Music and Arts listings April 19-25

Kidney Awareness & Fundraiser Extravaganza- A day and night of swinging jazz and blues music. 1-11pm April 21 at Hermann’s Jazz Club.

Kidney Awareness & Fundraiser Extravaganza- A day and night of swinging jazz and blues music in support of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. 1-11pm at Hermann’s Jazz Club. All day $40, 1-7pm $20, 7-11pm $25.

Calendar Listings April 19-25







Thursday April 19


The B.V.D’s Jazz trio- Strings on Kings at Caffe Fantastico (965 Kings). 7:30pm. By Donation.


Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival- Choral highlights. 7pm. First Metropolitan Church (932 Balmoral). $TBA.

Hap MandalaFamiliar tones, organic edge with rural charm. With River. Logan’s Pub. 10pm. $8.

ADULTS- Geoff Lundstrom and Jason Cook. 9pm Canoe Brewpub. $5.

Rock of Ages- Classic rock. 8:30pm The Office. Free

Hawaiian Ukulele Showcase- 5:30pm at Hermann’s Jazz Club (&53 View). $10.

Voces Intimae Men– Perform a concert of Russian Orthodox music by Bortnyansky, Golovanov and Chesnokov, and secular music by Schubert, Sibelius and Chaikovsky. 3:30pm. St. Mary’s Church (1701 Elgin). $15/$10.

Young Life Classical Music-Walter Prossnitz (piano) and Lawrence Skaggs (cello). 7pm (2159 Mt Newton X Road). $20/$15




Fri. April 20

Tiller’s Folly- Traditional roots CD release party. 7:30pm. Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). $20/15.

Joe Powers- Harmonica virtuoso. 8pm. Hermann’s Jazz Club. $18.50.

All Ages Dance Party- with the percussive group Masala, Candu Music and Grandpa Phunk from 7 to 9:30pm at 600 Richmond Road at Richardson. Part of the Creatively United for the Planet Festival. FREE.

Cocaine MoustacheFunk, blues, soul, sex drugs and rock n roll. With Rotterdam, Buzzard . Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm. Logan’s Pub. $10.

Deko-Ze- The Mirrorball Masquerade. With DJ Primitive and Philthy Phil. Svelte Cocktail Lounge (737 Goldstream). $12.

BROKEN STRINGS- Victoria’s most diverse cover band. 9pm Canoe Brewpub. $5.

Younger Than Yesterday- Classic rock. 9pm Bartholomew’s. Free.

Scott MacDougall- Finger style guitar and smooth vocals. After open stage (8pm) at James Bay Coffee and Books (143 Menzies). By Donation.

The Skatalites- Original studio band for Bob Marley & the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Ken Boothe and Jimmy Cliff, and by all accounts one of the main founders of the Ska genre. 7pm. Club 9ONE9. $22.




Sat. April 21

Vancouver Island Music Awards- With performances by Mike Edel, Lindsay Bryan, Ryan McMahon, Shane Philip, Lola Parks and more. Doors at 6pm, gala at 7pm. Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). $20.

VICTORIA PHILHARMONIC GETS OPERATIC- You’ll hear pirates and pilgrims, soldiers and sultry cigarette girls, sherry-drinking gondoliers and a live performance on anvil, as the Victoria Philharmonic Choir presents some of your favourite musical moments from opera and operetta. There’s even a chance to sing along! With Kim Cousineau on piano, and soloists Mary-Ellen Rayner and Cari Burdett. 8 pm. First Metropolitan United Church. Ticket info:

Paul Black- 8:30pm. Six Mile Pub. Free.

The INK PNEUMITES- Create poetry soundscapes with great vocals, crisp guitar and perspicacious percussion. After Open stage at 8pm. James Bay Coffee and Books (143 Menzies). By Donation.


Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – One of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America. 8pm. Alix Goolden Hall. $32. Victoria Jazz Society.

Ann Mortifee and Paul Horn- With The Gettin’ Higher Choir, Holly Arntzen, Paul Wright. Creatively United for the Planet Festival. 600 Richmond Road.

The Tower of DudesHigh-octane, traveling folk-gypsy-country-punk band. With The Poppies, Clunt & the Scrunts. 9:30pm. Logan’s Pub. $8.

Pablo Cardenas Trio- Afro-jazz piano. 7:30pm. The Well. $10.

THE SARDINES- Mike Hann & Tyler Harvey playing a happy mix of good times music. 9pm Canoe Brewpub. $5.

McKiNLeY WoLf – Blues. 8pm. Upper Deck Loung (229 Gorge). Free.

Younger Than Yesterday- Classic rock. 9pm Bartholomew’s. Free.

