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Critic's picks: Charlotte Cardin; Boney M; and Monowhales

Arts writer Mike Devlin picks his fave upcoming events, including Monowhales in Victoria at Wicket Hall on Nov. 16.
Charlotte Cardin will perform at Capital Ballroom on Saturday and Sunday. CULT NATION


Where: Capital Ballroom, 858 Yates. St.
When: Saturday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m.
Tickets: Sold out

Why: Montreal star-in-waiting Charlotte Cardin has enjoyed a stratospheric rise in 2023, and the good times continues with a tour that stops for two sold-out dates in Victoria this weekend. She swept the Juno Awards last year — winning single, album, artist, and pop album of the year — and arrives on Vancouver Island having recently swung through some key rooms in the U.S., including New York’s Irving Plaza and Los Angeles’s El Rey Theatre. The thinking is that she will be promoted to bigger venues for her next run, so enjoy the intimacy while you still can. The dance-friendly Confetti hitmaker is the real deal.


Where: Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St.
When: Monday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $83.75-$105.25 from the Royal McPherson box office (250-386-6121) or

Why: Given the buzzworthy reception she received in Victoria less than one year ago, it makes sense that Liz Mitchell of Boney M fame is back for a return engagement. Mitchell, the only original member of the group, drew raves for her Royal Theatre performance, and is positioned to do so again on Monday. She’ll focus heavily on her hits with the Euro-disco legends, so fans can expect to hear Boney M staples Rasputin, Rivers of Babylon, Brown Girl in the Ring, Daddy Cool and a host of other ’70s dancefloor favourites. Opening act is XL the Band, which features Rob the Viking and Prevail, former members of three-time Juno Award winners Swollen Members.


Where: Wicket Hall, 919 Douglas St.
When: Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $24.90 from

Why: Monowhales (with opening acts Vox Rea and Cold Fame) will kick off their 19-date tour of Canada in Victoria tonight, and the Toronto trio (which expands to a four-piece for live dates) is positioned to close out the year with a considerable bang. The rockers turned heads in 2019 as the only independent, self-managed band to scratch the top of the alternative radio charts in Canada, and have been making steady inroads ever since. Tours with Grandson and Mother Mother positioned them nicely for subsequent headlining run, and Wicket Hall should be bursting with energy when hits RWLYD (Really Wanna Let You Down), CTRL^^^ and RICH$$$ make an appearance during their performance tonight.

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