Music By The Sea 2024
in Bamfield, Vancouver Island

JULY 19th-22nd  at the

Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries

at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre


and Victoria, BC

JULY 25th to 27th at the

Victoria International Marina

at 1 Cooperage Place



This year we continue to present a diverse company of classical and jazz artists who will lavish their musical talents on audiences in these two beautiful two venues by the sea: The Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries in Bamfield,  Vancouver Island, Canada, and the Victoria International Marina, in Victoria BC, Canada.  Both extraordinary locations present the artists with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop to the stage, combining the breathtaking view of an ocean sunset with an intimate setting of stirring world class performances of both classical and jazz chamber ensembles on all concerts.

Our reputation is such that tickets are bought before we announce the season performers and programs. This season’s performers are now known and are here.  and the concert program is now posted here.




Concert 1: Friday,      July 19,   8:30 PM

Concert 2: Saturday, July 20,  8:30 PM

Concert 3: Sunday,    July 21, 1:00 PM   (Free Community Day Concert)

Concert 4: Sunday,    July 21, 8:30 PM

Concert 5: Monday,   July 22, 8:30 PM



Concert 1: Thursday, July 25th, 8:00 PM

Concert 2: Friday,      July 26th, 8:00 PM

Concert 3: Saturday, July 27th, 8:00 PM


I would like to extend sincerest thanks to all audiences and artists participating in Music by the Sea  in 2023 as we look forward to 2024, so stay tuned!

Many thanks to our Board Members, supporters, audiences, sponsors, donors, and all of our MBTS artists.
Christopher Donison
Artistic Director

MBTS at Victoria International Marina
photo: Darcy Beck

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Lead Sponsors:

Farmont Empress sponsor


January 11-16, 2022 Company of Artists

Borealis String Quartet (Vancouver)
Patricia Shih, violin
Yuel Yawney, violin
Nikita Pogrebnoy, viola
Sungyong Lim, cello

Aurora Piano Trio
Yuel Yawney, violin
Sungyong Lim, cello
Libby Yu, classsical piano (Vancouver)

Great American Songbook Trio
Louise Rose, music maker (Victoria)
Joey Smith, bass (Victoria)
Kelby MacNayr, drums (Victoria)

Individual Artists solo or in collaborations
Elliot Freedman, baritone guitar (Victoria)
Bryn Badel, post horn (Victoria)
Attila Fias, piano (Toronto)
Neil Swainson, jazz bass (Toronto)
Joe Poole, drums (Vancouver)
Kelby MacNayr, drums (Victoria)
Ryan Oliver, tenor saxophone, (Victoria)
Brad Turner, trumpet (Vancouver)
Bruce Hurn, trumpet (Victoria)

CONCERT 1: TUESDAY, JANUARY 11             7:00 PM (opening night)
CONCERT 4: FRIDAY, JANUARY 14               7:00 PM
CONCERT 6: SUNDAY, JANUARY 16             3:45 PM (closing night)



Thank You for Your Support

This year has presented many difficulties for charities that would normally hold events in a venue with large gatherings. Music by the Sea adjusted to the realities of COVID-19 in 2020 by presenting 11 live streamed concerts from May till the end of August. We realized that we had inadvertently fine-tuned a concert format that would be an ideal platform for other charities to take advantage of to raise funds in lieu of holding events in a venue with large gatherings. This cooperation of Music by the Sea, Victoria Hospitals Foundation and The Victoria International Marina, was “a marriage made in heaven.” We were excited by the possibilities of what these events might accomplish in support of the arts and the hospitals in Victoria.

2020 was to be the 15th season of Music by the Sea and the company planned to extend the season to bring a series of concerts to Victoria following the festival in Bamfield. “The Victoria run was to be in the new Victoria International Marina on the Inner Harbour” explains Donison, “and we are grateful for their continued support during this time of great change.” The Marina, PK Sound and Darcy Beck Productions have made it possible for Music by the Sea to gather musicians to perform together and live stream these concerts. These special telethon-style concerts were free to view with an option to make a donation. All monies raised were shared equally among MBTS and the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. We curated the music programme to be especially enjoyable for all people who may be in the hospital or any other care facilities anywhere. Indeed, we hoped to reach as many as possible in the community.

Since 2006, the annual Music by the Sea Festival and the MBTS Fellowship Artist Mentorship School has gathered professional musicians from around the globe in Bamfield, at the beautiful Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on the edge of the Pacific. Music by the Sea looks forward to a return to Bamfield for Music by the Sea 2021.

We thank you for your ongoing support, it has truly made a difference.

