The Complete 2018 Line-Up for Victoria Jazzfest Announced

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Jazzfest VictoriaThe VICTORIA JAZZ SOCIETY Announces:

The Victoria Jazz Society is proud to announce the complete line up of artists/bands for the 35th edition of the TD Victoria International JazzFest.  Victoria Jazzfest 2018 has an operating budget of $1,000,000 and will create an economic impact of well over $5.5 million to the City of Victoria. The festival hopes to once again attract an audience of over 40,000 people to what has become Victoria and Vancouver Island’s longest running multi-day professional music festival.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater June 22 7:30PM

THE TEN HOT DAYS AND NIGHTS OF THE COOLEST MUSIC IN TOWN will happen from June 22 to July 1, 2018 when the TD JazzFest will present a culturally and musically diverse program of 80 stunning performances and four workshop/clinics on 9 stages in downtown Victoria. Jazz is the “sound of surprise,” which will be heard when over 350 musicians in 61 bands from around the world, including artists from Poland, the United Kingdom, the Sudan, the United States, and across Canada, perform in our city during the 35th edition (34th anniversary) of the TD Victoria International JazzFest.

Previously announced headliners appearing in the Marquee Series at the Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse are Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Macy Gray, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, GoGo Penguin, Morgan James, Jamison Ross and the Jerry Douglas Band.

Additional headlining jazz artists appearing in the ticketed Presentation Series at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at Oak Bay High School include: Ranee Lee, the Vincent Herring Quartet, and the Julian Lage Trio.

The festival will also present two ticketed nights of funk, hip hop, Bhangra and world music in Centennial Square with Ghost-Note and Red Baraat.

The new live music venue, The Rubber Boot Club, will host nine nights of performances in which Canada’s established and emerging jazz talent will be featured with Al Muirhead’s Canadian QuintetAllison Au QuartetEllen DotyFrancois Bourassa QuartetLes MalcommodesSean Drabitt, and Maya Rae. ECM recording artist, Maciej Obara Quartet from Poland, and the Johnny O’Neal Trio from New York add some international flare to this series.

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Alsarah & The Nubatones

The “sounds of surprise” will continue in the festival at the Victoria Event Centre with the soulful R&B of the Jerry Granelli Group w. Robben Ford and Bob Lanzetti, the multi-lingual hip hop and world music of the Alsarah & The Nubatones from the Sudan, and the blues and rockabilly infused vocals of Lindsay Beaver & The 24th St. Wailers from Austin, Texas.

The festival’s “best kept secret”, The Late Night Gig and Jam Sessions, will also take place at the Victoria Event Centre on both weekends of the festival. These sessions will be hosted by Victoria’s Damian Graham Trio on June 22 and 23 and Kelby MacNayr Trio on June 29 and 30.

There will be 22 “free to the public” performances taking place over nine afternoons in Centennial Square, featuring many of Victoria’s top local jazz bands.  Highlighting these free performances is the TD sponsored “Student Performance Day” on Sunday, June 24, which showcases Vancouver Island’s young jazz talent. Featured student bands for 2018 are: Oak Bay High Senior Jazz BandSpectrum Community School Senior Jazz Band Combos,Wellington High Jazz Combos, and the Vic High R&B Band.

Four “free to the public” workshop/clinics will take place in “Room 139” of the Oak Bay High School, hosted by touring artists performing at the festival including (1) bassist MonoNeon anddrummer Sput, from Ghost-Note, (2) saxophonist Vincent Herring and pianist Dave Kikoski and (3) guitarist Julian Lage, as well as (4) Justin Time music label president Jim West. These workshops are presented with the funding support of TD’s Community Relations program.

Local restaurants presenting jazz performances during the ten days of the TD JazzFest include the Pacific Restaurant (Hotel Grand Pacific), and Vista 18 (Chateau Victoria).

The complete lineup and schedule of artists/bands appearing in the Free to the Public performances and at the local restaurants are now on the VJS website ( and in the official TD Victoria International JazzFest program guide.

The Victoria Jazz Society is proud to continue with TD as the Title Sponsor of our jazz festival. The TD Victoria International JazzFest is also funded by all three levels of government:Department of Canadian Heritage: Arts Presentation Fund • British Columbia Arts Council • Capital Regional District • City of Victoria.

TD JazzFest’s Presenting Media Sponsors are Times Colonist  CTV • CFAX 1070 • KOOL FM 107.3.

Other festival sponsors and contributors are included in the festival’s official program guide.

The Victoria Jazz Society, producers of the TD Victoria International JazzFest, would like to extend our sincere thanks to all our sponsors and contributors as well as the 250 plus volunteers for supporting both the music and the festival.

Complete festival line up and schedule available April 10 @

All festival tickets on sale Friday, April 13

Festival program guide available April 25

For further information/artist photos contact Kristen Binley at the Victoria Jazz Society/TD JazzFest office:

(250) 388-4423 or fax 388-4407 or email

2018 marks the 35th edition of the TD Victoria International JazzFest, making it

 Victoria and Vancouver Island’s longest running multi-day professional music festival.

9 Stages · Over 350 Musicians · 80 Performances · Over 40,000 Attendees  ·  @VicJazzSociety


More info at: TD JazzFest 2018 Headliners announced!