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  1. A'cappella Angels: South Island Harmony Saturday, December 14 at 7:30pm South Island Harmony, formerly known as The Victoria Village Squires, was formed in 1968 as part of SPEBSQA Inc, now the Barbershop Harmony Society, an International singing movement some 30,000 strong. Made up of men of good character from all over the Southern Vancouver Island region, South Island Harmony perform regularly in the community, offer school and public learning programs, and entertain the public with our great mix of old classics and modern arrangements. If you love a'cappella singing, you will love South Island Harmony. We are carrying on the traditions of Barbershop four-part harmony, while growing into the new and exciting world of open a'cappella performing. Tickets $25.00 Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC 250-656-0275 | marywinspear.ca
  2. Christmas Time is Here Concert Newcombe Singers presents “Christmas Time is Here” on Sunday, December 8, 3:00 pm at St. Mary the Virgin Church, 1701 Elgin Road, Oak Bay V8R 5L7. Tickets are $20 each from Choir Members, Ivy’s Bookshop and at the door. Program features Classical to Contemporary music with Peter Dent, Director; Kristina Stevens, Assistant Conductor and Robert Dukarm, Accompanist. For more information see www.newcombesingers.com.
  3. Victoria Jazz Orchestra Fundraiser for the Single Parents’ Resource Centre Get into the giving spirit this November.The Victoria Jazz Orchestraalong with guests Maria Manna and Andrew Homzy will be performing, “ A Christmas Carol,” a special jazz fundraiser for The Single Parents’ Resource Centre, a community non-profit charity in Victoria, BC. The fundraiser takes place Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall, located at 907 Pandora Ave., Victoria. Doors open at 7 pm with the show starting at 7:30 pm.Tickets are available online:https://moniknordine.ca/victoria-jazz-orchestra/and at the box office:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/victoria-jazz-orchestra-fundraiser-for-the-single-parents-resource-centre-tickets-73507865003. By phone: (250) 386-5311. The island community is invited to join the orchestra with local jazz celebrity guests for an uplifting evening of swinging jazz entertainment. A staggering 50% of children living in single-parent homes are living in poverty and child poverty rates in BC currently remain above the national average. The Single Parent Resource Centre provides free clothing, food, counseling and Christmas gifts for families in need and this November The Victoria Jazz Orchestraalong with their guests are inviting the public to join them in supporting this much-needed and busy organization to combat child poverty in the city of Victoria. Helping the folks at the Single Parent Resource Centre will directly and positively impact the lives of children. The Victoria Jazz Orchestra is Vancouver Island’s only professional jazz big band. Formed in May 2013 by Monik Nordine, The Victoria Jazz Orchestra has been featured at The Victoria International Jazz Festival (2017), and The Nanaimo International Jazz Festival (2018). The Orchestra has performed with a list of notable guests including composers John Korsrud, Chelsea McBride, Jill Townsend, Bill Coon, Ian McDougall, Andrew Homzy, Greg Bush, and Alan Matheson. Featured in the lineup are top Victoria area improvisation jazz artists: lead trumpet player Bryn Badel; alto saxophonist Monik Nordine; tenor saxophonist Ryan Oliver; guitarist Rob Cheramy; and drummer Dave Emery. Enjoy a track of the orchestra performing live at the Port Theater for the 2018 Nanaimo Jazz Festival with New York pianist Dave Kikoski. Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/user-852863557-797025761/because-of-you. The Victoria Jazz Orchestra will donate 50% of their concert proceeds to the Single Parent’s Resource Centre. “The Victoria Jazz Orchestra honours (the) heart of (the) music scene.”