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The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is one of British Columbia's biggest annual music festivals, produced by Coastal Jazz, a local jazz community founded in 1985. A whopping 1,800 artists for 300 concerts in 35 venues--both indoor and outdoor--will be featured, including jazz legends Buddy Guy, Eryka Badu, and Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. 



This year, the festival kicks off the beautiful summer weather with an exhilarating 10-day celebration (June 23 to July 2, 2017) that features a diverse and talented lineup hailing from every part of the globe. Be sure to check out the official website for the full lineup!

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - The Life Aquatic - A Tribute to David Bowie
Friday, June 23, 2017 - Antibalas with the Mattson 2, Antonio Ciacca Quintet, Dálava, Achim Kaufmann
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - Nomadic Massive, Antonio Ciacca Quintet, Donny McCaslin Group, Thus Owls
Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Kandace Springs, Tommy Emmanuel, Jenn Bojm & Khingfisher, Kenny Barron, Roy Forbes, Phronesis, Omar Souleyman, Re-Bop!, Nick Fraser Trio, LSD Trio
Monday, June 26, 2017 - Ziggy Marley, Buckman Coe, Half Waif, Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Land of Talk, Dylan Cramer Quartet, Perch Hen Brock and Rain
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - Cyrus Chrestnut Trio, Tierney Stutton Band, Bokanté, Banda Magda, Steelin' In the Years, Jacob Collier, Rumba Calzada, Luc Ex Naked Wolf
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - Branford Marsalis and the VSO, Shobaleader One with V. Vecker, Dave Sikula, Satkuo Fujii and Kaze
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - Emmet Choen Trio featuring Ron Carter, Thievery Corporation, Sonny Landreth, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mimosa, Claudia Quintet
Friday, June 30, 2017 - Buster Williams & Something More, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, John Boutte, Gypsophilia, Cat Toren, Groden Grdina Septet
Saturday, July 1, 2017 - Who Has Seen The Wind?, Laura Jurd Dinosaur, Sylvain Darrifourcq
Sunday, July 2, 2017 - Scott Hamilton Trio, Mendham, Plimley/Reed/Van Der Schyff, Gard Nilssen, Bard Turner Quartet, BassDrumBone, Gerry Hemingway/Tony Wilson, John Gross

Free Events:

Granville Island - Public Market Stage
Friday June 23, 2017 - Last Ark Out
Saturday June 24, 2017 - Trevor Whitridge Quintet
Sunday June 25, 2017 - Leo Bae Quintet
Monday June 26, 2017 - Omianan
Tuesday June 27, 2017 - Ben Frost Quartet
Wednesday June 28, 2017 - Geoff Claridge Quartet
Thursday June 29, 2017 - Laura Crema and Blue Shadows on the Trail
Friday June 30, 2017 - Christopher Fraser Trio
Saturday July 1, 2017 - The Burying Ground
Sunday July 2, 2017 - Natasha D'Agostino Quintet

Granville Island - Performance Works
Friday June 23, 2017 - Anna Webber's Simple Trio
Saturday June 24, 2017 - Achim Kaufmann's Grunen
Sunday June 25, 2017 - Myriad3
Monday June 26, 2017 - The Peggy Lee Band
Thursday June 29, 2017 - Wojcinski/Szmanda Quartet
Friday June 30, 2017 - Tony Wilson & Let's Burn Down the Cornfield
Saturday July 1, 2017 - Neil Cowley Trio, Simon Millerd Quintet, The Newest Sound Tribute to Jeanne Lee, Hyper, Sharon Minemoto Quartet, Lan Tung's Proliferasian
Sunday July 2, 2017 - The Bob Murphy Tribute Project

Granville Island - Ron Basford Park Stage
Saturday July 1, 2017 - Black Gardenia, The offering of Curtis Andrews, Jen Hodge All Stars

Granville Island - Railspur District Stage
Saturday July 1, 2017 - Rich Hope and his Evil Doers, The Rubber Band, Jared Burrows Sextet

West Vancouver Memorial Library
Friday June 23, 2017 - Jim Campilongo and the Brooklynites

