Phil Dwyer

Phil Dwyer

Last-minute concert at the MAC in Parksville

Phil Dwyer and his son Ben will be performing alongside drummer Hans Verhoeven for a last-minute concert this Sunday

Phil Dwyer and his son Ben will be performing alongside drummer Hans Verhoeven for a last-minute concert this Sunday.

The Dec. 18 concert is at the McMillan Arts Centre at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20. To reserve tickets, call 250-752-0412. Tickets will also be at the door.

For more information, visit www.phildwyer.com.

On Dec. 30, 2013, Dwyer was appointed a member of the Order of Canada and was cited for his contributions to jazz as a performer, composer and producer and for increasing access to music education in his community.

Dwyer, grew up in Qualicum Beach, moved to Toronto in 1988, but returned to the Island in 2004.

During his time in Toronto, his distinctive saxophone sound was featured on hundreds of recording sessions including Juno Award-winning albums with Hugh Fraser, Dave Young, Guido Basso and Joe Sealy.

Since moving back to Vancouver island, Dwyer has continued appearing on Juno Award-winning releases by Don Thompson, Norman Foote and Terry Clarke.

In 2015, Dwyer was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

— Submitted by Phil Dwyer