—Gulf Islands Driftwood Saxophonist/composer/bandleader Monik Nordine is the director of The Victoria Jazz Orchestra. She writes and performs with the orchestra, the Jon Miller Quartet, and many other local Victoria bandsand teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. As a leader Nordine has released four recordings: Not Just to But Over the Moon, Departure, The Old New Town andBarracuda Christmas.Shehas shared the stage with many award-winning musicians including Ian McDougall, Guido Basso, Matt Catingub, David Foster, Campbell Ryga, PJ Perry, Michael Buble, Rob McConnell, Tommy Banks, Brad Turner, and Hugh Fraser and VEJI. Nordine has toured Canada widely performing in the Montreal, Regina, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, and Medicine Hat jazz festivals with The Monik Nordine Trio and with Canadian jazz greats Pat Coleman and Mike Allen. She has recorded with The Hard Rubber Orchestra on their JUNOnominated album, Cruel Yet Fairand onjazz guitarist Pat Coleman’s recording, Blue Comedy. “One of the most compelling voices on the West Coast…” —The Georgia Straight Jazz Society“…Facile in her execution and fluid in the spinning out of her melodic ideas.”—Jazz Improv “Cheerful ambiance.”—DownBeat The November 16thfundraiser concert features the orchestra’s wintery holiday theme, “A Christmas Carol.” The Orchestra will perform with Maria Manna, one of Victoria’s most celebrated songstresses with selections from the orchestra’s beautiful holiday program. Conducting the ensemble will be Andrew Homzy, the Artistic Director of the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival. Included in the program will be a new work by Andrew Homzy written just for this event that will be performed by Maria Manna with the festive swinging jazz orchestra.Don't miss the magic. Join us in helping support Victoria’s children over the holiday season and just in time for Christmas! -30- For interviews and further information: contact publicist Kerilie McDowall by email at keriliemcdowall@gmail.comor by telephone: 1.250.668.3589.
  4. Showtune Cabaret Bar at Veneto Bar Ristorante Saturday, November 23rd doors at 9:30pm | show at 10pm tickets $20 (includes a welcome drink)  Join CCPA’s Year II students as they produce their own ‘New York-style’ showtune cabaret at a sleek classy bar and historic hotel! Each season the College seeks partnerships that offer our students and audience unique and enriching experiences. This new partnership with Veneto Bar Ristorante at Hotel Rialto will bring a piano bar to the heart of downtown Victoria with an eclectic selection of songs covering musical theatre, pop, and a few surprises. Seating is limited. Additional food and beverage will be available for purchase. BUY TICKETS
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    Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus Presents Christmas in Bohemia Celebrate the coming holiday season with three joyful works of sacred Christmas music. The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus presents Vivaldi’s iconic Magnificat,Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass and Brixi’s Pastores loquebantur, two concerts, under the direction of Conductor and Chorus Director Nicholas Fairbank, are scheduled November 30 in Sooke and December 1 on the West Shore. Antonio Vivaldi’s Magnificat,composed between 1717 and 1720, is based on the sacred canticle sung at the end of Vespers, in which Mary praises God as she prepares to become the mother of the Messiah. Magnificatconsists of nine parts, three for soloists and six for the full mixed-voice choir.Each is different in mood, key and tempo. Joining the Chorus are acclaimed area soloists Anna Shill, soprano; Tasha Farivar, mezzo-soprano; Jan van der Hooft, tenor; and Nathan McDonald, bass. Czech composer Jakub Jan Ryba’sCzech Christmas Massprovides local audiences with a special experience as it is rarely presented in North America. The work, however, is frequently performed during the Christmas season throughout the Czech regions of central Europe. With its simple melodic themes inspired by Czech folk music and colourful rhythms, the Massis connected with the celebration of a traditional Czech Christmas. The Czech Christmas Masswill be sung in English, translated from Ryba’s original libretto. Also on the program is a short piece by Bohemian (Czech) composer Frantisek Brixi. EntitledPastores loquebantur, it takes its text from the St. Luke’s Gospel story of the shepherds who visited the baby Jesus. Children and youth under 18 years old are encouraged to attend free of charge. Afternoon and evening concerts in two locations add to the ease of planning this family holiday outing. Concert Schedule Saturday, November 30, 7:30 pm, Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Road, Sooke Sunday, December 1, 2:30 pm, Quarterdeck Hall, Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road, Victoria. Tickets may be purchased online at www.sookephil.ca, at area outlets (Sooke Shoppers Drug Mart, Little Vienna Bakery, South Shore Gallery, Metchosin Country Store Westshore Shoppers or at the door (cash only)
