The Vancouver International Jazz Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary
– June 25 to July 4, 2010
“There’s not a jazz festival in
the world that can touch it – 10 days of unadulterated joy.” That’s how
the Seattle Times journalist Paul de Barros describes the TD Vancouver
International Jazz Festival. The festival is British Columbia’s biggest
music and arts event, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
line-up for this year’s festival includes new and notable jazz greats
such as 16-year-old singing sensation Nikki Yanofsky (who performed at
the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games),
14-time Grammy-winning pianist Chick Corea, Grammy-winning bassist
Stanley Clarke, legendary crooner/guitarist John Pizzarelli and
hipster-songstress Martha Wainwright.
By taking the music to
parks, community spaces, concert halls, clubs, public plazas and
downtown streets, the festival electrifies the city with over 400
concerts and energizes the spirit of more than 500, 000 people each
year. This year’s festival features over 1, 800 musicians from Canada
and around the world performing at over 40 venues citywide. There are
130 free concerts including the Gastown Jazz street festival on opening
weekend (June 26 and 27), Canada Day on Granville Island (July 1), and
the Jazz at the Roundhouse free indoor/outdoor spectacular on closing
weekend (July 3 and 4).