Additional Headliners Announced Victoria Jazzfest

Victoria JazzfestG O G O P E N G U I N
p l u s Gwyneth Herbert

McPherson Playhouse | Saturday, June 23 – 7:30pm | $42.50 & $32.50 (plus service charges)

Victoria Jazzfest: Their music is described as acoustic-electronica and is noted for its hypnotic melodies, visceral bass-lines and tidal rhythms. Manchester, UK-based piano trio GoGo Penguin is pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner. The band’s music features break-beats, minimalist piano melodies, powerful basslines, drums inspired from electronica and anthemic riffs. Their latest album on Blue Note A Humdrum Star, was released in February 2018. Britain’s Gwyneth Herbert is a sophisticated jazz-ballad artist and has released six albums. “She has a voice that can effortlessly render any emotion with commanding ease.”

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Victoria JazzfestM O R G A N J A M E S & J A M I S O N R O S S

McPherson Playhouse | Monday, June 25 – 7:30pm | $52.50 & $42.50 (plus service charges)

Victoria Jazzfest: A veteran performer with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, vocalist Morgan James is a phenomenal talent with a genuine feel for soul music and songwriting. Reckless Abandon, her recent recording of all-original material, proved to be a hit with critics and the public. The charismatic James shows a mature sense of balance on stage that makes an evening with her a memorable delight.

Praised for having “the intuitive musicality of Stevie Wonder”, New Orleans’ Jamison Ross was destined to make his mark on jazz from behind a drum kit. Ross’s debut album, Jamison, showcased his percussive and singing skills in gospel and R&B-inflected jazz compositions that earned a 2015 Grammy nod. His January 2018 Concord release All for One continues to showcase his highly resonant and soulful vocals. Ross is a fresh, dazzling talent.

Victoria JazzfestMACY GRAY

Royal Theatre | Wednesday, June 27 – 7:30pm | $68.50 & $53.50 (plus service charges)

Victoria Jazzfest: Macy Gray’s voice has drawn comparisons with Billy Holiday, Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, to name a few. “I Try,” remains one of her best-known songs, from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is, winning her a Grammy in 2001. Her latest album Stripped was recorded with notable jazz musicians including Russell Malone, Wallace Rodney and Ari Hoenig. Jazz is how she got her start and is what Gray does in this collection of reimagined songs from her catalog. From jazz to pop and R&B, to jazz again, Macy Gray continues to divulge her musical prowess with a unique, smoky voice that is unforgettable to the last note. “Macy Gray is back and better than ever” – Vogue Magazine


McPherson Playhouse | Friday, June 29 – 7:30pm | $55.50 & $45.50 (plus service charges)

14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is to the Dobro (resonator guitar) what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar by reinventing the instrument in countless ways. This forward-thinking artist incorporates elements of bluegrass, jazz, blues, rock and Celtic into his musical vision. He is best known as a key member of Alison Krauss and Union Station since 1988. Douglas’ distinctive sound graces 1500+ albums, including discs released by Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Ray Charles. He recently received a Grammy Nomination for “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.” A true pioneer in American Music.

See the previously released list of headliners HERE

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SingYourJoy IN Concert! March 23

SingyourjoySingYourJoy IN Concert!

SingYourJoy has been delighting Victoria audiences with their enthusiastic choral performances for 7 years. And we are excited to perform this year’s concert on the amazing stage of the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre!

Join these fabulous young adults as they share their truth, their voices and their SONGS on Friday March 23rd. (ONE SHOW ONLY)

This Young Adult Chorus under the direction of Christine Chepyha and Gordon Miller.

All tickets are $20, and every seat is exceptional in this great performance space.

We’re grateful for the support of the NRS Foundation through the Victoria Foundation as we look to raise the bar on our artistic and performance commitment this season.

With thanks to our Season Sponsors: Top Shelf Bookkeeping are back for another year, and we’re thrilled to have them in our family.

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Bryan Adams Ultimate Tour | Victoria

Bryan Adams Ultimate TourAN EVENING WITH

Homegrown, multi-million selling recording artist Bryan Adams is back and will embark on a Canadian arena tour this summer. Bryan Adams Ultimate Tour comes in support of his latest album Ultimatewhich is out now and features two brand new tracks plus all the hits.

Bryan Adams The Ultimate Tour kicks off in Victoria, BC on June 5 before travelling across the country and finishing in Toronto, ON on August 3.

