Great Voices of Canada

Grammy award winning baritone, Gino Quilico tours his newest project, Great Voices of Canada. Accompanied by pianist, Robert Holliston, and a guest soprano, Quilico combines audio and video clips, personal reminiscences, and fine singing to tell the stories of ten great Canadian singers whose careers greatly participated in promoting Canada\’s talents on the international opera stage.

Grammy award winning baritone, Gino Quilico tours his newest project, Great Voices of Canada. Accompanied by pianist, Robert Holliston, and a guest soprano, Quilico combines audio and video clips, personal reminiscences, and fine singing to tell the stories of ten great Canadian singers whose careers greatly participated in promoting Canada\’s talents on the international opera stage.

From Edward Johnson who became in May 1935 general manager of the Metropolitan Opera and held the position for fifteen years to Jon Vickers, Louis Quilico, Pierrette Alarie & Léopold Simoneau (known as Mr. and Mrs. Mozart worldwide), Maureen Forrester, Raoul Jobin, Portia White (considered to be the first Black Canadian opera singer), André Turp, Joseph Rouleau, Pauline Donalda (Founder of the Opera Guild in Montreal and creator of the role of Concepcion in Maurice Ravel’s opera L’heure espagnole!), Teresa Stratas, Richard Verreau, one of the most celebrated tenors of his time, the list goes on.

Having enjoyed a tremendous career himself, Gino Quilico is truly the best candidate to honour those great ambassadors, those great voices of Canada who have all been instrumental in building our country\’s enviable reputation. Gino Quilico has sung in two feature operatic films and over 20 complete opera releases, including the 1995 Grammy-winning recording of Les Troyens. He was named the Canadian Music Council\’s \”Artist of the Year\” in 1988, is Canada\’s first Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and in 1993 was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Tickets available in person at the UVic Ticket Centre, over the phone (250-721-8480), or online: https://tickets.uvic.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent2599.html

Remi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble: Swingin’ with Oscar

This program celebrates the music of Oscar Peterson. Born in Montreal in 1925 in the working-class neighbourhood of Little Burgundy, Oscar Peterson became one of the most important pianists in the entire history of jazz.

This program celebrates the music of Oscar Peterson. Born in Montreal in 1925 in the working-class neighbourhood of Little Burgundy, Oscar Peterson became one of the most important pianists in the entire history of jazz.

As accompanist to the greatest jazz vocalists of all time, including Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, and as recording artist for the famous Verve Records label, recognition of his talent quickly spread far beyond his hometown. The Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble pays tribute to our very own Oscar Peterson! Playing that is both intense and under control, breathtaking precision, magnetic stage presence, refreshing original compositions: that\’s the formidable package offered by Rémi Bolduc, one of Canada\’s best jazz saxophonists.

Acclaimed at the most important venues from New York to Paris by way of Geneva, Tokyo and Beijing, Rémi Bolduc captivates the audience with the dazzling virtuosity and stunning maturity that have made him a most accomplished musician.This program is totally dedicated to Oscar Peterson\’s music and the Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble pays tribute to him as only he can.

Tickets available in person at the UVic Ticket Centre, over the phone (250-721-8480), or online: https://tickets.uvic.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent2598.html

General $38, Student/Alumni $28, General 4 Pack $130 (only available in person or over the phone (250-721-8480))

BC World Music Collective

f there ever was a World Music supergroup, this would be it. The BC World Music Collective brings together musicians from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, and London, who now make their home in this beautiful province.

If there ever was a World Music supergroup, this would be it. The BC World Music Collective brings together musicians from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, and London, who now make their home in this beautiful province.

The collective is comprised of Adonis Puentes, Celso Machado, Tonye Aganaba, Kurai Blessing, Locarno (Tom Landa, Pedro Mota Robin Layne, Liam MacDonald, Nick La Riviere, Kalissa Landa, Ronnie Swirl) and First Nations (Stō:lo/St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux Territories) rapper, Ostwelve. The project first began in the summer of 2015, when the artists were asked to come together to perform at the Vancouver Island Music Festival.

After an intense week of rehearsals, the group made their first appearance on the mainstage of the festival. After their set, they were all elated with how it went, and decided one performance just wouldn’t be enough. A few weeks later, a plan was hatched to turn the one-off project into the province’s most exciting World Music band.

This is truly an exciting band with some impressive talent. Their performance is very much a collaboration that sees all the musicians playing with each other, and backing each other up as they sing their own songs and tell the stories of where they are from, and how they got to BC. They are the ideal festival band and take listeners on a worldwide journey without leaving the province.

Tickets available in person at the UVic Ticket Centre, over the phone (250-721-8480), or online: https://tickets.uvic.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent2597.html

General $38, Student/Alumni $28, General 4 Pack $130 (only available in person or over the phone (250-721-8480))

Harlequin Port Theatre Nanaimo

Harlequin

We are really excited to bring Winnipeg’s own Harlequin 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.
Get your tickets now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbE-SaerLQI

Pacific Opera Victoria presents: La Bohème

Music by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henry Murger February 15, 17, 23, 2018, at 8 pm Wednesday, February 21, at 7 pm Sunday, February 25, at 2:30 pm Sung in Italian, with English surtitles Pre-performance talk 1 hour before curtain Introduction Young love, Paris, and Puccini … resistance is futile.

