Victoria’s Weekly Music Listings April 12-18

Victoria's Weekly Music Listings April 12-18. Highlights include the Cat Empire, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Lynn Miles, SYN{A}PSE and more

The Joel Plaskett Emergency Scrappy Happiness Tour is coming to Victoria April 13 at Alix Goolden Performance Hall.

The Joel Plaskett Emergency Scrappy Happiness Tour is coming to Victoria April 13 at Alix Goolden Performance Hall.



THURS. April 12

Without A Net – With Jim Moffatt 7:30pm at Caffe Fantastico (965 Kings).By donation.

Taylor Carson – With Nick Drummond presented by the Victoria Fiddle Society at Oak Bay Bistro (2250 oak Bay) Doors at 6:30 pm, Open Mic 7pm, feature act 8pm).  $15/10.

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

Kelly Joe Phelps- Singer, songwriter, guitarist. 9pm at Logan’s $TBA.

The Best of Marie – Amazing local singer Marie 8pm. The Castle Video Bar. $3.

FRI. April 13

Rock of Ages – Classic Rock FRIDAY and SATURDAY 9pm Bartholomew’s. $TBA.

Pablo Cardenas Project – Jazz fusion, 8pm at Hermann’s. $15/13.

MIKE EDEL – Pop-influenced folk-rock from the local singer and amazing songwriter. 9pm at the Canoe Brewpub. $5.

As The Crow Flies – Poetic lyrics, swelling harmonies, tight arrangements and skilled improvisational jams 9pm at Logan’s. $10.

Five piece Bowker Creek – Guitars, banjo, mandolin, and fine vocal harmonies to folk, rock, old time, swing and jazz after open stage at 8pm. James Bat Coffee and Books. $By donation.

SYN{A}PSE  – First Victoria show of 2012 with their new bassist Jordan Abrosi. They will be joined by the amazing talent found in The Body Politic, Atlas Collapses and The Harbour Sound. 9pm at The Cambie. $10

SAT. April 14

David Gogo TRIO – Blues guitar 8pm. Hermann’s. $23.50.

Paul O’Brien -Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist after open stage at 8pm. James Bat Coffee and Books. $By donation.

Harris Gilmore and the MoJos – Hard-Drivin’ Blues, Funky Reggae, April Fools. 9pm. Swan’s. Free.

THE MAKE UPS- Playing a mix of 90’s rock, modern pop, and some classic oldies too. 9pm at the Canoe Brewpub. $5.

Auroch- Progressive death metal with BURIALKULT, GALDRA, TRAITORR. 9:30pm at Logan’s. $10.

Versa- Performing their powerful, emotionally-charged instrumental rock music with Towers and Trees, Genevieve Rainey. 7pm at the Metro Studio. $10.

sun. APRil 15

CanUS Hot Jazz Band – 4pm at Hermann’s. $12.

The Grapes of Wrath – Autism benefit concert at the former Harpo’s Cabaret (now known as the Upstairs Cabaret). 8pm. $20. See story Pg. 15

Mon. APRil 16

LYNN MiLES- Singer- songwriter, Juno Award winner. 7:30pm at The Well.  $20.

Tues. APRil 17

Lambrick Park School Jazz Band- Hermann’s. 7pm. FREE

The Damned Sextet- With Brahms Sextet in B Flat, Shostokovich,Scherzo,, from String Quartet No.10. 6pm at Logan’s. FREE.

Weds.  APRil 18

Preston & Bonkowski – Blues and roots music, 7:30pm at My Bar and Grill (310 Gorge). Free.

Ronda Rozon – Playing a mix of classics and her own music at     Basilico Ristorante (832 Goldstream). 6:30pm. $TBA.

DJ PRIMITIVE – Deep jazz + Latin influenced set 8pm at the Canoe Brewpub. $TBA.


Acoustic Jam – With Dylan Stone. 6pm SATURDAYS at The Cambie. Free.

