TD Vancouver Jazz Fest to Feature 150 Free Concerts

Photo credit: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Photo credit: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Nothing says summer in Vancouver like jazz on the streets.

The 28th instalment of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival starts June 21.  For 10 straight days, the city is awash in soul, R&B, reggae, roots and – yes – jazz sounds.   More than a half-million music lovers turn out for more than 300 concerts, making the jazz fest one of the biggest (if not the biggest) musical event of the summer.

And the best part? Nearly half of those concerts are free.

The festival kicks off with the Downtown Jazz Weekend, June 22-June 23, two days of free concerts in the heart of the city.  Last year nearly 150,000 fans showed up to hear free music on two stages near the Vancouver Art Gallery.  This year’s lineup promises to be a crowd-pleaser, as well. Continue reading:
TD Vancouver Jazz Fest to Feature 150 Free Concerts

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

Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2012 – June 22 – July 1


There are a few events that really define summer in Vancouver: Canada Day, the Celebration of Light Fireworks Competition, Vancouver Pride, and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (VIJF). Called the “hippest jazz festival in the world” by The Seattle Times, the VIJF is Vancouver’s biggest, greatest music festival of the year, and its as beloved by locals as it is by the hundreds of thousands of visitors it attracts.

Back for its 27th year, the 2012 Vancouver Jazz Festival features 1800 musicians and 400 concerts (100+ of which are free) at 40 venues across Vancouver. There are major headliners, five free mini festivals-within-the-festival, intimate concerts in Vancouver bars and restaurants (the 2012 VIJF Club Series), and music virtually everywhere you look. So get ready to fall in love with the Vancouver Jazz Festival all over again!

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Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2012 – June 22 – July 1

Free Concerts at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival: June 24-July 3

For live music fans, this is a very exciting time of year.  The Vancouver International Jazz Festival - probably the city’s premier music festival – kicks off on Friday, June 24.  Over the next 10 days, fans are treated to 400 separate concerts featuring big-name jazz, blues, funk, Latin, fusion, electronica and world musicians from around the globe.

Among the ticketed headliners at this year’s festival is trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, performing with the 15-piece Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Orpheum on June 26.  Another legend is Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, who will be playing with his band at the Orpheum on July 3.

Now, tickets to either of these concerts won’t come cheap.  But, as any true Jazz Festival fan will tell you, one of the real highlights each year are the free performances.  This year, there will be around 150 free concerts.

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Free Concerts at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival: June 24-July 3