Mamadou Diabate in Concert

Phillip t. Young Recital Hall
MacLaurin Building , University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2
7:30PM TICKETS $20.00 – $18.00

Mamadou DiabateMAMADOU DIABATE CONCERT ​International music star from West Africa – Mamadou Diabate. Virtuoso performer on balafon, talking drum and African harp. Winner of top national music awards: Burkina Faso, Mali & Austria. Opening guests: the Victoria Percussion Orchestra. Phillip t. Young Recital Hall – UVic School of Music. Doors open at 7 pm – concert at 7:30 pm

Mamadou Diabate was born into a traditional musician family (Sambla people) in Burkina Faso (West Africa), with a long tradition of practising the profession of story telling and music making.

 At the age of 5 he started his professional training with his father Penegue Diabate, who in his days was considered the best balafon player far beyond the bordes of the sambla culture. At 8 he began with his apprenticeship years with renowned balafonists of neighboring peoples.

In 1988 and 1998 he won the first prize of the “National Culture Week” of Burkina Faso.

He currently lives in Austria.

With his group Percussion Mania he won the Austrian World Music Award (2011) and the Grand Prix of the “Triangle du Balafon” Competition in Mali (2012). For his virtuosity, he was there also honored with the “Prix Alkaly Camara de la virtuosité”.

In 2017 he was made Knight of the National Order (Chevalier de l’Ordre National) of Burkina Faso.

He has released 11 CDs with his own compositions and 2 others with authentic music of the Sambla and Tusia peoples (both world premiere).

In Burkina Faso, he had built a primary school where poor children are taught free of charge. (

Emma Roberts in Little Italy (in Theatres August 24)

Little Italy in Theatres August 24

Emma Roberts in Little Italy
Emma Roberts, Hayden Christensen in Little Italy. In theatres August 24.

Emma Roberts in Little Italy with Haydan Christensen. and eONE Films have teamed up again to bring you “Little Italy” which hits theatres August 24th.

15 years ago, best friends SAL and VINCE, makers of Little Italy’s most storied pizza, had an ugly spat and set up rival pizzerias.

Today, their “Pizza Wars” rage on. Sal and Vince divide their time between sabotaging each other’s business and trading insults at the local bar. But not everyone wants war. Sal’s daughter NIKKI (Emma Roberts) (25), and Vince’s son LEO (Hayden Christensen) (26), have fallen in love. So have Sal’s mother FRANCA (Andrea Martin) and Vince’s father CARLO (Danny Aiello). When Franca and Carlo announce their wedding, Nikki and Leo’s secret also spills out into the open.

Sal and Vince can take it no more. They lay a wager-“Team Sal” will face “Team Vince” in a pizza cookout where the loser leaves Little Italy for good. Sal and Vince succeed in pitting their children against each other. Tempers are raging hotter than wood fired pizza ovens. Little Italy is now a war zone.

Who will the winner be? Team Sal or Team Vince? And what of the two couples? Will their love become the victim, or emerge victorious in this ridiculously epic food feud?

Emma Roberts in Little Italy

Carrie Underwood | Vancouver May 2019

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood –
The Cry Pretty Tour 360

May 25, 2019 Rogers Arena Vancouver
Tickets on sale August 17th

Nashville, TN – (August 8, 2018) – Seven-time Grammy winner and Pollstar’s three-time top female country touring artist, Carrie Underwood, will launch a new arena tour, The Cry Pretty Tour 360, in Spring 2019. Sponsored by CALIA, the new tour will kick off on May 1 in Greensboro, NC, and will play 55 arenas across the U.S. and Canada and be promoted by AEG Presents. She will be joined on tour by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June. Underwood made the announcement this morning in a personal video to her fans:

Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, August 17th at 10am local time but please check local listings. For more information including the Cry Pretty album/ticket bundle, go to Also beginning Monday, August 13th, a limited number of exclusive VIP Packages will be available which include an amazing selection of tickets, Meet & Greets, autographed memorabilia, custom merchandise and much more.

Citi® is the official presale credit card for Carrie Underwood’s “The Cry Pretty Tour 360” for 2019. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning on Monday, August 13 at 12pm until Thursday, August 16 at 10pm through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details, visit

Underwood will release her eagerly-anticipated new album, Cry Pretty, on September 14. Cry Pretty will be her first studio album on Capitol Records Nashville and marks the first time she has co-produced her own album. The lead single and title track, “Cry Pretty” debuted as the #1 song in the U.S. all-genres. The song also topped download charts in 38 countries around the world and amassed over 3.5 billion social impressions across 66 countries during its week of launch in April, which was culminated with a show-stopping performance on the “2018 ACM Awards” telecast. Carrie co-wrote the powerful single with Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose (aka The Love Junkies) and co-produced Cry Pretty with fellow writer/producer David Garcia.

