Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2012 – June 22 – July 1


There are a few events that really define summer in Vancouver: Canada Day, the Celebration of Light Fireworks Competition, Vancouver Pride, and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (VIJF). Called the “hippest jazz festival in the world” by The Seattle Times, the VIJF is Vancouver’s biggest, greatest music festival of the year, and its as beloved by locals as it is by the hundreds of thousands of visitors it attracts.

Back for its 27th year, the 2012 Vancouver Jazz Festival features 1800 musicians and 400 concerts (100+ of which are free) at 40 venues across Vancouver. There are major headliners, five free mini festivals-within-the-festival, intimate concerts in Vancouver bars and restaurants (the 2012 VIJF Club Series), and music virtually everywhere you look. So get ready to fall in love with the Vancouver Jazz Festival all over again!

The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is so huge it’s easy to miss parts that shouldn’t be missed. Luckily, the official site makes it easy to find concerts based on artist, genre, or “series” (use the “advanced search” option for searching by “series”). To get you started, here’s a primer on the 2012 Festival:

Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2012 Headliners:

Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2012 FREE Mini Festivals/Jazz Weekends

Downtown Jazz Weekend kicks off the 2012 VIJF with a free two-day mini festival of live music, food, kids’ activities, art, and more at downtown’s Robson Square (across from the Vancouver Art Gallery).

More on VIJF Free Concerts: Free Music at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2012 Club Series

Want to enjoy a delicious Cajun dinner with your jazz? Or how about a cocktail or cool beer? Check out the the 2012 VIJF Club Series, where intimate concerts take place in Vancouver restaurants and bars, including the Cajun Ouisi Bistro, the Libra Room, and the Fairmont Pacific Rim. The concerts are usually free (though you do have to buy food/drinks), or just $5 – $10 at the door.

Of course, there is so much more happening at the 2012 VIJF. Find a complete schedule of events and concerts at the official site.

The Vancouver International Jazz Festival runs from June 22 – July 1, 2012.

Have a recommendation for a don’t-miss event at this year’s VIJF? Please share in the comments!

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  2. I love jazz music. I think it’s very nice, although I admit some of it is more than I can take in. I would love to take part in such a festival. I’m sure it was great.

  3. It starts right on my birthday. This is amazing! Best birthday present ever. I don’t care how much it will cost me to get there, I will no miss it.

  4. So, this year will se again a Jazz festival? Last year it was fantastic and I can’t wait to see it again.

  5. Great list of performers! This should turn out to be great. It’s such a shame I can’t be there.

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