Downtown - Robson Street Stage
Saturday June 24, 2017 - Joel Miller with Sienna Dahlen, Colin Cowan & The Elastic Stars, Organ.ic Chemistry, Tim Sars Sextet
Sunday June 25, 2017 - Blue Moon Marquee, Barbra Lica Quintet, Diyet, Ariel Pocock Trio, Moondle

Downtown - Georgia Street Stage
Saturday June 24, 2017 - Sammy Miller and the Congregation, Mario Rom's Interzone, Les Filles De Illighadad, Brad Turner's Anger Management
Sunday June 25, 2017 - The Boom Booms, Nik West, Wooden Horsemen, Jim Campilongo and the Brooklynites, Star System

David Lam Park - Main Stage
Saturday July 1, 2017 - Lady Wray, Big Evil, Tami Neilson, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Quartuor Andre Lachance, Coco Jafro
Sunday July 2, 2017 - Royal Canoe, Horsepowar, Haram with Fredrik Ljungkvist, Raco Renteria, Malcolm Aiken & New Futures, TD High School Jazz Intensive with Tomeka Reid

Roundhouse - Exhibition Hall
Saturday July 1, 2017 - Tom Wherrett's Evil Three with Skye Brooks, David Balke Quartet, Elisa Thorn's Hue
Sunday July 2, 2017 - Elaschuck/Styffe/Coon/Holy, Greasy G and the Poole, Gavin Youngash Trio

Civic Plaza North Vancouver
Saturday June 24, 2017 - Festival D'Ete Afro-Canadian Collaboration
Sunday July 2, 2017 - Jennifer Scott

Lynn Valley Stage
Sunday June 25, 2017 - Soulstream

For tickets and more information please visit

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For those considering moving to Vancouver, you can find most kinds of food or activities to suit your personality. It is not hard to discover fun things to do ranging from daring and adventurous, to classy and cultured. Below are 5 of the craziest things you need to check out while in Vancouver.




Dark Table Restaurant

For those looking for the truly unique dining experience, Dark Table definitely fits the bill.  The dining concept is simple. Guests are given the menu before they are seated at their table. Once they have ordered, they are escorted to the dining room in complete darkness. The idea is, that without sight, your sense of taste, smell, hearing and touch is amplified, leading to a whole new eating experience. On a side note, Dark Table employs the visually impaired to guide their guest through this unique experience, giving jobs to those who experience a 70% unemployment.

Whistler Bungee/ Outdoor Art Gallery

Whistler Bungee is a short day trip outside of Vancouver and a great activity for the adrenaline junkie.  At Whistler, you can experience the heart-pounding thrill of jumping off of a narrow bridge, 50 meters high, over the rapids of the Cheakamus River.


While you’re there, take another drive and check out the Whistler Train Wreck art gallery.  Though not your ordinary art gallery, it features old train wreck that occurred decades ago and was never totally cleaned up. The decaying boxcars were tastefully painted by local graffiti artists. It’s a short hike and situated among lofty pines and next to the rushing Cheakamus River.

Wreck Nude Beach

At this beach, you’ll have to strip off any pride you may have to join hundreds of others in a unique and childishly freeing experience. Wreck Beach is Canada’s famous “clothing optional” beach. It offers picturesque views of the ocean and the San Juan Islands. You don’t have to worry about prying eyes since a relatively easy hike down a cliff secludes it. There are multiple venues and activities there like the annual Bare Buns Run and attempts at breaking the world record for the most “skinny dippers”.


Duello Sword Fighting School

Forget vanquishing the enemy while sitting on the couch playing your favourite video game. Experience the real thing at Duello Sword Fighting School. Here you can learn real sword fighting techniques from a mix of weaponry. They teach most everything, from the long sword to rapier. You’ll receive gladiator like training from professionals and a cool skill to brag about to your friends.


Critical Mass

Critical Mass is a grassroots campaign of enthusiast, supporting safety and awareness self-propelled modes of transportation. They take to the street in masses riding their sometimes unique bikes. They are quite a site for those that get stuck in traffic every last Friday of the month. The route differs from month to month and always ends with cheering and high fives from all the participants.

There are so many great activities, restaurants, parks, beaches, and events in Vancouver. You may just decide a visit isn’t enough and move here to enjoy all that our beautiful city as to offer.


Image credit: Kyle Pearce

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