University Centre Farquhar Auditorium 2013 2014 Season

The University Centre Farquhar Auditorium presents an exciting line-up for the 2013-14 season.

“We’re pleased to announce our 2013-14 season,” said Ian Case, Director of the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium.  “We’re offering a world-class lineup of performances, bringing both top rated Canadian and internationally renowned artists to the Farquhar Auditorium.”

The 2013-14 line-up includes presentations of Canadian singer songwriter Ron Sexsmith, Canadian folk legend Valdy, Sound Garden’s lead singer, Chris Cornell and his acoustic songbook tour, celebrated acoustic guitar takes the stage with International Guitar Night, Te Amo Argentina ingnites the Farquhar stage featuring world renowned dancers featured on TV’s So You Think You Can Dance, Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall fame brings his new solo show to Victoria and one of the world’s best loved performers Nana Mouskouri lights up the stage as part of her Happy Birthday Tour.

To celebrate the launch of the new season, the Farquhar Auditorium has launched its new website (  “We’re highlighting the amazing line up of shows we’ve got coming to the Farquhar Auditorium this season and improved the online experience for those trying to find information about us,” says Case.  “We’ll be tweaking the site and adding new content in the coming months to further focus not only on our own presentations but on the many groups and presenters that use the Farquhar Auditorium as well.”

The 2013-14 Farquhar Auditorium presents…Series:

Ron Sexsmith – September 29, 8pm

with special guest Jenn Grant

In a world of workaday singer-songwriters mired in vacuous self-regard, news of a new Ron Sexsmith record can only gladden the heart of those who care about deftly poetic, gently affecting songs that perfectly distil the pitfalls of being human: especially when that record pairs him again with the producer who, for two decades, has framed his music in its most sympathetic surroundings.

For information on Ron Sexsmith visit

Opening guest – Jenn Grant

Jenn Grant’s The Beautiful Wild, was released on Six Shooter Records in September of 2012 and on Ba Da Bing Records (USA) in January 2013.  A depart from the giddy blush of Honeymoon Punch, Jenn Grant’s Juno Nominated and Polaris Long Listed previous album, it is collection of melodies and rhymes about ?nding the courage to lose oneself in the wild.

For information on Jenn Grant visit

Valdy – October 12, 8pm

with special guest, Graham Wardrop

Valdy has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 34 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.

Remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit. Visit Valdy on the web at

Graham Wardrop has been acclaimed as New Zealand’s finest finger style guitarist. After thirty years in the professional arena, he is regularly called upon to give concert performances, to play on television and studio recording sessions, to hold workshops in advanced fingerstyle techniques for steel string guitar.

Opening guest – Lindsay May

Lindsay May’s larger than life stage presence allows her total command of the stage and her audience. Her vocal range takes you down roads, peaks, and valleys, and to places you’ve never been before.

Chris Cornell – October 22, 8pm – SOLD OUT

with special guest Bhi Bhiman

Chris Cornell will tour “Unplugged and Up Close” this fall, playing a series of intimate ‘Songbook’ shows highlighting songs from throughout his career.

Chris Cornell is a rock icon who thrives on contradictions. An innovator who resists genre labels, he was nonetheless the chief architect of the 90s grunge movement. Ranked as “one of the best voices in music history,” he has successfully maintained his own unique identity over more than two decades as a multi-Grammy award winning musician, Golden Globe nominee and universally acclaimed singer, songwriter and lyricist.

This year also marks the launch of The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, which gives aid to the most vulnerable children. One dollar of every ticket sold on the tour will be donated to the Foundation, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit ChildHaven’s Creative Music Therapy Program Expansion. Visit  for more information.

For information on Chris Cornell visit

Opening guest – American/Sri Lankan folk artist, Bhi Bhiman 

Bhi Bhiman is an American original. Bhi’s mix of humor and deep empathy puts him in the company of distinguished (and much older) lifelong songsmiths like John Prine, Nick Lowe and Randy Newman.  Bhiman’s technical, emotive guitar playing rises to the challenge that his striking voice presents.

