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Smokestacks members Owen Pollock, Bryden Amos, Ella Slaughter, Ethan Ramirez, Holly Peterson, Daniel Froese at the Sunday Services Blues Jam at Hermann’s Upstairs. (Charlie Fox)

A Blues Revival

How a group of young talent in Victoria are heating up the local blues scene

Smokestacks members Owen Pollock, Bryden Amos, Ella Slaughter, Ethan Ramirez, Holly Peterson, Daniel Froese at the Sunday Services Blues Jam at Hermann’s Upstairs. (Charlie Fox)
Calgary-based rising blues star Marcus Trummer plays Hermann's Upstairs May 13. (image supplied)

Rising young blues star Marcus Trummer ready to rock Hermann’s Upstairs May 13

Trummer’s single, Running on My Own, awarded 2022 Blues Recording of the Year at YYC Music Awards

  • May 8, 2023
Calgary-based rising blues star Marcus Trummer plays Hermann's Upstairs May 13. (image supplied)
PIGS vocalist and guitarist Josh Szczepanowski and vocalist and tambourinist Charlene Szczepanowski, aka Anneda, get married on April 21 during their show at the Royal Theatre. (Courtesy John Carlow of Finding Charlotte Photography)
PIGS vocalist and guitarist Josh Szczepanowski and vocalist and tambourinist Charlene Szczepanowski, aka Anneda, get married on April 21 during their show at the Royal Theatre. (Courtesy John Carlow of Finding Charlotte Photography)
Canadian actor Will Arnett is narrating Island of the Sea Wolves, a docuseries that explores natural life on Vancouver Island, set for release on Netflix in October. Screenshot/Island of the Sea Wolves.

Island-filmed documentary up for 7 Daytime Emmy Awards

Island of the Sea Wolves is tied with the Drew Barrymore Show for sixth most-nominated TV program

Canadian actor Will Arnett is narrating Island of the Sea Wolves, a docuseries that explores natural life on Vancouver Island, set for release on Netflix in October. Screenshot/Island of the Sea Wolves.
The Doo Wop Project runs May 6 at Royal Theatre and features stars of Broadway smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown.

Doo Wop Project sings your favourite songs in a ‘Doo Wop’-style on May 6th at the Royal Theatre

A Tony-nominated cast sings your favourite songs in a ‘doo-wop’ style on May 6th at the Royal Theatre

  • May 2, 2023
The Doo Wop Project runs May 6 at Royal Theatre and features stars of Broadway smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown.
Sophia Ammann is set to perform Leonard Cohen covers and originals at James Bay United Church on April 27. (Karl Vandewoestijne)
Sophia Ammann is set to perform Leonard Cohen covers and originals at James Bay United Church on April 27. (Karl Vandewoestijne)
Gladys Vallee worked in a number of book stores and saw overbought books can often end up in the landfill. (Courtesy of Terrier Books)

Here’s some Victoria bookstore owners’ best book recommendations to celebrate Earth Day

Books have provided inspiration to these shop owners to be eco-conscious in their industry

Gladys Vallee worked in a number of book stores and saw overbought books can often end up in the landfill. (Courtesy of Terrier Books)
Maureen Beck. (Kris Ugarriza)

Maureen Beck, one-handed climber and world champion, at Victoria’s Royal Theatre on April 25

At one point, Beck taped a metal ladle to her arm so she could climb.

  • Apr 19, 2023
Maureen Beck. (Kris Ugarriza)
July Talk’s co-lead singers Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay perform at the Royal Theatre on March 28. (Brendan Mayer/Black Press Media Staff)

Show review: July Talk brings high-energy spectacle to Royal Theatre

July Talk kicked off their Remember Never Before Tour in style

July Talk’s co-lead singers Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay perform at the Royal Theatre on March 28. (Brendan Mayer/Black Press Media Staff)
Comedian Mike Marino performs at the DaVinci Centre on April 23. (image supplied)

Comedian Mike Marino and Italian-Canadian singer Maria Manna are ready to make you crave pasta – and laugh

Jersey City’s Mike Marino brings new comedy show Welcome to the Family to DaVinci Centre

Comedian Mike Marino performs at the DaVinci Centre on April 23. (image supplied)
Art on the Edge workshop artist participants worked with award-winning artist Carole Finn to tap into the power of story telling for their April exhibit. (Anna Spratt)

Sidney exhibit Art on the Edge explores artists’ answer to the question: what story are you telling?