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    St Cecilia’s Day Musical Open House Bell ringers, accordions, choirs and a miniature organ Saturday, November 23, 9.00 am – 5.30 pm St Cecilia’s Day Musical Open House Every half hour there will be a new performance featured during Christ Church Cathedral’s annual all-day celebration in honour of the patron saint of music (St. Cecilia). Performers include the cathedral’s organists and bellringers, Victoria Children’s Choir, and St Christopher Singers. Admission by donation. Proceeds to support Music at Christ Church Cathedral. NEW: Kids’ organ-building workshops that integrate science, engineering and music as kids build a wooden tabletop organ as a team. These are small group sessions, so sign up in advance to secure your spot. (1 pm and 2 pm starts) admin@christchurchcathedral.bc.ca Note: the Christ Church Cathedral Christmas Bazaar is on the same day next door at Christ Church Cathedral School from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm PROGRAM 9:00 – 9:30 am Cathedral Guild of Bellringers: Climb the 71 steps to the Ringing Chamber to watch the ringers launch our musical day with traditional bell music with arcane names like “Grandsire”, Plain Bob” and Stedman.” 9:30 – 10:00 am Robert Dukarm: Stirring sounds of Handel, J.S. Bach and others to start the St Cecilia’s Day celebrations, fittingly on the Cathedral’s renowned Wolff organ 10:00 – 10:30 am St Christopher Singers entertain with a capella music from the Renaissance 10:30 – 11:00 am The Cathedral Choir launches its new CD 11:00 – 11:30 am KlaVIERhands: One piano with 88 keys + four hands with 20 fingers + 100 years of piano playing experience equals the dynamic duo KlaVIERhands. 11:30 am – 12:00 pm Anomaly & The Forager: Anomaly & The Forager team up to create ambient, spacey folk-rock with swirling lead guitar (Josh Duncan) and unique vocals (Bronwyn Proven). Presenting a mix of original songs and beloved favorites. 12:00 – 12:30 pm Quartetto Sorbetto: Ross Ingstrup (Soprano Saxophone); Todd Morgan (Alto Saxophone); Wendell Clanton (Tenor Saxophone); Karsten Brewka (Baritone Saxophone) presenting traditional and contemporary concert works drawn from the core Neo-romantic and Jazz-influenced repertoire, and ventures into Tango, Baroque and many other compositional languages 12:30 – 1:00 pm Victoria Children’s Choir 1:00 – 1:30 pm Cookeleidh: Blending the tunes of Ireland and Scotland, with a heaping spoonful of Maritime flavour, and a dash of Folk, is their recipe for a rollicking, modern day kitchen party! Dave Cook (12-String Guitar, Lead Vocals); Woody Wilson (Wooden Irish Flute, Bodhran); Kim Cook (Fiddle, Percussion); Tom Pogson (Electric Bass, Background Vocals) 1:30 – 2:00 pm Victoria Accordion Club Band: A St Cecilia’s Day favorite, the VAC Band will play a variety of music including popular contemporary songs and others taken from well-known musical productions. 2:00 – 2:30 pm Jorge Carrizales - piano 2:30 – 3:00 pm Music from Peru 3:00 – 3:30 pm Serena Jack - flute 3:30 – 4:15 pm New Page Country Dance Orchestra: Our kitchen party will serve up lively jigs, reels, and polkas, romantic airs, and old fashioned waltzes, from Dan Page’s tune books and beyond! 4:30 pm Choral Evensong for St Cecilia’s Day Susan Down Communications Officer Christ Church Cathedral 930 Burdett Ave, Victoria BC V8V 3G8 250.383.2714 x 228, cell 250-634-3696 www.christchurchcathedral.bc.ca
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    Join this fabulous inclusive community of young adults as they share their music and celebrate new and old friendships. Our concert features an eclectic mix of choral presentations. Beautiful & Beyond examines all aspects of beauty - of ourselves and the world around us, the physical, the mental, the emotional, from the mundane to the world-changing and beyond. SingYourJoy Young Adult Chorus under the direction of Christine Chepyha and Gordon Miller, is joined by musicians Kelby MacNayr and Joey Smith. See you on December 6th for another fabulous evening of music, laughter and tears, and heartfelt community. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/beautiful-beyond-singyourjoy-in-concert-tickets-78096110569 FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2405076126443578/ Website: http://singyourjoy.ca/concerts-and-events/ Email: singyourjoy@gmail.com Call/text: 250-882-5668
