History

The root of Hermann’s Jazz Club began on February 25, 1981, at the Bastion Inn on Government St. As the story goes, 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 venue then called the 'Dixieland Inn'.

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 2024 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. On March 18th, 2024 the City of Victoria announced themselves as the new owners of the building in conjunction with the Victoria Music Strategy program. The Arts On View Society welcomes the opportunity to continue with our new landlords at this iconic venue.

Many nationally and internationally acclaimed acts have graced our stage over the years. Longtime local bands from the venues earliest days continue to play at the club, including CanUS with local legend/reedman Al Pease and the Tom Vickery Trio. 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. With good acoustics, a relaxed intimate atmosphere, and top notch cuisine, Hermann's Jazz Club continues to be a landmark in the world of modern live performance.



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Jun
14
2024

The Ryan Oliver Quartet Album Release Party!

Livestream + In Person
Join Juno-nominated saxophonist Ryan Oliver and his all star quartet to celebrat...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, $15 plus fees/tax for students at the door, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jun
13
2024

Swiftsure Big Band with Brenda Morie

Livestream + In Person
The Swiftsure Big Band, a dynamic 17 piece ensemble, featuring vocalist Brenda M...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jun
9
2024

Great American Songbook Trio

Livestream + In Person
Featuring the legendary pianist and vocalist Ms. Louise Rose, bassist Joey Smith...
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM doors at 12:00 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jun
8
2024

The Seaside Music Festival presents Stephanie Cadman and Porch Couch

Livestream + In Person
Stephanie Cadman is that rare, extraordinary thing: a quadruple threat. A world...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $29 plus fees and taxes

Fiddle Fest

Featuring Stephanie Cadman and Porch Couch (Jaron Freeman-Fox & Alan Mackie)

Each band will play a set, followed by a collaborative, finale set.

Presented by: The Seaside Music Festival

Jun
7
2024

The Seaside Music Festival presents Leeroy Stagger and Porch Couch

Leeroy Stagger An alternative country singer/songwriter hailing from Lethbridg...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $29 plus fees and taxes
Stagger's sound has been described as a little Steve Earle, a little John Prine, a little Bruce Springsteen and a whole lot of heart and soul.
Presented by: The Seaside Music Festival

Jun
6
2024

The Andrew Greenwood Quintet plays Stanley Turrentine

Livestream + In Person
Stanley Turrentine was renowned for his distinctively thick, rippling tone, an e...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome, students $10 plus fees/tax at the door
Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jun
4
2024

Soul Source

Livestream + In Person
Soul Source is a 20 piece R&B band created by Nick La Riviere. Featuring singers...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM By donation to Living Edge
A big group with big energy performing R&B classic and new hits.
Presented by: Nick La Riviere

Jun
3
2024

Jive and The Blue Bosses

Livestream
Join Nick La Riviere’s Jive big band (Jive stands for Jazz In Victoria Ensembl...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM By donation to the Arts on View
Two community ensembles show their talents on our stage.
Presented by: Nick La Riviere

Jun
2
2024

CanUS | Traditional Jazz Matinee

Livestream + In Person
They feature dixieland and swing favorites in a 7 piece band that will rock your...
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM doors at 12:00 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jun
1
2024

Attila Fias Trio + Guests Go To Brazil!

Livestream + In Person
Are you ready? Attila Fias and his band will take you on a fun, exotic, lyrical,...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $30 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
31
2024

Somewhere

Livestream + In Person
Dazzling New York City-jazz pianist Ray Gallon joins charismatic Canadian vocali...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
An Evening of Songs from Vintage Movie Musicals, Jazz Standards and Swingin’ Originals in a Classic Style - Album Release
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
30
2024

Wes Carroll Confabulation | Album Release of "Helium"

Livestream + In Person
Album Bio: Helium, Wes Carroll Confabulation's third studio album, is an expres...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus tax/fees, walk-ins welcome
Performed as a sextet, Helium is an expressive pop and jazz record defined by clever songwriting, deep grooves, thoughtful arranging, and Wes's distinct hip-hop inspired vocal
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
29
2024

U-JAM Club Night | theme "Out of This World"

Out Of This World That’s our U-JAM Club Night theme for May. So many possibili...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $15.00 non members/ $10 U-JAM members & student Presented by: Universal Jazz Advocates & Mentors (U-JAM) Society

May
25
2024

The Pretzel Logic Orchestra playing the music of Steely Dan

Sold Out -
What happens when you get some of Victoria’s finest jazz players, mix them wit...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $30 + fees/tax
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
24
2024

Pablo Cardenas Presents “Aquarela Do Brasil” featuring Sara Marreiros & Anne Schaefer

Livestream + In Person
World class Cuban pianist presents an evening of melodies from Brasil plus Brazi...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $30 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
23
2024

Elaine Lakeman sings Man Songs

Livestream + In Person
Elaine thrives and sparkles when she stands on a stage, a place she feels more s...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
22
2024

Louise Rose: Alone Together

Livestream + In Person
This will be the 48th performance in the series. Louise Rose is a living Canadi...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
19
2024

John Lee Trio | “Second Wind” Album Release Concert

Multi-Instrumentalist John Lee celebrates the upcoming release (July 2024) of hi...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
John Lee - Piano, Kosma Busheikin - Bass, Graham Villette - Drums
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
18
2024

David Vest

Livestream + In Person
David Vest: Boppin' the Blues!
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
17
2024

Noedy HD Quintet | Monday Morning album release

Livestream + In Person
Noedy Hechavarria Duharte comes from Santiago de Cuba, a city Cubans affectionat...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society