TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival's celebrates 35th year with massive virtual lineup

Apr 22 2021, 10:44 am

After being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 uncertainty, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is back this summer in a big way.

The 35th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is presenting over 100 virtual events from June 25 to July 4, all following Provincial Health Office’s guidelines. Plans for limited in-person attendance are also being developed in the event that health orders are updated to permit small gatherings.

This year’s lineup includes artists from Vancouver and BC as well as international stars streaming from New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, and Paris. There will also be free online workshops, club performances, and a continued partnership with North Shore Jazz. All streams are available to watch until midnight on July 6, 2021.

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Tonye Aganaba. Photo submitted

A highlight of the 2021 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is the Performance Works Series, with nine ticketed, streamed concerts starting at 8 pm.

Artists include critically-acclaimed Snotty Nose Rez Kids on June 25, Vancouver’s queen of neo-soul, Tonye Aganaba, will draw you into her wicked groove on June 29, and jazz-pop chanteuse Jill Barber exploring repertoire in French from her latest album on July 4.

John Beasley’s MONK’estra. Photo by credit Eric Wolfinger

Jazz and music lovers will also want to catch the International Streaming Series & Innovation Series at Ironworks, happening nightly at 10:30 pm and 9 pm respectively.

Can’t-miss acts of the International Streaming Series include Chicago percussionists Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang on June 25 and John Beasley’s Grammy-winning MONK’estra on June 30.

On the Innovation Series side, enjoy The Watermill Project led by vocalist Sara Kim on June 27, catch a rare appearance by Talking Pictures, led by guitarist Ron Samworth on July 3, and more.

Andrea Superstein. Photo by Wendy D Photography

The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival also hosts nightly streams of Pyatt Hall and Frankie’s Jazz Club, described as the Festival’s home of all things straight-ahead, bebop, and modern jazz.

The Pyatt Hall Series streams at 7 pm and includes acts such as vocalist Katherine Penfold on June 26, guitarist Dave Sikula’s quartet and trumpeter Brad Turner on June 29, and vocalist Andrea Superstein on July 4.

Frankie’s Jazz Club begins nightly at 7:30 pm and showcases performances by pianist Sharon Minemoto on June 25, drummer Kevin Romain’s Acoustic Trio on June 30, and Blues matriarch Dalannah Gail Bowen on July 4.

Tickets for all TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival series are available online.

35th Annual TD Vancouver Jazz Festival

When: June 25 to July 4, 2021

Time: Various times

Where: Virtual and limited in-person attendance should health orders be updated to permit small gatherings.

Tickets: Available online

Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of the TD Vancouver Jazz Festival 

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