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Opera tenor Isaiah Bell. Lia Crowe photography

In Studio with tenor Isaiah Bell

Solo opera comes to British Columbia

  • Jan 22, 2021

 

Dr. John Hooper is the new conductor of Island Voices. Photo supplied

Island Voices welcomes new conductor

Dr. John Hooper to lead mid-Island based choir

 

FILE - In this March 19, 2007 file photo, music producer Phil Spector and his attorney, Roger Rosen, right, leave Los Angeles Superior Court for a break during the start of jury selection in Spectors’ murder trial. Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who was later convicted of murder, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at age 81. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Phil Spector, famed music producer and murderer, dies at 81

Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003

 

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”. The natural photo art for the album includes Vancouver Island mountains, rivers and beaches. Scenes from the Cowichan River, Witchcraft Lake, Pipers Lagoon, Wall Beach and other popular Island recreation destinations accentuate the album. (RICHIErichieRichie Music Publishing photo)

Serenity Now! Richie Valley debuts third LP dubbed Apollonian

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”. The natural photo art for the album includes Vancouver Island mountains, rivers and beaches. Scenes from the Cowichan River, Witchcraft Lake, Pipers Lagoon, Wall Beach and other popular Island recreation destinations accentuate the album. (RICHIErichieRichie Music Publishing photo)
Lantzville fiddler Quin Etheridge-Pedden has been nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year for his album ‘Out of the Blue.’ (Photo courtesy Kelli Etheridge)

Vancouver Island fiddler nominated for Canadian Folk Music Award

Quin Etheridge-Pedden up for Young Performer of the Year for album ‘Out of the Blue’

Lantzville fiddler Quin Etheridge-Pedden has been nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year for his album ‘Out of the Blue.’ (Photo courtesy Kelli Etheridge)
Nanaimo’s Fiddelium fiddle ensemble won first prize in the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge Junior Instrumental category. (Photo courtesy Cross Canada Fiddle)

Nanaimo’s Fiddelium fiddle ensemble wins CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge

Group finished first in Junior Instrumental category, wins $3k in new instruments

Nanaimo’s Fiddelium fiddle ensemble won first prize in the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge Junior Instrumental category. (Photo courtesy Cross Canada Fiddle)
Sooke musician Katrica Kadoski is releasing After the Shipwreck, an album in honour of her former partner who tragically died from a sudden heart attack in 2018. (Cathryn E. Tremain photo)

Island musician releases album for former partner who tragically died from heart attack

“This album has been Buckley’s cough syrup for my soul,” says singer-songwriter

Sooke musician Katrica Kadoski is releasing After the Shipwreck, an album in honour of her former partner who tragically died from a sudden heart attack in 2018. (Cathryn E. Tremain photo)
Even Santa needs a mask these days. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Campbell River musician pens a song he hopes won’t live forever

Rick Benn saw Christmas creeping up and knew he had to say something….

Even Santa needs a mask these days. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
Nico Rhodes, Lucas Smart, James McRae and Kosma Busheikin (from left) recorded their set for the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival’s online video series at the Harbour City Theatre this week. (Photo courtesy François Savard)

Nanaimo International Jazz Festival goes online with help of Canadian Heritage grant

Video concert series from Harbour City Theatre to be unveiled in February

Nico Rhodes, Lucas Smart, James McRae and Kosma Busheikin (from left) recorded their set for the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival’s online video series at the Harbour City Theatre this week. (Photo courtesy François Savard)
To thank the community for supporting them through a difficult year, the Canadian College of Performing Arts released a holiday music video Dec. 17. (Screenshot)

Victoria performing arts college releases holiday music video

Canadian College of Performing Arts takes theatre online amid pandemic

To thank the community for supporting them through a difficult year, the Canadian College of Performing Arts released a holiday music video Dec. 17. (Screenshot)
In a whirlwind of a year, Sarah Shaw and her husband met, married, moved to Victoria and bought a sailboat that they plan to move onto in April. (Courtesy of Sarah Shaw)

