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Jazz up your summer by streaming B.C.’s largest international arts and music festival from home

From June 25th to July 4th, the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society will present the 2021 TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest with virtual live performances from a diverse line-up of jazz artists.
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Dee Daniels.

The 2021 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, B.C.’s largest arts and culture event and the city’s signature jazz music festival, is celebrating its 35th edition!

From June 25th to July 4th, the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society will present a 2021 festival program with over 100 ticketed and FREE virtual events, featuring a diverse line-up of local, national, and international jazz artists. 

Roaring back after the cancellation of the 2020 festival, this year’s edition is built on the strength of the music scene in B.C. and Canada. The streaming festival provides a rare opportunity to get to know and hear some of the incredible musicians who live and create in our very province and country, including:

  • Dee Daniels,
  • Dawn Pemberton,
  • Jill Barber,
  • Khari Wendell McClelland,
  • Blue Moon Marquee,
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids,
  • Ludic,
  • Peggy Lee Band,
  • Suzie Ungerleider,
  • Tonye Aganaba,
  • and more!


Dawn Pemberton. Photo: TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest.

In addition to performances by B.C.'s plethora of talent, there will be live streamed concerts from internationally-renowned jazz artists, such as Ravi Coltrane and Fred Hersch, as well as a global series of jazz spotlight from around the world, including a Spotlight on Dutch Jazz recorded live at the BIMHuis in Amsterdam, a focus on French and Italian Jazz recorded live in Paris, and performances from Constellation in Chicago, Ars Nova in Philadelphia, and Birdland in New York.

Over half of the 2021 program consists of free online shows, workshops, and talks featuring all kinds of music, so there really is something for everyone at the festival this year. All streams will be available until midnight on July 6.

In accordance with the current public health and safety guidelines, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival has tentative plans for live, limited-capacity in-person events. Outdoor events will accommodate in-person attendance for 50 audience members. Plans are also in the works for limited in-person indoor events, once permitted by the provincial health orders.

Music unites us even when we're physically apart, and it has the power to transform our feelings of isolation into moments of connection. It’s a massive achievement to pull off a festival of this magnitude, caliber, and variety, so be sure to tune into this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival for what’s sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

To purchase festival tickets and access the free performance streams, visit coastaljazz.ca.