Music

Victoria musician Leeroy Stagger performs at the Queen’s on July 22. (Photo courtesy Piper Ferguson)

Musician plays Nanaimo in return to performing on Vancouver Island

Victoria’s Leeroy Stagger worked on a new record during pandemic

 

Kyle and Marty Shepherd of the Big Mess performed in Diana Krall Plaza on Saturday as part of the Downtown Nanaimo business association’s Corner Concerts series. (Photo submitted)

Mid-day outdoor entertainment series comes to downtown Nanaimo

Downtown Nanaimo business association presents new ‘Corner Concerts’

 

Nanaimo singer Elise Boulanger is kicking off the city’s new Music in the Park series with a show at Departure Bay Beach on July 24. (Photo courtesy Laura Baldwinson)

New outdoor concert series bringing music to Nanaimo parks

City announced ‘Music in the Park’ series kicks off at Departure Bay Beach

 

Nanaimo poet and VIU poetry professor Sonnet L’Abbé performs at the Port Theatre on July 23. (Photo courtesy Michael Anderson)

VIU poetry prof Sonnet L’Abbé to perform new music at the Port Theatre

Performance part of venue’s ‘Discovery’ series highlighting emerging local artists

Nanaimo poet and VIU poetry professor Sonnet L’Abbé performs at the Port Theatre on July 23. (Photo courtesy Michael Anderson)
Britain’s singer Harry Styles poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the movie “Dunkirk,” in Dunkirk, northern France, Sunday, July 16, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler

Harry Styles fans angered as singer cancels Vancouver, Toronto concert dates

The pop star released a schedule of his North American tour Wednesday but missing was mention of his Canadian shows

Britain’s singer Harry Styles poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the movie “Dunkirk,” in Dunkirk, northern France, Sunday, July 16, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
Daniel Wesley plays the Queen’s on July 16. (Photo courtesy James Looker Photography)

Singer-songwriter plays Nanaimo in return to live performance

Sunshine Coast’s Daniel Wesley brings solo show to the Queen’s

Daniel Wesley plays the Queen’s on July 16. (Photo courtesy James Looker Photography)
The Glen Foster Group – guitarist Glen Foster, drummer Dwight Gray and bassist Pat Shonwise (from right) – performs at the Queen’s on July 24. (Photo courtesy Marg Foster)

Nanaimo musician Glen Foster releases live concert album

Foster and his band presenting album release concert for two albums at the Queen’s this month

The Glen Foster Group – guitarist Glen Foster, drummer Dwight Gray and bassist Pat Shonwise (from right) – performs at the Queen’s on July 24. (Photo courtesy Marg Foster)
The four-week On Live Support concert series kicked off over the weekend with a show featuring a trio of musicians including Nanaimo’s Myc Sharratt. Among the upcoming performers are Michelle Loreta (Week 2), Lawrence Mitchell (Week 3) and Glen Foster (Week 4) (clockwise from top-left). (Photos courtesy Josef Jacobson/submitted/Kyrrah Thomas/Cathy Shonwise)

Nanaimo singer, concert promoter partner to present live music series

‘On Live Support: A Van Isle Concert Series’ happening online and in-person

The four-week On Live Support concert series kicked off over the weekend with a show featuring a trio of musicians including Nanaimo’s Myc Sharratt. Among the upcoming performers are Michelle Loreta (Week 2), Lawrence Mitchell (Week 3) and Glen Foster (Week 4) (clockwise from top-left). (Photos courtesy Josef Jacobson/submitted/Kyrrah Thomas/Cathy Shonwise)
Nanaimo rapper Sirreal plays the Port Theatre on June 25. (Photo courtesy Alanna Morton)

Nanaimo rapper Sirreal and friends play the Port Theatre

Live-streamed concert the second in venue’s Discovery Series highlighting local artists

Nanaimo rapper Sirreal plays the Port Theatre on June 25. (Photo courtesy Alanna Morton)
The Vancouver Island Symphony’s Marco Paolo Trio – flutist Paolo Bortolussi, bassist Mark Beaty and violin and accordion player Calvin Dyck – is among the small ensembles participating in the symphony’s Summer Pop-Up Concert Series. (Photo supplied)

Vancouver Island Symphony outdoor summer concert series returns

Small ensembles to perform across mid-Island in July and August

The Vancouver Island Symphony’s Marco Paolo Trio – flutist Paolo Bortolussi, bassist Mark Beaty and violin and accordion player Calvin Dyck – is among the small ensembles participating in the symphony’s Summer Pop-Up Concert Series. (Photo supplied)
Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)

