Music

Liam Docherty, left, and Gerry Barnum, right, at the 2019 Texada Blues and Roots Festival on Texada Island. (Submitted photo)

13-year-old Qualicum Beach musician nominated for prestigious 2020 Maple Blues Award

Docherty hopes for support from local voters to help bring award to Vancouver Island

Liam Docherty, left, and Gerry Barnum, right, at the 2019 Texada Blues and Roots Festival on Texada Island. (Submitted photo)
SandyBone is headed to the Duncan Showroom for an evening of music by Hank Williams. (Submitted)

SandyBone celebrates the songs of Hank Williams with show in Duncan

SandyBone brings “An Evening of Hank Williams Songs” to the Showroom on Thursday, Nov. 12

  • Nov 10, 2020
SandyBone is headed to the Duncan Showroom for an evening of music by Hank Williams. (Submitted)
Vancouver singer Jill Barber performs at the Port Theatre on Nov. 6. (Photo courtesy Grant Harder)

Singer Jill Barber goes ‘back to basics’ at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre

Vancouver musician coming to the Island for trio of stripped-down solo acoustic shows

Vancouver singer Jill Barber performs at the Port Theatre on Nov. 6. (Photo courtesy Grant Harder)
Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo releases his new single, Christine, on Oct. 30. (Photo courtesy Andrew Dodd)

Island bluesman David Gogo evokes return to good times with new single

Upcoming release ‘Christine’ among a dozen new songs written during pandemic

Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo releases his new single, Christine, on Oct. 30. (Photo courtesy Andrew Dodd)
Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann will play the same piano at the Port Theatre on Nov. 1. (Photo courtesy Best Days Ever Photography)

Piano duo perform on one piano in Nanaimo return to live performance

Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann present first live, in-person concert since March

Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann will play the same piano at the Port Theatre on Nov. 1. (Photo courtesy Best Days Ever Photography)
Nanaimo singer Elise Boulanger releases her new single, ‘Cigarettes et rosé’ on Oct. 11. (Photo courtesy Laura Baldwinson)

Nanaimo singer releasing new single inspired by overheard conversations

Elise Boulanger to unveil ‘Cigarettes et rosé,’ accompanying ukulele tutorial video to come

Nanaimo singer Elise Boulanger releases her new single, ‘Cigarettes et rosé’ on Oct. 11. (Photo courtesy Laura Baldwinson)
Joëlle Rabu and Nico Rhodes present No Regrets, a live-streamed and in-person show featuring the songs of French singer Édith Piaf at the Port Theatre on Oct. 17. (Photo courtesy Vital Image)

Nanaimo mother-son duo pay tribute to Édith Piaf in Nanaimo

Vocalist Joëlle Rabu and pianist and arranger Nico Rhodes present ‘No Regrets’ show Oct. 17

Joëlle Rabu and Nico Rhodes present No Regrets, a live-streamed and in-person show featuring the songs of French singer Édith Piaf at the Port Theatre on Oct. 17. (Photo courtesy Vital Image)
Nanaimo psychedelic rock band Moths and Locusts – Angus Barter, Dave Bean, Valentina Cardinalli, Mike Breen, Dave Read and Samantha Letourneau (from left) – is marking its 10th anniversary with the release of its latest album ‘Exoplanets.’ (Photo courtesy Dave Bean)

Nanaimo psychedelic rock band marks 10th anniversary with new release

Moths and Locusts’ new LP ‘Exoplanets’ includes recordings made over the last 10 years

Nanaimo psychedelic rock band Moths and Locusts – Angus Barter, Dave Bean, Valentina Cardinalli, Mike Breen, Dave Read and Samantha Letourneau (from left) – is marking its 10th anniversary with the release of its latest album ‘Exoplanets.’ (Photo courtesy Dave Bean)
The Vancouver Island Symphony recently announced its 2020-21 ‘Symphony from your Sofa’ live-streaming concert series. (Photo courtesy Heydemann Art of Photography)

Vancouver Island Symphony announces 2020-21 live-streaming concert series

‘Symphony from your Sofa’ series features small in-person theatre shows broadcast online

The Vancouver Island Symphony recently announced its 2020-21 ‘Symphony from your Sofa’ live-streaming concert series. (Photo courtesy Heydemann Art of Photography)
This month Nanaimo musician Paul Bezooyen released his latest record, ‘Another World.’ (Photo courtesy John Grodzki)

