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Peter Kent longtime movie stuntman for Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Submitted photo)

PODCAST: Peter Kent, Stunt double for Arnold Schwarzenegger

Qualicum Beach resident shares unique tale of his California dream

Peter Kent longtime movie stuntman for Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Submitted photo)
Vince Ditrich. (Submitted photo)

Today in B.C.: Longtime Spirit of the West drummer turned author Vince Ditrich

Podcast: Musician talks being a kidney transplant recipient, release of his first book

Vince Ditrich. (Submitted photo)
Victoria duo Jon Middleton and Sierra Lundy of Ocie Elliott are nominated for the Juno Awards’ breakthrough group of the year. (Photo by Sara Laking)

Juno Awards nominees have strong connections to Greater Victoria

Ocie Elliott, Spiritbox nominated for breakthrough group; Spiritbox up for metal/hard music album

Victoria duo Jon Middleton and Sierra Lundy of Ocie Elliott are nominated for the Juno Awards’ breakthrough group of the year. (Photo by Sara Laking)
Order of Canada recipient Valdy in concert. (Black Press Media file photo)

Today in B.C.: Sharing memories with Valdy, iconic Canadian folksinger

Podcast: Talk includes Winnipeg’s music scene in the 1960s and being back on the road

Order of Canada recipient Valdy in concert. (Black Press Media file photo)
Charlotte Cardin arrives at the Gala Adisq awards ceremony in Montreal, Sunday, October 27, 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Charlotte Cardin leads with six Juno nominations

Montreal pop singer-songwriter topped bigger names Justin Bieber and the Weeknd, each with five

Charlotte Cardin arrives at the Gala Adisq awards ceremony in Montreal, Sunday, October 27, 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
FILE - Dolly Parton performs in concert on July 31, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Parton is among this year’s first time nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)

Dolly Parton, Eminem, Lionel Richie among Rock Hall of Fame nominees

17 artists and groups being considered for Rock Hall induction this year

FILE - Dolly Parton performs in concert on July 31, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Parton is among this year’s first time nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)
Victoria resident Stephen Fearing is one of the latest recording artists to pull their music from Spotify in protest of COVID misinformation on the streaming platform. (Photo courtesy of Mary Maryanovich)

Victoria musician Stephen Fearing joins Neil Young in pulling music from Spotify

Musicians protesting spread of COVID misinformation by Joe Rogan

Victoria resident Stephen Fearing is one of the latest recording artists to pull their music from Spotify in protest of COVID misinformation on the streaming platform. (Photo courtesy of Mary Maryanovich)
In this combination photo, A$AP Rocky attends the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 9, 2019, left, and Rihanna attends her Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 premiere in New York on Sept. 22, 2021. A photo published on People.com shows the rapper with Rihanna who is exposing her baby bump, confirming the 33-year-old “Diamonds” singer and fashion mogul is pregnant with her first child. (AP Photo)

Rihanna is pregnant, debuts bump on stroll with A$AP Rocky

33-year-old star showed off her bump as her boyfriend beamed by her side in Harlem

In this combination photo, A$AP Rocky attends the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 9, 2019, left, and Rihanna attends her Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 premiere in New York on Sept. 22, 2021. A photo published on People.com shows the rapper with Rihanna who is exposing her baby bump, confirming the 33-year-old “Diamonds” singer and fashion mogul is pregnant with her first child. (AP Photo)
Taylor Swift performs during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Drunk driver tweeted ‘cya’ at Taylor Swift before crashing into her NYC apartment building

Suspect allegedly yanked off the door’s intercom panel before police took him into custody

Taylor Swift performs during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
The Life Journey Singers – John Bullas, Carolyn Franklin, Jennie Jones, Sharon Horncastle, Dorothy Mandy and Brian Short (from left) – have been serenading workers at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital since last fall. (Photo courtesy Jim Horncastle)

Vocal group serenading Vancouver Island hospital workers on a weekly basis

Life Journey Singers have been performing outside Nanaimo hospital since last fall

The Life Journey Singers – John Bullas, Carolyn Franklin, Jennie Jones, Sharon Horncastle, Dorothy Mandy and Brian Short (from left) – have been serenading workers at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital since last fall. (Photo courtesy Jim Horncastle)
Meat Loaf gestures during an interview for “Bat Out of Hell - The Musical’” in Toronto on Monday, May 15, 2017. The singer born Marvin Lee Aday died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Meat Loaf gestures during an interview for “Bat Out of Hell - The Musical’” in Toronto on Monday, May 15, 2017. The singer born Marvin Lee Aday died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Sooke alternative rock band Shale has released its first single – To The Ground – which saw more than 4,000 streams in five days. (Contributed - Serena Haley Photography)