  8. Victoria Baroque with St. John's Chamber Singers Magnificent baroque works for soloists, choir, and orchestra. Bach's Cantata BWV 147 including chorale "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring", and an exquisite gem from Bach's library, Lotti's Missa Sapientiae. Come enjoy an uplifiting evening of sacred baroque works sure to warm you through the winter season! Soloists: Kyla Fradette, soprano; Anne van der Sloot, soprano; Alana Hayes; mezzo soprano; Isaiah Bell, tenor; Kyron Basu, baritone Tickets: $30 / $25 senior/ $5 student & child available at Royal & McPherson box office (https://www.rmts.bc.ca/events/glory-in-the-highest-2019-st-john), Munro's Books, Ivy's Bookshop, and at the door. Contact & info: 250 590 9770, victoria-baroque@shaw.ca, victoria-baroque.com Victoria Baroque.NOV poster.pdf
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    Tyler Shaw

    TYLER SHAW Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30pm Tyler Shaw is a platinum-selling artist, producer and actor. The Chinese-Canadian released his hit song “Kiss Goodnight” in 2012, and the melodic track quickly hit platinum sales. In 2014 Tyler earned a JUNO Award nomination for ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year.’ He then went on to release certified gold tracks “House of Cards” and “Wicked,” all from his 2015 debut album Yesterday. Shaw has opened for massive artists such as Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara, as well as toured with Selena Gomez. The multi-talented artist recently exercised his acting skills as the lead role in the feature film The Meaning of Life, released in summer of 2017. Tyler’s latest single, the romantic "With You," was released in July 2018. Prior to that, he released new songs "Anybody Out There" featuring Amaal Nuux in May, and the top ten hit "Cautious" at the beginning of the year. Tickets on sale Friday, September 20 at 10:00am. Tickets $29.40 Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC 250-656-0275 | marywinspear.ca
  10. Victoria Chamber Orchestra Victoria Chamber Orchestra directed by Yariv Aloni presents an all-Bach program on Sunday, November 24, 2:30 pm at Honeymoon Bay Community Hall, 10022 Park Drive, Honeymoon Bay, BC V0R 1Y0. Tickets $20 Adults; $15 Seniors (over 65) and Students; free admission for Music Students. Buy tickets online at www.VictoriaChamberOrchestra.com, by telephone at 250-598-1966 or at the door. Tickets $20 Adults; $15 Seniors (over 65) and Students; free admission for Music Students. All Bach Program: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048 Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060R with Hollas Longton, Violin and Sheila Longton, Oboe Concerto for Three Violins in D, BWV 1064R with Hollas Longton, Kyungah Chang, Yasuko Eastman Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 with Lana Betts, Flute Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 with Hollas Longton, Kyungah Chang
  11. Victoria Chamber Orchestra Victoria Chamber Orchestra directed by Yariv Aloni presents an all-Bach program on Friday, November 22, 7:30 pm at First Metropolitan Church, 932 Balmoral Road (at Quadra Street), Victoria V8T 1A8. Tickets $20 Adults; $15 Seniors (over 65) and Students; free admission for Music Students. Buy tickets at Long & McQuade, Ivy’s Bookshop, www.VictoriaChamberOrchestra.com, by telephone at 250-598-1966 or at the door. All Bach Program: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048 Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060R with Hollas Longton, Violin and Sheila Longton, Oboe Concerto for Three Violins in D, BWV 1064R with Hollas Longton, Kyungah Chang, Yasuko Eastman Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 with Lana Betts, Flute Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 with Hollas Longton, Kyungah Chang This Concert will be repeated on Sunday, November 24, 2:30 pm at Honeymoon Bay Community Hall, 10022 Park Drive, Honeymoon Bay, BC V0R 1Y0. Tickets $20 Adults; $15 Seniors (over 65) and Students; free admission for Music Students. Buy tickets online at www.VictoriaChamberOrchestra.com, by telephone at 250-598-1966 or at the door.
