The future of Jazz!

Thanks to our generous sponsors at TD Bank Group, we are thrilled to announce our new program, Cypher: Write, Record and Perform.

This program provides high school students and youth in the Lower Mainland with a unique opportunity to be a part of a free seven-day music residency. Participants will work closely with facilitator Rup Sidhu, who is a mainstay in the Vancouver hip-hop, spoken word, and improvisation scenes, to create a professional recording and promo package including headshots.


Coastal Jazz is pleased to be partnering with Sarah McLachlan School of Music to present daily workshops with professional artists who specialize in Beat Boxing, Turntablism, Rap and MCing, Songwriting and Production, Hip Hop, Movement, and Improvisation.

Talented young people will be selected through an audition process open to high school students and youth from 15-24 years old from the Lower Mainland. Successful participants receive extensive rehearsal opportunities, bursaries, complimentary concerts, workshops with visiting artists, and a public performance on the Railspur Stage on Granville Island.

Public performance:

Monday July 1, 12:30-2:30pm
Feature performance with Rup Sidhu of RupLoops at the Railspur Stage on Granville Island

A special thanks to the Sarah McLachlan School of Music for their support!

How to apply:

Applications due May 31st

Please send an mp3, link to Vimeo or Youtube, a recording from your phone, or a video example of your music and an artist statement to Education & Outreach Coordinator, Tegan Ceschi-Smith at [email protected]

Make sure your application includes:

  • Your name
  • Contact info: phone number, address
  • Age
  • School (if applicable)
  • Name and contact info of parent/guardian (if applicable)
  • Artist Statement
  • Mp3/link to your piece that has your name on it

What is an artist statement?

An artist statement, like artists come in many forms. Here’s what we’d like to know:

  • Tell us about yourself and why you make art.
  • What is it about?
  • What are your influences?
  • Why do create the work that you do?
  • Have you performed before?