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5 must see free outdoor concerts for Canada Day long weekend

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Vanessa Tam Jun 28, 2016 4:34 am

With the final weekend of the 31st annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival just around the corner, pretty soon the city will be returning back to it’s regular speed. Which makes it all the more important to get out during the last weekend and soak up as many shows as possible before the festival closes on Sunday, July 3!

Check out our list of 5 must see free performances from the closing weekend of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

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Rachel Therrien Quintet

Image: Rachel Therrien / Coastal Jazz

Image: Rachel Therrien / Coastal Jazz

An exciting new creative voice, Montreal-based trumpeter/composer Rachel Therrien took home the 2015 TD Grand Jazz Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival for her charged blend of melodic lyricism, imaginative arrangements, and fluidly inventive improvisation. With Benjamin Deschamps sax, Charles Trudel piano, Simon Page bass, Alain Bourgeois drums. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts.

Where: Granville Island – Performance Works

When: Friday, July 1

Time: 5:30 pm

Cost: Free

Star Captains

Image: Star Captains / Coastal Jazz

Image: Star Captains / Coastal Jazz

Navigating a constellation of influences from slamming funk to sultry groove and hip-hop, the Star Captains take you higher! With NaRai’s luscious, emotional vocals, the hot guitar of Jim Black, bassist Gavin Youngash, Max Zipursky keys, and Daniel Klenner’s funky drums.

Where: David Lam Park Main Stage

When: Saturday, July 2

Time: 1:45 pm

Cost: Free

Khari Wendell Mcclelland and the Unsung Heroes

Known for his key role in local gospel heavyweights The Sojourners, vocalist Khari Wendell McClelland leads a soulful journey from heart-wrenching experiences of personal loss to heart-swelling messages of redemption, hope and positive social change. With smoking soul tunes, moving interpretations of Underground Railroad slave songs, and some choice covers: this is a deeply grooving, deeply affecting must-see group.

Where: David Lam Park Main Stage

When: Saturday, July 2

Time: 3:30 pm

Cost: Free

Camaro 67

Image: Camaro 67 / Coastal Jazz

Image: Camaro 67 / Coastal Jazz

Explosive ten-piece instrumental groove monsters Camaro 67 channel classic Fela Kuti and the modern Afrofunk of Antibalas, whipping up a made-in-Vancouver heavy funk experience. Featuring members of the now-defunct Miami Device, Camaro 67 is the next big deal in the smoking hot BC groove scene!

Where: David Lam Park Main Stage

When: Sunday, July 3

Time: 1:45 pm

Cost: Free

Delhi 2 Dublin

Image: Delhi 2 Dublin / Coastal Jazz

Image: Delhi 2 Dublin / Coastal Jazz

A Vancouver institution formed in 2006, Delhi to Dublin has successfully established an international presence over the past decade. Get ready for a wild, genre-bending cross-cultural dance party explosion! With their free-thinking blend of Bhangra and Celtic music, hip hop, dub reggae, breakbeats, rock, and electronica, Delhi 2 Dublin is “part Bollywood wedding, part Celtic kitchen party, and all electronic dance fest.” (The Snipe)

Where: David Lam Park Main Stage

When: Sunday, July 3

Time: 8:45 pm

Cost: Free


Founded in 1985, the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society is 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. With major traffic closures happening across the city, music lovers are encouraged to walk, bike or use public transit to get from show to show.

Check out TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival website for more information.

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Vanessa Tam
is a writer and editor living and working in Vancouver, BC. Drake lyrics effectively communicate her pop culture relevancy as well as her excellent taste in music.

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