Yaletown is heating up with a FREE 5-day summer jazz festival

Jun 8 2019, 2:59 am

Vancouver is getting ready to host one of the most highly-anticipated free musical events this summer. And it’s happening in Yaletown.

Let’s Hear It For Yaletown, a vibrant jazz festival curated by Vancity Hot Jazz Society and hosted by Yaletown Business Improvement Association (BIA), will be taking over Bill Curtis Square from Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28.

This is your chance to hear Canadian hot jazz bands perform live during your lunch break (12 to 2 pm) or after work (5 to 7:30 pm), right in the heart of Yaletown.

There’s also going to be free swing dance lessons taking place so you can hone your two-step skills in between live jazz sessions. Can you think of anything more romantic and hilarious for a date?

Better yet, if you’ve got a wedding or any big events coming up, this is the perfect opportunity to sharpen your jitterbug dance skills, and it won’t cost you a cent. Since the festival is open to all ages, you can bring the kids along, too.

Here’s a look at the stellar jazz lineup you can enjoy during Let’s Hear It for Yaletown:

Monday, June 24:  New Orleans Party Jazz

  • Noon to 2 pm: Terminal City Brass Band
  • 5 to 7:30 pm: Tim Sars Quartet

Tuesday, June 25: Vintage Hot Jazz

  • Noon to 2 pm: Milk Crate Bandit
  • 5 to 7:30 pm: Phoenix Four with Jim Armstrong

Wednesday, June 26: 1930s Jazz & Blues

  • Noon to 2 pm: Josh Roberts Quartet
  • 5 to 7:30 pm: Joseph Abbott Swing Team

Thursday, June 27: Django Inspired Gypsy Jazz

  • Noon to 2 pm: The Lawless Firm with Michael Dunn
  • 5 to 7:30 pm: Djangoesque with Don Ogilvie

Friday, June 28: Swing Era Jazz

  • Noon to 2 pm: Bonnie Northgraves Quartet
  • 5 to 7:30 pm: Brad Shigeta’s Swingtime Band

For more information visit the Yaletown Business Improvement Association and check out their TwitterFacebook, and Instagram pages, for the latest updates.

Let’s Hear It For Yaletown, curated by Vancity Hot Jazz Society

When: June 24 to 28

Time: 12 to 2 pm | 5 to 7:30 pm daily

Where: Bill Curtis Square (Canada Line Station at Mainland and Davie)

Price: FREE

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