Weekly Music Listings – April 7-13

The Sweet Lowdown

The Sweet Lowdown



WEST MY FRIEND – Indie folk. (All ages). 7:30pm at Caffe Fantastico. $TBA.

Esquimalt High School Jazz Band – Ain’t no jazz like highschool jazz, 5pm, free. Followed by the Tom Vickery Trio, 8pm, $6. All at Hermann’s.

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

THursday blend JAM- Any and all strings welcome to play music with us. Hosted by Rick Van Krugel. 7pm at the Well. Free.

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

Ladies Night – Free pole-dancing lessons. Unleash your inner exotic dancer and you could qualify for the Victoria Pole Fitness Championships hosted by Pole Trix Pole Dancing Studio! 9pm at Upper Deck. Free.

Automatic Planet – Now with anti-lock break technology! With Year of the Rat and Electric Druids. 9pm at Rehab. $9/$5.

Wyrmwood – Hard rock. With Throat Poets and This Day Burns. 9pm at V-lounge.

Krome – Progressive modern rock. With Syn{a}pse and Braeden Marshall Band. 9:30pm at The Upstairs Cabaret. $12.

Compassion Gorilla – Electronic Indian folk jazz. With NikTex and Betty Supple. 10pm at Logan’s. $8.

Theory Thursday – Dance your ass off. With DJ Cure, Rhythmicon and Roman C. 10pm at Hush. $5.


funky fridays – Open mic/jam hosted by Mitch & the Baroness. 7:30pm at Poolside Bar. Free.

Anne Schaefer – Jazz vocals. 8pm at Hermann’s. $10.

Fred, Arlene and Emily – Of Tidal Fools bring dobro, banjo, accordian and sweet vocals. 8pm at James Bay Coffee & Books. By donation.

Karaoke – With Liz. 8pm at the Upper Deck. Repeats SUNDAY and WEDNESDAY. Free.

Calico Mountain – Roots and alternative country. With Dylan Stone, StitchRipper and Cameron Latimer. 9pm at Logan’s. $TBA.

OMG FRIDAY – DJ Bellyfish and DJ Speedyshoes spin a fresh mix of top 40, electronic and hip hop. 10pm at Upstairs Cabaret. $6.

Robb G – A destroyer of dancefloors. With Natron. 10pm at Hush. $12.

High Contrast – Liquid soul drum and bass. With Outsider, Tedder and The Given. 10pm at Sugar. $20.

David Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 – Reggae jazz from Brooklyn NY. With The Novamatics and Jules Chaz. 10:30pm at Lucky. $13.


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

Gospel Night – Featuring Paul Foster. 7pm at the Well. Free.

Kaya Fraser – Folk pop. With Ambre McLean and Gabrielle Papillon. 7:30pm at Moka House (1633 Hillside). $10.

C.R. Avery – An intimate evening of poetry, blues, rock’n’roll and hip hop. 7:30pm at the Solstice Cafe. $10.

McKinly Wolf – My, what big teeth you have! Blues. 8pm at the Upper Deck. Free.

The Deb Rhymer Band – Jazz and blues. With David Vest. 8pm at Hermann’s. $12.

M.D.Wren & the Sick Kids – Eves of Destruction Rollerderby afterparty! Folk gypsy country-punk. With The Tower of Dudes and guests. 9pm at Logan’s. $10.

splinter – Featuring stubbed toe and hang nail. No, not really. 9pm at My Bar and Grill. Free.

Circuit Saturdays – Drag stars and go go dancers. 9pm at Paparazzi. $6.

The Knocks – DJs doing what DJs do best. 10pm at Lucky. $8.


Ukulele Love-In – Yup, you heard me. (All ages). 1pm at Market Square. Free.

Sunday Blues Jam – Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Band. 2pm at the Strath’s Clubhouse. Free.

Canus – Hot jazz and smooth harmony. 4:30pm at Hermann’s. $10. Followed by Brownman Electryc Trio. 8pm at Hermann’s. $15.

Hootenanny – Join Carolyn Mark for some first-rate hootenannin’. 4:30pm-midnight at Logan’s. Free.

jack’s Open Mic SUNDAYS – Welcoming atmosphere. 7pm at Serious Coffee (230 Cook). Free.

WOLFGANG GARTNER – According to wikipedia, electro-house. With Harvard Bass. 8pm at Sugar. $20.

