2023 Festival At-A-Glance
Join us April 13–15 in Powell River’s Historic Townsite district for our fifth-anniversary festival!
- More daytime and afternoon performances than ever before
- Jazz & Charcuterie, a new fundraiser for the Brooks Music Program
- An alumni jazz choir featuring past Brooks & Max Cameron students
Everyone’s favourite big band, the Bruce James Orchestra, will be returning for two concerts including our Gala Dance. We’re thrilled to be featuring several more past performers, including B3 organist Dr. Tony Genge, bassist Jodi Proznick, multi-instrumentalist John Lee and hometown hero Walter Martella, in all-new configurations. Acclaimed Toronto vocalist Heather Bambrick will perform in the qathet region for the very first time, and Brazillian guitarist, percussionist and vocalist Celso Machado will make his TJF debut.
Our smallest venues have just 70 seats, so tickets aren’t going to last long…
Get those tickets fast – they won’t last long!
THU. APRIL 13
CONCERT 1 – WALTER MARTELLA TRIO
NOON – Shinglemill Pub & Bistro
CONCERT 2 – ORGAN TRIO IN BLUESVILLE featuring Dr. Tony Genge
5:00 PM – Shinglemill Pub & Bistro *updated venue*
CONCERT 3 – THE TINY RHYTHM KINGS featuring Dr. Tony Genge
7:30 PM – Shinglemill Pub & Bistro *updated venue*
FRI. APRIL 14
CONCERT 4 – JODI PROZNICK TRIO featuring Heather Bambrick
NOON – Shinglemill Pub & Bistro
CONCERT 5 – JAZZ & CHARCUTERIE featuring the John Lee Trio
5:00 PM – Brooks Hall
CONCERT 6 – HEATHER BAMBRICK with the Jodi Proznick Trio
7:30 PM – Max Cameron Theatre
CONCERT 7 – BRUCE JAMES ORCHESTRA
9:30 PM – Carlson Community Club *updated venue*
SAT. APRIL 15
CONCERT 8 – JOHN LEE TRIO
NOON – Coastal Cookery *updated venue*
CONCERT 9 – CELSO MACHADO featuring Walter Martella
3:00 PM – Patricia Theatre
CONCERT 10 – BIG BAND GALA DANCE featuring the Bruce James Orchestra and the Brooks-Max Alumni Jazz Choir
7:30 PM – Dwight Hall
Tickets for our 2023 festival are available online via Eventbrite.
COVID-19 protocols will be in effect, to the level in accordance with any Provincial Health Orders that are applicable on the day of each event. Note that individual venues may require additional protocols at their discretion, depending on the nature of their business.
Powell River’s Historic Townsite district is a remarkable gem. The remnants of 1910 city planning are everywhere with plenty of storied venues eager to play host to an unbeatable lineup of musical talent. Jazz is a genre where rules are meant to be broken, and this quirky Arts and Crafts-style neighbourhood mirrors our eclectic programming in a multitude of ways.
Best of all, most of our venues are within comfortable walking distance from one another. (Don’t believe us? Check out this map from our friends at Townsite Heritage Society!)
Townsite Jazz Festival wouldn’t be possible without a long list of local organizations, businesses, volunteers and donors. We gratefully acknowledge the support of our presenting sponsor, Pacific Coastal Airlines, as well as the BC Arts Council, Creative BC and SOCAN Foundation.
If you would like to sponsor this year’s festival, please click here!