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Check out all the indie bands playing at the 2018 TD International Jazz Fest

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DH Vancouver Staff Jun 15, 2018 2:58 pm 864

The TD Jazz Music Festival is back in Vancouver this month, and organizers are bringing some seriously groovy talent along with it.

This year’s lineup of performers is set to be quite the spectacle, with bands like Cherry Glazerr, Deerhoof, and Sons of Kemet all on the docket to play shows throughout the 10-day festival.

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We’ve put together a list of some of the festival’s latest and greatest bands that Vancouverites have a chance to check out during the various events, and where you’ll be able to enjoy that sweet, sweet jazz music.

Cherry Glazerr Plus Swim Team

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This rock band out of LA has just the right amount of punk to go alongside their catchy riffs and indie attitude. Put them together with Swim Team and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable concert experience just waiting to happen.

When: June 24, 2018
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $23

Deerhoof plus Trevor Dunn, JP Carter, Nick Yacyshyn

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This San Francisco team has turned their noise into some seriously influential music, and the energy they give off on stage is sure to have the crowds moving as well.

When: June 25, 2018
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $23

Sons of Kemet plus Missy D

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This band is led by UK saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings to create a unique sound. The band has been known to blur the lines between genres, with music that can be classified as everything from rock to jazz to Afrofuturist. This one’s definitely not a show to miss.

When: June 26, 2018
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $23

KNOWER plus Kai Basanta

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This scrappy, DIY group from LA was first brought into existence by drummer/producer Louis Cole and singer Genevieve Artadi, and they haven’t stopped making futurist and funky sounds ever since.

When: June 27, 2018
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $23

Sick Boss

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A band straight out of Vancouver, Sick Boss puts together the sax, drums, bass, trumpet, and FX for their own unique and unforgettable sound.

When: June 29, 2018
Time: 9 pm
Where: (Drip Audio Night) The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $23

Peregrine Falls

This fantastic duo includes Vancouver guitarist Gord Grdina and drummer Kenton Loewen creating music that can be called anything from post-jazz to free-punk. Either way, it’s definitely worth checking out.

When: June 29, 2018
Time: 9 pm
Where: (Drip Audio Night) The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $23

Fond of Tigers

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Fond of Tigers has received critical acclaim from The Georgia Straight and DownBeat, and that doesn’t come as much surprise. The Juno-Award winning band expertly blends bass, keys, violin, trumpet, and two (two!) drum kits for one explosive sound.

When: June 29, 2018
Time: 9 pm
Where: (Drip Audio Night) The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $23

Ken Vandermark and Jesse Zubot

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Chicago’s own Ken Vandermark will be pairing up with BC violinist Jesse Zubot for a show that will be sure to have the crowd mesmerized as these two musicians let their creativity fly.

When: June 29, 2018
Time: 9 pm
Where: (Drip Audio Night) The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $23

Pugs & Crows

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You wouldn’t think that putting pugs and crows together would make anything other than a terrifying sound, but this band proves that assumption oh so wrong. An interesting mix of tango, chamber music, and avant rock influences collide in Pugs & Crows’ music, making something truly mesmerizing.

When: June 28, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $23

GoGo Penguin

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This Manchester band includes pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner. GoGo Penguin was named one of the 12 best bands at SXSW in 2017, and now they’re in Vancouver for you to check out!

When: June 22, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $23

Dirty Projectors

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The creativity alone that shines off of this band is enough reason to check out their show, but add on their melodies, rhythms, and adventurous musical directions and you’ve got a show — and a tune — that you won’t soon forget.

This is the first time they’ve toured in five years, so you really don’t want to miss them this time around.

When: June 22, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where:  The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $41

These are just a few of the many performers expected for this year’s TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, which runs from Friday, June 22 to Sunday, July 1 at various venues around Vancouver.

More information about the festival can be found on their website, or through their social media channels.

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2018

When: Friday, June 22 to Sunday, July 1

Time: Start times vary by performance, check the schedule for more details

Where: Various venues around Vancouver

Tickets: Can be purchased online, prices ranging from free to $41

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