Now in its twenty-first year, The Medicine Hat JazzFest has grown from a grassroots community-based event, to a widely recognized world-class festival that has taken its place alongside the other great jazz festivals in Western Canada. We feature an eclectic mix of venues, running the gamut from our signature concert at the Downtown Bus Terminal Parkade to the intimate and quaint atmosphere of our late night clubs. We feature both free and ticketed events as well as a number of educational events including workshops, jams, a youth stage featuring the up and coming jazz musicians from Medicine Hat and a concert for elementary school children.
We have an exciting week of music and festivities lined up! Like a good piece of music, we have tried to create a mix of the familiar with the new. What would JazzFest be, for instance, without the dance party on the top of the parkade? Or the Latindance party in the airport hangar? This year, we’ve added a swing dance. Not sure about swing dancing? No problem. We’re offering lessons the same day.
We’ve booked some familiar faces and some new artists. Take a look at the suggested events if you need a place to start: