Alan Doyle, former front man for Great Big Sea and more recent solo artist, appears live with his band at Butchart Gardens for a mid-week concert on July 18. Facebook

Summer at the Gardens: Alan Doyle show highlights busy schedule

Musical offerings range from classical and jazz to bluegrass and vintage rock

Alan Doyle will be a long way from the body of water that gave his old band its name, but he’ll be pretty close to another one when he hits stage for a show at Butchart Gardens on July 18.

The Wednesday evening outdoor concert in the bandshell by the former Great Big Sea front man and songwriter is among the highlights in a busy summer entertainment schedule at the world-famous gardens. The fast sellout of presale tickets for the show illustrates the popularity of the man well known for singing such songs as “Ordinary Day,” “End of the World” and “Mari-Mac” with the old band, and more recent solo hits, “Summer Summer Night,” “So Let’s Go” and “I’ve Seen a Little.”

Fans not able to get tickets in advance still have a chance to see the show, by arriving that afternoon.

The air around the Gardens’ grassy hillside is filled with music every evening between June 30 and Sept. 1, with a mix of local musicians and world-renowned artists showcased, all included in visitors’ admission ticket to the facility.

“There is so much local talent and we take pride in featuring these performers each year. It is very much part of our strategy to promote local [performers],” says Craig Moddle, Butchart Gardens’ manager of arts and entertainment.

Other highlights include John Gogo (July 22), Stephen Fearing (July 25), The Paperboys (Aug. 3), the Wailin’ Jennys (Aug. 10) and Russell deCarle (Aug. 15), to name a few. Live performances range from big band and jazz, to bluegrass and classical: the Victoria Symphony perform July 27 with guest conductor (and former music director) Tania Miller holding the baton.

For a list of performances for 2018, visit butchartgardens.com/summer-entertainment-calendar.

– Monday Magazine staff

Butchart Gardens

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria brewery throws support behind still-operating restaurants

Vancouver Island Brewing initiates #TakeOutTuesday to keep local eateries in the public eye

LIVE MUSIC: Artist in Residence reaching into the community

Kathryn Calder to perform livestream show on YouTube channel this Friday, April 3

Victoria vocalist Maria Manna reaches out to hard-hit Italy with special online song

Jazz singer to perform ‘Hymn to Freedom’ with Italian lyrics on Facebook at 2 p.m. Monday

Royal BC Museum joins home education trend for outreach programs

Free webinar options available for RBCM@Home and kids’ programs, starting March 31

Stars On Ice tour cancelled for the first time in 34 years due to pandemic

The show was supposed to hit the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on May 12

‘The Office’ star John Krasinski offers Some Good News in trying times

‘The human spirit still found a way to break through and blow us all away’

Hip tradition sing-along planned again for Canadians April 2

The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois is encouraging all to join him virtually in a’Porch Session.’

Vancouver Island musicians in quarantine thank neighbours with backyard performance

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra director Karl Rainer and his sons play for those in self-isolation

Order of Canada Vancouver Island musician pens ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’

Qualicum Beach lawyer and saxophonist Phil Dwyer notes health officer has become a ‘folk hero’

Campbell River journalist launches Isolationpalooza II

Featuring all local musicians, a volunteer virtual concert, of sorts

6.5-magnitude earthquake in Idaho shakes B.C. Interior

An earthquake was reportedly felt just before 5 p.m. throughout the Okanagan

Netflix reducing video quality in Canada to lower Internet bandwidth use

Bell Media is also planning traffic measures affecting the Crave streaming service

Will the show go on? B.C. music festivals consider options for 2020

Summer events running out of time to stay on schedule, in wake of COVID-19 uncertainties

Most Read