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    The Victoria Mendelssohn Choir Concerts on November 16 and 17 Victoria Mendelssohn Choir directed by Simon Leung presents “A Celebration of Baroque Music – Bach to Vivaldi” with Die Mahler String Quartet. Tickets are $20 each available from Ivy’s Bookshop, Russell Books in Victoria; Tanner’s Books and S.H.O.A.L Centre in Sidney and at the door. Two Performances only: Saturday, November 16 @ 3:00 pm St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 3939 St. Peter’s Street, Victoria V8P 2J9 Sunday, November 17 @ 3:00 pm S.H.O.A.L Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney V8L 3G4
  13. RICHARD THOMPSON with special guest ELIZA GILKYSON Saturday November 2nd Alix Goolden Concert Hall We are very excited to bring be bringing back Richard Thompson to Alix Goolden Hall with special guest Eliza Gilkyson. Richard has sold out his last two performances at Alix Goolden, the latter as an opening guest for Emmy-Lou Harris. Richard has been named as one of Roling Stones "100 Greatest Guitarist of All-Time" and by the LA Times as “The finest songwriter since Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix” https://www.richardthompson-music.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0kJdrfzjAg One night only! Get your tickets here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1872921?utm_medium=bks or the Alix Goolden Box Office Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 Alix Goolden Performance Hall Conservatory of Music - 900 Johnson St., Victoria BC Doors 7pm - Show 7:30pm Tickets: $47.50 + service charges
  14. Monet’s Program DieMahler Ensemble George Corwin, guest conductor At St. Mary’s Church, 1701 Elgin Rd, Oak Bay Tickets at: McPherson Box Office: 1-888-717-6121; Ivy’s Books: 250-598-2713 General $25. Seniors $22.50; Students by donation. Info at 250-658-1167; diemahler4@gmail.com
  15. Christmas Concert DieMahler Ensemble At St. Mary’s Church, 1701 Elgin Rd, Oak Bay Tickets at: McPherson Box Office: 1-888-717-6121; Ivy’s Books: 250-598-2713 General $25. Seniors $22.50; Students by donation. Info at 250-658-1167; diemahler4@gmail.com
  16. Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra Yariv Aloni, Music Director Expressive, Focused, Adventurous Meet the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra – 60 expressive, focused young musicians who bring symphonic music to life! Respected as one of the finest youth orchestras in the country, the GVYO has shared masterworks with thousands of listeners, young and old, in Victoria and beyond. Guided by Music Director Yariv Aloni and a distinguished faculty, GVYO players explore centuries of symphonic style as they build ensemble and performance skills - and lasting friendships. Now in its 34th year, the orchestra brings music to life as only young people can, with talent and enthusiasm, orchestrating joy for themselves and their audience alike. Three concerts at The Farquhar at UVic November 3, 2019 Sunday 2:30 pm BACH Toccata & Fugue, BWV 565 LISZT Fesktlänge (Symphonic poem no. 7) GRIEG Symphonic Dances, op. 64 February 9, 2020 Sunday 2:30 pm CELEBRATING TOGETHER GVYO with the Victoria Chamber Orchestra & Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra SMETANA Má Vlast (My Homeland) April 26, 2020 Sunday 2:30 pm VERDI La Forza del Destino: Overture SIBELIUS Karelia Overture, op. 10 CONCERTOS performed by GVYO soloists Season Tickets: (3 concerts) Adult $66, Senior $54, Student $15, Special Family Rate $150 Available through GVYO Office, 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2L5 Phone: 250-360-1121 Email: gvyorchestra@gmail.com Single Tickets: Adult $25, Senior $22, Student $10 Available from UVic Ticket Centre Phone: 250-721-8480 Online: tickets.uvic.ca Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra 1611 Quadra Street Victoria, BC V8W 2L5 250-360-1121 gvyorchestra@gmail.com www.gvyo.org https://www.facebook.com/GreaterVictoriaYouthOrchestra
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    Astrocolour

