The 2020 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is Cancelled
On behalf of everyone at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, we hope that you, your family, and your loved ones are keeping well during these difficult times. Our thoughts are with those who are dealing with the pandemic on the front lines and those whose lives and businesses have been thrown into uncertainty by the sudden changes.
Our team has been working non-stop to conceive how we might be able to present a Festival in 2020, but over the past month, as the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated it has become clear that it is not going to be possible to do so. With the support and advice of our board of directors, we have made the hugely disappointing decision to cancel this year’s Festival.
Although our city, province, and country will face many more important challenges during the coming month, we want to acknowledge that the Festival plays a large role in the cultural, economic, and social lives of many in our community. We are so sorry that we’ve had to take this unprecedented step, but we are determined that when it’s safe to do so, we’ll be back.
Like many others in our sector, this cancellation causes the Festival significant financial challenges. We are working closely with our family of public funders, our title sponsor TD, our private donors, and corporate partners to secure the Festival’s survival through this perilous period, and we thank them all for their ongoing support. If you have purchased a ticket to any shows that were on sale, we will be in touch with instructions to receive a refund, or donate the cost of your ticket to Coastal Jazz.
We look forward to a time when physical distancing is a thing of the past, and we can once again gather to experience the live moments of unrepeatable musical genius that power our Festival. Please keep in touch with us via social media to keep up to date with what we’re working on. Until then, please keep safe and thank you for your good thoughts.
The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival team