Louise Burns & Mise En Scene TONIGHT at Lucky Bar

Atomique Productions presents…

Friday, October 20
Lucky Bar, Victoria
Doors: 8:00PM

Advance tickets: $11.00 – Available online at TicketWeb.ca (bit.ly/LSBRNSVICTW) and in-store at Lyle’s Place.

Louise Burns Music – “Pharaoh” – youtube.com/watch?v=RFMiEObxkVg

Louise Burns is already a 20-year vet of the music industry and she’s barely 30 years old. She witnessed the heady last gasp of the majors in the late-’90s (Burns co-founded pop band Lillix at 11 and signed to Madonna’s Maverick Records at 15), and was front and centre for Canada’s indie renaissance. Now Burns is an in-demand collaborator (Gold & Youth), high-profile hired gun, an acclaimed solo musician (2011’s Mellow Drama, long listed for the Polaris Music Prize, and 2013’s Midnight Mass), and multi-instrumentalist whose celebrated songwriting is equal parts grit and gloss. She’s toured extensively, playing throughout Japan, China, Europe, and North America and is an engaged, dynamic artist, whose interests cannot be contained by hours in a day. Burns is also a freelance contributor and host on CBC’s Radio 3, and a journalist whose writing appears on CBC Music, the Talkhouse and Westender.

Her third album, titled Young Mopes, is out now. Co-produced by Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain) and Damian Taylor (Bjork, Braids, Austra), its songs have been featured in the New York Times, Stereogum and Consequence of Sound.


Mise en Scene – “Closer” – youtube.com/watch?v=YM3fSaAKprw

Mise en Scene are coiled and ready to leap. The Winnipeg rock outfit, comprised of Stefanie Blondal Johnson, Jodi Dunlop, and Corey Hykawy, are touring the world hot off the heels of their latest release, Still Life On Fire (Light Organ Records). The record is a burning holler, a vibrant statement on living in the present. In control of everything from their self-made music videos to their cool kid aesthetic, the artists are independent and resilient, wanting to be seen but more importantly, to be heard. The album follows 2012’s knockout hit Desire’s Despair (Pipe & Hat) and is produced by Montréal-based mastermind Mike Nash (who has worked with everyone from members of The Dears, Blue Rodeo and Ladies of the Canyon). The sound reflects on years spent honing their craft, touring Canada, the US and Europe, playing the prestigious Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, Spain, and amassing hordes of fans in France. From the first reverb buzz to the parting resonant silence, it’s a sun-soaked blur of forward motion, eternal chasing.

It’s your life on fire.

“One of the most compelling albums you’ll hear this year.” – CBC Music

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Ken Lavigne returns to the Royal Theatre in December

Highly acclaimed tenor Ken Lavigne returns to the Royal Theatre with his
Home For Christmas tour on D​ecember 5 at 7​:30​ PM.

Victoria’s hometown tenor, Ken Lavigne, is back on stage at the Royal Theatre. This time he’ll take the audience on a journey through favourite Christmas classics and sparkling holiday songs with conductor Pierre Simard and special guest vocalist Stephanie Greaves. Let the rich timbre of this award winning singer’s voice melt away the icy winter blast and envelope you with the warm promise of a cozy hometown Christmas.

Royal Theatre
D​ecember 5, 2017 | 7​:30​ PM
Discounted tickets starting at $34.25 (Adult), $30.85 (Senior), $21.50 (Student) TICKETS

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Mini Pop Kids Live hit Victoria in February

K-Tel Records presents

Mini Pop Kids Live

Make it POP Concert


Your ticket to the BIGGEST concert dance party in VICTORIA has arrived. Don’t miss this high energy, interactive concert that will give every boy, girl, and anyone of any age the chance to party like a POPstar. MINI POP KIDS Live is a concert jam-packed with kid-friendly versions of today’s BIGGEST hits by pop stars like Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, and so much more. Get your ticket to a party where everyone is inspired to SING, DANCE and MAKE IT POP alongside the best selling children’s POP vocal group in Canada, The MINI POP KIDS.

*Tickets starting at $34.75

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Nana Mouskouri Forever Young Tour coming to Victoria

One of the best-selling music artists of all time, NANA MOUSKOURI returns to Canada with the Forever Young tour. May 3, 2018 Royal Theatre Victoria

This is a new journey for Mouskouri, going back to the beginnings through the waters of youth, devoting her inspiration to the artists she’s met along the road, people from other countries, who taught her to love words and notes.

