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

Ivan Tucakov and Tambura Rasa – with special guest Oriana White on piano
Saturday, April 18th – 7:30pm
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Lamento de Amistad
Ceo Svet

Ivan Tucakov and Tambura Rasa, accompanied by the classical pianist Oriana White, a quartet (violin, viola, cello, flute and saxophone) percussionist and a flamenco dancer will take you on a journey through Spain, the Balkans, Middle East, Africa and beyond... MORE

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

- Summer Festival 2015 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Hornby Festival 2014 is Complete -

A big thank you to everyone who made this year's festival such a big success. Stay tuned for our upcoming off-season shows!

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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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Time-lapse Stage Set-up

Time-lapse video of the stage being set up for 2009 festival.

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