Exclusive sponsor for the February 21st live-streaming event:

Exotic Stone the exclusive sponsor for the live-streaming event

Who’s playing?

Sunday, May 30th, 2021, 7:30pm (PDT)
Music by the Sea Director, Christopher Donison will play the Abbey Road album on the piano. Tune in on Facebook or Youtube to experience this memorable performance.

Music by the Sea live at Victoria International Marina

All monies raised will be shared equally among the arts and the Victoria Hospitals Foundation.

Dear Music by the Sea Patrons,

We are announcing today that the 2020 MBTS season has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are all very disappointed. We delayed as long as possible before having to make this decision.
Although normally there is a “no refund policy” for our tickets, these are extraordinary circumstances. For those who have already purchased tickets we will provide a refund if you choose. We would like you to consider, however, the option of receiving a tax receipt for your payment or the option of using your ticket for an alternative MBTS season. The MBTS box office will be contacting you all in the very near future.

Thank you for your ongoing support and for the support of the community of Bamfield. That support over these 15 years has enabled Music by the Sea to become the experience that so many audiences and professional artists from across Canada and around the world have come to celebrate. We are currently exploring other ways in which Music by the Sea may have a presence this year, so please stayed tuned!

Many, MANY thanks
Yours Sincerely,

Christopher Donison, Artistic Director
And for the Music by the Sea Board of Directors.

Each Concert Features a Wide Range Of World-Class Performances

Classical and contemporary solo and chamber music, sophisticated jazz and alternative music—each concert features an unique and diverse selection. Superb acoustics and the spectacular backdrop of Vancouver Island’s mystic, bold Pacific make this truly the most inspiring venue anywhere in the Pacific Northwest—an intimate musical experience in a breathtaking setting!

Concerts at Victoria International Marina

Mark these dates!  July 29 to August 1, 2020.

Victoria International Marina will host Music by the Sea in four concerts. This will be the inaugural season for this celebrated musical company to be heard in Victoria.  For 15 years it has only been available to those who would venture to the isolated village of Bamfield on the westcoast of Vancouver Island where it attracts international jazz and classical artists from around the world.  This year, following the Bamfield Festival, the full company will come to the city for a week-long run from July 29 to August 1, leading up to the Victoria Symphony Splash event on August 2. This series of concerts at the Marina will indeed still be “music by the sea”, since the new Victoria International Marina boasts the newest spectacular harbour front location in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The sunset in the harbour by the sea will be the backdrop to the musicians’ elite performances of classical, jazz, and vocal music.  Tickets from $75 to $95 will be available February 1.  Phone 250-888-7772 for additional information.

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*All concert programming subject to change

Each Concert Features a Wide Range Of World-Class Performances

Classical and contemporary solo and chamber music, sophisticated jazz and alternative music—each concert features an unique and diverse selection. Superb acoustics and the spectacular backdrop of Vancouver Island’s mystic, bold Pacific make this truly the most inspiring venue anywhere in the Pacific Northwest—an intimate musical experience in a breathtaking setting!

Thank you Tom Lee Music
and Long & McQuade

Tom Lee Music has consistently provided the best piano possible for our music events in Victoria.  And Long & McQuade has supported our festival with all our equipment needs since we started in 2007!  MANY thanks to both great companies! We salute you for your commitment to the arts in our community and support of Music by the Sea!

Tom Lee Music
Lon and McQuade Musical Instruments

Thank you to our sponsors for their ongoing support

Music by the Sea wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors.

Click here to learn more about the organizations who’s generosity make this wonderful festival a reality.

A True West Coast Adventure

tour group experiencing the traditional first nations village of KiixinExplore Kiix̣in

The traditional village of the Huu-ay-aht people

Check back in 2019 for more information.

Click Here to learn more
email or call 250-735-3432.

How are you getting there?

Pacific Seaplanes

Music By the Sea 2018, Bamfield BC

We Fly There!

Learn more about flying with Pacific Seaplanes

Pacific Seaplanes

From C to C to C

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Video by Cedarwood Productions


Performing Artists

Check out the talented artists who have performed at Music by the Sea.

Bamfield performance in the evening

MBTS 2020 Tickets!

Click here get your tickets for MBTS 2020, July 18–26!

Ocean view in Bamfield

Travel to Bamfield BC

Plan your adventure to Music by the Sea 2020!

Music by the Sea

Amazing Artists

Get to know the 2020 Company! Click here to learn about the artists we’re excited to welcome to Bamfield this season.


Music by the Sea Residency Programme

Read about Chris Donnelly’s experience at his MBTS residency.

Rix Venue Music by the Sea

Concert Schedule 2019

Take a look at the 2019 concert schedule, happening July 20–28