The essential guide to the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2015

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Whether you’re a newcomer to the TD Vancouver Jazz Festival, or you’ve been going for years, here are some handy tips for you to make the most of your festival experience. From information on free stages, to ticket discounts, Vancity Buzz has you covered. Have a quick scan through the details below and here’s to another great year of jazz!

Basic details

When: June 18 to July 1
Website: www.coastaljazz.ca

Major venues:

  • The Orpheum
  • Vogue Theatre
  • Fortune Sound Club
  • Performance Works
  • The Ironworks
  • River Rock Casino

Many more venues than can be listed, check the website for more information.

Headliners:

  • Buddy Guy
  • Erykah Badu
  • Lisa Fischer
  • The Bad Plus + Joshua Redman
  • The Roots
  • Chris Botti
  • Pink Martini
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SEE ALSO: 5 all-stars at Vancouver International Jazz Festival: Buddy Guy, Erykah Badu, Lisa Fischer and more

Free Jazz Weekend

When: June 18 to 21 (expanded to include two more days of free jazz on the Georgia Stage on Thursday and Friday)

Locations:

  • David Lam Park
  • Georgia Stage
  • Robson Stage
  • Sounds of Youth Stage

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Take a look at all schedules and maps, including parking information.

Other free events include Canada Day at Granville Island, Jazz Around Town and North Shore Jazz. Check coastaljazz.ca for more details.

Festival guide

The festival guide will be your holy bible – it’s chocked full of comprehensive info on who, when and where. Also check out the maps for information on where the free stages are going to be located on Downtown Jazz Weekend.

Pick up a physical copy at VPL Central Branch, Roundhouse Community Centre, Northern Tickets Box Office and all TD Bank branches.

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Ticket information

For advance tickets, TicketFly covers most of the stages. You can get at them either online or in person at 918 Granville Street (Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Sundays).

There are a few special exceptions for select shows or club series shows, check the full details here.

Discounts and passes

First of all, advance ticket prices are cheaper than ticket prices at the door. So plan ahead and purchase your tickets in advance for some sweet savings.

Under 30? For selected events, anyone under the age of 30 can receive a 30% discount off the advance ticket price. There’s a maximum of two tickets per person. Notices will go out via Jazz Festival’s e-newsletter, at least one week in advance. Sign up here at the bottom of the page.

Jazz Friend Membership Program – Fed up with sold-out shows and service charges? Membership includes access to tickets in advance of public announcements, as well as lower service charges on the first two tickets per show. Contact Jazz Festival for more details.

Roundhouse Weekend Innovation Pass ($25+SC) – This pass allows access to all six shows on June 27 and June 28.

3 Show Bundle Ironworks Innovation Series ($36+SC) – Choose any three shows from the 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. series.

Passes can only be purchased in advance, and are subject to limited availability. More info here!

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SEE ALSO: 5 cheap tickets to live music shows in Vancouver this month

The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival runs from June 18 to July 1 at select venues across Vancouver. Full program and tickets at coastaljazz.ca.

 

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