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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Nov
25
2021

Double Bill: BIG MACHINE & the Ashley Wey Trio

Livestream + In Person
Two Hermann's favourites are back sharing a bill for a special night of collabor...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25

Nov
24
2021

Kelby MacNayr Presents

Cancelled Livestream + In Person
Drummer/composer/band-leader Kelby MacNayr performs groundbreaking original musi...
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $20

Nov
22
2021

VIRJO Presents - A History of Big Band Swing

Livestream + In Person
Join the Vancouver Island Repertory Jazz Orchestra for a night of Swing!
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $30, students (18 and under) FREE

Nov
21
2021

GASBT

Livestream + In Person
Explore and celebrate the Great American Songbook with the finest musical trio!
13:00 - 15:00 doors at 12:00 $20

Nov
21
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

Nov
21
2021

HERMANN'S UPSTAIRS: Django Festival Matinee f. Lache Cercel & The Roma Swing Ensemble

Cancelled
Transporting you to the Roaring Twenties and the Dirty Thirties
1:00 - 3:00 doors at 12:00 $25

Nov
21
2021

HERMANN'S UPSTAIRS: Sunday Blues Services - Blues Jam Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Blues Band

Back at it with her Sunday Blues Services Blues Jam!!!
4:00 - 7:30 doors at 3:30 at the door only.

Nov
20
2021

The Victoria Django Festival

Livestream + In Person
The Victoria Django Festival is back!
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $30 Presented by: The Victoria Django Society, Caravan World Rhythms

Nov
19
2021

Pablo Cardenas, Sara Marreiros & Laura Deviato Present "In the Spirit of Jobim"

Livestream + In Person
Pablo Cardenas and his quartet are back to celebrate the music of artist Jobim!
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $25

Nov
17
2021

Louise Rose Alone Together: Episode 20

Livestream + In Person
Louise Rose has been called a living Canadian treasure. She studied classical vo...
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $20

Nov
16
2021

Cafe Scientifique- A Helping Hand to Those in Need

Livestream + In Person
Join us to hear Kelly Knights and Michael Peirone, Victoria Hand Project talk ab...
18:00 - 19:00 doors at 17:00 FREE

Nov
14
2021

TD JazzFest 2021 Presents Halie Loren

Closing the Fall Sessions on Sunday will be two performances by Justin-Time reco...
3:00 - 4:30 doors at 2:00 $33.17

Nov
14
2021

HERMANN'S UPSTAIRS Pro Comedy Night

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

Nov
14
2021

TD JazzFest 2021 Presents Halie Loren

Closing the Fall Sessions on Sunday will be two performances by Justin-Time reco...
7:00 - 8:30 doors at 6:00 $33.17

Nov
14
2021

HERMANN's UPSTAIRS Sunday Blues Services - Blues Jam Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Blues Band

Back at it with her Sunday Blues Services Blues Jam!!!
4:00 - 7:00 Free

Nov
13
2021

David Vest's Birthday Bash

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

Nov
12
2021

HERMANN'S UPSTAIRS: Pro Stand Up Comedy - Nick Beaton and More!

Cancelled
Live Pro Comedy: Nick Beaton and more Join us for the long-awaited return of Li...
9:00 - 10:30 doors at 7:00 $22 + Tax

Nov
12
2021

The Shanna Dance Quartet

Livestream + In Person
Shanna Dance, Victoria’s own vocal gem, has a rare and profound ability to ins...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20

Nov
12
2021

HERMANN'S UPSTAIRS: Pro Stand Up Comedy - Forrest Shaw and More!

Hermannn's Upstairs in collaboration with Hecklers Bar & Grill, and Comedy Here ...
9:00 - 10:30 doors at 7:00 $30

Nov
12
2021

HERMANN'S UPSTAIRS: Pro Stand Up Comedy - Forrest Shaw and More!

Hermannn's Upstairs in collaboration with Hecklers Bar & Grill, and Comedy Here ...
9:00 - 10:30 doors at 7:00 $30