International Guitar Night (IGN) – November 3, 8pm

INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT (IGN) brings together the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists to perform their latest original compositions and exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting. Each tour, IGN founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries to join him for special evenings of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar.

For 2013-2014, IGN founder Brian Gore will be joined by Italy’s Pino Forastiere, Mike Dawes from England, and Quique Sinesi from Argentina. Pino is revered in contemporary steel string guitar circles for his unique mix of melody, improvisation and hand percussion using the strings, the fretboard and the body of the guitar. In recent years Mike Dawes has helped spearhead the current wave of UK fingerstyle guitarists.  Quique is a master of many South American melodies and rhythms on both guitar and charango. We are looking forward to a particularly inventive evening of contemporary guitar music.

For information on IGN and these artists visit

Te Amo Argentina – November 20, 8pm

This multi-media performance inspired by the personal, musical and artistic discoveries of award-winning cellist Antonio Lysy, Te Amo Argentina is a true homage to Argentina and its many art forms.  The show features live chamber music, tango dance and projected animations seamlessly melded into a spectacular and magical autobiographical story of musical and personal discovery

Be prepared to be dazzled by the sights and sounds of Antonio Lysy, the Capitol Ensemble (featuring pianist Brian Pezzone and double bassist Pablo Motta), and the sizzling tango dancers Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo, the internationally-acclaimed stars of Broadway’s Forever Tango, NBC’s Superstars of Dance and FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance.

Te Amo Argentino promises to leave you thrilled, exalted, moved and begging for more.  For more information, visits

Bruce McCulloch “Young Drunk Punk” – January 24, 8pm

Directed by Blake Brooker

Comedian, writer, director and legendary Kid in the Hall Bruce McCulloch combines stand-up, live music and assorted autobiographical insights in “Young Drunk Punk”.  Bruce’s new solo show chronicles his journey from wild early days as a ‘young punk’ in 80’s Alberta, to his flannel plaid days and futon nights in 90s Toronto, to becoming a ‘pajama-clad dad’ living in the Hollywood Hills.  From scowling teenager to father of two, this evening of comedy, peppered with moments of surprising poignancy, proves that although this infamous Kid may be all grown up, his singular brand of humor and signature wit remain firmly intact.

Bruce has written and/or directed several films including Dog Park starring Luke Wilson, Superstar starring Molly Shannon and Will Ferrell, Stealing Harvard starring Jason Lee and Leslie Mann and Comeback Season starring Ray Liotta. Bruce has also recently acted in episodes of Workaholics and the new season of Arrested Development. Bruce recently returned to T.V. with the series “Death Comes to Town.”

Nana Mouskouri – March 30, 8pm

Internationally acclaimed singer and humanitarian Nana Mouskouri has sold over 200 million records and is one of the best-selling and most-loved recording artists worldwide.  Her career spans over half a century.  She released her first album in 1958 and her recording of “The White Rose of Athens” became an enormous international hit translated into several different languages and became her signature tune.

In 1962, she met record producer Quincy Jones who flew her to New York to record an album of jazz standards and she has teamed Harry Belafonte, collaborating on a live duo album.  She is an ardent child-rights activist supporting significant causes in this field.  Mouskouri was elected a member of the European Parliament in the 90s and has served as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1993.  This year she was awarded an honourary degree by McGill University in Montreal and this year kicks of her “Happy Birthday Tour” of which her Victoria performance is a part.


University Centre Farquhar Auditorium Season 2012-13

Ron Sexsmith September 29, 2013 – 8pm
Valdy October 12, 2013 – 8pm
Chris Cornell October 22, 2013 – 8pm
International Guitar Night November 3, 2013 – 8pm
Te Amo Argentina November 20, 2013 – 8pm
Bruce McCulloch January 24, 2014 – 8pm
Nana Mouskouri March 30, 2014 – 8pm


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