Live music

Jason Heit teaches a class at the Island MMA Training Centre in Victoria. Heit moved back to the Island in 2007 after spending four years as a security guard for various A-list celebrities. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Island man’s journey took him from the boxing ring to supplying security to the stars

Drew Barrymore, Nicholas Cage, Robbie Williams: Victoria’s Jason Heit was by their side

 

Fred Penner returns to Nanaimo’s Port Theatre for a matinee performance Sunday, May 22, as part of the beloved entertainer’s 40th anniversary tour of his debut album, ‘The Cat Came Back.’ (Photo by Tyler Anderson)

Fred Penner returns to Vancouver Island for ‘The Cat Came Back’ 40th-anniversary tour

‘Catchy tunes and good times’ promised for May 22 matinee show at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre

 

Lonnie Glass of Thunder Road singing with bandmate Shelley Sweet Potato Brown. (Debra Lynn photo)

Thunder Road – A Bruce Springsteen Experience rocks Port McNeill on a Saturday night

As the show went on, the intensity gradually grew for both band and audience

  • Apr 27, 2022
Lonnie Glass of Thunder Road singing with bandmate Shelley Sweet Potato Brown. (Debra Lynn photo)
The Tenors will be playing a show May 27 in Port McNeill for charity. (Supplied photo)

The Tenors are coming May 27 to Port McNeill for a benefit concert

Tickets start at $50 and the concert begins at 7:00 p.m. in the North Island Secondary School gym

The Tenors will be playing a show May 27 in Port McNeill for charity. (Supplied photo)
Thunder Road, A Bruce Springsteen Experience, is coming to the Gate House Theatre April 23. (Photo supplied)

Bruce Springsteen tribute band coming to Port McNeill this weekend

Thunder Road is an 11 piece band from Victoria that gives you all of The Boss’ greatest hits

Thunder Road, A Bruce Springsteen Experience, is coming to the Gate House Theatre April 23. (Photo supplied)
Canadian band Our Lady Peace will tour to B.C. cities this spring. (Submitted photo)

Holograms help power Our Lady Peace tour that includes Vancouver concert this spring

Alt-rock band touts ‘intersection of music and technology’ in partnership with ARHT Media

Canadian band Our Lady Peace will tour to B.C. cities this spring. (Submitted photo)
Rock band Dear Rouge performs at Surrey’s Party for the Planet festival in 2014, in celebration of Earth Day. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C.’s new ARC program aims to give musicians the tools to build sustainable careers

Applications from B.C.-based musicians now welcomed, with 15 to be picked for program’s first round

Rock band Dear Rouge performs at Surrey’s Party for the Planet festival in 2014, in celebration of Earth Day. (Black Press Media file photo)
Taylor Hawkins, the longtime drummer for the rock band Foo Fighters, died on Friday (March 25) at age 50. The band has since cancelled its 2022 tour, which included a Victoria show in October. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)
Taylor Hawkins, the longtime drummer for the rock band Foo Fighters, died on Friday (March 25) at age 50. The band has since cancelled its 2022 tour, which included a Victoria show in October. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)
Ryan McMahon. (Photo contributed)

Ryan McMahon performing at final show of the North Island Concert Society’s season

McMahon has carved out an almost 20-year career as an independent artist in Canada’s music scene

Ryan McMahon. (Photo contributed)
Joëlle Rabu and her son, Nico Rhodes, performing at the Port Hardy Civic Centre. (Debra Lynn photo)

Joëlle Rabu and Nico Rhodes: Reviving Piaf at North Island Concert Society show

North Island residents were treated to a channeling of the spirit of Edith Piaf

Joëlle Rabu and her son, Nico Rhodes, performing at the Port Hardy Civic Centre. (Debra Lynn photo)
CURL will be performing March 26 at the Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill. Purchase tickets online at eventbrite.ca

Blues band CURL to perform at the Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill

CURL will be playing covers from legends like Aretha Franklin and Etta James and original material

CURL will be performing March 26 at the Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill. Purchase tickets online at eventbrite.ca
Tim McGraw sings “Something Like That” in a video posted to Youtube.com. The American artist is booked to perform during the 2022 Rockin River Fest in Merritt, B.C.

Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker headline summer’s Rockin River Fest in flood-hit Merritt

‘Now more than ever, we need things to be excited about,’ city’s mayor says

Tim McGraw sings “Something Like That” in a video posted to Youtube.com. The American artist is booked to perform during the 2022 Rockin River Fest in Merritt, B.C.
Nico Rhodes and Joëlle Rabu. (Submitted photo)
Nico Rhodes and Joëlle Rabu. (Submitted photo)
The Marc Atkinson Trio at the Civic Centre in Port Hardy. (Debra Lynn photo)

Marc Atkinson Trio: A lot more than just strumming

‘Atkinson has incorporated a variety of influences into his music’

  • Feb 7, 2022
The Marc Atkinson Trio at the Civic Centre in Port Hardy. (Debra Lynn photo)
Ashley Wey, Hermann’s Jazz Club’s booking manager and longtime performer at the Victoria venue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria’s Hermann’s Jazz Club makes first and only pandemic plea amid struggles

Recent capacity restrictions have been the hardest yet on Island music institution

Ashley Wey, Hermann’s Jazz Club’s booking manager and longtime performer at the Victoria venue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Jesse Roper is a popular Victoria-based musician whose performances in Greater Victoria were widely attended prior to the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Roper/Facebook)

COVID shifts perspective for Vancouver Island performing artists

Studio owner/performer wants more clarity; guitarist/songwriter enjoys slower pace

Jesse Roper is a popular Victoria-based musician whose performances in Greater Victoria were widely attended prior to the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Roper/Facebook)
Canada’s Drag Race comes to Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for a July 16 performance winding up its nationwide tour. (Facebook/Canada’s Drag Race)

Second season of Canada’s Drag Race ending tour with Victoria finale

Fans can attend July 16 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Canada’s Drag Race comes to Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for a July 16 performance winding up its nationwide tour. (Facebook/Canada’s Drag Race)
The Vancouver Island country music festival Sunfest has been postponed the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)

Canadian Live Music Association aims for clarity with live event regulations guide

Each province’s rules for live event gatherings is explored in detail in online guide

The Vancouver Island country music festival Sunfest has been postponed the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)
Saanich residents Reb Stevenson (left) and Billy Reid are the duo behind Pancake Manor, a successful children’s YouTube channel. (Photo courtesy of Reb Stevenson)

B.C. duo drops new kids’ music as Youtube videos close in on 2 billion views

Duo behind Pancake Manor releasing their eighth children’s album this week

Saanich residents Reb Stevenson (left) and Billy Reid are the duo behind Pancake Manor, a successful children’s YouTube channel. (Photo courtesy of Reb Stevenson)