The Vancouver International Jazz Festival

The TD International Jazz Festival in Gastown is one of Vancouver’s most anticipated yearly events. With 1800 performers, 400 concerts, and 40 different venues in 2008, all free, its easy to see why. The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is one of the best of its kind, as quoted on the Coastal Jazz and Blues website, “If this isn’t the best jazz festival in the world, please send us tickets to a better one.” (Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times).

The festival is ten days long, and with long summer afternoons, a fantastic range of music, and crowds of half a million, there is no reason why you haven’t heard of it, let alone been in attendance to one of the many stages around the city. The International Jazz Festival Organization is an umbrella organization to fourteen leading jazz festivals worldwide, run in Vancouver by the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, whose aim is bring music appreciation to as wide a crowd as possible. 

Big name musicians include Herbie Hancock, Maceo Parker, and Brad Mehldau, but the extent of music ranges across the board to more fringe-worthy groups, such as Mother Mother, an indie rock band out of Vancouver. A wide genre of music can be found here, reflected in the crowd of locals, nationals, and internationals who are all groovin’ or smilin’ or both.

For more information visit www.coastaljazz.ca

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