Arts in Brief: Musical celebration of of coast gets underway

Five performances of Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast are on the calendar this week, which is ample time to sample the musical revue created by veteran playmakers Ross Desprez and Tobin Stokes.

The musical production, which celebrates “the people and places” of coastal B.C., features Victoria performers Rachel Capon, Colleen Eccleston, Kelt Eccleston and Mark Hellman. Flotsam & Jetsam concludes its 10-day run with a 2 p.m. performance Sunday at The Vic Theatre. That will be preceded by performances tonight and Friday at 7:30 p.m., and two on Saturday at 7:30 and 2.

Tickets are $20 through tix.thevic.ca, 250-389-0444 or via The Other Guys Theatre Company box office (1215 Blanshard St.). Tickets at the door are $25. The Vic Theatre is at 808 Douglas St.

West My Friend concert launches new album

Victoria folk ensemble West My Friend is launching its new album with a concert Friday at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Quiet Hum, the quartet’s third record, was recorded at Fiddlehead Studios on Mayne Island with Victoria-bred producer David Travers-Smith, a four-time Juno Award nominee. West My Friend’s pervious recording, When the Ink Dries, was nominated for the Oliver Schroer “Pushing the Boundaries Award” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2014.

Tickets are $15 at Larsen Music, Lyle’s Place, 770 Yates St., Ivy’s Bookshop, 2188 Oak Bay Ave., and Eventbrite.ca, or $20 at the door. Kids under 12 are free. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is located at 925 Douglas St.

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Bergmann brings tour to Island

Famously irascible singer-songwriter Art Bergmann is back with The Apostate, his first full-length album in 18 years.

Bergmann’s tour to support the record got underway May 20 in Vancouver. The tour by the former Young Canadians and Poisoned frontman continues with dates Friday in Nanaimo at The Queen’s and Saturday at the Victoria Event Centre.

Bergmann’s 40-year career has suffered in recent years, due to osteoarthritis, but he is in fine form on The Apostate. His seven-piece touring band for his Vancouver Island dates includes former Odds guitarist Steven Drake and guitarist Paul Rigby, who spent years backing Neko Case.

Tickets for his Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad St.) performance are $22 at ticketweb.ca and Lyle’s Place, 770 Yates St. Showtime is 8:15 p.m.

Opening acts are Couch Thieves from Victoria and Awkward a/c from Nanaimo.

Django, jazz at Oak Bay High

The fourth annual West Coast Django & Jazz concert is set for Saturday at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre in Oak Bay High School.

Performers booked to appear include award-winning accordionist Cory Pesaturo, singer-songwriter Cari Burdett and acclaimed Victoria gypsy jazz ensemble Brishen, which is fronted by guitar prodigy Quinn Bachand. Oliver Gannon, who was previously expected to appear, is no longer on the bill for health reasons.

West Coast Django & Jazz will also take its act on the road for dates Friday in Courtenay and Sunday on Salt Spring Island.

Showtime for the Saturday performance in Victoria is 7:30 p.m., with doors at 7. Tickets are $25 at Lyle’s Place, 770 Yates St.; Ivy’s Bookshop, 2188 Oak Bay Ave.; Tempo Trend Music, 410 Burnside Rd. East; and the Royal McPherson Box Office. They will also be available for $30 at the door.

The Dave Dunnet Community Theatre is located in Oak Bay High School at 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd.

For more information, go to beaconridgeproductions.com.   

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