Victoria Jazz Society

by hwilde on February 22, 2011

The Victoria Jazz Society was founded in 1981 and since it’s inception has presented people living in Victoria as well as visitors with the opportunity to enjoy outstanding musical entertainment featuring the full spectrum of jazz and improvised music.

This professional arts organization has committed itself to producing top notch performances by acclaimed musicians and has attracted thousands of major artists from around the world.  Hundreds of thousands of fans and music aficianados have flocked to the concerts and festivals presented by the Victoria Jazz Society.

The main focus of the society is the production of two major multi-day music festivals each summer.  The TD Victoria International Jazz Fest takes place in early summer.  For 2011 it will run June 24 – July 3.

The Vancouver Island Blues Bash should be enjoying its 17th year, but the future of this festival is, at the moment, up in the air.  Current changes to the provincial gaming grant application criteria mean that this event no longer qualifies for funding.  The Victoria Jazz Society is appealing for support from the local business community and the general public for sponsorship and donations to ensure that the festival continues.

Over 15,000 people attend the Vancouver Island Blues Bash each year and it is the longest running blues festival on the island.  The VJS is hopeful that the fundraising efforts will be sufficient to keep the festival afloat.

Throughout the year the VJS produces a series of concerts which include performances by exceptional musicians and ensembles representing all facets of jazz, from traditional and mainstream to avant garde.

An exciting student outreach program is run by the VJS which brings professional musicians into the classroom to tutor students and spark desire in people interested in music as a career.  Meeting with and learning from these professionals is an amazing opportunity and can inspire and invigorate a young musicians dedication.

The Victoria Jazz Society has been instrumental in bringing quality entertainment to Victoria through the production of popular festivals and concerts, hopefully they will be able to continue despite funding difficulties.


Victoria BC Realtor Heather Wilde was raised and educated in Winnipeg. After graduating from both the University of Winnipeg (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education she relocated to British Columbia in 1975. Her career in real estate has been successful due to her commitment to and genuine pleasure at helping families find homes and properties for sale in Victoria BC. Heather was licensed as a Realtor in 1976 and since then has worked hard to achieve a high standard of performance; consistently attaining a Victoria Real Estate Board MLS Gold Award. If you ask Heather, she will undoubtedly say that although it’s nice to be recognized in the industry through performance awards, what really drives her success is the relationships and friendships she forges with the families that she helps. Many of Heather’s former clients have become close friends, and many of her close friends have become clients. That says a lot about her dedication to providing professional service while maintaining a friendly rapport with clients. Heather loves to travel the world (preferrably on a cruise ship!) and also enjoys tennis and bridge during her spare time. As of January 2014, Heather has retired from her real estate career.

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