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Chapter 4 – From C to C to C (with Nico Rhodes)

Thu Mar 31st, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

FREE EVENT ~ In-theatre & Livestream tickets available!

The Port Theatre presents…

Chapter Four ~ From C to C to C: Collaboration, Creation and Community

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

The act of creation is an act of unique humanity. Artists come to their work, blank, open, and piece by piece carve out their visions. This ability to envision and to bring to fruition a new creation is one the defining features we all share but what is even more exciting is our ability to create collaboratively.

When we grow our communities – by building and raising families, expanding upon our cities, cooking together, we are sharing something unique. In each of these moments we are engaged and enlivened by a creative and collaborative process.

As we look to the future of our harbour city – of our community and of our creative spaces, I invite you to witness and celebrate the spirit of interconnectedness and imagination. Join us for the final chapter of our four part series celebrating our Diverse Artistic Community in Chapter 4: Collaboration, Creation and Community.

Guest Artists:
Tina Biello
Orith Horwitz (Lady O)
Joël A. Prévost
Vibe Dancers

+ Chapters’ House Band
Patrick Courtin – Keyboards & Clarinet
Helena Jung – Cello
Al Murray – Drums & Accordion
Brad Shipley – Guitar, Banjo & Mandolin
Nico Rhodes – Artistic Director

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!


Thu Mar 31st, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Port Theatre OffStage
125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada