TOSH harvests musical talent for Qualicum Beach fest

Annual Harvest of Music Festival runs Oct. 12-14 with jazz, classical and more

A variety of musicians are headed to The Old School House Arts Centre for its annual Harvest of Music Festival running Oct. 12 to 14.

The 14th edition of the festival will feature four performances, kicking off with jazz on Friday, multi-genre and classical performances on Saturday and a classical performance with soprano Anne Grimm singing, all at TOSH (122 Fern Rd. West, Qualicum Beach).

First off is a tribute to Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton, featuring clarinetist Liam Hockley and vibraphonist Susan Pascal.

The concert should satisfy fans of the swing era, as Pascal and Hockley will be sharing their love of the two jazz giants, with help from Ron Hadley on piano, Joey Smith on bass and Don Leppard on drums.

That performance kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18.

Next up for Oct. 13 at noon is Itamar Erez on guitar and piano.

An Israeli-born Canadian composer, Erez blends Middle Eastern music with the freedom of jazz and the passion of Flamenco, creating a unique sound.

Tickets are $12.

That evening at 7 p.m. features the CHROMA String Quartet.

Founded in 2015, the multiple-award-winning quartet (comprised of Ilya Ivanov on violin/viola, Felix Alanis on violin/viola, Carlos Quijano on violin and Manuel Cruz on cello) will perform works by Mozart and Beethoven.

Tickets are $18.

Ending the festival will be soprano Anne Grimm and Bruce Vogt of piano with a classical performance on Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m.

A native of the Netherlands and currently a University of Victoria Voice Faculty member, Grimm is known for having an expressive technique and dramatic presence. She’s performed throughout Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

She’ll be joined by UVic piano faculty member and internationally acclaimed pianist, Vogt.

Tickets are $18.

For more info, go to

For tickets, call 250-752-6133, or email

— Submitted by Ron Hadley

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