Music

Lead string teacher Maria Wang is collaborating with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra to provide opportunities for students in the HPS program to learn from and perform with adult musicians, as well as for those who attend the SPO’s chamber music workshops. (Contributed - Harmony Project Sooke)

Harmony Project Sooke tunes in awards

Local youth musical group shines at Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival

Lead string teacher Maria Wang is collaborating with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra to provide opportunities for students in the HPS program to learn from and perform with adult musicians, as well as for those who attend the SPO’s chamber music workshops. (Contributed - Harmony Project Sooke)
JESSIA reacts after winning the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year presented by the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and singer-songwriter Donovan Woods at the 51st annual JUNO Awards in Toronto on May 15. (CARAS/The JUNO Awards photo)

B.C. TikTok sensation JESSIA is Canada’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Homegrown Ucluelet singer-songwriter’s wins her first Juno, celebrates with European tour

JESSIA reacts after winning the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year presented by the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and singer-songwriter Donovan Woods at the 51st annual JUNO Awards in Toronto on May 15. (CARAS/The JUNO Awards photo)
Nanaimo musician Carl Longstaff, as seen in his ‘Standing All Alone’ music video, will star in a documentary about his lifelong struggle with addiction and his road to recovery. (Photo by Nathan Reimer, Reimereason Productions)

Documentary examines Nanaimo musician’s struggle with addiction and road to recovery

Sidney videographer’s ‘Inside Out: The Carl Longstaff Story’ plays at Malaspina Theatre on May 28

Nanaimo musician Carl Longstaff, as seen in his ‘Standing All Alone’ music video, will star in a documentary about his lifelong struggle with addiction and his road to recovery. (Photo by Nathan Reimer, Reimereason Productions)
Taylor Swift speaks during a graduation ceremony for New York University at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Music superstar Taylor Swift gets honorary degree from New York University

‘I never got to have a normal college experience per se’

Taylor Swift speaks during a graduation ceremony for New York University at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Colin James is a member of the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. (Submitted photo)

PODCAST: Colin James – Canada’s musical road warrior

TODAY IN B.C.: ‘Open Road’ is his current Juno Award-winning album

Colin James is a member of the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. (Submitted photo)
Victoria-born and based singer-song writer Leeroy Stagger says he sees the area through a new lens. (Piper Ferguson/Submitted)

Sidney to hear environmental messages from singer-songwriter Leeroy Stagger

Fatherhood, sobriety has given Stagger a new lens on Greater Victoria

Victoria-born and based singer-song writer Leeroy Stagger says he sees the area through a new lens. (Piper Ferguson/Submitted)
Pharis and Jason Romero filmed their latest video with Rick Magnell in the historic 153 Mile Store. (Rick Magnell video capture)

VIDEO: Juno-award winning folk duo showcase B.C. history in new song

Video filmed in historic 153 Mile Store was the ‘perfect place’

Pharis and Jason Romero filmed their latest video with Rick Magnell in the historic 153 Mile Store. (Rick Magnell video capture)
Frontman of the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, leads the band through a concert in Vancouver, on July 24, 2016. The band’s May 3, 1991 live performance at Hollywood’s storied Roxy Theatre will be released as a stand-alone album on June 24, after being remastered for the Hip’s 30th anniversary “Road Apples” box set last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Tragically Hip releases stand-alone live album from Hollywood’s Roxy Theatre

It’s very much us, I think, at one of our primes’

Frontman of the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, leads the band through a concert in Vancouver, on July 24, 2016. The band’s May 3, 1991 live performance at Hollywood’s storied Roxy Theatre will be released as a stand-alone album on June 24, after being remastered for the Hip’s 30th anniversary “Road Apples” box set last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Nanaimo comedian Peter Hudson on stage at the Globe Hotel promoting his ‘5-10 Bro’ character’s parody album. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo comedian’s ‘5-10 Bro’ character putting out parody album

Peter Hudson skewers Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Justin Bieber, among others

Nanaimo comedian Peter Hudson on stage at the Globe Hotel promoting his ‘5-10 Bro’ character’s parody album. (Photo submitted)
Whipped Cream, a DJ from Nanaimo, released her new single Child last week. (Brandon Densley/Dnz.media photo)

Vancouver Island’s Whipped Cream drops new single ‘Child’

Competitive figure skater-turned-DJ skates to her own song in music video

Whipped Cream, a DJ from Nanaimo, released her new single Child last week. (Brandon Densley/Dnz.media photo)
Naomi Judd, left, and Wynonna Judd, of The Judds, perform at the “Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country,” in Las Vegas, April 4, 2011. Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born matriarch of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, has died, her family announced Saturday, April 30, 2022. She was 76. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

The Judds, Ray Charles join the Country Music Hall of Fame

Ceremony just a day after Naomi Judd died unexpectedly

Naomi Judd, left, and Wynonna Judd, of The Judds, perform at the “Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country,” in Las Vegas, April 4, 2011. Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born matriarch of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, has died, her family announced Saturday, April 30, 2022. She was 76. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
Clare Twiddy, left, and Kaylar Chan form the Vancouver-based rage-funk band Raincity. They’re coming to Port Alberni’s Rainbow Room for a show on April 30, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY RAINCITY)

