Langley’s annual cultural festival will feature a wide variety of artists this year – Aldergrove Star

Organizers of the Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival announce what they call “the most comprehensive free stage lineup in the event’s history.”

Scheduled for July 21-24, the event will feature a wide range of artists showcasing multiple genres of music, said Dave Quinn, co-founder and artistic director of the festival.

“Our goal in organizing this year’s festival was to make it as inclusive and diverse as possible, allowing everyone to enjoy a wide range of events and perform Tances,” Quinn explained.

With over 60 bands and 300 musicians performing on eight indoor and outdoor stages, the four-night jazz festival will feature a mix of free and ticketed events.

Kicking off the festival on Thursday, July 21 afternoon from 1-3 p.m. is a free community concert at Fort Langley Community Hall. It will feature the Rugcutter Dance Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble specializing in original arrangements in the style of the great dance orchestras of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

The same band will also perform at the festival’s Thursday night gala, which will kick off with a Great Gatsby/art deco-themed outdoor cocktail reception with the Grand Slam Jazz Band playing traditional New Orleans on the venue’s lawn. historical.

Friday, July 22 will feature Juno award-winning jazz singer Molly Johnson and The Shuffle Demons, a jazz band.

Opening the day on Saturday, July 23 will be the popular Telus-sponsored Mardi Gras Parade featuring the RazzMaJazz Ensemble. Organizers are encouraging visitors to dress up in Mardi Gras attire and join in the traditional New Orleans strolling parade that will travel from the Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market to the Fort Langley Community Hall, where the official opening ceremony of the festival will take place. .

A Jazz Vespers event at St. Andrew’s United Churches in Langley will kick off the festivities on Sunday July 24th. This special service will include two jazz sets with duo Blue Heron and Marcus Mosely, who have brought their “infectious gospel sound” to concerts around the world, Quinn said.

The lineup of performers will also include:

• Six-time Juno nominee John Stretch

• Accomplished trombonist Nick La Rivière and his band

• Internationally renowned composer and jazz guitarist Itamar Erez Quartet

• Paul Perry Orchestra with PJ Perry and Brad Shigeta

• Rockin’ blues Laurie Morvan Band

• Award-winning jazz pianist Attila Fias

• Western swing band Slim Sandy and the Hillbilly Boppers

• Emerging R&B artists Maya and ben

• Award-winning instrumental guitarist John Gilliat Trio

• The Funky Hip-Hop Soul group The New Groovement

• The “moving and powerful” 60-piece choir The Universal Gospel Choir

• Performer IndigiFunk, Hip-Hop, Latin Funk and Blues

• Curtis Clear Sky and the Constellations

• The Wild River Pow Wow Group

“We hope that people of all ages, individuals and families, music lovers and those who wish to join in a celebration of music and art will mark July 21-24 on their calendars,” said Karen Zukas, co-founder and executive of the festival. director.

For younger audiences, organizers have invited four-time Juno nominee (Best Children’s Album) Norm Foote and local children’s artist Penny Pom Pom.

With many more performances scheduled, people are encouraged to visit the festival’s website,, for full line-up details.

The Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival is a non-profit cultural organization that makes jazz music and arts programming accessible to a wide variety of audiences through the presentation of year-round concerts and events and a festival music and arts annual.


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Darcy J. Skinner