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Valdy Goes Big Band with The Victoria Jazz Orchestra @ Alix Goolden Hall
Mar 16 all day
Valdy Goes Big Band with The Victoria Jazz Orchestra @ Alix Goolden Hall

“Valdy remains one of the country’s purest and most credible storytellers.” —Toronto Star

On March 16, 2019, at 7:00 pm at the Alix Goolden Hall at 907 Pandora Avenue in Victoria, BC a not-to-miss evening concert of folk-jazz and jazz standards will take place with Valdy and the Victoria Jazz Orchestra! Tickets are available and can be purchased at the Victoria Conservatory of Music at 900 Johnson Street, by phone at (250) 386-5311 and online through at Students and seniors’ tickets are $32, general admission is $37. The concert starts at 7:30 pm and the doors open at 7:00 pm.

With over 50 years of recording and performing internationally, beloved Canadian folk singer Valdy has racked up an impressive array of accomplishments, including two JUNO Awards for Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year, (and seven JUNO nominations); SOCAN’s Song of the Year Award, and over sixteen recordings. As a recipient of the Order of Canada, and a music producer, husband, and father, it is exciting news that Valdy is collaborating with the big band sounds of the Victoria Jazz Orchestra — certainly an adventure of the blissful kind!

Performing up to 300 packed concert shows a year, Valdy is no stranger to the music business. Born Paul Valdemar Horsdal on 1 September 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, Valdy’s career began in the 1970s. He is known for, “Rock and Roll Song,” released in 1972 on Haida/A&M. His albums have achieved sales of nearly half a million copies, four of which are certified as gold.

Featured at historic Hermann’s Jazz Club and the Victoria and Nanaimo International Jazz festivals, the Victoria Jazz Orchestra has been delighting audiences since it was founded in 2013 by gifted saxophonist and bandleader Monik Nordine. The popular big band has teamed up with well-known Canadian jazz artists such as John Korsrud, Jill Townsend, Bill Coon, Jennifer Scott, and Chelsea McBride. Bandleader/saxophonist Nordine has released three well-crafted jazz albums: — not just to but over the moon, Departure and The Old-New Town.
“…soaring, dynamic solos…” — PBQ News.

Joining the orchestra for the first time, powerhouse trumpet player Derrick Milton performs with the Foothills Brass and directs Salt Spring Island’s Swing Shift Community Big Band.

“Few performers are capable of achieving the kind of energy Valdy generates on stage” — Macleans Magzine

Valdy and the Victoria Jazz Orchestra will perform orchestrations of Valdy’s original compositions arranged by VJO bandleader Monik Nordine, bandleader and pianist Andrew Homzy and Capilano College jazz studies program founder Mike Reveley for an evening of hits with Victoria’s most acclaimed big band. Reserve your tickets now. Don’t miss a spectacular merging of jazz and folk with legendary Canadian singer Valdy for a very special memorable concert evening!

Kellylee Evans at Hermann’s Jazz Club @ Hermann's Jazz Club
Mar 22 @ 8:00 pm
Kellylee Evans at Hermann's Jazz Club @ Hermann's Jazz Club

Six albums deep, Juno Award-winning jazz/soul vocalist Kellylee Evans has tackled everything from jazz to R&B and pop in such classics fight or flight?, Nina – her 2011 Juno-winning tribute to the legendary Nina Simone – and I Remember When. Her 2015 album, Come On, is a wonderfully refreshing album that comes on the heels of two nearly career ending accidents, including a freak lightning strike in her Ottawa kitchen. Evans was essentially unknown before becoming a runner-up of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Competition. Now, she offers views on love and loss in an alluringly rhythmic approach that is strictly forged by her jazz discipline. Kellylee Evans last performed in Victoria at TD JazzFest 2013. Experience this stylistic connoisseur live, in her element with Adam Cormier on drums, James Meger on bass, and Jonny Tobin on keys, at Hermann’s Jazz Club on March 22.