Victoria Soul Gospel Choir kicks off Oak Bay’s summer music in the park

Summer concerts fill Willows Beach Park, the first is Friday, June 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

A little soul swings into Oak Bay in what’s become a bit of tradition to start the summer concerts in Willows Park. Oak Bay’s Roberto Cecchini again sponsors the Victoria Soul Gospel Choir season-opener June 29.

“It’s a bouquet of thanks to the community of Oak Bay where I live, the lovely neighbours and businesses that I’ve got to know,” said Cecchini. “It’s a way of doing something nice or the community.”

The choir, of which he’s a member, do a half dozen or so concerts a year for charity, so it’s also a reward for his peers.

“It’s such beautiful venue at Willows Beach and the choir loves it,” Cecchini said. “This is one where the good cause is really the community and the people of Oak Bay, they (choir) love the venue and the people. It makes me feel good doing something nice or the choir.”

Cecchini also hopes it will inspire others.

“I hope other Oak Bay and Uplands residents will see things in their community that they would like to get behind and sponsor or partially sponsor so that we don’t have to always either leave town, or go downtown to participate in something interesting.”

Bring a blanket and picnic, and enjoy the free music in a beautiful setting as Oak Bay Parks, Recreation, and Culture’s season of free concerts in Willows Beach Park starts Friday.

The Victoria Soul Gospel Choir, led by Checo Tohomaso delivers the sounds of Motown, R&B, gospel, and reggae with choreography that will make you want to get up and dance.

“It’s feel good music, It’s soul, it’s gospel, it’s upbeat and uplifting, it’s just a fun place to be,” Cecchini said.

Bring your own blanket or chairs, and enjoy the free music in a beautiful setting. The Kiwanis Tea Room will be open for dinner, refreshments and snacks, or bring your own picnic.

Victoria Soul Gospel Choir kicks off summer concerts at Willows Beach Park on Friday, June 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Visit for a taste of the music.

“The musical line-up for the concert series was chosen to support established as well as up and coming local talent who blend musical styles,” says Glenna Garramone, arts and culture programmer, Oak Bay Parks Recreation and Culture. “Audiences can expect something different each time and a chance to enjoy music outdoors.”

Concerts in the park, Willows Beach Park continue the second and fourth Thursdays of July and August. Thursday, July 12 features opening act The Getaways followed by headliner Anne Schaefer with Sean Drabbit from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Friends, family remember Dan Sealey, stepson of Minister of Agriculture, in private gathering

Lana Popham confirmed Sealey died of an accidental drug overdose earlier this month at age 23

PHOTOS: Uptown lights up the holiday season

Annual event drew crowd of all ages for parade and Christmas tree lighting

New figures show City of Victoria spent $30,000 to remove Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

High school graduation rates on the rise in Greater Victoria

High school completion up from 71 to 86.8 per cent over 10 years

Mommy’s Inside Voice: A little piece of you

Mommy’s Inside Voice is a biweekly column by Amie Jay, a local mother of three

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Greater Victoria holiday craft fair roundup for Nov. 16 to 18

Check off all of the items on your shopping list at these great events

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 14

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

High-end B.C. house prices dropping, but no relief at lower levels

But experts say home ownership remains out of reach for many for middle- and lower-income families

Worker killed in collision at B.C. coal mine

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

Most Read