Live music

Frequent buskers Johnny Bomblast, left, and Dave Harris perform in front of Munro’s Books on Government Street. The roommates recently completed a new album of original material entitled Clouds. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

VIDEO: Not even a pandemic can keep a good Vancouver Island street musician down

‘One Man Band’ Dave Harris and Johnny Bomblast team up to record pandemic-inspired album

 

The late Hermann Nieweler, centre, founder of Hermann’s Jazz Club, poses with the Tom Vickery Trio on stage at the club (from left, Vickery at piano, Josh Dixon, Sean Drabbitt). Vickery and his current trio headline a March 31 show that is a fundraiser for the B.C./Yukon Kidney Foundation. Nieweler was a kidney transplant recipient in 2010. (Courtesy Hermann’s Jazz Club)

Kidney Month show at Hermann’s honours memory of Victoria jazz club owner

Tom Vickery Trio headlining fundraiser being livestreamed online March 31

 

Vancouver’s Blonde Diamond is one of dozens of B.C. bands who received a SoundON grant during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Lauren Zbarsky photo)

$500,000 more funds available to struggling B.C. musicians amid COVID pandemic

Successful applicants will receive $5,000 SoundOn grants in as early as a month

 

Singer Ken Lavigne will perform by live-stream from Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River on Feb. 7, starting at 7:30, playing romantic ballads and love songs. (Ken Lavigne/Submitted)

Get into the mood for Valentine’s Day with Vancouver Island’s Ken Lavigne

Singer will perform romantic ballads and love songs by livestream from Campbell River on Feb. 7

Singer Ken Lavigne will perform by live-stream from Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River on Feb. 7, starting at 7:30, playing romantic ballads and love songs. (Ken Lavigne/Submitted)
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’90s rock band resurfaces with songs never properly recorded or released

Underwater Sunshine’s online reunion involves four guys who lost contact for years

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Drummer Kelby MacNayr and friends play a Nov. 11 show at Hermann’s Jazz Club, part of its Community Nights series of free concerts. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Musical connections feed the soul at Victoria venue

Hermann’s does its part to put performers in front of live audiences, with free community concerts

Drummer Kelby MacNayr and friends play a Nov. 11 show at Hermann’s Jazz Club, part of its Community Nights series of free concerts. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Jen Hodge conducts an online concert during the pandemic after returning to B.C. from New York City. Photo courtesy Claudia Nobauer

Canada Recovery Benefit won’t replace the magic of live performance, musicians say

Cash will help, but its the audience connection that most performers miss — and crave

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Jen Hodge conducts an online concert during the pandemic after returning to B.C. from New York City. Photo courtesy Claudia Nobauer
Music promoter and businessman Doug Pickard visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studios. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat Podcast: A chat with music promoter and business owner Doug Pickard

LISTEN: Talk includes COVID-19, future of live performances and more

Music promoter and businessman Doug Pickard visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studios. (Peter McCully photo)
Musicians Teva McHillis (left) and Anela Kahiamoe (full-time musician and regular at Roy’s Towne Pub) play some tunes. The pub wants to get small-scale performances going again. Photo supplied

Island pub wants people to ‘drop five’ to keep music alive

Royston’s Charlie Aiken thinks his plan can help artists and venues alike

Musicians Teva McHillis (left) and Anela Kahiamoe (full-time musician and regular at Roy’s Towne Pub) play some tunes. The pub wants to get small-scale performances going again. Photo supplied
Shelley Vaags, a Langford woman, has been entertaining dozens of viewers on her daily sing-along livestreams. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Langford bartender hosts singalong livestream for seniors

Live Senior Singalong takes place daily at 1 p.m. on Facebook

Shelley Vaags, a Langford woman, has been entertaining dozens of viewers on her daily sing-along livestreams. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Tune in for the Wish You Were Beer! Virtual Happy Hour concert series and you can have your very own house concert, featuring some of the Comox Valley’s best musicians. Luke Blu Guthrie (pictured) played May 2 at Brewing Company. Photo by Terry Farrell

