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

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

Free Public Wi-Fi Coming to 43 Vancouver Locations

Photo credit: Andrew Raun | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Andrew Raun | Wikipedia

Internet users, it’s time to fire up those browsers.

The City of Vancouver is rolling out free Wi-Fi at 43 locations, ranging from community centres to outdoor pools, cultural centres and even marinas and public golf course clubhouses.

The new offerings will supplement the free Wi-Fi already available at Vancouver Public Library locations. It will be anonymous, with no registration requirements and no data caps.

The free Wi-Fi initiative is the result of nearly a decade of lobbying by groups seeking to “bridge the digital divide.” Free Wi-Fi levels the playing field for people who don’t have access to Internet at home, while also making things easier for tourists and helping in emergency situations.  Continue reading:
Free Public Wi-Fi Coming to 43 Vancouver Locations

Where to See TED 2015 for Free in Vancouver

Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson | Wikipedia

TED – the annual conference that brings together some of the planet’s brightest thinkers – returns to Vancouver for its second instalment, March 16-20. The lineup for TED2015 is packed with more innovators and game changers than ever, including space jumper (and Google VP) Alan Eustace, TV producer Shonda Rhimes, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and exoplanet expert Sara Seager.

Tickets to see the four-day conference live in the Vancouver Convention Centre, however, will set you back $8,500 US a pop (Not to mention, you have to submit a formal application to get one and they sold out months ago). But that doesn’t mean you have to wait for the 18-minute speeches to show up on YouTube to get in on the action. There’s another way to take in all the TED wisdom live – and for free.

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Where to See TED 2015 for Free in Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!  Take your loved ones out and about everywhere this weekend; there’s something for everyone of all ages!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday…
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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend