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Jun
22
Fri
8th Annual Vintage Summer Fair @ Da Vinci Centre
Jun 22 – Jun 23 all day
8th Annual Vintage Summer Fair @ Da Vinci Centre

June 22-23. 2 DAYS! Celebrate Summer with vibrant, VINTAGE VAVOOM…and polka dots (our show theme – a classic for hundreds of years!)! Shop over 40 booths filled with glorious, vintage, retro and antique, one-of-a-kind treasures…including clothing, jewelry, collectibles, housewares, home & garden decor, treats, wedding items and more! 2 FLOORS!!! PLUS, fashion shows on both days! Live music (The Millies!) and vintage-inspired entertainment, dress up contests, vintage Bingo, free gifts and oodles o’ fun and merriment! Proudly supporting Women in Need Community Cooperative. This event is not to be missed!!! Yay! See you there!

Jun
23
Sat
TD Victoria International JazzFest: An Evening with Ranee Lee @ Dave Dunnet Community Theatre
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm
TD Victoria International JazzFest: An Evening with Ranee Lee @ Dave Dunnet Community Theatre

Ranee Lee has spent a half-century in Montreal, where she nurtured an impressive and multi-faceted career as one of this country’s most admired jazz singers. A member of the Order of Canada, Ranee is also an author and an award-winning actress who gave a memorable musical performance as Billie Holiday. She has recorded 13 CDs for the Justin Time label, and the sidemen on her remarkable set of recordings have included such notable jazz artists as Clark Terry, Red Mitchell, and Oliver Jones. She also won a JUNO for “Best Vocal Jazz Album” in 2010. Ranee’s latest touring show, Dark Divas, is a celebration of the most profound jazz and blues singers of the last century. From Josephine Baker and Pearl Bailey to Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, Ranee explores this vital legacy as a gifted interpreter and never just an imitator. Expect brilliance! Taurey Butler piano, Dave Watts bass, Richard Ring guitar, Ron DiLauro trumpet, Dave Laing drums

Jun
25
Mon
Morgan James & Jamison Ross – TD Victoria International JazzFest @ The McPherson Playhouse
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm
Morgan James & Jamison Ross - TD Victoria International JazzFest @ The McPherson Playhouse

TWIN BILL
A veteran performer with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, vocalist Morgan James is a phenomenal talent with a genuine feel for soul music and songwriting. Reckless Abandon, her recent recording of all-original material, proved to be a hit with critics and the public. The charismatic James shows a mature sense of balance on stage that makes an evening with her a memorable delight.

Praised for having “the intuitive musicality of Stevie Wonder”, New Orleans’ Jamison Ross was destined to make his mark on jazz from behind a drum kit. Ross’s debut album, Jamison, showcased his percussive and singing skills in gospel and R&B-inflected jazz compositions that earned a 2015 Grammy nod. His January 2018 Concord release All for One continues to showcase his highly resonant and soulful vocals. Ross is a fresh, dazzling talent.

Jun
26
Tue
TD Victoria International JazzFest presents Spanish Harlem Orchestra @ The Royal Theatre
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm
TD Victoria International JazzFest presents Spanish Harlem Orchestra @ The Royal Theatre

“They make you get up and dance… salsa at its timeless best.” – LOS ANGELES TIMES

The SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA (SHO) is a two-time Grammy winning 13-piece salsa and Latin jazz band setting the standard for New York style, authentic hard core salsa—live or recorded, it doesn’t get any better. Lead by pianist OSCAR HERNANDEZ, the band’s stage presence, rich sound and musical precision leaves audiences mesmerized until the last note. With four Grammy nominations over a 15 year career, this Latin Jazz powerhouse recently released their self-titled fifth album, which features two of America’s great jazz icons, Chick Corea and Joe Lovano. With 13 world-class artists coming together to create an unparalleled musical experience, SHO are sure to make their mark on this year’s TD JazzFest.

TD Victoria International JazzFest: Vincent Herring Quartet plus Maureen Washington @ Dave Dunnet Theatre
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm
TD Victoria International JazzFest: Vincent Herring Quartet plus Maureen Washington @ Dave Dunnet Theatre

Often hailed as the obvious successor to Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, alto and soprano sax master Vincent Herring is celebrated for putting a savvy contemporary spin on classic hard-bop. Playing with an exciting mix of fire and finesse, Herring and his veteran quartet perform contemporary jazz that is intense, soulful, and swings like crazy. The early 1980s saw Herring cutting his teeth with the Lionel Hampton Big Band; later, he played with Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton, Carla Bley, Jack DeJohnette, Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Hargrove – to name just a few. He has recorded over 20 albums as a leader, been on 250 recordings as a sideman, and appeared at nearly every major jazz festival in the world. Long regarded as a sax virtuoso with a uniquely intense and vigorous voice, Herring continues to tour the globe to great acclaim. Dave Kikoski piano, Yasushi Nakamura bass, Carl Allen drums

Jun
27
Wed
TD Victoria International JazzFest: An Evening with Julian Lage Trio @ Dave Dunnet Theatre
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm
TD Victoria International JazzFest: An Evening with Julian Lage Trio @ Dave Dunnet Theatre

Three time Grammy nominee Julian Lage is a certified guitar prodigy who has a distinctly American musical personality that he expresses via a unique blend of jazz, blues, classical, and country. The virtuoso, who played with Gary Burton at age 15, has matured into a thoughtful performer and composer who combines fleet precision and immense technical skill with a boundless musical imagination. His current trio has just released its second CD Modern Lore with Mack Avenue, which was praised by Downbeat for its “virtuosic swirl of twangy textures and gritty grooves.” His 2017 recording, Mount Royal, was nominated for a Grammy this year. Not unlike the equally eclectic Bill Frisell, Lage and his trio take an Americana-tinged ramble through some gorgeous tunes that evoke Duane Eddy and Chet Atkins alongside some righteous swing, languidly cool jazz, and spirited improvisation. Jorge Roeder bass, Eric Doob drums

Jul
13
Fri
Parksville Beach Festival @ Parksville Community Park
Jul 13 – Aug 19 all day
Parksville Beach Festival @ Parksville Community Park

The Quality Foods sand sculpting competition begins with the “pound up” on Thursday July 12th and the winners are announced on Sunday July 15th. The gated exhibition is open to the public from July 13th (2 pm) until August 19th (9 pm). Voting for the ever popular “People’s Choice Award” begins after judging has been completed.
Entry to the exhibition is by a suggested donation of $3 per person. Proceeds from your donation support several local non-profit organizations with approx. $60,000 per year being donated back to these volunteer community groups.
Be sure to bring your camera to this amazing event because once the exhibition is over the sculptures are gone forever. And don’t forget to bring your own buckets and shovels as you and your family are sure to be inspired to create a little sandcastle magic of your own after viewing the sand sculptures.
The 2018 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition is located in Parksville’s Community Park, next to the Lion’s Venture Land Playground and Water Spray Park.

Jul
20
Fri
34th Annual Islands Folk Festival @ Providence Farm
Jul 20 @ 3:00 pm – Jul 22 @ 6:00 pm
34th Annual Islands Folk Festival @ Providence Farm

The Cowichan Folk Guild will proudly present the 34th Islands Folk Festival July 20-22 2018 at Providence Farm in Duncan, BC. Music lovers from all over Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are invited to join this celebration of music, featuring all the best elements of a homegrown folk festival. With 6 stages, on-site camping, tons of food & craft vendors, kids’ activities, workshops, licensed beverage garden, jamming & more!

Aug
3
Fri
The Filberg Festival @ Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park
Aug 3 – Aug 6 all day
The Filberg Festival @ Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park

Now in its 36th year, the four day Filberg Festival is the art event of the summer. The Festival features over 130 talented artisans & crafters, great food and lively entertainment for all ages.

Known also for its great entertainment this year will be no exception, featuring greats such as, Jully Black, Michael Kaeshammer, The Paperboys, Dustin Bentall, Roy Forbes, R&B Allstars and the Boom Booms just to name a few. Performances take place on two stages over the 4 days.

Celebrate the best of arts, crafts and music from across Canada August 3-6, 2018.

For more information visit www.filbergfestival.com.