Nanaimo International Jazz Festival 2018

Get ready Nanaimo! The 2nd annual Nanaimo International Jazz Festival is happening September 21 to 23. For 3 days and nights Nanaimo’s downtown will be hopping with the beats and grooves of live jazz.

Traveling all the way from New York City is the “Charles Mingus Dynasty Quintet” to headline the Festival's main attraction at the Port Theater Saturday night.

Some of our favourites happening again this year are the Friday night Jazz & Swing Dance featuring the NMA Band and Saturday afternoon’s New Orleans-style “secondline” parade starting off in the Old City Quarter - both of which you don’t want to miss!

Kicking off Sunday morning’s program, we have the Freedom Gospel Choir featuring Shalema Gantt.

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We'd love to have whatever help you could offer: set up, clean up, you tell us!

Friday Sept 21

Saturday Sept 22

Sunday Sept 23

2018 Festival Sponsors

TD Canada Trust

Show Sponsors

Nanaimo Port Authority

Helijet

HA Photography

The Dorchester Hotel

Supporters

Budget Rent-a-Car

Country Grocer

Long & McQuade

Island Timberlands

BC Ferries

Arbutus RV & Marine

ReMax Nanaimo

2018 Festival Sponsors

TD Canada Trust

Show Sponsors

Nanaimo Port Authority

Helijet

HA Photography

The Dorchester Hotel

Supporters

Budget Rent-a-Car

Country Grocer

Long & McQuade

Island Timberlands

BC Ferries

Arbutus RV & Marine

ReMax Nanaimo

Our 2018 Sponsors

About the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival

The Nanaimo International Jazz Festival Association plans annual jazz festivals in Downtown Nanaimo and professional jazz events throughout the year.

OUR GOALS:

  • To present an annual jazz festival in Downtown Nanaimo
  • To provide local opportunities for local and internationally known jazz artists
  • To increase tourism to downtown nanaimo through live jazz performance
  • To develop a greater appreciation and audience for jazz music by performing more of it locally
  • To work with other jazz festivals and organizations to help further the same and similar goals.

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.

Our Board Members include:

  • Andrew Homzy, President
  • Greg Bush, Vice President
  • Carol Tisdale, Treasurer
  • Norm Abbey, Secretary
  • Dirk Heydemann, Director
  • Natasha Hoskins, Director
  • Brad Skeeles, Director

The Board recognizes efforts of past directors and many volunteers who helped pave the way to Nanaimo’s first International Jazz Festival. We’d also like to thank and credit HA Photography for many of the photos used on our website.

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Andrew Homzy
President
250-667-0238
Jill Smith
Festival Administrator
250-526-0211