Rain or shine, Canada Day on Granville Island has become a tradition for music lovers and jazz enthusiasts thanks to the day long free celebration that the Vancouver International Jazz Festival has been producing every July 1st for more than a decade.
This year, the music kicks off at Noon on four different stages and goes non-stop until 11pm.
Spotlight on French Jazz: Benoit Delbecq with François Houle/Gordon Grdina/Kenton Loewen
Performance Works Stage, 2pm
With the help of the Consulat Général de France à Vancouver and Institut Français, the jazz fest has brought French pianist Benoit Delbecq back to Vancouver to build upon last year’s amazing collaboration with his Vancouver-based cohorts François Houle, Gordon Grdina and Kenton Loewen.
If you love bold, adventurous, cutting-edge free improvisation, this show is a must see.
Anat Fort & Ayelet Rose Gottlieb
Called “a commanding vocalist” by the New York Times, Ayelet
Rose Gottlieb performs with fellow Israeli, ECM recording artist Anat Fort on piano.
Expect to hear an eclectic blend of French Chanson, avant-jazz, Jewish and Middle-Eastern traditions.
John Korsrud’s Latin Ensemble
Ron Basford Park Stage, 5pm
A mainstay of the Canadian jazz scene for years, Korsrud leads this hard-hitting band of leading Canadian jazz, world, and new music players with tunes by Michel Camilo, Arturo Sandoval, Chucho Valdes, and many more.
Free jazz July 2nd and 3rd at David Lam Park
And if you can;t make it out for the Canada Day celebrations, you can check out more free jazz all weekend long for the David Lam Park Free Jazz Weekend.
Jazz fans on Instagram
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