Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2019 was a busy year for me.  A few highlights:
•Recorded and released a live album with The Nick La Riviere Band
•Recorded with a few great projects including XL The Band, Coco Love Alcorn, and Matt Stern.
•LOTS of gigs with various bands including The Paperboys, Locarno, Michael Kaeshammer, Steven Page, 54-40, and of course my own ‘The Nick La Riviere Band’.

54-40 at the Horseshoe in Toronto

Recording for XL The Band at The Chamber Studio in Nanaimo

I’m looking forward to an exciting 2020.  I’m working on recording some of my own singles, and have some studio time booked in February.  We’ll also be back at Hermann’s Jazz Club March 6 and 7.  The Paperboys have plenty of dates coming up – we’ll be playing two shows at the Tractor in Seattle this Saturday, January 4th.  The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra is doing a Hermann’s show On January 16th. XL The Band will be releasing some tracks I’m very excited about, including one that I came up with a horn line involving quarter tones for… so look out for that!

My regular gigs are also continuing on – come see The Bomb Squad every Sunday at Darcy’s Pub Downtown from 11pm to 1am.  Anthems plays 3 or so Thursdays a month at Bard & Banker.  The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra plays every second Sunday at Pagliacci’s from 8 to 10pm.

And this year my wife and I got a dog.  We got Essie in January from Rosier Days Dog Rescue Society.  She was found at a gas station in Acapulco. She’s come along really well, and is clearly enjoying life with us.

This image of Essie was recently painted by Diane Adolph:

Have a great year, and come check out some great live music!

New album is out! Plus shows in Errington and Denman Nov 15 & 16!

The New Album is Out!

We’re very proud of our new album, Alive and Loud.  The album was recorded live at Hermann’s Jazz Club in March 2019, and does a great job of capturing the high energy performance.  There are some rockin’ solos by all band members on this album, and some great tunes.  You can find it on Apple Music, Spotify, and other streaming services by looking up ‘The Nick La Riviere Band – Alive and Loud’.  Make sure you put in the whole band name, not just Nick La Riviere, which brings up my older solo albums instead.  Or if you’d really like to support the arts, grab a CD at one of our live shows.  One CD sale = the profit from 2962.96 streams, and all the money made from this goes in to a fund for recording again.

Speaking of live shows…

Errington Hall – November 15
Denman Island – November 16

We’ll be hitting the road again for a couple of shows up island.  We’re exciting to bring our wild energy to some new places, so if you live in the area I hope you’ll check us out.

Tickets for the Errington performance can be purchased here.
Check out the Facebook Event for Denman here.

See below for the posters for these performances.

And I’ve also (finally) updated my website’s gig schedule.. there’s quite a lot going on coming up including performances with The HiFi, Michael Kaeshammer, The Paperboys, and 54-40.  Check it out, and come see some great live music.

Announcing a new album and a CD release party!

The Nick La Riviere Band is proud to announce the upcoming release of a new album, ‘Alive and Loud’.  This live album is fun, funky, and captures the great energy of the live band.  The album features originals, as well as our own rockin’ versions of some Sly & the Family Stone, The JB’s, Preservation Hall, and more.  Turn the volume up and enjoy!

Alive & Loud will be officially released on October 18 & 19 with a CD release party at Hermann’s Jazz Club.  It will also be available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and more.

A show with The Nick La Riviere Band is like taking a trip down to modern New Orleans, where the music is loud and proud, with brass adding funky lines to each groove, and every song is played with soul and power.  The music is all about having a good time and moving your feet.  It’s a night on the town that will leave you wired.  Their originals blend influences like Trombone Shorty with classic funk and jazz.  The band plays their own take on tunes by Eddie Harris, Sly & the Family Stone, and Curtis Mayfield.  Featuring three vocalists, trumpet, sax, trombone, guitar, piano/synth, bass, drums – and sometimes conch shells or sousaphone, the 7 piece band delivers a big powerful sound.

Always looking to keep things fresh, Nick is looking forward to premiering some brand new music at the upcoming performance, as well as rocking some favourites.

The band features Miguelito Valdes, Barrie Sorensen, Kelly Fawcett, Pablo Cardenas, Dave Spidel, and Liam MacDonald.

Previous shows have sold out, so reservations are highly recommended and can be made at www.HermannsJazz.com

Note: Show time is earlier than past performances. All bands that perform at Hermann’s are now starting at 7:30 (previously 8), doors at 6pm.

A little about Nick:

Singer-songwriter Nick La Riviere is an accomplished trombonist who has toured with bands such as the Juno award winning Paperboys, Michael Kaeshammer, 54-40, and Adonis Puentes. He’s been a special guest with such bands as Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies) and The Temptations.  As a freelancer, he’s one of Victoria’s busiest musicians.