Queens Medal recipient artist Carole Finn guides artists to tell their story in new ways at April Art Sea exhibit

Art on the Edge workshop artist participants worked with award-winning artist Carole Finn to tap into the power of story telling for their April exhibit. (Anna Spratt)
Sarah McLachlan will take to the main stage at Vancouver Island MusicFest on Friday, July 14. Photo supplied

Vancouver Island MusicFest lands international superstar Sarah McLachlan

McLachlan to headline Friday July 14 lineup in annual Comox Valley event

  • Apr 12, 2023
Sarah McLachlan will take to the main stage at Vancouver Island MusicFest on Friday, July 14. Photo supplied
Canadian singer-songwriter Jill Barber is a three-time Juno Award nominee. (Jessica Jacobson)

Jill Barber eyes human connection at Mary Winspear

She’ll perform songs from her 10th album, Homemaker, with themes of domesticity, partnerships, parenting and aging.

  • Apr 11, 2023
Canadian singer-songwriter Jill Barber is a three-time Juno Award nominee. (Jessica Jacobson)
Sean McCann. (David Howells)

A secret can kill you, but a song can save your life

Sean McCann’s return to Victoria marks a victory of spirit

  • Apr 6, 2023
Sean McCann. (David Howells)
Brett Emmons, the Glorious Sons lead singer, performs at Laketown Shakedown on July 2, 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

‘A huge opportunity’: Sooke band Shale thrilled to play Laketown Shakedown

Shale is performing at the festival at Laketown Ranch on July 2

Brett Emmons, the Glorious Sons lead singer, performs at Laketown Shakedown on July 2, 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Allan Rayman performs at the Capital Ballroom on March 16. Brendan Mayer/Black Press Media Staff)

Show review: Allan Rayman dazzles at Capital Ballroom

Allan Rayman played back-to-back captivating sold-out shows in Victoria

(Allan Rayman performs at the Capital Ballroom on March 16. Brendan Mayer/Black Press Media Staff)
George Millar and Ian Millar, lead singers of The Irish Rovers. Millar, an Irish Rover all his life, wrote the song Hey Boys Sing Us A Song as a response to the Covid-19 years, and includes the refrain “We all need some happiness back in our lives!” The song is nominated Canadian Folk Music Awards, SINGLE OF THE YEAR. (Hamish Burgess)

‘Absolutely wonderful’: Victoria Irish Rovers co-founder celebrates nomination

Popular Irish-Canadian band rings in 60 years of uplifting spirits with a tour, award nomination

George Millar and Ian Millar, lead singers of The Irish Rovers. Millar, an Irish Rover all his life, wrote the song Hey Boys Sing Us A Song as a response to the Covid-19 years, and includes the refrain “We all need some happiness back in our lives!” The song is nominated Canadian Folk Music Awards, SINGLE OF THE YEAR. (Hamish Burgess)
Carmanah performs at the Capital Ballroom on Feb. 16. (Black Press Media file photo)

Beloved Victoria band Carmanah calls it quits

Carmanah’s final show will be on May 20 at the McPherson Playhouse

Carmanah performs at the Capital Ballroom on Feb. 16. (Black Press Media file photo)
Jesse Roper of Metchosin kicks off the August Phillips Backyard music festival. (Black Press Media file photo)

Phillips Backyard festival announces summer lineup

Lord Huron headlines Tilt in July, Jesse Roper leads Reverb in August

Jesse Roper of Metchosin kicks off the August Phillips Backyard music festival. (Black Press Media file photo)
(image supplied by Tim Collins)

Raw and rich – Vinyl is the real deal

Victoria’s Record Fair offers audiophiles the chance to find their holy grail

  • Mar 25, 2023
(image supplied by Tim Collins)