Guitar Events in Victoria

Guitar Events at UVic, VCM, and others

Fri, November 2, 7:30 pm
Mexican Day of the Dead – Dia de Muertos – with music from Mexico: Alexander Dunn and the Chroma String Quartet
Wood Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music

WEEKLY: UVic Guitar Masterclass Mondays 2:30 to 4:30 at the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall (MacLaurin B Wing). These classes are open to the public.

Sat, November 3, 3:30pm   Continuum Consort (with guitarist Douglas Hensley)
New CD Release concert and reception 3:30 pm Wood Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music, $25 for ticket with CD included or $15 ticket without CD included. Concert is free for students. Additional CDs $20.



Friday, September 28, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
University of Victoria Faculty Concert: Alexander Dunn, guitar

Classical guitar virtuoso Alexander Dunn takes centre stage in a unique concert of guitar and string music joined by a host of guest string players including UVic’s graduate string quartet, Cuarteto Chroma, new Victoria Conservatory of Music faculty violinists, Simon MacDonald and David Visentin, plus members of the Lafayette String Quartet.

Thu, August 16th, 7:30PM
VGS supporter Caffe Fantastico presents: Ali McCormick

2018 Summer Guitar Academy:

Tuesday July 24 – Saturday July 28    The SGA returns with new faculty and artists. The 2017 academy was a tremendous success and we look forward to supporting the next years’ academy. Check back for details.

Monday July 30, 7PM First Baptist Church, 877 North Park St.
Victoria’s own Simon Farintosh, Isaiah Brabazon, and Razvan Bezna present a joint recital featuring works of Glass, Bach, Regondi, Albeniz, and more! The young artists are saying a musical farewell to Victoria before heading off to do their graduate degrees in Guitar Performance in the United States.

Fri. Nov 10 Guitar Faculty Recital 7:30pm, Wood Hall. Victoria Conservatory of Music) 900 Pandora Ave. map. Music for solo, duo and guitar ensemble, featuring guitar faculty of the VCM, and the new VCM head of strings, violinist Simon McDonald.

Fri. Nov. 17  UVic Class Recital 8pm PTY Recital Hall, University of Victoria.  Admission by donation. map.

Fri. Dec. 1  UVic Friday Music  12:30 PTY Recital Hall, University of Victoria. Admission by donation.

Friday Dec. 8 VCM Class Recital  7:30-9:00pm Wood Hall. Victoria Conservatory of Music) 900 Pandora Ave. map

Sun. Jan 7 David Sossa: The Guitar Around the World
Chemainus, Vancouver Island,

Sat. Feb 3 50th Anniversary Concert UVic Faculty Chamber Music. 8pm PTY Recital Hall, University of Victoria. map

A page of Duo Fantastico

Featuring Alexander Dunn & Robert Ward performing Duo Fantastico of Liova Bueno, and UVic faculty in ensemble music in celebration of the School of Music 50 years of teaching and performance excellence.






Fri. Feb. 23 8pm PTY Recital Hall, University of Victoria. map. UVic Faculty Recital. Virtuoso guitarist Alexander Dunn performs two gorgeous Brahms-inspired Sonatas by the Austrian composer Ferdinand Rebay.

Although little known, Rebay is enjoying a deserved recognition for his beautiful and well-crafted music. Program will also include the Canadian premiere of Alan Willcocks’ 12 Impressionistic Sketches and his 12 Minature Preludes – English Impressionism reminiscent of Debussy.




Fri. March. 16 UVic Friday Music 12:30 PTY Recital Hall, University of Victoria.  map. UVic guitar students perform solo and ensemble works.

Thurs. March 29 UVic Class Recital 8pm PTY Recital Hall, University of Victoria. UVic guitar students perform solo and ensemble works. Admission by donation.

Tues. April 3 7pm, First Baptist Church (877 North Park St)
Featured guitarists are Simon Farintosh and Isaiah Brabazon (Victoria), Mike Ibsen (Canadian studying in Amsterdam), Joel Thomson (Vancouver). Program: works by Philip Glass, Antoine de L’hoyer, Astor Piazzolla, and others.

Sat. April 14 VCM Class Recital  2:30-4:30 Wood Hall. Victoria Conservatory of Music) 900 Pandora Ave. map.  VCM guitar students perform solo and ensemble works. Admission by donation.

Thu. April 19, 8PM Adrian Verdejo performs new music for classical guitar
Martin Batchelor Gallery
712 Cormorant St,Victoria, BC
Admission $10

Wed. Apr. 25 8pm PTY Recital Hall, University of Victoria. Guitarist Simon Farintosh performs works of Dowland, Bach, Tedesco, Ginastera, and others.
Admission by donation.


Fri. April 27 8pm PTY Recital Hall, University of Victoria. map. Guitarist Isaiah Brabazon performs works of Rodrigo, Regondi, Barrios, and ensemble music of Piazzolla and others. Admission by donation.

Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival:

 The GVPAF Guitar Division is an annual festival and competition featuring Junior Solo (14 years and under), Intermediate Solo (17 years and under), Senior Solo (28 years and under), Adult Solo (over 28 years), and various guitar ensemble categories. An external adjudicator visits to assess and support players. They have included Randy Pile, Michael Nicolella, Michael Partington, Murray Visscher, Daniel Bolshoy, Bryan Johanson, Ana Vidovic, Lynn McGrath, Antigoni Goni, Ricardo Cobo, Robert Ward, Xeufei Yang, Lily Afshar, and others.

Friday April 20 and Saturday April 21  Adrian Verdejo Adjudicator. First Metropolitan Church.  932 Balmoral Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 1A8 map

Registration for the GVPAF is by early January. Details to be announced.

Born to a musical family in Regina, Saskatchewan, Adrian Verdejo began studying the guitar at a young age. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Ottawa a BMus from the University of Victoria, and a Music Diploma from Capilano University. He studied with guitarists Patrick RouxDr. Alexander Dunn, and Stephen Boswell. Adrian Verdejo performs many works spanning the guitar repertoire and has commissioned and premiered several new pieces. He specializes in contemporary music with equal fluency in classical and electric guitar styles. Verdejo’s debut solo album, Modern Hearts, was listed in the Top Albums of 2014 by Vancouver’s The Georgia Straight.