fix to their massively out of control deficit in 2009 and refused to honestly tell voters about our financial problems,” Vander Zalm said.

“Premier Christy Clark should learn from former Premier Gordon Campbell’s mistakes and consult with voters about BC’s finances and seek a consensus, not make rash decisions in anger at the rejection of the HST.”

“The BC government needs to skilfully negotiate an end to the HST that takes place quickly and reduces costs to the province for this ill-fated mistake,” he said.

“The $1.6 billion ‘grant’ from Ottawa to impose the HST should be pro-rated for the period of time this tax was in place, consideration must be given for the $ 30,000,000 + per month the federal government collected in income taxes since the hst refunds to business became a taxable item, and the excess tax revenue BC is collecting from what it claimed was a ‘revenue neutral’ tax should be more than enough to cover any money Ottawa is owed after the negotiations,” said the resistance leader.

Fight HST Lead Organizer Chris Delaney said the Referendum result would have been an even greater vote for the YES side had Premier Clark kept her promise to fund both sides equally and had spending limits been kept in place as it was for the Initiative process. 

As it was, our $250,000 less the $25,000 we had to pay in HST out of that, was no match for the estimated $25,000,000 spent by government and big business.

Chris Delaney says a precedent has been set with the HST Referendum: “No government, no matter what their political stripe, can ever again create a new tax, expand the tax base, or indeed implement a significant new policy without first obtaining the people’s permission through either an election or a referendum.

“The people have spoken, and voters on both sides of the issue agree – you must consult us first.”

“People can debate whether the HST is a good tax or a bad tax, but there was no debate about whether we should have a Referendum or a more robust democracy. ”

That is perhaps the greatest achievement of this whole exercise,” said Mr. Delaney.

Fight HST Strategist Bill Tieleman said the defeat of the HST is a victory for both consumers and businesses negatively affected by the HST: “The HST hurts people who can least afford it. ”

Extinguishing the HST will stimulate the economy as consumers begin spending again.”

Mr. Tieleman added that despite winning the vote, Fight HST will continue to call for an independent inquiry into the referendum process in order to find improvements for future ballots.

“Too many people did not get their ballots, despite being on the voters list, despite requesting ballots from Elections BC before the deadline,” Tieleman said.

“We want to see a much better process for the next referendum because no one should be denied their democratic rights and we know there will be referenda in the future.”

Mr. Vander Zalm said the victory belongs to the people of BC, but most especially to the tens of thousands of volunteers who gave their time, talent and treasure on the Initiative petition that led to the history making referendum result.

“We thank each and every one of you for your tireless efforts in collecting signatures, distributing pamphlets, telling people about the issue, hosting town halls, driving around town on your own fuel to help organize.

“This is your day for a well deserved celebration!”

Mr. Vander Zalm also thanked the other Fight HST Board of Directors and organizers who worked tirelessly for months to coordinate the entire project.

“I want to personally express my deep appreciation for the incredible dedication of the people on our board: Sal Vetro, who took care of all of our printing and logistics for the entire province; Corisa Nicole who organized all our volunteers across the province during the referendum; Cheryl Baron who organized the captains and thousands of canvassers during the Initiative petition; Rainer Schmoll who built and maintained our indispensible web site; Kelly Carson for her determined fighting; Rick Dignard for his hard work and excellent advice; Jon Peters for his loyal support; and Patricia Storey and Jennifer Strelive for their superb skills as our Financial Agents. Thank you!”

Mr. Vander Zalm says he expects the BC government to wind down the HST quickly and return to the PST as it was with the same exemptions as before.

“All the bluffing and threatening is over now.

“It’s time to respect the will of the electorate and obey the results of the legally binding Referendum and move on.

“Democracy itself demands it,” Mr. Vander Zalm concluded.

Schreck tells Vander Zalm, Delaney to fade out, not get any ideas, while stunned premier hides her election cards

Christy Clark dodges election questions after HST loss

CBC News

Posted: Aug 26, 2011 2:49 PM PT

Last Updated: Aug 26, 2011 6:32 PM PT

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B.C. Premier Christy Clark refuses to rule out the possibility of a fall election following the failure of her Liberal government to win the HST referendum.

Results of the binding referendum were released Friday and showed 55 per cent voted to scrap the harmonized sales tax, imposed in July 2010.

Despite repeated questioning and challenges by reporters at a news conference Friday, Clark skirted the issue, not ruling out a fall election, and saying she was concentrating on job creation in the province.

“I know you think a lot about elections,” she said to one reporter. “Perhaps more than I do.”

Straight.com poll: 63% say voters did the right thing in fighting HATED SALES TAX

Bill Vander Zalm calls HST referendum results “historic”


Bill Vander Zalm says citizens David beat HST Goliath in mismatched battle

VANCOUVER – British Columbians’ rejection of the Harmonized Sales Tax in today’s binding referendum is historic and a victory for the people and for democracy in BC, says Bill Vander Zalm, the former BC premier who leads Fight HST, the grassroots group that fought the tax.

“British Columbians have not only rejected an unfair tax but they have also sent a message to not just the BC Liberal government but all governments in Canada – do not break your word to voters after you get elected, “ Vander Zalm said.

“The BC Liberals thought they could get away with imposing the HST after promising not to before the May 2009 election – we proved them wrong twice,” Vander Zalm said.

“We organized the first successful citizens Initiative petition in Canadian history to force a referendum, gathering 705,643 voter signatures in less than 90 days from every one of BC’s 85 ridings.”

“Then we were outspent by up to 100 to 1 but still defeated a combined government and big business advertising campaign using TV, radio, newspaper, telephone and Internet worth between $15 and $30 million that was intended to mislead voters.”

“This has truly been a David versus Goliath battle and today the giant HST has been slain,” Vander Zalm said. “It is an enormous victory for the citizens of BC and for democracy.”

Vander Zalm said it is now urgent that the BC Liberal government quickly bring an end to the HST that shifted a $2 billion tax burden onto consumers and off big business by adding an extra 7% tax onto services and hundreds of items not previously subject to the Provincial Sales Tax.

Did B.C. voters make the right choice on the HST?