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Event Archive - Van Django Bells! A Swinging Gypsy Jazz Christmas: Van Django, Keith Bennet, L.J. Mounteney

Sat. December 12th 2015 The Upstairs Cabaret (No Minors)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm doors at 7:00 pm
$20 | $25 at the door
Presented by: Beacon Ridge Productions, Marie Bachand
Van Django, Vancouver's hottest swing string quartet, bring their sizzling hot Gypsy Jazz Christmas show to Victoria this December!

Van Django's music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining strong roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by Django Reinhardt and the 1930's Quintet of the Hot Club of France. On stage, "they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy.

Renowned both for the quality of their musicianship and as great entertainers, Van Django's variety show is a merry Christmas mix of nostalgic favourites, jazz standards, sing-alongs, pop tunes, some classical touches, and a few surprises - all delivered in their swinging gypsy jazz style.

Joining Van Django's violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels is harmonica virtuoso Keith Bennett, and stellar vocalist L.J. Mounteney.

A big success when they first performed the show at Vancouver's Rogue Folk Club for Christmas 2013, the band looks forward to bringing the concert to Victoria for the first time this year. Violinist Cameron Wilson says, "Everyone had such a great time at last year's first-ever concert of Van Django Bells, it was a natural decision to expand the show this season. Folks loved the mix of music and the feel-good vibes - it's a show that just hits all the right notes at Christmas. We're excited to bring the good times to new audiences, and especially to Vancouver Island this year!" Hear everything from the evocative I'll Be Home for Christmas to Let it Snow, Santa Baby and Silver Bells to Ave Maria, a bit of Beethoven, and so much more - with something every ear, heart, and tapping foot will enjoy.

The perfect answer to winter chill, come share some hot and swinging Christmas cheer with Van Django Bells this year! Dancing encouraged (yes, the Upstairs Cabaret has a dance floor!)

Advance tickets available at Lyle's Place and Ivy's Bookshop, as well as online at


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Van Django

Vancouver’s premier gypsy-jazz ensemble plays classic Django Reinhardt as well as their own unique mix of original tunes and eclectic arrangements of jazz/pop and classical music. more info