V-Lounge hosts trio of award-winning northwest blues artists #yyjmusic

V-Lounge hosts trio of award-winning northwest blues artists

VICTORIA – Vocalist Karen Lovely, bassist Lisa Mann and guitarist Ben Rice will come together for a spectacular show at the V-Lounge in the Red Lion Inn on Friday, June 16 courtesy of the Victoria Blues Society.

“These musicians are each accomplished professionals in their own right,” said society chair, Deb Rhymer, “so all three of them sharing a stage will be an amazing evening of fine music.” Continue reading “V-Lounge hosts trio of award-winning northwest blues artists #yyjmusic”

Art Battle – Victoria City Finals! @VicEventCentre #yyjevents

THE VICTORIA CITY FINALS ARE HERE! Join us for the most anticipated event of the season as the Vic AB Season Champions face off for a spot in the Art Battle Nationals! This is a wonderful evening of creativity and community, showcasing local artists and connecting Victoria to towns and cities around the world! All Victoria AB events are ALL AGES with a 19+ bar.

Art Battle® is live competitive painting. Painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. At the end of the round, the audience votes democratically for their favourite painting and bids in a silent auction to take the work home. Art Battle happens in 50 cities worldwide, check artbattle.com for local listings!

Victoria Event Centre
1415 Broad Street
Cost: $25

Breakwater Barge: The Great Divide 5PM TODAY #yyjmusic

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority presents The Breakwater Barge.
Join us Friday June 9th from 5PM to 9:30PM for The Great Divide : Canada’s Tribute to The Band. One of the favourite acts from last years Barge series they will not dissapoint. Playing all of THE BAND‘s hits from “Up On Cripple Creek”, to “The Weight” to “The Night the Drove Old Dixie Down” and everything in between. A super group of local Victoria musicians who would make Levon Helm proud. Acoustic opener Andrew Poirier to start the evening off on the right note.

Local beer from Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Driftwood Brewery & Hoyne Brewing Company. Cider from Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse and wine from the Artisan Wine Shop AWS. Food will also be on site from The Kraken by The Breakwater, Deadbeetz Food Truck, Songhees Seafood & Steam & Thrifty Foods Smile Truck.

The Breakwater Barge opens at 5PM. $2 cash admission with partial proceeds to charity. Kids welcome. No pets or smoking on the barge.

A Deanna Young Promotions event.

Next Friday: June 16th – Dylans Stone Band

Tonight: @Hollerado play @Sugar_Nightclub @liljuniorband @everettbirdband @AtomiqueEvents #yyjmusic

Hollerado plays Sugar NightClub tonight, (Friday, June 9) with support from Little Junior and Everett Bird! The jovial band returns to rock your world with their clever brand of pop-rock. Slick guitar riffs, witty lyrics and wild showmanship will take you to their Hollerado Universe, a place that you’ll never forget.

Advance Tickets:

Legacy Golf Tournament Drive To End Homelessness #yyjevents @BearMountain @VicCoolAid

Legacy Golf Tournament

Imagine helping to end homelessness by golfing and feasting!

Join Cool Aid at Bear Mountain Valley Course on Friday, July 14th, starting at 1:30 pm, for the Legacy Golf Tournament, a benefit for Victoria Cool Aid Society, presented by Hatch and Muir, which supports the construction of new housing for people who are homeless.

Reserve your place today at DriveToEndHomelessness.ca or call Alan at 250-414-4781. Shuttle service from downtown Victoria is available by request.

Phillips Backyard Weekender Line-up Announcement! #yyjmusic @phillipsbeer @backyardwkndr



2017 Phillips Backyard Weekender Line-up @AtomiqueEvents @TheZone913 @backyardwkndr


Phillips Backyard Weekender

Phillips Backyard Weekender

Early bird ticket sales end on Sunday, June 11 at midnight. Oh, the announcement on who’s playing is coming Monday.  We thought we would share this great news with you!

This July 7-9, party with 3000 of your closest friends at The Phillips Backyard Weekender – a 19+ licensed music festival in the Phillips Backyard, located at the Phillips Brewery in Victoria, BC!

