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Fort Langley Jazz in 2021

Members of the Fort Langley RazzMaJazz Ensemble

Vancouver’s Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival features both in-person and online concerts in 2021. It promises to be a terrific event!

For details about this year’s 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:

This Year and Last Year | 2021 Tickets | 2021 Schedule | Jazz Parade Video | 2021 Art at the Fesitval | Backyard BBQ Jazz Festival | Other Information


2021 Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival

In 2021 the festival takes place from Thursday, September 2nd, until Sunday, September 5th. On each of the four nights there are concerts which you can enjoy in-person or online (which you need to buy tickets for). On Saturday, September 4th, there is also a free in-person concert at Fort Langley Community Hall.

Tickets are available for in-person seating at the headliner concerts at Chief Sepass Theatre. This means you can enjoy the music online from the comfort of your home, or live and in-person at the theatre. Seating capacity at the live concerts is limited, however, as are the number of tickets. See below for more details.


2021 Fort Langley Jazz Festival


This Year and Last Year

Last year almost everything was online because of COVID-19. This year though, things will be a bit closer to normal, which is very exciting!

Because of the pandemic, the festival was primarily a virtual event last year. That being said, there was 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.

In 2021 the festival takes place once again on the Labour Day weekend. Its dates this year are September 2nd to 5th.


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


2021 Festival Tickets

In 2021 you can purchase tickets to watch the performances online. Or you can buy tickets to see the headliner bands perform live. The concerts outside Fort Langley Community Hall on the Saturday are free and don’t require tickets.


Tickets for Online Concerts

The way the ticketing system works is that you buy access to all the paid online shows in bulk. There’s not the option to buy tickets for individual shows. What’s on offer are different “all-access passes”.

The first option costs about $53 and gives access to the 12 online shows at Chief Sepass Theatre. The second costs about $63 and includes the same plus the Big City Soul R&B performance. The third and final option is the “VIP” pass which costs $106. All prices include online service charges.

Along with access to all the above shows, the VIP pass comes with a special festival poster and your name credited during the streams.

For those who buy the passes, the shows are not only live-streamed but they can also be watched on the same site for two days after they originally air.

For tickets to the virtual shows, click 2021 Jazz Festival Online Tickets.


Fort Langley Jazz Festival
Fort Langley Community Hall


Tickets for In-Person Concerts

Now that COVID-related restrictions are easing in British Columbia, and live indoor events can once again take place, attendees can enjoy some of the concerts live and in-person at Chief Sepass Theatre in 2021. Seating capacity is limited, however, and tickets have been selling fast!

Seats for individual performances at the theatre cost $50 each. For $199 you can get a festival pass and attend everything, including the Saturday Night R&B Dance Party, for $199 (plus taxes and online fees).

For the live events, the doors at Chief Sepass Theatre open at 6:00 pm and the music starts an hour later.

Concerts you can buy in-person tickets for are (1) Thursday’s Hip Hop Jazz Fusion night, (2) Friday’s All-Star Blues night, and (3) Saturday’s All That Jazz night. Each of these cost $50 (plus taxes and fees) with different bands playing at 7:00, 7:30 and 8:00 pm.

Other live in-person concerts you can attend are (4) Saturday’s R&B Show with Big City Soul and (5) Sunday’s Soul Gospel performances with Dawn Pemberton and Dee Daniels. The shows on these two evenings also cost $50.

All of the above shows can be attended live and in-person (if you manage to get tickets in time before they sell out). Alternatively, they can also be watched virtually as they’ll be live-streamed online.

For tickets to the in-person concerts, click 2021 Jazz Festival Live Show Tickets.


2021 Jazz Festival Schedule

Below is the music and entertainment lineup for 2021.


Thursday, September 2nd

To kick off the festival is the Hip-Hop/Jazz show. There are three performances at the Chief Sepass Theatre this evening which can be viewed online or in-person. They begin at 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm. The first band is Red Haven. They are followed by the solo act Kyprios and then XL The Band.


Friday, September 3rd

This is the day of the Blues show, which has the same times for each of the three performances as the shows on September 2nd. The night starts off with the Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne Trio at 7:00 pm. They are followed by Brandon Isaak & His Saints of Swing at 7:30 and the Vancouver-based Jim Byrnes Band with special guest Candus Churchill at 8:00.