Bluegrass Sunday – Hosted by The Stowaways Duo. 9pm at Ocean Island Café. Free.


open mic – Hosted by Steve Barries. 9pm at Logan’s. Free.

Karaoke – Pink and blue night. Wear pink, wear blue, wear both and sing like nobody’s listening, even though they will be listening. 10pm at Paparazzi. Free.

Jam Session – Play till you can’t play no more! All ages. 9pm at Ocean Island Café Lounge. Free.


Open Mic – Hosted by Yvonne Owens and Oliver Mitchell. 7pm at The Well. Free.

victoria bluegrass jam – Bring your instruments. 7:30pm at Orange Hall. $3 to play, free to listen.

Open Mic Night – Musical madness! Sign up with our host Jack. 9pm at Ocean Island Café. Free.


OPEN STAGE – Acoustic or electric, solo or with your band. Amps,drums, piano provided. Dylan Stone hosts. 8:30pm at the Fort Café. Free.

Open Jam – With the Front Porch String Pickin’ Band. 9pm at Tudor House. Free.

Record Swap – Henderson & Kaup host. 9pm at Logan’s. Free.

Goth/Industrial DJ Night – Give it all you’ve goth. 9pm at Paparazzi. $3.

JACQUES GREENE – The future sounds of bass music and the classic sounds of Chicago and Detroit. With Rhythmicon and Eames. 10pm at Lucky. Free/$10 after 11pm.


Victoria Symphony – Last Night Of The Proms, an exuberant display of British patriotism with Brian Jackson. THURSDAY 2pm, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton), $50-$80. Songs of Spring, join the Victoria Symphony and guest soprano Melanie Krueger in a sweet bouquet of melodies such as Voices of Spring, Easter Parade, April in Paris, plus music devoted to spring by Glazunov, Vivaldi and Copland, $38. 250-386-6121.

friends of music society – The Song that Nature Sings, performed by Moodswing Chorus. THURSDAY 7pm at the Eric Martin Theatre (2328 Trent). All Free. 250-592-5114.

Ivan Coyote – Vancouver based spoken word guru. With Rae Spoon. THURSDAy 8pm at Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre (UVic). $30. 250-721-8480.

Amy Lee Radigan – CD release show and party. THURSDAY 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10. 250-380-1280, amyleeradigan.com.

SHAKESPEARE in OPERA – Including excerpts from Purcell’s Fairy Queen, Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Verdi’s Otello and Falstaff, Berlioz’ Beatrice et Benedict, Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor, Vaughan Williams’ Sir John in Love and Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate! FRIDAY & SATURDAY 7:30pm at the IMetro Studio (1411 Quadra). $5-$20. 250-383-2663.

That ‘70s Band – You know, the one that did that song. FRIDAY 9pm at Archie Browning Sports Centre (1151 Esquimalt). $TBA. 250-412-8510.

UVIC School of Music –Graduate Recital, featuring vocalist Deirdre Carr, THURSDAY 12:30pm, free. Graduating Recital, featuring pianist Dana Pedersen, FRIDAY 8pm, free. Graduating Recital, featuring cellist Chantal Bian, MONDAY 8pm, free. Graduating Recital, featuring pianist Elizabeth McKee, TUESDAY 8pm, free. All at Phillip T. Young Recital Hall. 250-721-8634.

Via Choralis chamber choir – Performing Sea Cantata, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Jared Richardson’s Winds Of Kananaskis. With Viva Youth Choir. SATURDAY 7pm at St. Aidan’s Church (3703 Saint Aidans). $20/$10 18 years and under. 250-472-2655, viva@vivachoirs.ca.

Marimba Muzuva – Roots rhythms from Africa and the Salish Sea. SATURDAY 7:30pm at the Church of Truth (111 Superior). $12. 250-737-1331.

A SPRING CONCERT – Performed by the Edelweiss Harmony Choir. SUNDAY 2pm at the Victoria Edelweiss Club (108 Niagara). $13/$10 Edelweiss members. 250-598-8661.

Wall to Wall Percussion – Featuring all the musicianship, zaniness and creativity that go into being a percussionist. SUNDAY 2:30pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). $16-$32. 250-386-6121.

T’ilem – Songs for Spring performed by the Ensemble Laude Women’s Choir (All Ages). SUNDAY 3pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (680 Courtney). By donation. 250-384-5734.

Rising Stars – Students from the Collegium Program for Young Musicians perform. SUNDAY 3pm at St. Barnabas Anglican Church (1525 Begbie). $10. 250-595-4324, telus.net/stbarnabas.

