It May Be A Pandemic, But The Jazz Festival Is Still On!

May 17, 2021

The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver’s signature music festival, celebrates its 35th edition this summer from June 25 to July 4. After cancelling the 2020 festival, we’re tickled pink the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society has decided to present a modified 2021 program of more than 100 virtual events. Plans are also afoot for limited in-person attendance, should health orders allow for small gatherings.

Photo by Jessica Keener

The 2021 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival includes performances by B.C.’s plethora of talented artists; streams from New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, and Paris; free online workshops; club performances; talks; and a continued partnership with North Shore Jazz. And a big announcement today: in addition to the recently announced ticketed program, there will be 52 performances that are completely free to view; a series of six interactive workshops streamed from Tom Lee Music Hall; and the festival’s annual Colloquium in partnership with the Western Front, UBC, and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.

The core of the free program features daily concerts from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., which will stream from various locations around the city. Some of the artists featured in the free program include: Dawn Pemberton, Alvaro Rojas, Cat Toren’s Human Kind, DJ Kookum and Sierra Baker, Jillian Lebeck, Lydia Hol, Mary Ancheta, The Krystle Dos Santos Band, Eli Davidovici, Peggy Lee Cole Schmidt Trio featuring Dan Gaucher, Anita Eccleston, Amanda Sum and Jasmine Jazz featuring the Jodi Proznick Trio.

In addition, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival has partnered with friends in Europe for two special multi-artist concert streams on June 26 (live from Amsterdam’s famous BIMHuis with Trio Vatcher, Stadhouders, Petrucelli, Michael Moore’s Dice Cup and OMAWI) and July 3 (live from Paris with Roberto Negro, Duo Les Métanuits and Papier Ciseau). All streamed performances will be available to view on Coastal Jazz & Blues Society’s YouTube channel. And, the tradition of free workshops from Tom Lee Music Hall continues, with daily workshops hosted at 3:30 p.m. on Zoom. The Colloquium takes place online June 26 with talks by Kevin McNeilly, Fay Victor, and Darius Jones.

For a complete list of free streamed concerts as well as click-through access to all the free streaming content at this year’s TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, visit Let the music play! —Vita Daily


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