Disguised as a brewery parking lot by day, the Phillips Backyard magically transforms into an outdoor music super-party for three unforgettable nights. Set against the backdrop of our beloved local craft brewery in the open air of downtown Victoria’s communal backyard, The Phillips Backyard Weekender is a summer highlight not to be missed.

Purchase your early bird tickets here: bit.ly/PBW2017EB

Food Vendor and Artist Applications are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied!

Volunteer Applications will open closer to the festival.

2017 Victoria Pride Week July 1-9 #yyjevents @VictoriaPride

Victoria Pride Parade

Victoria Pride Week is quickly approaching, and it’s going to be another great week of events culminating with the Victoria Pride Parade and Festival on July 9th.

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlites:

July 1: TD presents: The Annual Memorial Dragball Game
Vic West Ball Park @ Bay St & Wilson, across from Save on Foods

July 6: The 4th Annual Beach Party at Sugar Nightclub

July 9:  The Victoria Pride Parade and The Victoria Pride Festival in MacDonald Park Continue reading “2017 Victoria Pride Week July 1-9 #yyjevents @VictoriaPride”

Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest Kicks Off June 14 #yyjmusic @Victoriaskafest

2017 Ska & Reggae Festival Victoria

Pictured above: One of the most important figures in the history of American soul and R&B, [Booker T. Jones] 


If you have been thinking of taking in the festival, now is the time to make your plans and get your festival pass. This will gain you admission to all marquee ticketed events for the festival. Space will be reserved for Full Fest Pass holders for 30 minutes after listed door time. Patrons must arrive on time to ensure admission to any ticketed events using this pass.

This pass does not provide entry into any of the festival’s Rocksteady Collective venues. TICKETS

Other restrictions may apply.



Here are the bands confirmed on Victoria’s 18th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival

BOOKER T. JONES (of Booker T. & the M.Gs) – Stax Records Legend

TARRUS RILEY with Dean Fraser & the Blak Soil Band (Jamaica)

Continue reading “Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest Kicks Off June 14 #yyjmusic @Victoriaskafest”

Just Announced: @Rifflandia 1st Wave of performers #yyjmusic #RIFF10

Rifflandia Festival - Victoria

Alright, the waits over.  Out this morning, the firstwave of performers for this years installment of Rifflandia.  Tickets on sale now.  Here’s what we’ve got so far:

Moby(DJ), Zeds Dead, Bonobo, July Talk, A Tribe Called Red, Dear Rouge, Hot Chip DJ Set, Z-Trip, Bliss N Eso, The Glorious SOns, Dream Warriors, Busty and the Bass, Charlotte Day WIlson, Ykon Blonde, Said The Whale, Five ALarm Funk, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Hannah Georgas, Leeroy Stagger, Too Many Zooz, Skiitour, DH Shub, Band of Rascals, Astrobolor, Ralph, Fleetmac Wood, Neon Dreams, The Choir, Twin Bandit, Christian Hudson, J Grgry.  (more to be announced in the coming weeks.)

For more info visit: http://rifflandia.com

VJS Presents, from Manchester, UK: GoGo Penguin @VicJazzSociety #yyjmusic


 “Their playing centers around delicate piano, which weaves in and out of a tumultuous maelstrom of intense drumming, and a fury that seems to push the limits of what a double bass can achieve” SPIN

  • Date: Friday, September 8, 2017 8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm)
  • Venue: Dave Dunnet Community Theatre @ Oak Bay High School
  • Tickets: $29 advance/VJS members | $32 at the door (service charges may apply) On sale now!
  • Available: Victoria Jazz Society Office no service charges (202 – 345 Quebec Street, in the Harbour Towers Hotel or 250-388-4423), Lyle’s Place, and the Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at www.rmts.bc.ca)

It’s been an astonishing couple of years for the Manchester, UK based trio GoGo Penguin, acclaimed as one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from the UK in years and in a league of their own when it comes to their take on jazz.

Continue reading “VJS Presents, from Manchester, UK: GoGo Penguin @VicJazzSociety #yyjmusic”