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

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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))

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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))

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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))

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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

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Oaklands West Coast Winter Market

…Join us from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, December 2nd at the Oaklands Community Centre and Oaklands Elementary Gym for a showcase of over 50 vendors from all over Greater Victoria

The Oaklands West Coast Winter Market is back!

Join us from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, December 2nd at the Oaklands Community Centre and Oaklands Elementary Gym for a showcase of over 50 vendors from all over Greater Victoria including farmers, artisans, gourmet food producers, baked goods, pottery, knitters, crafters, handmade body products, jewelry, and more!

Entrance to the Market is by a minimum $3 donation. The Market also features live music from West My Friend, Daniel Cook & The Radiators, Vic Horvath, and Jessica Benini Music, an afternoon beer garden featuring Hoyne Brewing Company and Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Deadbeetz Food Truck and the International Women’s Catering Co-Op, a by-donation concession, and activities for kids!

 

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Under Paris Skies – La Musique d’Edith Piaf

Edie Daponte presents Under Paris Skies – La Musique d’Edith Piaf; music and entertainment inspired by Paris.

Edie Daponte presents Under Paris Skies – La Musique d’Edith Piaf; music and entertainment inspired by Paris.

Edie and her 4 piece band will perform many of the French cabaret singer’s – widely regarded as France\’s national chanteuse – soulful and emotional numbers. Non Je Ne Regrette Rien; La Vie en Rose; Milord; Sous le Ciel de Paris and many more, interwoven with Edie’s engaging style of audience-interaction, and interpretation of the French numbers. She’ll also be mixing in some of Edith Piaf’s English songs and a few more that fit alongside Piaf’s oeuvre – inspired by a recent trip to Paris. Channelling Piaf, with her rich timbre and captivating stage presence, Edie aims for a completely authentic experience and her experienced band will help create the atmosphere of an intimate Parisian theatre.

Joining Edie are long-time collaborator Joey Smith on bass, and local favourites Karel Roessingh on piano, Jonathan Eng on drums and filling the important role of accordionist, Aaron Watson. All these talented musicians have long careers in the Vancouver Island jazz scene. Under Paris Skies will be a unique show allowing a larger audience to enjoy Edie’s expressive performance in Sidney’s beautiful Charlie White Theatre. Come along and feel yourself sink under the spell of the Parisian streets and the sounds they inspire.

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Vancouver Men’s Chorus IN Concert

Vancouver Men’s Chorus IN Concert November 18th in Victoria! The Vancouver Men’s Chorus is Canada’s first gay chorus & one of Canada’s premier singing ensembles. Now celebrating their 36th concert season, the chorus is returning to Victoria for a full evening of fabulous choral music this November.

Vancouver Men’s Chorus IN Concert November 18th in Victoria! The Vancouver Men’s Chorus is Canada’s first gay chorus & one of Canada’s premier singing ensembles. Now celebrating their 36th concert season, the chorus is returning to Victoria for a full evening of fabulous choral music this November.

Vancouver Men’s Chorus IN Concert Under the Direction of Conductor and Artistic Director Willi Zwozdesky Seasonal Songs, Campy Collections and Audience Favorites Saturday, November 187:30pm (doors open at 6:45pm)

First Metropolitan United Church 932 Balmoral Road, Victoria V8T 1A8

Tickets: $25 Available On-Line: http://bit.ly/VMCinVictoria Tickets also available at Ivy’s Bookshop and Long & McQuade Victoria

More Information: Call 250-588-6207 Email: vmcnovember18victoria@gmail.com Follow on FB: VancouverMensChorus FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/347597352347226/

Now celebrating their 36th season, the VMC has carved out a unique place for itself in Vancouver’s diverse gay community, on the national music scene, and internationally as part of the larger lesbian and gay choral movement. This 80+ male voice chorus returns to Victoria after too long away!

The Vancouver Men’s Chorus is exciting, dynamic, fun, energetic and musically diverse. They combine the best of serious choral discipline with the high energy fun of a show choir.

This is their only complete show on the island this season, so don’t miss out. ‘Thank you, VMC, for a stellar performance! Your energy lifted the roof off the place and many of us out of our seats!’ (Chanticleer from VanMan Choral Summit April 2017) “the richness of the multiple parts from low bass to high tenor combined with a stellar visual aesthetic makes every sense come alive for the listener” – C. Miller

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Big Band Dance Cabaret refugee fundraiser

Big Band Dance Cabaret fundraiser for refugees, sponsored by First Metropolitan United and St. John the Divine Anglican churches.

Big Band Dance Cabaret fundraiser for refugees, sponsored by First Metropolitan United and St. John the Divine Anglican churches. Save the date for this fun way to spend an evening with friends or meet someone new, support our community refugee projects and maybe even learn a few dance moves!

All to the tunes of the Best Coast Big Band. Tickets available at the First Met and St. John the Divine church officers or at the door.

*** $15 ($32 per family – 2 adults plus children under 17)

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Greater Victoria Concert Band Senior Ensemble’s Fall Concert – with special guests The Commodore Big Band

Come join the Greater Victoria Concert Band\’s Senior Ensemble, along with their special guests The Commodore Big Band, for a night of music. Swing, classical and modern – there’s music for everyone! Tickets are available at the door.

Come join the Greater Victoria Concert Band’s Senior Ensemble, along with their special guests The Commodore Big Band, for a night of music. Swing, classical and modern – there’s music for everyone! Tickets are available at the door.

$10 per person. Children and students are free.

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