Quick Guide to Vancouver’s Biggest Music Fest of the Year: 2014 TD Jazz Festival

Photo sourced from Coastal Jazz

Photo sourced from Coastal Jazz

Vancouver’s biggest music event of the year is kicking off.

From June 20-July 1, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival offers music lovers more than 300 indoor and outdoor performances at venues across the city.  More than half-a-million listeners are expected to turn out for 12 straight days of jazz, roots, Latin music, fusion, blues and more.

Headliners read like a who’s who of international jazz.  Spotlight performances include: Continue reading:
Quick Guide to Vancouver’s Biggest Music Fest of the Year: 2014 TD Jazz Festival

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

5 Can’t-Miss Free Summer Festivals in Vancouver

Photo credit: jonrawlinson | Flickr

Photo credit: jonrawlinson | Flickr

Let’s be honest.  For nine months of the year or so, the weather in Vancouver can be a bit . . . cloudy.   Umbrellas are required accessories and you get used to not seeing your shadow for weeks at a time.

But summer changes everything.  For three months, Vancouver is possibly the most perfect spot on the planet.  Long, sunny days.  Warm beach weather.  And – last but not least – a bumper crop of free outdoor festivals.

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5 Can’t-Miss Free Summer Festivals in Vancouver

Free Music at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 22-July 1

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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:

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Free Music at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 22-July 1

Not Just Jazz: Vancouver Jazz Fest rocks, too

Five Alaram Funk gets the crowd going

Jazz is arguably North America’s greatest contribution to world music.  But I think it’s safe to say that not everybody is that into jazz.   Swing, bebop, free jazz (whew!), even jazz fusion are all acquired tastes.  But don’t let that worry you.  There’s a lot more to this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival (now through July 3) than hep cats and piano trios.

The lineup features lots of soul, funk and world music, as well as rock and roll and country.  I was surprised last weekend to hear what sounded suspiciously like pop music (albeit very sophisticated pop) during a free performance by the Vancouver-based group Jasper Sloan Yip in Gastown.  Here’s a video – You be the judge:

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Not Just Jazz: Vancouver Jazz Fest rocks, too