June 24th, 2009
The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is a long celebrated event in Vancouver. One not to miss. It’s BC’s largest music festival boasting over 400 concerts at 40 venues – no matter what your taste is in music, there’s something in the program for you. And, it all starts this Friday, June 26th and runs through to July 5th.
There’s shows at various venues around the city, but no doubt the Gastown event stands out to many. The Gastown Jazz component of the festival runs this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 27th & 28th at the Maple Tree Square Free stage.
Gastown Jazz, is a free two-day New Orleans-style street festival is back! Historic Gastown becomes an open-air party with multiple acts spread over two days. Featuring Canadian and International artists, Gastown Jazz has become a traditional destination for jazz fans and is synonymous with the opening weekend of the Festival. Two free stages bookend Water Street’s three blocks. Continuous music is performed for everyone to enjoy. Friends and families come from all over to celebrate the beginning of summer while reveling in a diverse array of musical styles. Gastown Jazz also boasts dazzling street entertainers, souvenir and CD kiosks, snacks and refreshments, as well as a wide selection of cafés, restaurants, and bistros all along Water Street.
Here’s a list of just the FREE Gastown Jazz events, and the entire Jazz Festival schedule can be found on their website. We’ll cross our fingers for good weather.