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  1. Victoria Jazz Society

    Kellylee Evans at Hermann's Jazz Club

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    Six albums deep, Juno Award-winning jazz/soul vocalist Kellylee Evans has tackled everything from jazz to R&B and pop in such classics fight or flight?, Nina – her 2011 Juno-winning tribute to the legendary Nina Simone – and I Remember When. Her 2015 album, Come On, is a wonderfully refreshing album that comes on the heels of two nearly career ending accidents, including a freak lightning strike in her Ottawa kitchen. Evans was essentially unknown before becoming a runner-up of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Competition. Now, she offers views on love and loss in an alluringly rhythmic approach that is strictly forged by her jazz discipline. Kellylee Evans last performed in Victoria at TD JazzFest 2013. Experience this stylistic connoisseur live, in her element with Adam Cormier drums, James Meger bass, and Jonny Tobin keys, at Hermann’s Jazz Club on March 22. More info at: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/kellylee-evans Artist website: http://www.kellyleeevans.com/
  2. Victoria Jazz Society

    Morgan James plus Elise LeGrow at Elements Casino

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    Throughout her spectacular career, singer-songwriter and Broadway actress Morgan James has taken on beloved roles and songs to give them her own unique perspective. She has recorded and toured internationally with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, which performed at TD Victoria International JazzFest 2017. Now, James has set her sights on the Beatles’ White Album. While each song is performed in its original key, James provides a soulful vibe and feminine flair to these classics. James’ current tour across Europe, Canada, and the U.S., White to Blue, celebrates both the Beatles’ White Album and Joni Mitchell’s Blue album. She first performed in Victoria at TD JazzFest in 2018. Opening the evening will be singer-songwriter Elise LeGrow. This powerful combination of two sensational female voices is not to be missed at Elements Casino, the Platinum Room. More information at: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/morgan-james
  3. Leslie Campbell

    Quasar quatuor

    Quasar quatuor: Territoires sonores February 8 at 7:30pm, Quasar quatuor will present Territoires sonores at Open Space. Since the group's founding in 1994, the Quasar saxophone quartet (Marie-Chantal Leclair, Mathieu Leclair, André Leroux, Jean-Marc Bouchard) has been dedicated to the creation and promotion of contemporary music. A sonic portrait of Canadian new music,Territoires sonores is made up of 8 works commissioned for 8 Canadian composers on the occasion of Canada's 150th anniversary. Admission will be free / by donation. Open Space is at 510 Fort Street, Victoria www.openspace.ca
  4. Leslie Campbell

    JANNIE BURDETI: Piano

    JANNIE BURDETI - Piano Works Inspired By Water - January 6, 2019 @ 2:30 pm Dear Friends, The third concert of Music At Wentworth Villa's 2018/19 season will take place at 2.30 pm, Sunday, January 6, 2019. We are delighted to welcome concert pianist Jannie Burdeti who will perform a virtuosic program with a watery theme: Chopin's beautiful Preludes Op.28, composed on the island of Mallorca, Ravel's Une barque sur L'océan, and Triana (from Iberia) by Albéniz, which portrays life in a waterside neighbourhood in Seville, located between two branches of the Guadalquivir River. The program will end with Concert Arabesques on themes of The Beautiful Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II. During the 20-minute intermission, we will serve complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks, and the concert will conclude with a short Question and Answer session with the performer, so please do not feel shy to speak up. Tickets You may purchase your tickets by using the button above, online atwentworthvilla.com/event/jannie-burdeti, by contacting us atinfo@wentworthvilla.com or by telephone: 250-598-0760. For full details of our series please visit www.wentworthvilla.com/music. Our concerts sell out quickly, so do not delay in buying your tickets if you wish to attend. Tickets to our concerts would also make excellent holiday gifts! Doors will open at 1.30 pm, so please arrive early to reserve your ideal seat before exploring the ground floor of Wentworth Villa and the museum exhibits.
  5. Soile Stratkauskas

