The ninth season of the Qualicum Acoustic Cafe kicks off this Friday with singer-songwriter Victor Anthony.
The Oct. 7 performance at the Rotary House (211 Fern Rd., Qualicum Beach) starts at 9 p.m., but doors open at 7 p.m. with an open stage at 7:30 p.m. before the feature act.
Open stage performers are asked to email the hosts in advance of the Oct. 7 show at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at Diva Vintage Kandy and Kakes
(119 W. Second Ave., Qualicum Beach). Admission for open stage performers is $5 and youth are admitted free.
Anthony, a Nashville native who now lives on Gabriola Island, has been performing since 1985. During his career, he has shared stages with Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Rita Coolidge and Guy Clark.
In 2000, the Nashville ballet choreographed six of Victor’s songs into a new work called Short Stories which had its world premiere at the Tennessee Performing Arts Centre.
Anthony has recorded four original CDs, the latest being Mystery Loves Company, which was released in March 2015.
Anthony said his musical style is firmly based in the roots traditions of the American South, but the lyrics are “up-to-date vignettes of life and love, full of rich visual imagery and simple truth.”
Qualicum Acoustic Cafe (QUAC) is the first Friday of each month.
The remaining acts for 2016 are Bev Finch, a local blues, folk and roots singer-songwriter, on Nov. 4 and Sarah Jane Scouten, a Montreal-based folk and country singer-songwriter, on Dec. 2.
— Qualicum Acoustic Cafe