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“It’s about time.”

Three words that inspired Powell River’s newest musical spectacle.

Founded in 2017, Townsite Jazz Festival aims to attract some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians to Powell River, on a mission to entertain a coastal community and inspire a new generation of artists.

Director Paul Cummings, a lifelong jazz enthusiast and ‘brains behind’ the event, has recruited a team of heavy-hitters including associate president Phil Dwyer, one of this country’s foremost stewards of the jazz tradition.

Intimate venues and a historic neighbourhood serve as the perfect backdrop for a genre that only gets better with age – and with a $20 cap on tickets, merchandise and registration fees, even the prices are a blast from the past!

After an inaugural year that filled venues and thrilled jazz-lovers, the Townsite Jazz Festival will return April 4-6, 2019. Artists will be announced at the official launch party later this fall!

The Townsite Jazz Festival Society

TJFS is a community-based, not-for-profit society based in Powell River, BC. Its aim is to provide an opportunity for secondary and post-secondary school music students to learn from and perform with professional musicians in a live, public setting; to celebrate Canada’s rich jazz tradition; to utilize the unique setting of the Townsite National Historic District; and to connect artists with new audiences in the community.