Music

A pilot project proposed by the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association will allow selected musicians to perform in designated spots around Oak Bay Village this summer. (Courtesy of the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association)

Oak Bay Village welcomes live music via pilot program

District consults businesses to determine prime spots for musicians

A pilot project proposed by the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association will allow selected musicians to perform in designated spots around Oak Bay Village this summer. (Courtesy of the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association)
Local artist Gillian Redwood and avid local pianist Carl Ivey pose with a painted piano at Turkey Head during a past summer. (Courtesy of Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture)

August to see return of community painted pianos in Oak Bay

Play your favourite tunes outdoors this summer, in five different locations

Local artist Gillian Redwood and avid local pianist Carl Ivey pose with a painted piano at Turkey Head during a past summer. (Courtesy of Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture)
Learning to play the violin at the Sooke Harmony Project. (Contributed - Sooke Harmony Project)

Classical garden concert on Aug 8 will benefit the Sooke Harmony Project

World-class musicians will perform alongside students

Learning to play the violin at the Sooke Harmony Project. (Contributed - Sooke Harmony Project)
Britain’s singer Harry Styles poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the movie “Dunkirk,” in Dunkirk, northern France, Sunday, July 16, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler

Harry Styles fans angered as singer cancels Vancouver, Toronto concert dates

The pop star released a schedule of his North American tour Wednesday but missing was mention of his Canadian shows

Britain’s singer Harry Styles poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the movie “Dunkirk,” in Dunkirk, northern France, Sunday, July 16, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
Willows live music returns with a July 22 concert by Victoria favourite Soul Shakers. (Courtesy Soul Shakers)

Music returns to Willows in Oak Bay with Soul Shakers

Residents invited to shake off the dust with monthly outdoor concerts

Willows live music returns with a July 22 concert by Victoria favourite Soul Shakers. (Courtesy Soul Shakers)
Ben Lubberts and Kyle Penny describe their songwriting style as a “postal service relationship” where Penny composes the songs and then sends them to Lubberts to add lyrics and produce. (Courtesy of Kyle Penny)

New Greater Victoria music group has unique songwriting process

For the Birds members almost never work in the same room

Ben Lubberts and Kyle Penny describe their songwriting style as a “postal service relationship” where Penny composes the songs and then sends them to Lubberts to add lyrics and produce. (Courtesy of Kyle Penny)
Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)

Jann Arden backs petition to stop ‘appalling’ live horse export, slaughter

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
EMCS Concert Band performing last year at Band Fest at the University of Victoria. (Neal Beattie photo)

Sooke youth bands hit high notes at MusicFest

Gold standard music coming out of Sooke schools, according to national judges

EMCS Concert Band performing last year at Band Fest at the University of Victoria. (Neal Beattie photo)
Electronic producer Joanne Hill, who performs as Sydney Blu, lobbied for the Juno Awards to introduce a category for underground dance single of the year. The new award will launch in 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Juno Awards to announce new category for underground dance single of the year

Joanne Hill lobbied for the award with support from DJs, producers and other members of the dance music industry

Electronic producer Joanne Hill, who performs as Sydney Blu, lobbied for the Juno Awards to introduce a category for underground dance single of the year. The new award will launch in 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Johnny Orlando poses in this undated handout photo. Orlando, who’s nominated for pop album of the year at the Juno Awards, recently passed 10 million followers on TikTok. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Universal Music Canada, Norman Wong
Johnny Orlando poses in this undated handout photo. Orlando, who’s nominated for pop album of the year at the Juno Awards, recently passed 10 million followers on TikTok. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Universal Music Canada, Norman Wong
Kwalikum Secondary School graduate Johannes Wallmann will release his ninth album, 'Elegy for an Undiscovered Species' on June 25, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Kwalikum Secondary School graduate Johannes Wallmann will release his ninth album, 'Elegy for an Undiscovered Species' on June 25, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Close to 20 students, staff and parents protested proposed cuts to Greater Victoria School District music programs outside a district office May 25. (Courtesy of Cindy Romphf)

Supporters stage musical protest outside Greater Victoria School District offices

