Six must-see shows at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Kandace Springs.

With hundreds of acts and dozens of shows, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival represents a challenge to anyone interested in the event but not totally up to speed on they myriad genres and artists represented. Here’s a short list of five must-see acts for those who are pretty sure they want to check something out during the festival’s 11 days (June 22-July 2), but aren’t sure where to start. (Note: the list tends towards more non-standard jazz acts. For those looking for more adventurous fare, we’ve included another list of some of the festival’s cutting-edge acts.)

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Six must-see shows at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Guitar-makers from around the world gather for the first Vancouver International Guitar Festival

A three-neck guitar by Linda Manze.

From June 23-25, guitar makers, players, collectors and aficionados will gather for the first event of its kind in Western Canada.

The inaugural Vancouver International Guitar Festival is three days of master classes, workshops, exhibitions and special events taking place at The Chinese Cultural Centre (50 E. Pender St.). There’s also live music, including a show from Hayley McLean. Fender recently listed the former Vancouverite as #1 of the Top 10 Guitar Goddesses, calling her “the notable Canadian beauty [who] is positively bursting with talent.”

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Guitar-makers from around the world gather for the first Vancouver International Guitar Festival

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

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