History

Hermann’s Jazz Club began 40 years ago, on February 25, 1981, at the Bastion Inn on Government St, when German entrepreneur Hermann Nieweler [Knee-well-er] was persuaded by his friend Barry Stubbs to book Al Pease Trio (Al Pease, Toni Blodgett and Ross Botten) to bring a "better class of people" to the lounge. Then they brought up the Friday Harbor’s Island City Jazz Band for a weekend performance at his hotel lounge. Performances by Dixieland Express soon followed, and they moved the show up to the mezzanine and dance floor. Hermann’s love for a good party, lively music and happy patrons led to his establishment of the Dixieland Inn at the hotel.

Hermann moved the club to the current View Street location in 1986 when it was renamed “Hermann’s Jazz Club”. In 2000, our 753 View St location suffered heavy damage from a fire. A testament to his commitment, Hermann rebuilt at great personal expense. Our friend Hermann passed on June 10th, 2015. From 2015 to 2019 his family faced many issues but have remained dedicated to their father's legacy. After running a successful fundraising campaign the non-profit Arts On View Society has taken over as of July 15th 2019. We will continue to operate Hermann's as a community spirited venue with the support of the venue's generous patrons.

Many nationally and internationally acclaimed acts have graced our stage over the years. Longtime local bands continue to play at the club, including CanUS, Dixieland Express, the Tom Vickery Trio and local legend/reedman Al Pease . Multiple generations of musicians interact and perform at this local institution and contribute to its role as an incubator of local talent. These musicians have travelled the world and helped to put Victoria on the national and international music map, while helping attract renowned local transplants such as David Vest from the USA, Michael Kaeshammer from Germany and Pablo Cardenas from Cuba. With world class acoustics, a relaxed atmosphere, and top notch cuisine, Hermann's Jazz Club is a landmark in the world of modern live performance.



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Jul
23
2021

Pablo Cardenas & The West Coast Cuban Ensemble Present “A Night for Buena Vista Social Club & Ruben Gonzalez”

Livestream + In Person
What a great night of music! Pablo Cardenas assembles a band to bring you a tribute to the legendary Buena Vista Social Club and it’s former pianist...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $25

Jul
22
2021

Sean Drabitt Quintet

Livestream + In Person
Sean Drabitt left Victoria 30 years ago to study Jazz bass in Los Angeles with mentor John Clayton. The next decade he spent first in New Orleans, whe...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $20

Jul
21
2021

Kelby MacNayr Presents!

Livestream + In Person
Drummer / composer / band-leader Kelby MacNayr performs groundbreaking original music, soulful swinging jazz, reaching contemporary music and traditio...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $20

Jul
17
2021

David Vest

Livestream + In Person
To welcome live audiences back to Hermann's, David's theme for this month is just plain old Good-Rocking' Blues music, the kind Fats Domino was talkin...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $25

Jul
17
2021

Pro Comedy Night f. Sean Proudlove, Shane Priestly & Dylan Williams - Late Show

Sean Proudlove Even as one of the most decorated and seasoned professional stand up comedians in Canada, Sean Proudlove refuses to wear socks. Ascend...
10:00pm - 12:00pm doors at 9:30pm $15

Jul
16
2021

Stephen Fearing

Livestream + In Person
Roots/folk singer Stephen Fearing will perform his first solo show at Hermann’s Jazz Club on January 30. A towering legend in Canada’s music sc...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $30

Jul
15
2021

Hans Verhoeven ~ Soulful Swinging

Livestream + In Person
“For this show, I just wanted to play beautiful, soulful, swinging, and powerful music with my very good friends. We’ve all been through a lot thi...
7:00pm - 8:30pm doors at 5:30pm $20

Jul
14
2021

CYMC Faculty Concert f. Ryan Oliver

Livestream + In Person
Our first night back with a live audience! This concert will feature the great Ryan Oliver on saxophones, John Lee on bass, Ashley Wey on piano, an...
7:00pm - 8:30pm $10

Jul
13
2021

Valdy with Karel Roessingh

Livestream
This month Karel is joined by none other than Canadian folk icon and road warrior Valdy, double Juno award winner and 9-time nominee. He has released ...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Jul
11
2021

The Great American Songbook Trio

Livestream
Three of the finest interpreters of melody, story and song unite to explore and celebrate the limitless possibilities The Great American Songbook. ...
1:30pm - 3:00pm By Donation

Jul
10
2021

The Bankes Brothers

Livestream
Fronted by brothers Morgan and Nelson Bankes, The Bankes Brothers have been making music together since their debut in 2015. The band really came toge...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Jul
9
2021

The Sean Fyfe Trio

Livestream
Sean Fyfe is here one more time this year! This time with the incredible Tony Genge and Kelby MacNayr. Going to be an amazing night of jazz!
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Jul
8
2021

Morien Jones

Livestream
Morien Jones and his band the Positive Reinforcements have been bringing their brand of classic soul and folk rock to venues on the West Coast for thr...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Jul
7
2021

The Tom Vickery Trio

Livestream
Tom Vickery, Rob Johnson and Dave Emery are an incredible trio that has so much fun! Straight ahead jazz, and a Victoria classic, Tom Vickery is one o...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Jul
4
2021

CanUS & Friends

Livestream
Big excitement as we welcome the latest jazz musician lured to Canada by a lovely Canadian woman - Simon Stribling who just relocated to Victoria! Si...
1:30pm - 3:00pm By Donation

Jul
4
2021

Pro Comedy Night f. Marito Lopez, Carilynn Nicholson, Bobby Warrener & Bryan O'Gorman

Feature act: Carilynn Nicholson Carilynn is a sharp tounged mother load of laughs! A favorite in the Canadian comedy circuit, her biting joke style a...
8:00pm - 10:00pm doors at 6:00pm $15

Jul
3
2021

Stephanie Greaves

Livestream
Superb vocalist Stephanie Greaves is thrilled to be performing a multi-genre selection of hits from then to now with the fabulous Darcy Phillips on pi...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Jul
2
2021

Oliver Swain & Friends Birthday Bash

Livestream
Hailing from Victoria, BC, nearly the farthest west (or left) one can be, Oliver Swain is Canada's quintessential folk and traditional musician. ... O...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Jul
1
2021

Blue Lights Thursday Night f. Hank Lionhart & Rita McDade

Livestream
BLUE LIGHTS THURSDAY NIGHT Back by popular demand! It will be another night of Blues featuring some of Victoria's finest musicians, thrown together...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Jun
30
2021

Louise Rose Alone Together: Episode 15

Livestream
Now over a year ago, Louise Rose started Alone Together; a concert series that explored what it means to be alone. "It's one of the most exciting t...
7:00 pm - 8:30pm By Donation