    Victoria Baroque: Joy, Passion, Metamorphosis

    Victoria Baroquewith Steven Devine, harpsichord/directorKate Semmens, sopranoNathan McDonald, baritoneThe highly acclaimed British harpsichordist, Steven Devine, returns to direct Victoria Baroque in a ravishing programme of music by Handel.Handel:Cantata 'Apollo e Daphne'Orchestral Suite 'The Alchemist'Concerto Grosso Op.3 No.1Aria "Sweet Bird" from 'L'Allegro il Penseroso'Tickets: $28 / $25 senior / $5 student & childavailable at Royal McPherson Box Office (www.rmts.bc.ca), Ivy’s Bookshop, Munro’s Books, Long & McQuade (Victoria), and at the doorInfo:250 590 9770victoria-baroque@shaw.cavictoria-baroque.com VB_Poster3_Jan_2019.pdf
  6. Meghan J Robertson

    Ensemble Laude presents Glimmer

    This winter, let Ensemble Laude fill your soul with rapturous pieces chosen for their beauty and light. Winter Solstice by Paul Carey and Northern Lights by Ola Gjeilo transport the listener into a winter dream, and Winter Winds by Mumford and Sons and Fire by young Vancouver composer Katerina Gimon surprise and delight with exuberance and passion. New Canadian works will be featured with La Belle se promene by Meghan Quinlan, Light and Wings by John Gordon Armstrong, and Soleil Couchants by Robert Ingari. We will also present Sanctum, our commission from Sarah Quartel, the haunting Jesu Gjor Meg Stille and the lullaby Det Lisle Banet, both from Norway. Come let your heart be uplifted on a cold winter’s night with our songs of love and joy. EL season Poster Fall 18 Glimmer (1).pdf
  7. Meghan J Robertson

    Ensemble Laude presents Glimmer

    This winter, let Ensemble Laude fill your soul with rapturous pieces chosen for their beauty and light. Winter Solstice by Paul Carey and Northern Lights by Ola Gjeilo transport the listener into a winter dream, and Winter Winds by Mumford and Sons and Fire by young Vancouver composer Katerina Gimon surprise and delight with exuberance and passion. New Canadian works will be featured with La Belle se promene by Meghan Quinlan, Light and Wings by John Gordon Armstrong, and Soleil Couchants by Robert Ingari. We will also present Sanctum, our commission from Sarah Quartel, the haunting Jesu Gjor Meg Stille and the lullaby Det Lisle Banet, both from Norway. Come let your heart be uplifted on a cold winter’s night with our songs of love and joy. EL season Poster Fall 18 Glimmer (1).pdf
  8. Victoria Jazz Society

    An Evening With Michael Kaeshammer at McPherson Playhouse

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    Two-time JUNO Award winner, singer and pianist Michael Kaeshammer tours his brand-new album, Something New, which was released April 2018. Something New was recorded at the historic Esplanade Studios in the heart of New Orleans’ Tremé district. Kaeshammer will be joined in Victoria on the Something New tour by New Orleans’ musicians Johnny Vidacovich drums and David Piltch bass, amongst others. More info: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/michael-kaeshammer
  9. Victoria Jazz Society

    Emmet Cohen Trio at Hermann's Jazz Club

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    Multifaceted American jazz pianist-composer Emmet Cohen is one of the most highly pivotal figures in music today. This Harlem-based piano phenomenon, a member of Christian McBride's trio "Tip City," the "Herlin Riley Quartet," and the "Ali Jackson Trio," swings through Victoria with his all-star trio featuring Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s bassist, Russell Hall, and drummer Kyle Poole, who recently toured with Cecile McLorin Salvant. They return to Hermann’s Jazz Club for a second time this year in one musical evening of exceptional style and cool, timeless jazz. More info: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/emmet-cohen-trio
  10. Victoria Jazz Society

    Jane Bunnett And Maqueque at Hermann's Jazz Club

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    A five-time JUNO Award winner and three-time GRAMMY Award nominee, flautist and saxophonist Jane Bunnett has showcased the finest musical talent from Canada, the US, and Cuba. Bunnet and Maqueque, the brilliant all-female Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble, have created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. They performed at TD Victoria International JazzFest in 2014. Maqueque are: Jane Bunnett, soprano saxophone, flute, Melvis Santa, vocals, percussion, Mary Paz, congas, vocals, Dánae Olano, piano, Tailin Marrero, acoustic, electric bass, Yissy García, drums. More info: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/jane-bunnett-and-maqueque
  11. Victoria Jazz Society