Jann Arden backs petition to stop ‘appalling’ live horse export, slaughter

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
Toronto psychedelic rock artist Roan Bateman, who goes by Dark Bird, is releasing his latest album ‘Out of Line’ through Nanaimo’s NoiseAgonyMayhem record label. (Photo courtesy Olde Nightrifter)

Nanaimo record label releasing album by Toronto psychedelic rock artist

‘Out of Line’ by Dark Bird is label NoiseAgonyMayhem’s 74th release

Toronto psychedelic rock artist Roan Bateman, who goes by Dark Bird, is releasing his latest album ‘Out of Line’ through Nanaimo’s NoiseAgonyMayhem record label. (Photo courtesy Olde Nightrifter)
Wellington Secondary School band director Carmella Luvisotto won this year’s Tommy Banks/National Arts Centre Orchestra Outstanding Jazz Director Award at MusicFest Canada. (Photo courtesy Dirk Heydemann)

Nanaimo music teacher gets national award for ‘Outstanding Jazz Director’

Wellington’s Carmella Luvisotto honoured at this year’s online MusicFest Canada event

Wellington Secondary School band director Carmella Luvisotto won this year’s Tommy Banks/National Arts Centre Orchestra Outstanding Jazz Director Award at MusicFest Canada. (Photo courtesy Dirk Heydemann)
Nanaimo musician Hamish John A. Macdonald is joined by drummer James McRae and keyboardist Marty Steele (from left) on his new album, ‘Lazaara’s Edge – Angels, Pirates & Demons.’ (Photos courtesy Keith Clark/supplied)

Nanaimo musician combines rock, blues and soul on new CD

Hamish John A. Macdonald’s latest release is ‘Lazaara’s Edge – Angels, Pirates & Demons’

Nanaimo musician Hamish John A. Macdonald is joined by drummer James McRae and keyboardist Marty Steele (from left) on his new album, ‘Lazaara’s Edge – Angels, Pirates & Demons.’ (Photos courtesy Keith Clark/supplied)
Electronic producer Joanne Hill, who performs as Sydney Blu, lobbied for the Juno Awards to introduce a category for underground dance single of the year. The new award will launch in 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Juno Awards to announce new category for underground dance single of the year

Joanne Hill lobbied for the award with support from DJs, producers and other members of the dance music industry

Electronic producer Joanne Hill, who performs as Sydney Blu, lobbied for the Juno Awards to introduce a category for underground dance single of the year. The new award will launch in 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Nanaimo musician Ryan Newton has released his latest single, Lay with Me (If Only for the Night). (Photo courtesy Pamela Newton)

Nanaimo singer-songwriter releases single five years in the making

Ryan Newton’s latest song is ‘Lay with Me (If Only for the Night)’

Nanaimo musician Ryan Newton has released his latest single, Lay with Me (If Only for the Night). (Photo courtesy Pamela Newton)
Johnny Orlando poses in this undated handout photo. Orlando, who’s nominated for pop album of the year at the Juno Awards, recently passed 10 million followers on TikTok. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Universal Music Canada, Norman Wong
Johnny Orlando poses in this undated handout photo. Orlando, who’s nominated for pop album of the year at the Juno Awards, recently passed 10 million followers on TikTok. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Universal Music Canada, Norman Wong
Kwalikum Secondary School graduate Johannes Wallmann will release his ninth album, 'Elegy for an Undiscovered Species' on June 25, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island jazz musician Johannes Wallmann set to release 9th album

Trumpet star Ingrid Jensen of Nanaimo featured

Kwalikum Secondary School graduate Johannes Wallmann will release his ninth album, 'Elegy for an Undiscovered Species' on June 25, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Lantzville fiddler Quin Etheridge-Pedden is nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for Instrumental Artist of the Year. (Photo courtesy Kelli Etheridge)

Lantzville fiddler up for Western Canadian Music Award

Quin Etheridge-Pedden nominated for Instrumental Artist of the Year

Lantzville fiddler Quin Etheridge-Pedden is nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for Instrumental Artist of the Year. (Photo courtesy Kelli Etheridge)
New York City-based jazz pianist Emmet Cohen and his trio – bassist Russell Hall and drummer Kyle Poole – will be joined by vocalist Samara Joy for a performance for the Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society’s Jazz Affair 2021. (Photo courtesy Taili Song Roth)

Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society present online ‘Jazz Affair’

New York musicians headline annual jazz education fundraiser

New York City-based jazz pianist Emmet Cohen and his trio – bassist Russell Hall and drummer Kyle Poole – will be joined by vocalist Samara Joy for a performance for the Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society’s Jazz Affair 2021. (Photo courtesy Taili Song Roth)