Open Mic – Open to all musicians. THURSDAYS 6pm at Paradiso Di Stelle. Free.

THursday blend JAM – Any and all string players welcome. Hosted by Rick Van Krugel. THURSDAYS 7pm at the Well. Free.

Open Mic – Scott Longworth hosts an open forum for original tunes. All ages. THURSDAYS 8pm at the Fernwood Inn. Free.

Karaoke – Hosted by Brandon. THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS 8pm at Upper Deck. Free.

theory – Dubstep. THURSDAYS 10pm at Hush.

thirsty thursdays – With DJ $RITCH$. THURSDAYS 10pm at Paparazzi. Free.

Karaoke – With Stacey and Fran. THURSDAYS 9pm at Felicita’s. Free.

Open Jam – FRIDAYS 8pm at the Langford Legion (761 Station). $TBA

Jazz in the Pacific – Hosted by the Victoria Jazz Society. FRIDAY and SATURDAYS 8pm at The Pacific Lounge at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Free..

Saturday Afternoon Jam – Hosted by Ian & Carolynn McDowell. SATURDAYS 2pm at V-Lounge. Free.

BLUEGRASS BRUNCH – Hosted by the Stowaways. SATURDAYS 2pm at Logan’s. Free.

Blues Jam – Hosted by Summer and the Sinners. SATURDAYS 3pm at My Bar and Grill. Free.



THURS. April 12

The Cat Empire – Six-piece fusion band that mixes reggae, jazz, Afro-Cuban, funk and pop with straight-up hip hop and rock vocals.7pm at Alix Goolden Hall. $25

Fri. April 13

Vocal Musical Theatre Concert – Enjoy the fun and musical highlights from the adjudicated sessions at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. 7:30pm at Victoria Salvation Army Citadel (4030 Douglas). $12.

Red Hot Blues – Maple Blues award winners Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite bring their authentic jazz/blues sounds of the 20s, 30s and 40s Orange Hall (1620 Fernwood). 8pm. $17.

The Rock N’ Roll Shakedown – The Manny Modesto Quintet, The Cavaleros and The Jukebox Jezebels with Burlesque by River Wilde at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Braod). Doors at 8pm. $15.

Passion and Resurrection – Vox Humana presents the BC premiere of Passion and Resurrection by British composer Ivan Moody April 13 at 7:30pm (pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm) at St. Andrew’s Cathedral (704 View) and April 15 at 3pm (pre-concert talk at 2pm) at St. John the Divine Church (1611 Quadra) $15 (regular), $10 (senior 65+), free (25 and under!).

Joel Plaskett Emergency – melodic East Coast indie rock. With David Vertesi. 7:30 pm Alix Goolden Hall. $25. See story by Kyle Mullin at

Sat. April 14

Apollo Ensemble – Performing on two violins, dulcian (an ancestor of the bassoon) and harpsichord, the Apollo Ensemble explores the influence of Fontana, Rossi, Bertoli and Frescobaldi on seventeenth-century German composers such as Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Johann Fux and Johann Rosenmüller. 8pm at Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora). $27/24/20/10.

An Afternoon in Russia – Pablo Diemecke, one of the world’s extraordinary virtuoso violinists will perform with The DieMahler String Quartet. 2:30pm at St. Mary’s the Virgin Church (1701 Elgin). $25.

The Death Ballad Love Tellers Tour – David P. Smith, Ben Sures, and Bubba Uno. 8pm at Discovery Coffee James Bay (281 Menzies). $10.

OPEN REHEARSAL -Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor Yariv Aloni invite you to attend an open rehearsal 9:15 am at St. John’s Church hall (925 Balmoral). $10.

Robot Variety Show -A night of robo-lesque comedy and music.Hosted by J McLaughlin. Music by Duke and the Robobabes. At the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Braod). Doors at 8pm .$20.


Victoria Folk music society: Skellig – After open stage. 7:30pm at Norway House (1110 Hillside). $5.

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