TABLAS FOR JAPAN – Featuring the students of Niel Golden performing on the ancient drums of India. SUNDAY 3:30-5:30pm in David Lam auditorium, McLaren Building (UVic). Free, but donations for Red Cross efforts in Japan accepted.

Victoria Folk Music Society – Open mic followed by Shanti Bremer and James Whittall. SUNDAY 7:30pm at The Norway House (1110 Hillside). $5. 250-413-3213.

LENTEN CONCERT SERIES – Iain Laksplays Scarlatti, Beethoven, Scriabin and Wagner/Liszt. SUNDAY 7:30pm at the Church of St John the Divine (1611 Quadra). By donation. 250-383-7169.

APRIL WINE – Canadian rock. With Wil. MONDAY 7:30pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). $40/$25.

HARRY MANX – Expressive blues. With David Lindley. TUESDAY 7:30pm at the Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre (UVic). $33. 250-721-8480.

Lenten Lunchtime Concerts – Featuring the St. Mary the Virgin Choir. Proceeds to benefit Women in Need Community Co-op. Bring your lunch, tea and coffee provided. WEDNESDAYS 12:10-12:50pm. To April 20 at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (1701 Elgin). By donation. 250-598-2212.

FEFE DOBSON – With These Kids Wear Crowns. WEDNESDAY 6pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $18. 250-380-1280.


Bard & Banker – Tom Hooper THURSDAY. Run for Cover FRIDAY-SATURDAY. Shameless Pleasures SUNDAY, 7:30pm. Geoff Lundstrom MONDAY-TUESDAY. Lola Parks WEDNESDAY. All showtimes 8pm unless otherwise noted.

bartholomew’s – Rainshadow Al THURSDAY. Randy Tucker Swing Band SUNDAY 8pm. The Ramblers MONDAY. Havanna Club Live TUESDAY. All shows 8:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Canoe Brewpub – Geoff Lundstrom & The Adults THURSDAY. DJ Primitive FRIDAY. DJ Ram SATURDAY. Steve Chmilar MONDAY. DJ Daft Punk WEDNESDAY. All shows start at 9pm, unless otherwise noted.

Fernwood inn – The Sweet Lowdown TUESDAY 8pm.

glo europub – Ashley Wey Trio SATURDAY 8pm.

IRISH TIMES – Black Angus THURSDAY-SATURDAY. Qristina & Quinn Bachand SUNDAY 7:30pm. The Ecclestons MONDAY-WEDNESDAY. All shows 8pm, unless otherwise noted.

Heron rock bistro – Stevenson Jazz Trio FRIDAY 7:30pm. Devon McCagherty & Ken Hall MONDAY 7pm.

ocean point resort – Jazz piano featuring Phil Newns. FRIDAY-SATURDAY 6pm.

The Office – Momentum THURSDAY. Beats, bass & voice FRIDAY. DJ Daniel Trump SATURDAY 8pm. Aurora Scott TUESDAY 8pm. Skyla J and the Vibes WEDNESDAY. All shows 9pm unless otherwise noted.

Penny Farthing – Steve Chmilar THURSDAY-SATURDAY. All at 8pm.

The Spiral – Open mic THURSDAY 6-9pm. Story time for kids SUNDAY 10:30-11am. Spiral Groove string classics MONDAY 7:30-9:30pm. Swing orchestra WEDNESDAY 7:30-9:30pm. By donation.

Strath’s clubhouse – Country night with DJ Clinton THURSDAY 9pm.The Sutcliffes WEDNESDAY 8:30pm.

the superior – Ken Hall THURSDAY. The Colin Campbell Trio FRIDAY. Oliver Swain Trio SATURDAY & TUESDAY. Bill Johnson WEDNESDAY. All shows 6:30pm and by donation.

Swan’s – The Gary Preston Band THURSDAY. Backstage Betty FRIDAY. Groove Diggers SATURDAY. The Moonshiners SUNDAY. Flying Saucers MONDAY. Light Sweet Crude TUESDAY. House Cats WEDNESDAY. All shows start 9pm unless otherwise noted.

vista 18 – Steve Grebanier Trio FRIDAY-SATURDAY. All shows 8pm.

Whitebird Lounge – Open Mic with Tanya Brooks TUESDAY. DJ Rhythmicon WEDNESDAY All at 8pm.