Bryan Adams is one of the most exciting live musicians in the world and his energetic performance, effortless stage presence and incredible vocals are guaranteed to thrill and entertain. Bryan Adams The Ultimate Tour will see Adams perform music from Ultimate, which features two new tracks and many of his enormous hits from an incredible back-catalogue including “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, “Can’t Stop This Thing We’ve Started”, “Summer of ‘69”, “Heaven” and more.

Bryan Adams wowed critics during the recent ‘Get Up!’ tour for his “rousing two hour plus show” (Toronto Sun) and “cool and classy” (Daily Express) performance style. In 2017, he closed Prince Harry’s Invictus Games in Toronto with a mind-blowing concert where he was joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen.

The release of Ultimate marks Bryan Adams’ fourteenth album.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m. at

AMEX presale tickets are available from Tuesday, February 27 at 10:00 a.m.

Bryan Adams The Ultimate Tour – Canadian Dates 2018:

June 05 – Victoria, BC – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

June 06 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

June 08 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place

June 09 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome

June 10 – Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place

July 01 – Timmins, ON – Hollinger Park*

July 03 – Windsor, ON – The Colosseum*

July 05 – Ottawa, ON – Lebreton Flats*

July 27 – St Johns, NL – Mile One Centre

July 30 – Sydney, NS – Centre 200**

July 31 – Summerside, PEI – Credit Union Place

Aug 02 – Quebec – TBA*

Aug 03 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre


Live Music TONIGHT in Victoria

TD JazzFest 2018 Headliners announced!

Victoria Jazzfest

TD JazzFest 2018 Headliners


One of the best jazz singers of her generation.”  AllMusic

Royal Theatre | Friday, June 22 – 7:30pm | $68.50 & $53.50 (plus service charges)

TD Jazzfest presents three-time Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, a jazz visionary at the utmost tier of vocalists. In the 70s, this Memphis native was a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band and also performed with jazz notables Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie. A Tony Award Winner, producer, and record label head, she recently won the NEA Jazz Masters Fellows Award in April 2017. Bridgewater’s highly-anticipated album “Memphis…Yes, I’m Ready,” released fall 2017, imbibes her love of vintage soul and blues with fierce passion. Dee Dee Bridgewater and her 9-piece band’s performance at TD JazzFest 2018 guarantees to recapture the magic and history of Memphis Blues, R&B and Soul classic

Spanish Harlem Orchestra


“They make you get up and dance… salsa at its timeless best.”  Los Angeles Times

Royal Theatre | Tuesday, June 26 – 7:30pm $58.50 & $46.50 (plus service charges)

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO) is a two-time Grammy winning 13-piece salsa and Latin jazz band setting the standard for New York style, authentic hard core salsa—live or recorded, it doesn’t get any better.  Lead by pianist Oscar Hernandez, the band’s stage presence, rich sound and musical precision leaves audiences mesmerized until the last note. With four Grammy nominations over a 15 year career, this Latin Jazz powerhouse recently released their self-titled fifth album, which features two of America’s great jazz icons, Chick Corea and Joe Lovano.  With 13 world-class artists coming together to create an unparalleled musical experience, SHO are sure to make their mark on this year’s TD JazzFest.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones


“Mashes together James Brown, the Family Stone, Otis Redding and the Memphis Horns in one slick, rock ‘n’ roll package, and tops it off with the spirit of gospel” – Ottawa Citizen

Royal Theatre | Thursday, June 28 – 7:30pm $68.50 & $53.50 (plus service charges)

Blending 60s soul fire with impassioned vocals and songwriting, St. Paul & the Broken Bones are killing it on the international music scene. Their take-no-prisoners live show has earned them legions of fans across Europe and North America. This Alabama-based 8-piece soul band is led by Paul Janeway, a former bank teller whose vocals draw frequent comparisons to soul legends like Otis Redding and Al Green. During the band’s feverish performances, Janeway screams, croons and often dives into the audience. Following the success of their debut album “Half the City,” St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ critically acclaimed sophomore album “Sea of Noise” was released in 2016. This high voltage band makes its debut at TD JazzFest 2018.

See the full list of Marquee performances and headliners:

Complete TD Victoria International JazzFest 2018 artist line-up available mid-April!

Images from past great performances at the TD Jazzfest

Problem Child AC/DC Tribute Band March 29

Problem Child - AC/DC Tribute BandGC1 Productions presents
Problem Child

Problem Child originated in Bellingham, WA in 2001. They set out to be authentic and stay true to the look and sound of AC/DC. Over the years they’ve made many true and loyal fans and continue to raise the bar.

The band has toured most of the Western United States including WA, OR, ID, MT and ND and have established a name for themselves.
Problem Child has opened for national acts that include Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy, and Quiet Riot.

