Ongoing Events - Nanaimo

Mid-Island Nautical Song Circle
currently on hiatus
Songwriters Circle - first Thursday of each month, at Oak Tree Manor, 325 Hecate Street
7 pm to 10 pm - a place for songwriters to share their music, get and give feedback and encouragement.
Red Willow Coffee House -
Is Back! 2nd Friday of the month, at Hope Lutheran Church, 7:00 pm
Nanaimo Folk Connection - third Friday of the Month, Hope Lutheran Church
$5 at the door, 7:30 p.m. (open stage followed by feature)
Coffeehouse on Gabriola - last Friday of the Month, Agi Hall
$5 at the door, volunteer jam - 6:30 p.m., open stage - 7:00, feature 9:00 p.m.

Ongoing Events - Around Central Vancouver Island

Qualicum Acoustic Cafe
Open Stage followed by a feature performer. First Friday of the Month. Doors open 7:00 p.m.
Rotary House (corner of Fern and Beach in Qualicum.)
Cumberland Arts and Cultural Society
Open Stage Coffee Night, 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at "The Abbey" in Cumberland. Family friendly, admission $4.00. The Abbey in Cumberland. For more information call - Diana (250)336-8893.
The Coffeehouse is a venue that is appreciated by a wide range of local musical artists. Everyone is welcome to bring an instrument and be part of the jam. A variety of beverages and assorted baked goods are available.
Cowichan Folk Guild Coffee House
Open stage followed by feature performer, 2nd Saturday of the Month
St Andrews Parish Hall, Duncan

Finding Recordings by Local Artists

Would you like to be able to find recordings by Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands artists. Some of them are pretty hard to find unless you happen to be at a festival or a folk club where they are playing. Let me introduce CD Isle. This is a local music sales website that specializes in Vancouver Island artists. You can even get old vinyl for some Vancouver Island bands here. Check out CD Isle here.

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The Dancing Bean Cafe

The Dancing Bean Cafe has become one of the places in the Mid-Island area where you can depend on finding some good live music. If you are on the hunt for some great acoustic music it will be worth you while to check their website.

You will find the Dancing Bean Cafe at 9752A Willow Street, Chemainus. You can phone ahead to purchase tickets for their shows to (250) 246-5050.

High Tide Entertainment

High Tide logo High Tide Entertainment has been promoting concerts and other events for over three years mostly in Victoria and sometimes in surrounding areas like Vancouver, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Duncan, Whistler, and other cities. They specialize in promoting live music but also promote other events like comedy, dance, and other varieties of entertainment.

They promote an amazing variety of acts, including every genre. In their recent schedule you fill find folkies like Buffy Sainte-Marie, the amazing grrl group Fruit from Australia, blues like John Lee Hooker Jr., Don Ross (US National Finger Style Guitar Champion, the amazing J.J. Cale and a number of rock tribute bands.

Check out their website for a look at their upcoming lineup at