The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2019 is the largest music festival in British Columbia, winner of the Georgia Straight’s Straight Choices Award for Best Festival, and heralded as one of the leading jazz festivals in the world!
The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2019 is known for its innovative and adventurous programming, stellar production values, community involvement, solid fiscal management, and extraordinary volunteers (1,000+), the festival brings audiences face to face with the most exciting and creative music the world has to offer. By taking music to parks, community centres, concert halls, clubs, public plazas, and neighborhoods and streets, the Jazz Festival animates the city with over 300 concerts (including 150 free concerts) and sparks the imagination of more than half a million people each year! Today the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is one of the most acclaimed, innovative, joyous, and adventurous music celebrations in the world. Download the 2019 Festival Guide Now!
The story of Coastal Jazz and Blues Society is the story of determination, passion, idealism, community, and of course, music. Founded in 1985, in 1986 incorporated as a community-based, not-for-profit, charitable arts organization located in Vancouver, British Columbia. From the very beginning, the society has worked diligently to establish Vancouver as a centre for the creation and exchange of sounds and ideas between the local, national, and international music communities.
The mission of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is to not only increase the appreciation of the music, but to strengthen the arts community by developing special projects, artistic exchanges, partnerships, educational initiatives, community programs, and collaborations that further the art form. The vision encompasses a wide spectrum of jazz, blues, world, creative, and improvised music, including evolving forms of jazz and the technologies and media that influence jazz as an art form.
Today, the Society ranks as BC’s largest not-for-profit music presenter producing the annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Bright Moments series, and year-round concerts, as well as presenting local, national, and international artists five nights a week at Frankie’s Jazz Club. Along with music presentation, the society also has a long-standing commitment to music education, presenting the TD High School Jazz Intensive Program exclusively for high school students, the Sounds of Youth performance stage, regular workshops by local visiting international artists including the monthly Cool School: Get Hip to Jazz series, children’s music programs, and more.
The Society is also a significant part of Vancouver and BC’s economic engine and tourism industry, attracting over half a million people to the annual jazz festival and generating over $43 million in economic activity.
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