Live music

Expanded bluegrass festival pitches its tent at Laketown Ranch

Expanded bluegrass festival pitches its tent at Laketown Ranch

Former Sooke Bluegrass Festival outgrew previous venue after 16 successful years, organizer says

  • May 27, 2019
Expanded bluegrass festival pitches its tent at Laketown Ranch
The Jim Cuddy Band comes to the city for a concert date Aug. 15 at Butchart Gardens, as part of the regional tourist attraction’s Spectacular Summer Evenings entertainment package. jimcuddy.com

Grammy, Juno winners light up Butchart’s summer in 2019

Spectacular Summer Evenings lineup includes Jim Cuddy Band, Serena Ryder and Los Texmaniacs

The Jim Cuddy Band comes to the city for a concert date Aug. 15 at Butchart Gardens, as part of the regional tourist attraction’s Spectacular Summer Evenings entertainment package. jimcuddy.com
Soundings in action, conducted by Denis Donnelly. The upcoming concerts will focus on the music of the Beatles. (Andrew Kielbowicz)

Choir offers a capella take on Beatles hits

Soundings will perform concerts in Oak Bay and Sidney May 24 and 25

Soundings in action, conducted by Denis Donnelly. The upcoming concerts will focus on the music of the Beatles. (Andrew Kielbowicz)
Daniel Lapp directs the Joy of Life choir, which will be an integral part of this year’s Joy of Life Festival. The two-night event at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall features The Joy of Fiddle concert on Friday May 3, followed by the Joy of Song on the Saturday. Photo by Mark Nicol/courtesy Victoria Conservatory of Music

Musical joy emerges from fiddling and singing

Joy of Life Festival at Alix Goolden Hall on May 3 and 4 offers both for audiences

Daniel Lapp directs the Joy of Life choir, which will be an integral part of this year’s Joy of Life Festival. The two-night event at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall features The Joy of Fiddle concert on Friday May 3, followed by the Joy of Song on the Saturday. Photo by Mark Nicol/courtesy Victoria Conservatory of Music
Making meditative music for mental health

Making meditative music for mental health

Calgary duo to perform in James Bay as part of Home Shall be Here tour

Making meditative music for mental health
Crowd gathers for a performance by the Lost Boys on the Breakwater Barge last year. The new Friday night entertainment season opens May 31 in James Bay. (Annemarie Stevenson photo)

Best get yourself onto the Barge on Friday nights

The Breakwater Barge offers local music and libations to usher in summer weekends, starting May 31

  • Apr 27, 2019
Crowd gathers for a performance by the Lost Boys on the Breakwater Barge last year. The new Friday night entertainment season opens May 31 in James Bay. (Annemarie Stevenson photo)
Intrigue and romance in POV’s newest opera

Intrigue and romance in POV’s newest opera

Pacific Opera Victoria throws a party with Countess Maritza, featuring Kálmán’s beautiful music

  • Apr 16, 2019
Intrigue and romance in POV’s newest opera
Crooner classics past and present in spotlight, courtesy of Ken Lavigne

Crooner classics past and present in spotlight, courtesy of Ken Lavigne

Island tenor prepares for upcoming concert tour of Let Me Be Frank!

Crooner classics past and present in spotlight, courtesy of Ken Lavigne
Raffi ready to give howling good performance at the Royal

Raffi ready to give howling good performance at the Royal

Children’s folk singer promoting new album, will also perform old favourites

  • Apr 13, 2019
Raffi ready to give howling good performance at the Royal
Full lineup in place for 2019 JazzFest; ticket sales launch Friday

Full lineup in place for 2019 JazzFest; ticket sales launch Friday

Excitement builds for this year’s 36th annual TD Victoria International Jazz Festival

Full lineup in place for 2019 JazzFest; ticket sales launch Friday
Legendary blues and boogie woogie pianist David Vest leads a star-studdded lineup for this Wednesday night’s Jazz on View Society fundraiser show at Hermann’s Jazz Club.

