Music

Brian Wismath will be conducting Handel’s Messiah Dec. 15 and 17, performed by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Choral Society. (Photo submitted)

Choir director adds orchestra baton for Messiah performance at University of Victoria

Victoria Symphony Orchestra to perform holiday classic with community choir

Brian Wismath will be conducting Handel’s Messiah Dec. 15 and 17, performed by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Choral Society. (Photo submitted)
Lola Parks performs during Victoria’s Summer In The Square lunchtime concerts in Centennial Square in July. Don Denton/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria seeks local musicians and food truck vendors

Talent and operators would be added to City’s roster for 2018 public events

Lola Parks performs during Victoria’s Summer In The Square lunchtime concerts in Centennial Square in July. Don Denton/VICTORIA NEWS
Lola Parks (top left) will join Chris Andres (right), Mother Trucker (bottom left) and a host of other Island musicians in a tribute concert to the late Gord Downie, lead singer of The Tragically Hip, on Dec. 8 at The Loft Pub. Contributed photos

Victoria musicians stage tribute to Gord Downie

Island artists will perform favourite Hip tunes to benefit Cool Aid Society and BC Cancer Agency

Lola Parks (top left) will join Chris Andres (right), Mother Trucker (bottom left) and a host of other Island musicians in a tribute concert to the late Gord Downie, lead singer of The Tragically Hip, on Dec. 8 at The Loft Pub. Contributed photos
Ken Lavigne brings his velvety tenor tones to the Royal Theatre next Tuesday (Dec. 5), for his Home for Christmas concert. Photo by BK Studios

Snowballs, songs and strings on tap for Ken Lavigne concert at the Royal Theatre

Greater Victoria tenor comes Home for Christmas, in performance next Tuesday

Ken Lavigne brings his velvety tenor tones to the Royal Theatre next Tuesday (Dec. 5), for his Home for Christmas concert. Photo by BK Studios
Young composer Jared Richardson, a View Royal resident, hosts a free musical performance tonight (Nov. 28) in The Atrium building on Yates Street. Photo contributed

View Royal composer to write music live for audience at tonight’s show

Jared Richardson presents an evening of music at the Atrium Building

  • Nov 28, 2017
Young composer Jared Richardson, a View Royal resident, hosts a free musical performance tonight (Nov. 28) in The Atrium building on Yates Street. Photo contributed
Gordie Budd has been in business almost two decades selling instruments and vinyl, both old and new, and leading a crew of instructors teaching lessons in the studios at the back of his beloved music store, closing later this month.                                Kristyn Anthony                                /VICTORIA NEWS

Gordies Music preparing to play its final tune in Victoria

Vintage guitar and vinyl shop closing the doors after 20 years in business

Gordie Budd has been in business almost two decades selling instruments and vinyl, both old and new, and leading a crew of instructors teaching lessons in the studios at the back of his beloved music store, closing later this month.                                Kristyn Anthony                                /VICTORIA NEWS
Sarah Rhude, left, a cultural facilitator in the Greater Victoria School District’s Aboriginal Nations Education Division, receives a Distinguished Service award from B.C. Music Educators Association interim president Cindy Romphf, during the association’s AGM in Richmond last weekend. Photo contributed

Victoria school district Aboriginal cultural facilitator honoured with music award

Sarah Rhude earns Distinguished Service award for teaching First Nations musical traditions

Sarah Rhude, left, a cultural facilitator in the Greater Victoria School District’s Aboriginal Nations Education Division, receives a Distinguished Service award from B.C. Music Educators Association interim president Cindy Romphf, during the association’s AGM in Richmond last weekend. Photo contributed
Sean O’Loughlin, recently announced as the Victoria Symphony as its new Principal Pops conductor, is in town this Saturday (Oct.28) to conduct the VSO and featured pianist Lorraine Minn in two performances of Hollywood Thrillers at the Royal Theatre. Photo courtesy Victoria Symphony

Sean O’Loughlin named Victoria Symphony’s Principal Pops conductor

American composer has built a career working with some of music’s biggest names

Sean O’Loughlin, recently announced as the Victoria Symphony as its new Principal Pops conductor, is in town this Saturday (Oct.28) to conduct the VSO and featured pianist Lorraine Minn in two performances of Hollywood Thrillers at the Royal Theatre. Photo courtesy Victoria Symphony
Garnet Rogers’ Sept. 22 show at the Dave Dunnet Theatre is sold out. (Contributed photo)

Garnet Rogers returns to say farewell

The celebrated Canadian folk artist’s last Greater Victoria concert is sold out in Oak Bay

  • Sep 5, 2017
Garnet Rogers’ Sept. 22 show at the Dave Dunnet Theatre is sold out. (Contributed photo)
British Blues Hall of Fame inductee Matt Schofield headlines Blues Bash on Saturday. courtesy Victoria Jazz Society

