Live music

Country superstar Blake Shelton has been announced as the headline for next summer’s Sunfest Country Music Festival, running Aug. 3 to 6, 2023. (Courtesy of Sunfest Country Music Festival)

Blake Shelton coming to Vancouver Island as Sunfest headliner

The Cowichan country music festival returns to Laketown Ranch Aug. 3 to 6, 2023

 

Conductor Janet Shlackl directs the Urbanstreet Choir in rehearsal while Sandy Bouleau accompanies on piano. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

New choir in Port Alberni ready for its first Christmas concert

The holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes the promise of Christmas music

 

Juno award winner and CCMA winner Jess Moskaluke will perform two shows in one night at the Queen’s in Nanaimo on Nov. 25. (Submitted photo)

Country star Jess Moskaluke plays three Vancouver Island shows

Award-winning artist nearing end of cross-Canada tour

 

Syl Thompson and band Ground Control will bring back ‘the definitive Bowie experience’ to Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 20. (Submitted photo)

Tribute act unpacks David Bowie experience across Vancouver Island

Syl Thompson and band Ground Control perform in Victoria, Nanaimo and Campbell River

Syl Thompson and band Ground Control will bring back ‘the definitive Bowie experience’ to Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 20. (Submitted photo)
Victoria Levesque poses during a concert featuring ZINNIA at The.Victoria.House on Sunday, Nov. 6. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)

Victoria resident hosting shows in her home before deal inked on Dragons’ Den

Victoria Levesque has been hosting concerts at her home since 2019

Victoria Levesque poses during a concert featuring ZINNIA at The.Victoria.House on Sunday, Nov. 6. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)
The New Groovement is a 10-member dance machine providing Vancouver Island with funk/hip-hop vibes for the last 10 years. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The New Groovement is a 10-member dance machine providing Vancouver Island with funk/hip-hop vibes for the last 10 years. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Tom Wilson, left, Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings will play Nanaimo’s Port Theatre Nov. 12. (Photo by Mark Maryanovich)

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings set to make 2 Island stops on 25th anniversary tour

Folk rock-alternative country act released its 11th studio album, ‘O Glory,’ this past summer

Tom Wilson, left, Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings will play Nanaimo’s Port Theatre Nov. 12. (Photo by Mark Maryanovich)
Singer-songwriter Joëlle Rabu is a two-time Jessie Award winner and Juno nominee. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Musical duo brings big sound to Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

Joëlle Rabu and Nico Rhodes will perform on Saturday, Nov. 12

Singer-songwriter Joëlle Rabu is a two-time Jessie Award winner and Juno nominee. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Celtic Chaos will play at Knox United Church in Parksville on Oct. 30. Band members from left: Gordon Lafleur, John Beaton, Joyce Beaton, Joe Spinelli and Dave Barta. (Submitted photo)

Celtic Chaos show in Port Alberni tells story of Scottish immigrants

Band will share tales of Scottish Highlanders at Capitol Theatre on Nov. 6

Celtic Chaos will play at Knox United Church in Parksville on Oct. 30. Band members from left: Gordon Lafleur, John Beaton, Joyce Beaton, Joe Spinelli and Dave Barta. (Submitted photo)
Hospital employee Shannon Bower (left) is hoping to give a special gift to Sir Elton John at his concert Friday evening. Her co-workers Berni Russell, who made Elton-style safety glasses, Kavita Dabla and manager Janine Lapierre, along with hospital foundation staff Terra Scheer, Andrea Woo, Tim Staunton, and Gabriella Matute are backing her ambitious goal. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Hey, Elton John, can you give Shannon a wave in the fourth row?

Langley woman’s last minute offer for a friend’s concert ticket has her hoping for the musician’s help

Hospital employee Shannon Bower (left) is hoping to give a special gift to Sir Elton John at his concert Friday evening. Her co-workers Berni Russell, who made Elton-style safety glasses, Kavita Dabla and manager Janine Lapierre, along with hospital foundation staff Terra Scheer, Andrea Woo, Tim Staunton, and Gabriella Matute are backing her ambitious goal. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)
Nanaimo singer Laura Kelsey at Westwood Lake during the shooting of the cover image for her yet-to-be released single ‘Your Stormy Ways’. (Photo by Van Isle Portraits)

Nanaimo singer opening for Matthew Good on his Island tour

Laura Kelsey also set to release first single from debut album at tour start

Nanaimo singer Laura Kelsey at Westwood Lake during the shooting of the cover image for her yet-to-be released single ‘Your Stormy Ways’. (Photo by Van Isle Portraits)
Beverley McKeen will join Dee Cooper playing Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on Sept. 30, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY BEVERLEY MCKEEN)
Beverley McKeen will join Dee Cooper playing Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on Sept. 30, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY BEVERLEY MCKEEN)
In one of only three B.C. shows, Steven Page will play Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on Sept. 28. (David Bergman photo)

Former Barenaked Ladies frontman to play pair of Vancouver Island dates

Steven Page poised to released Excelsior, his first album since 2018

In one of only three B.C. shows, Steven Page will play Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on Sept. 28. (David Bergman photo)
Blue Rodeo has added a stop in Victoria to their Many a Mile tour and will be at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre Nov. 24. (Courtesy of Dustin Rabin/Blue Rodeo)

Blue Rodeo adds fall Victoria date to Western Canada tour

Band added the stop at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre to their Many a Mile concert series

Blue Rodeo has added a stop in Victoria to their Many a Mile tour and will be at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre Nov. 24. (Courtesy of Dustin Rabin/Blue Rodeo)
Colin James plays at Nanaimos Port Theatre Sept. 27. (J. OMeara Photo)

Colin James takes ‘Open Road’ toward Vancouver Island

Musician to performs songs from Juno Award-winning new album in Nanaimo and Victoria

Colin James plays at Nanaimos Port Theatre Sept. 27. (J. OMeara Photo)
Lorde dances on stage Sunday, Sept. 18, during the final day of Rifflandia 2022 at Royal Athletic Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Lorde sends off Victoria’s Rifflandia music festival in style

Thousands filled Royal Athletic Park for the final day of the festival

Lorde dances on stage Sunday, Sept. 18, during the final day of Rifflandia 2022 at Royal Athletic Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Cheng Squared Duo will open the 2022-23 season for the Alberni Classical Concerts Society. (PHOTO COURTESY HARALD HOFFMANN)
The Cheng Squared Duo will open the 2022-23 season for the Alberni Classical Concerts Society. (PHOTO COURTESY HARALD HOFFMANN)
Folk artist Richard Garvey will be performing at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on Sept. 8, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Folk artist Richard Garvey will be performing at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on Sept. 8, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Matt Dunae, aka Sirreal, will be bringing his sound to the Rainbow Room in Port Alberni on Sept. 2, 2022. (DAVE WORDEN PHOTOGRAPHY)

Sirreal brings high-energy hip hop to Port Alberni

The Red Kingdom tour will be arriving at the Rainbow Room on Sept. 2

Matt Dunae, aka Sirreal, will be bringing his sound to the Rainbow Room in Port Alberni on Sept. 2, 2022. (DAVE WORDEN PHOTOGRAPHY)
The Crash Test Dummies bring their international tour to Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre for two shows, Aug. 22 and 23. (Crashtestdummies.com)

Twice the ‘90s fun as the Crash Test Dummies collide with Vancouver Island

Band with roots in Winnipeg reintroducing the hits to longtime fans and newbies in 2 Island cities

The Crash Test Dummies bring their international tour to Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre for two shows, Aug. 22 and 23. (Crashtestdummies.com)