 Pacific Opera Victoria presents: La BohèmePacific Opera Victoria presents: La Bohème

Music by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henry Murger

February 15, 17, 23, 2018, at 8 pm Wednesday, February 21, at 7 pm Sunday, February 25, at 2:30 pm 

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles Pre-performance talk 1 hour before curtain Introduction Young love, Paris, and Puccini … resistance is futile. One of the most loved operas of all time, Puccini’s La bohème is a gorgeous, nostalgic slice of life about a group of young friends hanging out together, experiencing Paris and love, and loss.

Puccini’s music sparkles with humour, pours out lush, sumptuous melodies, and is always completely irresistible. In the role of Mimi, we are thrilled to welcome back Lucia Cesaroni, last seen at POV as Woglinde in Das Rheingold and Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress. Tenor Jason Slayden (Adorno in 2016’s Simon Boccanegra) is Rodolfo.

That ever-loving, ever-squabbling couple, Musetta and Marcello, will be played by Sharleen Joynt (the Queen of the Night in last season’s The Magic Flute) and Brett Polegato (Paolo in Simon Boccanegra).

https://www.pov.bc.ca/boheme.html

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Stephen Fearing with special guest Oh Susanna

Touring in support of his ninth solo record, Every Soul\’s a Sailor, Stephen Fearing’s music is a mesmerizing blend of folk, roots, and pop. A founding member of Canadian roots-rock super-group Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, and winner of multiple JUNO and Canadian Folk Music awards

Touring in support of his ninth solo record, Every Soul\’s a Sailor, Stephen Fearing’s music is a mesmerizing blend of folk, roots, and pop.

A founding member of Canadian roots-rock super-group Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, and winner of multiple JUNO and Canadian Folk Music awards, Fearing is a beguiling teller of tales and master guitarist. Having played to sell-out crowds and rave reviews during his 2017 tour in eastern Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Scotland, and England, Stephen is kicking off 2018 closer to his Victoria, BC home with performances in BC and Alberta.

The tour will be a unique experience for fans accustomed to seeing Fearing play solo as he will be accompanied by the rhythm section of bassist Rob Becker and drummer Leon Power. Becker is an award-winning touring and studio artist who has played with an elite group of musicians including Colin James, Barney Bentall, Patricia Conroy, The Sojourners, and Shari Ulrich. Based in BC, Power has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Australia, with performances that span a variety of styles including folk, roots, country, pop, and gospel-soul.

Oh Susanna is the musical name of singer-songwriter Suzie Ungerleider. Performing since 1996, she has released eight critically acclaimed albums. She is the recipient of a Genie Award for Best Original Song and a Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year. She has also been nominated for two Juno Awards each for Best Roots and Traditional Album of the Year, as well as two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best Solo Performer and for Best Contemporary Singer of the Year.

Her most recent recording, A Girl in Teen City, is an album of songs set in 1980s Vancouver starring a teenage punk girl named Suzie. Oh Susanna lives in Toronto with her husband and son.

Tickets available in person, over the phone (250-721-8480), or online: https://tickets.uvic.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent2596.html

General $38, Student/Alumni $28, General 4 Pack $130 (only available in person or over the phone (250-721-8480))

International Guitar Night

For IGN’s 18th year of touring, in January/February 2018, Germany’s Gypsy Jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt will return as the show’s host and will be joined by Calum Graham, the young Canadian contemporary sensation, Marek Pasieczny, Poland’s innovative classical composer/ performer, and award-winning American guitarist Michael Chapdelaine.

For IGN’s 18th year of touring, in January/February 2018, Germany’s Gypsy Jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt will return as the show’s host and will be joined by Calum Graham, the young Canadian contemporary sensation, Marek Pasieczny, Poland’s innovative classical composer/ performer, and award-winning American guitarist Michael Chapdelaine. Lulo has built on grand-uncle Django Reinhardt’s repertoire by introducing Latin rhythms. Calum has a two-handed style that has attracted millions of YouTube viewers. Marek has performed and written for a variety of orchestras around the world, and Michael has won both the Guitar Foundation of America Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championship for steel string guitar. For information on IGN and these artists visit www.internationalguitarnight.com

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.

Tickets

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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Queen It’s a Kinda Magic

Royal Theatre  May 15, 7:00pm
Queen - It's a Kinda Magic - PlayInVictoria.netQueen 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!
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Please note: Online ticket sales end one hour prior to the performance start time.  Tickets may be available from the box office.

Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton in town March 2018

LISA FISCHER & GRAND BATON

MS. LISA FISCHER & GRAND BATON
Lisa Fischer | Photo: BradEdwards.ca

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 Guardian describes 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 BatonJC Maillard guitar, Aiden Carroll bass and Thierry 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!

Available from: Royal & McPherson Box Office 250-386-6121 or online at www.rmts.bc.ca

 

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