Nanaimo Supports International Jazz Festival

For immediate release; Monday, January 15, 2018

The City of Nanaimo today gave a $10,000 boost to Nanaimo’s second annual International Jazz Festival in September.

“Its a great investment,” says organizer Andrew Homzy, citing the creative sector’s $92 million contribution to Nanaimo’s Gross Domestic Product.

“Every dollar we raise through grants, donations, sponsorships, concerts and other revenue-generating activities, is re-invested locally – employing professional musicians, booking downtown venues, equipment, supplies, permits, insurance, communications, promotions, food and talent support.”

Chamber of Commerce CEO Kim Smythe says the Culture & Heritage grants reinforce Nanaimo’s brand as a center for arts and culture, and increases recognition of Nanaimo as an important tourist destination – a goal shared with Tourism Nanaimo.

During the 2017 inaugural festival, over 3,000 people grooved to the music at ten Festival events (six of them free) featuring 73 professional jazz musicians from 11 mid-island bands, in Diana Krall Plaza and eight other downtown venues – including a New Orleans style parade.

New features in 2018 will include an eight-concert “Have You Heard?” series, beginning in March at the SHAW Auditorium. Negotiations are also underway with a world class iconic Jazz Headliner for the upcoming Festival in September.

Information regarding Sponsorship and other opportunities: 250-667-0238.

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