Live music

Victoria Symphony conductor in residence Joey Pietraroia finds a classic album at Ditch Records. He’ll lead the orchestra in performance of The Best of Queen along with tribute musicians from Jeans ‘n Classics, April 5-7 at the Royal Theatre. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine

Victoria Symphony will rock you with the Best of Queen

Post-Bohemian Rhapsody, Pops Series concerts bring British band’s music back into spotlight

  • Mar 24, 2019
Victoria Symphony conductor in residence Joey Pietraroia finds a classic album at Ditch Records. He’ll lead the orchestra in performance of The Best of Queen along with tribute musicians from Jeans ‘n Classics, April 5-7 at the Royal Theatre. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine
Denita Asberry performs as Aretha Franklin in an upcoming tribute show March 23 at the McPherson Playhouse. bookinghouse.com

Songs of the Queen of Soul coming to Victoria

Denita Asberry stars in Aretha Franklin tribute show at the McPherson Playhouse

  • Mar 18, 2019
Denita Asberry performs as Aretha Franklin in an upcoming tribute show March 23 at the McPherson Playhouse. bookinghouse.com
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
Students perform a Bollywood dance during the 2018 One World show staged by Pearson College UWC at the McPherson Playhouse. This year’s show runs March 15 and 16. Nikola Mende/Courtesy Pearson College

All the world’s on stage with Pearson College’s One World

Students bring their homelands to Victoria with colourful musical and cultural production

  • Mar 7, 2019
Students perform a Bollywood dance during the 2018 One World show staged by Pearson College UWC at the McPherson Playhouse. This year’s show runs March 15 and 16. Nikola Mende/Courtesy Pearson College
Oak Bay High School students during a dress rehearsal for their 2019 performance of Mary Poppins. (Jesse Laufer / News Staff)

Chim Chim Cher‑ee! Mary Poppins is coming to Oak Bay High

Mary Poppins opens Friday, Feb. 22, at the Dave Dunnet theatre

Oak Bay High School students during a dress rehearsal for their 2019 performance of Mary Poppins. (Jesse Laufer / News Staff)
Master of the dobro and slide guitar, Doug Cox, comes to The Oaks Restaurant on Feb. 23 with former Sidewalk Trio bandmates, guitarist Ken Hall and bassist Rick May, in the latest concert in the Blues for Eric scholarship fundraiser series. Photo by Susan Kerr

Concerts for Eric continue to boost scholarship fund in former DJ’s name

Inspiring blues performances at The Oaks in Oak Bay featuring top-notch musicians

  • Feb 20, 2019
Master of the dobro and slide guitar, Doug Cox, comes to The Oaks Restaurant on Feb. 23 with former Sidewalk Trio bandmates, guitarist Ken Hall and bassist Rick May, in the latest concert in the Blues for Eric scholarship fundraiser series. Photo by Susan Kerr
African rhythmic and dance group Issamba headlines a fundraiser evening at the Victoria Event Centre for the Victoria-Taiama Partnership, a charitable group that helps school children and young mothers in Sierra Leone. Photo contributed

African rhythms, dance performance to help out Sierra Leone charity group

Feb. 23 show by Issamba ensemble a fundraiser for Victoria-Taiama Partnership

African rhythmic and dance group Issamba headlines a fundraiser evening at the Victoria Event Centre for the Victoria-Taiama Partnership, a charitable group that helps school children and young mothers in Sierra Leone. Photo contributed
Artistic director Nellie Quinn and co-organizer Bob de Wolff are teaming up to put together the inaugural Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival. The multi-faceted weekend event runs May 31 and June 1 in Sidney, with a range of concerts, musical workshops, a barn dance and food venues planned. Photo contributed

Excitement builds for first Victoria Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival in Sidney

First headliners announced, wide range of community friendly musical, cultural events planned

Artistic director Nellie Quinn and co-organizer Bob de Wolff are teaming up to put together the inaugural Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival. The multi-faceted weekend event runs May 31 and June 1 in Sidney, with a range of concerts, musical workshops, a barn dance and food venues planned. Photo contributed
Courtesy Joseph Blake

Sidewalk Trio reuniting at The Oaks

The next Blues for Eric scholarship benefit concert is Feb. 23

Courtesy Joseph Blake
(Submitted by Bill Jamieson)

Canadian premiere of NYC musical coming to Oak Bay United Church

Vancouver’s Debi Wong stars in Oh Death, Rock Me Asleep, Feb. 9

(Submitted by Bill Jamieson)
Violinist Marc Destrube is artistic director of the Pacific Baroque Festival, running Feb. 7-10 at Christ Church Cathedral and the Alix Goolden Hall. Photo by Jan Gates

15th Pacific Baroque Festival promises musical, historical discoveries

Victoria audiences will experience compositions they’ve never heard: artistic director

Violinist Marc Destrube is artistic director of the Pacific Baroque Festival, running Feb. 7-10 at Christ Church Cathedral and the Alix Goolden Hall. Photo by Jan Gates
Tender musical connections mark Ocie Elliott’s latest album

Tender musical connections mark Ocie Elliott’s latest album

New record contract in hand, Saltspring couple set to unveil We Fall In with Feb. 10 Upstairs show

  • Jan 31, 2019
Tender musical connections mark Ocie Elliott’s latest album
Soulful songstress Morgan James returning to Victoria

Soulful songstress Morgan James returning to Victoria

Favourite from 2018 TD Victoria JazzFest to play April 5 show at Elements Casino

Soulful songstress Morgan James returning to Victoria
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
Canadian singer/songwriter Jann Arden, who has many other creative skills to her credit, brings her music and her thoughts on life to the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney for three sold-out nights in November. Photo contributed

Reinventing Jann Arden a constant for this national treasure

Calgary-based singer/author/caregiver/actor sold out in Sidney for three nights

Canadian singer/songwriter Jann Arden, who has many other creative skills to her credit, brings her music and her thoughts on life to the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney for three sold-out nights in November. Photo contributed
Unique collaboration kicks off 35th season of Civic Orchestra of Victoria

Unique collaboration kicks off 35th season of Civic Orchestra of Victoria

Internationally recognized accordionists to perform this Sunday in Oak Bay

  • Nov 9, 2018
Unique collaboration kicks off 35th season of Civic Orchestra of Victoria
Canadian rock hitmakers Glass Tiger perform at the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria on Nov. 9.

Glass Tiger hits reimagined, brought to the stage

The pride of Newmarket Ont. performs songs from 31 at the McPherson Playhouse

  • Nov 6, 2018
Canadian rock hitmakers Glass Tiger perform at the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria on Nov. 9.
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

Natalie McMaster and Donnell Leahy bring their Celtic musical traditions to Victoria

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
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