Vancouver Jazz Festival brings music to the community

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      For many, happiness is feeling a saxophone riff move through their bones as they sip on a glass of wine in a stylish club. For others, it’s dancing at a free outdoor stage in a giant crowd.

      At the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, it can be both.

      , a community-based, nonprofit organization that was developed in 1986 perfectly understands the appeal of live blues and jazz, which led to the creation of the .

      This year, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival was voted best local music festival in the Straight’s Best of Vancouver (BOV) readers’ choice awards. The annual event is held in multiple locations across Vancouver, with no shortage of unique music venues and scenic backdrops. Venues—including the Commodore Ballroom, Imperial Vancouver, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and Ironworks—host talented artists, die-hard fans, and budding jazz connoisseurs during the two-week festival.

      The summer festival begins and ends with free outdoor concerts occurring downtown on the Georgia and Robson Stages and at David Lam Park. These shows are the perfect introduction to the many different flavours of jazz-based music. 

      The 2019 International Jazz Festival included 1,800 artists, 300 performances, 35 venues, and more than 150 free shows. Inspiring artists such as the Wu-Tang Clan, The Roots, Herbie Hancock, The Suffers, Ava Mendoza, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, and Laila Biali, graced both the indoor and outdoor stages.

      Coastal Jazz and Blues Society aims to increase community appreciation of music and culture by putting on special events and by developing educational initiatives, like the Cypher: Write, Record and Perform program, for musicians 15 to 24 years old.

      For those who missed it this year, The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival takes place again in 2020, from June 19 to 28, plus an additional day on July 1. 

      Make sure to mark the calendar and book time off work.

      To learn more about Coastal Jazz, purchase tickets, or see the full calendar of events, visit the website at .