Victoria International JazzFest Promises 10 Hot Days of Cool Jazz

TD Victoria International JazzFest

TD Victoria International JazzFest features music ranging from traditional to cutting edge.

The annual TD Victoria International JazzFest runs from June 22 through July 1, 2012 at venues all across Victoria, BC.  Since 1985, the Victoria Jazz Society has organized this festival (formerly known as JazzFest International) to promote local, regional, national and international jazz, blues and world music bands and performers.

A World Class Jazz Festival Lineup Plays Victoria’s Music Hot Spots

The 2012 JazzFest lineup is an eclectic mix of jazz, blues and world beat artists and they are performing at some of the finest live music venues in Victoria.

The more than 300 performers at this year’s event hail from locations across the globe, including Algeria, Benin, Canada, Cape Verdé, Cuba, Denmark, England, France, India, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United States, and more.

There will be over 80 individual performances on 14 stages, both indoors and outdoors, at venues ranging from spacious concert halls to intimate club and restaurant settings.

Highlights include:


Dianne ReevesDianne Reeves

Returning to JazzFest for the first time since her captivating 2005 appearance, Dianne Reeves is one of the premier jazz vocalists in the world.

George BensonGeorge Benson

George Benson is the winner of 10 Grammy Awards and one of the top jazz guitarists in history. He has branched out to also become a lauded jazz vocalist.

Janelle MonáeJanelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe first attracted attention with her electric performance of the song Tightrope and went on to garner a Grammy nomination for her 2010 album, The ArchAndroid.

Chris BottiChris Botti

Chris Botti is a trumpeter who has become America’s biggest-selling instrumental artist. He has performed with pop headliners ranging from Sting to Joni Mitchell.

and many more, including:

  • Alex Pangmand
  • Atomic
  • Christian McBride and Inside Straight
  • Francois Bourassa Quartet
  • Hilario Duran Latin Jazz Band with Jane Bunnett
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
  • Kemal Evans Project
  • Koptor
  • Krystle Dos Santos
  • Laila Biatti Trio
  • Lucinda Williams
  • Madeleine Peyroux
  • Mae Moore
  • Marianne Trudel Septet
  • Mark McLean’s Playground
  • Misha Platigorsky’s Sketchy Black Dog
  • OKA
  • Robert Glasper Trio
  • Steve Earle & The Dukes
  • The Lost Fingers
  • The Paperboys
  • Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
  • and many, many more…



Alix Goolden HallAlix Goolden Hall

Victoria BC’s premier concert venue is a former church sanctuary and offers fine acoustics and an elegant setting to enhance your experience.

Centennial Square, Victoria BCCentennial Square

Since its construction in 1963 for Victoria’s Centennial, Centennial Square has been a major outdoor event location.

Royal Theatre of Victoria, British Columbia, CanadaRoyal Theatre

The 1913 Rococo/Renaissance Revival decor of the Royal Theatre offers an enchanting setting for music.


Club 9ONE9

Club 9ONE9 is a cutting edge venue in the Strathcona Hotel featuring multilevel and sunken dance floors.

Hermann’s Jazz Club

Since 1986, Herrman’s has been a landmark jazz venue in Victoria.

Upstairs Cabaret

Formerly known as Harpo’s, Upstairs Cabaret overlooks the Inner Harbour.

The Office Lounge

Located in the Dalton Hotel, The Office Lounge offers state of the art facilities housed in classic decor.

Victoria Event Centre

Managed by Victoria Multi-Cultural Society since 2003, the Victoria Event Centre offers an intimate venue with stage, dance-floor, lounge and bar.

Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites – Vista 18
Hotel Grand Pacific – Pacific Restaurant
Canoe Brewpub
The Bay Centre

Learn more about this event and purchase tickets at the TD Victoria International JazzFest website.

Walking along Inner Harbour of Victoria, BC CanadaChoose Victoria Lodging as Unique as the JazzFest’s Performers

Our Central Victoria Bed and Breakfast inns offer you a personalized lodging experience.

Enjoy a wide variety of breakfast options, luxurious guest rooms, Victoria getaway specials and the unique hospitality and local knowledge of the innkeepers at locations all across Victoria’s downtown and adjoining districts.

TD Victoria International JazzFestWhat’s Your TD Victoria International JazzFest Expectation or Experience?

The International JazzFest has been celebrated in Victoria for nearly 30 years.  In that time it has grown to become one of the preeminent jazz festivals in North America.

Please share your plans for this 2012 event and memories of past JazzFest events and performances.

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