‘Pretty unbelievable’ – Sooke rockers Shale breaking out with debut single

To The Ground has been streamed more than 4,000 times in five days

Sooke alternative rock band Shale has released its first single – To The Ground – which saw more than 4,000 streams in five days. (Contributed - Serena Haley Photography)
Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith’s new single is the “breakup anthem” ‘Fingers Crossed.’ (Photo courtesy Laurie Ann Smith/Millenium Media)

Vancouver Island singer Lauren Spencer-Smith tops iTunes chart with new single

‘Fingers Crossed’ streamed more than 34 million times in first week

Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith’s new single is the “breakup anthem” ‘Fingers Crossed.’ (Photo courtesy Laurie Ann Smith/Millenium Media)
Johnny Vallis worked with the late Ronnie Spector during an 80-show house tour of the Legends of Rock and Roll in 1993. He said her loss on Jan. 12 is significant both for him personally, and for the music industry as a whole. (Photo courtesy of Johnny Vallis)

’Quite something:’ Langford singer reflects on performing with late rock legend Ronnie Spector

Johnny Vallis worked on 80 shows with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, who died Jan. 12

Johnny Vallis worked with the late Ronnie Spector during an 80-show house tour of the Legends of Rock and Roll in 1993. He said her loss on Jan. 12 is significant both for him personally, and for the music industry as a whole. (Photo courtesy of Johnny Vallis)
Chilliwack drummer Brandon Toews put together a 24-minute video where he plays every single Rush song released in chronological order. Here he is with his drum setup. (Laura Scotten/ Drumeo)

VIDEO: B.C. drummer plays all 175 Rush songs in 24-minute video

Performance by Brandon Toews a tribute to late Rush drummer Neil Peart

Chilliwack drummer Brandon Toews put together a 24-minute video where he plays every single Rush song released in chronological order. Here he is with his drum setup. (Laura Scotten/ Drumeo)
Vince Fontaine of Eagle & Hawk waits for a scrimmage to begin during practice for the Juno Cup celebrity hockey game at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena in Hamilton, Ont., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Family, friends, and the music industry in Manitoba are in mourning after Fontaine, a multi-award-winning First Nations musician, died suddenly this week in Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

‘He was a champion of Indigenous artists’: Community mourns First Nations musician

Multi-award-winning First Nations musician Vince Fontaine dead at 62

Vince Fontaine of Eagle & Hawk waits for a scrimmage to begin during practice for the Juno Cup celebrity hockey game at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena in Hamilton, Ont., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Family, friends, and the music industry in Manitoba are in mourning after Fontaine, a multi-award-winning First Nations musician, died suddenly this week in Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
Host Michael Bublé is shown on stage at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, Sunday, March, 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Michael Bublé sleighs the Canadian music charts as ‘Christmas’ makes history at No. 1

Christmas only album to reach No. 1 in 5 different calendar years on the Billboard Canadian chart

Host Michael Bublé is shown on stage at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, Sunday, March, 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Nell and The Flaming Lips. Nell Smith of Fernie, 14, released a cover album in collaboration with The Flaming Lips called Where The Viaduct Looms on Nov. 26, 2012. (Photo bt Atria Creative)

Fernie musician to appear alongside The Flaming Lips on The Late Show

Young Nell Smith recently released a cover album in collaboration with The Flaming Lips

Nell and The Flaming Lips. Nell Smith of Fernie, 14, released a cover album in collaboration with The Flaming Lips called Where The Viaduct Looms on Nov. 26, 2012. (Photo bt Atria Creative)
Glenlyon Norfolk student musicians perform in the virtual Winter Wonderland concert, posted online Dec. 17. (Glenlyon Norfolk School/YouTube)

VIDEO: Greater Victoria students showcase musical skills in virtual concerts

Glenlyon Norfolk School shares winter band, choir, arts performances

Glenlyon Norfolk student musicians perform in the virtual Winter Wonderland concert, posted online Dec. 17. (Glenlyon Norfolk School/YouTube)
Students from Lake Hill Elementary combined to win their category in the CBC 2021 Canadian Music Class Challenge. (Photo courtesy of CBC Music Class/YouTube)

Saanich K-3 music group wins CBC’s Canadian Music Class Challenge

Lake Hill music teacher calls primary instrumental category win a huge accomplishment

Students from Lake Hill Elementary combined to win their category in the CBC 2021 Canadian Music Class Challenge. (Photo courtesy of CBC Music Class/YouTube)