Live music

Live concerts could return to venues such as Blue Frog Studios in White Rock by year’s end - provided immunizations make a diference and COVID variants are held in check - according to a recent round table including provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry and reprsentatives of performing arts groups. (Submitted photo)

B.C. performing arts groups could see gradual return of live events

Round table between Dr. Bonnie Henry and arts groups gives rise to cautious optimism

 

Frequent buskers Johnny Bomblast, left, and Dave Harris perform in front of Munro’s Books on Government Street. The roommates recently completed a new album of original material entitled Clouds. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

VIDEO: Not even a pandemic can keep a good B.C. street musician down

Buskers ‘One Man Band’ Dave Harris and Johnny Bomblast team up to record pandemic-inspired album

 

Vancouver’s Blonde Diamond is one of dozens of B.C. bands who received a SoundON grant during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Lauren Zbarsky photo)

$500,000 more funds available to struggling B.C. musicians amid COVID pandemic

Successful applicants will receive $5,000 SoundOn grants in as early as a month

 

Singer Ken Lavigne will perform by live-stream from Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River on Feb. 7, starting at 7:30, playing romantic ballads and love songs. (Ken Lavigne/Submitted)

Get into the mood for Valentine’s Day with Vancouver Island’s Ken Lavigne

Singer will perform romantic ballads and love songs by livestream from Campbell River on Feb. 7

Singer Ken Lavigne will perform by live-stream from Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River on Feb. 7, starting at 7:30, playing romantic ballads and love songs. (Ken Lavigne/Submitted)
Eugene Smith is just one of the artists hosting regular streaming shows from the Duncan Showroom’s YouTube channel. (Citizen file)

Lights are up at the Duncan Showroom this November

On Saturday Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. 24 in the Valley with Schaps hits the stage.

Eugene Smith is just one of the artists hosting regular streaming shows from the Duncan Showroom’s YouTube channel. (Citizen file)
Diamond Joe White is headed to the Duncan Showroom on Oct. 17, 2020. (Submitted photo)

Head to the Duncan Showroom for the songs and stories of Diamond Joe

Diamond Joe White will be entertaining folks at the Showroom on Saturday, Oct 17.

  • Oct 11, 2020
Diamond Joe White is headed to the Duncan Showroom on Oct. 17, 2020. (Submitted photo)
Cowichan Valley rapper Switch is hitting the Duncan Showroom on Sept. 18. (Tara Cooper photo)

Switch goes live at the Duncan Showroom Sept. 18

Cowichan rapper will do livestream with special guests

Cowichan Valley rapper Switch is hitting the Duncan Showroom on Sept. 18. (Tara Cooper photo)
Paolo Bortolussi, Calvin Dyck, and Mark Beaty performed as a trio for a series of backyard concerts (Cole Schisler photo)

From theatres to patios, Vancouver Island Symphony plays through the pandemic

A series of pop-up concerts are taking place in various locations from Saltair to Comox

Paolo Bortolussi, Calvin Dyck, and Mark Beaty performed as a trio for a series of backyard concerts (Cole Schisler photo)
The band Spank the Plank performs at White Hart Pub in Surrey on Friday, June 12. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

Bar brings back live music as B.C.’s top doc warns singing spreads COVID-19

‘The hardest part is reminding people that they can’t dance, which isn’t easy,’ pub operator says

The band Spank the Plank performs at White Hart Pub in Surrey on Friday, June 12. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
Shambhala Music Festival has been postponed to 2021. File photo

Shambhala Music Festival postponed to 2021

The popular electronic music event near Nelson announced the news Tuesday

Shambhala Music Festival has been postponed to 2021. File photo
A performance during Tiny Lights Music Festival in the small Kootenay community of Ymir is seen here in 2017. The annual music festival has been postponed to 2021. Photo: Tyler Harper

Will the show go on? B.C. music festivals consider options over coronavirus

Summer events are running out of time to stay on schedule

A performance during Tiny Lights Music Festival in the small Kootenay community of Ymir is seen here in 2017. The annual music festival has been postponed to 2021. Photo: Tyler Harper
The Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton lives up to its destination as the Cowichan Valley’s live music destination, with another fabulous lineup of shows in March. (Photo by Don Bodger)

No shortage of crowd-pleasing shows during March in Crofton

Osborne Bay Pub lineup features tribute acts, high-energy shows and Sunday jazz

The Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton lives up to its destination as the Cowichan Valley’s live music destination, with another fabulous lineup of shows in March. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Renowned Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster is performing in the Cowichan Valley on March 12. (Submitted photo)

Canada’s Queen of the Fiddle coming to Cowichan Valley

Natalie MacMaster to perform at Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on March 12

Renowned Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster is performing in the Cowichan Valley on March 12. (Submitted photo)
Mai Ikemura is the Intermediate Winner of the Concerto Contest and will be performing at the annual concerto concert. (submitted)

3 winners headline Cowichan Consort concerto concert

The choir from École Mt. Prevost will be also be featured

Mai Ikemura is the Intermediate Winner of the Concerto Contest and will be performing at the annual concerto concert. (submitted)
Smiles on their faces say it all about their love of performing for Darrel & Saskia of The Great Plains. (Photo submitted)

Saskia and Darrel, headed to Chemainus, deliver high volume of Canadian content

Songs with great storylines to be featured in Chemainus performance

Smiles on their faces say it all about their love of performing for Darrel & Saskia of The Great Plains. (Photo submitted)
Natalie MacMaster is headed to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on March 12. (submitted)

Famed fiddler Natalie MacMaster headed to Duncan

An Acoustic Evening With Natalie MacMaster on Thursday, March 12 at the Performing Arts Centre.

Natalie MacMaster is headed to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on March 12. (submitted)
Matt Andersen is headed to the Cowichan Theatre Friday, Feb. 14, for a show. (Colin Robertson photo)

Matt Andersen’s Cowichan show selling fast

“A powerhouse performer with a giant, soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence”

Matt Andersen is headed to the Cowichan Theatre Friday, Feb. 14, for a show. (Colin Robertson photo)
Bahamas will close the 2020 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Photo provided

Island MusicFest going to Bahamas to close show

Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He’s a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie, Ont.…

  • Feb 11, 2020
Bahamas will close the 2020 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Photo provided
There’s plenty of lively tunes afoot when Black Angus takes the stage. (Jonathon Howe photo)

VIDEO: Fabulous February all lined up at Crofton’s Osborne Bay Pub

From a romantic Valentine’s Day outing to a rip-roaring Celtic night, you’ll find what you like

There’s plenty of lively tunes afoot when Black Angus takes the stage. (Jonathon Howe photo)
Alessia Cara is on a roll, being nominated for six 2020 Juno Awards. She was named Tuesday as host of the awards ceremony, on March 15 at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. Photo by Olivia Alta

Alessia Cara to host and perform at 2020 Juno Awards

Multi-platinum Canadian singer-songwriter also up for six awards, including Artist of the Year

  • Jan 28, 2020
Alessia Cara is on a roll, being nominated for six 2020 Juno Awards. She was named Tuesday as host of the awards ceremony, on March 15 at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. Photo by Olivia Alta