Live music

Scottish sensation Skerryvore brings Celtic sounds to Victoria

Scottish sensation Skerryvore brings Celtic sounds to Victoria

Oct. 9 concert at the McPherson one of just two Canadian dates on band’s international tour

  • Oct 4, 2018
Scottish sensation Skerryvore brings Celtic sounds to Victoria
Images of Elinor Dunsmuir, the daughter of James and Laura Dunsmuir of Hatley Castle. Elinor’s rediscovered musical compositions were recently compiled on a CD after being performed sporadically over the past four years. Courtesy Craigdarroch Castle

WATCH: Beautiful Dunsmuir-made music fills Craigdarroch Castle

Long-hidden music of Elinor Dunsmuir performed, released on CD

Images of Elinor Dunsmuir, the daughter of James and Laura Dunsmuir of Hatley Castle. Elinor’s rediscovered musical compositions were recently compiled on a CD after being performed sporadically over the past four years. Courtesy Craigdarroch Castle
Ken Lavigne will be Playing Favourites on a six-date concert tour on Vancouver and Saltspring islands later this month. Courtesy kenlavigne.com

Ken Lavigne sings your favourites (and his) on Islands concert tour

Popular tenor performing seven concerts at six venues over six days

Ken Lavigne will be Playing Favourites on a six-date concert tour on Vancouver and Saltspring islands later this month. Courtesy kenlavigne.com
Canadian artist Jessie Reyez is among the headliners for the 2018 version of Rifflandia. Courtesy Atomique Productions

RIFFLANDIA: Local artists thrive under festival model

Bands like Current Swell, one of the 2018 headliners, made their mark at RAP

Canadian artist Jessie Reyez is among the headliners for the 2018 version of Rifflandia. Courtesy Atomique Productions
Proclaimers will kick off fall tour next week in Victoria

Proclaimers will kick off fall tour next week in Victoria

Sold-out concert Sept. 8 at McPherson Playhouse a sign of veteran Scottish band’s popularity

  • Sep 1, 2018
Proclaimers will kick off fall tour next week in Victoria
Canadian artist Jessie Reyez is among the headliners for the 2018 version of Rifflandia. Courtesy Atomique Productions

RIFFLANDIA: Local artists thrive under festival model

Bands like Current Swell, one of the 2018 headliners, made their mark at RAP

Canadian artist Jessie Reyez is among the headliners for the 2018 version of Rifflandia. Courtesy Atomique Productions
One-time virtuoso blues guitarist Jonny Lang brings his trademark sound to Victoria’s Royal Theatre along with legendary R&B and gospel vocalist Mavis Staples for a Sept. 25 show. Photo Jim Templeton-Cross/Facebook

LANG AND STAPLES: Plenty of soul on stage in Victoria this Sept. 25

Onetime blues guitar wunderkind Jonny Lang joins legendary vocalist Mavis Staples in concert

One-time virtuoso blues guitarist Jonny Lang brings his trademark sound to Victoria’s Royal Theatre along with legendary R&B and gospel vocalist Mavis Staples for a Sept. 25 show. Photo Jim Templeton-Cross/Facebook
Angela Hewitt, one of the world’s premier Bach pianists, performs in London in 2016. She’s playing at Christ Church Cathedral Aug. 2 as part of the Pacific Baroque Series. Photo by Keith Saunders

MUSIC AT CHRIST CHURCH: Best of Bach’s baroque on tap

Cathedral hosting various concerts and styles featuring J.S. Bach music

  • Aug 1, 2018
Angela Hewitt, one of the world’s premier Bach pianists, performs in London in 2016. She’s playing at Christ Church Cathedral Aug. 2 as part of the Pacific Baroque Series. Photo by Keith Saunders
Musical lineup set for Esquimalt Ribfest

Musical lineup set for Esquimalt Ribfest

Victoria ‘supergroup’ Cities to headline Saturday show at popular September event

Musical lineup set for Esquimalt Ribfest
The second annual Victoria Bike Music Festival is scheduled for Sunday, July 29. Here, people celebrate at the inaugural show last year. File contributed/Jay Dondale

