Liisa Repo-Martell and Rebecca Parent in What a Young Wife Ought to Know

Liisa Repo-Martell and Rebecca Parent in What a Young Wife Ought to Know

Stages set for spring across the Island

From jazz greats to innovative theatre, the entertainment calendar is full

The Victoria Jazz Society brings David Buchbinder’s Juno Award-winning Odessa/Havana to Oak Bay’s Dave Dunnet Community Theatre Friday, March 31.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with music at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 250-388-4423 or the Royal & McPherson box office at 250-386-6121.

Honoured in both jazz and world music circles, Odessaa/Havana is an eight-piece orchestra of top jazz and world musicians who perform music co-composed by Buchbinder and Cuban-Canadian pianist Hilario Duran that blends Latin and Jewish klezmer musical styles.

SingYourJoy young adult chorus brings an evening of feel-good music to Oak Bay United Church Friday, April 7 and 8.

Tickets, expected to sell out, are $15 general or $10 students; email for ticket details.

Good Earth Coffeehouse hosts two classical guitar evenings, Friday, March 31 and April 28. Admission is free and the music runs from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Good Earth, at the corner of Oak Bay and Foul Bay.

The Civic Orchestra of Victoria joins Ukulele master James Hill for the James Hill Ukulele Extravaganza at the the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre Sunday, April 30. The audience is encouraged to bring their own ukuleles for an end-of-show strum-along. The concert opens at 2 p.m. with tickets available online and at Long & McQuade, Ivy’s Bookshop and The Sheiling.

Blue Bridge Theatre opens its People’s Choice Season with Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker, directed by Jacob Richmond, April 25 to May 7. Power, allegiance, innocence and corruption are under the spotlight, as two brothers take in a homeless person who pushes them to the social limit. The Caretaker is one of Pinter’s most celebrated and oft-performed plays.

Rounding out the season will be Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday May 30 to June 11, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, July 4 to 16, and Red Hot Cole, conceived and directed by Darcy Evans, Aug. 1 to 13. Also coming up from Blue Bridge Theatre May 13 is The Lonely, a celebration of the music of Roy Orbison. Featuring Mike Demers as Orbison, enjoy hits including Pretty Woman, Runnin’ Scared, Cryin’ and of course, Only the Lonely, at the Roxy Theatre.

The Blue Bridge box office is open from noon to 4 p.m Tuesday to Saturday at 2657 Quadra St. Call 250-382-3370 or visit for details.

Enjoy a roadtrip to Chemainus for an entertaining look at the music world from Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt.

Showing April 6 to May 14 at the Chemainus Theatre, Two Pianos Four Hands – “a comedy about music” – features Ted and Richard, who dream about becoming classical pianists. As the musicians deal with pushy parents, bizarre teachers, life-consuming practice, stage fright and agonizing examinations, audiences follow the hilarious and moving journey taken by these talented duelling pianists. Visit for details.


The Belfry Theatre continues its annual Spark Festival through March 26.


Remaining performances include Hannah Moscovitch’s What A Young Wife Ought To Know, with dates through March 25.


Showing through March 26 is Reverberations, by Victoria’s Brian Linds. Also part of the SPARK Festival, Theatre SKAM’s Matthew Payne stages Joan through March 26 at the Metro Theatre.

Beaconridge Productions’ concert series in the Upstairs Lounge at Oak Bay Recreation Centre brings the Andrew Collins Trio March 31, offering a popular genre-blending collision of bluegrass, folk, blues, jazz, old-time, swing, Celtic and classical. On Saturday, April 15, Oak Bay welcomes the folk/celtic roots duo The Bombadils plus Evie Ladin and Keith Terry in an exciting double bill.

Tickets are available at, at Oak Bay Recreation Centre or Ivy’s Bookshop.