THE UVIC VOCAL JAZZ MAINSTREAM & IMPROVISATIONAL ENSEMBLE has established a reputation for artistic excellence, stylistic flexibility and performances of original and inspiring arrangements. In addition to highly successful performances at the Powell River Vocal Summit and the Frank Demiero Jazz Fest, UVJMIE was the choral ensemble for The Best of Queen concert series with JEANS 'N CLASSICS and the VICTORIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA under Maestro Giuseppe Pietraroia. The Ensemble is well known for its fun-filled, filled-to-capacity audience engaging concerts. Our Autumn and Spring Vocal Jazz Showcases feature the Signature Studio Ensembles - the University of Victoria Studio Group, the University of Victoria Show Choir - and various Spotlight Combos including Ellavation Chorale, and the UVic Vocal Jazz Stage Orchestra. The Ensemble has opened for the internationally acclaimed vocal groups GROOVE FOR THOUGHT and THE REAL GROUP, Canadian sensation COUNTERMEASURE, and has received high praise from legends Kirby Shaw and Dave Barduhn, and from master educators Vijay Singh, Peter Taylor and Janet Warren. Among our many distinguished alumni are the superb FIFTH STREET, MIKE EDEL and TWIN KENNEDY.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Fox Glove • Claire Butterfield, Renn Bibeau & Chelsea Kanstrup

Fox Glove EP Release with Noah Edwards
March 8th, doors at 7:30, show at 8
Fairfield United Church
$10, kids under 12 are free
Tickets can be purchased at the door or from band members

Fox Glove is an amalgamation of three very different female voices which come together to create a fresh, sophisticated sound. Renn Madeleine Bibeau, Claire Butterfield, and Chelsea Kanstrup's haunting yet enchanting harmonies whisper everything from Tennessee to Tottenham to Tofino. With the help of a suitcase filled with instruments they've accumulated on their separate journeys through life, this trio brings you a collection of folky originals, as well as their own unique twist on a selection of songs that you may or may not already know. 

If you would like a taste, here is the pre-release from the EP

P.S. Renn, Claire and Chelsea are three of our finest UVJAZZ alumnae!
Congratulations on the release and forthcoming gig!

Saturday, 15 February 2014

2014 Valentiners Around Town

It was a modest year for the number of Singing Valentines delivered, but the emotions of our clients and the enthusiasm of our singers were no less high on this year's jour de l'amour than in previous years.

A few pics of the Day's events.

Caught off-guard.

Singing Barbershop in... a barbershop!

During a rest stop—Tyler, hands raised, at the end of a perfect rainbow.
Sorry, no crock o' gold was found.