For ten days at the end of June the city of Vancouver is to be transformed into a vibrant and accessible music and arts village for the International Jazz Festival 2013. Last year, the highly popular event moved from Gastown into the downtown core drawing an impressive crowd (over 150, 000 attended opening weekend) and is now returning June 21 – July 1.
There’s never been a better time to experience culture (or at the very least fake it) at concert halls, parks, clubs, public plazas, etc. as the air is filled with an array of jazz, funk, Latin, fusion, blues, electronica, and world music.
The event is featuring over 1, 800 musicians at approximately 40 venues across Vancouver. In addition, there are close to 150 free concerts taking place – including the opening and closing weekends and Canada Day on Granville Island.
The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival lineup (for ticketed events) includes American pianist, keyboardist and composer Herbie Hancock, soul singer and songwriter Bettye LaVette, and Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Toure.
Since the festival draws a fairly large crowd every year, it’s always highly recommended that fans walk, cycle or take advantage of public transit when travelling to and from the downtown site.
TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Date: June 21 – July 1
Place: Various venues and spaces in the city of Vancouver
Price: Tickets available here
Time: 12pm – 9pm
For more information on artists, tickets, be sure to visit the official website for the International Jazz Festival 2013.