The Dave Dunnet Community Theatre March 20, 2018 7:30PM Tickets: $30 ($35 at the Door)
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.
Winnipeg’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.
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
Queen It’s a Kinda Magic recreates Queen’s 1986 World Tour concert, featuring over 20 of the band’s greatest hits such as ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We Are the Champions’, ‘Under Pressure’ and ‘Fat-Bottomed Girls’.
Painstaking attention has been paid to all the music – the iconic voice of Mercury, the amazing guitar solos of May and the groundbreaking Rock harmonies.
Queen It’s a Kinda Magic presents a state-of-the-art sound and lighting and authentic costumes, this is as close as you’ll ever get to the real thing!
Tickets for Queen It’s a Kinda Magic start at $39.00 until January 31st | On sale December 15 at 10am *Tickets starting at $49.00 starting February 1stRMTS presale December 13 at 10am to December 14 at 11:59pm
Please note: Online ticket sales end one hour prior to the performance start time. Tickets may be available from the box office.
Steve Miller Peter Frampton April 14th, 2018 On-Sale: Friday, December 15th, 2017 at 10:00 am Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria BC TICKETS
Steve Miller Peter Frampton. Coming off an extraordinary 2017, Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller is excited to announce his Spring 2018 tour of Canada. He will also be playing an additional two dates in the upper American Midwest.
Joining Miller and his band on this tour will be special guest Peter Frampton.
“2017 was an amazingly beautiful, creative and rewarding music experience for our band and our audience,” says Miller. “The band and production crew are working on creating an even better concert experience for 2018 and plan on wading even deeper into the musical waters. Peter Frampton and I enjoyed last summer. There is so much to explore and we are looking forward to seeing our friends in Canada and the States soon.”
Frampton adds, “Having had such a fantastic tour together last summer, Steve and I decided to keep going this year! Jamming together each night during Steve’s set is one of my favorite moments of the evening. Can’t wait to get back out there.”
Steve Miller Peter Frampton April 14, 2018 Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria BC TICKETS
The Steve Miller Band has played to more than 20 million people in the last 20 years. In addition to touring with his band, Miller is also contributing his time to serving on the welcoming committee of the Department of Musical Instruments of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and as a board member of Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he curates and hosts shows at both institutions celebrating blues, jazz and early American music. From 2015 – 2017, Miller and guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan presented seven sold out shows at JALC: “Ma Rainey Meets Miles Davis,” “T Bone Walker – A Bridge From Blues to Jazz,” and, with along with harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite, “The Blues Triangle: Memphis, Texas and Chicago.”
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March 27, 2018 – 7:30pm Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St Tickets on sale to the general public Friday, December 15! Tickets: $55.50/$45.50/$35.50 (plus service charges)
With her transcendent and energizing vocals, Grammy Award winning vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer simply must be experienced live. Featured in the Oscar-winning documentary ‘20 Feet from Stardom,’ Lisa has toured with Sting, Tina Turner, Chris Botti, Chaka Khan, and Nine Inch Nails, as well as every tour of the The Rolling Stones since 1989. The Guardiandescribes Lisa’s voice as “so big and so spine-tinglingly beautiful that on a nightly basis it does the near impossible: it steals the show from the Rolling Stones.”
In performance with Grand Baton, JC Maillard guitar, Aiden Carroll bass andThierry Arpino drums, Lisa re-invents songs by Led Zeppelin, Amy Grant, Little Willie John, and The Rolling Stones as well as her own originals. With a genre-bending fusion of jazz, progressive rock, and psychedelic soul, with African, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean rhythms, this band’s unique sound is powerful, inventive and classic.
After decades of bringing raw soul to the stage for world famous artists, Lisa Fischer is emerging as the most inventive and heartfelt interpreter of classic rock songs working today.
The VJS is thrilled to present Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton in Victoria again (between a seven night run in Paris and two nights in Tokyo) after their knockout headlining performance at the 2015 TD Victoria International JazzFest.
Tickets on sale to the general public Friday, December 15!
After three days of sun drenched classic rock last year, Ambleside Live and Rock 101 are excited to announce the 2nd annual Rock Ambleside Park music festival, scheduled for August 17-19 at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.
This year’s festival will once again feature 11 classic rock bands.
LOVERBOY | LITTLE RIVER BAND | TROOPER | KIM MITCHELL RIK EMMETT | SWEET | CHILLIWACK | DOUG AND THE SLUGS LEE AARON | TORONTO | NAZARETH
The 2017 inaugural Rock Ambleside Park was a tremendous success that saw over 10,000 people visit the park over the three days to enjoy the classic rock festival.
