Metro Vancouver’s 2020 Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival features online concerts as well as intimate live music performances in a “Jazz at Home” format.
Because of COVID-19, the festival is primarily a virtual event this year. That being said, there is also a small pre-festival parade in mid-August as well as a couple of limited-audience live concerts featuring headliner bands on the September Long Weekend.
To learn about what the festival looks like in years when there isn’t a pandemic, see our article about the Fort Langley Jazz Festival (which normally takes place in July). For details about this year’s event, see below or visit the official Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival website.
2020 Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival
In 2020 the festival takes place on the Friday and Saturday of September 4th and 5th of the Labour Day Long Weekend. There are live-streamed performances on both evenings via Chief Sepass Theatre which is located at 9096 Trattle Street (so not far from Fort Langley Park and the cemetery).
To see the headliner bands perform live-streamed from your home with friends and family costs $19.50.
On the Saturday there is also a series of online concerts that are free to watch. Bands performing are all really good, so if you like Jazz it’s well worth checking out!
The festival starts on the Saturday with the Mardi Gras Strolling Parade, which is a regular feature of the festival. In 2020 the parade took place on Saturday, August 5th. Pre-recorded at that time and led by the RazzMaJazz Ensemble, it was a smaller than usual procession because of COVID-19. As you can see from the following video, it went from the Fort Langley Community Hall, down Glover Road and to the train station.
2020 Jazz Festival Schedule
Below is the music and entertainment lineup for 2020.
Friday, September 4th
On the Friday, headliner bands perform at Chief Sepass Theatre from 7:00 until 10:00 pm. It’s one of the two ticketed events which can be watched live-streamed online. Performing this evening are the Taylor James Band, Dalannah Gail Bowen, and Tom Lavin & The Legendary Powder Blues.
Saturday, September 5th
On the Saturday, the festival features free online Jazz entertainment from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. Then, in the evening, there is the second ticketed live-streamed event at Chief Sepass Theatre from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
Below is what’s happening and when on Saturday, September 5th, in 2020.
- 11:00 am – Opening Ceremony (with the Mardi Gras Strolling Parade and official welcomes)
- 12:00 pm – Sister Jazz Orchestra
- 12:30 pm – Lache Cercel & the Roma Jazz Ensemble
- 1:00 pm – Up Close
- 1:30 pm – Alvin Brendan Trio
- 2:00 pm – Kristian Alexandrov & Shannon Gaye Quartet
- 2:30 pm – Mike Allen Quartet
- 3:00 pm – Jennifer Scott Trio
- 3:30 pm – Rooster Davis & the Brad Shigati Band
- 4:00 pm – TLC Trio
- 4:30 pm – Mazacote
The headliner concert at the Chief Sepass Theatre runs from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm. It’s the ticketed event that can be watched live-streamed online. Performers include the Laila Biali Trio and Mimosa, as well as Siobhan Walsh and her tribute to Aretha Franklin.
2020 Jazz Parade Video
The Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival is well-known for its Mardi Gras Strolling Parade. In 2020, because of COVID-19, it still took place, but had to be scaled down.
The following video of the parade was taken in mid-August of 2020. It was a live event, but filmed so it could be featured as a virtual parade at the Jazz at Home event on the first weekend in September.
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.
To learn more about the 2020 Jazz at Home edition of the festival, and for tickets to the live events, see the Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival website.
For information about the festival in typical years, see our article about the Fort Langley Jazz Festival.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s Shows & Entertainment Calendar
- Jazz in the Vine in Langley
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events
- Vancouver International Jazz Festival
- What’s Open in COVID-19 Vancouver
- Labour Day Long Weekend