Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Like summer's other internationally-acclaimed events--the Celebration of Light Fireworks Competition and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, to name just two--the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (VIJF) is as beloved by locals as it is by the 400,000+ visitors it attracts.
Called the “best jazz festival in the world” by The Seattle Times, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival happens every year in late-June through early-July. The VIJF regularly features up to 1800 musicians and 300 concerts (including 100+ free concerts) at 40+ venues throughout Vancouver. The VIJF attracts major jazz super stars as its headliners; past headliners have included Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis.
When: VIJF 2016 runs June 24 - July 3, 2016.
Headliners for VIJF 2016
The 2016 VIJF line-up includes:
Quick Guide to Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2016 Venues
Most of the VIJF venues are located in and around the downtown Vancouver core and on Granville Island. VIJF headliners often perform as part of the festival's Marquee Series at the Orpheum Theatre (884 Granville Street) and the Vogue Theatre Series (918 Granville Street), as well as at Performance Works on Granville Island. There are also outdoor concerts at Yaletown's David Lam Park, on Granville Island, and at Robson Square (in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery).
Free Concerts at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2016
One of the best things about the VIJF is the incredible number of free concerts it features. Every summer, there are 100 - 130+ free VIJF concerts. The free concerts kick-off with the two-day Downtown Jazz Weekend, featuring live music, food, art exhibits, kids' activities, beer gardens, and more in downtown Vancouver's Robson Square.
VIJF 2016 free concerts include:
- Downtown Jazz - June 25 - 26, 2016
- Jazz Around Town - June 24 - July 3, 2016
- Granville Island Jazz & Canada Day (July 1) on Granville Island - June 24 - July 3, 2016
- Gospel & More at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church - June 29 - 30, 2016
- David Lam Park Jazz Weekend - July 2 - 3, 2016
Vancouver International Jazz Festival Official Site: VIJF 2016