Live music

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)
Ilhan Saferali will be performing at Char’s Landing on Sunday, Aug. 14 for Sunday Jazz. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Ilhan Saferali will be performing at Char’s Landing on Sunday, Aug. 14 for Sunday Jazz. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Oktiv6 performs at the Five Acre Co. Summer Concert Series on Saturday, Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Oktiv6 performs at the Five Acre Co. Summer Concert Series on Saturday, Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Shawn Mendes performs “Summer of Love” at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. Mendes is one of several musicians to cancel Canadian concert dates in recent weeks.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Charles Sykes-Invision-AP

From Mendes to New Kids, concert cancellations prove a costly gamble for fans

Fans sometimes stuck with hefty travel, hotel expenses

Shawn Mendes performs “Summer of Love” at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. Mendes is one of several musicians to cancel Canadian concert dates in recent weeks.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Charles Sykes-Invision-AP
XL the Band will headline Day 2 of the Five Acre Co. summer concert series. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
XL the Band will headline Day 2 of the Five Acre Co. summer concert series. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Canadian baritone saxophonist Peter Kang brings his band to Chars Landing on July 10. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Nanaimo saxophonist brings baritone sound to Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

Peter Kang Quartet will headline Sunday Jazz at Char’s in Port Alberni

Canadian baritone saxophonist Peter Kang brings his band to Chars Landing on July 10. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Teas on the Terrace return to the Rollin Art Centre this summer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Teas on the terrace return to Rollin Art Centre

Listen to local musicians and enjoy the gardens

  • Jul 6, 2022
Teas on the Terrace return to the Rollin Art Centre this summer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Vancouver indie rockers Said the Whale are set to headline Colwood’s Eats and Beats Beach Party on July 30. (Courtesy of Said the Whale/Facebook)

Said the Whale to headline outdoor Esquimalt Lagoon Eats and Beats Beach Party

The event, set for July 30, brings thousands to the Esquimalt Lagoon each year

Vancouver indie rockers Said the Whale are set to headline Colwood’s Eats and Beats Beach Party on July 30. (Courtesy of Said the Whale/Facebook)
Classic Canadian rock band Chilliwack will play Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on June 29 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted photo)

Legendary Canadian rock band Chilliwack playing Vancouver Island twice this week

David Gogo to appear as special guest in June 29 performance

Classic Canadian rock band Chilliwack will play Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on June 29 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted photo)
John Michael Lind will be performing at Char’s Landing on June 23. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
John Michael Lind will be performing at Char’s Landing on June 23. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Angel Forrest will be performing at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on June 16. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Angel Forrest will be performing at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on June 16. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Angel Forrest will be performing at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on June 16. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Angel Forrest will be performing at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on June 16. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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