The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival attracts not only 1800 musicians playing 400 concerts, but also approximately 1000 volunteers. Often awarded Best Festival honours, this jazz fest produced by Coastal Jazz infuses its high energy at 40 indoor and outdoor venues in Vancouver and on the North Shore.
Trying to decide what performance to attend can prove less daunting with the help of the Program Guide Booklet, an 80-page resource sold at Coastal Jazz Box Office, David Lam Park, High Life Records, Zulu Records and Book Warehouse. If you prefer to print just a few pages to reduce paper, try the Guide‘s PDF version.
Tickets for the Jazz Festival
Purchase tickets through the Coastal Jazz Box Office 604-872-5200 or 888-438-5200, or Ticketmaster outlets 604-280-4444.
Ticketed events include teenage Nikki Yanofsky, vocalist for the Olympic anthem “I Believe,” performing July 3rd at Queen Elizabeth Theatre; Grammy winner pianist Chick Corea playing June 27th at the Centre for Performing Arts; and “Fixed, Fragmented Fluid” freeform music offered June 25th at the Roundhouse. Please note that some ticketed events take place in North Vancouver, such as Capilano Performing Arts Theatre and Presentation House Theatre.
150 Free Jazz Concerts in Vancouver
Vancouver residents and visitors receive a gift of 150 free concerts at venues ranging from the CBC/Radio Canada Studio to Capilano Suspension Bridge. Gastown Jazz, a free event, runs June 26th to 27th at two sites: Maple Tree Square at the corner of Water and Carrall Streets; and Vancouver Sun Stage at Water and Cambie Streets by the iconic Steam Clock. Jazz at the Roundhouse happens July 3rd to 4th and features indoor and outdoors stages and children’s activities.
Other sites to explore include jazz at Canada Place, St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church in the West End, and City Square Shopping Centre at 12th and Cambie. Free events on the North Shore include Capilano Suspension Bridge, Civic Plaza, West Vancouver Memorial Library and Jack Louks Court/John Braithwaite Centre.
New Series at CBC Radio, Studio 700
A new series takes place at Studio 700 in the CBC building on Hamilton Street. Listen for current mainstream and open improvisational forms. The two-hour shows run from June 25th to July 2nd at 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate Canada Day with Jazz on Granville Island
On Thursday, July 1st, wear your red and white colours to honour our country and support the arts. Granville Island just south of False Creek hosts 15 bands on five stages from Noon to 11:30 p.m. Venues include Performance Works, the TapRoom at Granville Island Brewing, Railspur Alley Park Stage, Market Stage and Ron Basford Park on the green hill.
Coastal Jazz Programs for Education, Community and Outreach
Presenter Coastal Jazz offers programs to help emerging musicians and the local community. Tom Lee Music Hall on Granville Mall offers a workshop from June 28th to July 2nd at 1:00 p.m. The Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown is also a venue for July 3rd and 4th. Upcoming musicians participate at the TD High School Jazz Intensive under the leadership of Nicole Mitchell. This nine-day residency culminates in an open rehearsal at Tom Lee on July 3rd and a performance at the Roundhouse on July 4th at 12:15 p.m.
LIsten from Afar
While the Jazz Festival is one of Vancouver’s liveliest events that attracts music fans from near and far, do not despair if Vancouver lies beyond your reach. Coastal Jazz offers festival music via Radio Player. With no line-ups, crowds, or parking worries, you can sit back and enjoy possibly the best jazz on the planet. Indulge.