Music

Evy Miller and Leah Paquett practice with the Harmony Project Sooke string class. The pair were the among the first students in the program. (Contributed – Harmony Project Sooke)

Harmony Project Sooke a boost for young musicians

Program offers unique music offering

  • Oct 17, 2022
Evy Miller and Leah Paquett practice with the Harmony Project Sooke string class. The pair were the among the first students in the program. (Contributed – Harmony Project Sooke)
A shot from Canadian rapper bbno$’s latest music video “top gun” taken at the Westshore Motorsports Park. (Screenshot)

bbno$’s latest music video filmed all over Greater Victoria

The Vancouver-born rapper has billions of streams on TikTok and Spotify

A shot from Canadian rapper bbno$’s latest music video “top gun” taken at the Westshore Motorsports Park. (Screenshot)
A musical artist from Nanaimo releases his first single and music video ‘Upside Down’ early October. (Aron Shane Photography)

Nanaimo alternative rock musician returns from 8-year hiatus with new single and video

Adam Ashten’s ‘Upside Down’ releases on all streaming platforms Oct. 7

A musical artist from Nanaimo releases his first single and music video ‘Upside Down’ early October. (Aron Shane Photography)
Coolio performs on day three of Riot Fest on Sept. 18, 2022, at Douglass Park in Chicago. Coolio, the rapper who was among hip-hop’s biggest names of the 1990s, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, at age 59, his manager said. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)

‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper Coolio dies at age 59, says manager

Artist won a Grammy for best solo rap performance in 1995

Coolio performs on day three of Riot Fest on Sept. 18, 2022, at Douglass Park in Chicago. Coolio, the rapper who was among hip-hop’s biggest names of the 1990s, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, at age 59, his manager said. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)
The Georgina Falt Memorial Trophy and a photo of Georgina, whom the tournament is named after. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Having fun and raising money the bottom line of music trivia tournament

Alzheimer’s fundraiser a No. 1 hit with supporters from around the Island

The Georgina Falt Memorial Trophy and a photo of Georgina, whom the tournament is named after. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Vince Ditrich. (Submitted photo)

PODCAST: A chat with longtime Spirit of the West drummer turned author Vince Ditrich

TODAY IN B.C.: Second book ‘The Vicar’s Knickers’ released in the Tony Vicar trilogy

Vince Ditrich. (Submitted photo)
Colin James plays at Nanaimos Port Theatre Sept. 27. (J. OMeara Photo)

Colin James takes ‘Open Road’ toward Vancouver Island

Musician to performs songs from Juno Award-winning new album in Nanaimo and Victoria

Colin James plays at Nanaimos Port Theatre Sept. 27. (J. OMeara Photo)
Miranda Currie, seen in an undated handout photo, is a writer, musician, filmmaker and educator who lives in Yellowknife, and is Mushkegowuk and a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Miranda Currie

Yellowknife musician wants to ‘change that Indigenous narrative in Canada’

Miranda Currie wants Indigenous kids to feel represented and valued in music, films and books

Miranda Currie, seen in an undated handout photo, is a writer, musician, filmmaker and educator who lives in Yellowknife, and is Mushkegowuk and a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Miranda Currie
Irish-born Comox Valley singer/songwriter David Somers has a new CD. Photo supplied

Courtenay singer/songwriter David Somers releases new album

This is retirement: Celtic Cargo Cult stalwart releases 13-song collection

Irish-born Comox Valley singer/songwriter David Somers has a new CD. Photo supplied
The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra Choir is looking for new voices. (Contributed - Stewart Jack)

Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra Choir seeks new music-makers

Choir rehearsing for two performances this season

The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra Choir is looking for new voices. (Contributed - Stewart Jack)
Serena Ryder is excited to be able to present her music in an outdoor setting for a Greater Victoria audience. She'll play Butchart Gardens on July 25, one of three special event concerts the tourist attraction has planned for this summer. Photo by Kayla Rocca

Serena Ryder brings The Art of Falling Apart to Vancouver Island

Seven-time JUNO Award-winner schedules 5 September dates on the Island

  • Sep 7, 2022
Serena Ryder is excited to be able to present her music in an outdoor setting for a Greater Victoria audience. She'll play Butchart Gardens on July 25, one of three special event concerts the tourist attraction has planned for this summer. Photo by Kayla Rocca
The City of Victoria is hosting the first-ever Victoria Music Symposium in partnership with Rifflandia this fall. (File photo courtesy of Rifflandia)

