Seven Vancouver International Jazz Festival shows for people who don’t like jazz (and seven for people who do)

Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart play this year's Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart play this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Every year, when the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival rolls around, our ever-so knowledgeable jazz music aficionado friend tells us about some awesome Norwegian tenor saxophonist we have to see, or the piano player that toured with Miles Davis for six weeks in 1963, and who can’t be missed.

That’s all well and good, what if we don’t really, uhm, like jazz?

Fortunately, the jazz festival – from June 18 – July 1, at various venues around town – hosts a wide variety of acts, including groups that can be enjoyed even if you don’t have Sketches of Spain, Kind of Blue and/or Love Supreme in your record collection (or even if you do, and that’s the limit of the jazz titles in your collection). Here’s a look at seven of them. And, in the interests of fairness, our jazz-loving friend also shares his recommendations.

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Seven Vancouver International Jazz Festival shows for people who don’t like jazz (and seven for people who do)

Quick Guide to Vancouver Music Festivals this Summer

Vancouver Music Festivals 2015

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It’s festival season in Vancouver again! Pretty much every weekend from April – June is filled with festivals that cater to foodies, beer lovers, and art fanatics. It’s also time for music fans to rejoice because Vancouver hosts some of the best and most diverse music festivals in the country.

Starting in June and going into August, Vancouver music festivals bring a wide array of impressive talent to the city. Whether you’re into Jazz, Folk music, or Indie, there’s a music festival just for you. Check out our list of the top Vancouver music festivals happening this year in the city:

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Quick Guide to Vancouver Music Festivals this Summer

Austin in Vancouver – Levitation Festival tickets now on sale!

L.A. Witch

L.A. Witch is one of the bands scheduled to appear at the inaugural Levitation music festival in Vancouver June 5-7.

As hordes of music-lovers descend on Austin, Texas this week for the annual music, film and interactivity festival known as South by Southwest, tickets have gone on sale for a festival in Vancouver with a connection to that city.

In partnership with the Austin Psych Fest, now known as Levitation, Vancouver concert promoter Timbre is presenting the first annual Levitation Festival June 5-7.

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Austin in Vancouver – Levitation Festival tickets now on sale!

Nootka Sound Festival in Vancouver

L.A. trio together Pangea

L.A. trio together Pangea appears at this year’s Nootka Sound Festival.

Billed as a “garage, rock, punk and psychedelic music festival,” the Nootka Sound Festival is a two-day music extravaganza taking place at two East Vancouver venues, the Rickshaw Theatre (at the corner of Main & Hastings) and the Astoria (769 E. Hastings).

This is officially the second year of the fest, which takes place Aug. 29-30. But this is the first year it’s bringing in acts from outside of Vancouver to help augment and showcase local talent. Below are some of highlights from this year’s lineup.

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Nootka Sound Festival in Vancouver

Six must-see Vancouver concerts in June!

Belle Game Live at Squamish Aug 21 2011

Belle Game Live at Squamish Aug 21 2011. Tamara Lee photo.

Since the massive third weekend of May, Vancouver’s concert scene has slowed considerably. However we see things start to pick up this month, especially towards the middle of June, when the CBC Music Festival hosts a slew of great Canadian acts. Several big-ticket shows, from Michael Bublé to Cher (Rogers Arena, June 7), follow. We picked a few for your enjoyment and edification (tickets still available as of this writing).

Some other notables not mentioned below: Jonathan Richman at the Biltmore Cabaret, June 4; Vancouver indie-folk troubadour Destroyer, playing a solo show June 12 at the Rickshaw; singer/songwriter Josh Rouse June 14 at the Biltmore; the return of ’90s rockers Veruca Salt (“Seether”), June 24th at the Biltmore Cabaret; and of course the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 20-July 1.

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Six must-see Vancouver concerts in June!