Introducing Nick La Riviere: A Dynamic Force in Music, Celebrated Trombonist, and Captivating Singer-Songwriter

Nick La Riviere is an accomplished trombonist and singer-songwriter who has garnered international acclaim through his exceptional musical abilities. With an illustrious career that includes touring with renowned bands such as the Juno award-winning Paperboys, Michael Kaeshammer, 54-40, and Adonis Puentes, Nick has also had the privilege of being a special guest with esteemed acts like Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies), The Temptations, and Nikki Yanofsky. As a freelancer, he stands as one of Victoria’s most sought-after musicians, evident in his busy schedule and relentless commitment to his craft.

Drawing inspiration from the vibrant sounds of modern New Orleans music, Nick’s own project, The Best Laid Plans, encapsulates the essence of contemporary horn-driven revelry. Nick’s music is a fusion of infectious energy, piano-based grooves, and melodic vocals. Combining the spirit of Trombone Shorty with the piano-based foundation of Ben Folds, his original compositions are a harmonious blend of wild horn solos and irresistible melodies that ignite audiences, ensuring an unforgettable experience where feet are moved and good times are had.

Beyond his remarkable performances, Nick also offers a range of services including arranging, recording, and teaching. His expertise extends to leading various musical ensembles, including a community rock choir, R&B band, big band, and jazz combo, where he facilitates weekly rehearsals and imparts his wealth of musical knowledge to aspiring musicians.

With a dedication to musical excellence, a charismatic stage presence, and a profound love for creating joyful experiences through his music, Nick La Riviere stands as a true force in the industry, captivating audiences with his undeniable talent and unwavering passion.


  • “With a slightly velvety and natural voice, he fits his lines into the song without technical exaggeration, but with perfect pitch and unparalleled balance.”Roadie Music Mag
  • “With a stinger ending, this powerful and super catchy track has all the elements needed for a summer anthem.”
  • “The extraordinarily talented trombonist, Nick La Riviere, is a true showman.  His enthusiasm and energy totally engaged the audience and it was obvious that he loved every minute of what he was doing on stage.”Sheila Midgley, Galiano Concert Society
  • “…his headlining appearances qualify as mark-your-calendar nights of entertainment.”Mike Devlin, Times Colonist
  • “La Riviere negotiates his own challenging music with passion and noble grace.”Raul D'Gama Rose, All About Jazz
  • “Nick’s musical diversity has led to performances with some of the finest musicians in the country and abroad.”Devon MacKenzie, Peninsula News Review
  • “The guy has a flare, which makes the music simply a joy to listen to.”Calvin Daniels, Yorkton This Week
  • “Nick La Riviere is one of the hardest-working musicians in town.”Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist
  • “A really lyrical sound.”Wynton Marsalis
  • “Exuberant, multi-faceted, humorous, outgoing, and just fun.”Jeremiah Sutherland, Island Jazz
  • “Infectious, energetic, and fun. This band has it all!”Darryl Mar, Artistic Director, Victoria Jazz Society