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Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival

Fort Langley Jazz Festival

The Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival is a music festival in the summer each year. Some of its events are free and others are ticketed.

This is one of our favourite festivals of the year and highly recommended. In 2024 the festival runs from July 25th to 28th with the amazing Cool Blues Show happening on the first day.

TIP: Early-bird tickets for the Cool Blues Show are available up until the end of March. Buy your tickets by March 31st and you’ll save $15 if you use the promo code SAVE15. The Cool Blues Show is on July 26th and headliner artists in 2024 include Tom Lavin & the Legendary Powder Blues Band, Silent Partners, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats.

 


This article contains the following information about the festival:

Where and When | Tickets and Festival Details | History of the Jazz Festival | Festival Video | Tips & Advice | Other Information


 

Fort Langley Jazz Festival

 

The Fort Langley Jazz Festival

In 2024 the Fort Langley Jazz Festival runs from Thursday, July 25th, until Sunday, July 28th. This year’s festival happens in-person with live entertainment. There are indoor and outdoor venues with free and ticketed shows.

The festival last year featured over five dozen different performances and 300 musicians. As many as 20,000 people attend. 2024’s festival run will likely be similar in attendance and performing acts.

 


Click Fort Langley Jazz for the festival’s official website.


 

Cool Blues Jazz Show

 

Where and When

The Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival takes place at a number of venues in Fort Langley. The main venue is at the Community Hall which is located at 9167 Glover Road in the heart of the village. Other stages are scattered around the town.

The community of Fort Langley itself is located on the Fraser River in the northern part of the Township of Langley on the opposite side of the river from Maple Ridge.

The first event taking place in 2024 is the Tribute to Motown and More. It happens on May 3rd, so a couple of months before the actual festival begins. It’s an early fundraiser that helps support the rest of the festival in the summer.

The Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival in 2024 runs from July 25th to 28th. On the first day, there’s the Cool Blues Show at Fort Langley Community Park. It’s a ticketed event with live music, food trucks, a beer garden and more.

The festival once again has free live music at outdoor venues throughout the weekend. Last year the Main Stage was in front of the Community Hall. There was also the Youth & Emerging Artist Stage, Indigenous Stage, and the Art Zone.

 

Fort Langley Jazz with Christine Jensen

 

Tickets and Festival Details

Below is information about the 2024 Tribute to Motown and Cool Blues Show events. Information about other events from last year are also listed below, with 2024 details to be confirmed.

 

Tribute to Motown and More

In 2024 the Tribute to Motown and More event happens at the Fort Langley Community Hall on Friday, May 3rd. The event runs from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm and features a silent auction and live music by Big City Soul. All proceeds from the auction help support the festival. Admission to the event costs about $35 per person.

For more information, visit the Fort Langley Jazz Festival website.

 

Cool Blues Show

There are also ticketed concerts at the Fort Langley Community Park, located at 9089 Nash Street. It’s just a block or two from the Fort Langley Cemetery and St. Andrew’s Church.

Last year, the Cool Blues Show happened over two days. In 2024 it’s just a one-day event on Friday, July 26th. At the park are back-to-back concerts with Blues & Roots music. There are also food trucks, a beer garden and an artisan market.

Headlining acts in 2024 include Rick Estrin and The Nightcats, Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues Band, Silent Partners, and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne.

Admission to the Cool Blues Show costs $60 for adults (ages 19+) and $30 for youth. Kids ages 12 and under enter for free when attending with a paying adult.

For more details, see the official Cool Blues Show page.

 

Members of the Fort Langley RazzMaJazz Ensemble

 

Other Events

Exact details about the weekend of festivities in 2024 are to be confirmed. Similar to previous years, expect to see both free and ticketed events at the festival.

Most of the venues at 2023’s festival were the same as the year before, but a few were different. Below was what we expected (although exact details may have changed).

There weren’t concerts every evening at Chief Sepass Theatre in 2023, nor was there a concert at the Fort Langley Historic Site. There were, however, free concerts outside the Fort Langley Community Hall on the weekend, plus free concerts at various other venues, as well as the Opening Night Concert at Chief Sepass Theatre on July 20th.

In 2023 there were four stages featuring free live music on the Saturday and Sunday. The main venue, the same as in past years, was on the lawn in front of the Fort Langley Community Hall. There was also the Youth & Emerging Artists Stage in front of the old CN Train Station, the Indigenous Stage at Bedford Plaza, and the Art Zone by the post office.

Last year also featured a Kidz Zone along Mary Avenue between Glover and Church Street. The area was open on the Saturday and Sunday of July 22nd and 23rd from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. There was a drum circle and a Music and Movement workshop. The Kidz Zone also featured face painting, origami art, a colouring contest and a water misting station.

Also happening in 2023 was a Jazz Vespers event on the Sunday at St. Andrew’s United Church where admission was by donation.

 


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Jazz Festival Crowds in Fort Langley

 

2023 Free Concerts

The following events were free and outdoors in front of the Fort Langley Community Hall. 2024 details are to be confirmed.

