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

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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Crimes of the Heart comes to the Phoenix Theatre

Crimes of the Heart

UVic Phoenix Theatre
February 15 – 24, 2018
8:00 PM Cost: $15-$26

Crimes of the HeartCrimes of the Heart: Through teasing and laughter, the Magrath sisters relive sweet memories and confront past resentments at their Grandaddy’s house, after the youngest sister Babe is arrested for shooting her abusive husband. Each sister must come to terms with the consequences of their own crimes of the heart. Humorous and heartfelt, this Pulitzer prize-winning black comedy, written by Beth Henley, beautifully captures the incredible power of family.

Crimes of the Heart Runs February 15 – 24 2018 Note: Free pre-show lecture on Friday February 16 at 7pm.

Tickets: $15-$26

UVic Phoenix Theatre
3800 Finnerty Road Victoria, BC V8P 5C2 Canada

Phoenix Theatre productions serve an integral part of the academic requirements of students enrolled the Department of Theatre’s Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees.

When you attend the Phoenix Theatre you experience some of this city’s most exciting and eclectic theatre – while participating in the education of our students. Our students learn by doing! They are involved in every aspect of these productions – from acting on stage, to the design, creation and management of sets, costumes, props, sound and lighting.

Discover the difference that the youth, talent and energy of our students can make and get a preview of Canada’s next generation of theatre artists!

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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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Jim Jefferies Unusual Punishment Tour

Comedian Jim Jefferies has announced the Unusual Punishment Tour, his latest major multi-city standup comedy tour that will take him across the United States and Canada throughout the rest of the year.

Jim Jefferies - Unusual Punishment TourJim Jefferies
Date: December 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm
On-Sale: Friday, June 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria BC


Comedian Jim Jefferies has announced the Unusual Punishment Tour, his latest major multi-city standup comedy tour that will take him across the United States and Canada throughout the rest of the year.

Jefferies has firmly established himself as one of the most popular and respected comedians of his generation, with a controversial and belief-challenging standup style that continues to surprise and entertain audiences across the globe. The tour announcement comes hot of the hells of his fifth major standup comedy special “Freedumb” which premiered July 1st, 2016 on Netflix.

Jefferies burst on to the scene in the United States after his popular debut HBO special “I Swear to God.” His additional successful comedy specials include “Contraband,” “Alcoholocaust,” and “Fully Functional.”

The Eagles play Vancouver May 10

The Eagles - Rogers Place VancouverThe Eagles – Vancouver
May 10, 2018

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 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

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.”

***Pre-sale is on NOW

More info and ticket links:

Matt Patershuk in Concert

WCMA nominted roots-country artist
Matt Patershuk

November 24, 7:30 pm at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre

Upstairs Lounge
Tickets $20 through

If all it took was a handful of good songs, the ability to finesse beautiful melodies from an old flat top guitar and an honest rough and true voice to make it in the music business, Matt Patershuk would be a star many times over.

Matt Patershuk music has a rare quality that allows his songs to go deeply in and weave into the fabric of the experiences of everyone who hears them. Each word he sings is as real and true as the ground we’re standing on and as welcome as spring wind over the prairie. Even if the La Glace, Alberta resident hasn’t been on Saturday Night Live or played at the Grand Ole Opry yet, Matt Patershuk’s third album, ‘Same As I Ever Have Been’ is more than good enough to change all of that.

In many ways, Matt Patershuk’s music is a study in contrasts. As rough and loose as his songs may sound on first listen, it’s obvious that a lot of thought has gone into every lyric and riff he shares. Matt’s not an ivory tower thinker or dilettante; the demands imposed by the land and horses of his rural property, and his day job as a bridge builder assure that he’s never too far away from the concerns of the everyday world.

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Shabazz Palaces & Porter Ray Upstairs Cabaret Dec. 2

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Pretty Good Not Bad presents our inaugural Winter Showcase with Shabazz Palaces & Porter Ray. Experimental hip-hop duo from Seattle, on tour to support their two latest releases “Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star” and “Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines”.



Tickets on sale now at Vinyl Envy and online at Ticket Rocket:

$20 advance / $25 door
19+ Doors at 7pm.

More info:


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2018 Juno Awards to be hosted by Michael Buble’

2018 Juno Awards - Michael Buble'Prepare to be entertained by the one and only Michael Bublé. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC today announced that the 12-time JUNO Award winner and beloved Canadian crooner is set to host The 2018 JUNO Awards, which will be held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Sunday, March 25, 2018and broadcast live across Canada on CBC TV, CBC Radio and around the world on at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET (6 p.m. MT7 p.m. CT9 p.m. AT, 9:30 p.m. NT).

Tickets for The 2018 JUNO Awards go on sale this Friday, November 24 at 10 a.m. PST. Tickets are available starting at $59 through Rogers Arena Box Office, by phone at 1-855-985-5000 and online at

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour coming in January

Traxxas Monster Truck

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour will be the motorsports entertainments epicenter with the nation’s most competitive MONSTER TRUCKS as they invade Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre!

See these incredible 10,000-pound, car-crushing giants compete in Racing, Wheelie Contests, and then rock the house with amazing Freestyle Action during the Traxxas Monster Truck Tour! Pick your event or come to both! 2 days and times to cover your family’s needs.

Plus, meet the drivers and see the trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit Party. Meet your favourites:

ROCK STAR…Leader of the monster truck mafia!
WHEELIE CRASH…This is one WILD Monster Truck!
IDENTITY THEFT… WHO can it be!?!
REVERSE RACER… Which way is he going?!
POUND HOUND… Going head-to-head with the BIG boys!

*Monster Truck lineup subject to change without notice.

FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS:  Watch as these top riders perform sick tricks like: Cliffhangers, Double Seat Grabs, Superman Seat Grabs, & the Backflip!

PLUS, ride in a real Monster Truck during the Pit Party and Intermission! (Ride Truck Operations does charge a fee for each person to ride in it, cash only).

PLEASE NOTE! – As this event is indoors, please note that loud noise and exhaust fumes should be expected and are regulated by staff on site. Not recommended for children under 2 years of age. Each event from start to finish has an estimated run time of 2-3 hours.

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour
Date: January 20-21, 2018

On-Sale: Friday, November 24, 2017 at 10:00 am
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria BC

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Tickets for other events: Save on Foods Memorial Centre Box Office