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"Concert halls and big clubs can be fun, but as a performer I know that the closer I am to the audience, the more it becomes a truly shared and immersive creative experience. I can't say enough good things about what James and Michael are doing with the York Place Musical Salon, and I'm looking forward to a return visit soon."

Phil Dwyer CM, musician
Qualicum Beach, BC

"We have attended York Place Musical Salon concerts from the start. If you love great music from jazz to classical and enjoy it in a warm, intimate atmosphere, you will enjoy James and Michael's wonderful presentations."

Win & Maureen

Courtenay, BC

"The York Place Musical Salon is a community treasure. We are so grateful to James and Michael for organizing the musical events and opening their home to us. The setting and the attention to detail are extraordinary for both the audience and the musicians."

Sharon Lalonde

Courtenay, BC

Photo of Jeff Agopsowitz, Rachel Cooper, Steve Wallace, Kelly Thomas in performance

"The York Place Musical Salon is an intimate setting which brings you close to the musicians and the music. Spending time with others who are interested in music is an excellent way to spend an afternoon. The hospitality and homemade desserts served by the hosts make the experience unparalleled."


Comox, BC

"Imagine very accomplished performances of works you might not hear as a general rule, for example a concert of classical love songs for instance. Then add in convivial hosts and inviting appetizers and refreshments whilst socializing with like minded people."


Courtenay, BC

"What a special experience to share music in this lovely intimate and welcoming setting!"

Jennifer Rasor, musician

Courtenay, BC

"The York Place Musical Salon is a dream space for a musician to perform in... perfect acoustically speaking, wonderfully connective with an appreciative, small audience and hosted graciously by helpful home owners."

Jeff Agopsowicz, musician

Courtenay, BC

"Experiencing music with a small community in an intimate setting is a special treat. Our hosts were gracious and hospitable in every way. Thank you for hosting these delightful occasions in your lovely home."


Courtenay, BC

"Sharing music with like minded people is especially wonderful in the smaller, more intimate setting of the York Place Musical Salon. James and Michael are super-hosts with a “Touch of Class”. I can’t wait to see their line-up for the fall of 2023!""


Courtenay, BC

Photo of Simon Paterson, Steve Wallace, Patrick Courtin in performance

I've played jazz for over 45 years in every kind of venue imaginable pretty much around the world. The York Place Musical Salon is among the very best I've ever performed in, for a number of reasons - a superb, well-maintained piano, ideal acoustics, intimate and elegant surroundings, and welcoming, savvy hosts who encourage listening as they share their love of music with others. You can't ask for much more!

Steve Wallace, musician

Courtenay, BC

"A wonderful and varied musical experience to be enjoyed within the intimate confines of the hosts' home."

Michael Lalonde

Courtenay, BC

"YPMS is a gem of a gig to play. The hosts are welcoming, supportive and communicative - and the audience is attentive, friendly and appreciative. To top it off there's a nice grand piano. Just lovely!"

Patrick Courtin, musician

Wells, BC

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