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

Good tidings we bring – and a list of Vancouver holiday concerts in 2014

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The Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir performs Making Spirits Bright Dec. 12 & 13 at Christ Church Cathedral.

Canada Post was the first out of the gate. The Crown Corporation began airing its commercials for the holiday season sometime back in August, it seems (though it was probably closer to the middle of November). Then Starbucks started playing Christmas music to go along with their eggnog lattes. And now December is upon us and the holiday concert season is in full swing.

Here are a few choices coming this month in Vancouver, from the traditional to the decidedly non-traditional, including a burlesque take on the Nutcracker and an annual salute to the unsinkable Keith Richards.

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Good tidings we bring – and a list of Vancouver holiday concerts in 2014

Jazz and Chinese classical musicians unite at Jasmine Jazz

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Jazz and traditional Chinese musicians and instruments come together in a rare collaboration this Sunday, June 22 at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

A presentation by the Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society, Jasmine Jazz gathers together musicians who don’t normally share a stage – Chinese folk instrumentalists and jazz musicians.

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Jazz and Chinese classical musicians unite at Jasmine Jazz

See 100+ Bands at Free Gastown Street Party, Make Music Vancouver

Sourced from Make Music Vancouver. Photo Credits to Florian Hossfeld.

Sourced from Make Music Vancouver. Photo Credits to Florian Hossfeld.

What do more than 100 live bands crammed into the space of three city blocks sound like?

Pretty amazing.  Make Music Vancouver, the event that transforms city streets into an outdoor stage for literally hundreds of local bands, is back, June 25.  This year, Gastown’s Water Street will once again be blocked to traffic and serve as the setting for the free, crowd-sourced music festival.

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See 100+ Bands at Free Gastown Street Party, Make Music Vancouver

Ca-razeeee weekend for shows!

Haim at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct. 24 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Haim at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct. 24 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Maybe you’ve heard of a little something called the Sasquatch! Festival? Happens every Memorial Day long weekend at the Gorge Amphitheatre down south in Washington State. Well, whether you have or haven’t, all you really need to know is that the three-day annual event brings a bounty of acts north of the border for Vancouver music fans to check out.

This year is no exception, as the city’s clubs and bars will be stuffed full of great talent over the weekend (especially Friday and Saturday). Heck, if someone was smart and more organized, he or she might even organize a mini-festival around all the bands that come here every time around this year. Maybe for 2015? Anyway, here’s a guide to what’s happening. You’ll have no excuse to not see some incredible music!

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Ca-razeeee weekend for shows!