Lizzy Hoyt brings her Christmas show to the Crofton Hotel this Saturday. (Submitted) Lizzy Hoyt brings her Christmas show to the Crofton Hotel. (Submitted)

COLUMN: Holiday concerts galore on the menu this week

From one end of the Valley to the other, there’s lots of seasonal music to enjoy.

Enjoy a Holiday Concert Series in the Chapel at Providence Farm on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10.

Andrew S. Brown, booking and production manager at Barely North Entertainment, passed along notice that it starts on Saturday, Dec. 9, with A Jazz Holiday Special with Maureen Washington.

Why not join them for an evening of jazz holiday songs with Washington and her full band? Make it a new holiday tradition. Organizers promise that mulled wine and gingerbread cookies will be available to help make this a festive treat.

Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and are available at Duncan Music, Providence Farm Store, and online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/maureen-washington-christmas-concert-in-the-chapel-tickets-40044967576.

This gal slips easily from sassy to sexy within a single line of lyrics, with hints of Etta James, Carmen McRae, Jann Arden and Holly Cole whirled into a delicious Christmas treat.

Then, on Sunday, Dec. 10, music lovers can hear Tal Bachman Live in the Chapel at Providence Farm.

This multi-award winning artist and son of Randy Bachman will mix in some original holiday songs to help make this concert extra special. This show is part of a four-date small venue Island tour that takes him to Duncan, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, and Cumberland. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Tal Bachman in such an intimate venue.

Tickets are $20 advance ($25 at the door if available) and kids get in for $15. Tickets are available at Duncan Music, Providence Farm Store, and online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tal-bachman-live-in-the-chapel-tickets-40045123041

Doors open at 7 p.m. with shows at 7:30 on both nights. Take our advice. Get there early.

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Our friend, Bob Johns, has leaned over the back fence to say that Lizzy Hoyt is coming to Crofton with a Christmas show on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society is presenting this 8 p.m. show at the Crofton Hotel. Tickets are available at the hotel or at Rainforest Arts on Willow Street in Chemainus.

Any unsold tickets will be available at the door.

Those who were fortunate enough to catch Hoyt’s Chemainus show in April, 2016 will be looking forward to the opportunity to see her again, Johns says.

The Winnipeg-based performer is a singer, musician, dancer and songwriter, playing guitar, Celtic harp and fiddle.

She will bring her favourite trio with her for this show. Hoyt has garnered many awards during her career, including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her musical tribute to Vimy Ridge. Her show in Crofton will be her sole appearance on Vancouver Island during her western tour this winter, so don’t waste this opportunity. Tickets are $20 each.

For more details about this and other CVCAS productions check out www.cvcas.com.

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It’s the last month of the year, as the song goes, and hard-driving classic R&B tunes and golden oldies are on the menu when popular trombonist Nick La Riviere brings Soul Source, his 19-piece community rhythm-and-blues band, to Pat’s House of Jazz at the Osborne Bay Pub on Sunday, Dec. 10.

The band includes “a bevy of vocalists, saxes and brass and a five-piece rhythm section,” according to publicist Ron Joiner.

La Riviere is an in-demand player, found regularly with the international touring band The Paperboys and with Michael Kaeshammer, Pretzel Logic and the Timebenders.

The show, the final one of the year for the jazz series at the pub, starts at 2 p.m.

Now in its fifth year, the series, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society, resumes on Jan. 14 with Afro-Cuban pianist Pablo Cardenas.

Admission is $15 at the door.

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In-demand trombonist Nick La Riviere brings his 19-piece band to the Osborne Bay Pub this weekend. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)

In-demand trombonist Nick La Riviere brings his 19-piece band to the Osborne Bay Pub this weekend. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)

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