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Soon this page will feature a more detailed account of the past activities in the last 4 years of operation.
The Nanaimo International Jazz Festival Association (NIJFA) has successfully produced three annual Jazz festivals. The 2019 Festival alone showcased 105 local musicians to an audience of 3,000 at 14 events - ten of which were free, in six downtown venues. Other jazz presentations in 2019 included our ten-concert “Have You Heard?” series in the spring, and two additional series we co-produced with local community partners: a 13-concert noon-hour "Sounds of Summer” series in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter, and a four-concert “Off-Stage-Jazz” series with the Port Theatre. Together, these events comprised 27 performances which showcased 112 local musicians.
September 2019 3rd Annual 3-day Downtown Jazz Festival - 14 events
March - June, 2019 Have You Heard? jazz 10-concert series in the Shaw Auditorium.
June to August Sounds of Summer 2019 (with Old City Quarter) 13 concerts.
August 22, 2019 Night Market with Chamber of Commerce - one event
Various dates 2018 & 2019 Off Stage Jazz Series with Port Theatre - - 4 concerts
August 30, 2019 Night Market with Chamber of Commerce - one event
Have You Heard? Concert Series – March to June 2018 at the Shaw Auditorium
September 2018 2nd Annual 3-day Downtown Jazz Festival - 12 events.
May 2018 Identity/Who Are You: Live Jazz-Tap Dance-Street Dance with Crimson Coast Dance Society
June to August Sounds of Summer 2018 (with Old City Quarter) 13 concerts.
December & June 2017 Free Jazz for Homeless & Low Income Dinners
September 2017 Inaugural 3-day Jazz Festival 12 events.
July 2017 Jazz/Dance Jam - dance collaboration with Crimson Coast Dance Society.
February - March, 2017 Nanaimo Museum display: 100 Years of Recorded Jazz
February, 2017 Port Theatre concert: 100th Birthday of the first Jazz Recording
December, 2016 A Tour of the Blues: Celebrating the Music of W.C. Handy
November 2016 NIJFA's public launch at the Port Theatre.