For more, check out www.NickLaRiviere.com

The Nick La Riviere Band is back at Hermann’s July 26/27 PLUS Golden and Penticton July 17/18!

The Nick La Riviere Band

2 Nights at Hermann’s!
Friday/Saturday • July 26 & 27

The Nick La Riviere Band, featuring all stars Miguelito Valdes (trumpet), Barrie Sorensen (sax), Kelly Fawcett (guitar/vocals), Pablo Cardenas (keys/vocals), Dave Spidel (bass), Damian Graham (drums), and of course Nick (vocals, trombone, conch shells, sousaphone, other surprises) returns to Hermann’s Jazz Club for TWO NIGHTS on July 26th and 27th.  We’ll be playing funky New Orleans party music, originals, and more.  It’s a high energy night of solid entertainment not to be missed.  One audience member described the show as “the most fun I’ve had in my adult life“. Mike Devlin from the Times Colonistsays “his headlining appearances qualify as mark-your-calendar nights of entertainment“. Haven’t seen the show before? Check out the video above.

Past shows have sold out, so reservations are recommended.  They can be made on the Hermann’s website – click the night you want to attend, then ‘register for a ticket’. CLICK HERE

That’s not all – the band is hitting the road! Check us out at:
•Golden – July 17
•The Dream Cafe in Penticton, July 18 (click for tickets)
•Filberg Fest, Comox August 4
•Harmony Arts, West Vancouver, August 10
•Fanny Bay Hall Sept 21
•Errington Hall Nov 15
•Denman Island Nov 16

And of course I’ve got plenty going on with other bands including The Paperboys, Locarno, and 54-40. Check out my show listing for more info. (Hopefully I’ll get a chance to update it soon – it’s a busy summer of gigging I tell ya!)

Thanks very much, I hope to see you at a show soon!

The Jazz on View Society needs your help to secure the future of Hermann’s Jazz Club!

Hermann’s Jazz Club, one of the only venues in Victoria where a musician has the creative freedom to book the place and really do a show their own way, is in the danger of closing down. The Jazz on View Society has a plan to save it, but in order to accomplish that they need some startup capital. They hope to secure a 5 year lease for $75,000, with the option to renew afterwards (hopefully with money they’ve made from operating the club during that time).  It’s due April 15th.  So far they’ve been doing quite well, but they’re not there yet.

Check out their Go Fund Me page here to donate and see all the details.

New video PLUS live at Hermann’s March 8 & 9

Check it out! This is my new ‘one man band’ video – a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Move On Up’ in the style of a funky New Orleans brass band.

I hope you like it – if you do please consider sharing, it was a lot of work, so it would be great to get it seen by a few people.


AND The Nick La Riviere Band is back at Hermann’s for 2 nights March 8th and 9th!

I’m adding new songs to the show to keep it feeling fresh and fun for those who have been to it before.   I promise, it’s going to be a great time!

Featuring some of Victoria, Nanaimo, and Vancouver’s best players, the band takes its influence from modern New Orleans music… not the older dixie music some people think of when they hear ‘New Orleans’, but the fun, horn heavymusic people are partying to there now. The music is all about having a good time, keeping the energy high the whole show, and moving your feet. Nick’s originals are like if Trombone Shorty met Ben Folds – wild horn solos, piano based grooves and melodic vocals. The band also plays their own take on tunes by great artists like Professor Longhair, Dr John, Sly & the Family Stone. One audience member described the show as “the most fun I’ve had in my adult life”. Mike Devlin from the Times Colonist says “his headlining appearances qualify as mark-your-calendar nights of entertainment”.

The band featuring Nick on trombone/shells/glasses/vocals, Miguel Valdes on trumpet, Barrie Sorensen on sax, Kelly Fawcett on guitar/vocals, Aidan Miller on keys/vocals, Dave Spidel on bass, and Damian Graham on drums.

Previous shows have sold out, so reservations are recommended and can be made at www.HermannsJazz.com

This Tuesday at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, PLUS new live video, AND another Victoria show!

Tuesday, November 6th at the Port Theatre, Nanaimo

It’s been a busy season. I’ve been playing all over the place, including a Northern BC tour with the World Music Collective that just ended, and gigs with 54-40 at the Commodore in Vancouver (video below).

On Tuesday the 6th a 4 piece version of my band will be performing in a new series at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo.  It will be a fun, intimate show – so come check us out!

Check here for tickets

December 15 – The Nick La Riviere Band @ Hermann’s Jazz Club

Also coming up, the full 7 piece band will be playing at Hermann’s Jazz Club.  Due to scheduling issues we were only able to book one night this time, and we sold out 2 nights the last time we played there… so reservations are highly recommended.  They can be made here.

Video with 54-40

I had a great time performing with 54-40 at the Commodore in Vancouver.  Check out this video for some clips of the show – a bit of one of my solos, plus some of the horn lines I came up with for Ocean Pearl and other great tunes.