Shelley O’Brien- Vivarium CD release concert. 8pm. Merlin’s Sun Home Theatre (1982 Fairfield Road). Call 250-389-1988 ext. 3201. Max 50 seats. $20.

Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival- Piano (Junior and Intermediate) and Composition Honours Concert. 2:30pm. First Metropolitan Church (932 Balmoral). $TBA.

Honeyloaf – Benefit for Parkinson’s disease research. Doors at 7pm, show at 9pm.West Coast Taphouse (829 McCallum). $20 including beer, burger and show.

Kidney Awareness & Fundraiser Extravaganza– A day and night of swinging jazz and blues music in support of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. 1-11pm at Hermann’s Jazz Club. All day $40, 1-7pm $20, 7-11pm $25.



Sun. April 22

Bombino- Rocking desert blues guitar wizardry. 8pm. Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $25.

Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra- Welcome Spring. Featureing Nielsen, Sibelius and Schumann. 2:30pm. University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. $23/$20/$10.

Vancouver Cantata Singers – Music for split choir and brass from the Renaissance to the 20th century featuring I Tromboni. 2pm. Atrium Building (Yates and Blanshard). Free.


John Lennon Tribute Concert- Featuring Mae Moore, Daniel Lapp, Jean-Paul Maurice, Lola Parks, Roland Barrett, Anne Schaefer, Colleen Lee Eccelston, Justin Hewitt, Geoff Lundstrom, Gareth Hurwood, James Kasper, Caroline Spence, Jeremy Walsh backed by: Mike Demers on guitars and vocals, Chris Van Sickle on keyboard, Ian McElroy on bass and Murray Creed, drums. Also presentation by artist Robet Bateman. 600 Richmond. $30.


Ensemble Laude- Spring Gala concert, The Garden. Directed by Elizabeth MacIsaac. 3pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. By donation.


Victoria Folk Music Society- Presents The RabbleBerries after the open stage (7:30pm). Norway House (1110 Hillside). $5.




Wed. April 25


DJ PRIMITIVE- Deep jazz with a Latin influence. 8pm Canoe Brewpub. Free.

Boneshaker- Goth/industrial night. 9pm. Paparazzi Nightclub. $3.

The Good Lovelies – Sunny and upbeat folk music with a bit of sass. Doors 6pm, show 8pm. Hermann’s Jazz Club. $18.









Thurs. April 19

God of Carnage- From the author of Art, this Tony and Olivier Award-winning play begins as two power couples meet to amicably resolve a playground fight between their sons. Lines are drawn, allegiances are made and broken, and the evening quickly turns into a laugh-out-loud train wreck. 8pm The Belfry Theatre. for tickets. Until May 20.


Rock Opera: Jesus Christ Superstar– Aka Cheesus Crust Pizzastore pt 2. Rock opera. THURS (7:30pm), Fri (7:30pm), SAT (2pm). At Metro Theatre. $15. Cash Only.

CABARAISER 2.0- Impulse Theatre is bringing another night of song, theatre and drink. A fundraising event for the upcoming show, The Damned Girl, which premiers this August in the Victoria International Fringe Festival. With Christopher Vickers (host), improv duo SpeakEasy (missie Peters and Dave Morris), CatFlap Productions, improv with Remilio Sheen and music by West My Friend. 7:30pm. Victoria Event Centre. $15.



Fri. April 20

Victoria Empress of India- Canadian Pacific Ballet presents the second in the series honouring Queen Victoria. Choreographer Roberta Taylor and designer Graham McMonagle collaborate again for This World Premiere. FRI (7:30pm) and SAT (7:30pm) at the McPherson Playhouse. $33.50-$77.50.

The Bitts of Tease Speakeasy– Let Rosie Bitts and Dave Lang and the Black Squirrels transport you back in time to experience a Sultry evening at the local Speakasy. The Music is Swinging, the Burlesque is HOT and the food is divine. 7:30 and 9:30pm. The Superior (106 Superior). $30/20. 250-380-9515



Sat. April 21

Confessions of a College Dropout- A confused and discouraged performer attempts to navigate the thunderstorm of her own existence while struggling to prove herself a worthy member of “The Clown Club”.  This multi-media production combines live music, improvisation and stilt-walking. Featuring local artists Kimara Brilling, Marina Lagacé and Emma Zabloski.Warning: Partial Clown Nudity. By the CatFlap Collective as part of Intrepid Theatre’s You Show. 6 and 9pm at the Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard) $12 at door. Cash Only.


