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Coastal Jazz has long been a leader in Music Education and Outreach, offering diverse and innovative music programs to both audiences and participating youth. These programs are designed to inspire a passion for a diversity of musical expressions. We offer programs that challenge, stimulate, and engage people of all ages in the many joys of learning, listening and playing music.

Full details at vanjazzfest.ca.

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TD High School
Jazz Intensive

The future of Jazz!

High School Jazz Intensive

Thanks to our generous sponsors at TD Bank Group, the TD High School Jazz Intensive provides high school students in the Lower Mainland with a unique opportunity to be a part of a free nine-day music residency. Now in its 11th year, in 2014 we again welcome composer and guest conductor Tomeka Reid to lead the program. Up to 21 talented teens are selected from an extensive audition process open to students in Grades 10-12 from 150 schools across the Lower Mainland.

Public performances:
Saturday June 28, 1-4pm:
Open Rehearsal at Tom Lee Music Hall, 929 Granville St.

Sunday June 29, noon-1pm:
Feature performance and announcement of scholarship winners, David Lam Park Stage.

Tonal Interactive Media Experiment (TIME)
at the Dome


TIME is an interactive installation designed to explore some of the more freaked out uses of the guitar effects pedal, a highly coveted piece of musical gear.

With PrOphecy Sun, Lee Hutzulak, John Mutter, Jeff Younger and special guests.


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Admission is free
Saturday June 21 & Sunday, June 22, 2014
Performances at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 pm
Ice rink level of Robson Square @ Downtown Jazz Weekend

Creative BCVIVO

Developed with the participation of Creative BC and the British Columbia Arts Council

Improvising Across Boundaries

An unconventional colloquium presented by Coastal Jazz in collaboration with the University of British Columbia and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI).

Coastal Jazz IICSI will host a two-day colloquium on Saturday June 21 & Sunday June 22, 2014, focused on the theme of improvising across boundaries.

Presentations by members of the artistic and scholarly communities will focus around the ways in which improvisation – in music, in theatre, in dance and in text – can offer strategies and practices to help us to negotiate with boundaries and borders, with the challenges presented by the politics of gender, history and social class or by multiculturalism, by race and racism.

How can improvisation provide performers and audiences with the means to encounter and to come to terms with the ways in which we have undertaken various practices of inclusion and of exclusion, of community-building and of confrontation? Can improvisation enable new modes of cultural and social understanding?

Admission is free
Saturday June 21 & Sunday, June 22, 2014
Check out the Education section of vanjazzfest.ca for full information.


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Sounds of Youth Stage

Presented by Tom Lee Music

A spotlight on some of Metro Vancouver’s best high school jazz combos and big bands!

Sounds of Youth Stage

Designed to support and celebrate the vital role that school arts programs play in nurturing tomorrow’s great talents, this initiative is dedicated to showcasing aspiring youth from Metro Vancouver’s high schools at our best attended public event – Downtown Jazz.

Saturday June 21 & Sunday June 22, 12-4pm:

Robson Square, Ice-Rink Level


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Afternoon Sessions
The Ironworks – Innovation Series

June 23 – 27 @ The Ironworks Studios 5pm FREE

The Afternoon Sessions at The Ironworks series has been designed to highlight the diverse composition, improvisation and performance techniques utilized by a selection of the leading artists on the creative music scene in British Columbia and beyond. The aim of this series is to connect jazz luminaries from this region to a large and inclusive audience, which includes emerging jazz artists and music students.

These interactive concerts will include a lecture/demonstration element facilitated by each of the group leaders, including Mats Aleklint, artist in residence from Sweden, and BC artists John Paton, Tony Wilson, Tommy Babin, Skye Brooks and Tyson Naylor. The groups that have been selected to perform and facilitate these sessions represent a broad range of approaches to creative music composition and performance. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to discover the inner workings of these five compelling groups: Mats Aleklint Vancouver 4tet, John Paton’s Soft Morning City, Tony Wilson’s Flowers for Albert, Tommy Babin & Skye Brooks Solos and Tyson Naylor Trio.

Free Public Workshops
at Tom Lee Music Hall

Led by International Visiting Artists

Each year, we offer free workshops & lectures at the Tom Lee Music Hall and The Studio at the Roundhouse Community Centre led by some of the best artists in the world. In 2014 these will be led by acclaimed visiting artists such as Jason Marsalis, Ole Morten Vagan & Fredrik Ljungkvist, Sara Schoenbeck, and Harris Eisenstadt. Don’t miss these opportunities to learn from the best musicians in the world.

Details at vanjazzfest.ca and Jazz Around Town schedule in the Guidebook.

Philosophers' Café
Moderated by Zahid Makhdoom

Does music serve a social purpose?

Many argue that emancipatory interest is at the core of most music. And then there are some who consider music as an opiate of people. Let’s converse and listen to some jazz. You are encouraged to bring in and share musical illustrations of your arguments.

Admission is free.
Learn more at www.philosopherscafe.net and vanjazzfest.ca

Monday, June 16, 7:30 pm:
Café Calabria, 1745 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

This Philosophers’ Café is presented in partnership with SFU.

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Improvising Accross Boundaries

We’re really psyched! The colloquium (June 21, 22) returns to Robson Square – this year’s subject is Improvising Across Boundaries: An Unconventional Colloquium – the focus is on the challenges people in contemporary society face when confronting issues in multiculturalism, politics of gender, social class and so on. The colloquium will investigate current modes of social and cultural understanding, the notion of “who belongs” and the importance of building new creative, caring communities. Along with two concerts inspired by Komagata Maru, artists (and good folks) as diverse as Michael Blake, Neelamjit Dhillon, Tomeka Reid, Lisa Cay Miller and Tegan Ceschi-Smith will be speaking.

Slightly less serious and a little more fun focused - TIME (Tonal Interactive Media Experiment) is a festival first (also June 21, 22 - between noon and 4pm) – an interactive music / visual installation at the Dome (Robson Square) is yet another brainchild of Rainbow Robert (Manager of Artistic Programming). TIME is a visionary exploration of some freaked out innovative uses of the ubiquitous guitar effects pedal. We invite the public to join in with professional artists (Jeff Younger, PrOphecy Sun, John Mutter and Lee Hutzulak) to explore the sonic potential of these fantastic little inventions. The visuals promise to be stunning so please don’t hesitate to stop by and join in the festivities.

Ken Pickering
Artistic Director/Co-Founder

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Coastal Jazz & Blues
The 29th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival will take place June 20 to July 1st, 2014 and is produced by Coastal Jazz & Blues Society

Contact: Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, 2nd Floor, 295 West 7th Ave,
Vancouver, BC. Canada V5Y 1L9 Tel: 604 872 5200 Fax: 604 872 5250