ROCK AMBLESIDE PARK has partnered with Vancouver’s Rock 101 and Ambleside Live to bring you this one-of-a-kind event. Ambleside Park is one of the most picturesque settings, and in the past, Ambleside Live has hosted concerts by Kenny Chesney, Ed Sheeran, Tegan & Sara and Lilith Fair. The festival grounds will have food trucks, drinks, and VIP access. Patrons are permitted to bring in their own lawn chairs for the event.
A rock god, music legend and Canadian icon, RANDY BACHMAN stands in rarified air as a member of a very exclusive club of recording artists who topped the charts with two different bands: “American Woman” with The Guess Who and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” as leader and singer with Bachman‐Turner Overdrive. It’s a club with precious few members. In a career spanning five decades and earning a staggering 120 platinum, gold and silver record awards, Randy’s record sales figures exceed 40 million, earning him the #1 spot on radio playlists in over 20 countries. His distinctive brand of no‐holds‐barred, guitar‐driven rock is instantly recognizable worldwide. Having played an integral role in the evolution and growth of the Canadian Music industry and continuing to serve as both inspiration and impetus for the success of others Randy Bachman is the perfect host of the top‐rated CBC and Sirius XM radio program Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap. His listeners worldwide number in the millions each week, earning him the title of Canada’s favourite storyteller.
Now, in addition to his ever‐popular songs and the stories behind them, Randy brings to the stage an exciting production honouring the remarkable musical legacy of early mentor, hero and inspiration, Beatles guitarist/songwriter George Harrison. From one master musician to another, Randy offers his own uniquely personal interpretations of Harrison’s best‐known songs in an extraordinary concert experience that you won’t want to miss.
Randy Bachman: Every Song Tells A Story Royal Theatre March 13, 2018 | 7:30PM Tickets are $77.50 | On sale December 8 at 10am: RMTS.BC.CA
Just announced: The Eagles play Vancouver May 10. Due to the overwhelming demand for the Eagles’ sold out concerts and the anticipated response for shows going on sale this weekend, additional concerts have been added to the band’s 2018 tour. The tour will now kick off on March 12 in Indianapolis, Indiana, with added shows set for St. Louis, Missouri on March 18; Des Moines, Iowa on March 21; Vancouver on May 10, Calgary on May 14; Edmonton on May 15; Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 17; and New Orleans, Louisiana on June 20. Tickets for these newly announced concerts go on sale Friday, December 8 at 10 AM local time through Ticketmaster.com. A full listing of tour dates can be found below.
American Express® Card Members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, December 5 at 10 AM through Thursday, December 7 at 10 PM local time. Additional presale opportunities will be available beginning Thursday, December 7 at 9 AM. For complete ticket information, visit Eagles.com.
The Eagles – Don Henley, Joe Walsh & Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey – set their initial 2018 tour dates featuring stadium concerts in Orlando, Miami, Denver and Minneapolis with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band; Washington D.C. and Philadelphia with James Taylor & His All-Star Band; and Dallas, Texas with Chris Stapleton sharing the bill. Additional 2018 shows are an “Evening with the Eagles.”
The Stampeders LIVE McPherson Playhouse April 4, 2018
No seventies group represented Canada’s musical identity to the world like The Stampeders. A quick look at Canada’s music scene from 1971 until 1976 confirms The Stampeders were truly the country’s international musical ambassadors, touring more extensively in Canada and overseas than any other Canadian group during that time. In 1977 the trio: Rich Dodson (lead guitar), Kim Berly (drums) and Ronnie King (bass) parted company but reunited, fittingly at the Calgary Stampede, 15 years later in 1992.
Since then they’ve been recognized by SOCAN for their Lifetime Achievement, been inducted into the SOCAN Songwriters Hall of Fame on five occasions and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for their 1971 seminal hit Sweet City Woman.
LAKETOWN RANCH BENEVOLENT SOCIETY DONATES $5,000 TO YOUNG, LOCAL MUSICIANS
COWICHAN VALLEY, BC: The Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society will be presenting a $5,000 cheque to the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation (CVPAF) for 10 scholarships to young, local musicians. CVPAF executive board members, Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society representatives and a few of the scholarship recipients will be meeting at Adage Studio on Tuesday, November 28th at 2:45pm. Members of the media are encouraged to come for interviews and photos.
For Laketown Ranch and Wideglide Entertainment – the event production company that created Sunfest Country Music Festival and Laketown Rock Music Festival – supporting young musicians in the Cowichan Valley is hugely important.
“Giving back to our community has always been a part of our mandate and a measure for the success of our events. Last year we created the Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society in order to continue this giving in a more official capacity”, said Greg Adams, owner of Laketown Ranch and President of Wideglide Entertainment.
The Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society chose to donate to the CVPAF because of their unyielding support of Cowichan Valley youth in the performing arts and their families.
“First and foremost, we want to support the families in our community. We hope these scholarships will not only help these kids pursue their musical passions, but also give their parents a break from bearing the financial weight of music lessons”, said Adams.