Live music

Pacific Opera Victoria’s next production, Flight, is based on the true story of a refugee who lived in an airport for 18 years. (Photo courtesy Pacific Opera Victoria)

Next Pacific Opera production tells a refugee’s airport tale

Flight is spicy and complex, with a scintillating score by Jonathan Dove

Pacific Opera Victoria’s next production, Flight, is based on the true story of a refugee who lived in an airport for 18 years. (Photo courtesy Pacific Opera Victoria)
Juno winner and Victoria native Ivonne Hernandez is organizing the second annual Victoria Trad Weekend, filled with workshops, a concert and family dance on Feb. 14 and 15. (Courtesy of Ivonne Hernandez)

Juno award-winning fiddler brings workshop and concert to Victoria

Two-day event brings Canada’s finest traditional artists to Victoria Feb. 14 and 15

Juno winner and Victoria native Ivonne Hernandez is organizing the second annual Victoria Trad Weekend, filled with workshops, a concert and family dance on Feb. 14 and 15. (Courtesy of Ivonne Hernandez)
Bahamas will close the 2020 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Photo provided

Island MusicFest going to Bahamas to close show

Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He’s a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie, Ont.…

  • Feb 11, 2020
Bahamas will close the 2020 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Photo provided
The rag-time genre Carolina Bluebirds are the featured artist at Highlands Coffee Music House on Feb. 8 at Caleb Pike House at 7:30 p.m. (Courtesy of Ron Gilmore)

Genre-bending band takes centre stage at Highlands Coffee Music House

The Carolina Bluebirds perform at Caleb Pike House on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

The rag-time genre Carolina Bluebirds are the featured artist at Highlands Coffee Music House on Feb. 8 at Caleb Pike House at 7:30 p.m. (Courtesy of Ron Gilmore)
Alessia Cara is on a roll, being nominated for six 2020 Juno Awards. She was named Tuesday as host of the awards ceremony, on March 15 at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. Photo by Olivia Alta

Alessia Cara to host and perform at 2020 Juno Awards

Multi-platinum Canadian singer-songwriter also up for six awards, including Artist of the Year

  • Jan 28, 2020
Alessia Cara is on a roll, being nominated for six 2020 Juno Awards. She was named Tuesday as host of the awards ceremony, on March 15 at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. Photo by Olivia Alta
Powerful Russian folk trio makes triumphant return to city

Powerful Russian folk trio makes triumphant return to city

Trio Voronezh back on Victoria stage for first time since appearing at Coupe Mondiale in 2013

  • Jan 24, 2020
Powerful Russian folk trio makes triumphant return to city
Famed jazz/pop trumpeter Herb Alpert, vocalist Lani Hall, touch down in Victoria

Famed jazz/pop trumpeter Herb Alpert, vocalist Lani Hall, touch down in Victoria

Husband/wife duo join band for April 6 show at the Royal Theatre, tickets on sale now

Famed jazz/pop trumpeter Herb Alpert, vocalist Lani Hall, touch down in Victoria
Half Moon Run, three members of which hail from Vancouver Island, land in Victoria on Jan. 14 as part of their tour promoting their new album, A Blemish in the Great Light. Facebook

Deep Island connection for indie rockers Half Moon Run

Montreal-based band brings their dreamy sound to Victoria for Jan. 14 show at the Royal

Half Moon Run, three members of which hail from Vancouver Island, land in Victoria on Jan. 14 as part of their tour promoting their new album, A Blemish in the Great Light. Facebook
Bold and brassy quintet touches down at UVic

Bold and brassy quintet touches down at UVic

Internationally recognized Canadian Brass performing with Victoria Symphony on Dec. 21

Bold and brassy quintet touches down at UVic
Talking about tubas! Annual concert attracts hundreds to Market Square

Talking about tubas! Annual concert attracts hundreds to Market Square

The 2019 edition of Tuba Christmas concert and fundraiser goes this Saturday in the square

  • Dec 13, 2019
Talking about tubas! Annual concert attracts hundreds to Market Square
The popularity of Jon and Roy is unquestionable, at home or abroad. Their 11th annual Holiday Special concert, Dec. 6 at the Royal Theatre, is already virtually sold out. Facebook

