Summer Concert Series begins at VIU's Deep Bay Marine Field Station May 16

May 1, 2014 - 2:00am

The Maureen Washington Quartet will perform a delightful mix of jazz and blues tunes while guests enjoy breathtaking views of Baynes Sound and feast on a gourmet dinner at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Deep Bay Marine Field Station May 16, the first event in the annual summer concert series.

“This will be an elegant event. We expect tickets ($60 each) to sell quickly,” says Stephanie Richards, Facilities Coordinator at the Field Station.

Washington's Quartet, featuring Karel Roessingh on piano, Joey Smith on bass, and Damian Graham on drums, has played numerous sold out shows through-out BC including performances at major venues like The Cellar in Vancouver, Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria, Artspace in Prince George and The Black Box in Kelowna.

With their unique fresh sound and interpretation of jazz and blues standards along with performing memorable originals, this band has a lively engaging show which evokes every emotion and leaves you falling in love with the songs and music all over again.

The sumptuous dinner, prepared by resident Red Seal chef Lila Ruzicka includes Oyster Bienville or bacon mushroom quiche, seared Grieg Seafood Atlantic salmon with mango salsa or citrus herb roast chicken. Entrees will be served with new potatoes, seasoned vegetables, house salads, local artisan breads and a selection of house pastries. Wine and beer will be available for an additional cost.

Reservations are required; please call 250.740.6611. For further information about the Maureen Washington Quartet visit <>

Watch <> for upcoming details about additional summer concerts including jazz legend Phil Dwyer in July and Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra in August.


About VIU’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station

Located approximately an hour north of Nanaimo, the Deep Bay Marine Field Station in Bowser is a key research facility for VIU and a popular tourism destination for the region.

Open daily to the public from 10 am to 4 pm with nominal admission fees, the facility provides hands-on learning opportunities to educate school children, community members and other groups about marine science. With its stunning panoramic ocean and mountain views, and on-site culinary facilities, the Field Station is fast becoming a popular venue for weddings, celebrations, conferences, workshops and other special events, including a summer concert series and film and speaker nights.

For details, visit <>


Janina Stajic, Manager, Communications and Public Engagement, Vancouver Island University P: 250.740.6288 E: Twitter: @VIUNews

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