History

The root of Hermann’s Jazz Club began on February 25, 1981, at the Bastion Inn on Government St. As the story goes, German entrepreneur Hermann Nieweler [Knee-well-er] was persuaded by his friend Barry Stubbs to book Al Pease Trio (Al Pease, Toni Blodgett and Ross Botten) to bring a "better class of people" to the lounge. Then they brought up the Friday Harbor’s Island City Jazz Band for a weekend performance at his hotel lounge. Performances by Dixieland Express soon followed, and they moved the show up to the mezzanine and dance floor. Hermann’s love for a good party, lively music and happy patrons led to his establishment of the venue then called the 'Dixieland Inn'.

Hermann moved the club to the current View Street location in 1986 when it was renamed 'Hermann’s Jazz Club'. In 2000, our 753 View St location suffered heavy damage from a fire. A testament to his commitment, Hermann rebuilt at great personal expense. Our friend Hermann passed on June 10th, 2015. From 2015 to 2024 his family faced many issues but have remained dedicated to their father's legacy. After running a successful fundraising campaign the non-profit Arts On View Society has taken over as of July 15th 2019. We will continue to operate Hermann's as a community spirited venue with the support of the venue's generous patrons. On March 18th, 2024 the City of Victoria announced themselves as the new owners of the building in conjunction with the Victoria Music Strategy program. The Arts On View Society welcomes the opportunity to continue with our new landlords at this iconic venue.

Many nationally and internationally acclaimed acts have graced our stage over the years. Longtime local bands from the venues earliest days continue to play at the club, including CanUS with local legend/reedman Al Pease and the Tom Vickery Trio. Multiple generations of musicians interact and perform at this local institution and contribute to its role as an incubator of local talent. These musicians have travelled the world and helped to put Victoria on the national and international music map. With good acoustics, a relaxed intimate atmosphere, and top notch cuisine, Hermann's Jazz Club continues to be a landmark in the world of modern live performance.



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May
25
2024

The Pretzel Logic Orchestra playing the music of Steely Dan

Sold Out -
What happens when you get some of Victoria’s finest jazz players, mix them wit...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $30 + fees/tax
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
24
2024

Pablo Cardenas Presents “Aquarela Do Brasil” featuring Sara Marreiros & Anne Schaefer

Livestream + In Person
World class Cuban pianist presents an evening of melodies from Brasil plus Brazi...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $30 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
23
2024

Elaine Lakeman sings Man Songs

Livestream + In Person
Elaine thrives and sparkles when she stands on a stage, a place she feels more s...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
22
2024

Louise Rose: Alone Together

Livestream + In Person
This will be the 48th performance in the series. Louise Rose is a living Canadi...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
19
2024

John Lee Trio | “Second Wind” Album Release Concert

Multi-Instrumentalist John Lee celebrates the upcoming release (July 2024) of hi...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
John Lee - Piano, Kosma Busheikin - Bass, Graham Villette - Drums
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
18
2024

David Vest

Livestream + In Person
David Vest: Boppin' the Blues!
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
17
2024

Noedy HD Quintet | Monday Morning album release

Livestream + In Person
Noedy Hechavarria Duharte comes from Santiago de Cuba, a city Cubans affectionat...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
16
2024

Arts On View Fundraiser: Keeping It Live!

Come out for some fun and raise funds for your jazz community! Celebrate our ow...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $100

May
15
2024

Tom Vickery Trio

Come join Tom and friends for a relaxed evening of jazz, cocktails and great foo...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
12
2024

Shanna Dance | A salute to the great Ella Fitzgerald

Livestream + In Person
A Mother's Day special show, featuring the superb vocal stylings of Shanna Dance...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Featured Guest: Alfons Fear trumpet.
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
11
2024

Featuring Petunia, Leeroy Stagger & Tyler Lieb

Livestream + In Person
2x Western Canada Music Award Winner and Juno Nominee Oliver Swain hosts a night...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $28 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
with guest Leeroy Stagger
Presented by: Oliver Swain

May
10
2024

How Very Heather

Livestream + In Person
Jazz Singer-Songwriter Heather Ferguson, brings her topnotch band to her spring ...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 + fees/tax, walk-ins welcome Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
9
2024

Jazz Showcase Night II

With limited tickets available, Hermann's hosts 80 students from the mainland fo...
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
featuring Ashley Wey, Ryan Oliver, Damian Graham, Louis Rudner
Presented by: Arts On View Society,

May
8
2024

Kulea Culture Society presents Stories From The Silk Roads

Livestream + In Person
During Asian Heritage Month, Kulea Culture Society presents Stories from the Sil...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 (suggested donation)
Launch Concert with Qui Xia He and André Thibault, from Silk Road Music
Presented by: Kulea Culture Society

May
5
2024

CanUS Jazz Band | Traditional Jazz Matinee

Livestream + In Person
One of the joys of playing in a jazz band is the musicians are creating music o...
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM doors at 12:00 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
4
2024

The Beautiful Maladies: the music of Tom Waits

Livestream + In Person
The Beautiful Maladies have been bringing the music of Tom Waits to live audienc...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $30 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
3
2024

Brent Jarvis trio plays the music of Bill Evans

Livestream + In Person
Bill Evans was known for his lyrical and introspective approach to the piano as ...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

May
2
2024

Victoria Jazz Society presents Emilie-Claire Barlow

Sold Out -
Critically-acclaimed and illustrious vocalist/producer Emilie-Claire Barlow retu...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $35 advance/VJS members/students | $40 at the door (taxes incl.)
In person tickets available at: Victoria Jazz Society (250-388-4423 | 977 Alston St.) (no service charges)
Presented by: Victoria Jazz Society

May
1
2024

Jazz Showcase Night

With limited tickets available, Hermann's hosts 80 students from the mainland fo...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
featuring Ashley Wey, Miguelito Valdes, Damian Graham, Louis Rudner
Presented by: Arts On View Society

Apr
30
2024

A Night of Sonnets | UVic Faculty of Humanities

Livestream + In Person
The Faculty of Humanities, and the Departments of English, French and Francophon...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM
Admission fee: $5 in cash at the door the night of the event. 
Livestream available ($5 suggested donation).