2020 Festival Artists
This year’s lineup includes an eclectic mix of artists hailing from coastal British Columbia:
Mazacote is a hard-hitting world latin party band playing brass soaked tropical dance beats. Inspired by the sounds of Colombia, Mozambique and Nicaragua, they weave driving rhythms and heavy groove with a socially conscious message. The band released their 3rd album, Patria, on Justin Time/Nettwerk Music in October 2019.
Two Much Guitar Quartet
Juno-nominated guitarists Bill Coon and Oliver Gannon team up once again as Two Much Guitar, a crowd favourite for 15 years, and always a swinging affair. Joined by Darren Radtke (bass) and Dave Robbins (drums) this classic jazz quartet celebrates influences such as Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall, but has a sound all its own.
Two Juno-winners and a rising star take to the Max Cameron Theatre stage.
Pierre Komen Quartet
Whether you know him from Wunderbread, the Colin James Band, Dave Gogo and the Persuaders, or countless studio/live sessions, there’s a good chance you’ve heard Pierre Komen before! The Vancouver Island-based tenor saxophonist is back to bring you the first-ever Townsite Jazz Festival performances at the Wildwood Pub.
Matheson/Martella Quartet: 2 Trumpets, 2 Pianos
Canadian legend meets hometown hero! Multi-instrumentalists Alan Matheson and Walter Martella are combining forces for two intimate concerts in the Rainbow Room. Guests TBA.
We are thrilled to have Capilano University’s ‘Nitecap’ vocal jazz ensemble at the festival for the very first time, in addition to high school ensembles from Brooks Secondary (Powell River), Carson Graham Secondary (North Vancouver) and Oak Bay Secondary (Oak Bay), and Naniamo District Secondary (Nanaimo). Make sure to arrive a little early to each concert and enjoy a set from one of these fantastic student opening acts!