Raincity launching 5-date tour funkifying Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island tour a homecoming for Parksville singer

Clare Twiddy, left, and Kaylar Chan form the Vancouver-based rage-funk band Raincity. They’re coming to Port Alberni’s Rainbow Room for a show on April 30, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY RAINCITY)
The Run Wild, Avery Cardinal (left) and Tyson Geick, released their first single, “Don’t Need It” on major digital download platforms. Photo supplied

New Vancouver Island country band’s first release taking off online

The Run Wild emerge from pandemic-fueled musical quiet

The Run Wild, Avery Cardinal (left) and Tyson Geick, released their first single, “Don’t Need It” on major digital download platforms. Photo supplied
Whipped Cream, a DJ from Nanaimo, will be performing at Coachella music festival in Indio, Calif., on April 16 and April 23. (Brandon Densley/Dnz.media photo)

Vancouver Island DJ Whipped Cream’s dream jumps off her board with Coachella gig

DJ to play the same days as Billie Eilish and Megan Thee Stallion

Whipped Cream, a DJ from Nanaimo, will be performing at Coachella music festival in Indio, Calif., on April 16 and April 23. (Brandon Densley/Dnz.media photo)
Jack Tieleman, left, and Dave Read, Nanaimo Record Show founders, find a pressing of Kiss Me Then by 1980s Calgary-based garage punk band Color Me Psycho, that was remastered from a surviving cassette by Nanaimo-based Lance Rock Records. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

All sales vinyl at Nanaimo Record Show

Show happens Saturday, April 16, at Bowen Park auditorium

Jack Tieleman, left, and Dave Read, Nanaimo Record Show founders, find a pressing of Kiss Me Then by 1980s Calgary-based garage punk band Color Me Psycho, that was remastered from a surviving cassette by Nanaimo-based Lance Rock Records. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Rock band Dear Rouge performs at Surrey’s Party for the Planet festival in 2014, in celebration of Earth Day. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C.’s new ARC program aims to give musicians the tools to build sustainable careers

Applications from B.C.-based musicians now welcomed, with 15 to be picked for program’s first round

Rock band Dear Rouge performs at Surrey’s Party for the Planet festival in 2014, in celebration of Earth Day. (Black Press Media file photo)
John and Shari Barker, Nanaimo Concert Band president and historian, respectively, and their bandmates are gearing up for a 150th-anniversary concert at the Port Theatre on April 10. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Concert Band planning a musical 150th anniversary

Concert to be held at Port Theatre on Sunday, April 10

John and Shari Barker, Nanaimo Concert Band president and historian, respectively, and their bandmates are gearing up for a 150th-anniversary concert at the Port Theatre on April 10. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Former teen idols from the ’50s and ’60s Frankie Avalon, left, Fabian, centre, and Bobby Rydell, right, show off their foot prints in plaster casts Friday, July 3, 1998, on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. Rydell, a pompadoured heartthrob of early rock ‘n roll who was a star of radio, television and the movie musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” died Tuesday, April 5, 2022. He was 79. Along with James Darren, Fabian and Frankie Avalon, Rydell was among a wave of wholesome teen idols who emerged after Elvis Presley and before the rise of the Beatles. (AP Photo/B. Vartan Boyajian, File)

Bobby Rydell, 1960s teen idol and ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ star, dies at age 79

Between 1959 and 1964, he had nearly three-dozen Top 40 singles

Former teen idols from the ’50s and ’60s Frankie Avalon, left, Fabian, centre, and Bobby Rydell, right, show off their foot prints in plaster casts Friday, July 3, 1998, on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. Rydell, a pompadoured heartthrob of early rock ‘n roll who was a star of radio, television and the movie musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” died Tuesday, April 5, 2022. He was 79. Along with James Darren, Fabian and Frankie Avalon, Rydell was among a wave of wholesome teen idols who emerged after Elvis Presley and before the rise of the Beatles. (AP Photo/B. Vartan Boyajian, File)
Via Choralis, here with most of its members, will perform its first public show in more than two years on May 1 at Sidney’s St. Elizabeth’s Church on Third Street. (Photo courtesy of Nick Fairbanks)

Via Choralis community choir back on stage in Sidney for the first time in two years

St. Elizabeth’s Church will host the Saanich Peninsula community choir May 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Via Choralis, here with most of its members, will perform its first public show in more than two years on May 1 at Sidney’s St. Elizabeth’s Church on Third Street. (Photo courtesy of Nick Fairbanks)
Jon Batiste accepts the award for album of the year for “We Are” at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Jon Batiste tops Grammy Awards, winning 5 trophies

RB supergroup Silk Sonic takes home four awards

Jon Batiste accepts the award for album of the year for “We Are” at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)