 

Saturday, July 22nd, 2023

  • 10:30 am – Rising Jazz Star
  • 11:00 am Gabriel Palatchi Trio
  • 12:15 pm Mark Crissinger
  • 1:00 pm Oliver Gannon and Bill Coon
  • 2:15 pm Doc Fingers
  • 3:00 pm Caity Gygorgy

 

Sunday, July 23rd, 2023

  • 11:00 am – Jasmine Jazz
  • 12:15 pm – Monty Biggins (Solo)
  • 1:00 pm – Colin Sankey Trio
  • 2:15 pm – Colin Sankey Trio
  • 3:00 pm – Marios Vocal Project

 

In addition to the above, there was a free performance by the Dal Richards Orchestra inside the Fort Langley Community Hall at 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 20th in 2023. There was also the Mardi Gras Strolling Parade on the Saturday last year, from 9:30 am until 10:00 am. It went from the site of the Fort Langley Farmers Market at St. Andrew’s United Church and made its way down Glover Road to Community Hall. Participating in the parade in 2023 were the Noxious Obs Society Band and the RazzMaJazz Ensemble.

Also on the Saturday and Sunday, there was live music and other things to see and do at various other venues. In 2023 the other stages were at the CN Station Stage, Bedford Plaza and by the Post Office on Mary Avenue. See below for more information about the free entertainment and activities that took place at these other venues in 2023.

 

Jazz Musicians Outside Fort Langley Train Station
Mardi Gras Parade Outside the Station Museum

 

Pop-Up Stages

Live music took place on a number of smaller stages around the village in 2023. Crowds at these venues are generally smaller, but the music is all very good. In 2023 the Youth & Emerging Artist Stage was by the CN Train Station, the Indigenous Stage was at Bedford Plaza, and the Art Zone was by the post office. 2024 stage details are to be confirmed.

 

CN Station Stage (Youth & Emerging Artist Stage)

This stage was in front of Fort Langley’s CN Station located at 23245 Mavis Avenue. It showcased youth and emerging artists. In 2023 live music at this venue included the following:

 

Saturday, July 22nd, 2023

  • 12:30 pmFeven Kidane Quartet
  • 1:45 pmThe Perpetual Jazz Trio
  • 3:00 pmSerengeti

 

Sunday, July 23rd, 2023

  • 12:30 pmJake Kostuchuk Quartet
  • 1:45 pmThe Jaya Bremer Quintet
  • 3:00 pmMonty Biggins – Little Biggs Band

 


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Fort Langley Jazz Festival

 

Art Zone Stage

The Art Zone Stage in 2022 was at the intersection of River Road & Mavis Avenue in the picnic area next to the National Historic Fort. In 2023 it was on Mary Avenue by the Fort Langley Post Office. In addition to the stage, as the venue’s name suggests, there is lots of beautiful art on display. 2023 performances in the Art Zone included the following:

 

Saturday, July 22nd, 2023

  • 12:30 pmSusana Williams
  • 1:45 pmUrban Bandscape
  • 3:00 pmOmianan

 

Sunday, July 23rd, 2023

  • 12:30 pmAlvin Brendan Organ Trio
  • 1:45 pmRaagaverse
  • 3:00 pmBlues Hoodoo

 

Noxious Obs Society Band at Fort Langley Station
Noxious Obs Society at the CNR Station

 

Indigenous Stage

This stage was located at Bedford Landing near the river at 9271 Glover Road. The area was also where you can also see Indigenous artifacts and exhibits. Performers in 2023 included the following:

 

Saturday, July 22nd, 2023

  • 11:30 amWild River Singers
  • 1:00 pmCeleigh Cardinal
  • 2:00 pmWild River Singers
  • 3:00 pmCurtis Clear Sky & the Constellationz

 

Sunday, July 23rd, 2023

  • 12:00 pmWild River Singers
  • 1:00 pmCeleigh Cardinal
  • 2:00 pmWild River Singers
  • 3:00 pmHayley Wallis

 


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Fort Langley's Bedford Plaza
Bedford Plaza Stage

 

History of the Jazz Festival

The Fort Langley Jazz Festival is a fabulous event! It’s fun, family-friendly and affordable, and it takes place in a beautiful setting. It also features amazing Jazz musicians and concerts.

Since its beginning in 2018, the festival took place as a live event in its first two years and then as a primarily virtual event in 2020. In 2021 it ran as a hybrid festival with a mix of pre-recorded, live-streamed and in-person concerts and events. Since 2022, the festival has been back with lots of in-person activities each year.

 


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Jazz Festival Video

To give you an idea of what to expect, check out the following video that features the sights and sounds of the festival from a past year. As you’ll see, there is lots of live music as well as art displays and food to enjoy.

Featured in the video are Mike Vaneyes (in the distance), Blues Hoodoo, the local Rotary Club (at the pancake breakfast), and the Conga Cartel.

 

 

Tips & Advice

Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most of your Fort Langley Jazz Festival experience.

TIP #1: You can park for free on various streets in the town of Fort Langley. Go early though to improve your chances of finding a spot that doesn’t require you to walk too far. Parking is also available at 8870 Glover Road (in the parking lot of the Fort Langley Evangelical Free Church) and at 9095 Glover Road (at Living Waters Church).

TIP #2: Take your own blanket or chair to sit on. Seating is available at the Saturday dance and Sunday’s Soul & Gospel Choir Concert, but not at the other events (or at least that was the case in 2019).

TIP #3: If it’s a sunny day, don’t forget to take a hat, sunscreen and bottled water.

TIP #4: Don’t spend all your time by the main stages in front of the Community Hall. Walk around and explore the area. Great bands play at the other venues too!

TIP #5: So long as they’re on a leash, dogs are permitted at the festival. You are also welcome to bring your own food. There are food trucks though, so you can buy your meals and snacks on-site or around town too.

TIP #6: The festival venue is a smoke-free environment. That extends to vaping as well as other products recently legalized in Canada.

 

Fort Langley Jazz Festival Crowds
On the Lawn Outside the Community Hall

 

Other Information

For more information about the event see the Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival website.

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

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