Weekly Music Listings – March 10-16

Artificial Intelligence, the Chattering Class, Steve Dawson, Diamond Rings, guitar spirits and more.

The talented Steve Dawson hits Hermann’s (see GIGS)

The talented Steve Dawson hits Hermann’s (see GIGS)



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

THursday blend: strings – The delightful mandolin stylings of 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.

Tom Vickery Trio – The ZZ Top of jazz. 8pm at Hermann’s. $6.

Impulse – DJ Ritch spins all your favorites. 9pm at Rehab. $5.

Karaoke – Sing your heart out. 9pm at Felicita’s. Free.

Ladies Night – Free pole dancing lessons. 9pm at Upper Deck. Free.

Rotten Rails – Decomposition and themed metal. With Ravensun, Pentacaust. 10pm at Logan’s. $8.

Theory Thursday – Dance your ass off. With Kaglar Ormega, Elonious (Funk) and Rusty Bridges. 10pm at Hush. $5.


Slim & The Deuces – Beats a pair of fives anyday. Roots and blues. 7pm at Six Mile Pub. Free.

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

CHATTERING CLASS – This foursome brings strong harmonies, guitars, mandolins, harmonicas and artful kazoo together in an unforgettable performance. 8pm at James Bay Coffee & Books (143 Menzies). By donation.

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

Rob Ahad Trio – Crooner inspired jazz. 8pm at Hermann’s. $TBA.

Sugarfix – Followed by diabetic coma. 9pm at Log House Pub. Free.

Splinter – Does this look infected to you? 9pm at Shark Club. Free.

Superglide – Wee! 9pm at Waterwheel Pub. $TBA.

Born Ruffians – I thought you had to practice to be a ruffian. With Sheezer. 9pm at Sugar. $15.

The Shorty Parker Band – Catchier than the “Average Height Parker Band.” 9pm at Sationhouse Pub. Free.

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

Artificial Intelligence – come down to hear some deep and deadly drum and bass from one of the industry’s finest production duos. With Special Ed and Aperture. 10pm at Hush. $15.

Listening Party – Fresh out of Shawnigan Lake’s backwoods. 10pm at Lucky. $10.

Smoked Out Brainzzz – Sure it’s all fun and games till somebody finds out there are bugs under their skin. With Growler, Last of the V8 Interceptors and Class of 1984. 10pm at Logan’s. $10.


the stowaways – Enjoy brunch with music. Acoustic garage and Spanish pop. 2pm at Logan’s. Free.

Gospel night – Gospel at its best. 7pm at the Well. Free.

Blake Andison – Raw acoustic, vocally driven rock. With Katherine and Hilary Beckett, and Julie Felix. 7pm at the Cornerstone Cafe. $TBA.

The Tumblin’ Dice – Classic rock cover band. 8pm at Upper Deck. Free.

MAINSWITCH – must be off before performing maintenance. 8pm at My Bar and Grill. Free.

Steve Dawson – Resonator guitar virtuoso tours to promote his latest CD Nightshade. 8pm at Hermann’s. $25/$23.

Diamond Rings – But not the kind you find on ebay after a failed marriage proposal. That would be creepy. With PS I Love You, guests. 9pm at Sugar. $14.

Younger Than Yesterday – Older than tomorrow. 9pm at Waterwheel Pub. Free.

wax Reunion – Righ energy west coast bass. Mt.Doyle vs. Tedder. 9:30 at Hush. $10/$8.

electric empress – Rock’n’roll royalty. With guests. 10pm at Logan’s. $7.

Solid! – A throbbing dancefloor and an eclectic mix of music. With DJ Longshanks. 10pm at Lucky. $6.


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.

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

Paul Laverick and his Ukulele Adventurers – The coolest instrument since Monty Python banged together his first pair of coconut halves. 6pm at Fernwood Inn. Free.

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

Mark Segger Sextet – Not nearly as naughty as it sounds. 8pm at Hermann’s. $TBA.

Bluegrass Sunday – Hosted by Doosie & Decker. 9pm at Ocean Island Café. Free.

Barrington Levy – Reggae. Detour Posse, Jah Cutta & The Determination Band and DJ Abel. 9:30pm at 9one9. $30.


James Cotton – The greatest harmonica player in the world. With Bill Johnson, who plays the guitar pretty good. 8pm at Club 9one9. $40/$35.

Battle of the Bands – Semi-finals: Radtrux, Danakil Depression, These Gooses, Kids Today. 9pm at Felicita’s (UVic). $3.

open mic – Hosted by Steve Barries. 9pm at Logan’s. 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 (821 Fort). 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 – The Lovelies kick off this open mic. Registration between 7:30-8:30pm at the Fort Café. Free.

Victoria Covers – In this installment, Victoria covers Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited. Sign up to play two Bob Dylan covers and get in free. 7:30 at the Victoria Event Centre. $15/$10.

RECORD SWAP & DANCE PARTY – Bring your records and shake your booty! Henderson & Kaup host. 9pm at Logan’s. Free.

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


Rob Cheramy – Westcoast jazz guitar. Gala dinner for the Habitat Acquisition Trust. Keynote speaker is award winning researcher Dr Chris Darimont. THURSDAY 6pm at Fireside Grill (4509 West Saanich). $65. 250-995-2428.

friends of music society – Featuring the 23rd Street Blues Band. THURSDAY 7pm at the Eric Martin Theatre (2328 Trent). Free. 250-592-5114.

HIGH TENSION – Featuring Montreal musician Quatuor Bozzini  THURSDAY 8pm at Open Space (510 Fort). $15/$10 students and Open Space members. 250-383-8833.

