The Summer Issue: Jazz fest managing director Rainbow Robert shares her ideal Vancouver day

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      Rainbow Robert

      Managing director, artistic programming, of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

      Dream Vancouver summer day: One of the things I’m looking forward to doing is seeing Vancouver from a different perspective, and one of the ways I do that is by taking Aquabuses to get from venue to venue during the festival. I’m very interested in architecture, and once you hit the water, you see the city from a different vantage point. You see patterns in the city and designs in the sky.

      June 23 looks like the ideal day for this kind of adventure. I’d start out at my office near Broadway and Cambie, and grab a coffee at Milano Roasters—it’s my favourite coffee, and they have a beautiful public garden. Then I’d take the Aquabus to Granville Island for the festival’s first free performance by the Paul Plimley Trio—astounding local creative piano players.

      Then I’d sit out by False Creek outside of Performance Works and think about the day that lies ahead before hopping back on the False Creek Aquabus to head downtown for jazz outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. I’d take a walk back down to the water, to open and refresh the mind in between so many musical experiences. In the evening, jazz at China Cloud.

      Along the way, I’d stop for a peach-and-rosemary tart at Terra Breads or pub-style sushi at Guu Garden

      Best summery thing I’ve never done: I did go to UBC, and my name is Rainbow. I’m bucking tradition: I’ve never been to Wreck Beach in the summer.

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