Following her successful “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round,” the new production will feature a brand-new stage in the middle of the arena floor, creating a unique 360-degree setting to allow fans on all sides of the arena an intimate view of the concert. Barry Lather (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson) is the tour’s Creative Director, and Nick Whitehouse/Fireplay (Justin Timberlake, Beyonce) is Production Designer.

“I love performing in the round,” says Underwood. “It’s so much fun for me and the band to play in every direction and creates a much more intimate and immersive experience for the audience, even in a larger arena setting. It’s been exciting to introduce audiences to Cry Pretty and I can’t wait to bring the new album to life on this tour, along with all of the songs we love to play live. I’m thrilled to be going out with an amazing line-up – Maddie & Tae and Runaway June are incredible artists that are going to bring even more electricity to our shows.”

“Our customers love getting early access to the best in entertainment, so we are thrilled to be partnering with Carrie Underwood as the official presale credit card of her 2019 tour,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, Citi.

Underwood has arranged for a donation of $1 from each ticket sold for The Cry Pretty Tour 360 to be contributed to Danita’s Children, which provides a safe haven for abandoned and vulnerable children in Haiti, while encouraging families to stay together through their education and malnutrition programs.

Prior to embarking on the tour next Spring, Underwood will appear at the upcoming iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas, as well as such international festivals as The Long Road Festival and Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park in the UK, Tuckerville in The Netherlands, and Deni Ute Muster in Australia.


La Palabra en el Tiempo to play Victoria Fringe Festival

La Palabra en el Tiempo – Victoria Fringe Festival

Palabra Flamenco presents La Palabra en el Tiempo, a 60-minute depth-charge of frenzied dance and guitar, troubled song, and English-language poetry: raw, proud, poised.

La Palabra en el TiempoFlamenco is an Andalusian art form associated with incessant emotion and restraint, percussive rhythms, and improvisation. Whether they speak, strum, sing, or knock it out on the floor with a shoe, the artists summon a grief and praise that soak their way to dark corners. How to confront what\’s buried? Hold death near, affirming life? Invite duende?

This myth-inflected encounter honours what we’ve lost, what we’re going to lose. “Sexy, uncomfortable… incredible” (Audience member, PeekFest) A thunderous and lyrical POETRY+DANCE experience, tinged with fire and shadow. These performances are courtesy of the 2018 Victoria Fringe Festival!

SHOW DATES Thurs, Aug 23 (7:15PMFri, Aug 24 (9:15PMSat, Aug 25 (5:00PMThurs, Aug 30 (5:15PMSat, Sept 1 (6:15PMSun, Sept 2 (5:15PM)

TICKETS: For more information on upcoming shows:

Our listing in the online Victoria Fringe Guide:

STARRING DANCER Denise Yeo is a professional flamenco dance soloist and palmera. She is also Palabra Flamenco\’s Artistic Director.

POET Garth Martens won the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. He has published Prologue for the Age of Consequence (Anansi), a Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry.

GUITARIST Gareth Owen has collaborated with acclaimed flamenco artists from Spain and North America, and recorded two albums, Gareth Owen Flamenco Guitar and El Cobre.

SINGER Veronica Maguire co-founded Alma de España School and Dance Company.


Pacific Opera Victoria’s inspiring 2018/19 mainstage season

Pacific Opera Victoria Pacific Opera Victoria’s inspiring 2018/19 mainstage season at the Royal Theatre opens with Beethoven’s visionary call for justice and freedom, Fidelio, followed by Verdi’s most personal and compassionate work and one of opera’s greatest love stories, La Traviata.