Jon and Roy’s Holiday Special always a hot ticket

Multi-act Dec. 6 concert at the Royal virtually sold out, cozy, chill vibe will prevail

  • Dec 3, 2019
The popularity of Jon and Roy is unquestionable, at home or abroad. Their 11th annual Holiday Special concert, Dec. 6 at the Royal Theatre, is already virtually sold out. Facebook
Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith, a.k.a. The Funk Hunters, bring their fifth annual Funk the Halls show to Victoria for a pair of shows Dec. 6-7 at the Capital Ballroom. Photo by Rob Campbell

Get the funky seasonal spirit with The Funk Hunters

Fifth annual Funk the Halls extravaganza plays two shows at Capital Ballroom, Dec. 6-7

  • Dec 2, 2019
Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith, a.k.a. The Funk Hunters, bring their fifth annual Funk the Halls show to Victoria for a pair of shows Dec. 6-7 at the Capital Ballroom. Photo by Rob Campbell
James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt are coming to town on April 14, 2020 (Jamestaylor.com)

James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt make their way to Victoria

The Hall of Fame members will be performing together in April 2020

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt are coming to town on April 14, 2020 (Jamestaylor.com)
Journey into the heart of Christmas with Winter Harp

Journey into the heart of Christmas with Winter Harp

Experience period Christmas music played on traditional instruments, Dec. 6 at Alix Goolden Hall

  • Nov 30, 2019
Journey into the heart of Christmas with Winter Harp
Bruce Cockburn, now 74, has played Victoria many times in his nearly 50-year career. He returns Nov. 8 to the Royal Theatre with a new album, Bone On Bone, that includes a song inspired by a connection with a former City of Victoria poet laureate. Photo by Zach Bonnell/Flickr

Musical pipeline to Victoria continues for Bruce Cockburn

Iconic Canadian singer-songwriter brings considerable catalogue, new material to Royal on Nov. 8

  • Nov 5, 2019
Bruce Cockburn, now 74, has played Victoria many times in his nearly 50-year career. He returns Nov. 8 to the Royal Theatre with a new album, Bone On Bone, that includes a song inspired by a connection with a former City of Victoria poet laureate. Photo by Zach Bonnell/Flickr
Victoria tango, accordion fans can choose from international smorgasbord

Victoria tango, accordion fans can choose from international smorgasbord

World Accordion and Tango Festival offers international music and dance flavours Nov. 7-11

Victoria tango, accordion fans can choose from international smorgasbord
Patrick Boyle and UVic jazz group gear up for final Blues for Eric fundraiser

Patrick Boyle and UVic jazz group gear up for final Blues for Eric fundraiser

UVic Jazz and Creative Music Ensemble to be featured in show at The Oaks on Nov. 2

  • Oct 28, 2019
Patrick Boyle and UVic jazz group gear up for final Blues for Eric fundraiser
Classic rock twin bill features the music of Fleetwood Mac and Rod Stewart

Classic rock twin bill features the music of Fleetwood Mac and Rod Stewart

Dreams joins Rod & the Mods for Oct. 28 tribute show at the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria

  • Oct 28, 2019
Classic rock twin bill features the music of Fleetwood Mac and Rod Stewart
Petunia and the Vipers: a musical mix that travels time

Petunia and the Vipers: a musical mix that travels time

The band with the ‘hard-to-pin-down sound’ plays the Upstairs Lounge in Oak Bay on Nov. 1

  • Oct 27, 2019
Petunia and the Vipers: a musical mix that travels time
Victoria-based six-piece band Astrocolor plays a show at Hermann’s Upstairs this Thursday (Oct. 24). Photo by Susanne Marie Photography

Astrocolor making special debut at Hermann’s Upstairs on Thursday

Victoria band performing showcase for jazzfest execs, public invited along for the ride

Victoria-based six-piece band Astrocolor plays a show at Hermann’s Upstairs this Thursday (Oct. 24). Photo by Susanne Marie Photography