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Calling all jazz-lovers: The Nanaimo Jazz Festival is coming to town September 21 to 23!
This means that there’ll be a ton of free concerts on Diana Krall Plaza, a fabulous New Orleans-style street parade and plenty of jitterbug and lindy hop to big band sounds. For three whole days and nights, Nanaimo’s downtown will be hopping with the beats and grooves of live jazz.
Here’s this year’s eclectic line-up…

Friday, Sept 21
  • Workshop with Mingus Dynasty: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at VIU Theatre
  • Arrowsmith Big Band: 4:45 pm - 6:15 pm at Diana Krall Plaza
  • NMA Big Band: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm at The Dorchester Hotel
Saturday, Sept 22
  • New Orleans Second Line Street Parade 2018: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm at Pioneer Plaza
  • Connor Stewart Quintet: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at Pioneer Plaza
  • Astrid Lyre Quartet: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm at McGregor Park
  • Sympatico: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Diana Krall Plaza
  • The Charles Mingus Dynasty Quintet: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at The Port Theatre
  • Midnight Jam – Marty Steele and Guests: 10:00 pm - September 23 @ 12:30 am at The Dorchester Hotel
Sunday, Sept 23
  • Freedom Gospel Choir: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm at Diana Krall Plaza
  • David Essig’s Blues Story: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm at Diana Krall Plaza
  • Victoria Jazz Orchestra: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at The Port Theatre
There are plenty of free events, but tickets for paid shows are now available from the Port Theatre website. These event tickets start at $5 for high school students and run all the way up to $115 for a festival pass.
If you want to experience all the excitement of the Nanaimo Jazz Festival, the historic Best Western Dorchester Hotel is a great accommodation option. Located right downtown near bustling Nanaimo Harbour, it offers excellent views, outstanding service and easy access to all of Nanaimo’s attractions.
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