They have played all types of venues…from clubs and casinos to theatres. Outdoor festivals include The Bite of Seattle, Taste of Edmonds, Taste of Tacoma, the Darrington Classic Rock Festival and Strutzfest. In January 2012, Problem Child played at the KISW Holiday Hangover Ball with Puddle of Mud.

Now based out of Seattle WA, Problem Child is the most authentic AC/DC tribute band that truly replicates the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras.

Problem Child’s show is poised to electrify the die-hard AC/DC fans and is a reminder of the enormous wealth of truly legendary material that AC/DC has written and performed since 1973.

*Tickets are $39.00


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The Phillips Backyard Weekender 2018

Phillips Backyard Weekender The Phillips Backyard
Weekender 2018

Atomique Productions, The Zone at 91-3, and Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. present…

The Phillips Backyard Weekender 2018
Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22
Phillips Brewery Backyard, ANIAN Yard, Discovery Street

Appearing in The Backyard…

The RevolutionReggie WattsKeys N KratesKelisTOO MANY ZOOZ!!! (Chk Chk Chk)Hollie CookDJ ShubMiles Mosley and the West Coast Get Down • FederaleMoontricksMiami Nights 1984Louise Burns MusicOrilla & GrossbusterSlim Sandy & the Hillbilly Boppers • The Champion Sound (Dj Murge & Verse)

Appearing at The Picnic-er Stage at ANIÁN, curated by Do250

Diamond CafeDylan StoneElectric Sex PantherJason VernersSmall Town ArtilleryTan and HideZee and The Empties • and many more to be announced!

Tickets are available both online at TicketWeb Canada and in-store at The Phillips Brewery (2010 Government St.).

The Phillips Backyard Weekender Full Weekend Pass ($106.50):

The Phillips Backyard Weekender Individual Day Passes ($39.50):

Victoria’s biggest backyard brewery party is back! After we expanded our footprint last July to include Discovery Street and ANIÁN Yard it was clear to us it needed to continue. We’re looking forward to tweaking the site layout and serving up tons of cold beer next July 20-22!

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Just Announced: Tre Twitty with Tayla Lynn

Tre Twitty

with Tayla Lynn

Tre Twitty with Tayla LynnTre Twitty with Tayla Lynn will be in Victoria March 15th for a performance at MCPHERSON PLAYHOUSE  MARCH 15, 7:30PM

The legendary Conway Twitty ( dominated the charts with 54 number 1 albums and an astonishing 55 number 1 singles throughout his career. Loretta Lynn burned up the charts with 10 number 1 albums and 16 number 1 singles in her career. The pair teamed up to create the ultimate duo in country with 5 number 1 hits as a pair.

Following in his grandfather’s footsteps Tre Twitty is a true legend in the making. Tre Twitty will be honouring his grandfather, Conway Twitty in a heartfelt tribute that has brought tears to the eyes of many. Tre will be pairing up with Tayla Lynn, beloved granddaughter of Loretta Lynn, covering many of the number 1 hits and beloved classics of their grandparents that will hold the audience captive. You don’t want to miss this historical intimate concert with the spectacular duo you will never forget.

Tre Twitty with Tayla Lynn
Tickets are $54.50 | On sale January 22 at 10am

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Def Leppard announce 2018 Tour

Def LeppardDef Leppard announce 2018 Tour

While the rumours have been circulating since last summer, it is now official.  Def Leppard will hit the road for an extensive tour with Journey in 2018.  Def Leppard will play Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on October 1.

2018 and this tour marks the 35th anniversary of Pyromania.

Monday, October 1
All Ages / Reserved Seating
Doors: 6:00pm / Show: 7:00pm

Public on Sale: Sat, Feb 3 at 10am
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Tickets: $49.00, $89.00, $119.00, $189.00, $249.00 (Incl. GST) + s/c

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The Arrogant Worms: The First Farewell Tour

The Arrogant Worms:
The First Farewell Tour

The Dave Dunnet Community Theatre
March 20, 2018  7:30PM
Tickets: $30 ($35 at the Door)

The Arrogant Worms
The Arrogant Worms

The Arrogant Worms began in 1991 as a comedy troupe performing songs and sketches on Queen’s University campus radio. The early feedback was clear: lose the sketches.

So the songs endured and they all remain because the band hates to throw anything out. The songs were written to make fun of a big dumb world. Luckily, the world is dumber than ever and The Arrogant Worms (Mike McCormick, Chris Patterson and Trevor Strong) still have plenty to sing about. The shows are fast, furious and family friendly.