From Bob Dylan to Leonard Cohen to Joni Mitchell, to name but a few, she will celebrate their influence on her ongoing and marvellous 60 year career, in advance of the 2018 release of her 134th album. No, we haven’t heard the last of Nana Mouskouri. She’s singing again and it’s   a dream going on.  Her dream and ours. A dream for the makers of words and notes she never stopped honouring and serving. For Dylan, whom she kisses again, so tenderly and infinitely, as she resumes her journey around the world — her Forever Young Tour…

*Tickets starting at $51.25 | On sale October 20 at 10am | Ticket limit of 8.

Live Nation Presale Oct 18 at 10am to Oct 19 at 10pm
Facebook Presale Oct 18 at 10am to Oct 19 at 10pm
RMTS Presale Oct 18 at 10am to Oct 19 at 10pm

Direct ticket link

Please note: Online ticket sales end one hour prior to the performance start time.  Tickets may be available from the box office.

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Women’s Music Collective Releases Debut EP, Six Years in the Making

Photo Credit: Brad Edwards Photography

The British Columbia-based Women’s music collective White Hot Jet was launched with auditions in mid-October of 2011. This week, a full six years later, the project is releasing its debut 5-song EP, titled YYJ. White Hot Jet is the flagship studio project of BC community record label Mighty Speck Records, and its mandate is to help launch the music careers of emerging young female artists and provide them with valuable recording and performing experience, as well as music industry knowledge and networking opportunities and skills.

Nine women contributed to this debut EP, led by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Jill Cooper (from Victoria) who performs on all five tracks and offers her skills as a vocalist, drummer, guitarist, and bassist. Vocalist Patricia Garner (from Victoria) also figures prominently, with vocals on four of five songs. The songs are arranged like pop rock duets, and Cooper and Garner trade vocals and harmonize on several tracks. Other performers on the debut release include Dominique Hallberg (from Qualicum) on guitar, Astrid Lyre (from Nanaimo) on guitar and bass, Caitlyn Norman (from Victoria) on keys, bass, and guitar, and vocals from four others: Herokah (from Vancouver), Sierra Kachan (from Victoria), Cati Landry (from Victoria), and Alexa Verstraten (from Victoria).

White Hot Jet is primarily a studio-based project, but it has had a live band incarnation in the past and will again in the future.

Songwriters on the EP include Jill Cooper, Alexa Verstraten, Herokah, Xanthe Westgate, and producer James Kasper. The EP was recorded and co-produced by Eric Hogg at Soma Sound in Victoria between 2014 and 2017. The process of song writing, development of the sound, and pre-production (not to mention some personnel changes) took place between 2011 and 2013.

“It’s been a long journey,” explains Kasper, who founded the project in October 2011, “but I couldn’t be happier with the way this EP has turned out. I’m very proud of all the work these talented women did on this recording.”

The album is available on iTunes/Apple Music here: http://tinyurl.com/yb6jgyrv

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SIA to release Everyday Is Christmas on November 17

Photo Credit: RJ Shaughnessy


An Original Holiday Album with 10 Brand New Songs

(New York, NY) October 16, 2017 – Singer/songwriter/producer/hitmaker and 8x GRAMMY Award nominee Sia today announces that her first-ever holiday album, Everyday is Christmas, will be released on November 17, 2017 via Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic Records. The collection of original holiday songs was written by Sia and Greg Kurstin.

The album’s lead single, “Santa’s Coming For Us,” has several counterparts on the album including other festive songs like “Candy Cane Lane,” “Ho Ho Ho,” and “Puppies Are Forever” which are anchored by ballads “Underneath The Christmas Lights,” “Snowman,” and “Snowflake.”

Sia most recently wrapped up the North American leg of her headlining arena Nostalgic For The Present Tour which was proclaimed “creatively captivating” (Billboard), “magical performance art” (AXS), and “intensely personal.” The limited tour, Sia’s only live dates for 2017, will continue this winter in stadiums across Australia and New Zealand. For more information on her tour dates, visit siamusic.net/tour.

In addition to working on Everyday is Christmas, Sia is in the process of directing her first feature film, co-wrote and is featured on Zayn’s global Top 5 hit “Dusk Til Dawn,” and voices the character Songbird Serenade in My Little Pony: The Movie alongside actors Emily Blunt, Zoe Saldana, and Kristin Chenoweth.

Everyday is Christmas Tracklisting:

  1. Santa’s Coming For Us
  2. Candy Cane Lane
  3. Snowman
  4. Snowflake
  5. Ho Ho Ho
  6. Puppies Are Forever
  7. Sunshine
  8. Underneath The Mistletoe
  9. Everyday is Christmas
  10. Underneath The Christmas Lights

About Sia:

Sia released the Grammy-nominated This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/RCA Records) in 2016 to much critical acclaim and has cemented her role as one of today’s biggest stars and sought after live performers. She is currently the 10th most globally streamed artist on Spotify and has amassed over 5.3 billion plays on her YouTube channel. Her massive single “Cheap Thrills” was a multi-format global radio hit and was one of the longest running singles at Top 40 of 2016. Along with her own successes, Sia has also written global smashes for today’s biggest acts including Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and many more.

