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Nanaimo is a best-kept secret. It doesn’t have the world-wide recognition of nearby cities like Vancouver or Victoria, nor does it have the rugged attraction of Northern Vancouver Island communities like Tofino, but that doesn’t mean Nanaimo doesn’t stand shoulder to shoulder with those towns in terms of charm. Full of natural beauty, awesome events and a lovely, vibrant community that’s as welcoming as it is exciting, Nanaimo is just waiting to be discovered by the rest of the world. Until that time, we’re going to enjoy what we’ve got at a pace we enjoy.

Nanaimo’s music scene is a lot like Nanaimo itself: under the radar, but fully incredible in its own right. Here are some upcoming concerts that showcase exactly why Nanaimo is so wonderful!


Kizomba is a traditional dance from Angola that blends Latin and African cultures in a sensual form that resembles merengue mixed with ballroom dance. This vibrant tradition has recently taken on new life in North America when combined with hip hop culture, creating what people are calling neokiz!
On July 26-28, one of the architects of neokiz will be teaching how to dance in this exhilarating new style! Charles Ogar has years of teaching experience and a deep passion for Kizomba and neokiz. If you want to move with someone special, come to this workshop and learn to really move!


Big Sugar is the quintessential Canadian touring band, playing all across this country and wowing crowds everywhere without exactly being a household name.

Big Sugar has been around for decades now, slinging classic style rock and blues with a contemporary feel. They turned heads with hits like “Turn The Lights On,“ “Digging a Hole,” and “All Hell For a Basement.” They’re absolutely electric live, and they’ll be playing an outdoor concert at Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park on July 19! Enjoy dancing in the open air!

Of course, it’s no secret that the Best Western Dorchester offers one of the best stay experiences in Nanaimo. With spectacular views of the harbour, we’re your ticket to a great vacation. Book your room today!
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