The 2017 Victoria Django Festival – February 10/11/14
THE VICTORIA DJANGO FESTIVAL
Victoria’s 6th Annual Premier Hot Club Event
Each year in February, the city of Victoria is transported to the steamy dance halls, opera houses and chiche underground clubs of Paris in the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties. The Victoria Django Festival heats up the city with the best in exotic flavours of music all weekend, and a night of fine dining for Valentine’s Day.
This year’s line-up features the return of 2015 favourites The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, as well as Hedgehog Swing, both fom sunny California. Vancouver’s Deanna Knight & The Hot Club of Mars and Victoria locals the Tree Top Trio round out the local talent. Performance dance troupe Seaside Swing and circus performer Jack West will dazzle and delight, adding variety and authenticity to the festival weekend.
As previous years, the weekend kicks off with Friday night at White Eagle Hall, with two levels of music; the upper chandelier-lit Dance Hall and the lower Speakeasy. Saturday night’s Main Event is also a double header with the Opera House Stage (concert-style) in St. Andrews Church and Hot Club (dance party) in the Kirk Hall.
A stayed tradition of the Victoria Django Festival, all the events are stocked with delicious nibbles and quenching libations from local sponsors Hoyne Brewery, The Whole Beast, and Pizzeria Prima Strada, as well as dance competitions hosted each night by The Swing Dance Association of Victoria, with prizes valued up to $200.
Concluding the event is a special French-inspired Valentine’s Day dinner by Northern Quarter, paired with international headliner The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet. There is no more romantic way to spend Valentine’s than in one of Victoria’s best restaurants and some of the world’s best Djangologists. Tickets include a gourmet meal and the concert, and are available at the same outlets as other festival events. Guests may call the reservation number on the ticket to arrange for the 5:30pm or 8:00pm seating in advance.
Back this year is the offer of Early Bird Ticket Sales, saving those who purchase in advance $10-20 off the door price. Combination deals for Friday and Saturday are available, as well as individual tickets for Friday, Saturday and Tuesday night’s shows. Early Bird and Advance tickets can be purchased at Ditch Records, Larsens Music, Lyle’s Place, and Hoyne Brewery.
Friday, February 10th, 2017
Dance and Speakeasy
at White Eagle Hall, 90 Dock Street
Doors 7:30p | Show 8:00p
Hedgehog Swing, Deanna Knight & The Hot Club of Mars, Tree Top Trio
Saturday, February 11th, 2017
Hot Club & Opera House
at St Andrews Church & Kirk Hall, 680 Courtney
Doors 7:30p | Show 8:00p
with The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, Hedgehog Swing, Deanna Knight & The Hot Club of Mars, Seaside Swingers (Dance), Jack West (Circus)
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Valentine’s Dinner and Concert
at Northern Quarter, 1724 Douglas
Dinner Seatings 5:30p | 8:00p
with The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
Advance Tickets available at Ditch Records, Hoyne Brewery, Lyle’s Place and VictoriaDjangoFestival.com
Early Bird Pricing in effect until January 20th
Friday: $30 Adv | $25 Early Bird
Saturday: $50 Adv | $45 Early Bird
Friday & Saturday combo: $70 Adv | $60 Early Bird
Tuesday (incl meal): $95 Adv | $85 Early Bird
The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet tore the roof off the Opera House stage at The 2015 Victoria Django Festival, prompting festival director Oliver Swain to bring them back as soon as possible. Just 30 years old, Gonzalo has toured worldwide with John Jorgensen Quintet, as well as performed and recorded with hundreds of artists including Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, Howard Alden and more. His touring resume covers Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland and the U.S. with notable appearances at Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz Fest, The Montreal Jazz Fest, Django Reinhardt Fest (Germany), Suev Guitar Fest (Italy), Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest, most Djangostyle Fests in the US and countless more. With the incredible guitar work and compositional prowess of Bergara, this quartet also features acclaimed violinist Leah Zegler.
Hedgehog Swing has been ripping up the west coast Django Jazz scene featuring the hottest young player in California today.
Deanna Knight & The Hot Club of Mars are led by the timeless voice of Deanna Knight, and The Hot Club of Mars features many of Vancouver’s most respected Django Jazz players in one smokin ensemble.
Seaside Swing is a Victoria based performance group featuring members of The Swing Dance Association of Victoria.
Jack West is a world class juggler and co founder of the Island Circus Space.