Tidings: Allison Crowe with Céline Sawchuk

Canada’s amazing Allison Crowe, (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle & bodhran), pairs with exquisite cellist/vocalist Celine Sawchuk, (from the Black Forest), to bring “Tidings” – stirring together traditional Christmas and holiday favourites from English, French and German repertoire, with a blend of rock, jazz, folk, roots and soul.

Music for the season & all-time. Nanaimo’s Allison Crowe performs concerts across Europe and North America from her home in Corner Brook, NL. She’s Musical Director of “Newfoundland Vinyl”, a rollicking hit at TNL’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Other adventures include Allison’s cameo in the Hollywood Superman blockbuster “Man of Steel” and touring as featured singer/pianist with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Allison’s even appeared as a clue/answer in Cryptic Crossword.

When Céline Sawchuk (née Greb) migrated recently from the Black Forest community of Dennach, our Pacific coast region gained a freshly creative graphic designer as well as a most expressive and talented cellist. Céline’s combined 17 years of classical training with concert tours across Europe alongside her popular musician Father. Uniting a range of rich cultural traditions, Allison Crowe’s original tunes are sung by the chimney, together with gifts from the modern canon of Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles and Patty Griffin.

The pair’s sleighful of traditionals and classics is bound to feature such favourites as “Silent Night”, “La Vie en Rose”, “Es ist ein ros Entsprungen”, “Soul Cake”, “Wexford Carol”, “In the Bleak Midwinter” and plenty more delights – perhaps even a plum from Broadway!

“Allison Crowe’s voice is as much a manifestation of Christmas spirit today as Bing Crosby’s was in 1942.  It’s as warm as an open fire; as gorgeous as snow-frosted evergreens; as tender as that hug you give your mother on Christmas day” – The Pique

“Be prepared to be amazed” – ChristmasReviews

Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre
$29 General / $24 Students & Seniors
2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney V8L 1W9

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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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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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P!NK: Beautiful Trauma World Tour

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Beautiful Trauma World Tour
With guests

P!NK is out with her 7th full length album “Beautiful Trauma” and has announced an extensive 40 date North America tour to back it up.  One of those stops sees her in Vancouver May 12th.  Also, keep an eye open for the Apple Music Documentary on the making of the record (October 13)  The only other Canadian dates listed as of this morning include Montreal and Toronto in March.

Here’s the Vancouver details:

Saturday, May 12
All Ages / General Admission Floor / Reserved Stands
Doors: 6:30pm / Show: 8pm

Live Nation Presale: Thu, Oct 12 at 10am – 10pm
Password: APPLAUSE
Public on Sale: Fri, Oct 13 at 10am
Get Tickets: http://bit.ly/2y1vP4e

Tickets: (Incl. GST) $60.10, $90.10, $120.10, $170.10, $210.10, $260.10 + s/c 


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HARRY MANX plays UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium

HARRY MANX with The Yaletown Strings Quartet 8:00pm14 October 2017 Multi instrumentalist Harry Manx joins The Yaletown Strings for a magic evening of Indian flavoured Blues.

They will perform songs from Harry\’s latest release \”Faith Lift\”. Available at www.harrymanx.com Pricing:

All Tickets $40 There will be a short intermission during the performance.

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Bruce Cockburn “Bone On Bone” Tour in town January 26th

Following the release of his first album in more than seven years, it’s great to hear that Bruce Cockburn is back on the road this fall.  His new tour, to coincide with the release of his new record will hit Victoria in January.

In addition to the announcement of what they’re saying will be his most extensive tour in decades, Bruce Cockburn is also celebrating his recent induction into the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.  “Bone On Bone” is the 33rd release for the legendary performer and includes 11 new tracks.

“Bone On Bone” is available on Amazon and iTunes.

Click here for the full list of tour dates.

Bone on Bone Tour
With guests

Friday, January 26
All Ages / General Admission Seating
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00pm

Facebook Presale: Wed, Oct 4 at 10am – Thu, Oct 5 at 10pm
Password: SING
Public on Sale: Fri, Oct 6 at 10am
Get Tickets: http://bit.ly/2xVgbqZ

Tickets: $65.50 (Incl. GST) + s/c

-Bruce Cocburn Online-
Website: http://brucecockburn.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialbrucecockburn
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BruceCockburnVEVO

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