2019 Festival Artists
Our 2019 roster includes an eclectic mix of artists hailing from coastal British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest:
Break out your maracas and salsa shoes, because we’ve got a load of Latin flavour coming your way! Tanga describe themselves as a bombastic world fusion mob mixing up tropical dance beats with East African marimba, Colombian Cumbia and Cuban Jazz. This stellar group is a fixture of the Canadian festival circuit, with a who’s who of Vancouver’s finest musicians on hand to keep you movin’ and groovin’. Bio.
Oliver Gannon Quartet
With a swinging style and warm rich sound, Vancouver-based jazz guitarist Oliver Gannon is a masterful musician who plays in the tradition of the great Wes Montgomery. He’s joined in the intimate Rainbow Room by a burnin’ quartet featuring bassist Jodi Proznick, pianist Nick Peck and drummer Craig Scott. Don’t miss a Canadian legend still at the top of his game! Bio.
Join Seattle-based vocal jazz ensemble Last Call for a night of inspired arrangements, tasty improvisation and high-energy impact! This group is continuously seeing new ways to explore different musical boundaries and share their enthusiasm with local high school and college music students as teachers and mentors. Bio.
Tina Jones Quartet
Multi-instrumentalist Tina Jones has enjoyed a long career spanning countless projects and genres. Lately, however, she’s been exploring her own original music. Her debut release, Quickening, has been described as “a luxurious blend of acoustic folk, rolled in soul, seasoned with jazz.” Don’t miss an eclectic performance bolstered by drummer Hans Verhoeven, bassist Ken Lister, keyboardist Chad Geekie. Bio.
We are thrilled to have Vancouver Island University (Nanaimo) represented at the festival once again this year, in addition to high school ensembles from Brooks Secondary (Powell River), Gleneagle Secondary (Coquitlam) and Wellington Secondary (Nanaimo)! Make sure to arrive a little early to each concert and enjoy a set from one of these fantastic student opening acts!