Nanaimo guitarist puts decades-old tunes on tape on new instrumental album

Paul Bezooyen’s ‘Another World’ includes compositions dating back to the ’80s

This month Nanaimo musician Paul Bezooyen released his latest record, ‘Another World.’ (Photo courtesy John Grodzki)
Voces Intimae includes, left, Yariv Aloni on viola; Pamela Highbaugh-Aloni on cello; and David Stewart and Paule Préfontaine on violin. The quartet will perform in a Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra online concert on Oct. 5. (Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra photo)
Voces Intimae includes, left, Yariv Aloni on viola; Pamela Highbaugh-Aloni on cello; and David Stewart and Paule Préfontaine on violin. The quartet will perform in a Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra online concert on Oct. 5. (Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra photo)
Nanaimo musician Jamie Penner is releasing his debut album, ‘Out of Curiosity,’ on Oct. 1. (Photo courtesy Mike Bonkowski)

Nanaimo musician plays all instruments on DIY debut album

Jamie Penner releasing guitar-centric instrumental record ‘Out of Curiosity’

Nanaimo musician Jamie Penner is releasing his debut album, ‘Out of Curiosity,’ on Oct. 1. (Photo courtesy Mike Bonkowski)
Nanaimo-based country singer Joel Lee (right) has released a music video for his latest single, ‘Adrenaline.’ (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo country singer releases new music video

‘Adrenaline’ is the second single from Joel Lee’s upcoming debut EP

Nanaimo-based country singer Joel Lee (right) has released a music video for his latest single, ‘Adrenaline.’ (Photo submitted)
Old School House Arts Centre on Fern Road in Qualicum Beach. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Qualicum Beach ‘Music on Sundays’ concert series to continue this fall online

Classical pianist Leslie Dala first featured artist for all-new The Old School House performances

  • Sep 9, 2020
Old School House Arts Centre on Fern Road in Qualicum Beach. (Mandy Moraes photo)
The Port Theatre, which closed in March in response to COVID-19, is reopening and recently announced the lineup of its fall 2020 Spotlight Series. (Bulletin file photo)
The Port Theatre, which closed in March in response to COVID-19, is reopening and recently announced the lineup of its fall 2020 Spotlight Series. (Bulletin file photo)
The Vancouver Island Symphony’s Noteworthy Kids children’s choir program will take place online this year due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Heydemann Art of Photography)

Vancouver Island Symphony’s children’s choir program goes online due to COVID-19

Registration now open for fall and winter sessions of Noteworthy Kids

The Vancouver Island Symphony’s Noteworthy Kids children’s choir program will take place online this year due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Heydemann Art of Photography)
Nelson Forest, 24, of Saanich, wrote an EP of songs inspired by his time in the Canadian Conservation Corps. (Courtesy of Nelson Forest)

Canadian wilderness inspires Saanich man’s first EP

Nelson Forest writes songs after time in Canadian Conservation Corps

Nelson Forest, 24, of Saanich, wrote an EP of songs inspired by his time in the Canadian Conservation Corps. (Courtesy of Nelson Forest)
Nanaimo folk singer Laura Kelsey has released a new EP entitled ‘From the Woods.’ (Photo courtesy Allan Webner)

Nanaimo folk singer reflects on life in the remote B.C. wilderness on new EP

Laura Kelsey finds catharsis on latest release ‘From the Woods’

Nanaimo folk singer Laura Kelsey has released a new EP entitled ‘From the Woods.’ (Photo courtesy Allan Webner)
Nanaimo blues rock band Big Pacific – keyboardist John Hannah, drummer Nick Dokter, guitarist Roly Sandoval and bassist Wayne Veillet (from left) – recently released their second album, ‘Welcome to the Party.’ (Photo courtesy Doug Fetherston)

Nanaimo blues rock group Big Pacific releases sophomore album

‘Welcome to the Party’ unveiled at sold-out concert at the Queen’s

Nanaimo blues rock band Big Pacific – keyboardist John Hannah, drummer Nick Dokter, guitarist Roly Sandoval and bassist Wayne Veillet (from left) – recently released their second album, ‘Welcome to the Party.’ (Photo courtesy Doug Fetherston)
Glen Foster’s bandmates Dwight Gray and Pat Shonwise play villains tying damsel in distress Jeanette McGonigle to the railroad tracks in the music video for Foster’s song Brains Brawn and Beauty. (Photo courtesy Glen Foster)

Nanaimo musician Glen Foster releases new music video

‘Brains Brawn and Beauty’ is the latest single from Foster’s album ‘Not Far Away’

Glen Foster’s bandmates Dwight Gray and Pat Shonwise play villains tying damsel in distress Jeanette McGonigle to the railroad tracks in the music video for Foster’s song Brains Brawn and Beauty. (Photo courtesy Glen Foster)