Co-founder of Vancouver International Jazz festival passes away from cancer

Aug 14 2018, 6:36 pm

Ken Pickering – the co-founder and artistic director of the TD International Jazz Festival –has lost his battle with cancer.

His wife, Christine Fedina, confirmed he passed away during the early morning hours of August 10.

“Dear friends. It is with a shattered heart that I bring you the news that I lost the love of my life, my soulmate, my everything, my dear sweet Ken in the early hours of this morning,” wrote Fedina on Facebook.

“Sadly the cancer had spread to the point where treatment was no longer possible.”

Pickering co-founded the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society—the organization that produces the Vancouver International Jazz Festival— in 1985.

“Today is the worst, saddest day. After a short battle with cancer, founding artistic director passed away peacefully early this AM. We will miss him terribly,” tweeted Coastal Jazz on August 10.

Pickering’s passing had a profound effect on the international jazz community as tributes poured in on social media.

Earlier this year, Pickering said he was too ill to attend this year’s jazz festival. A memorial is being planned in his memory.

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