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Chapter 3: One breath – Many voices

Wed Jan 26th, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

FREE EVENT ~ Our gift to you! Thanks to the generous support of The Department of Canadian Heritage and The Port Theatre Society

In-theatre & Livestream tickets available

The Port Theatre presents…

Chapter Three ~ One breath – Many voices.

This four-chapter series is created and hosted by Nico Rhodes

Have you ever been in a room full of people and listened to or been overwhelmed by the sound of multiple simultaneous conversations? Then out of the indistinguishable sea of storytelling and laughter comes a familiar song—a voice you know. By some miracle their voice pings out over the din of the crowd, clear as can be grounding you. When we learn to hear someone’s voice it stands out, no matter the volume of the room.

Our community has a voice. Each voice within it equally unique, with its timbre, its cadence and its tone reflecting the range of experience we each carry. Every voice you hear is intrinsically linked to the history of each individual; their joys and sorrows, pains and pleasures, defeats and victories. It is perhaps even more remarkable then, that such disparate parts can come together so sweetly, in a chorus, to form the interlocking choir of our community. In that spirit, join us as we celebrate and are treated to six beautiful, unique and compelling voices from our community. In Chapter 3, we celebrate how with one breath, together, we share our voices, and we learn to hear those voices, and distinguish them from the crowd.


  • Teighan Couch
  • Omabuwa Dede
  • Joshua Holloway
  • Anela Kahiamoe
  • James Miguel
  • Tsumqwatun

+ Chapters’ House Band

Patrick Courtin – Keyboards & Clarinet
Helena Jung – Cello
Al Murray – Drums & Accordion
Brad Shipley – Guitar, Banjo & Mandolin
Nico Rhodes

About Nico Rhodes

Equally at home on keyboards and woodwinds, Nico Rhodes is a much sought-after composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and teacher who inhabits all styles, eras, and genres of music. Son of internationally renowned chanteuse Joelle Rabu and technician Dusty Rhodes, from an early age he grew up on the road and in theatres, assimilating skills and preparing for life as a touring musician.

At 17, Nico began his professional career in pit orchestras for musical theatre and was quickly promoted to the role of musical director. By the age of 30, he had conducted and arranged more than 40 professional productions across Canada from the Arts Club and Chemainus to Persephone and Drayton Theatres.  He’s created 5 original musicals and musical adaptations and his many kudos include multiple Ovation and Jessie award nominations for ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ (2014), ‘Out of my Dreams’ (2015), ‘Best Laid Plans’ (2016) and ‘Talking Sex On Sunday (2020). In 2018 he was honoured with the Emerging Cultural Leader Award by the City of Nanaimo.

Nico’s hundreds of compositions and arrangements include choral and chamber works, symphonic pop concerts, jazz originals and a portfolio of 75+ commissioned cinematic works. He performs and records with several jazz trios, numerous solo artists and the duos ROOTS & GROOVES with Rick Scott and Full Circle with Joëlle Rabu.

Nico’s love for Ragtime led him to develop ‘The Art of Ragtime’, a one-man historical-musical journey through the evolution of Ragtime from classical to contemporary, combining the rags of best-known proponents and little-known stars with insightful history, humour and anecdote.

An avid believer in the joy of sharing experience, skills and knowledge, Nico teaches piano, woodwinds, music-theory and arranging to a wide variety of ages. Having been blessed with formidable teachers, he strives to engage  his students with fun, disciplined and insightful lessons that delve into everything from boogie-woogie piano licks to composing for string quartet.


Thanks to our funders… investors in the Arts!


Wed Jan 26th, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Port Theatre OffStage
125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada