Concerts

FILE - Anthony Kiedis, from left, Flea and Chad Smith, of Red Hot Chili Peppers, appear at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28, 2022, in Newark, N.J. Live Nation said Monday the band will perform at a set of stadium shows and festivals across North America and Europe beginning March 29. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

‘Road Trippin’: Red Hot Chili Peppers kick off 2023 world tour in Vancouver

Fresh off a 2-album 2022, band will launch global trek at BC Place in March

 

Ruby Waters performs at the Capital Ballroom on Nov. 26. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Victoria welcomes Ruby Waters with open arms for sold-out show

All proceeds from hat sales at the concert were donated to the Victoria Cool Aid Society

 

FILE - Singer Taylor Swift performs on stage in a concert at Wembley Stadium on June 22, 2018, in London. On the heels of a messy ticket roll out for Swift’s first tour in years, fans are angry; they’re also energized against Ticketmaster. While researchers agree that there’s no way to tell how long the energy could last, the outrage shows a way for young people to become more politically engaged through fan culture. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Taylor Swift ticket trouble could drive political engagement

Size of Swift’s fandom spurring conversations about economic inequality symbolized by Ticketmaster

 

Sir Elton John performs live at the Elton John's final North American show of his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Elton John rockets toward retirement at Dodger Stadium

Forty seven years after he took the stage at Dodger Stadium in…

Sir Elton John performs live at the Elton John's final North American show of his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
FILE - Taylor Swift attends an ‘in conversation with Taylor Swift’ event at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9, 2022. Swift’s latest album Anti-Hero released on Oct. 21. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Ticketmaster canceling next Taylor Swift concert ticket sale

Decision came two days after a presale event caused the site to crash

FILE - Taylor Swift attends an ‘in conversation with Taylor Swift’ event at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9, 2022. Swift’s latest album Anti-Hero released on Oct. 21. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Brendan McLeod and The Fugitives return to the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay on Nov. 26 to perform Ridge, a powerful, in-person musical act that delves into the “battle that made Canada.” Photo supplied

The essence of grief questioned in musical performance in Courtenay

Courtenay’s Sid Williams Theatre Society welcomes back Brendan McLeod and The Fugitives…

  • Nov 18, 2022
Brendan McLeod and The Fugitives return to the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay on Nov. 26 to perform Ridge, a powerful, in-person musical act that delves into the “battle that made Canada.” Photo supplied
FILE - Ticketmaster tickets and gift cards are shown at a box office in San Jose, Calif., on May 11, 2009. A pre-sale for Swift’s U.S. tour next year resulted in crash after crash on Ticketmaster. A pre-sale for Swift’s U.S. tour next year resulted in crash after crash on Ticketmaster. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Shake it off? Parents come up short for Taylor Swift tickets

Ticketmaster called demand “historically unprecedented” with millions of people trying to buy

FILE - Ticketmaster tickets and gift cards are shown at a box office in San Jose, Calif., on May 11, 2009. A pre-sale for Swift’s U.S. tour next year resulted in crash after crash on Ticketmaster. A pre-sale for Swift’s U.S. tour next year resulted in crash after crash on Ticketmaster. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
Victoria Levesque poses during a concert featuring ZINNIA at The.Victoria.House on Sunday, Nov. 6. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)

Victoria resident hosting shows in her home before deal inked on Dragons’ Den

Victoria Levesque has been hosting concerts at her home since 2019

Victoria Levesque poses during a concert featuring ZINNIA at The.Victoria.House on Sunday, Nov. 6. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)
Attendees of the Breakout Festival in Vancouver Sunday (Sept. 18) were caught on video destroying venue structures, in apparent anger after the night’s headliner Lil Baby cancelled last minute. (Twitter screenshot/@mc1040597)

VIDEO: Vancouver festival-goers destroy venue structures after Lil Baby cancels

About 1,000 of 5,200 attendees responsible for destruction, according to organizers

Attendees of the Breakout Festival in Vancouver Sunday (Sept. 18) were caught on video destroying venue structures, in apparent anger after the night’s headliner Lil Baby cancelled last minute. (Twitter screenshot/@mc1040597)
Westshore Community Concert Band performing on Canada Day in 2015. Registration for the new season will take place Sept. 6 in the lower parking lot at The Forge Church in Colwood. (Contributed by Mike Dominy)

Westshore Community Concert Band celebrates 20 years of music

The orchestra brings local musicians together to perform at nearby community events

Westshore Community Concert Band performing on Canada Day in 2015. Registration for the new season will take place Sept. 6 in the lower parking lot at The Forge Church in Colwood. (Contributed by Mike Dominy)
Shawn Mendes performs “Summer of Love” at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. Mendes is one of several musicians to cancel Canadian concert dates in recent weeks.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Charles Sykes-Invision-AP

From Mendes to New Kids, concert cancellations prove a costly gamble for fans

Fans sometimes stuck with hefty travel, hotel expenses

Shawn Mendes performs “Summer of Love” at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. Mendes is one of several musicians to cancel Canadian concert dates in recent weeks.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Charles Sykes-Invision-AP
Vancouver Island MusicFest takes place at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, July 8-10. Terry Farrell photo

Everything you need to know about Vancouver Island MusicFest – July 8-10, Comox Valley

Vancouver Island MusicFest executive producer Doug Cox says planning the first live…

