About Us

Producing Major Festivals and Concerts

The Victoria Jazz Society was founded in 1981. We produce two major multi-day music festivals every summer, TD Victoria International JazzFest, and the Vancouver Island Blues Bash, as well as a series of concerts from September to May every year.

The TD Victoria International JazzFest (formerly known as JazzFest International), is a ten-day music festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians. The “grandfather” of music festivals serving audiences in Vancouver and Gulf Islands region, the TD JazzFest offers its devoted audience a wide scope of programming comparable to much larger festivals in significantly larger urban areas. 2018 marks the 35th edition of the festival.

As well as TD Victoria International JazzFest, the Victoria Jazz Society (VJS) also presents a second annual music festival traditionally held on the Labour Day weekend.  This festival, the Vancouver Island Blues Bash, will be entering its 25th year in 2018. Blues Bash features blues and R&B artists/bands in both free and paid admission performances, taking place over three afternoons and two - three nights.

In addition to its two music festivals, the VJS also presents a Fall/Winter/Spring Concert Series, an annual mid-September to April concert season of six presentations featuring local, national and international artists. Throughout each year the VJS facilitates a number of Workshop/Clinics with touring artists for the benefit and development of local music students and the general public at no cost to the attendees.

Core Values:

  • Artistic Excellence: Present the best possible programming of music in live performance from local, national and international artists/bands.

  • Community: Support the community by producing outreach programs, presenting local artists/bands, and providing opportunities for community members to access the musical art forms of jazz, blues, and world music.

  • Support Musicians:  Ensure all musicians are paid a fee and provide them with the highest available production values.

  • Diversity: Present artists/bands that are culturally and musically diverse for audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

  • Responsibility: Commit to a sustainable financial model and best business practices.

Mission:

The Victoria Jazz Society’s mission is to enrich our community by presenting all styles of live jazz music and its associated genres, blues and world music, in performances as well as through educational workshops and community outreach programs.

The Victoria Jazz Society

The Victoria Jazz Society is a not-for-profit registered charity governed by a Board of Directors, with a track record of fiscal responsibility. The VJS has an excellent reputation for the management, programming, production, and promotion of world-class events. We work closely with corporate sponsors and government funders/grantors to deliver exceptional promotional value, arts and cultural programming and we provide a very strong return on investment.

The Victoria Jazz Society is a professional arts organization committed to presenting the highest quality of jazz possible to our community, by presenting music in performance, with acclaimed musicians.

Through its innovative artistic vision, the VJS has attracted thousands of leading artists from around the world to perform in Victoria. Hundreds of thousands of fans have enjoyed many outstanding festival and non-festival performances that have featured the full spectrum of jazz and improvised music - from the traditional and mainstream, to the avant-garde, including world beat and the blues.

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