Live music

Versatile Canadian blues/jazz singer Coco Love Alcorn joins the mix for the Friday night gala concert May 31 at the Mary Winspear Centre during the Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival. Photo contributed

First-time festival full of fiddling, folk talent

Sidney opens up its doors in late May for the inaugural Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival

Versatile Canadian blues/jazz singer Coco Love Alcorn joins the mix for the Friday night gala concert May 31 at the Mary Winspear Centre during the Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival. Photo contributed
Crooner classics past and present in spotlight, courtesy of Ken Lavigne

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

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

Crooner classics past and present in spotlight, courtesy of Ken Lavigne
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
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
Jon and Roy just released their new album, Here. They’ll promote the new recording with a live show April 5 at the Capital Ballroom. Photo by Sierra Lundy

Here: Jon and Roy tap into their true nature with new album

Victoria band supports new release with dance party at Capital Ballroom on April 5

  • Mar 5, 2019
Jon and Roy just released their new album, Here. They’ll promote the new recording with a live show April 5 at the Capital Ballroom. Photo by Sierra Lundy
Sweet Judy blue eyes bringing her trademark sound to Victoria

Sweet Judy blue eyes bringing her trademark sound to Victoria

Iconic folkie Judy Collins still going strong in her sixth decade of recording, touring

Sweet Judy blue eyes bringing her trademark sound to Victoria
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
Arkells take over the Save-On-Foods Memorial Complex on Feb. 3, playing material from their latest album Rally Cry and other fan favourites. The band last appeared in Victoria for the Canada 150 festivities. Photo by Matt Barnes

Arkells rallying around their fans

Canada’s biggest band (for now) looks to outdo their last show in Victoria

Arkells take over the Save-On-Foods Memorial Complex on Feb. 3, playing material from their latest album Rally Cry and other fan favourites. The band last appeared in Victoria for the Canada 150 festivities. Photo by Matt Barnes
The Trews play Victoria’s Capital Ballroom on Jan. 22, in support of their newest album, Civilianaires. Photo by Kayla Rocca

The Trews back in Victoria with a new album, new swagger

Canadian rockers take the Capital Ballroom stage on Jan. 22

  • Jan 2, 2019
The Trews play Victoria’s Capital Ballroom on Jan. 22, in support of their newest album, Civilianaires. Photo by Kayla Rocca
Juno Award-winner laying the Hammer down in Victoria

Juno Award-winner laying the Hammer down in Victoria

Jazz and boogie woogie pianist Michael Kaeshammer returns to where it all began

Juno Award-winner laying the Hammer down in Victoria
Alan Doyle, front man for Great Big Sea and more recent solo artist, returns to Victoria in 2019 for a May 7 concert, and three other dates up-Island. Facebook

Alan Doyle returns to Vancouver Island for four shows in May

Great Big Sea front man gone solo brings ‘beautiful band’ to Victoria on May 7

Alan Doyle, front man for Great Big Sea and more recent solo artist, returns to Victoria in 2019 for a May 7 concert, and three other dates up-Island. Facebook
Reinventing Jann Arden a constant for this national treasure

Reinventing Jann Arden a constant for this national treasure

Calgary-based singer/author/caregiver/actor performing six times in Island tour

Reinventing Jann Arden a constant for this national treasure
Natalie MacMaster and husband Donnell Leahy perform together with their family and other talented musicians during A Celtic Family Christmas, Nov. 23 at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall. Photo contributed

Christmas is all about family for Canada’s fiddling clan

McMaster and Leahy bring their Celtic musical traditions to Victoria, Nanaimo and Duncan

Natalie MacMaster and husband Donnell Leahy perform together with their family and other talented musicians during A Celtic Family Christmas, Nov. 23 at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall. Photo contributed
Victoria Symphony principal trumpeter Ryan Cole is featured during Marcus Goddard’s Concerto for Trumpet, during the VS performance Nov. 3 at the Royal Theatre. Courtesy Victoria Symphony

Victoria Symphony takes on Amanda Todd story in November

Orchestra’s offerings during the month range from the dramatic to the whimsical

  • Nov 2, 2018
Victoria Symphony principal trumpeter Ryan Cole is featured during Marcus Goddard’s Concerto for Trumpet, during the VS performance Nov. 3 at the Royal Theatre. Courtesy Victoria Symphony
John Mellencamp in concert.

No ordinary John: Mellencamp descends on Victoria Nov. 12

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s 2018 concert tour making second-to-last stop in Canada

  • Nov 2, 2018
John Mellencamp in concert.
Accordionist Grayson Masefield, who has won some of the world’s most prestigious competitions, is among the featured performers during the World Accordion and Tango Festival in Victoria, Nov. 10-18. Photo contributed

Accordion blends with tango in multi-faceted festival

World Accordion and Tango Festival includes the first Trophée Mondiale competition held in Canada

Accordionist Grayson Masefield, who has won some of the world’s most prestigious competitions, is among the featured performers during the World Accordion and Tango Festival in Victoria, Nov. 10-18. Photo contributed
Victoria band Carmanah hit No. 1 on the CBC Music Top 20 adult-alternative list, with their song “Nightmare.” It was the second song off their new album Speak in Rhythms to hit No. 1, following “Roots.” carmanahband.ca.

Victoria’s Carmanah bumps Arkells out of top spot with latest release

“Nightmare” the second song from new album to hit No. 1 on CBC Music Top 20 list

Victoria band Carmanah hit No. 1 on the CBC Music Top 20 adult-alternative list, with their song “Nightmare.” It was the second song off their new album Speak in Rhythms to hit No. 1, following “Roots.” carmanahband.ca.
Arkells return to Victoria for a Feb. 3 concert at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, touring in support of their new album Rally Cry. Photo by Matt Barnes

Multiple Juno Award winning Arkells bringing new tunes to Victoria in 2019

Hamilton-based rock band proved hugely popular in city during Canada 150 celebrations

Arkells return to Victoria for a Feb. 3 concert at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, touring in support of their new album Rally Cry. Photo by Matt Barnes
North Saanich-based Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards-winning singer songwriter Jessie Farrell is bringing The Gumboot Kids to town, with two shows scheduled for this Saturday at the McTavish Academy of Arts in North Saanich. Farrell stars in the hit CBC TV children’s series Jessie and The Gumboot Kids, and writes and performs the music. Photo by Anick Violette

Canada’s country music sweetheart brings The Gumboot Kids to town

Jessie Farrell to perform songs from her hit CBC TV series at McTavish Academy of Arts

North Saanich-based Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards-winning singer songwriter Jessie Farrell is bringing The Gumboot Kids to town, with two shows scheduled for this Saturday at the McTavish Academy of Arts in North Saanich. Farrell stars in the hit CBC TV children’s series Jessie and The Gumboot Kids, and writes and performs the music. Photo by Anick Violette
Ken Lavigne will be Playing Favourites on a six-date concert tour on Vancouver and Saltspring islands later this month. Courtesy kenlavigne.com

Ken Lavigne sings your favourites (and his) on Islands concert tour

Popular tenor performing seven concerts at six venues over six days

Ken Lavigne will be Playing Favourites on a six-date concert tour on Vancouver and Saltspring islands later this month. Courtesy kenlavigne.com