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[2 Sep 2014 | Comments Off on Rifflandia Festival in Victoria Sept 11-14 | ]

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The 7th edition of the music festival descends on Victoria.
The festival started in 2008 with 3 days, 7 stages, 65 artists. and 1500 people were there to witness it. Black Mountain was the headliner that year. This year the festival takes place all over the city in 3 days and nights, 17 stages in total (parks, clubs, galleries, a church?), some of them all ages and within walking distance in the city’s beautiful and historic downtown core. Rifflandia 2014 boosts over 170 artists. A myriad of talent will converge in …

Festivals, Headline, Ska, Victoria »

[20 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on Ska Fest in Victoria BC July 1st to the 5th | ]

This year the festival is happy to featuire bands like Shaggy, Fishbone, The Expanders, Los Rastrillos from Mexico, Providencia from Colombia, The Aggrolites from California, Barrington Levy, Zvuloon Dub System from Israel plus local bands The Brass Action, Giraffe Aftermath, The Ponderosas, Dope Soda from Nanaimo, The Skinny from Montreal, Mad Bomber Society and from Victoria Sweet Leaf among other musicians that will make Victoria the ska capital of the world during the first week of July. For the complete schedule check here

Canadian Bands, Victoria »

[4 Jul 2012 | Comments Off on JON AND ROY | ]
JON AND ROY

Letting go of old ways, looking inwards, finding a sense of freedom. This is where Victoria folk-rock duo Jon and Roy placed their focus while recording their fourth album, Let It Go. he duo went searching for something intangible while recording Let It Go, and suffice it to say, they found it. Freedom – from artistic constraints, from audience expectations – became a recurring theme for the pair during the creation of the new album. If there was one rule for longtime friends and collaborators Jon Middleton (guitar/vocals) and Roy Vizer (drums/percussion), it was to have no rules at all. “We felt much more free on this album,” says Middleton. “It was a very natural process in this way, similar to how we would approach a live show.”

Festivals, Ska, Victoria »

[1 Jul 2012 | Comments Off on The 13th Victoria Ska Fest 2012 July 10th-14th | ]

The best and most important festival in the capital of BC is back with an impressive line up that includes international super stars like Toots and the Maytals, The Pietasters, The Katchafires among others, local Vancouver sensations like Los Furios and The Boom Booms and local Victoria darlings like Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra and Jon and Roy. In addition there are some Latin bands coming like Pobreska and Bachaco.

Canadian Bands, Indie, Victoria »

[7 Apr 2012 | Comments Off on Year of the Rat | ]
Year of the Rat

Victoria band Year of the Rat performed on April 13th at the Indie Pop Vancouver Series Vol XXVI along Shot Through the Harp and Lovelust. The address is 1143 Kingsway.
What do you sing about when there’s nothing left to talk about? That’s the question that Sam Coll (vocals), Ryan Stringer (bass) and Mike Sanderson (guitar) were asking when, in 2009, the three cerebral misfits happened to connect over craigslist. A few jam sessions later, a lasting musical connection had been made and Year of the Rat was established for good.

Canadian Bands, Indie, Jazz, Rock, Victoria »

[20 Oct 2011 | Comments Off on Quoia | ]
Quoia

This quintet quickly developed a loyal fan base by playing over 60 shows in their first year. They originally garnered much attention through their hugely popular weekly session at the Canoe Brewpub in Victoria, B.C.. The night quickly grew in popularity and soon consistently packed the 410-person venue to capacity. Before the close of 2009, the group had also enjoyed such highlights as playing to 12,000 people at Rexall Place in Edmonton, having songs licensed and used in an internationally distributed surf film, and a trio of sold out shows at fan favourite Sugar Nightclub.

Ska, Victoria »

[7 Aug 2011 | Comments Off on Rocky Mountain Rebel Music | ]
Rocky Mountain Rebel Music

Rocky Mountain Rebel Music will be touring across Western Canada this summer to promote their sophomore album Vic Sound System. RMRM will be playing at the Yale on August 11th with Free flow.
Rocky Mountain Rebel Music is the rally and the after party. A band that simultaneously helps you unwind and challenges you. They believe that counter-culture should be celebrated, and that’s exactly what they do.

