The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is headed our way again, and this year they’ve got something new in the offering: The Hopper Pass.

Limited quantities of the Early Bird Hopper Pass will go on sale for $75 (plus service charges) on Saturday, March 26 until midnight May 6. From May 7 through June 5, the pass will cost $125.

Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio
[Photo courtesy of eych-you-bee-ee-ahr-tee, on Flickr]

The passes can be purchased either by phone (Ticketmaster 1.855.985.5000) or online.

The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (June 24 – July 3)—British Columbia’s largest music presentation—brings the world’s best bands to Vancouver while drawing hundreds of thousands of listeners to its many stages. With the Hopper Pass, both longtime Festival fans and newcomers alike will be able to experience more of the rich musical diversity and celebratory vibe that this internationally acclaimed event offers.

Anna Maria Castelli
[Photo courtesy of eych-you-bee-ee-ahr-tee, on Flickr]

“The most exciting thing about the Hopper Pass is that listeners can check out new artists from Canada and around the world on a daily basis, making new discoveries in the process,” says Artistic Director, Ken Pickering. “Great jazz festivals are all about discovery and now those surprises are accessible to more people than ever before at an amazing price point.”

Jazz Festival artists
[The Lost Fingers, Trombone Shorty, The Bad Plus]

The Hopper Pass lets fans maximize their Jazz Festival experience by attending concerts featuring their favourite groups such as The Lost Fingers, Blonde Redhead, The Bad Plus, and Trombone Shorty while allowing them to check out established and emerging artists not yet on their radar. The Festival encourages folks to ‘hop around’ the five participating venues and check out as much as possible.

The Hopper Pass includes:

* Early Bird pricing of 60 concerts for $75 (plus service charges) until midnight May 6

* Five participating venues: Vogue Theatre, Venue, Performance Works, The Ironworks, Roundhouse Performance Centre

* Two shows nightly at Performance Works, The Ironworks, Roundhouse Performance Centre. One show nightly at The Vogue and Venue

Some restrictions apply. Visit the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival website for more details. Single tickets for shows will go on sale at a later date. More Jazz Festival artists will be announced soon.

The 26th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, produced by Coastal Jazz, runs from June 24 – July 3, 2011.

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