The season ends with Countess Maritza, a luscious romantic comedy from the Silver Age of Viennese Operetta.

by Beethoven

O​ctober 11, 13, 17, 19, 21, 2018
In German with English surtitles Tickets

Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio tells a story as eternal as tyranny and as powerful as love. It goes straight to the heart of what it means to be human. A timeless call for human justice, this magnificent work expresses Beethoven’s heartfelt sense of the fragility of freedom and the necessity of hope – all with music of heart-stopping beauty.

by Verdi

F​ebruary 14, 16, 20, 22, 24, 2019
In Italian with English surtitles Tickets

In this sumptuous production, set in the 1920s, Violetta is a music hall artist – beautiful, sought after, but not quite respectable. As her tragedy unfolds, we marvel again at Verdi’s compassionate and extravagantly melodic portrayal of a woman who isn’t allowed to fit in. Not to be missed.

by Kálmán

A​pril 25, 27 & May 3, 5, 2019
In English with English surtitles Tickets

When the beguiling young Countess Maritza invents a fiancé in order to keep her hordes of admirers at bay, it’s inevitable that she will find true love by the end of the story. With plenty of plot twists and fireworks, a happy ending, and scrumptious music from the heyday of Viennese operetta, this romantic comedy is sophisticated, nostalgic, and unabashedly entertaining.

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Mom’s the Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty

Mom’s the Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty

Mom’s the Word 3July 24— August 12, 2018 Mom’s the Word 3 : Nest ½ Empty Written and performed by Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard & Deborah Williams.

On now through August 12, 2018
Tickets HERE

“…a perfect balance of emotion and comedy…a performance you really do not want to miss” —LORDS OF DOGWOOD

“…riotous & poignant…” —BROKENLEGREVIEWS “…captivates with its heart, humour, and honesty” —THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT

“Mom’s the Word: Nest 1/2 Empty—Theatre really is the church of love” —COLIN THOMAS

From the world-renowned creators behind the Mom’s the Word 3 opens a new chapter. Their kids are grown, their marriages have “evolved,” and their bodies are backfiring.

Life doesn’t get any prettier, but it never strays far from the ludicrous, the ribald and the poignant, as the moms continue to mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. Tickets on sale now at 250-385-6815 or Subscribers get 25% off!


Mom’s the Word 3


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John Cleese returns to Victoria in 2019

John Cleese

Why There Is No Hope


Come spend a hilarious evening with the “One and Only” John Cleese at the Royal Theatre for an evening entitled, “Why There Is No Hope”.

John is a legendary comedic actor best known for: “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, “Fawlty Towers” and “A Fish Called Wanda”.

“The world’s funniest man” first made his mark as a member of the legendary Monty Python troupe in the 1960s and has gone on to write, produce, direct and star in some of the greatest comedic hits of the last forty years, even receiving an Oscar nomination for best screenplay for “A Fish Called Wanda”. But John is far from your garden variety entertainer. From the beginning of his career, he has continually parlayed his enormous talents into advancing the political causes he believes in.

In 2014, John released his New York Times best-selling memoir, “So Anyway…” The book shares his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University.

Don’t miss a hilarious minute as John Cleese shares his humorous insights on the world and politics and his life.

Tickets starting at $100.00 | On sale July 26 at 10am BUY TICKETS

A Doll’s House Part 2 at the Belfry

A Doll’s House
at the Belfry

Dolls A Doll's House at the Belfry Theatre

September 16—October 14, 2018 A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Belfry By Lucas Hnath CANADIAN PREMIERE

“So endlessly stimulating…stirs the heart even as it invigorates the mind…” —BROADWAY NEWS

“Smart, funny and utterly engrossing…” —THE NEW YORK TIMES

A culture-defining drama revisited.

More about A Doll’s House Part 2 at the Belfry:

In 1879, when Nora left her husband and children at the end of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, her door slam reverberated around the world, creating a storm of controversy; much of it focussed on Ibsen’s clarion call for gender equality.

Hnath’s stunning new drama begins with a knock on that same door 15 years later, as Nora returns with an urgent request, confronting husband, daughter and the woman who raised her children. Layered and very current, A Doll’s House, Part 2 was nominated for the 2017 Tony Award – Best Play.

About Lucas Hnath

Lucas Hnath‘s plays include The Christians, Red Speedo, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Nightnight, Isaac’s Eye, Death Tax, and The Courtship of Anna Nicole Smith. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service. Lucas has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011 and is a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. Lucas is a winner of the 2012 Whitfield Cook Award for Isaac’s Eye and received a 2013 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation for Death Tax. He has also received commissions from the EST/Sloan Project, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast RepertoryPlaywrights Horizons, New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, and The Royal Court Theatre. Lucas Holds a BFA and an MFA from New York University’s Department of Dramatic Writing.


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25th VI Blues Bash Victoria Headliners Announced

Blues Bash Victoria

Celebrate the end of the summer by rockin’ and groovin’ to live blues, R&B, and more at the 25th Annual Vancouver Island Blues Bash Victoria at the Outdoor Stage at Ship Point (in Victoria’s Inner Harbour,900 block of Wharf St) and at The Rubber Boot Club (1605 Store St, below Swan’s Brewpub) this Labour Day Weekend!