Silver linings: Vancouver Islanders share their positive pandemic experiences

Health risks, social isolation and economic impact real, but some people have found a bright side

In a whirlwind of a year, Sarah Shaw and her husband met, married, moved to Victoria and bought a sailboat that they plan to move onto in April. (Courtesy of Sarah Shaw)
Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular alumni joined producer and director Katy Bowen-Roberts (bottom row, centre) in a video performance of the Christmas carol ‘O Holy Night.’ (YouTube screenshot)

Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular alumni present video recital of ‘O Holy Night’

14th edition of annual Christmas production postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19

Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular alumni joined producer and director Katy Bowen-Roberts (bottom row, centre) in a video performance of the Christmas carol ‘O Holy Night.’ (YouTube screenshot)
A live performance from KISS is available to live stream for fans through the Abbotsford Centre.

KISS-ing 2020 away with the Abbotsford Centre

New Year’s Eve stream from hall of fame rockers offered by Abbotsford Centre

A live performance from KISS is available to live stream for fans through the Abbotsford Centre.
Michael MacKinnon, Shanté van Horlick, Elizabeth Herman, Wendy Alexander, Elise Boulanger and Andrea Rodall (clockwise from left) are among the singers performing in Opera Nanaimo’s Front Row Favourites concert. (Photos courtesy Daniel Holmes/Pier-Alexandre Gagné/Jodie Gallant/submitted)

Opera Nanaimo presents pay-per-view concert from the Port Theatre

‘Front Row Favourites’ includes classical pieces, songs from operas and musicals

Michael MacKinnon, Shanté van Horlick, Elizabeth Herman, Wendy Alexander, Elise Boulanger and Andrea Rodall (clockwise from left) are among the singers performing in Opera Nanaimo’s Front Row Favourites concert. (Photos courtesy Daniel Holmes/Pier-Alexandre Gagné/Jodie Gallant/submitted)
Emma Garriott is releasing her second album titled ‘Sad White Girl Angst.’ (Emma Garriott / Facebook photo)

North Island musician releases second album titled ‘Sad White Girl Angst’

“When you hear it, I want you to feel like your best friend in the whole world is sitting beside you’

Emma Garriott is releasing her second album titled ‘Sad White Girl Angst.’ (Emma Garriott / Facebook photo)
Last week singer Narissa Young, pianist Scott Arkell and the rest of her band released the jazz standards album ‘Fever.’ (Photo courtesy Dirk Heydemann)

Nanaimo jazz singer releases first album in nine years

Narissa Young’s latest CD ‘Fever’ features renditions of jazz favourites

Last week singer Narissa Young, pianist Scott Arkell and the rest of her band released the jazz standards album ‘Fever.’ (Photo courtesy Dirk Heydemann)
Malakai sings James Taylor’s “Steamroller Blues” in a performance at the Duncan Showroom that caught the attention of the legendary songwriter himself. (Screenshot)

Cowichan singer Malakai catches the eyes and ears of James Taylor

Legendary singer-songwriter posts two videos of 11-year-old performer to Instagram

Malakai sings James Taylor’s “Steamroller Blues” in a performance at the Duncan Showroom that caught the attention of the legendary songwriter himself. (Screenshot)
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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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Local poet and VIU professor Sonnet L’Abbé wrote and performed a song as part of the city’s Reimagine Nanaimo campaign. (Photo courtesy City of Nanaimo/Port Theatre)

Poet pens song as part of city’s Reimagine Nanaimo campaign

Sonnet L’Abbé encourages a friend to move to the city in ‘Nazaneen: A Song for Nanaimo’

Local poet and VIU professor Sonnet L’Abbé wrote and performed a song as part of the city’s Reimagine Nanaimo campaign. (Photo courtesy City of Nanaimo/Port Theatre)
Several Juno award statues sit in the photo room before the awards show, in Ottawa, Sunday, April 2, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Juno Awards move Toronto show date to May 16, 2021 amid COVID-19 pandemic

Whether any of the Juno events can be held indoors is yet to be determined

Several Juno award statues sit in the photo room before the awards show, in Ottawa, Sunday, April 2, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick