The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

It’s almost here… You’re probably wondering what on earth are we talking about?

Well… Get ready for some good ol’ jazz (almost like on Bourbon Street in New Orleans)!

We’re excited and we hope to pass on some of that to you!

Are you looking for something to do to ring in the start of the summer season here in Vancouver?

One week and counting and starting on June 22 until Canada Day, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival will be happening throughout the entire city of Vancouver and other venues in and around the city.

With over 150 free shows and exciting artists headlining the Marquee Series such as Bonobo to Macy Gray to Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, this is surely an event you will surely not want to miss!  One of our favourite and most popular local jazz locales Frankie’s Jazz Club in Gastown will be a part of the energy and excitement building throughout this event so be sure to make your reservations now because they’re gonna’ be busy!

Started as the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society in 1986, this was a story of determination, passion, idealism, community, and of course, music!  Today, this society is BC’s largest not-for-profit music presenter.  Along with music presentation, the society has a long-standing commitment to music education presenting the TD High School Jazz Intensive Program exclusively for high school students, the Sounds of Youth performance stage, regular workshops by local visiting international artists including the monthly Cool School: Get Hip to Jazz series, children’s music programs, and more.  (The society is also a significant part of Vancouver and BC’s economic engine and tourism industry, attracting over half a million people to the annual jazz festival and generating over $43 million in economic activity.)

Check out last year’s preview with the  YouTube video below and maybe that’ll tickle your jazz buds.

So get your jazz boots on and be ready to sing and dance to the smooth grooves of this amazing jazz festival that the Chicago Tribune has defined as the one that “stands out from the pack”!