Hornby Festival 2015

Don't forget, save the dates for Hornby Festival 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday July 30th
Farm Concerts: July 31st, August 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th
Hall Concerts: August 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th

- Fall/Winter Concert Series -
At the Hornby Hall

Sarah Hagen Trio with Joan Blackman (violin) and Ariel Barnes (cello)
Saturday, May 16th – 7:30pm
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Lamento de Amistad

Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves to critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Her interpretations have been described as "outstandingly inventive," performed with "infinite skill."... MORE

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- Summer Festival 2015 -

Erin Sharpe Trio
Thursday, July 30th, 2015 @ The Hall
Opening Reception

The Eryn Sharpe Trio is a jazz and R&B band based in Victoria, BC. Founded in 2013, the band consists of Eryn Sharpe (lead vocals), Leon Nagasaki (guitar), and Nick Mintenko (bass). Eryn and Leon had been working together for a few years before the trio was formed, but it was the addition of Nick playing bass that really helped their work click into place. The band’s motto is “Music in the Moment,” and with that in mind, they strive to preserve the rawness and innovation of the legends of Jazz and R+B in their own interpretations and compositions... MORE

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Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra
Friday, July 31st, 2015 @ The Farm

This community orchestra, with 25 members coming to Hornby Island, was founded by Norman Nelson in 1997 and performed its first symphony concert in June 1998. The evening programme will include selections by Mozart, Haydn, Britten, and Bartok... MORE

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Rick Scott
Sat. Morning, August 1st, 2015 @ The Farm

Rick’s Website
Yo Mo Concerto
Improv with the Kids

Named Children’s Artist of the Year in the 2013 Western Canadian and Vancouver Island Music Awards, Rick Scott combines music, storytelling and laughter in lively participatory concerts for all ages... MORE

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Grace Love and The True Loves
Saturday, August 1st, 2015 @ The Farm
Soul/Funk Dance

Artist Website
Shake it Out

Grace Love and the True Loves is an original 7-piece soul sensation from Seattle. Following in the footsteps of Stax, Motown, King and Daptone artists, but with a sound all their own, Grace Love and the True Loves are a hot soul and funk number sweeping the nation with true cross-over appeal... MORE

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015 @ The Farm

Matuto Website
Vem Morena

Matuto’s songs can sway hips just as easily as they spark insights. Drawing on Northeastern Brazil’s folkloric rhythms like forró, maracatu, or coco, and on deep Americana — from bluegrass to spirituals to swampy Louisiana jams — Matuto uses unexpected Pan-American sonic sympathies to craft appealing, rootsy, yet philosophical tales of love, self-discovery, nostalgia, and true peace... MORE

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Bongeziwe Mabandla
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 @ The Farm
Singer/Songwriter/Afro Folk

Bongeziwe Mabandla Website
We Sizathu (Acoustic)
Wandenzanina (What have you done to me)

After studying drama at AFDA Johannesburg, Bongeziwe dedicated his time to song writing and performing shows and developing his own unique unplugged style and earning recognition as a musician. Together with his band, Bongeziwe has created a matchless Afro-folk sound, over which his soulful voice delivers in both Xhosa and English... MORE

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Aidan Miller Trio
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 @ The Hall
Rootsy Soul

Aiden Miller Trio Website
Walk Alone
Great Hall Blackbox Theatre

Aidan Miller’s musical roots go back to childhood when he received formal training in classical piano and less formal training in the music of the church. The son of preachers, Aidan’s music reflects his upbringing, with elements of gospel, soul and folk music blending with his later training in Jazz and Free Improvisation at York University...MORE

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Lincoln Trio
Thursday, August 6th, 2015 @ The Hall

Lincoln Trio Website
Mendelssohn Piano Trio #2 in C
Piano Trio in G minor, Op.8, Frederic Chopin

Formed in 2003, the Lincoln Trio has been praised for its polished presentations of well known chamber works and its ability to forge new paths with contemporary repertoire. Bringing together performing experience spanning the globe, each member is an artist of international renown... MORE

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Lincoln Trio with Kai Gleusteen on Viola
Friday, August 7th, 2015 @ The Hall

The Lincoln Trio will be joined by Kai Gleusteen on viola for this concert. In the year 2000, he won the concertmaster position of the Orchestra ‘del Gran Teatre del Liceu’ and subsequently moved to Barcelona. In 2003, he created the Gran Teatre del Liceu Chamber Orchestra and was appointed professor at the Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunya...MORE

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Kaimerata Concert
Saturday, August 8th, 2015 @ The Hall
Classical – Mendelssohn Octet and Double Concerto

Performing for you will be a line-up of musicians made up of seasoned professionals and very talented young musicians from Western Canada. Kaimerata Concerts, a concert series organized by Kai Gleusteen in both Europe and Canada, has chosen Mendelssohn as its composer for this season. In keeping with the spirit of Mendelssohn himself, Kai is offering the opportunity to young artists to team up with experienced ones to perform together... MORE

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Vaughn Neville – Art Show
Throughout the Festival @ The Hall

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1948, Vaughn is a man obsessed by painting. He has lived on Hornby for 35 years and is a gardener, musician, woodchopper, builder, and all-round transformer of materials. He paints daily. His paintings are energetic, expressive, gestural, and layered. He loves painting in his outdoor studio in the summer, where he welcomes visitors by appointment. His paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the world. Vaughn shares his life on Hornby with his wife, Susan Cain, who is also an artist... MORE

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Support the Festival

How YOU can support the Festival Concert Series to be ongoing

Be a Sponsor

Having additional support from community businesses and patrons speaks volumes to ensure the sustainability of arts organization endeavors. Concert Series sponsors are acknowledged on the series programme, the website, press releases, individual concert programs and onstage before mainstage performances. Contact the Box Office to show your support.


Volunteering is an excellent way to show your support and keep live music happening year round. There are many invaluable volunteer jobs – contact the office to get involved.

Be a Member

Your ongoing membership is important. It makes it possible for the Hornby Festival to present high caliber performances in the off season as well.

Be the first to buy your Hornby Festival Society Membership for the 2015 Season, order it online or by phoning the office at 250-335-2734


Individual Family
Regular $25/year $35/year
Patron $125/year $135/year
Benefactor $225/year $235/year
Sustainer $525/year $535/year

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Established in 1982...

... the Hornby Festival has grown into an acclaimed 10-day event. Our programming includes classical, jazz, world beat and traditional genres of music, modern dance, childrens' programming, theatre and spoken word. Join us for Festival 2015 as we continue to bring leading and innovative world class artists to our stages.

This 10-day world-class event has been named one of the top five festivals in Canada (Aeroplan Magazine) and one of the top 5 cultural events in BC (Macleans). We enjoy stunning performances against the beautiful backdrop of the mountains, ocean and rolling hayfields at Olsen Farm and at Hornby Island's charming Community Hall.

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