The TD Victoria International JazzFest (formerly known as JazzFest International), is a ten-day music festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians. The “grandfather” of music festivals serving audiences in Vancouver and Gulf Islands region, the TD JazzFest offers its devoted audience a wide scope of programming comparable to much larger festivals in significantly larger urban areas. 2019 marks the 36th edition of the festival.
As well as TD Victoria International JazzFest, the Victoria Jazz Society (VJS) also presents a second annual music festival traditionally held on the Labour Day weekend. This festival, the Vancouver Island Blues Bash, will be entering its 26th year in 2019. Blues Bash features blues and R&B artists/bands in both free and paid admission performances, taking place over three afternoons and two - three nights.
In addition to its two music festivals, the VJS also presents a Fall/Winter/Spring Concert Series, an annual mid-September to April concert season of six presentations featuring local, national and international artists. Throughout each year the VJS facilitates a number of Workshop/Clinics with touring artists for the benefit and development of local music students and the general public at no cost to the attendees.