Power the music: the Victoria Bike Music Fest returns

Audience members on stationary bikes will energize speakers as musicians play

The second annual Victoria Bike Music Festival is scheduled for Sunday, July 29. Here, people celebrate at the inaugural show last year. File contributed/Jay Dondale
Weird Party returns to the family-friendly Friday night music lineup at the Breakwater Barge Aug. 17. Mike Pepperdine photo

OGDEN POINT: Party on the Barge is back

Family friendly Friday night entertainment underway beside Victoria’s Breakwater

  • Jun 3, 2018
Weird Party returns to the family-friendly Friday night music lineup at the Breakwater Barge Aug. 17. Mike Pepperdine photo
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones rock the Ship Point June 23 as one of the headliners of this year’s SkaFest. Photo courtesy Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival

LIVE ON THE POINT: Mighty, mighty SkaFest returns

Bosstones make their return to Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival

  • Jun 1, 2018
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones rock the Ship Point June 23 as one of the headliners of this year’s SkaFest. Photo courtesy Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival
Rufus Wainwright, playing the McPherson Playhouse on May 19, has had a much-varied career in music. Photo contributed

Canadian ‘popera’ icon hits town May 19

Rufus Wainwright has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, David Byrne and Joni Mitchell

  • May 3, 2018
Rufus Wainwright, playing the McPherson Playhouse on May 19, has had a much-varied career in music. Photo contributed
Acclaimed Canadian singer songwriter Royal Wood brings his talents to the Capital Ballroom in Victoria on May 16. Photo contibuted

Musical royalty on stage in Victoria May 16

Acclaimed singer songwriter Royal Wood to perform emotion-filled set at Capital Ballroom

  • May 2, 2018
Acclaimed Canadian singer songwriter Royal Wood brings his talents to the Capital Ballroom in Victoria on May 16. Photo contibuted
Victoria roots reggae band Phonosonics include Will Lynch (standing from left), Ned Saric, David Schwab, Spencer Cleave, Al Udell, Ellen Crossley and Anthony Shackell (front). Photo by Zotzmang

Rockin’ steady with Phonosonics

Victoria roots reggae band looks to attract wider audience with appearance on Rise Up TV show

Victoria roots reggae band Phonosonics include Will Lynch (standing from left), Ned Saric, David Schwab, Spencer Cleave, Al Udell, Ellen Crossley and Anthony Shackell (front). Photo by Zotzmang
Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony are among the headliners for this year’s TD Victoria International JazzFest, running June 22 to July 1. jazzvictoria.ca

TD Victoria International Jazzfest releases 2018 concert schedule

From blues to bluegrass to jazz in all its forms, JazzFest has something for everyone

Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony are among the headliners for this year’s TD Victoria International JazzFest, running June 22 to July 1. jazzvictoria.ca
Esquimalt High’s activism group ESCAPE is fundraising for ocean conservation.                                Don Descoteau/VICTORIA NEWS

‘Night of Music’ making waves for ocean conservation

Esquimalt High and local musicians unite for fundraiser on March 14

Esquimalt High’s activism group ESCAPE is fundraising for ocean conservation.                                Don Descoteau/VICTORIA NEWS
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria hosts annual series of live jazz

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria hosts annual series of live jazz

U-Jam brings innovative performances to the halls of Spencer mansion

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria hosts annual series of live jazz
Derry Hunley is bringing Blender, his successful event showcasing local musicians in various genres, to the McPherson Playhouse on Dec. 20 for a family-friendly, holiday show featuring performances from Man Made Lake, Distant Grand, The Brass, Malahat and DJ Mikey B. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Blender, the long running Victoria music showcase takes over the Mac on Dec. 20

After eight years at Lucky Bar, local bands take the McPherson Playhouse stage

Derry Hunley is bringing Blender, his successful event showcasing local musicians in various genres, to the McPherson Playhouse on Dec. 20 for a family-friendly, holiday show featuring performances from Man Made Lake, Distant Grand, The Brass, Malahat and DJ Mikey B. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS