Six free shows to catch at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival this week

One of Vancouver’s biggest music festivals of the year kicks off Friday, June 22. The TD International Vancouver Jazz Festival runs until July 1.

Along with ticketed concerts, there are numerous free shows, from all-day events downtown and David Lam Park to sets in smaller venues. Here, we’ll look at some of the acts playing free shows in the first days of the festival, June 22-27.

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Six free shows to catch at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival this week

Vancouver Health & Wellness Events to Attend in June 2018

The Everest Obstacle at Tough Mudder Whistler | Image via Google

It might not be the official first day of summer yet, but the season is showing off with its warm temperatures and sunshine. Which means more outdoor activities on offer in my beautiful city! Here is my download of next month’s wellness events (outdoor and indoor) – I can’t wait for you to check them out!

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Vancouver Health & Wellness Events to Attend in June 2018

Robert Plant among headliners at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

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Robert Plant is among the headliners at the 33rd Annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The former Led Zeppelin lead singer is performing with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. Other headliners include Macy Gray, Kamasi Washington, Bonobo, and St.Paul and the Broken Bones.

This year’s festival takes place June 22-July 1 at various venues in Vancouver. For a look at a few more of the more than 1800 artists who will perform at over 300 indoor and outdoor events, scroll below.

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Robert Plant among headliners at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

See What’s Happening During Vancouver’s Indulgence Season

Being on the edge of ocean and mountains in a temperate rainforest, Vancouver is blissfully set apart from much of Canada this time of year by having a lush, green, and mild winter. It’s chilly enough outside to want to indulge in all the warm foods, cocktails, and to hunker down for awhile at one of the events going on in the city, but not too cold to step out with little more than a warm sweater, cozy scarf and a jacket and get to them.

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See What’s Happening During Vancouver’s Indulgence Season

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: June 22, 2017

The first weekend of summer is full of colour, music, and art! The Vancouver International Jazz festival has begun, bringing music to venues across the city, and out in the streets and plazas. The Dragon Boat festival will be rustling the still waters of False Creek and the Kanata Festival will be amplifying indigenous voices downtown.  New shows are opening in the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Vancouver, and if you prefer a bit more interaction, there are graffiti art workshops at the Museum of Anthropology.

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: June 22, 2017

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