Final public feedback meeting on budget scheduled for Thursday, May 27

Close to 20 students, staff and parents protested proposed cuts to Greater Victoria School District music programs outside a district office May 25. (Courtesy of Cindy Romphf)
Victoria-born, 16-time Grammy winning musician David Foster penned a letter to the Greater Victoria School District May 7 urging them not to cut music programs. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

David Foster joins fight to save music in Greater Victoria School District

‘Music is the great equalizer’ Foster wrote in a letter to the district

Victoria-born, 16-time Grammy winning musician David Foster penned a letter to the Greater Victoria School District May 7 urging them not to cut music programs. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
FILE - This March 14, 2011 file photo, shows Lloyd Price appears backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, in New York. The New Orleans mainstay and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has died. Price was known for such hits as “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and “Stagger Lee.” His wife Jackie said he died Monday, May 3, 2021 in New Rochelle, N.Y. (AP Photo, File)

Lloyd Price, singer and early rock influence, dies at 88

The singer fashioned a deep, exuberant sound around the brass and swing of New Orleans jazz and blues

FILE - This March 14, 2011 file photo, shows Lloyd Price appears backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, in New York. The New Orleans mainstay and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has died. Price was known for such hits as “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and “Stagger Lee.” His wife Jackie said he died Monday, May 3, 2021 in New Rochelle, N.Y. (AP Photo, File)
Members of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. (File photo)

B.C.-wide #DayOfMusic to feature 100-plus free virtual concerts May 15

‘Our colleagues across the province have figured out new ways to perform and connect,’ VSO boss says

Members of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. (File photo)
A construction worker bursts into song on a Coquitlam job site in Langley musician Gino Gerussi’s performance of “Just In Love With A Girl” (Screen grab/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: B.C. construction worker who ‘can actually sing’ creates catchy tune

A job just to get through the pandemic turned into a career boost for Gino Gerussi

A construction worker bursts into song on a Coquitlam job site in Langley musician Gino Gerussi’s performance of “Just In Love With A Girl” (Screen grab/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Victoria-born musician Bryce Dane Soderberg took to Instagram Monday to call out the Greater Victoria School District on its proposed cuts to elementary and middle school music programs. (Bryce Dane Soderberg/Instagram)

Victoria-born Lifehouse vocalist calls out SD61 on proposed music cuts

‘It will be a big loss to future generations’ Bryce Dane Soderberg posted to his Instagram

Victoria-born musician Bryce Dane Soderberg took to Instagram Monday to call out the Greater Victoria School District on its proposed cuts to elementary and middle school music programs. (Bryce Dane Soderberg/Instagram)
Students take to the streets, here at Gordon Head Road and McKenzie Avenue, to protest potential cuts to music in the Greater Victoria School District on Thursday (April 22). (Photos courtesy Saanvi Katireddy)

PHOTOS: SD61 students not taking potential music program cuts silently

Students protest potential music program cuts in Greater Victoria School District

Students take to the streets, here at Gordon Head Road and McKenzie Avenue, to protest potential cuts to music in the Greater Victoria School District on Thursday (April 22). (Photos courtesy Saanvi Katireddy)
Shannon Zirnhelt, from left, her son Lockie, 3, Ella Kruus, 13, and Julia Zirnhelt, 13, co-founders of Third Planet Crusade are featured in a music video set to air on Earth Day, April 22, 2021. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

B.C.-made music video launched in time for Earth Day 2021

Singer songwriter Shannon Zirnhelt worked with Third Planet Crusade on the project in the Cariboo

Shannon Zirnhelt, from left, her son Lockie, 3, Ella Kruus, 13, and Julia Zirnhelt, 13, co-founders of Third Planet Crusade are featured in a music video set to air on Earth Day, April 22, 2021. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
A few dozen students and parents gathered outside Lansdowne Middle School South Campus Monday morning to protest proposed budget cuts to SD61 music programs. From left to right: Lyra Gaudin, Cleo Bateman, Abby Farish, Brigitte Peters, Enid Gaudin, Des Farish. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Students protest proposed cuts to SD61 music programs

Proposed $1.5-million cut would hit elementary and middle school programs

A few dozen students and parents gathered outside Lansdowne Middle School South Campus Monday morning to protest proposed budget cuts to SD61 music programs. From left to right: Lyra Gaudin, Cleo Bateman, Abby Farish, Brigitte Peters, Enid Gaudin, Des Farish. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)