Nanaimo Jazz Festival
September 20, 2019
July 22, 2019
The Third Annual Nanaimo International Jazz Festival

FREE outdoor concerts and a New Orleans-style parade. Come dance to hot jazz and listen to international headliners.

In 2017, Nanaimo hosted its first-ever jazz festival! New Orleans came to town, to celebrate the inaugural event September 15th to 17th. For 3 days and nights Nanaimo’s downtown was hopping with the beats and grooves of live jazz. The Festival put Jazz in Diana Krall Plaza, as well as a ‘Jazz Krall’ in other downtown cafes and public spaces throughout the event. Traveling all the way from New Orleans was the John Ellis quintet “Double Wide” who headlined the Festival's main attraction at the Port Theatre Saturday night. There were jazz goings-on for all ages — from 4 ticketed events to many FREE live performances occurring all weekend long. One of the favourites was the New Orleans-style “second line” parade at noon on Saturday.
Nanaimo has a distinguished connection with jazz in its professional performers, some who have achieved national and international recognition as well as its jazz education programs in both the public schools and Vancouver Island University.
For more information visit the festival website here