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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May
14
2022

Adrian Vedady & Kate Wyatt Quartet f. Roy Styffe and Kelby MacNayr

Livestream + In Person
An across-Canada collaboration
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25 at the door only.

May
13
2022

David Vest

Livestream + In Person
“A huge blues and boogie talent.” — Holger Petersen, Saturday Night Blues on CBC
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25 at the door only.

May
12
2022

The Wes Carroll Confabulation

Livestream + In Person
The Wes Carroll Confabulation plays a unique blend of jazz!
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20

May
11
2022

Tom Vickery Trio & Friends

Livestream + In Person
Tom Vickery, Rob Johnson and Dave Emery are an incredible trio that has so much ...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $15

May
10
2022

Cafe Scientifique:

Livestream + In Person
Greener Solutions to Safe Drinking Water Challenges
6:00 - 7:00 doors at 5:00 By Donation

May
8
2022

Séan McCann: The SHANTYMAN Sings for Hermann's

An Intimate Evening with Séan McCann of Great Big Sea!
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $35

May
8
2022

The Great American Songbook Trio celebrates Mother's Day

Livestream + In Person
Featuring three members of Victoria‘s jazz royalty, the legendary Mrs. Louise ...
1:00 - 3:00 doors at 12:00 $20

May
7
2022

The Demolition Gang: A Tribute to the Music of the Wrecking Crew!

Livestream + In Person
The Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, Sam Cooke, The Monkees, Elvis...and more
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25 at the door only.

May
6
2022

Raise the Bar for Hermann’s: Heather Ferguson

Livestream + In Person
Join Heather Ferguson and the band for a fun show of upbeat blues and jazz.
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25

May
5
2022

It's A Thursday Night Blues Party! Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley w. special guest Eugene Smith

It's A Thursday Night Blues Party!
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $30

May
4
2022

Kelby MacNayr's Tiny Rhythm Kings

Livestream + In Person
The Tiny Rhythm Kings plays music from the time of Kings, Dukes and Counts! M...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20

May
3
2022

7:00 doors at 4:00

May
3
2022

Hermann's Spring Auction! Half-way Marker!

Livestream
It's mid-point of the Spring Online Auction - check on your bids at Hibid.ca ! ...
10:00 - 0:00 Free

May
1
2022

CanUS & Friends

Livestream + In Person
NORTH AMERICA'S FESTIVAL CIRCUIT STARS
1:00 - 3:00 doors at 12:00 $15

May
1
2022

Sweet Alibi

"If Mumford and Sons and the Supremes had a love child it would be named Sweet A...
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $18 adv / $20 door at the door only.

Apr
30
2022

A Night of Marigolds: A BC Cancer Benefit

Re-Scheduled - Livestream + In Person
Two Bobs and A Mule, The Mini Choir, Elder Sister Plum and more!
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20

Apr
30
2022

Celebrating International Jazz Day with the Ryan Oliver Quintet

Livestream + In Person
International Jazz Day was declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientifi...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25 at the door only.

Apr
29
2022

Hermann's Spring Auction!

Livestream
We’re delighted to announce we will be holding an online auction this spring a...
10:00 - 0:00 Free

Apr
29
2022

Pablo Cardenas Presents “Club Havana”

Livestream + In Person
Cuban pianist Pablo Cardenas is bringing you a night of incredible music!
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $30

Apr
29
2022

Hermann's Spring Auction

Livestream
We’re delighted to announce we will be holding an online auction this spring a...
10:00 am Free