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Granville Island Winter Jazz Concerts in February

Granville Island Winterruption Drumming Band

In February Vancouver’s Granville Island hosts a series of free Jazz concerts. They take place at Performance Works, but also at other venues sometimes too.

Free Jazz on Vancouver’s Granville Island

Winterruption used to be an annual winter arts festival on Granville Island in February that included dance, music, film, art, crafts and food. The festival happened annually up until 2017. Since then, in its place, Granville Island simply hosts a series of free Jazz performances.

When Winterruption existed, it included music and Jazz, and had a “small festival” feel. It was also very kid-friendly. More recently there is just the Jazz, but it’s still worth checking out.

Granville Island During Winterruption Festival
Granville Island in February

Jazz Concerts on Granville Island

Free Jazz concerts took place at Performance Works at 1218 Cartwright Street on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of February 21st to 23rd in 2020. Featured performers that year included Lydia Hol, Dawn Pemberton, the David Sekula Quartet, The Watermill Project, Sick Boss, Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die II, the Bonnie Northgraves Quartet and Itamar Erez.

Below is the schedule of events in 2020. Future Winter Jazz events will hopefully be similar.

Friday, February 21st, 2020

  • 8:00 pm – Lydia Hol
  • 9:20 pm – Dawn Pemberton

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

  • 1:00 pm – David Sekula
  • 3:45 pm – The Watermill Project
  • 8:00 pm – Sick Boss
  • 9:20 pm – Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die II: Bird Dogs of Paradise

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

  • 1:00 pm – Bonnie Northgraves Quartet
  • 3:45 pm – Itamar Erez

Tips and Advice

Below are some useful tips and bits of extra information to help you enjoy your Jazz and Granville Island experience.

TIP #1: The Jazz concerts “sell out.” To improve your chances of getting in, arrive at least 30 minutes before show time, and well before 7:30 pm on the Friday evening at the latest.

TIP #2: If you like free Jazz, check out our listing of Free Jazz Vespers events which feature some of Vancouver’s top Jazz talent at a number of area churches on Sundays.

TIP #3: Granville Island is a great place for live theatre. The Arts Club Theatre has shows at the Granville Island Stage and live comedy theatre takes place at the Improv Centre with Vancouver TheatreSports.

Winterruption from the Past

In 2017, when the Winterruption Festival last took place, shows and performances included pop-up dances, buskers, and both free and ticketed performances. Examples of music from the 2017 season included the following:

  • Camaro 67 with Bigfate – the 10-piece instrumental group performed at the Performance Works venue at 1218 Cartwright Street on Friday, February 17. Tickets were $25.
  • Robin Layne Band – free performances featuring a mix of Latin, Jazz and African tunes at the Performance Works venue on the Saturday at 1:00 and 2:10 pm.
  • The Mechanics and Material of Theatre Magic – a free tour of the Arts Club production and costume shop at 1377 Cartwright Street where you could see how actors fly and trap doors work along the way.

Other Winterruption activities from years ago included children’s activities, crafts, maple taffy-making opportunities and art exhibits to admire. This was all in addition to Granville Island’s usual collection of interesting shops and things to do including the famous Granville Island Public Market.

A number of other free and ticketed performances happened all weekend in the past too.

Winterruption Band and Crowds
Winterruption Marching Band Parade (from Yesteryear)

Other Information

For more ideas on things to do in February, check out Vancouver’s Calendar of Events.

And for a list of other festivals taking place in the Lower Mainland throughout the year, check out Vancouver Festivals and Events.