    ASTROCOLOR “Ethereal joy...Straddling relaxed jazz, funky electronics, vaguely psychedelic rock and spatial dub.” Clash (UK) Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 9:00pm (doors open 8:00pm) Venue: Hermann’s Upstairs 751 View St. (No Minors) Tickets: $15 advance/VJS members/students | $18 at the door (service charges apply at the Royal & McPherson Box Office). Available: Victoria Jazz Society Office no service charges (977 Alston St. or 250-388-4423), and the Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at www.rmts.bc.ca) Victoria-based Astrocolor formed in 2015 to perform and record live electronic music, recalling the sounds of Air, Massive Attack, and St. Germain. The band plays on the edges of funky house, breakbeat, jazz and ambient. Astrocolor III, their final in a trilogy of EPs that released in spring 2018, sees the band’s instrumental/electronic roots expand into traditional song formats that provide smooth yet catchy beats, built equally for a night of dancing at the club or chill party vibes at home. In 2017, they grooved their way through festivals such as Rifflandia, Song & Surf, Tall Tree, and Atmosphere Gathering, as well as performances in Toronto (Canadian Music Week) and Seattle (Upstream Music Festival). Most recently, they performed to a packed audience at the Centennial Square outdoor stage for TD Victoria International JazzFest 2019. Look no further for a mood booster, as Astrocolor’s debut at Hermann’s Upstairs will transport listeners to dream-like, funk-laden atmospheres that blissfully inspire mental repose, dancing, and pure, downright fun. Neil Cooke-Dallin DJ, Anand Greenwell saxophone,Andrew Poirier guitar, William Farrant bass, Piers Henswood guitar, Chris Mackenzie drums
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    Mama Mia!

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    The Peninsula Players: Mama Mia! October 18, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm. October 20, 26 & 27 at 2:00 pm. Adults $44.63 Senior/Student $39.90 Want to go to a party? Well, have we got a party for you! Mamma Mia!, opening October 18th at the Charlie White Theatre, is just that. A glitzy, glamourous, rollicking, joyful party! Mamma Mia! features twenty-two of Abba’s greatest hits, tied together with a story that is full of fun, pathos, passion and lots of laughs. Audiences throughout the world have shown their enthusiasm for Mamma Mia! with wild, excited applause and instant standing ovations. You can’t help but clap along and tap your feet to dynamic versions of Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Waterloo and, of course, Mamma Mia. It’s Abba! The true test of a successful musical is when you leave the theatre humming one of the songs you’ve just heard. With Mamma Mia!, audiences are humming the songs even before the show starts. When Mamma Mia! first opened in London’s West End it was an immediate hit. It became the seventh longest running show in London and continues to delight audiences to this day. It ran for fourteen years on Broadway making it one of the top ten longest running musicals ever. There was the successful film, and its sequel, but neither can hold a candle to seeing Mamma Mia! live onstage. And now the Mary Winspear Centre, in collaboration with the Peninsula Players, is presenting Mamma Mia! live on the stage of the Charlie White Theatre. Directed by Steve Ivings, with choreography and music direction by Lena Palermo, this production of Mamma Mia! is a true musical party from the opening bars of the overture to the closing bows. You’ll be instantly drawn into the delightful story. On a small Greek island we meet Sophie, raised by her single mom, Donna. Sophie is about to be married. Donna has never revealed who Sophie’s father is but Sophie has discovered it is one of three men. So she invites them all to her wedding! She doesn’t tell Donna, whose reaction, when she first encounters her three former beaus, is priceless. (The fact that she’s wielding a live power tool at the time makes for a scarily hilarious moment). While the story is very