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Boise-born jazz, blues and soul singer Emily Braden is venturing back to Victoria for holiday shows
Emily Braden
Emily Braden is returning to Victoria for two shows this Friday. The first, A Sentimental Christmas with the Victoria Symphony, the second fronting the DeepDowns alongside Oliver Swain's Big Machine at Metropolis Nightclub.

Boise-born jazz, blues and soul singer Emily Braden is venturing back to Victoria, where she lived and studied under jazz pianist and vocalist Louise Rose, for A Sentimental Christmas, featuring the Victoria Symphony. The show promises straight up classics and straight ahead jazz, from holiday favourites like “White Christmas” and “Carol of the Bells” to a swing through Ella Fitzgerald’s Christmas songbook.

Victoria performances are Dec. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., with matinee Dec. 11 at 2 p.m., at The Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). An additional performance takes place Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cowichan Theatre in Duncan. Tickets start at $33 and are available from the Victoria Symphony box office at 250-385-6515.

After her concert with the Victoria Symphony, Dec. 9, Braden will hit up Metropolis Nightclub for a genre-mashing night of entertainment alongside some of Victoria’s best musicians. Braden will be fronting the DeepDowns, an all-star soul/jazz/R&B act featuring many of her original compositions. The DeepDowns are sharing the stage with indy-folk act Big Machine, ( featuring Braden, Josh Dixon, Patrick Boyle, James Whittall, Adrian Dolan, and Quinn Bachand) under the leadership of Oliver Swain. Tickets are $12 in advance at, Lyle’s Place and Ditch Records, or $15 at the door (doors at 9:30 p.m.). M