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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Oct
14
2021

Doc MacLean: The National Steel Streamline Blues Tour

Livestream + In Person
Contemporary delta blues and roots artist, storyteller and traveller.
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $25 Presented by: Ghostfinger Productions

Oct
13
2021

Tom Vickery Trio

Livestream + In Person
Straight ahead jazzman, and a Victoria classic.
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $15

Oct
12
2021

Cafe Scientifique

Livestream + In Person
Informal talks given in a relaxed setting about recent scientific research.
18:00 - 19:00 doors at 17:00 FREE

Oct
10
2021

Pro Comedy Night

Comedians for this week to be announced. Guaranteed laughs and a good time!
9:00pm - 11:00pm doors at 8:00pm $20 Presented by: Pro Comedy at Hermann's

Oct
10
2021

Sunday Blues Services - Blues Jam Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Blues Band

FREE. Limited capacity of 75, first come first seated! The Deb Rhymer Blues Ban...
4:00pm - 7:00pm at the door only.

Oct
10
2021

GASBT plays Songs of Thanksgiving!

The Great American Songbook Trio plays Songs of Thanksgiving! Bringing toget...
1:00 - 3:00 doors at 12:00 $20.00

Oct
9
2021

Benefit Concert Transplant BC: Ashley Wey Trio plus Special Guests

Livestream + In Person
Ashley Wey Trio is back at Hermann's with originals, jazz, and tons of fun! Loui...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $20

Oct
8
2021

Pablo Cardenas Presents “Afro-Cuban Jazz Explosion”

Livestream + In Person
Cuban pianist Pablo Cardenas is back with a journey through the history of Afro-...
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $20

Oct
7
2021

The Victoria Blues Society Presents Steve Marriner & David Gogo

Sold Out Livestream + In Person
This show is presented by the Victoria Blues Society. Tickets, $25, can be purch...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25

Oct
6
2021

Brandon Isaak Trio

Livestream + In Person
"Brandon not only plays his guitar but he plays his audience like a ringmaster i...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $25

Oct
3
2021

CanUS & Friends w. GUEST ARTIST Lauri Lyster on Drums

Livestream + In Person
Fan Support for GUEST ARTIST, Lauri Lyster on drums to join CanUS & Friends Octo...
1:00pm - 3:00pm doors at 12:00pm $15

Oct
3
2021

Sunday Blues Services - Blues Jam Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Blues Band

FREE. Limited capacity of 75, first come first seated! The Deb Rhymer Blues Ban...
4:00pm - 7:00pm at the door only.

Oct
3
2021

Pro Comedy Night

Hosted by Bryan O'Gorman at Hermann's Jazz Bar, Pro Comedy is some crazy awesome...
9:00pm - 11:00pm doors at 8:00pm $20 Presented by: Pro Comedy at Hermann's

Oct
2
2021

Stephanie Greaves

Livestream + In Person
Stephanie’s penchant for song has helped her see and perform all over the worl...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $25.00

Oct
1
2021

Damian Graham Trio

Livestream + In Person
The Damian Graham Trio consists of drumming sensation Damian Graham, local legen...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $20

Sep
30
2021

Hermann's Hot Club f. Club Voltaire w. Special Guest Daniel Lapp

Livestream + In Person
The Victoria Django Society hosts Hermann's Hot Club with special guest Daniel L...
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm doors at 5:30pm $25

Sep
29
2021

Kelby MacNayr's Musica do Brasil feat. Sara Marreiros

Livestream + In Person
Drummer/composer/band-leader Kelby MacNayr presents a special project celebratin...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $20

Sep
28
2021

Flamenco Duo: Melón Jiménez & Lara Wong

Livestream + In Person
Flamenco World Music Duo
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $22 Presented by: Caravan World Rhythms

Sep
26
2021

Blackstick f. Special Guest Ashley Wey

Livestream + In Person
Hermann's Jazz Club presents BLACKSTICK, featuring Lloyd Arntzen & Al Pease on C...
13:00 - 15:00 doors at 12:00 $15

Sep
26
2021

Sunday Blues Services - Blues Jam Hosted by: The Deb Rhymer Band

FREE. Limited capacity of 75, first come first seated! The Deb Rhymer Blues Ban...
16:00 - 19:00 Free