UVIC School of Music – Fridaymusic, featuring School of Music voice students FRIDAY 12:30pm, by donation. Sonic Lab, with director Christopher Butterfield FRIDAY 8pm, by donation. Graduating Composers, PhD composition students comprehensive exam concert SATURDAY 8pm, free. The Power of Virtuosity: The Music of Franz Liszt, with Bruce Vogt on piano SUNDAY 2:30pm (pre-show talk 2pm), $18/$14. Graduating Recital, with violinist Shima Takeda, SUNDAY 8pm, free. Graduating Recital, with flautist Joanna Tseng, MONDAY 8pm, free. MUS 562A/B New Music Festival, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY 8pm, free. Graduate Recital, with vocalist Deirdre Carr WEDNESDAY 12:30pm, free. All at Phillip T. Young Recital Hall. 250-721-8634.

In a Large Open Space – (See MUSIC). Featuring LaSaM Music of Victoria and Quatuor Bozzini Montreal. SATURDAY 2-4pm at the Church of St. John the Divine (1611 Quadra). $10 sliding scale. 250-475-8825, tina.pearson@shaw.ca.

Mathieu Lippé – Part of the Victoria French festival. SATURDAY 7pm in the Gibson Auditorium, Camosun College (Lansdowne Campus). $20/$15. 250-388-7350.

Jazz at the Gallery – Featuring Daniel Lapp, multi-talented instrumentalist and vocalist. SATURDAY 8pm & SUNDAY 2pm at the AGGV (1040 Moss). $30/$25 AGGV members. 250-384-4171.

CON BRIO WOMEN’S CHOIR – Seattle’s favourite choir joins UVic’s Philomela Women’s Choir in concert. SATURDAY 8pm at St. Aidan’s United Church (3703 Saint Aidans). 250-652-5392, alsw@wolfweb.ca.

April Verch – This dynamic Canadian fiddler, singer and stepdancer blends old-time, folk, jazz and bluegrass together into a repertoire infused with soulful energy. SATURDAY 8pm at the Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre (UVic). $30. 250-721-8480.

Victoria symphony – Carnival of the Animals, childrens concert. SUNDAY 2:30pm, $16/$32. Cirque de la Symphonie, the magic of cirque. THURSDAY 2pm, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8pm, $31-$74, soundcheck tickets $12. All at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). 250-386-6121.

African Sanctus – Join Victoria Choral Society music director Giuseppe Pietraroia in David Fanshawe’s electrifying visionary choral masterpiece. SUNDAY 2:30pm in the Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre (UVic). $32/$20.  250-721-8480, info@victoriachoralsociety.ca.

Fond Farewell – Soprano Yvonne Bennie and friends present a music ministry fundraiser. Works by Schumann, Vivaldi, Gershwin, Schubert and others. All proceeds going to the Choral Scholar Fund. SUNDAY 2:30pm at St Luke’s Anglican Church (3821 Cedar Hill Cross). By donation. 250-477-6741.

Victoria Folk Music Society – Rick van Krugel and Bruce Brackney SUNDAY 7pm at The Norway House (1110 Hillside). $5. 250-413-3213.

LENTEN CONCERT SERIES – Flautist Joanna Tseng plays music by Reinecke, Boehm, Franck, and Clarke. SUNDAY 7:30pm at the Church of St John the Divine (1611 Quadra). By donation. 250-383-7169.

Guitar Spirits – Healing music, inspiration and virtuosity. Sponsored by the Sri Chinmoy Centre. Reservations required. TUESDAY 7pm . To April at the First Metropolitan Church (932 Balmoral). Free. 250-592-6211.

Lenten Lunchtime Concerts – Featuring Ensemble Laude Women’s Choir conducted by Elizabeth MacIsaac. 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.


Bard & Banker – Tom Hooper & Matt Johnson THURSDAY-SATURDAY. Shameless Pleasures SUNDAY, 7:30pm. Tom Hooper MONDAY-WEDNESDAY. All 8pm unless otherwise noted.

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

Evedar’s bistro – Terry Brennan SATURDAY 6:30pm.

Fernwood inn – The Sweet Lowdown TUESDAY 8pm.

glo europub – Ashley Wey Trio SATURDAY 8pm.

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

Heron rock bistro – Janalee  and Toni Blodgett MONDAY 7pm.

Hotel Grand Pacific – Jan Stirling, Jazz Piano. FRIDAY-SATURDAY 6:30-9:30pm.

ocean point resort – Jazz piano featuring Morry Stearns FRIDAY-SATURDAY 6pm.

The Office – Momentum THURSDAY. Beats, bass & voice FRIDAY. DJ Hot Karl SATURDAY. Geoffry Lundstrom 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 6pm. Story time for kids SUNDAY 10:30am. Spiral Groove MONDAY 7:30pm. Swing orchestra WEDNESDAY 7:30pm. By donation.

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

the superior – Oliver Swain THURSDAY. Ken Hall FRIDAY. Skyla & Oz SATURDAY. Sebastian Britineff TUESDAY. All shows 6:30pm and by donation.

Swan’s – Gary Preston THURSDAY. Ginzou Knives FRIDAY. Groove Diggers SATURDAY. The Moonshiners SUNDAY 8:30pm. Flying Saucers MONDAY. Light Sweet Crude  TUESDAY. House Cats WEDNESDAY All  9pm unless otherwise noted.

vista 18 – Rockland Moran 8pm FRIDAY-SATURDAY.

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