History

Hermann’s Jazz Club began 40 years ago, on February 25, 1981, at the Bastion Inn on Government St, when 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 Dixieland Inn at the hotel.

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 2019 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.

Many nationally and internationally acclaimed acts have graced our stage over the years. Longtime local bands continue to play at the club, including CanUS, Dixieland Express, the Tom Vickery Trio and local legend/reedman Al Pease . 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, while helping attract renowned local transplants such as David Vest from the USA, Michael Kaeshammer from Germany and Pablo Cardenas from Cuba. With world class acoustics, a relaxed atmosphere, and top notch cuisine, Hermann's Jazz Club is a landmark in the world of modern live performance.



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Oct
25
2021

Karel/Joey/Kelby play - the music of Donald Fagen

Livestream
The music of Steely Dan co-founder, lead singer and keyboardist, Donald Fagen.
19:00 - 20:30 By Donation

Oct
24
2021

Broke and Blue: ENTR’AMIS: Broke and Blue

Livestream + In Person
Live music!
13:00 - 15:00 doors at 12:00 $15

Oct
24
2021

Pro Comedy Night

Comedians for this week to be announced. Guaranteed laughs and a good time!
21:00 - 23:00 doors at 20:00 $20 Presented by: Pro Comedy at Hermann's

Oct
24
2021

Sunday Blues Services - Blues Jam Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Blues Band

Back at it with her Sunday Blues Services Blues Jam!!!
16:00 - 19:00 at the door only.

Oct
23
2021

"The Best Guys In Town" f. Miguelito Valdes Hosted by Damian Graham

Livestream + In Person
Catch these incredible musicians as they fuse virtuosic performances.
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:00 $25

Oct
22
2021

Pablo Cardenas Presents Club Havana

Livestream + In Person
A night dedicated to the history of popular Cuban music.
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $25

Oct
21
2021

The Cookers Quintet f. Bernie Senensky

Livestream + In Person
An exciting straight-ahead collective of some of Canada’s finest jazz musician...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20

Oct
20
2021

Alone Together: Episode 19: Louise Rose

Livestream + In Person
Episode 19 with Louise Rose.
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20

Oct
19
2021

Cafe Scientifique

Livestream + In Person
An informal series of talks given in a relaxed setting about recent science.
6:00 - 7:00 doors at 5:00 FREE

Oct
17
2021

Pro Comedy Night

Comedians for this week to be announced. Guaranteed laughs and a good time!
21:00 - 23:00 doors at 20:00 $20 Presented by: Pro Comedy at Hermann's

Oct
17
2021

Sunday Blues Services - Blues Jam Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Blues Band

Back at it with her Sunday Blues Services Blues Jam!!!
16:00 - 19:00 at the door only.

Oct
16
2021

David Vest

Livestream + In Person
A masterful night of blues and boogie music.
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $25

Oct
15
2021

Attila Fias Trio

Livestream + In Person
A program of fiery hot music paired with lyrical, soulful compositions.
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $25

Oct
14
2021

Doc MacLean: The National Steel Streamline Blues Tour

Livestream + In Person
Contemporary delta blues and roots artist, storyteller and traveller.
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $25 Presented by: Ghostfinger Productions

Oct
13
2021

Tom Vickery Trio

Livestream + In Person
Straight ahead jazzman, and a Victoria classic.
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $15

Oct
12
2021

Cafe Scientifique

Livestream + In Person
Informal talks given in a relaxed setting about recent scientific research.
18:00 - 19:00 doors at 17:00 FREE

Oct
10
2021

Pro Comedy Night

Comedians for this week to be announced. Guaranteed laughs and a good time!
9:00pm - 11:00pm doors at 8:00pm $20 Presented by: Pro Comedy at Hermann's

Oct
10
2021

Sunday Blues Services - Blues Jam Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Blues Band

FREE. Limited capacity of 75, first come first seated! The Deb Rhymer Blues Ban...
4:00pm - 7:00pm at the door only.

Oct
10
2021

GASBT plays Songs of Thanksgiving!

The Great American Songbook Trio plays Songs of Thanksgiving! Bringing toget...
1:00 - 3:00 doors at 12:00 $20.00

Oct
9
2021

Benefit Concert Transplant BC: Ashley Wey Trio plus Special Guests

Livestream + In Person
Ashley Wey Trio is back at Hermann's with originals, jazz, and tons of fun! Loui...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $20