Music

The Vancouver Island Symphony’s Back Row Brass Quintet – including trumpeter Mark D’Angelo, tuba player Nick Atkinson and French horn player Karen Hough (from left) – are touring the Nanaimo area with Christmas Under the Big Tent. (Photo courtesy HA Photography)

Vancouver Island Symphony brass quintet presents outdoor Christmas concert series

Performances coming to venues in Parksville and Lantzville starting Dec. 6

 

In this screen shot provided by ABC on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, Taylor Swift accepts the award for artist of the year at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (ABC via AP)

Taylor Swift wins top prize at AMAs, says she’s re-recording music

Swift beat out Bieber, Post Malone and Roddy Ricch to win the top award

 

Victoria-based guitarist Eric Harper performs at the Port Theatre on Nov. 27. (Photo credit Tatum Duryba)

Classical guitarist to play at the Port Theatre

Eric Harper to play new songs composed during the pandemic

 

The Nanaimo Blues Society kicked off its Blues Plate Special fundraiser this month with a performance by guitarist Whitey Somers (centre) and his band, bassist Todd Sacerty (left) and drummer Nick Dokter. (Photo courtesy Doug Fetherston)

Society launches ‘Blues Plate Special’ food bank fundraiser

Nanaimo Blues Society organizing monthly video performances by local artists

The Nanaimo Blues Society kicked off its Blues Plate Special fundraiser this month with a performance by guitarist Whitey Somers (centre) and his band, bassist Todd Sacerty (left) and drummer Nick Dokter. (Photo courtesy Doug Fetherston)
Nanaimo a cappella quartet Vintage Style – tenor Alex Grant, lead Mike Patterson, baritone Roy Sage and bass Glenn Harvey – released a video performance of the song We’ll Meet Again. (Youtube screen shot)

Nanaimo barbershop quartet honours those affected by war and COVID-19

Vintage Style presents video rendition of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’

Nanaimo a cappella quartet Vintage Style – tenor Alex Grant, lead Mike Patterson, baritone Roy Sage and bass Glenn Harvey – released a video performance of the song We’ll Meet Again. (Youtube screen shot)
Vancouver singer Jill Barber performs at the Port Theatre on Nov. 6. (Photo courtesy Grant Harder)

Singer Jill Barber goes ‘back to basics’ at the Port Theatre

Vancouver musician coming to the Island for trio of stripped-down solo acoustic shows

Vancouver singer Jill Barber performs at the Port Theatre on Nov. 6. (Photo courtesy Grant Harder)
Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo releases his new single, Christine, on Oct. 30. (Photo courtesy Andrew Dodd)

Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo evokes return to good times with new single

Upcoming release ‘Christine’ among a dozen new songs written during pandemic

Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo releases his new single, Christine, on Oct. 30. (Photo courtesy Andrew Dodd)
Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann will play the same piano at the Port Theatre on Nov. 1. (Photo courtesy Best Days Ever Photography)

Piano duo perform on one piano at Port Theatre in return to live performance

Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann present first live, in-person concert since March

Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann will play the same piano at the Port Theatre on Nov. 1. (Photo courtesy Best Days Ever Photography)
Joëlle Rabu and Nico Rhodes present No Regrets, a live-streamed and in-person show featuring the songs of French singer Édith Piaf at the Port Theatre on Oct. 17. (Photo courtesy Vital Image)

Nanaimo mother-son duo pay tribute to Édith Piaf at the Port Theatre

Vocalist Joëlle Rabu and pianist and arranger Nico Rhodes present ‘No Regrets’ show Oct. 17

Joëlle Rabu and Nico Rhodes present No Regrets, a live-streamed and in-person show featuring the songs of French singer Édith Piaf at the Port Theatre on Oct. 17. (Photo courtesy Vital Image)
Nanaimo singer Elise Boulanger releases her new single, ‘Cigarettes et rosé’ on Oct. 11. (Photo courtesy Laura Baldwinson)

Nanaimo singer releasing new single inspired by overheard conversations

Elise Boulanger to unveil ‘Cigarettes et rosé,’ accompanying ukulele tutorial video to come

Nanaimo singer Elise Boulanger releases her new single, ‘Cigarettes et rosé’ on Oct. 11. (Photo courtesy Laura Baldwinson)
FILE - This Jan. 17, 1993 file photo shows the band Van Halen, from left, Michael Anthony, bass guitar, Sammy Hagar, lead singer, Alex Van Halen, drums, and Eddie Van Halen, lead guitar in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen dead at age 65 after long battle with cancer

