Hundreds of Free Concerts Announced for the 2015 TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest

Photo credit: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Photo credit: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

The biggest music series of the summer is coming to Vancouver this June. And hundreds of concerts are completely free.

Nearly half a million music lovers are expected to turn out for two solid weeks of jazz, blues, world music and more as part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 18-July 1. Now in its 30th year, the festival is bringing a host of headliners to the city, including hip-hop legends The Roots, blues guitar icon Buddy Guy, jazz fusion pioneer Stanley Clarke and vocal powerhouse Lisa Fischer.

But in addition to ticketed performances, the festival also offers fans literally hundreds of free concerts throughout the city. Here’s a quick preview of when and where to catch just some of the free shows: Continue reading:
Hundreds of Free Concerts Announced for the 2015 TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest

150 Free Concerts Announced for TD Vancouver Jazz Fest

Photo sourced from Coastal Jazz

Photo sourced from Coastal Jazz

Music lovers on a budget have reason to celebrate.

150 free concerts have been announced for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 20-July 1.  Vancouver’s biggest music event of the year, the festival attracts more than 500,000 people for 12 days of jazz, blues, R&B, pop and more.

Headline events are ticketed and often sell out months in advance.  This year’s headliners include greats like Bobby McFerrin (of Don’t Worry, Be Happy fame), saxophone legend Maceo Parker, guitarist John Scofield and female vocalist Cassandra Wilson.

But the festival has also earned a reputation as the best showcase of free music in Vancouver.  This year’s 150 free concerts feature local and international talent and are organized into three main events. Continue reading:
150 Free Concerts Announced for TD Vancouver Jazz Fest

Free Live Music on Granville Street in Vancouver Every Saturday

Photo courtesy of Vancouver FanClub

Photo courtesy of Vancouver FanClub

Music fans know that it can sometimes be a challenge to find places to catch live bands in Vancouver.  The bars and restaurants in the city that do specialize in live music often either charge a hefty cover or wait until the wee hours of the morning to bring bands on stage.

All of which is why a new music series in the heart of downtown Vancouver on Granville Street is such a find.  Every Saturday afternoon, from 2 p.m.-7 p.m., New-Orleans’-style supper club Vancouver FanClub hosts Saturday Jams.  I checked out the free event on a recent weekend and it was, well, music to my ears.

The FanClub opened about a year ago as a new project from the owners of the Yale, Vancouver’s venerable and now defunct blues music club.  They’ve tried to recreate the look and feel of New Orleans music hall – and spared little expense doing it.   Continue reading:
Free Live Music on Granville Street in Vancouver Every Saturday

Free concerts at the CBC during 2014 Toque Sessions

CBC Toque Sessions: Live from Studio 1

CBC Toque Sessions: Live from Studio 1

Diversity is the key element at the CBC’s fifth annual Toque Sessions this winter. Reminiscent of CBC’s summer concert series Musical Nooners, the Toque agenda this year is made up of sprinklings of metal, blues, folk, indie and pop.

“It’s a real mix this year,” explains Jon Siddall, one of the producers who curated the 2014 Toque sessions. “We have really broad taste in music so there’s a little bit of every flavour. If you come to every session, you can experience them all.”

The Toque Sessions kicked off January 23 and will continue until February 28 with free shows every Thursday and Friday evening in CBC Vancouver’s Studio 1.

Local country pop-duo Hayley and Jess Moskaluke graced the first Toque session stage with their sweet rural croonings. Other indie sweethearts taking the stage during the annual winter concerts include The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer (seen recently on CBC’s Arctic Air), Vancouver darlings Said the Whale and radio-friendly Hannah Georgas.

One of the Toque Sessions I’m looking forward to seeing is local violinist singer/songwriter Hannah Epperson. Epperson pairs her honey-coated voice with equally sweet violin talents in the vein of Andrew Bird or Owen Pallett. Case in point: her magnetic tune Murder of Crows.
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Free concerts at the CBC during 2014 Toque Sessions

Everything You Need to Know About Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival, July 21

Musician Ali Milner will perform at Khatsahlano!, July 21. Photo credit: Vanessa Heins for Ali Milner

What are you doing this weekend? Is it free? For the second year in a row, the hotly-anticipated Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival will transform Kitsilano into a multi-block party of live music, food trucks and shopping, Saturday, July 21.

The emphasis is on free live music. Many of us eat local and shop local. Are you familiar with Vancouver’s local musical talent? 40 local bands will perform free shows on 7 stages between 12pm and 8pm. There should be a new artist to discover/watch/hear about every 15 minutes.

Fans are buzzing about appearances by The Zolas, The Ballantynes, Ali Milner (pictured above) and Kathryn Calder. Find out more about the Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival program after the jump. Continue reading:
Everything You Need to Know About Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival, July 21