Emily Dubois

May 11th, 2021 |

Growing up in a musical household in Langbank, Saskatchewan, Emily Dubois fell in love with the Canadian fiddle scene as a young child. She grew up attending the Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party music camp where she learned many styles of fiddling from a multitude of famous Canadian musicians. The connections she made there helped create a love of performance, collaboration, and teaching of this rich tradition. Since then she has moved out to Victoria where she has studied under Ivonne Hernandez, performed for 3 years as a member of Coastline, developed Classical teachings and techniques under Simon MacDonald, and completed […]

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Improvise Blues on Keyboard!

April 19th, 2021 |

Over the course of this six-week program, students will explore blues piano techniques through the following modules: Improvisation using blues scales Essential blues chord progressions Connection between blues and gospel music Taught by Contemporary Pianist Danuel Tate, each day includes students sharing their progress and thoughts on what they’ve learned, leading to each student creating their […]

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Stephanie Cadman

September 9th, 2019 |

Stephanie Cadman joins the VCM Faculty of the Chwyl School of Contemporary Music, as instructor in fiddling and step dance (Rhythm Tap, and Ottawa Valley Step). She is a world-renowned dancer, an accomplished actress of stage and screen, a celebrated violinist, and a great singer. Maintaining a busy touring schedule both as a Canadian Folk Award-nominated solo musician and as a member of the all-female country trio Belle Starr, Stephanie has rocked audiences across North America and beyond. For most artists, that would be enough. Not Stephanie. Between her starring role in the Mirvish Production of Once, her celebrated career as an in-demand […]

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Eli Bender

September 1st, 2019 |

Eli Bender completed his studies in Music Education at Michigan State University where his growth as a cellist was overseen by Suren Bagratuni. His work in the realm of creative musicianship led him to study with cello masters such as Mike Block, Natalie Haas, and Rushad Eggleston. Current projects include floor-fiddling cello duo Hale & Hearty, BC dance band Compassion Gorilla, and the chamber-folk sextet The Sound Accord.

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José Vieira

August 19th, 2019 |

Bringing a modern sound to VCM this year, José has experience with a variety of music styles including jazz, rock, latin, folk, funk, reggae, and more. José is a very patient guitar teacher, who teaches with enthusiasm and friendliness.  José is teaching electric guitar for the Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music, and the VCM’s Westhills location in Langford. He enjoys teaching people of all ages and abilities. José has shared the stage with David Vest, Daniel Lapp, Joey Smith, Daniel Tate, Adam Dobres, Kelby MacNayr, and many other incredible musicians! […]

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Brenda Morie

Brenda Morie
June 25th, 2019 |

Brenda Morie is an international recording vocalist who has performed in front of audiences of up to 50,000 people in Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium and Universal Studios, trained in the Bel Canto vocal method, fluent in Latin, Blues, Jazz, Contemporary, Rhythm and Blues to country and folk music. Experienced in voice overs, jingles, narration and radio announcing to theatrical movie releases, Brenda invites you to learn and be inspired to find your “own” voice whether it be as a hobby or to enhance your professionalism. Learn, proper breathing techniques, phrasing, vocal care, approaches to live performances, and recording tips, including […]

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Nick La Riviere

October 22nd, 2018 |

Nick La Riviere has made a full time living as a musician for the last 12 years. He has toured with award winning bands that play jazz, folk, pop, latin, Celtic, klezmer, classical, ska, and more. He plays trombone, conch shells, bass, and sings. He’s also known for using a programmable harmonizer with his trombone to make one horn sound like a three piece section. Nick plays with many different bands including The Paperboys, Locarno, The HiFi, Adonis Puentes, and Michael Kaeshammer, and more. […]

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VCM Combos

July 30th, 2018 |

VCM Combo brings together musicians of all ages to explore a variety of musical styles, from jazz standards to contemporary compositions. Typically instrumentation; one to a part. (piano, guitar,  bass, voice, up to 2 horns and drums)

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Darcy Phillips

April 25th, 2018 |

A professional musician for thirty-five years, Darcy’s career has spanned all areas of music, including teaching, composing, performing, and recording. Since 1995 he has been keyboardist for Universal recording artist Jann Arden, accompanying her on stages throughout the world and co-writing songs on several of her recent recordings. Winner of the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association’s Score of the Year award, he has composed original soundtracks for numerous theatre, feature film and television productions. Darcy has years of experience in recording studios, both as session musician and producer, and regularly performs live in blues, jazz, and pop settings. With a […]

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