Tonight’s performances can also be viewed online or in-person.


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


Fort Langley Jazz in 2021


Saturday, September 4th

Saturday is by far the biggest day of the festival. There is the online and live Jazz show at the Chief Sepass Theatre with the same time structure as the previous two days. Performances are by the David Restivo Trio, the Vince Mai Quintet and the Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra (with guests David Restivo and Steve Kaldestad).

After that, at 9:30 pm, there is the R&B Dance Party led by Big City Soul which is a large and energetic band that’ll close out the night.

Before any of the above September 4th shows, there are also free outdoor concerts at the Fort Langley Community Hall between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. The festivities really start at 9:30 am though, as that’s when the RazzMaJazz Brigade leads a Mardi Gras parade by the venue. See further below for a video of what the parade looked like last year.

Here is the full schedule for the in-person lineup at the Community Hall on Saturday, September4th:

Finally, at 6:00 pm, there is a free online show featuring the Jazz group Triology and First Nations group Stomi:x Shweli (Warrior Spirit). They perform together in an Indigenous-Jazz fusion concert.


Fort Langley Jazz 2021 Lineup


Sunday, September 5th

To end the festival there are two more performances at the Chief Sepass Theatre. They make up the Soul/Gospel show which can be enjoyed in-person or online. The first performance is with Vancouver artist Dawn Pemberton at 7:00 pm. She’s followed by Dee Daniels at 8:00 pm.

Also on September 5th, there is a Jazz Education Workshop for BC high school and college musicians. It takes place from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Chief Sepass Theatre. Click 2021 Jazz Education Workshop for more details.


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


Dawn Pemberton
Dawn Pemberton


Jazz Parade Video

As mentioned above, the concert at the Community Hall on September 4th begins 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 remains much smaller this year than in pre-pandemic times too. It’ll still be lots of fun to watch though!

The following video of the parade was taken at the festival last year. It’ll give you a rough idea of what you can expect at this year’s event. It was a live march last year, 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 last year. 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.



2021 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. This year there is another Virtual Art Walk. There are also, however, indoor art exhibits and an Art in the Garden event. See below for details.


2021 Virtual Art Walk

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

The 2021 the Virtual Art Walk showcases the work of around six dozen different local artists. Professional artists, amateur artists, university students and high school students can all participate. Works featured include oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings, as well as drawings, photography, pottery and other art.

In the Virtual Art Walk you can admire the art, but you also can buy it by contacting the artists directly.

To learn more about this aspect of the festival click Virtual Art Walk 2021.


Indoor Art Exhibits

In 2021 the Indoor Art Exhibits are in the lobby of Chief Sepass Theatre. Access is between 6:00 and 9:00 pm on September 2nd to 5th for people attending the in-person ticketed headliner concerts. If you aren’t attending a concert, unfortunately, you won’t be able to see the exhibits.

Some of the art you’ll see at this event include works by Richard McDiarmid, Susan Falk, Carly Bouwman and Hank Lionhart, all of which are well-known local artists.

To learn more click Fort Langley 2021 Art Activities.


Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden is presented by the Fort Langley Artists Group on the Saturday and Sunday of August 4th and 5th between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. It takes place at 9054 Glover Road in what used to be the Birthplace of BC Gallery.

At this event visitors can admire a variety of art and interact with the artists. On the Saturday, between 12:00 and 3:00 pm, a couple of young Jazz musicians perform in the garden.

To learn more click Fort Langley 2021 Art Activities.


Fort Langley Backyard BBQ


Backyard BBQ Jazz Festival

In addition to all its music and art, the festival also has a “DIY How to Make Your Own Backyard Festival” kit. The do-it-yourself kit includes advice from industry experts on how to make the perfect barbecue party. It includes tips on everything from the music to lighting, seating, cooking and BBQ safety.

In addition to the BBQ kit, the festival also has a contest where you can win an all-access streaming pass to the festival plus food, drinks and audio/video equipment for your own backyard barbecue party of up to 10 people!

To enter the contest you had to be a resident of the Lower Mainland. You also had to fill out the Online Entry Form.

The contest closed on August 22nd, 2021, and the draw took place on August24th.

To learn more about the draw click 2021 Backyard BBQ Contest.


Other Information

To learn more about the 2021 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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