Victoria Django Festival

Old jazz group

March 23rd and 24th, 2018

The Victoria Django Festival is pleased to kick off it’s 7th season of music with two nights of Roma swing, Depression-era jazz.

White Eagle Hall in James Bay becomes a Hot Club Cabaret featuring a full dance floor, bistro and bar plus an Underground Speakeasy Stage with jam sessions, concerts and an era-appropriate cocktail menu.

This year the festival moves from February to March 23rd and 24th at White Eagle Hall in Victoria.

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Django Reinhardt and his Hot Club of France was the quintessential sound track to Paris in the 1920’s and 30’s. His fusion of traditional Roma melodies and Parisienne Musette with North American ragtime and swing created a musical movement that continues to this day.

The Victoria Django Festival has been recreating the night life of Paris for the past seven years in the city, with two nights of steamy cabaret, dance hall and speakeasy venues. Though the event often brings in Djangologists from afar, the strong base of entertainers on stage always hail from the depths of the local music scene, the caliber of musicianship available in Victoria alone is worthy of celebration.

This year’s festival features a ‘made in BC’ line up of some of Canada’s top Djangologists including Marc Atkinson, Daniel Lapp, Club Voltaire, Blue Moon Marquee and Abe & The Sweethearts, plus many special guests and past performers.

A stayed tradition of the Victoria Django Festival, all the events are stocked with delicious nibbles and quenching libations from local sponsors Hoyne Brewery, The Whole Beast, and Pizzeria Prima Strada, as well as dance classes hosted each night by The Swing Dance Association of Victoria, who also judge the crowd favorite Swing Dance Competition.

Hoyne Brewing
Prima Strada Pizzeria
The Whole Beast
Swing Dance Association

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We look forward to seeing you.

Festival Days
Of awesome music!
2018 Artists
Wide variety
Who is Django Reinhardt?
He's our Godhead

Jean “Django” Reinhard (January 32rd, 1910 – May 16th, 1953) was a Belgian-born French jazz guitarist and composer of Romani ethnicity regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time, having written nearly 100 songs. He was the first and most significant jazz talent to emerge from Europe.

A LIttle More

Despite having two of his fingers paralyzed from a fire, he overcame the handicap and went on to forge an entirely new style of jazz guitar technique (sometimes called ‘hot’ jazz guitar), which has since become a living musical tradition within French Gypsy culture. Benny Goodman asked him to travel with his band, which he never did, but he did tour the U.S. with Duke Ellington’s band in 1946. He died suddenly of a stroke at age 43.