funny, there are moments of great tenderness too. Donna trying to hide her heartache when she realizes her little girl has grown up and will soon leave the island. We see Donna fighting to control her anger and frustration when she finally has the chance to tell off one of the Dads for leaving her those twenty years ago. And there’s the fun, goofy, good feelings when Donna’s former bandmates, Rosie and Tanya, arrive to help her handle all the craziness (or add to it) along with the island’s population of delightfully ditzy Greek characters. The story has many layers, all brilliantly backed by Abba’s wonderful songs. Mamma Mia! is a sparkling, joyful celebration. Two hours of fabulous music and a great story overflowing with fun, laughter and love. You don’t want to miss this party! O Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC 250-656-0275 | marywinspear.ca
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    The Vancouver Men's Chorus, conducted by Willi Zwozdesky, returns to Victoria after a two year absence. Canada’s Premier Gay Men’s Chorus will perform music from their 38 year repertoire as well as highlights from Making Spirits Bright 2019. In 1981, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (the first gay choir), toured the United States and several men from Vancouver drove the three hours south to Seattle to hear them. On their return, they decided to start a chorus of their own performing their first concert in December of that same year. The Vancouver Men's Chorus officially became the first gay chorus in Canada, a founding member of GALA and the first international gay chorus in that organization. Under the continuing direction of conductor Willi Zwozdesky, the chorus has achieved national prominence through performances across Canada including visits to Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Victoria, Edmonton, St. John's and Montreal, and through radio broadcasts on CBC. Concert performances in the United States include San Francisco, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Washington D.C., Denver, San Diego, and San Jose. In addition, broadcasts of its 1995 recording Making Spirits Bright, the 1992 recording Signature and the 2006 release of Encore have increased national exposure. Tickets online at Eventbrite.ca and in person at Long & McQuade Music Victoria and Ivy's Bookshop Oak Bay. A portion of the proceeds will support SingYourJoy Young Adult Chorus.
  20. Straight out of Havana… A blazing ensemble of deeply soulful mambo and “a groove as intense as a runaway train.” – NPR Havana’s top musicians join forces with some of the most creative and spirited talents of New York’s Latin music scene to create Orquesta Akokán. This big band collective reinvigorates the sound of Cuban’s golden era mambo with a bold new energy reminiscent of Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, and banda gigante of the 1940's and 50's. In spring 2018, their self-titled first album released with Daptone Records. The album boasts all original songs recorded at the historic state-run Estudios Areito with Cuba's finest players, young and old, led by the inimitable and dynamic singer José "Pepito" Gómez, produced by Chulo Records' Jacob Plasse, with incendiary arrangements by Michael Eckroth. The ferocious and pedigreed wind and rhythm sections consist of musicians from storied groups including Irakere, NG La Banda, and Los Van Van. Robust, time-tested musical architectures of son cubano and mambo are honored and modernized through a synthesis of the rich compositional styles of Havana, New York, and beyond. Orquesta Akokán made their US debut in July 2018, which included a date at Lincoln Center, and continues their tour to Victoria, BC, to showcase the magnitude of their soulful, captivating music and myriad of rhythmic styles. Thursday, November 14 – 8:00pm ~ $65.00/$53.00 (tax and service charge included) Orquesta Akokán: https://www.orquestaakokan.com/ Ticket exclusively available through: Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or online at rmts.bc.ca).
