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Musical events from music festivals to a rock lottery catch them around town...
Steph MacPherson was voted Favourite Solo Artist by Monday Readers in the 2013 M Awards

A Tribe Called Red: The Polaris Prize long-listers return to Victoria after headlining the Tall Tree Music Festival in Port Renfrew, playing tracks from its new album Nation II Nation. 9 p.m., Monday, July 1 at Sugar Nightclub (858 Yates). $15.

Damo Suzuki: The former member of German Krautrock band Can comes to Victoria’s Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook) to make music with Ryan Beattie (baritone guitar), Don Chessa (bass), Scott Henderson-Monotron (bass clarinet, brass, toys), John McMillan (drums) and Kalev Mihkel Kaup (guitar, noise). July 5 at 9 p.m.. $10.

Rock Lottery: The fifty fifty arts collective presents the ninth-annual Rock Lottery, where musicians from local bands are randomly picked and given eight or nine hours to come up with at least 25 minutes of original composition, performed later at Logan’s Pub, Sat., July 13 at 10 p.m. Sign up before July 1 at

Live and Unsigned: A showcase of some of Victoria’s best and brightest emerging musicians, including Steph MacPherson, Washboard Union, The Royal Canadians and Emily Spiller. 8 p.m., Thursday, July 25 at The Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $18/20.

Oliver Swain’s Big Machine: The ever-evolving musical contraption, a product of folk-noir and Americana multi-instrumentalist Oliver Swain, returns to Victoria’s Upstairs Cabaret, Friday, July 26. This iteration includes demon fiddler Jaron Freeman-Fox, vocalist Emily Braden, and guitar prodigy Quinn Bachand (alternating with Adam Dobres). Tickets are $14 at Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records, Larsen Music and $16 at the door.




Le Salon de Mozart

Les Amusements de la Chambre presents Le Salon de Mozart, the third and final concert of its debut season Saturday, July 20.

Comprised of pianist Katelyn Clark, violinist Emily Redhead and guest artist Matthew Ross on cello, the trio will be playing a program featuring works by Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including Sonata for Piano and Violin and Piano Trio.

The concert gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at Church of St. John the Divine (1611 Quadra). Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students, available at the door or in advance at Ivy’s Bookshop (2188 Oak Bay) or online at


Canadian-Chinese Performing Arts Festival

The Victoria Canada China Friendship Association presents Lady Butterfly of West Lake, Sunday, July 14 at Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora). The performance begins at 8pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at or 250-386-6121.


Aria on the Edge


Mary Byrne (flute) and Wendy Stofer (piano) present an evening concert exploring the vast song repertoire for flute, exposing its hidden gems. The journey begins with the facile operatic variations by Reynaldo Hahn on Mozart’s Impressario and Paul Taffanel’s show stopper fantasy on Ambroise Thomas’ Mignon. 7:30pm, Monday, July 15 at Wood Hall (900 Johnson). By donation.


That Damned Quartet

Professional classical musicians Emily Salmon (violin), Allison Cregg (violin), Kenji Fuse (viola) and Emily Burton (cello) present a residency at Logan’s Tavern of the Damned (1821 Cook), playing a diverse repertoire of perky arrangements of rock hits by the likes of Coldplay, Radiohead and the Beatles alongside classics from Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. July 4 and 18 at 9pm. By donation.


Veronica Yen

Taiwanese award winning Pianist and Composer Veronica Yen in concert with cellist Brian Yoon, violinist Jeremy Potts and flutist Judith Pazder featuring original compositions and arrangements. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6 at St. Mary’s Anglican Church (1701 Elgin). $20/10.