Sun. April 22

4-Play- Featuring 4 writers, 4 directors, 4 actors (Julian Cervello, Eric Grace, Kelly Hudson, and Naomi Simpson), 4 set designers, and 4 costume designers who will create 4 short plays. Add to that 4 reviewers who have 5 minutes to judge the each play and an awards ceremony afterwards and you have a hilarious evening that doesn’t have time to take itself too seriously. 8pm. Metro Theatre. $25. Fundraiser for Intrepid Theatre.








April 19

A Cowherd in Paradise- From China to Canada. Book launch with May Q. Wong. 7Pm at Silk Road (1624 Government). Free.


April 20

Planet Earth Poetry – Naomi Beth Wakan. 7:30 pm at The Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3



April 21


a writing circle. 12:30pm at Cook Street Village Activity Centre (380 Cook) $45.


April 22

70th anniversary of Victoria’s Japanese community’s exile- launch of Gateway to Promise: Canada’s first Japanese Community (by local historians Ann-Lee and Gordon Switzer) tells the forgotten history of the original Japanese community of Victoria. 2pm in the city hall antechamber. Music by Satomi Edwards on the koto. Free.


Bring Your Own Poetry- New reading series created by Victoria’s Poet Laureate Janet Rogers. Writers of all skill levels and genres are welcome to share, experiment and encourage. 2pm. Fernwood Inn (1302 Gladstone).Free




April 25


TINY HOMES: SIMPLE SHELTER- Book Launch with Lloyd Kahn. A collection devoted to structures 500 square feet or less in size. The book features hundreds of fascinating photographs and stories of people who have consciously chosen to live in a much more modest way than has become standard in our ‘big box’ culture. 7Pm at Uvic’s David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Building. Free.






April 19

Let’s Talk Design- An interactive discussion with Victoria’s leading interior designers to April 21 at AGGV (1040 Moss). $20. 250-384-4171.

Light Sensitive- by Western Academy of Photography. CACGV Gallery (3220 Cedar Hill). To April 21

Legacy Art Gallery- A Place Like This is a show of recent work by UVic MFA grads Chris Lindsay, Yang Liu, Dong-Kyoon Nam, Paola Savasta and Anne J. Steves. Opening recpetion 4pm at 630 Yates.




April 20

Uvic Visual Arts BFA Graduation Exhibition- Blink, a show by more than 40 emerging artists. Opening reception 7pm at UVic’s Visual Arts Building. To April 27.

The Sculpture Studio- Mostly Harmless, a show of work in a variety of styles, mediums, and affordable price points by Bruce Dean, Michelle Duncan, Cait Helten, Liam Hanna Loyd, Cameron Martin, Rael Mason, Noah Mott, Sara Wilson. Opening reception 7-10pm at 211 Harbour Rd. SAT and SUN 11am to 4pm.




April 21


Look Show- a celebration of local arts hosted by the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, showcasing the work of over 300 local artists. Bay Centre downtown. To May 12.

Open Space – Trimpin: (CanonX+4:33=100) an exploration of sound, vision, and movement in this newly commissioned interactive installation. Featuring a workshop by Darren Miller: Invention on Invention — The Compositional Opportunities and Challenges of

Writing for a Trimpin Installation

Part of the series Plugging in: Talks on Sound, Technology & Art. 2pm.

Little Fernwood gallery- My Flight Home, featuring recent drawing and painting of Ilyanna Jones. Opening 1pm at 1923 Fernwood. To May 8.

Ground Zero Printmakers Society- French Cows and Amalfi Coast by Dominique Chapheau. One day only. Noon to 5pm at 549 ½ Fisgard.

Island Illustrators Society- M is for Marcia. Marcia Semenoff will introduce scratchboard art, a technique that involves scratching through a black ink surface into white clay to create a highly detailed drawing. After demonstrating, she will turn the fun over to you in this hands on program. For ages 5-12. Register online at Saanich Centennial Branch. 1pm.




April 22

Polychrome Fine Arts- SQUILLO : a solo exhibition of serigraphs on velvet and paper by Ingrid Mary Percy. Opening noon to 3pm. To May 24 at 113 Fort.




April 23

Studio 30 Art Club- Spring art show at the Tillicum Shopping Centre  (Lower Level). To April 29. Artist demonstrators (Saturday and Sunday).




April 24

In the Forest – by Sharon Stone. Opening recpetion 7pm. CACGV Gallery (3220 Cedar Hill). To April 28.

Aimee Van Drimmelen- with Gail Dolyn and Hannah Green. Opening recpetion 7pm. CACGV Gallery (3220 Cedar Hill). To April 27.




April 25

Al Frescoes Plein Air Painting Exhibition- Group meets every Friday morning, rain or shine to paint on location in various areas through the lower island. This is an annual group show of various paintings from over 30 members. Noon at Coast Collective Art Centre (3221 Heatherbell). Free.











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