Rocker had formed Van Halen in the 1970s with his brother

FILE - This Jan. 17, 1993 file photo shows the band Van Halen, from left, Michael Anthony, bass guitar, Sammy Hagar, lead singer, Alex Van Halen, drums, and Eddie Van Halen, lead guitar in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
Nanaimo psychedelic rock band Moths and Locusts – Angus Barter, Dave Bean, Valentina Cardinalli, Mike Breen, Dave Read and Samantha Letourneau (from left) – is marking its 10th anniversary with the release of its latest album ‘Exoplanets.’ (Photo courtesy Dave Bean)

Nanaimo psychedelic rock band marks 10th anniversary with new release

Moths and Locusts’ new LP ‘Exoplanets’ includes recordings made over the last 10 years

Nanaimo psychedelic rock band Moths and Locusts – Angus Barter, Dave Bean, Valentina Cardinalli, Mike Breen, Dave Read and Samantha Letourneau (from left) – is marking its 10th anniversary with the release of its latest album ‘Exoplanets.’ (Photo courtesy Dave Bean)
The Vancouver Island Symphony recently announced its 2020-21 ‘Symphony from your Sofa’ live-streaming concert series. (Photo courtesy Heydemann Art of Photography)

Vancouver Island Symphony announces 2020-21 live-streaming concert series

‘Symphony from your Sofa’ series features small in-person theatre shows broadcast online

The Vancouver Island Symphony recently announced its 2020-21 ‘Symphony from your Sofa’ live-streaming concert series. (Photo courtesy Heydemann Art of Photography)
Screen capture from the latest Berwick Qualicum Beach music video, ‘BQB On The Catwalk’, created in celebration of National Seniors Day on Oct. 1. (Submitted)

VIDEO: B.C. seniors strut their stuff in campy music video

National Seniors Day celebrated with takeoff on 1991 hit from Right Said Fred

Screen capture from the latest Berwick Qualicum Beach music video, ‘BQB On The Catwalk’, created in celebration of National Seniors Day on Oct. 1. (Submitted)
This month Nanaimo musician Paul Bezooyen released his latest record, ‘Another World.’ (Photo courtesy John Grodzki)

Nanaimo guitarist puts decades-old tunes on tape on new instrumental album

Paul Bezooyen’s ‘Another World’ includes compositions dating back to the ’80s

This month Nanaimo musician Paul Bezooyen released his latest record, ‘Another World.’ (Photo courtesy John Grodzki)
Elise Estrada in video posted to YouTube.

Reincarnation, baby! Music-making B.C. couple celebrate ‘miracle’ pregnancy

‘I (said) to Adam, ‘I really think this is your brother reincarnated,’ Elise Estrada says

Elise Estrada in video posted to YouTube.
David Danylchuk and Raphael Roquemore present a tribute to Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks at the Queen’s on Oct. 3. (Photo courtesy Javier R. Sotres)

Married couple bring Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks tribute show to the Queen’s

Ex-Nanaimoites performing in Nanaimo for the first time since last year

David Danylchuk and Raphael Roquemore present a tribute to Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks at the Queen’s on Oct. 3. (Photo courtesy Javier R. Sotres)
The four Trybe app founders outside Chad Kroeger’s jet on a trip to Silicon Valley. From left, Bill Swinimer, Felipe Freig, Chad Kroeger and Dan Swinimer. (Submitted photo)

B.C.-born Trybe social media app’s award system connects with Nickelback singer

Rock stars, jet planes, scooter tricks and the creation of a new platform ready for launch

The four Trybe app founders outside Chad Kroeger’s jet on a trip to Silicon Valley. From left, Bill Swinimer, Felipe Freig, Chad Kroeger and Dan Swinimer. (Submitted photo)
Nanaimo musician Jamie Penner is releasing his debut album, ‘Out of Curiosity,’ on Oct. 1. (Photo courtesy Mike Bonkowski)

Nanaimo musician plays all instruments on DIY debut album

Jamie Penner releasing guitar-centric instrumental record ‘Out of Curiosity’

Nanaimo musician Jamie Penner is releasing his debut album, ‘Out of Curiosity,’ on Oct. 1. (Photo courtesy Mike Bonkowski)
Nanaimo-based country singer Joel Lee (right) has released a music video for his latest single, ‘Adrenaline.’ (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo country singer releases new music video

‘Adrenaline’ is the second single from Joel Lee’s upcoming debut EP

Nanaimo-based country singer Joel Lee (right) has released a music video for his latest single, ‘Adrenaline.’ (Photo submitted)