In-person tickets for Daniel Lapp’s Joy of Life Concert are now SOLD OUT! We’re so overwhelmed and grateful for your support as we transition back to live events. We’ve now added an online, livestream ticket option for the concert, which can be purchased through Eventbrite. Click the “Purchase Tickets” button to get your virtual ticket now!
Please note: Our livestream camera is a new, high-quality camera and will be one fixed shot (not 3 or 4 vantage points). The concert will be livestreamed through Zoom. Links will be sent out on the day of the concert.
After 2 years of an in-person hiatus, we’re overjoyed to welcome you back to Alix Goolden Performance Hall for Daniel Lapp’s annual Joy of Life Concert. This local event has a 20+ year history celebrating the best our city has to offer in toe-tapping folk, fiddle and jazz music with an array of special guests and Daniel’s wide variety of student ensembles.
These student ensembles include the Joy of Life Choir, the BC Fiddle Orchestra, and Folkestra with over 100 performers eager to perform onstage in front of a live audience. For this concert they’ll be celebrating some BC and Canadian Folk Music and Songs including ‘Wayward Heart’ by Newfoundland’s, Pamela Morgan, ‘Counting Mercies’ written by Calgary’s Jann Arden (along with the VCM’s own piano instructor, Darcy Phillips) and ‘From This Moment On’ by Shania Twain. As well, the choir will perform iconic songs by Peter Gabriel & Otis Redding.
This year’s house band includes local musicians, Adrian Dolan (piano/accordian), Adam Dobres (guitars), Scott White (bass) and Damian Graham (drums).
“All the students and our house band of local musical legends are thrilled to be launching this year’s Joy of Life Concert in front of a live audience on the Alix Goolden Hall stage! We are putting together a lively show of upbeat music that we hope will fill our audience’s hearts and remind everyone of the thrill of live music!”- Daniel Lapp
Every year the Joy of Life Concert celebrates members of the BC Fiddle Orchestra who are graduating high school and thereby also “graduating” with the BC Fiddle Orchestra.
This year three graduates, Cohan Lynne, Jasper MacLennan and Willa Herwig, are thrilled to have the opportunity to perform live in front of an Alix Goolden Hall audience.
We’re delighted to have Canadian Indie Rock musician/singer/songwriter, Kathryn Calder join us as this year’s special guest. Kathryn has released 3 albums as a solo artist, most recently with a self-titled album in 2015. She also tours the world as a member of the iconic Canadian band, The New Pornographers. In 2018, she formed the band Frontperson with Mark Andrew Hamilton (AKA Woodpigeon). Billboard claimed the duo to be “Musical love at first sight.” Now after a short pandemic-pause, the duo will release their sophomore album Parade on April 29, 2022 digitally and on limited edition CD and LP via Kathryn’s own label, Oscar St. Records. Kathryn recently completed her tenure as the City of Victoria’s Artist in Residence (2019-2021), during which time she also served as the Chair of the city’s Music Advisory Committee.
Additionally, we’re happy to welcome six members of the Veselka Ukrainian Dancers to the Daniel Lapp’s Joy of Life concert. Veselka has been a vibrant part of Victoria’s arts and culture community since 1971. The Veselka Ukrainian Dancers have been highly praised at such festivals such as the BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival, Vegreville Pysanka Festival, Edmonton’s Cheremosh Festival, and the World of Ukrainians in Kyiv, Ukraine. Veselka continues to dance and perform, with hopes of sharing their love for Ukrainian dance with many more audiences to come.