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    Raven Baroque: Concerts Raven Baroque Orchestra plays the hits from 1600 to 1730 (Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, etc.) in full costume. Remaining concert schedule: Saturday, August 3 Nootka Court, 633 Courtenay Street 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm BC Day, Monday, August 5 Mt. Tolmie Reservoir 1:30 – 2:30 pm & 3:00 – 4:00 pm Thursday, August 8 Victoria Central Public Library Atrium 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Friday, August 9 Beacon Avenue Bandshell, Sidney 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Saturday, August 10 Christ Church Cathedral Lawn 10:00 am – 11:30 am Saturday, August 11 Willows Beach Park Lawn 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Admission to all concerts is by donation. Dates subject to change; check website www.ravenbaroque.org to confirm dates.
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    Raven Baroque: Concerts Raven Baroque Orchestra plays the hits from 1600 to 1730 (Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, etc.) in full costume. Remaining concert schedule: Saturday, August 3, Nootka Court, 633 Courtenay Street 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm BC Day, Monday, August 5, Mt. Tolmie Reservoir 1:30 – 2:30 pm & 3:00 – 4:00 pm Thursday, August 8, Victoria Central Public Library Atrium 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Friday, August 9, Beacon Avenue Bandshell, Sidney 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Saturday, August 10, Christ Church Cathedral Lawn 10:00 am – 11:30 am Saturday, August 11, Willows Beach Park Lawn 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Admission to all concerts is by donation. Dates subject to change; check website www.ravenbaroque.org to confirm dates.
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    Buffy Sainte-Marie

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    Summer funk at Hermann's

    Hermann’s re-opens with Summer Funk Series Tuesday, July 16, starting at 7:30 pm, the Phatfunks offer the first live performance at Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street, under the management of Arts On View. The Phatfunks a dynamic young band of emerging musicians, are kicking off a new, bi-weekly summer funk series every other Tuesday night at Hermann’s all-ages venue. The Phatfunks are a collective of funky musicians Victoria. The band can be seen in multiple forms, such as a 4 piece busking group in the summers performing downtown, or the full band, a 6 piece with 2 horns and rhythm section. They play funk, soul and R&B, with rock, jazz, and fusion influences. “We are delighted to take this essential step in our journey,” said interim executive director Nichola Walkden. “Hermann’s Jazz Club is the longest continuously-operating jazz club in Canada and we are thankful that the community’s generosity has kept Hermann’s alive, vibrant and growing.” Hermann’s was voted “Best Nightclub” by Times Colonist readers earlier this year. In addition to making improvements to the two clubs, Arts On View is working to open the upstairs venues for its vision of a non-profit owned performing and visual arts centre. The Arts On View Society (AOV) was founded to save Hermann’s Jazz Club and open up the whole, purpose-built, downtown building for live performances and rehearsals, performer and student workshops, visual arts displays, arts incubation and office space for smaller arts groups that can’t afford Victoria’s steep rents. Information: hermannsjazz.com artsonview.ca
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    Baroque Meets ABBA

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    Baroque Meets ABBA The Victoria Summer Choir presents “Baroque Meets ABBA” directed by Maestro Simon Leung with guests, Die Mahler Quartet. Tickets: $20 each available at Russell Books, Victoria, Ivy’s Bookshop, Oak Bay, Tanner’s Books, S.H.O.A.L Centre in Sidney and at the door. Saturday, August 17 @ 3:00 pm St. John the Divine Church 1161 Quadra Street, Victoria and Sunday, August 18 @ 3:00 pm The S.H.O.A.L Centre 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney During the first half of the concert you will hear music by Handel and Vivaldi, accompanied by ‘Die Mahler String Quartet’. After an intermission, we will present a medley of popular music written and performed by the very successful Swedish group ABBA, and heard more recently in the film and musical ‘Mamma Mia’. The Victoria Summer Choir is sponsored by the Victoria Mendelssohn Choir Society.
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