Victoria hosting first-ever music symposium

The three-day event aims to help local professional artists further their careers

The City of Victoria is hosting the first-ever Victoria Music Symposium in partnership with Rifflandia this fall. (File photo courtesy of Rifflandia)
Members of South Korean K-pop band BTS, V, SUGA, JIN, Jung Kook, RM, Jimin, and j-hope from left to right, pose for photographers ahead of a press conference to introduce their new single “Butter” in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 21, 2021. South Korea may conduct a public survey to help determine whether to grant exemptions of the mandatory military service to members of the K-pop superstar boyband BTS, officials said Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

South Korea may conduct survey on BTS members’ military duty

Band’s oldest member, Jin, faces enlistment in December, when he turns 30

Members of South Korean K-pop band BTS, V, SUGA, JIN, Jung Kook, RM, Jimin, and j-hope from left to right, pose for photographers ahead of a press conference to introduce their new single “Butter” in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 21, 2021. South Korea may conduct a public survey to help determine whether to grant exemptions of the mandatory military service to members of the K-pop superstar boyband BTS, officials said Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
Members of Choral Evolution began fall rehearsals on Sept. 7 in Sooke. (Contributed - Choral Evolution)

Choral Evolution launche season with new director, accompanist

Bruce Ruddell leaves choir to pursue other musical opportunities

Members of Choral Evolution began fall rehearsals on Sept. 7 in Sooke. (Contributed - Choral Evolution)
Cowichan Valley rapper Switch. (Citizen file photo)

New song has Cowichan rapper Switch focused on ‘Memories’

Cowichan Valley rapper Switch has written a song about coping with the…

Cowichan Valley rapper Switch. (Citizen file photo)
Residents at Legion Manor Retirement Living in Saanichton spent the pandemic learning to play the ukulele and held their first concert on Aug. 2. (Courtesy of Paula Hosking)

‘It’s just lovely’: Saanichton seniors take up the ukulele

Legion Manor Retirement Living residents held their first concert Aug. 2

Residents at Legion Manor Retirement Living in Saanichton spent the pandemic learning to play the ukulele and held their first concert on Aug. 2. (Courtesy of Paula Hosking)
Musician Jesse Thomas Brown performs on Oak Bay’s sixth painted piano, in Estevan Village on a recent Friday afternoon. Community members of all ages decorated the instrument by collaging mandalas they painted. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

VIDEO: Musician brings sixth Oak Bay piano to life in Estevan Village

Musician unites community with pop hits in instrument’s inaugural public act

Musician Jesse Thomas Brown performs on Oak Bay’s sixth painted piano, in Estevan Village on a recent Friday afternoon. Community members of all ages decorated the instrument by collaging mandalas they painted. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Arts and Music in the Gardens takes over the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific in Saanich on Aug. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Courtesy of Horticulture Centre of the Pacific)

Arts and Music in the Gardens returning to HCP in Saanich

Horticulture centre hosting family-friendly festival for a 26th year, Aug. 6 and 7

Arts and Music in the Gardens takes over the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific in Saanich on Aug. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Courtesy of Horticulture Centre of the Pacific)
Freeze Frame, from left, Steve Moyer, Paul McLellan, Lisa McLellan and Steve Hansen perform at a Saanich Music in the Park event in 2019. The band performs this Thursday (July 21) at Willows Park. (Courtesy of Lisa McLellan)

Greater Victoria band checkers Willows stage with timeless hits July 21

Freeze Frame, on stage July 21, fuses friendship with a love for ’80s music

Freeze Frame, from left, Steve Moyer, Paul McLellan, Lisa McLellan and Steve Hansen perform at a Saanich Music in the Park event in 2019. The band performs this Thursday (July 21) at Willows Park. (Courtesy of Lisa McLellan)
Langley guitarist and producer Mitch Merrett, on the right with his band Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion, recently had a guitar missing for 15 years, a gift from his parents, recovered. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)

B.C. country musician recovers guitar stolen in Surrey 15 years ago

The Telecaster was a gift from his parents when he was starting out

Langley guitarist and producer Mitch Merrett, on the right with his band Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion, recently had a guitar missing for 15 years, a gift from his parents, recovered. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)