Top Jazz Journalist’s Take on What to Hit at the 30th Annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

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Tourism Vancouver’s Jorden Hutchison interviews DownBeat Magazine reporter James Hale.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is set to take over the city, June 18 to July 1. Bringing some of music’s most well-known edge-pushers, mainstayers and international ambassadors to Vancouver, the event features performances by some 1,800 artists – ranging from jazz, funk and Latin to fusion and world music – at 300-plus concert venues across the city.

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Top Jazz Journalist’s Take on What to Hit at the 30th Annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

East Van Summer Jam 2015, July 4 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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The 2015 East Van Summer Jam (EVSJ) has announced their lineup, including Ab-Soul,
Mayer Hawthorne, Kelela, The Boom Booms, ESTA, Slow Jam Sundays, Kinnie Starr and
more. EVSJ takes over Strathcona Park in East Vancouver on Saturday July 4th, 2015,
promising a full day of music and activities tailored to the whole community.

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East Van Summer Jam 2015, July 4 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Free Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park, July 7-Aug. 25

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Sing-Alongs, Dinosaurs, Superheroes and Harry Potter, too!

 
Summer in Vancouver just got even more amazing, as some of film fans’ favourites hit the big screen for the Evo Summer Cinema series: the sixth annual, free weekly outdoor movie event hosted by Fresh Air Cinema. Running from July 7 to August 25, every Tuesday at dusk, the series will feature a selection of films on the Grand Lawn at Ceperley Meadow near Second Beach in Stanley Park.

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Free Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park, July 7-Aug. 25

Seven Vancouver International Jazz Festival shows for people who don’t like jazz (and seven for people who do)

Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart play this year's Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart play this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Every year, when the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival rolls around, our ever-so knowledgeable jazz music aficionado friend tells us about some awesome Norwegian tenor saxophonist we have to see, or the piano player that toured with Miles Davis for six weeks in 1963, and who can’t be missed.

That’s all well and good, what if we don’t really, uhm, like jazz?

Fortunately, the jazz festival – from June 18 – July 1, at various venues around town – hosts a wide variety of acts, including groups that can be enjoyed even if you don’t have Sketches of Spain, Kind of Blue and/or Love Supreme in your record collection (or even if you do, and that’s the limit of the jazz titles in your collection). Here’s a look at seven of them. And, in the interests of fairness, our jazz-loving friend also shares his recommendations.

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Seven Vancouver International Jazz Festival shows for people who don’t like jazz (and seven for people who do)

Tor Miller w/ Windmills at Media Club, June 22 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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There are any number of singers who can turn in a pitch-perfect performance, who can hold a note, shape a phrase, and project their voices to the back of the hall. Talent shows across the globe are full of them, singing for their supper, hoping for that lucky break. And then there is that select band of vocalists who can take a song to the next level, burrow deep beneath its skin, and pin you to your seat as they do so. Anyone lucky enough to hear the demo version of Tor Miller’s song “Headlights” would have instantly added the name of the 20-year-old native New Yorker to the latter list.

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Tor Miller w/ Windmills at Media Club, June 22 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)