Music

Sarah Rhude, left, a cultural facilitator in the Greater Victoria School District’s Aboriginal Nations Education Division, receives a Distinguished Service award from B.C. Music Educators Association interim president Cindy Romphf, during the association’s AGM in Richmond last weekend. Photo contributed

Victoria school district Aboriginal cultural facilitator honoured with music award

Sarah Rhude earns Distinguished Service award for teaching First Nations musical traditions

Sarah Rhude, left, a cultural facilitator in the Greater Victoria School District’s Aboriginal Nations Education Division, receives a Distinguished Service award from B.C. Music Educators Association interim president Cindy Romphf, during the association’s AGM in Richmond last weekend. Photo contributed
Sean O’Loughlin, recently announced as the Victoria Symphony as its new Principal Pops conductor, is in town this Saturday (Oct.28) to conduct the VSO and featured pianist Lorraine Minn in two performances of Hollywood Thrillers at the Royal Theatre. Photo courtesy Victoria Symphony

Sean O’Loughlin named Victoria Symphony’s Principal Pops conductor

American composer has built a career working with some of music’s biggest names

Sean O’Loughlin, recently announced as the Victoria Symphony as its new Principal Pops conductor, is in town this Saturday (Oct.28) to conduct the VSO and featured pianist Lorraine Minn in two performances of Hollywood Thrillers at the Royal Theatre. Photo courtesy Victoria Symphony
Garnet Rogers’ Sept. 22 show at the Dave Dunnet Theatre is sold out. (Contributed photo)

Garnet Rogers returns to say farewell

The celebrated Canadian folk artist’s last Greater Victoria concert is sold out in Oak Bay

  • Sep 5, 2017
Garnet Rogers’ Sept. 22 show at the Dave Dunnet Theatre is sold out. (Contributed photo)
Janet Morningstar, vice-president of the Oak Bay Kiwanis Pavilion Foundation, celebrates the collaboration between the Foundation and Oak Bay Seafood for the upcoming Salmon Fest, while Chef on the Run provides fresh coleslaw. (Morgan Cross photo)

Salmon Fest fundraises for Kiwanis Pavilion music program

The program provides therapy and memory enhancement to residents living with frailty and dementia

  • Aug 23, 2017
Janet Morningstar, vice-president of the Oak Bay Kiwanis Pavilion Foundation, celebrates the collaboration between the Foundation and Oak Bay Seafood for the upcoming Salmon Fest, while Chef on the Run provides fresh coleslaw. (Morgan Cross photo)
Nick Gilder belts out a tune performing with Sweeney Todd at Bullen Park as part of Esquimalt’s Canada 150 celebrations. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Esquimalt fans rock out for Canada 150 celebration

Nick Gilder and Sweeney Todd headline day of musical entertainment

Nick Gilder belts out a tune performing with Sweeney Todd at Bullen Park as part of Esquimalt’s Canada 150 celebrations. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Bill Johnson plays at Brentwood Bay Village Empourium August 3. (Contributed photo)

Blues artist Bill Johnson plays at Brentwood Bay Village Empourium

Tickets on sale now for the intimate house concert

  • Jul 30, 2017
Bill Johnson plays at Brentwood Bay Village Empourium August 3. (Contributed photo)
The Strumbellas perform at the 2013 Toronto Bicycle Music Festival. The founder of that event is launching the Victoria Bicycle Music Festival this Sunday (July 30) at Central and Banfield parks. Photo by Adam Popper

Inaugural bicycle music fest pedals into Victoria

Generator bikes will be used to power sound systems

The Strumbellas perform at the 2013 Toronto Bicycle Music Festival. The founder of that event is launching the Victoria Bicycle Music Festival this Sunday (July 30) at Central and Banfield parks. Photo by Adam Popper
Canadian rockers Nick Gilder (centre) and Sweeney Todd headline the Canada 150 celebration concert at Esquimalt’s Bullen Field on Saturday, Aug. 12. The concert is part of a free day of entertainment at the park that also includes Jerry Doucette and The Jason Buie Band.  Photos by Ted Van Boort

Music and culture part of Canada 150 celebration in Esquimalt

Nick Gilder, Sweeney Todd headline mainstage show Aug. 12

Canadian rockers Nick Gilder (centre) and Sweeney Todd headline the Canada 150 celebration concert at Esquimalt’s Bullen Field on Saturday, Aug. 12. The concert is part of a free day of entertainment at the park that also includes Jerry Doucette and The Jason Buie Band.  Photos by Ted Van Boort
The Lonely Heartstring Band, with Brentwood Bay native Patrick M’Gonigle playing fiddle (second from left), is playing a concert at the Christian Science Church in Victoria on July 25.  Photo contributed

Former Brentwood Bay fiddler brings band home from Boston

Lonely Heartstrings Band featured in three Island shows

  • Jul 21, 2017
The Lonely Heartstring Band, with Brentwood Bay native Patrick M’Gonigle playing fiddle (second from left), is playing a concert at the Christian Science Church in Victoria on July 25.  Photo contributed
Pioneer Park and Brentwood Bay Emporium host shows all summer long

Pioneer Park and Brentwood Bay Emporium host shows all summer long

Brentwood Bay’s Music in the Park runs every Wednesday night, Emporium Sessions twice in August

  • Jul 21, 2017
Pioneer Park and Brentwood Bay Emporium host shows all summer long
After more than 20 years of bringing music to Greater Victoria and Island residents, John Larsen is closing his business on Cook Street.

Iconic Victoria music store closing, owner plans to keep on playing

John Larsen and his staff brought music to many in Victoria and elsewhere on the Island

  • Jul 17, 2017
After more than 20 years of bringing music to Greater Victoria and Island residents, John Larsen is closing his business on Cook Street.
Jelena Milojevic of Saanich is one of the featured performers at next week’s Victoria International Accordion Festival.  Photo by accordions.com

Victoria accordion festival breaks stereotypes of unique instrument

International event runs from July 13 to 16 at multiple venues

Jelena Milojevic of Saanich is one of the featured performers at next week’s Victoria International Accordion Festival.  Photo by accordions.com
Pianist Felipe Jang, 9, is the first featured performer in Christ Church Cathedral’s Summer Recital Series, which runs Saturdays at 4 p.m. from this weekend until Aug. 26. Photo contributed

Greater Victoria piano prodigy opens summer concert series Saturday

Christ Church Cathedral marks 55th anniversary of its Summer Recital Series

  • Jul 6, 2017
Pianist Felipe Jang, 9, is the first featured performer in Christ Church Cathedral’s Summer Recital Series, which runs Saturdays at 4 p.m. from this weekend until Aug. 26. Photo contributed
Finn Letourneau plays violin in the centre courtyard of the Waddington Building, home to the central branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library. Tim Collins/Victoria News

Victoria’s accidental amphitheatre: Courtyard’s acoustics attract pros, amateurs alike

Downtown library building’s centre court a haven for musicians

  • Jul 2, 2017
Finn Letourneau plays violin in the centre courtyard of the Waddington Building, home to the central branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library. Tim Collins/Victoria News