The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is the city’s unofficial summer kickoff, and for good reason. Every year, Coastal Jazz hosts a slew of local and international talent at venues across the city. And this year, Grammy-winning rapper, advocate, and entrepreneur Killer Mike is headlining the festival.

Mike will perform on June 29th at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and you can snag tickets ($69 to $99 plus fees) to the performance starting at 10 am on Thursday, March, 14th.

“This is a huge show for Coastal Jazz,” say Artistic Programmers Cole Schmidt and Jeremy Page. “Killer Mike is a significant musical voice for these times, and one of the many great artists we’re thrilled to be presenting at our Festival this June.”

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Location & info

The 39th Annual International Jazz Fest will offer a mix of free and ticketed performances, including the return of Downtown Jazz – a free concert series outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on šxwƛənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square on June 22nd and 23rd.

Granville Island will act has a hub for the festival, with shows scheduled at Performance Works, Ocean Artworks, and the Revue Stage.

As well, visitors can catch a performance at a participating downtown theatre, club, or North Shore venue across the festival’s ten days.

This huge jazz festival kicks off on June 21st, and ends on the 30th. Stay tuned for more info as it comes, including an official artist lineup!

That’s all for now Vancouver. We’re still a ways away – but it’s never too early to get excited for summer fun!

Vancouver International Jazz Festival 

When: June 21st to 30th
Where: Venues around Vancouver
Cost: Ticket prices vary