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Vancouver’s Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival features live music, art displays, free concerts, ticketed events and family-friendly activities.

In 2023 the festival runs from July 20th to the 23rd.

For details about the event, see below or visit the official Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival website.

 


In this article you’ll find the following information about the following places:

Festival Tickets | 2022 Schedule | Jazz Parade Video | 2022 Art at the Festival | Other Information


 

Fort Langley Jazz Festival

 

Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival

In 2022 the festival returned with in-person events from July 21st to July 24th. There were a number of ticketed performances along with many free outdoor concerts for all to enjoy. Organizers expected last year’s festival to be the largest yet, as over 300 different musicians performed at different locations over the four days. It was so much fun!

In 2023, the Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival runs from Thursday, July 20th, until Sunday, July 23rd. This year’s festival also features several outdoor stages with free performances. There’s a Jazz act at the new Fort Langley Cultural Centre, as well as two evenings of Roots & Blues music with food trucks and vendors.

As of early January, the 2023 schedule of events is to be confirmed. For an idea of what to expect, continue reading for more information from last year.

 


For tickets and full details see the Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival website.


 

Festival Tickets

Concerts took place each night of the festival in 2022 at the Chief Sepass Theatre. Seating capacity was limited, however, and tickets sold out quickly!

Seats for individual performances in 2022 cost about $50 at the door. However, tickets cost less if purchased online in advance. Early bird tickets cost $32 each and regular admission was about $42. Packs of tickets were also available. Attending two shows in one night cost about $76, while attending any four shows cost about $148.

Ticket details for the 2023 event are to be confirmed.

 

Fort Langley Jazz Festival
Fort Langley Community Hall

 

2022 Jazz Festival Schedule

Below is the music and entertainment lineup from 2022. For the most up-to-date and comprehensive information about what’s happening in 2023, see the festival’s official website at fortlangleyjazzfest.com.

 

Thursday, July 21st, 2022

To kick off the festival there was a free concert at Fort Langley Community Hall between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. The featured performance was by the Rugcutter Dance Orchestra. The same ensemble performed at a Gala Event later on the same day. At 6:00 pm there was also a concert by the Grand Slam Jazz Band.

The Jazz Concert Series also began with two evening performances at the Chief Sepass Theatre. They began at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. The first performer was Zappostrophe’ followed by Steelin’ in the Years.

Also on July 21st there was the Opening Gala Event at the Fort Langley Community Hall. It featured a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm followed by the Big Band Show and Dance from 7:00 until 10:00 pm.

 

Friday, July 22nd, 2022

This was the day of the Friday Night Blues Show at the Fort Langley National Historic Site. The lineup included Sue Foley, Brent Parkin, Terminal Station and The Mojo Stars. This event took place outdoors and food trucks were on-site.

The Jazz Concert Series continued at the Chief Sepass Theatre with performances by Molly Johnson at 7:00 pm and The Shuffle Demons at 9:00 pm.

 


For the event’s official website, click Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival.


 

Saturday, July 23rd, 2022

Saturday’s Jazz Concert Series at the Chief Sepass Theatre offered another two shows at 7:00 and 9:00 pm. The first artist was Michael Sarian, while the later show featured Champian Fulton.

There were also many free concerts throughout the area, including at the Fort Langley Community Hall as well as at the CN Station, River Stage, Art Zone, and Kidz Zone pop-up stages. Artists included Laurie Morvan Band, Nick La Riviere and The Best Laid Plans and many more.

 

Sunday, July 24th, 2022

On the final day of the 2022 festival, the Jazz Concert Series concluded with two more performances at the Chief Sepass Theatre. Junior Santos hit the stage at 7:00 pm and was going to be followed by Warren Dean Flandez at 9:00 pm (but the second show had to be cancelled).

Like on Saturday there were also a number of free performances at various stages in the area. The artists putting on free shows included the John Stetch Trio, the Hugh Penner Quartet and more.

 

Dawn Pemberton
Dawn Pemberton

 

Jazz Parade Video

The concert at the Community Hall on September 4th in 2021 began with a Mardi Gras Strolling Parade. The Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival is well-known for its annual parade. It had to be scaled down in 2020, however, due to COVID-19. It remained much smaller in 2021 than in pre-pandemic times too. The 2022 parade took place on July 23rd at 9:00 am.

The following video of the parade was taken at the festival in 2020. It’ll give you a rough idea of what you can expect at future events. It was a live march, but filmed in mid-August so it could be featured later as a virtual parade for 2020’s Jazz at Home event on the Labour Day Weekend.

As you’ll see in the video, a couple of dozen musicians and other characters in costume participated. The parade began in front of Fort Langley Community Hall. From there the procession went along Glover Road, into Gasoline Alley and down to the Fort Langley Heritage Train Station.

 

 

Art at the Festival

The Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival isn’t just a music festival. It’s also an arts festival. As a result, each year, local artists and their works are showcased at the event.

In 2020, because of the pandemic, there was a Virtual Art Walk where you could admire the art online. In 2021 there was another Virtual Art Walk. There were also, however, indoor art exhibits and an Art in the Garden event. In 2022 there was a Kwantlen Art and Culture Exhibition with fun demonstrations and good food at Bedford Plaza. Many other art-related activities also took place. Hopefully the same is the case in 2023, although exact details are to be confirmed.

 

Fort Langley Jazz Festival

 

2022 Art Market

In addition to music, the festival also showcases local art. In 2021, because of the pandemic, the festival hosted a Virtual Art Walk where you could admire beautiful creations online.

In 2022 the in-person Art Market returned from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on July 23rd and 24th. There was a large variety of local art vendors showcasing their pieces. Works featured were paintings, photography, ceramics and other art.

At the Art Market last year you could admire all the art and also buy select pieces if you wanted to.

 

Indoor Art Exhibits

In 2022 the Indoor Art Exhibits were in the foyer of Chief Sepass Theatre. Access was between 6:00 and 9:00 pm on July 21st to 24th for people who attended the in-person ticketed headliner concerts.

Some of the art at this event in 2021 included works by Richard McDiarmid, Susan Falk, Carly Bouwman and Hank Lionhart, all of which are well-known local artists.

 

Art in the Garden

In 2022, Art in the Garden was presented by the Fort Langley Artist Group on the Saturday and Sunday of July 23rd and 24th between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. It took place at 9054 Glover Road in what used to be the Birthplace of BC Gallery. At this event visitors admired a variety of art and interacted with the artists.

 

Other Information

To learn more about the festival see the Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival website.

For information about the event in typical years, see our article about the Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz Festival.

To learn more about the area, see our articles about Fort Langley and the Fraser Valley.

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