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LUCKY: Indie Film Series at Capitol 6 Event Screening

ONE NIGHT ONLY SCREENING ON 10/25! LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90 year old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having outlived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.

Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut LUCKY is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection. The Indie Film Series at Capitol 6 is a monthly film festival, Canadian or indie favorite along with special feature content when available.

Presented in the beautiful Capitol 6 with fully reclining, reserved leather seating! Past titles include DRONE, HELLO DESTROYER, THE SUN AT MIDNIGHT and PERSON TO PERSON, all of which screened at film festivals in 2016 and 2017.

The November selection will be revealed at the screening of LUCKY!

Tickets at the above link or visit www.capitol6.ca for more information!

For more information, contact: jason.rc.whyte@gmail.com

Capitol 6 – 805 Yates Street Victoria
Tickets: $12.50
Showtime: 7:00 PM

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Capital City Comic Con establishes major new event for Victoria

VICTORIA, B.C. – Going beyond the efforts of mere mortals, a terrific trio of community-minded organizations is ready to unveil a project that will unite super fans of all things pop culture.

The first annual Capital City Comic Con is set for March 16-18, 2018, at the Victoria Conference Centre and Crystal Garden.

For three days, Victoria will embrace the nerd life with thousands of fans expected to arrive in the city for a celebration of comics, toys, games and a chance to meet celebrities from the worlds of science fiction and fantasy.

“This is exciting news for everyone who loves pop culture, cosplay and meeting their screen heroes in person,” says Candice Woodward, of Cherry Bomb Toys, noting that Victoria has earned a reputation as “Nerdvana” due to its unique culture of collectors. “We are really looking forward to having a singular event that brings together everything from celebrity experiences to table-top gaming to hands-on experiences with LEGO tm masters.”

The Capital City Comic Con represents the collaborative efforts of Tourism Victoria, the Downtown Victoria Business Association and the National Toy Museum of Canada — represented by Cherry Bomb Toys.

“Tourism Victoria has invested significant time and effort with our partners into the creation of Capital City Comic Con. This will bring thousands of passionate fans into our destination, creating an anchor event for the tourism industry outside of our traditional high season,” says Paul Nursey, President and CEO of Tourism Victoria. “We’re looking forward to helping make this a great event and continuing to execute on our business events strategy which is focused on building off-peak season business providing further strength and resiliency to our destination.”

Victoria’s event takes place on the first weekend of Spring Break and two weeks after the hugely popular Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. Almost 100,000 people now attend that event, which had its start in 2003 with a crowd of 2,500.

“The hope is for Capital City Comic Con to become part of the circuit of major gaming and pop culture conventions on the West Coast,” says Kerri Milton, Executive Director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association. “We know it’s going to be an incredible experience that will showcase the very best of what Victoria downtown has to offer.”

More information is available at CapitalCityComicCon.ca.

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54·40 Unplugged: Songs & Stories coming to Victoria

54·40 Unplugged: Songs & Stories
Tickets on sale to the general public starting O​ctober 13 at 10:​00​ AM.

One of Canada’s most iconic rock bands will perform their 54·40 Unplugged tour at the McPherson Playhouse on F​ebruary 22 at 7​:30​ PM.

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54·40 Unplugged: Songs & Stories is an intimate and reimagining of 54-40’s greatest hits performed as you’ve never heard them before. Featuring original arrangements of violin, guitar, banjo, mandolin and more this performance gives new context and spirit to classic songs fans all know and love. In between songs the band engages with the audience sharing stories from their 30+ years together as a band. In January 2016 they released La Difference: A History Unpluggedthat feature 10 of their greatest hits recorded as never heard before.

54·40 Unplugged
McPherson Playhouse
F​ebruary 22, 2018 | 7​:30​ PM
Tickets starting at $52.25*

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A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS in Theatres November 1

A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened moms (Amy, Kiki, and Carla) as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of Christmas in hopes of creating a more perfect holiday for their families.

And if that was hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their ultimate holiday foes: their own mothers.

By the end of the journey, our moms have redefined how to make the holidays special for their families and it ends up bringing them closer to their own moms.

Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski

Watch here for your chance to WIN special advanced screening passes from PlayInVictoria.net and eONE Films.

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