Live music

Nanaimo musician David Gogo will be stopping by Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on June 4, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Nanaimo musician David Gogo will be stopping by Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on June 4, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Folk-roots-americana duo Heartwood comes to Port Alberni on May 27. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Folk-roots duo Heartwood to charm on stage at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

The Heartwood duo from the Cowichan Valley is on a mini-tour of Vancouver Island

Folk-roots-americana duo Heartwood comes to Port Alberni on May 27. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Jason Heit teaches a class at the Island MMA Training Centre in Victoria. Heit moved back to the Island in 2007 after spending four years as a security guard for various A-list celebrities. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Island man’s journey took him from the boxing ring to supplying security to the stars

Drew Barrymore, Nicholas Cage, Robbie Williams: Victoria’s Jason Heit was by their side

Jason Heit teaches a class at the Island MMA Training Centre in Victoria. Heit moved back to the Island in 2007 after spending four years as a security guard for various A-list celebrities. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Fred Penner returns to Nanaimo’s Port Theatre for a matinee performance Sunday, May 22, as part of the beloved entertainer’s 40th anniversary tour of his debut album, ‘The Cat Came Back.’ (Photo by Tyler Anderson)

Fred Penner returns to Vancouver Island for ‘The Cat Came Back’ 40th-anniversary tour

‘Catchy tunes and good times’ promised for May 22 matinee show at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre

Fred Penner returns to Nanaimo’s Port Theatre for a matinee performance Sunday, May 22, as part of the beloved entertainer’s 40th anniversary tour of his debut album, ‘The Cat Came Back.’ (Photo by Tyler Anderson)
The Islands Folk Festival will be back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
The Islands Folk Festival will be back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
Rocker Sarah Smith will be returning to Char’s Landing for a show on May 7, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Rocker Sarah Smith returns to Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

Smith performing tracks from ‘Songs From When The World Went Still’

Rocker Sarah Smith will be returning to Char’s Landing for a show on May 7, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Canadian band Our Lady Peace will tour to B.C. cities this spring. (Submitted photo)

Holograms help power Our Lady Peace tour that includes Vancouver concert this spring

Alt-rock band touts ‘intersection of music and technology’ in partnership with ARHT Media

Canadian band Our Lady Peace will tour to B.C. cities this spring. (Submitted photo)
Traveller and musician D’jef will be in Port Alberni to share his music at Char’s Landing on April 15, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY GAETAN NERINCX)
Traveller and musician D’jef will be in Port Alberni to share his music at Char’s Landing on April 15, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY GAETAN NERINCX)
Rock band Dear Rouge performs at Surrey’s Party for the Planet festival in 2014, in celebration of Earth Day. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C.’s new ARC program aims to give musicians the tools to build sustainable careers

Applications from B.C.-based musicians now welcomed, with 15 to be picked for program’s first round

Rock band Dear Rouge performs at Surrey’s Party for the Planet festival in 2014, in celebration of Earth Day. (Black Press Media file photo)
Taylor Hawkins, the longtime drummer for the rock band Foo Fighters, died on Friday (March 25) at age 50. The band has since cancelled its 2022 tour, which included a Victoria show in October. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)
Taylor Hawkins, the longtime drummer for the rock band Foo Fighters, died on Friday (March 25) at age 50. The band has since cancelled its 2022 tour, which included a Victoria show in October. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)
Singer-songwriter Chris Ronald will be back at Char’s Landing on March 25, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Roots singer-songwriter makes his return to Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

Chris Ronald will be joined by multi-instrumentalist John MacArthur Ellis

Singer-songwriter Chris Ronald will be back at Char’s Landing on March 25, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Tim McGraw sings “Something Like That” in a video posted to Youtube.com. The American artist is booked to perform during the 2022 Rockin River Fest in Merritt, B.C.

Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker headline summer’s Rockin River Fest in flood-hit Merritt

‘Now more than ever, we need things to be excited about,’ city’s mayor says

Tim McGraw sings “Something Like That” in a video posted to Youtube.com. The American artist is booked to perform during the 2022 Rockin River Fest in Merritt, B.C.
Aaron Colyn of Twin City Brewing (far right) presents a cheque for $1,625 to Kim Blake of the Battle of the Bands, accompanied by Lance Goddard from Five Acre Co. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni’s youth Battle of the Bands is back

Zattzoo Project’s sixth annual youth band competition returns after two-year COVID-19 hiatus

Aaron Colyn of Twin City Brewing (far right) presents a cheque for $1,625 to Kim Blake of the Battle of the Bands, accompanied by Lance Goddard from Five Acre Co. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Peter Tam will perform at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on March 11. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Jazz crooner set to play at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

Singer-songwriter and pianist Peter Tam will be sharing songs from his newest album

Peter Tam will perform at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on March 11. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
WiL returns to Char’s Landing on Friday, March 4. (PHOTO COURTESY TOM PAILLE)
WiL returns to Char’s Landing on Friday, March 4. (PHOTO COURTESY TOM PAILLE)
Ladysmith local Ryan McMahon is bringing his musical stylings to Char’s Landing in Port Alberni. (Courtesty of Ryan McMahon)
Ladysmith local Ryan McMahon is bringing his musical stylings to Char’s Landing in Port Alberni. (Courtesty of Ryan McMahon)
Angela Verbrugge currently lives in Victoria, B.C. (PHOTO COURTESY CASSIDY NUNN)

Jazz vocalist to perform at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

Angela Verbrugge’s second album will be released next month

Angela Verbrugge currently lives in Victoria, B.C. (PHOTO COURTESY CASSIDY NUNN)
Ashley Wey, Hermann’s Jazz Club’s booking manager and longtime performer at the Victoria venue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria’s Hermann’s Jazz Club makes first and only pandemic plea amid struggles

Recent capacity restrictions have been the hardest yet on Island music institution

Ashley Wey, Hermann’s Jazz Club’s booking manager and longtime performer at the Victoria venue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Jesse Roper is a popular Victoria-based musician whose performances in Greater Victoria were widely attended prior to the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Roper/Facebook)

COVID shifts perspective for Vancouver Island performing artists

Studio owner/performer wants more clarity; guitarist/songwriter enjoys slower pace

Jesse Roper is a popular Victoria-based musician whose performances in Greater Victoria were widely attended prior to the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Roper/Facebook)
Canada’s Drag Race comes to Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for a July 16 performance winding up its nationwide tour. (Facebook/Canada’s Drag Race)

Second season of Canada’s Drag Race ending tour with Victoria finale

Fans can attend July 16 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Canada’s Drag Race comes to Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for a July 16 performance winding up its nationwide tour. (Facebook/Canada’s Drag Race)
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