The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (June 22-July 1) is the city’s biggest music and culture event of the year, with 300 concerts, 1,800 performers and a half-million spectators.
The annual fete – now in its 27th year – brings in big name jazz and blues stars from around the globe. This year’s festival features 10-time Grammy-winning guitarist George Benson, legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter and blues rockers Robert Randolph and the Family Band, just to name a few standouts.
The best part? Many of the acts throughout the 11-day festival are absolutely free. Here’s a rundown on where to find top names and local talent free of charge at this year’s event: