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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Jan
25
2023

Louise Rose : Alone Together

Livestream + In Person
Louise Rose is a living Canadian treasure. She studied classical voice in Pennsy...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Jan
21
2023

John Lee: Organic!

Multi-instrumentalist John Lee plays the Hammond B3 Organ featuring compositions...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20 advance / $25 door plus fees/tax

Jan
20
2023

Pablo Cardenas Plays Oscar Peterson

Livestream + In Person
Cuban pianist Pablo Cardenas plays a tribute to the legend of Canada Oscar Peter...
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $30 plus fees/tax

Jan
19
2023

Isaak • Ryder • Hicks Trio

Livestream + In Person
What Blues is all about - tight arrangements, great vocals and great playing
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Jan
18
2023

Classic Jazz Jam: Tom Vickery Trio

Livestream + In Person
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $15 includes fees/tax

Jan
15
2023

U-JAM presents "Even Canadians Get the Blues"

Livestream + In Person
U-JAM's monthly Club Night is a great place to join friends and have a jazz jam.
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $15 (includes fees/tax), Free for students, UJAM members $5 off Pay at door for discount.

Jan
15
2023

Tin Pan Alley

Livestream + In Person
• Sunday Legacy Matinee Series •
1:00 - 3:00 doors at 12:00 $15 plus applicable fees/tax

Jan
14
2023

David Vest

Livestream + In Person
David Vest is a six-time Maple Blues Award winner, a blues piano legend, and a s...
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Jan
13
2023

Funky Friday With Groove Kitchen!!

Livestream + In Person
YES there will be a dance floor 'cause Groove Kitchen puts dance in your pants.
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $20 advance and $25 door plus fees/tax

Jan
12
2023

Jan Randall with Ryan Tandy

Livestream + In Person
As a blues and jazz pianist, Jan Randall has performed with Otis Rush, Bo Diddle...
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Jan
11
2023

Café Scientifique

Livestream + In Person
“Overcoming antibiotic resistance: A.I.-guided discovery of new antimicrobials...
6:00 - 7:30 doors at 5:30 Free at the door only.

Jan
8
2023

The Great American Song Book Trio

Livestream + In Person
• Sunday Legacy Matinee Series •
1:00 - 3:00 doors at 12:00 $15 plus applicable fees/tax

Jan
7
2023

An Evening in support of Hermann's Jazz Club

Livestream + In Person
Join vocalist Shanna Dance, pianist Ashley Wey, vocalist and guitarist Avram McC...
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome!

Jan
6
2023

Jazz Date Night

Livestream + In Person
"If you’re down to class things up a bit this winter, nothing will make you fe...
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $20 advance / $25 door plus fees/tax

Jan
5
2023

Kelby MacNayr's Tiny Rhythm Kings featuring Tony Genge and Joey Smith!

The Tiny Rhythm Kings plays music from the time of Kings, Dukes and Counts! M...
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Jan
4
2023

The Emmett Hodgins Quartet

Livestream + In Person
This show is going to be a jazz reunion of Victoria grown jazz musicians who had...
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $15 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Dec
31
2022

New Year's Eve: Pablo Cardenas presents Club Havana

SHOW 2: 9PM Bring in the New Year with with this high energy Cuban groove band.
9:00 - 1:00 doors at 8:30 $40 advance / $45 door including fees/tax

Dec
31
2022

EARLY NYE 2023: Pablo Cardenas presents "AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ EXPLOSION"

SHOW 1: 4PM Celebrate New Years early with The West Coast Cuban All Stars.
4:00 - 7:00 doors at 3:00 $35 advance / $40 door including fees/tax

Dec
30
2022

Relics : An Early Pink Floyd Experience (Show 2: Friday 30th)

Two Shows - Complete with lighting effects and quadraphonic sound!
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20 plus fees/tax

Dec
29
2022

Relics : An Early Pink Floyd Experience (Show 1: Thursday 29th)

Two Shows - Complete with lighting effects and quadraphonic sound!
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20 plus fees/tax