Your essential guide to the 2017 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Jun 14 2017, 7:22 am

Whether you’re a huge jazz fan or just getting into it, there’s something for everyone at the 32nd annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

This year’s highlights include a new initiative called Spotlight on Italy, as well as the festival’s first-ever collaboration with the VSO, courtesy of Branford Marsalis.

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More than 1,800 artists are slated to perform across 35 venues, and our festival planning guide will help you make the most of this highly anticipated 11-day event.

Basic details

When: June 22 to July 2, 2017


Major venues:

  • Orpheum
  • Vogue Theatre
  • Performance Works
  • The Ironworks
  • Frankie’s Jazz
  • Pyatt Hall

The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival will feature concerts at a number of venues around the city – check the website for more information.


  • Branford Marsalis (with the VSO)
  • Ziggy Marley
  • Postmodern Jukebox
  • Thievery Corporation
  • Seu Jorge
  • Tommie Emmanuel
  • Antibalas
  • Jenn Bojm and Khingfisher
  • Banda Magda
  • The Mattson 2
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox (Braverijah Gregg)

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox are playing the festival this year (Braverijah Gregg)

Downtown Jazz Weekend

The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival will play host to many talented acts during Downtown Jazz Weekend. Audiences will get a peek at the Georgia Plaza’s new redesign that will make for a more comfortable listening experience for all music lovers. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring old iPods and music players to donate to Music Heals.

When: June 24 and 25, 2017 from noon to 9pm

Locations: 3 stages at and around the Vancouver Art Gallery and Robson Square

  • Georgia Stage
  • Robson Stage
  • Sounds of Youth Stage

Street closures will be in effect during Downtown Jazz Weekend so attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, or use public transportation to get to the events.

Festival Guide

Let the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival guide steer you in the right direction. It’s filled with comprehensive information on who’s performing where and when.

Festival goers can pick up a physical copy of this year’s guide at VPL Central Branch, Roundhouse Community Centre, and all TD Bank branches. Or simply view a copy of the guide here.

Ticket Information

For advance tickets, TicketFly has you covered for most of the events (or call 1.888.732.1682).

Tickets go off-sale at 3pm on the day of each show, but if the event is not sold out, tickets can still be purchased around an hour before showtime at the Will Call office at each venue.

There are a few special exceptions for select shows or club series shows. Check here for complete details.

Discounts and Passes

Want to save a little money? Purchasing tickets in advance is often cheaper than getting them at the door. For example:

Groups of 15 or more: Bring your friends, as groups of 15 or more will receive a 10% discount on tickets purchased before the day of the event. Your group can purchase tickets by calling 1.888.438.5200 ext 5.

65 or older? Jazz fans aged 65 or older will receive a 15% discount on tickets purchased before the day of the event (with a maximum of two tickets per person). You must pick up tickets in advance at the Coastal Office or at Will Call.

Special events: Tickets for North Shore Jazz events, Branford Marsalis & the VSO, The Turning Point Ensemble, and shows at the Kay Meek Centre can only be purchased through their respective ticketing sites. Visit for direct links.

Roundhouse Performance Centre Pass ($32, service fees and taxes included): This pass allows access to all six events on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2. Single set tickets for the Roundhouse Performance Centre events are available at the door only.

Innovation Series 3 Event Bundle ($46, service fees and taxes included): choose any three events from the Innovation Series – Ironworks & Ironworks Late Night. Bundles can be purchased by calling 1.888.438.5200 ext 5. Choose your events early as discounted tickets are limited.

Passes can only be purchased in advance and are subject to limited availability. More info here!

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