The wit is quick, the satire is biting and the musicianship is second to none. Their appeal has earned them fans from kids to parents to grandparents to Admiral Leia. The Arrogant Worms have sold more than 160,000 copies of their 14 albums. The band has played on three continents to crowds as large as 100,000 and were recognized in 2003 as the “Touring Act of the Year” by the Canadian Arts Presenters Association.

The Worms have entertained at corporate functions, sung anthems at sporting events and emceed major festivals. Their songs are in school lesson plans, in textbooks and even played on the Space Shuttle. On earth, or in space, everyone digs these Worms.

Over a quarter century after they began, The Arrogant Worms continue to provide tuneful and silly escapism for everyone who needs it. And if you think you don’t need it, you’re wrong. You do. The Worms know what’s best for you and what’s best for you is The Arrogant Worms.

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Harlequin live at the Port Theatre Nanaimo

Harlequin Port Theatre

Harlequin Port Theatre with guests: Deborah Pitre & Kenneth Ermter Duo

Harlequin Port TheatreWinnipeg’s own Harlequin is coming to the Port Theatre for the first time, February 24th.

Since the mid-’70s, Harlequin has been rocking venues, playing the hits everyone loves. If you’ve never seen a Harlequin show you owe it to yourself to see why they are still around after more than three decades.

They still enjoy major airplay on the radio and are featured prominently in many a classic rocker’s music collection.


About Harlequin:

In 1975, Winnipeg bassist Ralph James formed Harlequin upon recruiting vocalist George Belanger, guitarist Glen Willows, keyboardist Gary Golden, and drummer David Budzak. The band began recording demos and travelling to Toronto to perform in the local bars and clubs. It was in one of these small bars in Toronto that Harlequin were discovered by representatives of Jack Douglas, the producer of Aerosmith, John Lennon, and Patti Smith, after they tried to see another band in a larger bar downstairs, but could not gain admittance due to a sell-out crowd. These two individuals later became the producers of the first album, Victim of a Song. They were Lachlan MacFadyen and Kent Dobney… former bandmates of Jack Douglas.

Douglas helped get Harlequin signed to CBS/Epic Records in 1979, and later that year that band released their first LP, Victim of a Song, which went Gold, and received heavy radio play, particularly in Western Canada. Douglas was listed as the record’s executive producer. For the next two albums, Douglas would act as producer. The band’s second release, Love Crimes (1980), yielded two hits, “Thinking of You”, and “Innocence”, Harlequin’s biggest hit to date. Harlequin’s third album, One False Move (1982), contained two more hits, “Superstitious Feeling” and “I Did It for Love”.

For their self-titled fourth studio album, Harlequin replaced Douglas with The Fixx bassist Alfie Agius as their producer. Harlequin (1984) produced only one single, “Take This Heart”.  The band effectively split after this album but, in 1986, Harlequin released their Greatest Hits album with one new track “(It’s) No Mystery”. This track was written by David Bendeth and Tom Cochrane, produced by Bendeth, and featured Belanger on lead vocals backed by Randy Booth, Randy Heibert and some session musicians. In 1986, the line-up was Belanger (vocals), Randy Heibert (guitar), Randy Booth(bass), Igmar Munsch(keys), and Brad Meadmore (drums). The line-up changed almost yearly through the rest of the 1980s until 1987, when the line up of Glen Willows, George Belanger, Nik Rivers, Rob Waite and M.J. Hutton toured coast to coast in Canada for several years, into 2007. Throughout that period Steve Broadhurst toured with the band as a sub for Rob Waite, and Paul McNair was also a sub for M.J.

In 2004, Belanger met James Brose, who had completed a CD of his own, and asked George what he thought of it. After George expressed his opinion, James asked George what he should do. The result was a reverse engineering project which stripped the songs down. Most of the tracks were completely re-written and re-recorded. George rewrote lyrics and melodies, and the result was called Harlequin II.

In 2006, the band was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

In 2007, Harlequin consisted of guitarist Derrick Gottfried, bassist Nik Rivers, keyboardist Darren Moore, and drummer A.J. Chabidon. This lineup released Waking the Jester (2007), which contained two singles, “Shine On” and “Rise”. The band resumed touring and, in 2009, released Harlequin’s first live album, Live On/Q.

In 2013 Harlequin consisted of Lead Singer (original) George Belanger, guitarist Derrick Gottfried, drummer A.J. Chabidon, keyboard and guitar (original) Gary Golden and bassist Paul McNair and is the current line up touring in 2017

The band continues to tour, mostly within Canada.

Biography via Wikipedia

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