Comox Valley craft breweries hosting a series of live-stream concerts

Wish You Were Beer Comox Valley Craft Brewery Virtual Happy Hour underway

Tune in for the Wish You Were Beer! Virtual Happy Hour concert series and you can have your very own house concert, featuring some of the Comox Valley’s best musicians. Luke Blu Guthrie (pictured) played May 2 at Brewing Company. Photo by Terry Farrell
Shambhala Music Festival has been postponed to 2021. File photo

Shambhala Music Festival postponed to 2021

The popular electronic music event near Nelson announced the news Tuesday

Shambhala Music Festival has been postponed to 2021. File photo
A performance during Tiny Lights Music Festival in the small Kootenay community of Ymir is seen here in 2017. The annual music festival has been postponed to 2021. Photo: Tyler Harper

Will the show go on? B.C. music festivals consider options over coronavirus

Summer events are running out of time to stay on schedule

A performance during Tiny Lights Music Festival in the small Kootenay community of Ymir is seen here in 2017. The annual music festival has been postponed to 2021. Photo: Tyler Harper
Victoria-based singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing has replaced his cancelled Oak Bay concert with a live-stream solo show from the Duncan Showroom this Wednesday night (March 18). Photo by Jen Squires

Victoria musician takes to the web to replace cancelled Oak Bay concert

Fans will be able to hear a live CD launch performance on Facebook the evening of March 21

Victoria-based singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing has replaced his cancelled Oak Bay concert with a live-stream solo show from the Duncan Showroom this Wednesday night (March 18). Photo by Jen Squires
Award-winning guitarist and singer/songwriter Stephen Fearing leads an all-star group of performers at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre in Oak Bay High for a March 21 show. Photo by Jen Squires

Grateful Victorian Stephen Fearing bringing musical treat home

Award-winning musical storyteller joined by notable local artists for March 21 CD release show

Award-winning guitarist and singer/songwriter Stephen Fearing leads an all-star group of performers at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre in Oak Bay High for a March 21 show. Photo by Jen Squires
A young woman’s dream of travelling to and finding romance in Paris comes true in Paris! The Show, playing at the Royal Theatre on March 17. Photo courtesy paris-lespectacle.com

The City of Light beckons in new musical stage show at Royal Theatre

Paris! The Show brings the music of Piaf and Aznavour to the Royal Theatre stage on March 17

A young woman’s dream of travelling to and finding romance in Paris comes true in Paris! The Show, playing at the Royal Theatre on March 17. Photo courtesy paris-lespectacle.com
Maesto Christian Kluxen and the Victoria Symphony celebrate the symphonic works of the great Ludwig von Beethoven during the Beethoven 250 series of concerts throughout March at the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine

Beethoven 250: Victoria getting ready to celebrate

Victoria Symphony to play all nine of the composer’s symphonies during March birthday celebrations

Maesto Christian Kluxen and the Victoria Symphony celebrate the symphonic works of the great Ludwig von Beethoven during the Beethoven 250 series of concerts throughout March at the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine
Get ready to hear a Mighty roar in Victoria

Get ready to hear a Mighty roar in Victoria

Polaris Prize-winning rapper and hip hop artist Haviah Mighty plays the Capital Ballroom March 1

Get ready to hear a Mighty roar in Victoria
Bachman/Cummings show part of a rockin’ summer in Victoria

Bachman/Cummings show part of a rockin’ summer in Victoria

Fans of classic rock can experience reunion concert July 6 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Bachman/Cummings show part of a rockin’ summer in Victoria
Legendary Canadian songwriter and performer Gordon Lightfoot brings his music to the Island in October, with shows at the Royal Theatre in Victoria and Port Theatre in Nanaimo. gordonlightfoot.com

Gordon Lightfoot still on the road at 81

Tickets for Island shows in Victoria and Nanaimo, selling well already

Legendary Canadian songwriter and performer Gordon Lightfoot brings his music to the Island in October, with shows at the Royal Theatre in Victoria and Port Theatre in Nanaimo. gordonlightfoot.com