Star-studded fundraiser aims to help secure Hermann’s Jazz Club for five more years

David Vest, Nick LaRiviere, Edie Daponte and others perform Wednesday in aid of Jazz on View Society

Legendary blues and boogie woogie pianist David Vest leads a star-studdded lineup for this Wednesday night’s Jazz on View Society fundraiser show at Hermann’s Jazz Club.
Calling all Jane Siberry fans for a pair of Victoria shows

Calling all Jane Siberry fans for a pair of Victoria shows

Canadian singer-songwriter brings her haunting melodies and innovative sound to town April 6 and 7

  • Apr 5, 2019
Calling all Jane Siberry fans for a pair of Victoria shows
Trumpeter and University of Victoria music educator Patrick Boyle assembles his Hot Four for an upcoming benefit concert at The Oaks Restaurant and Tearoom in Oak Bay. The April 13 show celebrates the best of Louis Armstrong. Photo courtesy patrickboyle.ca

Louis Armstrong-inspired blues will dazzle the crowd in Oak Bay

Blues for Eric April benefit show with Patrick Boyle and the Hot Four expected to sell out

  • Mar 31, 2019
Trumpeter and University of Victoria music educator Patrick Boyle assembles his Hot Four for an upcoming benefit concert at The Oaks Restaurant and Tearoom in Oak Bay. The April 13 show celebrates the best of Louis Armstrong. Photo courtesy patrickboyle.ca
Victoria Symphony conductor in residence Joey Pietraroia finds a classic album at Ditch Records. He’ll lead the orchestra in performance of The Best of Queen along with tribute musicians from Jeans ‘n Classics, April 5-7 at the Royal Theatre. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine

Victoria Symphony will rock you with the Best of Queen

Post-Bohemian Rhapsody, Pops Series concerts bring British band’s music back into spotlight

  • Mar 24, 2019
Victoria Symphony conductor in residence Joey Pietraroia finds a classic album at Ditch Records. He’ll lead the orchestra in performance of The Best of Queen along with tribute musicians from Jeans ‘n Classics, April 5-7 at the Royal Theatre. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine
Denita Asberry performs as Aretha Franklin in an upcoming tribute show March 23 at the McPherson Playhouse. bookinghouse.com

Songs of the Queen of Soul coming to Victoria

Denita Asberry stars in Aretha Franklin tribute show at the McPherson Playhouse

  • Mar 18, 2019
Denita Asberry performs as Aretha Franklin in an upcoming tribute show March 23 at the McPherson Playhouse. bookinghouse.com
Still making a good impression: Andre-Philippe Gagnon and his cast of thousands take over Sidney

Still making a good impression: Andre-Philippe Gagnon and his cast of thousands take over Sidney

French-Canadian vocal impressionist first hit it big mimicking every singer from ‘We Are the World’

Still making a good impression: Andre-Philippe Gagnon and his cast of thousands take over Sidney
Students perform a Bollywood dance during the 2018 One World show staged by Pearson College UWC at the McPherson Playhouse. This year’s show runs March 15 and 16. Nikola Mende/Courtesy Pearson College

All the world’s on stage with Pearson College’s One World

Students bring their homelands to Victoria with colourful musical and cultural production

  • Mar 7, 2019
Students perform a Bollywood dance during the 2018 One World show staged by Pearson College UWC at the McPherson Playhouse. This year’s show runs March 15 and 16. Nikola Mende/Courtesy Pearson College
Oak Bay High School students during a dress rehearsal for their 2019 performance of Mary Poppins. (Jesse Laufer / News Staff)

Chim Chim Cher‑ee! Mary Poppins is coming to Oak Bay High

Mary Poppins opens Friday, Feb. 22, at the Dave Dunnet theatre

Oak Bay High School students during a dress rehearsal for their 2019 performance of Mary Poppins. (Jesse Laufer / News Staff)
Master of the dobro and slide guitar, Doug Cox, comes to The Oaks Restaurant on Feb. 23 with former Sidewalk Trio bandmates, guitarist Ken Hall and bassist Rick May, in the latest concert in the Blues for Eric scholarship fundraiser series. Photo by Susan Kerr

Concerts for Eric continue to boost scholarship fund in former DJ’s name

Inspiring blues performances at The Oaks in Oak Bay featuring top-notch musicians

  • Feb 20, 2019
Master of the dobro and slide guitar, Doug Cox, comes to The Oaks Restaurant on Feb. 23 with former Sidewalk Trio bandmates, guitarist Ken Hall and bassist Rick May, in the latest concert in the Blues for Eric scholarship fundraiser series. Photo by Susan Kerr
African rhythmic and dance group Issamba headlines a fundraiser evening at the Victoria Event Centre for the Victoria-Taiama Partnership, a charitable group that helps school children and young mothers in Sierra Leone. Photo contributed

African rhythms, dance performance to help out Sierra Leone charity group

Feb. 23 show by Issamba ensemble a fundraiser for Victoria-Taiama Partnership

African rhythmic and dance group Issamba headlines a fundraiser evening at the Victoria Event Centre for the Victoria-Taiama Partnership, a charitable group that helps school children and young mothers in Sierra Leone. Photo contributed