Vancouver Island MusicFest takes place at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, July 8-10. Terry Farrell photo
Jim Byrnes, seen here at the 2019 Filberg Festival in Comox, will be the host for Vancouver Island MusicFest’s Old-Time Radio Show. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Legend Jim Byrnes, seen here at the 2019 Filberg Festival in Comox, will be the host for Vancouver Island MusicFest’s Old-Time Radio Show. Record file photo

TALES FROM MUSICFEST: Dialing in an old-time radio show

By Robert Moyes Special to Black Press There’s a wonderful song by…

  • Jun 29, 2022
Jim Byrnes, seen here at the 2019 Filberg Festival in Comox, will be the host for Vancouver Island MusicFest’s Old-Time Radio Show. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Legend Jim Byrnes, seen here at the 2019 Filberg Festival in Comox, will be the host for Vancouver Island MusicFest’s Old-Time Radio Show. Record file photo
Caught in the Act, playing here in early October 2021 at a fundraiser in Central Saanich for the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, will once again help raise funds for the food bank, along with CURL and Twelve O’Clock Rock, at Rockin’ the Wharf, Saturday, June 11 in Sidney’s Beacon Park. (Clive Scott/Submitted)

Trio of Saanich Peninsula bands hope to rock away hunger in Sidney

Rockin’ the Wharf June 11 is a fundraiser for Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank

Caught in the Act, playing here in early October 2021 at a fundraiser in Central Saanich for the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, will once again help raise funds for the food bank, along with CURL and Twelve O’Clock Rock, at Rockin’ the Wharf, Saturday, June 11 in Sidney’s Beacon Park. (Clive Scott/Submitted)
The 2022 PNE Fair, billed as “British Columbia’s longest running and largest ticketed event,” will run from Aug. 20 to Sept. 5 at the fair site in East Vancouver. (File photo)

PNE Fair to return with daily capacity limits and paid-ticket concerts, starting Aug. 20

The B-52s ‘Farewell Tour,’ Blue Rodeo and Barenaked Ladies among concert highlights for 2022

The 2022 PNE Fair, billed as “British Columbia’s longest running and largest ticketed event,” will run from Aug. 20 to Sept. 5 at the fair site in East Vancouver. (File photo)
Dan Parker and his group Bandeira Parker, as seen at the Hub City Bounce Back event in March, will perform at Nanaimo Without Borders concert on May 21 at the Pacific Gardens Cohousing Community in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)

Benefit concert to help LGBTQ refugees fleeing persecution to be held in Nanaimo

‘Nanaimo Without Borders’ takes place May 21 at Pacific Gardens Cohousing Community

Dan Parker and his group Bandeira Parker, as seen at the Hub City Bounce Back event in March, will perform at Nanaimo Without Borders concert on May 21 at the Pacific Gardens Cohousing Community in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)
Jane Lytvynenko’s family outside their rental property in Nanaimo’s University District. From left: Luka Lytvynenko, Oksana Lytvynenko, Yevheniia Koval, Tetiana Malashta, Victoria Breznytska (her children, Sofia and Arsen), Jane Lytvynenko and her son, David. Not pictured is Volodymyr Malashta, Tetiana Malashta’s husband. In partnership with the OV Arts Centre, Youth 20/20 Can will hold a benefit concert to help support the family on Saturday, May 7. (Mandy Moraes/Nanaimo Bulletin)

Benefit concert will help recently immigrated Ukraine family in Nanaimo

‘Stand With Ukraine’ show to be held Saturday, May 7, at the OV Arts Centre

Jane Lytvynenko’s family outside their rental property in Nanaimo’s University District. From left: Luka Lytvynenko, Oksana Lytvynenko, Yevheniia Koval, Tetiana Malashta, Victoria Breznytska (her children, Sofia and Arsen), Jane Lytvynenko and her son, David. Not pictured is Volodymyr Malashta, Tetiana Malashta’s husband. In partnership with the OV Arts Centre, Youth 20/20 Can will hold a benefit concert to help support the family on Saturday, May 7. (Mandy Moraes/Nanaimo Bulletin)
Canadian band Our Lady Peace will tour to B.C. cities this spring. (Submitted photo)

Holograms help power Our Lady Peace tour that includes Vancouver concert this spring

Alt-rock band touts ‘intersection of music and technology’ in partnership with ARHT Media

Canadian band Our Lady Peace will tour to B.C. cities this spring. (Submitted photo)
Tim McGraw sings “Something Like That” in a video posted to Youtube.com. The American artist is booked to perform during the 2022 Rockin River Fest in Merritt, B.C.

Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker headline summer’s Rockin River Fest in flood-hit Merritt

‘Now more than ever, we need things to be excited about,’ city’s mayor says

Tim McGraw sings “Something Like That” in a video posted to Youtube.com. The American artist is booked to perform during the 2022 Rockin River Fest in Merritt, B.C.
Gerald Harris, director of Friends of Bowker Creek Society, does the honours and plants the year’s first batch of chum salmon eggs in a designated area in the creek on Jan. 22. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Significance of Bowker Creek Watershed featured in classical concert in Victoria

Emily Carr quartet’s Earth Songs series continues March 11 at Christ Church Cathedral

Gerald Harris, director of Friends of Bowker Creek Society, does the honours and plants the year’s first batch of chum salmon eggs in a designated area in the creek on Jan. 22. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)