    Lindsay Beaver at Hermann's Jazz Club

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    With her limitless voice and ferocious standing-drumming, the blues-rocking, soul-singing Lindsay Beaver leads a powerhouse band. Beaver is a force to be reckoned with, having just signed with Alligator Records this year. Her label debut, Tough As Love, just released in October, 2018. Her influences range from Little Richard to The Ramones, from Billie Holiday to Nick Curran, yet her style and sound is truly original. Beaver recently performed in TD Victoria International JazzFest 2018 and will be joined by fiery guitarist Brad Stivers and rock-solid bassist Josh Williams at her upcoming Hermann’s Jazz Club performance. More info: http://jazzvictoria.ca/society/event/lindsay-beaver
  12. UVic School of Music

    UVic Faculty Concert: Lafayette String Quartet

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    UVic’s Quartet-in-Residence performs a string quartet by American composer Amy Beach plus Mozart's String Quintet No.4 in G Minor, K.516 with beloved Victoria violist Yariv Aloni. Since 1986, the members of the Lafayette String Quartet have divided their time between entertaining audiences all over North America and Europe and teaching some of Canada’s finest young string players. Yariv Aloni is one of Victoria's most artistically involved musicians. He has performed in concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Centre in New York, the Louvre in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, and numerous stages in North America and Europe. Aloni is the Artistic Director of the Victoria Chamber Orchestra, the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the West Coast Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver and has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the Sooke Philharmonic. Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, MacLaurin Building, B-Wing, University of Victoria (Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/475100739668114/)
  13. ChristChurchCathedral

    Bach Cello Suites

    Baroque cellist, Beiliang Zhu, is a past grand prize winner of the Leipzig International Bach Competition and considered to be one of the finest baroque cellists in North America. She views playing the richly chorded suites with six movements each-a prelude, allemande, courante, sarabande, gigue, and other dances-as an "extraordinary journey". Beiliang is the new principal cellist of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. For her Victoria solo debut she will play all six suites on two consecutive nights at Christ Church Cathedral. Tickets: General $40 Student, $25 Both concerts: General: $70, Student, $45. Available now at Cathedral Office, Ivy's Munro's Victoria Conservatory, and pacbaroque.com
  14. Saxophonist Cory Weeds teams up with legendary pianist Harold Mabern and renowned trumpeter Terell Stafford for a night of music that you won’t forget! One night only! A giant of contemporary jazz, Terell Stafford is an incredibly gifted and versatile player who combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. An unforgettable performer who turns every performance into an informal master class, Harold Mabern regales audiences with his first-hand account of jazz history. His music is marked by unmistakable purpose and harmonic authority and he employs a powerful technique and deep insight into a wide range of repertoire from the Great American Songbook to his own soulful originals. Cory Weeds is an expressive player with a sound firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. This past year Weeds’ 13th release as a leader, Let’s Groove spent 43 weeks at on the JazzWeek charts. With Michael Glynn bass and Julian MacDonough drums.
  15. Soile Stratkauskas

    Victoria Baroque: Trumpets shall sound

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    A grand orchestral feast with trumpets, horns, winds and strings, played on historical instruments. Handel's Water Music Suites 2 and 3, and varied works by Telemann, Purcell, Biber, and Fasch. Victoria's professional baroque ensemble with special guest, British trumpet virtuoso Simon Munday. Church of St John the Divine Tickets: $28 / $25 senior / $5 student & child available three weeks prior at: Ivy's Bookshop, Munro's Books, and Long & McQuade more info: victoria-baroque.com victoria-baroque@shaw.ca; 250 590 9770
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    “ … One of the finest musicians in the world.” – ALISON KRAUSS Jerry Douglas is universally hailed as the world’s most technically skillful and innovative Dobro player. With 14 Grammys on the mantel and performance credit on over 2,000 records, it’s hard to think of anyone who’s had more influence on bluegrass, newgrass, country rock, and the many other variants of acoustic Americana. Douglas is best known for being a key member of Alison Krauss & Union Station since 1988. Although most often called a bluegrass virtuoso, Douglas has invariably hopped over narrow genre definitions in search of greater musical freedom and radical expressiveness. From blazing Jimi Hendrix covers to jazzgrass anthems in challenging time signatures, Jerry Douglas is to the dobro what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar. Currently touring in support of the 2018 Grammy-nominated What If, and accompanied by his most versatile band ever, Douglas’s musical vision adds elements of funk, rock, and jazz to his bedrock bluegrass sound. This six-string master with the fluid fingers has always been a step ahead of nearly everybody else! Christian Sedelmyer violin, Daniel Kimbro bass, Mike Seal guitar, Doug Belote drums, Jamel Mitchell saxophone, Vance Thompson trumpet
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    Twin Bill “The power of the human voice, with a lot of soul!” A veteran performer with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, vocalist Morgan James is a phenomenal talent with a genuine feel for soul music and songwriting. Reckless Abandon, her recent recording of all-original material, proved to be a hit with critics and the public. The charismatic James shows a mature sense of balance on stage that makes an evening with her a memorable delight. Praised for having “the intuitive musicality of Stevie Wonder”, New Orleans’ Jamison Ross was destined to make his mark on jazz from behind a drum kit. Ross’s debut album, Jamison, showcased his percussive and singing skills in gospel and R&B-inflected jazz compositions that earned a 2015 Grammy nod. His January 2018 Concord release All for One continues to showcase his highly resonant and soulful vocals. Ross is a fresh, dazzling talent.
  18. Victoria Jazz Society