Blues BashSaturday, September 1 – 7:30pm ~ $29 (tax incl.)
“Feral blues guitar…non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge… he achieves pyrotechnics that rival Beck and Clapton.” – Rolling Stone
Since his Alligator Records debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock wizard and singer-songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. Now, he makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with a powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and intense solos, Ellis has earned legions of fans with his guitar virtuosity, passionate vocals and memorable, original songs. His famous friends include Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic that call on him to sit in and jam. Whether it’s deep, slow blues or uptempo rockers, Tinsley Ellis always plays with grit, soul, and unbridled passion.


Sunday, September 2 – 7:30pm ~ $29 (tax incl.)

“Davina Sowers is a one-of-a-kind performer whose singing… has a sassiness bearing some comparison to that of heart-thumping blues queens Ma Rainey and Ida Cox.” – Downbeat

Since exploding onto the scene in 2005, Davina and the Vagabonds (DATV) have grown from a down-and-dirty blues band into one of the most exciting acoustic ensembles on the international stage. This high-energy quintet, influenced by Fats Domino, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, draws from the last century of American music, converting audiences one show at a time. More than just a blues act, DATV’s shows overflow with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, and tender gospel passages. Davina Sowers defies category in a different way, and although often compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, comparisons don’t suffice. Sowers is a true original.


Friday, August 31 – 9:30pm ~ $15 (tax incl.)

With their brand of original, funky tracks and cleverly covered classic R&B tunes, Vancouver’s hippest Blue Funk band and the Yale’s house band for years, Brickhouse, blends classic and modern with ease, which makes seeing them live an addictive experience.


Blues BashSaturday, September 1 – 9:30pm ~ $15 (tax incl.)
Vancouver-based JUNO-nominated performer, Adam Robert Thomas, began primarily as a solo artist, but began developing his own band in 2015, writing in earnest and performing his own compositions in preparation for his debut album. His 2018 self-titled album ‘Adam Robert Thomas’ rose to #11 on the R&B charts in the US, providing listeners with funky, feel-good vibes reminiscent of Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Al Green and Steely Dan.


Ticket Outlets:

Victoria Jazz Society (250-388-4423 or 977 Alston St) and the Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at No service charges at the VJS office! Free Afternoon Performance Series (Noon to 5PM):

The following bands will perform at Ship Point starting at noon each day during the Vancouver Island Blues Bash:

Saturday, September 1:

Groove Kitchen • Don Peterson Blue Sky • Adam Robert Thomas • Bill Johnson Band

Sunday, September 2:

Deb Rhymer Blues Band • McKinley Wolf • David Vest • Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band

Monday, September 3:

Maureen Washington Blues Band • The Kingmixers • Brett Smith-Daniels • The Midnights

Rod Stewart returns to Victoria in October

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart-October 30 Victoria

Rod Stewart has added two dates in Canada this Fall to his extensive 2018 touring schedule! Join him for An Evening With Rod Stewart, October 30 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria, and November 1 at Prospera Place, Kelowna, BC. This will be his first visit since his performance, which was the first concert at the newly opened Save On Foods Memorial Centre, some 13 years ago. He came out wearing a hard hat and safety vest as the arena was just being completed.

Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music, with an estimated 200 million records sold worldwide. With his signature voice, narrative songwriting, trendsetting style and passionate live performances he’s transcended all genres of popular music, from rock, folk, soul, R&B, new wave, and even the Great American Song Book; making him one of the few stars to enjoy chart-topping albums throughout every decade of his five decade-long career.  As a singer and songwriter his many hits include “You Wear It Well,” “You’re in My Heart,” “Tonight’s the Night (The Final Acclaim),” “Gasoline Alley,” “Every Picture Tells a Story,” “Mandolin Wind,” “Sailing,” “The Killing of Georgie,” “Young Turks,” “Forever Young,” “Hot Legs,” “Infatuation” and the indelible, “Maggie May.” He most recently teamed with Joe Jonas’ DNCE at the 2017 MTV VMAs to debut their new version of his iconic 1978 hit ““Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.”

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Tickets are on sale beginning Friday, July 13 at 10AM PST via Fan Club pre-sales begin Tuesday July 10 at 8:00 AM PST.

Reserved seat tickets ($99, $199 plus fees) go on sale this Friday (July 13) at 10 a.m. through, charge by phone at 250-220-7777 or at the arena’s Select Your Tickets box office.

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