Critics' picks: Jesse Roper, Astrocolor, Halie Loren


What: Jesse Roper with Old Soul Rebel
Where: McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square
When: Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $38-$85 online at, by phone at 250-386-6121 or in person at the Royal McPherson box office
Why: You will have to be quick if you’re hoping to see Metchosin rocker Jesse Roper — aka The Metchosen One — in the comfortable confines of the McPherson Playhouse on Saturday. Only singles remain for his first headlining show in almost two years, but there’s good news for those coming late to the party: Due to demand, Roper will return to the Mac for a second performance on Nov. 17, but those tickets are almost gone, too. What are you waiting for?


What: Astrocolor with Lito Ford, Bendy and WMNSTUDIES
Where: Capital Ballroom, 858 Yates St.
When: Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 p.m.
Tickets: $20 at and Lyle’s Place
Why: Live electronic act Astrocolor has amassed a loyal following during its three years together, and the group is taking the plunge Saturday with their biggest headlining date thus far in the city. There will be no big-stage jitters for these Western Canadian Music Awards nominees, as the six-piece has played everything from Burning Man to Rifflandia. With new music to play from Astrocolor III, the third and final release in the group’s trilogy of EPs, the 12-legged groove machine will turn the dance floor at the Capital Ballroom into a teeming mass this weekend.

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What: Halie Loren
Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View St.
When: Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m. (doors at 6)
Tickets: $25 in person at the Victoria Jazz Society office (977 Alston St.) and the Royal & McPherson Box office, by phone at 250-386-6121 or online at; $28 at the door
Why: A winning combination of solid originals and inventive cover songs has made singer-songwriter Halie Loren one to watch in North American jazz. The Eugene, Oregon, resident (who is originally from Alaska) has drawn comparisons to Pink Martini in the way she handles both jazz standards and pop and rock classics. For her first Victoria performance since a 2016 date alongside Oliver Jones at the TD Victoria International Jazz Festival, she will be joined by Matt Treder on piano and Rob Kohler on bass.

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