07th – Impossible Bird (Tyler Carson)
Impossible Bird is a duo that will shake your bones. The genre smashing duo from Seattle has been turning heads up and down the West Coast of North America with their blend of infectious songs and playful live shows. And the music industry is starting to notice. In April 2012 they released their debut self-titled ep which was instantly hailed as a musical tour-de-force by critics from across the musical spectrum, many noting that it signified the start of something truly exceptional. “Impossible Bird is the next big musical duo” said the Seattle Weekly. The ep won Seattle Met’s Album of the Month, and has been praised and championed by local djs Shawn Stewart and Marco Collins. And they’ve only been a band for a year.
14th – Cuban Fire
An award winning trio that performs original music and Latin/Cuban classics in all genres (son, salsa, bolero, etc.) They delight audiences of all ages with their warm personalities and heartfelt music.
The group, now known worldwide as Cuban Fire Trio was originally founded in Villa Clara, Cuba, in 1994. They currently live and perform in the beautiful, world heritage city of Cienfuegos, where they have the honour of being listed in the ‘Catalogue of Excellent Musicians’. With 4 cds in their portfolio they have recently produced their newest and most varied work “Con Sabor a Cuba”.
The three talented members, Eduardo Machado Batule, (percussion and lead vocals) Daniel Aparicio Menor, (guitar & vocals) and Orgly Rodriguez Gomez (lead guitar, vocals and additional instruments – flute, tres, tipe, etc.) enchant everyone with their unique harmonies and charismatic performances.
21st – Naden Band
The Naden Band supports the Commander Maritime Forces Pacific in accomplishing his goal of bringing the Navy to Canadians throughout Western Canada. The band supports local communities with its active role in fund-raising for non-profit organizations, such as the United Way Campaign and the Salvation Army Annual Christmas Toy Drive. The Naden Band is a highly visible touring ensemble that serves as a liaison between the military and the public through its musical support of military, governmental, and civilian functions. The multi-talented members of the band perform in a symphonic concert band, a choreographed marching band, as well as several smaller ensembles such as reception bands, jazz and dance ensembles, Dixieland band, and brass and woodwind quintets.
The Naden Band, in all its versatility, can offer musical support for military or public events, dances, public concerts, school concerts or fund-raising for registered Canadian non-profit organizations.
28th – Rukus
Devoted to the preservation of authentic 50’s & 60’s Rock ‘N’ Roll. Playing in and around Victoria RuKus has performed since 1981 to enthusiastic audiences of all ages. Highlights through the years include opening for Buddy Knox’s 60th. birthday party bash in 1993. Winning the 1999 “Battle Of The Bands” competition out of 16 bands. Regular appearances include Government House – “Music On The Lawn”, Rock ‘N’ Roll For Little Souls, Butchart Gardens and The Saanichton Fair. They have also worked with Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame, disc jockey Red Robinson on three different occasions, playing on shows with Tommy Sands, Bobby Curtola, The Coasters, Susan Jacks, Randy Bachman as well as Buddy Knox.
Boasting over 200 years of combined stage experience. They also have two of their own members in the Victoria Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame, drummer Barry Casson and lead guitar player Dave Kissinger.
Together with Bob Dalziel, guitar, Marty Adams, keyboards and Steve Hanson, bass, they all vocalise to recreate a wide variety of the sights and sounds of the Golden Age of Rock ‘N’ Roll. They promise a fun time of entertainment and dancing for all ages.
Originals and Standard of Jazz and Blues.
“She slips easily from sassy to sexy within a single line of lyrics, at times echoing the haunting tones of Etta James and Carmen McRae, then faster than the mind and ear can make the transition, Maureen Washington exudes the impish irreverence of Jann Arden and the vocal agility of Holly Cole. And yet, with all splendor attached to such comparisons, Maureen’s musical style remains distinctly her own.”
11th – Tropical Jam featuring the Brimacombe Family
This versatile musical Trio specializes in old and new musical styles of the Caribbean (folk, calypso, soca, reggae) while also including light jazz and popular standards in their varied repertoire. The Trio will be visiting B.C. from the Caribbean where audiences of all ages are currently enjoying listening, singing along and dancing to their colourful arrangements.
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago (the southern-most country in the Caribbean), lead vocalist Anne-Marie Brimacombe studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. She is an award-winning singer, music teacher, choral conductor and show producer who enjoyed teaching music and choirs in Sidney, B.C. for many years. She left four years ago to return to Tobago with her husband and son – Peter and Daniel Brimacombe – the other Trio members.
Peter has many years experience performing, arranging and recording on keyboards. His arrangements provide the rhythms and full instrumental backup for the trio. Daniel performs vocals and is highly skilled on pan (steel drums), bringing extraordinary musical sensitivity to this wonderful Caribbean instrument.
With the warm rhythms and favourite melodies of the sunny Caribbean, the music of Tropical Jam is sure to brighten your day.
18th – Johnny Vallis
Best known as the Man of Many Voices. An entertainer since he was first able to speak, his first impersonations included Elvis Presley and his schoolteachers. While still in junior high school, this talented youngster portrayed Buddy Holly as part of the wildly popular Legends Of Rock and Roll tour. Traveling the world, he has played top venues in Canada, Australia, the US, the United Kingdom and delivered a highly regarded command performance for the King and Queen of Malaysia. A devoted fan of many different musical genres, this popular singing impressionist has also performed alongside such legendary figures as Buddy Knox, Tommy Sands, Long John Baldry and Randy Bachman, just to name a few. Constantly touring with his vast array of voices, this multi-talented showman has also performed for the Grey Cup and the CFL. However, his proudest moment came when he staged an outside concert in Kamloops to aid the food bank and performed for nearly 5000 people. Energetic, amusing, and at times inspiring. Victoria’s own Man of Many Voices, Mr. Johnny Vallis!
Now in their 20th year entertaining audiences all across North America and beyond, the excitement for the Timebenders’ show has never been greater. Featured performers in Las Vegas, the Timebenders’ experience is a unique blend of comedy, dance music and stage show. With over 12 costume changes and hilarious impersonations of the hits and stars from the 50′s right up to this afternoon, this show has something for everybody.
They participate with the crowd like no other act and everyone has a good time dancing, laughing and singing along to some of the greatest music of all time.