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Free Vancouver Jazz Festival Concerts

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The 2021 Vancouver International Jazz Festival runs from June 25th until July 4th and includes dozens of both free and ticketed jazz performances.

 

Jazz Festival Free Concerts Lineup

Below is a list of free concerts happening during the festival in 2021.

Click Vancouver Jazz Festival for more information about the festival in general, or see below for a calendar listing of free concerts.

 

Jazz Fans on Lawns at David Lam Park
Jazz Concert at David Lam Park

 

Jazz Venue Locations

Below is a list of the various venues for most of the free Jazz festival concerts in a typical year (although not all of them have shows in 2021).

  • Performance Works – at 1218 Cartwright Street on Granville Island. Performances here take place most days in the early afternoon.
  • Granville Island Public Market Stage – outside the Public Market on the northwest corner of Granville Island. Performances at this venue occur every day at around noon.
  • Granville Island Railspur District Stage – an area basically in the centre of the island, just to the east when you enter Granville Island.
  • Granville Island Ron Basford Park Stage – located at the far south east corner of Granville Island.
  • Robson Street Stage – outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Robson Street and Hornby on one weekend.
  • Georgia Street Stage – outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in the Plaza at the corner of Georgia Street and Hornby throughout the day on one weekend during the festival.
  • Ironworks Studios – a multi-purpose art and culture centre at 235 Alexander Street in the Downtown East Side. Free concerts start at 4:30 pm every day of the festival in 2021.
  • Sounds of Youth Stage – located at Robson Square in Vancouver, this stage featured youth jazz bands from all over Vancouver last year.
  • Lynn Valley Village Stage – found at the corner of Mountain Highway and Lynn Valley Road in North Vancouver.
  • Tom Lee Music Hall – located at 929 Granville Street.
  • West Vancouver Memorial Library – at 1950 Marine Drive in West Vancouver
  • David Lam Park Stage – officially located at 1300 Pacific Boulevard, you’ll find the stage on the big, grassy field right beside the children’s playground.
  • Yaletown Roundhouse has various stages to choose from at 181 Roundhouse Mews.

 

Jazz Concerts Organized by Venues

Jazz Concerts by VenuesBoth free and ticketed concerts take place at other venues too. Check out the Coastal Jazz website for ticketed listings.

The list below, for convenience, is listed in chronological order. It’s what is taking place in 2021. For a list of concerts organized by location, click Jazz Festival Venues.

 

Free Concerts in 2021

Below you will find the dates, locations and performers for the Vancouver Jazz Festival this year. The 2022 lineup will be comparable.

Note: Dates, locations, prices and performer details were subject to change. As of late June all of these shows are free.

 

Friday, June 25th, 2021

  • Bonnie Northgraves Quartet – at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at noon.
  • Krystle Dos Santos – at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 1:30 pm.
  • Human Kind [Iteration] – at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm.
  • Alvaro Rojas’ Music for 22 – at the Ironworks at 4:30 pm.
  • Paul Pigat Trio and Big Lazy – at the West Vancouver Memorial Library at 7:30 pm.

 

Saturday, June 26th, 2021

  • Malleus Trio at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at noon.
  • Kevin McNeilly at the Western Front at 1:30 pm.
  • Amanda Sum at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 1:30 pm.
  • Turner/Ryga Quintet – Tribute to Charlie Parker – at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm.
  • Fay Victor – at the Western Front at 3:00 pm.
  • Darius Jones Workshop – at the Western Front at 4:30 pm.
  • Burrows/Carter/Loewen/Reed – at the Ironworks at 4:30 pm.

 

Robson Street Jazz Stage
Robson Street Stage

 

Sunday, June 27th, 2021

  • Idle Moon – at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 12:00 pm.
  • Mary Ancheta Quartet at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 1:30 pm.
  • Jillian Lebeck Trio at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm.
  • Róisín Adams Workshop at Tom Lee Music Hall at 3:30 pm.
  • Jeff Younger’s Dreaming Skies at the Ironworks at 4:30 pm.

 

Jazz Festival Crowds Downtown
Jazz in the plaza at the Georgia Street Stage

 

Monday, June 28th, 2021

  • Shannon Scott – at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 12:00 pm.
  • Lydia Hol at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 1:30 pm.
  • Kuya Quintet at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm.
  • Itamar Erez Workshop at Tom Lee Music Hall at 3:30 pm.
  • Chris Gestrin’s Shadows Quartet at the Ironworks at 4:30 pm.

 

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

  • Omianan at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 12:00 pm.
  • Ribcage at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 1:30 pm.
  • Emad Armoush’s Rayhan at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm.
  • Quincy Mayes Workshop at Tom Lee Music Hall at 3:30 pm.
  • Stop Time III at the Ironworks at 4:30 pm.
  • Rudiments for Hexadrome – at VIVO Media Arts at 5:00 pm.

 

Free Outdoor Concerts

 

Wednesday, June 30th, 2019

  • Peggy Lee & Cole Schmidt Trio feat. Dan Gaucher at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 12:00 pm.
  • The Della Kit (fka Erica Dee) at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 1:30 pm.
  • Itamar Erez Quartet at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm.
  • Gavin Youngash Workshop – at Tom Lee Music Hall at 3:30 pm.
  • Wawona at the Ironworks at 4:30 pm.
  • Sax Jeopardy! W/ Steve Kaldestad, Cory Weeds and Dominic Conway at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University at 8:00 pm.

 

Jazz Bass Player on Granville Island

 

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

 

Coco Jafro Concert
The Band Coco Jafro

 

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

  • Kristin Fung at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 12:00 pm.
  • Parlour Panther – at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 1:30 pm.
  • Dawn Pemberton at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm.
  • Sharon Minemoto Workshop at Tom Lee Music Hall at 3:30 pm.
  • Assertion at the Ironworks at 4:30 pm.

 

Dawn Pemberton in Vancouver
Dawn Pemberton

 

Saturday, June 3rd, 2021

  • Anita Eccleston – at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 12:00 pm.
  • Why Choir at the Western Front at 1:30 pm.
  • Tom Wherett Group – at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 1:30 pm.
  • San Pedro Cinco at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm.
  • Marina Hasselberg at the Western Front at 3:00 pm.
  • Torsten Muller’s Particle Storm at the Ironworks at 4:30 pm.
  • Sean Cronin – at the Western Front at 4:30 pm.
  • Gordon Grdina – at the Western Front at 6:00 pm.

 

Free Events and Activities in July

 

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

  • Christopher Fraser Quartet at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 12:00 pm.
  • George Crotty at the Western Front at 1:30 pm.
  • DJ Kookum and Sierra Baker  at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island at 1:30 pm.
  • Jasmine Jazz feat. The Jodi Proznick Trio at Performance Works on Granville Island at 2:30 pm.
  • Meredith Bates at the Western Front at 3:00 pm.
  • Eli Davidovici at the Ironworks at 4:30 pm.
  • Alvaro Rojas (solo) at the Western Front at 4:30 pm.
  • The Giving Shapes at the Western Front at 6:00 pm.

 

Canada Day Events

 

Other Information

For more information about the festival, click Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

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