Ashley Wey & Nick La Riviere @ Hermann’s on Jan 30th + Great gigs in February!

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This Saturday, January 30th @ Hermann’s

Nick and Ashley are coming together to bring to you a fusion of their musical styles, personalities and original compositions.
It’s going to be a fun, outgoing, serious, groovy evening. Ashley Wey sings, writes, and plays piano. Most of the year she’s performing all over the world on cruise ships, but every once and a while we’re lucky to have her present in Victoria. Nick La Riviere is a freelance trombonist, singer, conch shell player, and more. He plays with bands such as The Paperboys, Locarno, The Riverside, Michael Kaeshammer, The HiFi, The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra… the list goes on. He also leads his own band performing mainly original music, and recently released his second album.

They’ll be performing a mix of both their originals, as well as some standards – jazz and otherwise. They’ll be joined by Damian Graham and Sean Drabitt.

Ashley is only in town a couple times a year, be sure to catch this amazing combo while you can.
It will be a great show, not be missed!
Reservations are highly recommended – email
tickets $20/ $15 students and VJS

Here’s a sample of one of the many styles Ashley plays in.

Fun February Gigs

This February I’ll be doing a few tour dates with Michael Kaeshammer.  We’ll be playing:
•Galiano Island, Feb 6
•Saltspring Island, Feb 9
•Nelson, Feb 17
•Golden, Feb 18I’ll also be performing a local show with The Paperboys (from Vancouver) on February 13 at the Farquhar Auditorium at UVic, and I’ll be at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on February 12th backing up Jace Martin for the Indspire Awards.And don’t forget to check out some of my regular gigs!
•The Riverside (feat. Aidan Miller, Tom Hooper, Matt Johnson, and Miguel Valdes) at Bard & Banker every Thursday at 10:30pm (except for Feb 18th when I’ll be on the road with Michael Kaeshammer)
•The Southern Urge at Darcy’s Pub every Sunday from 11pm to 1am
•The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra at Pagliacci’s every second Sunday from 8pm to 10pm (Jan 31, Feb 14, 28)

Thanks everyone!  Hope to see you at one of my shows soon!

New music video and two upcoming shows! (Official Press Release)

I’ve been working on this for quite a long time now.  As you can (hopefully) tell when you watch it, it was quite a big thing to organize.  Thanks to everyone who drove, acted, or worked as crew for this video.  I hope you enjoy it!  If you do, please consider sharing the YouTube link to your Facebook friends and help spread this video to some new viewers.

At the same time, we’re announcing TWO upcoming shows!  At Pat’s Pub in Vancouver on November 6th, and Hermann’s Jazz Club on November 10th.

Here’s the official press release from Fritz Media:

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(Vancouver, BC) –  Nick La Riviere is a man of many talents! The Victoria-based musician is a composer, arranger, performer, singer, trombonist, band leader, bassist, AND conch shell player. He independently released his second album Another Time Around on July 24th and he’ll be coming to Vancouver to play a show in support of the album on Friday, November 6th at Pat’s Pub + Brewhouse (403 East Hastings Street). La Riviere will also be playing a show in Victoria at Hermann’s Jazz Club (753 View St.) on Tuesday, November 10th as part of the Jazz Festivals Canada Showcase (full details below). And to coincide with these 2 upcoming shows, La Riviere is pleased to announce the release of the brand new video for feature track ‘Woohoo’
Nick La Riviere released his debut album Too Much To Do in 2009. The jazz instrumental record featured La Riviere on trombone and conch shells, along with some amazing jazz players including: Ross Taggart (piano), Jodi Proznick (bass) and Jesse Cahill (drums). The album was well-received by music critics, including Jeremiah Sutherland at Island Jazz, who summed up the album like this: “If Nick La Riviere’s debut release Too Much to Do were a person, you’d want it sitting next to you on plane trip because it’s just so darn entertaining. The album is exuberant, multi-faceted, humorous, outgoing and just fun to be around.”
With the release of his 2nd album Another Time Around, Nick La Riviere plans to take the musical world by storm with his own unique brand of genre-bending music. This time with vocals. Every song on the album is original, with a blend of influences ranging from Sam Cooke to Jamiroquai to Ben Folds to Paul Simon. The album features a dizzying array of tempos, styles, and unexpected twists – all while driving forward with a cohesive unified sound. The feature track ‘Woohoo’ is a fun, engaging pop song that La Riviere co-wrote with Geoffrey Kelly from Spirit of The West. Watch the video for Woohoo here
Don’t miss Nick La Riviere in Vancouver on Friday, November 6th at Pat’s Pub + Brewhouse and in Victoria on Tuesday, November 10th at Hermann’s Jazz Club in support of his new album Another Time Around. For a full listing of all upcoming tour dates, please visit
The Nick La Riviere Band // Vancouver Show
When: Friday, November 6th
Where: Pat’s Pub + Brewhouse (403 East Hastings Street)
Opening Guest: Anita Eccleston
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $15 at the door
The Nick La Riviere Band // Victoria Show
When: Tuesday, November 10th
Where: Hermann’s Jazz Club (753 View St., Victoria, BC)
Showtime: 8:00 PM


“…his headlining appearances qualify as mark-your-calendar nights of entertainment.” – Mike Devlin, Victoria Times Colonist
“Nick’s musical diversity has led to performances with some of the finest musicians in the country and abroad.” – Devon MacKenzie, Peninsula News Review 
For additional information, product or to request an interview:
Jen Fritz | Fritz Media
Phone: 604-626-7045
Danielle Sweeney | Fritz Media
Phone:  604-892-7706
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Something completely different on the live cam – a wedding! [update]

1610868_937450926288356_7895383665909201089_nThat’s right!  This Sunday, October 11th, the lovely Heather Quee and I will be getting married.  The ceremony will take place around 8pm, followed by Aidan Miller’s band, and some jamming.  I’ll be broadcasting as much as I can on the live cam.  You can tune in on the sidebar on the home page, or visit the live cam page here.

Update: You can watch the entire archived wedding video here, including all the great music performed by Aidan Miller, Michael Kaeshammer, The HiFi, Locarno, Gene Hardy, and more!

New article in Nexus Newspaper, and plenty more press!

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Today there’s a new article in Nexus Magazine about my new album, Another Time Around.  The album has been getting plenty of press, so I decided to make a new page on the website that compiles all the press I’ve had over the years.  There’s press from this album, the last one, and other bands I’ve had such as Trombone Mayhem.  There’s even a German article about The Paperboys.  You can check all that out here.

A little Van Halen

I know – it’s the number one question on everyone’s mind.  Have no fear, I’ve solved it.. what would Van Halen sound like on the trombone?  Well, here you go!  For any trombonists who want to try out my chart, it’s here. Any for Victoria locals who want to see this with a live band, the band I play in every Sunday at Darcy’s Pub – The Southern Urge – plays Jump with a full band and 3 horns.

…UPDATE: The Facebook version of this video is really taking off!  Lots of shares, and the number of views is growing fast.  Check here to find it if you’d like to see how it’s doing.  Though I notice the YouTube version (especially if you select 1080p HD) has much better sound and video quality than Facebook, even when you turn on HD on the Facebook version.