Calgary, Live Video, Reggae, Rock, Roots, Victoria »

[16 Feb 2011 | Comments Off on Current Swell | ]
Current Swell

Current Swell plays the Performance Works, part of Winteruption!
Current Swell was created 5 years ago in Alberta‚ Canada with three friends Scott Stanton‚ Davers Lang and Louis Sadava. The band relocated to Victoria BC in summer 2006 recognizing that their roots rock reggae sound echoed the spirit of the West Coast surf rock roots community. Three critically acclaimed albums “So I Say”‚ “Trust Us Now” and “Protect Your Own” supported Current Swell’s inclusion as opening act for artists such as Xavier Rudd‚ The Beautiful Girls‚ Ash Grunwald‚ Bedouin Soundclash‚ The Beach Boys and Daniel Wesley. Festival presenters and promoters took notice with Current Swell appearing at diverse national festivals such as Mt.Tremblant Blues Festival‚ Rifflandia‚ Ottawa Bluesfest‚ Open Sky festival‚ 2010 Olympics and Whistler WS2.

Acoustic, Folk, Indie, Live Video, Victoria »

[18 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Oliver Swain

Victoria’s favorite folk and traditional musician, Oliver Swain, has finally recorded his solo album! Join Oliver and his new band “Big Machine”

Acoustic, Blue Grass, Featured, Folk, Indie, Jazz, Roots, Victoria »

[14 Jan 2011 | Comments Off on Marley Daemon and Dirty Grace | ]
Marley Daemon and Dirty Grace

Marley Daemon is a new breed of songstress whos sophisticated compositions and passionate lyrics seek to explore the deepest questions surrounding human identity.

Alternative, Alternative Rock, Canadian Bands, New Wave, Rock, Victoria »

[20 Dec 2010 | Comments Off on Year of the Rat | ]
Year of the Rat

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This is where you expect to find a bunch of bullshit about who we are, how we formed, what our influences are, right?

I respect you too much to tell you about that sort of minutiae. It’s a not-so-interesting tale involving craigslist and late-night dollar burritos. Besides, it wouldn’t really tell you anything about us. When’s the last time you really got to know somebody by reading about them on a website? If that’s the case, then Omar Khadr’s a war criminal and Woody Allen’s a pedophile, …

Canadian Bands, Folk-Rock, Gypsy, Live Video, Roots, Victoria »

[11 Dec 2010 | Comments Off on The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra | ]
The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

are taking the nation by storm with their mix of gypsy and Spanish with ska and Rai a la Manu Chao,

Acoustic, Alternative, Alternative Rock, experimental, Featured, Folk, Folk-Rock, Jazz, Live Video, Music Genres, Rock, Victoria »

[29 Nov 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Victoria’s secret Top Ten Bands.

Do you want to know who the best Victoria bands are according to 17 experts in the music industry?

Alternative, Alternative Rock, Canadian Bands, Rock, Victoria »

[7 Jun 2010 | One Comment | ]
The Perfect Trend

Formed in the fall of 2005, Nanaimo’s The Perfect Trend is one of Vancouver Island’s hardest working independent bands. With the belief in building a dedicated fanbase from the bottom up, the band has spent the last two years touring from British Columbia to Manitoba, in the process doing over 200 shows, and supporting bands such as Thrice, Protest the Hero, Gob, Ten Second Epic, Marianas Trench, and Armchair Cynics. Covering both the all-ages and 19+ scenes, the band has been acclaimed for its energetic and interactive live show, and for its diverse sound. The band recorded its second e.p., “IN UNISON”, in Victoria with producer Adam Sutherland (formerly of Armchair Cynics).

Canadian Bands, House, Victoria »

[10 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Tom Nemesis | ]
Tom Nemesis

Tom aka: Dj Nemesis been going strong in the dj scene for over 10 years now and his Funky Pumpin French House has been moving people on the dance floor at many notable events like Shambala and Burning Man. He also makes a point to frequent the Hush venue in Victoria Canada.

His love for the electronic music scene runs deep in his family. His step dad had been a disco dj back in the day and ever since he passed down his decks to Tom, they have spent little time apart. Self taught with a bit of guidance from Shaun Ward at the beginning stages.