5 Can’t-Miss Acts at the 2015 Vancouver Jazz Fest – Tickets on sale now

buddy-guy-lifetime-achievement-101The sun is shining, people are playing beach volleyball and what little snow there was has melted off the North Shore mountains. It may not be summer in Vancouver yet, but it almost feels like it.

In that spirit, here’s a quick preview of some top acts at the upcoming 2015 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 18-July 1.  Each year nearly half a million music lovers converge on Vancouver for hundreds of free and ticketed concerts by jazz, blues, soul and world music artists. Though the 14-day festival is still a few months away, tickets for headline acts have already gone on sale and are sure to sell out fast.

Here are five can’t-miss headliners at the 2015 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival:

Blues Legend Buddy GuyThe six-time Grammy winning guitarist and singer practically invented electric blues. At age 77, he’s influenced everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan in his generations-spanning career. Don’t miss a chance to hear Guy’s soulful voice and distinctive guitar solos.  June 19 at the Orpheum; $59

Backup Singer to the Stars Lisa Fischer: Recently featured in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, Fischer has worked behind superstars like Tina Turner, Luther Vandross and George Benson in her career, and is also known for her blistering duets with the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger. Now she’s touring on her own, showing off her powerhouse vocals in a show that blends delicate ballads, gospel, soul and more.  June 25 at the Vogue; $45 Continue reading:
5 Can’t-Miss Acts at the 2015 Vancouver Jazz Fest – Tickets on sale now

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 Jazz – Best FREE Venues for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Free concerts at the Market Stage on Granville Island, Vancouver International Jazz Festival

The annual Vancouver International Jazz Festival (June 25 – July 4, 2010) electrifies the whole of Vancouver by bringing some of the best jazz in the world to over 40 venues across the city, and a huge number of the over 400 shows and concerts are FREE.

So where are the Top 5 best places to catch FREE jazz during the Festival?

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Free Jazz – Best FREE Venues for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Top 5 June Festivals 2010 – Jazz, Car-Free, Multicultural, & More

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival outdoor venue

June kicks off Vancouver’s summer festival season in a major way, with free street festivals, unique multicultural events, and—of course—B.C.’s biggest music and arts event, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

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Top 5 June Festivals 2010 – Jazz, Car-Free, Multicultural, & More

Insider’s Guide to the Perfect Date Night

Granville Island
The following post was contributed by Tourism Vancouver’s own Wendy Surkan, Manager, Meeting & Convention Sales, Eastern US. Born and raised in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Wendy has lived in Vancouver for the past 22 years where she and her husband enjoy all the excitement the city has to offer. Read below for Wendy’s guide to the perfect date night:

Vancouver may be known for its scenic splendor and great food, but what animates the city is the annual 10-day jazz festival leading up to Canada Day. In its 25th year in 2010, from June 25 – July 4 from noon to the wee small hours, a rich tapestry of jazz, blues, Funk, Latin, fusion and world music fills the air at venues big and small, indoor and outdoor across the city. By taking the music to parks, community spaces, concert halls, clubs, public plazas and neighbourhood streets, the Jazz Festival electrifies the city with over 400 concerts – 150 of them free – and moves the souls of more than 500,000 people each year.

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Insider’s Guide to the Perfect Date Night