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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Mar
6
2021

A Night of Blues

Livestream
A Night Of Blues presents: Tom Bowler guitar and vocals, Victoria Booker piano, Joe Kovacs drums, Peter Dowse bass, known collectively as the Accid...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Mar
5
2021

Wes Carroll's Grad Recital from U of T

Livestream
Tune in as Wes (hopefully) joins Phill Albert as the second member of the band to have a Master of Music from U of T. This gig will feature some new a...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Mar
4
2021

"Lazy Mike Mallon & Mark West Coast Comerford"

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Join veteran Island Blues Men, “Lazy” Mike Mallon (Vocals/Harmonica/Guitar), and Mark “West Coast” Comerford (Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica), for an...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Mar
3
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

Feb
28
2021

BLACKSTICK F. LLOYD ARNTZEN & AL PEASE

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BLACKSTICK F. LLOYD ARNTZEN & AL PEASE Sun. February 28th 1:30pm - 3:00pm (All Ages) Livestream By Donation: http://artsonview.ca/donate/ Cla...
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm By Donation

Feb
27
2021

The Pretzel Logic Orchestra

Livestream
The Pretzel Logic Orchestra What happens when you get some of Victoria’s finest jazz players, mix them with a few funky rock players and hand them...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Feb
26
2021

Black History Month Presents Pablo Cárdenas Plays Oscar Peterson

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In a career spanning more than 60 years, Canadian jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and ...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Feb
25
2021

OLIVER SWAIN PRESENTS HERMANN'S HOT CLUB W. CLUB VOLTAIRE

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OLIVER SWAIN Award winning roots artist Oliver Swain Has as been a celebrated musician for years, held in high regard in acoustic and folk music st...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Feb
24
2021

LOUISE ROSE ALONE TOGETHER: EPISODE 11

Livestream
LOUISE ROSE ALONE TOGETHER: EPISODE ELEVEN at Hermann’s Jazz Club is an event that will be live-streamed for an online audience. Louise Rose is an a...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Feb
21
2021

Louis Rudner's Super Surprise Birthday Party for Ashley Wey

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Louis Rudner is throwing a super-secret ultra-fun surprise birthday party for Ashley Wey is 1:30pm PST from Hermann's live stream! Two personalities i...
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm By Donation

Feb
21
2021

DAVID VEST: THE HEART OF MARDI GRAS

Livestream
Maple Blues Award winner David Vest and his band celebrate the heart of Mardi Gras -- and the music that has kept that heart beating, even when war an...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Feb
20
2021

Paul Black Blues Band

Livestream
Rolling like a freight train with no throttle control comes the blues sensation from Victoria, British Columbia, Paul Black. With captivating rhythms,...
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Feb
20
2021

THE GREAT SONGBOOK TRIO PRESENTS: LOVE, LOST AND FOUND

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

Feb
19
2021

Two Bobs Trio play "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"

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To keep away our Covid blues, and with respect to our local health orders, the three of us are going to play the classic album The Freewheeling Bob Dy...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Feb
18
2021

Hans Verhoeven Quartet: Tribute to Larry Young

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Unity! Hans Verhoeven’s quartet presents the music from organist Larry Young’s masterful and groundbreaking 1965 Blue Note album. With composition...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Feb
17
2021

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

Feb
16
2021

Shanna Dance: Mardi Gras Party!

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Shanna is back at Hermann's with a dynamite band for another tribute to the music of New Orleans with a Mardi Gras punch! You'll hear New Orleans Clas...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Feb
14
2021

Edie Daponte's Valentine To You

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Who better than Edie Daponte to share a special Valentine's Day! ...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Feb
13
2021

David Vest: The Heart of Mardi Gras has been cancelled due to snow! Re-scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21st

Livestream
Maple Blues Award winner David Vest and his band celebrate the heart of Mardi Gras -- and the music that has kept that heart beating, even when war an...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Feb
13
2021

The Great Songbook Trio Presents has been cancelled! Re-scheduled to Feb 20th

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