Kids music

Critics’ Choice: Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Music of the Emerald Isles, Ryan McMahon


What: Snotty Nose Ground Kids with Lex Leosis and DJ Kookum

Or: Capital Ballroom, 858 Yates Street.

When: Friday, 9 p.m.

Tickets: $25 from

Why: A performance in Victoria by Snotty Nose Rez Kids was a long time coming, after several COVID-related cancellations kept the band from performing on local soil for nearly two years. The wait will be worth it. The Juno-award winning Vancouver duo are an exceptional gigging entity and have built up a strong local following. Islanders missing Friday will have multiple chances to see Snotty Rez Kids perform on the road, with sets confirmed for Nanaimo’s Malaspina Theater on Saturday, and a July 10 appearance at the Phillips Backyard Concert Series, and a set booked on May 8 for The Waverly in Cumberland. This is called making up for lost time.


What: Music of the Emerald Isles

Or: Theater Royal, 805 Broughton St.

When: Saturday (8 p.m.) and Sunday (2:30 p.m.)

Tickets: $20 to $90 at or 250-386-6121

Why: Everything principal conductor Sean O’Loughlin touches turns into a pot of gold for the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, making it a fitting choice for a pair of Royal Theater performances featuring music Irish this weekend (her last name only adds to her credibility on this particular point). weekend.) Guest soloist Maria Kaneko Millar, a Riverdance touring veteran, will join the orchestra on a range of Celtic favorites including Scotland the Brave. But by the time Danny Boy is played, there won’t be a dry eye in the house.


What: Ryan McMahon

Or: Charlie White Theater, Mary Winspear Center, 2243 Beacon Ave.

When: March 30, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $34.65 at or 250-656-0275

Why: Ryan McMahon’s last album released before the pandemic was In Line For a Smile, a collection of songs about the lack of human social connection. I shudder to think what his new songs (currently recorded in Vancouver) will be about, especially in the wake of a two-year pandemic. The Ladysmith songwriter will no doubt find a direction to suit his skills, having made half a dozen excellent folk/roots recordings. His show is Sidney next week is one of many on the horizon, including March 31 at Queens in Nanaimo, April 1 at the Duncan Showroom and April 2 at the Civic Center in Port Hardy.

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