Blues Bash at Ship Point for Labour Day weekend

Headliners appeal to classic and new blues fans alike

British Blues Hall of Fame inductee Matt Schofield headlines Blues Bash on Saturday. courtesy Victoria Jazz Society
Janet Morningstar, vice-president of the Oak Bay Kiwanis Pavilion Foundation, celebrates the collaboration between the Foundation and Oak Bay Seafood for the upcoming Salmon Fest, while Chef on the Run provides fresh coleslaw. (Morgan Cross photo)

Salmon Fest fundraises for Kiwanis Pavilion music program

The program provides therapy and memory enhancement to residents living with frailty and dementia

  • Aug 23, 2017
Janet Morningstar, vice-president of the Oak Bay Kiwanis Pavilion Foundation, celebrates the collaboration between the Foundation and Oak Bay Seafood for the upcoming Salmon Fest, while Chef on the Run provides fresh coleslaw. (Morgan Cross photo)
Nick Gilder belts out a tune performing with Sweeney Todd at Bullen Park as part of Esquimalt’s Canada 150 celebrations. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Esquimalt fans rock out for Canada 150 celebration

Nick Gilder and Sweeney Todd headline day of musical entertainment

Nick Gilder belts out a tune performing with Sweeney Todd at Bullen Park as part of Esquimalt’s Canada 150 celebrations. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Bill Johnson plays at Brentwood Bay Village Empourium August 3. (Contributed photo)

Blues artist Bill Johnson plays at Brentwood Bay Village Empourium

Tickets on sale now for the intimate house concert

  • Jul 30, 2017
Bill Johnson plays at Brentwood Bay Village Empourium August 3. (Contributed photo)
The Strumbellas perform at the 2013 Toronto Bicycle Music Festival. The founder of that event is launching the Victoria Bicycle Music Festival this Sunday (July 30) at Central and Banfield parks. Photo by Adam Popper

Inaugural bicycle music fest pedals into Victoria

Generator bikes will be used to power sound systems

The Strumbellas perform at the 2013 Toronto Bicycle Music Festival. The founder of that event is launching the Victoria Bicycle Music Festival this Sunday (July 30) at Central and Banfield parks. Photo by Adam Popper
Canadian rockers Nick Gilder (centre) and Sweeney Todd headline the Canada 150 celebration concert at Esquimalt’s Bullen Field on Saturday, Aug. 12. The concert is part of a free day of entertainment at the park that also includes Jerry Doucette and The Jason Buie Band.  Photos by Ted Van Boort

Music and culture part of Canada 150 celebration in Esquimalt

Nick Gilder, Sweeney Todd headline mainstage show Aug. 12

Canadian rockers Nick Gilder (centre) and Sweeney Todd headline the Canada 150 celebration concert at Esquimalt’s Bullen Field on Saturday, Aug. 12. The concert is part of a free day of entertainment at the park that also includes Jerry Doucette and The Jason Buie Band.  Photos by Ted Van Boort
The Lonely Heartstring Band, with Brentwood Bay native Patrick M’Gonigle playing fiddle (second from left), is playing a concert at the Christian Science Church in Victoria on July 25.  Photo contributed

Former Brentwood Bay fiddler brings band home from Boston

Lonely Heartstrings Band featured in three Island shows

  • Jul 21, 2017
The Lonely Heartstring Band, with Brentwood Bay native Patrick M’Gonigle playing fiddle (second from left), is playing a concert at the Christian Science Church in Victoria on July 25.  Photo contributed
Pioneer Park and Brentwood Bay Emporium host shows all summer long

Pioneer Park and Brentwood Bay Emporium host shows all summer long

Brentwood Bay’s Music in the Park runs every Wednesday night, Emporium Sessions twice in August

  • Jul 21, 2017
Pioneer Park and Brentwood Bay Emporium host shows all summer long
After more than 20 years of bringing music to Greater Victoria and Island residents, John Larsen is closing his business on Cook Street.

Iconic Victoria music store closing, owner plans to keep on playing

John Larsen and his staff brought music to many in Victoria and elsewhere on the Island

  • Jul 17, 2017
After more than 20 years of bringing music to Greater Victoria and Island residents, John Larsen is closing his business on Cook Street.
The Kennedy family, son Cairo, 15, left, dad Caleb and daughter Autumn, 18, sing a Beatles tune on the Inner Harbour. The three have been singing together for years at home, and the past four on Victoria’s waterfront. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Victoria West busking family spend quality time together

Kennedy household a training ground for musical exploits

The Kennedy family, son Cairo, 15, left, dad Caleb and daughter Autumn, 18, sing a Beatles tune on the Inner Harbour. The three have been singing together for years at home, and the past four on Victoria’s waterfront. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Jelena Milojevic of Saanich is one of the featured performers at next week’s Victoria International Accordion Festival.  Photo by accordions.com

Victoria accordion festival breaks stereotypes of unique instrument

International event runs from July 13 to 16 at multiple venues

Jelena Milojevic of Saanich is one of the featured performers at next week’s Victoria International Accordion Festival.  Photo by accordions.com