    TD Victoria International JazzFest: GoGo Penguin

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    “An exciting, exhilarating and original blend that freshens up its sources and takes them somewhere new.” – ALL ABOUT JAZZ England’s Manchester-based GoGo Penguin is a unique piano trio noted for its hypnotic melodies, visceral baselines and tidal rhythms. There’s a wave-like flow to their partially improvised music, which shifts between melodic inventiveness and trance-inducing patterns. Called “music for the heart, head, and feet,” GoGo Penguin were signed to iconic Blue Note Records in 2015 and their newest release, A Humdrum Star, was released to great acclaim in February. From ambient atmospherics to hypnotic beats, GoGo Penguin combines highbrow polish with music-festival populism. Hard to define but easy to groove to, this is one of the freshest bands on today’s scene. Chris Illingworth piano, Nick Blacka bass, Rob Turner drums, Joe Reiser sound
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    “Macy Gray is back and better than ever” - Vogue Magazine A gifted songwriter and dazzlingly singular singer with a distinctive raspy style, Macy Gray’s voice has drawn comparisons with Billy Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Tina Turner to name a few. Gray has released six studio albums and received five Grammy nominations, winning one in 2001 for her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is. Her hit single, “I Try,” remains one of her best-known songs today. This multi-talented artist has appeared as an actor in a number of films, including ‘Training Day’, ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Scary Movie 3’, and ‘For Colored Girls’, amongst others. In 2016, Gray made a large artistic leap by changing labels to Chesky Records to create an audiophile album Stripped, her latest, which features Ari Hoenig, Russell Malone, Wallace Roney, and Daryl Johns. Performing with jazz bands is how she got her start, and it’s what Gray returns to in this collection of reimagined songs from her catalog, three new originals and two covers. This album successfully struck number three on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Gray was also recently featured in Ariana Grande’s song “Leave Me Lonely” from her third studio album Dangerous Woman. From jazz, to pop and R&B, to jazz again, Macy Gray continues to divulge her musical prowess with a unique, smoky voice that is unforgettable to the last note.
  20. UVic School of Music

    Trumpet Studio Recital

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    Featuring UVic School of Music trumpet students from the studio of Merrie Klazek. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  21. UVic School of Music

    Guitar Studio Recital

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    Featuring UVic School of Music guitar students from the studio of Dr. Alexander Dunn performing solo and ensemble repertoire. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  22. UVic School of Music

    String Chamber Concert

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    Featuring UVic School of Music string students from the chamber music class of the Lafayette String Quartet. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  23. UVic School of Music

    Tuesdaymusic

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    Take an afternoon break to enjoy a concert of varied repertoire and instruments featuring UVic School of Music students. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  24. UVic School of Music

    UVic Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Spring Showcase: Memories

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    Expect a fun-filled evening of vivid reminiscences captured by ensemble vocalists and instrumentalists, featuring original arrangements and timeless classics. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
  25. UVic School of Music

    Voice Showcase

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    Featuring UVic School of Music voice students from the studios of Benjamin Butterfield, Susan Young and Anne Grimm. With Kinza Tyrrell, piano. Admission by donation. Contact name: UVic School of Music Contact email: concert@uvic.ca Phone: 250-721- 8634 Website: http://finearts.uvic.ca/music/events
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