Jenna Ledger

ZINNIA, Layten Kramer and Dana Sipos

Heart and soul at the Victoria Events Centre

  • Jun. 20, 2022 9:00 a.m.

An explosive artful storm of neon soul and heart is coming to the Victoria Event Centre via ZINNIA, Layten Kramer and Dana Sipos.

The 19-plus show takes place Thursday, June 23 at 1415 Broad Street at 8 pm.

Toronto-based art rock band ZINNIA has music that is profoundly soulful, driven by a wildflower explosion of layered synths and beats, blooming from a place of emotional capacity that few of us in our lifetimes will find. This is music that will burst your heart open and make you feel again, with lyrics weighty enough to have made CBC’s “Best Lyrics of 2019” list.

ZINNIA’s latest album, Sensations in Two Dot, is driven by a beautiful unraveling of some of the hardest things to talk about, plunging into the depths of grief, mental illness and joy. Give the song Bullets a try; it will leave you feeling beautifully haunted for days on end.

ZINNIA’s voice and creator Rachael Cardiello has an undeniable charisma and fierceness on stage, enhanced with extra layers of art, performance and expression.

Her sold-out album release in Toronto 2019 featured nine choreographers and 11 dancers. When she lived here years ago as a University of Victoria viola student, she was mostly drawn to collaborative works. Her musical colours were put on display most notably in a contemporary pop opera with performers at metro, where each song was performed by dance, video, visual art, and circus.

Now as her career is exploding, she is finally able to bring her music back west at this special intimate show at the VEC.

“We’re fit to bust with joy to finally get these songs to the sea,” she says.

Layten Kramer and Dana Sipos will add an extra dynamic to the night, and both are celebrating new albums.

Kramer’s latest album Dear Apathy (2021) is soft and dreamy—nostalgic, but incredibly contemporary. Known by critics for creating a new kind of folk, he was recently recognized as the Zone’s Band of the Month in 2021.

2022 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee “Solo Artist of the Year,” Dana Sipos will be playing new songs from The Astral Plane, released 2021. Since Sipos moved to Victoria during the pandemic, she is currently Victoria’s best kept secret. This roots musician makes haunting, restless, rolling music, the likes of which we get only a few times in a generation.

Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased through: