Here are the women of jazz at Vancouver's International Jazz Festival (VIDEO)

Jun 11 2019, 8:22 pm

Female artists at major music festivals are severely underrepresented.

The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is trying to help change that, so they’ve invited a whole lineup of talented women to perform this year.

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The music fest takes place all over the city from June 21 to July 1. Before all the festivities, they spend the year travelling the world looking for the latest and best musicians to bring right here to you—like hip-hop headliners Wu-Tang Clan and The Roots.

The female artists performing this year are all impressively talented. Check out who some of them are below.

Lydia Hol

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Lydia Hol/Scott Little

Lydia Hol’s sound will move you to kick off your shoes and sit by a cabin fireplace. Combining 1960’s soul, soft psychedelic rock, and folk, her music feels like a strong, soulful ballad or lullaby. Hol has a sound that’s consistent and distinct, backed up with smooth guitar, keyboarding, and sometimes the occasional surprise banjo.

When: Sunday, June 23
Time: 5 pm
Where: Downtown – Robson Street Stage
Price: FREE

Ava Mendoza

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Ava Mendoza/Justina Villanueva

The thing that stands out most about Ava Mendoza is her rocker guitarist vibe, with her bed-head hair, a cool expression, and a chill attitude. Mendoza’s sound is experimental and she’s a guitarist, vocalist, and composer. Lucky for you, she’s performing and giving a workshop on three different nights: a solo at The China Cloud, at The Imperial with Unnatural Ways, and a workshop at Tom Lee.

When: Wednesday, June 26
Time: 11 pm
Where: The China Cloud
Price: $15 at the door only

Elisapie

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Elisapie/Le Pigeon

There’s no one else like Elisapie. When you first hear her singing in three languages, it’ll blow your mind. The Inuk singer based in Montreal has a style that combines elements of Indigenous folk music and rock, with an emotional, almost stormy vibe. Her music won her a Juno Award in 2005.

When: Sunday, June 23
Time: 8 pm
Where: Performance Works
Price: $29 – available online

Kam Franklin from The Suffers

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Kam Franklin from The Suffers/Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Kam Franklin from The Suffers has an astoundingly powerful voice, she’s sure to put on an incredible performance (as will the rest of talented musicians of the band). Their music is soulful, reviving old R&B and funk styles with a modern sound of their own. You can expect to fall in love with Franklin as she romances your ears with her lyrics.

When: Monday, June 24
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Imperial
Price: $28 – Tickets online

Begonia

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Begonia/Leeor Wild

Canadian artist Begonia, AKA Alex Dirks, earned the number one spot on the CBC 2 Music Charts with her song ‘Juniper.’ Her music style is a surprisingly soothing pop, sending out intimate vibes that make you want to move. Begonia’s sound is soft but bold, and her style is outrageous and unapologetic. She’s someone you can’t miss this year.

When: Saturday, June 22
Time: 3:45 pm
Where: Downtown – Georgia Street Stage
Price: FREE

If you want a taste of what’s to come, watch the video below:

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival 

Where: All over the city of Vancouver
When: June 21 to July 1, 2019
Tickets: Free to varying costs  — available online
Social: @coastaljazz, #VanJazzFest

Daily Hive is a proud community sponsor of TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival 

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